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As mentioned previously during our “Roster Release,” we have some new faces within our ranks this year.  We have said goodbye to some of the original team and brought in new faces.  Today we want you to get to know our 2013 team a little more.  We have added biographies highlighting some of the individual characteristics, hobbies, likes/dislikes and passions of our riders.  We all come from very different walks of life; however, THIS family lets those differences unite us both on and off of the race course.  You can view our racer’s biographies on our team page.

The season is well underway and we have seen some glimmers of success.  Stay tuned for some BIG results this year.  Next up … Wilmington Grand Prix.

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.

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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

Results Recap: June 2012

Sacawa in the break at Ride Sally Ride. Photo by Craig S. DuBois.

The team started off the month of June with a glut of crit racing and solid results. Brian Sacawa forced an early breakaway that would go the distance in the Ride Sally Ride Criterium Masters 35+ race, earning a spot on the podium in 3rd Place, while Team Director Bill Gros picked up the scraps left to the field for 10th Place.

David Novak on the top step of the podium at the Lucerne Criterium.

Greg Wittwer put in an excellent ride against a stacked field at the Air Force Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup for 8th Place. A day later, the team was active on two fronts as David Novak lapped the field, taking 1st Place at the Lucerne Criterium in Pennsylvania and Nick Maimone rode a smart race to earn 8th Place at the Historic Riverton Criterium in New Jersey.

The month’s early crit racing served as a tune up for one of MABRA’s showcase events, the Tour of Washington County Stage Race. Like last year, the event was preceded by the TOWC Kickoff Criterium and the team represented with David Novak and Marcos Lazzarotto taking 8th Place and 9th Place, respectively in the 1/2/3 race while Bill Gros just missed the podium in 4th Place of the Masters 45+ race.

David Novak on the attack at the TOWC Criterium. Photo by Jim Wilson.

The Stage Race began with the deceptively challenging Smithsburg Road Race and Nick Maimone found himself in another race-long breakaway. Unlike Killington, this one stuck and Nick found his way onto the podium in 3rd Place. The Stage 2 Boonsboro Time Trial played to Brian Sacawa‘s strengths and he rode an impressive 21:59, good enough for 7th Place, while moving him up to 6th on GC. The final stage Williamsport Criterium was run at a blistering pace and the team worked hard to defend Sacawa’s GC position. In a brilliant display of teamwork, the guys helped to keep Brian Sacawa in 6th Place on GC, while David Novak sprinted to a solid 4th Place on the stage.

Brian Sacawa driving the break at Greenbelt. Photo by Julie Elliott.

Nursing some excellent form, Brian Sacawa lined up at the Wednesday night Greenbelt Training Race, where he once again bridged to an early move and rolled it to the line, just edged out in the sprint for 2nd Place. Later that weekend the team scored two podiums at the fast and technical Reston Town Center Grand Prix with David Novak taking 3rd Place in the 1/2/3s and Team Director Bill Gros going in 2nd Place in the Masters 45+.

Results Recap: May 2012

Greg Wittwer on the podium at Wilmington GP

Greg Wittwer on the podium at Wilmington GP

The team began the month of May by rolling into Wilmington, DE for the Wilmington Grand Prix. Nick Maimone kicked the weekend off on Friday evening by putting in a strong ride over the cobbles of the Monkey Hill Prologue Time Trial, earning a solid 2nd Place despite dropping his chain on the course’s final climb. The following day at the technical 8-corner criterium, the team avoided multiple crashes and set up Greg Wittwer to launch into a late race breakaway, out of which he scored the the team’s second podium in as many days, finishing in 3rd Place.

David Novak cleaning up the field sprint at Poolesville

In the Poolesville Road Race, one of the toughest one-day events on the MABRA calendar, Greg Wittwer once again found himself in a late-race move. Team members Brian, Nick, and David, patrolled the front of the field in the closing laps, ensuring Greg’s break would stick. Greg stayed off the front, ending up in 4th Place while David Novak dominated the field sprint to take out 6th Place. And earlier in the Masters 45+ race, Team Director Bill Gros sprinted onto the podium in 3rd Place.

