Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Results are up

Results are online now for the AZ State Road Race, you can find them here. Seems that there has been a bit of a controversy over how the officiating was done at the event regarding the yellow line and the neutral zone. The debate rages on in the AZ Cycling forum, but I've attached my take on it below:

I agree that the rules should be enforced. However, in the case of the yellow line, it is one thing if a rider is attacking over the yellow line, and another if that same rider is FORCED over the yellow line by the field putting the race in the gutter, or in this case, on the yellow line. Any rider forced over the yellow line should try to move back to the correct side as quickly and as safely as possible, without advancing in the field. I say safely because often the field is in extreme difficulty at this point and it is not always the easiest thing in the world to break back into the line on the correct side of the road. In the case of the pro 1, 2 race on Saturday, sometimes getting forced over the yellow line is literally the only way one can maintain contact with the group. I am not condoning this, only making a point. On that same point, I have been in several races in AZ where the moto official has made the decision to let the pack echelon across the entire road as long as there was no traffic and it was clear. Either do it, or don't, but if the rule is there it should not be subject to interpretation on the part of the officials. Regarding riders being relegated for repeated violations, I am in agreement with that, however, those riders should be informed of this DURING THE RACE, and not afterwards, as this seriously impacts the team tactics during the race. Also, usually riders are relegated to last place in the group that they came in with, not last place in the race. Please note that I am not trying to bash the officials here, just trying to make a few points. Thanks.


Monday, August 28, 2006

State Road Race

So this weekend was the AZ State Championship Road Race held in Flagstaff, AZ. We went up there with a full team of eight riders and what looked like a pretty good shot at the win. This is always one of the more tactical races on the AZ calendar, as there are numerous hills on the course, but none of them are really long enough for the climbers to have a true advantage. There is an exposed section of rolling hills that borders a dry lake bed, where there is always a pretty severe crosswind that makes it probably the toughest section of the race. This was true on Saturday, and that section turned out to be the decisive part of the race. On each of the first two laps, our team and Grand Canyon Racing (another strong local team), were at the front riding hard tempo into the crosswind. It was enough that by the end of lap 2, the field had already been significantly whittled down. Our plan was to drill it in the crosswind on the next lap and, with a little help from Grand Canyon and a few of the stronger guys in the race, that is exactly what we did. The main break of the day went immediately after this, with most of the major players involved, along with Kyle from our team. David Glick attacked the group on the next climb in an attempt to bridge, which looked to be a good one. As we had two guys up the road, we were not inclined to chase up the hill, so by the time we reached the top of the 1 km climb, they were almost out of site. Six guys up the road, six guys left in the pack. With two laps to go, it looked like the race had been made. A few of the guys that had been dropped in the crosswind made it back on as we were riding piano for a while after the hill. One of them attacked out of our group the next time we were in the crosswind section, so I covered his attack and ended up getting into a small group of five for the remainder of the race. We had no knowledge of what was going on up the road, but we found out later that Kyle had unfortunately been dropped from the break and was now in the chase group with Dave trying to catch back on. They never made it, and Dave finished up in 5th, with Kyle just behind him in 7th. I came in 10th, but moved up to 9th due to Dave getting relegated for multiple yellow line violations. Would have been nice if the officials had informed him of this during the race, as I think that would have certainly affected our tactics.

So our results were not what we had hoped for, but the positives that we took from this event are that the team is riding really well right now. We know that the results will come if we continue to ride as we are capable of. Adios.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

1:50 pm on a Tuesday Afternoon...

So I'd like to try and increase the traffic to the blog, so if anyone feels like linking me up to their own site, feel free. Maybe I'll end up getting famous after all! :) Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.........

First day of school today. Nothing all that exciting to report, except the girl sitting next to me in my first class had an interesting little slogan on her shirt, something like, "havalupa lovers make fatal attraction..." Kinda makes ya wonder a bit. Adios.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Weekend Update

So this weekend I raced in the Globe Omnium, which is a new race on the AZ racing calender. The turnout was a bit disapointing, but the courses and the racing were very good. Saturday, we did the Roosevelt Lakes road race, a 59 mile out 'n back course that had quite a bit of climbing to contend with. There were two consecutive climbs on the way out that were about 2 miles each and around 7%, along with one big climb on the way back in that was probably around 8 miles long at 6-7%. Our team had the numbers in the race, so we were trying to take advantage of that and set up our climbers for a good result. What ended up going down was that we pulled back a two man break just after the turnaround, then started sending guys up the road one at time to force the other riders to chase. I happened to get a pretty good gap when I went with about 20 miles to go, so I decided to put my head down and try to make it to the line. I still had the last climb to contend with, which didn't work in my favor, as I got caught about two miles into it and came off the group. Rode in easy after that for 9th place, but we did put David Glick and Jared Gilyard into 2nd and 3rd on the stage, so it was pretty good for the team. Mike Dietrich from the Sierra Nevada team pretty much crushed everyone on the final climb and the run-in to the finish to take the win.

