Marquette’s Superior Bike Fest 2010 – Twilight Criterium

caleb-1Caleb racing in the citizen/cat 5 race…


Yesterday was the first day of Marquette’s Superior Bike Fest (SBF). In the road world my little brother Zach has spent this season competing as a category 2 racer after upgrading from category 3 at the end of last season… and he was in Marquette this weekend to compete at SBF. So, yesterday afternoon Mari and I jumped in the car and headed for Marquette. I wanted to be there a little early because the Citizen/Category 5 race was to be held just before the Pro/1/2 race which my brother was in and my friend Caleb from The Bike Shop was competing.


caleb-2Citizen/Cat 5 race…



caleb-3Caleb coming in hot!



caleb-4I suppose this is what it might feel/look like after/during a difficult race…



superBikeFest-9Zach waiting at the start line…

So, the real reason we came down to Marquette was to give Zach the car I borrowed for my trip out to Utah… since he was racing we decided to stick around for a bit. Zach tried to set our expectations pretty low saying that he would do his best not to fall off the back of the pack. Personally, I just like watching him compete. I wish I lived closer so that I could watch a little more often. Anyway, the race started off pretty well with one super fast group taking the early lead while Zach settled into the first group of chasers.

 

superBikeFest-10The start line for the Pro/Cat 1/Cat 2 race…

 

superBikeFest-12Zach taking his turn at the front…

 

superBikeFest-14Coming around turn 3 on the course…

 

superBikeFest-17Rain, rain go away…

As nice as the race started out, it wasn’t meant to be. The Pro/1/2 race is 60 minutes long + 1 lap. That’s a lot of time for things to change and the person in charge of the weather wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity. It was maybe a little past the halfway mark in the race when it started to come down, and for a few seconds the rain was so think that it was difficult to see what was going on. Fortunately these guys are pros and semi-pros and the rain didn’t seem to slow them down in the slightest.

 

superBikeFest-18Then it poured…

 

superBikeFest-22Riding up front street after the rain let up…

 

superBikeFest-28Looks like fun doesn’t it…

 

superBikeFest-37It’s good to be the guy out in front…

Eventually, the rain let up and the sun actually peaked out a little bit. I can’t say that I really know what was going on in the race as most of the field had been lapped at least once. That combined with the fact that I don’t really know or follow road racing meant that I was really just there to make photos and shout encouragement to Zach as he road past. However, it seems to have gone well. No one crashed or got hurt and Zach ended up holding on for a 10th place finish. Afterwards Mari and I grabbed dinner at the Thai House and then met up with Zach and his friends at Applebees to make the car transfer and chat a bit. Today Zach has a 100 mile road race, and tomorrow there is a circuit race on Presque Isle. With any luck he will continue to do well.

superBikeFest-38Coming round turn four on the second to last lap…

 

superBikeFest-41The sprint to the finish…

 

superBikeFest-43Zach in good spirits after taking 10th place…

 

superBikeFest-44

 

Here are some more images from the races. You can see how wet and gross it was for the Pro/1/2 race. I can’t say that I would have wanted to be out there. Hopefully the rest of The Bike Shop crew does well at the Downhill and XC mountain bike races today and tomorrow.

Later.

 

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