When I saw 4 FW riders on the registration list I never thought it would end like this! Rio Elite State Champ 2013!! (FW leads the Elite team rankings in Brazil)
From 2010 through 2012 I’ve been racing successfully in the Master B (40+ 1/2/3) category here in Rio, Brazil – along with a few M45+ 1/2/3 races in California.
- Garner enough ranking points for the ‘Rio Select Team’ for the UCI 2.2 Tour do Rio (Earned enough points but Rio’s cycling Federations budget came up short)
- Score a Road Race podium (It took all season but finally in September at Botofogo)
- Focus on the State TT and go for the podium – play by play below
ThirstyBear Sponsors and teammates who’ve kept us all inspired!
Coach: Hunter Allen
Strength Coach: Alexandre Zerlottini
Training partner: Phil Kassab who constantly reminded me “you can win it”
3 Shops – Gustavo, Genesio & Paulo
CVCs – John Kosloski
Love doing 2,000 feet of climbing in 12 Miles then The Mt. Tam Hill Climb is the right place. Marking the end of the season all the main riders in great Marin area summon for a day of race and after race celebration.
See all the great pictures from the the 50th Mt. Tamalpais Hill Climb.
Congratulations to Adrien Costa for taking the victory in the Pro 1-2 field 2012!
|1||Adrien COSTA (1 – Cat2)||Los Altos, CA||0:41:43||296167||104||Slipstream-Craddock|
|2||Christopher PHIPPS (1 – Cat1)||San Francisco, CA||0:41:45||233623||112||IronDataThirstyBearC|
|3||Julian MARTINEZ (2 – Cat1)||Walnut Creek, CA||0:42:47||214569||110||Fremont Bank Cycling|
For more race results check out http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2012-2956
Start Line at Stinson Beach Park, US Highway 1, Stinson Beach, CA. Race goes north up Highway 1, right on Bolinas-Fairfax Road, right on Ridgecrest, finishing at the Rock Spring parking lot on the West Peak of Mt. Tam.
For more check out http://www.goldengatevelo.org/tam and register at https://www.usacycling.org/register/2013-2970
Thanks to last years great sponsors including Joseph Mendes, real estate and loan services, Pelo Fitness, City Cycle and GU.
The official race report by NCNCA:
Hail of a day at Masters Road National Championships
Christopher Phipps (San Francisco, Calif./Thirsty Bear Cycling) won the first national title of his career when he emerged from a two-man breakaway to win the men’s 40-44 road race by two seconds. Phipps, who missed winning the time trial on Wednesday by less than one second, finished the 110-kilometer contest in 2:48:36.
With 82 talented competitors in the field, the riders were guarding against early attacks. With the field quickly answering any attacks, it remained together through the first two hours of the race. As the group approached its climb up Mt. Bachelor, Phipps and the winner of this race in 2012, Matthew Carinio (San Luis Obispo, Calif./Rock Solid Cycling), attacked. That duo traded pulls as they ascended Mt. Bachelor, but gradually Carinio ran out of gas. The winner of Wednesday’s time trial national championship, Richard Feldman (Ketchum, Idaho/Durance-Colnago), was bridging the gap. With approximately five kilometers remaining in the race, thunder struck and hail fell.
“I just put my head down and went as hard as I could,” Phipps said. “They (hail stones) were falling all around me and I thought they’d start to hit me soon. Sure enough, they started hitting me in the back and those things hurt. Then they started to cover the road, so you can’t get out of the saddle because it is so slick. Then, it’s like cyclo-cross. You’re just pedaling as hard as you can with your head down. That last turn, I had a big gap. I just put my head down and went for it as hard as I could.”
Phipps crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of Carinio, who placed second. Daniel Bryant (Carmichael, Calif./Folsom Bike-VW-Raley’s) finished only two seconds behind Carinio in third place. Local rider Ryan McKean (Bend, Ore.) placed fourth, edging Feldman, who placed fifth in the race.
