Lakefront Road Race
Ahhh, it's great to be back on this historic course right on shore of Lake Michigan, the third largest of the great lakes. The anticipated rains moved out early leaving sunny skies for the rest of the day. Most of the leading Pro men lined up for this 150km test with Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin) literally going from the gun, anxious to get things underway.
It wasn't long before he was joined by Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose) and together they embarked on a three hour journey up and down the bluffs lining the lakeshore.
Behind them a small chase group of four grew and grew as the top leaders in overall bridged up.
Blackgrove and Van Der Velde pressed on ...
... as all the conteders grouped behind.
In the final kilometers, attacks absorbed the lead duo, and also broke up the lead pack into smaller groups.
Spectators also enjoyed some improptu announcing by Australian Jonny Cantwell who took the day off from racing. It was interesting hearing his take on the happenings in the current cycling world.
Down Lake Drive for the final time, Karl Menzies (Team Ouch) takes the win over Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose) who recovered from his earlier escape and local favorite rider James Stemper (Gear Grinders).grabbed third.
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