Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Results from Tonight's Chico Airport Criterium.................


Hi Everyone!! Well, we had a GREAT night out there at the Tuesday Night Airport Criterium, with good temperatures, little wind and some very good racing action! In all, we had 30 riders take part in this one - and quite a few spectators too!! Thank you ALL for coming out to this event - it was AWESOME having you all out there!!

Okay, in the Category "A" race tonight, we had 15 riders take part. The event started off quite quickly, with Tim Creswell driving the pace for the first few laps. Nearing the half-way point of the race, Alex Blease took off on a solo flyer.......but was soon joined by Kevin Speacht and David Albrecht. These three riders worked very well together, and quickly built up a 30-second lead over the chase pack. In time, the 3 breakaway riders lapped the field! After that, the pack stayed together for the sprint finish - where it was Alex Blease taking the win over David Albrecht, with Tim Creswell coming in 3rd!

In the Category "B" event, there were also 15 riders that took part. The pack stayed together the entire race - working well together, keeping things smooth and focused. After quite a few Prime laps in the event, it came down to a sprint finish at the end. Taking the win was Michael Dufresne, just beating out Mike Crumm, Shawn Hughes and Lisa Martens!

For some photos and videos of tonight's event, please visit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicovelo/

Here are the Results from the Category "A" and Category "B" events from tonight.......and below that are the Current Overall Standings in the 2009 Chico Airport Criterium Series:

CATEGORY "A" RESULTS:
1. Alex Blease (7 points + 4 Prime Points + 1 = 12 points)
2. David Albrecht (5 points + 6 Prime Points + 1 = 12 points)
3. Tim Creswell (4 points + 3 Prime Points + 1 = 8 points)
4. Michael Jasinski (3 points + 3 Prime Points + 1 = 7 points)
5. Greg Golet (2 points + 1 = 3 points)
6. Mike Trowbridge (1 point + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 4 points)
7. Dain Melton 1 point
Pack Finish:
Mike Cordova (2 Prime Points + 1 = 3 points)
Kevin Speacht (3 Prime Points + 1 = 4 points)
Maggie Jones 1 point
Jeff Ochs (1 Prime Point + 1 = 2 points)
Charlie Dawson 1 point
Jason Ziegenhirt 1 point
Dan Reymann 1 point
Kyle Hartelt (2 Prime Points + 1 = 3 points)

CATEGORY "B" RESULTS:
1. Michael Dufresne (7 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 10 points)
2. Mike Crumm (5 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 8 points)
3. Shawn Hughes (4 points + 1 = 5 points)
4. Lisa Martens (3 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 5 points)
5. Charlie Pelton (2 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 4 points)
6. Tom Embree (1 point + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 7 points)
7. Walt Schafer 1 point
8. Adam Tischler (1 Prime Point + 1 = 2 points)
9. Colin Moakley (1 Prime Point + 1 = 2 points)
10. Jeff Davis 1 point
Pack Finish:
David Klein 1 point
Teresa Kludt 1 point
Rob Glatthaar 1 point
Jenn Gruber 1 point
Shirley Huffman 1 point


2009 AIRPORT CRITERIUM SERIES CURRENT OVERALL STANDINGS:

Category "A" OVERALL:
1. David Albrecht 42 points
2. Jeff Galland 37 points
3. Mike Trowbridge 23 points
4. Mike Smith 22 points
5. Michael Jasinski 20 points
6. Mike Cordova 19 points
7. James Plummer 13 points
8. Alex Blease 12 points
9. Tim Creswell 10 points
9. Kevin Speacht 10 points
11. Anthony Ferretti 9 points
12. Kyle Hartelt 7 points
12. Ryan Olson 7 points
14. Evan Carroll 6 points
15. Roy Steves 5 points
16. Ben Bryant 4 points
17. Jason Ziegenhirt 3 points
17. Charlie Dawson 3 points
17. Greg Golet 3 points
17. Jeff Ochs 3 points
17. Kenny Price 3 points
22. Geno Gruber 2 points
22. Janeen Thorpe 2 points
22. Brad Foster 2 points
25. Dain Melton 1 point
26. Dan Reymann 1 point
27. Margaret Jones 1 point
28. Kurt Haskins 1 point
29. Jesse Rushing 1 point
30. Mike Castaldo 1 point
31. Tom Embree 1 point
32. Paul Sajben 1 point

CATEGORY "B" OVERALL:
1. Matt Itamura 28 points
2. Michael Dufresne 21 points
3. Frank Marinello 20 points
4. Shawn Hughes 15 points
5. Mike Crumm 14 points
5. Charlie Pelton 14 points
5. Dain Melton 14 points
8. Lisa Martens 11 points = 1st Place in Women's Category!
8. Colin Moakley 11 points
8. Denny McKenney 11 points
11. David Klein 10 points
12. Tom Embree 7 points
12. Margaret Jones 7 points = 2nd Place in Women's Category!
12. David Weathers 7 points
15. Joe Schlesinger 6 points
16. BJ LaRossa 5 points
16. Jeff Ochs 5 points
18. Clay Johnson 4 points
18. Brian Strukan 4 points
20. Jeff Davis 3 points
20. Tracy Berman 3 points = 3rd Place in Women's Category!
22. Adam Tischler 2 points
22. Christopher Cook 2 points
22. Mark Hendry 2 points
22. Caryn Jones 2 points
26. Walt Schafer 1 point
27. Teresa Kludt 1 point
28. Rob Glatthaar 1 point
29. Jenn Gruber 1 point
30. Christa Ritchey 1 point
31. Gary Fowler 1 point
32. John Wiesinger 1 point
33. Kristen Schonauer 1 point
34. Tom Murphy 1 point
35. Greg Melton 1 point
36. Paul Begbie 1 point
37. Shirley Huffman 1 point

AIRPORT CRITERIUM SERIES INFORMATION:

After the great turn-out at last year's Tuesday Night Chico Airport Criterium Series, we're going to be doing them again for 2009......but starting up a bit earlier this year. For those curious, the definition of "Criterium" is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criterium

This Series starts up next Tuesday, March 10th and will go through September 15th, 2009......just before our Chico Downtown Criterium on September 20th! Registration normally starts at 5:40pm - with the event starting at 6:00pm.

How does it work???

Okay, here are a few notes for this year's Airport "Crit" Series:

1. We will be using more than 1 course for the Crits this year......including throwing in some lefty-turn Crits to get a feel for those - and some Weekend Criteriums as well. For the time being, we'll be using our standard Tuesday Night righty-turn course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course

2. ALL riders must sign in this year - There will be a small table on the sidewalk at the Start/Finish location on Convair Avenue - just sign in at the table and you are good to go! Sign-ins start at 5:40pm - the racing action starts at 6:00pm. We usually end the event by 7pm, at the latest - many times earlier than that - to get home before it gets too dark outside. RAIN AND WET PAVEMENT WILL ALWAYS CANCEL THE CRITERIUMS! In addition, last year we had some tremendous smoke from the Humboldt Fire in this area......which, in turn, would also cancel the Criteriums due to hazardous air quality.

3. The Category "B" races normally go for 45 minutes PLUS 3 laps.........while the Category "A" races go for 50-60 minutes PLUS 3 laps. There can be anywhere from 1 to 15+ Primes in the Airport Criteriums......just depends on the mood of the Dictator.....er......I mean, Director. ;)

4. Helmets are MANDATORY! So, please....please.....wear your helmet! Please!!

5. All are welcome - you don't have to do the Series - just come on out and give this Criterium training/riding a shot! It's amazing what kind of workout you can get in during a 45 to 60 minute practice event.

6. Points are used to calculate the Overall Standings in the Series. The point breakdown is as follows: 7-5-4-3-2-1, with an additional 1 point being given to each participant at each event. So, 7 points goes to the winner, 5 points goes to 2nd place, 4 points goes to 3rd place and so on.........in addition to 1 more point just for doing the event. The rider with the MOST points at the end of the Series wins the Overall Title - and the Chico Airport Series Championship Trophy, plus whatever goodies we can give you. Also, Prime points will be given out during each of the Crits - these are just lap prizes......but in this case, the prizes are points. We will also be having some product Primes out there this year!

7. Last year, we had just two categories during the races - Category A and Category B. However, the Series itself has even more Trophy Categories, including:

Category "A" Men
Women's Category
Women's Masters 40+ Category
Category "B" Men
Men's Masters 40+ Category
Men's Masters 50+ Category

These are the Categories which all qualify for a Series Championship Trophy. If nobody - or very few folks are in one category - we may eliminate it and add an additional category where the numbers allow it. As usual, sandbaggers are strongly discouraged ( A Sandbagger would be a Category "A" rider entering a Category "B" event).

8. Although donations to put on these events are always very appreciated and accepted, this Series is FREE - so come on out and take advantage of some, or all, of these Criteriums in 2009!

9. Finally, remember - these Criterium events are essentially for practice and exercise - we have fun out there and get a great little workout in, and we get to work on some quality cycling skills. But, overall, they're no big whoop....no World Championship/Olympic medals or million dollar contracts on the line. So, with that in mind, just treat 'em as such - a good training event to try some new things, gain some good fitness.....and maybe even get into a "real" sanctioned Criterium at some point in time. Or not. Just have fun with it!! We'll have trophies and hopefully some prizes for the Series winners - and definitely loads of fun....and pain and suffering. ;) But remember - it's all in good fun!

Hope to see you out there!!

Rodney............
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Agonizing Cycling Events
Chico, CA
www.ChicoBike.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

R.A.C.E. Events this week......................


Tuesday, March 31st - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium
Wednesday, April 1st - Fast 50
Thursday, April 2nd - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial (Race #1 in the 2009 Chico 10-Mile Time Trial Series)
Friday, April 3rd - Keefer Road Mini-Road Race
Saturday, April 4th - Messilla Valley Circuit Race
Sunday, April 5th - Coutelenc Time Trial (6th Event in the Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series)

Okay, so there are a few little competitive cycling events going on this week around the Chico area, if you are interested:

Tuesday, March 31st - Tuesday Night Chico Airport Criterium Series - Registration normally opens at 5:40pm on Convair avenue at the Airport - with the event starting at 6:00pm. For the time being, we'll be using our standard Tuesday Night course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course . Must sign in and wear a helmet in order to compete!!

