There has been a lot of road racing since the WCA scheduled kicked-off in April, but some of the most exciting racing has occurred over the last month with Tour of America's Dairyland and the Wisconsin State Road/Crit Championships. Most notably, we saw Cat 4/5 racer Lee Prouty win Stage 1 of ToAD in Kenosha and Peter Armstrong take home the State Championship Crit for Master's 3/4 age 35-44 in Green Bay on July 8th.
There have been many consistent BD road racers throughout the season including Ben Grabow, Lee Prouty, Craig Billings, Olivia Cope, Lee Pier, Derek Landwehr, Collin Saino, Sam Naggatz, Jason Bentley, and Eric Staats. We've also been happy to gain some new UW-Madison collegiate riders after the conclusion of their season in May, many who have represented BD well right out of the gate. Our Juniors team has continued to expand, and the level of riding has improved right along with that thanks to a dedicated coach in Andrew Hellpap. The Junior Dropouts focused on three early season criteriums in Madison and Muskego, producing some of the largest Junior's representation in recent memory in the WCA. You can check out a bunch of road race season photos on our Facebook page.
While we're not known for mountain bike racing, we've had a small BD contingent represent well at WORS. Austin Peterson has been consistent all season long in the Sport Class, finishing top 10 overall (all age groups) numerous times at just age 15. Expect to see him in the Comp class next year!
The largest BD-hosted race is coming up on July 29-30th - The Tour of Little Switerzerland! The two-day omnium will include an individual time trial, road race, and criterium in the New Glarus, WI area. Planned payouts exceed $7,000 so if you can make it to the podium, you'll be rewarded nicely! New Glarus has much to offer for racers with plenty of local restaurants, cheese and gift shops, and of course the New Glarus Brewery just a few minutes from each race start line. Help us spread the word about this great event! Last year's road race was very memorable, and we hope to step it up even more this year!