George Street Bike Challenge

August 5, 2007
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester, Mass.
Downhiller is uphill king
By Mark Conti
Cycling columnist
David Flynn once again turned the cycling world upside down.

The pro downhill racer went back to downtown Worcester last weekend and defended his title in the George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor, a 500-foot uphill time trial.

Discarding his heavy downhill bike and body armor, Flynn used a borrowed Specialized Allez road bike and hammered his way up one of the steepest hills in the city. After 126 riders took the challenge, Flynn again had the best time of the day, at 23.74.

Last year, Flynn, of Shrewsbury, broke the course record with a time of 23.13.

"I wanted to beat my old time but I didnít," Flynn said. "I was close."

Flynn, who competed in the downhill and dual slalom pro national championships at Mount Snow the week before, didnít abandon his roots. He wore his baggy shorts, loose-fitting downhill jersey and BMX-style helmet during the uphill race, which was presented by Barneyís Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen.

"I donít really look at it as a road race. Itís really just a sprint," said the George Street record holder and two-time champ.

His powerful sprinting speed up the hill and his free-ride apparel were not the only thing that got attention. Flynnís technique on the road bike flashed a lot of lateral motion that indicated drop bars and a light bike were not what he is used to riding.

"I heard my sprint was pretty ugly," Flynn said. "Itís just a completely different feel on that bike."

Flynn had the best overall time and won the men's 18-34 division. Peter Vo of Braintree, competing in the 18-34 division, was second overall with a time of 24.27. In third place in the 18-34 division was Thomas Carr of Worcester. Eric de Rivera of West Boylston won the 50-59 division with a time of 24.57 and had the third best overall time.

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