WINTER BIKE LEAGUE

WBL # 12: THE GEORGIA CYCLE SPORT MADISON FINALE / 2-18-17

The Big O Oscar Clarke first broke the backs of his compatriots in the final event of the 2017 season, and then he stomped on the heart of his breakaway companion, Jered Gutcheck Gruber, as he won a two-up sprint on the brutal Flatrock Road Sprint and tallied his 8th lifetime win. Ian Long and Lean Garrison simply blew kisses and tossed flowers all day to the thousands of adoring fans lining the roads during the ride and crossed the line in 4th place and won the crown as the Hub Overall Champion for 2017. After the ride, L and L was prancing around the parking lot with a big fat stogie in hand bellowing that his bronze at Worlds last year was a big addition to his palmares, but his WBL Overall win paid better. And so it does. The Cuban Missile Frank Travieso scored big on the day and moved into 2nd in the Overall, only 4 points behind L and L. First Lady of WBL 2017, Judah the Sledgehammer Sencenbaugh, also tallied enough points to finish in 3rd in the Overall, followed by Thomas Dirtman Brown and Thomas G-Man Gibbons, who tied for 4th. Great good gurdy, it was one helluva year.

The day began under sunny skies which would eventually top out at over 70 degrees, causing exposed skin to burn and turn fifty shades of red. When the group of fifty or so soldiers hit the Flatrock Road Final Attack Zone three hours in, they’d already been beaten and bludgeoned by the wind and the hefty pulls of such sundry strongmen as the hateful Gruber, the despicable Brown, the nefarious Clark, and the dapper Travieso. The grupetto spread out single file on Wire Bridge due to the scintillating speed, and though several Zealots launched attacks, nothing could go clear. But when the pack turned onto Oliver Bridge Road, a Novo rider pushed out to a 300-meter gap and held firm. Ove the fast and flowy sections on Oliver Bridge, the Big O made his move, but the prescient, Michael Speed Cheeks Garrison bolted too. Both riders bridged and poured more coal into the furnace, but Clarke could not be contained and raged like a wild boar stuck in the ass by a blow dart. Due to Clark’s fury, both the Novo rider and Speed Cheeks came unhitched as they took the final right hand turn on Flatrock Road with 2 miles to go. At this pojt, the Zealots were hurting so bad that Jerry Lewis could be heard up in Heaven playing “Great Balls of Fire,” that is, if grown men who marry their 13-year old cousins actually do gain entry to the Mansion in the Sky.

The Big O charged up Flatrock Road and looked like he might be bound for glory, that is until Gutcheck Gruber blew out of the chase, which was disintegrating over the ruinous roads of Flatrock, and bridged to Clarke in a truly awe-inspiring, soul-searing, eye-popping, thigh crushing chased. “I will be a frosted Pop Tart,” Clark whispered when Gutcheck made contact. The two worked in unison the final 1 mile to the line, giving the desperate chasers behind no quarter. “That means we stomped their asses,” the Big O proudly proclaimed at the post ride press conference. At the line. Clark outdueled Gruber for the victory, making him the 7th different winner this year. (Ian Garrison is the only Zealot with 2 stage wins.) Travieso won the chase group sprint for 3rd, followed by L and L, Dirtman and Tytus Magner. Ashley Catwalk Gruber won the day for the Ladies but Sencenbaugh rolled up enough points to keep her in 3rd Overall. Superfabulastic rides on the day from Sean Philyaw, Lauren Muller, Erik Gruenwedel, Michael York, Michael Garrison and Natty Dunn.

Salud, Ladies and Gents, we’ll see you next year!

Finish (sponsored by Georgia Cycle Sport / (http://georgiacyclesport.com)

  • 1) Oscar Clark: 10 pts
  • 2) Jered Gruber: 8 pts.
  • 3) Frank Travieso: 6 pts
  • 4) Ian Garrison: 4 pts
  • 5) Thomas Brown: 2 pts.
  • 6) Ty Magner: 1 pt
  • 7) Attack Point: Michael Garrison: 1 pt.
  • 8) Gutcheck Bridge the Gap Point: Gruber: 1 pt
  • 9) All: 4 pts.

