Wednesday, February 22, 2012


By John McKee

It's Sunday Feb. 19th, 2012 and time for the 2nd CBR event. CBR was moving the event over to the Carson course. Slightly different than the standard Paramount course but similar. The power climb on the 3rd leg is slightly harder. The first race this year saw the largest 55/60+ in the history of CBR at 66 riders. I expected a smaller field but wasn't sure what it would be. Swami's, UC Cyclery and Santa Clarita Velo were not targeting the event with a full squad. Velo Allegro and Sho Air/Rock N Road were there with near full squads. Sho Air doesn't have the numbers of VA but all of their riders are young and very strong. Near 55 lined up this time with 50 of the riders finishing. The weather was cool but not near as cold as it can be this time of year. Overcast and a little gloomy. The average temp during the race was 57.5.
Sho Air/Rock N Road's Murders Row- Hoffenberg, Nicolette and Schnepf
Many of us had raced the day before in Imperial Valley but VA and Sho Air were a no show and would be fresh. Sho Air was itching to bring it so to speak but really got reved up when Mark Hoffenberg heard that Mike Birditt wouldn't be there. Racers have their ebbs and flows and early this season the 2 hottest riders were Mark and Mike. Ricky Shorts has shown great form at the track but hasn't been able to bring that form to the road. His team also isn't clicking on all cylinders as far as support. Was this to be a lopsided affair? You never know until you put the needle on the record and see which song plays out. In 60+ action Monty Pettus of Paramount was certainly the favorite with 3 wins this year including the 1st CBR race. Mike Marotta of Spy-Swami's has been building his form slowly this year and this would be his 3rd race. I am always in for a criterium race and had one win, 2 2nd and 2 3rd this year. I was 3rd to Mike and Monty in the last CBR race. H of Simple Green was doing his first race of the year and is a dangerous racer. Richard Stahlberg was also there for a pretty strong 60+ field. The 60+ fields have been lacking in numbers this year.
The race started on time at 8:15 am and everyone was to race for 40 minutes though all the races so far this year have fallen a minute or two short. The race director's way of making up time and keeping on schedule. The racers were given the signal to go and off we went. Sho Air went to the whip right away. The pace was very upbeat and it didn't take long for 4 riders including Mark Hoffenberg, Doug Knox, Ricky Shorts and one other Sho Air rider. The group got a small gap but it was closed after a couple of laps.
Mark's thinking was to keep attacking and catch everyone breathing hard from a chase and get a quick gap. Mark kicked it in again and again. The fourth time he and his teammate Dan Nicolette went and took Bruce Hartley of Pinnaclife with them. Monty Pettus almost caught on but got gapped on the power climb. The threesome maintained a short gap and 2 other riders tried to get across. Henry Schnepf of Sho Air was one of them and was escorted half the way there and then had to close the remainder of the gap by himself which he did. Yikes! 3 riders from one team in a 4 rider break. Henry was still a little gassed and pulled for a while to keep things moving and then dropped off  and went back to the peleton. This was the only mistake that I saw Sho Air make the entire day that I could see if you could call that a mistake. A one, two, three finish would have been way awesome!
Velo Allegro had their full complement of riders and initially let things slide with the 3 person break which was a definite mistake but Ricky was tired from his first effort at a break and Al Shorts did what he could but after a bit it got mellow in the peleton. The pace was good but not enough to catch the breakers. The distance seemed to be about the same through the race as we could see the breakers at least half the time when we would turn a corner. As the race went on things got a little more desperate for VA. Short pulls were taken by all the team members and even Ricky lent a hand. It seemed like we were getting a little closer but when it got down to 5 laps to go it seemed quite apparent that we weren't catching Mark, Dan and Bruce.
It got down to 2 laps to go and up front the Sho Air guys decided to work Bruce Hartley over. They noticed his pulls were getting shorter and weaker and wondered whether he was saving for the finish. They challenged him on the power climb and were able to drop him. What bums but that is racing. Lol.
In the pack I got on Ricky Shorts thinking this was a good wheel. I had been following Mike Marotta around all day but lost his wheel and went to Ricky certainly thinking Velo Allegro would line up for his finish. Not!
Up front Mark and Dan came across the line together with Dan giving the win to Mark so he could build Socal Cup points against Mike Birditt and the rest of the 55+ field. Hoffenberg 1st and Nicolette 2nd. Bruce Hartley was cruelly left to fend for himself and fought like a junk yard dog. He barely hung on but did for a well deserved 3rd place finish.
Back in the pack it was chaotic for sure. Spy-Swami's Dale Luedtke was moving up. Monty Pettus had got himself in good position and I was sitting on Ricky who was content to sit in the middle of the pack. Nelson Alaan was coming up the left side of the pack where he likes to make a charge for home from just below the hill on the outside. After turn 3 it really got chaotic and riders were out of the saddle trying to get themselves set up for the final sprint for the finish line. Monty Pettus was 3rd wheel coming around the last corner and with his sprint right where he wanted to be. Monty jumped it and smoked everyone for the 4th person to finish and the 1st 60+ racer for the win. Monty was followed in by Nelson Alaan, Dale Luedtke, Mike Marotta(2nd in 60+), Ricky Shorts(he finally got going), Henry Schnepf, Don Denegal, H(3rd in 60+) and Al Shorts. I came in for the 4th spot in 60+(I felt 100% better than the day before when I had nothing at 100 meters to go. I had reserves at the end of the CBR race would have liked to have had a run at Mike and H. Monty..I don't think so. Lol. He is riding so well) and Rich Stahlberg rolled across for 5th.
The average speed for the breakers was 25.2 mph while the pack came in at 25 even. The first race was at 25.0 as well. Mark showed 273 watts for his effort in the race which is up there. 20 more than at Roger Millikan for him but he sat in there most of the race. All in all it was a good race with a good size field. Full results and up to date Socal Cup point totals are below. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!

