Spartanburg was the third stop in the USA Crits Speed Week series. The team had one goal for the race; come together in the finishing laps and put in a good lead out for our sprinter, Isaac Howe. Proper lead outs do a number of important things, including keeping the team and sprinter safe and out of the battle field that is the field. And if done correctly, it also means that the sprinter at the end of the “train” is put into ideal position for the sprint, whereas he won’t have to expel extra energy coming around other riders.
Throughout the race every single break and attack was covered by at least one Champion System - Stan’s NoTubes warrior, I mean “rider”. In doing so, this kept the pressure off of the team as a whole so we weren’t put into a position to chase.
With about 15 laps to go, the ChampSys-NoTubes men started organizing and making their way to the front. With 10 laps to go we had every single rider on the team riding the front setting a stinging pace so that other people couldn’t swarm us. There were a number of attacks in the closing laps but since we were ready and organized, the lone attackers were brought back within split seconds.
With 3 laps to go the speed was so high, the field was strung out completely as everyone else was left scrambling to find a seat on the ChampSys-NoTubes train. With one lap to go Conor Mullervy attacked down the back stretch, setting up Isaac for a “sling-shot engaged” senario. The other sprinters were only able to come around Conor with 100 meters to go as Isaac came across the line in 3rd place!
This result was a strong demonstration that the entire team is starting to work like a well-oiled machine.