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Written by GAS Cycling Team   
Monday, 11 August 2008 15:16

This weekend riders from around the state converged to Bozeman for the last two races on the Montana road racing calendar. In Saturday’s state championship time trial GAS riders made a strong showing taking gold and silver in the men’s category 1-2 field. John Curry was state champion posting an ultra fast time of 53min38s on the 40 km course. Brad Morgan took second. In the Cat 3 field GAS riders swept the podium. Sebastian White posted a time of 55min24s for first, followed by Brian Frykman and Alex Lussier.  In the Cat 4 field, GAS/Intrinsik's Jason Armstrong took the gold with a time just over 1hr.  Jason capitalized on some good form he gained from his recent trip riding in the French Alps.  We hope to see full results posted on the MBRA website soon.

John Curry winning Valley West Criterium 2008

On Sunday riders enjoyed perfect weather for the Valley West criterium. The GAS/Intrinsik team put on this event, which meant volunteering and cheering on their teammates when other categories were racing. Several local volunteers also donated their time and effort. We are extremely grateful for their help. On the racing side, Chris Lapp and Jason Armstrong perfectly executed a plan to put Chris on the podium’s top step. Jason sacrificed with a strong leadout and Chris put in a long and sustained sprint to take the win in a three-way bike throw photo finish.

 

In the women’s field Lisa Curry controlled the race, winning an intermediate sprint as well as the sprint for the finish, adding another victory to her successful season. Amy Chiuchiolo made an impressive effort to bridge to the front group after an early race split and was sprinting with the lead group at the finish to take 5th place.

 

In the men’s 1-2-3 field the GAS team made good use of its large contingent to push the pace high and fast early in the race. The constant attacks eventually put Brad Morgan, and Josh Tack from NRO in a two-man breakaway. John Curry put in an attack that no one could match and bridged up to Brad and Josh. With the three fastest riders in a break, it was clear there was no room left on the podium for anyone else so the rest of the field was battling for fourth. The three riders worked cooperatively to get over a minute lead on the field. A concerted effort by Brad and John in the last lap forced Josh Tack to attack early, as he usually does, but John was able to slip in his draft, positioning himself perfectly to come around in the final 100 meters and take the win to match his wife’s earlier success in the women’s race. In the main peloton, GAS riders Sebastian White, Brian Frykman, and Alex Lussier attacked and counter attacked until the very last moments when they were surprised by a surprise surge from Shawn Radley about 300 meters from the finish. In spite of Brian and Sebastian’s efforts to position Alex for the sprint, the response to Shawn’s attack came too late and Alex had to settle for second in the field sprint. He nonetheless found some redemption by taking 4 intermediate sprint awards and the “most aggressive” rider nomination.

 

See the Bozeman Daily chronicle story on the Curry couple success here. Or, cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://bozemandailychronicle.com/articles/2008/08/11/sports/000cycle.txt

 
Whitefish State Championship Crit & Road Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GAS Team   
Wednesday, 11 June 2008 14:19

This past weekend 6 GAS riders traveled to rainy Whitefish to compete in the State Championship Criterium and the Star Meadow Road Race. The conditions for the crit on Saturday were positively brutal with all riders feeling borderline hypothermic by the end of their races. Alex, Brad, John L., and Jason competed in the 1-2-3 field and Chris and Mike competed in the cat 4-5 field.

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Cow Country Classic 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 June 2008 20:41

The 2008 Cow Country Classic was one of the most eventful in recent memory, and perhaps the only one ever to come down to a group sprint. Eighty-seven miles with 4,600 feet of climbing usually does a good job of breaking up the field.

Sprint Finish Cat. 1/2/3 by Natasha Westphal
Sprint Finish Cat. 1/2/3 by Natasha Westphal

 

The first 25 miles were actually the mellowest of any race, with the entire peloton stopping for two(!) pee breaks. Alan suffered a second flat tire in as many weekends but Tomas stayed behind and they quickly worked their way back to the peloton. Jason and Sebastian got in an early breakaway with Russ Schnider from Flathead Cycling that took a while to stick due to the repeated attempts from John Weyhrich from 5 Valley Velo to bridge. Those attempts were all met by a peloton response until he finally got away and rode solo between the break and the peloton for 10 or 15 miles. At mile 35 or so, two miles before the Wolf Creek hill, Alex managed to get away also. He planned on getting a head start on the biggest hill of the race, to hopefully regroup with the strong climbers in the peloton at the top, but instead managed to bridge up to teammates Jason and Sebastian, who by now had shed their initial breakaway partner. About 3 miles after the main climb, Jason and Sebastian eased up the pace to let Alex catch on and then the three worked hard together and stayed away for 30 miles before the chase finally got organized enough to catch on. Jason and Sebastian thus spent over 55 miles in a break for a huge effort that could have gone all the way with another minute lead or so.

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Tour of the Bitterroot PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Curry   
Saturday, 31 May 2008 11:48

by John Sieber

The GAS/Intrinsik team had an outstanding weekend of racing at the Tour of the Bitteroot.

Some top results:

Brad Morgan, 2nd overall omnuim, Cat 1/2
John Curry, 3rd overall omnium, Cat 1/2
Alex Lussier, 2nd overall omnium, Cat 3
Brian Frykman, 2nd overall omnium, Cat 4

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