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Anyone at Wachovia Lancaster race last night?(6 posts)

Anyone at Wachovia Lancaster race last night?brian n
Jun 4, 2003 7:39 AM
I spent 4 hours in Lancaster park at the feed zone, watching the riders power up and then down the short steep twisties around the feed zone. was hoping for an empty musette bag, but nobody seemed interested in the solid food yesterday.

The race was brutal, with only about 30 of the 209 listed riders finishing the 91 miles. average race speed of just over 27mph in the rain. It was pretty awesome to see Andrea Tafi, Freddie Rodriguez, and all the other pros powering up the climbs. also cool to see the motorcycles/team cars barely able to keep up on the twisty downhills.

I managed to take a roll of pictures, which I'm dropping off at the developer today. If anything good comes out, I'll post them here.

No, but I'll be in Trenton tomorrow with the digital...(nm)biknben
Jun 4, 2003 7:47 AM
re: Anyone at Wachovia Lancaster race last night?brurider
Jun 4, 2003 8:21 AM
Yes, I was. Another riding buddy from New Holland and I hung around in town near the finish and the square. We walked around some and watched the guys go up the short climb toward the square and then around the statues & downhill toward the finish line before hitting the final upgrade at the end. My first time experience watching the "big boys" race. Well worth the trip, even though a little damp:).
re: Anyone at Wachovia Lancaster race last night?Will Ross
Jun 4, 2003 9:34 AM
I rode down to the park and spent some time watching near the feed zone, then rode back to the start/finish to catch the last few laps. Watching a grimy Piil come down the finishing straight with the headlights of the following cars reflecting in the rain and general liquidity was pretty cool -- like a scene from an early spring race in Northern Europe. Come to think of it, it generally felt more like early spring than June. First lap it was awesome to see the pack barreling down Duke St. at 30+mph, spread across both lanes and battling through their own spray. A couple of laps later I watched a substantial break of 20-30 riders come through a sharp turn in the park, amazingly holding their lines while three abreast and the road slick as snot. As Vaughters leaned into the turn, I could have wiped off his glasses for him (I refrained). I'll be at Philly on Sunday -- probably Lemon Hill again. Great time of year to be an East Coast cycling fan. Makes it easy to enjoy the lull before the Tour.
i wish.. too rainy for me... next year i hope to see it - nmbenja15
Jun 4, 2003 12:04 PM
5 1/2 hours by the start/finish lineGreenFan
Jun 4, 2003 5:37 PM
In shorts, a tee shirt and a lightweight rain jacket, by the end of the race I was almost cold enough to shiver. But it was a glorious race regardless. Only 23 racers finished, Andrea Tafi did a helluva lot more work than any reporter has given credit for, dragging the lone Saturn breakaways back so that his teammates would have a chance for glory. I think that the race in Virginia last weekend with it's epic wind gusts, rain, and multiple crashes might have made some of Lancaster's racers a little cautious about going for the gusto with Philly only a couple of days away. Next year if the weather is a little better I'll bring my bike and explore a bit more of the course, this year I helped out one of my club's sponsors instead. Enjoy the rest of the week, I know I will =)