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Sunday, June 3, 2001 -- Gardners, PA
Michaux Meltdown Team Time Trial (iPO Event Id#: 3030)
Story and photos by Don Parks

[Details] [Coverage] [Solo Results] [Team O/A Results] [Team Results by Class]
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Solo Time Trial
Going 1-on-1 with Rt. 233
The first ever Michaux Meltdown Team Time Trial was a great success with a beautiful venue and some great racing. Even the weather decided to try and cooperate. And, while it was advertised as a TTT, solo riders were certainly welcome to take the challenge provided by the hilly 24+ mile ride.

The 40K out-and-back course began at the beautiful Ironmaster's Mansion (hi-dvc.org) located in the beautiful Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The Hostelling International/Ironmaster's Mansion was built in 1827 as the home of the ironmaster of the Pine Grove Furnace Ironworks. The ironworks manufactured cannonballs during the Revolutionary War, and the hostel was a stop on the Underground Railroad for sheltering runaway slaves. It now lies along the Appalachian Trail as a resting stop for through-hikers, and welcomes them with a hot tub!

Team TT
On the road with Yellow Breeches Racing
Today it was the site for bike racing, and first out to test their legs were the solo riders with the clock beginning to tick at 12 noon. Every minute another rider went out to race through the Michaux State Forest on scenic Route 233. Time waits for nobody as Aquafina's Josh Beck was reminded when he found himself arriving 30 seconds late for his start. Nevertheless, the 23-year-old Cat 2 rider hammered the course and more than made up for the lost time. His 57:58 for the 40K course was plenty to take the win. "I was pleased with my effort," said a smiling Beck after the race.

The only other sub one-hour time was recorded by Nittany Velo's Jeff Miller. His 59:39 earned him second place honors on a course that he said "wasn't tough." Most would argue, but all would agree with Miller's further assessment, "It was a fun course, and having folks cheering you on out there was inspiring."

3D Racing Team
For the women, it was all 3D Racing
At 1:00pm the teams hit the road with no one knowing the course better than Yellow Breeches Racing (YellowBreechesRacing.com). The host club had four teams ready to ride including the 40+ foursome of race director Mark Laser along with Heeb, Albright and Bakagios. These locals train regularly on Route 233 and immediately set to work. Clocking off the course after 1:01:01, no team would record a faster time on this day. "We rode well together today," said Laser, "Dr. Dave [Albright] rode like a beast."

Racing for second best was two Cat 3/4 teams, South Mountain Velo Club (Hartnett, Ballard, Coldsmith and Keefer) and Mainline Cycling (Sambrano, Gerber, Wren, Bauza and Mascioli). With "no practice and no warm up", the Mainline team went out on their first outing together as a team in a TT. They performed well, even after trimming down to a team of three early on, and finished at 1:01:50. Meanwhile, South Mountain was "tight as a team" and fought through "incredible pollen" to one-up the Mainline crew with a 1:01:41.

Ironmaster's Mansion
It's party time!
For the women, the 3D Racing Team (HP/Tom's Atlantic Cyclery) fielded three teams, two Cat 4 and one Cat 3. When the the final times were tallied, it was the Cat 4 trio of Rossano, Duff and Shewcky beating out their Cat 3 teammates of Henry, Walhart and Sherwin by a mere 22 seconds. "They got us this time, but they're going down," said a smiling Tara Walhart after the race.

The only casualty of the day was Stacey Fry who fell down the embankment in front of registration. In her first time volunteering, the injuries appeared to be more to the ego than her banged-up leg. "I hope I get invited back," said the slightly embarrassed Fry.

It is certain that no invitations will be needed to get everyone back for the next Michaux Meltdown. With a fantastic course, super organization, and a great after race reception and awards ceremony, the event will no doubt be back bigger than ever for 2002.