Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.
Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.
Stage 4, Bend Downtown Twilight Criterium took place Saturday July 20th. The men and women were able to enjoy a late start time to give their legs some needed recovery from the tough 4 days of racing they’ve experienced so far. The rectangular course is a straight forward design. The only real ‘obstacle’ being turns 3 and 4 where the road narrows making positioning onto the long final straight important. Essentially this translates into an extremely fast course. The long finishing straight to the line puts an emphasis on teamwork and a solid lead out. Added to this was a headwind meaning that the winner would have to time their sprint perfectly.
Stage 3 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was run on the Cascade Lakes course. This is a long standing course for this event. The course doesn’t have the amount of climbing that Stage 1 but many in the field feel that this is the toughest stage. The course is unrelenting, constantly up and down and then finishes on the 5 km climb of Sparks Lake. This climb isn’t particularly steep but considering its placement on this stage, it certainly makes the legs and lungs hurt.
The men were to ride 90 miles. The BMC Development team had the responsibility of defending the yellow jersey for Novak and with this stacked pro field they definitely had their work cut out for them today. The race began with a 3 mile neutral and as soon as the flag dropped the attacks began. Groups of 10-20 riders would escape only to be brought back and then another group would break … BMC were placing men in each group but it was becoming clear that yellow jersey wearer Novak was not having a good day and many times BMC would call back their riders to help pace the yellow back and bring the group together. The other teams had no mercy and kept firing away at BMC until mile 61 when a nine man group was able to break clear. As the final climb began, the escapees were swept up and 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda got to the front and set a hard pace in hope of launching Mancebo but the rest of the field was strong enough to resist the pace. Seghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda took the stage. This was his second stage win in as many days. Travis McCabe of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took second followed by Chad Haga of Team Optom p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy finished 5th with the same time as Tvetcov. Former yellow jersey Phillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling was 8th 2 seconds down. Novak finished 23rd for the day 17 seconds down followed by his teammate, Eisenthart.
San Dimas Stage Race Day 3: 90 minutes of speed and power? Let’s give it a go!
by Eric Marcotte
Janier Acevedo and Luis Amaran had impressive rides the day prior, going 1-2 Their unstoppable teammate, J.J. Haedo cleaned up the field sprint for 3rd. With the unfortunate shake up in G.C. after the road race, Jamis / Hagens Berman had the burden of controlling the race.
Thinking of the teams and players left in the game–half of the 160 starters–it could be an interesting day. With Elbowz Racing down to 3 riders, it would be a tall order to ask us to go head to head against the likes of Jamis/HB and Haedo, Bissell and Bevin, Jelly Belly and Huff, and the other pure sprinters in the bunch.
Our plan was to push the pace and hopefully play the cards right, having the “rubber band snap” with one of our riders up the road. We hoped for a few more teams/riders to look for the same, possibly riders wanting to move up on G.C., or others that did not have great odds against the pure sprinters above. We also wanted to save Travis McCabe for a bunch sprint in the case a break didn’t go. [Read more...]
by Eric Marcotte
First, let’s just say that it was a perfect day to be on the bike with a temp in the low- to mid-80s. It was a stark contrast to snow in Arizona the week prior. Racing mid-day has got my tan lines super-crisp and super-PRO, showing off how much of a true road cyclist I am.
I’ll make this one short and sweet, which is pretty much how the race went.
9 times around a 9 mile circuit with a little over 500 feet of climbing each lap. The field was smaller at 50+ riders (as we know, other bigger racing takes place in Merced this same weekend). That’s not to say there wasn’t any competition here, and you can make any race as hard as you’d like.
After a very fast first lap, it was clear to me that a break would win the day. There was only one team with 7-8 riders (Landis Cyclery). The rest was 1-4 riders a team, making it difficult to organize a chase. In addition, after riding the first lap, I could see that a good 75 percent of the course was a cross wind. After the first “climb” (~2K wit a cross-cross head wind), a small group of four formed off the front. Landis shot a rider across and my teammate Travis McCabe went across as well. [Read more...]
BREAKING NEWS! Chad Thompson (Founder/CEO)- Inferno Racing(Kenda/5-hour Energy)are merging with COMPETITIVE CYCLIST. Chad broke the news to us today in a segment we call “The Conversation”. Chad talks about processes, USA Cycling, and being shut-out of the big three races AToC, USAPro, Tour of Utah. This conversation is riveting. If you are a cycling fan or on a team listen to what Chad has to say as he makes his case for his team that led the NRC.
