2019 DOMESTIQUE ROSTER
100-mile, Group 1
ETA 12:30 P.M.
Average speed 20+ mph
This group will travel safely and smoothly but also swiftly. Advanced elements will arrive in Hyannis Port around noon with the stragglers of this group coming in around 1 p.m. When these riders do stop the process will be brief and deliberate, lasting less than five minutes. These riders will deploy such tactics as rotating pace lines and echelon formations. There will be several surges and selections made, notably in the final 20 miles. Riders in this group are expected to fully understand group riding rules and road etiquette.
BART LIPINSKI – CAPTAIN
A medalist at national championships, Bart has been raising money and volunteering his time to Best Buddies events for the past 12 years. He’s an avid cyclist, competitive racer at local and national events and is also a Level 2 USA Cycling coach.
Tim Mitchell (CCB/Velotooler/Team Wyatt)
Tate Kokobu (CCB/Velotooler/Team Wyatt)
Lane Maher (CCB/Velotooler/Team Wyatt)
Vitor Zucco Shizzi (CCB/Velotooler/Team Wyatt)
100-MILE, GROUP 2
ETA 1:30 P.M
Average Speed: 18+ mph
This group will roll swiftly but without surges or attacks. Advance elements of this group will arrive in Hyannis Port around 1 p.m. The rest stops will last between 5- and 10-minutes. Large groups form up using club tactics and formations designed to engage and retain riders. Riders in this group should be familiar with group riding skills and road etiquette.
RICHARD FRIES – CAPTAIN
Richard Fries is the director of cycling experience for Best Buddies. With more than 40 years experience, he has been a racer, commuter, tourist, promoter, advocate, journalist and commentator on the sport and lifestyle of cycling. Having raced at the professional level both in America and Europe, Fries is well known as a race announcer having called countless USA Cycling National Championships, World Cups, and UCI World Championships. But he is also a tireless advocate having recently served as the executive director of MassBike.
100-MILE, GROUP 3
ETA 2:30 P.M.
Average Speed 16+ mph
This will be a group tailor made for novice riders seeking to improve their finish time regardless of their level of fitness. These riders will stay at a talking pace throughout the day and there will be ample opportunity for laughter. Advance elements of this group may intermingle with group 2 to arrive around 2 p.m. Riders will stay at the rest stops around 10 minutes per stop, but some may choose to skip a stop or two. With a large number of Domestiques, riders will receive a lot of instruction and encouragement and may be surprised by how fast this group travels using basic drafting techniques.
ERIC CARLSON – CAPTAIN
With 30-plus years experience Eric is a long time New England racer and year-round bicycle commuter. He’s dedicated hours to coaching top regional racers as well as novice riders for the Best Buddies Challenge. His friendly ‘roadside manner’ has gotten dozens of distressed beginners to the finish line in Hyannis Port.
EMILY CURLEY – CO-CAPTAIN
A native of the South Shore, Emily has been volunteering with the Best Buddies organization for more than 10 years. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2017 as captain of the women’s cross-country running program with a degree in neuroscience and chemistry. Emily currently works at AthleteReg and is heavily involved in the cycling industry. Familiar with all the roads used for Best Buddies, she competes in road, mountain bike, and elite cyclocross races for Corner Cycle.
100-MILE, GROUP 4
ETA 3 P.M.
Average Speed 14 mph
This is the fun bunch! Working together, these riders will roll at a talking pace, use all the rest stops to recover and re-fuel, and have a lot of Domestique support in the event of any contingencies, be they mechanical, physical or spiritual. While the pace is genteel, Domestiques will usher these riders along to get them to Hyannis Port in time to enjoy the showers, the massage and the food. By working with the Domestiques, these riders will surprisingly conserve just enough energy to dance at the Flo Rida concert. Expect to learn about drafting, pacing, position, shifting and general cycling skills.
PAUL CURLEY – CAPTAIN
The Godfather of South Shore cycling, Paul has spearheaded the navigational, logistical and support efforts for Best Buddies for more than 15 years. Having just won his 31st national title, Paul has almost 50 years of cycling experience in road, mountain bike, cyclo-cross and tandem racing. He’s represented the U.S. at five World Championships and competed in 20 different countries. Having promoted the 1991 National Cyclo-cross Championships, he’s also produced dozens of charity athletic events.
EDDIE MEDINA – CO-CAPTAIN
For the Best Buddies riders who have done the clinics and training rides, Eddie is a friendly and familiar face. An adventurer and journalist from Boston, Eddie has a passion for cycling, surfing and martial arts. He’s ridden several long distance endurance events and raced cyclo-cross. With a background in media operations big and small, Eddie has held leadership positions in the newsrooms of The Boston Globe and The Associated Press. Careful around Eddie, though, as he’s likely to have cameras and microphones recording your experience!
ETA 1:30 P.M.
Average Speed: 14 mph
This is challenging for any rider, with all the difficult elements of the 100-mile course clustered into the final half that these riders must face. Faster riders in this group can reach the finish by 1 pm by mixing in with the 100-mile groups. But most will arrive around 2 pm. Crossing windy cranberry bogs is tough enough but the rolling climbs all the way to the finish can be discouraging. Working with the Domestiques, however, the 50-mile riders will learn about drafting, shifting and descending safely.
LAUREN LeCLAIRE – CO-CAPTAIN
Lauren LeClaire is the director sportif and a racer for the Levine Law Group Elite Women’s Cycling team. They are currently ranked second in the USA CRITS Series nationally! Off the bike, she works for MassBike advocating for more bicycle friendly laws and infrastructure in the Bay State. She also does social media and PR for many cycling events across New England.
LORI LeCLAIRE COOK – CO-CAPTAIN
Lori is a masters elite bike racer with a particular fondness for cyclo-cross. You may notice the rainbow stripes on her shorts. She’s won several national and even world championships. Professionally trained and employed as a nurse, Lori loves to work with beginner and novice cyclists. But Lori’s real passion is cooking healthy food. Her dream? To run a food truck!
ETA 12:30 P.M.
Average Speed: 12 mph
Starting in Sandwich, the 20-mile ride is geared for beginners. And the Domestiques are there to ensure everybody feels they are safe, that they belong, and that they matter. But this is still a tough course with the hardest climb of the day part of this route. The infamous “Cape-en-Berg” wall is just three miles into this endeavor. Domestiques in this group are there to help make any adjustments – be they physical, mechanical, or mental – to help these riders meet the challenge and get to Hyannis Port safely.
JILL BURNS – CO-CAPTAIN
Jill is the angel of our 20-mile ride. A full-time homeschooling mom of two teenage boys, Jill knows patience. She’s been participating in charity cycling rides for the past decade working with sturdy novices and wobbly beginners. She also volunteers with the Friends of Harold Parker State Forest, leading walks and helping organize events.
DOUG HEMPEL – CO-CAPTAIN
Doug re-discovered the joy of cycling about 10 years ago in a local charity ride. That led to a four-year stint as the president of the Cape Cod Cycling Club. He continues to lead regular rides and charity events on the Cape. Of late, he’s developed a curious – but healthy – addiction to cyclo-cross.