Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series, Victoria BC (May 30 - June 1)
Michael Parrish pulled on the Masters Men, BC Premier Series leaders jersey at Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series this weekend. With a consistent string of strong results in the road race (5th place) and criterium (4th place) Michael secures enough points to take the overall leader's jersey with two more races to go in the series.
Joost van Ulden made his presence known with a whopping three podiums in the Masters Men category. An amazing performance with a 1st place TT finish, and 3rd place in the tough road race. Joost overcame the infamous bumps, speedy descents and technical turns at Bastion Square securing 3rd place again in the criterium.
Justine Clift and Erin Redl faced an extremely difficult group in the Elite Womens 1/2 Category. The impressive field of 29 women included Olympians and riders in the professional ranks. Justine finished 3rd in the time trial (a mere 3 seconds behind pro Anika Todd, a well known time-trial rider, and 2nd in last year's Canadian National TT and recently competing at the women's Tour of California). Justine also finished 12th in the road race and 8th in the criterium for an overall 6th place in the omnium.
Both women kept their stellar form off the bikes, taking to the beach in their limited edition GS women's swimwear and grocery shopping at Walmart in skinsuits (because it's all about aero down the cracker aisle).
Capital Stage Race, Olympia WA (May 31 - June 1)
Pre Stage House: Jennifer McMahon gets a medal for finding the accommodations! Seriously, this house had everything. Even a tunnel into the basement where James would sneak out in the middle of the night for secret training without anyone knowing! This house seemed to have about 10 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and more than enough space for a crew with smelly kits and bikes.
Category 3 Men: A small but strong squad pulled out some good performances from the likes of Kurt Withers, James Anderson and Michael Goodman. A good start in the time trial left all three men within 45 seconds of the leader. Sitting in the top 15, Mike was primed to take time from the leader in the criterium. The very difficult course included a fast descent, hard turns, a chicane, followed by an uphill finish. Disaster struck for Mike just before the last corner on the last lap where his front tire exploded after a hard hit at 50 kph. The field was shattered and some big gaps had opened up. Though Mike was ok after the crash, sadly he was left to abandon the race.
The 135km road race was one of the longest Cat 3 race distances these men would face this season. James was quick to attack at 25km, gaining over 3 minutes from the main group. But after two solo hours, he was no match with 30km left and a peloton of riders ready to sprint for the finish. After a series of attacks on the last three last climbs, Kurt managed to stay with the main group which was reduced to only 15 riders. A mere bike length from glory, Kurt sprinted to the line crossing over in 6th place jumping his GC rank to 15th place.
Category Men 1/2: It was Keifer Livingstone that stood out with his first debut in a Cat 1/2 race. With David Gillam and Mark Rainer in tow, Keifer ended the first two stages mid pack. In Stage 1, Keifer already gained 15 seconds on his competitors, almost throwing himself sideways with an astonishingly hard effort at the finish line. At only 45 seconds down, he became the Glotman GC leader. Take-away from this TT: Become TT machines in order to win a GC race. This means training more than 6 hours a week if possible. After a rollercoaster of a course for the criterium, Keifer kept in good position mid pack. Dave stayed safe and decided to save his legs for the final stage.
The road race and final stage was an out-and-back course, with three very short climbs. The Kelly Rohler team had the lead with BMW Development, Audi and HSP in the mix. Dave, Keifer and Mark kept calm throughout the multiple attacks, the pack was too dominant to let any breakaways stick. The promised neutral feed never showed up leaving most of the peloton struggling to stay hydrated. WANNA BE PRO TIP #69: Stealing water from other teams: When going through a feedzone at the back of the race there is usually water and goodies left over, people will just give it to you without a fight. It's best to strategically wait and scoop extra bottles. WANNA BE PRO TIP #96: When thirsty ask around: Ask your teammates for water first, then start asking riders who you think are slower than you, then ask the GC Leader and hope he takes pity on you, then start asking the follow car. Someone has water, and they don't mind sharing.
WANNA BE PRO TIP #313: Diesels: Bike races always have diesels. They sort of look twice as big as the hill climbers and they always seem to power back into the group. Keifer and Mark detached off the lead group after the top of the second climb and unfortunately Keifer got stuck in no mans land, pedalling on a slight descent, dehydrated with 130km already in his legs. When the engines came, he pulled hard again trying to help these 180 pound beasts get to the leaders group. LET THE DIESELS do their thing, and pull you back on.
Dave crossed the line with the main group, sprinting for a near top 10 finish. Mark followed quickly behind but it was Keifer who ended the final 20 km solo, with his lunch on his jersey, and relieved that he was done his first 1/2 race. He pushed himself to try to catch the group making himself cramp so badly he had to stop, fighting headaches and dizziness. Likely the single hardest effort seen from our Glotman riders, it makes us realize we can and should also push our bodies until failure.
Category Women 1/2/3: There was no shortage of hard fought battles taken on by Jenn McMahon, Morgan Cabot and Alysia Withers. Starting with a 5km time trial, Alysia took 1st place with Jenn a close 2nd, a mere 6 seconds back, in the Category 3 women. It was the fast and tough criterium stage that widdled the riders apart leaving only three Cat 3 riders finishing in the main field. Alysia finished on the podium, while unfortunately Jenn had to pull out. Morgan kept her standing knowing that stage three was going to be the deciding factor of the GC.
As it turned out, the 109km road race stayed pretty tame for most of the course, with no one wanting to take risks on a break. Nevertheless, what's a road race without the typical happenings of a dog running wildly on the street, an overlapped wheel and crash mid-pack, a few punctures and a deer sighting? It wasn't until the last climb where the women broke out the sprints. The attacks were too much for Alysia in the end, and she was left watching the main group slowly creep away, having to fight back with a 20km solo effort. Only losing 2 minutes in the stage, Alysia finished 2nd in the overall GC. The race leaders waited until the finish line to make their last round of attacks, and Morgan, finishing with the main group, gained a few spots in the final ranks of 11th in the Womens 1 field.