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2015-02-15 Copper Town Circuit 35+ 3 Race Report by Gus Platis

We had Ron Shevock, Mark Fiori, and Brian Acord in the race. The race started out with me thinking my legs didn’t have it in them to do well from the 78 mile road race effort from yesterday. So, I was ready to work for Ron, Mark, or Brian. The race got going and we all were active with trying to get one of us up the road in a break. Finally, Brian got up the road with another rider. Brian showed from training camp that he was riding well, so I figured that was a good move. Brian was off the front for I think a couple of laps. Mark, Ron, and myself worked well as a team chasing any attempts of riders trying to bring them back by sitting on there wheel and discouraging them to continue by not pulling through when they looked back for help. The pack slowly pulled them back with I think one lap to go. At this time I figured to get myself ready for a pack sprint. My legs didn’t feel that bad, so I figured I would contest in the sprint either by leading out one of us or going for a placing. The sprint was just after a small rise and a 300m slight downhill to the line. My plan was to start my lead-out early and motor on the downhill to the line with Brian, Mark, or Ron in tow. We got to about 400m and I started to get antsy to go. I moved up on the left side and past the first guy. There was nobody in front of me and I felt good, so I just put my head down and went for the line. Brian was right behind me for 4th.
Thanks all.
Gus

2015-01-31 Cal Aggie 35+ 1/2/3 Race Report by John Novikoff

I sure am pumped about our efforts on Saturday.  Well done everyone!

As this being our first true gathering of our new squad I was excited to see how we would all gel together.  We wanted to keep the plan simple, hope for a bunch sprint while staying attentive making sure breaks were covered as this race usually splits up.  We all stayed pretty active in the front, rolling off with break attempts while not throwing too much effort in the chase.  Brian Choi, Jason Snovel and Judd Van Sickle made some great covers and were in quite a few of the moves.  Breaks tried to materialize, but without full representation, they fell apart especially with our team doing zero work in the breaks.  Looking for each other with 5 to go, we collected and organized.  Dan Bryant made a solo attempt and built a considerable gap, which raised concerns, but we didn’t panic, and made the call to let it play out and other teams went to the front, upped the pace and he was reeled in.  Not being near the front at that point made it clear to the peloton that we were not going to chase, so they had to take up the efforts.

With 2 laps to go, we were lined up from Brian to Judd and we were 6 strong.  Brian brought us to the front on the last lap, and Kevin took over.  We had not expected the peloton to slow so much, so we found our selves on the front a bit early.  Kevin drilled it and we had some players fight into our train when we slowed a bit for the chicane and lack of man power being a bit early to the front.  At the turns we didn’t have it strung out as planned and our train had been poached by a few infiltrators, but Jeff and Matt kept the gas on to keep the pace high and not let it bunch for the final turn.  I let four guys filter in front of me for the final turn mistakenly and hit the turn watching Sayers and Chuck ramp it up.  I moved wide right and went from about tenth back.  I stayed along the right side which was not the fastest line and believe that was what cost us the win.  Carrying a lot more speed than Chuck and Sayers, when we hit the line, I ran out of road and we ended up Second.

Fantastic result and a win in regards to putting a plan in place and executing it.

John

2015-01 Team Camp in Santa Cruz

Spent a great few days enjoying the amazing roads and views of Santa Cruz getting reacquainted with our team! Check out some of the photos from our weekend below!

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2014-08-30 Red Kite #14 Race Report by Brian Zimny

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I won the final round of the Red Kite Omnium Cat 2/3 race and likely put me in the top 5 overall in omnium points.  As usual the Pleasanton course was very windy and it hampered breakaway attempts. One strong group of 3 got away for 20 min and I was getting pretty antsy that they might stay away.  A group of three guys from a team I hadn’t seen all year (SDBC) chased it down and then the group played cat and mouse for the final 3 laps.
Going into the final 2 corners a strong squadra SF rider launched up the side and took the lead on the second to last straight.  Knowing how short the sprint was I jumped around him as he faded before the final corner and I took the win by a full 10 feet at the line. Special shout to Robin for chasing down some strong moves early in the race for me immediately after he had finished the masters race.

 

I’m really happy my wife and two little girls were there to see it.  Cute baby podium pics and finish line pics will follow.  Thanks everyone for a great season and good luck to everyone at Nationals and the remaining races instate this year. I am already looking forward to some off season team rides.

Red Kite Crit #14 podium - 8-30-14

2014-08-31 NCNCA State Crit Championships Race Report by Dean Laberge

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Phew, what a week this has been! Last Sunday at 3:20am we got rocked with a humdinger of an earthquake in Napa. Luckily we were all safe when the shaking finally stopped. When we reached for flashlights that are on the night stands we quickly realized we needed to find the night stand first, not good. My middle son Chris happened on a laptop that did the trick to light up the room. The damage report for the town is not so good, you have all been able to see that on the news. Current status is we have 150+ red tagged buildings and 900+ yellow tagged. We ended up with a yellow tag from our “new” foundation failing. it went in after the last big quake in 2000. Luckily the failure was that it slipped a couple inches. It needs to be raised up, rebuilt and then set the house back down again. ERRRR. After each aftershock we are on edge and last night we had another one at 2:am. The rest of the night I am restlessly trying to get ready for today’s races. So enough with my woes and on to the report.
 
This morning I raced Vacaville as a warm-up for the main race in the afternoon. My restless night showed when I hesitated causing me to not make the final move that went up the road. I could have closed it myself but did not want to take away some energy for the afternoon. I ended up 6th and went home to sleep.  
 
