Yes, that's George Hincapie in front but check out who is behind him, Lori Nedescu, who while finishing an impressive 33rd overall, won the ladies' division with an average speed of 20.58 at this weekend's Blood, Sweat & Gears event. Weather cut the route from 100 miles down to 50 but did not appear to cut into the turnout much as 876 cyclists participated The local paper, WautagaDemocrat, had this quote:
Lori Nedescu was the first woman to finish. The Columbus, Ohio, native finished with a time of 2:31.37.6.
Nedescu originally registered to ride the 100-mile course, but became impressed with the difficulty of the 50-mile course. She was also impressed with the area, especially the scenery.
It was her first Blood, Sweat and Gears ride.
“It was awesome, beautiful,” Nedescu said. “It ended up being a gorgeous day. The climbs were gorgeous and the climbs hurt my legs, which was a lot of fun. The descents are a little tricky, but nothing too bad.”
The entire article can be found here: http://www.wataugademocrat.com/sports/carpisassi-wins-blood-sweat-and-gears-ride/article_b4eaa15a-5f26-5b68-90e3-51162acd076a.html?mode=jqm
Meanwhile, some of the local guys did well too, just not as well, with Marty Sedluk in 5th and Luke Russell in 6th place. Fred Matute of New Albany was in 9th, Steve Fields in 46th. Because the route had been shortened, the pace was quickened as Marty had an average end of ride speed of 21.93.