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April 2000 Race Reports
CRCA Club Team Time Trial
In the two-person race, one team crashed out. Asphalt Green won.
Many of the club's women were racing in Palmer but Psoas-Axis put together a good team with Tamara Damon, Randy Sharp, Olive White and new addition Nancy Morgenstern.
Palmer, Massachusetts RR
At that point, six or seven other guys attacked. As Morgan Stebbins (CRCA-Sony) put it "For awhile the gap was such that if I killed myself I could have crossed it" but then it opened up and the race was over. Morgan, Mark Mauceri of CRCA-Psoas and a few other tried to get the field to chase, but to no avail. Then with about 14 miles to go JT went clear with another GMBC rider, Ben Haydock, and though they stayed clear of the field they made no progress toward catching the break. JT led Haydock over the line for seventh (out of the money), with Enrique leading in the field.
We didn't see much of the other races but know Beth Renaud of CRCA-Women's Sports & Fitness won the women's 4 race by slpping away late.
Our team woke up a bit about halfway through with the other three -- Chad, Eugene and JT all getting in a ten-man group that got clear of the field and made some progress on the break before in-fighting started and the group lost momentum.
The front group stayed clear to the end. Tim tried several times to go clear, though the most significant attack from the break was by Elliston and Schneider on the second to last lap. Kyoo Min and others brought it back, and the group sprinted it out with Pollo winning. But he was DQ'd for attacking through the joggers lane to join the group and the win went to Kyoo (with wife Linda watching), with Lane second and Brown third. Tim was sixth.
Dave Jordan (CRCA-Union Square) was first over the line in the second group, with Eugene next, both out of the places.
A Dash-Renaissnce rider also won with masters race -- Brent Greenberg who beat Jose Collado (CRCA-Sony) and Tom Cipolla in a six rider break. Kurt was tenth. And another Dash-Renaissance rider won the 3/4. Good day for them.
Pollo won the Spring Series overall, despite two DQ's for joggers lane violations which should mean he cannot race in City Parks for three months. Melchior was second and Collado, with points scored in the masters races, was third.
Hump Race, Maryland
With three laps to go Tim got away with another guy, then caught and rode through a small chase group. They had the lead group in sight on the last lap, but were caught themselves by the field. Meanwhile, Brian Walton of Saturn had attacked the leaders and was ahead solo -- he won. Enrique Cubillo of CRCA-Keith Haring got a good place -- probably 12th to 15th -- though he may have started his sprint too late. Only 45 of 75 starters finished.
We also had two guys in the masters race, with Kurt getting second and Chad eighth. And we watched some of the CRCA-RLX women too -- with Jule Walsh getting sixth after being led out by Tara Parsons, who held on for about eighth.
The Pro-1-2-3 was animated. Somerset Wheelmen's John Verheul attacked at the gun as was joined in dribs and drabs by Scott Mercer of Mengoni, Matt Koschara of Navigators, JP Partland of Kissena-Sock Guy (wearing their new clothes) who was eventually dropped,and Inson Wood of CRCA-Keith Haring.
Behind a group of about ten got away with two Ideal Tile guys, Enrique Cubillo of Keith Haring, series leader Rosevart "Pollo" Martes of Toga and teammate Milton Corida, Dave Sommerville of Sock Guy, Joe Jankovsky of Laurel, another Somerset guy named Eric who had just moved up from Florida and said "I'm used to this flat windy stuff, but not so much this greyness", George Suter of CRCA-Union Square, JT and some others. And very little cohesion in the group.
Wilson Vasquez of Mengoni, who is in a big duel with Pollo for the series overall, flatted and missed the move.
Late in the race that big group was caught by the field -- but not before George and Joe had slipped away. In front, Mercer was dropped by the leaders, Verheul spent some time alone ahead, but eventually Inson and Matt caught him. The final order was Matt, Verheul, Inson, Mercer, Jankovsky, Suter then Pollo taking the sprint from what was left of the field.