Wednesday, April 1st - FAST 50 - The long-running "Fast 50" Wednesday night rides! The starting spot for this ride is in the parking lot of Rosedale Elementary School located at 100 Oak Street here in Chico. The ride leaves promptly at 6:00pm from the parking lot area. Many different levels of cyclists out there, so hook up with someone and enjoy the ride! A map of the course can be found here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Fast-50255824

Thursday, April 2nd - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial - Registration opens at 5:40pm, with the first rider going off at 6:01pm. We will go in 1-minute intervals for this 5-miles out, 5-miles back, all-flat Time Trial. This classic Chico Time Trial course has been used for the last 29+ years. Come on out after work and give this one a shot! An extremely rough draft of this course can be found here - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/River-Road-10-Mile-TT-Course (yes, the course is really 10 miles, not 9.9). And if you look at the Elevation Profile......it might tell you why coming back always seems a bit tougher than going out! (Race #1 in the 2009 Chico 10-Mile Time Trial Series!)

Friday, April 3rd - Keefer Mini-Road Race - A NEW Mini-Road-Race for this year - thanks to Coach Mike Trowbridge for suggesting this one! Registration will open at 5:45pm on the bike path on the corner of Eaton Road & Cohasset Road......which is also the Starting Location.......but not the finishing location. This fairly flat course will take you west on Eaton Road, then north on Hicks Lane, east on Keefer Road(where you will hit the small climb), then back south on Cohasset Road - with the Finish Line on Ryan Avenue at the Chico Airport near Fifth Sun! The course is only 9 miles in length, and includes about 312 feet of climbing. This is meant as a little after-work leg burner to get you ready for the weekend - very low-key, so come on out and give it a shot! A map of the Keefer Mini-Road-Race can be found here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Keefer-Mini-Road-Race .

Saturday, April 4th - Messilla Valley Circuit Race - The classic event from last year is back for the month of April! Registration will open at 8:30AM at the top of the hill of Messilla Valley Road - just near the intersection with Pentz Road. The "A" Category will be starting their event at 9:00AM, and the "B" Category going at 9:01AM. The number of laps will remain the same as last year - 10 laps for each Category. Again, sandbagging will not be allowed! (Sandbagging would be an "A" Cateogry rider racing the Category "B" race). If you drive, please park at Spring Valley School, which is only 1-mile away from the Start/Finish Line - or at Butte College and ride in. The Messilla Valley Course is approximately 3.5 miles in length with about 300+ feet of climbing per lap. 10 laps = 35 miles and 3,000+ feet of climbing. I will have one or two water containers at the Start/Finish Line, but water bottle hand-ups will be SOLELY dependent upon Volunteers - so if you have a volunteer, bring 'em with you! For a map of the course, please click on the link below: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Messilla-Valley-Circuit-Race HELMETS ARE MANDATORY!

Also, we will have some awesome prizes to give away at this particular Circuit Race for the top finishers!!! These prizes are being provided by TEAM CHICO and VOLER CYCLING APPAREL!!! Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in the Category "A" races(Men & Women), the Category "B" races(Men & Women), and the Masters 45+ Category(Men & Women). If nobody is competing in a particular category, we will award prizes to a different category. So, come on out to participate or to watch - or both! And remember - we're just out there to ride, train, have fun, get a little exercise - and get you out there on your bicycles!!

Sunday, April 5th - Coutelenc Time Trial - Event #6 in the Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series is the Coutelenc Road Time Trial on Sunday, April 5th - another Category 2 climb in the Series. Registration will open at 8:30AM at the corner of The Skyway & Coutelenc Road - with the first rider going off at 9:01AM. We will go in 1-minute intervals. The Coutelenc Time Trial climb is approximately 6.8 miles in length and has roughly 1,590 feet of elevation gain. A map of this course can be found on Bikely.com here - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Coutelenc-Time-Trial . Also, Brad Foster and Foster Chiropractic Clinic - http://www.fosteringwellness.com/ - will be having some goodies for the riders at the finish of this next Time Trial! Come on out and give it a shot!
Want to get an extra 5 bonus points in the Butte Hill Climb Series?? Just volunteer to help me start the riders off at this event, and the points will be yours (Yes, I need a Starter for the Coutelenc event!).

Rodney........
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Annoying Cycling Events
Chico, CA
www.ChicoBike.com

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hi Everyone!! Well, we had a beautiful early morning for the Airport Criterium today - we had to start a bit early today, but still had a good turnout for the event! 14 riders showed up to take part in this one - and to thank them, I offered up a bunch of Pain.....er......I mean......Primes!! Lots of Point Primes going out in this one. Thank you all for taking part - it was GREAT seeing you out there!! We'll be doing more weekend Criteriums in May and June. The points garnered from today's Airport Crit do count towards the Overall Standings in the 2009 Airport Criterium Series.

For some video of today's finishes, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicovelo/

The "A" event saw a 2-person breakaway take off.....and they were able to hold off the field to the finish. Jeff Galland took the win over Mike Smith, with a hard-charging James Plummer coming in 3rd.

The "B" event saw the pack stay together the whole race - and in the end, it was Charlie Pelton just outsprinting Matt Itamura and Frank Marinello! It was an extremely close finish!(See video!)

Below are the Results from today's event - and just below that are the updated Current Overall Standings:


CATEGORY "A" RESULTS FOR THE MARCH 28TH CRITERIUM:
1. Jeff Galland (7 points + 11 Prime Points + 1 = 19 points)
2. Mike Smith (5 points + 9 Prime Points + 1 = 15 points)
3. James Plummer (4 points + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 10 points)
4. Mike Trowbridge (3 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 6 points)
5. Evan Carroll (2 points + 3 Prime Points + 1 = 6 points)
6. Kenny Price (1 point + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 3 points)
7. Geno Gruber 1 point
8. Kurt Haskins 1 point

CATEGORY "B" RESULTS FOR THE MARCH 28TH CRITERIUM:
1. Charlie Pelton (7 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 10 points)
2. Matt Itamura (5 points + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 11 points)
3. Frank Marinello (4 points + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 10 points)
4. Colin Moakley (3 points + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 9 points)
5. Shawn Hughes (2 points + 4 Prime Points + 1 = 7 points)
6. Dave Klein (1 point + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 7 points)


2009 AIRPORT CRITERIUM SERIES CURRENT OVERALL STANDINGS:

Category "A" OVERALL:

1. Jeff Galland 37 points
2. David Albrecht 30 points
3. Mike Smith 22 points
4. Mike Trowbridge 19 points
5. Mike Cordova 16 points
6. James Plummer 13 points
6. Michael Jasinski 13 points
8. Anthony Ferretti 9 points
9. Ryan Olson 7 points 10. Evan Carroll 6 points

10. Kevin Speacht 6 points
12. Roy Steves 5 points
13. Ben Bryant 4 points
13. Kyle Hartelt 4 points

15. Kenny Price 3 points
16. Geno Gruber 2 points
16. Tim Creswell 2 points
16. Janeen Thorpe 2 points
16. Jason Ziegenhirt 2 points
16. Charlie Dawson 2 points
16. Brad Foster 2 points
22. Kurt Haskins 1 point

23. Jesse Rushing 1 point

24. Mike Castaldo 1 point
25. Jeff Ochs 1 point
26. Tom Embree 1 point
27. Paul Sajben 1 point

CATEGORY "B" OVERALL:

1. Matt Itamura 28 points
2. Frank Marinello 20 points
3. Dain Melton 14 points
4. Denny McKenney 11 points
4. Michael Dufresne 11 points
6. Charlie Pelton 10 points
6. Shawn Hughes 10 points
8. Colin Moakley 9 points
8. David Klein 9 points
10. Margaret Jones 7 points = 1st Place in Women's Category!

10. David Weathers 7 points

12. Mike Crumm 6 points
12. Lisa Martens 6 points = 2nd Place in Women's Category!

12. Joe Schlesinger 6 points
15. BJ LaRossa 5 points

15. Jeff Ochs 5 points
17. Clay Johnson 4 points
17. Brian Strukan 4 points
19. Tracy Berman 3 points = 3rd Place in Women's Category!

20. Christopher Cook 2 points
20. Jeff Davis 2 points

20. Mark Hendry 2 points

20. Caryn Jones 2 points

24. Christa Ritchey 1 point = 4th Place in Women's Category!
25. Gary Fowler 1 point
26. John Wiesinger 1 point
27. Kristen Schonauer 1 point = 4th Place in Women's Category!
28. Tom Murphy 1 point
29. Greg Melton 1 point

30. Paul Begbie 1 point


AIRPORT CRITERIUM SERIES INFORMATION:

After the great turn-out at last year's Tuesday Night Chico Airport Criterium Series, we're going to be doing them again for 2009......but starting up a bit earlier this year. For those curious, the definition of "Criterium" is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criterium

This Series starts up next Tuesday, March 10th and will go through September 15th, 2009......just before our Chico Downtown Criterium on September 20th! Registration normally starts at 5:40pm - with the event starting at 6:00pm.

How does it work???

Okay, here are a few notes for this year's Airport "Crit" Series:

1. We will be using more than 1 course for the Crits this year......including throwing in some lefty-turn Crits to get a feel for those - and some Weekend Criteriums as well. For the time being, we'll be using our standard Tuesday Night righty-turn course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course

2. ALL riders must sign in this year - There will be a small table on the sidewalk at the Start/Finish location on Convair Avenue - just sign in at the table and you are good to go! Sign-ins start at 5:40pm - the racing action starts at 6:00pm. We usually end the event by 7pm, at the latest - many times earlier than that - to get home before it gets too dark outside. RAIN AND WET PAVEMENT WILL ALWAYS CANCEL THE CRITERIUMS! In addition, last year we had some tremendous smoke from the Humboldt Fire in this area......which, in turn, would also cancel the Criteriums due to hazardous air quality.

3. The Category "B" races normally go for 45 minutes PLUS 3 laps.........while the Category "A" races go for 55 minutes PLUS 3 laps. There can be anywhere from 1 to 15+ Primes in the Airport Criteriums......just depends on the mood of the Dictator.....er......I mean, Director. ;)

4. Helmets are MANDATORY! So, please....please.....wear your helmet! Please!!

5. All are welcome - you don't have to do the Series - just come on out and give this Criterium training/riding a shot! It's amazing what kind of workout you can get in during a 45 to 60 minute practice event.

