Wait-Molyneux, Walle win BB#2
HAGG LAKE — Colby Wait-Molyneux (Hammer-CMG Racing) joined some familiar faces off the front of the Banana Belt men’s Cat 1-2 race Sunday and eventually sprinted away from a four-rider lead group to take the soggy and sometimes bitterly cold second race of the the three-week series.
In the women’s combined Cat 1-2-3 race, Brianna Walle (Ironclad Performance Wear) outsprinted a surviving group of five to take her second win of the series. Although Walle got the Cat-1-2 win the previous week, Cat 3 Stefanie Bergh (Upper Echelon Fitness) won the combined race with a last-lap solo move.
Walle removed all doubt about who was the strongest woman in Sunday’s race, setting a pace that ultimately whittled the nine starters in the field down to five, and then working with teammate Stephanie Croy to keep the pace high.
In the finalé of the four-lap, 44-mile women’s race, Walle jumped at the bottom of the finishing hill and powered away from Cat 3 winner Emily Charbonneau (Sorella Forte/Honoré Bakery), Kristina lackner (Hutch’s), Lindzay Fox (Athletes Lounge) and Croy.
Familiar Breakaway Animates Men’s Race
Wait-Molyneux joined three of last week’s breakaway riders, David Zimbelman (Salmon Cylcery), Matt Braun (Audi) and Ryan Carlson (Cyclepath), in a move that got away on the third of six 11-mile laps.
“Zimbelman attacked and I followed him,” Wait-Molyneux said. “Then I countered him and he got on my wheel. Then (Braun) and Carlson bridged up almost immediately.”
Last week’s winner, Mark Blackwelder (Gentle Lovers), did not start Sunday, and runner-up Jonathan McCoy (Ironclad Performance Wear) missed Sunday’s winning move. But with Zimbelman, a masters time trial world champion, combined with one of the best junior time trialists in the world in 18-year-old Wait-Molyneux, the breakaway had more than enough horsepower to succeed. And much like the week before, the lack of any large teams to organize a cohesive chase allowed the breakaway to quickly build a large time gap on the over-matched field behind.
The leaders built an advantage of as much as four minutes on the final lap and then settled in for the final battle to decide who would win the day. Just like he did the week before, Braun led the breakaway through the sweeping left-hander on the bridge before the 1k mark and then continued in the lead down the long straightaway that leads to the final hill and the finish. Wait-Molyneux sat second wheel and remained vigilant for an attack from Zimbelman and Carlson behind him.
“Zimbelman came around me on the right,” Wait-Molyneux said, “and I went to the left.”
From there it was a drag race up the final 200 meter wall to the finish. Wait-Molyneux convincingly outpaced his breakaway companions for the win, pushing all the way through the line and only pausing to lower his head as he crossed the chalk line at the hill’s crest. Zimbelman came in several seconds later for second followed by Braun and then Carlson. Gentle Lovers’ Steven Beardsley brought the field home for fifth. The result marks the third OBRA win of the season for Wait-Molyneux, a member of the U.S. junior national team who will leave for Belgium at the end of this month.
(Check back soon for more photos from the entire day of racing).
Banana Belt #2
March 11, 2012
Cat 1-2 Men
1. Colby Wait-Molyneux (Hammer-CMG Racing)
2. David Zimbelman (Salmon Cyclery)
3. Matt Braun (Audi)
4. Ryan Carlson (Cyclepath)
5. Steven Beardsley (Gentle Lovers)
Cat 1-2-3 Women *Cat 3 scored separately
1. Brianna Walle (Ironclad Performance Wear)
2. Emily Charbonneau (Sorella Forte/Honore Bakery) *Cat 3 winner
3. Kristina Lackner (Hutch’s)
4. Lindsay Fox (Athlete’s Lounge)
5. Stephanie Croy (Ironclad Performance Wear)