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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

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!

Nick Maimone wins at Iron Hill

Nick Maimone wins at Iron Hill

Nick Maimone wins at Iron Hill. Photo by Sean Carpenter

Posted by Nick Maimone in Race Reports

If you asked me in the AM after the qualifying race how the afternoon would go, I’d have said “don’t talk to me I think I’m going to pass out.” After racing in scorching heat, once I crossed the line of the Iron Hill Amateur Qualifier I was nauseous, vision blurry, and worried about wether or not I was going to faint any minute. I text my coach “10th…Felt terrible,” and contemplated not racing. I’d already had a week of racing and hundreds of travel miles in my legs. I was sure that I was fried from my stint in Wisconsin. He responded “Well, tonight’s another race.”

Iron Hill for me, as a Philadelphian is very important. It is a large event within my local community, not to mention huge crowds and a lot of fun. The course suits me well as it is simple and fast, though the turns can be technical enough to give me an advantage. It was just Wittwer and I racing that evening—the dream team 101. Before the race, I had no clue that this would be my day. As Greg has been in excellent form the past couple months, I have found myself working towards our success in putting Greg in a top spot in the results more often than not. I have absolutely no problem doing so as Greg is a excellent teammate, great friend, and has proven himself to be a key player on our squad both on and off the bike.

Wittwer on a bike that he left in the dryer too long.

Wittwer on a bike that he left in the dryer too long. Photo by Sean Carpenter

We went into the race with a common goal, to get one guy up the road because a breakaway can absolutely roll at Iron Hill. Given both of our riding styles and skillsets, we had 2 out of 2 riders who were candidates for being off the front. The first 10 laps or so had proven to be interesting as I believe Greg went down behind a crash in the first lap of the race. Greg reappeared into the peloton on a fresh bike from the SRAM neutral support. I was concerned about his comfort on the foreign bike but he got right into the mix.

I ended up following wheels at the front for the first 10-15 laps. Noah Granigan, a junior from New Jersey took a flyer after a big preme and went clear of the field. Shortly after, Mike Egan a successful triathlete from Philadelphia went with him. I saw the move and knew it was something to consider. I rode near the front the next few laps letting them gain some distance and waiting to see if it looked promising enough. After a couple laps of the 2 man break gaining time and the field unactive, I attacked on the finishing straight. I looked back and like a dream come true, no one on my wheel, the field spread across the road. I was on my way to the break.

It took about 1.5 laps to catch Noah and Mike. By the time I got there, I was hurting and didn’t know what the outcome would be for me. I have been in many breakaways over the years. I have experienced success, heartbreak, and moments of uncertainty. I knew that if I was going to succeed I needed to ride as steady and smart as I could-knowing my legs weren’t feeling strong. I chose wisely where to position myself, when to be on the front, and rode steady. Mike Egan has much more of a diesel engine than me and put his all into this breakaway. Noah contributed as best he could on junior gearing and helped keep the spirit alive performing excellent before he went off to Canada to race with the big kids.

Nick Maimone on his Raleigh Militis 3.

Nick Maimone on his Raleigh Militis 3. Photo by Sean Carpenter

I kept noticing that I could take the turns a bit faster and smoother than my break-mates often opening up a gap between turn 3 and 4. I knew if it came down to the end, I could take advantage of this. I also understand that out of a breakaway I can sprint too. Coming into the final laps I realized that the field was shut down, no way were they catching us with 2-3 laps to go. I sat back, rotated smoothly, and watched patiently. I was waiting for an attack out of Mike Egan. I believed because of Noah’s gearing he would not be wise to attack. I waited for Mike and he never went. Mike took an overly dominant role in the final lap. I went into the final turns 3rd wheel. Coming into the finishing stretch. Out of the last corner Mike stayed left, stood up, but wasn’t accelerating fast enough to call it a sprint. Noah jumped around Mike and took the lead. I stuck to Noah’s wheel like glue until about 150 meters to go. Coming around him we hit a point where we were neck and neck. Then I started gaining on him and crossed the line 1st. My peripheral vision told me he was about half to a full bike length behind me and I had the win. I opted for a one handed salute, as I was moving extremely fast and the road was pretty choppy.

