by Athlete Ambassador, Ron Amos
The Great American Classic which was the Tour of Battenkill was a huge success for the Hammer/53×11 team. The Hammer boys came from all across the country to race together with the hope of going home with some well-earned metal hardware. My teammates were Cale Reeder, Bill Dahl from New Mexico, Steve Warren from Maine, Jeff Galland and Hunter Ziesing from California. Day one finished with my super strong teammate Cale Reeder taking 1st and myself, 2nd. Day two I was not on my game as my legs felt like they had been beaten with a baseball bat from the efforts of the previous day. I suffered through with a 7th place finish and managed to help Cale (who finished the day in 3rd ) out a little bit in the final Kilometers as a small group of us attempted to chase down Erin Korff. Erin had broken away late on a stunning solo effort to take the win. This was my first year racing in the Battenkill region of New York. The race will certainly be on my race calendar again next year, as it was well organized, the race roads challenging and the area remarkably scenic.
May is always a huge race month on the Eastern part of the Canada and the United States. My plan was to get lots of quality racing in while building fitness for the Canadian National Championships to be held July 2-5.
The month of May started with the local Clarence-Rockland Classic (a gravel/broken pavement leg buster), duking it out amongst all the local talent young and old guns firing huge caliber slugs off at each other. I had a respectable finish after getting in a late move which looked good for a podium placement for a little while before being swallowed up and spit out the back of a chasing group of sharks.
My next race was a four stage omnium, the Syracuse Race Weekend. Stage 1 – Hill Climb had us older dudes racing with the young Elite Cat 1/2/3 up the 6km long climb with some bad ass steep sections. The back section of the Time Trial had a tailwind downhill which allowed for a very fast finish. After four race stages, I finished the weekend with the GC win in the 40+ category.
Grey County Road Race and Time Trial – (Georgian Bay area) was the only North American race qualifier for the UCI World Tour Championship which will be held in Denmark this September. I was fortunate to take the win and the Jersey’s in the 50-54 age group categories in both the Time Trial and the Road Race. The highlight of the weekend was being able to survive a solo breakaway that I foolishly initiated early in the road race, for the win, even after being caught in the final kilometers by Andre Lamarche and the legendary Steve Bauer.
The heavy race volume for May was completed after taking the GC win at the Grand Prix de Charlevoix. This race was held in the crazy hilly and very scenic Bae of St Paul area of Eastern Quebec. I have been chasing a top podium position for 7 years at this epic race. It was not an easy win as I only managed to best Dominic Picard by 12 seconds for the overall General Classification and my first time on the top podium step at this event.
Up next …. A solid June training block with a focus on the upcoming Canadian National Championships to be held July 2-5.