Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pilarcitos 2, Candlestick point

Big turnouts and lots of slideouts were the story today. I'll do the best I can with the placings but you'll have to check with the race website for an accurate account of the days racing. My head was spinning from the amount of activity in the tent early on. The best example was Tom Sullivan coming in 8 minutes before his start with a pair of broken handlebars from a warmup crash. Ryan , Tom and I changed out the bars and got them retaped just in time for Tom to jump into the race seconds after the gun went off. Tom Fox was the winner in the 45B class keeping his overall lead in the series. Our elite men had an epic battle with Justin Robinson but got beaten by the big man. Aaron Odell looked to be the man of the day until he flatted 3 laps in and was nowhere near his wheels. I had to scramble to find a wheel and get hime rolling again. He went from the lead to dead last as a result of the slow wheel change but rode brilliantly back to 4th place finishing just behind Josh Snead. Dave Wyandt attacked Justin hard many times during the race but a couple of crashes delayed him enough to get beaten by the big man from Bonny Doon. Our podium was still impressive as we had 3 of 5 positions.
Nick Purtscher had a really strong second half and Jeff Patton was having a super race until he crashed hard midway through the race and withdrew. The mens B race was perhaps the biggest field of the day and newcomer Alex Work finished a credible 5th and looked strong the whole time. Stella and Bettina got callups in the womens A race and Stella managed 5th against some really tough roadie women on a flat fast course. Julie Brothers finished her womens masters race retaining her top ten status overall. Frank Kalcic rode hard and then graciously fired up his weber at the tent while D.J. Snead spun discs on his portable turntable.

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