Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Left to right: Marcus Smith, Daniel Tisdell, James LaBerge, Chris LaBerge, Dean LaBerge (Masters); Joel Shaffer; Charlie Avis; and Andrew Lanier (missing Edan Levanton and Davis Bentley)
Now, that's a winning gap! (Charlie storming the 15-18 field)
On this Memorial Day the San Jose Bicycle Club promoted a full day of bicycle racing including my first ever 35+/ 45+ combined field. I've raced a good number of 45+/ 55+ races but not one like this. It's a race within a race.
Brian Bosch (Sierra Pacific) gave himself a 600 meter leadout for the win. Yikes! Former US Pro National Champion and former US Postie Eddy Gragus was visiting from Colorado and held on for 2nd, while Friday Night Track Promoter Michael Hernadez nipped me for 3rd. But wait, I placed 4th, er, 1st in the M45 race. Dean scored 5th in the M35 race. Kevin, Steve, Wyatt and Mike laid it all down for the team, but we could not deliver the much coveted double victory.
Chris and Marcus were up next in the 10 to 12 and 13 to 14 race and Marcus took his first ever field sprint win with a well timed jump.
Finally, the 15-16 and 17-18 year olds took to the start line and quickly reeled off split times that rivaled the best of the day. Their field was shredded, and then the kids took over. Just in a span of the last lap we could see Marcus attacking off the front, then Charlie, Daniel, Joel, James and Andrew winding it up before Joel launched an impressive attack that took him to about 600 meters to go where Charlie immediately attacked and soloed in for the win in the 17-18 race. The chasers gave it a go but only towed James closer to the line as he took the 15-16 win for a total of four wins on the day.
Prayers and get well wishes go out to David Tisdell, Daniel's brother who crashed in the 10-14 year old race.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The race started off agressively and in short order Billy was off the front with 45+ leader David Zimbleman and Rich Thurman. It had the makings of a successful break, but after a few prime sprints they stopped cooperating and were brought back. Craig made a number of attempts to get away but he was marked too closely.
With about 20 minutes to go they rang the bell for a $100 prime. I had good position and followed an attack by John Browning who was 4th on GC. I was unable to come around him for the cash but his accelleration had created a large gap and when he sat up I kept going. It was a low percentage move, but I figured maybe it would start something and I'd get some company or set up a counter by one of my team mates. What happened though was that every time somebody attacked or started a chase, my guys would follow the right wheels to discourage that chase. While I was going at a steady speed, the pack was alternating going faster than me and slower than me. But due to the efforts of the team, the net effect was that I got a 20 second gap and was able to hold it. My only thoughts were:
1. DON'T crash solo in the hair pin like a moron!
2. Keep it steady, don't dig too deep.
4. Did I mention don't crash in the hair pin?
In the end, I had the pleasure of winning in front of my parents due to the help of the best team that I could imagine being part of. I am truly thankful for their help and lucky to have them as friends and team mates.
In the end we won all four stages in the 35+ race with Rob and Billy winning the circuit race and the time trial respectively and 1st, 2nd, 5th and 11th on GC with myself, Rob, Wyatt and Craig. And we also had fabulous weather, which considering the past editions of this race was a welcome relief.
Already looking forward to next year...
Saturday, May 17, 2008
At miles 25 Craig followed Rich Thurman on the attack and went off on a big adventure. At about mile 50 he dropped Thurman and set off on his own. Meanwhile in the group I was sitting in like the princess that I am and getting an armchair ride through the stage. Mick and Billy did a ton of work keeping the tempo steady and controlling the field. The team made this tough stage almost seem easy. I can't thank them enough.
Unfortunately for Craig he got caught with about 5km to go. The end was strange. Since the race had been so steady we had a lot of guys left. On the final climb to the Mt. Hood Meadows ski area, 3rd place rider David Garcia set a lot of hard tempo. I wanted to have a go, but tried to be patient and bided my time until about 1.5km to go. At that point I attacked and was able to stay away for the win. Rob came in 2nd with Wyatt finishing 7th and Mick in 10th. Craig rolled in with Billy and after all that work he was a little tired. I can't imagine why. :-)
Here's a team photo before the stage with our destination off in the distance behind us. Rob is MIA, out warming up.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Billy ripped the TT. 39:59 by his watch. If I had to guess, that would be the stage winner.
There were rumors of a sub 40' ride by Zimbelman in the 45+ group.
I rode 41:24 which should be enough to take the jersey. Sorry Rob...
Rob is comfortably in second place.
I had bad luck with cars and got caught behind two of them. It probably cost me 20 seconds or so. Still a long way of off Billy's time though.
Tomorrow will be epic. 8000' of climbing in 75 miles. There are 120" of snow on the ground at the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort where we finish. Our plans to take a few runs after the stage were squashed when they closed the resort after last weekend. Obviously not due to lack of snow!
