Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First race in 2011 was a fun and fast 12 Hours in Temecula

Single track ridges

Well the first of three 12 Hours in Temecula races for 2011 happened this past weekend.  It was a very good start for the new year.  A 12 hour race is always really tough but I could not have asked for better weather, better conditions, better support, or a better race.  Everything went just about perfect.  Jason and Heather Ranoa put on a great race and the volunteers and everyone else out there were greatly appreciated.  Those folks are super nice and very good at what they do.  Niterider, which is one of my personal sponsors, was out there offering lights from a brand new rig for a light charging station, and I just want to send out an extra 'THANK YOU TOMMY!' for all your support from Niterider! 

Joshua got a good finish in the kids race.

My fitness felt very good, despite all the holiday goodies and the long break.  But here in Southern California, at least I get to ride even in the cold.  At least we don't get the blizzards or constant rain.  I also had jury duty the first week in January (my first time ever), which set me back a whole week, but I felt great and needed to race. 

The course that Jason laid out was just over 9 miles with sweet switchback single track, super fun roller coaster ridges, a few challenging sandy areas, and was overall a very fun and fast course.  It was really fun at night!  There was over 1000 feet of climbing per lap with a perfect mixture of single and double track.  The only thing I missed was a view of Vail Lake, but you can't have both the view and no dam climb at the same time... oh well, it was worth it!  There will be two more 12 hour races this year plus the marathon, so maybe we'll get a chance for the lake view later in the year....

I rode my Cannondale Flash this time, but I plan to try out the 29er very soon.  I hope to bring that out at the next race.  I ended up finishing 15 laps in 12 hours which was about 17,000 feet of climbing and 140 miles.   

Coming in for a landing

Joshua with his game face on

 Congratulations to all the other racers out there, especially all the folks racing for the very first time.  I especially was happy to see the young fast juniors out there. I just hope I can do my little part to help give them motivation to keep it up and hope for a successful potential career.  I am there to try and win races for my sponsors (and because I love it), but I hope I can show the new young men and women that they can do this too.  It is a lifetime of health and fitness and a lot of fun riding bikes!  Congrats everyone!
Someone sent me the Mountain Bike Race news ( story below that covers everything really well and much better than me....enjoy!



Tinker Takes Another Win At Vail Lake
written by: Jens Raz

Talking about the weather in California these days tends not to get boring. Guest riders were likely in love with the conditions, warm, dry and welcoming. Even though Saturday started in the 30s, the temps rose to the mid 70s quickly and topped out at a sunny 80 degrees.

Considering we have had a few months of consistent rain and cold conditions the promoters Heather and Jason Ranoa took advantage of the malleable ground and put some serious and "very” notable hours into making this one of the smoothest and fastest Temecula courses since the races inception about 5 years ago.

The course, being consistent with about 1100-1200 feet of climbing in just over 9 miles, was wickedly fast. In fact the fastest lap was only 37 minutes. Each steep but manageable leg-breaking climb was followed by a fast and exhilarating descent, giving meaning to the phrase "more gain with a little pain!”

What felt like an eternal or at least on going quest to break Tinker Juarez’s(Cannondale Factory Racing) stranglehold on the 12 hours of T-Town was tested for the first time in 2011 by a cast of veteran endurance racers and one newcomer. Greg Gibson(, who hails from Provo, Utah, had the most experience and real shot at breaking the Legend. He must have been excited to see some nice weather because he brought his A game.

A new and unknown challenger from San Diego, Bryan Taylor, brought not only his wife and child but also his Golden Retriever for support. The more the merrier during 12 hours!

TJ’s usual fast start broke open the field. Out of 7 pros, only Greg could stay close to Tinker. Staying within 10 minutes meant hard work ahead. Riding close to Tinker on his Cannondale for 12 hours in the end was too much even for the Highlander. Before dark fell upon Vail Lake, Tinker clawed out a lap over the challenger Gibson. Greg still having to defend second place to Bryan realized the race was far from over.