The state crit race is always a funny race. Everyone wants to win so bad that they chase down everything. It is so funny, they do not want to work together in a break and they do not want to field sprint against sprinters like me. So the breaks fail and more often than not it is a field sprint. Snovel and I used this to our advantage by only marking the few guys that are strong enough to stick a break. In my opinion the strongest was Cliff Bars Michael Jacques. Snovel was all over him each time he attacked which left me able to rest up. Thanks Jason! Riders would get up the road only to be brought back since riders would just sit on. Fast forward to a lap and a half to go. The last rider off the front comes back to the field and Jacques attacks. I had been following him for the last 4 laps waiting for this and I was able to get on him. We have only 2 length on the field so I did not pull through. As we are caught in turn 2 a Mikes Bikes rider attacks with me in tow to the third turn, four turns total. He is toast so I lead it out since it is a tail wind section. It was about half way down the stretch when I hear the deep wheels of Chris Espy on my left. I jump to get up to speed, slot in three guys back then take an extra 2 pedal strokes into the inside of the last turn. Ended up with clean air all the way to the line for a nice victory.
It has been a rough year and this was a nice way to bring us to the last chapter of the 2014 season, Natz in Ogden, UT.
Hope all goes just as smooth!
Thanks for reading.

2014-08-17 Red Kite #11 E2/E3 Race Report by Brian Zimny

Red Kite 2-3 crit 8-17-14

Quicky race report from Sunday.  Turn out was only a little smaller than normal despite San Ardo and University Road Races also going on.  I looked for strong riders in the first 15-20 minutes to form a break away since that seems to be happening more and more in these crits.  A few promising moves went with strong riders and I jumped on immediately but we were caught as there were still too many fresh legs to chase.  At the 25 min mark we had a hard lap, followed by a prime lap, then the always aggressive Johnathan Christensen from Limitless Cycling made a move with one other Squadra SF rider Alex Lockwood.  It’s a good start, especially since Squadra always brings a bunch of riders so they can shut the field down if you get into a break with one of their guys.  I jumped across with a Pinnacle Reactor rider Aaron Patterson who has won quite a few races this year and we made a good group of 4.  We started rolling away and had over 30 seconds (more than 1 straight away) pretty quickly.  We were working (or at least I was) REALLY hard.  My heart rate was into the 190’s for 20 minutes straight (high for me).  Then I looked back and saw 2 riders attempting to bridge across.  I almost couldn’t believe it.  They made it up to us a little bit later and it allowed me to catch my breath some but not a lot.  One of the riders to bridge across was recently crowned 30-34 district RR champ Chris Evans of Squadra so now they had 2 riders in the break.  I tried to pull through easy to catch my breath before the final laps when I knew it was going to get ugly.  Sure enough with 2 laps to go, both Squadra guys launch together.  Now it was up to the other 4 to chase them down and act like teammates just long enough to bring it back.  I only pulled through once I think and I was back at my limit quickly.  The Pinnacle rider took a huge pull and we rolled up beside the Squadra pair with half a lap to go.  I was hoping we could just continue past them but they latched on.  Leading up to the final turn I am totally worked over.  Unlike the past few races where I had enough time at the end to recover and sprint while everyone jockeyed for position, this time I came into the sprint with nothing left.  Alex Lockwood from Squadra initiated the sprint with one other rider on his wheel, Pinnacle in third and me in 4th through the final corner.  Out of the corner I just followed wheels to the line to finish in 4th place as the three in front of me fanned out and all crossed the line within half a bike length of each other with Aaron Patterson taking the win and securing his Cat 1 upgrade.  Congrats to him, he was the strongest guy on the day.  

 
Thanks for reading!

2014-08-23 Winter’s Road Race Report by Jason Boynton

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3 laps 72 miles.  Dan Bryant, Dean Laberge, John Fairbanks, Stephan Gianchino, Jason Boynton
The race started faster than usual and never really let up. Nothing could get away on the first lap as everything was chased down.  The first climb was insanely fast and hard, but it all came back together on pleasant valley.
Eropkin attacked on the frontage road and Stephan and I bridged up. We got a gap and rolled with it. We went super hard and couldn’t get more than a minute and were eventually brought back at the top of Cantelow. From there a barrage if attacks ensued for the descent to the frontage road but nothing could stick.  Dean rolled up and asked how I was feeling, I said alright considering the last 30 minutes, how about you?  He replied, better if I could help you get into a break.  Shortly after this conversation Roemer, theobald, Cameron Birky, grefrath, a  mikes bikes, and a lange twins rider got away as we got onto the Frontage road.  The field seemed content with this move but we were not represented..  Andres Gil went to bridge and I went with him, it was a crazy hard effort and  almost too much, but he and I worked well and just barely had enough to make it.  Another mike’s bike guy was in tow and we had 10 after we got there.  Unfortunately with
 this many riders, it was quite disjointed until we were able to shed the mike’s bikes guys, the Lange twins rider and one other. At that point heading into the climbing, we were six were rolled really well.    I was feeling the previous break and bridge efforts and wasn’t sure of what I had left.  I was able to make it over the climb and tried to consedrve some as we we rolled hard all the way to the finish (we did not get any time checks so had no idea of the gap).   Unfortunatetly for me,  the sprint opened up at 1km when Grefrath attacked, burky, countered with Roemer at about 350 m.  It was too early for my tired legs and I let Nick fill in to see how it would play out.  However, I just couldn’t muster a sprint and Andres alos came around as I felt like I was sprinting in oatmeal.  Roemer was able to use Birky and hold on for the win.  I rolled in in 5th.
very solid workout as Nats is 2 wks away.
thanks for reading,
jb

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