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

Photos


LA Track World Cup Coverage by locals

Photos by Steve Ryan.

Photos by Ted Burns.

Photos by Matias Elgart. 

Photos by Rob Evans

More photos by Rob Evans.

Latest reportage on Proman blog.


What's Jeremy up to?

Ran into a very proud father, Curt Ferguson, on Alpine Road today (on his twenty five mile commute on a fixie!) and he told me his son, Jeremy Ferguson, of Rocklin, CA, was invited to Geoff Proctor's Eurocross Camp 2007.  Follow some of his exploits here.


A little NorCal road trip to the ADT Ladies Only Track Session

Hanan Alves-Hyde was kind enough to share some insights and photos from her and her co-conspirators about their recent trip to Los Angeles.  Thanks Hanan!

Details on the sessions at ADT/Encino:

ADT Ladies Only Track Session (LOTS): http://www.lavelodrome.org/Events/LadiesDay/LadiesDay.htm
ADT Accelerated Class:  http://www.lavelodrome.org/Training/AcceleratedClass.htm
ADT Training Races: http://www.lavelodrome.org/Races/ADTTrainingRaces.pdf
Encino Velodrome Winter Challenge:  http://encinovelo.org/

Photos:

Karla Kingsley:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/65559483@N00/sets/72157603431067654
Hanan Alves-Hyde:  http://picasaweb.google.com/hananrabia/ADTDec07
Sabine Dukes: http://www.pbase.com/sdukes/encino_07

Alicia:http://www.flickr.com/photos/8184265@N04/archives/date-taken/2008/01/14/

Reports:

Hanan Alves-Hyde:  http://hananrabia.blogspot.com/2007/12/adtencino-2007.html
Sabine Dukes:  http://velobellababble.blogspot.com/2007_12_01_archive.html

Beth Newell, part uno:

http://bethbikes.blogspot.com/2007/12/la-or-bust.html

Beth Newell, Part deux:

http://bethbikes.blogspot.com/2008/01/some-old-pictures-from-la.html

I went about three years ago, but for some reason they didn't let me do the LOT session so I had to ride with a bunch of stinky guys so it wasn't nearly as much fun as Hanan, Sabine, Karla, Jen, Beth and Alicia had this past weekend:

http://www.juniorvelo.com/index.php?p=146


Richest Track Race in the US

One 100K scratch race.

Report by Michael Hernandez - Rock Lobster, VOS, Swobo http://groups.google.com/group/ncva/msg/8c7204893e9afebe

Photos ( or it didn't happen) by Sabine Dukes - Velo Bella/Kona

http://www.pbase.com/sdukes/encino_07


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