It's Sunday and Father's Day. Most of the 55/60+ racers don't have their father around any more but most are dads themselves so a early start was appreciated at the 2011 San Pedro Grand Prix. Not as early as usual but 9:35 am sounded pretty good. Unfortunately the area for the course of the SPGP has lots of parked cars and unaware folk. There were parked cars on the course that had to be towed away before the event could start and stack that with a pile up in the cat 4 race that stopped that race and we added 30 minutes to the start time.
UC Cyclery/JW Flooring came in with a lot of same day entries including president, Joey Valdiva. Pre reg Mike Marotta decided to forgo the SPGP to race the high point value ultra race in Lone Pine. For not seeming to understand the point system he sure caught on fast. His decision would move him into 1st place in 60+ for Socal Cup points.
It looked like a titanic battle shaping up between Swami's and UCC in 55+. Santa Clarita Velo had a limited crew of 2. In 60+ John Rubcic of UCC was there and looking fit. The Paramount duo of Pettus/McKee was there. This was Monty 1st shot at this course but I had done the race every time since it was brought back several years ago and won the 60+ cat in 2008. Fred Nicolet and Don Kimper of SDBC were there to add to the depth of the 60+ field.
|Mike Birditt on a flyer after the MBGP prime-All pics from Jodie Borer|
|Tom Reilly, Mike Birditt & Paul Rodiguez- Steve Hensler in chase|
The next action was started by Mike Mueller and Gary Shuey jumped aboard quickly as you can see in the picture. Check out the faces of the 2 riders. They are really digging deep to get away. At some point
|Mike Mueller jumps away with Gary Shuey in close pursuit|
|Mike Mueller leading off the winning break|
|Gary Shuey in chase of Mike Mueller|
|Tom Reilly joins Gary Shuey and Mike Mueller- You can still see the supreme effort being put in on their faces|
|The block was on from Swami's and UCC and the pace slowed way down|
After a couple of laps Tom Reilly fell off the pace set by Mike Mueller. Gary was hanging in there. Malcolm Hill started a mini chase but didn't follow through and I know he could have. It was pretty much up to the strong solo riders like Steve Cahill, Steve Bernede and Steve Hensler all riding without a teammate to pull through and chase Mike and Gary.
|Mike still pressing the pace with Gary hanging on and Tom tiring|
|Malcolm Hill leading a chase|
|Malcolm turning off the chase- no solo rider pulls through- UCC/Swami's/SC Velo won't|
|Mike Mueller winner of the 55+ category|
Back in the pack the pace was slow. Fred Hoblit, Steve Cahill and Paul Rodiguez jumped away within the last few laps. Mike Birditt and Malcolm Hill were marking each other and let this go. No one else chased.
On the last lap the pack hadn't reved it up until arrival at the top of the hill. About this time a car comes out of no where and gets between the threesome ahead and Mike Birditt who was leading the chase. I had been on John Rubcic's wheel but kind of freaked out and lost my focus. Fred Nicolet took a chance and jumped into the gutter and hit it. Birditt was almost drafting on the car. The driver didn't know what to do but finally pulled over to the right. Dumb shit.
From there to the last turn was a blur. I ended up on the outside of Tom Reilly's wheel going around the last downhill 180. I had been taking the turn well picking up spots each time. Braking early and then letting it go and taking it a little wider and faster than most. Tom locked up his bike and took it way wide and I had no choose but to stay outside him. 10 riders or more jumped inside me. My race was over.
|Paul Rodiguez leading in the chase threesome|
|Field sprint won by Malcolm Hill- You can see John Rubcic in the middle with his head down- John won the 60+|
|Clint and Jim Morehouse- 1971- Inglewood|
|John and Jack McKee- 1947- Long Beach|
|Paul Rodiguez-3rd, Mike Mueller-1st, Gary Shuey-2nd|
|Monty Pettus-3rd, John Rubcic-1st, Fred Nicolet-2nd|
|San Pedro Grand Prix (Rank 1.0)|
|1||46688||Michael Mueller||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||14|
|2||44197||Gary Shuey||Swami's Cycling Club||11|
|3||58847||Paul Rodriguez||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||10|
|4||204724||Steve Cahill||Celo Pacific||9|
|5||16360||Fred Hoblit||Santa Clarita Velo||8|
|6||156650||Malcolm Hill||Breakaway-UBS Elite Masters||7|
|7||47262||Dale Luedtke||Swami's Cycling Club||6|
|8||47255||Michael Birditt||Swami's Cycling Club||5|
|10||15874||Steve Hensler||Team Redlands||3|
|12||61193||john wagenaar||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||1|
|13||155459||Thomas Reilly||Santa Clarita Velo||0|
|14||206734||John Huber||Velo Avanti Cycling Team||0|
|15||49424||howard miller||Paramount Racing||0|
|16||126351||Steve Bernede||Team Werks||0|
|17||301372||Tom Herman||South Bay Wheelmen||0|
|18||245777||Steven Borer||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||0|
|19||47314||gary prideaux||Lightning Velo||0|
|20||34753||Rick Swanson||Swami's Cycling Club||0|
|21||178495||Steve Diamond||Swami's Cycling Club||0|
|22||222764||thomas buescher||South Bay Wheelmen||0|
|23||167453||bernard estupinan||Citrus Valley Velo||0|
|San Pedro Grand Prix (Rank 1.0)|
|1||48760||John Rubcic||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||14|
|2||26089||Fred Nicolet||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||11|
|3||219074||Leo Pettus||Paramount Racing||10|
|4||3793||Raphael Gomez||Rage Cycling||9|
|5||180386||John McKee||Paramount Racing||8|
|6||195498||Donald Kimper||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||7|
|7||188249||Cully White||Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA)||6|
|8||238828||Phillip Richards||Citrus Valley Velo||5|
|9||170779||Edgardo Potes||Bike Palace||4|
|12||61278||Mario Seri||Herbalife LaGrange||1|