Monthly Archives: May 2009

Driving, Observations, ST.Louis MS Ride

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Since Iowa City last weekend I’ve driven 2500 miles. I’m not sure how that occurred exactly, but it’s a fact. Bromont, dog, is a true road warrior. He can sleep a day away in the car without blinking. He has gotten into the habit of always being on a lap in the car, so if me, the driver, is the only person there, then what choice does he have? Gets alittle heavy on the legs after a few hours.

The East coast in the spring is great. The mountains of West Virginia/Virginia are beautiful. The traffic there doesn’t do much for me, but that is life. One thing that I didn’t know was that the dandelion population is out of control there. Below is a picture I took of a field of only dandelions. And they are dandelions from the land of the giants. I saw one that was over a foot across. I tried to pull one and the root was nearly an inch across. Makes the midwest dandelions look like pygmies.

Mike Wiess called and asked if I would do a autograph appearance thing for the Tour of Missouri, but it was really for the MS Society Bicycle event in Chesterfield, Missouri. I got there a little early and was amazed the equipment that people were riding. I am not an elitist concerning sports. Especially cycling equipment. I just haven’t been around so many people with such basic bicycles. And clothing. I ski in jeans. For hours. I guess it’s no different. But, it seems different for some reason. These people had so much enthusiasm it was contagious. I wish they could experience the unbelievable feel of a 15 lb. carbon frame with sewups. They all deserve it. It might of been the longest time I’ve spent on a bicycle for a 35 mile ride since I was riding a bike just like theirs.

OK. Joe Martin Stage Race starts the middle of the week and I have no idea how I’m riding. I’m exhausted. I’ve got a couple days I guess. I’ll know better by then.

Lap dog in current favorite lazy position.

Lap dog in current favorite lazy position.

One of 10000 dandelion fields.

One of 10000 dandelion fields.

MS ride in Chesterfield Missouri.

MS ride in Chesterfield Missouri.

Crack Barrel

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OK. This has nothing to do with bicycle racing. Except, bicyclists eat a ton. I went and ate breakfast at a Cracker Barrel Sunday. It is an amazing place. I haven’t been to one in a long, long time. I think I’d just forgotten what they are all about.

If you’ve never been to a Cracker Barrel, it’s a chain restaurant that serves American “home cooked food”. The ambiance is that of a country store. Stuff everywhere. It has a big porch with rocking chairs for sale. There was a porch sale going on when I was there. Something like a garage sale I guess. The lobby has a strange collection of stuff. Old advertising signs, farm equipment, early kitchen appliances, tools, toys, etc. Plus they sell country store type food- Beef jerky, pickels, hard candy, etc. It might be one of the only places you can buy horehounds.

Breakfast is served all day. In my opinion, a mandate. I could eat breakfast 3 meals a day. I do sometimes. And this isn’t the typical bike racing breakfast. It is biscuits and gravy, grits, fried whatever. And a good selection of pancakes. I hadn’t indulged in a breakfast like this since I can remember. I ordered the Oldtimers breakfast. Two eggs, grits, hashbrown casserole, thick bacon, biscuits, gravy. It is pure fat. But, if you’re gonna consume pure fat, it is almost impossible to find a better way to do it. I have a conscience about eating right, but after I left that at the door, I can’t remember recently enjoying a breakfast more.

So, I guess to tie this into riding somehow-next time you go out and kill yourself on the bike, feel free to reward yourself and go to Cracker Barrel and eat like the rest of the 300,000,000 Americans do.

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Game at every table.  Best I could do was leaving 2.

Game at every table. Best I could do was leaving 2.

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Rain & Glueing Tires

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I’ve been in rain for the past two weeks. I haven’t ridden much at all. Plus, I’ve been driving across the country. I hardly ride inside at all, so I had to ride some in the rain. I don’t ride too far wet if I don’t have to. But, I don’t mind riding in the rain if it’s not too cold out. I usually only ride by myself if it’s raining. Road spray is bad enough from my own wheels, let alone someone else’s. Rain has been good for the garden. It’s doing pretty good.

