Voodoo Racing had seven riders in the top 10 of various categories following the time trial, putting us in a great position for the crit races on the 2nd day. We woke up to find a strong storm cell parked over Tyler hitting the city with strong winds, cold temperatures and hard rain. The race promoters decided to keep everyone safe and cancel the crits.
We took a trip to Lake Charles, LA this past weekend to compete in the Race du Lac stage race. We arrived as virtual unknowns, but quickly made our presence felt after the first stage with Voodoo racers in the GC top 5 of the Cat 3, Cat 4, and P/1/2 categories.
The following are Kent Myer’s own words about the brilliant coordinated efforts of our Cat 3 squad (Kent, Nate Sheetz, and Aaron Wade) that helped him win the Cat 3 GC at Corsicana this year:
Corsicana was one of the first stage races I did last year right after getting my cat 3 upgrade, I had such a great time I was looking forward to the race this year as all of the courses fit my strengths pretty well. We rolled into the host hotel early evening on Friday to find they had managed to lose our reservation, but luckily had a few teammates to bunk up with on rollaway beds.
This was another weekend of strong finishes for Voodoo Racing. On the Saturday clockwise course Garreth Hays hit the podium with 3rd in the 40+, Kent Myers got 12th in the Cat 3, Nick Masiewicki came in 21st in the 4/5, and Jim Chomko and John Powell got 13th and 14th in the 35+ 4/5. On Sunday, Nate Sheetz got the podium with 2nd place in the Cat 3, Carson Lange also made the podium with 2nd in the Cat 2, TC Porterfield came in 13th in the Cat 2, and Nick Masiewicki came in 13th in the 4/5.
Wind, cold, chip and seal surface, and a road construction detour made for a tough day of racing at the Walburg Classic this year. Despite the less than idea conditions, we had a couple of top 20 finishes. Carson Lange landed 8th in the Cat 2, Nate Sheetz got 16th in the Cat 3, and Alexis Hamilton got 11th in the Women’s Cat 4.
Our guys Kris Bates, Gary Crowell, and Joseph Lao all made top 20 in their respective categories at the Rocky Hill Roundup in Smithville, TX this past Sunday. In his first mountain bike race, Kris nailed 4th place in the Cat 3, 30-39 Age Group. Gary Crowell got 15th in the Cat 2, 45-49 Age Group. Joseph Lao got tangled up a bit, but managed to come back and valiantly hang on to 11th place in the Cat 2, 35-39 Age Group.
Despite a weekend full of crashes and mechanical issues across all categories, Voodoo Racing was represented well with many top-20 finishes at the Tour of New Braunfels February 1 and 2. At the Saturday Omloop race, Aaron Wade took 13th in the 40+, Jaxson Warrick and Jeffrey Skipper hit 16th and 17th in the Cat 4/5, and Kent Meyers and Scot Pemberton got 14th and 21st in the Cat 3.