Category: racing

NCNCA Opens the 2017 Road Season at San Bruno

Over 130 racers rang in the New Year with Pen Velo at the traditional NCNCA road season opener, the San Bruno Mountain Hill Climb. Mother Nature gave us sunny skies and moderate temperatures, and our PV volunteer crew showed up in force to make it a safe and successful event. Thanks to all the racers who came out and joined us for a wonderful morning. Many thanks also to the photographers who came and documented this event!

Click HERE for photos by Katie Truong

Click HERE for photos by Alex Chiu

Click HERE for photos by Craig Huffman

Results have been posted online – click HERE.

 

PV Women recruiting for 2017

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Pen Velo Women at the Beat the Clock TT

Pen Velo Racing/Summit Bicycles is now recruiting women road and cyclocross racers for 2017. In addition to adding more riders to our strong W55+ masters team, we are especially looking to add racers in the younger masters age groups as well as elites (under 35). All experience levels and categories are welcome. If you want to find out what we’re all about, please come to our first recruiting ride on Saturday, October 15. We’ll meet at the Woodside Town Hall parking area (map) at 9:30am for a casual no-drop ride around the Peninsula. Route is TBD – it will include rolling hills, but no sustained climbs.

To RSVP for the ride or to ask questions, click HERE.

Can’t make this ride? We plan to have another one in November, also in Woodside – date TBA.

NCNCA Racers Open the 2016 Season at San Bruno Hillclimb

The 2016 NCNCA road racing season opened on Jan 1 with the San Bruno Hillclimb. Racers turned out in force to enjoy the dry and sunny (albeit chilly) conditions. Thanks to the riders, the NCNCA officiating crew and most importantly our PV volunteers for making this year’s event a big success!

Click HERE for links to event photos.

Click HERE for race results.

Matt McNamara Joins PV as Team Coach; Clark Natwick Retires, receives lifetime PV membership

coachmattWe are pleased to announce that Matt McNamara of the Sterling Sports Group has joined PV as our new team coach. Matt comes to us with a B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado and 20 years of experience in coaching and team management. He is a USAC Level 1/Elite Coach with power certification, a USAC certified skills instructor and helped to develop the curriculum for the USAC Beginner Racer Program. He is known to many racers in the NCNCA district as one of the co-directors of the Early Bird Training Series (the Early Bird Crits). He is also a contributing author for PezCyclingNews.com’s product reviews and its “Toolbox” section which deals with current research and coaching trends in endurance sports. Check out his most recent article documenting his experience at the Taiwan KOM Challenge. Welcome aboard, Coach Matt!

mg32285baspMatt will be building on the successful PV Racing Program developed by retiring coach Clark Natwick. Clark has been involved with PV for over 20 years, starting as an athlete and also serving as a board member and president prior to his 16-year tenure as team coach. However, Clark will not be leaving the PV family – he is being recognized for his many contributions to the success of our club with the first-ever lifetime membership in Pen Velo. Clark brought to PV a wealth of experience both as an athlete (10 national championship medals) and as a coach (USA Olympic Training Center, USA National Cyclocross Team, USA National MTB Team). In 2012, Clark made a brief comeback to competition as a masters athlete racing in Pen Velo colors, earning two NCNCA District Championships on the track and a bronze medal in team pursuit at the USAC Masters Track Nationals. Under his guidance, Pen Velo athletes achieved numerous team and individual awards on both the regional and national level. Thanks, Clark, for your service to PV and best wishes in your future endeavors!

PV Road Racing Success Recognized at NCNCA Awards Banquet

Pen Velo was recognized for a highly successful 2015 road racing season by the NCNCA at its annual awards banquet on October 17, 2015. Best All-Around Rider (BAR) Awards went to Erik Salander (M55+ 1/2/3/4) and Chris Levins (E4 – Spring). Erik was also recognized for his contributions to NCNCA as Results Coordinator with the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Additionally, Helen Casabona was recognized by the NCNCA Women’s Committee for finishing in 4th place in the 2015 Women’s Series. This was despite having her season cut short by injury. Topping it all off was the trophy for 5th Place in the Overall Team Points (BAT) Competition, rewarding a lot of hard work, training and outstanding race results by the entire team!

