The 4th time through the feed zone we nearly ran over a 4 foot snake in the road. The 5th time up the first climb I was feeling great–stronger as the race was going on. The wind was picking up and I knew I needed to save it for the final lap. As we went around the feed zone the 5th time I grabbed a bottle and managed to avoid a rattle snake crawling across the road (going to assume he was getting some OSMO). Meanwhile at the front Dapice and Napolitano attacked again and got a little gap. I was too far back. Carinio and Siegle went off the front as well with two groups of two and ten chasers. I didn’t panic as we had another lap, they would clearly tire out in the wind. We closed it slightly on the rollers with me and Profumo working more than the rest to bring it back. I knew I could bridge up on the last time up the first climb without too much difficulty.
Once it was race time, Hans got it started with a few attacks on the first lap, which helped spring a break of 7 of us. (Gardie, Oddvar and Holger and myself meant the Bears had the numbers; plus with Gardie, we also had the looks. The others: Make-a-Wish’s Cam Birky and Bryan Hoadley, plus Core’s Eric Saltzman, who was in a bit over his head. We missed Hans, but he had drilled it a number of times to set us up, and with a majority in the break, we set about piling it on.)
It’s unusual for the first-lap break to stick at Sea Otter (given it’s a shorter race and the final climb tends to decide everything anyway.) Usually other riders/teams will at least keep a break close. But not this time. We piled it on during the first lap and ran the advantage out to about 1min. All of us were working hard and stretching the gap so that by lap 3 (of 6) we had doubled our advantage. At that point, it was clear we were going to stay away, so both Holger and Oddvar took solo flyers, staying off the front or on the front for a lap each. With those strong efforts, which put pressure on Cam and Bryan, the gap expanded out to 6mins or so.
On the rollers as we headed toward the start of the final lap, Oddvar powered away, taking Birky with him. They drilled it and got a 30sec lead as they hit the short initial climb. It’s my kind of climb (0.5mile, full power), so I hit it hard and bridged to Oddvar and Birky. Oddvar took over and pushed the pace, while Birky sat out of our pulls because he was looking back at Bryan, who was tailed off on the climb but was trying to ride back up to us on the rollers. We didn’t close the door firmly enough (the gap to Bryan never got more than 30sec) and on the feed climb, he re-joined. Well, he would have if Birky hadn’t punched it and rode away from us. All the work that Oddvar did in the break caught up with him, so he and Bryan paired up while I set off up the road to pair up with Birky.
Cam was a little fresher, and was jamming so I just hung back, 10-15secs from him. I was hoping if I dangled, Oddvar could set a target on me and come up before we hit the final climb. Just after we rounded the turn onto the 2mile finishing climb, the four of us were back together. Cam rode hard tempo all the way up the climb, which is fairly shallow at the start but then stiffens a bit around 1km and really stiffens for the last 200m. (The climb: 2.25miles, with varying pitch of 5-15%; we climbed it in just under 9mins.)
Just before we hit the 200m to go sign, I shifted down two gears and sprinted up the inside lane. Since I really didn’t have to do much work during the race (thanks to the team) I was feeling great and had a good kick there at the end. Cam came in a well-deserved second and Byran just nosed ahead of Oddvar for the final podium spot. But after that there was a herd of Bears: Oddvar 4th, Holger 5th, Gardie 6th and Hans as the top finisher from the field in 8th. It’s a great day for the team when you can stack every Bear in the Top 10.
Let’s keep it rolling.
Tanya Fredricks took Silver at the Sea Otter Classic 35+ women’s road race today. She only got beat by one of the most successful American pros Laura Charameda. Excellent result!
