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May 31, 2022

77th Annual Tour of the Somerville

Memorial Day Weekend saw an international field of riders descend on our area for the 77th Annual Tour of the Somerville "the Kentucky Derby of Cycling." Multiple days of racing in three towns that culminated in the Kugler-Anderson Criterium in Somerville, NJ (America's oldest continuous* bike race). Our team's biggest success came on Saturday night at the 2nd Annual Easton Twilight Criterium where Bethany Matsick (Warrington) took 3rd in the Women's Pro Race, and teammate Jessica Chong (Lehigh Valley) took 9th. In 2021, Chonger also took a third place podium position in Easton, PA so it's a race that has been good to us.

On Sunday the tour moved to Plainfield, NJ for the New Jersey State Championships at the Tour of Plainfield. In the Women's Pro Race, Jessica Chong placed 6th and in the Men's Pro Race Colin Fitzgerald (Orefield) placed 15th, supported by Andrew Dudle (Emmaus). Alden Weinhold (Doylestown) and Steve Szabo (Doylestown) raced in the Men's Category 3-4 race.

As is tradition, the Tour of the Somerville finishes on Memorial Day with the 77th annual Kugler-Anderson Memorial Criterium in Somerville, NJ. It really is an event that the town and cycling community come out to celebrate. The course is lined with spectators, many enjoying al fresco seating at Somerville's many restaurants and pubs. It's possible I enjoyed street vendor sausage and peppers, who's to know? Jessica Chong and Bethany again showed that they're a duo to reckon with in the Women's Pro Race competing against the big national pro women squads and finishing a respectable 7th and 13th respectively. Alden Weinhold, Steve Szabo and Zeb Nelessen (Lambertville) represented us in the Men's Category 2-3 race. Colin Fitzgerald found himself in a select breakaway group for the first half of the Men's Pro Race that included some of the biggest national pros and some international talent. He was joined in that race by Gui Nelessen (Lambertville), Jason Wood (Lansdale), Andrew Dudle (Emmaus) and Chris Meacham (Doylestown).

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