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In addition to the NCNCA awards and recognition, the following individual and team accomplishments are worthy of an honorable mention:

M35+ Cat 4 BAR (Fall) 5th place – Marco Constantino
M45+ Cat 4 BAR (Fall) 5th place – Mark Massey
W35+ 1/2/3 BAR 4th Place – Helen Casabona

E4 Team – 5th place
M35+ Cat 4 Team – 2nd place
M45+ Cat 4 Team – 3rd place
M55+ 1/2/3/4 Team – 2nd place
W35+ 1/2/3 Team – 3rd place

RKO Championship Weekend

Pen Velo found both individual and team success during the Red Kite Omnium Championship Weekend in both the Red Kite Omnium Finale (Sept. 5) and the NCNCA Masters District Criterium Championship (Sept 6).

Day 1:

The Red Kite Criterium on September 5 was the final event of the Red Kite Omnium, a series of road, time trial and criterium races that started in February and continued all season long with both individual and team competitions. There were some exciting individual performances for PV in the RKO Finale. The day was highlighted by Bill Brissman (assisted by a strong team) taking two 10-point primes and finishing in 5th place in the M55+ 3/4 race and protecting his narrow lead in the overall omnium in that category. Alex Jonas suffered a last-lap crash that cost him 2nd place in the E4 omnium. Despite having to walk his bike across the line after the field in the finale, Alex still finished 4th in the omnium. Thanks to contributions from many teammates over the course of the season, Pen Velo swept the master 3/4 team prizes as well as taking the best team prize in the 55+ 1/2/3 category.

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Day 2:

Day 2 was the NCNCA Masters District Criterium Championship, and it was a day for the PV Women’s team to shine. The PV women were represented by Sara Stearns, Heidi Fraser and 3-time district crit champ Norma Hilton. All three competed together, but in different age groups in the combined women’s 50+ race. All three put in strong performances, with Heidi animating the race with repeated attacks, Norma and Sara claiming Bear Jerseys in their respective categories, and Sara claiming a prime.

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Teamwork nets double wins for PV at Central Coast

Teamwork by PV racers paid off handsomely at the Central Coast circuit race on August 2. Seven PV racers competed in the combined 35+ cat 3/4 and 45+ cat 3/4 races and with a smart race plan and solid teamwork, PV came away with wins in both categories. Enjoy this slide show of photos by Jeff Vander Stucken and read Menko Johnson’s race report below!

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Race Report by Menko Johnson

After a great time getting back to racing last weekend, I was eager to give it another try so I signed up for the 35+ cat 3/4 race at CCCX Seaside.  The course is a 2.5 mi out and back that has a few small rollers with wind blowing in your face one direction, and at your back in the other.  The finish line is on the uphill section into the wind, making it quite a challenge.  As we lined up, I saw many sets of calves bigger than my head, and knew I would have no chance at all if we left it to a sprint.

Strategy for these combined category and age group races is really intriguing.  Because the 35s and 45s race together but are picked separately, it adds some complexity to breakaway situations because its difficult to know what categories are up the road, and cooperation can be impacted by that composition.  One group may be hanging back for a sprint and won’t contribute to a chase, while the other may have a break up the road and have to chase.  Before the race, Erik said that in the previous race a solo attack from a 55 rider prompted a 45 rider to bridge, and they rode away together and stayed away.  I felt this would be the best chance for me as well and figured I’d wait until 3 to go and make an a go.

PV had a large contingent in both races with Lenny, Phil and myself in 35s, and Erik, Tom, Steve and Markus in the 45s.  This was ideal because then we effectively had two teams working together and I simply talked with Phil and Lenny quickly to keep it simple—“nothing with any 35 gets away without 1 of us in it.”  With such a non-technical course, it was very easy for people to sit in and save energy while those out in the wind worked hard.  The first 2 laps there were some half-hearted breakaway attempts but they always came back.  PV was very active with Tom, Erik and Phil each putting in efforts to stretch things out and test the waters.  I sat back and watched to see who reacted, and started memorizing who might be my biggest threat while watching how things happened on the headwind and tailwind.  Making sure nobody took me out in the corners was about as exciting as things got.

The race was pretty uneventful until Markus decided he’d had enough of this and literally just accelerated away from the field. (VIDEO 1 at 15:30)  This was the key move of the race, because it allowed all of us to sit in and do zero work at the front, and reveal who cared enough to try and chase.  As it turns out, Markus was away for a good 15 minutes solo as we would close but never close and then it would open again.  Eventually Erik also went and was able to successfully bridge to Markus.  Now PV had 2 guys in the 45s off the front.

