Friday, May 28, 2010


SoCal Cup Standings For 2010 as of 5/28/10
Masters 55+
Place Name License # Team Name SoCal Points
1 Kalman Szkalak 54522 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 300
2 Dale Luedtke 47262 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 246
3 Michael Birditt 47255 Swami's Cycling Club 184
4 Michael Mueller 46688 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 152
5 Alex Collins 46255 Canyon Velo 134
6 Mark Huffman 59572 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 133
7 Steve Cahill 204724 Moonlight Velo 121
8 Gary Shuey 44197 Citrus Valley Velo 107
9 Keith Ketterer 48434 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 99
10 Mark Planellas 202041 Southern California Velo 97
11 Eddie Morris 49080 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 92
12 Kim Bleth 49191 Platinum Performance Cycling Team 85
13 Victor Miera 280155 Allegiant Airlines/Pain MD' 71
14 Robert Willcox 69952 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 63
15 Ricky Shorts 52251 Velo Allegro 60
16 Mitchell Weinstock 55591 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 43
17 Rino Barbagiovanni 49110 Santa Clarita Velo 42
18 Warren Wicks 202108 Swami's Cycling Club 39
19 Mark Helvie 15760 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 38
20 Bob Guglielmelli 14374 Central Coast Tire CCT 38
21 Todd Schooler 49144 Alliance Cycling Team 36
22 Rick Swanson 34753 Radsport Cycling Team 34
23 Paul Rodriguez 58847 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 33
24 Witold Czulak 276778 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 32
25 Kenny Fuller 46765 Cycles Veloce 31
26 Wayne Stetina 34063 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 28
27 Dean Swank 215598 Bear Valley Bikes 27
28 Matt Becica 3067 Swami's Cycling Club 24
29 Rodney Malloy 107559 Velo Allegro 22
30 David Kelley 65663 Webcor/Alto Velo 21
31 Albert Shorts 230085 Velo Allegro 21
32 Dirk Cowley 7974 Velosport Racing 20
33 Jon Miller 167489 Platinum Performance Cycling Team 20
34 Henry Schnepf 70853 Team Velosport Club 20
35 Mike Marotta 72880 Simply Fit/Action Sports 20
36 Keith Laird 205255 METALMTN Cycling 18
37 Donald Denegal 93812 Major Motion Cycling Club 18
38 Thomas Reilly 155459 PAA / RE/MAX 18
39 Steven Borer 245777 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 16
40 Steve Bernede 16
41 Thomas Bain 45045 Geri Atrix 15
42 Steve Bernede 126351 Unattached 14
43 Thomas Gates 45364 Team Gran Fondo 14
44 Eric Nelson 108843 SLO Nexus Cycling Club 13
45 Gary Prideaux 47314 Lightning Velo 12
46 Larry White 37980 Team Coastal Tree Care-SGBC 12
47 Reed Moore 61353 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 12
48 Richard Keegan 142249 ironfly 10
49 Richard Roberson 50765 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 10
50 Fred Haim 269972 Herbalife LaGrange 10
51 Henry Pfister 187845 Simply Fit/Action Sports 10
52 Ken Burns 95649 Southern California Velo 10
53 Alain Levi 195876 South Bay Wheelmen 10
54 Todd Schooler 49114 10
55 Wayne Rosenkrantz 30596 Pinnaclife Racing Team 10
56 John Rubcic 48760 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 9
57 Rory O'Reilly 45744 Echelon Santa Barbara 9
58 Shannon Storrud 242162 Porcupine Cycling 8
59 Randy Drusen 287291 Judgement Velo/ TBOV 8
60 John Luke 21803 Unattached 8
61 Fred Provence 303394 San Diego Cyclo Vets 8
62 Carlos Sato 47380 Unattached 8
63 Duane Mulvaney 77005 Landis/Trek 8
64 William Tippets 125634 Unattached 8
65 Fred Nicolet 26089 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 7
66 Ronald Carlson 288193 METALMTN Cycling 7
67 Steve Bernade 126351 Unattached 7
68 Kevin Ryan 177958 Team CICLE 7
69 Peter Boberg 7
70 Peter Boberg 275439 Platinum Performance Cycling Team 7
71 Stephen Horine 195618 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 6
72 Ron Carlson 288193 METALMTN Cycling 6
73 Jack Briggs 4835 Century Road Club Association 6
74 Eugene Poyorena 177283 CA Pools/DeWalt 6
75 Daniel Rock 30251 Swami's Cycling Club 6
76 Trent MacLean 313446 Herbalife LaGrange 6
77 Thomas Doughty 45274 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 6
78 Howard Miller 49424 Paramount Racing 5
79 Richard Gentili 247382 Citrus Valley Velo 5
80 Philip Walters 257503 Encino Velo Cycling Club 5
81 John Wagenaar 61193 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 4
82 mark wisnosky 243425 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 4
83 Cynthia Sjogren 271949 Team PossAbilities Gary Fisher Subaru 4
84 Carlos Soto 47380 Unattached 4

