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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