Kick-off for the Buckeye game was 10:00am, too early to do much but wanted to kill some time so drove to the top of the multi mile climb out of Tucson for the Shootout ride. Maybe Marty would be able to hang with the Cat 1 and 2's who populate this popular ride. Hmmmm, these three were out in front and later learned that's former Olympian and Tour de France cyclist, Gord Fraser leading this group of three.....
....then came two others with a large group in pursuit.....
.....there's Marty. towards the back on the outside. There was some regrouping and then Gord leapt from the pack and only Marty was able to bridge across and the two made their escape. Marty describes the break as Gord taking pulls at 32-35mph then Marty would pull at 28-29, then Gord would take over and they stayed away for 20+ miles back to 4th Street and the finish. Impressive considering the quality of the chasers. Gord last rode with Health Net in 2006 and has many stage wins on the professional circuit.
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