706 PROJECT SEES RAIN AND WRECKS IN SPEEDWEEK FINALE
Wrapping up an action-packed eight races in nine days, the Raleigh-sponsored UnitedHealthcare / 706 Project toed the line at the USA Crits’ “Speedweek” finale, the Sandy Springs criterium. Speedweek brings pro racing to southeast cities beginning in Athens, GA and finishing in Sandy Springs.
Sandy Springs’ typically hot and humid conditions were traded for brisk winds and rain, making the already technical course even more dynamic. The course has earned the city the nickname, “Mount Sandy Springs,” for the hill that peaks at the start and finish line on Sandy Springs Circle.
706 team racers Dan Holt, Andy Scarano, and Brendan Cornett lined up with 60 other hardy souls. The chaos came quick and often with the field of riders careening around the rain-slicked course with crashes and slide outs reducing the field by over half within the first ten laps.
When the dust had settled, Brendan found himself in a lead group of 20 riders with Andy and Dan just behind in a group of ten. Though the officials decided there was only room for 20 on the course, Dan still was scored 30th on the day, while Brendan stayed safe and rolled in with the field for 14th.
Following Sandy Springs, the team headed to Saint Louis’ Tour de Grove. Check back here for a TDG recap soon.