Archive for January, 2014

2013 Racing Summary

Posted: January 5, 2014 in Bicycle Racing

Total races (USAC and Senior Games): 62

  • Road races (road, circuit, criterium): 48
  • Time trials (individual, team): 11
  • Track (team pursuit, time trial): 3

Highlights

Pasadena Senior Games: Won 3 out of 4 races (20 Km road race, 40 Km road race, 10 Km time trial) and 2nd in 5 Km time trial. The real highlight was winning the 20 Km road race in a breakaway with a Cat 1 50-54 guy and a Cat 4 55-59 guy. The race covered men age 50-64 with each 5-year increment scored separately. We lapped the field and I managed to hang on for the win the 55-59 age group (2nd overall). I was never in a break that lapped a field before. Granted, it wasn’t a stellar field but the effort by all of us was pretty high because at one point we thought the field was catching us. These were my only wins in 2014.

El Dorado Park Training Series: This year marked a big transition in our local mid-week race. For some reason, I couldn’t get into the groove to the point of getting dropped in a couple of races. Finally, towards the end of the season, I started a break that stuck. I didn’t do well in the sprint, but initiating the break and staying in it was a big improvement for me this season.

Los Angeles Velodrome Racing Association Time Trials: I finally had the chance to be on a team pursuit team. The first bicycle race that I ever saw on TV was the team pursuit at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Watching that race was the tipping point moment for me getting involved in bicycle racing for the rest of my life. I had the great honor of being asked to be on a team pursuit team with some friends (husband and wife team from NorCal) and the same Cat 1 guy from the Pasadena Senior Games. I had a great time doing the team pursuit and it really completed the circle of my cycling life.