• Cal Cup Finale

    by  • September 2, 2011 • Cal Cup • 4 Comments

    Cal Cup madness is close to ending. With the end of Cal Cup the NorCal road season will draw to a close leaving the way open for a few final party races, track nationals, and of course NorCal cross. Before these winter activities set it VeloPromo has a doozy of a weekend that is going to test racers fitness and will to win with a simulated stage race that is as close to an Oregon stage race as you can get down here.

    The weekend kicks off with the Challenge Road Race, a bitch of a course with over 9k of climbing for the men, and a mega drive instore for those looking to flog themselves one last time. The action continues at the Esparto Time Trial, and while the points on offer are a little discounted, the modest number of entrants usually makes this and a great chance for the TT geeks to make up some ground on the leaders. The finale at the Metromint Giro di San Francisco is the only Velopromo event that can compete with the big party races like San Rafael and Cats Hill for ambiance and party like atmosphere. A smattering of Pro’s usually show ip for the Giro so the racing is often scintillating and the location (Levi Strauss Plaza) cannot be beat.

    Overall the weekend is tailor made for Evan Huffman who just gets stronger when he has to race more than one day in a row.    After telling us that his favorite race was the Challenge RR I would be hard pressed to find another rider currently able to take him on a pure slug fest.

    In the women’s field Jane Despas has a solid lead but her hold on it will be dictated by the ambition of the women stalking her like Jane Robertson, Mary Maroon, and Michelle Melka. If anybody can pull off a successful three starts then an upset is entirely within reach. Despas has been slipping lower in the points the last few races so it is definitely time to go for broke time in the women’s field.

    Jane Despas – yahoo- 80

    mary maroon – webcor – 63
    michelle melka – RED – 54
    Anne Fulton – metromint – 53
    jane roberston – metromint – 53
    fiona strouts – stanford – 36
    rikke preisler – metromint – 36
    christine riker – RED – 26
    Susannah breen – fremont bank – 24

    courtesy of the Cal Cup Calculator

    The cat 3s even sent me their points. All I can say is if you are in the top 5… quit sandbagging and sign up to get you ass kicked by Rand in Monday’s P12 field.  See below for Cat 3 Points.. i got masters here somewhere to from somebody..i’ll dig that up later.

    Cat 3 standings (after Vacaville)
    Points Name Team
    1 (41) Jeromy Cottell   Peninsula Velo
    2 (40) Joseph Ison    Metromint
    3 (35) Alistair Eeckman Above Category Racing
    4 (32) Colin DAW    Wheel Away Cycle Center
    5 (27) Andre Tenthorey  Sacramento Golden Wheelmen
    6 (26) Jason Berens    Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada
    7 (20) Chase Goldstein  L.Raphael-Leopard Cycles p/b Dave Jordan
    8 (20) Roger Martin    Wells Fargo Racing Team
    9 (19) Dan Tedford    Squadra Ovest Cycling
    10(19) Henry Scholz    Team Mike’s Bikes

    courtesy of Cat 3 Cal Cup

    Have a good weekend this Labor Day – Power to the workers!






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    Former NorCal resident now residing in Madison,Wisconsin. I race cross, but I'm named after a velodrome. Support your local bike shop, NorCal race promoters, and go learn to race on a track. Hellyer Velodrome - http://www.ridethetrack.com


    4 Responses to Cal Cup Finale

    1. The Prez
      September 5, 2011 at

      With a second place at Challenge and third at Esparto, Mary caught and passed Jane D. making Mary’s fourth place at the Giro icing as Jane was DNS. With this weekend’s racing Mary won Cal Cup, secured third in the Premier Series and extended her Point Series lead to about sixty points as she heads across the pond to race in the World Amateur Championships. With her win at Challenge RR, Susannah Breen captured the Premier Series Title with Mt Tam left to race and chance of getting caught.

    2. Cal cup calculator
      September 6, 2011 at

      Unofficial final results for W1/2/3 cal cup

      Mary maroon – webcor- 98
      Jane despas – yahoo – 87
      Jane Robertson – metromint- 59
      Michelle Melka – red racing – 54
      Anne Fulton – metromint – 53
      Fiona strouts – 49
      Rikke perisler – metromint – 46
      Susannah breen – Fremont bank – 46

    3. MattC
      September 7, 2011 at

      If official results for a series are nowhere to be found from the promoter, does the series even exist?

    4. September 7, 2011 at

      Lol – MattC, that is way to meta for NorCal. If you scream bike race in the middle of a field and 100 people show up does that count as a bike race? In NorCal it’s call cyclocross… and you probably get 150 people that will then complain about results.

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