American Rock Salt Race Series WOWs crowd at Airport Crit #1
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.
AVON - The Rock Gran Fondo is excited to bring you a Gravel Fondo option as part of it's 2018 schedule!
This amazing 60-mile ride showcases the Genesee Valley using five gravel sections that total just under 15 miles of dirt, offering the perfect road/dirt mix for riders of all abilities.
For the gravel enthusiast, it's a route that can be ridden hard with friends through rolling terrain on skinny tires with one big paved climb up Springwater Hill.
For the gravel newbie, this course offers big breaks between challenging dirt sections, providing a taste of what gravel is all about without the full sufferfest of a Mudslinger event.
No matter what your level, this scenic ride includes the historic horse farms of the Genesee Valley Hunt, a section of the Greenway Trail along the might Genesee River, Finger Lakes Wine Country, and Consesus Lake. Disc brakes are an excellent choice as there is one fast dirt descent down Bath Road.
For most, a file tread 28 mm tire will do the trick, but a more experienced rider may get away with less and a beginner might want a bit more.
Just like with all four rides of the event, we offer roving mechanical support, on course rest stops at Deer Run Winery, and timed results. All riders get a post-ride meal good for Cheesed and Confused or Tom Wahls Food Trucks, and the first 100 receive a free pair of event socks. If you're not into dirt, no worries, our three other fondo options offer excellent paved courses for all riders.