Road Cycling

Area racers in cycling series say group ‘almost like family’ – Lewiston Sun Journal

John Grenier, center, of Lewiston competes Sunday in the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough with Don Seib of Bryant Pond behind Grenier’s right shoulder. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

The Scarborough Crit Series concluded Sunday with it final race of the summer.

The series of four races has been a staple for road racers for over 20 years.

The series was canceled for 2020 because of COVID-19, but racing was back on during July and August for 2021.

“Its almost like family,” John Grenier of Lewiston said about cyclists that show up to races on a regular basis.

“I have been racing some of these guys for 30 years,” the 62-year-old cyclist said.

Each race consists of multiple laps around a 1.3 mile oval in a Scarborough industrial park. The course is flat without sharp turns that some crit races are known for.

“It’s a fantastic race for beginners to get their feet wet on,” Grenier said.

Sunday’s event featured 74 competitors over four separate races.

Cyclists ranged from 16-year-old Ben Condit of Auburn, who was racing his first road race, to Taryn Morin of Topsham.

Morin’s goal was to take the women’s series trophy following the fourth and final race. She had bad luck during the third race. She got a flat tire on the 15th and final lap. Morin finished strong Sunday, but the points for second place were not enough to overcome the flat from the week before.

Racers averaged 25 mph during the Cat 4/5 race to about 27.5 mph during the Pro 1/2/3 race. Strategy is key as competitors battle for position on the final lap before a sprint to the finish.

Grenier said he needed to be more patient during Sunday’s Masters 40-and-older race. He said he should have saved more of his energy by drafting behind the racer in front of him for a few moments longer before pulling around and sprinting to the finish.

That did not happen and Grenier placed sixth. “I’m racing the Masters 40 plus to win,” he said.

Win or lose, Grenier said, “It’s so nice to be back racing after last year. I had not seen these guys for one to one and a half years. It’s so nice to see these guys again.”

Matt Harris of Lewiston watches the Pro 1/2/3 race Sunday after finishing his Cat 4/5 race during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Taryn Morin of Topsham competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

USA Cycling official Jim Smith announces Sunday’s Scarborough Crit Series race will be his last after a long career overseeing bike races. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Dominic Giampaolo of Lewiston, left, and Don Seib of Bryant Pond, right, compete Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Matt Harris of Lewiston finishes his race Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

John Grenier of Lewiston competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Dominic Giampaolo of Lewiston, front, competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Cathy Morton of Farmington competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Dominic Giampaolo of Lewiston, front center, competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Ben Condit of Auburn, third from left, competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. The event was the first road race for the Edward Little High School junior. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Teammates Tony Giguere of Topsham, left, and Ron Dunn of Farmington chat Sunday following their Masters 40 and older race during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Giguere and Dunn race for Barker Mountain Bikes, a shop in Bethel. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Ben Condit of Auburn, second from right, competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. The event is the first road race that the junior from Edward Little High School has raced in. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Ron Dunn of Farmington, second from left, competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Dominic Giampaolo of Lewiston competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Taryn Morin of Topsham competes Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Morin races for Barker Mountain Bikes, a shop in Bethel. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Cyclists in the Masters 40 and older race compete Sunday during the Scarborough Crit Series in Scarborough. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal


Use the form below to reset your password. When you’ve submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.