It was Sunday Jan. 20th, 2013 and time for the 1st CBR race of 2013. It was Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Monday Jan. 21th is a national holiday honoring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Let's give thanks to having lived during the time of a great man. I will have pictures of Dr. King through the race story. We were having fun but MLK stood for making America a better place for everyone! Amen!
|MLK giving the "I have a dream speech" at the Washington M.|
Chris tried to convince me before the race that he was doing us all a favor(except 3 people that place in the top 3) by moving the money upward and getting us use to not getting a payout. We should all just be racing for fun. Well I am all for that but go "all the way" like they used to say in high school and drop the payout all together and lower the entry fees.
|MLK and Robert Kennedy- 2 great Americans assassinated because of hate|
I am really starting to feel old when I thought about this being my 13th year in 55+ and above. Once I got racing I didn't feel old again. LOL. Secret youth tonic. Race with younger guys and keep up. Easier said then done. Our race went off without a glitch since no cat 5 racer did anything really stupid and cause a crash in the 1st race of the day.
The nuts and bolts of the race itself are pretty basic. With Rokform/Rock N Road(slightly different name this year...sponsors you know) having the biggest and strongest team this year they will dictate the action in almost all the races. Last year Mark Hoffenberg had Danny Nicolette and Bob Pellkofer to play off. Add this year Kim Bleth and Jeff Moreton who are road racing experts but can ride anything if they wish. This adds up to an amazing team. Then take the loss of riders at Velo Allegro and Santa Clarita Velo. Some of the VA guys are now with the Bahati Foundation squad or maybe its the same squad.
|MLK with LBJ|
Don't think Rokform will race every week so that will make for a whole different dynamic like at Ontario. Teams are going to have to form coalitions to try and counter Rokform. SBW has a number of shirts out there but many are 60+.
OK, the rabbit for the day at Rokform was Bob Pellkofer. Bob is very strong and can hold off the entire field unless it is motivated or chased by strong riders like Jay Wolkoff, Bruce Hartley, and or Mike Birditt(Mike is going to have to chase some this year or get out there with Bob but if he does get out there with Bob, Bob will sit up). LOL. Can't win for losing. I think that's how the old saying goes.
Bob was out there for 4 or 5 laps early in our race. Marlon Cortez of SBW tried to get to him and looks like he almost got to his wheel and ran out of gas. At some point Bob was brought back to the peleton. Most of the mid race action was centered around primes. Primes are important in keeping the races going. Racers are known suckers and will sprint for anything. Mark Hoffenberg just sat in or on Mike Birditt's wheel when he was chasing. Dan Nicolette did try a break with another rider mid way through the race but was brought back.
|Did LBJ always look bored?|
This was Jay Wolkoff's 1st 55/60+ race and I think he was feeling his way through the thing. Jay is very strong and will be a factor in any race he wishes to show what he can do. Jay is joining Bruce Hartley at Radsport who is a known jackrabbit that loves to mix it up in races. Bruce is great to have in our races. Radsport can definitely do some chasing on Rokform this year.
The race soon came down to 5 to go. Time for Rokform(Delta) to play another one if it's cards or the same card again(it won't be long before everyone will have the sentiments of Dean Wormer of Farber College in "Animal House" about the Delta fraternity at the town parade, he said "I hate those guys"... Just kidding fellas). Bob Pellkofer is like the energizer bunny. Send him off and what is everyone going to do about it.
Swami's sent Gene out to chase but to no avail. Mike Marotta of Swami's was racing his 1st race of the year after his bad crash at Natz in Bend on 2012. Mike is back strong and riding well but he choose to stay in the back and take it easy until late in the race. Glad to see Mike back riding well again. Mike was riding 60+ sit in style though. Marlon Cortez of SBW took a very short pull. Cleave Law of Lightning Velo came to the front and took a couple of pulls to help out their sprinter, Nelson "Tail Gunner" Alaan. Bob was still out there. Mike Birditt made the decision to chase himself and send Gene back to take care of Dale Luedtke.
|MLK with the lunch counter protesters in 1960- He got arrested|
Mark Hoffenberg(since Pelky was the rabbit, Mark was playing the greyhound) was lined up behind-Danny, Dale, Don Denegal, and Kal. It was up to Mark to show his sprinting ability and come around 4 people. He wound it up and hit 900 and some watts. Not his best for sure but good enough to win the race with a bike length to spare! Jay Wolkoff came from the outside solo and over took everyone but Mark and Kal Szkalak. Kal was 2nd overall in the race and the 1st 60+ racer across the line. Jay was next for the last pay spot. Dale Luedtke was 4th overall and the 3rd 55+ racers. Dale was the 1st NON paying spot. Don Denegal followed in Dale for 4th in 55+ and then Dan Nicolette, Nelson Alaan, and D. Asuncion.
