Tour de Moore: Sanford Doctor Takes Win
Parker McConville, of Sanford, won the Pro 1-2 race at Saturday’s 35th running of the Tour de Moore by a good 30 yards.
A member of the Triangle Velo team, McConville was in his third year participating in the Tour de Moore but first running the featured 81-mile professional race.
“That was a long 81 miles,” he said afterward. “Maybe like three miles to go, there were several packs, and they all came together, and everybody kind of hesitated. I rolled off the front, didn’t really attack, just kept the pace steady.
“One guy came up to me, and we were together for about 30 seconds or a minute, then he fell off, and the field started to close a little bit. I had a little bit to get up the hill, and I managed to stay away.”
Alan Tripp finished second, followed by Patrick Raines. Thomas Wrona, a 15-year-old from Pinehurst, was likely the youngest competitor in the field.
The Pro 1-2 race consisted of three 27-mile laps through horse country outside of Southern Pines and, for the first time, remote access training areas of Fort Bragg. It ended back in Southern Pines with a climb up East Connecticut Avenue, with the finish line located near the Campbell House.
“It was fun going through Fort Bragg, with the added hills,” said McConville. “And the hilly finish was kind of cool.”
Pfeiffer University student Michael Robinson, of Naples, Fla., won the Category 3-4, 54-mile race. Nick Fishbein, who rides for Carolina Bicycle Competitors, finished second, followed by William Richter, who rides for Carolina Development Cycling Team.
“It was tough,” said Robinson. “A lot of riders were trying to attack. I kind of got my lucky break. Nobody got on my wheels.”
Possibly the most compelling finish of the day came in the Masters 40+ race, when Carolina Masters teammates Kerry Humphrey and John Patterson crossed the finish line holding hands and well ahead of the pack.
Humphrey, the official winner, said afterward, “John let me win it.”
Also Carolina Masters team members, Charlie Brown finished third in the 40+ Masters race and Keith Johns won the 50+ Masters race.
Of the hand-in-hand finish, Patterson said, “It happens like every race, but it’s just a question of whether it’s two of us or four of us. Our masters team is a dominant masters team in the southeastern United States, and quite frequently, it’s two or three of us coming across the line together.”
David LeDuc, of the Atlantic Velo team, finished second in the Masters 50+ race.
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