Paco’s Bike Team Update, 2011
August 25 Update
by Peter Taylor
Here’s a recap of the racing season so far. The season started way back in January with a dinner meeting of 5 strong 55+ racers to plan the season with the goal the Master Road Nationals in early Sept. Fast forward to now and find myself the only way left who has stayed the course. Illness, work, and moves have led to the attrition. In Paco’s case all of those factors have left him out of the picture. My season has included about 5 out of town races with several top 5 results and several Reno Wheelmen races.
My fitness has steadily progressed as has my racing strategy. Dan Warren wrote a nice account of the last Boca race. That was good fun working with teammates. They were able to sap the legs of the competition so I was able to prevail in the sprint.
The prior week teammate Jordan McElroy and me along with two other strong riders were able to gap the field up the Stampede Wall in the 40 man B race and stay away until the finish. We each marked our competitors in the final sprint. I was able to win and Jordan came a close 3rd. He did more than his share of the work in the break. I sucked wheels a bit more so had that little extra for the end. Bill Owen deserves a lot of credit for messing up the chase group. He created gaps in the pace line, slowed the pace, and made others burn matches in trying to bridge the gaps. It took quiet a while for the other riders in his chase group to figure out that team tactics were at work. Thanks Bill!!
My last competition before the Nationals is the Donner Summit TT on Sunday. The National races will be in Bend, Oregon. The crit is on 9/2 and the RR is 9/4. I’ll let Paco fill in some details of the formidable competition. Bill Owens from Team Paco’s will be competing as well, and hopefully some other team riders.
The website is https://www.usacycling.org/events/2011/mastersroad/
I want to thank Paco’s, Tahoe Truckee Medical Group, and the Tahoe Center for Health and Sport Performance for sponsoring our Truckee Bicycle Team this year. Also, I need to thank (?) Mark Redpath for his grueling but very effective training program over the last 6 months.
I hope to produce my best possible results for the team while staying on my bike!