Wednesday, June 9, 2010


By Bob Willcox
A truly team effort resulted in 1st and 2nd at the 55+ State RR championships in Bakersfield.  At the pre-race meeting, UCC planned to attack immediately on the 31 mile course.  Steve Horine and Rick Roberson got a 300 meter gap up the first 2 mile climb, and made the contenders chase constantly.  When those two got caught, Reed Moore and Mitch Weinstock attacked and this continued with John Wagenaar.  Paul Rodriguez and Dale Luedtke controlled the front and protected the rest of us.  By the time we got to the 4 mile climb midway through, Paul Rodriguez was off the front w/ 2 others from another team.  Bob Willcox attacked at the beginning of the climb to further soften the other teams.   Soon, the group caught up to Bob, and immediately Mike Mueller attacked alone, soon bridged up to Paul, and then left them on his own.  He stayed away the entire climb and descent, and the first 6 miles of the rollers back to the finish.  This was the key to the race, because after all the UCC  attacks, the other teams were tired and just waiting for the race to be over.  As Mike finally got pulled back in, Mitch and Mark went up to help Mike until the pack bridged up.  Mark and Mitch attacked again, and the group chased, all the while with UCC guys resting.  After coming back together Bob asked Kal if he should attack when he could get some separation and Kal said sure!  After a few more UCC attacks were caught, Bob attacked to make sure the other teams were tired by the sprint.  Bob got a good gap with over 4 miles to go and Reed soon  bridged up solo.  The two traded pulls for a few miles, then Eddie M. from Amgen bridged up and it was 4 of us out front.  Bob noticed Eddie resting up for the finale right after his first pull so Bob attacked again with 2.7 miles to go.  He got a good gap, and knowing that Reed would be fresh on Eddie's wheel, Bob kept going and pulled out a solo win.  Kal Szkalak won the field sprint for 2nd about 15 seconds later.
The quote of the day was from Mike, when he saw Bob get a quick gap - "Bob can win this" - thanks for the boost guys!  It was a phenomenal team effort as everyone put the team first and executed exactly what we planned.  Great job everyone.  I'm really proud to be part of this team and so glad I didn't let you guys down!
Master Road Race Championship  (Rank 3.0)
Masters 55+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 69952 Robert Willcox UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 42
2 54522 Kalman Szkalak UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 33
3 72880 Mike Marotta Simply Fit/Action Sports 30
4 202108 Warren Wicks Swami's Cycling Club 27
5 52251 Ricky Shorts Velo Allegro 24
6 202041 Mark Planellas Southern California Velo 21
7 126351 Steve Bernede Unattached 18
8 59572 Mark Huffman UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 15
9 55591 Mitchell Weinstock UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 12
10 204724 Steve Cahill Moonlight Velo 9
11 287584 Charlie Tatarian Canyon Velo 6
12 58847 Paul Rodriguez UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 3
13 49191 Kim Bleth Platinum Performance Cycling Team 0
14 55635 Pedro Ordaz Unattached 0
15 44197 Gary Shuey Citrus Valley Velo 0
16 247382 Richard Gentili Citrus Valley Velo 0
17 61353 Reed Moore UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 0
18 46688 Michael Mueller UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 0
19 49080 Eddie Morris Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 0
20 49110 Rino Barbagiovanni Santa Clarita Velo 0
21 14374 Bob Guglielmelli Central Coast Tire CCT 0
22 50765 Richard Roberson UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 0
23 47262 Dale Luedtke UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 0
24 47255 Michael Birditt Swami's Cycling Club 0
25 230085 Albert Shorts Velo Allegro 0
26 95649 Ken Burns Southern California Velo 0
27 61193 John Wagenaar UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 0
28 15625 Demi Hechanova Southern California Velo 0
29 269972 Fred Haim Herbalife LaGrange 0
30 46255 Alex Collins Canyon Velo 0
31 245777 Steven Borer ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 0
32 273411 Paul Anderson South Bay Wheelmen 0
33 195618 Stephen Horine UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 0
34 170892 Fernan Lozano Sho-air/Sonance 0
35 66553 John Sinz Canyon Velo 0

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