CBR # 2 winners- Hoffenberg- 55+ and Pettus- 60+
SoCal Cup Crit Series 2  (Rank 1.0)
Masters 55+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 45461 Mark Hoffenberg Sho-air/Rock 'n Road 14
2 26090 Daniel Nicolette Sho-air/Rock 'n Road 11
3 45431 Bruce Hartley Pinnaclife Racing Team 10
4 64439 Nelson Alaan Cal-Pacific Export Packers / LV 9
5 47262 Dale Luedtke Spy-Swami's Cycling Team 8
6 52251 Ricky Shorts Velo Allegro 7
7 70853 Henry Schnepf Sho-air/Rock 'n Road 6
8 93812 Donald Denegal Velo Allegro 5
9 230085 Albert Shorts Velo Allegro 4
10 52086 Cyril Hunte
11 21803 John Luke Santa Clarita Velo 2
12 49110 Rino Barbagiovanni Santa Clarita Velo 1
13 187252 John Velez Velo Club LaGrange 0
14 46255 Alex Collins UC Cyclery/JW Floors 0
Ed Kurzenski
16 18156 Craig Jones Velo Avanti Cycling Team 0
17 151059 Joseph Mastro Team Simple Green/Bike Religion 0
18 95649 Ken Burns Southern California Velo 0
19 126668 Joey Valdivia UC Cyclery/JW Floors 0
20 178495 Steve Diamond Spy-Swami's Cycling Team 0
21 187428 Michael Evans
22 25023 Jeffrey Moreton PAA/REMAX 0
23 266002 Laszlo Lukacs
24 155459 Thomas Reilly Santa Clarita Velo 0
25 49410 Michael Gilb High Desert Bicycles Team 0
26 167453 Bob Estupinan Citrus Valley Velo 0
27 277180 John Roest Team CF-Club 0
28 61353 Reed Moore UC Cyclery/JW Floors 0
29 45582 Cleaveran Law Cal-Pacific Export Packers / LV 0
30 271566 Alex Gonzalez Velo Allegro 0
31 6082 Ben Cardenas CarreraPromo/Competitive Edge 0
32 148853 Dale Raymond Southern California Velo 0
33 110259 Lee Romans Velo Allegro 0
34 202041 Mark Planellas Southern California Velo 0
SoCal Cup Crit Series 2  (Rank 1.0)
Masters 60+
Place License Name Team SoCal Points
1 219074 Leo Pettus Paramount Racing 14
2 72880 Mike Marotta Swami's Cycling Club 11
H Schneider
4 180386 John McKee Paramount Racing 9
5 50911 Richard Stahlberg Ironfly 8
6 245777 Steven Borer UC Cyclery/JW Floors 7
7 129293 Michael Fleming South Bay Wheelmen 6
8 195498 Donald Kimper UC Cyclery/JW Floors 5
9 101582 William Carvin
10 243425 mark wisnosky ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 3
11 61278 Mario Seri Velo Club LaGrange 2
12 203244 Cary Alpert South Bay Wheelmen 1
13 50406 Michael Edwards Velo Club LaGrange 0
14 301363 Mick Iwadare South Bay Wheelmen 0
15 45763 Robert Paganini Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 0
16 266647 Allen Kizuka Velo Allegro 0

