Folsom Two Bridges Circuit Race 35+ 123

Photos by Brian Joder,

With 1 lap to go Keith DeFiebre(Scott-Ritchey-Oakley) has just bridged up to a 6 man break along with Brian Choi(Sierra Nevada).  The break includes Kevin Klein(Rock Racing), Daniel Martin(VOS), Andres Gill(Pacific State Bank Cycling Team), Don Langley(Morgan Stanley/Specialized), Christopher Baker(EMC2-Felt), and Rick Bradley(Sierra Nevada). The 8 riders now head out on the final lap with the field not too far behind.  In the main pack Jeff Poulsen(VOS) and Joel Robertson(Sierra Pacific Racing) are marking each other as they sit 1-2 in Omnium rankings for the weekend. 

DeFiebre goes to the front and pulls the break hard the final time up the Folsom Bridge climb.  He was trying to gain spots in the overall Omnium.  DeFiebre kept the speed high up the Folsom Bridge riser making sure the field could not close in on the break.  At the top of the climb a game of cat and mouse started to take place.  The group started to really look at eachother but not work, so Rick Bradley did a flyer and gapped the break making a push for the finish.  There was still 3/4 of a mile to go.

DeFiebre was first to react and jumped up to Bradley and the two riders were on their own, as the rest of the break seemed to be waiting for the sprint.
At the base of the final riser, DeFiebre surged ahead solo going for the win, while behind the chase finally got going.  It was a long way to go solo, but DeFiebre made it to the finish with enough time to savor the moment.  The sprint for 2nd place was won by Kevin Klein over Dan Martin.  

Top 5 Circuit Race- Master 35+ 1/2/3
1 . Keith Defieber - Scott Ritchey/Oakley

2 . Kevin Klein - Rock Racing
3 . Daniel Martin - VOS Racing
4 . Andres Gil - Pacifc State Bank
5 . Don Langley -  Morgan Stanley
Jeff Poulsen won the Criterium on day 2 of the Omnium and sealed the deal shadowing Joel Robertson across the line in Sunday's Circuit Race.
Top 5 Overall Omnium Master 35+ 1/2/3
1 . Jeff Poulsen - VOS Racing 44 55 35- 134
2 . Joel Robertson - Sierra Pacific 50 44 36- 130
3 . Keith Defieber - Scott Ritchey/Oakley 34 40 50- 124
4 . Brian Choi - Specialized 46 25 38- 109
5 . Bob Delp - Ride for a Reason 48 29 27- 104

Warnerville Time Trial

I'm gonna Getcha!
were my last words to Steven Woo before he launched towards the foothills of Warnerville on the 20 mile out and back ITT.  And then a remark from George Meilahn stating the same to me (btw his time was 8:08, mine 8:05), and I am getting nervous knowing if he does catch me I'm doomed. And then to add to the level of competition, George does remark he will beat Steve's time.  Playfulness at the line; yes.  Suffering on the course:indeed.  A very memorable event at the Warnerville ITT.
A beautiful sunrise drive towards the foothills of the Sierra range.  Same drive as going toward Wards Ferry, but much warmer.  I was destined to do this time trial.  So curious about the rolling hills course, train tracks (which a passing train could lead to a full on stop), and rural community at a pleasant 85 degree morning.  Call me crazy, but very easy to get up at 4:00am, drive two hours and race for less than one hour, for this particular time trial.  I am sure glad I did.  Small friendly crowd of racers, beautiful, yet tough course, and very organized Velo Promo event.  I am not sure why, but my heart rate increased when the highway patrol officers arrived and then Rick shouting out for all of us to line up, the real excitement began.
It starts off with Bruce calling the time using his hand/fingers for the final 5 seconds with Rick holding onto our bikes.  An elaborate course marshal venue; at the turns, narrow bridge, train tracks and turn around point. Fairly smooth course with some expected bumps along the train tracks and bridge.  Very little traffic, and many rolling hills to feel the burn, work through the pain, increase the heart rate, and a lot of suffering along the 20 mile stretch.
Loved that uphill finish, so glad to see Bruce although I am sure my face did not show it.  George never caught me, only saw Steve once at the turn around and possibly once at a turn, for sure he was one fast rabbit.
Warnerville Time Trial is different from the others, I sure hope to see it on the calendar for 2009.  Or how about this?  ITT at Warnerville (in morning)and change name to Historic Barn House ITT, Criterium at Oakdale same afternoon, and then the Warnerville Road Race, the next day.  One epic year end Northern California stage race and fun for all.  And then afterward we could all go swimming at the river at Knights Ferry!
Laurie Fenech

Laurie, the winner

2008 DoneAgain RR, 45+ 4/5 report

Category: Cat 4/5 Master 45+
Place: 5th of 50
Weather: cool and Windy!!
Teammates: none in my race
Distance: 42 miles
Peninsula Velo Representation: Alejandro, Jeromy, Fred, Steve Moro, Bill Mirbach, Whitney, others??
Another Road Racing season wraps up, that was quick, seems it was just a few months ago I was planning for those March races.  I've always called Dunnigan a 40 mile criterium, no attrition and it comes down to a 50 person field sprint.  With the wind cranked up today, there was alot of attrition.  I guess it was similar to the early season race (Bariani), but not as bad.  I really liked today's race.
The race is one big 42 mile clockwise square (approx).  Start is in the "lower right".  On the westbound legs we were strung out on the center line, everyone getting hit by a wind from the right.  I think the wind was out of the NW.  So on the northbound sections we were strung out on the right side of the road, getting hit by the wind on the left.  Finally caught a well-deserved tailwind on the eastbound leg.  On the final southbound leg, we had the full effects of a tailwind, cruising at 30+ mph.
The darn finish jumped up at me again.  I had markers, big silos.  I looked right at the silos and thought, those aren't the right silos.  :-)  The next thing I saw was a marshal waving us off the main hwy for the last 1km.  I was at the back of a 20 person pack.  We had to pop over an overpass then finish the last 500m.  Just like last year, I made up alot of places going over the freeway but this year I had something left.  I closed a gap to the lead group of 6 or so.  I (ever so gradually) picked off a couple people in the last 200m and finished 5th.  Had to hang around 2.5 hrs for the results, protest and final results.  Very nice t-shirt though!!
Erik Salander, Peninsula Velo


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