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Through some sort of Interstellar type wormhole business I've been transported forward to the month of May. Last thing I remember It was March 1st and I had just finished the Cherry Pie Criterium. As I remember it, a group of 6 had gotten off the front in the early stages of the race and built up a sizeable gap on the field. After a few attempts to bridge up to them It was clear that the field wasnt letting me go and the break was going to stick. It would be a sprint for the minor placings. Leading into the final lap I moved my way up the field and prepared to give EVERYTHING in my body for 7th place. leading into the final turn I dove up the inside and through a gap I would later be told was not actually big enough for my bike, and probably should have crashed. Nonetheless I took the field sprint glory for 7th place. Elated I got in my car, and drove to In n Out...that was the last thing I remember before waking up in this future world.

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I need to go back.

I love the Modesto Rode Race, with its amazing Velopromo shirt, many turns, and constantly changing wind direction it makes for a interesting race that usually ends in a shattered field.

After attacking a bunch and making it into a few groups which didn't go anywhere, I managed to get off the front on the second lap with a strong group including Ryan Moore (totally a sprinter now) and Rob Shell (CoreTechs), Todd Stone (VuMedi), Chaz Turmon (Integrity Racing), Jeff Linder (Squadra), and a mystery Lux Devolpment Team Junior.  With team mates Nate and Nick covering moves in the field our gap grew. The next 4 laps were cosistently hard with the break never getting above a minute gap over the hard chasing field. On the bell lap a group of 4 managed to bridge making the break a bit too large to work cohesively. After a few fruitless attacks it became apparent that a sprint would likely decide the winner (I like that). Coming through 1 kilometer to go Chaz Turmon launched off the front hoping to catch the rest of us off guard. With the finish line in sight my sprinter blood started to boil as I anticipatd the sprint. I jumped with around 300 meters to go, overtaking Chaz and taking my first NorCal win of the year ahead of Dean Pogni 2nd and Ryan Moore 3rd. 
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These road race thigs are fun, maybe I will do more of them.

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Kali Protectives is a relative new comer to the world of cycling, yet their emphasis on safety innovation is refreshing in a marketplace seemingly dominated by wind tunnel tests and vent count. The Harbalife P/B Marc Pro -STRAVA Team has been supplied this year with the Kali Phenom road helmet and we are definitely happy with what we got.

Needless to say, the helmet is one of the most important equipment choices we cyclists make. We all know the perils that await every time we take to the start line or even a mellow recovery ride. The Kali Phenom features their proprietary Composite Fusion Plus technology. By incorporating specially shaped impact cones the Phenom minimizes G-spikes on impact and dissipates energy more effectively than traditional construction.

I haven't had a chance to test this impact protection (thankfully). What I can report is that none of these safety features come at the expense of the helmets weight or performance. The Phenom features 23 vents and comes in at a weight of 302 grams. We have already had some warm days this year and I'm happy to say this helmet has cooled my head as effectively as any of my previous helmets (Mavic Plasma SLR, Giro Atmos, Bell Volt).

Plenty of gaping vents here!

Plenty of gaping vents here!

The phenom is Offered in two sizes; S/M (52-58) and M/L(58-62). My head is 58cm and I felt like the M/L was right for me. What I really like is how the helmet doesn't feel big even though my head is small for this size. The adjustment mechanism does a great job of hugging my head. The Phenom seems to best fit those with rounder head shapes. It also tends to sit a bit lower on the forehead. I recommend trying it on with sunglasses to ensure there is no interference.

Phenom works well with our SPY Screw shades

Phenom works well with our SPY Screw shades

At $160 retail this helmet is a bargain! Kudos to this local SF Bay area company for engineering a great product that wont break the bank.

Jobst Brandt died last night at the age of 80. Jobst was a very influential character in the cycling world, and though he may not realize it, he affected me greatly.

Jobst knew how to travel light on multi day tours in Europe, in the Alps and Dolomites, not to mention our local Sierra Nevada. While consulting with Avocet, Jobst met Gary Erickson, who would later found Clif Bar and Company. Jobst taught Gary how to travel light. Gary taught me, using the same method — affix a large seat bag on your bike, bring only the essentials, and then ride all day long, staying in small hotels along the way. Of course we traveled dirt roads and hiking paths all over Europe.

I did have the pleasure of riding with Jobst a few times. He was opinionated, and always spoke his mind. One time, at the Interbike Show, I was walking with Gary and Jobst to go speak with the folks at the Selle Italia booth. Selle Italia made the saddles for Avocet, and Gary had designed the very first Avocet gel saddle a number of years prior, before starting Clif Bar.

By this time, Clif Bar had become quite successful, and Gary was a highly regarded business icon. Jobst leans over to Gary, cups his hand by his mouth, and says to Gary, "I don't see how you sell so many of those damn Clif Bars, they taste like shit." That was Jobst.

