Alexey Vermeulen completed the U23 Giro del Belvedere race that took place Monday in Italy. Spot Alexey during the team intros, on the road, and leading out a teammate at the finish as he finished 15th with the front group.
Near and far, Develo Coaching athletes are off to a quick start this season. Over in Belgium, Richard pushed through a run of bad luck to capture 11th in a 160-rider junior field. He followed that up with another top 20. Closer to home, Alexey Vermeulen won the cat. 1/2 Reily Road Race on March 23 in Ohio. And David Palan nabbed the win in the 50-54 age group and 6th overall in the 24 mile race at Barry-Roubaix.
Develo Coaching athletes had strong seasons in cyclocross. David Palan overcame a separated shoulder early in the season and slow recovery to still find his way to the podium at the Vets Park race on November 10. Tom Barrett dominated the cat. 3 fields all season to win the Tailwind Racing Cyclocross Series overall and the state championship. Bryan Underwood made big strides, too, finishing 5th overall in the Tailwind Racing Cyclocross Series for the cat. 1/2/3 field and capped off the season with 4th at the state championship race at Addison Oaks.
Congratulations to them all on very solid cyclocross performances this season and big improvements over the past year!
The road racing has been going on a while in warmer parts of the country. Back in February Richard grabbed 7th at Valley of the Sun time trial in Arizona. In the Midwest the temps haven't been as warm but the results are heating up. Alexey won the 1/2/3 race at Lake Hope before heading to Italy where he grabbed 41st of 200 starters at Giro Belvedere in first U23 race. John also grabbed a podium at Lake Hope with a 2nd in the cat. 3s.
Weston kept the winning going taking the top spot in the Welsh Hills Road Race. A week later he helped spring the winning break at the Zanesfield Road Race where his teammates Jack and John went on to take 1st and 2nd out of that break.
It was a good season for Develo athletes on the cyclocross scene. Tom Barrett grabbed many top 5 places in the Tailwind series, finally getting the "W" at day 1 of the Lake Orion High School races. He continued to ride strong finishing with a 3rd at the state championship and 2nd overall for the series in B men 40+. Sean Geary saw a lot of action in the B men and the single speed racing, taking some solid finishes. And David Palan "discovered" CX, putting road racing out of his mind and landing multiple top 5s in the C men 40+, including 5th at the state championship at Addison Oaks.