It’s that time of the year where you can’t shake a stick but find some drama out on the tarmac.
Sutherland and the HNutz are the DeathStar of the american peloton, right now. You’ve got a guy pulling domestique duty for Sutherland who just set a blistering sub-50minute 40K at Sattley (the slowest, crappiest 40K at elevation this side of Bogota). Word scuttled about that it’s a course record and that’s something i love to hear.
Well done, RKillit.
So, you know that squad is running en fuego when one of the hired guns is spinning that fast and still be but a man to slave away at the front for Sutherland.
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Over in Harlem, there’s a wondrous bit of phot-age that shows some kid sticking it to RockRacing and then slipping himself all over the floor in celebration.
still, great gawdamn win.
but racing in New York just holds so little appeal to me.
except for a velodrome, maybe…
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NEVADA CITY, baby!
awww yeah, NevCity was yesterday and a great race to watch. Sara Bamberger dominated it solo for the women and not a person you’ll ever find who didn’t approve of that action. Bamberger is one of NorCal’s own and it was incredibly pleasing to see her put a stamp on the record books for all to remember.
Yup, it’s the 48th running of those sierra foothills … and i just can’t wait for the 50th ~ what a party that will be.
Justin England saw a sliver of crack in BMC’s Nydam with 3 laps to go and shot away for a 2nd win of the event. The Toyota-United team is looking for sponsors next year … and you gotta think races like this are what prospective advertisers want to see. England was magic for the local media and every one of the thousands at the race yesterday heard that brand echoing around the town.
money well spent.
My VOS-mates were awesome all weekend. Dan Martin cuh-rushed the field for another beautific solo win. Angermann of Specialized and chico rider Andrew Barlow were the podium grabbers in the 35s … and, lo and behold ~ BigBubbaMelcher finally got his Nevada City crown in the 45s. That was satisfying to see.
ALMOST as satisfying as seeing my old-skool homie from Reno, Spencer Erickson, win himself the Elite 3s race. It was a GREAT 3s race that saw Spencer somehow stay away solo in the final agonizing laps … away from a hard charging pack sprint that would see young Chris Stastny (wearing my VanderKitten jersey, yo. he had forgotten his kit at home and needed something to race in! hell yeah, my kind of bike rider) take a bike throw in front of Sycip’s Aaron Bonar.
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cuz i need a rest. The next event will be hosted by Velo Bella on July 11th … and i can tell you ~ they have big plans.
set your calendars, folks.
In the meantime, go check out some of KenConnelly’s sweet pics if you’d like to see some of the night’s shenanigans.
Friday Night Racing has entered into the rulery fray … you see, our officials are strictly enforcing laws of the sprint. Last Friday we had a HUGE move thrown down by Kieran in the a Match Sprint round. He swung under WorldCup rider Steve Palaez in dramatic fashion and drilled it to the line, with Palaez fading back in half-protest well after Kieran’s pass underneath.
But the officials relegated Kieran for an illegal pass as Palaez retained the sprinter’s lane and Kieran entered the blueband to overtake.
It was a very, very hard call … but one put down and enforced for safety.
however, it must be said … what an amazing attempt by the Kieren. I see big things for this sprinter in the coming years. He just has to improve those puny calves of his!
It was down to BB, McCook, Palaez, and Tamel. Tamel took the initiative and drove most a lap with BB in hot pursuit. The final elimination looked locked between McCook and Palaez as they positioned themselves a bit off and behind BB’s wheel. McCook had Palaez trapped in the pole as they passed the 200m line, but Cookie tossed in a flick just too far beyond the pale of the officials and was relegated.
heady, heady times indeed.
Nobody wants to water down the racing in these parts … but, when it comes to safety ~ thems are the rules.
I can’t wait to see a rematch in the coming weeks.
Hellyer Velodrome … best racing around.
more later, gotta scoot for now (apologies for non-editing … as always).
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