Oct 24, 2013 Race report
A final reminder about Team Fremonts recruitment ride on Saturday October 26th.
So far we have about 16 ladies who have said they are joining the fun.
Looking for advice, encouragement, coaching from a world champion.
Team Fremont are looking to expand our already successful ladies membership by adding both experienced racers and women who want to try competitive riding.
A little bit of background about our organization. We are 60 strong in 2013, of which 9 are ladies, which is good but we feel should be more. The team organizes weekly training rides in Fremont every Tuesday and Thursday, all year long. Through Fall and Winter we have weekend rides. And we also have classroom sessions to discuss all things bicycle racing, chaired by local professionals in whatever subject is up for discussion. Every month we meet socially and every other meeting is catered by Chipotle .
Our youngest member is a 14 year old junior girl. Our oldest member is in his late 50′s. As an organization we have a reputation for bringing new athletes in to the sport. Saying that we do have some very experienced racing members.
If your interested in meeting with the team, we are organizing a social ride on Saturday October 26th. The plan is to gather at the railroad depot parking lot in Sunol and hopefully ride out at 08:45 after some morning coffee we are providing. We are planning two groups, both of which will be fully supported with a sag vehicle, spare wheels, food and drinks. The routes will on the flat side and distances will be about 30 miles for the not so fit athletes and about 35-40 for the more experienced fitter riders. Also, all attendee’s will get a Chipotle Burrito, just for coming to chat with us.
Just to add some additional notes about Team Fremont, here are some quotes from past members.
“I enjoyed my time with FFBC. The group was encouraging, welcoming, and fun. They taught me interesting bike routes, group cycling skills, and gave me the friendly push I needed. Great group of guys and gals!” – Janet Gardener
“My time on Team Fremont was so memorable. A great group of people and super support. I remain friends with many of my ex team mates and highly recommend joining their team”.
April Hamlin (April Dewall)
FFBC was a great experience. As a relatively new cat 4, I was looking for a small w3/4 team that raced a lot and that was focused on team goals, and having fun. Your team offered that and more!
We worked hard at learning team tactics and race strategy. Working with Laura Charameda was incredible. We had a couple day camps with her. And she was our day of race director at Merco!
We had a very successful year with 4 of us upgrading to cat3!
I have many fond memories from FFBC. The men’s team was supportive, always there to cheer us on. I could always count on your good nature and positive spirit. Racing is tough, competitive, emotional. You were a mentor, director, friend helping us all keep on track.
Thanks for everything!”
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up. Looking forward to seeing you.— in Sunol.
Oct 13, 2013 Race report
Team / Friends
Due to a last minute conflict, i have been informed by the meeting room managers that we cannot have our meeting tomorrow. Therefore it is moved to Tuesday October 16th (Tuesday for this month only), from 19:30 to 21:00.
Usual place at the Fremont Community Arts Center at 3375 Country Dr., Fremont.
Aug 25, 2013 Race report
Finished 11th o/o 50
I got to Winters at around 7:30 a bit late for my 8:15 start. Hit traffic due to road construction on 880 in Oakland. Got everything ready and rolled to the start. They were running 15 minutes late. Great. Stood around for about 20 minutes and could feel the sun getting pretty warm. Can we start already? Finally get going. On the menu for the day included 3 laps for around 72 miles of farm and country roads with a 650ft climb over 3.5 miles(with a 12% kicker at the top. Exciting!) a technical decent and mostly flat everywhere else. My plan for the day was to stay with the lead group. I knew the group would split on the climb. If a sizable break of at least 5-6 formed i’d try to go but the course was a bit too flat for me to attempt anything too crazy.
