ThirstyBear Cycling Tanya Fredricks & Leila Cavanaugh push hard up to finish 2nd and 3rd at Mt. Hamilton NCNCA Championship
Finishing 3rd, 4th and 6th ThirstyBear Cycling dominates the Mt. Hamilton District Championship 45+123
Except for the wet roads going to the top, it was a perfect day to race the Biggest Hill in the Bay Area.
ThirstyBear Cycling Piers Barry strikes for the 3rd time to take 1st at Mt. Hamilton RR District Championship 35+4
Who: Piers Barry, Richard Bolt, CJ Wolf
Chris Phipps leads the way to the podium for ThirstyBear Cycling at Mt. Hamilton Road Race NCNCA Championship, Masters 40-44
Mt. Hamilton Road Race – NCNCA Championship, Masters 40-44
By: Chris Phipps (ThirstyBear Cycling)
ThirstyBear Teammates: Ken Gallardo, Greg McQuaid, Alan Nevin
Before this race I put a lot of thought into which wheelset to use. My lightest wheels (Zipp 303s) would be best on the climb, my Bontrager RXL tubeless would be best for the steep descent and my Bontrager Aeolus 5 d3 were my most aero and would be best for the final 40 miles into the headwind and since that’s where the race is won or lost, I went with those. When we arrived and it was drizzling, I kind of wished I had my tubeless, but thankfully the descent ended up being dry.
The race plan was for me to attack on the last 5K of the main climb and hopefully after the descent, we would have 3 or 4 of us in the selection, then from there would try attacking & counter attacking to get one of us away solo or with one other rider from Folsom since they were the big team with 6 riders.
The race started off with Greg feeling good and setting a hard tempo for the whole 1st 25 min of the main climb. This probably wasn’t the best thing to help his chances later in the day, but it was great for us to keep anyone from attacking and tire some guys out before the last part of the climb. On the short middle section of the climb, Nathan Parks (Folsom Bike) put in a hard attack, that really strung out the field and popped a few guys, but all the key guys were still there.
As we started the last 10K of the climb, the steepest part, Ken was setting a hard pace along with Todd Bell from Morgan Stanley, then as it started to kick up I launched an attack. Parks quickly got to my wheel and I could see the rest of the field was coming back, so I put in another hard dig & broke free. After about 30 seconds I looked back & had a gap & was able to ride my own pace the rest of the way and take the KOM. I had about 45 seconds on the chase at the top and I think the descent went well since only Jason Boynton (Folsom Bike) caught me on the way down and we were joined by Andres Gil (Michael David Winery) and Scott Bromstead (Barclay’s Racing) as we crossed Isabel Creek. The 4 of us had about 30 seconds on a chase group of 6 which included Ken, 2 Folsom Bike (Parks & Bryant) and defending national champ Matt Carinio (Art’s Cyclery. The 4 of us worked together and our advantage grew to over a minute by the feedzone climb (thanks to Alan’s wife Tracy for the feed!) where we lost Bromstead & were down to 3. With a headwind all the way to the finish, there was really no good place for an attack and the race came down to a sprint. I was actually in the ideal position heading into the final 200M 3rd wheel behind Boynton & Gil, but I got impatient and jumped 1st with 200M to go. I got a small gap and for a few seconds thought I might take it, but reality set in with 100M to go as Gil went by me for the win and Boynton for 2nd.
In the chase group, Dan Bryant attacked out of it for 4th with Carinio winning the sprint for 5th. Ken finished 9th, Alan 15th and Greg in 27th. Throw in the 40 mile “cooldown” back to the car and we were all ready for an IPA (thanks Greg!)
Pictures of the race thanks to Ken Gallardo.
A HUGE hanks to Aaron for hosting and organizing an amazing ride and great fun BBQ party with friends and family!! Lets make it a ToC tradition…
Organic Brew from ThirstyBear – Cold beer after a long ride makes for the best sponsors a team can have.
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Quick video of today’s Stage of the ATOC at Muir Beach Overlook. Strong support local hero Nate English.
Modesto Road Race
Masters 45+ 1/2/3
About 50 guys. Hot and windy. Six laps, 60 or so miles. No teammates.
This was my first race back after a yoga-injury earlier this year that had me off the bike for almost three months. Fucking yoga.
Hunter Ziesing told me before the race that he and Chris Courtney were going to try and split the field any chance they got, given the many crosswind sections. And sure enough, from the gun, Hunter and a few others attack. I pause and wait for wheels to jump on, knowing that my fitness is not so good, and this happens several times in the first three laps.
I’m starting to feel all the surges and I let the next break go. Sure enough it’s got most teams represented, and I just don’t feel strong enough to bridge up to it. There’s 10 guys in the break, and they just start pulling away and no one is responding. It probably takes us a lap to get organized and figure out who doesn’t have someone in the break. It turns out Kouvaris and Cortex don’t, so 2 Cortex, 2 Kouvaris, 1 other guy (can’t remember his team) and I start working well together.
The break is 45 seconds up the road and we just hold that. It goes up and down, 35 to 45 seconds for two laps. I’m skipping pulls every third or fourth time ‘cause my back’s cramping. I’m telling one of the Cortex guys, I’m not going to be able to keep this up much longer. And then in the confusion of passing other fields and dropped riders, suddenly we’re right on them. They were surprised to see us again. Hunter did say after the race that some of the guys were talking about how everyone was represented, so no one would be chasing.
With only one lap left I start to think oh, I can totally hang on for another lap. Shut up, back.
The whole last lap I’m just hanging on to the surges and hoping I can hang on for a sprint. Every acceleration I’m getting gapped and then I just decide that if I let this gap get any bigger, it’s just over, so I manage to close them down. Once I get to a couple K to go, I realize that this is going to come down to a sprint, and I’m going to be able to hang on and do whatever it takes.
From the previous laps, I knew that it needed to be a patient sprint given the headwind. I wouldn’t want to be too close to the front in the final 90-degree left-hand turn, which leaves you with 800 meters dead-straight to the finish.
So going into that final left, I slid back a few spots into about 10th position and just waited patiently while guys were drilling it on the front, into the wind. After the first few guys burned out, I was about 5thwheel when we got inside 100 meters, and I just pulled out into the wind and gave it everything I had. To my surprise I was pulling around all the guys, expecting guys to come shooting around me because it didn’t feel like the best sprint, but I got it by about half a bike-length.
Results page: http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2013-1423
30 miles solo break victory to ThirstyBear Cycling Piers Barry. Eric Lagier wins the hill climb sprint and finish 2nd.
Piers Barry taking great victory after 30 miles solo break.
Race: Berkeley Hills Road Race 2013
The next move seemed to be the move that probably would have been the winning break with Passmore and Courtney (SJBC), Roemer (Specialized), Hunt (Giant Strawberry), Osborne (Fast Freddie) John Cavanaugh (PrimeTime), Blake Reed (Arts Cyclery), Cale Reeder (Hammer Nutrition), and myself. Nevertheless, Reeder did not use his wits but his watts instead and drilled it up Papa Bear which caused the break to break, leaving 6 to chase 4 and riding two important teams out of the break.