Salisbury NC, August 5, 2012. Roger rode a solo chase to 2nd place in today's City Park Criterium 45+ race in downtown Salisbury NC. Part of the Crossroads Classic Series, the City Park Criterium features a challenging 1 mile circuit that tests a rider's strength as well as their bike handling skills.
Hometown hero, Charlie Brown rode away from the field at the start of the second lap. The battle for the rest of the places started immediately. Several one and two man attacks got small gaps before Roger managed to escape the field to try to bring back the race leader. While he was unable to eliminate Brown's lead, Roger managed to hold off the rest of the field to take 2nd.
"It was a real hard day at the office," said the exhausted rider. "The hill on the course was steep enough to really take it out of you lap after lap. After racing my Madone with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 last week, I went back to my bike with the mechanical Dura Ace this week. I really missed the quick, low effort shifting each time up the hill today. This may be the end of the mechanical shifting era for me."