Leaving to go to Arkansas for Joe Martin Stage Race NRC. I glued a tire onto a super light wheel that I’m going to use for the hill climb TT. I’m getting sort of anal about glueing tubulars onto carbon rims. It is kind of weird how many rolled tires I see. Especially in cyclocross. But, on the road too. I’ve gotten to the point that if I’m home, I’ve been using a ratcheting tie-down to strap around the tire until the glue dries. It is overkill in my estimation, but it doesn’t take much extra time and it’s better to be safe than sorry I guess.

To tie the above two subjects together, the best tires by far to race in the rain are Vittoria tubulars. I’m not so concerned about the tread pattern. The rubber is so much better than other brands that the tread pattern is nearly irrelevant. If you are looking for a specific tread, then the KX or CG pattern would probably be the best for a wet criterium. The new CX , 320 thread count, would work great too. In a 23mm size would be best. But, any Vittoria is better than any other tubular tire. And any tubular tire is usually better than most clinchers. If you’re riding clinchers, I’d use Michelin PRO Grip in the rain. I’ve ridden one wet criterium with these tires and they worked 90% as good as Vittoria sewups. I wasn’t big on riding carbon rims that day, but I’ve gotten past that with SwissStop yellow pads. And, don’t ride high pressure. 90 psi or less.

Update from Joe Martin later this week.

Tire strapping method.

Tire strapping method.

Vegetable garden is appreciating the moisture.

Vegetable garden is appreciating the moisture. Bromont in the background treeing a squirrel.

2009 Joe Martin Memorial Stage Race 2.5 mile TT **Results Below**

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Joe Martin NRC started this afternoon. We chose to drive the 300 miles this morning. Not exactly sure why. My reason was that I’ve been on the road for the last couple weeks and wanted to sleep at home. It probably wasn’t the best idea for a 8-10 minute effort.

I have been coming to Joe Martin since I was a junior. I used to race with Joe Martin. His wife, Nancy, is a friend. The race is over 4 days now. This year the hill climb time trial was not after the 2nd road race. I always ride better time trials the 2nd stage of a day. I must not warm up properly or something.

Enough of that. It was hot, mid 80’s and muggy. Super sweaty type weather. And the pollen is everywhere. When we were warming up, our eyes were watering. I haven’t been to a NRC this year, so it was pretty nice catching up with all the guys I haven’t seen for a while. Floyd started a few guys ahead of me. I haven’t seen him since……for a long while. He’s as friendly and goofy as ever. (Number folding photo below.)

Anyway, I rode up the climb a couple times and knew that I had to ride negative splits-Easy at the start and hard at the finish. I thought I was doing that until the last kilometer. That’s when I was going to punch i. And there wasn’t there to punch. I had to talk myself into standing the last 500 meters. I actually got on top of a gear, but that is the only high spot of the day. My arms were as wasted as my legs. Guess I was just out of oxygen. I think that is usually the cause of that feeling. I’m not sure of my exact time, but I think it is the slowest I’ve ridden here. The mid 9’s. Rory Sutherland won last year in 8:11 and it looked like he was catching Tom Zirbel half way up this year, so I’d assume his time is going to be + or – 10 seconds of last years time.

Brian Jensen rode under 9 minutes, which will be a good result. Not great, but OK. Tommorrow is a 110 mile or so road race. It’s supposed to be down pouring rain all day. And loose 15 degrees in temperature. I’ll actually look forward to that.

Thanks to Stefan Roth for forwarding the results.

Floyd's secret pyramid energy source number folding method.

Floyd's secret pyramid energy source number folding method.

They weighed our bikes at the start.  Mine was .29 kg too heavy.

Weighed our bikes at the start. Mine was .29kg too heavy.

Start.  I tried to get him to let me off a little early.

Start. I tried to get him to let me off a little early.


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Joe Martin Stage 2 – 110 mile loop

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Another field sprint at Joe Martin. I might be wrong here, but I think I’m not. Anyway, for the past 5 years, both road races and the criterium have been field sprints (that is 3 stages X 5 years = 15 field sprints). So the race is decided on a 2.5 mile hillclimb and time bonuses. Doesn’t seem quite right for some reason.

