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3rd, Joe Martin Road Race
Marcos Lazzarotto, Cat 1/2
4th, Page County Road Race
Jameson Ribbens, Cat 2/3
4th Carl Dolan Criterium
Bill Gros, 45+
3rd, NoDa Criterium
Greg Wittwer, Cat 2/3
3rd, River Falls Road Race
Marcos Lazzarotto, P/1/2

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Marcos’s trip to Joe Martin yielded 3rd on Friday’s Road Race, 7th overall in the 1/2 field

 

As Marcos chases his dream of becoming a professional cyclist, he identified Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas as having great potential for him to impress. The racing resumed on Thursday with a 2.5 mile uphill time trial, followed by a 112 mile road race on Friday, a 94 mile road race on Saturday and finally a 50 minute downtown Criterium on Sunday.

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Marcos was very pleased with his performance on the time trial as he nailed 380watts for 9:24 which is very good for his lightweight frame. He was surprised to find that his performance only put him at 28th/112 and 52 seconds down from the leader. This wasn’t what he expected, but not a bad result regardless. It was clear that he was racing against a very good field.

Knowing that the long stages were going to suit his abilities perfectly, he prepared well for Friday’s 112 mile stage and was ready to deliver. With rain following the peloton all day and temperatures lingering around 45F, racing was nothing short of miserable.

With a breakaway of 4 gaining upwards of 3 minutes on the field and still 60 miles to go, Marcos went on the attack. Surprisingly, no one followed, but instead the field allowed him to gain over 1 minute and straddle between the field and the breakaway for several miles.

Eventually a group of about 6 riders bridged up to Marcos – for his rescue we might add – and the group rolled along until they caught all but the race leader that had attacked the breakaway with over 40 miles to go. At this point Marcos found himself in great position as he had plenty of energy left in the tank and no responsibility to work in the break.

Minute details aside, within 5km of the finish fireworks started and Marcos found himself sprinting over and over to ensure he was on the correct side of the splits. Coming towards the last corner around 6th wheel, Marcos got gapped before he realized that he had the most speed left in the legs, coming just short of the sprint winner for 3rd place overall.¬†He’d later learn that this placed him 4th in the General Classification.

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Extremely happy with the result, he knew that it would be hard to protect his general classification position the next day as strong teams would be attacking him as the solo Integrated rider. The prediction was correct – with foggy conditions, it was very easy for breakaways to get out of sight and a move of 4 took off early in the race. Later another 6 went up the road and Marcos found himself chasing to cut his losses.

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With the help of the current race leader and a couple unrepresented teams, they were able to bring back the group of 6, but the 4 winners would go on to bump Marcos to 8th overall despite finishing with the group for 16th in the stage:

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Sunday’s race was on an amazing 1.2 mile course in Downtown Fayetteville. More amazing was that Marcos got a call-up and a chance to change the way he raced criteriums for good.

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While Marcos’s breakaway efforts were futile and he was only allowed a short leash each time he tried to slip away, he felt reasonably comfortable in the field -

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At the finish, he maintained contact with the winner for the same time scoring and came out with an 11th place, moving up to 7th overall as the field completely blew up on the finishing hill they had to climb at the end of every lap:

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All in all, it was a great effort that we can all be proud of. With a single racer from Integrated facing bigger teams, we came out with a 3rd place on Stage 2 and 7th place overall! Good times were had and we expect more great things to come soon!

Jameson Ribbens puts in a massive attack with 1k and slips away to 4th at ToPC

 

Integrated took a great squad to the Tour of Page County on April 27th-28th – with 5 riders eager for results, we knew we had to make something work. It was a day for the road racers on the rolling hills of Page County in Virginia.

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Late in the day, with about 1km to go, Jameson put in a massive attack and slipped away from the charging field for 4th place. While we’d have liked to see a win here, this result predicts great things for the rest of the 2013 season!

 

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Bill Gros earns his 11th podium at Carl Dolan, just missing the elusive win

It’s always nice to see our team on the podium, but this one is bittersweet for our team director Bill Gros.

Bill posted his 11th top 5 career finish at the Carl Dolan Memorial on April 14th with a solid 4th place in the 45+ Masters race. Bill was decidedly a bit disappointed. Despite the years of success in this event, he’s never won it! Maybe next year!

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Integrated Racer Marcos Lazzarotto finished 3rd at River Falls P/1/2 Road Race

The early season has paid dividends to Integrated as racer Marcos Lazzarotto finds good form in the early season. Last weekend’s race was the River Falls Road Race just north of Greenville. Despite racing solo against a number of elite teams with a full roster, Marcos worked his way into an early breakaway.