Phil rolled up to me with about 25 minutes left and I told him to cover anything that comes up his side, and I would do the same on mine.  The group at the front was slowing, and you could hear the gears clicking behind and riders prepared to make a jump.  A blur up the left side was all I saw and Phil was like a racehorse bounding out of the gates, immediately gluing himself to the rider trying to get away.  I am also accelerating as fast as I can, but waiting for just a moment to have someone come around me to pull me up.  Big calves responds, and I glue on and don’t pull at all.  We herd into the corner and so starts the 2nd half of the race.

I hear some tanging of equipment and screeching behind me, and I make a split second decision to try and bridge up to the break.  Luckily Tom was just in front of me, so as I attack he latches on while successfully preventing anyone else from getting onto his wheel (VIDEO 2 – 00:12).  I put my head down for 30 seconds and give an all out effort that spikes my HR up to 193 bpm before we hit the top of the roller.  I look back and see Tom and Markus on, and I desperately beg for help.  Poor Markus, spent from his efforts, pulls through and falls off the back as I do 400 watts in Tom’s draft to hold on.

As we’re heading downhill I can feel we can’t go as fast as the chasers, and wonder if this was a bad idea as we’re still going to see 3 laps to go and only have a few seconds gap at the turn around.  But Tom is strong and I figure we have to put in two hard laps and keep our gap before they give up.   With Tom next to me, I try and just push as hard as I can on the hill sections, and let him pull on the flatter sections where he is faster.  One lap goes by and the gap is still probably only 5-10 seconds.  As we make the turn around, I accidentally put a few bike lengths on Tom and he mentions that perhaps I would be faster by myself.  “Hell NO!” and I just tell him to hang on.  My mind wanders as my body screams at me and I’ve never been happier to have a teammate there to keep me going.  We keep going and finally the elastic stretches, and then breaks.  The chase loses a rider and drops to 3, and we can see the gap opening. At 18 minutes in, we’ve got the race-winning gap and just have to keep the gas on until the top of the hill to make sure we don’t give it up.  We come through the last corner to cheers all around from our PV cheering section, and Tom and I finish side-by-side with the biggest smiles we could muster while trying to recover our breath!  It was one of the most satisfying days of racing I’ve had in a long time, and it was just like we were back at training camp in January pushing each other, but this time the reward was much sweeter!

Impressive Medal Haul for PV Trackies at District Championships

Congratulations to our track racers who competed at the Masters District Track Championships at Hellyer Velodrome on July 11-12. The team brought home a total of 14 medals, including 7 gold. Click HERE to see the gold medal M55+ sprint team in action. Scroll down to see all results.

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All PV Results

Saturday:

55-59 Scratch Race: Bill Brissman 2nd, Erik Salander 3rd

55-59 2K Pursuit: Erik Salander 3rd

50-54 2K Pursuit: Ross Tinline 3rd

 

Sunday:

50-54 500M TT: Ross in 3rd

55-59 500M TT: Ray in 1st (State Champ!)

55-59 48 lap Points Race: Bill in 2nd

55+ 3K Team Pursuit: Bill Brissman, John Suarez, Erik Salander, Kurt Bickel (Reno) 1st (State Champs)

45+ 3K Team Pursuit: Ross and 3 other non-PV racers 1st (State Champ)

55+ Team Sprint: Erik, Bill and Kurt in 1st (State Champs)

55+ Team Sprint: Ray and 2 others in 2nd

 

Medal Count

7 Gold; 3 Silver; 4 Bronze

 

Brissman: 2 x Gold, 2 x Silver

Tinline: 1 x Gold, 2 x Bronze

Gildea: 1 x Gold, 1 x Silver

Salander: 2 x Gold, 2 x Bronze

Suarez: 1 x Gold

Pen Velo Women take Sattley by Storm!

The Pen Velo women made their presence known at the NCNCA District Time Trial Championships this weekend, with four women competing in the ITT and TTT events. Yvonne Walbroehl and Cindy Mike raced the 20km ITT in the very competitive W55-59 division, with Yvonne taking the silver medal and setting a new personal best for the course. Sara Stearns and Norma Hilton earned silver medals in the W60-64 and W65-69 divisions respectively, with Sara also setting a new PR. Later in the day, all four women took on the 40km long course for the team time trial event. Although the competition was, well, non-existant, this event still prevented a challenge as three members of the team had never done such a long TT. Anchored by TTT veteran Yvonne, the team came together nicely and survived the crosswinds to take home the coveted Bear Jersey for PV!

