After a delayed beginning to the 2015 racing season, Stark Velo Cycling Team has gotten off to perhaps the best start in their history.
Off roader’s Dave Jolin and Scott Morman continue to impress with their fitness and results. Both competed in the Cohutta 100 mile mountain bike race in Tennessee on April 25. Scott raced in the Men’s Open and placed 27th of 128 riders. Dave raced in the Masters race, claiming 4th of 33 entries. Scott raced the 6 hours of Brady’s Run MTB race in Western Pennsylvania on May 12, finishing first in the 40+ Solo division.
Our road riders have also been getting great results. The Races at the Lake in Munroe Falls, Ohio have been run each spring for over 25 years. These well run races on a closed course draw racers from all around to test their early season fitness. Four races are run on successive Saturday’s, with the first one this year on April 25. Keegan Minard won the Jr. Men 9-13 race and his dad, Mike taking 5th in the Master 40-49 race. Jim Yankush took 4th in the Master 50+, with Robert Vogt Sr. 6th and Bob Brnilovich 8th in a 3 man sprint finish.
The second race was May 20. Madelyn Minard took 2nd in the Jr. Women 9-13 race. The Jr. Men 9-13 race had Gavin Parr taking the win and Keegan Minard following in second. Master Men 40-49 had their dad’s entered, with Mike Minard claiming 2nd and Rick Parr in 4th. Jim Yankush placed 4th in the Master Men 50+ , and Bob Brnilovich 9th. Bob also raced the Category 4 race and came in 7th.
The third race in the RATL series was held May 9th. Our Jr. Men 9-13 swept the podium with Jack Jenkins taking the win, Gavin Parr in second, and Keegan Minard in third. Madelyn Minard finished 4th in the Jr. Women 9-13 race. Rick Parr was 2nd and Mike Minard 4th in the Master Men 40-49 race. The Master Men 50+ event had Jim Yankush 2nd and Greg English 11th.
The final race in this year’s series was May 16. Mike Minard took 2nd in the Master Men 40-49 race, then raced the Category 1/2/3 race, finishing 14th. Jim Yankush took top spot on the podium, and Robert Vogt Sr. 6th in the Master Men 50+race. Jim followed his win on Saturday by racing the Eastern Time Trial Series in Deerfield,Ohio on Sunday, taking 3rd in the Men 50-59 class.
Stark Velo members are excited to see the success of our junior racers. Our race team has always encouraged and supported the growth of juniors in our sport. All of our juniors are second or third generation racers,with their father’s coming through the junior ranks. Congratulations to our Juniors for their early success, and well wishes as they continue to train and race.
Our early results to the racing season show much promise for continued success during the year. Looking forward to further positive results in upcoming months.