1. Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant-Specialized)
2. James LaBerge (Champion Systems-Stan’s No Tubes)
3. Daniel Holloway (Alto Velo-SeaSucker)
4. Chris Reikert (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees)
5. Travis Lyons (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees)
6. Josh Carling (Herbalife p/b Marco Pro-Strava)
7. Willie Meyers (Herbalife p/b Marco Pro-Strava)
8. Chris LaBerge (VuMedi Cycling)
9. Andrew Goessling (Rapha Cycling Club Elite Team)
10. Tyler Brandt (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees)
1 Leah Thomas (Metromint Cycling p/b The Freewheel)
2. Elizabeth Hernandez (Jakroo Racing)
3. Bethany Allen (ZOCA p/b Halo Sports)
4. Diane Moug (Folsom Bike/Trek)
5. Clarice Sayle (ZOCA p/b Halo Sport)
6. Melanie Wong (ICE Sportswear p/b Pinnacle Racing)
7. Judith Wexler (Folsom Bike/Trek)
8. Hanna Muegge (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees)
9. Jennifer Wong (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees)
10. Elise Hazelwood (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees)
Masters 35+ 123
1. Dana Williams (Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees)
2. Patrick Stanko (Team Stand)
3. Scott Cox ((Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees)
4. Jeromy Cottell (Specialized Masters/Touchstone Masters)
5. Tyler Janke (Data Driven Athlete Racing)
6. Darin Divine (Divine Electric)
7. Jason Grefrath (Thirsty Bear p/b Akamai)
8. Mark Niiro (ZOKA p/b Halo Sports)
9. Robert Amatelli (Data Driven Athlete Racing)
10. Curt Mills (SJBC)
Wente Road Race has always been a Norcal classic. It seems to offer a little bit of everything: a steep climb, rollers, fast descents, narrow roads, and wind. I had never raced Wente before, but always held it as an iconic race in my mind. Our race was to be 62 miles, which meant four complete laps but five times up the steep finishing climb, Carroll Road.
Race day featured beautiful weather with only a moderate amount of wind. Due to the Joe Martin Stage Race and the Sequoia Classic (a new crit in the area offering equal prize money for men and women), Wente’s eleven-woman P/1/2 field was smaller than normal. The teams were fairly evenly divided: three from Metromint Cycling p/b The Freewheel, two from Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees, two from Zoca p/b Halo Spots, two from Folsom Bike/Trek, and a handful of individual riders.
The race started out at a fairly fast clip, as my teammate Stephanie Hines pulled hard up the first climb on Carroll Road. I had been sitting on her wheel, but I eased up as we turned onto Flynn. As Stephanie pulled away, Diane Moug of Folsom Bikes bridged to join her. Just when the pack was reeling them back in, my teammate Joanna Dahl attacked, and despite efforts from Folsom and Zoca to close the gap, Joanna stayed away and managed to open her lead to 85 seconds going into the third lap.
Having a teammate off the front is wonderful: I sat in and let the other girls work around me. However, despite Joanna being off the front, at the base of Caroll on the third lap, I attacked.
Uncertain if the girls were going to try to put together a string of attacks, and feeling less than fresh after hard week of training, I didn’t want to give them the opportunity to drop me by attacking on their own terms. Furthermore, if I wasn’t in a break to aid Joanna as it caught her, I was unsure if she would be able to accelerate strongly enough to latch on after spending so much time alone in the wind. Diane, along with Zoca’s Bethany Allen, stayed with me up the hill. As soon as our break was formed, I sat up, forcing Diane and Bethany to decide if they wanted to work to get up to Joanna or let the pack come back together. They decided to work.
We caught Joanna with a lap and a half to go, and we added her to our break as we passed by. The break worked well together for the last lap and a half or so, with few attack attempts. Any excitement was to wait for the final climb. Joanna put in an attack on Altamont Pass leading up to the final Caroll climb, and was brought back. I counter-attacked as Joanna was caught, and was also brought back. I sat up once again, which gave Joanna a moment to catch back up to us and counter once more. Though Joanna was caught as we turned onto Carol, her efforts would ultimately be the ones that allowed me to win the race.