Having a stellar day on the bike, Marcos raced aggressively. With 600m to go, the breakaway group reached the steepest part of the 1km climb to the finish and Marcos attacked hard stringing out the break. Despite the good move, Chris Wolhuter from Stan’s NoTubes and Blair Turner from Hincapie Sportswear were able to outsprint him as the course hit a slight downhill in the last 150 meters.

With a slight bittersweet feeling towards the result that could have been his biggest win, Marcos stepped away with a big smile. All of his efforts traveling south paid off with a 6th place at Wolfpack Classic, 5th place at Donaldson Center and this weekend’s 3rd place at River Falls. This reinforces the success of Integrated as a team that helps developing aspiring Category 2 racers into the higher ranks of cycling.

 

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Racing in Greenville yielded a 5th place for Integrated!

 

Last weekend’s racing in Greenville, SC was good for Integrated as racer Marcos Lazzarotto brought back 5th place. Racing at Donaldson Center was aggressive with numerous attacks going from the start. However, this time around it took the break about half the race to get established. When it did, Marcos and over 15 other riders found themselves up the road from the now 40 rider deep field.

After the break got established, the pace was only peaceful for a couple of miles. As riders grew unsatisfied with the large size of the group, the fireworks resumed. Finally, a group of 2 riders was able to slip away about 3 miles from the finish and after getting pushed onto the grass with 150m to go, Marcos was able to secure 3rd on the sprint for 5th place in a competitive field.

Stay tuned as we head down to Greenville yet again this Saturday – the River Falls Road Race offers twisty sections and a mile long climb that racers will face 10 times. This is a good breakaway course and one that Marcos hopes to bring good results from.

Finally, sunshine and blue skies – the reason why we love racing in South Carolina:

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Racer Marcos Lazzarotto takes 6th/60 to kickoff the 2013 road season at the Wolfpack Cycling Classic

Good opening to the season last Saturday at the Wolfpack Cycling Classic in Raleigh, NC. Integrated racer Marcos Lazzarotto started the race aggressively and bridged his way into an early breakaway of 14 that turned out to be the winning move.

He went on to sprint for 6th within a few yards of race winner Nathaniel Ward from Team SmartStop. Not bad for the first race of the season!

 

Photo credit to Richard O’Briant

2013 Roster Released for the Integrated Sports Medicine Cycling Team

For Immediate ReleaseThe self-proclaimed, and most would agree, “underdog” Mid Atlantic Team of 2012, returns for 2013 with an expanded roster. Integrated Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy is once again proud to back the 2013 squad presented by Pyramid Training Systems Coaching.

The 2012 squad captured seven victories by six different players to go along with 10 other podiums. Significant victories included the Tour of America’s Dairyland Schlitz Park Criterium by Greg Wittwer, Fon du Lac Criterium 45+ by team owner and director Bill Gros and Nick Maimone added a big victory winning the Iron Hill Criterium in July. Brian Sacawa put three time trial victories in the bag nailing his specialty. Gros landed 3rd in the 45+ Mid Atlantic Best All Around Rider category point standings.

The 2013 roster includes returning players Marcos Lazzarotto, Greg Wittwer, Bill Gros. Roster additions include Jon Cochrane, formerly of Stan’s No-Tubes, Clint Dager, formerly of Raw Talent Ranch, Jason Hall, from Squadra Coppi, Matt Means and Jameson Ribbens, from C3 20Twenty Cycling, and Matt Waller, from Tri-State Velo/Amoroso’s Racing Team. Though not racing this year, Brian Sacawa will continue to be involved in sponsor relations and communications. Nick Maimone has moved to San Francisco and will still be involved handling Facebook updates and sponsor relations. He will be racing for Team Clif Bar, in 2013. David Novak presented a valuable threat for us during 2012 and has moved on to race with Kelly Benefits, we wish him well.

The 2013 team will continue to be supported by Integrated Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Locations include Landsdowne/Leesburg, Fairfax/Fair Oaks, and Fairfax Station/Burke and are some of the DC metropolitan area’s leading sports medicine and physical therapy centers. Integrated offers cyclists the opportunity to re-habilitate or even pre-habilitate new or nagging injuries or imbalances to optimize your training and racing. Owner Robyn O’Connor; “ISMPT is thrilled to be sponsoring such a great team again this year. We look forward to more successes and hopefully an injury free season!”

