Sundevil Crit

Aggressors:
And the Angel declared “thou art become race fodder,” and said “it is done!”
I feel cursed……I cannot seem to get myself onto the podium.  I’m right there at “stand & deliver” time, yet I’m letting them slip away.  Sat at Sundevil was dicey.  There was a nasty crash  which I barely avoided in the combined 50/60 peloton with about 1 1/2 laps to go. 8-10 riders (all 50+) ended up on the pavement.  A couple of them were still laying there during the cooldown lap.  TruComposites/RPM now has 3 riders in 60+ (Norm Kibble, Joe Puchi, Larry McCormick) who managed to control this race and assure their mutual presence for the final (downhill) sprint to the finish line, which suited these power guys perfectly,  Robert Tompkins and I could only watch while they powered by to take 1-3, relegating us to 4/13 & 5/13, respectively (My sprint still sucks).
 
Rick E.

Flapjack Time Trial

Wheelman strikes again! Liz and I arrived early, around 8AM, for our 9:25 starts. Plenty of time for our setup and warmups. Gus was there to help me pump my tires and things were looking good. Completed my 30 minute warmup on the trainer and hopped off with about four minutes to get to the start line. Just the way I like it. Kurt and Elliot Anderson were walking by and were giving me encouragement when I began to have trouble clipping in and my front wheel was wobbling. A guy on a trainer yelled, “Hey you’ve got a flat” … I thought, “yes, of course, for I AM THE WHEELMAN!” We tried to replace the tube, but none of them fit my HED tri-spoke. Liz comes up to me and said, “you’ve got two minutes!”. Ugh!! A guy underneath a canopy says, “I’ve got a spare wheel, but it’s not very good”. I take the wheel, Kurt puts it on and I’m off to the start line. They’re calling my name for the last time, I race to the front, they say I have 5 seconds and to put my foot down. I glance at my HR monitor and it is already at 152bpm, my max is 160bpm. Ugh! The rest of the story is pretty mundane, but the lead up was pretty exciting!

I ended up getting second behind Jack Dillon, and edging out Tom Wallace by 23 seconds. I finished in 31:26, 23.7mph average, 20.0mph going out, 29.2mph coming back.

Kurt has his own start time story, Liz did great, Gus was fantastic on, and off, the bike, and Kerry did his first official race! I’ll let them tell their own stories. All, in all, a great day for Aggress!

– Doug Perry

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Doug sure lived up to his moniker: the Wheelman.  
 
Lesson of the day for me, again…  Never change up anything the day before a race.  I put on a new tire on my new disc.  I warmed up, had plenty of time and I put the disc on and rolled up and down to make sure the shifting was dialed.  I listened to my Ipod and did not hear the tire rubbing on the frame… until it was near my start time. I did not have a small enough screwdriver and by the time I got my hands on one, I cranked out the limiting screws a solid turn, slammed the wheel home and dashed for the line.  I started with my 30 second guy.  I passed about ten riders, and felt good with my outing.  No real results this weekend, but a very solid training block.  
 
Well done Liz and Doug.  It was good to see the flames glowing brightly today.  
 
– Kurt Garbe
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Results for the day:

Rider Group Time Speed Placement
Liz Perry  Women 55+ (20K) 35:11 21.19 1/2
Doug Perry  Men 65+ (20K) 31:26  23.72  2/5 
Gus Amado  Men 40+ (20K)  30:49  24.2  2/3 
Kerry McLaughlin  Men Cat-5 (30K) 52.48  21.18  9/14 
Gus Amado  Men 40+ (30K)  46:43  23.94  5/7 
Richard Horn  Men Cat-3 (30K) 46:19  24.15  7/9 
Kurt Garbe  Men Cat-3 (30K)  46:30  24.05  8/9 

 

 

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  • Mission

    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.