6. Points are used to calculate the Overall Standings in the Series. The point breakdown is as follows: 7-5-4-3-2-1, with an additional 1 point being given to each participant at each event. So, 7 points goes to the winner, 5 points goes to 2nd place, 4 points goes to 3rd place and so on.........in addition to 1 more point just for doing the event. The rider with the MOST points at the end of the Series wins the Overall Title - and the Chico Airport Series Championship Trophy, plus whatever goodies we can give you. Also, Prime points will be given out during each of the Crits - these are just lap prizes......but in this case, the prizes are points. We will also be having some product Primes out there this year! If you are a Men's Category 5 racer, or a Women's Category 4 racer, talk to me at the events about your upgrade points for these events.

7. Last year, we had just two categories during the races - Category A and Category B. However, the Series itself has even more Categories, including:

Category "A" Men
Women's Category
Women's Masters 40+ Category
Category "B" Men
Men's Masters 40+ Category
Men's Masters 50+ Category

These are the Categories which all qualify for a Series Championship Trophy. If nobody - or very few folks are in one category, we may eliminate it and add an additional category where the numbers allow it. As usual, sandbaggers are strongly discouraged ( A Sandbagger would be a Category "A" rider entering a Category "B" event).

8. Although donations to put on these events are always very appreciated and accepted, this Series is FREE - so come on out and take advantage of some, or all, of these Criteriums in 2009!

9. Finally, remember - these Criterium events are essentially for practice and exercise - we have fun out there and get a great little workout in, and we get to work on some quality cycling skills. But, overall, they're no big whoop....no World Championship/Olympic medals or million dollar contracts on the line. So, with that in mind, just treat 'em as such - a good training event to try some new things, gain some good fitness.....and maybe even get into a "real" sanctioned Criterium at some point in time. Or not. Just have fun with it!! We'll have trophies and hopefully some prizes for the Series winners - and definitely loads of fun....and pain and suffering. ;) But remember - it's all in good fun!

Hope to see you out there!!

Rodney............
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Agonizing Cycling Events
Chico, CA
www.ChicoBike.com

R.A.C.E. Events for the month of April 2009..............


Hi Everyone! Here is the tentative R.A.C.E. schedule for the month of April, if interested. Might be a slight change or two on the calendar, but nothing too major. Will have more information on some of the races and Series very soon!

APRIL 2009:

Wednesday, April 1st - Fast 50
Thursday, April 2nd - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial (Race #1 in the 2009 Chico 10-Mile Time Trial Series)
Friday, April 3rd - Keefer Road Mini-Road Race
Saturday, April 4th - Messilla Valley Circuit Race
Sunday, April 5th - Coutelenc Time Trial (6th Event in the Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series)

Tuesday, April 7th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium(Stage 1 of the April Rodneyum!)
Wednesday, April 8th - Fast 50 (Stage 2 of the April Rodneyum!)
Thursday, April 9th - Aguas Frias 10-Mile Time Trial (Final Stage of the April Rodneyum!)
Friday, April 10th - Cohasset Mini-Road Race
Saturday, April 11th - Grainland Road Race (Stay tuned for details - think Paris-Roubaix)
Sunday, April 12th - Field of Dreams Time Trial (a new flat/rolling course for Easter!)

Tuesday, April 14th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium
Wednesday, April 15th - Fast 50
Thursday, April 16th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial
Friday, April 17th - Humboldt Mini-Road Race - this one goes to Santos Ranch Road
Saturday, April 18th - Vilas Road Time Trial (7th Event in the Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series)
Sunday, April 19th - Airport LONG-course Criterium(using the 1-Mile course for this daytime Criterium)

Tuesday, April 21st - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium
Wednesday, April 22nd - Fast 50
Thursday, April 23rd - Aguas Frias 25-MILE Time Trial (RACE #1 in the 2009 Chico 25-Mile Time Trial Series)
Friday, April 24th - Friday Night Airport Long-Course Criterium - 50 minutes PLUS 3 laps
Saturday, April 25th - Um......I'm kinda busy this day and the next.
Sunday, April 26th - Wildflower Century (A Chico Velo event)

Tuesday, April 28th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium
Wednesday, April 29th - Fast 50
Thursday, April 30th - Meridian Road 10-Mile Time Trial (a new course!)

Rodney.........
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Annoying Cycling Events
"Grassroots bicycle racing in the Chico area"
Chico, CA
www.ChicoBike.com

Friday, March 27, 2009

Cohasset Mini-Road-Race Results from tonight..............

Hi Everyone!! We had 9 riders take part in tonight's Mini-Road-Race up to the Cohasset Narrows - thank you all for coming out to this one! It was a very close finish, with Kyle Hughes just outsprinting Mike Smith with about 200 meters left. The results, with finishing times, are below. We'll do this one again on another Friday night in the future! Hope to see you at the Airport Criterium tomorrow morning!

Results from Tonight's Cohasset Event:

1. Kyle Hughes 27:03
2. Mike Smith 27:15
3. Jeff Galland 29:11
4. Mike Painter 29:20
5. Christopher Cook 29:25
6. Clay Johnson 33:32
7. Jim Mensching 37:41
8. Norm Rosene 38:16
9. Skip Lees 38:53

Rodney.............
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Active Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Thursday, March 26, 2009

March Omnium Final Results.....aka - The "Rodneyum"......

What a great week of riding so far - thank you ALL for taking part in this week's little "Rodneyum" - the March Omnium. We'll be doing another one of these on April 7th, 8th and 9th........along with a couple of changes to the B group with regard to the Fast 50 stage.

I would like to sincerely congratulate our March Omnium Winners:

Category A = David Albrecht
Category B = Michael Dufresne
Women's Category = Lisa Martens
Under 18 Category = Anthony Ferretti

Congratulations to all of you - I have trophies for you 4, so let me know how to get them to you!!

Thank you everyone again for participating - loved seeing you all out there - especially with this awesome weather we've been having!

STAGE #3 RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" MEN:
1. David Albrecht 23:04 24 points
2. Jeff Galland 23:59 20 points
3. Tim Olson 24:03 18 points
4. Tom Tucker 25:38 16 points
5. Josh Rowe 25:39 14 points
6. Jason Ziegenhirt 25:47 12 points
7. Anthony Ferretti 25:55 10 points
8. Jeff Ochs 26:05 8 points
9. Greg Watkins 27:31 6 points

STAGE #3 RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "B" MEN:
1. David Dura 27:00 24 points
2. Dain Melton 27:26 20 points
3. Clay Johnson 27:48 18 points
4. Joaquin Garcia 28:53 16 points
5. Jim Mensching 29:00 14 points
6. Skip Lees 30:20 12 points
7. David Watkins 37:42 10 points

STAGE #3 RESULTS FOR WOMEN'S CATEGORY:
1. Jeanne O'Regan 27:35 24 points
2. Grace Twedt 31:15 20 points
3. Caryn Jones 32:19 18 points
4. Kim Lang 32:25 16 points
5. Dani Dowden 33:33 14 points
6. Darlene Henderson 34:17 12 points
7. Lorna Andreatta 36:16 10 points


FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS IN CATEGORY "A":
1. David Albrecht 24 points + 1 Prime Point + 26 points + 24 points + 10 = 85 points
2. Jeff Galland 20 points + 1 Prime Point + 23 points + 20 points + 10 = 74 points
3. Anthony Ferretti 14 points + 1 point + 10 points + 10 = 35 points
3. Mike Cordova 18 points + 5 Prime Points + 12 points = 35 points
5. Jason Ziegenhirt 4 points + 1 point + 12 points + 10 points = 27 points
6. Ethan Black 21 points
7. Tim Creswell 6 points + 14 points = 20 points
7. Aren Timmel 20 points
9. Michael Jasinski 16 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 point = 19 points
10. Tim Olson 18 points
11. Ben Bryant 10 points + 2 Prime Points + 4 points = 16 points
11. Tom Tucker 16 points
13. Josh Rowe 14 points
14. Roy Steves 12 points + 1 point = 13 points
15. Kevin Speacht 1 point + 10 points = 11 points
16. Jeff Ochs 1 point + 8 points = 9 points
16. Ryan Olson 8 points + 1 Prime Point = 9 points
16. Paul McIntyre 9 points
19. Mike Painter 6 points
19. Greg Watkins 6 points
21. Scott Fellers 4 points
22. Mike Castaldo 1 point + 1 point = 2 points
23. Tom Embree 1 point + 1 point = 2 points
24. Paul Sajben 2 points
25. Kyle Hartelt 1 Prime Point + 1 point = 2 points
26. Jesse Rushing 2 points
27. James Plummer 1 point
28. Rich Quintero 1 point
29. Kerry Kelly 1 point
30. Janeen Thorpe 1 point
31. Charlie Dawson 1 point
32. Mike Trowbridge 1 point
33. Brad Foster 1 point
34. Frank Winters 1 point
35. Randy Moon 1 point
36. Jim Roberts 1 point
37. Paul Begbie 1 point
38. Greg Melton 1 point
39. Evan Carroll 1 point


FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS IN CATEGORY "B":
1. Michael Dufresne 20 points + 5 Prime Points + 24 points = 49 points
2. Dain Melton 20 points + 20 points = 40 points
3. Clay Johnson 10 points + 1 Prime Point + 18 points = 29 points
4. Matt Itamura 24 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 point = 26 points
5. David Dura 24 points
6. Denny McKenney 16 points + 1 Prime Point = 17 points
7. Joaquin Garcia 16 points
8. Mike Crumm 12 points + 3 Prime Points = 15 points
9. Jim Mensching 14 points
9. Brian Strukan 14 points
11. Skip Lees 12 points
12. David Watkins 10 points
13. David Klein 8 points + 1 point = 9 points

FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS IN WOMEN'S CATEGORY:
1. Lisa Martens 24 points + 3 Prime Points = 27 points
2. Jeanne O'Regan 27:35 24 points
3. Tracy Berman 20 points + 1 point = 21 points
4. Grace Twedt 31:15 20 points
5. Caryn Jones 32:19 18 points
6. Christa Ritchey 16 points
6. Kim Lang 32:25 16 points
8. Dani Dowden 33:33 14 points
9. Darlene Henderson 34:17 12 points
10. Lorna Andreatta 36:16 10 points

THE OMNIUM INFORMATION - WE'LL BE DOING THIS ONE AGAIN IN APRIL 2009:

Stages of the March 2009 Omnium:

Tues., March 24th - Chico Airport Criterium - 1st Stage of the March Omnium (Rain or Wet Pavement will cancel this event).
Wed., March 25th - Fast 50 - 2nd Stage of the March Omnium
Thurs., March 26th - River Road 10-Mile TT - 3rd and Final Stage of the March Omnium

How does it work??? Okay, in this scenario, an Omnium(or Rodneyum) is just a stage race using points rather than time - and you do not have to complete one stage in order to do the next stage. You garner points for each stage depending upon how you did in the stage.......and, again, in this particular case.........the MOST points wins(many Omniums reverse this and have the least amount of points winning). There WILL be a Category "A" and Category "B" - you must tell me at the start of the Airport Criterium which Category you are entering.......and no downgrades during the Omnium once you're in. Categories may be combined, changed or eliminated if not enough folks come out. Most USCF rules will apply to ALL stages - including WEAR YOUR HELMET, don't ride too much like a lunatic, and so on and so forth. Please read the section carefully at the bottom of this e-mail for all the rules pertaining to the Omnium. The River Road 10-Mile Time Trial - aero equipment WILL be allowed! And remember - the only reasons we're doing this Omnium is for fun and fitness......and maybe a little competitiveness too, but nothing over-the-top please! Ride safe, have fun, try something new and challenge yourself. Anyone doing any of the stages is automatically entered in the Omnium..........but consistency in the events will be key to winning the Overall. The March Rodneyum Trophy will be awarded to the winner in each Category of the Omnium. There are 4 Trophies to be awarded in this Omnium(winners may be dependent upon category participation though).