SoCal Cup Standings For 2012
Masters 60+
Place Name License # Team Name SoCal Points
1 John McKee 180386 Paramount Racing 84
2 Leo Pettus 219074 Paramount Racing 79
3 Donald Kimper 195498 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 65
4 Steven Borer 245777 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 53
5 john wagenaar 61193 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 51
6 Howard Miller 49424 Paramount Racing 47
7 Steve Bernede 126351 Team Werks 42
8 Fred Nicolet 26089 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 36
9 jean villiot 59805 CA Pools /CFS Mortgage 35
10 Michael Fleming 129293 South Bay Wheelmen 31
11 Donald Davidson 48278 Citrus Valley Velo 30
12 Jon Miller 167489 Platinum Performance Cycling Team 28
13 Kenny Fuller 46765 Team Simple Green/Bike Religion 28
14 James Swigart 228631 ACQUA AL 2/SDBC 27
15 Richard Stahlberg 50911 Ironfly 27
16 Mike Marotta 72880 Swami's Cycling Club 22
17 Glenn Baldwin 45047 SLO Nexus-Gym One 20
18 mario seri 61278 Velo Club LaGrange 15
19 Robert Paganini 45763 Pasadena Athletic Assoc (PAA) 14
20 John Rubcic 48760 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 14
21 Edgardo Potes 170779 Bike Palace 12
22 cary alpert 203244 South Bay Wheelmen 12

SoCal Cup Standings For 2012
Masters 55+
Place Name License # Team Name SoCal Points
1 Mark Hoffenberg 45461 Sho-air/Rock 'n Road 109
2 Michael Birditt 47255 Spy-Swami's Cycling Team 96
3 Daniel Nicolette 26090 Sho-air/Rock 'n Road 45
4 mark huffman 59572 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 44
5 Michael Mueller 46688 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 34
6 Steve Cahill 204724 Celo Pacific 32
7 Dale Luedtke 47262 Spy-Swami's Cycling Team 27
8 Nelson Alaan 64439 Cal-Pacific Export Packers / LV 25
9 Alex Collins 46255 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 24
10 Bob Pellkofer 47652 Sho-air/Rock 'n Road 24
11 Chuck Thompson 193819 Polli Veloce 23
12 Albert Shorts 230085 Velo Allegro 23
13 Henry Schnepf 70853 Sho-air/Rock 'n Road 21
14 Steve Hensler 15874 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 21
15 John Luke 21803 Santa Clarita Velo 20
16 Paul Rodriguez 58847 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 19
17 Ricky Shorts 52251 Velo Allegro 19
18 Cyril Hunte 52086
19 Bruce Hartley 45431 Pinnaclife Racing Team 18
20 Fred Hoblit 16360 Santa Clarita Velo 17
21 Robert Willcox 69952 UC Cyclery/JW Floors 17

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