Greg Fenton wins again! UC Cyclery/JW Floors had three other near misses.
Greg Fenton, along with teammate Steve Strickler, won the State Team Time Trial today at Lake Los Angeles.
They covered the 23-mile course in 50:48, a great time! Congratulations!
The rest of the team had to settle for three second-place finishes.
The team of Tony Darr and Reed Moore, in the 2-Men, 120+ event were second in a time of 55:29.
Jimbo Wimberly and Sal Cefalu, in the 2-Men, 70+ event were second in a time of 53:14.
Tim Page and his partner Max Affarano were second in the 2-Men 90+ event in a time of 51:51.
Last Sunday, May 21, was a perfect day for doing a TT at Fiesta Island. Cool with no wind.
Some good times were posted. UC Cyclery/JW Floors was well represented. Here are the results:
55+ Mens, 20K:
1st: Greg Fenton, time of 27:47, @26.8 mph.
2nd: Tony Darr, time of 29:06, @25.6 mph.
60+ Mens, 20K:
1st: Reed Moore, time of 29:43, @25.1 mph.
3rd: Richard Allen, time of 32:10, @23.2 mph.
40K 2-person Open:
1st: UC Cyclery team of Jimbo Winberly and Sal Cefalu,
time of 55:57, @ 26.6 mph.
It was nice to see the team out there and doing well.
Our team was well represented for the 3rd race of the SoCal endurance series. Ken, JJ, Deron and Dennis entered the 50+ division. Dan and I competed in the 40-49 class. The field was smaller than usual with 70-80 riders instead of 300+ and therefore the mass start was much less chaotic. The promoter Jason Ramona created a well designed course of 8.8 miles and 865 ft elevation per lap. A new flowy single track near the park entrance was followed by a sustained climb on a fire road to the top of the famous Tarentula, a steep technical downhill. The rest of the course was composed of the classic punchy single track trails. The interesting twist was the weather; with temperatures in the 90 F after a relatively cold week. I took a very conservative start, keeping my heart rate in a manageable zone and rode the first lap with Ken. Dan took a very fast start. This was his first race since breaking his finger last winter. At the start of the second lap Ken, being an experienced endurance racer slowed down, having built a sizable gap on his rivals from the 50+ division. I started to increase the pace. I passed several riders from the open men divisions and I caught Dan in the middle of the 3rd lap. The heat was starting to take its toll on all the riders including Dan. I slowed down and told him to rest on my wheel. He was able to recover and we rode two full laps together at a steady pace. At the beginning of the 6th lap (our last lap) Dan started to cramp and since I still had a lot of fuel in the tank I rode the last lap without holding anything back. I won the 40-49 and Dan secured second place. We were the only two riders outside the open men division to complete six laps. Ken won the 50+ with JJ taking 2nd place, Deron 5th and Dennis 7th.
Rhonda and Bob raced the 8 h version. Bob won the 60+ division with 8 laps. Rhonda suffering from a back injury pulled out after 5 laps to let her back heal up.
UCC had a great turn out for the SLR RR this weekend. Our team had 7 teammates representing UCC (which looked impressive in a field of 40). Tony, Bill, Reed, Jimbo, Randy, Ken, and myself raced the 55+. As the group started the usual occurred, we hit it hard on the downhill and picked up enough speed that Tony got in such a speed wobble he had to come to a complete stop, checked his shorts for brown streaks, than took off again to catch back onto the pack. The rest of the first lap had many attacks, each of which was answered by a UCC team member. No one was going to get away. When we climbed the hill for the first time the group stayed together for the most part. Lap two was pretty much the same with frequent attacks responded to by UCC. I could list everyone by name and describe the details of their efforts to pulling back the breaks, but that would take up a full page. Everyone worked well together to get the work done when attacks occurred.
By the time we hit the hill on the second lap, the pace was pretty intense. Unfortunately it took a toll on most of the team and I found myself in a 15 man break. Just as had occurred in the first two laps, there were frequent attacks throughout the third lap. As we crested the hill on the 3rd lap I ended up in a 6 man break and with about two turns to go, I stood up to sprint to the front of the group and my legs cramped up (lame horse). I ended up just off of the sprint.
Awesome job to Ken on his first road race, looking forward to seeing him out more, Fellow Mountain-bike teammate Randy is always great to race with. Tony and Bill were very impressing bringing back the breaks. Nice to have you on our team Tony. Jimbo did an excellent job was coordinating the team’s efforts. I’m only sorry that I wasn’t able to get the win after everyone put in so much hard work.
It’s too bad there wasn’t a 60+ class this year. Randy, Reed and Kal would have made an awesome team!
I had a great time guys, thank you all so much!
-Great photo’s provided by Diane Darr.