While the women were the largest contingent of PV racers at Sattley this year, the men were well represented by Lanier Benkard and Jeffrey Patterson. Lanier earned the bronze medal in the M45-49 40km ITT in a very strong field.

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Pen Velo Racing/Summit Bicycles takes on Chico Stage Race

A group of 32 Pen Velo Racing/Summit Bicycles racers along with Coach Clark Natwick headed up to Chico on February 27 to tackle their first team “A” race of the season, the 2015 Chico Stage Race p/b Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. It was a great weekend of racing and team bonding as we fielded teams in four divisions and came away with a couple of wins, a few podiums and several top ten results for our riders in individual stages as well as GC. Highlights of the weekend included our 35+ 3/4 team taking four of the top ten places in the Paskenta Hills Road Race, Menko Johnson celebrating his birthday in style with a podium placing in the 35+ 3/4 criterium, and Nate McKitterick taking revenge for some bad luck in the Day 1 road race in the 45+ 4/5 division by winning both the criterium and the time trial on Day 2! Here’s a list of all of our top 10 results for the weekend:

Road Race
35+ 3/4: Justing Eatinger (2nd), Ross Tinline (3rd), Menko Johnson (4th), Donald Lee (7th)
45+ 4/5: Lanier Benkard (4th)    E4/5: Chris Levins (8th)
55+: Erik Salander (8th), Chuck Spiteri (10th)

Criterium
35+ 3/4: Menko Johnson (3rd), Donald Lee (7th), Ross Tinline (10th)
45+ 4/5: Nate McKitterick (1st), Phil Burt (4th), Lanier Benkard (7th), Michael Tauber (9th)
E4/5: Chris Levins (5th)   55+: Erik Salander (8th)

Time Trial
35+ 3/4: Ross Tinline (2nd), Menko Johnson (6th)   45+ 4/5: Nate McKitterick (1st), Phil Burt (9th)
E4/5: Barry O’Brien (2nd), Chris Levins (9th)    55+: Erik Salander (8th)

General Classification
35+ 3/4: Ross Tinline (2nd), Menko Johnson (6th), Donald Lee (8th)
45+ 4/5: Rene Larro (7th), Phil Burt (9th)  E4/5: Chris Levins (6th)   55+: Erik Salander (8th)

To get a real flavor of it all, enjoy these images from the weekend as well as Nate McKitterick’s race report which really captures the Pen Velo team spirit:

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Chico Stage Race – by Nate McKitterick

Teammates: Andrew Horvai, Ken Salvail, Jose Ortiz, Mark Koenig, Rene Larro, Michael Tauber, Paul Burt, Glenn Fetsch, Terry Langeman, Alan Brake, Steve d’Alencon, and Lanier Benkard.

26th in RR (-5’32”) (Mechanical)

1st in Crit (+10”)

1st in TT (+5”)

11th in GC

Approx. 45 competitors

I’m going with a long race report.  No, it’s not my birthday, but maybe when I’m blowing out the candles 25 years from now, I’ll read this again and remember the great times with Pen Velo at the 2015 Chico Stage Race.

First, some context ‘cause I’m new to the road team: I’ve never been an athlete.  At best, I was a second rate football player in high school, and an even worse Gaelic football and rugby player when I tried those sports for a season or two afterward.  But I never liked any sport enough to really work at it.  And that was it for 20 years.  Then I started racing cyclocross two years ago.

The main competition in cycling is inside ourselves.  Sure, many of us love racing, but most of our relative time on the bike is training, or even doing a ride with friends that has its challenging points.  The main competition is always within, whether training or racing:  How far can I push myself?  Can I go outside my comfort zone a bit today?  Can I do my job to get a teammate where he needs to be?  Will I be able to not push myself when that’s called for?  Can I go faster now?  Can I be patient and not strike too hard to too soon?  How long can I hold this?  Can I pass this guy and finish just one spot higher at 72nd instead of 73rd (true story for me)?  Should I go now?  Will I really do [fill in the training you hate most] today?

