Return of the Randoms …
There are so many stories to tell about cycling in our region – the NorCal. And good on’ya for any and all interested in reading, spreading, or even writing about the folks and exploits that make it all happen. Here’s a little lunchtime burp-up of thoughts from the fatter side of the saddle ~
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Shelley Evans (was Olds) … RidetheWorldCups.com
Shelley Evans is going to the World Championships for velodrome racing.
Let me just tap that into your noggins again – a homegrown talent from NorCal is going to the World Championships … and, she’s got one helluva good chance at winning her some medals while there.
These events are part fundraiser, mostly tune-ups for Shelley to get in the hellacious speeds and sufferings necessary for her to perform at her best against … the best.
These are always a good time, so if you’ve ever been interested in checking out velodrome racing – come on down to NorCal’s breeding grounds for champions. Hellyer Velodrome produces big riders, and it’s your local track.
When: Sat Feb 20th, track opens @ 12:30, racing starts @ 2pm.
What: Points Races, Scratch Races, Keirin Races & since the UCI deemed the Madison un-worthy ~ it’s going to be the only worthy addition to the Olympics, the Miss-n-Out.
Prizes? $100 cash (3 deep) each event for the A’s.
Plus, a very special new event called “Drop Shelley”:
$100 to the rider who can drop Shelley over either a flying 1K, or flying 3K. Full aero gear is allowed (Shelley will not use any). Only 1 attempt will be allowed per RTWC, so if you think you have what it takes, please RSVP rob at otbphoto dot com
Rules for “Drop Shelley”
– Flying Start
– Aero gear is allowed
– Distance is stated before the race (either 1K or 3K)
– “Dropped” is > 2 bike lengths @ the finish
– Shelley defends the $100 by not being dropped
– Shelley wins the $100 by coming around on the line (winning the race)
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NorCal Men in Tights – the new teams, the old teams … the rumbling manherds
Yayhoo!s on bikes
There’s a new squad formed up in Norcal, but filled with a lot of familiar faces. It’s a team organized around the interwebs business, Yahoo!, and the fellas will apparently be interfacing a bit with the organization’s own cycling enthusiasts. Not a bad idea – as any way we can get desk jockies on bikes is always a good thing, in my opinion.
The goals and roster of the team look to pit them square against the 800 lb gorilla of men’s cycling in NorCal – ‘dem CalGiantStrawberries.
“Based in Northern California, the team [Yahoo!] plans to race the majority of its season on the West Coast as well as a portion of the National Racing Calendar (NRC). Dependent upon its success in the US circuit in 2010, the team plans to move on to Continental Status in 2011.”
Well, good for them.
The team scalped a few quality riders from the NorCal ranks … and it will be interesting to see how they match up and race against the other boys. Riders like Evan Huffman, Ryan Parnes, Phil Mooney, Vince Owens, Adam Switters and Tyler Dibble are all strong, proven riders of NorCal that deserve to get some time cracking at the NRC ranks – and I hope that the experienced riders like Copeland, Briggs & Bosch will do the work of putting them in the position to do so.
Should be good fireworks.
Of course, it does grate my nuggets a bit that Kevin Klein is managing the squad … sure, he’s always been skilled at scrounging up pretty things to pedal around on … but I’ve never been impressed with how he races his bike and consider him one of the legendary wheelsucks in NorCal. Meh ~ hope he proves me wrong this year. I guess.
Still – there’s a handful of quality young talent getting a chance to be seen on the NRC stage … so, cheers to that. Wheelsuck.
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Webcor/Alto Velo – still going, still in them ugly kits
The AV team has been a juggernaut of NorCal cycling forever … seeming to field half the entries in some events. But in the past couple years, the P1/2 squad has really taken off and they may have some new recruits in 2010 that will make the squad even more exciting to watch.
The green boys are always willing to launch attacks and put themselves to the front of a bike race ~ but, they also have a maddening tendancy to miss winning breaks, and more times than acceptable ride with more balls than brains.
Let’s hope 2010 sees them going cogitative in their barbarism.
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Wells Fargo Racing – giving it gas
The Wells Fargo squad has put in a lot of effort to support and develop young up-and-comers in the NorCal peloton ~ and I see this group as having some intriguing shots at podiums when the inevitable infighting occurs within and amongst the bigger squads of the region.
The Fargo boys have one of the more inspiring stories in young Colin Samaan. He is the rider who had a near-fatal car collision a few years back … and has worked hard to bring himself back to the cycling world. He’s still only 20 years old, but as team captain Mark Deterline says,
“He is learning and maturing, but one of the things that makes him so compelling is that he is a good guy – likeable, confident yet humble, dedicated to team & teammates.”
The Fargos also have a good story in one of their new recruits, Phillip Snodgrass, who moved to Santa Rosa from Oklahoma solely to race in NorCal and in the hope of eventually turning pro.
That’s good stuff.
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Team Clif Bars – chew, don’t swallow
I got no problem with that.
JD Bergmann is always good for a solid sprint finish and even broke the mold last year by throwing himself out solo in a number of crits around the region. I know, cause I was screaming his name over the announcer’s mic at a slew of them.
But, they’ve also got young Joe Ianarelli winning an early season sprint finish for the squad at the Cal Aggie Crit … and that could be a good sign of things to come for the CLIF boys.
Still ~ they’ve got a long way to go to match the talent and depth of the honcho squads in NorCal … and it will be pretty damn interesting to see how this year’s racing shakes out.
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Williams Cycling – fielding a squad, too???
Yup … it had to happen sooner or later ~ but, Williams Cycling has branched out to putting up some advertising dollars into a platoon of young pedalers. This is a damn good development, and I can’t wait to see how the boys will perform this year.
They’ve got hardman Andres Gil with them as mentor/example of how to suffer like a monkey … but, overall I just want to see these kids having fun and racing their butts off.
Good on ‘ya, Williams Cycling. Thanks for supporting grassroots cycling … events & racers.
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More to see, more to read, more to talk shit about.
… see you ’round the races.
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