• Sunday Update

    by  • April 10, 2011 • race coverage • 4 Comments

    Calaveras ITT

    Oliva Dillon’s victory at Calaveras makes me think that despite an uneven start for Peanut Butter 2012’s (awesome at Merco, okay at Redlands) they are just getting warmed up and will be destroying the American field by the time the Nature Valley Grand Prix rolls around.  Roman Kilun put in a big effort to distance himself  from the second place finisher.  A convincing display of power -which after Redlands, makes me think that Kenda pb GearGrinder is going to be one of the big powers on the domestic circuit this year.

    Turlock Road Race

    I’m hearing rave reviews from all corners on this race.  Despite delays caused by some crashes, riders that participated feel this is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses on the NorCal docket.  Frank Spiteri, Marc Pro-Strava, finally bagged a big one with a win at Turlock.  Spiteri has been building up to this for a while with strong efforts in the build up categories and a stellar cross season.  The Marc Pro-Strava team are on a role taking down all kinds of races this spring.  No word on the women’s race yet.  Lance Armstrong was a no show… bummer.  Here is a quick Women’s update from RVH

    Jane Despas won the sprint at Turlock.  Emily Mathieu was second, edging out Jane Roberson in a (almost) too close to call photo finish.

    The race was active from the start with Fremont Bank racing very, very aggressively.  They had the largest team (4 riders) and repeatedly got off the front and forced the field to chase.  Unfortunately, the whole team was taken out by the horrible crash in the middle of the race. [ED NOTE: Similar situation happened to Webcor at the 2009 NVGP] Two crashed, and the other two stayed to help their teammates who were both eventually air-lifted to the hospital.

    In the last lap, Marley Smith put in a strong solo attack that was brought back after a hard chase of 10 miles or so.  She managed to finish 4th (I think).  Emily Thurston also raced very well, pulling back numerous little breaks and finishing 5th (I think).

    Pine Bluff Crit

    Sierra Pacific stacked the field with a full team and Brian Bosch, riding under the Sierra Pacific Banner now, won in customary style.  The women’s race looks small and while Rebecca Rising of Metromint took the win, the race saw a race appearance of former women’s Pro/DS/Coach Felicia Gomez.

    Will post more findings as they roll in.

     

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    4 Responses to Sunday Update

    1. TimB
      April 11, 2011 at

      Gotta Agree Hellyer – Turlock Lake RR did seem very well received. The sponsor, Rabobank seemed very happy with the turnout and exposure and is talking about both continuing and maybe expanding their sponsorship. The Start/Finish was well equipped, and in a pretty location.

      Let’s hope that this was the start of a successful event for future years.

    2. rvh
      April 11, 2011 at

      An update on Turlock from the wheel car perspective:

      Jane Despas won the sprint at Turlock. Emily Mathieu was second, edging out Jane Roberson in a (almost) too close to call photo finish.

      The race was active from the start with Fremont Bank racing very, very aggressively. They had the largest team (4 riders) and repeatedly got off the front and forced the field to chase. Unfortunately, the whole team was taken out by the horrible crash in the middle of the race. Two crashed, and the other two stayed to help their teammates who were both eventually air-lifted to the hospital.

      In the last lap, Marley Smith put in a strong solo attack that was brought back after a hard chase of 10 miles or so. She managed to finish 4th (I think). Emily Thurston also raced very well, pulling back numerous little breaks and finishing 5th (I think).

    3. Chris
      April 11, 2011 at

      Best finish area ever, they had cup cakes! Also the people volunteering and organizing seemed to genuinely enjoy having us there. Bummer about the crash. Will race again.

    4. Bill Nicely
      April 11, 2011 at

      Um, PALM BLUFFS Criterium. My [accidental] promoting debut. The real story was the three man bridge containing the race winner (my teammate, Shaun Bagley) to the six man break that was out of sight in the 35+ 123 with Brian watching it go away and not marking it. Duh! Winning!

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