At this point, we have subjective data that suggests Thom Bailey is definitively the 3rd winningest (maybe a new word) British cyclist in the world, thus far, in the 2012 road race season. Of course there’s Cavendish who has a couple meager wins here and there, and that Tiernan-Locke guy who has come from no where to pretty much win every race that includes a hill. But really, who cares about those guys, they’re all the way over in Europe. So if we account for that, Thom is easily the number 1 ranked British cyclist in all of America!
All of this is to say that once again the VeloWorks-Spokes, Etc. road team went down to Richmond for the final edition of this year’s Snowcone Crit series and Thom came away with a big win. This was after getting caught behind a crash and fighting back to the front of the field with less than 10 laps to go. He bid his time, was smart about his efforts, and timed his final burst for the line to perfection. This time, there’s even photographic evidence of his victory, though we’re still working on victory salutes. The USACycling officials are really limiting Thom‘s endless creativity with their stupid hands on the bars rule.
And while Thom won, if you haven’t gathered that by now, Jay the Monster and Belov, went down for the race as well. In Jay’s words he paid the piper and learned a valuable lesson about trying to make the race hard for everyone else. That lesson, you can’t make it too hard for yourself, which we all know will be repaid like dividends later in the season. Belov who’s now like an old pro in his 3rd race was feeling comfortable, confident and charismatic until one of his tires grew bored of the endless rotation and refused to retain air. Frustrating, but it happens.
On a sad note, we can’t report on this past week without mentioning the fact that one of our own went down in a blaze of commute by bike glory. He apparently read one too many articles about the commonality of the broken collarbone in professional cycling and decided that since he’ll never know what it feels like to ride up Mt. Ventoux in less than an hour, he’d settle for the next best thing. He’s in surgery this morning to permanently make airline travel more complicated, but the overall outcome for his recovery seems to be a good one. Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery and lots of miles on an indoor trainer.