SoCal Cup Standings For 2010
Masters 60+
Place Name License # Team Name SoCal Points
1 Bruce Steele 236498 South Bay Wheelmen 173
2 John McKee 180386 Paramount Racing 167
3 Leo Pettus 219074 Paramount Racing 145
4 George Chester 196820 LIVESTRONG Army KC / Midwest Cancer Care 144
5 Raphael Gomez 3793 Cycles Veloce 133
6 John Rubcic 48760 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 128
7 Kenny Fuller 46765 Cycles Veloce 127
8 Glenn Baldwin 45047 SLO Nexus Cycling Club 107
9 Hylton Murphy 72995 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 101
10 Michael Fleming 129293 Coates Cyclery Cycling Club 86
11 Carlos Cruz 48651 Canyon Velo 86
12 John Edwards 46547 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 60
13 Donald Kimper 195498 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 55
14 Jean Villiot 59805 CA Pools/DeWalt 52
15 James Morehouse 283640 Paramount Racing 48
16 Phillip Richards 238828 Citrus Valley Velo 44
17 Michael Barnes 220804 Horse Wines 42
18 Hans Jorgensen 222120 Canyon Velo 42
19 Loren Stephens 234791 Pinnaclife Racing Team 41
20 Richard Rodriguez 50498 Pacific Sunset Velo/Pac Sun Velo 38
21 John Diemont 71231 Webcor/Alto Velo 37
22 Philip Young 55550 PAA / RE/MAX 33
23 Robert Paganini 45763 Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 33
24 Daniel Crain 246256 Paramount Racing 32
25 Mario Seri 61278 Herbalife LaGrange 30
26 John Magnanti 71812 Unattached 29
27 Sydney Duck 58170 Paramount Racing 28
28 Richard Stahlberg 50911 Ironfly 26
29 Domenick Forte 45342 Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 26
30 William Carvin 101582 Unattached 25
31 Harold Schneider 315702 Paramount Racing 24
32 Douglas Knox 45552 Unattached 23
33 Gary DeVoss 51495 San Diego Cyclo Vets 22
34 Alan Dedman 251983 Southern California Velo 21
35 Mark Tokar 288633 Privateer 20
36 Donald Davidson 48278 Citrus Valley Velo 19
37 mike wagenbach 219942 18
38 Vicente Gomez 3794 Cycles Veloce 18
40 mick iwadare 301363 South Bay Wheelmen 15
41 Dan Lipnisky 12
42 Robert Gerdes 289101 San Diego Cyclo Vets 12
43 Karl Weber 47819 CA Pools Racing 11
44 James Ring 206266 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 10
45 George Carter 282510 Unattached 9
46 Cully White 188249 PAA / RE/MAX 9
47 Barnett Feigenbaum 48063 ironfly 9
48 Peter Kerklaan 60684 8
49 Matias Garcia 314990 Unattached 8
50 David Linden 190519 Michelob Ultra Cycling 7
51 Daniel Wulbert 46904 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 6
52 Dale Harless 57571 Cycle U 5
53 Robert Kaplan 223579 LEADERBIKE/CANARI 5
54 Sydney Duck 4
55 tim Marquez 177403 METALMTN Cycling 3

