Martin battles rain for win
New day, same thrills for Tour de Grandview
Paul Martin of the Panther/Bakehouse Granola cycling team won the men's pro race for the second consecutive year Friday, June 28, during the 20th Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic.
Martin, who lives in North Royalton, edged out Chad Burdzilauskas of Indianapolis in the final race of the night.
Cyclists completed the final laps of the pro race with a steady rain falling.
Martin's Panther teammate, Andrew Seitz, finished in third place.
"I love racing in Grandview Heights," Martin said after the race. "I've been coming here since 1995."
Burdzilauskas made it close race, he said.
"Chad and I have been teammates in the past and I know he's a fast sprinter," Martin said.
This year's event was moved from Sunday afternoon to Friday evening and included a new route, starting and finishing on First Avenue.
"To be honest, I liked the old course better because of all the hills. They were a real challenge," Martin said.
There may not have been hills on this year's course, but the late falling rain "definitely made things harder out there," he said. "You had to be careful around the turns."
First-place finishers in the evening's other races are:
* Anneke Frankemolle of Cleveland Heights, Women Category 3/4
* Jenette Wiliams of Proctorville, Women Category 1/2/3
* Josh Direen of Columbus, Men Category 4/5
* Michael Appel of Pittsburgh, Men Category 3.