Tour of New York

Category 4: 27 miles

Presented by
Kissena Sports

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY
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Confirmed (pre-registered) riders:

‘Arches in attendance:
– Aaron (8th place)
– Naoufal
– George
– Lorenzo

Cat 4 Summary: (as reported by Aaron)

The Cat 4’s can best be described as “another race, another crash…”. Everyone was clearly there to race which made for a constant churn in the peleton where guys would fight their way towards the front then get stuck in a current out the back, only to repeat.

There were a multitude of breakaway attempts that were *immediately* and aggressively shut down by the pack.

About five laps in there was a huge surge over the top of the hill and it looked like ~15 guys were going to break free (I was hoping anyway, as I was in that group 🙂 ). By the time we were on the way back down the hill the two-wide group had squashed back to the full width of the road.

Due to the constant mixing up of riders I only saw Naoufal a few times during the race, including the final stretch where he was in excellent position to follow an early leadout up the middle of the road (usually these go on the sides). I followed his wheel to the next surge when I heard the crash behind me.

There was still 800 meters to go, a lot of rubbing of wheels and tires so my effort was a mix of pushing forward (I had us clocked at 32mph at the time) and staying upright.

With the sprint starting so early I followed the wheel in front of me to the line and placed 8th.

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Aaron Deutsch

About Aaron Deutsch

Aaron has always felt a passion for, if not a gravitational pull from, racing. Since being lured from the basketball court onto the track in 1993 he set 7 track & field records and medaled six times at the state level of competition.

He moved to the mountain bike in the late 1990s and won the Penn Cycle Buck Hill race series in 2000 in the sport class. He also placed 4th in the Subaru Cup XC race that year.

After moving to New York Aaron took up road racing and rode unattached for the first year and medaled in 2 races including a 1st place finish in the Kissena Race Series in 2007. In 2008 the Brooklyn Arches Cycling Club was formed and the results were immediate and consistent including winning the Cadence Cup Race Series in Brooklyn. He currently races with the Major Taylor Iron Riders Development Team