Five Frazier Cycling Junior team members competed in the Tour of the
Bahamas cycling event on January 29th and 30th. Andrew (Wagner) Macrae
(16), Zoe Frazier (16), and Dominique Shore (15) competed in the Juniors
15-16 category while James Todd (13), and Teja Gummadi (13) competed in
the Juniors 10-14 category.
Support for the team was provided Coach
Kelli Rogan, Candice Todd and Srin Gummadi. Chief cheerleading duties
were left to Baden Rogan since the majority of the team was in Atlanta.
After an uneventful flight into Lyden Pindling Airport (Nassau,
Bahamas) from Atlanta on the 28th, the team boarded a van with the
bikes to the host hotel. Upon checking in, the team quickly put
together all 6 bikes in a flash and got on the road for a quick ride.
Attending the welcome party at the hotel, the team met ….
After all the traveling and in anticipation of the early morning TT,
the group settled into the rooms to relax and sleep early.
Up at the crack of dawn, Coach Rogan and the team joined the group
ride to the race start. Surprisingly, the 12 mile ride to the start
became a great warm up due to the high pace.
The time trial started at 8:30am and was Eddy Merckx style. No aero
anything (except for medium depth carbon wheels. The course was a 1.35
mile out and back for a total of 2.7 miles. Our first racer off was
Andrew Macrae. He came back in 6:21.940 and set the standard which held
up for the entire junior field. Dominique Shore (7:21.027) and Zoe
Frazier (7:24.843) had a great showing and stood in 7th and 8th place in
the Junior 15-16 field.
James Todd (7:26.789) and Teja Gummadi (7:35.528) rode strongly to
end up 1st and 2nd in the Junior 10-14 field.
After all of the senior racers finished their time trials, the 18
mile (3 laps of 6 miles) circuit race started at 10:30 for the Juniors.
The race was fast with a number of attacks. With the time bonus at the
end of the first lap, Dominique, James, and Teja sprinted to keep the
other racers from taking the time bonuses and getting closer in the lead
in the two age group general classifications (GC).
The group ended up together and Wagner took off for the finish. Just
as Wagner was getting near the finish line, Jay Majors (JAR Cycling,
Caribbean Junior Champion) came up fast on the left. Wagner ended up
winning by a few inches! Zoe and Dominique finished 8th and 9th.
The Junior 15-16 GC had Wagner leading with Jay Majors in second.
Dominique and Zoe were in 8th and 9th place.
In the younger juniors, Antinence Simmions (JAR Cycling/Bahamas)
finished first followed closely by James Todd and Liam Holowesko (Hot
Tubes). Teja came in a few seconds later. The GC had James in first
followed by Teja. Liam Holowesko trailed Teja by 0.8 second with one
race to go.
The team headed back to the hotel and spent the afternoon swimming
and enjoying the beach (and a little sleep for some). After a little
shopping and eating dinner, another early night since the next day was
going to be hectic.
The road race was 24 miles and was the same course as the circuit
race with an additional lap. The team had a leisurely ride over to the
start location and arrived only 10 minutes before the start of the road
race. After quickly taking their gels, the team raced to the start line
to get good position for the start of the race.
The juniors took a leisurely first lap and came back as one group.
As they started the second lap, Jay Majors attacked and Wagner quickly
responded as they went out of sight. When the group came around, they
pack was intact.
About halfway around the second lap, Justin Minnis (JAR
Cycling/Bahamas) attacked and James Todd responded. The two of them
were on their own since the older juniors did not respond since Justin
wasn't near the top of the standings at the time and James was leading
the 10-14 age group. By working together, James and Justin established
a solid lead on the pack by the end of the second lap and extended it
during the third lap.
Teja was carefully keeping an eye on Liam since 2nd and 3rd place
were only separated by 0.8 seconds.
With about 0.5 miles left, James accelerated and Justin was unable to
hold his wheel. James won the entire junior race and celebrated as he
crossed the finish line about 7 seconds ahead of Justin. By working
together they took a minute from the peloton. Justin jumped into 3rd
place in the GC for Junior 15-16!
Wagner lead the peloton back and nipped Jay Major again in the pack
sprint. Dominique and Zoe finished strongly while Teja sprinted past
Liam in the last 20 yards to keep 2nd place in the GC.
Final GC Standings (Junior 15-16)
7. Dominique Shore
8. Zoe Frazier
Final GC Standings (Junior 10-14)
We thank our wonderful hosts and organizers of the Tour of Bahamas.
In particular, Mr Jeff Majors (JAR Cycling), Greg , Pablo Santa Cruz
(TopView), and Tim Molyneux (TopView).