Monday, November 23, 2009

Cow Palace - Cross Palace

Scott Chapin won the Elite Men' leading the rest of the riders on a merry chase for the entire race.  Erin Dunn finished 4th in the B Women.  Matt Jordan finished 4th in the Master Men 35+A.  The race organization was a little sloppy.  Your's Truly is credited with finishing 3rd in the Master Men 55+ but I know for a fact that the fellow they gave 4th place finished in front of me.   My apologies in advance if I missed anyone's results.
Brent The Elder

Manzanita Park II Photos

Photos by Brent The Elder

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CCCX Manzanita park II

It was supposed to rain today but looking at the pictures you would never know that. It didn't rain on the team parade, either as Sean Coffey got a 3rd in the A single speed race inspite of a bike change. Tom Sullivan also got 3rd in the 55+ mens catagory.

Jeff Traugott reached a milestone today getting his first medal at a 'cross race in 5th place.
On the women's side, Katheen Bortolussi and Michelle Perez went 2nd and 4th in the womens 35+ race.

This mob is the wmen's A field with Stella Carey getting 3rd , Jill Fattor getting 6th and Steph Thompson coming in 7th.......I think.
Erin Dunn got 4th in the womens B race but wasn't in the photo.

Nobody could hold back Justin Robinson today but our team dominated the podium with Dave Wyandt in 2nd, Scott Chapin 3rd, Aaron Odell in 5th.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sierra Point Night Race

Just a few photos to show the Night Race scene.
A few highlights:  The front of the Men's Elite field was crawling with Lobsters.  Chris McGovern in 2nd place, Josh Snead in 3rd, Scott Chapin in 5th, Aaron O'dell in 6th, and Dave Wyandt in 7th.
Brett Lambert in the Men's 45+ A class was moving so fast that the announcer at the finish line didn't even see him and announced someone else as the winner.  Fortunately the officials got it all sorted out and Brett got the win he deserved.
Jay Melena and Kathleen Bortolussi each took 3rd place in the Women's B class and Women's 35+ class respectively.

Brent The Elder

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CCCX 4 Toro Park

Well, my camera died but there are plenty of photos to be seen on the CCCX site from this exciting race. There were not as many racers or spectators this time but some of the fields were substantial. The 10:00 a.m. races saw David Millett getting 10th in the open B 's, Jeff Traugott and I going 6th and 7th in the 45+ B's and Tom Sullivan ( still waiting for his team kit ) and Brent Harris getting 3rd and 6th in the 55 +. At 11 the 35+A masters had Tim Watson stomping his way to 14th place ( quite literally..) and Brett Lambert in the 45+ managing 3rd after two bike changes. Frank Kalcic had a super race finishing 7th. Frank's son Brian got 2nd in the kids race proving that last weeks win at Surf City was no fluke. Stella fought hard in the womens elite race to secure 3rd and Jill Fattor followed in 4th to protect her overall position on the G.C. . Erin Dunn rode to 3rd in the womens B's inspite of a rather dramatic crash. Kathleen Bortolussi was to one win of the day in the womens master 35 + with Michelle Perez following at 4th. The two of them seem to have that catagory sewn up in the G.C. In the mens elite race we had some no-shows but still had major players with Josh Snead, Scott Chapin, Aaron Odell and Aaron Kereluk. Jason Rahlwes and Eric Highlander also raced and fresh off the plane from the east coast showing up with not time to spare was Jeff Patton. Crashes would take out Snead and Highlander but Scott battled at the front for much of the race and finished 3rd , making him leader in the G.C. Odell was up there until a wipout sent him back a number of places but he rode back up to 6th with a strong finish. Aaron Kereluk rode tough throughout and finished 11th with Jason Rahlwes riding from the very back all the way up to 8th place. Jeff Patton , in spite of jet lag and no warmup rode to 16th . All in all, the team had folks on the podium almost all day. Jay Melina and Steph Thompson both battled in the womens elite race as well and improved from the previous races. Check the CCCX site for great pictures of the day......especially the aerobatics of Tim and Erin.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Surf City weekend races

The Halloween race at the Watsonville fairgrounds is always a big event-the turnout this time was huge and the fields were larger and deeper than any local race so far. The two days are a blur right now but I'll try to give you a brief overview, as much as I can recall. In the elite men on day 1 Josh Snead suffered an early flat and had to chase for much of the race but made it all the way to 5th. Dave Wyandt proved strongest of the team and finished a close 2nd behind a super strong Justin Robinson. Chris McGovern was not far behind, riding strong. Aaron Odell and Aaron Kereluk were up in the top 11 as well, showing that we have a super deep team. In the elite women Stella Carey went 2nd both days. Although the first days race was changed dramatically by a crash, Stella prved on Sunday that she has the strength to win the series. Jill Fattor finished 4th on the first day , riding strong all season. On the second day both Erin Dunn and Michelle Perez won podium spots with gutsy riding on a demanding course. Brett Lambert pretty much dusted the fields both days , winning in a sprint on Saturday and on Sunday by a huge margin. Brian Kalcic demolished the field in the Sunday kids race, even jumping the barriers . The Highlight for me on Sunday was watching Dave wyandt outsprinting Don Myrah for 5th.....on foot ! Josh and Chris rode to 3rd and 4th Sunday with Scott Chapin coming in 10th , A.K. 13th, Jason Rahwles 14th. Steven Sperling used the C race for a warmup and got 2nd......I guess it was a good warmup!