These are the daily victories (and sometimes defeats) that keep me going, and why I like training and racing.  But the reason I love it now is being able to fight with a team.  My team experience with PV CX last year led me to want to try road racing with you.  And it is awesome fun.

Chico Stage Race

Some days good luck cascades down like Pegasus flying overhead and sprinkling magic fairy dust into your Sapim spokes, coating you in invincibility against all odds.  Other days bad luck scrabbles at you from the pavement (or, in this case, gravel), where the smallest rift in the workings of our Fine Machines effectively ends our competitive run that day.  Most days we see neither.  But we must be prepared – mentally, mechanically, and physically, for anything, both as athletes and as a team.  My race report does have bad luck – a flat in the gravel that ended my run as a GC contender.   But the good luck?  Having a coach and teammates that helped me then win the Crit and the TT.

I was nervous as all get out as this was my first race with the team.  I am in decent shape from CX season, and the gravel appealed to the crosser in me.  Still – did I mention I was nervous?  I don’t get many hall passes, either, so this was an A race for the team and me too, personally.  Maybe the biggest race of the year for me, as I thought I might have the mix of skills, and the early-season fitness advantage, to do well.

And I was nervous.  But I had a coach and teammates who kept me on an even keel.

Paskenta Road Race

We executed exactly according to the plan fomented with Clark, and attacked in the gravel, with Rene setting the pace at a level that immediately caused a split.  Rene was up front, followed by a covering Cushman rider, with me third in line.  We were killing it and I was feeling great on the gravel (thanks, CX).  Then the race “organizers” let us catch the 55+ field, but had not neutralized them.  So Rene had to yell “COMING THROUGH ON YOUR LEFT!!!”  Chaos ensued.  Some guys in the field apparently thought an attack was coming up, and Rene said they moved over to block (!) and gave him some choice words!!  Rene was then yelling “45s coming through!” and we were left with maybe 3 feet of the poorest part of the gravel at the edge to ride on, moving fast.  Then my rear tire sidewall got cut – 25c with an anti-puncture strip, but not all the way up the sidewall (does even the Paris-Roubaix open tubular have this?), which is where my tire got cut.

By the time I got a neutral wheel and went, it was minutes later, I was waaaay in last place, and I never saw either the lead group or the chase group again.  I was left doing a time trial, picking off riders here and there, for the next 15 miles.  Finally caught on with another strong rider from Body Concepts at about mile 20 or 25 who had had a mechanical, and he gave me some direction to work together efficiently.  Thank gosh.

I was disappointed when the groups we caught each dashed my hopes, as they kept being 55+ riders, instead of 45+ as I hoped.  (I didn’t know that both 45+ groups were moving at a good pace, in part because of Rene’s attack on the lead group that allowed Phil and Lanier sit in.)  The two of us caught up to the 55+ peloton and yo-yoed with them a bit before we were able to pull away.  I asked Erik Salander if I was allowed to be in their pack (oh, what glorious rest that would mean!) and he told me that it would be a DQed though I was welcome to latch on and have them tow me home.  I’m glad he was there to tell me that.  Never quit!

The Body Concepts guy and I caught Terry with one other guy at about 5 mi or so to go.  All was great working with four guys until Mr. Body Concepts decided to attack the group with about 2 miles to go!  I don’t know where I found the strength to cover it, but I did – I was a little mad because there was no point to it.  Maybe he was thinking Terry and I would conspire, or that we were all too slow and would be caught by the 55 field (not anywhere in sight), or could still catch a 45+ field (again, nowhere in sight)?  So, the two of us rode away.

With somewhere around 400m to go, I asked him if he wanted me to let him cross first as thanks for the instruction he gave me in working together, or wanted to sprint for the finish. He gave me a look and just smiled.  And so we sprinted, and I found something in myself to earn another of the many slices of inner victories for myself that day, which, as always, was as filling for 26th place as it would have been for 6th.

Despite my efforts, I personally was far out of top 10 GC competition at -5’32”.  But five of us had a great dinner that night at the Sierra Nevada Brewery, PV was solidly in the GC contention, and my spirits were high — those of you who did not make it, you were missed!  So we shared our table with two pros, including the Swedish National Champion, and that was interesting as well.

Downtown Criterium

Our plan was to have Lanier (our best GC shot sitting at 4th) follow the wheels of our strongest guys near the front, while sending up guys now and then to keep the pace up and the pack of 59 or so strung out and safe.  We memorized the numbers of the three guys ahead of Lanier, and they were marked men.