A dusty team after the Poolesville Road Race

May came to close in Killington, VT as the team lined up for the “legendary” Killington Stage Race. In the Cat 2 Stage 1 Road Race Nick Maimone rolled away early in the 70-mile race with a 3-man breakaway that was unfortunately reeled in just 3 miles from the finish. Nick reintegrated into the field and found something special in his legs to take 8th Place in the sprint. While in the Pro/1 Stage 1 Road Race, David Novak freelanced his way to an incredible 4th Place. In the Cat 2 Stage 2 Time Trial Brian Sacawa threw down a powerful performance to land 4th Place on the stage.

Team at the summit finish of Stage 3 of Killington

Team Training Camp: March 15-18th

Team training camp
We’re all pumped for the upcoming season and everything’s coming together smoothly as we head into our first training camp:

Recruit Riders: Check.

Secure Sponsorship deals: Check.

Build Raleigh Militis 3 racing machines: Check.

Racing Gear from Endo Customs: On it’s way.

Training Camp March 15th-18th: Can’t wait!

The planning process is never over, but I’m happy to get a chance to ride and possibly race with the team this weekend!

Greg Wittwer was able to secure an awesome house for the team and we’ll head up to Wintergreen this weekend for 4 days of training on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will be a nice shift going from talking about cycling via our team list to actually riding bikes together.

Our training for the camp was outlined by Bill Gros, our Team Director and owner of sponsor Pyramid Training Systems, and routes were picked carefully by Greg—everyone’s motivated to put in some great riding and get to know each other better. I can’t wait to see what they have going for us!

Stories about camp will follow. Stay tuned!

2012 Team Announcement

Integrated Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy along with Pyramid Training Systems announce the formation of Integrated Sports Medicine p/b Pyramid Training Systems, a new elite amateur cycling team based in the Mid-Atlantic region and led by Team Director Bill Gros.

“My desire to have my own team presented itself last summer,” explains Gros. “A group of young men found they had the chemistry and desire to execute teamwork and race together as a unit. They lacked a leader, someone willing to direct what they thought could be a promising new team. When our team sprinter, Andrew Bridges, approached me to see if I’d be interested in leading this group, I jumped at the opportunity and Pyramid Elite Racing was born.”

The 2012 Integrated Sports Medicine p/b Pyramid Training Systems cycling team is comprised of six elite athletes in addition to Gros as Team Director. The team seeks to epitomize the qualities and benefits of teamwork and to act as model representatives of its sponsors and supporters by upholding and exceeding expected conduct at its racing venues and competitions. “With the backing of our outstanding sponsors we are set to strive for the racing success we seek as well as the continual growth and prominence of Pyramid Elite Racing for many years to come,” adds Gros.

The team’s mission and ideals appealed to Robyn O’Connor, owner of Integrated Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, who generously offered her support as the new team’s title sponsor after being approached by Gros. “Integrated Sports Medicine is extremely excited to have partnered with Pyramid Elite Racing and the Mid-Atlantic cycling community this year,” says O’Connor. ” We are a state-of-the-art sports medicine facility that hopes to help our team achieve optimal levels of performance. As a new cycling sponsor, we are eager to become more involved not only with our team, but also the wider local cycling community.”

In addition to Integrated Sports Medicine and Pyramid Training Systems, the team is sponsored by Big Ring Creative, Endo Customs, Udderly Smooth, Raleigh Bicycles, Bicycle Outfitters, Emergen-C, Giro, Maxxis, Podium Cycling, and Team Kattouf.

2012 Roster:
Bill Gros, Team Director
Steven Black
Andrew Bridges
Marcos Lazzarotto
Nick Maimone
Brian Sacawa
Greg Wittwer

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