The weekend of Jan. 26 and 27th had 2 races scheduled but there was the possibility of rain. Rain really puts a damper on bicycle riding. It goes from fun to not fun. Well the rain didn't come and the Poor College Kids Road Race went off for the 55/60+ racers on Sat. Jan. 26th. I didn't feel I was ready to race with the 55s on a course like this for 3 laps as I had done it in 2011 when the race(Sisquoc) was 2 laps and later in the year. PCKRR changed their course to the old Sisquoc course from what they had done the last few years.
|Similar view from a pro picture- Copyright by Alcohobo(pic will be deleted soon)|
The hotel/motel rates seemed a lot higher this year in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area so my wife and I decided to drive up Sunday morning to do the Mothballs Criterium. The Santa Barbara Echelon club always does a great job producing this race and their promoter Amando Requejo is a super nice guy and has been receptive to getting 55s and 60s a cash purse and decent primes including wine and cash.
My wife and I left our house in Orange County at 4:45 am. Little traffic so we made good time. Coming up the coast from Oxnard the clouds parted and you could see the most beautiful moon you could imagine simmering over the ocean. At first it was just over the ocean but as we drove further north toward Goleta the moon was over our destination beckoning us to come to Mothballs! Come to Mothballs! OK. OK. We were coming anyway!
When we got to the race there were no clouds, rain or cold temperatures. In 2011 there was a gully washer that we raced in. No crashes but up to 6 inches of water at turn one. Every other year it is usually in the 30s when we race. The promoter did us another favor this year and moved us back another spot in the race pecking order. We were 3rd off and raced at 8 am. The men cat 5s were 1st and then the women cat 4s were next which is only fair. The young and inexperienced need the initiation. We have been there and done that SO many times. I don't know why other promoters don't make the newest riders go first.
|55/60+ racers tow the line at Mothballs|
|Bill Ralph-Do you see any bodyfat?|
Keith Ketterer would have Malcolm Hill both from Breakaway from Cancer Masters to link with while Mark would have Bill Ralph. Kal has been cleaning up in 60+ so far this year so he would be hard to beat. The remainder of the field was small with any Swami's, Santa Clarita Velo, 4 UCC riders(3 being 60+) and one Simple Green and SBW rider. In other words the competition may not be as strong as it has in the past except for the top.
The race started fast as expected. Mark Hoffenberg would hit it and then KK or Malcolm Hill would attack. This went on for 4 or 5 laps. It was quite hard. A small group would form but wouldn't work well together and everyone else would chase back on. I knew I couldn't keep this up for 40 minutes. Either a group was going to get away or everything would settle down for a while.
|This Training Peaks guy should have been saving his strength and let the strongmen initiate the early action|
|Malcolm Hill, Kal Szkalak, Mark Hoffenberg and Keith Ketterer in a breakaway|
|Peleton without the break group|
|KK jumping the field before Hoffy gets aboard. Surprising he was chased down. I know I couldn't do it.|
|Pack all together now. You can see Malcolm between Bill Ralph and myself(blue and yellow)|
With one lap to go KK really hit it at turn one. The course is 1k so he figured his best shot would be to do a mini kilo to the line. Could anyone match it? That was the question he threw out. Caught everyone by surprise.
Mark Hoffenberg had Tim Meza of Simple Green ahead of him and ask him to go. Tim did the best he could most of the back stretch. KK was still pulling away slightly but Mark didn't have to be in the wind and was saving energy he could use later. The rest of the pack fell back. Kal was up front and didn't chase so a gap formed.
Nearing the last corner Mark had to go it alone. He dug deep. He figured if he could get within 5 to 10 meters of KK with some distance to the line he could come around him. This is exactly what happened. Mark dug deep and was barely able to get by Keith at the finish linefor the win!
