Monday, September 13, 2010


By John McKee

Kal Szkalak won the 55+ category in Socal points for 2010. Kal had an amazing 406 points. Kal was on the super strong 55+ UCC/JW Flooring squad. UCC had 5 of the top ten placers in 55+. Dale Luedtke was 2nd and had 10 victories and in a great season. Michael Birditt made a comeback in bike racing in a big way and finished 3rd in Socal points. Mike won the SCNCA criterium championship.

SoCal Cup Standings For 2010
Masters 55+
Place Name License # Team Name SoCal Points
1 Kalman Szkalak 54522 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 406
2 Dale Luedtke 47262 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 323
3 Michael Birditt 47255 Swami's Cycling Club 250
4 Michael Mueller 46688 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 211
5 Alex Collins 46255 Canyon Velo 198
6 Mark Planellas 202041 Southern California Velo 180
7 Steve Cahill 204724 Moonlight Velo 180
8 Gary Shuey 44197 Citrus Valley Velo 154
9 Mark Huffman 59572 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 152
10 Robert Willcox 69952 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 133
11 Eddie Morris 49080 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 114
12 Kim Bleth 49191 Platinum Performance Cycling Team 110
13 Ricky Shorts 52251 Velo Allegro 107
14 Mitchell Weinstock 55591 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 100
15 Keith Ketterer 48434 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 99
16 Paul Rodriguez 58847 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 91
17 Rick Swanson 34753 Radsport Cycling Team 82
18 Victor Miera 280155 Allegiant Airlines/Pain MD' 71
19 Mike Marotta 72880 Simply Fit/Action Sports 70
20 Rino Barbagiovanni 49110 Santa Clarita Velo 69
21 Warren Wicks 202108 Swami's Cycling Club 66
22 Steve Bernede 126351 Unattached 59
23 Albert Shorts 230085 Velo Allegro 55
24 Peter Dufour 250331 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 50
25 Bob Guglielmelli 14374 Central Coast Tire CCT 48
26 Witold Czulak 276778 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 45
27 Mark Helvie 15760 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 38
28 William Tippets 125634 Unattached 36
29 Todd Schooler 49144 Alliance Cycling Team 36
30 Kenny Fuller 46765 Cycles Veloce 31
31 Karl Weber 47819 CA Pools/DeWalt 28
32 Rodney Malloy 107559 Velo Allegro 28
33 Wayne Stetina 34063 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 28
34 Dean Swank 215598 Bear Valley Bikes 27
35 Matt Becica 3067 Swami's Cycling Club 24
36 David Kelley 65663 Webcor/Alto Velo 21
37 Dirk Cowley 7974 Velosport Racing 20
38 Henry Schnepf 70853 Team Velosport Club 20
39 Jon Miller 167489 Platinum Performance Cycling Team 20
40 Ken Burns 95649 Southern California Velo 20
41 Paul McKenzie 120352 Cyclepaths/Wild Cherries Racing 20
42 Keith Laird 205255 METALMTN Cycling 18
43 Gary Prideaux 47314 Lightning Velo 18
44 Donald Denegal 93812 Major Motion Cycling Club 18
45 Thomas Reilly 155459 PAA / RE/MAX 18
46 Steven Borer 245777 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 16
47 Steve Bernede 16
48 Thomas Bain 45045 Geri Atrix 15
49 Thomas Gates 45364 Team Gran Fondo 14


By John McKee

Bruce Steele of SBW pulled out a win in the 2010 overall Socal points championship. Bruce was strong in all events especially the road races and time trials. I made a run at it but fell short in a number of events and came in 2nd. Monty Pettus also of Paramount was a strong 3rd with fewer events and 8 victories. Paramount was the strongest team in 60+ with 3 top ten placers and the most points to one team. The complete list through 49 places are below.