Other financial sponsors include: Pyramid Training Systems, a premier coaching service operated by team owner/director and Masters racer Bill Gros. Big Ring Creative, a web design and digital media firm in Baltimore, MD that offers customized WordPress websites at an affordable price. Udderly Smooth Skin Care Products by Redex Industries of Salem, Oh. Our other supporters include boutique level custom racing kits produced by Endo Customs of Los Angeles, Ca. Raleigh Bicycles, featuring their line of Militis 3 and 2 lightweight carbon race framesets. Topo Designs, bags, apparel and accessories from Colorado USA. Equipment support provided by Bicycle Outfitters of Leesburg, and newly opened shop in Brambleton, Va.
You can visit and support our sponsors through our team website link at: pyramideliteracing.com and please find and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

We look forward to competing in 2013 in the Mid Atlantic, Southeast, Mid West,and North East regions. Our race schedule will firm up as the regional calenders fill in. This is the dawn of a new era in cycling. We intend to continue and lead by example and push forward with a team of exacting high standards that we hope all others will strive to. Please come along with us in supporting this beautiful sport.

Results Recap: July 2012

Greg Wittwer wins at Dairylands

Greg Wittwer wins the Schlitz Park Criterium at Dairylands.

Posted by Integrated Cycling Team in News

After a stellar month of racing and results in June, the team was carrying some serious momentum as they rolled into Wisconsin for the Tour of America’s Dairyland. And the boys did not waste any time throwing down the gauntlet for a week of racing in the Cat 2/3 field as Greg Wittwer soloed for the 1st Place win at the Schlitz Park Criterium with Nick Maimone and Marcos Lazzarotto rounding out the top 10 in 4th Place and 9th Place, respectively.

Greg Wittwer continued his impressive run, just missing the podium in 4th Place after a hot and wind-swept Fond du Lac Road Race. At the Sheboygan Harbor Challenge Marcos Lazzarotto grabbed 4th Place with Nick Maimone in 6th Place, while DS Bill Gros sprinted his way onto the podium in 3rd Place in the Masters 45+ event.

Marcos Lazzarotto in the field at Tour of America's Dairyland

Marcos Lazzarotto in the field at Tour of America’s Dairyland

The team continued to place riders in the top of the standings for the rest of the event as Greg Wittwer once again found himself just shy of the podium in 4th Place at the Commonwealth Classic and Bill Gros unleashed his lethal sprint to take 1st Place in the Masters 45+.

Nick Maimone‘s consistent riding netted him 4th Place in the Downer Classic and 6th Place in the Madison Capital Criterium and secured his position in 2nd Place for the Omnium Overall. Click here to read more about the team’s successes at Tour of America’s Dairyland.

Nick Maimone on the final Dairylands Podium

Nick Maimone on the final Dairylands Podium

The intense week of criterium riding at Tour of America’s Dairyland was the perfect prep for Greg Wittwer and Nick Maimone lined up for a very hot Iron Hill Cat 2/3 Qualifier, and took 8th Place and 10th Place, respectively, using just enough energy as was needed to reach the main event later that night. And the guys did not disappoint, as Nick Maimone took 1st Place out of a strong three-man breakaway, while Greg Wittwer played super teammate and controlled the field before mixing it up in the bunch sprint for 5th Place. Click here to read Nick Maimone’s race report.

Nick Maimone wins at Iron Hill

Nick Maimone wins at Iron Hill

Riding a wave of stage racing form following Killington and the Tour of Washington County, Brian Sacawa was the team’s sole representative at the Pro/1/2 Tour of the Valley. As expected, he posted a fast time in the Stage 1 Time Trial, landing a 4th Place finish. Riding as a freelancer against some large teams, he was able to secure a solid 6th Place for the Overall GC. Click here to read Brian Sacawa’s race report.

Sacawa laying it down at Tour of the Valley.

Sacawa laying it down at Tour of the Valley. Photo by Mike Briggs

Team Director Bill Gros capped off a busy and successful month for the team by once again landing podium spot in 3rd Place in the Masters 45+ field at the Liberty Criterium.

Bill Gros showing off his cow hat on the Liberty Crit podium

Bill Gros showing off his cow hat on the Liberty Crit podium

Sacawa rides strong at Tour of the Valley

Rolling down the TT start ramp

Rolling down the TT start ramp. Photo by Molly Sheridan.

Posted by Brian Sacawa in Race Reports

I should probably start setting bigger goals. Or at least begin calibrating what I hope to achieve beyond what I know to be possible rather than aiming for the upper limit. People who know me know I’m a pretty big watt weenie. And that I’m decent in the time trial. I used to ride TTs blind (i.e. without a power meter) but not this year. It’s become a habit to look at the course profile, winning times from previous years, and do a whole bunch of secret FTP math with my coach to arrive at the magic number that will get me that time or at least an understanding of what is possible for me.

