Blue Streak: Children among 99 bicyclists circling Area A flight line

Ninety-nine bicyclists converged upon the Area A Tennis Club parking lot at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during the late afternoon of June 11 for the third Blue Streak Time Trial of the 2019 season.

The sky was clear and temperatures in the 70s — ideal weather for bicycling.

Josh Bozue of Fairborn won his 10th consecutive Blue Streak time trial by finishing the 10-mile course first overall in a fast 20:45.2 for a 28.9 mile per hour average.

Fort Wayne dentist Gary Painter finished second in 21:25 for a 28.0 mile per hour average speed. Painter, 63, will compete in the World Time Trial Championships in Poland this August.

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The youngest rider was 8-year-old Ruby Twiss of Troy. Ruby’s sister Annie and brother William competed in their second Blue Streak. They all completed the 10 miles with no problem and were not the last on the finish list. They also compete in the Troy Junior Tri Team, coached by longtime Blue Streak rider Cheryl Chaney.

The next Blue Streak time trial will take place on July 9. Participating riders will gather in the Area A Tennis Club parking lot with their bicycles and helmets between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to register and obtain numbers at the table set up in the parking lot by 5:30 p.m. Helmets are required. Bicyclists will be released at 30-second intervals to ride the 10-mile course starting at 6 p.m.

Blue Streak time trials will continue the second Tuesday of each month through October. These Tuesdays will include July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8.

Those without base access must pre-register at least 10 days before each Blue Streak time trial by going to the Speedy Feet website at http://www.speedy-feet.com/race-entry.php?id=1472.

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