Cart Crit Carnage

Cart track yesterday was great (for the most part).  Doogie went down in the final corner with mere laps to go.  He was on or near the front most of the C race.  His company in the scruff helped kill the Seven!  He donated some skin as well, but he is ok.  Perhaps we should start a running division…
Bryan won the B race with a searing attack on the group!  Elliot had been out solo and held on for 4th or 5th.
Dave Swanson beat us like rented mules (thanks Vic for the line) in the A race.  There were only seven riders, four of which were Aggress.  I was having a sandwich-enduced side ache and couldn’t sustain an attack with Y half way thorough the 45 min. race; however, I hid out long enough to attack the group with 3/4 of a lap to go and took 2nd and a prime.  Elijet was breathing down my neck at the finish.  Y took the ‘field sprint’ giving Aggress 2nd – 4th. Leo did some serious work on the front before retreating to the sweeper spot.
Rick also had a strong showing mixing it up with the youngster crowd.  He seemed to be the only 60+ rider out there and he had a very strong ride.

24 Hours in the Old Pueble

iMike Puchowicz took on the solo category.  Beto Villegas gave it up for him doing amazing support:  We await the full details, but here is the preliminary report:

9th out of 96
Everything hurts.  Beto is the best pit support person ever, and I got a glimpse of what it’s going to be when I’m 90 and my wife has to dress me because I can’t do it myself anymore.

Valley of the Sun

VOS was great.  Brian was tremendous in his support.  In the 60+, Rick finished 5th GC!  In the 5’s, Doogie finished 10th overall! I finished 24th and Y in 28th in the 3’s.  It was an excellent weekend and a great time dusting off the racing shoes.
Vic won the 2’s RR!  He smoked the boys in a straight up sprint.  Vic also took a huge dig in the 2’s and spent 1 1/2 lap off the front in the crit. It was an all-in move.  It didn’t work, but damn it was cool to watch.  He finished in 14th.
 
 
Warming up for the Crit.  It turns out nobody brought a camera.
How the RR evolved for the Masters 50/60 +.  From Rick Ellwanger:
The RR was my best event.  Shortly after the rollout I moved to the front of the 50/60 combined peloton so I could enjoy a clean path around the first corner and be a little ahead of the inevitable acceleration that I was sure would follow.  It did, of course, and I slipped back to 10-12th and I felt pretty comfortable there.  About a mile after the turn we passed the Cat 5b group; How could that be?? (50 wheel sucking pussies all afraid to take a pull, that’s how!).  The first trip up the hill to the S/F line was uneventful although about 1/3 of the way up Franz Hammer went by me on the shoulder and I tucked in behind him back up to the front.  I think he just wanted to see who was on the front because he just sat a little behind and to the side of the leader as the hill got steeper. Eventually I started losing it a bit and slipping back; by the top I was 3/4 of the way to the back of the peloton, but I rested on the downhill back to hwy 187.  Lap 2 was mundane until about 2/3 of the way up the hill climb at which point several riders broke off the front to vie for the KOM points and prem. (to be recaptured on the downhill).  As the main peloton approached the summit we overtook several riders from the Cat 5a group and there was a crash about 3/4 of the way back in the peloton, just in front of me, involving 5-6 riders and about a dozen of us ended up with a 100 yd gap to the rest of the peloton as a result of slowing to avoid the wrecked riders. We started working together to recapture and actually were able to close the gap a bit by the turn back onto 187.  At the turn I took the lead because I knew I could take the turn full speed with pedaling and most of the group stayed with me thru the turn.  The main peloton had slowed a lot to go around that corner and we gained on them significantly right there.  The last 30 yds was quickly closed and we were back in the peloton; Whew!  Halfway up the final hill climb to the S/F line the peloton splintered as the pace increased noticeably and the landscape got a little confusing as we overtook some additional riders from the 5a group, and my fleeting thought of moving to the front of the pack for the final sprint evaporated.  I resolved to hang with my splinter group, and was able to do so, across the line.  All in all, a good effort, and a great learning experience.
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    Aggress is a Tucson-based statewide / regional cycling team formed in January, 2004.
    As a developmental team for both road and mountain bike racing, Aggress continues to actively – yet carefully – recruit according to a philosophy that emphasizes teamwork in both training and racing tactics.
    Our focus is to race as a team, utilizing team tactics to get our man the win. We ride in support of our designated racer, with each member in turn supported in the key event(s) of his choosing.
    We are aggressive when we race, but we behave in a courteous and sportsmanlike manner at all times. We also have team training rides that we utilize throughout the season.