This weekend half of the Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery men’s team took a road trip to beautiful Binghampton, N.Y., for the Chris Thater memorial crit. A part of the USA National Criterium Calendar, the Chris Thater memorial also raises awareness to prevent drunk driving.
Along with many of the big American criterium teams, Conor O’Brien, Marc Boudreau, Jean-Sebastien Perron and Braydon Bourne hit the freshly paved 1.3-km technical course for 61 laps under the hot August sun. JS was the first to flash the blue and green Stevens silks getting in the first major break with multiple United Healthcare riders and other big names. Not getting much more than 15 seconds, the break was eventually brought back, but not without JS taking a cash prime.
The next major break went a few laps later and Braydon seized the opportunity to follow an attack on the hill in attempt to bridge up to the breakaway. Two laps later Braydon lost contact with his fellow bridgers and suffered alone for another lap and a half until finally reaching the the breakaway. Braydon also managed to snag a cash prime from the rest of the break before the peloton brought them all back.
Then with 5 laps to go, JS made an exciting solo attack that lasted until two laps to go when United Healthcare assembled their train on the front to end JS’s shot at the win and take the victory themselves.
A fun weekend for the guys, getting the opportunity to travel and race at a higher level. Thanks to Stevens Bikes Canada, The Cyclery, and Volvo/Carling motors.