California Bicycle Racing-2010 BAR (Best All-around Racer) Series, Masters 55+

Name, Team Crit Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total

1 Dale Luedtke, UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 42 42 38 47 169
2 Kal Szkalak, UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 38 38 34 38 148
3 Ricky Shorts, Velo Allegro 36 34 28 32 130
4 Al Shorts, Velo Allegro 34 12 30 24 100
5 Howard Miller, Paramount 30 32 26 0 88
6 Witold Czulak, Amgen 0 0 42 30 72
7 Don Denegal, Major Motion 0 36 0 34 70
8 Rino Barbagiovanni, Santa Clarita Velo 22 26 20 0 68
9 Vic Viscio, Velocity 12 14 14 0 40
10 Steve Cahill, Swami's 0 0 0 36 36
11 Mark Planellas, SC Velo 0 35 0 0 35
12 Reed Moore, UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 6 0 0 26 32
13 Al Levi, SBW 0 10 18 0 28
14 Alex Collins, Canyon Velo 28 0 0 0 28
15 Thomas Reilly, PAA/ReMax 2 24 0 0 26
16 Wayne Rosenkranz, Radsport 26 0 0 0 26
17 Gregory Painter, Velocity 24 0 0 0 24
18 Rodney Malloy, Velo Allegro 0 0 22 0 22
19 Philip Walters, Encino Velo 10 0 12 0 22
20 Joe Mastro, Team Velocity 0 22 0 0 22
21 Alex Gonzalez, Velo Allegro 0 0 10 11 21
22 Craig Jones, Velo Avanti 0 20 0 0 20
23 Steven Borer, Aqua al2/SDBC 14 6 0 0 20
24 John Luke, Unattached 0 18 0 0 18
25 Richard Barron, Simple Green 18 0 0 0 18
26 Sanda Timbal, Velo Avanti 0 0 16 0 16
27 Rick Carrera, Cycles Veloce 0 16 0 0 16
28 Ken Burns, SC Velo 0 0 8 0 8
29 John Sinz, Canyon Velo 8 0 0 0 8
30 Rick Roberson, UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 4 0 0 0 4

California Bicycle Racing-2010 BAR (Best All-around Racer) Series, Masters 60+

Name, Team Crit Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total

1 Rich Stahlberg, Ironfly 38 38 42 42 160
2 John McKee, Paramount 36 32 38 36 142
3 William Carvin, Unattached 34 18 0 34 86
4 Donald Davidson, Citrus Valley Velo 32 42 0 0 74
5 Allen Kizuka, Velo Allegro 0 24 32 0 56
6 Leo Pettus, Paramount 42 0 0 0 42
7 Michael Edwards, Herbalife/La Grange 30 10 0 0 40
8 Doug Knox, Time Factory 0 0 0 38 38
9 Carlos Cruz, InCycle 0 0 36 0 36
10 Barney Feigenbaum, Ironfly 24 12 0 0 36
11 Mario Seri, Herbalife/La Grange 0 0 34 0 34
12 Sydney Duck 0 34 0 0 34
13 Doug Feist, Fog Racing 28 0 0 0 28
14 Michael O’Connor, Alliance 26 0 0 0 26
15 Phillip Richards, Citrus Valley Velo 0 22 0 0 22
16 Michael McKinney, Radsport 0 14 0 0 14