The final climb was a strong hard effort, and as I turned up the power as it flattened out, I began to pull away. My legs burned over the final 200 meters, and although I had a gap, I could see Bethany behind me sprinting and closing quickly. The finish line couldn’t come soon enough, and I was able to just eek out Bethany to the line.
All in all, the day was successful, and it felt fantastic to work so well with Joanna to put Metromint atop the podium in such an iconic race.
Leah Thomas lives in Sunnyvale, CA.
First off – lets talk about how awesome it is that Budweiser sponsored a bike race. I have to say, this event felt like the most ‘Mercan bike race I’ve ever been to: 1. A downtown criterium, something we do as ‘Mercans that most countries don’t have in bike racing, and 2. There was beer and food EVERYWHERE. Budweiser, ‘Merica, food, racing – this is pretty much the Daytona 500.
While the other half of our team was indulging in good European style cycling at the hilly and windy Wente Vineyards Road Race in Livermore, CA, the Herbalife p/b Marc Pro – Strava crit squad (Nate Freed, Willie Myers, Jonathan Teeter, and myself)decided to journey down to the valley for some tight turns, high speed, and live action at the Budweiser Sequoia Cycling Classic in Visalia, CA.
The impressive prize purse offered for the Pro 1/2 field was inducing undeniable crit fever. We had to find the cure.
From the gun, the race was fast. Sergio Hernandez and Jolian Rodas (Incycle Predator Components Cycling Team) were the first to hit the front together for 2 laps, stringing the field out as they traded pulls at mach 1
Yes, they made it clear they wanted to come out and pedal hard.
Attacks came and went, mostly as a result of the ludicrous amount of $100 and $200 primes that announcer Dave Towle was calling out lap after lap, but none of them seemed to quite have the right combination of riders to stay away.
About 30 minutes into race, and about 20 primes later, I saw my opportunity to get up the road. Jolian Rodas was attacking for the one-hundredth time, and nobody really seemed to follow him, so I did.
We rode well together for quite a few laps, establishing a gap over the main field. My Herbalife teammates Willie, Nate, and Jon helped me keep the gap – covering attacks and chase attempts that threatened our lead. The two of us rode with our gap over the field for about 10 to 12 minutes, and then we were joined by 2 more riders. Sergio Hernandez (Incycle) and Mario Humberto (Vumedi Cycling Team) made it across the gap and began working with us right away.
Our group knew that we would have to work hard to stay away, even with our teams in the main field working for us; there were still many strong riders who wanted to win. We hit the 60 minute mark of the race with a 20 second lead. With 15 minutes left on the clock, worked well together to hold that lead. As things came down to the wire on the final lap, we were still clear with our gap, and I had an opportunity to throw down for the win.
Exiting the last turn onto the final straight, I smashed on the pedals as hard as I ever could, and managed to hold off the other riders in the break for sweet victory!!
Not far behind us, my teammate Willie Myers took second in the field sprint behind California State Track Champion Garrett Hankins (Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator).
Full Race Results can be seen here.
Don’t forget to check out my race on Strava.
And for more information about the Budweiser Sequoia Cycling Classic.
Read about the Classic in the Visalia Times – Delta.
Thanks for reading!
Matt Chatlaong lives in Roseville, CA.
The Wente Road Race is one of my favorites, but I was feeling a bit down ,psychologically, going into it this year because I had had two crappy races in a row preceding it: The week before I got dropped in the Sea Otter Circuit Race with asthma problems, and my confidence was a bit sub-prime. So no one was more surprised than I with a victory at Wente- my first in the 35 1/2/3s.
As we staged, I was happy to see a good balance of teams represented including Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees, Team Specialized/Touchstone Masters and Thirsty Bear p/b Akamai. More teams meant it would be harder for one team to dictate policy to the rest of us. Without having warmed up before, I was delighted that the race began at a rather mellow pace. I was also happy that I was breathing well, and my heart rate was under control unlike the week before.
If memory serves, the main break of the day occurred at the end of the second lap with about eight of us. Missing from the break was a Mike’s Bikes rider. Though happy to make the break, I felt like the pace was unsustainable (for me at least), and was having some difficulty pulling through. By the beginning of the third lap, Mike’s had pulled us back, and the race was reset. It was around this time that I started to feel the tingles of imminent cramps and was so bummed because I was otherwise feeling really well.
