April 15th, 2012 and time for CBR # 4 at the Carson course. The Carson course is very similar to the Paramount course on the other side of Wilmington but a little more difficult. The power climb between turn 3 and 4 is slightly harder. The turnout of 55/60+ racers was 48(finishers counted only) compared to #1-63, #2 -50, #3 -57. Good turnout but you can see some trending downward. Many of the fields are seeing this. Midseason slump. We see this every year.
The weather was good for the scheduled start time of 8:15 am. Mid 50s. The teams for 55+ looked strong for the most part and the competition was expected to be high. Sho Air, Spy/Swami, Santa Clarita Velo, and Velo Allegro would seem to be the leading teams but UC Cyclery and PAA would give the competition some juice. In 60+ Paramount(Pettus, McKee & Miller) would certainly be the strongest team but Mike Marotta of Spy/Swami's, Mike Fleming of SBW, Don Kimper of UCC, & Jim Swigart of SDBC would look to challenge.
|Early action shows riders cruising in the back of the pack- Notice Nelson Alaan back there. Photo courtesy of Maki Yamazaki|
|Santa Clarita Velo's Tom Reilly heating up the action. Photo courtesy of Maki Yamizaki|
|There were few lulls in the action but this must have been one with Pelky and Danno behind me. Photo courtesy of Maki Yamazaki|
Jeff Moreton of PAA, Gene Poyorena of SCV, and Mike Marotta of Spy/Swami's got quietly away. Jeff and Gene are 55+ and Mike is 60+. Bob Pelkofer took note quicker than anyone and took up solo chase. 4 laps to go and Pelky has made it across as has Alex Collins of UCC. Rod Mallory of Velo Allegro looked like he was trying to get across or chasing and got isolated. Ricky Shorts was just off the front of the pack in no man's land burning valuable energy.
It is now down to 3 laps to go and things are changing every lap. The 5 breakers are still away but are being chased by a threesome- Ricky Shorts, Dan Nicolette and Deogracias Asuncion. Ricky gets tired of chasing and pulls over. Cleaveran Law is doing a hard chase and just off the front of the pack. Kal Szkalak of UCC is in the front of the pack. Nelson Alaan is still in the very back of the pack.
2 laps to go and Danno and Deogracias have gotten across but the lead now is very small. Most of the breakers look like they want to throw in the towel but Pelky is trying to spur them on. Mark Hoffenberg thought that if 2 members in the break group were good why not 3. Hoffy tries to go across and has Mike Birditt with him. Doug Knox is at the front of the pack trying to do a late charge across but has Kal right behind him pulling the pack along.
With one lap to go and the bell ringing the break group is gone. Absorbed. Now at the front is a Sho Air train of Pelky, Danno, and Hoffy. Mike Marotta is trying to work his way into the train. Kal is marking Hoffy. Nelson Alaan is now about in 20th place. Monty, myself and Howard were about 15 back from the front so a long ways from Marotta, the top 60+ rider. I was feeling the effects of the prior day's road race and track pursuit training.
Hardly anyone knows Nelson Alaan and what he can do. I have mentioned before how quite he seems in a race. You never see him and then he ends up as one of the top finishers. CBR #4 would be no exception. Nelson hung out in the back the entire race and took advantage of the slight lull when the break was caught to move forward. He still wasn't that far forward with 1 to go but after 2 corners had moved way up. Nelson likes the Carson course and likes to launch with 2 corners to go. Charge up the hill as fast as he can and try and hang on to whatever advantage he has.
|Nelson Alaan making the winning move in 55/60+ at CBR #4. Photo courtesy of jurbanphotos.com|
You can clearly see in the photo provided by jurbanphotos.com(Other action photos available at his website) that with 2 corners to go, Nelson has amassed quite a lead. In the background in the front of the pack you can see Asuncion, Marotta and Nicolette with Hoffy on Danno's wheel. Nelson was able to hold on at the end to a very nice victory in 55+.
Mike Marotta was challenged near the line by Monty Pettus but hung on for 1st place in 60+. Hoffenberg was the next 55+ racer followed in by Birditt, Nicolette, & Romans. 4 of the 1st 5 places are 55 this year. New blood at the front. Next in were Kal, Luedtke, Asuncion, Luke and Hoblit. In 60+ action Pettus was followed in by Miller, Fleming, Kimper, myself and Swigart. I tried to sprint after the last corner but had nothing.
The overall pace of the race was 25.2 mph. Faster by about .2 mph in a leaner field. No crashes so all good there. In the 50+ race John Luke went down and broke some bones. Good luck to John getting back. Full results below. Video courtesy of Maki Yamazaki. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!
|SoCal Cup Crit Series 4 (Rank 1.0)|
|1||64439||Nelson Alaan||Cal-Pacific Export Packers / LV||14|
|2||45461||Mark Hoffenberg||Sho-air/Rock 'n Road||11|
|3||47255||Michael Birditt||Spy-Swami's Cycling Team||10|
|4||26090||Daniel Nicolette||Sho-air/Rock 'n Road||9|
|5||110259||Lee Romans||Velo Allegro||8|
|6||54522||Kalman Szkalak||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||7|
|7||47262||Dale Luedtke||Spy-Swami's Cycling Team||6|
|8||50532||Deogracias Asuncion||South Bay Wheelmen||5|
|9||21803||John Luke||Santa Clarita Velo||4|
|10||16360||Fred Hoblit||Santa Clarita Velo||3|
|11||93812||Donald Denegal||Velo Allegro||2|
|13||49110||Rino Barbagiovanni||Santa Clarita Velo||0|
|15||222523||Rick Carrera||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||0|
|17||230085||Albert Shorts||Velo Allegro||0|
|18||277180||John Roest||Team CF-Club||0|
|19||178495||Steve Diamond||Spy-Swami's Cycling Team||0|
|21||271566||Alex Gonzalez||Velo Allegro||0|
|22||9271||Pete Dern||Velo Club LaGrange||0|
|23||222764||Thomas Buescher||South Bay Wheelmen||0|
|24||155459||Thomas Reilly||Santa Clarita Velo||0|
|25||52251||Ricky Shorts||Velo Allegro||0|
|26||177958||Kevin Ryan||METALMTN Cycling||0|
|27||107559||Rodney Malloy||Velo Allegro||0|
|29||46255||Alex Collins||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|30||206734||John Huber||Velo Allegro||0|
|32||177283||Eugene Poyorena||Santa Clarita Velo||0|
|33||47652||Bob Pellkofer||Sho-air/Rock 'n Road||0|
|34||47314||Gary Prideaux||Lightning Velo||0|
|35||45552||Douglas Knox||Time Factory Team||0|
|36||236421||Sven Amundsen||Team Redlands||0|
|SoCal Cup Crit Series 4 (Rank 1.0)|
|1||72880||Mike Marotta||Spy-Swami's Cycling Team||14|
|2||219074||Leo Pettus||Paramount Racing||11|
|3||49424||Howard Miller||Paramount Racing||10|
|4||129293||Michael Fleming||South Bay Wheelmen||9|
|5||195498||Donald Kimper||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||8|
|6||180386||John McKee||Paramount Racing||7|
|7||228631||James Swigart||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||6|
|9||301372||Tom Herman||South Bay Wheelmen||4|
|11||257503||Philip Walters||Encino Velo Cycling Club||2|
|12||50406||Michael Edwards||Velo Club LaGrange||1|