Another time, I was riding Mt. Hamilton and stopped at The Junction. Jobst rolls up. I wasn't sure he'd recognize me, so I went up to him, introduced myself again, saying, "Remember me? You, Gary and I rode together in the High Sierra, I work at Clif Bar." Well, I was kitted up in the latest bright red, fancy Clif Bar cycling gear. Jobst surveys me with a disapproving look, running his eyes from my head to my toes. He quips, "Yes, I see you there in that Fire Engine Suit."

When I began riding in the 80's, I built my first bike from an old Reynolds 531 frame (I traded my $35 membership at Cal Sailing Club for the frame), and I built the wheels for that bike, my first pair. I rode the piss out of those wheels. All my friends were buying Mt. Bikes but I couldn't afford one. I just put some big tires on that frame and rode it on the dirt. I used Jobst's book on wheel building to build the wheels. The wheels never failed me. Since then, I've built almost every wheel I've ridden. Jobst got me off to a good start.

Jobst had a bicycle accident a few years back on his 76th birthday. It was his last ride, and he never fully recovered. He did, however, live a full life and contributed greatly to the cycling world. Not everyone got along with Jobst, but I am eternally grateful for what he taught me, directly and indirectly.

Thank you, Jobst. May you rest in peace.

A great article by Ray Hosler:

https://rayhosler.wordpress.com/…/jobst-brandt-leaves-behi…/

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Firstly, lets talk about how awesome it is that Budweiser sponsored a bike race. I have to say, this event felt like the most 'Mercan bike race I've ever been to, and I dig it. Firstly it was a downtown criterium, something we do as 'Mercans that most countries don't have in bike racing, and secondly, there was beer and food EVERYWHERE. Budweiser, 'Merica, food, racing - this is pretty much the Daytona 500.

While the other half of our team was indulging in good European style cycling at the hilly and windy Wente Vineyards Road Race in Livermore, CA, the crit squad decided to journey down to the valley for some tight turns, high speed, and live action at the Budweiser Sequoia Cycling Classic in Visalia, CA. Nate Freed, Willie Myers, Jonathan Teeter, and myself couldn't overlook the fact that the impressive prize purse offered for the Pro 1/2 field was inducing undeniable crit fever. We had to find the cure.

From the gun, the race was fast. Incycle Predator Components Cycling Team riders Sergio Hernandez and Jolian Rodas hit the front together for 2 laps, stringing the field out as they traded pulls at mach one speed.Yes, they made it clear they wanted to come out and pedal hard. Attacks came and went, mostly as a result of the ludicrous amount of $100 and $200 primes that announcer Dave Towle was calling out lap after lap,  but none of them seemed to quite have the right combination of riders to stay away. About 30 minutes into race, and about 20 primes later, I saw my opportunity to get up the road. Jolian Rodas was attacking for the one-hundredth time, and nobody really seemed to follow him, so I did.

Photo Credit: Ron Holman , Visalia Times - Delta

Photo Credit: Ron Holman , Visalia Times - Delta

We rode well together for quite a few laps, establishing a gap over the main field. Teammates Willie, Nate, and Jon helped me keep the gap - covering attacks and chase attempts that threatened our lead. The two of us rode with our gap over the field for about 10 to 12 minutes, and then we were joined by 2 more riders. Sergio Hernandez of Predator Incycle, and Mario Humberto of Vumedi Cycling Team made it across the gap and began working with us right away.

Photo Credit: Brooks Bikes

Photo Credit: Brooks Bikes

Our group knew that we would have to work hard to stay away, even with our teams in the main field working for us, there were still many strong riders who wanted to win. We hit the 60 minute mark of the race with a 20 second lead, and with 15 minutes left on the clock, worked well together to hold that lead. As things came down to the wire on the final lap, we were still clear with our gap, and I had an opportunity to throw down for the win.

Photo Credit: Brooks Bikes

Photo Credit: Brooks Bikes

Exiting the last turn onto the final straight, I smashed on the pedals as hard as I ever could, and managed to hold off the other riders in the break for sweet victory!!

Photo Credit: Ron Holman, Visalia Times - Delta

Photo Credit: Ron Holman, Visalia Times - Delta

Not far behind us, teammate Willie Myers took second in the field sprint behind California State Track Champion Garrett Hankins (Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator) .

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Photo Credit: Ron Holman , Visalia Times - Delta

Photo Credit: Ron Holman , Visalia Times - Delta

Full Race Results can be seen here: http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2015-882

Don't forget to check out my race on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/293381731

And for more information about the Budweiser Sequoia Cycling Classic, check out their website at: http://sequoiaclassic.com/

or read about the Classic in the Visalia Times - Delta: http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/local/2015/04/26/sequoia-cycling-classic-returns-strong-community-support/26433901/ Thanks for reading!