Three less-than-stellar races in a row was not going to be a good thing for me between the ears.
As we passed the feed zone on the fourth lap, I took a bottle and downed it immediately. I also ate everything I had in my jersey hoping something would keep the dreaded cramps at bay. Soon after, my calf lit up, I unclipped and yelled an expletive with my leg dangling at my side. By now there were about ten of us in our group. Heading up a gentle climb, two riders touched wheels, and Dave Passmore (Team Specialized) hit the deck. His bike lay on the ground in front of me, and I accidentally drove over his rear wheel.
A SquadraSF p/b Terun rider, Chris Evans, was off the front, but I was in no position to do anything but sit on the back, be conservative, and hope that the cramps would stay away so that I could at least finish with the group. As we approached the I-580 underpass, another Squadra rider, Stefano Profumo flatted. Bummer for him as he was the one driving the pace earlier in the break, and looking very strong.
As we made the right onto the final climb, Piers Barry (Thirsty Bear) attacked and got a good enough gap that I thought it was going to be the winning move. Jeromy Cottell (Team Specialized) went and I jump onto his wheel up the climb as riders were starting to fade back. I thought to myself that a third place finish (the same as the year before) wouldn’t be so bad, especially given the fact that less than an hour before I was considering dropping out. But I felt ok though much to my surprise.
Slowly the gap between us and Barry began to shrink, and I felt like I had a little left in the tank. With about 200m to go, I pulled around Jeromy, and set my sights on Piers who was probably wishing the finish line was a little closer. One last dig and I crossed the line somewhat in disbelief at what had just happened; I had just won my first road race, a long time goal of mine.
Big thanks to Steve Wilson from The Village Peddler for giving me more support than I deserve. Also thanks to the many masters racers that I consider my close friends who I train with regularly in Marin County. Though I have chosen an unorthodox approach of going it alone team-wise, I receive a tremendous amount of advice and encouragement from the cycling community where l live. Finally, thanks to my family for letting me train and disappear a couple days a month to go to bike races. When I got home from the race, I gave my $60 winnings to my two sons, 9 and 5, and a nice bottle of Wente Riesling to my awesome wife, Monica.
Peter Vaughn lives in Mill Valley, CA.
Ted King Announces 2015 Will Be His Last in Pro Peloton
Ted King has announced today that the current season will be his final as a professional cyclist. The 32-year old started his European campaign in 2009 and currently in his seventh European professional season as a member of the Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team.
“I’ll forever love this sport and consider myself grateful to have earned such an international career,” King said. After racing domestically for three years with Bissell, King made the leap to Europe with the Cervélo Test Team in 2009 before joining Cannondale-Liquigas in 2011.
During his professional career Ted raced in the sport’s biggest events including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, World Championships, and Monuments such as Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.
King says he will forever cherish his first-time experiences such his first time on the Roubaix Velodrome, his first Grand Tour, his first victory, and his first World Championships wearing the red, white, and blue of the United States. “I can picture each of these vividly and that’s something I’ll value forever.”
“And I’m grateful to spend my last pro season on an American team with Cannondale-Garmin. Across the board I’m extremely happy with here — my teammates, the directors, sponsors, camaraderie, and obviously the fans are all greater than I could have expected. It may seem like an odd contrast to decide to retire now when things are at such a high, but I’m ready to tackle a new phase. That being said, I’m more inspired to thrive in the peloton than ever before and finish the season in the greatest way possible.”
While leaving the professional ranks at the end of the current season, King plans to remain actively involved in cycling with the same vigor that drew him to it.
“Though I’m stepping away from pro racing at the end of the season, I still love riding my bike and will continue to do plenty of that.” said King. “Where early season meant the Spring Classics I’ll now look for a classic adventures with the bike very much at its center. Additionally, I’ll be even more involved with the Krempels King of the Road Challenge and similar social, environmental, health, and causes related to the bike.”
