A very quick note here - I'm hoping that all BCC club members will share their war stories from Friday's road race.

The Good Friday Road Race is the "traditional" start to the Ontario road racing season.  2015 is shaping up to be a very successful year.  I've only got a few minutes to finish this post so I can't identify everyone who pinned on a number, but first congratulations to Megan Towns on her second place finish in the Masters Women A category while wearing BCC colours!  Yaaay!!!! 

The To Wheels Epic Sport Performance BCC (aka "twESPBCC") race team also had a fair bit of success, with second place finishes for Cameron Mason (Junior Men) and Carlos Goncalves (M1). Our team captain Jeffery Schiller solo'd to a first place finish in the Elite Men's 1/2 race.

Finally, former BCC racer and all-around nice person Jamie Gilgan also took first place in the Elite Women's category.  Jamie before the Race:

Sorry, no pics (I was too busy racing!) but if you are interested, check Dan's Instagram Feed (@cleanthinking).

Racers - please post your stories / pictures to this discussion.

Congratulations to all !!!!!

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Comment by qb on April 4, 2015 at 6:50pm
Indeed congrats to all. Usually a tough race given all of the early season jitters. It looks like everyone competed safely.
Qb
Comment by Peter Sutton on April 4, 2015 at 7:25pm
As always, the first two laps are all nerves. After that, it's game on! We missed you in the M2 race, Quentin! Hope to see you on the road soon.
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Comment by Alex Mulholland on April 5, 2015 at 4:16pm

We had a wild race in the E4 catagory.  I crashed during a VERY sketchy 'neutral' roll out (which somehow involved more yo-yoing than most of the race).  Bent up a few front spokes and had to ride the race with a wobbly front wheel and a couple bruises.  I also had to dangle off the back for a lap and a half before I could find some room to make some pretty aggressive pushes to move back onto the front of the peloton.

We had a pretty large crash at about the halfway mark that forced alot of the group to chase/pace line back to the peloton. 

Other than that it went pretty well.  I pulled a 13th place finish, with John L. and Mark M. just a wheel behind me.  I think as a group, with a bit more communication and bit more experience we're going to be imposing ourselves alot on these races.

Comment by Marc Des Rosiers on April 5, 2015 at 4:31pm

Congratulations Megan for your podium, and all others who rode strong and placed well, especially Alex recovering from his early crash.

I will tell my story if only to provide some comic relief!

It was the 'Bad Friday Road Race' for me with so many mishaps, but I must say the race is well-organized and the course is on good quality country roads with gentle rollers. I will be back next year.

After meticulously preparing all my stuff the night before, waking up on time and promptly leaving my house, I realized on the QEW around Islington that I had forgotten my helmet! So I raced back home, got the helmet and raced back to Ancaster.

I still got there 40 minutes before race time and after finding a parking spot in the muddy area of the Fairgrounds, I made my way to line up and get my number. Once ready I took five minutes circling around the paved parking to warm up.

I then took a shot of my magic gel bottle and instead of storing the bottle in my jersey pocket, I unknowingly dropped it on the ground and realized I lost it only when lined up for the start.

At the starting area, I lined up at the back of the wrong group! Me and a few others then did a hard interval to catch up to the peloton in the dirt road portion of the course and on Trinity road. We did catch them after a few minutes thanks to an extended neutral start.

I settled into the race and the pace was very civilized. Even from the back I didn't suffer too much from the accordion effect. There was a lot of breaking, but riders communicated well.

My troubles began on the start of the second lap. As mentioned, there is a section of about 500 meters that is basically a dirt road with gravel.

It was wet and there were quite a few potholes with orange cones and spray paint over the worst areas.

I would say the peloton rode this stretch in the high thirties, but I was a completely spooked and not prepared to go too fast and take the risk of skidding and hurting myself, or more importantly damaging my bike.

So when I exited on Trinity Road, the peloton was gone and I was unceremoniously dropped.

Shortly after, the commissaire car rode to me and asked me my number. I asked why and she rolled up the window and drove away.

I saw two guys down the road also dropped in the distance and it took me a good ten minutes to catch the first guy. We then worked together for another ten minutes to catch the second rider. We took turns pulling for 1-2 minutes, but our new band mate mostly wanted to draft.

When we got to the Fairgrounds the peloton was starting their third lap and I called it quits in light of a hopeless pursuit.

All things considered I still had a nice day: finally some outdoor riding, nice hard effort in the countryside, mild weather, and a good learning experience.

Being a newbie, more races will hopefully make me less nervous in the future.

I must say the race is well-organized and the course is on good quality roads with gentle rollers.

N.B.: thanks to Dan for the team tent and after ride treats!

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