The Point Breakdown for EACH stage:

Tuesday, March 24th - Chico Airport Criterium:
(YES - Prime Points DO count towards the Omnium!!)
1st = 24 points (NOT to be added to the season-long point standings in the Criterium Series....those points are separate from the Omnium)
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

Wednesday, March 25th - Fast 50:
(Elk Avenue Sprint, Fimple Avenue Sprint and Duncan Avenue Sprint EACH count as 3,2,1 - 3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd)
(These 3 Intermediate Sprints count for Category "A" only!)
1st = 24 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

Thursday, March 26th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial:
(Yes, Aero equipment will be allowed for this event).
1st = 24 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

RULES:
And Finally - ANY rider participating in ALL 3 Stages receives an additional 10 points.
Do you have to do all the stages in order to compete in the Omnium?? No - you can even do just one event and your points will still be calculated and counted in the overall. And REMEMBER - Safety come before bragging rights, so be careful!!!
As always, the Director reserves the right to DQ anyone deemed cheating, unsafe or unsportsmanlike(no worries - just be cool like always and all will be good!!).
Tie-Breaker - If, by chance, it comes down to a TIE after the last stage of the Omnium, the highest placed finisher(of the tied competitors) in the River Road 10-Mile Time Trial will be declared the Overall Winner of the Rodneyum.

Rodney.............
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Absolute Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Tonight's River Road 10-Mile Time Trial Results............

Ginger HATES her time in tonight's TT!! It's okay Ging - we'll get a better time next week!!

Hi Everyone!! Well, we had a VERY windy night outside for tonight's River Road 10-Mile Time Trial, with winds coming out of the North/Northwest at 10-30mph. But even with the strong gusts, we had 23 riders show up to take part in the event - thank you ALL for coming out to this one!! This event was also the 3rd and Final Stage of this week's Rodneyum - I will have the Final Overall Results later this evening. But first, here are the Combined Results from tonight's River Road Windy Adventure:

TONIGHT'S RIVER ROAD 10-MILE TIME TRIAL RESULTS:
1. David Albrecht 23:04
2. Jeff Galland 23:59
3. Tim Olson 24:03
4. Tom Tucker 25:38
5. Josh Rowe 25:39
6. Jason Ziegenhirt 25:47
7. Anthony Ferretti 25:55
8. Jeff Ochs 26:05
9. David Dura 27:00
10. Dain Melton 27:26
11. Greg Watkins 27:31
12. Jeanne O'Regan 27:35 (1st Place Woman!!)
13. Clay Johnson 27:48
14. Joaquin Garcia 28:53
15. Jim Mensching 29:00
16. Skip Lees 30:20
17. Grace Twedt 31:15 (2nd Place Woman!!)
18. Caryn Jones 32:19 (3rd Place Woman!!)
19. Kim Lang 32:25
20. Dani Dowden 33:33
21. Darlene Henderson 34:17
22. Lorna Andreatta 36:16
23. David Watkins 37:42

Rodney...........
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Accumulative Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Couple notes about Saturday Morning's Airport Criterium...............

Okay, so there a couple of things slightly different about the Chico Airport Criterium this Saturday morning.

First off, we are starting earlier in the day - in fact, racing action starts at 8:00AM. I know that some folks did not really like that starting time, but I had no choice - I have to work the rest of the day and evening to get things ready for the Tour of the Unknown Valley North bicycle ride taking place on Sunday out of Orland, CA.......so this was the only time I could hold the Criterium. I am sorry.

Second, for both the "A" Group and "B" Group, there will be NO chase pack Primes at all. What does that mean?? What that means is that if a break forms and gets away, they'll be the riders vying for the Primes. OR - if the pack stays together the whole race, the whole pack can sprint it out for the Primes. However, due to the nonsense I created from this last Tuesday Night Airport Criterium, I'm going to be offering bunches of Point Primes to breakaways........or not, if there are no breaks. You get the idea.

Anyway, that's it - I hope to see some or all of ya out there!!

Saturday, March 28th - Early Saturday Morning Chico Airport Criterium - Registration will open at 7:40AM on Convair avenue at the Airport - with the event starting at 8:00AM. (Sorry it is so early - I gotta get things rolling for tomorrow's Tour of the Unknown Valley North on Saturday, so 8AM was the only time I could do it. Sorry about that.) We'll be using our standard Tuesday Night course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course . Must sign in and wear a helmet in order to compete!! AND - Yes, the points in this Criterium ALSO count towards the Tuesday Night Airport Crit Series.

Rodney...........
R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Absurd Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Thurs., Fri., Weekend events!..................

A few more little events this week!

Thursday, March 26th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial - Registration opens at 5:40pm, with the first rider going off at 6:01pm. We will go in 1-minute intervals for this 5-miles out, 5-miles back, all-flat Time Trial. This classic Chico Time Trial course has been used for the last 29+ years. Come on out after work and give this one a shot! An extremely rough draft of this course can be found here - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/River-Road-10-Mile-TT-Course (yes, the course is really 10 miles, not 9.9). And if you look at the Elevation Profile......it might tell you why coming back always seems a bit tougher than going out! (Final Stage of the March Rodneyum!)

Friday, March 27th - Cohasset Narrows Mini-Road Race - Registration will open at 5:45pm on Ryan Avenue on the north end of the airport - just to the west of the Fifth Sun parking lot(look for me on Ryan Avenue with the clipboard). Ride leaves at 6:00pm and will climb to just past the "Road Narrows" & "Share The Road" sign at the top of the "good" road - just go your own pace. The ride itself is only about 7 miles in length, but includes about 1,500 feet of climbing. I will be there with the sag vehicle if you run into a problem - and will be at the finish line to score you - will have water too. This is a great little after-work ride to stretch the legs a bit for the weekend! An approximate map of the course can be found here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Friday-Night-Cohasset-Uphill-Race

Saturday, March 28th - Early Saturday Morning Chico Airport Criterium - Registration will open at 7:40AM on Convair avenue at the Airport - with the event starting at 8:00AM. (Sorry it is so early - I gotta get things rolling for tomorrow's Tour of the Unknown Valley North on Saturday, so 8AM was the only time I could do it. Sorry about that.) We'll be using our standard Tuesday Night course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course . Must sign in and wear a helmet in order to compete!! AND - Yes, the points in this Criterium ALSO count towards the Tuesday Night Airport Crit Series.

Sunday, March 29th - Chico Velo's Tour of the Unknown Valley North - Please visit http://www.chicovelo.org/unknownvalleynorth.html for more information on this great 72-Mile ride taking place out of Orland, CA!!

Rodney........
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Annoying Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Current Overall Standings in the March Rodneyum..........


Hi Y'all!! Okay, below are the Current Overall Standings after Stage #1 in this month's Omnium - tomorrow is Stage #2, the Fast 50 - and the Thursday is the Final Stage, the River Road 10-Mile Time Trial!

CURRENT OVERALL STANDINGS IN CATEGORY "A" AFTER STAGE #1:
1. David Albrecht 24 points + 1 Prime Point = 25 points
2. Mike Cordova 18 points + 5 Prime Points = 23 points
3. Jeff Galland 20 points + 1 Prime Point = 21 points
4. Michael Jasinski 16 points + 2 Prime Points = 18 points
5. Anthony Ferretti 14 points
6. Roy Steves 12 points
7. Ben Bryant 10 points + 2 Prime Points = 12 points
8. Ryan Olson 8 points + 1 Prime Point = 9 points
9. Tim Creswell 6 points
10. Jason Ziegenhirt 4 points
11. Jesse Rushing 2 points
12. Kyle Hartelt 1 Prime Point + 1 point = 2 points
13. Janeen Thorpe 1 point (1st Place in Women's A Category!!)
14. Charlie Dawson 1 point
15. Mike Trowbridge 1 point
16. Brad Foster 1 point
17. Mike Castaldo 1 point
18. Jeff Ochs 1 point
19. Tom Embree 1 point
20. Kevin Speacht 1 point

CURRENT OVERALL STANDINGS IN MEN'S CATEGORY "B" AFTER STAGE #1:
1. Matt Itamura 24 points + 1 Prime Point = 25 points
2. Michael Dufresne 20 points + 5 Prime Points = 25 points
3. Denny McKenney 16 points + 1 Prime Point = 17 points
4. Mike Crumm 12 points + 3 Prime Points = 15 points
5. Brian Strukan 14 points
6. Clay Johnson 10 points + 1 Prime Point = 11 points
7. David Klein 8 points

CURRENT OVERALL STANDINGS IN WOMEN'S "B" CATEGORY AFTER STAGE #1:
1. Lisa Martens 24 points + 3 Prime Points = 27 points
2. Tracy Berman 20 points
3. Christa Ritchey 16 points


THE OMNIUM INFORMATION:

Stages of the March 2009 Omnium:

Tues., March 24th - Chico Airport Criterium - 1st Stage of the March Omnium(Rain or Wet Pavement will cancel this event).
Wed., March 25th - Fast 50 - 2nd Stage of the March Omnium
Thurs., March 26th - River Road 10-Mile TT - 3rd and Final Stage of the March Omnium

How does it work???