As Bryan put it "Greg started quicker than I did, I thought it better not to try to keep up as I expected I would pay for it later. My wife thought I was about 12 or 13 minutes behind him after 7 or so hours. I tried to speed up to see if I could close the gap. I think I made up some ground but then I struggled after it got dark. I was having a really hard time focusing; I was losing time on the descents. I kept adjusting my lights. I’ll know next time to change them after 8 or 9 hours. By the last few laps I’d given up trying to catch Greg, and rode to make sure I didn’t land in any bushes”.

Impressively enough this was 3rd place finisher, Bryan’s, first twelve hour race.

There was not much competition for the women’s Pro rider Amber Monforte. Taking first with a comfortable 6 laps on second place!

The newest and very popular 6-hour category had some of the closest racing of the day. A stunning 39 people gave it their best. None could muster the strength of Robert Herber though. The race promoter of the local Racers and Chasers XC series out foxed the rest of the field with 8 laps. The women’s title with 6 laps went to a dominant Rebecca Tomaszewski (Niner/Ergon).

Team Cytomax/KHS racks up the most laps with 17 total circuits. All the Cytomax riders were running 650b equipped KHS machines.

Pro/Expert Men Solo
1, Tinker Juarez (CFR) 15 laps
2, Greg Gibson ( 14 laps
3, Bryan Taylor 14 laps
4, Salter Fletcher 13 laps
5, Mike Castaldo 12 laps
6, Kevin Spaeht 11 laps
7, Bryan VanVleet 10 laps

Pro/Expert Women Solo
1, Amber Monforte 11 laps
2, Kim Bear 5 laps
3, Timari Prius 2 laps

Men Singlespeed Solo
1, David Gonzales 12 laps
2, Paul Adams 11 laps
3, Sage Bassett 11 laps
4, Alan Jacoby 10 laps
5, Andrew Dickinson 7 laps
6, Eric Parks 6 laps
7, Jeff Sigu 6 laps

Women Singlespeed Solo
1, Kathryn LaPointe 7 laps
2, Lisa Doud 6 laps

4-Person Open
1, Cytomax/KHS 17 laps
2, Rat Cheeks 16 laps
3, Topanga Creek Bicycles 14 laps
4, Team Incoherent 14 laps
5, Troupe Racing Comp 13 laps
6, GAHWESE 13 laps
7, Mudfoot 13 laps
8, Sour Krauts 12 laps
9, Conejo MB 12 laps
10, Team Hechan 11 laps
11, Conejo MB2 10 laps
Daddio and Joshua on the start line

Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 Race Schedule

Here is a final draft of my 2011 race calendar. It always stays in draft form because it tends to change frequently, but this one will keep me real busy and hopefully help me pull off some good finishes this year. I'm hoping to make it a great season at the tender age of 50! Ha! So, the big plan is to compete in as many of the Kenda Cup series XC races as I can, which will get me ready for the 2011 Master World Championship race in Brazil in July. There are a few 100 mile and 12 and 24 hour races in there to get me ready for the National Marathon Championship race in September in Oregon and the National 24 Hour Championship in October in Colorado Springs. I also plan to compete in as many of the Tuesday night Over the Hump XC training races at Irvine Lake in Orange County. I will be out there with the Cannondale crew to support their local shops and help them demo the bikes they will have available.

See you on the trails!


Jan 22, 12 hours of Temecula # 1 Vail Lake

Feb 26, XC, Kenda Cup West # 1 Sagebrush Safari, Lake Morena OHV park

Mar 4, The Big Five "O" brithday!
Mar 12, XC, US Cup Triple crown Bonelli Park # 1 (tentative)
Mar 26, XC, US Cup Triple crown Fontana # 2

April 2, Vision Quest, Orange County CA
April 14-17 XC, Sea Ottter Classic Monterey CA
April 30 Whisky Off-Road marathon 50 mi Prescott AZ

May 7, L'E Tape Du Road Races 100 mi, same course as Tour Of California
May 14, The Traverse Marathon Orange County
May 21, XC, Kenda Cup West # 5 Big Bear shoutout # 1

June 4, 12 Hours of Temecula # 2 Vail Lake
June 18, XC, Kenda Cup West series # 7 Finals Big Bear CA

July 23, XC, Master World Championship Brazil
July 30, Butte Montana 100 miler

Aug 13, Leadville 100 mi races or Forest hill Tahoe NUE 100 miles
Aug 20, Mt Washington Hillclimb road bike

Sept 3, SoCal Desert Classic XC Temecula
Sept 14-16, Interbike Las Vegas
Sept 17, USA Marathon National Championship Bend Oregon

Oct 1, Colorado Springs, 24 hours National Championship
Oct 8?, Chupacabras 100 km MTB, Juarez, Mexico
Oct 15, TBF 50 miles MTB Challenge Granite Bay CA.

