Monday, May 19, 2008
Monday Morning Bike Talk
Tour of the Bitterroot is now only a week away. Registration is available online at https://www.sportsbaseonline.com/Item.aspx?item_id=2547. There are two other blogs covering the race besides mine, http://www.tourofthebitterroot.blogspot.com/ and http://ts5vvraves.blogspot.com/.
The cat 4/5 field in Montana seems to be bigger then ever this year. With two events down several consistent performers have stepped to the forefront. Bryan Frykman from GAS has put in two great results. He made the split in the Roubaix and finished 3rd at Belt. He won by bridging to Jeff Twohig and taking the sprint. With the absence of upgrades Elliot and Erik, Bryan should have a good result in ToB. Other early season notables include the improvement of Howard Williams. He's representing his new Great Northern Cycling Team with pride. Howard finished 2nd in Belt and 7th in Roubaix. Without Frykman and Williams the Five Valley crew would be dominating this category. Their led by an emerging Willy Zelmer (4th in Belt, 2nd in TT), and a confident Jeff Twohig who held a 20 mile solo breakaway in Belt to finish 2nd to Frykman. FVV has strength in numbers with Kyle Shannon, Ely, Travis, Miles, and a host of new dudes. I look for FVV to try and control Tour of the Bitterroot. Twohig has a TT bike and if he has a good road race he'd be the won to work for. Howard is a consistent rider and could sneak in to the top 5 in all three events and possibly take the overall if Frykman falters. I like Frykman in this race. His confidence has to be high after Belt. I don't know if he can time trial, but he proved he's got the power and the mind to win. Watch out for the Zellmer crew. With Steve's help Willy could be a wild card in the road race. The climbs are a bit short for him, but be certain he'll try something on the El Cap climb.
That's all for now.