Okay, in this scenario, an Omnium(or Rodneyum) is just a stage race using points rather than time - and you do not have to complete one stage in order to do the next stage. You garner points for each stage depending upon how you did in the stage.......and, again, in this particular case.........the MOST points wins(many Omniums reverse this and have the least amount of points winning). There WILL be a Category "A" and Category "B" - you must tell me at the start of the Airport Criterium which Category you are entering.......and no downgrades during the Omnium once you're in. Categories may be combined, changed or eliminated if not enough folks come out. Most USCF rules will apply to ALL stages - including WEAR YOUR HELMET, don't ride too much like a lunatic, and so on and so forth. Please read the section carefully at the bottom of this e-mail for all the rules pertaining to the Omnium. The River Road 10-Mile Time Trial - aero equipment WILL be allowed! And remember - the only reasons we're doing this Omnium is for fun and fitness......and maybe a little competitiveness too, but nothing over-the-top please! Ride safe, have fun, try something new and challenge yourself. Anyone doing any of the stages is automatically entered in the Omnium..........but consistency in the events will be key to winning the Overall. The March Rodneyum Trophy will be awarded to the winner in each Category of the Omnium. There are 4 Trophies to be awarded in this Omnium(winners may be dependent upon category participation though).

The Point Breakdown for EACH stage:

Tuesday, March 24th - Chico Airport Criterium:
(YES - Prime Points DO count towards the Omnium!!)
1st = 24 points (NOT to be added to the season-long point standings in the Criterium Series....those points are separate from the Omnium)
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

Wednesday, March 25th - Fast 50:
(Elk Avenue Sprint, Fimple Avenue Sprint and Duncan Avenue Sprint EACH count as 3,2,1 - 3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd)
(These 3 Intermediate Sprints count for Category "A" only!)
1st = 24 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

Thursday, March 26th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial:
(Yes, Aero equipment will be allowed for this event).
1st = 24 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

RULES:
And Finally - ANY rider participating in ALL 3 Stages receives an additional 10 points.
Do you have to do all the stages in order to compete in the Omnium?? No - you can even do just one event and your points will still be calculated and counted in the overall. And REMEMBER - Safety come before bragging rights, so be careful!!!
As always, the Director reserves the right to DQ anyone deemed cheating, unsafe or unsportsmanlike(no worries - just be cool like always and all will be good!!).
Tie-Breaker - If, by chance, it comes down to a TIE after the last stage of the Omnium, the highest placed finisher(of the tied competitors) in the River Road 10-Mile Time Trial will be declared the Overall Winner of the Rodneyum.

Rodney.............
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Ambiguous Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Tonight's Airport Criterium Results................

Hi Everyone!! So, we had a great turn-out tonight for the Tuesday Night Airport Criterium - which was also the 1st Stage of this week's March Omnium("Rodneyum"). 30 riders came out to take part in this evening's event, and we had some GREAT racing action out there tonight! I would like to thank ALL of you for coming out to give this one a shot - it was fantastic seeing so many riders out there. And a special thank you to all of the spectators this time around - haven't seen that many folks out there in quite some time, so that was great to see!!! Thank you all!!

The "A" Category tonight saw a 2-person breakaway take off fairly early in the race - and these 2 riders ended up staying out in front all the way to the end. At the finish, it was David Albrecht taking the win over Jeff Galland......with Mike Cordova winning the pack sprint finish over Michael Jasinski and Anthony Ferretti!

The "B" Category saw an early 2-person breakaway take off - Michael Dufresne and Brian Strukan. But, with the pack working smoothly together, they were able to reel them in about half-way through the race. From there on out, the pack had "sprint finish" written all over it! And, we weren't disappointed - it was Matt Itamura just squeaking by Michael Dufresne, Denny McKenney, Brian Strukan and Mike Crumm at the finish! VERY close finish.

For some videos of tonight's finishing sprints, please visit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicovelo/

Below are the results from tonight's events - followed by the Current Overall Standings in the Airport Criterium Series. I will have the Omnium Overall Standings later on this evening.

Tomorrow's Stage # 2 is the Fast 50 - hope to see you out there!!!

CATEGORY "A" RESULTS FROM MARCH 24TH AIRPORT CRITERIUM:
1. David Albrecht (7 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 9 points)
2. Jeff Galland (5 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 7 points)
3. Mike Cordova (4 points + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 10 points)
4. Michael Jasinski (3 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 6 points)
5. Anthony Ferretti (2 points + 1 = 3 points)
6. Roy Steves (1 point + 1 = 2 points)
7. Ben Bryant (2 Prime Points + 1 = 3 points)
8. Ryan Olson (1 Prime Point + 1 = 2 points)
9. Tim Creswell 1 point
10. Jason Ziegenhirt 1 point
11. Jesse Rushing 1 point
12. Janeen Thorpe 1 point
13. Charlie Dawson 1 point
14. Mike Trowbridge 1 point
15. Brad Foster 1 point
16. Mike Castaldo 1 point
Pack Finish:
Jeff Ochs 1 point
Tom Embree 1 point
Kevin Speacht 1 point
Kyle Hartelt (1 Prime Point + 1 point = 2 points)
PowerBar Prime Winner: David Albrecht

CATEGORY "B" RESULTS FROM MARCH 24TH AIRPORT CRITERIUM:
1. Matt Itamura (7 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 9 points)
2. Michael Dufresne (5 points + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 11 points)
3. Denny McKenney (4 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 4 points)
4. Brian Strukan (3 points + 1 = 4 points)
5. Mike Crumm (2 points + 3 Prime Points + 1 = 6 points)
6. Clay Johnson (1 point + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 3 points)
7. Lisa Martens (3 Prime Points + 1 = 4 points)
8. Tracy Berman 1 point
9. Christa Ritchey 1 point
10. David Klein 1 point
PowerBar Prime Winner: Michael Dufresne

2009 AIRPORT CRITERIUM CURRENT OVERALL STANDINGS:

Category "A":
1. David Albrecht 30 points
2. Jeff Galland 18 points
3. Mike Cordova 16 points
4. Mike Trowbridge 13 points
4. Michael Jasinski 13 points
6. Anthony Ferretti 9 points
7. Ryan Olson 7 points
7. Mike Smith 7 points
9. Kevin Speacht 6 points
10. Roy Steves 5 points
11. Ben Bryant 4 points
11. Kyle Hartelt 4 points
13. James Plummer 3 points
14. Tim Creswell 2 points
14. Janeen Thorpe 2 points
14. Jason Ziegenhirt 2 points
14. Charlie Dawson 2 points
14. Brad Foster 2 points
19. Jesse Rushing 1 point
20. Mike Castaldo 1 point
21. Jeff Ochs 1 point
22. Tom Embree 1 point
23. Paul Sajben 1 point
24. Geno Gruber 1 point

CATEGORY "B":
1. Matt Itamura 17 points
2. Dain Melton 14 points
3. Denny McKenney 11 points
3. Michael Dufresne 11 points
5. Frank Marinello 10 points
6. Margaret Jones 7 points = 1st Place in Women's Category!
6. David Weathers 7 points
8. Mike Crumm 6 points
8. Lisa Martens 6 points = 2nd Place in Women's Category!
8. Joe Schlesinger 6 points
11. BJ LaRossa 5 points11. Jeff Ochs 5 points
13. Clay Johnson 4 points
13. Brian Strukan 4 points
15. Tracy Berman 3 points = 3rd Place in Women's Category!
15. Shawn Hughes 3 points
17. David Klein 2 points
17. Christopher Cook 2 points
17. Jeff Davis 2 points
17. Mark Hendry 2 points
17. Caryn Jones 2 points
22. Christa Ritchey 1 point = 4th Place in Women's Category!
23. Gary Fowler 1 point
24. John Wiesinger 1 point
25. Kristen Schonauer 1 point = 4th Place in Women's Category!
26. Tom Murphy 1 point
27. Greg Melton 1 point
28. Paul Begbie 1 point

Rodney.............
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Agonizing Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Messilla Valley Circuit Race - April 4th...................

Hi Everyone! Okay, I have been receiving quite a few questions lately about the next Messilla Valley Circuit Race........so, yes, the next one is on Saturday, April 4th!!

Again, there is NO entry fee to participate in this Circuit Race. However, donations are always very welcome - but most definitely not mandatory or expected!!

The announcement for the race is listed below. Also, we will have some awesome prizes to give away at this particular Circuit Race for the top finishers!!! These prizes are being provided by TEAM CHICO and VOLER CYCLING APPAREL!!! Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in the Category "A" races(Men & Women), the Category "B" races(Men & Women), and the Masters 45+ Category(Men & Women). If nobody is competing in a particular category, we will award prizes to a different category. So, come on out to participate or to watch - or both! And remember - we're just out there to ride, train, have fun, get a little exercise - and get you out there on your bicycles!!

Okay, here is the race announcement:

We will be having the Messilla Valley Circuit Race on Saturday, April 4th - at 9:00am. Registration will open at 8:30AM at the top of the hill of Messilla Valley Road - just near the intersection with Pentz Road. The "A" Category will be starting their event at 9:00AM, and the "B" Category going at 9:01AM. The number of laps will remain the same as last year - 10 laps for each Category(sorry - I know, I'm the devil!). Again, sandbagging will not be allowed! (Sandbagging would be an "A" Cateogry rider racing the Category "B" race).The Messilla Valley Course is approximately 3.5 miles in length with about 300+feet of climbing per lap. 10 laps = 35 miles and 3,000+ feet of climbing. We willhave one or two water containers at the Start/Finish Line.

For a map of the course, please click on the link below:

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Messilla-Valley-Circuit-Race

Again, most United States Cycling Federation rules apply to these races - you know, WEAR YOUR HELMET, don't ride like a nutcase, and all that good stuff. A mention about Tri Bars - You can have Tri Bars on your bicycle - BUT, you must NOT use them if you are in a pack or paceline! Normally, in a USCF race, you would not be allowed to have them on your bicycle - but I know many of us like them on our bicycles and use them for training. This isn't the World Championships - we do these Circuit Races for fun, fitness and practice - but please be very very reluctant in using the Tri Bars in a pack/paceline situation.For those of you driving to the course, Spring Valley School is approximately1-mile from the Start/Finish.......or you can park at Butte College and ride tothe start(great warm-up and cool-down, with a store along the way). Parking onthe course is strongly discouraged.

