Sunday, October 30, 2011

Surf City Halloween race

The costume race is always entertaining....people don't hold back.
Doing a lap on this course in a costume is insane as it was a really hard lap and the temperature was in the 70's , making for a hot and dry ride. The fun and games didn't las too long before the serious racing started up.
Here's Frank Kalcic in the men's 45 A group showing just how painful it was. Mark Howland is in the distance, delayed by a mechanical early in the race.
Good to see Brett Lambert back in the saddle. Maybe he'll be able to share the pain in the coming weeks.
Stella Carey started conservatively and with a really powerful last few laps rode up into third and a podium spot in the women's elite race.Not only that,she showed up with some artfully prepared " cake-pops" for the team. They were gone in no time. Janel Lodge finished 2nd in the women's 35 plus race.
Aaron Bradford proved the strongest on the day with an emphatic win on a single speed in the men's elite race. Scott Chapin, also on a single speed and nursing a cold still finished 3rd.
Here's Ben Dodge leading it out at the start. Unfortunately, he would have a flat and have a long run to the pits but he continued and finished. Kevin Crossley rode a strong race and led out the first half lap. He would finish 12th. In the men's 45 B group the placings were not up but Will Hall got credit for 2nd place. Benoit Dubuisson , Michael Schaller raced but they will have to wait for the official results. As far as I can tell, in the 55+ men I got 3rd and Brent Harris came in 5th. Brian Staby rode in the men's 35 A race and we'll have to wait for that result as well. The turnout was huge and I think the race officials were overwhelmed by the numbers.

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