Orourke Sprints To A Daily Double

2017 Red Kite Omnium #2: Livermore Criterium

Peet's Coffee Racing LogoTo say that Peet’s Coffee Racing has many ways to win a race is an understatement. On March 19th, it was Michael Orourke’s turn to be the team’s top sprinter at the Red Kite Omnium #2 – Livermore Criterium.

First up was the Master’s 45+ & 55+ 1/2/3 race. Early on Master’s National Criterium Champion Dan Martin of Peet’s Coffee Racing went up the road to stir the pot a little. Like body blows in a prize fight, others attacked the peloton.

Livermore, CA, USA – Kevin Metcalfe of Peet’s Coffee Racing attacks the field during the Red Kite Omnium #2 Livermore Criterium Master’s 45+ 55+ 1/2/3 race on March 19, 2017. Photo Credit: Craig Huffman

Finally, a five man break was established and it was a monster: Tom Lyons of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai, Michael Orourke and Kevin Metcalfe of Peet’s Coffee Racing, Andrew Adelman of CoreTechs Cycling TwT and Chris Fortuna of Morgan Stanley Cycling Team.

Livermore, CA, USA – Five man breakaway of Tom Lyons of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai, Michael Orourke and Kevin Metcalfe of Peet’s Coffee Racing, Andrew Adelman of CoreTechs Cycling TwT with Chris Fortuna of Morgan Stanley Cycling Team tucked in behind during the Red Kite Omnium #2 Livermore Criterium Master’s 45+ 55+ 1/2/3 race on March 19, 2017. Photo Credit: Craig Huffman

As it turned out the top three spots of the podium would come from the break. When they hit the final corner it was Fortuna and Orourke lining up for the final sprint with Fortuna out front. But Orourke closed and passed in the final meters for the win. Chris Fortuna 2nd, Tom Lyons 3rd, Dan Martin 4th and Jerome Nadel of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai rounding out the podium.

Livermore, CA, USA – Michael Orourke of Peet’s Coffee Racing passes Chris Fortuna of Morgan Stanley Cycling Team to win the final sprint during the Red Kite Omnium #2 Livermore Criterium Master’s 45+ & 55+ 1/2/3 race on March 19, 2017. Photo Credit: Craig Huffman

Next up was the Master’s 35+ 1/2/3 race. Again it was a field packed with talent including a large contingent from ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai. Like the first race, attack after attack, but this time no serious breakaway was established. The bulk of the aggression coming from the ThirstyBear boys.

Livermore, CA, USA – Jan Weissenberger of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamia launches an attack during during the Red Kite Omnium #2 Livermore Criterium Master’s 35+ 1/2/3 race on March 19, 2017. Photo Credit: Craig Huffman

As the field passed the start/finish line for the final lap, tragedy struck with a horrific crash involving several racers, including Dan Martin and Aaron Patterson of Peet’s Coffee Racing and John Funke of Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Coffees. Fortunately, John Funke’s injuries were not to serious and I am glad to hear he is well on the road to recovery. But Martin and Patterson were not so lucky.

As aid was being provided to the injured, the final sprint was under way. It came down to Michael Orourke and Jan Weissenberger of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamai. Once again, Orourke powered to the win in the final meters.

Livermore, CA, USA – Michael Orourke of Peet’s Coffee Racing sprints passed Jan Weissenberger of ThirstyBear Cycling p/b Akamia to win the Red Kite Omnium #2 Livermore Criterium Master’s 35+ 1/2/3 race on March 19, 2017. Photo Credit: Craig Huffman

This was a great day for Michael with the two wins, but it was bitter sweet. Teammates Martin and Patterson were seriously injured and will be on the shelf for a while. This was a gut punch for the entire Peet’s Coffee Racing family.

I want to extend my well wishes to Dan and Aaron. Heal well guys, I will miss seeing you in the Master’s Peloton while you recover.

Livermore, CA, USA – Daniel Martin of Peet’s Coffee Racing during the Red Kite Omnium #2 Livermore Criterium Master’s 35+ 1/2/3 race on March 19, 2017. Photo Credit: Craig Huffman
Livermore, CA, USA – Aaron Patterson of Peet’s Coffee Racing during the Red Kite Omnium #2 Livermore Criterium Master’s 35+ 1/2/3 race on March 19, 2017. Photo Credit: Craig Huffman

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