The first lap was slow and boring. 1st time up the climb was pretty easy for me. After the decent the pace was still slow. The group was neutralized a few times as other groups were passing us. There was a crash right next to me during one of them. Guys need to pay attention. Had to avoid running over one of the guys. Second time up the climb this race finally starts. I was about mid pack starting up the climb, guys started to fade left and right. I wasn’t going to hard until the very last steep section when I saw a sizable gap opening. Put the power down and hooked up to the last guy in the lead group just at the top. I’m terrible at descending so I know I must stay in contact with someone going down. The guy i was following loses a bit on the group at the bottom and we have to dig a bit to get back on the lead group. The group is about 15ish strong and was pretty organized doing around 25-30mph. We take turns at the front to stay away and it works for a while. By the time we get back to the start finish guys aren’t taking their turns and the pace slows a bit. I take a few pulls at the front but don’t put too much effort into it since not everyone else is even pulling through. I stayed towards the front but I think chasers were making their way back to the group.
Last time up the climb was similar to the 2nd time. One guy broke away on the climb and got a 30 second lead. I made the cut and was in the lead group of 15ish again. I had to dig pretty deep again at the last steep section and I felt a cramp starting in my right calf. Great. The group catches the breakaway guy after about 2-3 miles after the decent. I’m just trying to nurse my cramping leg. With about 2k to go to the finish a guy attacks and a few guys respond. Thinking this might be the move I follow and put the power down and get up to 30mph. I’m 4th in line and as soon as i let off both of my legs start seizing up. Great. These cramps were killing me. I had to pull out of the line and fall to the back to get legs to settle down. I can’t keep fighting the cramps so I prepare to do one last dig to the finish line from the back of the pack. 200m to go I put in my last effort. Didn’t even get out of the saddle since i don’t feel like having my legs lock up in an all out sprint. Got up to 36mph and passed a few guys and crossed the line in 11th.
This was by far my most enjoyable road race so far. Making the cut in the select group at the end and having the chance to contesting the finish is pretty awesome. I am a bit disappointed in my cramping issues though since I felt I still had energy to burn coming down to the finish. I need to figure out a better nutrition plan.
Jul 25, 2013 Race report
Ugh, can’t make it.
Starting 18:30 Usual warm up of ever increasing speed paceline until ballistic
2 form sprints
pair up. You partner should be just a little bit faster than you in the sprint.
Leave the S/F line at about 15 second intervals, fastest pairing first.
1 lap at tempo, sharing the wind.
next lap, from turn 4, faster of the two leads in to the corner and commence a sprint, AS FAST AS YOU CAN GO.
the lead out should be challenged, the challenger should struggle to win.
next lap at tempo and then repeat. So one sprint every two laps.
do 5 sprints = equals 10 laps
If you are mismatched, try and find a different partner
Do another 5 sprints = 10 laps
cool down with ever mellowing paceline
go home a sip on a cool one.
Great job everyone
Feb 4, 2013 Road Race
I can tell that I’m getting old by the starting time of my race. The Cat 4 old guys (M45) race didn’t start till 12:15. It was so nice not having to leave the house early in the morning, or having to wait around the starting line freezing cold at the crack of dawn. The only issue I encounter starting so late was the drive to the parking/registration area. The Organizer had you drive in on the same road the race was on. Arriving so late half the groups were already flying on the course. Have you ever tried to passing groups of 50 cyclists on a blind curves? Kidding….
Pre-Race was pretty typical. Visit Port o Potty, Registered, pin number, warm-up on the trainer, re-pin number, and shoot the breeze with Teamie Mark King, and Ex-Teammate John Berg (Kovarus/Wells Fargo Racing Team). Bill Brier was already hammering it on the course.
Before the race I couldn’t believe how calm I was feeling. I think it had to due with my Achilles Tendonitis issues which has been plaguing me for the last few weeks. I figured if it hurt too much I would pull the plug and call it a day, so why stress. This relax feeling went always as soon as I realized my front derailleur/shifter issue which came about right before the start of the San Bruno Hill Climb was back!!! Oh no.. I had zero time to fix it, so it’s all about the Big Ring today…. Lucky the course wasn’t too hilly or with anything steep which required a small ring.
