Lamprey Systems athlete Chris Garges won the Wilkes-Barre Duathlon this past Sunday for his 3rd time! Chris finished the event with a time of 1 hour and 17 minutes, beating his nearest rival Tim Scanlan but nearly 5 minutes to take the win.
The event was grueling, comprised of a 3.1 mile run followed by a 16.5 mile bike and capped with a second 3.1 mile run set in the center of the city of Wilkes-Barre. Chris, who had prepared for this event by running the Boston Marathon in under 3 hours, said the cool weather on Sunday helped him win. We at Lamprey Systems are looking forward to next year and a 4th win by Chris at this local event.
The Wilkes-Barre Duathlon is a USAT sanctioned race. For a more in-depth article on the days events please see the timesleader.com
Lamprey rider and founder Greg Ahnert won Ramsey’s Revenge Cat 2 race for ages 40 to 49 in a hotly contested match finishing just 5 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Pete Ahearn in a field of 35 competitors. It was Greg’s first win in a Cat 2 field and one of his first mountain bike races at that level. The race was an intense 2 lap event set in the historic First State National Monument in Delaware.
Greg with his prize
The course was diverse, featuring rocks, roots, logs, open farm field doubletrack, tight, technical, wooded singletrack, steep climbs, fast descents and more. By completing the two laps in a time of 1 hour, 26 minutes and 16 seconds, Greg secured himself a top 10 fastest time in any category racing that day.
It was a perfect day for riding at Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center in Berks County, PA. The course was a technical and quick grassy 12 lap circuit. Joe crossed the line with a time of 31:37, just 43 seconds off the first place time and well ahead of 3rd place. Beaten once again by his perennial rival, Michael Yozzel of the Kapelmuur Independent team, Joe was content with his performance having chosen to focus on races later in the season.
While we didn’t win the cup this year, we made a very strong showing as a team.
Greg, Joe, and Marten rode a really solid TTT. We had the right combination of ingredients including smooth rotation, good lines (except when Marten took us through both man hole covers), and a solid consistent pace. We all knew that it was a good result right after crossing the finish, and just before the crit we got the results from Andy that we did indeed win. A very good effort, especially when most other teams had 4 or 5 riders.
The crit was 42 laps,a bit longer then the usual Thursday night race, and points every 3 laps would only be scored 3 deep. We would regroup through lap 21 which was worth double points, and then the race is wide open. Roland was able to come for the crit, so we could field 4 riders for the points race. It took a few sprints to get our teamwork together, but then Greg and Marten won two of them, Joe got some points, and we were coming into the double point lap. Marten jumped early, hoping to give Greg, Joe, and Roland a chance to follow wheels into the sprint and impending attacks. He managed to hold it to the line, but then was really struggling to follow the attacks from Lehigh Wheelmen and Cycledrome. Three Wheelmen riders were off the front, and a small chase group formed with two Alliance riders, two Cycledrome, and Marten. A few riders dropped out of these groups, but two Lehigh Wheelmen riders stayed away to go 1-2 in the next sprints. Marten and a Cycledrome rider got to within 12 seconds but couldn’t close the gap until less than 3 to go. Coming into the final sprint a Wheelmen rider led it out through the final turn, and Marten managed to get around him before the line to take the final sprint. But those points weren’t enough to overcome the deficit to the Wheelmen team.
Thanks to the spectators who came out for support.
Next year we’ll be back with an even bigger team.
Another year, and Townhall keeps growing bigger and better. Thanks to everyone who came out, raced, volunteered, officiated, fixed bikes, or just heckled a few people. Specifically thanks to St. Luke’s Hospital, Cutters Bike Shop, Specialized Bikes, Eric Mitchell for the announcing, Bolete, PowerBar, Gallons to Ounces for the tunes, and Steve from Cycleops. Specialized donated a Crux frame, 2 tubular tires, and a great stash of prizes. Congrats to the lucky winner of the frame!
The action started with a completely full Cat 4/5 field, and Ruiz getting the hole shot:
Here is Bays showing good form over the barriers:
A strong ride by Matthew Bruno was enough to take the win in the Cat 4/5 race.
The award for traveling the farthest, in the least amount of time has to go to David Molinero, who took the red-eye from California to arrive early in the morning on Saturday. He then raced 3 events, the 4/5, 3/4, and single speed!