Nov 5, XC In the Dirt Temecula
Nov 12, 12 Hours of Temecula # 3

Monday, January 10, 2011

Omni Motion 24 Hour MTB Race -

Now that the busy holiday is in the books, I'm trying to catch up on my stories, get my 2011 race schedule together, and finish updating my new website ( But first, I absolutely had to post the journey with my friend Roger to the race. The rest is coming soon.

The last race of 2010 was an epic journey to a land far far away to race in the Bicycling 24-Hour by Omni-Motion on Dec. 4-5 at the Rietvlei Farm and Lifestyle Centre in South Africa.  My friend Roger was up for the challenge and we ventured off together. Roger picked this as a vacation for his first trip overseas since he left a commitment to our country about 20 years ago. It was a big deal for both of us and it was a lot of fun. It would have been real tough without him there and it was so nice to have a friend along.

Wendell Bole and I met in Brazil at the Master's World Championship race in September. We got talking and he invited me to come to the race - a project he's been working on for the past several years, when he's not helping to "feed his people", who live in the squatter camps near by.  Wendell helps collect clothing and gifts for the squatter camp. The camp has three villages with a total of 534 families and they started with one village and 130 families. There are 61 children and 15 pensioners in this village, and each received a present for Christmas. They managed small food parcels as well. Since we left, the headman, Sam, was very excited with the prospect of growing vegetables and potatoes and to find a way to reduce or get rid of the rat population.  We got a chance to visit the village and meet the people.  Wendell continues to collect aid for the villagers so if you are looking for a wonderful cause, contact him.  They are now finding ways to grow and sell the potatoes.  wendell "at" What an incredible experience that was...

Wendell is a man of Faith, and one other purposes in his life is to help prepare the race track at the farm. The course was marked to perfection and so smooth and clean I felt like I was on a BMX course.  It was fast and a great course that kept you awake and alert but so much fun!  Wendell also owns a bike shop called the Cycle Hub, where they sell Cannondale bikes, parts, and do repairs.   The bike shop is on the farm where the race was staged, which was really nice.  What a nice guy!  We stayed with Wendell and his wife, who spoiled us with wonderful food, rooms, and a comfortable place to relax and prepare for the race.  We even got to fish on the farm, but we didn't catch anything even though we could practically see them laughing at us.  It didn't matter, it was all great fun!

The best part of the journey (besides getting to hang out with Roger and Wendell and fishing, and the race), was that the Johannesburg cycling channel interviewed me and broadcast it that same evening.  The local newspapers and magazines interviewed me, too, so there were stories on TV, print, and on the internet about the race, me, and Cannondale. It was excellent coverage and I was happy they got some good advertizement for the event. 

We had a meet and greet barbque the night before the race and we got to meet the riders from the teams.  It was a nice get together.  We met Coert, who like Roger, is an amputee.  They had a lot to talk about about and I could tell they will be friends forever.

Wendell, his wife Maya, Anton, Renee and Mattie supported me through the race.  What a great team!!  I got a lot of good advice.  Roger and Maya worked together to feed me and every lap I came around I felt like I was at a buffet in Vegas.  So much awesome stuff to pick from! 

I'm sorry I didn't get to post this sooner.  There are photos and stories on the FAcebook page.  I especially liked the blog story from the guy with the tatood to his rear. I can't remember his name but did want to shake his hand and thank him for riding so well but was so beat I didn't get to see anyone after the race.  Cheers to all for coming out and racing hard!

Many thanks to Thanks to Wendell, Dimitri, to all medics, time keeps & marshalls that were on route all day & night.

Here are some photos of the journey...


Wendell Bole

Bag of Worms

Roger and the pit crew

me and Roger