A-D Racing at the 2017 Green Mountain Stage Race

Fred Thomas of A-D Racing turned up at the The Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont over Labor Day Weekend. This stage race is a landmark event for the northeast road calendar and features four stages (individual time trial, circuit race, mountain stage and criterium), some 12,000 feet of climbing (Appalachian Gap, Rochester Gap and Middlebury Gap), the glorious late summer scenery of Vermont and competitors from all over the US and Canada. About sixty riders started the Category 2 race. Fred used his Ultima Carbon Limited Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 XeNTiS Squad 2.5 for the entire event including the six mile individual time trial. “Time trial bikes are not allowed for the tt so I set up my Ultima to be as light as possible. I was going for it on the uphill section but suffered on the flat section…it was really windy too.” Fred said. Fred completed the time trial with a time of 15:47 which was fast enough for 24th place. Conditions were cool and dry for the 107 mile circuit race the next day. “I just tried to stay out of the wind and remain focussed. That was a long day for a circuit race.” Fred said. Fred finished with the group and maintained his position in the general classification. Conditions were wet and temperatures were in 40s for the 103 mountain stage. “Conditions were awful but it did not seem to be slowing anybody down. I got over the Rochester Gap with the field but I was on the ropes afterwards. I joined a groupetto after Middlebury Gap, but even that group began to shrink. To my surprise I actually moved up to 20th in the GC because of attrition.” Conditions were dry and much warmer for the criterium. “After the trauma of the previous day, my goal was to avoid getting pulled from the crit and finish the race. It was near thing.” Fred finished 19th in general classification. Congratulations to the top three finishers of this epic edition of the race: Will Gleason of Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing, Michael Landry of Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program and Ian Clarke of CCB Velotooler. Congratulations to Camden Black Ingersoll of Downeast Racing for his stage wins and all the competitors who participated in this event. Many thanks to the residents, race organizers, sponsors, volunteers, public safety officers, moto calvary and USA Cycling officials for making this great event happen. There are many images from the weekend at Angelica Dixon. See you again in 2018, but probably in the 50 Plus category. 

 

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