This weekend was book ended by two great things, first, Belov has successfully completed his Cat 5 journey. The second, Landall went WAY under his personal goal of 40 minutes on Wintergreen.
Neither of those races are necessarily interesting to write or read about. This year they combined the Wintergreen Ascent with a crit and ran them in an Ominium format. Belov raced the crit just wanted to finish with all of his skin. So he did that, and figured he might as well get top 10 since he showed up and all. No big deal for that guy as we’re all learning. If you look very closely in one of the pictures below you will make out our kit hiding from the wind very stealthy. Pretty mature racing for a guy with 10 to his name now. I know I speak for everybody else on our team when I say how happy and excited we are to have him full time on the 4 squad. Legs will be hurting soon.
Landall raced the 4 and did a pretty good job of showing patience to move up through the group a little bit every lap. Then did a terrible job of holding his hard earned position on the last lap and was a complete non factor in the sprint. There was a bit of attrition with only 15 of the original 40 or so riders finishing in the front group. After getting caught behind a crash and coming to a complete stop at the base of the hill, he had to chase pretty hard for 2 laps and completely abuse some poor gentleman who did a lot of the chasing to get back onto that front group. That’s not really a result or anything, but we here at VeloWorks-Spokes, Etc. do value a good effort!
Going into this year Landall’s biggest personal goal was to crack 40 minutes on the Wintergreen climb. Looking at years past something in the range of 39:30 would usually win the 4s. Despite this being a solo effort in an uphill TT there was still plenty of team work at play. Cuddles was very generous in letting Landall borrow his extremely light wheels so he could still use power on the climb. Belov hosted in a pretty fantastic house on top of the mountain and Thom took care of all the day of logistics which let Landall worry about more important things, like which socks to wear.
The clock stopped at 38:42:xx and through oxygen deprived logic Landall was pretty sure he’d won. Come to find out some 23 year old kid from Richmond went :41 faster bumping him to a silver medal. It’s probably for the best since Wintergreen was the state hill climb championship and Landall would have insisted on getting a jersey made to commemorate the occasion. And then wearing it daily.
In a TT you can only control how fast you go and hopefully that’s good enough to put yourself in a place to win. There are no regrets in the effort that was made and no looking back in hindsight wondering if he could have went harder on some section. He’s pretty proud to bring back that silver medal for VeloWorks, Spokes and the boys.