Helmets are mandatory!!

Water bottle hand-ups will be solely dependent on volunteers, BUT I will be bringing a small ice chest with some water bottles again(ice water only).
Hope to see you out there!!

Rodney.........
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Annoying Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Yes, the Omnium starts tonight...............

Yes, the Omnium starts tonight!

Hi Everyone! So, last year, our local climbing ace - Mark Bloom - was talking to me about the local "Omnium" races we had going on in August and September. There are different names for each of these Omniums(Nutcracker Omnium, Rumpstomper Omnium, Dog Days Omnium, etc.......and yes, they'll be happening again this summer). But Mark came up with a pretty silly name for these Omniums - he called them "Rodneyums". I busted up laughing when he said it! So, for lack of a better name at this point in time, the 1st "Rodneyum" will be taking place next week - March 24th through March 26th!

Stages of the March 2009 Omnium:

Tues., March 24th - Chico Airport Criterium - 1st Stage of the March Omnium(Rain or Wet Pavement will cancel this event).
Wed., March 25th - Fast 50 - 2nd Stage of the March Omnium
Thurs., March 26th - River Road 10-Mile TT - 3rd and Final Stage of the March Omnium

How does it work??? Okay, in this scenario, an Omnium(or Rodneyum) is just a stage race using points rather than time - and you do not have to complete one stage in order to do the next stage. You garner points for each stage depending upon how you did in the stage.......and, again, in this particular case.........the MOST points wins(many Omniums reverse this and have the least amount of points winning). There WILL be a Category "A" and Category "B" - you must tell me at the start of the Airport Criterium which Category you are entering.......and no downgrades during the Omnium once you're in. Categories may be combined, changed or eliminated if not enough folks come out. Most USCF rules will apply to ALL stages - including WEAR YOUR HELMET, don't ride too much like a lunatic, and so on and so forth. Please read the section carefully at the bottom of this e-mail for all the rules pertaining to the Omnium. The River Road 10-Mile Time Trial - aero equipment WILL be allowed! And remember - the only reasons we're doing this Omnium is for fun and fitness......and maybe a little competitiveness too, but nothing over-the-top please! Ride safe, have fun, try something new and challenge yourself. Anyone doing any of the stages is automatically entered in the Omnium..........but consistency in the events will be key to winning the Overall. The March Rodneyum Trophy will be awarded to the winner in each Category of the Omnium. There are 4 Trophies to be awarded in this Omnium(winners may be dependent upon category participation though).

The Point Breakdown for EACH stage:

Tuesday, March 24th - Chico Airport Criterium:
(YES - Prime Points DO count towards the Omnium!!)
1st = 24 points (NOT to be added to the season-long point standings in the Criterium Series....those points are separate from the Omnium)
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

Wednesday, March 25th - Fast 50:
(Elk Avenue Sprint, Fimple Avenue Sprint and Duncan Avenue Sprint EACH count as 3,2,1 - 3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd)
(These 3 Intermediate Sprints count for Category "A" only!)
1st = 24 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

Thursday, March 26th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial:
(Yes, Aero equipment will be allowed for this event).
1st = 24 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

RULES:
And Finally - ANY rider participating in ALL 3 Stages receives an additional 10 points.
Do you have to do all the stages in order to compete in the Omnium?? No - you can even do just one event and your points will still be calculated and counted in the overall. And REMEMBER - Safety come before bragging rights, so be careful!!!
As always, the Director reserves the right to DQ anyone deemed cheating, unsafe or unsportsmanlike(no worries - just be cool like always and all will be good!!).
Tie-Breaker - If, by chance, it comes down to a TIE after the last stage of the Omnium, the highest placed finisher(of the tied competitors) in the River Road 10-Mile Time Trial will be declared the Overall Winner of the Rodneyum.

Rodney.............
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Ambiguous Cycling Events
Chico, CA

R.A.C.E. Events for this Spring.................

MARCH 2009:
Tuesday, Mar. 24th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium (Stage 1 of the March "Rodneyum"!)
Wednesday, Mar. 25th - Fast 50 (Stage 2 of the March "Rodneyum"!)
Thursday, Mar. 26th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial (Final Stage of the March "Rodneyum!")
Friday, Mar. 27th - Cohasset Mini-Road Race.
Saturday, Mar. 28th - Daytime Airport Criterium (Look for an 8am start for this one!)
Sunday, Mar. 29th - Tour of the Unknown Valley North (Chico Velo event)
Tuesday, Mar. 31st - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium


APRIL 2009:
Wednesday, April 1st - Fast 50(But on this one, you'll have to sprint for every Speed Limit sign, as well as all Stop Ahead signs and all Stop Signs!!).....note the date ;)
Thursday, April 2nd - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial (Race #1 in the 2009 Chico 10-Mile Time Trial Series)
Saturday, April 4th - Messilla Valley Circuit Race!!
Sunday, April 5th - Coutelenc Time Trial (6th Event in the Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series)
Tuesday, April 7th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium(Stage 1 of the April Rodneyum!)
Wednesday, April 8th - Fast 50 (Stage 2 of the April Rodneyum!)
Thursday, April 9th - Aguas Frias 10-Mile Time Trial (Final Stage of the April Rodneyum!)
Friday, April 10th - Cohasset Mini-Road Race
Saturday, April 11th - Grainland Road Race (Stay tuned for details - think Paris-Roubaix)
Sunday, April 12th - Field of Dreams Time Trial (a new flat/rolling course for Easter!)
Tuesday, April 14th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium
Wednesday, April 15th - Fast 50
Thursday, April 16th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial
Friday, April 17th - Humboldt Mini-Road Race
Saturday, April 18th - Vilas Road Time Trial (7th Event in the Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series)
Sunday, April 19th - Airport LONG-course Criterium(using the 1-Mile course for this daytime Criterium)
Tuesday, April 21st - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium - Devil Takes The Hindmost on this one!!
Wednesday, April 22nd - Fast 50
Thursday, April 23rd - Aguas Frias 25-MILE Time Trial (RACE #1 in the 2009 Chico 25-Mile Time Trial Series)
Friday, April 24th - Friday Night Airport Long-Course Criterium - 50 minutes PLUS 3 laps
Saturday, April 25th - Um......I'm kinda busy this day and the next.
Sunday, April 26th - Wildflower Century (Chico Velo event)
Tuesday, April 28th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium
Wednesday, April 29th - Fast 50
Thursday, April 30th - Meridian Road 10-Mile Time Trial (a new course!)


MAY 2009:
Friday, May 1st - Friday Night Fights - Sprint Competition (Details out soon - but look for about a 45-minute sprint workout!)
Saturday, May 2nd - Table Mountain Road Race
Sunday, May 3rd - Butte City Road Race (Bringing back the old classic!!!)
Sunday, May 3rd - Afternoon Airport Criterium
Tuesday, May 5th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium
Wednesday, May 6th - Fast 50
Thursday, May 7th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial (Race #2 in the 2009 Chico 10-Mile Time Trial Series)
Friday, May 8th - Cohasset Mini-Road Race
Saturday, May 9th - 7-Mile Lane 25-MILE Time Trial (Stage 1 of the Devil's Kick Omnium) (RACE #2 in the 2009 Chico 25-Mile Time Trial Series)
Saturday, May 9th - Saturday Evening Airport Criterium (Stage 2 of the Devil's Kick Omnium)
Sunday, May 10th - Honey Run Road Time Trial (Final Stage in the Devil's Kick Omnium.....and 8th Event in the Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series)
Tuesday, May 12th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium - GOING Long-Course on this one!
Wednesday, May 13th - Fast 50
Thursday, May 14th - Aguas Frias 10-Mile Time Trial
Friday, May 15th - Friday Night Fights - Sprint Competition
Saturday, May 16th - Forest Ranch To Lomo Time Trial (9th Event in the Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series)
Sunday, May 17th - Messilla Valley Circuit Race
Tuesday, May 19th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium (Stage 1 of the May Rodneyum)
Wednesday, May 20th - Fast 50 (Stage 2 of the May Rodneyum)
Thursday, May 21st - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial (Final Stage in the May Rodneyum)(I will be starting these in the EARLY morning hours as well!)
Friday, May 22nd - Friday Night Fights - Sprint Competition
Saturday, May 23rd - Nimshew Road Race (Bring sturdy tires for this one!)
Sunday, May 24th - Coal Canyon Circuit Race (A new Circuit Race!)
Tuesday, May 26th - Tuesday Night Airport Criterium
Wednesday, May 27th - Fast 50
Thursday, May 28th - Aguas Frias 25-MILE Time Trial (RACE #3 in the 2009 Chico 25-Mile Time Trial Series)
Last weekend of May - STAY TUNED!!

JUNE 7TH - JONESVILLE ROAD RACE - 35.5 Miles, 6400 feet of climbing!

The Summer 2009 Schedule is still being pondered over, analyzed, studied and re-pondered.

Some other possible events coming up in 2009 - still working on the MTB Schedule:

Chico Uphill TT Series - Fall/Winter 2009
Nutcracker Omnium - Early September 2009
Dog Days Omnium - August 2009
Rumpstomper Omnium - June 2009
Honey Run Omnium - This one has a surprise twist for the "last" stage! - October 2009
Cornucopia Omnium - MTB, Cyclocross & Road - October/November 2009
Butt Butt'r Omnium - 100 Mile RR & 35-mile TT - July 2009
Chico Pursuit Championships - July 2009
Leesville Gap Road Race - Practice race before the Velo Promo event. - June 2009
Dunnigan Hills Road Race - Practice race before the Velo Promo event. - July 2009
Team Chico Cutty Series - December 2009
Black Butte Road Race - August 2009
Chico Road Race Championships - July 2009
2009 Winter Racing Series - 6-race series next winter - Starts October 2009 through Jan. 2010.
Table Mountain Road Races - probably monthly - February through September 2009.
Paskenta Hills Road Race - June 2009
Nelson Road Race - July 2009
North Rim Circuit Race - MTBThe Most Insane Road Race Ever Road Race - bring life support for this one - July 2009.
Forest Ranch TT - the "Case of Sierra Nevada" Challenge! - September 2009.
Jonesville Road Race - June 2009
Jonesville Time Trial - June 2009
Vilas TT - Part of the Butte Hill Climb TT Series.
Sterling City TT - Part of the Summer Hill Climb TT Series.
666 Time Trial Series(I'll change the name - it is basically a 6-mile flat time trial series)
Keefer Loop TT - Starts January 2009 and throughout the year.
Keefer Road TT - Starts Feburary 2009 and goes throughout the year.
Durham-Ruubay Road Race(think Paris-Roubaix)
Butte City Road Race
Honey Run Road Race - October 2009.
Nimshew Road Race(part gravel)
The T-Shirt Road Race
Cassandra Road Race
Coal Canyon Circuit Race
Rose Avenue Circuit Race
7-Mile Lane Time Trial
50-Mile Airport Twilight Criterium - June 2009

Rodney..........
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Annoying Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Monday, March 23, 2009

R.A.C.E. Events for the week of March 23-29th.............

