May 4, 2009 — On the first weekend of May the Mazurcoaching.com Bikyle team headed stateside for two days of racing. Saturday’s race was the popular Jiminy Peak Road Race in Pittsfield, Massachusetts which drew over 100 Pro 1/2 racers. The 150km race took place on a mild sunny day with a high wind that made for some hard racing. Although there were many attacks early on in the 5-lap race, the peloton stayed together through most of the first three laps.
The decisive breakaway got on the 1.5km finishing climb towards the end of the 3rd lap containing eight riders – one of them was Benjamin Martel of Mazurcoaching. With most of the major teams represented the breakaway stayed away for the remainder of the race. Martel launched an attack at the bottom of the final climb but was caught and finished 6th overall. This left the remaining four Mazur racers to sprint from the pack up the final climb. In the end Jordan Cheyne finished in the top 20 and Jans Zak finished in the top 40 on a difficult uphill finish.
On Sunday, May 3, the Mazurcoaching team headed to Virgil New York for the Hollenbeck Spring Classic, a 105.6km/66-mile race over hilly terrain. With a smaller Pro 1/2 field Mazurcoaching controlled the race from the start launching the many solo breakaways including one48km/30-mile effort by Justin Steeds. Still with 25km to go there was one solo leader six minutes ahead of the field containing all the Mazurcoaching racers.
On a long flat section Jans Zak made a solo attack to try to bridge the huge gap to the leader. Amazingly, in the final kilometers Zak caught and passed the exhausted leader and continued to capture the team’s first win of the season.
On the day’s penultimate climb Jordan Cheyne broke away and soloed to the line, completing the 1-2 for Mazurcoaching. Matt Gallo and Justin Steeds sprinted up the final climb to finish 5th and 7th respectively. It was a great day for the team and hopefully the first of many victories this season.