There is not a whole lot of race report to do when you just sit in and wait fora sprint, so this will be brief. Forty-one starters in our race. Several break attempts went off on all laps but nothing getting more than 20 seconds. I told Scot I wouldn’t put this in the report, but he said if I didn’t he would. Coming into the second-to-last lap, Scot came around to the front and started drilling it just before the Start/Finish line. I was tucked in 4th wheel and was thinking, Damn, he’s putting in a dig.
And then he sat up after he crossed the line, and I said, “Dude, you need to save that for the last lap.” He looked at me and said, “duh, I’m such an idiot. I thought that was the last lap.” On the actual last lap, going over the last hill, I was sitting third wheel which I thought was a little too far forward. I’d rather have a little more draft for that flat stretch before the two turns into the final 100 meters. But that’s where I was.The Symantec guy on the front had attacked several times, so I assumed he was pretty tired. I just tucked in and drafted, and he kept drilling it on the descent and the whole flat stretch leading into the second-to-last corner. It was the most relaxed I’ve ever felt going into a sprint, so I was able to think clearly. I knew there was no way this Symantec guy could hold this to theline, and I was running the risk of finding myself at the front with too far togo. But I started my sprint anyway sooner than I normally would, hoping to catch people by surprise and it worked. I know it was just a 3/4 race, but it sure felt good to win. Thanks again, everybody!
Duane Coughlan got in a 5 man break in the 35+1234 race and finished a solid second – well done Duane!
The fourth and final stage started with 64 participants, down from the 74 the first stage had. Our GC man, Chris Phipps, had been in yellow since the first day, when he finished 1:08 ahead of Chris Lyman (Specialized) and got a 10s bonus for winning the stage. Chris rode a strong time trial against Lyman, who is a National Champion in the discipline, but ended up with his lead trimmed down to 0:56. The crit finished in a pack, so no time changes came from that event. So the last race began with Chris in yellow by 0:56 and the eight of us expecting an onslaught from Specialized to try and erase their deficit.
Fortunately, there were was one other team, Veloce from Oregon, who had the 4th place GC man and had also missed the break. Two of them came to the front and started rotating through strongly with Chris and I. With the pace as high as we had it, it took a little while, but eventually Dan and Alex also came to the front and we had 4-6 of us pulling hard. We now learned that Roemer and Lyman were in the break, and they continued to pull slowly away from us, even with 5-6 of us rotating through at our limits. I have never worked so hard, desperately fighting fatigue and despair as we watched the winning break receding into the distance. We weren’t getting a lot of information on the gap, but it it was clearly over a minute and the yellow jersey looked lost due to our inattention.
We had over 25 riders taking part in this year’s camp in Sonoma County. On day one (Levi Gran Fondo route) Chris Phipps took several Strava KOMs from Levi. On day two (95 miles) we had over 15 guys pushing the pace for the classic Geysers route – ouch! We even ran across Leipheimer himself just outside Santa Rosa. On day three, Tanya Fredricks demolished all women’s climbing records on her brand new TREK from City Cycle!
Perfect racing weather made for some fast times at the annual San Bruno Hill Climb the first day of the New Year.
Chris Phipps opted to make his day as challenging as possible by racing the Pro/1/2, while new member Erin Werner crushed the women’s field in all categories to win the race in a very fast time.
Greg McQuaid (see photo above) was nipped at the line by team friend Marcel Appelman in the 35+1/2/3 category, while Leila Cavanaugh had a solid race by grabbing the last spot on the women’s podium of the 3/4 race.
