from the Purnell,
Just wanted to pass on information for the Pro Ladies portion of the 2008 Sequoia Cycling Classic. They have put in for NRC for the ladies with the following:
Time Trial: 40k
Same course as last year, just takes you a little further into the valley before the turnaround
Crit: 90 minutes
Faster course; same one just changed the backside of the course
Free Pro ladies dinner on Friday evening with VIP's.
Live web broadcast with ISBN sports (same company as Manhattan Beach)
$20,000 for two days....Jumbotron....beer garden....Dave Towle....Sportsbase online....Ladies as the Main Event!!
Sheri Clark is the race director; Ran by a lady for the ladies....
so write it down, 3rd week of March....
oh yeah. i'm so there.
So, if Merco doesn't go NRC this year ... you know, we'll still have a lot of big teams in CA looking for great racing. I wonder if Merco would be interested in being part of a NorCal Series. I'm thinking a non-NRC, all NCNCA spring link-up of races - wonder if a title sponsor would bite on that idea? Merco, CVC, then maybe even culminate with the Sequoia Classic? (dual podium, NRC then series finale?)
that's be cool.
VOS is BOSS
JonE(ropkin) rumbled up another sponsor for our VOS Racing Team. Jon and I approached Martin Wolff (head of VOS) about the possibility of grabbing a couple of young riders and encorporating them into our racing team.
Martin said "run with it" and we did. JonE secured a Fresno homebuilder, Zane Hammond Construction Inc., as the sponsor for the two young riders we'll add to the team.
We're in talks with the young riders right now to try and swing them over to our side, but nothing has been finalized yet. That said, if you're a p1/2 rider age 18-25 and would like to shoot me a note of interest in joining the VOS Racing Team, please email to pedalhome(at)hotmail.com.
We're trying a slightly different approach with our young riders. They're going to join VOS as full-fledge racers for our Elite events. With Dan Martin, we have the returning Elite champ at Cat's Hill. So you can imagine how we're rather motivated to show respect to that race and defend full nails. Hopefully this year they'll be at least 2 women's categories there;)
VOS's core group of riders is based down in the Monterey Bay area. They are a classy, hot-diggity crew of riders that I have a TON of respect for. You ride once with a guy like Scott Hennesy (or Wolff, or Gile, or Gordon, or franZ, or ....) and you'll know that these fellas can pedal bikes like nobody's bidness and there is shit to be learned.
Our new two riders will have all of these guys as resources, as well as knitting into one of the strongest teams in California. The 45VOS crew are going to stride equal with the new MorganSpinely uber-squad. We'll do our usual damage in the 35s (but mostly crits for me), and swing big in elite road races and crits.
i can't bloody wait.