American Rock Salt Race Series & Fondo July 21 - July 22
American Rock Salt Race Series Hits Record Numbers Van Horn and Andrews Win Elite Series
PERRY/AVON - The racing was hot this weekend as Sam Patch Promotions and the Livingston Cycling Club hosted its 5th year of the American Rock Salt Race Series sponsored by American Rock Salt. The two-day event kicked off with an Airport Crit at the Perry-Warsaw Airport on Saturday followed by the Avon Road Race on Sunday. The event also hosted a gran fondo where non-competitive riders toured Livingston County.
“We were thrilled with the event,” said Race Director Tony Sylor. “We saw the most competitive racing we have ever had in very exciting venues. We are grateful to the sponsors, especially American Rock Salt, for their support as well as the Airport and the Village of Avon.”
David Van Horn of Projekt and Rachel Andrews (Geneseo) of Once Again Racing Fueled By Once Again Nut Butter took home the over all wins in the series which consisted of both races last weekend and one race in June that was also at the airport
The crit on Saturday a drew strong crowd as Simon Fothergill of Ascent Racing in Toronto stunned the fans in the Elite Men’s Race. Fothergill attacked three Nalgene racers on the final lap in a four-man break to score a victory against one of the region’s top teams.
The following day in the road race, Nalgene got its revenge as Dylan Pudiak and and John Hunter stuck a three-man break with Steve Mongelio of the Buffalo Bicycling Club. This time Nalgene came out on top as Pudiak and Hunter took first and second both of which were repeat place finishes from last year’s road race.
“The racing was amazing,” said Sylor. “We saw a tremendous amount of support from the cycling community. It was great to see Dylan and John take the road race again and the crit was equally exciting, especially with a strong draw from some very fast Canadian riders in multiple fields.”
On the Women’s side, “Big Rach” Andrews represented on the home turf as she took the elite win in the crit, second in the road race, and the overall win in the series. Andrew's win will be put her in the driver's seat of the Lynn Bianco American Portfolios Women's Race Series, which will continue in two weeks in Buffalo (see details below).
“Big Rach is a special racer,” said Sylor who is also the Once Again Racing Team Director. “She is really pushing the growth of regional women’s racing. She’s a class act, and we are lucky to have her.”
In addition to the Elite races the event hosted a range of beginner, masters and intermediate fields throughout both days, making for a showcase of racing at all levels.
“For us this is all about the development of regional cycling,” said Sylor. “I love the sport and want to see it grow locally because I think we live in an amazing place to train and race. Events like this help us with that growth, and they couldn’t be done with an amazing list of local sponsors and the hard work of my event team that puts in countless hours to bring it together.”
This event is sponsored by American Rock Salt, Once Again Nut Butter, Swain Resort, Cyclepath, Castelli, Van Bortel Ford, Van Allen and Hoffmann, Perry-Warsaw Airport, Village of Avon, Duke Company, Gnarly Monkey, Dansville Collision, Cycle Craze, Silver Lake Brewing Project, Nunda Lumber, Bridgett C. Hoag Empire Realty, Geneseo Chiropractic, Rochester Regional Health, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Livingston Cycling Club, and NYSBRA.
LYNN BIANCO AMERICAN PORTFOLIOS 2018 WOMEN'S RACE SERIES
Hosted by American Rock Salt Race Series and Plan2Peak Two Days of Buffalo
The American Rock Salt Race Series and Plan2Peak Two Days of Buffalo are excited to announce that they will be teaming up for 2018 to create a women’s only competition thanks to Lynn Bianco American Portfolios.
With 5 events over 2 weekends, each race will host its own prize list and competitions but also combine only for the women's fields to create the first ever Lynn Bianco American Portfolios Women’s Race Series.
This series will include an added $500 purse ($300 for Cat 1-3 and $200 for Cat 4/5), on top of the prize list for each weekend's races, creating a total of $2,000 in cash along with trophies and winners’ jerseys!
To race, simply sign up for each event on bikereg.com through the links below. All women will be scored no matter how many events they race. This series is made possible by Lynn Bianco American Portfolios financial services(lbianco@ americanportfolios.com) an avid supporter of cycling that also sponsors a women’s bike team: Bike Donk Racing .
Schedule 7/21 Airport Crit of American Rock Salt Race Series 7/22 Avon Road Race of American Rock Salt Race Series 8/4 McKinley Time Trial (road bikes only) of Two Days in Buffalo 8/4 South Park Circuit Race of Two Days in Buffalo 8/5 Pendelton Road Race of Two Days in Buffalo
Prize List American Rock Salt Race Series Prize List Cat 1-3 = $300 & Cat = 4/5 $100 **Includes handmade trophies & winners’ jerseys from Castelli Plan2Peak Two Days in Buffalo Prize List Cat 1-3 = $700 & Cat 4/5 $400 ** Includes winners’ jerseys from Beimmi Lynn Bianco American Portfolios Women’s Race Series Prize List Cat 1-3 $300 & Cat 4/5 $200 *** Podium presentation after final event on 8/5
Van Horn and Hall Lap Field in Airport Crit #1 Once Again's Andrews Wins Women's Race
PERRY, NY - On a lit airfield and with a stellar crowd and a crazy 5-turn course, some of NY's top racers put on an amazing display of sport at the Perry-Warsaw Airport in the first race of the American Rock Salt Race Series.
In the Men's Elite Race, which was the evening's gran finale, the field did not disappoint. David Van Horn of Projekt and Ken Hall stole the show with an early break that eventually lapped the field.
Jake Castor of Once Again Racing, Dan Barney of Nalgene p/b Sager Beer, and Mike Cormier Legaci Cycling, among a few others, worked to bridge early and then attempted to organize a chase.
However the Projekt team rolled deep - made up of Eric Curtis, Tom Weichman, Nick Demarchi, and Rich Scaduto. As their teammate worked fluidly off the front with Hall, Projekt actively disrupted and frustrated the field, which was exaggerated by bottle necks through the hairpin on turn three, and the two quick turns that follow, allowing the gap to grow and the leaders to stay away.
Once Van Horn and Hall lapped the field the excitement was far from over. Both riders immediately re-attacked, but this time were reeled back only for Van Horn to win the gambler's prime and the final sprint in an impressive show of strength.
After doing his job from the field to support his team, Demarchi showed he had some left, taking third overall, giving Projekt a well-earned two podium spots on the evening.
Leading up to the Men's Elite we saw great displays of racing across all fields as racers tried to figure out a technical course that kept the racing hot while the crowd fueled the riders with high energy all night.
Rachel Andrews of Once Again Racing and Jennifer Bushover of Bike Donk tore up the Women's Field. After breaking away from the rest early, these two WNY heavy-hitters battled for 40 mins in a magnificent display of talent with Andrews eventually winning both primes and the final sprint all of which were hotly contested by Bushover.
Other winners on the evening included Chris Tirone of Finish Strong/BBC in the Masters, Kevin Chapman of THS Cycling in the Men's 4, Karen Gurjic in the Women's 4/5, and Anthony Camagna of Bike Loft East in the Men's 5.