Wednesday, April 16, 2008


TOSHIBA-Santo Pro Cycing Team presented by Herbalife Take All Stages
at Chattanooga-Mountain Cove Georgia Cup

It seems that the Georgia Cup race series is drawing more and more high caliber riders to its races week by week. This past weekend was no exception, as several strong men, including the TOSHIBA-Santo presented by Herbalife team, made the trip to our neighbors to the North. Frank Travieso, Mark Hekman, Keith Norris, Predrag Prokic, who has recently returned from competing in Serbia, Alex Hagman, Tommy Nankervis, and Dan Vaillancourt all represented Team TOSHIBA against some steep competition, including BMC's Brent Brookwalter, Trent Wilson, Tim Henry, and Ryan Sullivan of Jittery Joe's, and Jeff Hopkins of Team Inferno Racing. This was going to be a great weekend of racing.

The first stage was a 5.5 mile Time Trial. The race against the clock was on as TOSHIBA stong man Travieso flexed his muscle, riding to a first stage victory. Mark Hekman rounded out the top 3.

Time Trial, 5.5 miles
1. Frank Travieso, 11:19.001, TOSHIBA-Santo Pro Cycling Team presented by Herbalife
2. Brent Brookwalter, 11:22.009, BMC
3. Mark Hekman, 11:24.000, TOSHIBa-Santo Pro Cycling Team presented by Herbalife

The second stage hosted a half-day of criteriums in downtown Chattanooga. The ProAm field raced for an hour worth of laps. Early on riders would attack, form a break and then be brought back by our boys in red. Finally, Hekman was able to make the final break of the day, but as the team did not like the make-up of the riders in the break, TOSHIBA-Santo presented by Herbalife got to the front and brought the group of 5 back to the field. With four laps or so to go, the team set-up its train for sprinter Travieso. Coming into the final turns, it was just Hekman and Travieso, with Travieso sitting on Jeff Hopkins wheel. Into the final 300 meters and into a head wind, it was down to Travieso and Hopkins, with Frank coming around Hopkins at the line., notching his second victory of the weekend.

Downtown Chattanooga Criterium

1. Frank Travieso, TOSHIBA-Santo Pro Cycling Team presented by Herbalife
2. Jeff Hopkins, Team Inferno Racing
3. Chris Scott, Locos Cycling

The third and final stage was a 90 mile Road Race on the streets of Chickamauga. The ProAm field would complete 4 laps of the rolling course, with one major climb for KOM points. When the field came through, a break of 5 or 6 riders had a 30 second gap, and no TOSHIBA riders were represented in the break. The break had about a one minute lead at one point, with the TOSHIBA-Santo presented by Herbalife team moving to the front of the group to reel the break back in with one lap to go. The field blew a part on the final climb with a break of 12 forming, including Travieso and Hekman. In the gallop to the finish it would be Travieso and Hekman taking 1st and 2nd.

Mountain Cove Road Race, 90 miles
1. Frank Travieso, TOSHIBA-Santo Pro Cycling Team presented by Herbalife
2. Mark Hekman, TOSHIBA-Santo Pro Cycling Team presented by Herbalife
3. Thad Dulin, DLP Racing

Chattanooga-Mountain Cove General Classification
1. Frank Travieso, TOSHIBA-Santo Pro Cycling Team presented by Herbalife
2. Mark Hekman, TOSHIBA-Santo Pro Cycling Team presented by Herbalife

With a strong showing in the past weekend's Georgia Cup, Travieso and the team slotted 4 victories. Next up for the team is the much anticipated 29th Annual Athens Twilight Criterium ( on April 26, and the USA CRITS Speed Week (, as well as the US Air Force Classic in Arlington, VA, the Joe Martin Stage Race and Tri-Peaks, both in Arkansas.

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ITS MY 30th (ouch) BIRTHDAY and I am celebrating it by finding out today that I have to replace the transmission in my car...yay. WOW, I don't understand how it can cost as much as the car is worth. Cars Suck.


-$riCh$- said...

Rock on man, you guys are rollin!! soon you'll be a nat TT contender.

and um happy bday

Marco Aledia said...

happy bday dog... looking forward to buttin heads in Athens:-)