The plan worked nearly flawlessly.  However, other teams have their plans too.

When we lined up at the line, we had four or five PV guys right up front.  The sun was just cresting over the downtown buildings with that golden glow of a fine morning, casting its light directly across the front rank.  Looking down the smart line of PV racers ready to go – hell, we were finer than the Roman Legion.  Our team was cheering us on in the first corner.  It all felt great.

I saw a whole mess of PV guys moving the pace through the race, including guys pushing off the front to keep it going. It was incredible!   Guys I’d raced CX with, like Mark, Rene, Andrew, Terry, and Ken, and new guys for me like Phil, Mike, Glenn, Alan, Steve, and Jose.  All working hard.  Lanier was, as planned, trying to stay on a PV wheel in the front third.  I kept in the top 6 or so for most of the race, so I could keep tabs on the top three riders, who were making regular appearances in our group along with other GC contenders.

I decided to attack in a few places to stay in the front group, do my part to try to keep the pace up, and pick off about a third of the lap premes, mostly Sierra Nevada beer.  I did think it was important to cross the line first on the first lap.  Hello, Pen Velo is here!

Things were going fine until the top two guys in the GC – Audi and SJBC – brought what I think was a coordinated, preplanned attack on the second to last lap to try to get time on other GC contenders.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they had teammates doing a bit of blocking for them near the front when it happened.  I hit it, and was able to cover the attack, but I was alone with them.  They set a blistering pace through the 1/2 lap into the start/finish with one lap to go.  One of them turned to me then and said “let’s work together and win this thing!”  I didn’t say a word.  I was going to be the boatanchor on this break because Lanier was back in the main group.  Worst case, neither of these guys was getting the 10 second bonus if I could help it.

These two guys were strong.  Plus, as three riders we easily got through the carnage (thank gosh Rene didn’t get seriously hurt) on our last lap (after the first turn), while the pack probably had to slow more in that corner.  It was all just enough to make it the winning break.

We were in the last straight and the SJBC and Audi racer both slowed up a bit to set up for the sprint.  I was going to wait a bit longer to follow or go when suddenly –  there was Phil next to me!  “Go now, Nate!”  He was like an apparition.  Blood was leaking through his jersey. The look on his face was that of the hardest of hardmen.  He had just used everything he had to bridge up Lanier to the breakaway, with the peloton really close behind trying to close the small gap.  “Go now! Before the turn!”  I don’t know where he found the energy to bridge up Lanier with his injuries from the road race.  Or found the breath, or mental wherewithal, to give me that directive.  But I wasn’t going to make him ask three times.  I hit it, gapped the Audi and SJBC guy in the turn, and they could not respond either in time or strong enough – the moment had been perfect, and it wasn’t even close.  I even got to do the “look back,” ha ha!  Phil had called it dead on.

Time Trial

Victory.

By 5 seconds.

5 seconds, over 24 minutes.

How did I get those 5 seconds?

-Teammates picking up the BtC TT sponsorship and then volunteers running it like clockwork, so that I had a chance to do one real TT before Chico?  Easily worth 25 seconds.

-A Teammate taking his Saturday morning to teach a well-thought and encouraging TT class for PV newbies like I?  Undoubtedly 50 seconds plus.

-Teammates working hard to get us the killer deal on Trek bikes from Summit, that enticed me to buy a TT bike? Certainly another 30.

-Teammates providing advice on everything from tire pressure to bike position?  Each piece, absolutely 5 seconds.

-The two Teammates who encouraged me to try aero wheels, leading me to buy a used set?  Yes, my wife hates you both now, but positively 45+ seconds in that gusty wind in Chico.

And Teammates encouraging me to fight on and drill it even after my road race disappointment?

Over a full minute. 

You know who you are.  You earned this.

Thank you.

GC

While the RR left me out of contention and some other mishaps left Pen Velo out of yellow, Rene and Phil both finished in the Top 10 despite each suffering crashes (NEVER QUIT!!!!).   But perhaps the Audi/Reno-Tahoe GC winner – who took second to us in both the RR and the Time Trial — might feel like that yellow jersey doesn’t quite fit him as well as it might, and in some moments has a red and black tinge to it.

GO PEN VELO!!!!!

Thanks guys and gals.  It is, and is going to continue to be, a great season for us.