Quick Results – Tour de Husker RR with Commentary by Joe Savoie

It was a good day for EVCC at the Tour de Husker road race with two top 10 finishes and a fine finish by Joe Savoie is a stacked 1/2/3 field. The TdH finishes tomorrow with a criterium on the east campus at UNL.

Photo by Georgia Hart ODonnell via Facebook 

Men Cat. 1/2/3
17. Joe Savoie (Elkhorn Valley Cycling) (4th Cat 3)
30. Devin Bethune (Elkhorn Valley Cycling)

Men Cat. 4
8. Kevin Murray (Elkhorn Valley Cycling)
18. Dan Zieg (Elkhorn Valley Cycling)
20. Addison Albin (Elkhorn Valley Cycling)
25. Rich Anderson (Elkhorn Valley Cycling)

Men Cat. 5
6. Colby Turpin (Elkhorn Valley Cycling)

Joe Savoie sent in this report –

It was a gorgeous day for a bike race. At 50 degrees, the start was a little chilly. I thought I had good racing condition going into the race but you never know. NCN has it wrong… Jay Thomas(MWCW-Trek) took off immediatly and then Kevin Limpach bridge shortly after. 

Back in the pack Lee Baumgarner (Team Mack) did most of the work trying to catch and there were many other counter attacks. I was able to stay up front out of trouble and with pack. Things went on like that until the group saw on of breakaway groups on the side of the road with a flat. He had no spare in the wheel truck. That left Kevin Limpach out front. He is one of the few that could stay away. The Trek store formed up to chase. Team Kaos, sat just behind them. I was in the front with the Kaos guys. 

I was up front most of the time. I felt good and was with the pack at the end of the race. There were plenty of attacks the last few miles on the road that wraps around the lake. Onto Lieber’s point, there were a couple more attack. Jon Nelson (Souix City Velo) tried and a rider from Kaos. We passed the guard house, going up hill, at over 30mph. 

Into the last mile before the turn to the finish sprint, I found myself next to Jon Vondracek(Kaos) one of the best sprinters around. Perfect, well almost. He was so fast by the time I came out of the last turn, Jon was gone. I was picking off other riders that dropped from the large bunch sprint ahead. 

I got 17th, way down on the list but most of the riders in front of me were Cat 2s. I did some work up front, and my share of drafting. I was able to handle all the surges by all the top riders in the area.