June 2nd & 3rd SCNCA District Championships:
Saturday was the Jr Road Race Championships as well as a handful of non-championship races.
Christina Fuentes, Kenyon Pape, Charlie and Parker Rous all took part in the Jr Races. Christina took home an SCNCA State/District Jr Women’s 16-17 Championship. Christina is an Honors student as well and it is great to see her hard work pay off for her! Charlie Rous was 8th in the 12.5 mile 10-12’s & Parker was 11th on the 25mile 13-14’s!! All finished, not sure of all of the places, but from the smile on their faces, I’d say they had fun!
Many other local cyclist through their leg over the bike on Saturday to take on Event Promoter Sam Ames Championship course. I dont have all the placings and names yet, but you know who you are;)
I raced the 30+ cat 3/4/5’s that started at 10am and did two laps(50miles). David R, Adam H, Carl C, Mike N, Gareth F, & Fast Freddie Prado were all in attendance.
It was a hot one when I left my house riding to the race, and I could already feel the heat picking up. The day before had cracked the 100 degree mark for the first time this year, and it was looking at hitting the mid to high 90’s.
Arriving, I registered and attempted to get ready & with help from a friend I was pinned up(my #) and ready to go. I have been racing allot more(this is my 1st road race of the year) MTN Bikes this year, so I only have a single water bootle cage on my Road Bike. As such I took 2 smaller bottles, and managed to not grab any gels or food.
10am and off our group went, approximately 30 of us on our skinny tired bicycles. Down towards the Slaughter House we go, fairly civilized, with some nervous chatter. Starting the Beana climb it was casual as could be for the first 5 min. or so, with a head wind we approached the long bend towards the top. At this point some small attacks we made, and a large attack from Gareth came in response. This attack was pushed over the Beana Rd summit and through the first two decent’s on the Caliente Rd. this managed to shake things down to ten riders at the first turnaround.
Around the cones and back out of the Cal/Bodfish road we went. The first set of climbs was ladened with attacks, that resulted in a few riders 10 seconds off now and then, with the group pulling them back one by one. I managed to drop my chain at the second to the last “bump”, but stayed calm got off and fixed it. I made it back to the group by the top of that section, and up the next bump with the group.
Onto the decent and out to the flats we went, attacks galore on the road to the end of lap one. Up the short hill, we were maybe 9 now, around the cone and back towards the Slaughter House we went.
This second lap was brutal, the run in to the Beana climb was riddled with attacks after attacks, resulting in one or two getting nowhere, yet….
Up the Beana climb, fairly tame with David setting tempo, and a small group of two just 10 seconds in front. Down into Caliente we went, around the cones at the turn around and back up that first ruff climb.. Man it was getting hot, & it was down to Freddie, David, Gareth and myself as we started the climb out, & I was out of water..
As we came out Freddie and another rider got a gap, it looked harmless… Maybe 16 seconds, last I heard…
Adam came off somewhere after the first climb out of Caliente and I was not long after him. I could no longer mentally hold on to the group as we made the last push out of the “hole”… I was passed by the referee whom was being driven by Richard P…. I must thank Richard for the water he left at the neutral aid station… I was dead!
Up the road Freddie was holding his gap with his breakaway partner. Gareth & David were with two others whom seemed unable or unwilling to chase. Attacks were made and it was down to David, Gareth and the guy whom had attacked on the flats over and over. In there desire to make the race David & Gareth attempt to get the other rider to work with them, at which he responds, “that’s my friend up the road, & I’m not chasing”….. Gareth made a jump and David hung with the other rider…
Up the road, our own Fast Freddie Prado managed to drop his breakaway partner and take a glorious, glorious win!!!
A deserving winner Mr Prado is, gracious and humble, the mark of a true champion. Gareth got 3rd, and a great race he road, David was 5th, also a great ride, I rolled in at 7th with Adam in 9th, Mike Noel and Carl Crawford also road exceptionally.
As I road home, I dreamed of eating food and drinking cold things….. So I rode by Luigis and had a soda;)
Day Two: SCNCA Elite & Masters Championships
Again I chose to ride to the ride, and I could tell it was a hair cooler outside… A hair..
My Cat 3 race was at 10:45, with David & Adam racing again, and Greg Riggins also in attendance.
The Cat 3 race was 3 laps of the course, totaling 75 miles & approximately 6k’ of climbing.
In comparison to the previous day, our group was around 50+ strong. Off we went on our “three hour tour”!
The pace was manageable and tame for the first two laps with a small group of six getting some time up the third climb. Greg was in the group as it broke apart we pick up the straggles. Side note I was ready to quit on the last climb up Beana, leg cramps in the right thigh were taking to me… But I pushed on..
Down to the last turn around we went, I was second around the cones, when the Moto ref let the group know that the leader had 2min and the next group was 1min up the road. Out of the hole we climbed, onto the Beana decent we went, catching what we thought was the lead group at the bottom of the decent… David attacked maybe 6-8 times to try to get a group free, but the approximately 40 man pack was having nothing to do with that. Across the last bridge towards the last climb to the finish the group charged. Up the road a young man whom had asked the Rous family for assistance in feeding had crossed the line for the Solo win, however (a) no one seemed to be aware &(b) it didn’t matter for the Champs, he was from North Carolina….
The final was a wash for me as I did know North Carolina was up the road(no I didnt know he was from NC till after) and had been pinched towards the center line. Adam and David sprinted around me for 10&11th as I got 25th.
The real story was going on in the Cat 4 Road Race, as the man, the myth, and the legend Fast Freddie Prado had completed his sweep of the weekends medals. Never a more deserving winner than Mr Prado, alway a gentlemen, Congrats to him!!!!!!!!!
Kimberly Keathly also crushed it with a 2nd place Saturday in the CAT 3’S and a 6th Sunday in the CAT 1-3’s, way to go Kimmy!!
For me it’s all about the ride inside, and man I has a GREAT time!
My weekend ride/race totals were like, 8 hours and aprox 160miles. I am satisfied with that, hope you all had a great weekend!
Zachary A Griffin
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