Meanwhile, there was all kinds of weird stuff in this race, including a shouting match that nearly came to blows, Cubillo crashing into a huge puddle and then getting back on with good teamwork from Lee Sossen, Mercer almost being DQ'd for a handup, another rider supposedly DQ'd for abusive language, some kind of pay-off, and Simon Ginsberg of Union Square leading a chase after his teammate George in the last two laps. In Ginsberg's defense, he didn't seem to know his teammate was just ahead. And he wasn't the only guy confused -- JT admited afterwards that he didn't know Koschara and Wood were in the break and thought there were only two guys in front.
But the worst stuff seems to have been the officiating. The "field" that caught the chase group was half composed of lapped riders, many of whom were working. And when this was pointed out to the organizers after the race, they responsed "don't worry, we know." "Don't worry?" The problem is that without that horsepower the field wouldn't have caught the second group, despite the lack of committment by most riders in that group. If the officials knew that the field was full of lapped riders, they should have forced the lapped riders out of it. Considering that exactly the opposite ruling was made in the Flushing Crit this year (which was also mistaken -- lapped riderscanwork together in criteriums) something is wrong.
The 3-4 seemed, thankfully, more straightforward, with ten guys powering away and our Simon notching his fourth Spring Series win with a very late sprint from Frederick Horwood of CRCA-Gotham and David Whitney of the Somerset Wheelmen.
CRCA Cup Round 2
Instead the game was played in the last couple K, with ReMax putting together an impressive train up one side of the road for first and second -- and maximum points.
We're rarely at our best in that kind of situation but tried to make the most of it with a leadout of our own. But our train came apart and our best place was Simon in tenth.
Men: 1. John Idone (ReMax) 125 pts, 2. David Gitt (ReMax) 100 pts, 3. Roosevart Martes (Toga) 75 pts, 4. Morgan Stebbins (Sony) 70 pts, 5. Leon Moser (Union Square) 60 pts, 6. Frankie Arroyo (Sony) 55 pts, 7. Dash-Renaissance rider 50 pts, 8. Dash-Renaissance rider 45 pts, 9. Keith Haring rider 40 pts, 10. Simon Orr (SBCG) 35 pts, 11. Gotham rider, 30 pts, 12. Sony rider 28 pts*, 13. Mihael Ginghina (ReMax) 26 pts*, 14. Eugene Boronow (SBCG) 25 pts, 15. Tim Clarsen (SBCG) 23 pts*, 16. Keith Haring rider 20 pts, 17. Keith Haring rider 18 pts, 18. SBCG rider 17 pts, 19. Union Square rider 16 pts, 20. Dario Hurtado (Strictly Bicycles) 15 pts
Women: 1. Sarah Sauvayre (WSF-Setanta) 125 pts, 2. Heather Baiman (RLX-Polo) 100 pts, 3. Nancy Morgenstein (Dash-Renaissance) 75 pts, 4. Frances Harrison (WSF-Setanta) 65 pts, 5. Loren Launen (Dash-Renaissance) 55 pts, 6. Patti O'Brian (RLX-Polo) 45 pts, 7. Julie Walsh (RLX-Polo) 30 pts*, 8. Catherine Powers (Dash-Renaissance), 9. Nina Strika (RLX-Polo), 10. Tara Parsons (RLX-Polo)
* No points scored, but places kept from other teams; only two riders per team can score.
Eastford Road Race
With three or four laps to go Enrique Cubilo (CRCA-Keith Haring), Jason Schneider (Ideal Tile) and Dave Melchior (Kissena) attacked on the flats at the bottom of the hill and got away. Tim chased and just managed to get to them on the rollers after the hill. Rosevart Martes (Toga), another rider and eventually Eugene went after them but wouldn't cooepration. The, despite some chasing from Toga, Asodoci and Urban Fetch, the front four stayed away, with Jason first, Dave second, Enrique third and Tim fourth.
Eugene got a brief gap on the field the last time over the hill and then flatted. Chad and Ramon Guzman (Urban Fetch or Asodoci) then rode away but were caught in the last fifty yards.