Okay, so there are a few little competitive cycling events going on this week around Chico, if you are interested:

Tuesday, March 24th - Tuesday Night Chico Airport Criterium Series - Registration normally starts at 5:40pm on Convair avenue at the Airport - with the event starting at 6:00pm. For the time being, we'll be using our standard Tuesday Night course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course . Must sign in and wear a helmet in order to compete!! (1st Stage of the March Rodneyum!)

Wednesday, March 25th - FAST 50 - The long-running "Fast 50" Wednesday night rides! The starting spot for this ride is in the parking lot of Rosedale Elementary School located at 100 Oak Street here in Chico. The ride leaves promptly at 6:00pm from the parking lot area. Many different levels of cyclists out there, so hook up with someone and enjoy the ride! A map of the course can be found here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Fast-50255824 (2nd Stage of the March Rodneyum!)

Thursday, March 26th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial - Registration opens at 5:40pm, with the first rider going off at 6:01pm. We will go in 1-minute intervals for this 5-miles out, 5-miles back, all-flat Time Trial. This classic Chico Time Trial course has been used for the last 29+ years. Come on out after work and give this one a shot! An extremely rough draft of this course can be found here - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/River-Road-10-Mile-TT-Course (yes, the course is really 10 miles, not 9.9). And if you look at the Elevation Profile......it might tell you why coming back always seems a bit tougher than going out! (Final Stage of the March Rodneyum!)

Friday, March 27th - Cohasset Narrows Mini-Road Race - Registration will open at 5:45pm on Ryan Avenue on the north end of the airport - just to the west of the Fifth Sun parking lot(look for me on Ryan Avenue with the clipboard). Ride leaves at 6:00pm and will climb to just past the "Road Narrows" & "Share The Road" sign at the top of the "good" road - just go your own pace. The ride itself is only about 7 miles in length, but includes about 1,500 feet of climbing. I will be there with the sag vehicle if you run into a problem - and will be at the finish line to score you - will have water too. This is a great little after-work ride to stretch the legs a bit for the weekend! An approximate map of the course can be found here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Friday-Night-Cohasset-Uphill-Race

Saturday, March 28th - Early Saturday Morning Chico Airport Criterium - Registration will open at 7:40AM on Convair avenue at the Airport - with the event starting at 8:00AM. (Sorry it is so early - I gotta get things rolling for tomorrow's Tour of the Unknown Valley North on Saturday, so 8AM was the only time I could do it. Sorry about that.) We'll be using our standard Tuesday Night course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course . Must sign in and wear a helmet in order to compete!! AND - Yes, the points in this Criterium ALSO count towards the Tuesday Night Airport Crit Series.

Sunday, March 29th - Chico Velo's Tour of the Unknown Valley North - Please visit http://www.chicovelo.org/unknownvalleynorth.html for more information on this great 72-Mile ride taking place out of Orland, CA!!

Rodney........
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Annoying Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Results from last night's Humboldt Mini-Road Race..........

One thing I love about these local Chico races - Police assistance!!! A HUGE thank you to our local cycling/police stud, Darrin Reichel, for helping us with the event last night!! It was a very short race - 4.3 miles and 950 feet of climbing - but still fun!! Although, the part where the CHP gave me a ticket wasn't too fun - and no, it wasn't Darrin writin' me up!! LOL

Okay, here are last night's results from the Humboldt Mini-Road Race:

1. David Albrecht 17:23
2. Forough Molina 21:41
3. Caryn Jones 24:23
4. Skip Lees 24:54
5. Tom Murphy 26:18

Rodney..............
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Agonizing Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Aguas Frias Road 10-Mile Time Trial Results..........


Hi Everyone! OH, what an amazing day for a ride!! Great conditions out there today. And with that, we had 5 folks show up to do the 1st Aguas Frias 10-Mile Time Trial of the year tonight too - thank you guys for coming out to this one! We'll be doing these again out on Aguas Frias Road as the weeks go by - and look for the Aguas Frias 25-Mile Time Trials on the calendar for April & May.

And tomorrow evening is a little Humboldt Road action!:

Friday, March 20th - Humboldt Road Mini-Road Race - Registration will open at 5:45pm on Humboldt Road - just past Stilson Canyon Road - here in Chico. The Start will be at 6:00pm. This "mini" Road Race will travel just 4.3 miles up the hill, and climb approximately 940 feet. You will go up to the top of Humboldt Road, up Hwy. 32 and finish at the 1st hill past Humboldt(there is a Deer Sign near the finish line). This is meant as an after-work little jam up one of our classic local climbs - just to get the legs warmed up for the weekend riding! Short, but sweet - and just go your own pace - no big whoop. I will be out there with a SAG vehicle, and water at the Start and Finish. Hope to see you out at this one!! Map of this course can be found here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Humboldt-Mini-Road-Race-for-Fridays

AGUAS FRIAS 10-MILE TIME TRIAL RESULTS - MARCH 19TH:
1. Jeff Ochs 25:52
2. Clay Johnson 27:11
3. Nathan Younie 27:17
4. Paul Wellin 27:44
5. Jim Mensching 27:59

Rodney........
Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Absurd Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Chico's River Road 10-Mile Time Trial Record Holder..........

Thanks to Preben from the Chico Women's Tri Club - he did some research and found the Women's Category record-holder for the River Road 10-Mile Time Trial! With a time of 23:49, Maureen Manley is the current record-holder. For more information on Maureen, please visit:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2002481836_msbike09.html

and

http://www.maureenmanley.com/

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

1st Monthly "Rodneyum" starts next week.........

Hi Everyone! So, last year, our local climbing ace - Mark Bloom - was talking to me about the local "Omnium" races we had going on in August and September. There are different names for each of these Omniums(Nutcracker Omnium, Rumpstomper Omnium, Dog Days Omnium, etc.......and yes, they'll be happening again this summer). But Mark came up with a pretty silly name for these Omniums - he called them "Rodneyums". I busted up laughing when he said it! So, for lack of a better name at this point in time, the 1st "Rodneyum" will be taking place next week - March 24th through March 26th!

Stages of the March 2009 Omnium:

Tues., March 24th - Chico Airport Criterium - 1st Stage of the March Omnium(Rain or Wet Pavement will cancel this event).
Wed., March 25th - Fast 50 - 2nd Stage of the March Omnium
Thurs., March 26th - River Road 10-Mile TT - 3rd and Final Stage of the March Omnium

How does it work??? Okay, in this scenario, an Omnium(or Rodneyum) is just a stage race using points rather than time - and you do not have to complete one stage in order to do the next stage. You garner points for each stage depending upon how you did in the stage.......and, again, in this particular case.........the MOST points wins(many Omniums reverse this and have the least amount of points winning). There WILL be a Category "A" and Category "B" - you must tell me at the start of the Airport Criterium which Category you are entering.......and no downgrades during the Omnium once you're in. Categories may be combined, changed or eliminated if not enough folks come out. Most USCF rules will apply to ALL stages - including WEAR YOUR HELMET, don't ride too much like a lunatic, and so on and so forth. Please read the section carefully at the bottom of this e-mail for all the rules pertaining to the Omnium. The River Road 10-Mile Time Trial - aero equipment WILL be allowed! And remember - the only reasons we're doing this Omnium is for fun and fitness......and maybe a little competitiveness too, but nothing over-the-top please! Ride safe, have fun, try something new and challenge yourself. Anyone doing any of the stages is automatically entered in the Omnium..........but consistency in the events will be key to winning the Overall. The March Rodneyum Trophy will be awarded to the winner in each Category of the Omnium. There are 4 Trophies to be awarded in this Omnium(winners may be dependent upon category participation though).

The Point Breakdown for EACH stage:

Tuesday, March 24th - Chico Airport Criterium:
(YES - Prime Points DO count towards the Omnium!!)
1st = 24 points (NOT to be added to the season-long point standings in the Criterium Series....those points are separate from the Omnium)
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

Wednesday, March 25th - Fast 50:
(Elk Avenue Sprint, Fimple Avenue Sprint and Duncan Avenue Sprint EACH count as 3,2,1 - 3 points for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd)
(These 3 Intermediate Sprints count for Category "A" only!)
1st = 24 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

Thursday, March 26th - River Road 10-Mile Time Trial:
(Yes, Aero equipment will be allowed for this event).
1st = 24 points
2nd = 20 points
3rd = 18 points
4th = 16 points
5th = 14 points
6th = 12 points
7th = 10 points
8th = 8 points
9th = 6 points
10th = 4 points
11th = 2 points
Everyone else = 1 point

RULES:
And Finally - ANY rider participating in ALL 3 Stages receives an additional 10 points.
Do you have to do all the stages in order to compete in the Omnium?? No - you can even do just one event and your points will still be calculated and counted in the overall. And REMEMBER - Safety come before bragging rights, so be careful!!!
As always, the Director reserves the right to DQ anyone deemed cheating, unsafe or unsportsmanlike(no worries - just be cool like always and all will be good!!).
Tie-Breaker - If, by chance, it comes down to a TIE after the last stage of the Omnium, the highest placed finisher(of the tied competitors) in the River Road 10-Mile Time Trial will be declared the Overall Winner of the Rodneyum.

Rodney.............
R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Ambiguous Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Wed., Thurs., Fri. events.................