Todays course is hard, but it wasn’t windy. Super muggy. Full on sweat right after they blew the gun off. The major difficulty of the race is a 10 mile climb at 80 miles. It really isn’t a 10 mile climb. It’s a mile and a half climb and then stair steps for the remaining miles.

2 guys got away after 30 miles or so. I took off for no reason other than boredom at 50 miles. I rode by myself for 15 miles or so and was eventually caught by Bryce Mead, Jelly Belly and Jake Hollenbach, CRCA Empire. We rode together for a few miles before the climb and hit the bottom with maybe a 30 second lead. What a waste. Jake and I made it to the top of the first pitch before we were caught by the mass of the field. Bissell hadn’t started really started tempoing yet, but they got organized. Once, half way up the climb, a few guys attacked, but the climb was pretty tame. Bissell sat at the front the last 25 miles until the finish.

One thing that I’ve noticed and don’t understand is the Pro teams line up all their riders 20 miles out. And they fight for this position. I don’t get it. Why fight for position when there isn’t anything to fight for? And why ride in line up at the front behind Bissell when it’s way easier riding 40 guys back in the mass? Can anyone tell me a reason? I’d be interesting in hearing even a stupid explaination.

I was talking to Floyd about it 10 miles out when his team mate gave him a Redbull. He said that it was the highlight of his week. I told him that he was hanging out with the wrong people if that was true. He gave me the last half of the Redbull and it was really good. Super cold and refreshing.

Anyway, every “Pro Team” tried some sort of leadout. The finish is hard. A big four lane road to a left/right corner combination to a narrow road a mile out. Then a couple steep hill and finally a 90 degree left corner 400 meter out to a uphill finish.

The police decided to leave a car in the middle of the road about 50 meters from the first left. The field had to split around it. And then they didn’t have a corner marshall at the right corner 30 meters later, so the front of the field was a little mixed up. I got around the corners OK and up the hills, but by the time I got to the last corner I was pretty done. I sat up on the final straight and finished around 20th or so. They usually put time gaps in on this stage, so you can’t just ride in. Not that my GC is a priority.

I like this afternoon racing. Tomorrows stage doesn’t start until 3pm. It didn’t rain at all during the race today. Tomorrow it is supposed to again. We’ll see.

Results.

