Johnson Wins Tour de Moore
Cyclists blazed down the asphalt on a picture-perfect Saturday for the 36th annual Tour de Moore.
Boyd Johnson, 31, of Greenville, S.C., took home the top spot in the 102-mile Pro 1-2 race. Johnson, a member of the Globalbike team, beat Patrick Raines by five bike lengths in an exciting field sprint finish on Ridge Street.
The Pro 1-2 race sent riders down Youngs Road east toward Woodlake, where the field completed eight laps around the lake and headed back to Southern Pines. The pro race finished around 1:30 p.m.
The win came on Johnson’s third trip to the Tour de Moore.
“Looking at the flier, they have a list of all of the winners and there’s some legends in there,” he said. “It’s going to be pretty cool to be on that list.”
Local rider Thomas Wrona, 16, of the Hot Tubes junior development team, finished near the front of the pack in the main event. This was Wrona’s second appearance in the race.
“There was a lot of breakaways and it’s a long race,” he said. “So you just want to save your energy. That’s what I did, but I was kind of boxed in near the end, so I couldn’t even try to attack at all.”
David LeDuc, of Willow Springs, N.C., and the Atlantic Velo team, claimed victory in the 52-mile Master’s 50+ race. John Patterson, of Charlotte and Carolina Masters, finished second, while Ron Hinson, of Raleigh and Atlantic Velo, finished third.
LeDuc, a 19-time national champion and one-time world champion, started racing in the Tour de Moore in 1980.
“It’s a beautiful day and it’s a pretty city,” he said. “When you get to be this age, it’s not so much about the racing as telling war stories with the guys, because a lot of the guys that were in that selection with me today have been racing for 30 years.”
In the 62-mile 35+ Master’s race, Mike Fawell, of Glen Allen, Va., took top honors. Aaron Frahm, of Mebane, finished second and Michael Vanden Heuvel, of Cary, finished third.
Three more races — the 62-mile Men’s Category 3, the 42-mile Men’s Category 4/5 and 32-mile Women’s Category 3/4, went off around 2 p.m.
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