Once again, Maxime Poisson and the NMC did an amazing job to host us for a week-end. With not only a crit, this week-end gave the opportunity to the riders, friends and volunteers to share several events and races.
After a nice welcome party, rendez-vous on Saturday morning for the first part of the Omnium Race: the 1k sprint. Only one rider per team is allowed to compete. One by one the riders try to get the best time, with probably, one idea in mind, beat Mario Paz Duque. But, guess what… he won ! Mario seems to be invincible ! 2nd François Février, 3rd Thibaut Lhenry.
The rest of the day was fucked by the rain and we didn’t have any other solution than to chill with the Tattas crew. Who is the Tattas crew ? Well, most of them are from Netherlands (Yvo, Fish, Fred, Piet, Nathalie, Ashley), a lovely couple from Puerto Rico (Manuel and Crystal) and our bike fashion designers half french, half Croatian, half Polish, Sven and Charlotte from Warsaw Cycling and the one and only Canadia, Josh Tyrrell. Why Tatta ? Ask Yvo to explain it to you next time you see him.
After dinner, we went to the Gold Sprint party in the city center. It’s always fun to see guys pedaling like hell, close to vomiting. Anyway, the main thing in this party was to meet again and meet new people from all over France and Europe. I haven’t seen people for over a year ! The italien guys from the Team Cinelli Chrome arrive with David Trimble. One of the rare moments where he can be relaxed, without any pressure on his shoulders during a crit week-end.
Early Sunday morning the house awakes for the Up Hill race. Second part of the Omnium. The idea : climb a street in Dijon about 1,6k with an average of 8% gradient and two parts at 14%… With the Tattas, we find a spot close to the arrival, somewhere where the riders will be almost dead… Prognostic: Mmhhh maybe Mario doesn’t have the strongest legs for this race. Thibault might win considering his past as VTT rider. A few minutes after, guess who we see in front, in a breakaway from the pack, Mario. Without a doubt he’s going to win the race and his second bike of the week-end.
On the arrival area, the guys continue to pedal to keep their legs warm. Some of them are lying down without enough energy on their legs to stay up. Podium: 1st Mario Paz Duque. 2nd Tim Ceresa. 3rd François-Xavier Blanc.
Back home to get food, fixe bikes and get ready for THE race.
The weather seems nice and there are no clouds around. The Tattas crew find its space on the Zenith parking, put the rollers on the ground, make a last check on the bike…
and friends are around…
The qualifiers have just started and some riders have already impressed us. Like Simon Andraca from the Team Triangle who get the fifth best time of the qualifiers ! The National Moutarde Crit is only his 2nd crit, and the first one with a qualifying race. The other good surprise is one of the Tattas guy, Thomas Jacobs. After a 26th place at the Red Hook Crit in Barcelona, he comes 10th in Dijon. Oh wait and also Pierre Barbe, this guy seems strong on his bike !
On the girls side, Ashley Faye, Jo Celso, Appoline Guillemin, Stefania Baldi, Eleonore Saraiva and Charlotte Sieradzka take the top 6.
The final B starts under the rain, it reminds us of a certain Red Hook Cirt in Brooklyn last year… The sky is dark and we get more and more drenched. After a few laps Alexandre Azzoli from Team Triangle leads the race and he’ll never give his place to the runner up. He easily wins !
No time to warm up, the women’s race has already started. With a determined look they make their first pedal stroke in the rain. Rapidly 6 girls break away from the pack. Charlotte will keep her 6th place safe. Ashley crashes, but she never gives up, even against Eleonore, Jo and Stefania’s attacks. She’s here to win and she’s going to win. « I won I won » she says… she can’t even believe it, she crashed two times and she wins ! All the Tattas come around to congratulate her !
After several hugs, the men join the starting line. David Trimble is next to Maxime Poisson to give instructions and advise in english for the Final A. It was funny to hear his voice here in Dijon, and not on the Red Hook Crit as usual.
The Tattas crew are doing well. Thomas is in the front, Yvo and Manuel pedal hard. Unfortunately Fred and Piet can’t finish the race. The rain is falling harder and harder. The riders glasses are full of water drops, I don’t even know how they can go so fast with these weather conditions. For 3 or 4 laps Simon leads the pack but then he runs out of energy an looses the lead, but he will keep his place in the top 10. Josh loses the front and he continues alone. Fish is far now. At the head of the race there is a group of riders taking turns at the front to help keep their lead. Tim seems really strong and is taking the lead. He doesn’t give any chance to the other riders to take the 1st in the last laps. Last year he got the 9th and took part of the 8Bar team as 1st rider without sponsor. One year ago he’s back and win the National Moutarde Crit ! What a good job he’s done !
1st Mario Paz Duque
2nd Tim Ceresa
3rd Thibaud Lhenry
1st Ashley Faye
2nd Eleonore Sraiva
3rd Jo Celso
1st Tim Ceresa
2nd Augusto Reati
3rd Thoams Jacobs