Sixth-annual Bring It Race features more than 60 riders
Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 12:12 a.m.
ALACHUA — In a warm-up for the North Florida road racing season, the sixth-annual Bring It Race presented by Cycle Logic attracted more than 60 cyclists from all over Florida on Saturday.
The one-mile D-shaped track at Progress Corporate Park featured three USA Cycling sanctioned races.
“It is a good race to get back into the pace,” said race organizer Paul Messal. “Most people took the (early) winter and holidays off. It works as a warm-up for the Florida point series.”
Category 1, 2 and 3 cyclists made up the 18-man “A” race. Mike McBrien, Derek Shanze and Drew Miller separated themselves from the field early into the 25-lap race. The trio exchanged the lead numerous times. On the final straightaway McBrien pulled ahead for the win.
“I just sat there for a while,” said McBrien, a 24-year-old Category 1 cyclist from Pensacola. “I figured they would have attacked, but they didn't.”
Shanze, a senior at the University of Florida, worked hard at the beginning to be apart of the lead group. When it came time to push, he played a game of cat-and-mouse.
“I tried to attack with three laps to go but didn't attack on the last,” said Shanze, also a Category 1 cyclist.
The entire field had to deal with the wind throughout the race.
“The wind made it really hard,” McBrien said. “There was nothing consistent about it. It was swirling all over the place.”
By the time the women's race kicked off the wind had died down significantly.
Four members of the University of Florida women's cycling team finished one through four in the 10-lap, 10-cyclist field. Gator senior Chelsea Factor crossed the finish-line first, followed by Gator teammates Holly Bread, Mandi Hall and Emily VanGelder.
“We (four) all rode well,” said Factor. “It gave us a chance to identify our strengths and see how well our offseason endurance training went.”
Justin Pfaff, a 16-year-old from Santa Fe High, won the 32-man “B” race that included Category 4 and 5 male cyclists of all age groups.
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