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EBCS # 5 Race & Clinic

Today We’ve got graduate it from the ebcs and since it was the last from the series it count the points for the top finished riders;Race was up and down for the first laps;but when we got the 5 laps cards to go everybody want to go crazy and start to attack but never success just because the pack put the gas on and bring them back to make at the end a field sprint,on last turn the pace got higher and riders start to sprint very early so when i was in the end of the last curve i saw an open gap and decide to go that way but unfortunate many riders tough the same as me and i ended up boxed;since nothing else to do i just ride within the stream of the riders in my front.

Legs feel good since yesterday ride Fernando,Gonzalo and me we went to the Tunitas Creek Ride,and like we (Fernando and I) say to Garry  we’re planning to make a team ride on this side of the peninsula,hopefully we can make this ride is really awesome.

                                                                                                              Cheers

                                                                                                        Alex Cortez

Early Bird Crit #4

Although I think the pace was a bit slower, this race was a lot harder for me than the others.  Spent the first couple of laps third wheel, but my legs were already complaining.  Coming out of turn 1 the pack jumped past all three of us.  I tried to get on a new wheel but just couldn’t hang on and was off the back.  Took a free lap, caught back on and got dropped again.  But at least the rain held off.

Early Bird Crit # 4

As Erik say during the talk clinics was the emphasis in how to attack and keep working together during a break…looks like not almost the group was listen to it.

we start with a low pace which was gradually increase i was feeling good but after a few laps on corner # 3 the pack got split unfortunately i was in the group to get cut off;so 1 of the mentors start to closing the gap and suddenly his front wheel slip into the inside (maybe due to wet floor and some grease) so this made a crash with 4 maybe 6 riders i was there too=:(  after i check everybody was OK i step in the side walk re-install my front wheel went to the start/finish line and regroup into the pack. on corner #1 i was riding on the outside of the pack launch the attack and feel the presence of some other rider which was Erik and another 3-4 more riders which start to work as we got teaching at the clinics and they got success(because i got drop) Hats off to my Team Mate Erik for his 1st place

Early Bird Crit #4

This week during the clinic the major topic was break aways…

About the 4th lap or so I seen Alex pull in from the side of the road and jump to the front of the pack, so I thought I would jump with him 3-4 other guys jumped on too and I hung with them for the rest of the race where we had a nice lead on the peloton. We took quick rotations in a pace line where everyone participated and we kept the lead the entire way. On the final lap just past the last turn coming in to the straight away someone jumped and it was on. I got lucky and won the final sprint and race :-)

Velodrome Day – February Sunday 28th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

February 28, 2010
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

The Team will be hosting another day at the Velodrome, with the emphasis on providing a comfortable environmment for novices or riders of little velodrome experience.

The event will be mentored by Richard Brockie, our very own qualified velodrome mentor. Richard has been a co mentor for the Saturday morning novice sessions for some years now.

There are track specific bicycles available for rent. All you need to bring is your shoes, helmet AND PEDALS. There will be a small fee for the track rental ($5) and a fee for entry to Helyer County Park ($6), where the velodrome is located. The park is in south San Jose, just off Highway-101. From Niles it will take about 30 minutes to get there,if the traffic is flowing.

I encourage all members who have never experienced the velodrome to give it a try. If you like it, you can attend the Saturday morning training sessions to accrue more experience and qualify to be able to enter the Wednesday evening track races.

Early Bird Crit #3 2010

Larry had said one of the reasons for having the 4′s race late in the day was we could expect to have some wind to deal with at some point. We were blessed (or cursed)  by the wind gods yesterday.

I did my warmup at home on the trainer. It had been raining off and on most of the day so I figured I would stay dry as long as possible. Probably not ideal but it worked to some degree.

When I pulled in I had to ask if we were still racing. Only a few cars in the lot. Saw the P123′s blow past then nothing. Someone went down so they called the race. There were only 14 of us hardy souls (nut jobs) registered and I think only 11 or 12 of us actually rolled out.

So the whistle blows and our emaciated pack moves out. 3 or 4 Roaring Mouse guys, 2 dudes from AV, 2 more from Luzvimin and the rest of us were singles. The mouse boys had a plan from the get go. On the second lap three of them take off. I grabbed a wheel and hung on. We basically split our meager field. After that I don’t really know who went where. All I know is one of the RM guys and I were working together to get up to the front group. Problem was we were towing 2 others along for the ride so our progress was slow.  We worked well together trading pulls and trying to take the fastest safest route through the turns. Towards the end we lose two so it’s just RM guy and me. He decides he wants to bridge up to the front so I let him go. He didn’t get there but have to applaud his effort. I finished pretty much smack dab in the middle. My goal for this race was a good workout and I got that and more. Really good practice in the wind. You can really tell who works on pacelines and who doesn’t.

 Nice to see Thomas, Bryan, Erik, and Alex out there braving the elements. They had the rain and wind. The 4′s only had to contend with wet roads and wind. All told it was good fun. It was more of a drag cleaning my bike later. Hopefully we can work on some pacelines and eschelons in some of the Thursday night sessions.

Mike

Thursday Night Training

February 4, 2010
6:31 pmto7:45 pm

Thursday nights are our weekday training session. Location is Eureka Drive, at the very far western end of Stevenson Boulevard, on the Fremont / Newark border.

The training proper will commence at 18:30. Please arrive between 18:00 to 18:15 to commence warm up drills. From today onwards, Feb 4th, Larry Nolan (our coach!) will be setting the schedule and leading the sessions.

The first three Thursdays of this year we have been concentrating upon leg speed, with the evening consisting of multiple high cadence sprints. Larry may continue along the same vein for a while before we move on to to some power work.

Garry

Thursday Night Training

January 21, 2010
6:30 pmto7:45 pm
6:30 pmto7:45 pm

Thursday nights are going to be our weekday training session. Location is Eureka Drive, at the very far western end of Stevenson Boulevard, on the Fremont / Newark border.

The training proper will commence at 18:30. From Feb onwards, Larry Nolan (our coach!) will be setting the schedule and leading the sessions.

The first three Thursdays we will be concentrating upon leg speed, with the evening consisting of multiple high cadence sprints.

Garry