Wednesday, July 20, 2011


By John McKee

"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
After the short presentation the racers were off. Over 50 strong. The 55+ field was near as strong as any other during the day. The race was going to be probed by Breakaway from Cancer and UC Cyclery/JW Flooring. Swami's was looking to contain all the moves and set up a bunch sprint for "on form" Mike Birditt and Dale Luedtke. Dale's form was unsure after a medical problem 9 days before but he was feeling good and ready for the race.
Malcolm Hill of Breakaway from Cancer leading the field around early in the race
Keith Ketterer and Malcolm Hill of Breakaway from Cancer were active early as was Paul Rodiguez, Mike Mueller and Mark Helvie of UC Cyclery/JW Flooring. Swami's was using Kim Bleth, Rick Swanson, Mike Birditt and Gary Shuey to counter and control the race. Early on Gary broke his chain and he was out of the race. Velo Allegro and Santa Clarita Velo were also looking to get into the action. Kenny Fuller was there for his second race and definitely was looking to get in a breakaway.
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
None of the breaks lasted long even the one you see above. It looks like the "Heads of State" as Paul
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 was very active late in the race and very serious about finishing it off in a break. The break you see above was covered quickly so Kenny goes again but even later in the race. Within the last 5 laps.
Kenny Fuller jumping the field late in the race
Why don't you chase him
 I can just hear what these guys were saying:

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)
Masters 55+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 47262 Dale Luedtke Swami's Cycling Club 42
2 47255 Michael Birditt Swami's Cycling Club 33
3 93812 Donald Denegal 30
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
14 107559 Rodney Malloy 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
20 50911 Richard Stahlberg Ironfly 0
21 167489 Jon Miller Platinum Performance Cycling Team 0
22 46255 Alex Collins UC Cyclery/JW Floors 0
23 174212 Brian Carrico PAA/REMAX 0
24 230085 Albert Shorts Velo Allegro 0
25 46688 Michael Mueller UC Cyclery/JW Floors 0
26 52086 Cyril Hunte 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
38 187428 Michael Evans 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
51 101582 William Carvin 0
52 39024 Bob Wright Santa Clarita Velo 0

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