Saturday's Poolesville High School Road Race featured a good showing for Squadra Coppi/Vapiano USA riders. The Queen of the Mid Atlantic Classics, the Poolesville course features a feared, notorious, and eagerly awaited 1 mile stretch of gravel road on top of 9 miles of deceptively tough classic Maryland hills. The course lends itself to breakaways and wins by strong men and women.
In the morning races, new Coppi James DiFilippi continued his string of top places, taking 4th in the Cat 5 race. We look forward to seeing James bring his power and finishing kick to the Cat 4 team very soon. In the only Masters race of the day, the combined 45+ and 55+, Dave Wilson was in the day’s big break, with Dan Klaussen and James Bellora working to control the pack. Dave’s break was caught but he still finished 15th.
Long time Coppi strong man James Hibbs scored big in the afternoon’s Cat 3 race. After some mid-race help from 2011 Coppi President Mark Skubis, James made his way into the winning break with 3 to go. James took the chance on the long “sprint” and drove to the line for the last 400 meters, holding off two of the three of his remaining breakaway companions to take 2nd. Kosta Tombras, Bill Cusmano, and Kimani Nielsen came in 13, 15, and 16 in the trailing pack.
The Cat 4 team embodied the Coppi ethos of Vincere Insieme (winning together) placing 5 in the top 20. The team rode well to help protect an early break that contained Chris Grengs (little known fact, Chris was Minnesota state junior champ) who was their “A” candidate for the race. Once the break was caught on the second lap, the boys rode together, delivering Chris to 6th, with recently upgraded from Cat 5 Mike Russo taking 12th, Rob Eom 18th, Eric Blomquist 19th, and Jeff Sanders 20th.
Pro photog Jay Wescott, still on the mend from hip surgery, wasn't racing in Coppi blue but still proved himself number 1 with a camera. Jay brought his big giant lens and supplied us with some great action shots. Check him out at http://jaywestcott.