Apr 30, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
Stage 1 Road Race: Our course was a 45-mile loop starting in the small town of Paskenta. The course featured a 4-mile stretch of gravel about 3 miles from the finish. It was in the mid 70s and sunny for the race, which was quite a change from racing in the pouring rain and 40s at Olympic View the previous weekend. My hosts in Chico gave me the local knowledge of how to race the course, encouraging me to be at the front when we got to the gravel and avoid the inevitable chaos. During the early part of the race there were a lot of attacks to keep things interesting. A couple riders broke away just before we got to the gravel. I worked myself up to the front and led the pack onto the loose stuff. The cross skills definitely helped and the hole shot allowed me to pick my line. By the end of the gravel the two in the breakaway were still ahead by about 20 seconds over my group, which had dwindled to four. One of the leaders flatted so it was the four of us chasing one guy. Our chase was somewhat dysfunctional and we never did catch the leader.
Road Race Place: 5th. GC: 5th +33
Stage 2 Criterium: A six-corner crit in downtown Chico. There were time bonus primes on offer and I wanted to take advantage of those as well as the bonus seconds for finishing in the top three. I got five seconds in primes and another six seconds for finishing second. I thought I had the win but was passed at the line in a photo finish.
Criterium Place: 2nd. GC 3rd +22
Video of the road race and crit with Soundgarden soundtrack is available here: http://wordpress.ncncaracing.com/2011/04/17/road/april-16-17-chico-stage-race
Stage 3 Time Trial: An out and back TT in the Chico farm country. The out leg was into a headwind, again. Every TT I have done this year has been into a headwind on the way out. I'm afraid I won't know how to pace myself properly in a non-windy TT. Can't say it was my best TT, I lost a few seconds here and there, but good enough to hold onto 3rd overall.
Time Trial Place: 6th. GC 3rd +1:20 It's interesting but probably not a coincidence that the first three riders onto the gravel section in the road race went 1-2-3 overall.
Everyday at the office i get in the elevator, and ride from the parking garage where the bike lockers are, up to the 4th floor to get clean clothes from my desk to wear...
Everyday the same questions, that I have to take my ear buds out for.
How do you ride in this weather?
How far is your commute?
If I was not such a lazy ass I'd ride my bike to...they dont say that I just think it.
Well, TODAY I did an early training ride and it was different.
No elevator up to the office, it was Saturday.
No annoying biking questions from people who probably never REALLY learned how to ride a bike.
AND THE SUN WAS SHINING!!!!
Sure it was 42 degrees but there was not a cloud in the sky.
After the weeks and weeks of riding in the cold rain I needed this sunny ride with my teammates.
This prescription was hills, North Lake Wa.
Spaggetti, Cat 6, The Diesel, The Eye Dr, Mud Bog, RC, and Harry Legs all rolled outta S-$s promplty at 8.
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
|Event Name:||Green Valley Time Trial|
|Date:||April 23rd, 2011|
|Description:||Down in scenic, historic Auburn where dreams of time trial fame go to be put to the ultimate test, our friends at Pedal Dynamics & BuDu Racing put on this nice little time trial. We thought it would be neighborly to go ahead and podium for them so we did. Sprinkled some other top tens around for good measure.|
|Cat 2 Men:||3rd - Dustin Van Wyck|
5th - Alex Telitsine
|Cat 1/2/3 Women:||10th - Karen Kowalchyk|
|Cat 3 Men:||8th - Guy Tucker|
|Cat 4 Men:||4th - Tim Farrell|
|Cat 4 Women:||6th - Alexie Montaland|
|Masters Men A:||6th - Keith Faretra|
Apr 21, 2011
|Event Name:||Seward Park Criterium Series|
|Description:||Dustin Van Wyck sits atop the leader board for the 7pm race.|
Congratulations to Alex Telitsine for both winning the super hard Ronde Van Palouse (he was solo participant from Farestart p/b Cobalt Mortgage) and then parleying his points into his cat 2 upgrade. He joins the other eleven cat 2's to make a dirty dozen heading into the Spring racing.
Alex's dedication to the sport has never wavered, earning him beloved moniker's such as the "wizard of watts", or the "Iron Curtain", but he clearly took it to another level this year, contesting nearly every race he's entered to date.
