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…] about SDSR:90 minutes of speed and power? Let’s give it a go! “Elbowz”
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…] about Colossal Cave Road Race
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…] about SPY-Swamis is looking to expand and augment its Development Team