Jeannie Longo was late for her start by about a minute in the women's race and still finished 4th at 18 seconds. The UCI didn't like her bike setup even though it was okay in the prologue... Oh yeah, and she's 51. I'm just sayin'...
we're here, it's hot, rob won his first masters 35+ race, davis is banking up-grade point, billy has taken a liking to tea, kevin didn't burn any matches, wyatt beat me in the final sprint, and mick is focused on the TT.
senior 3s results and GC
7th Davis Bentley (only 23 seconds off the lead)
master results and GC
1st Rob Anderson (first masters 35+ win)
2nd Kevin Metcalfe
5th Wyatt Weisel
8th Craig Roemer
18th Billy Innes
21st Mick Hellman
more to follow...
the boys in hood
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Stage 2 was a point to point race that was supposed to be 88.5 km, but was lengthened to around 97 km (no one knows why). The profile was relatively flat with a small climb at about 60km and a 1km drag up to the finish with a gradient of 10%. Since I was already way out of the general classification, my job was to be active on the front and try to get into an early break. For the first 10-20km, we averaged about 48km/h and I found myself in a couple of small moves, none of which stuck. A small group rolled off the front at about 45 km, but was caught at the bottom of the hill. On the climb, a sprint for the mountain points resulted in an 8 man break that built up a large lead pretty quickly. I followed some attacks in an attempt to bridge up to the group, but once again nothing stuck. The German Team went to the front with 10km to go and reeled in the break, so it turned into a large field sprint up the last climb. I finished safely in the bunch in 54th place, with Larry finishing 15th, Danny in 51st, Ryan in about 60th, and Jake a little farther back. Both Rob and Jake crashed, with Rob's coming in the last km, so he finished way behind, but was awarded to same time as the winner.
Day 3 has a TT in the morning and 97km stage in the afternoon. I am currently writing this post TT and pre-road race, so we don't have TT results yet, but I think I did a pretty good ride. My legs still don't feel 100%, but they're getting there. More to come once I have results from the end of today.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
How to Qualify: West Coast Regional Camp invitations are based on competitive race results from the following: at least one top-5 finish from any LAJORS or similar caliber road event, at least one top-3 finish from any NCNCA Junior Points Series event, or by permission based on race resume from the previous 12 months of racing prior to the camp. 14 year-old racing age athletes are eligible for camp invitation provided they have qualified by racing in the 15-18 age group categories.
How to Register: Riders who have already qualified will find a development camp link in the upper right hand corner of their "My USA Cycling" homepage. Simply follow the link to register on-line. Riders who do not have the link should email their race results to the Camp Manager at the address below as soon as possible in order to update their eligibility.
Staff and Curriculum: The camp will be staffed with USAC certified coaches and mechanics. Daytime training rides, skills clinics, and competitive events will be followed by evening seminars. Camp performance results will be used to qualify top junior athletes to attend the 2008 National Endurance Camp to be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Cost: The cost for the 6-day camp is $700 and includes all meals and lodging. Teams with 3 or more athletes in attendance pay a discounted rate of $525 per athlete. Grants based on financial need are available from the USA Cycling Development Foundation.
For more information, visit www.usacycling.org or contact:
Claire House, Camp Manager
Larry Nolan, Head Coach
Benjamin Sharp, Junior Programs Manager
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Marcus' win in the Jr 13-14 event was a classic. He and Chris LaBerge hit the 23 % Cat's Hill for 3 laps and Marcus dashed to the line for the win. The smile on his face was priceless. Please check out Marcus' blog entry.
James win in the Jr 15-16 event was just as impressive as the younger group raced with the 17-18 year olds and James took 2nd overall in the race. What a sprint! Daniel Tisdell, Edan Levanton, Chris LaBerge and Marcus Smith all helped James during this 8 lap event.
Next up was the Masters event. 66 starters we were told on the line and 10 of us. Good odds, but a bit of pressure too. Red and White Specialized everywhere! 20 laps in total, so after 11 laps we're neutralized due to an accident on the course. We take this 20 minute break to recalibrate our strategy. Thankfully we have leaders like former professionals Scott McKinley and Dylan Casey to help us! We're going to restart with 8 laps to go so we make up a plan to go ballistic with 4 laps to go and we follow it to a tee. Craig, Kevin and Billy soar off the front and a handful of riders join them. They attack and attack and take up the speed. Steve, Mike, Wyatt, Scott, Dylan, Dean and I are surfing the front end of the chasers and spring across to the leaders on the last climb. Billy has already flown off to victory while Dean and I shoot the last corner at warp speed and gun it to the line for a very nice 1-2-3 finish. Great teamwork everyone!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
At the Wente Road Race (Saturday, April 26th) the riders get tested on their strength, smarts and ability to hydrate (see other race reports), whereas at the Wente Criterium on Sunday, April 27th the athletes were challenged on their patience and finishing speed. This popular course attracts large fields but also frustrates more riders than most courses and here’s why: this course is too easy. While it may look like a normal 6 corner industrial park course from the air, at 2km per lap with just two real corners it has field sprint written all over it. Many can jet off the front at 30mph but only the most cooperative breakaway can hold off a charging pack.
Basically, every rider thinks that they can win this race when they hear than last lap bell!
In the M45 race Morgan Stanley/ Spine had the numbers. Maybe 10 out of 75 guys. Hang on to that data point. Let me boil a 45 minute event down to one sentence: Kevin worked selflessly for me to get into position to win the race in a 75 man field sprint. Thanks Kevin. I owe you again.
In the 15-16 and 17-18 junior race 14 year old Marcus Smith marked a fine move by Zack Wick (Davis) and they opened up a gap. Marcus wrote up a race report but I’m mentioning it again here because I can include a picture and there’s a tactic to learn. Joel, James and Daniel were in the field. If they had chased Marcus they show no faith in his abilities to stay away or take Zack in a sprint. They also risk working too much and being attacked by their competitors. Instead, they left the chasing up to the competitors and the competitors let the break go. It was a good call because we don’t want to show that we chase our own team.