King will also turn his attention to UnTapped, the energy company he co-founded in 2014.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Finishes Joe Martin Stage Race with Fireworks: Wilborne, Winder, Rivera Sweep Stage 4, Murphy Seizes Overall Victory
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team completed the 2015 Joe Martin Stage Race in spectacular fashion on Sunday. Scotti Wilborne and Ruth Winder won stage 4 from a breakaway, followed by Coryn Rivera and Alexis Ryan in 3rd and 4th, resulting in the overall team classification victory. In the men’s race, John Murphy took third on the stage and seized the overall race victory along with the sprint leader’s green jersey.
The women lined up for 50 minutes of criterium racing on a technical 1-mile course through downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas to conclude the 4-day Joe Martin Stage Race. The famously brutal criterium course featured a stiff climb through the finish line on each lap. On the fourth consecutive day of racing, the riders were sure to feel the elevation gain with each lap. Two laps into the race, the team sent powerhouse riders Cari Higgins and Rushlee Buchanan to the front of the race to lift the pace push their competitors to the limit, setting up Scotti Wilborne and Ruth Winder for an attack. Wilborne and Winder made their move and quickly built an advantage of 15 seconds on the charging teams.
Showing great strength and stamina, Scotti Wilborne and Ruth Winder lowered their heads and powered through the remaining laps, holding off the peloton and taking 1st and 2nd on the stage, respectively. In the sprint for the final podium position, the remaining women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team performed another flawless lead out train, with Alexis Ryan setting Coryn Rivera up to sprint for her second victory and third podium result in a row, with Ryan finishing just behind in 4th. The consistently impressive riding from the team earned the overall sprint leader’s green jersey for Coryn Rivera, the overall best young rider’s white jersey and 5th overall for Ruth Winder, 2nd overall for Scotti Wilborne, and the overall team classification for the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. Sporting Director Rachel Heal commented on the incredible week of racing, “We came out swinging today, and made a real race of it. Although we couldn’t quite make up the time needed to clinch the overall, to come away with 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the stage as well as 2nd and 5th overall, green sprinter’s jersey, white young rider’s jersey and best team is a pretty good days work!”
The men raced the same brutal course for 85 minutes later in the day. With John Murphy within striking distance of the overall classification after stage 3, the team knew that they had a chance at taking a time bonus and catapulting Murphy into the yellow jersey. With two sprint victories already achieved during the week and top form earned from a full early season of European racing, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team aimed to control the race as much as possible, and ensure a sprint for Murphy at the end of the 85 minutes of racing. A group of 4 riders attacked mid-race, causing the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team to assemble at the front to chase the group down.
After an hour of hard chasing, the peloton had reabsorbed the breakaway and the team was prepared to lead Murphy out for the sprint. The UnitedHealthcare Blue Train lifted the pace with 300 meters to go, and Murphy was able to sprint for third place on the day. With the time bonuses earned and the split in the field caused by the difficult final sprint, the podium result launched Murphy into the overall race lead, giving him the honor of wearing the yellow jersey on the final podium. Murphy also won the overall sprint points category for the 4-stage race. Sporting Director Mike Tamayo commented, “After losing some time in the opening time trial, I was unsure about the general classification possibility this week. We agreed to take it one day at a time and focus on stage wins. As the time bonuses added up, we realized we could go for it. I’m proud of all the teamwork and sacrifice we saw out of these guys all week. They earned each stage win and the overall victory.”
Hard work and endurance to get to the finish line in the BWR and life are
critical to success. As an observer and not a participant I applaud the
stamina each of the riders had in conquering both segments of the BWR.
The Waffer segment is a challenge in itself at 72 miles. The course is
named Hell of The North for a reason. Add in another 72 or so miles and
you move from hard to WOW with the Waffle segment. Hats off to all that
took up the challenge. Please do visit the BWR site to see the final
I would be remiss is not mentioning the Spy Optic family who made this
event happen. Maddy Isbell, always with a radio in hand, conquered a
herculean task to make the third annual BWR run smoothly from start to
Podium awards. Her staff in Orange Shirts, which makes up about half the
office of Spy Optic also deserved a Pat On The Back.
I personally can only dream of participating in next years BWR. The
strength and heart shown by all the riders has given me a nice challenge
to try next year.
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