Previous Master Nats Results:
Part 1 Time Trial Agony
The Prineville 30K out and back time trail course was the same one used in 2012. I knew my main challengers were Dave Bailey (Truckee Bicycle Team) starting 30 seconds behind me and defending champion Richard Feldman (Durance Colnago) starting last at 1 minute back. I tend to go out too easy in TTs and really power the 2nd half so I made sure to get a good warm-up and planned to start the 1st half harder than I ever have before.
At 9:45:00 I rolled down the start ramp & was focused on catching my 30 sec man Dan Bryant (Folsom Bike). I knew I was going well when I caught him and then my minute man Matt Carinio (Rock Solid Cycling) before the turn around. After the turn I got my one check point on Bailey and Feldman and by my estimation they were still at 30 sec and 60 sec back. At this point I got an adrenaline rush thinking this could be the day! I left it all out there and when I crossed the line felt satisfied that this was my best TT I had ever ridden. After I slowed down and came back to the finish I saw my dad with a frown on his face holding up 2 fingers. I had finished 2nd to Feldman and the initial report was that I had lost by 0.22 sec (later revised to 0.84 sec). Second was my best Nationals placing ever and I was very happy with it, but losing by less than a second really stung!
Part 2 Road Race Insanity
Equipment – 2012 Trek Madone 6.9 with SRAM Force compact 50-34 & 11-23. Bontrager Aeolus 5 D3 Clinchers. Bontrager R4 Aero tires. Weight – 6.83 kg
Specialized Evade aero helmet.
There were 81 starters & perfect weather conditions for the start of our 112K road race. I only had 2 teammates, Ken Gallardo & Greg McQuaid, but also had a friend in Jeff Galland (ZIPZ Cycling Team) and our plan was simple. Don’t let anything dangerous get away and set me up to launch on the final climb 8K out form the finish. 2012 winner Matt Carinio (Rock Solid Cycling) also had a solid team with him and the same race plan. The 1st 2:15 of the race was pretty uneventful for me, just sitting in at 40-50 kph and staying hydrated while the guys at the front rode tempo and chased down attacks. Then at 95K we had the first steep pitch of the finish climb and I went off the front with a 90% attack to warm up the legs, but as I expected we chased down immediately. As I slowed Dave Bailey (Truckee Bicycle Team) pulled through and rolled off the front with no chase. My teammate Greg gave chase and bridged up to him and they were followed by a couple more guys. I sat back a few wheels as we hit the little descent before the final 8K climb and waited for the inevitable final attacks to launch and sure enough it was Carinio who made the big attack when it got steep. I immediately chased and as I was catching him we were leaving everyone else behind and went right by the 4 break away riders, each now on his own with Bailey the final man caught.
At 6K to go it was just Carinio and me with 15 seconds on a hard chasing Feldman & a few others just behind him. Carinio had put in the huge move to get us away so now I was working with him to keep us from getting caught, but knew that my only chance for a win was to get away solo. Now with 4K to go it got really really dark. I had never seen it get so dark so fast & had to remove my sunglasses. Then it started. First one, then another and another. Golf ball sized hail was coming down all around us! It was scary and the first big one hit me squarely on the shoulder blade and I almost went down, then another on my spine and several (thankfully) on my helmet and many others hitting my wheels. We were all getting pelted and there was no where to get away from it so I just braced & pedaled harder. I had to stay seated for the final kicker since the road was so slick with hail & slush. With 2K to go I took a look back and I had dropped Matt and had a crazy euphoria that I might actually win this! I went all out to the final U-turn thinking if I can just make it to the turn with a gap, I can take it slowly and not crash then I will have it. I survived the final turn in the slush and now it was just 1K flat to the finish with just a gradual sweeper to the left. I can’t tell you how incredible it felt in the final 100M and crossing the finish line! I let out a few screams of joy! Carinio took the sprint for 2nd over Dan Bryant (Folsom Bike).
My parents were there at the finish & saw it, which was really special. As I waited at the end of the chute many of the NCNCA riders I know were excited & giving me hugs. When Greg crossed (36th), he came up to me with tears in his eyes, he was so happy for me, especially after being there watching yesterday’s TT.
I wanted to wait for Ken too, but I was starting to shiver and had to go pee in a cup for USADA. Ken, his job done for the day, had taken shelter under a tree when the big hail came, but still got back on the bike to finish 70th.
