Even climbers can win a Bear Jersey

By nature, I am a climber and had largely given up on the idea of winning a bear jersey at the SCNCA District Road Race Champioship in Bakersfield because the course has only relatively short climbs and the sprinters/power climbers tend to win on the last 600 yard power climb. For two years in a row, I was in the lead on that little power climb and finished 4th and 3rd behind the power climber/sprinters in my 60+ age division.

With some key advice from my coach (Ron Peterson), it became clear that I needed to break from the crowd at some point this year.   So about 1/3 of the way up the first climb on the second of two laps with about 17 miles to go, I hit it hard.   I looked back after 10 seconds and saw no one responding so I hit it again and continued to accelerate.  I got several hundred yards on the crowd over the top of the climb.  One guy made a run at me before the turnaround, which was fortunate, because we agreed to work together.  Really worked well as we held about a quarter mile lead until just before the final power climb when 3 or 4 of the sprinter types had closed the gap to 20 seconds or so.  

Uninsured Motorist Coverage: What All California Drivers Need to Know

It's a puzzling mystery: Drivers who expose themselves to immense financial peril by having minimal or no uninsured motorist coverage. Are they taking the risk or just uninformed?
"If you are involved in an accident in Los Angeles, it's a high likelihood that it will be caused by drivers who are uninsured or underinsured," said Gerald E. Agnew, a Torrance-based serious personal injury attorney. "The only recourse for your damages is your uninsured motorist coverage, not your liability coverage.  Many people have $1 million in liability insurance and $15,000 in uninsured motorist.  We've seen responsible citizens who thought their insurance would ensure their security, and instead suffered terrible financial consequences because of this situation with uninsured drivers on the road."

A tribute to Stu

This upcoming Sunday morning (10/5), we will celebrate the life of Stu Press with a slow-paced Nichols ride. While this has been a very difficult last 24 hours for all of us, we owe it to Stu to have a great turnout to celebrate a great human being. We’ll leave at the usual 8:05AM start from La Grange and Westwood and end up at Peet’s Brentwood where we can hang out and share our favorite Stu stories with each other.

Gold, Gold and enough points for Ivy Koester to become National Champion

Last night Ivy secured her second gold medal in the Junior National Championships being held at the Carson Velodrome and the overall title on points to become the 2014 National Omnium Champion. She did it in a dominent fashion. Starting from the first lap she covered every attack from her main rivals on points but let the other attacks go. She didn't waste an ounce of energy in her 16 lap scratch race. And when it was the bell lap, she laid down a devestating attack that left everyone in her wake. She pedaled like a woman on a mission with no one behind her able to make up any ground. When she crossed the finish line first her smile was from ear to ear as she punched the air with emotion.

Dexter Koester Takes Silver in the Junior National Championship 1K Scratch race

Dexter was following a strong wheel going down the back straight on the last lap of his 4 lap scratch race. That wheel belonged to Alex and he's taking Dexter right to the front of the race. But then in turn 3, Alex overlaps the wheel in front of him and that rider decides to go up track. Their two wheels collide and Alex's front wheel goes wobbly. Right at that momnet a small opening occurs below Dexter on the black line. He instinctually dives down and comes out of turn 4 in second place with some momentum towards first. He can't make up all the ground but does come across in second place and takes home a big ole silver medal. It's the happiest I've ever seen him before after a great race result.

Dexter Koester battles back to take 3rd in State Chamionships on the track

Dexter's weakest event is the 500m TT and that was first up. But Dexter put in a good TT time of 45.56 giving him 4th place overall in the three race omnium. Dexter's main competition was Alex M. and Alexander L. Alex loves the breakaway and uses it effectively all the time when he races. Alexander is more of a sprinter so he likes to wait for the one to go bell to make his move. Knowing this, Dexter's plan was to mark Alex and wait for his breakaway move at around 2-3 to go and if that doesn't go down, then find Alexander and duke it out for the sprint.

In the first 1K scratch race, Alex didn't make his usual move because the pace was too high so it came down to a sprint and Dexter was lined up on Alexander's wheel. When the sprint was started, Dexter was able to hold his wheel but couldn't quite get around him so he finished third behind Alex and Alexander.