Pettus, Steele & McKee

SoCal Cup Standings For 2010
Masters 60+
Place Name License # Team Name SoCal Points
1 Bruce Steele 236498 South Bay Wheelmen 283
2 John McKee 180386 Paramount Racing 256
3 Leo Pettus 219074 Paramount Racing 235
4 George Chester 196820 LIVESTRONG Army KC / Midwest Cancer Care 220
5 Raphael Gomez 3793 Cycles Veloce 203
6 John Rubcic 48760 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 197
7 Kenny Fuller 46765 Cycles Veloce 169
8 James Morehouse 283640 Paramount Racing 162
9 Carlos Cruz 48651 Canyon Velo 145
10 Michael Fleming 129293 Coates Cyclery Cycling Club 143
11 Glenn Baldwin 45047 SLO Nexus Cycling Club 131
12 Donald Kimper 195498 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 130
13 Hylton Murphy 72995 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 101
14 Michael Crystal 8283 METALMTN Cycling 74
15 Jean Villiot 59805 CA Pools/DeWalt 73
16 John Edwards 46547 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 60
17 Robert Paganini 45763 Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 58
18 Richard Rodriguez 50498 Pacific Sunset Velo/Pac Sun Velo 52
19 Richard Stahlberg 50911 Ironfly 44
20 Phillip Richards 238828 Citrus Valley Velo 44
21 Michael Barnes 220804 Horse Wines 42
22 Hans Jorgensen 222120 Canyon Velo 42
23 Loren Stephens 234791 Pinnaclife Racing Team 41
24 William Carvin 101582 Unattached 41
25 Daniel Crain 246256 Paramount Racing 38
26 John Diemont 71231 Webcor/Alto Velo 37
27 Domenick Forte 45342 Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 36
28 Sydney Duck 58170 Paramount Racing 34
29 Philip Young 55550 PAA / RE/MAX 33
30 Mario Seri 61278 Herbalife LaGrange 33
31 Gary DeVoss 51495 San Diego Cyclo Vets 31
32 John Magnanti 71812 Unattached 29
33 Harold Schneider 315702 Paramount Racing 24
34 Douglas Knox 45552 Unattached 23
35 Donald Davidson 48278 Citrus Valley Velo 22
36 Alan Dedman 251983 Southern California Velo 21
37 Mark Tokar 288633 Privateer 20
38 mike wagenbach 219942 18
39 Vicente Gomez 3794 Cycles Veloce 18
40 mick iwadare 301363 South Bay Wheelmen 17
41 Joseph Wells 48252 Team WM 16
42 Cully White 188249 PAA / RE/MAX 16
44 Robert Gerdes 289101 San Diego Cyclo Vets 12
45 Dan Lipnisky 12
46 Karl Weber 47819 CA Pools/DeWalt 11
47 James Ring 206266 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 10
48 George Carter 282510 Unattached 9
49 Barnett Feigenbaum 48063 ironfly


By John McKee

It has been a long season and the 2010 Masters Socal team point championship came down to the last event. The last day and the last race of the last event. The overall points leaders had vacillated between UCC/JW Flooring and Amgen-UBS Elite Masters. The last event of the year was a new race in San Clemente. The event was called the San Clemente Criterium. Since they were new they didn't seem to know exactly what cats to put in their event. They excluded a 55/60+ race. They had their flyer up months before the event and were contacted about adding the 55s and 60s but got a polite no. As time got near the race more people contacted the promoter and I wasn't one of them and he started getting the jelly leg. He asked Eric if he could replace the Women 3/4 with 55/60+. NO! Bad news for UCC. They are of course very strong in 55+ and would have racked up many points there.
As it was there were only 2 masters races- 45+(first) and 35+(last). In the 45+ race Amgen loaded it up with all their big guns. They are unsurpassed in this category. They finished 1, 2, 3, 7, & 8. UCC pulled in what could have been an important point for 12th place. After the 45+ race UCC was ahead in the overall competition by 13 points.
Amgen only threw one racer into the last race which was the 35+ go around. Thurlow Rogers was their racer and he finished 2nd for 11 points coming up 2 points short. A win would have garnered 14 points and a overall win for their racing team.
UCC WINS! They had 2,357 to Amgen's 2,355. The results of the 2 masters races are below plus the overall points. Congratulations to all the racers at UCC/JW Flooring and Amgen as well!!