Wednesday, March 18th - FAST 50 - The long-running "Fast 50" Wednesday night rides!! The starting spot for this ride is in the parking lot of Rosedale Elementary School located at 100 Oak Street here in Chico. The ride leaves promptly at 6:00pm from the parking lot area. Many different levels of cyclists out there, so hook up with someone and enjoy the ride! A map of the course can be found here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Fast-50255824

Thursday, March 19th - Aguas Frias 10-Mile Time Trial - The 1st one of the 2009 season! Registration opens at 5:40pm, with the first rider going off at 6:01pm. We will go in 1-minute intervals for this 5-miles out, 5-miles back, all-flat Time Trial. Come on out after work and give this one a shot! A map of this course can be found here - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Aguas-Frias-10-Mile-Time-Trial The Start/Finish location of this event is on Aguas Frias Road - just south of Dayton 4-Corners - by the Stop Ahead Sign......look for me at the Start Area with a clipboard.

Friday, March 20th - Humboldt Road Mini-Road Race - Registration will open at 5:45pm on Humboldt Road - just past Stilson Canyon Road - here in Chico. The Start will be at 6:00pm. This "mini" Road Race will travel just 4.3 miles up the hill, and climb approximately 940 feet. You will go up to the top of Humboldt Road, up Hwy. 32 and finish at the 1st hill past Humboldt(there is a Deer Sign near the finish line). This is meant as an after-work little jam up one of our classic local climbs - just to get the legs warmed up for the weekend riding! Short, but sweet - and just go your own pace - no big whoop. I will be out there with a SAG vehicle, and water at the Start and Finish. Hope to see you out at this one!! Map of this course can be found here: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Humboldt-Mini-Road-Race-for-Fridays

Rodney........
R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Awful Cycling Events
Chico, CA

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tonight's Airport Criterium Results.............


Hi Everyone!! So, we had a great turn-out tonight for the Tuesday Night Airport Criterium - 31 people showed up to take part in this one, with great temperatures and some cloudy skies. Thank you ALL for coming out to this one - and to our spectators out there too!!

We had two good groups tonight racing the As and the Bs. In the A group, a 3-person breakaway took off late in the race. After a few laps, this 3-person break - including David Albrecht, Mike Trowbridge and Mike Smith - had a 27-second lead as we were nearing the end of the race. But, with only a few laps left to go, Kevin Speacht and Paul Sajben got to the front of the chase pack and drilled it! It was a very close finish, but the 3-person break stayed away - with David Albrecht winning it, Mike Smith in 2nd, Mike Trowbridge 3rd and Mike Cordova in 4th(yes, we have a lot of Mikes out there!!).

The B race saw quite a few Primes being offered throughout the event, and the pace was very solid throughout. The race director was very mean in that he threw in back-to-back Primes, and then gave the 3-laps-to-go signal....which kept the pace a bit high towards the end of the Criterium. But, at the finish, it came down to a field sprint.....with Frank Marinello taking the win over David Weathers, BJ LaRossa and Dain Melton!

Finishing videos of both events can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicovelo/sets/72157615529509462/

Below are the results from Tonight's Criterium, followed by the current Overall Standings in the Airport Criterium Series. We'll be back out to the Airport Criterium next Tuesday night - March 24th(Registration opens at 5:40pm - Racing starts at 6pm) - and also on Saturday, March 28th at 8:00AM!

CATEGORY "B" RESULTS - MARCH 17TH:
1. Frank Marinello (7 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 10 points)
2. David Weathers (5 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 7 points)
3. BJ LaRossa (4 points + 1 = 5 points)
4. Dain Melton (3 points + 3 Prime Points + 1 = 7 points)
5. Shawn Hughes (2 points + 1 = 3 points)
6. Maggie Jones (1st Place Woman!!) (1 point + 1 = 2 points)
7. Greg Melton 1 point
8. Jeff Ochs 1 point
Pack:
Tracy Berman 1 point
Jeff Davis 1 point
Christopher Cook (1 Prime Point + 1 point = 2 points)
Caryn Jones 1 point
Tom Murphy 1 point
Mark Hendry 1 point
Kristen Schonauer 1 point
Joe Schlesinger (2 Prime Points + 1 point = 3 points)
John Wiesinger 1 point
David Klein 1 point
Gary Fowler 1 point
POWERBAR PRIME WINNER: Christopher Cook

CATEGORY "A" RESULTS - MARCH 17TH:
1. David Albrecht (7 points + 5 Prime Points + 1 = 13 points)
2. Mike Smith (5 points + 1 Prime Point + 1 = 7 points)
3. Mike Trowbridge (4 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 7 points)
4. Mike Cordova (3 points + 2 Prime Points + 1 = 6 points)
5. James Plummer (2 points + 1 = 3 points)
6. Anthony Ferretti (1 points + 3 Prime Points + 1 = 5 points)
7. Paul Sajben 1 point
8. Roy Steves 1 point
9. Brad Foster 1 point
Pack:
Kevin Speacht (1 Prime Point + 1 = 2 points)
Charlie Dawson 1 point
Kyle Hartelt (1 Prime Point + 1 = 2 points)
POWERBAR PRIME WINNER: Brad Foster

2009 AIRPORT CRITERIUM CURRENT OVERALL STANDINGS:

Category "A":

1. David Albrecht 21 points
2. Mike Trowbridge 12 points
3. Jeff Galland 11 points

4. Mike Smith 7 points

4. Michael Jasinski 7 points
6. Anthony Ferretti 6 points
6. Mike Cordova 6 points8. Kevin Speacht 5 points
8. Ryan Olson 5 points 10. James Plummer 3 points
10. Roy Steves 3 points
12. Kyle Hartelt 2 points
13. Charlie Dawson 1 point
14. Brad Foster 1 point
15. Paul Sajben 1 point

16. Geno Gruber 1 point

17. Tim Creswell 1 point

18. Ben Bryant 1 point

19. Jason Ziegenhirt 1 point

20. Janeen Thorpe 1 point

CATEGORY "B":

1. Dain Melton 14 points
2. Frank Marinello 10 points
3. Matt Itamura 8 points
4. Margaret Jones 7 points = 1st Place in Women's Category!

4. David Weathers 7 points

4. Denny McKenney 7 points

7. Joe Schlesinger 6 points
8. BJ LaRossa 5 points8. Jeff Ochs 5 points
10. Shawn Hughes 3 points
11. Tracy Berman 2 points = 2nd Place in Women's Category!

11. Christopher Cook 2 points
11. Jeff Davis 2 points

11. Mark Hendry 2 points

11. Caryn Jones 2 points

11. Lisa Martens 2 points = 2nd Place in Women's Category!
17. Gary Fowler 1 point
18. David Klein 1 point
19. John Wiesinger 1 point
20. Kristen Schonauer 1 point = 4th Place in Women's Category!
21. Tom Murphy 1 point
22. Greg Melton 1 point

23. Paul Begbie 1 point

24. Clay Johnson 1 point

AIRPORT CRITERIUM SERIES INFORMATION:

After the great turn-out at last year's Tuesday Night Chico Airport Criterium Series, we're going to be doing them again for 2009......but starting up a bit earlier this year. For those curious, the definition of "Criterium" is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criterium

This Series starts up next Tuesday, March 10th and will go through September 15th, 2009......just before our Chico Downtown Criterium on September 20th! Registration normally starts at 5:40pm - with the event starting at 6:00pm.

How does it work???

Okay, here are a few notes for this year's Airport "Crit" Series:

1. We will be using more than 1 course for the Crits this year......including throwing in some lefty-turn Crits to get a feel for those - and some Weekend Criteriums as well. For the time being, we'll be using our standard Tuesday Night righty-turn course starting/finishing at Convair Avenue - http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Chico-Airport-Tuesday-Night-Crit-Course

2. ALL riders must sign in this year - There will be a small table on the sidewalk at the Start/Finish location on Convair Avenue - just sign in at the table and you are good to go! Sign-ins start at 5:40pm - the racing action starts at 6:00pm. We usually end the event by 7pm, at the latest - many times earlier than that - to get home before it gets too dark outside. RAIN AND WET PAVEMENT WILL ALWAYS CANCEL THE CRITERIUMS! In addition, last year we had some tremendous smoke from the Humboldt Fire in this area......which, in turn, would also cancel the Criteriums due to hazardous air quality.

3. The Category "B" races normally go for 45 minutes PLUS 3 laps.........while the Category "A" races go for 55 minutes PLUS 3 laps. There can be anywhere from 1 to 15+ Primes in the Airport Criteriums......just depends on the mood of the Dictator.....er......I mean, Director. ;)

4. Helmets are MANDATORY! So, please....please.....wear your helmet! Please!!

5. All are welcome - you don't have to do the Series - just come on out and give this Criterium training/riding a shot! It's amazing what kind of workout you can get in during a 45 to 60 minute practice event.

6. Points are used to calculate the Overall Standings in the Series. The point breakdown is as follows: 7-5-4-3-2-1, with an additional 1 point being given to each participant at each event. So, 7 points goes to the winner, 5 points goes to 2nd place, 4 points goes to 3rd place and so on.........in addition to 1 more point just for doing the event. The rider with the MOST points at the end of the Series wins the Overall Title - and the Chico Airport Series Championship Trophy, plus whatever goodies we can give you. Also, Prime points will be given out during each of the Crits - these are just lap prizes......but in this case, the prizes are points. We will also be having some product Primes out there this year! If you are a Men's Category 5 racer, or a Women's Category 4 racer, talk to me at the events about your upgrade points for these events.

7. Last year, we had just two categories during the races - Category A and Category B. However, the Series itself has even more Categories, including:

Category "A" Men
Women's Category
Women's Masters 40+ Category
Category "B" Men
Men's Masters 40+ Category
Men's Masters 50+ Category

These are the Categories which all qualify for a Series Championship Trophy. If nobody - or very few folks are in one category, we may eliminate it and add an additional category where the numbers allow it. As usual, sandbaggers are strongly discouraged ( A Sandbagger would be a Category "A" rider entering a Category "B" event).

8. Although donations to put on these events are always very appreciated and accepted, this Series is FREE - so come on out and take advantage of some, or all, of these Criteriums in 2009!

9. Finally, remember - these Criterium events are essentially for practice and exercise - we have fun out there and get a great little workout in, and we get to work on some quality cycling skills. But, overall, they're no big whoop....no World Championship/Olympic medals or million dollar contracts on the line. So, with that in mind, just treat 'em as such - a good training event to try some new things, gain some good fitness.....and maybe even get into a "real" sanctioned Criterium at some point in time. Or not. Just have fun with it!! We'll have trophies and hopefully some prizes for the Series winners - and definitely loads of fun....and pain and suffering. ;) But remember - it's all in good fun!

Hope to see you out there!!

Rodney............
R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Antagonizing Cycling Events
Chico, CA