Monday, May 24, 2010


By John McKee

It's May 23rd, 2010 and its the last day of the Tour of Amgen for the top riders in the world but for 55/60+ racers in Socal its another day to compete against each other in the Brea "Old Course" Criterium. The race is produced by the Velocity team. The usual players show up minus a few here and there. I am sure that some guys were attending the T of C race. The old St. Valentine's Day Massacre use to race on this course but moved and changed its name. The new early season course is but 400 meters away on connecting streets. I think the new course is more popular so they keep the race there but Velocity needs to get their race in so they brought back the "Old Course". The course is very much like Chuck Ponitus. 4 corner rectangle with a slight rise on the far side of the course and slightly downhill toward the start finish line. The ends of the course are fairly short but for this race the bottom leg between turn 1 and 2 was into the wind.
The temp was a little cool considering its late May and the race was to start at 8:45 am. Our field wasn't too bad at 30 considering the women 1/2s had 4. There were 3 women racing with us and 2 of them finished the race. Good for them. We want them to come back.
Our race was off. Right on time! 45 minutes of racing. It didn't take long for the real racing to start. No shadow boxing in this one. One of the riders said "You want a piece of me, A------? Come and get it!" This piece has been in quite a few movies lately but I believe it started in 1984 in "Swing Shift" with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. All about "Rosie the Riveter" and the women that occupied the defense factories like my mother and maybe some of yours as well.
The rider with the attitude was Alex Collins. Alex wasn't messing around and with 1/2 a lap into the race was off the front. Everyone was looking around at each other and scratching their heads thinking 'is this guy serious'? Well he was. Alex laid it out and pushed it as hard as he could and was going to try and go the distance. Don't think anyone has done this in a while that I can remember but Alex was out there lap after lap and starting to put in some good time on the field. UCC the strongest team in the race had 3 55s and 1 60 to work with. Most people were thinking that UCC had the most to lose by Alex being off the front so figured they should do most of the work bringing him back. They did do some work with Dale, Kal, John Rubcic and especially Richard Roberson. Wasn't sure if Richard was trying to get across the gap or help the pack bring Alex back. He was in no man's land for a while.
Mike Birditt, Steve Cahill, Larry White and Mark Planellas also did some work along with a few other riders. Alex was starting to get out of sight on the long stretches and got up to 28 seconds on the pack at the apex of the break. I think a combination of Alex tiring and the pack speeding up that the time started to come down and you could see Alex on the long stretches. This didn't necessarily mean we were going to catch him. The gap came down to 18 and then 15 seconds. Kal is very good at figuring out races and thought he could get across the gap and jumped. Steve Cahill got on his wheel and off they went. Things happened quickly in the race for a short span. 31 minutes of solo riding were coming to an end for Alex Collins.Kal and Steve made it up to Alex. Then Mike Birditt jumps thinking he can get across the short gap. He can and does so. Soon after John Rubcic and then Dale Luedtke also jump and get across the gap. This was the makings of a flying machine but they couldn't get themselves rolling right away.
Bruce Steele decided he was going to get across the gap or pull them back. Don't know which but I wasn't going to let him without myself clued to his wheel. Bruce was 5 points ahead in the Socal Cup competition in 60+ going into the race. Bruce made a nice pull and then looked around and I figured well it was my turn. I had ducked and covered wheels enough so I put in the last pull and brought us all back together. This was around 5 laps to go or less. Not sure Kal knew this because he put in a hard pull on the uphill straightaway. I was thinking damn. I just went into the wind and was winded myself and I have to put up with Kal putting the hurt on. I did hurt but Kal stopped and no one wanted to race for laps now. No team had extra guys to pull us around. Mike Birditt made a short move and Carlos Cruz went up to him but that was short lived.
With 2 laps to go Steve Borer went to the front and started pulling the group around. Thank you, Steve. With one and 1/2 laps to go Carlos Cruz tries to jump the field. Monty Pettus of Paramount was all over this as was Bruce Steele. The next half lap the 60s used this as their play time while the 55s lined up and watched with amusement. 5 60s were up front playing because no one wanted to lay it out yet.
On the back stretch was where the race was going to explode. It was 100% certain. Going up the slight uphill Steve Cahill attacked the field on the right side nearest the curb. Steve was going to try and take it from a long ways out. Dale, Kal  and JR were just waiting for the right time to strike and they happened to be on the right side of the course and nearest the curb and this moved played into their hands perfectly. The race was on. I was on Monty and Monty wanted to bring me home and accelerated faster than I did. Mike Fleming and Bruce Steele filled the hole right at turn 3. Doh! Everyone was smoking it from turn 3 to 4 because the last stretch was downhill and wasn't that long. You weren't going to make up many places if any coming home.
Dale Luedtke timed everything perfectly and came across the line with the 55+ plus win. Kal was on his wheel and looking at second but looked around to see where Mike Birditt was. Kal came across for 2nd. Mike sprinted it out with JR just for fun. Mike bested JR and placed 3rd in 55+ while John Rubcic placed 1st in 60+. JR is undefeated in bunch sprints in 60+ this year.
Alex Collins had enough left to place 4th in 55s. Gary Prideaux of Lightning Velo had his best finish yet in 55+ with a 5th place finish. Gary and I go back to the early 2000s at El Dorado when Lightning Velo and Paramount use to duke it out in the 40+ category there every Tuesday.
Monty Pettus kept the action going down the home stretch and placed 2nd in 60+. Bruce Steele smartly locked on his wheel and came across for 3rd. I had hoped to pass both Mike Fleming and Bruce after turn 4 but couldn't get Bruce. Bruce is on fire this year. He is time trialing well, climbing well, working breaks in crits and finishing well. Damn. Where is the Godfather and his henchmen when you need them? Lol.
This was a good clean hard race and was fun! I hope everyone else there did have fun as well. It was a good workout. Thanks to Velocity for the separate payout for 55s AND 60s. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe! Placings below(Possible vid might be added of the finish from one of the racers son-I will let you know if I can get ahold of it and put it in the story).