San Clemente Criterium  (Rank 1.0)
Masters 45+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 23914 Richard Meeker Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 14
2 30417 Thurlow Rogers Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 11
3 37101 John Walsh Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 10
4 48516 Douglas Pomeranz CA Pools/DeWalt 9
5 68549 Craig Miller Schroeder Iron Elite Masters 8
6 135047 Stephen Gregorios Radsport Cycling Team 7
7 156650 Malcolm Hill Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 6
8 34063 Wayne Stetina Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 5
9 38984 Roger Worthington Labor Power 4
10 47831 Brett Clare B&L Bikes 3
11 256589 Michael Reese Central Coast Tire CCT 2
12 58847 Paul Rodriguez UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 1

San Clemente Criterium  (Rank 1.0)
Masters 35+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 214693 Rudolph Napolitano Team Helen's 14
2 30417 Thurlow Rogers Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 11
3 749 Adam Livingston Team Pista Palace 10
4 78109 Jason Bausch Herbalife LaGrange 9
5 50511 Tomo Hamasaki CA Pools/DeWalt 8
6 26173 Mark Noble Franco Factory Team 7
7 55666 Chris Daggs Swami's Cycling Club 6
8 58522 Cody Hall Bicycle Haus Racing 5
9 214876 John Gabriel Sho-air/Sonance 4
10 50383 James Stark CA Pools/DeWalt 3
11 236873 Andrea Martinelli Unattached 2
12 35248 Evan Teske CIELL Cycling Inc. 1


1 UC Cyclery/JW Flooring 2357
2 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters 2355
3 CA Pools/DeWalt 1203
4 Big Orange/Cynergy Cycles 967
5 Radsport Cycling Team 839
6 Paramount Racing 794
7 Team Helen's 786
8 South Bay Wheelmen 571
9 Cycles Veloce 562
10 Sho-air/Sonance 524
11 Swami's Cycling Club 501
12 Ironfly 488
13 Canyon Velo 457
14 Pinnaclife Racing Team 415
15 Horse Wines 399
16 Southern California Velo 363
17 Back Abbey/Coates Elite Masters Team 336
18 Franco Factory Team 308
19 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 291
20 Citrus Valley Velo 276
21 Barry Lasko DDS Race Team 270
22 Herbalife LaGrange 266
23 Platinum Performance Cycling Team 260
24 Velo Allegro 254
25 Schroeder Iron / BGM Sports 243
26 Schroeder Iron Elite Masters 234
27 LIVESTRONG Army KC / Midwest Cancer Care 220
28 Bike Religion 219
29 METALMTN Cycling 210
30 TTS Racing 204
31 Allegiant Airlines/Pain MD' 201
32 SLO Nexus Cycling Club 197
33 Moonlight Velo 180
34 Fast Friday 165
35 Coates Cyclery Cycling Club 149
36 San Diego Cyclo Vets 146
37 PAA / RE/MAX 140
38 Big Orange Cycling 126
39 Team Simple Green 122
40 B&L Bikes 111

