The annual time trial pits the ambitious road racers against the clock. The shortened version this year made each mile even more valuable, with just 15 miles and two sharp climbs proving the difference.
Zoe Reeves started off the day in style, taking the Elite women’s win and pocketing her first victory of the season in the process. Her little sister also took a win in the Juniors class, with Claire flexing her muscles on the final slope as she preps for a Junior state championship this season.
Mackenzie Woodring took the Tandem win, enlisting pal Jody Beard as stoker and putting in a great time, even with the very tough final ascent tossed in. Woodring has certainly picked her spots this season, racing a somewhat limited program as she builds toward the road campaign in June.
Elite men Chris Fisher and John Leach are also building towards the summer, using Fisk Knob to test their early form. Fisher took sixth despite some technical difficulties, and Leach took seventh, four seconds back from Fisher. The duo put in a solid morning’s work against some of the best time trialists in the state, including the race winner, BISSELL’s Alex Vanias.
The revelation of the day, however, had to be CAT 5 racer Keith Conway. Keith drew on his triathlon background to put in a great ride against the biggest field of the race. Of the 40 riders, Keith was good enough to take eleventh place, a great result for a rider who has put in countless hours of work this winter to be ready for the spring races. He appears to have found his calling, and may become Einstein’s time trial specialist for the future.
The next race will be the Yankee Springs Time Trial, which will bring out a different cast of characters. It’s the first Championship Points Series race of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association calendar, and Einstein has a host of riders looking for overall titles. Keep your eyes out for Gary Chastain, who will be making his Expert debut, as well as new signee Dave Walston.
The squad put down some great results in the first time trial of the season. It’s been a spring, and the haul from Fisk Knob went a long way toward the team goal of 100 podiums on the year. At the moment, the Official Podium Counter presented by Airway Automation stands at 37 on the year!