On Sunday, I volunteered to be the team mechanic for Zimmer Capital pb Foundation which entailed driving around in the caravan with Todd Scheske, former Directeur Sportif of MVP Healthcare Cycling. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, as this was the first time I’ve ever tried this job, but I made sure to go through some openers to prepare, ie, practicing wheel changes the week before for twinkle-finger action.
The QCW Women’s team was super excited because our very own newly minted cat 2 racer Kristie Nichols was guest racing for Mellow Mushroom! We chalked her some encouragement on Lemon Hill.
It was super cool to see Kristie mixing things up with the pros and local domestic elite racers – but of course, I didn’t get to see this. For the most part, I chatted with Todd about his amazing experiences setting up a domestic elite team – both men’s and women’s, crazy track-racing stories, how fly Joe Wentzell looks; or I was hanging on to the sides of the car for dear life as Todd whipped out his secret race car driving life skills down the super tight corners on the flip side of the Manayunk Wall. I did get to pretend mechanic at one point when we heard there was a crash, but not which racers: grabbing 3 wheels (10 speed, 11 speed, front) I ran with all the other mechanics (possibly yelling a war cry? in my head), but it ended up being some other racers.
Zimmer Capital only had one flat at the very end, and some super strong finishes. Thank you Beth for giving me the opportunity to have this experience, and thanks Todd for being a fount of great stories and info!
In other news, our friend Georgina Beech made a stunning debut in the Philly Cycling Classic guest racing for SAS Mazda-Macogep pb Specialized. Great job Georgie!
There were foreign pros from Italy!
And foreign pros from China! WAOW
All the fast domestic elite women!
Colavita Fine Cooking!
Todd and Beth!
Afterwards I headed over to watch the men’s race on Lemon Hill and gawked at how fast they rode up.
Alex was super stoked to receive BBQ chicken sandwich hand up driving up the Wall in the caravan!
I also ran into some UVa frens – WAHOOWA!
Bill Ash might have had his mullet braided…
It was an amazing day! Thank you to all the people involved in setting up the Lemon Hill Party – we cheered on the pros in style! 😀