Kevin Fryberger won the competitive Masters 35+, followed closely by Joe Piccolo in second, and an excellent ride by Chris Garges put him on the third step of the podium.
The Bikeline duo of Bob Reuther and Martin Mrugal took the top two spots in the 45+, followed by Raymond Ziemet.
In the 55+ race, Kevin St. Clair took the win, Dennis Smith was second, and Scott Reynolds took third.
The top 3 in the Men’s 3/4 race were Caleb Holmes, Marco Mora, and Alex Roberts:
In the Women’s 3/4 race, Robin Dunn, Nadia Latzgo, and Sarah Loguidice took the top 3 spots.
Then, in the Women’s 1/2/3 event, Bicycling magazine’s Fit Chick took the top step of the podium, followed by Kathleen Wulfkuhle, Erica Yozell, Kristine Church, and Lauren Festa.
It was good to see some racing in the Women’s U19 field as well, the top three were Emma Freymann, Kiley Krasley, and Corinne Krasley.
In the Men’s 1/2/3 event, a small group formed early on that slowly whittled down by attrition towards the end of the race. John Minturn suffered an unfortunate mechanical early in the race which took him out of contention.
The top few positions were closely contested, and several of the riders remained in contention for the win until very close to the end.
Gerry managed to put some distance into the Mike, Greg, and Joe to secure the win.
Mike came in for a very close second place.
Final podium was Gerald Adasavage, Mike Festa, Gregory Whitney, Joe Pigga, and Mark D’Avino. Mark had a very strong ride, last year he was the winner of our Cat 4 race, and coming back to place 5th in the elite race is a great result.
Gerry now takes a place on our list of 1/2/3 victors:
The final race of the day featured some very creative costumes in the single speed race. Riding the St. Luke’s staircase, in costume, on a single speed is quite an accomplishment.
Lamprey Cycling participates in duathlons, triathlons, adventure races, mountain bike, running races, road cycling, but it seems that each fall the largest amount of participation comes out in cyclocross. So for the first cyclocross race on 2013 in the Mid-Atlantic area, and the first UCI event on the calendar, Joe, Marten, Jeff H., Jen H., Greg, Chris, Roland, Jon, Frank, Jeff B., and Amy all made it out for a great weekend of racing.
Highlights include Amy doing her first ever cross race, and Danica bringing out the Amy head:
Jenn. H. won the women’s 3/4!
Greg and Chris duking it out the last lap on Day 1. See Chris’ report here.
Jon Ruiz rallied on Day 2 to take second in the Men’s 3/4 race.
Joe rode to a strong finish in a stacked field, led by Todd Wells. See Marten’s report here.
Jeff, Chris, and Greg all scored some points in the Men’s Masters 35+, earning themselves better start positions in the next MAC races.
A great result for Lamprey athlete Jeremy Garges, taking a big win. In his words:
Sunday Sept 1st I raced the Bucks Duathlon in Washington Crossing, PA. Thunderstorms were in area and hit early in the AM hours but stayed away for our 8AM start time.
The previous top 3 from last years race were not in attendance and I was starting to feel some confidence that I may be able to pull an overall podium.
I saw someone who seemed like serious competition wearing his Team USA kit…turns out he went to the World Duathlon Championships in M30-34 — great, at least he’s not in my age group so I still had a shot at the AG overall.
First run is a 2 mile sprint, I come into T1 in 10th feeling good.
The bike is another sprint, only 10 miles; 4 x 2.5 mile straights with it has 3 turnarounds around traffic cones which require rebuilding your momentum. I passed into 3rd at mile 2, passed into 2nd at mile 4, and passed into the lead at the 5 mile mark, around the sharp turnaround.
I maintained approx. 10 sec lead into T2 and had a great transition.
Now, off on the final 2 mile sprint. My usual downfall where the fast runners get past me. My added run mileage this year must have helped as I was able to hold off the Team USA kitted guy and actually run a slightly faster run split than him. My first overall win with some substantial competition. A total of 177 participants.
My wife raced as well and was 3rd OA in her AG and had her best finishing time of her 3 years doing the event.
All the bike and run miles this year finally paid off in the shortest event I’ve done all year !
Jen Hetrick was the fastest women at the Wilkes-Barre Duathlon, she was in a tight battle during the first run with Porfiro, but managed to open up a good lead on the bike, and held on for the win.
Chris Garges was locked in a tight battle with Sean Robbins. After the 22 mile race, they finished only 31 seconds apart.