‘Two’ Much! Calvert Makes It 2 in a Row!

Team Scholars Inn Bakehouse travelled to Lexington, Kentucky through the southern Indiana rains to do battle with the region’s best racers at the Lexington Spring Circuit. The course was set just north of the city in an upscale industrial park. The course was a fast 1.2 mile loop with one wide corner, a slight descent on the backside and a gradual uphill drag to the finish. The overcast day and threatening rains gave way to a mostly sunny day and the races were held in ideal conditions, except for the fresh breeze crossing the oval from right to left. Ten races were on tap for the day ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. So there were lots of options for those wishing to double-up on mixed categories or multiple events. The Scholars Inn Bakehouse team was well represented with 14 riders making the 3+ hour trip. Several other Bloomington ‘natives’, including Little 500 cyclists joined in hoping to get a little speed-work in prior to their ultimate event. Our Hannah Calvert, the lanky, but powerful sprinter, receiving excellent support from road lieutenants Liz Cobb and Chelsea Merta, won her second USA Cycling event in as many tries! Hannah showed great maturity against a strong field of 20 competitors as she and her teammates paired off on the attacks issued from the local Mainstreet Velo team and the riders from the University of Kentucky. Hannah and the Women’s program continues to put its indelible mark on the face of regional cycling. Liz finished on the podium in 3rd and Chelsea finished 13th. In the Womens’ 123 race, although it was a small affair, Rachel Fullmer held on for 5th place despite a flurry of attacks from the powerful Texas Roadhouse team of Tracy Tolson and Colleen Cornelius. In the 3 / 4 event, RJ Stuart got pipped at the line by a hard charging local cyclist, but managed a 2nd place finish in one of the fastest events of the day up to that point. In the 4 / 5 event Nick Lenard finished 11th and Nick Sapp and Reid Flood had strong field finishes. The 123 event was a 60 minute, 26 mph affair with 40 cyclists and included seven Bakehouse riders; Clayton, Scott, Ren-Jay, Fred, Tom, Graham and Aaron Pilling. That 15 riders DNF’d is a testament to the day’s frenetic speed. A series of attacks, all with the Bakehouse in attendance punctuated the early stages. Ultimately, Clayton and Scott made it into the elite, final selection with Clayton finishing on the podium in 3rd and Scott a very respectable 7th. The team finished well, controlling the following ranks with Ren-Jay, Fred, Tom, Aaron and Graham in the field.