CRCA Club Time Trial
Over 20 women raced -- more than three times the number last year.
Indeed, there was a big turnout of riders all around, which was great. But it seemed like a lot of beginners didn't pay much attention to the lines they were taking -- using more of the road to take a shorter path is an easy way to save a few seconds.
Thanks to Jim Boyd for getting results together so quickly. The times and placings within each field are right -- some of the overall placings may be off because we put this up fast.
And to compare times with 1999, take a look atlast year's resultsat the CRCA site.
Kissena Prospect Park
The Masters race developed in a similar fashion. Kurt attacked from a lead group of about twelve with two laps to go and was joined by Spin Gym's Doug O'Neill, Sony's Jose Collado and another rider. He attacked them with about 1K to go but was caught and passed by Doug, who won, and Jose and finished third.
The Pro-1-2-3 had fifteen starters with CRCA-Toga's Milton Corida attacking at the gun and lots of action behind. The sleet turned to snow after a few laps. Eventually Dave Melchior (Kissena) and Eugene went clear to chase. Eugene then dropped Melchior, caught Corida with about 500 meters to go -- and in the slow-motion sprint the Corida won. Melchior held on for third. The field was only a handful of guys.
Six guys started the Masters race. One got dropped while CRCA-Sony's Jose Collado flatted, got a bike change (to a bike at least four centimeters too big!) and finished in thrid. Enrique Cubillo was the man -- doing his second race of the day and winning alone. Kurt was second and John McGovern was fourth.
The 3-4 had five starters. Trackie Dan Lim took the sprint from Asphalt Green's Scott Willingham. Simon was confident with the leaders but flatted with a lap to go, got a wheel change and chased in for third -- and last!
After it was all over, Eugene summed things up by saying "Our extremities were numb, and when trying to speak, our frozen mouths released strange alien-type sounds. The snow was caked up on our bikes and on our helmets, and it was difficult to see. It was great, and it was terrible. To experience real bike racing, I believe one must leave the Park, and seek challenges elsewhere. We suffered terribly this morning, but if the same race were held next Saturday, I would do it again. I love bike racing."
CRCA Club Race
The field sprint was right on the heels of the break and we got our first real train of the year going -- which profited CRCA-Strictly Bicycles' Vincent Cintrone, the freshest guy left in the field. We hadn't seen him once all day. He passed Tim in the sprint and took fourth, with Paul fifth and a couple other of our guys in the first ten. 1-2-3 went Kyoo, Kevin, Josh. We tried.
(We just noticed -- April 9 -- the official results at the CRCA website have Simon Ginsberg of Union Square Cafe in fifth, which is quite a surprise. Evidently Paul had his vest on as he crossed the line, his number was hidden and he didn't stick around to help the officials sort things out. Live and learn.)
Spring Series Saturday
The other noteworthy aspect of the race were the grotesque amount of joggers lane violations, particularly in the sprint. Thankfully two of Kissena's officers (Eric Ragot and Dave Sommmerville) reported at least nine guys for this dangerous action.
The 3-4 race also had it's share of nonsense. The winner came from a break -- but he had no number on! He was not DQ'd, despite protests, which doesn't seem right. Racing is chaotic enough in City Parks without this being allowed. Simon was third.
The Masters was a Spin Gym-Sony battle -- with Spin Gym bringing a big team for the first time and dishing out what one member called "a simple dose of reality." Spin Gym's Andy Muldoon won and Doug O'Neil was third. Kurt was fifth.
Spring Series Sunday
Unfortunately Chad came out of the break and the field came together on the chase groups. We were active, but sat back while Renaissance and CRCA-Union Square chased. That didn't make enough progress, so we started chasing with Kissena with a bit over a lap to go. But we didn't make it and the break stuck.
The Masters race was another Sony fest, with Morgan Stebbins winning.
It was also interesting seeing a bunch of guys who missed the start because of the time change and also some misinformation in the CRCA newsletter.