Joe Martin Memorial Road Race 110 miles

Pl Bib Name Team Time Behind
1 22 HAEDO, Lucas Sebasti Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt 5:20:24 15 @ 0
2 1 SUTHERLAND, Rory Ouch Presented By Maxxis ” 10 ”
3 163 MILNE, Shawn Team Type 1 ” 5 ”
4 166 LILL, Darren Team Type 1 ” ”
5 81 SANDERSON, Nic Rock Racing ” ”
6 26 CANTWELL, Jonathan Fly V Australia ” ”
7 141 CAGLE, Chad Texas Tough ” ”
8 40 RICE, Matty Jelly Belly ” ”
9 3 MURPHY, John Ouch Presented By Maxxis ” ”
10 71 GILBERT, Martin Planet Energy ” ”
11 89 SCHILDGE, Eric Bikereg.Com/Cannondale ” ”
12 94 FALCON, Yosvany Champion Porsche P/B Race Edge ” ”
13 63 NORTHEY, Mike Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
14 28 ZAJICEK, Phil Fly V Australia ” ”
15 162 JONES, Chris Team Type 1 ” ”
16 65 HOFFARTH, Will Mountain Khakis ” ”
17 84 GRAJALES, Cesar Rock Racing ” ”
18 12 OBEE, Kirk Bissell Pro Cycling ” ”
19 147 TILFORD, Steve Tradewind Energy/Trek Stores ” ”
20 14 VENNELL, Jeremy Bissell Pro Cycling ” ”
21 9 JACQUES-MAYNES, Ben Bissell Pro Cycling ” ”
22 19 BORRAJO, Anibal Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt ” ”
23 46 SHIRLEY, Neil Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
24 119 CAMPBELL, Daniel Panther/RGF pb Felt Bicycles ” ”
25 136 COLLIER, Corey Team Rio Grande ” ”
26 107 ZMOLIK, Daniel CRCA/Empire Cycling Northwave ” ”
27 86 DILLON, Josh Bikereg.Com/Cannondale ” ”
28 85 BALDWIN, Chris Rock Racing ” ”
29 7 MCCARTY, Patrick Ouch Presented By Maxxis ” ”
30 50 RYTLEWSKI, Jake Kenda Pro Cycling P/B Spinergy ” ”
31 21 FRATTINI, Davide Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt ” ”
32 39 REISTAD, Nick Jelly Belly ” ”
33 17 AMARAN, Luis Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt ” ”
34 33 CLARK, Jonny Jelly Belly ” ”
35 32 SULZBERGER, Bernard Fly V Australia ” ”
36 13 PIPP, Frank Bissell Pro Cycling ” ”
37 24 WREN, Tyler Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt ” ”
38 38 POWERS, Jeremy Jelly Belly ” ”
39 78 CREED, Mike Rock Racing ” ”
40 45 MUMFORD, Jonathan Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
41 140 STEWART, Scott Team Waste Management ” ”
42 100 HAGMAN, Alex Ciclismo Racing ” ”
43 43 ERKER, Jacob Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
44 149 JENSEN, Brian Tradewind Energy/Trek Stores ” ”
45 25 BROOKS, Hayden Fly V Australia ” ”
46 23 WAMSLEY, Kyle Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt ” ”
47 15 ZIRBEL, Tom Bissell Pro Cycling ” ”
48 20 COLBY, Anthony Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt ” ”
49 106 MINUTRN, John CRCA/Empire Cycling Northwave ” ”
50 93 TRAVIESO, Frank Champion Porsche P/B Race Edge ” ”
51 161 MACGREGOR, Ian Team Type 1 5:20:39 @ 15
52 126 STEMPER, James Team Geargrinder ” ”
53 108 SINGER, Noah Competitive Cyclist ” ”
54 142 ANKNEY, Mat Texas Tough ” ”
55 60 VAN UDEN, Roman Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
56 156 SHERER, Mike Alderfer Bergen Cycling ” ”
57 134 WINSTEAD, Matt Team Inferno Pro Cycling ” ”
58 122 ROBA, Tomas Rocky Mountain Bicycles Elite ” ”
59 42 BOWMAN, Daniel Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
60 110 STOLTE, Bill HRRC/Trek/Shimano ” ”
61 105 MATHIS, Michael CRCA/Empire Cycling Northwave ” ”
62 151 MCVEY, Bryan Vision Quest ” ”
63 68 RAMSEY, Daniel Mountain Khakis ” ”
64 144 ROTHE, Stefan Texas Tough ” ”
65 27 DAVIS, Scott Fly V Australia ” ”
