by Charon Smith (Surf City Cyclery/Sterling BMW)
Here in SoCal we had back to back days of racing going on. The first taking place up north in Woodland Hills, the Barry Wolfe Grand Prix, which my teammate John Wike won out of a 3 man break the day before. Quite naturally, we wanted to keep the good times rolling the following day. [Read more…]
LAKE L.A. HISTORY REWRITTEN AT CA/NV STATE TTT
MAY 25, 2013, Lake Los Angeles, Calif. Words and images by Phil Beckman/PB Creative — Blame it on global warming. Or some sort of shift in the moon’s gravitation. Heck, extensive nuclear testing was performed only 300 miles from here. Whatever the reason, something has changed at the venerable time trial course at Lake Los Angeles.
It appears to be the same old 23.5-mile layout: Six miles straight east from the start at Vista San Gabriel Elementary school on Avenue O; 2.75 miles south on 240th; six miles west on Palmdale; 2.75 miles north on 180th; then another six-mile swing east again on O to the finish. One big rectangle in the western Mojave Desert (with the most unimaginative street names ever). Mostly flat, with a short uphill kick on the western leg. The wind is almost always the same: from the west-southwest. Over the years the pavement crumbles and gets fixed and crumbles again.
But something is different this year. For the second consecutive California/Nevada SCNCA State Championships weekend, the course record has been broken. Seven days ago it was the Individual Time Trial mark. This go-round the history book for the Team Time Trial has been rewritten.
Hmmmm, haven’t there been quite a few UFO sightings around these parts?
Mens Pro 1-2 Results
1. Ivan Dominguez (MRI Endurance p/b Monster Media Racing)
2. Cory Williams (MRI Elite U23 Team)
3. Mario Frayre
The Barry Wolfe Grand Prix has always been epic, but I still welcomed this year’s new race course, which turned out to be exciting and challenging. Barry Wolfe was a greatly respected cyclist, so I’m always honored to be a part of the race. Those who did not personally know him should know that he was a great person.
- 2007 – Karl Bordine -Team 5 Star Fish
- 2008 – Sterling Magnell- Rock Racing
- 2009 – Rahsaan Bahati-Rock Racing
- 2010 – Jonathan Cantwell- Australia- Virgin Blue
- 2011 – Brad Huff – Jelly Belly
- 2012- Brad Huff – Jelly Belly
Brad Huff (Jelly Belly)
Tommy Robles (Surf City Cyclery)
Richard Meeker(Breakaway from Cancer)
Ryan Schneider(Simple Green)
ALL IMAGES BY DAN MUNSON
by Ryan Schenider
Sunday, January 13th: the first race of my fourth season and I haven’t raced my bike since last September. For the last few weeks, I’ve been looking forward to getting back out there.
The race was on the 7-turn grand prix course in Ontario. For our team, this was more of a training race than anything else, but I still felt a lot of pressure to perform. I had seven teammates show up, all of whom were there just to race for me and I did not want to let them down. We discussed some team tactics in the days leading up to the race and rehashed them a few hours prior to the start. We knew that having one of the larger teams would mean other teams might look to us to do a lot of the work chasing. We planned to have at least one guy in each promising move, but we really wanted the race to stay together for a field sprint. The plan was to have 5 of us line up, then jump the group hard going into turn 4 and take it all the way to 200 meters so I could finish. Our other two men were to be looking to win some primes and also trying to keep any riders off my wheel in the last few laps.
The race started at 3:50 and it was uncommonly cold for Southern California. I had to wear a base layer and a windbreaker vest under my skin suit, as well as long fingered gloves and embrocation on the legs. The first lap was fast right from the start and the constant attacks started. But the breakss never concerned us. Each break was just a few guys and there was never a time in the race that a break had more than a few seconds advantage since field kept a steady fast tempo. [Read more…]
Year after year, cyclists from all over the state of California and elsewhere converge on the city of Dana Point for the annual Dana Point Grand Prix cycling competition. All walks of life, from the top cyclists in the country to amateurs in search of an excellent challenge, eagerly take part in this spectacular event. The Dana Point Grand Prix is held each May in the heart of the downtown area, using the city streets as a competitive yet safe race course.
The Dana Point Grand Prix is an all-day event that offers just about everyone, from amateur riders to professional cyclists, the opportunity to race around the downtown area on what is considered the best race course in America. The six-turn course starts and ends on the Pacific Coast Highway (Del Prado), with a long finish sprint and plenty of wide turns. The event starts with the Category 5/Public race at 7 am, with cycling events hosted for women, kids, and those over the age of 50. Kids from the ages of 4 and 12 can take part in the free youth races sponsored by the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation. [Read more…]
Kermesses are the local races in Belgium. On almost any day, you may be able to find a Kermessese within an hour’s drive. Usually on a lap of 4-12 km, they consist of many challenges. A race may include technical sections, rough roads, stiff winds and in some cases, a short climb. For the Zulzeke Kermesse, we had it all.
The winds kicked up for 70 percent of the course, the Kapelburg was a 1.5 km climb, and since it had recently rained, many corners had puddles in them. Plus, there was a huge crack down the middle of the whole finishing straight.
The USA Team arrived in our massive blue Sprinter van ready to go. All except for one of us had gone at it in a Belgian race. The team went to registration in a bar, eager to get going, however, since this was the first Wielerclub Vlaanderen Race of the year for us, we had to get race cards from the officials. Add in a language barrier and it was a big mess. Eventually, we navigated the bureaucracy of the Federation and received our numbers. We pre-rode most of the course, except for one of the harder sections, as the signs weren’t crystal clear and the marshal directed us the wrong way. The pre-ride still gave us some idea of what lie ahead. [Read more…]