|Who will win the 55+ cat AND the 60+ cat races- 6 riders in the sprint|
|Gourley leading early chase of UCC's Collins & Wilcox|
The schedule was exactly the same as the earlier Imperial Classic so the 55/60+ racers were to be off at 9:30 am. 10 55+ racers lined up along with 6 60+ racers. Included in the 60+ racers was promoter Brian McNeese. Glad to have him out there. Brian is a stage 3 cancer survivor and very happy to be racing with us. Brian may not have the fitness of most of the field but he is going to use this race to motivate himself to get fitter.
The race was off on time. 40 minutes around the rodeo on an excellent surface. The wind being out of the S/W really came into play on the back side of the course. Riders were looking for places to hide but with 16 racers that was pretty hard.
|Gourley leads chase of Wilcox and Wagenaar-check out the hill|
The early breaks didn't work out. Half the race was done and John Wagenaar and Bob Wilcox of UCC got away. I don't know if they went together or Bob chased on but early in the break effort Bob dropped back to the pack. There were 8 1 mile laps to go and John Wagenaar decided to try and hang on. The match was on. JW vs Mike Gourley.
|John Wagenaar looks like he is on a warm down lap but is going all out|
Each lap saw the lead seesaw from 60 meters to 150 meters. With 2 laps to go the lead was small but looked like a possible win. Bob Wilcox jumped thinking of putting John out of his misery but Kal called him off thinking that the team should let Wagenaar sink or swim on his own.
|Jim Parkhurst jumps field with one lap to go-Wilcox in chase|
The pace on the last lap was strong thanks to UCC and strung out the field. According to UCC's game plan Alex Collins hit it at the 2nd to the last dogleg heading home. It was still a long way's to go but the speed got ramped up. Kal was on Alex and Mike Gourley was tucked in there somewhere. I was still on Monty but Parkhurst wandered in between Monty and myself and was dying so I had go around him and get back on Monty.
|2 meters from the line and the 55+ race is in doubt but not the 60+ race|
As you can see in the above photo with 2 meters to go Kal, Alex and Mike were lined up side by side. David Lang made an awesome sprint and was pretty close to Kal. At the line Kal threw his bike as did Alex and Mike. Mike was inches off in 3rd place but first was tough to call. It was Kal by a whisker! David won the 60+ race with Pettus 2nd and myself 3rd. Complete placing are below plus the podium pics. Great event with a lots of potential. Thanks to Imerial Valley Velo and all the volunteers, SCNCA officials, and Ralph Elliot(who else would one pick to announce). Photos are compliments of Jodie Borer and her new camera. Thank you! That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!
|Szkalak 1st-55+, Collins 2nd, & Gourley 3rd with Lang taking 1st in 60+, Pettus 2nd and McKee 3rd|
|Cattle Call Bike Rodeo (Rank 1.0)|
|2||46255||Alex Collins||UC Cyclery/JW Flooring||11|
|3||13802||Mike Gourley||Santa Clarita Velo||10|
|4||162650||Jim Parkhurst||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||9|
|5||178495||Steve Diamond||Swami's Cycling Club||8|
|6||50765||Richard Roberson||Sun Coast Velo||7|
|7||245777||Steven Borer||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||6|
|8||61193||John Wagenaar||UC Cyclery/JW Flooring||5|
|9||69952||Robert Willcox||UC Cyclery/JW Flooring||4|
|10||66553||John Sinz||Canyon Velo||3|
|Cattle Call Bike Rodeo (Rank 1.0)|
|2||219074||Leo Pettus||Paramount Racing||11|
|3||180386||John McKee||Paramount Racing||10|
|4||45763||Robert Paganini||Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA)||9|
|5||189814||Leo Longo||South Bay Wheelmen||8|
|6||223941||P Brian McNeece||Imperial Valley Velo Club||7|
|55+ Podium-Gourley 3rd, Szkalak 1st & Collins 2nd- check out the awesome bags of veggies for every pod placer|
|60+ podium- McKee 3rd, Lang 1st & Pettus 2nd- Perfect bonus gift(veg bags) for me being a veghead|