Jonathan Hull Wichita Falls Times Record News
Published 6:46 PM EDT Aug 24, 2019
WICHITA FALLS, Texas — The grey in Matthew Davis’ beard is misleading. At 41 years old, the Shreveporter is still more than capable of holding his own on a bicycle.
Just ask the rest of the Hotter’N Hell 100 men’s pro 1-2 field.
Everything worked out perfectly for Davis Saturday as he bested DNA Racing’s Tanner Ward in the final sprint to finish the new 130-kilometer road-race path in 2 hours, 57 minutes and 17 seconds.
On the women’s side, Rebecca Larson crossed the finish line at 10th and Ohio first, finishing the 100-kilometer race in 2:53:40.
It was the first HH100 road-race victory for Davis and Larson.
“I was trying to stay toward the front and go with as many moves as I can,” said Davis, who races with Team LaS’port. “I was just able to luck out and be in the right one.”
Davis and teammate Whit Somerall were the only two cyclists representing LaS’port in the race. Somerall finished 39th – 20 seconds off Davis’ pace – but played his part in Davis’ win.
“We wanted to always have one of us toward the front,” Davis said. “And try to put one of us in as many moves as possible. You have to be lucky as well as being strong.”
Davis has had his fair share of luck to go with his strength this year. This is the second consecutive weekend he’s won a race. Last Saturday, he took first in a 60-mile race in Jackson, Mississippi.
“I’ve been riding pretty well this year,” Davis said. “My coach, David Wenger out of Austin, has got me dialed in pretty good this year. No nutritional problems, no wrecks or health problems.”
And he’s showing that age is only a number in the process.
“As you start to get older, you don’t really make any improvements in performance, but you start to know what your numbers are,” said Davis, who placed second in the 2011 HH100 road race. “You have to be more conservative. You can’t go with everything. You can’t outride people. You have to pick and choose your moves – conserve as much as possible.”
Davis isn’t chasing the overall omnium title, currently led by David Tolley, who won Friday’s criterium.
Davis isn’t even sticking around for Sunday’s criterium. He’s got more important responsibilities that need tending.
“I’ve got to go home and babysit,” Davis said with a grin. “Give the wife a day off. Try to stay married.”
Larson chasing omnium title
Rebecca Larson isn’t making it a secret that she wants to be wearing the leader’s jersey at the end of the weekend.
Larson, representing Tulsa Wheelmen, put herself atop the Hotter’N Hell 100 omnium standings Saturday, when she won the 100-kilometer road race by edging Michelle Montoya of October Three Racing.
Larson’s road-race victory came on the heels of a third-place finish in Friday’s criterium. The crit winner, Sheree Tomba of Matrix/RBM, placed seventh in the road race.
“I was really watching other riders who were in the omnium,” Larson said. “I have a good long sprint. We had a group that was a little away with a kilometer to go and just held on.”
This is Larson’s second year riding in Hotter’N Hell. She placed fourth in last year’s road race. The race didn’t live up to its name Saturday as overcast skies kept the temperature down and the typically strong winds were stagnant.
“It was perfect,” Larson said. “It couldn’t have been better. We went a lot faster this year than last year. I like the course and I liked the finish better this year than last year.”
Larson doesn’t have the omnium wrapped up yet. She still needs a strong showing in Sunday’s criterium, scheduled for 12:10 p.m. near the MPEC.
“The points are really tight still,” Larson said. “We’re basically going to have to keep an eye on each other and keep up. I have to make sure I’m one place in front of (Tomba). We’ll see how it goes.”
HOTTER’N HELL HUNDRED ROAD RACE
Men’s Pro – 1. Matthew Davis, Team LaS’port, 2:57:17; 2. Tanner Ward, DNA Racing; 3. Andrew Evans, City Title, +01; 4. John Ryan, Matrix/RBM, +06; 5. Tristan Uhl, +11; 6. David Tolley; 7. Kyle Swanson; 8. Leonardo Torcat, +12; 9. Cesar Serna, Bicycles Plus; 10. Pablo Cruz, MSU; 11. Michael Sheehan; 12. Daniel Ajer, Super Squadra; 13. Justin McQuerry, UCI CT: Team Skyline.
Women’s Pro – 1. Rebecca Larson, Tulsa Wheelmen, 2:53:40; 2. Michelle Montoya, October Three; 3. Anna Tillerson, Bicycles Plus, +02; 4. Jaime Larmer, Team Elevate, +03; 5. Maddie Woolley, Lux Cycling; 6. Elizabeth Schuster, +04; 7. Sheree Tomba, Matrix/RBM, +05.
Men’s Cat 3-4 – 1. Seth Cooke, 3:13:45; 2. Emerson Cifuentes, OKC Velo; 3. Michael Tarabay, +-1; 4. Reid Foster; 5. Clay Emge, FRESH Racing, +02.
Men’s Cat 4-5 – 1. Ryker Richardson, Team Elevate, 2:40:16; 2. Matt Lincoln, Cadence Cyclery; 3. Paul Porterfield, Weaver Technologies, +01; 4. Luis Ruiz, Northwest Cycling; 5. Adam Abstein, +02; 6. James Ruedlinger, United Cycling; 7. Eddie Lao, Pacc Racing, +03; 8. Trey Law, Hirschi Huskies, +04; 9. Gerry Douglas, Plano Athletic, +05; 10. Chad Arnold, C3 Racing.
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