5-Gomez, R

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


By John McKee

May 16th 2010 saw the 3rd criterium in the Ontario race series. I can see a little race weariness is setting in. Happens every year. The early races tend to have bigger fields. Hope always springs eternal I guess. There were 28 racers that lined up to contest the 55/60+ race at 7:35 am and only  12 were 60+. There were a number of events this weekend so that had to play a part in a smaller then usual turnout. Most of the usual crowd was there. Monty Pettus was back from his rib injury. The promoters moved the race to the more boring 4 corner course just to give everyone a change.
The race was off and we were in store for a more animated race then we have seen in a while. Both 55s and 60s were involved in the break attempts. The earliest attempt was started by Doug Knox. Doug seems to be taking his cycling and fitness more seriously lately. He is looking better every week. I can't possible get all the members of each break attempt correct. All of the attempts picked things up a bit as far as excitement and making everyone more aware as to what was going on. UCC and SC Velo had the most riders there and both were very active in the action. I know I will miss a few guys but here are the people I remember- Ken Burns, John Edwards, Mitch Weinstock, Raphael Gomez, Ed Keck, and Steve Cahill were a few of the guys that mixed it up. The one guy that was needed to really get a break going was Kal Szkalak but Kal was marked closely.
Kal was itching to get across to a couple of the breaks but everyone was all over him. Kal was watching the breaks carefully seeing who was in the mix, who was working, etc. If he didn't think things were working out for his team, he would put the break out of its misery. The break attempts did put the pressure on Mike Birditt. Mike and his buddy Steve Cahill had to put in an extended chase to bring one of the break groups back later in the race. Carlos Cruz tried to get across to one of the break groups and I felt I couldn't let him go so I went off after him. He got close but ran out of gas. I got within 10 meters of him and stayed the distance as the pack was close on my heals. Rick Swanson was active in several chases through the race.
With 6 laps to go it all back together again. Ken Burns of SC Velo decided to make on last solo shot at glory.
Ken didn't get far away and this slowed the pace of the race way down. No one wanted to use their energy stores taking down Ken. It made the last 5 laps slow and very tactical. Dale and Kal kept an eye on Ken and made sure he wasn't that far away. Once during the last 5 laps Dale put in an effort to keep Ken at the right distance away. Ken didn't know it and he was giving it his all that he was doomed. The last lap came and no one wanted to pace the group. It was ugly as I saw it. The pace didn't pick until about half way down the back side of the course.
Doug Knox did one of his patented 500 to 600 meters solo jumps at the end of the race. John Edwards was waiting for this and tried to get on his wheel but couldn't quite make it. Doug got up to speed rather fast. Not long afterward Kal and Dale also made one of their patented last lap jumps. They made it on the outside or right side of the pack. I knew I was on the wrong side and was behind an inexperience rider which is the last thing you want in the crunch. Kal and Dale got going and everyone started to wind it up for the sprint home after the last corner although if you weren't in good position by then you weren't placing well unless you can sprint like Monty Pettus or Mike Birditt. Mike had been buried in the middle of the pack on the back stretch and made up an amazing distance with his late move.
Coming to the last corner Ken Burns was put out of his misery. Nice effort, Ken. Doug Knox though found a second wind and kept up a hard effort. The only person to beat him to the line was Dale Luedtke. Dale did one of his power finishes and is very hard to beat. Doug finished 2nd overall and won the 60+ race. Nice going. Doug will have to be taken much more seriously next time. Mike Birditt was the next rider across the line having passed many riders coming home. Mike has an incredible finish and he doesn't think he has hit his peak yet this year. Monty Pettus was the next to finish and take 2nd in 60+. Kal came across for the last podium spot in 55+ followed by Cahill, Collins, Swanson and Planellas. Carlos Cruz was the last podium finisher in 60+ at 3rd place. Good clean racing, no crashes or close calls that I know of. No pics or vid-sorry. Wifey forgot the camera. Got to be her fault right. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe! Results are below:

Mid-Season Criterium  (Rank 1.0)
Masters 55+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 47262 Dale Luedtke UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 14
2 47255 Michael Birditt Swami's Cycling Club 11
3 54522 Kalman Szkalak UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 10
4 204724 Steve Cahill Moonlight Velo 9
5 46255 Alex Collins Canyon Velo 8
6 34753 Rick Swanson Radsport Cycling Team 7
7 202041 Mark Planellas Southern California Velo 6
8 49110 Rino Barbagiovanni Santa Clarita Velo 5
9 55591 Mitchell Weinstock UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 4
10 15625 Demi Hechanova Southern California Velo 3
11 61504 Andrzej Fidelus Ranchos Cycling Club 2
12 47314 Gary Prideaux Lightning Velo 1
13 289270 Sanda Timbal Velo Avanti Cycling Team 0
14 95649 Ken Burns Southern California Velo 0

Mid-Season Criterium  (Rank 1.0)
Masters 60+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 45552 Douglas Knox Unattached 14
2 219074 Leo Pettus Paramount Racing 11
3 48651 Carlos Cruz Canyon Velo 10
4 3793 Raphael Gomez Cycles Veloce 9
5 129293 Michael Fleming Coates Cyclery Cycling Club 8
6 180386 John McKee Paramount Racing 7
7 50498 Richard Rodriguez Pacific Sunset Velo/Pac Sun Velo 6
8 45342 Domenick Forte Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 5
9 45763 Robert Paganini Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 4
10 46547 John Edwards UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 3