Apr 17, 2011
|Event Name:||Tour of Walla Walla - Stage 4|
|Description:||Kellogg Hollow Road Race - another podium for the team!|
Photos courtesy of Amara Boursaw at http://www.wheelsinfocus.com/
|Cat 3 Men:||7th - Jeff Dunn|
22nd - Ryan Gist
|Cat 3 Women: ||7th - Suzie Kauper|
|Cat 4 Men:||3rd - Andrew Eisen|
32nd - Tim Whiteaker
45th - Tim Farrell
48th - Gabe Templeton
|Masters Men :||43rd - RC Rogers|
Apr 16, 2011
|Event Name:||Tour of Walla Walla - GC after Stage 3|
|Description:||Top 10 GC after Stage 3|
|Cat 3 Men:||3rd - Jeff Dunn|
7th - Ryan Gist
|Cat 3 Women:||9th - Suzie Kauper|
|Cat 4 Men:||3rd - Gabe Templeton|
10th - Andrew Eisen
|Event Name:||Tour of Walla Walla - Stage 3|
|Description:||Downtown Walla Walla Foundation Criterium - Eight corners of sheer madness!|
Photos courtesy of Amara Boursaw at www.wheelsinfocus.com
|Cat 2 Men:|
26th - Aaron Shaw
55th - James Bender
|Cat 3 Men:||13th - Jeff Dunn|
59th - Guy Tucker
60th - Ryan Gist
61st - Steve Owens
|Cat 3 Women:||23rd - Suzie Kauper|
|Cat 4 Men:||26th - Andrew Eisen|
28th - Tim Whiteaker
33rd - Gabe Templeton
39th - Tim Farrell
|Masters Men A:||22nd - RC Rogers|
|Event Name:||Tour of Walla Walla - Stage 2|
|Description:||Time Trial - top ten's for Men's 3's, Men's 4's and Women's 3's!|
Photos courtesy of Amara Boursaw at www.wheelsinfocus.com
|at 2 Men:||63rd -James Bender|
78th -Aaron Shaw
|Cat 3 Men:||4th - Jeff Dunn|
9th - Ryan Gist
32nd - Guy Tucker
64th - Steve Owens
|Cat 3 Women:||4th - Suzie Kauper|
|Cat 4 Men:||2nd -Gabe Templeton|
11th - Andrew Eisen
15th - Tim Farrell
24th - Tim Whiteaker
|Masters Men A:||28th - RC Rogers|
Apr 15, 2011
|Event Name:||Tour of Walla Walla|
|Date:||April 15-17, 2011|
|Description:||Waitsburg Road Race - stage one had the hills this year in a reverse from last year's course. Cat 3 men land some good top ten's to start the campaign!|
|Cat 2 Men:||41st - Aaron Shaw|
80th - James Bender
|Cat 3 Men:||8th - Jeff Dunn|
9th - Ryan Gist
56th - Steve Owens
58th - Guy Tucker
|Masters Men:||40th - RC Rogers|
Apr 12, 2011
|Event Name:||Pacific Raceways|
|Date:||April 12th, 2011|
|Description:||Dave Hecht is on a roll! Podium at Volunteer, Win at Olympic View Road Race and now a win at PR with over 70 riders in the field. They lapped the 1,2,3's to boot.|
|Masters Men A/B:||1st - Dave Hecht|
Apr 10, 2011
|Event Name:||Cherry Blossom Stage Race 2011|
|Date:||April 1-3, 2011|
Our goal for stage one was just to get one of us in the break and we blew it. Twice.
In the first lap Dan M (Safeway) goes off the front but Brad K covers it. Then Todd G counters the bunch and Dave H goes with him. Nice! Greg and Martin are simply patrolling now.
But then Brad flats out of the winning move. When Dave catches him (both groups were not very far up the road at this point) he stops to give Brad his wheel. Unfortunately this takes so long that we catch them both and now the two groups that are up the road don’t contain anyone from our team.
There are a few attempts to counter and bridge but Westend had two riders away so weren’t contributing (and are a strong team) and Dan is one of the strongest riders period so we quickly realized it was fruitless. By the finish two riders were dropped from the second break but Dan simply soloed in for the win always increasing his gap. Impressive for sure.
Props to Brad for getting into the early move and to Dave for getting into the chase group.
We all got together for dinner and 'planned' the rest of the weekend.
We had heard horror stories from everyone that finished this course. Everything from "I could only go 20 mph on the way out!" to "I never even shifted into the big chainring!" so we had no idea was in store. Turns out it was not that bad. Assuming you have a bit of experience on the TT bike of course. Less than one km from the start it was big ring for sure.
Once around the cone it was off to the races. In very short order the tail wind had us all in the 55x12 bombing the return. Passing people/getting passed can be a mental game in any TT. At times on the way back we were positively grinning as flying down this road at top speed was a BLAST. Kind of like being on a roller coaster.
Brad had a great ride and placed 5th as did Martin who finished in 8th.
Karsten H gave us a preview of things to come by blowing second place away.
With three laps to go we were all sitting in the top 10. On the last lap Safeway had just been neutralized again and Greg anticipated another Safeway melee. He grabbed their wheel into the last corner and started his sprint. He managed to hold on and took 3rd with a bike throw. Fantastic stuff. Podium pictures were taken and prizes were shared.
We survived the two short loops with the bunch. As we headed out onto the long loop we got to witness Dave Z to simply ride away from most of the field. He didn't so much attack as he just accelerated until everyone was shelled. Brad K was posting another strong showing and hung with the first chase group.
Again props to Brad for hanging strong and finishing 9th in the stage and getting 7th overall.
The team had a great weekend racing in Oregon and look forward to the rest of the 2011 racing year. Special thanks to our host housing in Mossier.
|Event Name:||Olympic View Road Race|
|Date:||April 10th, 2011|
|Description:||A flat circuit race on a cold and wet day in early April. Two days, two podiums for Dave Hecht!|
|Masters Men A/B:||5th - Martin Criminale|
|Masters Men D:||2nd - Dave Hecht **Subsequent to official race results, the credited winner posted to WSBA listserv that he was not the official winner, therefore Dave Hecht is credited with this victory!**|
Apr 9, 2011
Apr 3, 2011
General Classification: Masters Men 40+: Brad Kilcline, 7th
- Stage 2, Time Trial: Cat 3 Men: Alex Telitsine, 2nd; Jeff Dunn, 11th
Masters Men 40+: Brad Kilcline, 5th; Martin Criminale, 8th
- Stage 3, Criterium: Cat 4 Men - Tim Whiteaker, 10th
Masters Men 40+: Greg Kauper, 3rd; Dave Hecht, 6th; Brad Kilcline 9th
- Stage 4, Road Race: Masters Men 40+: Brad Kilcline, 9th
Way to go, team!! Stay tuned for a colorful race report...