Kicking off mountain bike season in style, the VeloWorks-Spokes, Etc. mountain bike team had a strong showing at this year’s Leesburg Bakers Dozen. In its 6th edition, Bakers Dozen drew over 500 racers from all over the mid-Atlantic, ranging from local pros to rookies. This year, VeloWorks-Spokes, Etc. fielded two 3-Person Co-Ed teams and two solo racers. Also a huge thanks goes out to Chris McGibben from the Fairfax Spokes, Etc. and his friend Andy from Wicked Wash for providing mechanic support and keeping our bikes clean and running smoothly!
With a fast, dry trail, sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s, this year’s race was a complete 180 from the damp, chilly mud-fest of 2011. The fast trails and great weather resulted in fast lap times, culminating in a big win for VeloWorks-Spokes, Etc. from the 3-Person Co-Ed team of John Kromis, Chris Lane and Emily McDonald, and a 5th place finish for the other 3-Person Co-Ed team of Mike Wojtczak, Kathleen Sheehan and Sam Salinas. Kat Hansen took 6th in Solo Female, and Kirk Otterson finished 7 laps in Solo Male. Tom Howe also raced on a 3-man team and had a successful day.
The race started in a cloud of dust at 9am on Saturday, with Chris Lane coming in after a fast lap, which launched the team into a early lead, and with three laps in, they were already 14 minutes ahead of 2nd place. However, this was not an excuse to slack off, and the team kept rolling in the fast times.
Veloworks-Spokes, Etc’s next 3-person co-ed team was riding strong as well, and keeping steady in the top-10 after the first three laps. Mike took a nasty spill over a log, but dusted off and kept going strong. The weather was perfect, the trails were fast, and since Chris and Andy kept us riding clean and our bikes fast, it was an ideal race day!
Supergirl made her 2nd annual appearance for a lap to shake things up mid-day, and as twilight fell, both teams were staying steady and holding spots in the top-10 without too much worry.