"You all"(My Bama roots showing through) got the scope on the background of the 2011 Paramount GP held on July 17, 2011 in the 60+ write up. The 55+ race was being sponsored by Rick Swanson who had put in some money into the Paramount 55+ race in 2009. Rick wanted to do so again in 2011 and doubled up on the amount that he would put in but he didn't want the name of the race to have his business name on it. Rick instead wanted the race in the name of his long time friend that has since pasted, Steve Hedrick. I told Rick that we could have some script written up and read by the announcer but he wanted to say a few words himself. I worked with the officials and that was no problem. In attendance was Steve's wife, Gale and his son, Carson.
|Rick Swanson talking about his friend Steve Hedrick before the "Steve Hedrick 55+ Memorial Race" at the Paramount GP|
|Malcolm Hill of Breakaway from Cancer leading the field around early in the race|
|Paul Rodiguez and Mark Helvie of UC Cyclery/JW Flooring probing early in the race|
|Early break with Malcolm Hill, Mark Helvie, Paul Rodiguez, Mike Birditt, Fred Hoblit and Bob Pellkofer|
Sherwin would say are in this group with almost all the teams represented. It didn't work. Another strong group got away in the picture just below but KK will shutdown if anyone is in the group and will not pull through unless there is some communication from the others. Swami's master plan was a bunch sprint and it looked like it was going that way but not if Kenny Fuller had anything to say about it.
|Mike Mueller, Steve Hensler, KK, Kim Bleth and Ricky Shorts(blocked out)|
|Kenny Fuller jumps from the peleton with Breakaway and Swami's responding immediately|
|Kenny Fuller jumping the field late in the race|
|Why don't you chase him|
Mike Birditt: Why don't one of you guys chase him. I'm tired.
Mike Mueller: I don't feel like chasing him either. What about you, Bob.
Bob Pellkofer: Back in the day when I raced cat 1 with Kenny we use to....
Mark Helvie: Knock it off Bob. We don't want to hear about the good old days. What are we going to do now! He is a "beast".
Kim Bleth puts his head down and pretends not to hear any of this.
Malcolm Hill: I know he is a "beast". I train with him on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Coffee Crew training ride. I am tired also. Someone has to do something or he will be gone.
Bob Pellkofer: He is over 60.
Mike Birditt: Yeah but he doesn't race like it.
After all that Mark Helvie puts his head down and charges off to pull everyone back to Kenny. He doesn't get there but sets up teammate Paul Rodiguez who comes across the gap to join Kenny. 2 strong but KK also charges off from the back of the pack with Ricky Shorts in tow. D. Asuncion of SBW made it 5. Pretty sure that KK saw Ricky "The Shadow" Shorts behind him and shut down. That made the break just Kenny and Paul. 2 laps to go and Kenny was pulling hard. All in for Kenny. Paul was pulling through as well but not quite as hard. 1 lap to go and the 2 of them were still ahead but Rick Swanson and Mike Birditt kept them close and Rino B. and Bob Wright of SCV closed them out between turn 1 and 2 of the last lap. A bunch sprint it be, my laddies!
Dale Luedtke has a long sprint and he started his from a longs ways out. Longer than usual up the inside or right side about half way between turn 3 and 4. He got clear of most everyone. Don Denegal was on his wheel but was barely hanging on. Mike Birditt was caught in the pack for a bite but broke free before the last corner and put the after burners on. Dale used that sprint of his to race for home. Dale Luedtke the SCNCA Criterium Champion! Mike Birditt 2nd and Don Denegal 3rd. Fast hard good race. The highest purse in $1,000 of any 55+ race in the country. EVER! Paid out to 14 places with a way cool event glass to go with it. Thanks to all that came out and thumbs down to those that didn't. Full results below. Photos courtesy of Jodie Borer(outstanding) except the podium pic which was taken by Scott Sharp of Paramount. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!
|Don Denegal comes in for 3rd place|
|Podium shot- Don Denegal, Dale Luedtke and Mike Birditt|
|SCNCA Masters Crit Championships (Rank 3.0)|
|1||47262||Dale Luedtke||Swami's Cycling Club||42|
|2||47255||Michael Birditt||Swami's Cycling Club||33|
|4||58847||Paul Rodriguez||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||27|
|5||52251||Ricky Shorts||Velo Allegro||24|
|6||156650||Malcolm Hill||Breakaway-UBS Elite Masters||21|
|7||18156||Craig Jones||Velo Avanti Cycling Team||18|
|8||219074||Leo Pettus||OCW/Paramount Racing||15|
|9||206734||John Huber||Velo Avanti Cycling Team||12|
|10||50532||Deogracias Asuncion||South Bay Wheelmen||9|
|11||48434||Keith Ketterer||Breakaway-UBS Elite Masters||6|
|12||16360||Fred Hoblit||Santa Clarita Velo||3|
|13||48760||John Rubcic||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|15||47652||Bob Pellkofer||FRANCO MRI Racing p/b Wins Wheels||0|
|16||15874||Steve Hensler||Team Redlands||0|
|17||15760||Mark Helvie||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|18||222764||Thomas Buescher||South Bay Wheelmen||0|
|19||61193||John Wagenaar||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|21||167489||Jon Miller||Platinum Performance Cycling Team||0|
|22||46255||Alex Collins||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|24||230085||Albert Shorts||Velo Allegro||0|
|25||46688||Michael Mueller||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|27||222523||Rick Carrera||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||0|
|28||178495||Steve Diamond||Swami's Cycling Club||0|
|29||47314||Gary Prideaux||Lightning Velo||0|
|30||49191||Kim Bleth||Swami's Cycling Club||0|
|31||61504||Andrzej Fidelus||Ranchos Cycling Club||0|
|32||277180||John Roest||Rock N' Road Cyclery||0|
|33||61353||Reed Moore||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|34||49424||Howard Miller||Paramount Racing||0|
|35||189814||Leo Longo||South Bay Wheelmen||0|
|36||9271||Pete Dern||Herbalife LaGrange||0|
|37||301372||Tom Herman||South Bay Wheelmen||0|
|39||50765||Richard Roberson||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|40||66553||John Sinz||Canyon Velo||0|
|41||23055||Reed Mayne||Swami's Cycling Club||0|
|42||50302||Richard Lee||San Diego Cyclo Vets||0|
|43||167453||Bob Estupinan||Citrus Valley Velo||0|
|44||245777||Steven Borer||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||0|
|45||49110||Rino Barbagiovanni||Santa Clarita Velo||0|
|46||46765||Kenny Fuller||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||0|
|47||126668||Joey Valdivia||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|48||238828||Phillip Richards||Citrus Valley Velo||0|
|49||177283||Eugene Poyorena||Santa Clarita Velo||0|
|50||34753||Rick Swanson||Swami's Cycling Club||0|
|52||39024||Bob Wright||Santa Clarita Velo||0|