|Men – Pro/Cat 1/2|
|Place||Points||Name||City, State||Time||USAC #||Bib||Team|
|1||140.81||Nathaniel English||Berkeley, CA||00:14:20||258309||11||Yahoo Cycling Team|
|2||155.54||Christopher Phipps (1 – Cat1)||San Francisco, CA||00:15:03||233623||9||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
|3||170.27||Keith Wong (1 – Cat2)||Menlo Park, CA||00:15:32||240222||6||Metromint Cycling|
|Men – Cat 1/2/3 – Master – 35-99|
|Place||Points||Name||City, State||Time||USAC #||Bib||Team|
|1||214.27||Marcel Appelman (1 – Cat3)||San Francisco, CA||00:15:47||293642||33||Dolce Vita Cycling|
|2||223.03||Greg McQuaid (1 – Cat2)||San Francisco, CA||00:15:59||249424||28||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
|3||231.79||Tracy Colwell (2 – Cat2)||Sunnyvale, CA||00:16:11||125475||32||Webcor/Alto Velo|
Women – Cat 3/4
|Place||Points||Name||City, State||Time||USAC #||Bib||Team|
|1||421.40||Erin Werner (1 – Cat4)||Greenbrae, CA||00:18:56||333208||268||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
|2||427.02||Tanya Grossman (2 – Cat4)||San Leandro, CA||00:18:57||356222||293||Forward Motion Race Club|
|3||432.64||Leila Cavanaugh||Lafayette, CA||00:21:07||351304||272||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
|Richard Bolt (2 – Cat5)||Mountain View, CA||00:17:41||114640||169||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
|12||Eric LaFranchi (8 – Cat3)||Calistoga, CA||00:21:07||199575||56||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
|14||Irving Arguello (10 – Cat3)||Millbrae, CA||00:21:43||134895||66||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
|6||Jennifer Wong (4 – Cat4)||Oakland, CA||00:21:41||80924||285||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
|27||Pennie Sponsel (17 – Cat4)||Millbrae, CA||00:25:15||196260||276||IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com|
Paul Dyrwal crashes in the 35+123, but Tom Lyons wins the 45+123 race, Jay Klein taking 5th. Alan Nevin takes 6th in the 35+4, Alan Roberts 9th in the 45+4.
Race report Tom Lyons:
Jay Klein and I headed out to Dunnigan today for our 86mi race in the 45+123s . I entered last week when I saw it was two laps. My goal was to help Jay get a top-6 t-shirt and have some fun out there over the longer race distance. We went back and forth with race talk during the week and I felt good about our plans. My plan was to NOT sit in the pack, be in a break, and have Jay there too at some point. After about 10mi of easy riding, I told Jay I was getting impatient and then asked Jan Elsbach if he wanted to get in a break. He thought it was too early, which was probably right. However, I wound up in the front of the race about five seconds after that and shifted, stood, and mashed the pedals for a bit. I got a gap then held it for a couple miles waiting for a group to bridge up. The whole pack caught me and settled in for about a half a second and I went again from the front. This time, after a few miles, four guys came up (Elsbach, a Davis guy, a Sierra Nevada guy (Brown), and Molinari from Form Fitness. It looked like a good group with one problem: no Morgan Stanley guys. For the next 20 miles, we only got a minute up then were caught by a couple MS guys. I was hoping Jay was enjoying the ride but he told me later he was a bit more involved with trying to latch on to bridge attempts.
Shortly after the start of the second lap, the big chase group caught up and we were back together. My break-mates settled in but I stayed near the front looking for more action. Pasco (Safeway) looked interested along with a couple other guys. Jay got a solo gap after a hill and I followed the others up to him. We had a group of six but not Morgan Stanley, so I thought we were doomed. However, I think those guys were not interested in chasing it down again so we opened it to 2:45 at one point. Jay and I were two of six in the break! A new Davis guy (Schnaars), a Wells Fargo guy (Vandenberghe), and one other. I was starting to realize that if this stuck, I would be in a break for about 70mi today. And, I was starting to feel the effects! Jay was looking good. We were talking. All I cared about was keeping this group together to the end and making sure he was in it. I did my part but Pasco made it stick. Schnarrs did some work too. As did Jay. We were doing great and then one guy drifted off the back. With 3mi to go we could tell it was going to stick and we started thinking of the finish. I don’t know if any of us were looking forward to the sprint, but we gave it a go as we rounded a corner and headed 1500m to the line across a potholed road. With five of us, the poor road conditions were not a problem. Jay took the lead setting up a nice pace from 800m to 200m which enabled me to get in position to sprint. At 200m to go, Pasco jumped. Wells Fargo was next. I was on him and Schnarrs was boxed on the right. We had the whole road and I swung out and give it a real hard acceleration to the line. I looked back at 50m and was relieved to see that no one was able to get on my wheel when I jumped. I came across a bike length ahead of Pasco with Schnaars (Davis) ahead of WF. Jay was 5th. Mission accomplished.