Sunday, September 12, 2010


By John McKee

It is September 12th and it's been a long season. The season started in Los Olivos at the Poor College Kids Road Race on Jan. 30th. It was especially long for myself since I did almost all the events and did do every crit in SCNCA/CBR except when I was at Natz. The season officially ended at the last CBR criterium which was their California State Championship on Sept. 12th. Some guys had already thrown in the towel for the season and that especially applied to 60+ racers. Hopefully there will be an infusion of new 60+ riders and recycled 60+ racers next year or this category will die. I know I hear a call for 65+ racing but 60+ has to be successful before you can even think of moving up. (Special note- No race pics. My wife wasn't there nor was Jodie or Kenny BZ so I have thrown in some fun photos.)
UCC rider looking for additional face time
There were a total of 30 55/60+ racers ready to rock at the familiar Dominguez Hills layout raced the traditional clockwise direction. There were 9 60s and 21 55s. The air was a bit thick and cool. Nice for racing in light arm and knee warmers or compression socks. UCC/JW Flooring had a very good group of racers in the 55+ category and were looking to sweep the podium. Velo Allegro had good numbers and were looking for a good showing by their riders and hopefully pulling home the "shirt". The BAR(Best All Around Rider) series were already locked up bar a crash by Dale Luedtke in 55+ and myself in the 60+. Paramount was looking for a sweep of the podium as well in 60+ with H doing his 2nd race of the season and Monty Pettus racing at a very high level.
The race was called off at the designated 7:35 am. UCC went to the whip right away but it wasn't Kal. Steve Horine got it going right out of the blocks. Every one kind of looked at the "other" person to chase and before you knew it there were 3 guys gone. Mark Helvie joined Steve along with Richard "Visor Helmet" Barron. Richard has been racing for a long time with a visor helmet. Not sure why. The 3 got it going pretty good. Mark was kind of under the radar because he doesn't race with us much but is a strong rider. He specializes in climbing and long distance races. Al "The Enforcer" Shorts, Michael Birditt and a few others started to pull at the break group and got within a reasonable distance. Mike didn't want to close them out. He wanted like a tour stage where the "break" was kept off the front until near the end of the race. VA pulled some more and the 3 guys were pretty close. Kal decided to jump across. If he could make it, then he could supercharge the break and if not the group could be put out of their misery which of course included 2 of his teammates.
60+ racer after a hard session at a CBR criterium
Kal's move brought the race together and the race was now half over.
Not much happened for a while until the BAR point prime came up. Now BAR points only go to CBR license holders but Michael Birditt had been a prime killer for most of the season at the CBR races and eventhough he doesn't have a license he couldn't help himself and went for first. He held off Rod Mallory but Rod got the points anyway. Here is where UCC made a brilliant move. Maybe that's over stating the case a little but Mike was the major thorn in their side in their quest for domination of the pod which of course included the "shirt". Paul Rodiguez countered off of Mike's sprint and was quickly joined by Mark Helvie. Ricky Shorts saw the move and used that great snap in his legs and separated himself from the pack and joined the UCC twosome. Mike Birditt was still winded from his prime sprint and let the riders go. It was 2 UCC guys and one VA guy. They worked together for a while but the UCC guys were plotting against Ricky. The strategy worked great for Paul and Mark because VA couldn't chase with Ricky with them but after Ricky took a hard pull Paul attacked him and took Mark with him. Ricky was left holding the bag so to speak. At the bottom of the course we could see Ricky waving at us trying to get everyone to start the chase before he even got caught. The time for the race was counting down..15 minutes...12 minutes.
I saw Dale and Kal conferring. They were trying to develop some strategy to get themselves away and maybe join their teammates Paul and Mark. With less then 5 laps to go Kal made a solo move and Dale got right on it. The 2 started working together although they were quiet a ways behind the 2 leaders. They developed a little gap and Al Shorts got on pulling at them. H the phantom Paramount racer was right on his wheel and I was behind H. Al flicked his arm and H pulled through but for a short pull and then it was my turn. I decided to go for it and jumped across the gap to Dale and Kal. No one was on me. I didn't work in with them because at first I was tired from coming across. Dale and Kal don't like riders to just sit on them. With VA behind and the pack  pretty close  D & K threw in the towel.
55/60+ racer after the last race of the season
Paul and Mark were home free to figure out the state championship any way they wished. They decided that Paul would win the jersey and win he did. Mark Helvie was 2nd. Now the field sprint for the last pod spot in 55+ and all the pod spots for 60+ were to come. The last lap came and the jockeying was a plenty. I seemed to get buried in some 55+ guys on the down stretch. I couldn't see Monty, H, or Carlos Cruz and I knew I had to be near them to have a chance at the podium. On the down leg Kal jumped on the outside and things heated up. Coming up the hill Mike Birditt took the lead with Dale on his wheel. Mike took Dale to the last corner and then Dale went to the whip and with the sprint Dale has, it was a UCC pod sweep in 55+.
In 60+ Monty Pettus got himself in good position with H and Carlos fairly close. Going up the hill I had to pass some slower 55s because I was buried. Coming around the corner I could see H and Carlos but couldn't see Monty. Monty clearly won the 60+ state championship and was the 3rd racer in the bunch sprint.
The 2nd racer in the bunch was Don Denegal and was placed 4th in 55+. After Monty it was Ricky Shorts, Howard Miller, and Rod Mallory. Those 3 were 55+. Then H followed closely by Carlos Cruz. I made a run at both of them and was gaining and tried to throw my bike and catch Carlos for 3rd but he clearly was ahead as I saw on Chris's awesome video review system. Paramount ended up 1, 2 and 4 in 60+. Not a sweep like UCC but pretty good none the less.
Wish I had podium pics but don't. Good hard safe race. The 50+ race afterward was fast and fun and Mike Birditt won the field sprint there over Dale for the last podium spot. I was the highest placed 60+ racer and the first time I have placed ahead of Monty in a flat crit in years. I think he ran out of steam.
I will have more about the season in later blog reports. Full placings below. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!

55+ Placings

5-Shorts, R
9-Wayne R

60+ Placings