It was one busy weekend for racing in 55+ and up. No doubt about that. The last race of the weekend was the 55/60+ race at the Cyclo Vets 2012 Spring Classic Criterium. Sho Air/Rock N Road, UC Cyclery and Spy/Swami's were loaded for bear in 55+. UC Cyclery had their ace 60+ racer in John Rubcic and Paramount's duo of Monty Pettus and myself had John in our sights. It looked to be a hard fun race and I can tell you that it didn't disappoint. There is no way I can recall everything that happened in this race or even knew. I got summary write ups from Mark Hoffenberg and Mike Birditt. Were they writing about the same race?? Lol.
|Mike Birditt a little frustrated that Dan Nicolette wouldn't "Roll It" with him but he was working for Mark Hoffenberg|
|Mike Birditt explaining to Mark Hoffenberg that he wasn't going for Socal Cup in 2012|
|Bob Pellkofer and Kal Szkalak are off the front|
|I don't often chase in 55/60+ races but I had a job to do and needed to get to my teammate and help him if I could|
The small break group didn't include Spy/Swami's again and it was late in the race. Panic attack for Spy/Swami's. Was there going to be a race that they didn't get on the podium? Mike Birditt tried to get across solo. He got part the way there and decided to hold off. Sho Air saw Birditt off and Dan Nicolette gathered up Hoffy and off they went. They came around turn one there was Mike dangling and waiting. The chase group was together. Daniel Yeager and Steve Diamond of Spy/Swami's came to the front to try and help their team pull back the break. Mike Birditt recovered a little and took another pull. The break group must have not been working that well together because it was all back together again.
Less than 5 laps to go and all the riders are there. Some fresher than others but all were showing the effects of a hard race except for Mr. Pellkofer. Friggin' energizer bunny. Going to the last corner inside 3 laps to go and Hoffy accelerates a bit and Pelky springs off of this solo. Pelky goes "all in" now. He is going to try and take it to the finish. No can or will chase Bob down. Bob Pellkofer takes it to the house! Nice win for the most active rider in the race. Well deserved win.
The mere mortals are hammering it out trying to get position for the finish sprint. The 60+ race was still in doubt. On the back stretch I could see Monty was in good position compared to John Rubcic and in the pack there wasn't anything I could do to help him and told Monty so.
Mike Birditt was tired but starting picking off riders moving toward the front coming to the last corner. Coming into the corner Mike got to the front and was in the lead except for Pelky. Kal, Hoffy and Dale wanted Mike wheel after coming around the last corner. Mark got it and came around Mike for 2nd place. Mike finished 3rd. Dale came around Kal for 4th and Kal took 5th.
In 60+ action Monty felt he was in good position at the last corner but John Rubcic ever the smart racer took a sharp turn and came in toward the line along the curb and got a clear lane to sprint in. Monty had some 55+ riders ahead of him and couldn't quite give it his all. Rubcic 1st for the win and Pettus 2nd. I was following Don Kimper at the last corner and he was a bike length ahead of me. I closed the gap coming to the line but Don got the last podium spot by half a wheel. Good race for Don. I was followed in for 60+ by Steve Borer, Jim Swigart and Bruce Steele.
This was the most active race we have seen this year. Sho Air really has the goods. Hard race and fun!
Complete results below the 60+ podium picture. No 55+ pod pic exists that I know of. Nice vid by Alicia McKee below taken on the I Pad 2. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!
|A 55+ pod showed up- Birditt 3, Pellkofer 1, & Hoffenberg 2|
|Spring Classic 60+ podium- Kimper 3, Rubcic 1, Pettus 2. Ralph Elliot looking on|
|Spring Classic Criterium (Rank 1.0)|
|1||47652||Bob Pellkofer||Sho-air/Rock 'n Road||14|
|2||45461||Mark Hoffenberg||Sho-air/Rock 'n Road||11|
|3||47255||Michael Birditt||Spy-Swami's Cycling Team||10|
|4||47262||Dale Luedtke||Spy-Swami's Cycling Team||9|
|5||54522||Kalman Szkalak||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||8|
|6||58847||Paul Rodriguez||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||7|
|8||125061||Michael Hines||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||5|
|9||204724||Steve Cahill||Celo Pacific||4|
|10||178495||Steve Diamond||Spy-Swami's Cycling Team||3|
|11||177591||Kenneth Caldera||CA Pools /CFS Mortgage||2|
|12||203308||Daniel Yeager||Spy-Swami's Cycling Team||1|
|13||61353||Reed Moore||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|14||50765||Richard Roberson||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|15||225555||Michael Holcomb||San Diego Cyclo Vets||0|
|Spring Classic Criterium (Rank 1.0)|
|1||48760||John Rubcic||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||14|
|2||219074||Leo Pettus||Paramount Racing||11|
|3||195498||Donald Kimper||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||10|
|4||180386||John McKee||Paramount Racing||9|
|5||245777||Steven Borer||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||8|
|6||228631||James Swigart||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||7|
|7||236498||Bruce Steele||South Bay Wheelmen||6|
|8||51026||Theodore Lee||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||5|
|9||180041||Angela Wimberly||CALCOAST Bikes San Diego||4|
|10||206266||James Ring||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||3|