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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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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.

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.

Tour of America’s Diaryland Recap

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.

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+.