Nick on the podium at Iron Hill

Nick on the podium at Iron Hill

This was probably the most exciting moment of my career as a bike racer. The podium supplied me with a smile, a huge silver plate trophy, and a large bottle of amazing Iron Hill beer. Once I stepped off the podium, my beer was gloriously being handled by none other than Greg Wittwer who rode the front, shut everything down and controlled the pace like a true professional. One thing we have to remember as a breakaway is that without Greg, we likely would have been caught. It was a moment I’d never forget walking through the parking lot splitting a well earned beer with the teammate that made this possible for me.

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Wittwer wins at Dairylands

Wittwer wins at Dairylands

Posted by Nick Maimone in Race Reports

Going into ToAD we raced very well as a team at Reston Grand Prix in Reston Virginia. We were all looking forward to a good week in Wisconsin and starting it off in the money at Reston was what we needed to get the confidence up as we were heading into a whirlwind of criterium racing, featuring 125 rider fields and courses that may not necessarily favor our squad of breakaway savy riders.

Going into the Schlitz Park Criterium, we had a plan to stay active at the right times. The hill was our saving grace as we all go uphill fairly well and we used it as leverage to wear the field down and have one of our moves work. After trading attacks, a couple small moves went. Some stuck for a lap or two, some dwindled off the front. Finally Wittwer put in the winning attack bridging up to one up the road. The one up the road had been slowly frying off the front and by the time Greg got to him he was able to pass him and continue solo. The front of the field was now controlled and we took advantage of the technical course by leading into the turns and controlling the pace through the technical sections. Wittwer rolls through with his arms raised and Marcos and I follow suit for an excellent team performance and Greg in the ToAD cow jersey.

Our first impressions were long lasting as we placed multiple riders in the money every single day. The following races were fast, usually 4 corner crits. We had our sprinting legs out but weren’t afraid to try to make a break happen. The final day in Madison brought an excellent team presence and performance as we aimed to bump me into a podium spot on GC. Greg rode the front 99% of the time controlling the pace as I went in and out of the field trying to get away-saving some legs for a leadout from Greg. In the final lap of the race, I was on Greg’s wheel, lead into the hill perfectly and got a free ride up the hill. We made the final turn and as I went to come around to sprint to what I believed was a stage win, the rider on my inside flatted and came into me. I had to slam on the brakes and restart my sprint. The beauty of it was the rider who flatted happened to be in the green jersey. I was able to bump up in GC for a podium spot in 2nd overall.

We packed up the car, and blasted The Fatback Band “Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money)” as we journeyed home with some serious winnings, experiences, and memories that we’ll never forget.

Ronde van Mullica – The Beginning

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The Ronde Van Mullica road race has been a staple to the tri-state race calendar for the past few years. Located on my old stomping grounds, the race takes place in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey.  Although at heart this is a local scene race, over the years it has attracted professionals and elite amateurs both local, national, and international. Three years back the New Zealand national team had showed, in 2011 Mike Chauner (Cykelcity Sweden) and Tom Soladay (Kelly Benefits) showed among many other top elite teams from Virginia up to NY (Stans/AXA, etc).

Last year I had bridged up to an early break and grabbed 7th out of the break. This year I wanted to build on my 2011 result and one up myself. Although I knew my aspirations, I also knew that growing regional teams such as QCW, The Caffeinated Cyclist, Don Beyer Kia, etc. would be fielding teams of up to 15 riders. Knowing that I would be one of two INTEGRATED riders registered, I knew I’d have to play my cards right to land in a break with the right combination of teams and riders. Often locally the dominant teams will send people up the road and if you try to bridge, you get chased down time and time again. This can be alot of energy and no result, but sometimes you manage to break free. This season’s start list told me that I may not be able to play the game of racing aggressively now that team sizes have swelled and I was left to fend for myself. Throughout the week I tried getting into my head that I will not try to go with every attack, I will relax, watch, and wait for a few opportune moments, give them a shot, see what the result is, re-evaluate.  I did exactly this. I watched countless promising moves go up the road for both short and long amounts of time. They just weren’t working. The field of over 75 riders was feisty and showing off early season fitness.

After a few attacks, attempts to bridge, etc. I could not break free and decided to try to sit in, be patient, wait for a last minute move in the last lap, and if all else fails position myself for the sprint. I ended up doing the latter. The sprint was slightly downhill, on a long stretch of road. Things were rolling and then got very fast as the line approached. I was blocked in but patiently waiting to jump. I jumped and saw that I was in the front group of the sprint. Crossed the line for 13th place. Not what I hoped for, but I’ll take it when considering the field size and horsepower I saw out there today.

So it begins…2012 Racing.