Sunday 4/19/2015 2:15pm5 laps 48mi
No teammatesWeather: windy, but sunnyField: 20 racersThe race started out pretty mellow. There was two people from CA technologies: Carl Nielsen and Michael Vetterli both climbers, Larry Nolan(specialized), a Core Tech guy and some others I’ve raced with. We went up the connector Hill which is about a four minute climb pretty hard the first time, The wind was a factor, keeping the group together. Larry Nolan was doing well up the hills each lap. Nothing eventful happened lap 1. Lap 2 A guy from Alto Velo attacked for about a lap and a half and was up the road about a minute and a half. He was starting to build a pretty good gap when finally I got some of the guys working together and there was a group of about eight that we got whittled down to. With some encouragement we managed to pull him back at the beginning of lap 4. I was feeling pretty good staying near Vetterli and Nielsen, watching for any moves. A few attacks here and there but nothing stuck.We made the right up Barlow Canyon and there was a group of eight. After about a quarter-mile I got a little close to a rider in front of me and I bumped wheels, I just about crashed. I started falling over rolled into a ditch but I didn’t exactly fall off my bike, I put my foot down was able to keep peddling! I got out of the ditch and caught the group! Pretty embarrassed I did that! Good news is I’m back in the race. We started going up about an 11% roller and I look back it was just me, Vetterli and Nielsen. Perfect!! Just trying to stay second wheel and keep those guys from attacking me. Pass the 1km to go, no moves yet, feeling good! With about 200m to go Vetterli tries to jump but I accelerate past him and win with about 8 bike lengths!!
More importantly, solid showing from the rest of the Bears, with DQ launching attacks and Max and Holger riding hard, hard tempo when needed. They were all in the mix right up to the end.
So a good day for all of us.
Happy Easter to everyone.
Piers Barry from Thirstybear p/b Akamai finish 2nd at the “Paris-Roubaix” of California. Copperopolis 2015 35+
ThirstyBears: Jacob Berkman, Mortiz Steiner, Piers Barry
Conditions: Chilly morning (37 degrees on the way in!) warm mid morning. Some wind.
Road Conditions: It’s Copperopolis….
Carpooled with Moritz and Danielle who handed up bottles, and collected vests and sleeves. Not sure if anyone else got the full view of the total lunar eclipse and blood moon on the drive in–but I might have to start going to an astrologist to figure out when to race 🙂
Warmed up as always by riding from the porta-potty to the start line. We started off with 33 riders. Mikes Bikes looked strong with 7, Squadra had Chris Evans and a Art’s Cyclery had 3 with Ben Albrecht, Craig Nunes, and Matt Carinio; Pro Cyclocross rider Jason Siegle was solo. Chronos had Theobald, Zimney and Eropkin.
Specialized had Cottel, Buckley and Passmore. Not sure who everyone is yet.
And most of them look the same with helmets and glasses on.
I could tell Ben Albrecht was serious though as he had shaved both his beard and legs….
It stuck together until after the first climb. A break started to form and I jumped in it at Jacob’s smart advice (thanks Jacob!). It came back together for a few miles. Just before the dirt farmhouse section new break formed with 3 riders off the front but no Mike’s or ThirstyBear. Moritz and I both jumped in and over 3 miles dragged a Mike’s Bikes rider with us. That stuck until the big final climb when it came all back together.
On the descent I realized there was something really wrong with my front brake which kept sliding to the left with the right side dragging and heating up the front wheel. I must have pulled it back into place 50-60 times during the rest of the race. I was all back together until Chris Evans slipped off the front after the 1st time through the finish line by the parking lot. No one chased.
Pace was high enough that a few riders started to struggle. All the way through the 1st climb again it stayed fairly strung out. At the riser after the feed zone I was sitting on the front with no one wanting to come around so I just kept increasing the pace as the climb went on (mostly because Alex Chiu was taking pictures there at the time of course). Somehow this pulled out 4 guys from the pack on my wheel. It was a good enough mix with ThirstyBear, Lange twins, Ben Albrecht from Arts, Siegle, and Zimney from Chronos. No Specialized or Mikes who where chasing behind.
We caught Chris Evans up the rode and stuck together with Albrecht and I taking longer and harder pulls than the rest. He’s a great, no BS guy to be in a break with. I pushed it just hard enough up the final climb to keep our gap going without splitting the group apart.
