Sunday, January 28, 2007

Silver Silver Silver

Wow. I can't believe it - three Silver Medals for USA in the World Championships. GREAT rides by Katie Compton, Jonathan Page, and Danny Summerhill. That is SO huge. Regardless of how the Elite Men's race unfolded, JP was destined for a top 5 and to end up 3 sec off Vervecken's win was an incredible performance. KC - I thought she had an outside chance and she really went for it in spite of being the victim of Salvetat's teamwork. DS sounded like he rode a bold race and got rewarded for it. Congrats to Team USA and all the great champions at World Championships.

Results on Cyclingnews.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Masters Worlds - Kramer and Baumsteiger Nab Silver!

No race report yet, but it looks like Henry was in the sprint for the win in the Men's 50+ race, and Katrina was only 15 seconds off in the Womens 40+. Also, Howie was top 20 in the Men's 40+, and there are a few other Bay Area folks in the mix...

Great job folks!

Full results posted here. I'm expecting a Black Market Racing report soon.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

CCCX Wrap-Up, Peak Season 1 to go, Masters in Belgium

Dusty Downs has yet to file a complete report on the CCCX final and series, but has made a brief official announcement about the CCCX overall series winners, including Stella Carey and Cameron Falconer in the A Men and Women series', respectively. Thanks to the CCCX folks for wrapping up another great series.

I haven't seen results for Peak Season Race #2 from last Sunday, but the calendar tells us that there's still one more Peak Season race on Jan. 28th, to get that one last hurrah.

Jan 28th is also the World Championships in Belgium. I'm anxious to see how Katie Compton does amongst Europe's best, and curious if our Elite Men, U23 and Junior racers can nab some well-deserved top-10 placings - I think we could see a strong US presence at Worlds this year...

Speaking of Belgium, a few of our Masters boys are out yonder, including Henry Kramer who has won a race and finished 3rd in another. Kramer, the Black Market Racing crew, and a few others are gearing up for this Saturday's UCI Masters World Championships. Good luck!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Rookie of the Year

The votes are in, and the decision is unanimous - well...ok, it was just me - but Shelley Olds HAS to be the Rookie Crosser of the Year for the 2006-2007 season in Northern California.

Rookie of the Year
Photo: Tom Simpson

The HRS Rock Lobster rider proved she could tango with the top riders in the District, chalking up several wins (including the Bay Area Super Prestige overall) and giving veteran Rachel Lloyd a run for her money on many occasions. Shelley then went toe-to-toe with the best riders in the nation in Providence where she finished an impressive 8th place in the Elite Women's National Championships after starting well back in the pack.

You can read about her experience in her posting on the Rock Lobster team blog.

Congratulations to Shelley on a great season, we look forward to seeing you stomping hard next season!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Season Ain't Over Yet

I'd like to point out that the CCCX and Peak Season CX Series' have yet to be completed. This Sunday brings the CCCX finals to Fort Ord (see the PR from today) and Peak Season series still has two races to go, next weekend and the final weekend in January, so you can stretch that CX fitness just a little longer...

Oh, and be sure to keep abreast of the action across the pond. The Americans over in Europe have been showing some great results in Europe, including some standout performances by Junior Danny Summerhill and some great results by Chistine Vardaros, a recovering Jonathan Page and Ryan Trebon leading up to the World Championships at the end of the month in Belgium. Our pal Chance Noble has also been riding strongly in the U23 category. The US riders in the Belgium House have been keeping a great diary here.