As I walked to doping control I gave Karin a call and she started to cry too since she knew how hard I had worked for this and what it meant for me to finally win a national title.
I’d like to thank Karin for all her support over the last 14+ years and especially over the past 8 since I started this bike racing thing!
Thank you so much to Ken, Greg and all my Thirsty Bear Cycling teammates who couldn’t be there with us but were thinking of us as we raced!
Thanks to Hans for encouraging me to buy a bike in 2005 and all the Thirsty Bears who make up this team and to all of our sponsors!
Chris rode as hard as he could for 38 minutes & 20 sec!! He caught his 30 sec man (Bryant) & minute man (Carinio) before the turn around and by estimation was still 30 sec in front of Bailey (who started 30 sec behind him) and a minute in front of Feldman (who started a minute behind him).
Chris Phipps was 1:10 faster than last year. Still lost by a mer 0.84 sec to Feldman. Next time shave the legs better…
Aaron lives in Brazil and this was a local race for him. He’s building up for Brazil National TT.
Here was Aaron’s report to his coach post-race, “Fantastic morning at the local Circuit Race here – As always the break went almost from the gun… 2 went then 1 bridged and I wasn’t in position to go – after a few laps they had 20″ and I took a flyer off a corner as I was strong there… I did a couple of long solo laps at about minute 17+ trying to catch them but they squeezed when I just 5″ off…oh so close Figured I’d be better off waiting for the peloton as opposed to going to inside out that long that early. Attacks constantly for the next 40′. On the final lap, into a headwind, I went way wide from the paceline and gave 110% with 250m to go to the final corner… No one had an answer and I took the best of the rest for 4th by perhaps 50m?! I was and am still fired up!”
ThirstyBear Cycling was very well represented at this years Patterson Pass with Leila, Jenny, Tanya, Phipps, Brenon, Ron, Holger, Hans, Alan x2, Max, Piers, Scot & Eric all showing their climbing skills at the pass.
Below are race reports from the many fields that ThirstyBear Cycling took active part in.
W 1/2/3 By Leila Cavanaugh (Cat 3)
The Women’s Road Race had 21 starters. It was a very hilly race with over 7,000 feet of climbing. This was my first time doing this race and I was a little nervous thinking about doing three laps. As the race progressed Tanya wasn’t “feeling it”. We hit the first climb and I realized that I was feeling a little off myself. The race pace picked up and I found myself in the second group chasing with a group of 5. Tanya was there for awhile but realized it wasn’t her day. . It was difficult fighting the wind but my group managed to get within 30 seconds of the main field until we fell apart. I decided to push on and finish the race. I basically road the last lap alone. The race results separated the Cat. 3 places. I ended up getting 3rd for the Cat. 3′s. I was 11th overall.
Pro 12 By Chris Phipps (Cat 1)
Decided to race with the young’ns today and I was the only 40+ in the field with the only other two 35+ being Jan Weissenberger & Josh Dapice. I thought the extra hour of racing would do me some good as I prepare for masters nationals in a month (Jan’s coach’s idea).
There were 35 guys in the field with Marc-Pro Strava & Mike’s Bikes being the strong teams with 4 guys each. I recognized most of the names of the guys in the race from results, but wasn’t sure how good these guys were on the climbs & long races.
I spun around for about 5 min before the race since a 4 hour race would be pushing my endurance limit & I didn’t want to waste too much on the warm-up. The first lap started hard & fast with no easy first lap like I had hoped. Tyler Brandt (Get Crackin’) was setting the pace the first time up the climb & by the top we had already lost 5 guys & were down to 30. The quick pace continued with Marc-Pro & Mike’s animating things with attacks. I got gapped and really had to struggle to get back on during the 50mph tailwind descent spinning my compact 50-11 at about 140rpm. Jan was in the chase group with me and tried to pull me to the group but I couldn’t even hold his wheel at that speed. Luckily it slowed a bit when they made the right turn into the headwind and I was able to reintegrate. We came through the 1st lap in around 1:02:15, which tied my Strava PR for my fastest lap on the course in 35+ races. Surely we would slow down a bit now.
