August 15th saw the final EOTT time trial of the season in Deerfield, OH with plenty of Mandalore podiums! TT is something every competitive cyclist should be doing on a regular basis. It’s an opportunity to test yourself against the clock but also a chance to test yourself against your mind. TT is hard and lonely, but the fellows from Stark Bicycle Club and Summit Freewheelers make this event so much fun. The series has been going on for over 30 years and it’s always a joy to race with the “regulars” and goof off with the organisers.
This event was Q Superstar’s first road TT and we’re pleased to say that everyone present complimented her poise and control on the start ramp (oh, yeah, they shove you down a ramp at the start!) Her previous experience at the Cleveland Velodrome where a holding start is done on the banked surface certainly worked to her advantage for a standing sprint start. Quinn’s average speed was 14.62 mph on the 20k course for a time of 51:43… a brilliant effort for her first time navigating the rollers and sharp turn around at the half way point.
The dynamic duo Brian and Ryan pulled double duty this week, competing in mens standard as individuals and heading immediately back out as a team. Brian placed first in a field of fourteen in standard with an overall time of 31:45 / 23.8 mph average. Ryan placed fifth with a gap of 01:22, a time of 42:07 and a speed of 22.82. Their team effort was just as impressive: second place out of six teams in 31:44 for an average of 23.81 mph. They even managed to beat Joe and Heather’s team effort of 21.11 mph!! If you find it hard to tell B & R apart on bike, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. It doesn’t help that we haven’t seen them separated from each other for months… it’s truly a bromance for the ages!
The track bikes went down as usual, with a gap of about 5 minutes between each of them- Joe first with an average of 25.13, Jeff second at 19.87 and Rae third with an average of 18.24.
Team Mandalore will be moving on to more late season criterium, mtb and gravel in the coming weeks. We’re sad to see EOTT come to an end, but very happy with our results over the series. Also, thanks to Brian’s lovely spouse, we now have visual proof that joining the dark side will get you cookies!
congratulations, brian! you really earned those cookies!!!