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Caravan Race Series #7
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   PG Stadium Bowie, MD
   Saturday, October 05, 2002

A perfect day for skating brought a full crew from Team Drive Sports and several other new skaters from the region. Jim Bourgeois made his debut at the Caravan Series-- the first EC Beast skater this season.

The Men's Elite/Category 1 Race: Capital Racing and Team Drive Sports had equal numbers, and we knew Jim Bourgeois had to be reckoned with on the final sprint to the finish line. Strategy can be important in a situation like this. Capital Racing's Jose Escobar set his strategy to take control of the race. While everyone took the usual easy first lap Jose decided it was time to go off the front and set the pace. Since it was just the 2nd lap of 14 everyone figured it was just one of the Capital Racing skaters shaking up the pack. Surely, this lone skater would fall back into the pack soon enough, right? Not exactly. Jose lapped the pack and set a course record of 17:20 skating solo on his 84mm wheels.

Of course, the rest of the Capital Racing skaters knew when they saw Jose out front that the rest of the race would be for second place. Capital Racing's Eric Lisica made a false break up the hill on lap 12 which Bourgeois chased. Capital Racing's Juan Gomez kept his eye on Bourgeois and saw his chance when Jim looked around on the bell lap. Juan made his break going into the downhill turn with 600 meters to go, and maintained a full sprint to the finish line with a large gap behind him to youngster Darren Kauffman in 3rd place.

The Men's Advanced/Category 2 Race: There was a two man breakaway for most of the race with Fast Forward's Justin Dingle and Capital Racing's David Rao. Justin won the finish line sprint with David in 2nd

In the other divisions:. Capital Racing's Ashley Camper and Gloria Gomez finished 1st and 2nd in the women's Elite race. Hey! We need more women for the series finale on October 19th. Jim Bourgeis took 1st in the master's with Paul McDonald of Team Drive Sports in 2nd. (Due to the points system of the Caravan Series, Michael Dyas had an early morning training skate instead of racing this day since his final overall standings would not be affected by this race.) Teammate Louis Shuba was in Georgia where he finished 13th overall in the 86 mile Athens-to-Atlanta race.

 

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