Nope, the second lap was 1:00:57, even faster and now we were down to about 20 guys. The 3rd lap was faster yet (I was 59:37) & now were were down to 11 guys in the field with a 3 man break (Chris H-D Marc Pro, Brandon Trafton – Mike’s & Matt Rodrigues – Davis) about a minute ahead.
Justin Rossi & Art Rand from Marc Pro set the pace up the 4th climb & by the top our 11 man chase group was down to 5 with me just barely hanging on.
As we headed up to Altamont, Rossi attacked and only Adam Switters (Mike’s) was able to follow. So, now there were 3 leaders, 2 chasers, then me, Airel Herman (Metromint) & Art Rand chasing with Rand just sitting on. I did all I could to take even pulls with Herman & with 2K to go when I saw we were catching Rossi & Switters took a pull with all I had to perhaps give Herman a chance to catch them but he couldn’t quite bridge it. I was toast and coasted across in 8th (t-shirt for top 10!), but was happy that I was able to do a 4 hour race without bonking or cramping.
Really looking forward to Nats!
Elite 3 By Piers Barry (Cat 3)
A solo rider drifted slowly and easily off the front. After the feed zone the bear development rider started to attack off the front on the climb, prompting a series of attacks. Scot and I were smart enough to see that this was the winning move, but not in choosing which wheels to follow. With a strong head wind I tried to stay behind a strong looking couple riders and ride up to the leading group without expending too much energy. Around a sharp (blind) corner the gaps widened and we were 200 feet then 200 yards behind the move. Scot and I worked hard on the front, doing the majority of the work, helping each other stay close. It wasn’t quite enough. Scot almost popped near the top but with mental dig and small push he was able to lead the way over the top and maintain speed. With a few wheel suckers behind not helping us we pushed hard on the descent. A strong rider from Big Orange was with us drafting then went off the front (we were close enough that he caught the break and ended up 3rd). I got some calf cramps and had to sit behind Scot for a mile or so to recover. I would have been dropped completely without that help. That was some pretty fun teamwork. Eric was a few minutes behind us powering away trying to close down the gap.
With 14 miles to go we started pulling harder to try to close the gap. We did manage to get closer and kept thinking we were coming up on dropped E-3′s but they were always riders from other categories. At 3 miles to go at the base of the final climb we could see 2 riders ahead of us. I went to the front, Scot dropped back a tiny bit and we ended up passing them, and could see the group finishing around the corner as we approached the finish. We crossed the line in 9th and 10th position with Eric 16th just a few minutes behind.
45+123 By Max McKinley (Cat 2) WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY
55+123 By Alan Roberts (Cat 2)
Little City Stage Race Report by Tanya Fredricks
Teammates: me, myself and I
W1234 (Cat 3/4 picked sep)
Number racers: 32
Stage 1: Crit
Goal: Don’t chicken out and stay upright.
This was the scariest part of the stage race for me. Never having done a crit/TT/stage race…I had butterflies in my stomach for the week prior.
Race day was perfect weather on great roads which lended me some relief. Unfortunately the minute I parked next to the course, I witnessed two crashes in the men’s race…oh no!
The first few laps I just sat in and got use to crit flow. Mostly I stayed on the outside and midway back. After finally relaxing a bit around the corners, I actually felt ok. At about 10 laps to go, I found myself on the inside and sucked up to the front without meaning to. The next thing I know I’m on the front leading the charge. At 9 laps to go, I won my first prime! Final lap, I tried to stay near the front, but I was two women away from a crash on the chicane before the finish. Being a bit alarmed at swerving to miss the gal falling into the line of fire, I lost some ground and had to sprint to catch the front group. I passed a few gals right before the finish, but ended up 15th out of the 3/4’s. Happy to be alive : )
Stage 2: TT
Goal: Race it like a 5K running race
As we noticed the proceeding day, the winds seemed to be quite strong in the afternoon. I decided to forgo the disk wheel when I saw the dark clouds pressing forward. It would just be me, my clip on bars (thank you Jim!) and my alien helmet (thank you Hans!). Good call. A tailwind out sent me sailing at 26 mph average to the turn around, only to be smacked in the face by cross/head winds on the return, reducing my speed average to 19+ . Big rain drops, feeling like hail, also joined me on the return….which was almost a refreshing break from the sweltering 100 degree heat all day. Finished 6th. Now 11th GC
Note: Most of our tents at the campsite were uncovered because of the extreme heat, thus we returned to the campsite only to find our tents now with indoor swimming pools ; )
Stage 3: Road Race 44 miles (4 laps)
Goal: Stay on the wheels of the P12’s as long as possible.