This year’s M45 Cat 4 race was completely different than last year’s Cat 5 race. Elite Cat 5 was blazing from the start to finish. This year’s race was rather slow, with little action, and no one willing to work at the front. No attacks or breakaways so most of the time we promenade as one large group. The only thrill was watching the motorcycle Ref bark at racer for passing over the double yellow line. During their conversation, the dude somehow took a spill. His team mates turns his head to watch the action, and he goes tumbling too. All this is taking place right in front of me!! The guy is bouncing along the asphalt and I’m trying to avoid him, and his cart wheeling bike, and trying to keep my composure and cause the situation any worse. Fortunately the hole between between rider, and his ride stayed open long enough for me to go straight through unscaved…
During last year race, the speed on the return leg to the finish increase twofold. I figured since the pace was so slow, and heading into the wind, the same result would happen. So I started making my way to front 5. Afterwards getting there I realized that nothing was happening beside bitching n complaining about who is going to work. That’s when I made a critical error, and drifted back in the pack. Feeling strong With 2K to go it was time to put the hammer down, but was stuck in mid pack. Mark and I were riding side by side block in. Two many riders, and not enough room, and that motorcycle ref in tow.. @$@#!!!.
200m to go on the uphill finish. Riders started to die on the vine. Small opening started to appear just large enough to squeeze through. With the finish line approached to soon, I was able to work my way up to 9th and Mark to 5th.
Overall it was a good day. Perfect weather, good roads, didn’t go down, Achilles didn’t hurt too bad, and the Team got two Top 10’s…
Jan 7, 2013 Road Race
I’m really excited to start racing in 2013 and i love climbing so this was a great way to get going. No better way to ring in the new year then to race up a mountain. The course is about 3.7 miles and about 1100ft up. The first half is about 7-8% up Guadalupe Parkway before the turn into San Bruno Mtn Park, and then 8-10% up Radio Rd to the top. Temps were chilly but not too bad low 50s and the winds were coming out of the south about 5mph at the bottom and 8-10mph at the top. Teamates racing that day were John Lem 45+4s , Cynthia Wang Jnrs, and Darryl Leung E5.I meetup with my brother at his place in South City to swap wheels and get my shifting dialed in. Headed over to the start around 9am, got ready and warmed up on my trainer. Wasn’t going to go too hard on the warm up just get my heart rate up a bit and spin the legs. I had pretty high expectations for this race since this race suits my style pretty well but with the weather recently I hadn’t really been able to train as much as I would have wanted too. I knew the other guys i’d be racing with were going to be strong. Guys winning this race do it in the 16 minute range so my goal was to do it under 17. I prerode the course a few days prior in the rain and did around 22 minutes so lots of room for improvement.I lined up at the start around mid pack, downed a Gel Shot, whistle blows and we’re off. It was a combined E4 and E5 field with 15 and 35 riders for a total of 50. My plan was try not to go too hard at the beginning and then try to follow wheels up to the top but I knew I’d have to go pretty hard from the start to have a good time. Up the first section i worked my way to the outside and started to move up. Guys were moving over to the middle when they hit the front and soon i found myself at the front of the pack at the top of the 1st incline section. It didn’t feel like i was going that hard yet i was leading the pack on to the flat section before the 1st stop light. There was a slight tailwind pushing us up the hill and the other guys must have been holding back quite a bit. The guy that eventually won my category finally came by me and asked “How’s it going?” and I replied slightly out of breath “Great!”. I stuck to his wheel for a little bit then two other guys came around us and the second guy got out of the saddle and attacked. That was that pretty much the last i saw of them.
I finished 6th out of 15 in E4 and around 12th out of 50 in the combined field. My official time is 17:59. Strava says I did it in 17:50. I checked John’s time as well since i know we’re pretty similarly matched and what do you know. We have the same exact official and strava times as well. Crazy. My take aways for next time are: Don’t go so hard out of the gate. Follow wheels as much as possible but try to go at a pace you can sustain. Train harder. I lost quite a bit of weight towards the end of last year which is great but it’s time to make more power. Until next year.
Men – Cat 4
6th Michael Leung : 17:59.6
Men – Cat 4/5 – Master – 45-99
7th John Lem (5 – Cat4) : 17:59.6
Men – Cat 5
13th Darryl Leung: 19:40.4
Men – Junior – 15-18 (Including Junior women)
6th Cynthia Wang – 25:53.5