66 121 CHRISTIAN, Gregory Panther/RGF pb Felt Bicycles ” ”
67 66 MARZOT, Charles Mountain Khakis ” ”
68 16 SCHMITT, Morgan Bissell Pro Cycling ” ”
69 4 MENZIES, Karl Ouch Presented By Maxxis ” ”
70 64 SOLADAY, Thomas Mountain Khakis ” ”
71 49 STANFIELD, Ty Kenda Pro Cycling P/B Spinergy ” ”
72 55 PARRISH, Jonathan Kenda Pro Cycling P/B Spinergy ” ”
73 102 HOLLENBACH, Jake CRCA/Empire Cycling Northwave ” ”
74 59 TUCKERMAN, Aaron Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
75 164 CALABRIA, Fabio Team Type 1 ” ”
76 8 LANDIS, Floyd Ouch Presented By Maxxis ” ”
77 146 WELCH, Alex Texas Tough ” ”
78 139 MAZICH, Sean Team Waste Management ” ”
79 62 MILLER, Carson Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
80 148 COIL, Nicholas Tradewind Energy/Trek Stores ” ”
81 44 MUFRET, Clay Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
82 88 LINDINE, Justin Bikereg.Com/Cannondale ” ”
83 92 WHITE, Matt Bikereg.Com/Cannondale ” ”
84 34 CRANE, Matt Jelly Belly ” ”
85 135 GAREY, Logan Team Rio Grande ” ”
86 6 JOHNSON, Tim Ouch Presented By Maxxis 5:20:55 @ 31
87 114 BOWERS, Bryson Jet Fuel Coffee ” ”
88 167 ALDAPE, Moises Team Type 1 ” ”
89 113 HAZZARD, Kevin Jet Fuel Coffee ” ”
90 76 ROTH, Ryan Planet Energy ” ”
91 153 HAGNER, Travis Warp9Bikes.Com/Tristar ” ”
92 103 MARGARITE, Michael CRCA/Empire Cycling Northwave ” ”
93 117 SULLIVAN, Ryan Myogenesis.Com/United Healthcr ” ”
94 30 GUNN, Curtis Fly V Australia ” ”
95 155 HENDERSON, David CBC ” ”
96 133 WHERRY, Chris Team Hotel San Jose ” ”
97 90 TIMMERMAN, Dan Bikereg.Com/Cannondale ” ”
98 91 WELLER, Steve Bikereg.Com/Cannondale ” ”
99 41 BUSCHE, Matthew Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
100 57 CAMUT, Jim Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
101 48 HOAG, Cheyne Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
102 101 KNELLER, Ben Ciclismo Racing ” ”
103 10 JACQUES-MAYNES, Andy Bissell Pro Cycling 5:21:04 @ 40
104 129 BLACKGROVE, Heath Team Hotel San Jose ” ”
105 168 KOBZARENKO, Valery Team Type 1 ” ”
106 138 WENZEL, Scott Team Rio Grande ” ”
107 124 WELLS, Troy Team Clif Bar ” ”
108 99 BERGER, Jarred Ciclismo Racing ” ”
109 36 HUFF, Brad Jelly Belly ” ”
110 5 LEA, Bobby Ouch Presented By Maxxis 5:21:09 @ 45
111 18 BORRAJO, Alejandro Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt 5:21:13 @ 49
112 72 LACOMBE, Keven Planet Energy 5:21:15 @ 51
113 2 PINFOLD, Andrew Ouch Presented By Maxxis 5:21:23 @ 59
114 111 NEFF, Isaac Alderfer Bergen Cycling 5:21:33 @ 1:09
115 95 HANSLEY, Seth Champion Porsche P/B Race Edge 5:21:37 @ 1:13
116 35 GAIMON, Phil Jelly Belly 5:21:39 @ 1:15
117 58 ELKEN, Evan Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
118 11 LATHAM, Peter Bissell Pro Cycling 5:21:46 @ 1:22
119 37 MEAD, Bryce Jelly Belly 5:21:51 @ 1:27
120 80 HERNANDEZ, Sergio Rock Racing ” ”
121 31 KEMP, David Fly V Australia 5:21:59 @ 1:35
122 47 VEILLEUX, David Kelly Benefit Strategies 5:22:13 @ 1:49
123 165 WILSON, Matt Team Type 1 5:22:18 @ 1:54
124 73 LANGLOIS, Bruno Planet Energy 5:22:37 @ 2:13
125 75 RANDELL, Andrew Planet Energy ” ”
126 70 BOILY, Eric Planet Energy 5:23:08 @ 2:44
127 74 PARISIEN, Francois Planet Energy ” ”
128 56 BARTLETT, Joshua Land Rover-Orbea 5:41:14 @ 20:50
129 123 WINKLER, Jeff St. John’S Powerful Medicine 5:48:09 @ 27:45
130 29 GEORGE, Steve Fly V Australia 5:50:10 @ 29:46
131 83 FINNERAN, Danny Rock Racing 5:20:24 @ 0

