El Tour 2010

Vic came in 16th overall.

Elijet 47th – still needs to top my 23rd place from a few years ago – KG

Mike Mishevch 92nd            

Pete Fry  344th

Doug Perry finished 358th,

 Kelly O’Conner 996th

Liz Perry 1136th       

         

Report by Liz Perry:

As I was approaching the Sabino Canyon area, I started to cramp in my quads.  While walking through the wash, I thought I was probably over-heated and that was why I was cramping.  I stripped off my arm and knee warmers and shoved them in my already full back pockets.  I looked at my watch as I was climbing Snyder; it was 9:45a.m. 

I continued to cramp, but kept going.  On the Frontage Road, my quads totally seized and I couldn’t ride anymore, I pulled over and almost fell off my bike because my legs were going crazy with bizarre spasms.  While standing there, a Mexican guy pulled over, asked me what was wrong and I told him cramping.  He puts three little white pills in my hand and says “put these under your tongue, they’ll get you to the finish line.  Don’t worry, it’s just quinine”.  So I put the pills under my tongue and in a few minutes, the spasms that were rocking my quads stopped.  I made it to the finish line.

Lessons learned from my first 109:

  • find a group and stay with them, if I get dropped,  wait for the next group and never ride alone
  • start doing more intensive intervals and less mileage
  • get some strong guys from my team to ride as domestiques.

From Doug Perry:

There were about 3,500 in the 109 event. It was a VERY WINDY El Tour !!!

Pete and I were going strong for through Sabino .. he was with the leaders and I was 8 minutes off the leaders pace … then the hills, pain, cramps, wind … all set in … neither of us got platinum … Pete was approx 5:12 and I was approx 5:15.

Fom Eljet (Wolf in sheep’s clothing) Some serious pros racers are there usually, this year I saw James Carney (x-Olympian) and a rider for team BMC, Garmin-Transitions (now Garmin-Cervelo) and Bahati (I was racing to help my x, now current teammate again, soon to be x again (since he got hired for a pro team for 2011) win. The goal was to contain the race when needed before the 2nd wash (by speeding up the pace to thin it out to keep us safer and not let others crowd around, and ideally deliver Vic to the crucial 2nd wash. I helped Vic getting him in the wash #1, pretty cool to see. 

It was sweet racing for Vic, the competition was stiff…me 46th (45th last year..god!) in 4:36:41, little more than 4 minutes behind winner.

El Tour Resultshttp://www.pbaa.com/!ETT/ETT10Results/ETT10-FS.html

Kentucky Camp Epic Marathon Race

Kentucky Camp Epic Marathon Race report by Beto Villegas

Good turnout today, 30 showed up for this one.  Scott Morris and I opened a gap from the rest of the field on the first major climb.  I decided not to push the pace and save my legs for the long windy road ahead.  But, the pace soon picked up after I attacked on the first downhill section and was able to open a small gap.  I put the pressure on the chasers until I made an unplanned stop at the Kentucky Camp monument to top off my water bottles.  I pulled out of the town site still in the lead somehow.   I was already starting to feel dehydrated and my stomach was not feeling right.  I pressed until I felt a bonk coming on and hiked my bike up some steep switchbacks, which was also a good time to refuel anyways.  I refueled, hydrated and suffered like a dog for the top spot, just 5 minutes in front of second place.

Cochise Classic

Cochise Classic – Beto Villegas

Roll out temps were nippy, probably 49F.  Good warm up to the Mules.   Start of the climb I jumped to the front and set the tempo, Troy Burns followed my lead and 10 of us got over the top together, with a big chase group of approximately 20 on our heels.  Two riders got dropped on Davis, one rider who kept attacking us on the flats?  Troy put the hammer down, see ya bold one!  We were eight strong in the final stretch, with Burns, Chris ? (Tri-Sports) and mua doing the bulk of the work.  Rock Racing rider and teammate attacked at the 15th Street traffic light.  RR sits up for a block, I swing around, chase, and sling-shot off his teammate opening up a significant gap.  Green light on 10th Street, legs feeling great, in the bag!!!!!  As I’m getting ready to turn the corner, the event vehicle cuts me off (WTF!!!) I slammed my brakes to avoid colliding with the vehicle, losing all my momentum.  By the that point, the chase is on and was caught half-way to the finish line on the final stretch.  As I rolled through the finish line I had to constantly remind myself that it was a charity ride and protesting was not an option.  Better luck next time!  Finishing time was 3:53, one minute from the course record.  Great day on the bike!

Note: Pete Fry won the 45 mile event!  Congrats Pete!

Results: http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/!CCCC/cochiseresults-10.html#ninetytwo

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