It was deja vu for the men’s pro 1 /2 field as last night’s sprint winner Dave Forkner of Globalbikes won the field sprint in day 2 of the Rock Hill omnium – the Patriot’s Trail road race.
“I didn’t know what to expect. I had a good season last year with a couple of wins. I took four months off the bike this winter to attend school for law enforcement,” said stage winner Forkner.
A break of three riders went off the front, but unfortunately were lead off course. The three-some were directed back on to the course but the impetus of the break was gone. In the remaining miles of the race a break went again, but with the efforts of the Globalbike team protecting their omnium leader, it was brought back within the last kilometer.
The Globalbike team set up their sprint train as did several other squads and in the rush for the finish line racers were spread out from curb to curb.
“I cut right and found an open line. With 200 meters to go I found a Team Type 1’s rear wheel and followed him for about 50 meters and then just went,” explained 24-year old Forkner.
Tomorrow is the final day of the Rock Hill omnium – the Old Town Criterium. With two stages and two victories does Forkner, who characterizes himself as a sprinter, think he can sweep the whole omnium?
“That’s the plan. Why not?”
Before the woman’s race the Gary Fisher team paid tribute to team manager Adam Little who was recently struck and killed by a car while out riding. Memorial ribbons with Little’s initials written on them could been seen flying from the seat posts of the Fisher team bikes. During the race the Gary Fisher womans team took to the front in a display of unity.
In the sprint for the line a rider from the newly formed Performance team took the win. At the time of this report no details or results had been supplied by the promoter.
The Carolina Master 35+ team is once again showing that they are the dominant masters squad in the Southeast. They staged at the front and 94 miles later the squad came across the finish line in that same position, taking first through fourth.
Pro Men: Patriot’s Trail Road Race
1 David Forkner (Globalbikes), 2 Rich Harper (Kendra Pro Cycling Team), 3 Olaf Kerkof (Team Type 1).