|Don Kimper in the US Navy- Served during the Vietnam War|
|Jack McKee somewhere in the South Pacific during WW II- Jack also served in Korea and Vietnam|
|Joseph Perry(Dale's father in law)- US Marine Corp. - served in Korea and 2 tours in Vietnam|
The 55/60+ race was scheduled for 8:15 am. The turnout was lackluster especially in 60+. 20 55s and 11 60s were there to race. Santa Clarita Velo and Velo Allegro had good turnouts but Al Shorts was in his civies and that would hurt later. Sho Air had their powerful duo of Hoffenberg/Nicolette. Swami's was down to one rider, Dale Luedtke.
|55/60+ racers line up at CBR # 5 at the Dom Hills Paramount course|
The racers were off true to the start time as possible. A lap or two and then Sho Air showed its strips. Attack a weakened pack. No Chris Black, Mike Birditt, Al Shorts, Rick Swanson, KK, etc.
|Cleave Law with Mark "The Driver" Hoffenberg in his driving position|
|Mark Hoffenberg putting the pressure on. Starting the 2nd break|
|Dale Luedtke reeling in the 2nd break group|
|Hoffy driving with Dan sitting back- Looks like a surge to make everyone hurt|
The end was near. The last lap in the break group saw Mark jump off the front. Kal didn't want to chase and have the other 2 towed along. They waited. Bruce decided to jump on his own. Kal still held back. Mark Hoffenberg came across the line for the win in 55+. Bruce hung tough and finished 2nd. Dan came around Kal at the end for 3rd. Dan was not far from getting Bruce.
In the main pack Eugene Poyarena went on a flyer with 2 laps to go and the pace was quite slow so he was still away with one lap to go. Rod Mallory jumped off the front and I also jumped to get on his wheel. I didn't think the pack would just sit there but they did. Rod and I went for it and traded pulls but were caught after turn 4. Rod pulled harder than I was able to. Eugene stayed away for 5th in 55+. Nelson Alaan won the pack sprint followed by Dale Luedtke and De Asuncion. Monty Pettus won the 60+ race with a good finish followed by Howard Miller and Mike Fleming, Louie Rivera, Don Kimper and Mario Seri. Good hard race but some of the teams lack the firepower to match Sho Air right now. Full results are at my 55/60+ Bike Racing Facebook page. All bicycle racing photos courtesy of Maki Yamazaki. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!