• le oops

    by  • April 14, 2008 • norcal scene • 18 Comments

    What a weekend of bicycle riding. Paris Roubaix tosses out cycling in all its drama, personality, and circumstance. One day’s full-throttle firing on le’Tour-octane, eh?

    But, do any others mourn the loss of those few halcyon days years back when complete, live coverage was offered to us via OutdoorLife tv-vision?

    it wasn’t being there, but it was still pretty damn sweet …


    today, we trust in CN or (maybe) VN’s chosen words to paint us a narrative, with crisp stills outlining bite-sized portions of what of the race was seen.

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    Speaking of biting ~ the teeth sure did seem to be in the bit this weekend at Madera. All the fields were big, strong showy beasts generating stories all over the place. The women’s 35+ was a HUGE success, with craft-tactics and hardnosed racing from wire-to-wire. All the women’s events were strong, with i believe almost 100 entrants for the weekend. That’s huge.

    {A quick side note of thanks to all those who tossed ice down my pants and poured chillies over my head after the road race. i had melted myself into the tar pretty good there, but the folks in the feedzone and then up at the intersection pulled me right out of it. Really appreciated and, yes, i’m an idiot.}

    The Men’s p1/2 had a few ringers in Zwizza, BMC’s Gavin (i think), and the Mattis/Moore slide rule superduo. I didn’t get a chance to hear how the road race shook completely, but it sounded hard as nails and i’m pretty sure Mattis defended the overall clean and clear. It wasn’t really fair though, because CalGiant had two guest riders for the weekend in the form of KatCuriMattis and KatCarroll.

    how you gonna compete with that action?

    The men’s 45s race was a brutal slugfest. BigBadBubbaMelcher sta-omped in the crit and TT. I haven’t heard complete word on who zapped what buttocks where in the road race, but i’ll get the details soon. Suffice it to say, there were some seriously hammered legs after that road race. Epic stuff. I’m not sure if Melcher, co-sineNovitzky or fastDanSmith took the overall ~ but whoever got it, earned it.

    To get hit with the idea that time trialing is a science attainable ~ you might take a look at the TT results for Madera when they get posted, sometime in 2011. In those results, you’ll see how fast the master’s time trial results are in relation to the p1/2s. Now, remember that the p1/2s had a Friday’s TT in them the day before – but they also started fresh and early AM for their TT’s on Saturday. It’s calm and heavy in those morning hours at the Madera TT … but definitely faster than the afternoon windied sufferfests the masters put themselves through … right after a heat-seeking attacker’s criterium.

    Both the 35s and 45s churned out some AMAZING TT efforts. Which really goes to show we should probably just change the categories to 35+/45+ Pro/1/2/3.

    Anyway, I was NOT one of those stellar TT artists … in fact, i wouldn’t have won the 35+ women’s event … let alone my 35+ event. But that’s another story …

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    and shyte, the meter just ran out off free time and the hotmail isn’t even touched on yet. more later, and thanks again to all those who doused my fire yesterday. what the hell was i thinking?




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    18 Responses to le oops

    1. cycloscott
      April 14, 2008 at

      I’ll be checking the newsgroups tonight for the Dutch TV broadcast of P-R. There’s a guy over there that generally posts all of the good stuff, including all of the UCI cross races in their entirety. Lemme know if you’re interested.

    2. Brian Peterson
      April 14, 2008 at

      45’s GC I think it was – Novitsky by 1 second over Melcher with Smith 3rd. Smith won the crit, Novitsky crushed the TT, don’t know who took the RR, maybe Melcher.

    3. Michael Hernandez
      April 14, 2008 at

      Peter Allen did


    4. nitro
      April 14, 2008 at

      Nice aggressive riding as usual, Hernando. Sorry I had to chase your tail down on the last lap of the RR, but I had to bring back my GC boy Foy (the guy who was with us for that Specialized TTT we had going on the second lap) back into the mix.

      BTW, that damn TT got me thinking that I need to get my TT form back. I’m sick and infected. One look at the cost per second and time racing might cure me, though.

    5. Ratón Poderoso
      April 14, 2008 at

      Madera is Spanish for Lame.

    6. April 14, 2008 at

      Scary to come past a woozy Hernando sitting on the ground on the way to the feed zone. You need to keep those body fluids in check. Coarse lots of folks were overheatin’; need to call in the cooler weather for next year. And we should recycle all our extra bottles to VP; they were running short on bottle and water during the 2nd wave races.

    7. rybenn
      April 14, 2008 at

      why can’t velo promo post the results in a timely fashion? can we collectively do something about this? what could the delay possibly be. they haven’t posted any results from the past 3 weeks

    8. April 14, 2008 at


      Sorry to hear you were melting down out there. I had a couple extra bottles in the feed zone at the end, but had to bail so my son could play soccer back here in Belmont at 3:30 (his team scored their 3rd win 5-0!). You made the race a blast with all the attacks – one of these days, I’m gonna try to get in one with you and see if we can make it stick. I had a blast and am looking forward to the next one!

    9. April 14, 2008 at


      Glad to see you’re feeling better today. Larry and I saw you being tended to at the intersection on our way out. Sabine was pulling up just in front of us so we saw that you were already in good hands.

    10. chatterbox
      April 14, 2008 at

      Sorry to hear about your meltdown. I had one of those last year, and it was no fun! Apparently, you were in better spirits by the time you guys drove by our pack and I heard you shouting “GO Velo Bellas!” Thanks for the encouragement and tips after the crit.

    11. Mike Hardy
      April 14, 2008 at

      Note that the P12 TT times were handwriting-marked as “all times 30s off” on the results sheet at Madera. If they get corrected before they’re posted I’ll be surprised. But you might mentally knock 30s off the times and see if they still stack right.

      And also note (as always) how there are a couple of lower cat guys that just beat the ever-loving snot out of time trials. Man those dudes fly (past me) in the TT.

    12. Michael Hernandez
      April 14, 2008 at


      on all accounts.
      stupid time trials

    13. April 15, 2008 at

      One more thing about the TT. I don’t know about the other groups, but Mick’s time was off by about 1 min. He really did a low 22′. He informed the officials Sunday morning and they corrected it while we were out having fun. Larry’s time bonuses combined with Mick’s time loss in the crit due to a flat with 4 to go is how Larry won GC. Let no good deed go unpunished! 🙂

    14. Michael Hernandez
      April 15, 2008 at

      hey …

      quit being a mr.niceguy masters racing team.

      not good for our rep.

    15. April 15, 2008 at

      F YOU!

      Better? 🙂

    16. Brian Peterson
      April 15, 2008 at

      I think Mick’s time was the only one in our group that was off, based on those I spoke with. My posted time agreed with my stop watch.

      Mick still rode a great TT, and Larry, well, that guy is just fast on any terrain and a deserving winner. Nice riding!

    17. April 15, 2008 at

      Unfortunately, my time agreed also…

    18. surfvivor
      April 17, 2008 at

      Compare the organization/results/riders standings etc. on the SCNCA website as compared to NorCal. What are people smoking up here…? Speaking of results, the Brisbane race results were posted within 1 day of each race…it is possible. But maybe not if you live in Soulsbyville, but damn, what nice people!

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