It's the first Saturday in May and time for Barrio Logan. May 4th, 2013 is the date of the 17th annual Bario Logan Grand Prix. This weekend BLGP had to buck the giant NRC event, the Dana Point GP.
Unfortunately many racers would forego BLGP and just do DPGP. Barrio Logan is on a very cool course which it tough and fun all wrapped into one. Add some really bad pavement in areas and the course is quite a challenge and you can see breaks work here where they might not any where else. Bike handling is important here. Flying through the corners into the next leg WITHOUT using your brakes is a learned skill in a group but important to conserve energy. If you are too far back in a group you have no choose but to brake but a course like this you want to fly through the corners and into the next leg. There are 8 corners with 2 of them left handers in a short course. Quite fun actually!
The sign ups were amazingly low in 55+ but fair in 60+. There would be a 55+ category at DPGP but NO 60+ category. Unless 60+ riders race more often there will be no inclusion in big events like DPGP but BLGP has a better handle on categories that make for a well rounded event that racers of all ages have a chance to compete. The 55/60+ racers came to the line at 7:50 am after a spirited cat 5 race. No crash there. Awesome! Can't say the same for the cat 4 race which was after the 55/60+ race. You should be able to take that last corner in a sprint without going into the hay bales but the cat 4s piled up there. They were the leading riders too!
|Yours truly with Peter's family. Those are Peter's Shimano jerseys from the 1960s. Photo courtesy of unknown person using my camera. Thanks though!|
We were off and Lothar "Blue Boy" Cramer led us around. In fact he got a gap because that bum UC Cyclery rider Don Kimper starting blocking because there were 2 UCC rider with Lothar(Lothar changed course at DPGP and wore a orange jersey. He really stood out). Don't know what got ahold of me but I started a spirited chase on the downhill leg. I pulled over going uphill and let someone else have some fun. Lothar doesn't have 40 minute "legs" at this time so everyone was all back together.
|The dangerous "Rouleur" John Roest with Mark Helvie and Rick Roberson. Photo courtesy of Lisa McKee.|
|Early race action. Photo courtesy of Lisa McKee.|
|Roest with Helvie. Photo courtesy of Lisa McKee.|
|"Blue Boy" is pretty much solo in chasing Roest. Nothing in it for Birditt to chase. He is 55+. Rick Swanson is on the same team as Roest. No help there. Photo courtesy of Lisa McKee.|
|With Roest away field setting up for prime sprint for $80. Photo courtesy of Lisa McKee.|
|Mid race picture. Birditt, McKee and Rubcic. Photo courtesy of Jinna Thomas. Jinna took 6,000 pictures of the race and was there all day. Thank you, Jinna. Jinna is at turn 2 here and sticking out a bit. I was worried she might get pegged.|
After a time Kal Szkalak figured a concerted team effort wasn't in the cards. He had tried to get away for a solo chase but was chased down. The 3rd time he got away. I was caught flat footed too far back to get on him. Kal got a gap and was off on a hopeless chase of the race leader.
|"Big John" Roest rolling it on his own. Photo courtesy of Lisa McKee.|
|Kal Szkalak on a solo chase of the race leader. Photo courtesy of Lisa McKee.|
|John Roest to the front with one lap to go. Mike B. is ready. I got my laps mixed up and was caught back but was reacting. Photo courtesy of Lisa McKee.|
The remainder of the race finish is a little fuzzy. My wife's camera came up with memory card full after turning on the video mode. 3 seconds into the vid it says memory full and here comes Birditt. Lol. I don't know if any one else took photos or knows. I saw Paul Rodiguez on my right sprinting for home and came by him. I think Paul sat up for I don't know what reason. Rick Swanson and again I don't know where I was compared to Rick at he finish. Rick took his foot a little off the gas and Alex Collins comes by him for 3rd place in 55+ and the last podium spot. It was a good hard race. UCC didn't exactly race the smartest race I have ever seen. They seemed so focused on taking it out of Mike Birditt. Mike had 15 surges on his power meter later when he downloaded it. Other than the prime sprints they were taking it too him but he handled everything they threw at him with ease. They should have focused on John Rubcic. Focus, focus!
It was a shame we didn't get a better turnout. A number of riders are injuried at this time and a few had to work on Saturday(hospital and Post Office). I hope this low turnout is a wake up call to racers because the races we take for granted may end. Promoters can duplicate younger racers like at DPGP and do say 35 3/4 or 40 4/5 or whatever and get more riders but reduce the race opportunities to all riders that would include us. Yes, we could race down and finish 20th or 40th or whatever but id you want the chance to really compete you HAVE TO SHOW UP. You guys have to come out more often or we will lose the opportunity to race. Podium pics and full results are below.
|55+ 1st podium - Birditt 1 & Collins 3. Photo courtesy of John McKee.|
|60+ podium- Roest 1 & Rubcic 3. Photo courtesy of John McKee.|