Mike Marotta was in the group somewhere for 2nd in 60+. I was coming home near Craig Jones and got the edge on him and then Jack Briggs came by me to finish 3rd in 60+. I unwisely let off a bit and Craig came back at me to finish ahead of me by about 2 inches for 4th. I was followed in by Fleming, Miller, Swigart and Mastro in 60+.
|MLK in the 1965 Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery|
Tuesday morning in the LA Times was a heart warming story of a former Major League baseball player with a similar mission of helping inter city youth but through baseball. Don Buford who is 75 now excelled in baseball and football at Dorsey HS in the 1950s. He was only 150 pounds. He went to LA City College after graduation and played baseball and football.
The next year he walked on to USC and asked the baseball coach Rod Dedeaux if he could try out. Don made the baseball team and was the 1st African American baseball player for USC in 1958. 11 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Oddly enough 1958 was the 1st year for the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Don Buford also played on the football team at USC at 150 pounds, playing running back and defensive back. Don then played MLB baseball for the Baltimore Orioles and retired after other jobs in professional baseball. In retirement Don was living in the "Valley" playing golf. Don gave that up to give back. Don now travels to the Urban Youth Academy in Compton 7 days a week to give back to inter youth and help teach baseball at one of MLB's youth development centers. The full story is at http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dwyre-don-buford-20130122,0,6762844.column.
The common thread here are examples of giving back to the community in keeping with the thoughts of MLK. It puts arguments about payouts and so forth in perspective. If any of you have read this far, congratulations! Thank you for staying aboard. The average speed of the 55/60+ race was 24.6 mph. The speed of the 50+ race was 25.9 mph without Thurlow Rodgers and Richard Meeker in the mix. Special mention goes to Mark Hoffenberg who finished 6th in the 45+ race. Nice going there. Results from the event in near real time were posted on the facebook page of Cycling Illustrated. Complete results for the races are below including a separate result for 65+ racers and a section for 55/60+ racers in the 50+ race. I may do this more often. Great video of our race produced by Mike McKinney at Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Bh0qsTXxs
Vid of the 50+ race by Mike.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDcU_Jjjy_c&feature=share&list=UUiqlc_kKSMGNfEbu_BB2clA
That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!
|CBR 1 (Rank 1.0)|
|1||45461||Mark Hoffenberg||Rokform/Rock N' Road||14|
|2||38811||Jay Wolkoff||Radsport Cycling Team||11|
|3||47262||Dale Luedtke||Swami's Cycling Club||10|
|5||26090||Daniel Nicolette||Rokform/Rock N' Road||8|
|6||64439||Nelson Alaan||Lightning Velo||7|
|7||50532||Deogracias Asuncion||South Bay Wheelmen||6|
|8||106988||Guido Quezada||Velo Allegro||5|
|9||23303||Michael McConnell||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||4|
|10||45431||Bruce Hartley||Radsport Cycling Team||3|
|11||255052||Ira Schaffer||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||2|
|12||107559||Rodney Malloy||Bahati Foundation-CA||1|
|13||178640||Reginald Jones||Lightning Velo||0|
|15||47255||Michael Birditt||SKLZ-Swami's Cycling Team||0|
|16||88537||David Tonello||Peaks Coaching Group Racing Team||0|
|17||61353||Reed Moore||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|19||45582||Cleaveran Law||Lightning Velo||0|
|20||49191||Kim Bleth||Rokform/Rock N' Road||0|
|21||49124||Orlando Hutcherson||Bahati Foundation-CA||0|
|22||72467||Marlon Cortez||South Bay Wheelmen||0|
|23||177283||Eugene Poyorena||Swami's Cycling Club||0|
|24||314194||Steve Hernandez||Lightning Velo||0|
|CBR 1 (Rank 1.0)|
|1||54522||Kalman Szkalak||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||14|
|2||72880||Mike Marotta||Swami's Cycling Club||11|
|3||4835||Jack Briggs||South Bay Wheelmen||10|
|4||18156||Craig Jones||Velo Avanti Cycling Team||9|
|5||180386||John McKee||Paramount Racing||8|
|6||129293||Michael Fleming||South Bay Wheelmen||7|
|7||49424||Howard Miller||OCW/Paramount Racing||6|
|8||228631||James Swigart||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||5|
|9||151059||Joseph Mastro||Team Simple Green/Bike Religion||4|
|10||155459||Thomas Reilly||Santa Clarita Velo||3|
|11||64127||Richard Lilleberg||South Bay Wheelmen||2|
|12||243425||mark wisnosky||ACQUA AL 2/SDBC||1|
|14||257503||Philip Walters||Encino Velo Cycling Club||0|
|15||195498||Donald Kimper||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||0|
|17||9271||Pete Dern||Montrose Bike Shop- CW Builders||0|
|18||12354||Kirk Freeman||CA Pools / Primal||0|
|19||50406||Michael Edwards||Michelob Ultra - La Grange +21||0|
55+ Racers in 50+ race
5- McKee- 60+
7- Szkalak- 60+
9- Jones, C.- 60+
many more followed in