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Sunday, July 22, 2007

track-iluscious

we're still too tired to really do anything but sit on the couch and watch le'Tour coverage.


and fight off the kitties.
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the track racing this weekend was a smashing success.
... so smashing that ~ it took us straight out of Albany today.

ah well. it's on to districts next weekend for the oldies but goodies.

mas later.

22 comments:

X Bunny said...

when in doubt, blame it on the track

Anonymous said...

CHICKEN!

Ippoc Amic said...

we missed you all!

marscat said...

we drank your mojitos

PROMANgirl said...

I AM BURNT TOAST
(do you want to come to the track at 9am tomorrow to motorpace???)

loved the AVC racing, beer drinking, napping, chatting, more racing, nerdy inch talk, giant berries, huge legs, bubble butts and the t-shirt that said "I'm not fat I'm a sprinter"

dr-nitro said...

Oh, It's clear that you've given up on the road and the gears for a new trackie lifestyle.

WarrenG said...

Mike, Brian, and Steve P rode really well at the AVC. They have the legs, they want to learn, and they're having huge fun! The quality of the men's masters racing at Hellyer is exceptional, and is arguably the best (as a whole)in the country. I suggest, go to masters Nat's and enjoy the highest rewards.

veloandvino said...

Some damn fine local ridin, way to represent. Hernando, BJM, Shelly, etc very impressive. Get some rest, you all earned it.
I want one of those tee shirts!!! in a med please:)

Robin Horwitz said...

Shelley totally dominated the events. Those events had world, national and pan american champions. Jennie Reed, Cari Higgins, Becky Quinn and more.

USA Cycling knows who needs to be on the National Team and it's Shelley Olds.

runjoelrun said...

Funny that you say 'took you out of Albany'. I wasn't smart enough to take that break and rode two races there yesterday after the AVC.

Ouch... should have stayed home.

Loved the AVC though. I was looking for my free beer yesterday at Albany, but couldn't find any.

WarrenG said...

Shelly may have "dominated" the two endurance events, but her teammates in the scratch race really made that one work for her. Nicky Cranmer's long solo escape for the entire first half of the race made the other good riders in the race work to catch her, and that set up Shelley's counter. Once Shelley got away her Proman teammates did great work for her.

I think Shelley was recently invited to be part of the national (road?) team program.

But in the two sprint events it was all Jennie and Becky. There is no one in NorCal even close to them or the elite male sprinters from out of town. And we need to remember that those pro elite riders don't begin their real season of racing until October. Even though it is their off-season they were fun to watch! Josiah makes 40mph look so smoooth.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

there was some pretty good fitness from the PanAm games, though.


there's no big sprint scene here, though?

thank goodness.


long live the enduros!!!

PROMANgirl said...

No big sprint scene here - my legs and ass are growing with more track time, maybe there is potential - too bad i didn't start 20 years ago. Warren G thanks for the team props!

WarrenG said...

The NorCal sprint scene is good, among the guys 45 and over. Steve P says he wants in at the 35+.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

let me just comment ...


that i hate all those gawdamn 45+ sprinters putting the wood to me.



it hurts ~ significantly.

Anonymous said...

of course our masters group is the best in the country, until we get outside of our little bubble then we are only part of the best.

do not fool yourself by saying we are the best, because the best is all over the place and we are as good as we are, no more no less, but the best only at times.

Anonymous said...

our endurance guys are great. too bad the best ones were out of town unable to race.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

now, now ... don't be bitter that you missed out on the fun.

Anonymous said...

but i wanted to win some of that $$

WarrenG said...

Anon, I said "arguably the best" masters as a whole in the country.

A little info...
In 2004 in the 45-49, 4 of us won all 4 individual events at nat's, plus 3 top 3 teams in the team events. In the 55-59 NorCal riders have won the sprints and 500 more often that not in the last few years. In the 2k, world champion and breaking the world record last year... The only world champions from the US in the 45-49 and 50-54 pursuits in the last few years... 3 different active riders at Hellyer with rainbow stripes on the sleeves, about 7 with stars and stripes. In the over 45's at nat's I think it's rare to see a podium without at least one NorCal rider. And now with Mick in there too?

In the under 45's, throw in Steve R and Steve P, Hutch, Hernando, and Scott D (2nd in the points race last year) and how good is the local racing? The 55-59 has 3 guys going under 12.4 this year, and the winner from Hellyer in 2005 and 2006 isn't even included in those 3. There's a 50 year old under 12.0 twice in the last 3 weeks.

Go to nat's and see which tracks have more riders on the top 3 steps each year in the fields that have real competition. COS, SoCal, Seattle, Hellyer. And check out the standings in the BAT each year. If nearly all the riders from Hellyer were on the same team like in COS we'd win it most every year, and Webcor/AV is normally in the top 3 teams even though we have only 4 riders there.

What I've noticed in the last 4 years is that more than half of the riders from Hellyer who go to track nat's win, or have won at least one event. No pressure. Just great support among our riders.

Anonymous said...

Master racing is the pinnacle of the sport.

jAndy donka-donk said...

masters racing is the barnacle of the sport....