No need rehashing endlessly the wrestling match between promoter Chris Lotts and the 55/60+ racers but for the short term it was a victory for the racers and the long term it was a loss. You knew we would lose in the long run. It was a full payout of $250 for 3 places for CBR #3 but it will be $125 from here on out and that would be a full payout. Lord knows if Chris would apply the 50% rule if we have below 38 riders. $63 payout total. Anyway thanks to Jan and Eric for helping us win a very short term victory here. It was good for 3 people that got a good payday at CBR #3. I hear talk that the new SCNCA setup costs CBR more so they can't payout as much. OK. I will stop there.
I love racing at this venue. It is a 20 minute bike ride from my house and of course shorter for a car ride. The course is bone flat with 4 corners and narrower legs between turn 2 and 3 and 3 and 4. Some pretty rocky areas to ride over. The finish leg is wide and safe to sprint it out. One mile loop in total. Sign ups went slow but we ended up with about 42 racers. Decent number for us but of course far short of what we can produce with a decent payout, course, and start time. One other thing about the venue is there are lots of cars that come and go to their business and work. The Costa Mesa PD did an outstanding job escorting everyone around. There was one dildo head that pulled out of a drive way in front of the 35+ field on the last lap creating chaos and a crash. Nothing CMPD could do about that.
|Couple of our furry friends basking in the nice weather in Costa Mesa at CBR #3|
42 guys did line up at 7:30 am. I good group of fast riders. Mike Birditt added Fred Hoblit to his stable of fine 55+ racers at Swami's. Glad to see Fred back out racing with us. Malcolm Hill seems to have gotten the bug to race with the 55/60+ guys. Malcolm is as strong as they come and strengthens our field. Faster race. Faster race...safer race! It's those slow bunches that get us in trouble. We don't have the last corner problem like cat 4s and 5s.
|Mid race action-you can see Birdy, Gene, Ricky, Howard and myself. Photo courtesy of Paramount's Chris Bright.|
|Shameless display of the new Paramount skinsuit with armwarmers. New lower cut neck. Kit by DNA.|
Everyone else got on it and it was a mass sprint of different colored kits racing toward the line. Mike Birditt was kicking it in hitting a high of 36.3 mph. Mike was gaining on Mark but Mark held on for the win in 55+ but about a wheel!! Nice job, Mark. There is a great picture available on facebook of the finish that I haven't gotten permission to use yet. I have tried since Monday but have only gotten reminders of bloggers that have been sued for copyright infringement. I will insert if I get the green light.
Mike was followed in by Malcolm Hill, Cyril Hunte, Mike McConnell(Mike is strong and still learning to ride criteriums. He needs work on his cornering. Learn to pedal through when you can.), Ricky Shorts, Nelson Alaan, and Dale Luedtke.
In 60+ action Mike Marotta showed himself in the 2nd half of the race after doing his own snooze program early on. At least he was riding with us. Mike got himself in good position on the last lap. I was on his wheel but didn't know it until I saw the photo of the finish. I was totally focused on Kal Szkalak. Kal was right next to Ricky Shorts. Wayne "The Vet" Rosenkrantz was on the right side of Kal while I was on the left. Mike held his position with an excellent sprint and won the 60 race! The 1st loss for Kal this year. Not only did Kal not win but both Wayne and myself got by him to place 2nd(Wayne) and myself for 3rd. I was pretty pleased to get around Kal and looked up to see Mike ahead of me. I didn't see Wayne on the other side of Kal. Wayne and I were close but a bike length behind Mike. I was followed in by Kal, Craig Jones, Mike Fleming, Howard Miller, and Don Kimper.
It was a pretty fun race and nice to use this course. It is a little dicey on the 2 narrowest sections. The average speed was 25.3 mph while the 50+ race was a little over 1 mph faster. Jay Wolkoff did the best of the 55/60+ racers in the 50+ race with a 9th place finish. Birdy was 15th. The oldest racer in our race and at the event was...yours truly. Yikes. Where are you Robert when I need you. Lol. That's all for now folks! Train hard and race safe!