The rest of the pack came to the last corner and Alex Collins jumped hard on the outside. Bill Ralph tried to mark him. Tim Meza was ahead but dying a bit. I hung behind a few riders on the inside including Richard Robertson. He was the only 60+ rider I could see ahead of me. Cyril Hunte had unleased his sprint early. The wind was cross from the right and a slight head wind. It was pretty tough if you weren't behind someone. I hit it at 150 meters not knowing what to expect. I hadn't been feeling that good but got going very well.
|Mark Hoffenberg coming home for the sprint- Copy courtesy of Jodie Borer|
|Field sprint at Mothballs 2013 in 55/60+- Photo courtesy of Jodie Borer|
I mention that the payout was the full amount shown on the flyer because that isn't always happening. What I am see happening this year is there is an asterisk on the flyer that says that if half the field size isn't met that the payout is 50%. The higher the field size the tougher it is to get a full payout. For example if Chris Lotts says his race allows 75/75 then the field size is 150. If the 50% rule applied then we would need 75 riders to get the full amount which we didn't meet for the last race in Dom. Hills. Red Trolley has this 50% rule and a 100 field size as does Velo Allegro in there St. Pats Day race in March. I am trying to get an answer from the SCNCA what field size is allowed for us since cat 5s are allowed in our races. I can see that maybe a thing of the past. Looks like some of the 55/60+ riders are seeing burnout and some of the teams that had 55/60+ riders are also having trouble getting their riders out to races. Maybe there are too many races and too much to choose from. There is a video of the finish at Mothballs that my wife took on our iPad(Blogspot is having trouble processing the vid. I will try to put it in the story later. Sorry for now). That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!
|Mothballs Criterium (Rank 1.0)|
|1||45461||Mark Hoffenberg||Rokform/Rock N' Road||14|
|2||48434||Keith Ketterer||Breakaway from Cancer Masters||11|
|3||156650||Malcolm Hill||Breakaway from Cancer Masters||10|
|4||46255||Alex Collins||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||9|
|5||125834||William Ralph||Rokform/Rock N' Road||8|
|7||258639||Timothy Meza||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||6|
|8||88537||David Tonello||Peaks Coaching Group Racing Team||5|
|9||193819||Chuck Thompson||Polli Veloce||4|
|10||131303||Mark Luke||Platinum Performance Cycling Team||3|
|11||45552||Douglas Knox||TIME - Velo Pasadena Team||2|
|Mothballs Criterium (Rank 1.0)|
|2||180386||John McKee||Paramount Racing||11|
|3||277180||John Roest||Dons Bikes||10|
|4||50765||Richard Roberson||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||9|
|6||64127||Richard Lilleberg||South Bay Wheelmen||7|
|7||57571||Dale Harless||Apex Racing Team||6|
|9||245777||Steven Borer||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||4|
|Poor College Kids Road Race (Rank 2.0)|
|1||45461||Mark Hoffenberg||Rokform/Rock N' Road||28|
|3||60602||Daniel Swietlik||OTR Racing||20|
|4||49239||Gerald Finken||St Paul Bicycle Racing Club||18|
|5||69952||Robert Willcox||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||16|
|6||25023||Jeffrey Moreton||Rokform/Rock N' Road||14|
|7||52251||Ricky Shorts||Bahati Foundation p/b Major Motion Cycli||12|
|8||162650||Jim Parkhurst||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||10|
|9||193819||Chuck Thompson||Polli Veloce||8|
|10||131303||Mark Luke||Platinum Performance Cycling Team||6|
|11||109008||David Smith||Santa Clarita Velo||4|
|12||125834||William Ralph||Rokform/Rock N' Road||2|
|13||16837||Brad House||Big Orange Cycling||0|
|14||258639||Timothy Meza||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||0|
|15||247382||Richard Gentili||Citrus Valley Velo||0|
|16||21803||John Luke||Fast Friday||0|
|17||378143||David B Stanton||Canyon Velo||0|
|19||287880||Harry Fekkes||METALMTN Cycling||0|
|20||61353||Reed Moore||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|22||45582||Cleaveran Law||Lightning Velo||0|
|Poor College Kids Road Race (Rank 2.0)|
|1||54522||Kalman Szkalak||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||28|
|2||12354||Kirk Freeman||CA Pools / Primal||22|
|3||59572||Mark Huffman||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||20|
|5||48278||Donald Davidson||Citrus Valley Velo||16|
|6||269972||Fred Haim||Michelob Ultra - La Grange +21||14|
|7||245777||Steven Borer||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||12|
|8||45047||Glenn Baldwin||SLO Nexus-Gym One||10|
|9||46799||Josef Lemire||Hammer Nutrition||8|
|10||50765||Richard Roberson||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||6|
|11||59805||Jean Villiot||CA Pools/Primal||4|