This has worked out pretty well and I’ve pretty much nailed the TT targets all year. 4th at Killington. 7th at Tour of Washington County (which I still declare in my mind to be 5th because it would have been in the real world, meaning a world without Nate Wilson and Josh Frick). And then this one at Tour of the Valley. My time was a few seconds slower than last year’s winner—who actually took the win again this year, besting his previous time by over 20 seconds—but it was still good enough for 4th place. The crummy part was that I missed the podium by .015 seconds. Yeah, you’re reading that right. I probably lost that time when I turned my head to wonder why some PRO rider needed to draft off me, which didn’t seem very pro to me at all. Anyway, turns out there was a 5-step podium, which I didn’t realize, and since I didn’t stick around @CXHairs made fun of me.

These dudes thought it would be fun to attack the feed zone.

These dudes thought it would be fun to attack the feed zone. Photo by Mike Briggs

...so I thought I'd follow their wheels.

…so I followed their wheels. Photo by Mike Briggs

The road race was the next day and was a different course from previous years due to fracking or something. So instead of the long climb each lap, there was a series of 6 or so awful pitches in rapid succession. There were also bonus seconds for the one and only KOM point and since the results rounded to the nearest second, there were like five of us tied for 3rd on GC. I managed to get 3rd at the KOM point, went 1″ to the good, and hoped that the race didn’t break up.

And it didn’t largely due to one team completely controlling the race for the leader. I was thankful for that. It was actually pretty impressive and a style of racing that wasn’t terribly familiar to me as a card carrying member of the MABRA attack-to-the-death peloton. At about mile 72 of 80 the attacks started coming though. I went with everything and we actually had a decent selection of 7 or 8 guys but nobody really felt like putting any work into the move. It was a sprint, which I stayed out of, finishing safe and in 3rd overall going into the last day.

Pretty happy it wasn't raining.

Pretty happy it wasn’t raining. Photo by Mike Briggs

The crit. Not my favorite event. Though I’ve been known to survive them. The threat of torrential downpours didn’t help any either. I was heading to Kauai on vacation the following day and the last thing I wanted was to be sitting by the pool in pants and long sleeves so my road rash didn’t get sunburned. If it started raining I think that would have been my there-are-more-important-things-than-bike-racing moment and my wife would have rejoiced.

Showing off the team's new V-neck jersey

Showing off the team’s new deep V-neck jersey. Photo by Fred Jordan

A Mt Khakis rider demonstrates the pro tactic of "drafting"

A Mt Khakis rider demonstrates the pro tactic of “drafting”. Photo by Mike Briggs

But it never rained and the weather was, in fact, pretty nice if you are a fan of heat and humidity (which I am not). There were attacks, of course, some more menacing than others and I went with the most menacing looking ones though the large teams made sure they never amounted to anything. It was a pretty comfortable race, so comfortable that my mind was already thinking about Kauai and I thought that I’d just surf the back to stay out of trouble. I didn’t really count on dudes not being able to stick with the front of the race in the last 200m but that’s what happened. A small gap opened on the short rise before the line and I was on the wrong side of some tired legs apparently. That error bumped me from 3rd to 6th on GC. That stung pretty bad, especially because it was such a boneheaded mistake, but in 24 hours time I forgot all about it, as terrible as that may sound.

I got 6th on GC. Aloha!

I got 6th on GC. Aloha!

Be nice to your officials

Posted by Brian Sacawa in Ramblings

When I was in grad school for music I’d say about half my saxophone lessons were spent listening to my teacher tell me tales and offering pieces of wisdom he’d gained over a long and very successful career. One of my favorites was when he asked me, “Who is the most important person in this building?” My first answer, The Dean, was incorrect. As were my next few tries. The correct answer, he told me, was The Janitor. The Janitor was THE MAN in the building, it was HIS BUILDING. He kept kept it clean, emptied the trash, and most importantly had the key to every single room. If you needed something, The Janitor could deliver, so you had better 1) be nice to and respectful of The Janitor and 2) become friends with him. It was probably one of the most valuable life lessons I learned in grad school.

I thought of this recently at a multi-day race when I saw several people acting like overly aggressive spoiled rich kids towards the race officials. A couple of these dudes were on a pretty big team that I thought was pretty legit so it was annoying to see them conduct themselves like entitled jerks. I’m not saying that USA Cycling Officials are like janitors, but there is one important similarity: they hold the key.

If you are pissed off about something in the race or protesting a result, going up to the Chief Ref all aggressive, snarling, and gesticulating like Matt Goss just came off his line against you in the sprint you are probably not going to get very far. Race officials have a lot on their plate and are doing the best they can. When they make a note of a protest I’m pretty sure they don’t do it IN ALL CAPS if you yell it at them. If I were an official I’d probably pretend I didn’t hear you. That’s why I’m not an official. Act like a courteous human being and save your aggression for the road, for Pete’s sake.