Monday, May 17, 2010


By John McKee

It was May 15th, 2010 and there were 3 events on the calendar. There was a lot of talk about "real men" doing the ITT and wimps doing the criterium this day. If the "real men" were doing the ITT then I assume those doing the Mt. Whitney Stage race were "real real men" since they were going to have to climb 15,000 ft over the course of their race. Well anyone that went down to do the "wimp" event in Chula Vista were in for a surprise. The course was down right hard. Plain and simple. It was more of a circuit race at 1.3 miles but it really doesn't matter what you call it other than just  hard. The course was shaped like a cooked hot dog with 2 180 turns.
The 40 minute race was to see 12 laps and probably 800 ft of climbing over the length of the race. It was like doing 24 power hill intervals. Quite a workout for wimps anyway. 16 racers showed up for the 55/60+ categories which doesn't sound like much but wasn't bad considering the cat 3 men had 11 and the 45+ race had 13. The wind at the time of the race which was slated for 12:55 pm was blowing pretty good. Mostly a cross wind at the bottom of the course. The valley at the bottom was like a wind tunnel making the 404s I was using a little dicey but manageable. The wind was slightly in your face coming toward the finish line which wasn't going to make the finish of the race any easier. The race broke down to 7 60s and 9 55s racing for one purse as a combined group but scored separately for Socal points. UCC had the most players with 3. Mark Helvie, Steve Horine and Richard Robertson. All known to be good climbers. Did UCC know something that the rest of us didn't? Mike Birditt of Swami's and Steve Cahill of Moonlight Velo were there to contest the race in 55+. Steve Borer, Mark Wisnosky and Nicolet of SDBC were also there to mix it up. Fred Provence of Cyclo Vets filled out the 55+ field. In 60+ besides myself were Don Kimper and Gary DeVoss. Both men very able climbers and Gary is showing very good form although he doesn't race with us much. Both men beat me at SLR so I knew my hands would be full. Filling out the field were sprinter Raphael Gomez of Cycles Veloce, Robert Gerdes of the Cyclo Vets, Matias Garcia riding unattached and the ageless one, Mister Robert Paganini of PAA.
The officials instructions were simple. Race for 40 minutes and go on the whistle. We started at the top of the hill and not at the finish line which was 70 meters away. Easier to start us with a straight shot at the out leg of the course. The first time down and up the course it didn't seem that hard. The finishing leg was harder for some reason. I think it was slightly steeper and with a cross headwind this leg was tough. After a couple of times around we started to feel that we were in for a pretty tough race.
Mark Helvie, Steve Cahill and Gary DeVoss were the first 3 to venture off the front. They were away for a couple of laps but didn't seem to work well together. Don't think Mark was comfortable with Steve there so decided to not give the full effort. Back together again but with a few guys starting to show some wear. Robert Gerdes was the first to fall off the pace. This event didn't fit his body type.
The UCC team tried to use its numbers to its advantage and Richard Robertson and Steve Horine would test the waters and jump it. All attempts were covered but this had a psychological effect on Mike Birditt. He didn't feel he and Steve Cahill could cover all the moves of UCC. Mark Helvie made a move after about 7 laps and he developed a gap quickly. No one tried to come across and off he went. Mark pushed himself and got far enough away after 2 more laps that everyone else in 55+ was racing for 2nd place. 60+ was still in play from the chase group which was down to 8 riders.
Mark Helvie came across the line with a well deserved victory in 55+. A minute or so later the 8 men came around the last 180 turn with a very tough finish to go after the downhill. Even before we got to the bottom Don Kimper gave it a go and jump started the group. He was quickly covered and the pack calmed down. I was on the inside near the curb and the pace had slowed down so much that I freewheeled it by Mike Birditt. I decided to launch myself right at the bottom of the hill. Out of the saddle jump. Didn't take long for 3 of the 55+ racers to come around me. One by one. Cahill, Robertson and Birditt. I kept the pressure on the pedals hoping I could hang on to the 60+ victory. Coming toward the line Robertson and Birditt passed Cahill who was tying up a bit. Mike got an advantage over Robertson and came across for 2nd place. Richard was 3rd and Steve 4th in 55+. With 50 meters to go Gary DeVoss came by me and got about a half a bike length lead on me and with my legs full of lead I couldn't respond. Gary won the 60+ category by a half a bike length. Don Kimper was 3rd in 60+. Steve Borer, Fred Nicolet and Steve Horine rounded out the chase group finishers in 55+. The ageless one Robert Paganini came across the line for 4th place in 60+. His best finish this year. Hard race for sure and this could be a good event if it doesn't match up against other popular races. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe! Full results below.
International Friendship Crit  (Rank 1.0)
Masters 55+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 15760 Mark Helvie UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 14
2 47255 Michael Birditt Swami's Cycling Club 11
3 50765 Richard Roberson UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 10
4 204724 Steve Cahill Moonlight Velo 9
5 245777 Steven Borer ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 8
6 26089 Fred Nicolet ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 7
7 195618 Stephen Horine UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 6
8 303394 Fred Provence San Diego Cyclo Vets 5
9 243425 mark wisnosky ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 4

International Friendship Crit  (Rank 1.0)
Masters 60+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 51495 Gary DeVoss San Diego Cyclo Vets 14
2 180386 John McKee Paramount Racing 11
3 195498 Donald Kimper ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 10
4 45763 Robert Paganini Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 9
5 314990 Matias Garcia Unattached 8
6 3793 Raphael Gomez Cycles Veloce 7
7 289101 Robert Gerdes San Diego Cyclo Vets 6