If you were holding your breath for a report on USA Crits SPEEDWEEK...here it is, along with a podium shot. Apparently the canadians were the only ones to write a story...
USA Crits Speedweek Final Report - Canada's Langlois 2nd in Final Race
Hekman, Pic Win Overall - Canada's Trew 10th
release by USA Crits
May 6, 2008 (Atlanta, Ga.) - The final installment of the 2008 USA Crits SpeedWeek series became a race within a race on Sunday, May 4. With a long-standing breakaway out in front of the field for most of the 55 laps that made up the inaugural Global Imports BMW Sandy Springs Cycling Challenge, the race for the overall Speed Week title was being watchfully contested in the pack. The numbers and sheer power of Mark Hekman's TOSHIBA-Santo's teammates, however, simply outgunned Jake Keough's CRCA/Sakonnet Technology squad, which broke the first place series tie between the two and delivered Hekman the overall victory for the week.
"Since we ended up being tied before the start," a breathless Hekman said at the finish,"all I had to do today was watch him and beat him over the line, so it was pretty exciting. Coming in the last corner, I jumped on the inside of him, got a big gap, and then just powered up this hill."
A large crowd lined a hilly course in Sandy Springs to eventually watch Hekman's triumph, but not before they got to cheer on a seven-man breakaway roll away from the main group early on in the race. That split comprised Christian Helmig (Metro Volkswagen), Michael Stoop (TIME), Bennet Van Der Genugten (Team Inferno Racing), Bruno Langlois (Myogenesis.com), Paul Martin (Texas Roadhouse), Rob White (ABD/GEARGRINDER) and eventual race winner Peter Dawson (Rock Racing). With two teammates supporting him in the field, including 2008 Athens Twilight Criterium champion Rahsaan Bahati, Dawson and the rest of his companions in the escape took turns at pulling their lead farther and farther away from the pack behind them.
"We had seven guys up there and, for the first amount of time that we were away, we all chopped off very hard." Dawson said afterwards. "They were taking some pretty hard turns and managed to keep it out there."
As the race for the win wound down, Dawson began to contribute less to the group's effort and storing up the energy he needed to win the final sprint.
"I played it pretty foxy in the end," said Dawson, fairly competent of his turn of speed, having been a multiple world team pursuit champion on the track. "I really had nothing left and, if they attacked me, I probably would have got dropped. But I managed to pull out on the right-hand side when they all fanned out across the course, and ran out of gas in front of me."
Joe Martin is going good...Stage 3 tomorrow, a 90 mile ride at 8am