Sunday, February 22, 2009

Race Time!

Hard, breath Work, breath...

by Cyclisme, 
last weekend to participate in the early season Oregon Classic, the Cherry Pie road race.

The star of the day was Alex Lightman, taking 2nd place in the men's cat 4's. Stephen Bedford had some hard luck in the 5's, dropping his chain at the final surge. Teammates Rob and Justin were able to try and pace him back to the field, but to no avail.

Juniors Dey Shaun and Naiqwan finished in the points in the Junior 13-15 year old group. These guys are getting stronger and better all of the time.

Fast man Randy Word finished 17th in the Men's cat 3 field, riding smart to stay away from a couple of crashes during that event.

All in all a good start to the racing season. I hear Stephen raced Sublime Sublimity road race, and cramped up near the finish, saying "The weather was nice, the course was very challenging, lots of hills, including one steep and long in the middle. The 4's and 5's raced together, so the pace was fast! I managed to stay with the front group until about 1.5 miles from the finish, where I experienced full leg cramping! I would have been passed by more people if there hadn't been a crash 2 miles from the finish. In retrospect, I needed about 500 more training miles to hang with a group like that, the output level was crazy!"

I hear you Stephen, as I've experienced the full blown leg cramp issue myself a few times. Next Sunday the Team Training Rides resume, with the next focus being for the crew racing at Piece Of Cake road race in Woodland WA.

Randy and Dave Wingard headed to the Jack Frost TT today at Vancouver Lake for an early season TT fitness test. I haven't heard how they did, so stay tuned for more details.

The MTB crew should start planning some group training for the upcoming Hornings MTB race. Maybe a Sunday ride to work on some climbing on the mountain bikes?


Photo credit to Pat Malach and Shane Young


Pat Malach said...

I got some photos of the team at Cherry Pie, including Alex's finish. Here's a link to the Picasa album.

Anonymous said...

Here's the info as posted on OBRA, hopefully I didn't miss anyone.
4 771 Word Randy Word-RCB 28:42.40

64 1055 Kinnell Fergus Word-RCB 33:51.03

11 2791 Cortez Will Word-RCB 35:18.24

31 1145 Wingard Dave 32:17.56

XMpluFi said...

Thanks for posting a link to the pictures.