Started out off the back somehow on the early decent which cause some panic in me. The narrow road made it difficult to find any room to move up. I tried to be patient on the first climb, still stuck in the back and feeling a bit claustrophobic because I was unable to set my own tempo up the hill. As the second hill approached, I was able to squeeze through holes to get to the front. This is where I wanted to be now!
Attrition occurred every lap at the hills. There were 6 of us who always made it to the top together. I tried to rally some organization with the six of us, but no one seemed to commit. Three of us tried, but the others just sat on. We now became 10 again.
At the final climb, just as expected, three of us reached the peak and began to work a bit together over the top. We managed to drop a fourth rider about 4.5 miles from the finish. Then no one would work. I kept suggesting working together, but both seemed comfortable to just let me do the work. I tried out an attack to see what would happen about 3 miles out, and got a gap for a bit until they caught on again. Still not willing to help, I attacked again, which resulted in a slower recovery of the two gals to get back on. Looking up, I noticed I was now almost at 1K to go. I downshifted and pedaled as hard as I could with my head down for as long as I could and then took a peek back. To my surprise, neither gal responded! 200 to go my legs aren’t happy, but I stand up to make sure to keep the gap. It’s closing, but not fast enough….phew! Result first place.
Only after the race did Hans kindly point out to me that the two women behind me were P12’s and I didn’t even need to be racing them to win my category. Duh.
Overall GC: 3rd for Cat 3/4
Best part: Completing my first stage race in one piece! Camaraderie with TB teammates. Supportive, encouraging, generous, kind, and fun!
Worst part: Not even my soaking wet sleeping bag and swimming pools in my tent won for the worst part , but rather leaving behind such a fantastic weekend of camping, racing, and Bear family. Thanks to all!
Little City Stage Race – 35+ 1/2/3
In its 2nd year, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite events of the season due to the courses and beautiful mountain scenery. Unlike other stage races, this is a points based Omnium, so the criterium is just as important as the time trial. Representing Thirsty Bear Cycling were Kyle Ashton, Piers Barry, Phil Hynes and myself.
First up was the TT, a 9.5 mile out & back along the final 5 miles of the RR course. I had won this last year, and thought I laid down a good effort, but it was only good for 3rd behind Dave Bailey (18:37.77) and Mike Buckley (18:51.39). My time of 18:52.05 (30.53 mph) was just 0.66 seconds behind 2nd. That really hurt!
Piers had a solid TT to finish 12th, with Phil in 14th and Kyle in 18th.
On to the criterium. The temp for our 2:20PM downtown Minden criterium was 102 degrees and the plan was to just stay safe and try to chase down anything dangerous and hopefully get me into the top 10 to pick up some points. About halfway through the race, Chris Baker and Chris Lyman from Folsom Bike got away and we and the other teams decided not to waste the bullets chasing since they had both finished out of the points in the TT. Instead we just sat in and were patient waiting for the sprint to pick up as many points as possible. I was able to stay near the front for the final few laps and get onto Jan Weissenberger’s (Zipz) wheel in the final lap and luckily we avoided the crash that took down Jeromy Cottell (Specialized) in what looked like a nasty fly over the bars. Jan ended up 4th and I was 6th, so I scored better than I expected. Piers unfortunately went down in the final lap, but luckily no one was seriously hurt with just road rashes and bruises & nothing broken.
After stage 2, I was sitting in 2nd place with 104 points between Mike Buckley (106) and Jason Walker (103) from Folsom Bike, with Jan in 4th at 95. I knew I would need to beat both Buckley and Walker to win the overall, and they had 7 guys so getting away and staying away would not be easy.
