The Glotman-Simpson racers cleaned up this past weekend at the Capital Stage Race in Olympia, Washington. The team showed great poise and execution and took three General Classification podium spots and eight individual stage podiums through the weekend.
In an area as renowned for rain as Vancouver, the weekend in Olympia turned out to be perfect racing weather under sunny skies with very little wind. 12 racers made the trip and represented Glotman-Simpson over the two day, three-stage event.
The weekend kicked off on Saturday morning with a flat, fast 5 kilometre time trial. The Glotman-Simpson team got to work early with wins from Alysia on the Cat 4 Women’s side and Justine on the Cat 1/2 Women’s side. Joost carried this momentum on the Men’s Cat 4 side picking up 3rd place in the short, high-intensity time trial. Mike Parrish (Men’s Cat 4) put in a monster effort to round out the top 5.
Riding high on the tails of these great performances, the crew headed back to their waterfront rental for some rest and strategy planning before the afternoon criterium. The 5-hour rest block was filled with many other non-cycling related accomplishments. But, the highlight of the day would have to be Iron Chef Marvin Guzman, who slaved in the kitchen for nearly two hours to prepare a culinary masterpiece fit for a king. Little did we know, this would be the meal that would fuel him to the podium the very next day.
With the early success on the time trial course, the Glotman-Simpson racers headed out to the scenic criterium course hoping to keep up their winning ways. They did not disappoint.
In the Men’s Cat 4 race, Kurt, Mike, and Corey worked hard as a team to deliver Joost to the podium once again. He missed the win but stayed safe for 2nd place and maintained his GC lead. The Cat 4 Women dominated their race and Liz worked hard to put Alysia into 2nd place, narrowly missing the podium herself.
The Men’s Cat 1/2 team was looking for a victory in the criterium to make up for their poor showing in the time trial. The group shattered though the race and Dave has some bad luck early on. With eight laps to go, new Glotman-Simpson team member Marvin Guzman launched a powerful attack and stayed away for an eternity. Turns out he attacked about one lap too early and was reeled in on the last lap just short of a victory.
The last race of the night belonged to Jenn and Justine on the Cat 1/2 Women’s side. Jenn worked tirelessly and displayed her love for high speed crits by attacking repeatedly throughout the race. Her work did some damage to the field and kept the heat off Justine who finished 3rd, losing her GC position by only a couple of seconds. Jenn finished in an impressive 5th place after burying herself for her teammate.
After day 1, Team Glotman-Simpson was in contention for 3 GC positions and spent the evening strategizing for the road race on stage 3.
Sunday’s Road Race Stage took place in the stunning Independence Valley, Southwest of Olympia. The course featured a few short, but challenging climbs which caused rifts throughout the packs. Glotman-Simpson’s goal for the day was simple: hit the podium and seal up the GC.
In the Cat 4 Women’s race, Alysia and Liz battled hard over the course to make up time on the GC. In the end, their attacks and aggressive racing were not quite enough to clinch the GC. Alysia came across the line in 2nd and finished a frustratingly close 4 seconds back on the GC. A huge accomplishment that will leave both Liz and Alysia hungry for a victory next time.
In the Men’s Cat 4 race, the team executed a perfect defense of the GC for Joost. Kurt, Corey, and Mike kept Joost out of trouble and fended off attacks as he cruised to a 3rd place finish on the day and clinched the overall GC. With Joost’s impressive performance, he will likely find himself racing with the Cat 3s next race.
Justine and Jenn started the day with Justine sitting within striking distance of the overall GC. Both Jenn and Justine spent the race on the offensive but weren’t able to put any significant time into their rivals. In the end, Justine’s hard work on Saturday proved sufficient to put her into 2nd place overall on the GC. This is an impressive result for Justine as she is still technically a Cat 3 racer and took the entire 1/2 field by storm.
The Men’s 1/2 team was looking for a victory after coming up well short on the first two stages. Travis, David, Mark and Marvin worked together seamlessly over the 150km course with the goal of putting Marvin across the line first. All four of them put in attacks and did significant damage to the field that was scattered across the course by the halfway point. On the final climb, David and Mark buried themselves to split the group even more and thin the field for Marvin. After an early lead out, Marvin blew past the field and missed first by a hair, passing the winner on the wrong side of the finish line. Tough break, but 2nd place was a great accomplishment for the 1/2 Men.
Overall, this was an incredible weekend for Team Glotman-Simpson who had huge success across all categories. The team is hosting a local race in Abbotsford on June 9th and then heading to Bellingham for another US race on June 15th. Expect more great results from this group in the coming months!