Thirsty Bears had the luxury to have 4 bear ladies racing together (Chris, Leila, Tanya and Anne). Carla was basically in our field since the W50-54 started 1 minute behind, and was quickly towed to our pack by Jane Despas. The race was basically between Metromint and us, because we had the numbers over other teams. We also had the strongest riders. The plan was to keep me safe and rested so I could try to get away on the rollers (and hopefully tow Chris and Tanya with me).
Turlock Road Race Northern California District championships
Thirsty Bear: Max Thompson
Category master:55-59 1,2,3
45miles (that’s just wrong!)
There were a few teams representing
Sun power with 3 guys (1 sprinter). 3 feet it’s the law with 5 to 6 riders(2 sprinters) . Morgan Stanley (coulter and Terisaki). Pen Velo 3 guys and a bunch of other random
Teams. Race started off with a slight downhill the wind was light at this point and we were going fast for first 8-9miles. I stayed near the front to watch for attacks from hammer (hunter) make a wish (Joseph foster) who
Can TT well. 3 feet it’s the law sat in pretty much the whole race. Lots of attacks from Hunter and Joe Foster (joe was working with Hunter the whole race). I would bridge when they got too far but nothing very threatening to begin with. At mile 5, Joseph took a bit of a flyer and I decided to jump on . Legs are feeling pretty good at this point and I saw the KOM (not really a hill)
But thought, okay, I’ll give it a try. I jumped away from Foster, looked back, saw I had a big gap, and got the KOM. Later I found out the KOM was a wood fired pizza that I shared with my teammates.
A bunch of attacks by Foster and Hunter, Reno wheelmen, Audi and a few others. The group let them dangle out there for a while nothing much happened. Pace was pretty fast but peloton wouldn’t let me or anyone else get away. A few random teams tried to get away, Core tech and a guy from the Reno wheelman but no such luck, the field wasn’t having it. Started getting windy towards the second half of the first lap and the field was getting guttered in a
Long line. Few more attacks by the usuals. Have to say these masters don’t really work as teams, most Goya just sitting in. Get through lap one and the fields totally together, starts going fast again and into the headwind. Sprinters are all siting in, zip through first 20mi, usual attackers, I take some flyers with foster and company. I decided to stay at the front and watch for any opportunities that might stick or a solid group that I could get away with. Finally we’re now at mile 42 or so and we make the right onto Lake street straight into the headwind! Perfect now the field is guttered, core tech driving the front, Vetterli moves up(team Ca Tech.) then he and core tech punch it with Foster, most everyone splinters off, groups form. I’m near the front but keep getting gapped, dig deep to bridge the front group, now 2 guys foster and vetterili, me with Hunter chasing them. Hunter says to
Me “pull them
Back we can make it”. I look at him and sit up and say pull through! The chasers are
Coming, Hunter won’t pull through.
I look over to my left and out of the corner of my eye there’s Jonathan Laine (sprinter from 3 feet law team), he flies past us, I hammer to get onto his wheel. In less than a minute we are worth the 2 leaders
(Foster and vetterili), 1.5mi to go! Dropped Hunter, now I’m gassed after just having made it across and bridging all the splits. The field is splintered into chase groups. It’s now a 4 man break, big gap
Back to Hunter and chasing field. We slow down, cat and mouse time. I know it’s going to be me and Jonathan when the sprint comes. It’s 1000m to go, hoping he doesn’t go early, then we’re in the middle of the roller before the finish straight,
He sprints (early) hard,gets the win. A fun day of racing.
More photos from Turluck: Photos thanks to Tahra Makinson-Sanders.
Great day of riding for ThirstyBear p/b Akamai with multiple podium finishing.
Anne Valta wins Womens District championship with Tanya Fredricks finishing 2nd and Chris Lundy 4th.
Max finish 2nd in 55+ and Tom Lyons finish 3rd in 45+.
Photo from Turluck. Photo curtesy of Tahra Makinson-Sanders