Joe Martin Memorial Stage Race – Stage 3

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Today was a 93 mile road race. 3 laps of a rolling 23 mile circuit plus 12 miles out to the course and back. No rain. A little windy at the start, but it calmed down during the race.

The race was going pretty good right from the gun. But, it didn’t split until we hit the feed climb about 14 miles into the race. A lot of different teams wanted to put some pressure on Ouch and a big break of 10 guys or so got away. It was definitely very hard up the climb when it split. I had no ability to cover the move. But, I wasn’t too interested in the move either.

The Ouch team got pretty organized at the top of the climb. They were rolling along pretty good. Around 30mph. Then the Bissell Team lined up behind them. The the V Australia Team behind them. So, the first 24 spots were taken. (Just like it Europe is the only explanation I’ve heard so far.) It stayed that way until the 2nd time up the climb and everything fell apart again. Everyone attacking, Ouch drifting back. But, it all came back together a few km up the road. Ouch got sort of reorganized for the next and final lap, but when we hit the climb, Kelly Benefits put in a pretty hard attack a km from the bottom of the climb and that was all she wrote for the Ouch Team chase. By the time it all calmed down and everyone was sort of back together, I think there were only 3 or so guys left for Rory Sutherland. The break still had a minute and a half. So, V Australia and the Land Rover guys started helping out. They were rolling along good.

We got the break in sight about 10 miles out and caught them with around 5 miles to go. The sprint was a little messy as usual. Downhill to a narrow coned section and then uphill the last 300 meters or so. I couldn’t really tell if anyone was doing a very good leadout. I was just trying to rest and stay out of trouble and in the main blob not too far back. Anyway, I was in great position with 300 meters to go, but right when I started sprinting, I hit a big stick in the road and it threw me off balance and I had to stutter coast. By the time I got going again, I wasn’t going fast and ended up 12th. I probably wasn’t going to win, but I was going to finish much better. I wasn’t 3 bike lengths out in 12th, so I have no idea where I would of been. Haedo won for a 2nd day straight. He is fast. Results below.

I was told that there is a special first cyclo-x racer prize here. Overall GC I guess. Pretty heavy hitters with Tim Johnson, Jeremy Powers, Troy Wells, Andy Jaques-Mayne, Frattini, Tyler Wren, etc. I don’t think it’s looking too good for the home team unless it is a torrentiall downpout during the criterium tomorrow. And who wants that?

Side note, Trudi got the van stuck at the feed zone. All the other teams tried to help her out, but it took the land owner and a bunch other smart mountain guys 2 hours to get her unstuck. Photo below.

Tomorrow is a 90 minute criterium on a hill. Hard course if they are tempoing hard at the front. Once again, it is supposed to rain, so life will be real interesting if it finally occurs.

High sided.

High sided.

Way better than AAA.

Way better than AAA.

Stage 3 – 93 miles. 28mph average

1 22 HAEDO, Lucas Sebasti Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt 3:17:34 15 @ 0
2 26 CANTWELL, Jonathan Fly V Australia ” 10 ”
3 81 SANDERSON, Nic Rock Racing ” 5 ”
4 163 MILNE, Shawn Team Type 1 ” ”
5 139 MAZICH, Sean Team Waste Management ” ”
6 58 ELKEN, Evan Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
7 36 HUFF, Brad Jelly Belly ” ”
8 60 VAN UDEN, Roman Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
9 89 SCHILDGE, Eric Bikereg.Com/Cannondale ” ”
10 3 MURPHY, John Ouch Presented By Maxxis ” ”
11 140 STEWART, Scott Team Waste Management ” ”
12 147 TILFORD, Steve Tradewind Energy/Trek Stores ” ”
13 71 GILBERT, Martin Planet Energy ” ”
14 167 ALDAPE, Moises Team Type 1 ” ”
15 46 SHIRLEY, Neil Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
16 126 STEMPER, James Team Geargrinder ” ”
17 38 POWERS, Jeremy Jelly Belly ” ”
18 43 ERKER, Jacob Kelly Benefit Strategies ” ”
19 164 CALABRIA, Fabio Team Type 1 ” ”
20 12 OBEE, Kirk Bissell Pro Cycling ” ”
21 64 SOLADAY, Thomas Mountain Khakis ” ”
22 29 GEORGE, Steve Fly V Australia ” ”
23 9 JACQUES-MAYNES, Ben Bissell Pro Cycling ” ”
24 135 GAREY, Logan Team Rio Grande ” ”
25 100 HAGMAN, Alex Ciclismo Racing ” ”
26 65 HOFFARTH, Will Mountain Khakis ” ”
27 106 MINTURN, John CRCA/Empire Cycling Northwave ” ”
28 21 FRATTINI, Davide Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt ” ”
29 24 WREN, Tyler Colavita Sutter Hm/Cooking Lt ” ”
30 107 ZMOLIK, Daniel CRCA/Empire Cycling Northwave ” ”
31 86 DILLON, Josh Bikereg.Com/Cannondale ” ”
32 144 ROTHE, Stefan Texas Tough ” ”
33 63 NORTHEY, Mike Land Rover-Orbea ” ”
34 151 MCVEY, Bryan Vision Quest ” ”
35 121 CHRISTIAN, Gregory Panther/RGF pb Felt Bicycles ” ”
36 94 FALCON, Yosvany Champion Porsche P/B Race Edge ” ”
37 113 HAZZARD, Kevin Jet Fuel Coffee ” ”
38 105 MATHIS, Michael CRCA/Empire Cycling Northwave ” ”
39 93 TRAVIESO, Frank Champion Porsche P/B Race Edge ” ”
40 32 SULZBERGER, Bernard Fly V Australia ” ”

