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Tuesday Night Crit Champs - Round 10

Columbia, SC, June 10, 2003

By Henry Corley

Round 10 of the TNCWC was all about high temps, big crowds and good racing.

For the first time in its long and celebrated history, the race offered up the goods in the form of high-dollar prizes, and will continue to do so for the next two months or so thanks to the folks at Vetta. Razzo saddles, V100 computers and V100HR computer/monitors will be on the line for the series winner and for the weekly prime sprint competition winners. Check out then show up next Tue. ready to race!

The pace wound up gradually, as many new faces in attendance and out-of-towners tried to size one another up. The Outspokin' boys were the first to poke the bear and the business was on as Cycle Center and Earth Fare responded.

The pace lingered around high all night, with only the fittest legs being able to venture off of the front, eventually forming up the trio of McLeod, Sunday and Iwinski. As the 3 put their heads down, the prize prime bell rang early at 15 minutes in. Be sure to ask McLeod how fast he's going next week, he'll be able to tell you, thanks to his new Vetta V100 prime prize, not to mention the infinitely more important series points. Companions Sunday and Iwinski took second and third, the joy of which took Iwinski from the race for the remainder with a super-elevated HR that required medical attention (from Columbia's fastest Doc, Lang Powell).

The field showed no interest in slowing after reeling in the break, but Bluemle did continue to dangle off the front, daring others to go with him. As the bell rang for the 2nd prime, local shop owner Paul Harrell, Chip Mosteller and Damon Little found their way to the front and crossed the line in that order, posting 2 new names on the series leader board.

The most vicious attack of the evening was laid out by Adrienne Brown with 4 to go, however, she was brought back by boyfriend James Wilson after a barrage of emasculation by the field. The only slowing in the pace came with 3 to go, as the sprinters massed at the front and their leadouts tried to find their breath after 50 minutes of brutal pace making. Bluemle, Sunday, Powell, Wilson and McLeod made the hard effort and strung it out with 2 to go.

Through the start/finish a gap opened and Scott Royce jumped across, encouraging others to do the same in ones and twos. On the following lap with the bell ringing wildly, Mark Merrill engaged the 12 and made a fine effort to close the gap and bring the field together, just as McLeod attacked again on the top stretch. Once more the gap opened and a dozen riders slammed into the last turn with flashbulbs popping and spectators screaming. Up the long straight to the finish Bluemle and Oglesby went full-throttle as the chasers scampered for wheels. On the line it was a podium sweep for Earth Fare with Oglesby, Bluemle and Woolford followed by Powell and Sunday.

"Let the climbers have a turn"

Due to popular request and the coming Solstice, the June 24th TNCWC round will be a version of James Wilson's Summer Solstice Mt. Elon RR loop. There will be a larger points prize list, A and B groups, both with points up for grabs, and a King of the Mountains competition for both groups. All riders on the leader board should race A, others have an option. The sprints (~4) will all be KOM (hilltop) and the overall "A" KOM winner will receive a Vetta VR100HR computer/monitor.

The course will be detailed next week, but will likely include a 6:30 start from the watertower at Ridge Rd. and Harmon, the left loop of Elon Chuch Rd., backside Harmon, left up Elon Church Rd., double Elon, old Solstice loop to Garner's Ferry, right on Elon Church Rd. (backside Elon), finish at Church. It will be tough, but 2 groups will keep it competitive and we'll give out a lot of places for points.


Prime 1 (3,2,1 pts and Vetta V100) - Perry McLeod, Tom Sunday, Keith Iwinski
Prime 1 (3,2,1 pts) - Paul Harrell, Chip Mosteller, Damon Little
Finish (5,4,3,2,1 pts.) - Ken Oglesby, Brian Bluemle, Tim Woolford, Lang Powell, Tom Sunday
Overall standings after Round 10
1 - 41 pts - Ken Oglesby (Cycle Center)
2 - 24 pts - Tom Sunday (Cycle Center)
3 - 22 pts - Brian Bluemle (Cycle Center)
4 - 21 pts - James Wilson (USC) 
5 - 19 pts - Lang Powell (Outspokin)
6 - 14 pts - Brandon McKeever (Earth Fare)
7 - 13 pts - John Neal (USC)
8 - 12 pts - Brian Curran (Outspokin)
9 - 10 pts - Chip Mosteller (Veloshoppe)
10 - 9 pts - Perry McLeod (Cycle Center), Karl Kyzer (Outspokin)
11 - 8 pts - Eric Christopherson (Outspokin)
12 - 6 pts - Jeremiah Swanson (Outspokin), Scott Royce (Outspokin), Rob Reed (Outspokin'),
             Keith Iwinski (Outspokin)
14 - 5 pts - Jay Charles (Cycle Center), Tim Woolford (Earth Fare)
15 - 4 pts - Matt, Mike
16 - 3 pts - Jeff (Outspokin), Paul Harrell (Harrell's)
17 - 2 pts - Tyler
18 - 1 pt -  Damon Little (Harrell's)

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