Thanks to you all soooo! Much for hosting us for the Green Mt Stage Race this past weekend. First, y’all made us guys feel just like family — treating my two racers, Ben & Brian, like your own. Special kudos to Sherry for being like Mom.
2nd, to kitchen staff: The food was supa! and plentiful! Benny’s double order of pasta kept him goin’ up the App Gap on Sunday. Brian’s feed gave him a 5th place finish on that Mt stage and an overall 5th place on GC…wow!
In addition to the aroma of food wafting from the back door to the fireplace room, hearing a little Grateful Dead is always an added bonus.
The tavern is one of the friendliest I’ve visited. The local personalities hanging out was an added plus to the great service an attentive bartending staff. I just had to see that my racers did not spend too much time in there. No! no! no! boys…not till after the racing is done!
Thank you Margaret! Your charming and friendly phone manor sold me on the inn right away. I had to keep calling ’cause it just made me smile to do it.
Finally, the boys had a very successful outing. Ben holding 8th place on GC for 2 stages thanks to leaving smoke on the course in the time trial and circuit events. Succumbing to his size (6’5″ and 190 lbs) on the final ascent on Sunday after staying with the leaders up Brandon Gap and forcing a break on the descent, he finished the day a respectable 30th with a final GC of 28th.
Brian, with a slow start on the TT and circuit events, blasted up the 20 percent grade at the top of the App Gap, passing numerous riders as if they were frozen in place achieving a 5th place finish on the day!!!!! And holding onto a 5th in GC after the Criterium in Burlington on Monday.
Both boys left feeling happy and proud of their performance and promise to return next year. Coach here, after racing for 20 some-odd years with a very long layoff in between, was giddy to be back in the game. Some things you just don’t forget. Just like riding a bicycle, huh?
So Margaret, next year ’round this time that phone’s gonna ring again. The boys will be back again!
— Woody, Ben, Brian, September 2, 2008