Ladies Finish (sponsored by Team Mission Source Juniors / (http://www.missionsourcejuniors.com/) 

  • 1) Ashley Gruber: 5 pts.
  • 2) Judah Sencenbaugh: 3 pts
  • 3) Lauren Mueller: 1 pts

Non Pro Finish Finish (sponsored by Team Type I Foundation https://teamtype1.org/)

  • 1) Frank Travieso: 5 pts.
  • 2) Ian Garrison: 3 pts
  • 3) Sean Philyaw: 1 pt

Bear Creek Gran Fondo Sprint / 40 + https://granfondonationalchampionshipseries.com/clayton-georgia/)

  • 1) Sean Philyaw: 3 pts
  • 2) Damien Dunn: 2 pts.
  • 3) Natty Dunn: 1 pt

Statham / Ladies Sprint

  • 1) Lauren Dodge: 3 pts
  • 2) Judah Sencenbaugh: 2 pts.
  • 3) Ashley Gruber: 1 pt

Antioch Hill / Icon Pro Sprint

  • 1) Frank Travieso: 3 pts
  • 2) Thomas Gibbons: 2 pts.
  • 3) Ty Magner: 1 pt

GREG SOMMERVILLE ICON SPRINT SERIES FINAL STANDINGs

  • 1) Frank Travieso: 7 pts.
  • 2) Thomas Gibbons: 7 pts
  • 3) Thomas Brown: 5 pts
  • 4) Oscar Clark: 5 pts
  • 5) Jonathon Atwell: 4 pts
  • 6) Andy Scarano: 3 pts
  • 7) Ian Garrison: 2 pts
  • 8) Brick Diesel: 2 pts
  • 9)    Tommy Morrison: 2 pts
  • 10)  Huntley Nash: 1 pt
  • 11)   Jered Gruber: 1 pt

Georgia Gran Fondo Sprint Series / 40+ (After 3 of 4 sprints):

  • 1)   Sean Philyaw: 5 pts
  • 2)   Scott Morris: 4 pts
  • 3)   Damien Dunn: 4 pts
  • 4)   Oliver Quinn: 3 pts
  • 5)   Emile Abraham: 3 pts 
  • 6)   Butch Brookings: 2 pts
  • 7)   Natty Dunn: 1 pt
  • 8)   Wes Garland: 1 pt
  • 9)   Greg Brown: 1 pt. 
  1. WBL 2016-17 Overall (2-11-17)
  2. Ian Garrison: 91 pts
  3. Frank Travieso: 87 pts
  4. Judah Sencenbaugh: 78 pts.
  5. Thomas Brown: 74 (tie)
  6. Thomas Gibbons: 74 pts. (tie)
  7. Jered Gruber: 70 pts
  8. Sean Philyaw: 70 pts.
  9. Oscar Clarke: 65 pts.
  10. Ashley Gruber 65 pts.
  11. Scott Morris: 60 pts
  12. Frank Crumley: 57 pts.
  13. Erik Gruenwedel: 56 pts
  14. Josh Smith: 56 pts
  15. Lauren Muller: 56 pts
  16. Jonathon Atwell: 56 pts.
  17. Megan Heath: 56 pts.
  18. David Crowe: 56 pts
  19. Madeline Pearce: 53 pts
  20. Jim Baynes: 52 pts
  21. David Heath: 52 pts

For Complete Overall hit "read more" link bleow.

Total Rides: 12
Total Miles: 972 miles

WBL 2016-17 Calendar

WBL 2016-17 Calendar: (subject to tweaking due to foul weather):         

[*The WBL mantra: Cruise the flats, push the downhills, kick back on the climbs*]    

18 February: Georgia Cycle Sports Royston Classic (http://georgiacyclesport.com/)

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2016-17: THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS:

*Overall Leader's Jersey sponsored by the HUB

*Ladies Sprint Finishes sponsored by Team Type One Foundation 

*Non Pro, 1-2 Sprint Finishes sponsored by Team Mission Source Juniors

*Sprint Series / 5 iconic sprints = $50 each sprint with overall sprint series $Winner$ sponsored by Greg Sommerville

 

Individual rides sponsored by: Atlantis Hydroponics, Porterfield Tire, Ken Bike Law, Classic City Bread, Gruber Images, Clay Parks Law, Team Mission Source Juniors, Independent Baking Company, Full Circle Real Estate, Jason Bewley, Anonymous donors

Sprints sponsored by  College Transitions, Keim Performance Consulting, Independent Baking Company, My Cycling Coach, Bella at 5 Points, Southeastern Cycling, Jason Bewley, Scott Thomas.