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Tuesday Night World Championships - Columbia, SC

June 3, 2003

By Henry Corley

Round 9 was threatened by early thunderstorms, but not even Mother Nature can defy the TNCWC and the clouds parted just in time to allow the riders to assemble on the line. Their were so many new 2003 SC State RR category medals in attendance we could have stocked a pawn shop.

The smaller than normal field for this wet event had aggressive riding and breakaway attempts on its mind, as combinations repeatedly formed and re-formed, with Bluemle motivating much of the action. Coming into the mid-race prime lap, the field was stretched out tight in full cry, with Lang Powell finding the gap for the win, followed by Oglesby and Tom Sunday. The speed of the prime lap and the water in the turns saw the field torn to shreds in the leadout, with only some of the stragglers able to claw back up to the field.

Halfway into the second half, a large group quietly slipped up the road, leaving a near even split of fitness. As Oglesby tried to cross the gap alone, it was T. Sunday that took the benefit of the sharp increase in pace to slingshot to the break. It looked as though the field could close the margin, but the chase just couldn't organize, as different riders in turn took hard efforts on point, only for it to slow when they swung off.

The break held its gap and the time came to consider how to win the race. As the break companions schemed ways to stick it to each other, it was a simple plan by Bluemle that proved successful: sprint earlier and faster than anyone else in the break. As Bluemle crossed the line for his second TNCWC round win, only T. Sunday was able to fill in the daylight he had left between himself and the field. The sprint was rounded out by Jeff, junior Tyler, Brian and Rob.

Note: As a result of the grueling workouts and superior conditioning achieved by the weekly TNCWC series, the Columbia crowd cleaned house this weekend at the South Carolina RR Championships. Congrats to all:

Junior Men: Brandon McKeever (Earth Fare) - SC Champ. Cat. V Men: Charles Neil (USC) - SC Champ. Cat. IV Men: Keith Iwinski (Outspokin') - SC Champ. Cat. IV Women: Gabrielle Steele (Cycle Center) - SC Champ. Masters 55+: Dean Kinsley (Outspokin') - Silver Medal Masters 30+: Karl Kyzer (Outspokin') - Silver Medal

Results

(5,4,3,2,1,1 pts)
 
1 Brian Bluemle (Cycle Center)
2 Tom Sunday (Cycle Center)
3 Jeff
4 Tyler
5 Brian Curran (Outspokin')
6 Bob
 
Prime (3,2,1 pts.): L. Powell, K. Oglesby, T. Sunday
 
Overall Standings after Round 9
 
1 Ken Oglesby (Cycle Center)              36 pts
2 James Wilson (USC)                      21
=2 Tom Sunday (Cycle Center)
3 Brian Bluemle (Cycle Center)            18
4 Lang Powell (Outspokin')                17
5 Brandon McKeever (Earth Fare)           14
6 John Neal (USC)                         13
7 Brian Curran (Outspokin')               12
8 Karl Kyzer (Outspokin')                  9
9 Chip Mosteller (Veloshoppe)              8
=9 Eric Christopherson (Outspokin')
10 Perry McLeod (Cycle Center)
=10 Jeremiah Swanson (Outspokin')
=10 Scott Royce (Outspokin')
=10 Rob Reed (Outspokin')
11 Jay Charles (Cycle Center)              5
=11 Keith Iwinski (Outspokin')
12 Matt                                    4
=12 Mike
13 Jeff                                    3
14 Tyler                                   2

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