The past two weeks, Alec Donahue and Jeremy Durrin made the trek down to NC to hit some local races and get some training miles in before they made their way over to Kingsport, TN for the last UCI cross race of the year.
The first weekend of racing showed good results for both Alec and Jeremy. Salisbury, NC was the location for the first race and with Jeremy Powers on the start list, it was going to prove as a good test of fitness. Alec made the lead group and finished in 4′th place while Jeremy just missed the lead group and finished a strong 9′th place.
The following day in Fayetville, NC, Al and Jeremy had a much stronger showing in both form and tactics. Both Jeremy and AL shared the holeshot and after the first technical section, Jeremy established an early gap on the field.
Within the first three laps Jeremy had established a large enough gap that it would be tough to chase him back. With Alec sitting in, waiting to attack and feeling fresh, it looked like Wheelhouse would have a definite 1/2 finish. In the finishing laps however, Alec got stuck behind a crash and had to settle into a 3′rd place finish while Jeremy wrapped up his solo race to finish 1′st.
The next weekend was in Kingsport, TN for the last UCI race of the cyclocross season. The northeast Cyclocross scene was represented well with Adam Myerson, Colin Reuter, David Wilcox and of course the Wheelhouse guys. This race was going to be another hard fought battle to the finish line. With UCI points on the line, Jeremy and Alec wanted to put fortha great showing in order to capitalize on the opportunity.From the gun, Alec showed that he was serious and opened a 30 second gap immediately with a very early and ferocious attack. Despite Jeremy’s best efforts to sit in and let the gap remain open, local superstar Travis Livermon was able to attack the group and bridge up to Al. The remnants of the group were forced to chase with Jeremy in tow.
With Alec up the road dueling for the win, Jeremy was having the best showing of his cyclocross career by racing a group up from where he normally is, by staying with Myserson’s group. Al eventually got gapped by Travis Livermon after suffering pedal problems and was never able to close the gap, he was able to ride in for a strong second while Jeremy battled it out in the next group on course. Durrin, ended his cross season on an all time high by taking sixth in a strong late season field.
Overall, the trip served as a great time to get some good training and racing in before starting base miles for the road season.