‘Perfect weather’ a backdrop for 550 bike racers
Race coordinators Dave Reardon and Mike Schnack welcomed 555 pre-registered riders and approximately 20 additional race day riders as they participated in the USA Cycling-sanctioned race, according to Mike Schnack, who also serves as president of the Jamestown Town Council.
Island participants included Chris Brown, Lisa Lawless, Jim Estes and sisters, Eliza and Emily Kallfelz.
The Kallfelz sisters, both middleschoolers, competed in the USAC junior category in separate age groups.
The 19.1-mile course was characterized as “fun” by both sisters. Eliza said that she “did pretty well,” while Emily described the junior division as “pretty competitive.”
Brown has been riding for 10 years, he said, and is part of a group of Jamestowners who bike island roads several mornings a week. He added that the Jamestown Classic is the only official race in which he rides.
Riders from New England and the Mid-Atlantic States were among those represented, Schnack said.
Two racers from Westchester County, N.Y. – John Kladis and Lorenzo Grippo – reported that they brought their families for a weekend of family fun, dining and shopping.
Both are category four racers.
The Jamestown Classic race allows racers to build points to advance in the USAC category 5-1 system.
The racers are split into heats by age group and USAC category.
Schnack reported that one of the most competitive groups, the 35-and-over master’s division for category four, included 97 pre-registered riders.
“There is a field limit of 100,” he said.
Tim Lener, a member of the Westchester Cycling Club – a racing club that was well represented during Monday’s race – said it was “a fabulous race, perfect weather, good road conditions” and good safety measures, which, he said, “meant everything.”
Shean Casey and Jay Scambino are two local racers, originally from North Kingstown. Casey said that he placed second in the 18- to 35- year-old division for category five cyclists.
Bobby Pfeiffenberger of Portland, Maine summed up his reaction to the race in one word – “Fun.”
All three racers – Casey, Scambino and Pfeiffenberger – agreed about the positive qualities of the race, but offered some concern regarding the road conditions on the north end of the course.
Entry fees of approximately $20,000 will be reduced by a projected $5,000 in costs, according to Schnack, resulting in about $15,000 in proceeds, which the race sponsor – the Jamestown Rotary Club – will use to make charitable gifts internationally, nationally and locally.
Schnack said that the Jamestown Classic is the Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser.
Once a community race, islander Steve Mecca helped to license the race through the USAC a few years ago, making it an attractive venue for racers seeking USA Cycling points, Schnack said.
It is now the largest bicycle race in Rhode Island, he added.
At the end of a “smooth” day of racing, Schnack said that he was “very happy” with the outcome.
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How island racers finished
|Category||Last Name||First Name||Time|
|Cat 5 35+ B||Brown||Chris||0:49:54|
|Cat 5 35+ B||Reppe||Bill||0:59:15|
|CAT 5 55+||Estes||Jim||0:50:44|
|CAT 5 55+||Lee||Harley||0:53:30|
|55-plus CAT 1-4 Burnell||David||1:39:29|
|CAT 5, women, juniors and fun ride are 19.1-mile events. Masters|
|and CAT 4 are 38.2 miles.Complete results may be found at www.|