The thing I want to point out are the symbols all the way to the left side. The top three medals are obvious but lower down under myself and teammate Tim Shockley you will see silver ribbons. These are because we were on the same team as the second place finisher, therefore we got Team 2nd Place.
Men - Cat 3 Place Points Name City, State Time USAC # Bib Team 1 243.99 Nicholas Tempest Virginia Beach, VA 328886 Tri Power 2 259.51 John Gray Chesapeake, VA 256083 Virginia Beach Wheelmen 3 275.04 S Curtis Smith Henrico, VA 236138 Team 3Sports 4 290.56 Josh Moore Virginia Beach, VA 212047 Atlantic Velo-Virginia p/b Walt's Racing 5 306.08 Jake King North Garden, VA 231130 Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc. 6 321.61 Timothy Pope Chesapeake, VA 230804 Fat Frogs Elite 7 337.13 jeffrey hellner Hampton, VA 296544 JRVS/American Pride 8 352.66 Luis Guillen Youngsville, NC 281805 Constellation Cycling 9 368.18 Owen Hassig Arlington, VA 186551 Squadra Coppi / Vapiano USA 10 383.70 Tyler Cloutier Charlottesville, VA 360809 11 399.23 Joe Altomare Hampton, VA 290623 Celerity Cycling p/b Brooks Systems 12 414.75 Kenneth Sumrell Poquoson, VA 304878 Fat Frogs Elite 13 430.28 jimmy deaton Virginia Beach, VA 8975 Team Tripower 14 445.80 Joshua Goyet Virginia Beach, VA 58274 Virginia Beach Wheelmen 15 461.32 Tim Shockley Virginia Beach, VA 60982 Virginia Beach Wheelmen 16 476.85 Christian Sheridan Crozet, VA 167388 Charlottesville Racing Club 17 492.37 Mark LaDow Camden, NC 344832
The Virginia Beach Wheelmen have always been team centered. We were started with friends who enjoyed racing together and hopefully winning together. Our non cycling friends would ask many times "how did you do this weekend?" Our answers reflected the top finisher of our team. This last weekend, when asked, we answered "2nd place". Usually the top finisher on a team doesn't get there alone. Even if he raced alone that day, the support of his team during training had a play in how well he raced. Therefore my team always takes an individual victory as a team victory, we don't see the difference.
I really don't know how long USA Cycling has been placing these ribbons to support the fact that cycling is a team sport, but I do like the idea. Now to real point of my post. Notice the winner was Nick Tempest of Team Tripower. Nick was led out on the final lap by his teammate who sacrificed himself for Nick's victory. That teammate was Jimmy Deaton. Jimmy should have received a gold ribbon by his name but he did not. The reason is because Nick signed up under Tripower and Jimmy signed up under Team Tripower. In order to support USAC's attempt to really highlight cycling as a team sport, do your part by discussing with your club the team name that all racers should use when registering for the events. Its the least you can do to support those who sacrifice their personal glory for the team. Now, for all to see, there is no question when we answer "we got 2nd place."
On a side note, this race was tough. We went into it with a team plan to win the race via a breakaway. If we could not establish a winning break, we had a plan for a good leadout. For those their I think you can agree our 2nd place was an easy 2nd and we did give it everything we had to come up with the victory. The winner, Nick, also raced well. He did not sit in and wait for the sprint. Actually at one point I bridged up to him to form a two man break and he was riding so strong that I could assist at all. I had to signal to my team to start chasing. It was a good race, as always. Thanks again to the promoters.