This season has been a lot of fun in the races we’ve had multiple IDTB guys in the the action. Today was a huge highlight having Jay in the break and finishing together like that. I’ve mentioned before – Jay was instrumental in our team’s success at Hamilton and Pescadero this summer. I was thrilled when I saw he was entered today and even more fired up that we pulled off a huge race. Great teamwork!
In only his second race after a near fatal hit-and-run accident last winter, Tom Lyons was able to
While Chris Phipps won the overall in the 35+ at the Cascade Cycling Classic Stage Race in Bend, Arthur Jones was able to solo in for the victory during the final stage of the 45+ race. He attacked with 10k to go and held off a very strong national class field by almost half a minute – race reports below.
See below for a race recap of stage 1 by Michael Hernandez:
Ken Gallardo’s synopsis of the race…
Having returned from Europe on Tuesday and catching some sort of intestinal bug, I wasn’t sure if I’d even start Friday’s race. But, Imodium in hand, I set off for Bend with my kids and a buddy’s college-age daughter as their au pair and hoped I felt better Friday morning.
Stage 1 – 72 mile RR
Well, I felt OK on Friday and fortunately was stuck mid-pack for most of the first half of the race while Castia, Coughlan, Daly, Dyrwal, and Scobie monitored the front of the pack. Dyrwal decided to be the sacrificial lamb and got into a long break that allowed me to move to the front and help block and got caught as we approached the final climb.
Once we hit the climb, Chris sprang away with two guys for company (Eropkin of Safeway and Sam Krieg from Ski Utah) and one guy (Andres Gil) up the road from Paul’s break. Chris dropped Eropkin and Krieg like bad habits and shortly thereafter disposed of Gil. And he looked like he wasn’t even going that hard – disgusting. Anyway, I managed to get into the chase group and hang on, watching Lyman scream at the others to chase (not hardly!) and waited for my opportunity. I was glad we’d dropped a car at the finish as that allowed me to view the last 500m which I knew suited me for sprinting out of a small group.
Well, Chris stayed away to the end, so I just tailgunned my group as we turned into the ski resort. I kept an eye on the guys I knew and sure enough, Eropkin took a flier with 400 to go. I was close enough behind him to follow around the group but I let someone else close the gap (no sense chasing a NorCal guy!) and when we caught Eropkin at 150 to go, I hit the gas at the same time as Carinio (from SoCal) did. Well, he beat me to the line, but I snatched 3rd and the 4 second time bonus that came with it (along with the beer and podium girl). And thanks to Carinio’s littering penalty of 30 seconds, IDTB was 1-2 after the 1st stage.
Stage 2 – Time Trial
Well, I knew that wouldn’t last as my time trialing has been pathetic this season. So, I game planned my best options and figured out that by sacrificing aerodynamics, I’d go faster. Plus, Chris got his buddy to loan me a Sub9. So, I rode the TT of my life to finish 14th, about 2 mins down, leaving my 11th overall. It also helped to have my 1 minute man miss his start and go from behind me to provide me with a nice ‘rabbit’ to chase up the hill. Lyman won the stage but Chris was 2nd, only 11 seconds slower so he was still leading the race.
Stage 3 – Crit
What can I say, I’m not a crit rider, so I was happy not to waste too much energy and not crash. Finished with the bunch so still 11th overall at the end of Day 2. Andres Gil won the stage, so another Norcal win.
Stage 4 – Circuit Race
Full rolling enclosure, rolling terrain, beautiful scenery…and attacks from every side. What a blast of a race. Of course, having felt decent the previous 2 days meant that my stomach needed to act up today. I was really glad my fitness has been continuing to improve because I needed every last ounce of strength today. Every sip of my bottle made my stomach flip flop. Not fun. Getting into a break on the 2nd lap probably wasn’t that smart either, but there was no way I was letting a Bend guy get away without a ThirstyBear on his wheel.
Huge thanks again to another great team effort by Castia, Coughlan, Daly, Dyrwal, and Scobie. Their chase and bridging efforts allowed me to sit in as much as possible and totally discouraged guys who thought they’d have an opportunity for a stage win. We made sure there wouldn’t be a repeat of Madera where a break took 2 minutes on the final stage and turned the standing upside down.