This is a must listen to segment:
|1||Peter Smith||1222||Redondo Beach, CA||36||M|
|2||Joel Titius||211||Corona, CA||19||M|
|3||Brandon Gritters||597||Mission Viejo, CA||32||M|
|4||Shawn D’Aurelio||1098||Irvine , CA||29||M|
|5||Ted Willard||576||Huntington Beach, CA||31||M|
|6||Matt Freeman||1233||Redlands, CA||38||M|
|7||David Graf||213||Garden Grove, CA||24||M|
|8||Garnet Vertican||1217||Crestline, CA||40||M|
|9||Eric Bierman||577||Newport Beach, CA||37||M|
|DNF||Daniel Munoz||1474||Riverside, CA||24||M|
|DNF||Travis Wilkerson||590||Aliso Viejo, CA||38||M|
|1||Steve Boniface||214||Irvine, CA||29||M|
|2||Rob McGee||167||San Clemente, CA||42||M|
|3||Joe Lawwill||1433||Irvine, CA||39||M|
|4||Brian Gordon||1046||Corona, CA||22||M|
|5||Jeremiah Smith||1052||Corona, CA||33||M|
|6||Sten Kramer||1055||Laguna Beach, CA||49||M|
|7||Paul Dalton||1099||Fullerton, CA||46||M|
|8||Ryan Damato||1140||Trabuco Canyon, CA||39||M|
|9||Ryan Cox||598||San Juan Capistrano, CA||39||M|
|10||Kevin Mehrens||168||Aliso Viejo, CA||32||M|
|11||DJ Claassen||1095||Chino Hills, CA||35||M|
|12||Griffith Vertican||585||Lake Forest, CA||34||M|
|14||Emilio Cervantes||1227||Lake Forest, CA||49||M|
|15||Frederic Moreau||578||Orlando, FL||35||M|
|16||Daniel Eitman||209||Irvine, CA||39||M|
|17||Aubrey Smentkowski||595||Westminster, CA||17||M|
|18||Dan Acosta||254||Ladera Ranch, CA||38||M|
|19||Nathan Adams||952||Dana Point, CA||33||M|
|20||Sean Smith||584||Laguna Niguel, CA||44||M|
|21||Moises Molina||169||Mission Viejo, CA||40||M|
|22||Dustin Stevens||1097||Avalon, CA||37||M|
|23||Tyler Schwartz||1451||Newport Beach, CA||17||M|
|DNF||Ryan Eltiste||122||San Juan Capistrano, CA||33||M|
|DNF||John Dang||1049||Garden Grove, CA||34||M|
|DNF||Jeffrey Lewis||1235||Tustin, CA||36||M|
|DNF||Jon McGee||166||San Clemente, CA||38||M|
|DNF||Brian Slames||1216||Yorba Linda, CA||34||M|
|Sport 1 Men 29-||Top|
|1||Daniel Johnson||628||Laguna Hills, CA||14||M|
|2||Kenny Sanatar||1373||Laguna Niguel, CA||25||M|
|3||Brandon Prieto||1486||Murrieta, CA||21||M|
|4||David Skeeters||181||Costa Mesa, CA||28||M|
|5||Sayer Johanson||201||Irvine, CA||25||M|
|6||Patrick Goulden||876||Newport Coast, CA||25||M|
|7||Michael Sanchez||1247||Downey, CA||14||M|
|8||Manny Urias||664||Norwalk, CA||25||M|
|9||Matthew Smith||1213||Anaheim Hills, CA||22||M|
|11||Kevin Heiner||792||Orange, CA||27||M|
|12||Nico Neuville||1444||Trabuco Canyon, CA||15||M|
|13||Andrew Van Zuyen||1341||29||M|
|14||Carlos Montalvan||1482||Chula Vista, CA||23||M|
|15||Nathan Swartzbaugh||948||Brea, CA||26||M|
|16||Michael Bucellato||153||RSM, CA||24||M|
|17||Sonny Watanasirisuk||1363||Los Angeles, CA||28||M|
|DNF||Nicholas Tarrant||1504||Laverne, CA||18||M|
|DNF||Roberto Encinas||1497||Chula Vista, CA||19||M|
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SPY-Swamis is looking to expand and augment its Development Team program for 2013 and is currently recruiting development (U25) riders who aspire to elevate their racing with an eye toward racing at the professional level.
The SPY-Swamis Development Team is a fully supported team with a mission to provide the support and guidance to enable SoCals best young riders to reach their full potential. [Read more...]
It’s been close to seven months of bike racing here on the So Cal Cup scene and this season has finally wound down to the last two regional races on the 2012 calendar. For many Southern California Masters racers, it’s approaching the witching hour of our season as we draw near to make the journey up to Bend, Oregon for the USA Cycling Masters National Championships. So, by virtue of this big week of racing for the right to wear the Stars and Stripes, many guys are still flying and only getting faster. The local Criterium races in the late season prove to be a great temperature check on fitness and form leading up to Nats. It’s definitely high time to tune up and fly.
Sundays’ race was held on the Carson course outside Long Beach. The course is always challenging with strong winds and a punchy climb into the final corner, finishing off with a 300+ meter straight-away to the finish line. It’s a breakaway course for sure, as it rarely comes down to a full field sprint. [Read more...]
The 2012 road cycling season is in it’s twilight and consequently Team CashCall Mortgage fielded a team of only four riders for this weekends USAC SoCal Cup Crit at Dominguez Hills. Despite showing up short handed, myself, Devan Dunn, David Santos, and Lee Muse were determined to make our mark on this race. Bolstered by the news that teammate Stefano Barberi had just won his second stage of the two day Mt. Whitney Stage Race, we set our plan of attack and what we needed to do have a successful race.
