Get Ready for Summer
Hellyer Park Velodrome
30 April 2013
Hellyer’s ‘Get Ready for Summer’ (GRFS) racing series began this past Saturday.
Alfred “The Voice” Nash appeared as the announcer. Known as the voice of USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, Nash announced at every California Velodrome during the month of April; Hellyer was his last stop.
Out on track was the velodrome’s stalwart, ever-present Peter Bohl. Bohl is the motor-pacer seen leading around racers for the Keirin events.
After a head-to-head battle with Mark Andersen, around the last turns in the final, Marius Farioletti won the Cat A Men’s Keirin. William Kincaid was third.
In the Cat A Men’s Points race, Neil Laxamana took the day; the youngster of racing age 17 has been riding riot at the Wednesday Night Racing Series. Both Korina Huizar (second) and Jennifer Zierke (fourth) also took points as they sandwiched Daryl Hemenway in third.
Kenneth Lo, Cliff Jew, and Zachariah McClendon earned the top step of the podium in the Elite Men Team Sprint. Likewise, Korina Huizar and Mary Glen Enrique did the same for Elite Women.
Amanda Siegle raced earlier in the day at the Wente Classic and then arrived to battle on the track, taking a fifth in the Cat B Men’s Miss-n-Out,
Some bemusement in the Cat A Men’s Miss-n-Out. Michael Hernandez must have set a record for the number of apologies given on account of his ragged line on track.
On top of working hard with Greg Tsutaoka as the race promoters, Bess Hernandez-Jones raced to a second place in 40+ Women Team Sprint. Heather Oliver partnered Hernandez-Jones. The top step of the podium went to Buffie Stark and Annabell Holland.
The GRFS will run two more times, on 18 May and 23 June, as further qualifiers for the 2013 Hellyer Velodrome Challenge. The annual Hellyer event, on the USAC National Track Calendar, also receives funding for prizes from the Get Ready for Summer series.
Full results from the day’s racing appear at the Hellyer County Park Velodrome Results web page.
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