I managed to conserve and take in some diluted fluids and not get dropped on the 3rd lap, so I was ready for the flurry of attacks on the final lap. The final climbs whittled the field down to 17 guys and we headed for the finale with Chris driving the pace. I decided to skip the opportunity for a stage win and instead went to the front to keep it lined out for Chris and knowing Andres Gil was sitting pretty 3rd wheel, so I hoped our efforts would still result in a NorCal win. I drilled it from 1k to go all the way to the final corner (about 300 to go) where most of the group swarmed past but succeeded in hanging onto the bunch and only losing a couple of seconds. Plus, we’d dropped a guy (Jason Boynton) who was ahead of me, so I moved up to 10th overall. Wow! Not bad for feeling as bad as I did all week. A great team effort.
Thanks for reading!
Corey and I went up with one major goal in mind, get Chris the win and ride for team victory.
Each choice made was focused on that result, and I consistently asked myself what the net result of my next effort would be. Is it going to help the team goal, or is it for myself?
That kept me focused on the game and how things would play out.
Patrolled the front early on and watched for moves. A couple of Oregonians went off and Bend Broadband went to the front. Paul and I agreed, let the Interstate rivalry play out and burn their matches.
Later a Broadband rider went off and they called their team to the front and started riding tempo. Corey and I took note of what they were doing and went to the front and road steady hard tempo for about 20 minutes and brought the rider back enough to have the deck reshuffle.
After a long coffee break, and a brief nap in the comfort of the field I went back up to get updated on the situation. Paul was off in a break and they were out of site. I asked Chris if he liked this card and wanted to play it out. He said yes, so Brennan and I sat close to the front but not in the way of the organized chase. We only let people in of they were there to work, otherwise we kept the door closed.
We hit the first of the two climbs and I did not have the juice to respond to the surge, but I kept it in the big ring and drug myself back to the pack. The pack had caught the break and slowed down, Hernandez who was in the break was now at the back of the field. My engine was running now, so I jumped up to the front to see what needed to be done. I did not see Paul and I figured he was still off, so I put my self on guard duty. Chris said we need to set tempo and started riding hard. Message received! I punched it and took over the pace making for the next 2 miles with everything I had. Tongue, snot, and mung hanging out, I churned as hard as I could until the lights went out.
It got us to the base of the final climb, and gave me a front row seat to watch Chris spread his wings and fly. It was exactly as we planned and I loved every minute of that moment.
Stage 2: Meh!
Stage 3: Keep Chris out of trouble and try to lead Corey out for a the Crit win.
I managed to get into position with 2 laps to go. We were sitting 3rd and 4th wheel as we got within 200 meters of the start of the last lap. I was tucked in nicely behind Broadband’s team van (huge rider with big power). I thought this was sweet as I had seen this big boy go, surely he is going to ramp this thing up.
He sat there in 2nd wheel and let the pace drop.
Not Good! It was too early to start Corey’s lead out, but I could also feel the swarm coming as we started the final lap.
The plan was to drill it down the back stretch and keep Corey in position. I need legs to do that, and going early might have put Corey too far in the front.
In hind site, I should have changed the game plan and hit it early to put Corey in position to surf the front of the swarm. Bummer!
But we still had yellow, and a good day of racing ahead of us.
Stage 4: Simple plan, keep a strangle hold on the pack and cover everything. We effectively smashed them into submission and they realized that nothing was getting away.
Efforts made were to cover were less about getting into a break, and more about ramping the speed of the pack up and dragging the attackers back.
After the second time up the wall and making the selection, and just as I had started working my way back up to the front I heard something plastic hit the ground. Just then Greg Anderson says “your Go Pro just fell off”. Corey and I had mounted his Go Pro camera on the saddle and for some reason the mount broke.
Well, I am not about to leave $300 camera on the side if the road and I figured we still had 5 teammates left in the field. I grabbed the camera and finished up lap 3 as a recovery ride.
I got to watch Ken and Chris come home safely in the pack for the GC win, and later to see Arthur win the stage for the 45s.
Pretty awesome weekend of racing, this one will stick with me for a long time.
Okay, final race report from our GC man!