Final stage road race. 6 times an 11 mile loop with 800 ft of climbing per lap. Our race started at 11:25 and it was already 90+ by then and was just getting warmer. The plan was to stay cool as long as possible (thanks so much for our Thirsty Bears in the feed zone with the ice cold bottles!), but also to start pushing the climbs after the 1st lap to put the pressure on Folsom and hopefully get rid of a few of them.
We were pretty relaxed for the first lap but on the 2nd climb, Jan powered away and had a gap. I considered bridging, but knew Folsom would react, so I stayed in the bunch. Jan was soon joined by teammate Ben Albracht, which was a dangerous move, but Folsom was working the front keeping them within 20 seconds, so they sat up. Kyle, Phil and Piers went to the front as we started the 2nd lap climbs and with Piers on the front on the 2nd climb started to split up the field. At the crest, Jeromy Cottell surged and had a gap. I was right there at the front and bridged up and asked him if he wanted company or if he wanted me to sit up since I knew I was break poison, but he said no, let’s just ride tempo and see if anyone bridges. We started the 3rd lap climbs with about 30 seconds and just rode tempo, hoping some help would come across and at the top of the 1st climb were joined by Jean Luc Perez (PrimeTime) who was very willing to work for about 4 miles until he realized we weren’t getting any further ahead, so he sat on. After he skipped a few pulls, Jeromy let me roll of the front then when I had a gap he jumped across to me and we were working the tempo again.
We started the 4th lap climbs, still with about 30 seconds over the pack and again rode relaxed to see if anyone would bridge, but by the top of the 2nd climb we could see no one was bridging, so we decided to soft pedal until we were caught by the remains of the pack, which was now about 15 guys. By this time the wind was really picking up and the final 3 mile stretch to the finish had a harsh cross wind from the right. Once we were caught, Folsom when to the front and drilled it with a small echelon along just to the right of the center line. This was the hardest part of the race for me, as I was right at the line really struggling to stay on. Thankfully Phil was there and I told him to ride to my right and he was able to protect me from the wind so I could catch my breath. Then Walker attacked on the front and the other Folsom guys sat up. Phil asked if we should chase and I told him to just keep Walker close and I would try to bridge to him on the next climb. Phil dug deep and we caught Walker just before the climb. Chris Lyman from Folsom set a hard tempo on the climbs so I decided to be patient and save it for the final lap. We were now down to about 10 riders and I was isolated. On the crosswind section Lyman attacked and had a gap. I decided the best way to chase would be to go to the centerline, put my head down and gutter everyone into the other lane. This worked pretty well, especially since there was an official there yelling at guys to get back to the right on the centerline. I caught Lyman and only Walker was able to hold my wheel, so the 3 of us had a gap on the descent toward the final climb. Lyman was pulling at tempo and “encouraging” me to pull through since the guys we had dropped were catching up. I pulled through slowly a couple times, but was saving all I could for the final climbs. About 7 or so guys caught back on and as soon as we started the climb I attacked and soon had a gap. At the top of the 1st climb, Ben from Zipz was able to grab my wheel and followed me across to the 2nd climb. I wanted to keep him with me for some help on the windy final stretch, but had to keep the climb full gas to build my lead on the chasers and he fell back. As I crested the climb, I just put my head down and thought “just 7 polo field laps to the finish”. The whole rest of the way I just stared at my Garmin as the distance ticked down. I took a look back at 1K to go and still had about 30 seconds, so I was able to ease up a bit and enjoy the finish with family & teammates cheering me on. The stage win also gave me the GC title over Jan who won the sprint over Dave Bailey for 2ndon the stage. Phil held on for 14th overall to add a little more $ to the team haul! Thanks Kyle, Piers & Phil it was a lot of fun racing with you guys!
I can’t say for sure if my TT performance was a bit off, but the night before I had only had 1 Stella instead of my regular 2 or 3 IPAs, while I had 3 IPAs on Saturday night and felt real strong on Sunday. Coincidence or correlation?