Tour of the Bitterroot is this coming weekend. I'm really looking forward to it. Belt seemed like a great race and I expect more of the same from ToB. You can register online at www.montanacycling.net. John Sieber will be on hand to take photos. Last year he shot the infamous rainy crit photos. I've hear rumors that both Montana Velo and Five Valley Velo will bring full teams to the 1,2,3 race. This will bring a different dynamic. Last year Montana Velo had a great race with Kiefer Hahn taking the overall. Matt Seeley has already registered. 5VV will also have Elliot B. in his 3's debut, Erik Digby who made his debut in Belt, John W. they cagey veteran, and possibly Brendan Halpin. A solid squad of young and old. MT Velo should be the favorites with a possible squad of Brink, Kiefer, Geoff P., and Frank. The road race should be a war of attrition. I think it's hard to make a breakaway stick on that course. The crit and tt are on Sunday and will decide the race.
The ladies race is brewing nicely. Northern Rockies has stepped hard on to the women's scene with Danyel Longmire and Tamara (t-money). Lisa Curry took a convincing win at Roubaix, but Danyel stole the show at Belt. The NRO Lisa Curry batte should be in full effect at ToB.
These are just initial thoughts.....more to come as the week progresses.
Did anyone see Ricardo Ricco today? Anybody who can outkick Bettini, Di Luca, and Rebellion on an uphill finish has a bright future. Watch out for him in the overall. In the pool MT Cross Field Reporter has taken a commanding lead as the Giro heads towards the flats tomorrow. Look for my man Bennati!