Ryan Freund Wins Stage 1 of TOAD!

Originally published at www.VerizonCyclingTeam.com

Ryan Freund won the first stage of the Tour of America's Dairyland, winning out of a breakaway that was all but absorbed by the field in the final sprint. Freund jumped around Team Kenda powered by Geargrinder rider Chad Hartley for the win and former Pro criterium champion Raashan Bahati won the field sprint for third place.

Freund almost didn't make it to the race as he came straight from his job two hours away and was caught in traffic. He was the final rider to check-in before the officials closed registration.

When asked about how the final laps played out, Freund said, "I was feeling good and put in some hard pulls, but the whole time I was just thinking, 'How am I going to beat Chad.' He's a fast sprinter, but I knew that he was concerned with the overall standings and I think that lead him to do a little more work in the sprint. I'll be getting married next weekend so I was able to just focus on getting the win today."

Hartley joked, "Last year I went down to the ABD Cycle Club's Fall series and beat up on Ryan at his club's race, so I suppose it's only fair that he came up and won the race that Geargrinder sponsors."

See Photos from the Stage


Masters Results & another Wednesday Night Training Crit!

Overall & Daily results for the ABD Memorial Day Weekend Masters Races are posted at www.ABDcycling.com! Congratulations to our overall winners:

Beginner Men: Carlos Meza

Beginner Women: Jeanette Fortmann

Men 60/65: Longin Kusal

Men 70+: Bob Burns, Midwest Masters

Men 75+: Gerald Beam, Turin

Women 60+: Nancy Iglinski, IS Corp

Women 70+: Patricia Beam, ABD

Men 50/55: Wayne Simon, Verdigris

Men 40+ 1/2/3: Gene Tolli

Men 40+ 4: John Westergaard

Men 30+: Erik Tomlinson, Spokes

Women 30+: Stacy Applewick, Bouledouge Toit Noir

Women 40+: Lynne Arrigoni, Village Cycle Sport

Women 50+: Marilyn Powell, ABD

An enormous thank you to all the riders, volunteers and official and sponsors who helped make this another fantastic weekend of racing!


The ABD Wednesday Night Training Crits Return!!!

You can't keep a good race down! We figure that after three (or four) days of great racing you've all had a nice day off but by tomorrow are itching to get back out there... so we're proud to announce we've lined up another night of Wednesday Night Training Crits at the Pelladrome! Full details at www.ABDcycling.com

The beginner's event (and warm-up race) kicks off at 6:15, with the 1/2/3 & 4/5 races starting around 6:35. Hope to see you there!