Mixed Luck at Branchbrook

With a light race calendar in New York City this weekend, the squad headed across the river for the Branchbrook Spring Series.  

A decent weather forecast meant we lined up as part of a large field of one hundred plus riders. Unfortunately things went awry just a dozen minutes into the race when Roger Parmelee was crashed out and Colin Tanner bunny hopped a curb to avoid the wreck and wound up riding through the woods.

Thankfully both were uninjured, but with no free laps at Branchbrook they were both out of contention before the race really got started. The rest of the squad battled on with Patrick Torpey escaping up the road for a long two man breakaway and Tom Hendry covering moves in several chase groups.

In the end however it all came back together for a field sprint with Lupus lining up five or six riders to take the win behind Scott Savory, with Tom crossing the line somewhere around the top ten. Bad luck aside, not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning in the city.

Matthew Vandivort is a New York City based cyclist and sometimes photographer who was also a founding member of To Be Determined. You can follow him online at @photorhetoric or http://photo-rhetoric.com/