no time for words yet …

Random visuals of a biker weekend ~

(don’t have any CCCX fotos yet, but gotta shoot a get well to K.Bartolusi who snapped a c-bone on Sunday. And, shout out to Erik Ebberoth for putting some wood down on the competition and putting that “semi-pro” license in his back pocket.

congrats, man.)

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Saturday was the RideTheWorldCup finale. What a great series of training/fundraising events these were. … high bar set, indeed.   Here we see back of head of PROMAN leader, Niki Cranmer as she tapes some of Shelley Olds for their new broadbandracer.com features.   check that sheet-out, ya’ll.
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Sunday was the Cherry Pie Criteriums in Napa … talk about a hard life.   Riders were rewarded with fast and full fields, with good crowds to cheer on and a good vibe all around.
Success.
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Unfortunately, the Cherry Pie Crits were … influenced … by the Velo Bella party we had Saturday night.  oi … and i think i pulled a dancer’val muscle … Michael Hutchinson’s wines of Spain … hurt so good.
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Anyway, back to Cherry Pie … Felicia Gomez has taken the advice to hand and is on her way to becoming a full-fledged FINISHER.   She was 2nd to big-bad-BrookeMiller in a kick-ass field sprint.  Felicia is getting better each year.
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Getting better this year, too?  um … well, Fast Freddy was DEFINITELY fast.   holee-shyte, when this guy turned on the afterburners yesterday … it was clearly evident that PRO TOUR legs are of a different … consistency.  but, as cool as Freddie is … and he really is, because i heckled him a good couple times yesterday and he took it with TOTAL class and good humor … like any hip dawg would.as cool as he is … that RockRacing kit … it’s reminding me of something … someone …Now, who could it be ….
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This was the sentiment in most of the 45/55+ racers on Sunday.  a crazy-ass crash where a guy barreled into the back of another racer caused a long, long delay and much “ahhh, bummer”-ing.   turned out cool though, cuz Nolan won the field sprint with supah-mojo.    i have vid of it and will try and post it once i get some tutoring on how to upload a wordpress widget.
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Oh yeah … here’s the margin between Brook and Felicia.   Awesome sprint and that Brooke Miller looks to be in PHENOMENAL condition.   I can’t wait to see that Tour of California Women’s crit in Santa Rosa.  HELL YEAH!!!
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OH … again … this is famed fotopic’er, Garret Lau, taking pictures of the final PROMAN track event.  yes, he’s that hot.
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This is what Brook Miller looks like when she’s all “clark kent” on us.  and that’s Rojay BennetO of TeamMorganSpinely.   He’s pretty hot, too.
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And this is Heidi Horton … who has taken her recruitment for next year’s Sierra Pacific Team seriously.
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And this is sessy Adam Switters who buried himself pretty deep at Cherry Pie to bring back that 8 rider break that won the honors.  Switters is another guy who’s learning that a good-natured heckle can be the highest form of compliment.
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And these are some superFans of Hellyer.   Yeah, those are some historians, right there.
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and here’s one of my favorite angles of the track … all them lovelies lined up and ready to froth.  perfect way to spend an afternoon.
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and if we want to talk about a program on the rise, check out the Vanderkitten racers and gear.  Vanderkitten is hot stuff with a pretty good buzz around it.   I love the pink on their kit … but, must admit that i think Dave knows where my attention is being drawn in this pic…
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and finally, no report of a local women’s event is complete without talkin about Kat Curi.  hell yes she’s in great form.   her and felicia jumped straight into the p1/2 race after their women’s smackdown and both were glassy-smooth wheels in the pack.   What champions.  here’s hoping a good year to all the new teams and committed athletes pushing this bidness of pedaling bikes beyond past time and into passion of lives.  in honor of you!
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7 Responses

  1. That was a lot of words (in addition to the pix)! Thanks for the updates on the weekend what-nots.

  2. The peeps and racing were top shelf yesterday!! And it was great to meet you in person finally!

    I love the fact that between a fun ride on Saturday and a day at the races on Sun, I have my first sunburn of 2008.

    Now, tell me about this VeloBella party…

  3. Bummed that I missed RTWC#3 😦 Gotta tell folks that scheduling social stuff on weekends is not part of the agenda.

    Thanks for the updates. And we want to hear about the debauchery, I mean the VB party.

  4. that’s cause brooke lives in oHIo now– the mecca of all things great– like DEVO.

  5. Nice to read some road reports for a change – thank god the mud has gone to a better place.

    Roll on more roadie posts.

  6. Freddy is looking more and more like a climber.

  7. Robert Winder just because you can not ride in the mud does not mean you should complain about mud goings ons…………….

    Dont be such a baby and be happy for any cycling at all instead of your lame point of view trying to downgrade others.

    You might not do cyclocross but i think you really do cross dressing and your mind is cross wired.

    Mud Mike

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