Squadra Coppi held its annual Giro di Coppi today on the rural roads of Barnesville, MD. Temperatures in the 90s and high humidity made for a hot day of racing.
Squadra Coppi's own James Donahue won the Men's Cat. 5 race with a final burst to the line. Former Lanterne Rouge rider Nicholas Taylor emerged victorious in the Men's 3/4 race. This superstar was once an overweight and slow cyclist. Let that be inspiration for everyone.
The Women's 1/2/3 race came down to the final sprint among a stellar field of top area women cyclists. With 800m to go, it wasn't clear what was going to happen. Unfortunately, I don't know what did happen. Official results for all the races will be posted on the Squadra Coppi website once the race director recovers from exhaustion.
Scandal-rocked 2006 Tour de Frolorado winner Taxman was out on the course working as a road guard. He was wearing running shoes. Reportedly he has been participating in day-long mountain-bike races on a single-speed mountain bike. Questioned about suspect activities, he refused to comment.