A huge field of at least 75 racers showed up to this ZTR. Unfortunately some of the packs were not as compact as they could have been during the neutral roll-out, but we'll give it another try next week and hopefully it'll get better. Many thanks to J. Mora and S. C. (Team dZi) for helping out with the staggered start. Also note that due to the number of crashes reported during the race this week, I've placed everyone who looked like they were completing the race in the results, even if the distance covered was less than the full distance.
Cassie Baldi (Team dZi) showed her strength by riding with the C group and finishing in what would have been second place. As the only finisher in the women's race she was awarded that win instead.
The two Group A names that immediately jumped out to anyone following this race series were J. T. (Team dZi) and T. Bern Hansen. The pace started out very high. For a moment it appeared that J. T. might be in trouble as he was gapped off the back of the pack towards the end of the first lap, but he managed to bridge back to the group on the climb. Eventually a strong group of five riders established itself at the front: Bern Hansen, J. T., F. Garcia, P. Pryor and K. Little. Bern Hansen tried several times to get off the front, but did not manage to get away from J. T. The high pace in the flats seemed to affect J. T. more than Hansen, and in the finale he was gapped slightly in the approach to the finish, allowing Bern Hansen to take the win over Garcia, who was relegated to third behind J. T. for using a power up in the last lap.
S. White outclassed the rest of the B field, catching onto an A chase group. E. Nekkers won the B group field sprint with S. Vingerhoets (TK.be) taking third.
A. Nascimento soloed to the C group win with N. Wisisperger and B. Afonso following in second and third.
The D group seemed to be decimated by crashes, but presuming that all riders that came back from crashes had actually completed the full distance, C. Flores took the win over C. Pritchard, with D. McShoe rounding out the podium.
|Cassi Baldi (Team dZi) takes the women's win|
|T. Bern Hansen wins the Group A race|
|S. White wins Group B|
|1||C. Baldi||50:01 (39.5 km/h)|
|1||T. Bern Hansen||1:00:25 (41.6 km/h)|
|2||J. T. (Team dZi)||0:00:02|
|3||F. Garcia (X)**||0:00:02|
|8||O. M. (UKR)||0:03:28|
|13||N. Law (X1)||0:05:38|
|1||S. White*||1:00:25 (41.6 km/h)|
|3||S. Vingerhoets (TK.be)||0:04:33|
|5||B. Greatrick (VISION)||0:05:40|
|7||E. O' Brien||0:07:20|
|1||A. Nascimento||0:49:49 (39.0 km/h)|
|31||R. Hoaas Nilsen||0:09:58|
|32||G. Leus (TK.BE)||0:10:25|
|33||J. Sort (VISION)||0:11:03|
|34||A. Wyers (Z - CYMRU)||0:11:04|
|36||E. Schlange (SHOE)||0:11:46|
|37||S. Van Houdt||0:13:34|
|1||C. Flores||0:51:37 (38.2 km/h)|