Joe Martin Criterium Final Day

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Today was actually a race. The course is hard. Over a mile with 8 corners, a 45 mph descent and a pretty hard drag up to the finish. Ouch was going to have it’s hands full controlling the field for Rory Sutherland.

It got going right from the gun. Ouch got organized, but attacks kept them kind of buried the early laps. Eventually a large group of 11 riders established themselves after about half the race. Things got interesting. The break got up to nearly 40 seconds with 5 laps to go. But, they kind of blew it and started attacking each other becoming pretty disorganized. Floyd had already burned off the front, along with a couple of his Ouch team mates. But, only two riders of the break were left. Chris Jone, Type 1 and a Colivita rider. They barely made it to the finish 3 seconds ahead of a charging field, with Chris Jones winning. Rory Sutherland and his team did a great job of controlling the race and let the time bonus’s go up the road.

I was pretty OK all day. Not stellar, but acceptable. I was hoovering around 20th or so most of the time. Just far enough up not to feel the slinky effect too badly. But, with 3 laps to go, I screwed up and got stuck on the outside of a guy who was having some problems and got passed by a bunch of guys. Little did I know the field was so small. I kind of paniced and sprinted up the hill alittle too hard. I dangled with 2 to go and on the 2nd to final time up the climb I got popped. I didn’t loose too much time and finished 30 seconds or so back. The field was pretty shattered by this point. I can’t think of another race I’ve ever done that I was dropped in the last two laps. Kind of depressing really.

Anyway, when I checked the results driving home, they had left myself and a Nick Coil out of the results. Had us down as DNF’s. I don’t care, but I do have an issue with bad officiating. Nature Valley two years ago they said I DNF’d and I was in the top 20 overall. On a hilly criterium. I had a photo of the finish with me in it and the finish time. Then Cyclo-X Nationals in Kansas City last year there were officiating screw ups in lots of catagories. Including the Elite men. Now again. I think that in events of this caliber, the best officials should be there and the errors shouldn’t occur. It is more common than not. These stage races cost around $200 to enter. This money is to pay for a service. The service is to provide the venue and infrastructure to compete in a bicycle race. But this service hasn’t been performed with they don’t have correct results. Even worse, when they say you didn’t finish the race when you obviously did. Maybe a good remedy would be for the race to have to refund the entry fee of the riders that haven’t been given the results they paid for. For most of the Pro riders, hardly matters. But, for the weekend warrior, it is very important and something that needs to be addressed. That’s my 2 cents worth.

Discussing "Cyclo-X" GC contenders with J. Powers.

Having fun finish photo.

Having fun finish photo.

Banner Bromont saw.  Explains how I've try to show him to live!

Banner Bromont saw. Explains how I've try to show him to live!