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Its been lonely racing here in Nor Cal as my team mates do the big cool races and the races that have to be traveled to.  I've tried to defend freedom against the dark-side that has shown up in the form of Team Mike's Bikes.  Sad to say, I have been losing.  Their youth and excellent teamwork has been ruling the day.

It appears that at the Wente Crit, Kieth and I were the last of the forces of good.

My Wookie, Joe Innereli had been injured in an essay writing accident at school and has last been seen slinking into his closet, to Marc Pro himself back into shape.  When he comes out of the closet he will be a welcome site.

I knew I was going to have to dig deep and use my new understanding of the force as members of the darkside began to apear around me at the start line.

The race was fast!  According to my Strava file it was over a 28mph average.  Guys were attacking left and right, even getting huge leads, but the consistent high speed of the peleton was incompatible with anyone staying away.  With nothing technical, not too much wind and no hills there was nothing that was going to beat people up enough to make them give up chasing.

I was dreading the sprint because when it is an easy to sit in race, with two laps to go suddenly everyone becomes a sprinter and starts doing dumb things which always ends up with a bunch of guys lying around on the pavement.  Pete Knudsen and I jumped away with about seven laps to go and took two Full Circle guys with us.  The four of us worked well together until one of the Full Circle guys flatted - then the field started making up ground and caught us with two to go. great.

Just as I expected, everyone became a sprinter, and of course a bunch of guys stacked it up.  I moved up a bunch, got onto Kieth's wheel and he towed me to the front and dropped me off on the evil empire's lead out train.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to follow Full Circle or Mike's Bikes, but when Full Circle dropped back I was stuck with Mike's.  Funny thing was, while trying to keep James LeBerg's wheel, his dad kept edging me off.  I was going to just let him have the wheel, being that it was his son's and all, but then I remembered that Dean had finished dead last at Santa Cruz when his son had won, so, hmm....

Luckily Dean disappeared and that solved me of my moral dilemma.  Now I was sitting on James wheel comfortably.  His teammates gave one of the best lead outs I have seen in Nor Cal (actually, it was the best).  When his last guy dropped off, we started sprinting.  It was hard to hold his wheel and not crash because his line was as straight as a meth-addicts EKG read out.  After some yelling and hand waving we crossed the line safely.  James won.  The officials who were too busy hand recording our finishing order did not notice the epileptic sprint, and recorded me 2nd (on both of their papers) and a Full Circle guy third.

 
Thanks for the photo David Cheung!!!

Unfortunately, the camera did not have the frame where myself and third place crossed the line, so the official, rather than going to their hand recordings did the obvious, they tied us!  Yeah, my first tie in bike racing!

Next week is Cat's hill, home of the Death Star.  My wookie says he is feeling better, so hopefully there will be at least two of us to battle the minions of evil.

Video below of Mike's kicking my teeth in....

More about author and team member CHUCK HUTCHESON. The baby named Chuck was born in Seattle on a dark, cloudy, and rainy day. Upon his arrival, the doctor held him up and a burst of light broke through the clouds and shown upon baby Chuck's head. Although the bright light of the sun caused baby Chuck to squint he smiled as he heard an infinite number of angels sing in unison.

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Reader Comments (17)

How comes the video at the end shows LaBerge sprinting in a straight line? Photoshop or something?

May 2 2012

Alex Berkman says...


Wow! Your amazing Alex! I only see us starting to sprint, but you have the ability to see the whole thing. That is really cool.

May 2 2012

Chuck says...


"When his last guy dropped off, we started sprinting. It was hard to hold his wheel and not crash because his line was as straight as a meth-addicts EKG read out." Video shows their last guy pulling off and you guys starting to sprint. Only thing missing is your clever analogy.

May 2 2012

Alex Berkman says...


Oh yeah, your right. Thanks!

May 2 2012

Chuck Hutcheson says...


I see drop off at 2:52..a considerable zig at 2:55 and then by 2:57 out of sight. Finish I'm guessing is at 3:04. If I see one bad zig in the 5 visible seconds I can only follow that more happened in the next....more frantic 7. I'm siding with Hutch...

May 2 2012

TerribleTerry says...


What I saw from the side was the Mike's rider on front move quickly to the left then back to the middle. A Cal Giant rider got taken to the curb nearly crashing. He looked more irritated than Chuck and probably got the worst of it.

May 2 2012

Chris says...


I feel ya. That "zig" he did changed the position of his back wheel by AT LEAST three inches even though his line is still straight. Meth addict EKG for sure bro.

May 2 2012

Alex Berkman says...


Look at the Cal Giant rider. I wonder what happened from the time they disappear in the video and when this picture was taken? http://www.flickr.com/photos/mooworld/7127179173/in/set-72157629930324185

May 2 2012

Chris says...


Typically when I lose a race I find mistakes that I made so as to improve in the future rather than looking for excuses.

May 2 2012

Alex Berkman says...


Chuck, You just need to school them young-ins. Typical for a Jr. racer. Young dumb and full of dung. They'll finally realize it when someone gets fed up and drives them into the ground or curb. Better luck next time... That's racing...You get away with what you can attitude.

May 2 2012

Harry says...


Lot of armchair sprinters seem to be reading Chuck's race report. That's sprinting folks. Don't like it? Lead it out. He doesn't appear to deviate to me, & Chuck wasn't coming around him anyway.

May 2 2012

sluggo says...


Beautiful blog post Chuck. Maybe you should spend that time photoshopping working on your sprint! HA! Seriously though great work out there. Harry however is a chump, James a is a man http://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?compid=221376

May 2 2012

Hank Scholz says...


Nah Chuck, you've got it all wrong. Our jerseys aren't white, they're black.

May 2 2012

Shawn Rosenthal says...


@Harry - I wish I could school them, but these guys are way faster than on the East Coast! @Sluggo - you are right, I wasn't coming around James. When I complained to him after the sprint, I congratulated him and let him know I wasn't coming around him anyway so it was unnesesary. @Hank Yeah, James is the dude to beat! Prety sure at this point to have a finishing photo with me ahead of him it will take photoshop. @Shawn - You all can't be Darth Vader!

May 2 2012

Chuck says...


Thanks for setting the race report bar impossibly high for the rest of us. Beyotch!

May 3 2012

Chris Hobbs says...


Point those kids to the NCNCA BAR points page when they give you shit. http://209.204.175.237/points/Mpoint12.html

May 3 2012

Nick Schaffner says...


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May 6 2012

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