Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, the Hyde Park Blast has grown into one of Cincinnati’s largest community events! The full day of activities includes a morning 4-mile run and kids races, an afternoon/evening cycling event, and block party with music from 3 Day Rule. 10,000 people are in the Square at the event’s peak. Most importantly, over $220,000 has been donated to cancer research from the event!
Originating as a 4 mile running event – a cycling criterium was added into the mix 7 years ago by Mary Beth Knight from Revolution Fitness. She directed the race for 4 years, and designed its current technical course along with her husband Eric. The 2005-2008 events featured strong regional fields and a vibe that forged a rock solid foundation for the years to come. 2009 was a turning point for the Blast bike race – with a heightened pro men’s purse of $5000, and the hard work of Blast board member Greg Tankersley, the race elevated its stature attracting nearly 100 pro 1/2 men, and was the largest road race in the tri-state in total numbers.
The ’09 race was brought to the attention of Gene Dixon of the USA Crits Series – and after strong lobbying by Tankersley the Blast was asked to join the 2010 USA Crits Calendar. The USA Crits Series, now in its fifth year, is a 9 race series featuring the very best crit races around the country. From Idaho to Washington DC – USA Crits races draw crowds in excess of 30,000 spectators!
Hyde Park Blast board member Tim Humbert took over the operational reins for the 2011 event – his first ever race promotion! With 2WheelSports running registration (3rd year in a row – they are indispensable!), tons of volunteers provided by The Cure Starts Now, and a crack officiating staff – this year’s bike race was the smoothest run race yet. So kudos to Tim for a great job!
The Hyde Park Blast pro women’s race featured the largest women’s field to date – over 40 riders were on the start line. Kacey Manderfield (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) withstood a series of attacks in the finishing laps from a Texas Roadhouse trio in taking the win at Hyde Park. A break of 5 pulled clear after the midpoint that caught out the Secret team, which put 2 on the podium in the previous evenings Madeira Centennial Crit. The Texas Roadhouse-led break kept the 5 clear, and it was Manderfield by a bike length at the line.
(Race report courtesy of Ashley Travieso) During a very busy weekend in the American racing scene, the Hyde Park Blast in Cincinnati, Ohio saw top USA CRITS contenders descend upon the Queen City for the fourth stop of the Series. In an exciting finish, Jamie Driscoll (Jamis/Sutter Home) took the win after lapping the field with four other riders, while Luke Keough (Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop) was able to secure the Series lead.
Almost immediately from the gun, 2010 USA CRITS overall runner-up Clayton Barrows (Stan’s No Tubes/AXA Equitable) was looking to shake things up in the Series and attacked the field. Chase groups of three and four riders formed almost every lap, but no one could get the chase organized. Keough and Clay Murfet (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com), who won the last Series event and the previous night’s race, finally moved to the front to take a turn at pulling back the solo rider but to no avail.
Thirty-eight minutes into The Blast, four riders were able to get organized and went off the front of the peloton and included Driscoll, past Hyde Park Blast winner Paul Martin (Panther/Competitive Cyclist), Andrew Seitz (GPOA), and Murfet. Keough missed that move and attempted to chase them down as now two overall leaders were up the road but was unable to bridge. All he could do now was to save his legs for the final sprint.
At the mid-race point, Barrows picked up maximum Series points during the mid-race prime and still had 35 seconds on the chasers, but his lead would be cut down quickly, and just five laps later, he would be joined by the four chasers. The break worked well together, and with 11 laps to go, they lapped the field. The break riders quickly found their way to the front of the field, with Stan’s No Tubes/AXA Equitable and Metlife taking turns on the front.
With three laps to go, Panther/Competitive Cyclist lined up at the front to lead out Martin, with Jame Carney and Murfet and Jamis/Sutter Home tucked in behind the Panther train. At one lap to go, Carney took to the front to keep the pace high for Murfet. Out of the final turn, the long finish straight allowed Keough to cross the line first, winning the field sprint, but it would be Driscoll who was positioned to take the win. Martin, despite the efforts of his teammates, came in second, while the original instigator Barrows was third.
Keough’s sixth place finish was enough to move him into the lead in the USA CRITS overall, while Barrows moved up to third and Murfet to fourth. Barrows also took over the Sportsbase Online Lap Leader competition with his herculean effort, leading 30 out of 47 laps at The Blast. That coupled with the two laps he led during the Giro d’Grafton was enough to secure the jersey.
If you have your 2012 calendars yet, mark them for the weekend of June 30th – cause that will be the weekend of the 11th annual Hyde Park Blast!
|1||James Driscoll (Jamis/Sutter Home )|
|2||Paul Martin (Panther Competitive Cyclist)|
|3||Clayton Barrows (Stan’s NoTubes/AXA)|
|4||Andrew Seitz (GPOA)|
|5||Clay Murfet (RideClean)|
|6||Luke Keough (Mock Orange Racing)|
|7||Eric Schildge (Jamis/Sutter Home )|
|8||Jared Babik (GPOA)|
|10||Marco Aledia (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Cycling)|
|11||Ryan Knapp (Panther/Competitive Cyclist)|
|13||Nicholas Bennette (MetLife Cycling Team)|
|15||Jacob Rytlewski (KENDA Pro Cycling presented by GEARGRINDER)|
|16||John Rowley (GPOA)|
|17||Jeremy Grimm (Cleveland Clnic Sports Health)|
|18||Ryan Shebelsky (Team Alliance Environmental)|
|19||James Good (Audi)|
|20||J Gabriel Lloyd (MetLife Cycling Team)|
|23||Robert Stumpf (GPOA)|
|27||Ryan Fleming (MetLife Cycling Team)|
|29||Adam York (Trails-Edge Cycling Team)|
|31||Ryan Mele (Trec of Pittsburgh)|
|32||Charles Crouse (Alderfer Bergen)|
|33||Jamie Clinton (Team Alliance Environmental)|
|34||E. Julian Cabra (Metro Repographics)|
|35||Andy Munas (MetLife Cycling Team)|
|37||Jason Peterson (Team Ghisallo)|
|38||Joseph Whitman (Stan’s NoTubes/AXA)|
|39||James Carney (RideClean p/b PatentIt.com)|
|40||Patrick Weddell (Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Cycling)|
|43||Gregory Christian (Panther pb Competitive Cyclist)|
|46||Matt Bole (Fuji Cycling)|
|47||Christopher Chartier (Racing For Riley)|
|49||Robert Kendall (Clarksville Schwinn/Rapid Transit)|
|1||Kacey Manderfield (Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)|
|2||Jane Evely (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team P/B Motorex)|
|3||Sally Price (Team SummaCare)|
|4||Annajean Dallaire (Racing for Rileys)|
|6||Jane Weakley (Secret Cycling)|
|7||Emily Walling (Secret Cycling)|
|10||Kate Ross (PainPathways Cycling Team)|
|13||Jennifer Cvar (Team Nebo Ridge)|
|16||Kiersta Tucker (Schellers Racing Team)|
|18||Stephanie Breslin (Team Ghisallo)|
|21||Erika Howard (Secret Cycling)|
|22||Hannah Calvert (Scholars Inn Bakehouse Team Tortuga)|