Murat has moved up in the rankings! I'm now 6th in the USCF Masters Criterium Rankings for the state of Rhode Island. My results from this past weekend's race in New Britain CT helped to put me there, with a 12th place in the 35+ event and then a 14th place in the 30+ event which followed. Nationally.. Murat is ranked 286th out of all Masters (age 30-99) in the US, out of 3974 total competitors. For what it's worth, I'm happy about my position and look forward to moving higher still on the bike race food chain, before this season ends.
Tell me, how ridiculous is it that for the past five or so years, myself and another Turkish bike racer have competed at the same New Britain event about 10 times, sometimes in the same race, and never met or even seen eachother? Turgut Balikci earned a solid and respectable 8th place in the Masters 45+ event on Sunday.. Turgut, are you avoiding me or what? My bike has a Turkish flag AND my name on it, right above the rear brake caliper. A month ago at the Nutmeg Criterium, we were both in the 35+ race. Would sure help if I knew what he looked like.
Is it 'Nationalist' of me to want to meet another Turkish bike racer? :)