Sunday, September 28, 2008
Even Frank Kalcic's kids got on the podium today.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The Lion of Fairfax race was a hot and dusty affair with a lot of families bringing thier kids to race. Lucky for the kids, they got to race first before the heat went up . Our A squad was a little lean, missing a few players, most notably Aaron Kereluk and Dave Wyandt. Lucky for us, our depth allowed for good results and some bolstering from Max Clifford who elected to race the hour rather than his age group. Andy Jaques-Mayne and Justin Robinson showed up to make it a real race, and that's just what they did. Josh Snead held his own the longest but was shadowed by Justin Robinson nearly the whole race. The predictable move came midway through the race as Andy attacked and no one could follow. Scott Chapin was up in front for the early part of the race but when Andy made his move, Josh gave chase with Justin in tow and Scott was alone for the rest of the hour. Aaron Odell suffered a flat and had two wheel changes but still finished just ahead of an impressive Alex work. The heat proved too much for Evan Adams but Jeff Patton and Max Clifford toughed it out to finish. At the finish it was Josh 3rd,Scott 4th, Aaron 6th and Alex 7th.......four in the top ten. I do not have other results but the probably will be up soon.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Good luck to Snead and the rest of the team headed out for racing this weekend.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The start was blistering fast and the pace did not let up. I rode the first few laps in pretty good position. Besting Lance at the start, I hung in his group in the high twenties for a couple laps before fading back to the low thirties. I could hear the announcers excitedly accounting how aggressive the lead riders were being and started wondering how long it would be before they started pulling riders, so that there were not any conflicts with the leaders.
So with four or five laps to go, you get what the picture shows you. I was in a group of seven or eight riders and the front few were able to separate themselves from the rest of us. I figured it was not long before they were going to pull our plug and the fun was going to be over so I decided to make the most of this time with so many spectators. There were tons of people along the fence at the finish line and near the barriers. I started riding by them with my hand out stretched, giving high fives to anyone who would take them. This was about the same time I realized I could make some good money ($8) if I took the singles people were holding out.
What I did not expect was to stay strong and keep the pace high enough that I would not get pulled. It was so much fun. The crowd was so intense and energetic that it became hard to slow down. Definitely one of the most fun races I have been in yet! And I might add that the bikes look pretty hot under those lights too.
Photo by: Kurt Jambretz
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
HRS/Rock Lobster 2008-2009 cyclocross team.
Team HRS/Rock Lobster enters its fifth season with the goals of continuing to dominate San Francisco and Nor-Cal cyclocross races and will also be sending some elite members to select U.C.I. events and Cross Nationals thanks to a continued title sponsorship with HResource Solutions of Santa Cruz California and factory support by Rocklobster Cycles.
Last season the team tallied over 20 victories and nearly 100 podium places, swept the podium for the NCNCA cup, and a podium spot at Lebbeke Kleicross Belgium.
For 2008 with 35 riders including Elite and new up'n coming racers in 2 states, the team is one of the most formidable west of the rockies and is locked and loaded for a full-frontal assault on 'cross.
More info available at http://teamrockblogster.
HResource Solutions, Rock Lobster cycles, Jeff Traugott guitars, Value Outsourcing, Mavic sports, Easton-Bell sports, Chris King, Paul Component Engineering, Challenge tires, Ristorante Avanti, and Blackburn .
Elite Team: Stella Carey, Sarah Kerlin, Ben Popper, Aaron Odell, Aaron (Bacon boy) Kereluk, David Wyandt, Joshua (DJ) Snead.
Elite Masters: Max Clifford, Tim Watson, Matt Jordan, Evan Adams, Sean Coffey, Brett Lambert, Steve Gile, Frank Kalcic.
A-Men: Dean Poshard, Scott Chapin, Nick Purtscher, Alex Work, Jeff Patton.
Directeur swiggif / Sommelier: Paul H. Sadoff
Mechanic : Ryan C. Bontrager
Stylist : Simon Vickers
Publicity and logistics : Brent Chapman
Inventory and treasury control : Tim Watson
Mascot and inspiration : Scott "buckethead " Chapin.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Josh Snead gave a master class on how to dominate the locals but he had help from Dean Poshard and Alex Work in the first lap with some really fast leadouts. Scott Chapin got second with a strong ride that pretty much gave notice to the field that the buckethead was the new fast guy in town. Dave Wyandt rode conservatively on the first lap but went into pursuit mode and mowed down all the riders between himself and third place, completing the HRS/Rock Lobster podium sweep. Alex Work finished a credible 6th after his strong start. The absence of some of our strongest riders did not keep the team from really scoring big in the first CCCX. Courtney Grossman got 2nd in the 35 plus B catagory and Frank Kalcic finished near the front of the 45 plus A group. As usual, Ryan Bontrager provided excellent support where it was required . Nice start to the 2008 season !