yes, yes … this site is one long-winded slackfest.
ah well, we get what we pay for.
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Friday Night Mayhem
My VOS-mate, SeantheBell, also took some trick shots that i’ll splice in a bit later. But for now? Let’s just yap a bit about how the racing went on Friday.
If you’d like to watch the last few races, Casey stored them for viewing on his stickam website. Thanks Casey!
We filled in a lot of racing last Friday ~ showing off some fine juniors with a scratch race, miss-n-out, and handicap’d pursuit. Newly crowned US Champ Claire Jensen was all over the boards, busting out the stars n’ bars jersey and honoring it, big time!
Nevitt had a decent crash a couple months back and we didn’t know if she’d be back in time for Masters’ Natz … but, this Friday’s efforts show clearly that the SanJose rider will be, yet another, NorCal standout ready to show some sass at the big show.
And joining him? We had an amazing turnout for our p1/2/3 events … likely another indicator that both elite and masters Natz are around the corner [folks ~ it's almost bloody September ... crazyness!!!].
HealthNet’s Roman Kilun was there with his fabulous better half, VAC’s Martina Patella, and would bust open a few barrels of fitness to easily take the opening Scratch Race. But after that, each of the Elite events would see madness and mayhem, with what seemed like half the field throwing out attacks at one point or another during the night.
it was awesome!
During the 50-lap points race, MontanoVeloTrack’s Rob Evans put in the most dangerous dig of the night to try and gain a lap on the field. With Hellyer’s 333m (or more) length track … a lap on a charging field of 30 riders is … usually left for the likes of BJM. But, Evans times his attack perfectly after an early sprint that had the pack strung out and gasping … big time.
Evans hit out hungry and with total commitment for his attempt to gain the lap – but, like clockwork, the field re-grouped and responded with prejudice. The most critical moment came at the beginning of Rob’s 2nd lap off the attack ~ he was but a scant few meters from the back of the field … clawing, scraping, dying a thousand of deaths to eek his way across those final few, agonizing meters.
And then … BigBadTanaka took over at the front.
The Clif Rider turned on the style and scorched 500meters at the front of the race, stringing out the pack behind him and slamming the lid on the coffin of Evan’s lap attempt.
Noteworthy, as well, was young Andrew Lanier’s debut in the big leagues. Most in SJ will know the Laniers … as they are an integral part of the success and progress of the Hellyer Juniors and overall Hellyer facility and program improvements.
But, i reckon few had seen Andrew throw out such horsepower before. There was a moment in the Points Race when the teen-idol closed a monstrous gap with the likes of ProRomanKilun and LegendLarryNolan on his wheel … barely.
it was incredible.
And then there were the Sprints …
We were lucky enough to get to see the Akuna in the sprints last Friday. What a night to see some class racing. Akuna would take on 2-time US Elite Scratch Champ, Dave McCook in the semi’s … and what an epic battle that would turn into.
The two men swooped and carved, shut doors and opened the throttle red … they rocked that sprint and sent the crowd into a frenzy.
And then, in the finals … it would be Akuna v the maestro, GiovanniRey.
What a race.
Gio would surprise all by launching immediately with a vicious attack out of the blocks. Akuna had been showing a gear more than most in his sprints, and it looked as though Gio would put Akuna’s fitness to the test instead of his top-end in this Sprint Final.
100meters from the line, and Gio’s gap was already 5 bike lengths. The crowd was almost as surprised at the move as Akuna, and seats were left as folks stretched to see every pedalstroke of the battle beginning.
Akuna stayed composed and initiated his chase on the Maestro ~ the surprise was significant, but not unconquerable and he began to close the gap on Gio as the bell rang for the final lap.
Thru turn 1, and the crowd is going nutz to push both riders on. There are no crowd favorites here … and each riders’ effort is roared at in applause and hopes for more speed, more suffering.
On the back straight … it’s Akuna finally finding Rey’s wheel and after a moments draft to gather the storm, he launches his final move and overtakes for the win.
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How about that Rachel Lloyd … won another title ~ this time it’s SingleSpeed Worlds that were held in Napa over the weekend. Lloyd sports her ChampInk well … but man, that’s a plasticky looking butt, if i ever saw one.
… those PROMAN chicks … all work and no play.
SeanBell wins SanArdo! Gotta toss out a ‘hayle-yeah’ to my VOS-mate for his first big road race win! AND, he was there all Friday Night working the track with me before his Saturday early-AM race … thanks Sean!!!
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more later … hopefully.
[and no comment about choice of Biden as VP. i'm just letting you all know ... Canada is where this homeboy goes if a certain johnnymac squaredances himself into the oval office. they have interwebs there, yeah?]
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