706 PROJECT RACES THE FRENCH BROAD CYCLING CLASSIC
The 706 project boys traveled to Asheville, NC for the French Broad Cycling Classic (FBCC) this weekend, the third stop on the Southeast Regional Series (SRS) schedule. The FBCC consisted of a 10 mile Merckx-style time trial, a 65 mile road race with a 3 mile finishing climb and a 75 minute crit. Winston David went all out in the time trial, fading in the last 3 miles, but was still able to push through and win. 706 Project teammate Shawn Gravois finished fourth.
The goal was to get the stage win in the road race and see how the omnium shook out after that. The team planned to get Dan, Andy and Brendan in the break and have Shawn and Winston try to bridge across on the final two climbs. And just before the first climb, Shawn and Winston were able to get them into a break of 20. The group let the gap grow.
Shawn and Winston set pace on the first of the final two climbs and dropped a lot of riders in the group. They started catching riders from the break and on the final climb, they rode away from the group with Buddy Spafford. Buddy surged in the final kilometer, finishing in eighth place. Shawn ended up in ninth and David in 10th place.
Andy won maximum points in the first King of the Mountain (KoM) competition and rode away from his breakaway companions with Andreas Fliessgarten. He out-sprinted Fliessgarten for the win and took over the lead in the SRS KoM competition. Winston’s 10th place in the road race put him in the lead of the overall SRS competition.
Winston had a two point lead in the omnium over Fliessgarten going into the crit, with Shawn a couple points back from Fliessgarten. Shawn and Winston planned on either putting themselves in a small breakaway or setting Winston up for a good position in the sprint to claim the overall. It was a very technical course. Shawn, Andy and Winston were lucky; they all got call-ups for their high omnium placings.
People tried to attack right from the gun, but Brendan, Andy and Dan neutralized them. Winston just tried to keep a good position in the top ten all day. There was a mid-race prime three deep for omnium points. And on that lap, there was a lull in the group and Winston jumped away for maximum points. Those points padded his lead to seven points and gave him confidence to the finish.
Brendan, Andy and Dan helped to close attacks and looked after Winston for the rest of the race. David Flynn jumped away in the last five laps, causing the 706 Project group to chase, making it easy for David to keep good position. Flynn ended up winning and Winston finished sixth, which gave him the overall win in the omnium and kept him in the lead of the SRS.