Sunday was the Point of Pines road race, another out 'n back with a distance of 85 miles and a 2.5 mile climb to the turnaround at mile 42. Nothing much really happened until the climb, when Dietrich attacked with Glick on his wheel. That split up the group and we never saw those two again, as they finished 1, 2 in the same order as Saturday. All we had to do on the way back in was real in Dave Ried from Landis in order to protect Jared's 3rd GC spot, which we did. It came down to a field sprint?????? for 3rd, which I took, with Jared taking 4th place on the day. Top 3 overall were Mike Dietrich, David Glick, and Jared Gilyard.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I'm Famous! Ha, ha, ha..... :)

Since I didn't have much better to do I Googled my name on the blogger website and found this link to a write up of the Ada Crit that I did in MI a couple weeks ago. Wait a minute, maybe it was really this one! Adios.

Mom & Pop in MI

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Back in Tucson

So I've been back in Tucson now since Monday evening, and back at work since Wednesday. Good to be back in town, not so great to be back to work, but ya gotta do it. It's been raining quite a bit here the past month or so, and the desert is about as green as I've ever seen it. I even heard a rumor today regarding the future of Sabino Canyon recreation area. Word has it that the road there is not going to be repaired from the recent damage done to it from the monsoon a few weeks back. Seems like the upper portion of the road from the river to the top has been pretty much wiped away. Not a good situation, but hopefully there can be something positive to come out of it.

Couple races coming up the next two weekends. August 19-20 is the Globe Omnium, a new race on the AZ calendar, and the 26th is the AZ State Championship Road Race in Flagstaff. Should be a fun one. Adios.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Hometown Racing

I raced in the MI State Criterium Championships this past weekend, which were held over on the west side of the state in Ada, MI. For those of you that are in the know about the hand geography of MI, Ada is just below the point where your pinkie meets the palm of your hand. Anyway, it is always fun to race in MI, as I get a chance to see a few of my old teammates from the Great Lakes Cycling days, and get caught up on who is still riding these days. Anyway, the race went pretty well for me. It was an 80 minute + 5 laps crit (I wish we had crits this long in AZ!), that came down to a field sprint at the end. The race started pretty fast, but then slowed dramatically during the middle portion. It picked up again for about the final 45 minutes, during which we were rolling along around 28 - 31 mph most of the time...pretty fast! I think I started my sprint about 50 meters to early, as it was a really long sprint and I was starting to run out of gas towards the line. Ended up in 8th place, which was good for $100.00 worth of travel money. One of the local teams, the Western Michigan Riders, put on a clinic on how to do a leadout, as they had six guys on the front with 3 to go, and still had 4 guys left on the final lap, with one of their riders taking the win.

The race was on Saturday and I haven't ridden since. Played some golf yesterday with my brother and my friend Chris, and shot a can try to guess if that was for 9 or 18 holes! Gotta start getting ready now for my flight back to Tucson. It was great being gone and out of the heat for a while, but now I need to get home and start getting things in order to go back to school in a couple weeks, and start working again. Fun stuff. Adios.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Recovering in MI

So here it is Wednesday, about three days after the Tour de Toona has ended. I made it through the race pretty much unscathed, but pretty damn tired nonetheless. This post is probably not going to be one of my best, as right now I have some sort of sinus thing going on and my head feels like there is a brick shoved right into the middle of it. Started on Tuesday morning when I woke up, hopefully it'll be gone over the next couple days. It has been pretty fun here in MI so far, although I haven't really done much of anything yet. I went to dinner with my Mom and some friends on Monday, and had a bbq and a couple beers last night with my friend Will and his wife, along with Brian Caron, who's a good friend of mine that I haven't seen in a few years. Pretty fun evening. If you want to see the results of Toona, look them up here. Gotta go now and get some shopping done. Adios.