Friday, April 14, 2006

Big Weekend Coming Up...and Tour de Georgia Approaches

So here are a couple guys to watch for next week during the Tour de Georgia stage race. You might not see them all that high in the GC, but every one of them are solid bike racers, cool guys, and all have connections to Tucson, so you just have to root for them by default. Garrett Peltonen is the younger brother of my teammate Shane, and seems like he shares the same amount of talent, except I don't think he puts in the big miles like Shane does all year. Might be a smart move there. Garrett rides for Healthnet, and we are looking for big things from him next week. Next up is Mike Dietrich from Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada. Mike has spent the last several years racing for the Fiordefruita team and has been know to rip some guys legs off on the shootout while he is attending the UA in the spring. He rode the Tour of California back in Feb with one weeks notice from his team, but has since started to find some good form over the past month or so. Another former Fiordefruita rider usually found training in Tucson is Phil Wong, a notoriously strong climber currently riding for Jittery Joe's. Three first year pro's (actually Garret rode for Endeavor last year, so he's in year two), who will take the inter GC back to Tucson? The swami says...Phil Wong, followed by Peltonen and Dietrich.

On the local scene this weekend is the Scottsdale Grand Prix, a new race on the AZ calender this year. Big money crit racing is a new thing to Arizona, and it is very much appreciated. I'm racing twice tomorrow, the cat 2 race at 12:50 and the pro 1,2 race at 3:10. Since I predicted myself for last place last weekend and got 8th, maybe this weekend I'll see if I can add the results of both races to equal 2...now that would be nice! See ya. :)

1 comment:

Garrett Peltonen said...

Actually Jason, I am not doing the Tour de Georgia but I am going to Europe in a few weeks to do some racing over there including Four Days of Dunkirk. Anyway I will probably see you on Sunday!