Somewhere Zimney popped off. On the first climb again with 25km to go to the finish Jason Siegle took off and stayed away for 15km. Zeller from Lange Twins was not able (or willing) to help. Evans was worried Ben would take off and join Siegle for the win and sat in the back.
With all this break tactics in our group out front; Matt Carinio and Craig Nunes slid off of the chase group behind. They were closing in on our break continuously. At the foot of the final climb I sat back a couple spots. I knew I could climb away from anyone left in the break but I also needed enough time gap to hold off the better descenders. I waited until just after the right turn onto the steepest part and took off. I thought Ben Albrecht was behind me and climbing really well–but it was actually Matt Carinio who had bridged up at the same moment I took off. I could gap him a little bit but couldn’t get rid of him.
I pulled away from everyone but Carinio who sat on my back wheel until 200 meters to go. He pleaded fatigue from bridging up to our break. He also had a fast descending teammate (Albrect) closing down from behind and I so I really had no choice but to drag him to the line where he annihilated me in the sprint. Which also would have been the sprint result if I sat in his draft for 80 miles….
It was an awesome day of hard racing with no where to hide. Only half the field finished with Mike’s Bikes only having one rider (Bromstead) finish. Jacob and Mortiz finished 10th and 11th with solid riding and team tactics.
Looking forward to the best part of the season coming up…. Great to see all the good results from the team.
Nor Cal Spring Classic here we come! Go ThirstyBear!
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
Madera Stage Race 45+, Day 1 – Ben Hur Hillclimb TT
10.3mi. First 6mi rolling hills, with 5mi good pavement. Miles 6&7 horrible pavement. Miles 6-9 were uphill and the last mile rolling.
I used a full TT setup; Dan Quirk used aero bars on a road bike; Shawn Daly used foam on his road bike bars to rest his forearms. It looks like it’s going to be a ThirstyBear vs Hammer throw down. Our teams have 6 of the top 9 places. We have a flat 10mi TT tomorrow to set up the GC going into the CRIT and RR.
Results from today: 1. Adams, Hammer 33:12, 2. Lyons, TB +0:20, 3. Ziesing, Hammer +0:58, 4. Nielsen, Ca Tech +1:06, 5. Quirk, TB +1:07, 6. Martin, R4R +1:10, 7. Miller, Victory Velo +2:18, 8. Albrecht, Hammer +2:26, 9. Daly, TB +2:29, 10. Baumgardner, Global CTI +3:12
Madera Stage Race – DAY 2
Today we had a flat 10.4mi TT in the morning and a 40min CRIT in the afternoon.
We were down 20 secs in GC going into today and interested in making that up before we started chasing time bonuses in the CRIT (and RR tomorrow). I beat Ron Amos (GC leader from Hammer) by 22 seconds in the TT and took the GC lead …
DQ’s time is inaccurate but we think he rode well and kept his 5th place standing. Shawn held his 9th in GC despite his custom foam bar padding falling apart from the rough road.
Over lunch at Chowchilla’s finest, we devised a plan for the CRIT. I wanted to chase the prime time bonuses (two 5 sec primes) and go for the stage too (20-10-5 sec time bonuses for 1-2-3 on stage). It was a risk because it would depend in me getting in position to sprint and then actually try to win the sprint. But it seemed like a fun challenge so I asked the guys if we could do this.
Dan and Shawn were amazing. They rode solely for the team GC and we controlled the race! They set me up for the first prime which I took over Dave Albrecht. Then Dan got in a two man break that nabbed the second prime. I was up 7 secs on GC now heading into the final laps. I was hoping to get it over 10 because the road race has 30-20-10 time bonuses.
DQ and Shawn took control the last two laps and I picked my place heading into the final turn. I got a good jump but Albrecht blew by in the last 100. Then Chris Ott got me right at the line for 2nd but I held on for third and got 5 more secs time bonus!
We are up 12 seconds in GC going into the road race. Going to be another great team dual…. We are ready for anything!
Results are up at USA cycling.
Not sure if Jason will send an update but he is doing fantastic in the 35+ after his killer TT (he equaled the time of the third place P12 guy today!). He should be leading GC.