Unfortunately prior to the start of the event there was a delay due to a major crash that happened in the previous race. Although longer and harder races tend to suit our team, we were all very grateful to see such lengths being taken to ensure that the crash victims were properly cared for. I know I can speak for the entire CashCall Mortgage team when I say that we wish the downed riders a speedy recover and hope that the hospital transport was purely precautionary.
The race started with a bang and from the gun three riders jumped off the front before we even got to the first turn. I turned to Santos and we looked at each other, sharing the same thought “those poor guys are in for a rough day”, but then two more riders attacked and now we had to be represented. I bridged across to the two chasers to make three riders chasing three riders, with the whole field enjoying coffee and crumpets behind (note: this is all before half-way through the first lap!).
It took some time for the break to establish itself and ultimately only three riders came together, myself, a Sho-Air rider, and a Ben Bertinger of Stage 17. All three of us were hard working, motivated guys, that wanted to put some distance between ourselves and the field. We got a big gap early, and our time splits were closer to the back of the field than the field to us. However, once the Monster Media team realized that their rider missed out on the break, they started chasing full on. From the sidelines all I can hear is Paul ‘The Godfather’ Abrahams telling me that I have to go ‘all-in’… I start thinking to myself, aren’t I already? Sweat is pouring off me (and has been since the first lap), my kit is totally soaked through, I can’t see out my glasses because they are splattered with road grime and sweat. But this guy is telling me “more…more…more!”
At this point I really start putting my back into the break and we were going fast, but the field was still coming even though it was splitting into smaller pods due to the strong wind on course and the speed at which they were chasing. The three of us in the breakaway now had a choice. Give up and say we ‘gave it the ol’ college try’ or hold on and hope for the best. We chose the later. A small group of 10 riders came across with none other than my two teammates Dunsky and Santos. I instantly knew we were in a good position tactically. I could see everyone was hurting when the group came to us making the break briefly 13 riders. Obviously these were the most committed and motivated riders in the field at that moment, each racer wanted a chance to win. But I wasn’t willing to let up…
Immediately I yelled to Devan, “sit or roll!?” Questioning him to trim the break again or take a moment to assess the situation. He looked at me stoically and said “ROLL!!” So I attacked again, this time my boy Santos was smelling blood too and he came with me. Now it’s the two of us up the road and the chase group is in full panic mode, anyone with good legs is sensing that the opportunity for the win is closing. One strong rider tried to bridge to us, but Santos and I buried ourselves, taking monster pulls for the next two laps. Santos was going so hard I was nearly dropped on one occasion because I tried to grab a sip of water from my bottle…no dice we have work to do, water will have to wait.
Santos and I started smashing ourselves, really going deep to put the nail in the coffin for the field and take a well deserved 1-2 result, but there was still fifteen minutes of racing ahead of us…so much can change in that amount of time!
Still pushing for all the speed we could muster we hit five laps to go. There still was no guarantee we would stay away with the group of 10 yo-yoing between 15-25 seconds behind us, so we fought-on. And let me say this now, David Santos is a beast! He was going so hard it very evident he was motivated to roll that break. He was riding like a CSX freight train that had four engines, no freight, and a caboose!
We hit three laps to go and ‘The Godfather’ says “you guys got it, but keep the pressure on”. But there was no slowing down! When it is me and Santos we roll to the line. We rode harder and eventually I could finally muster enough energy to shout to Santos “we are doing this Santos and BMc style, smash it all the way to the line!” His rebuttal was simple, “you are winning and you better salute!” My reply was simple… “yes sir.”
We crossed the line 1-2 and had enough time to look back to see Devan sprinting, yes I said that right, our TT beast is so hungry for results he is sprinting like a mad man all over the road to just miss out on 3rd place, he took 4th. Dave and I ‘high-fived’ each other and waited for Devan and Lee to catch up so we could celebrate our success.
This was a big result for me, not just because any win is important but particularly because recently I had to overcome the loss of my Grandmother, a woman who helped raise me and shape me into the man I am today. It is with the thoughts of her strength and grace as she faced her cancer that I was able to fight through the emotion and stress that came with this family loss.
It must also be said that good things come in threes, or so the saying goes. So I was able to win for my CashCall Mortgage team (#1), while my wife Joy won her race, her first ‘W’ in some time (#2), a well deserved win, and all of this on the last race of the season before we go on to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary next week (#3). Good things do come in threes!
In conclusion I must say that I have continually been humbled by the presence of my teammates and their support for me despite challenges. This team and specifically Paul Abrahams have believed in me since day one and I am so thankful for their support and friendship. I am proud to have won this race for our program and put forth the effort to repay so many that have believed in me.
Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and supporters, results like today are rare in this sport, but with so much positivity and passion surrounding our team it makes them more probable. To everyone that sponsors and supports CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team, thank you, you are greatly appreciated.
Until next time be safe, ride hard, and have fun,