Chris Brown of Litespeed-BMW won the 3rd annual Aaron Shafer Memorial RR on Saturday, April 14, in convincing fashion – a solo win! Brown knew he was on good form as he had been gearing up for Sunny King Professional Criterium the following weekend. Brown was on his own at this race as most of the team was in Macon racing the Georgia State Criterium Championships, but he was able to race wisely and come away with the win against teams such as Sonic, Friends of the Great Smokies Mountains, Swiftwick Factory Racing, Treehouse, Marx-Bendorf Cycling and Krystal. Chris attacked out of a five man breakaway group with a little over five miles to go to come in with the solo win, a minute ahead of the breakaway group and over four minutes ahead of the pack!
Later that afternoon was a 7.3 mile time trial. Chris had a bit of bad luck in the TT but was still able to finish 2nd! In the TT, Chris first had a car get in his way on a fast downhill corner in the first mile, then Chris was going so hard at the turn around that he turned around at the spray paint turn around markings on the road, and not the cone where he was supposed to go to turn around! Come on Chris, don’t go quite so hard so you can see straight! So he got yelled at by an official, had to turn back around, go down to the cone, then get going again. Needless to say without Chris’s bonehead move he would have won the time trial but that is all part of racing!
A bit about this race, Aaron Shafer was an avid cyclist who desired to put on a premier cycling race in his area. Aaron had everything set up to put on the 1st annual race three years ago but was tragically killed in a car wreck months before the first race. Instead of the race folding, the people in the community of Sparta Tennessee rallied together to continue Aaron’s passion and have successfully promoted this race now for the 3rd year in a row. Thanks to all the volunteers and people of Sparta for making this race so much fun and continuing Aaron’s passion for cycling.