FIRST TIME AT SEA OTTER by Chuy Topete
Sea otter was a great experience for me. Actually that race wasn’t on my plan …. until 2 weeks before when I received a text from Ken. “SEA OTTER!! YOU WANT TO GO”? I respond with a VAMONOS (let’s go)!
Sea Otter is a HUGE bike festival held in Laguna Seca Raceway and the surrounding countryside near Monterey California. It is a week-long event with every type of bike race. We got to Sea Otter on Saturday around 2 pm. The first thing we did was check in to get our number plates and pre ride to see the course. Ken designed the ride taking us to the best and hardest parts of the course (we didn’t do the complete 28.5 miles course so we could be fresh to race the next day). We did a finish climb for the pre ride (2nd from the last climb) and Ken mention to me that there was a 4 miles until the finish line with a climb, that was not part of our pre ride… but I wanted to do it… so Randy and I decided to do the last 4 miles easy pace just to check the final part of the course. While I was doing the last 4 miles I visualize the race (don’t ask me how I did that) but somehow I saw myself on the race and having one of my opponents battling for a good position in that section of the course . We finished riding the last 4 miles, went to the car, told Ken that I like the last 4 miles some climbing and descending, was going to be a nice finish race.
Sunday… time for the race. I went to warm up by myself…got to the start line I saw around 20 rider at my class, so that make it more harder haha having to race against 19 more riders. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy race. The race start with a low pace. The first climb came and oh oh the first attack come along. I position in top ten with national champion Brian Scarborough and a racer from Argentina where putting the pace at that moment. We were climbing and descending really hard. A single track came and I was still in the top ten. It was kind of hard for me because I didn’t know the whole course and there were some points I didn’t know if I had to go harder or low my pace. I was only able to pass 2 guys. I saw that Brian and the Argentina guy just fly and went ahead from all of us and some guys decided to follow them. I saw a group of 4 riders that were working together so I try to get there wheel but they just went away from me, so I rode most of the course by myself. Try to get some wheels but there were too slow. I started passing riders from different classes and was getting frustrated because I didn’t see none of the rider from my class for about 20 miles. Finally, I was about to start the 2nd to the last climb (around mile 23 of 28.5) and I saw one rider in my class… I pass him!! Then I saw most of them, some of them were starting the climb and there was one already half up the 10 minute climb. I knew it was my opportunity and last chance to pass them (I had some gas left)!! I start passing one by one. There was one that try to get my wheel, and I just got out of my saddle but he couldn’t respond!! Finally I catch the last guy I could see, almost at the end of the climb. I knew he was from my class because I recognized his blue S-Works. I passed him and he ask me what category are you ??? I respond truthful “30+ Cat 1”!! Again I got out of my saddle and sprint the last part of the climb and did the same thing with a short climb before getting to the descent of the last 4 miles…. I open a good gap!!
At that point I guessed I was in top 5 (I had lost the count). I decided to keep pushing hard the last 4 miles…passing riders, I was looking at their legs to see what class they were in but I didn’t see no 30+ Cat 1. Then, just about 1/2 mile from the finish line my chain got dropped!!! I don’t know how that happen! I was frustrated and couldn’t get the chain back and it took me like 30/40 seconds but I finally put back my chain. Now I saw the rider with the blue S-Works like 6 bike lengths away from me. So I got back to my bike and gave everything I had left on the last ½ mile. I got to the pavement of the Laguna Seca racetrack near the finish line. I looked back but I didn’t see the guy. Finally I pass the finish line!! At that moment I didn’t really know how I did. I just cooled down and went back to the finish line where I saw some of my opponents. So I decided to introduce myself and tell them was a great race. One of them ask me how I did!! I told him I don’t know probably top 5…and another guy said “did you pass the guy with the blue S-Works? I said yes!!! “So you got 3rd place…we were trying to catch him.” But I didn’t get to excited until I see the results. I went to see the result sheet and yes, I finished 3rd place!!!
It was a great experience for me getting a podium in my first time being in Sea Otter and how the race came out to me, as I planned it and visualize it the day before in the pre-ride!!! Thanks to Ken and Bob. It was a great experience too, being with two pro riders, I learn new things!!!!
I want to congratulate my team mates who also raced Sea Otter:
Rhonda Geiszler got 2nd place in Cat 1 women 50+.
In Cat 1 men 55-59, Ken Winston got 3rd place, Dennis Mudd finished in 4th place, and Greg Fenton pulled off with back pain after running in 3rd place earlier in the race.
In Cat 1 men 60-64, Randy Liechty won 1st place and Bob Wilcox finished in 5th place.
Thank you to all who made it to our team photo and ride last Sunday. Great turnout, great weather,
and a great location. Big thank yous to Steve Boyd for scouting the location and shooting the photos. Here are some of the shots Steve and I got. The main ones will be posted in our Team Section, soon.