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Twilight Road Race #5
The Sparks Outlet Criterium
Results 6/3/03
Conditions: Hot - difficult


*If you have a correction to these results, please email me. The finishes were tight pack finishes and numbers were hard to get...maybe we'll get a camera someday!
** Cash Sprints - if you did not receive your cash award, come see me (Michael Hernandez) at the next race and we'll square up. If you won your event, you receive a free race entry.

Cash Sprints

$10 - Dave Fish
$5 -  Ricardo Bullissimo
$5  - Russell Persson
$5  - Ricardo Bullissimo

Points Sprints

1. Nate Sowle
2. Dave Fish
3. Ricardo Bullissimo

1. Ricardo Bullissimo
2. Rick Hathaway
3. Chris Fields

1. Mark Trujillo
2. Mark Lattin
3. Mike Henry

Cash Sprints

$10 - Jason Walker
$5 -  Steve Kaufman
$5  - Matt Faker
$5  - Gabe Burke
Water Park -

Points Sprints

1. Jason Walker
2. Shawn Pearson
3. Mike Damon

1. Jason Walker
2. Gabe Burke
3. Shawn Pearson

1. Jason Walker
2. Mike Damon
3. Gordon Olson

Cash Sprints

$10 - Wayne Mackey
$5  -  Michael Hernandez
$5  -  Eryn Hanna
$5  -  Micheal Hernandez
$5  -  Tom Skiles
Water Park - Michael Cupitt

Points Sprints

1. Jeff Dickey
2. Tom Skiles
3. Michael Hernandez

1. Gary Thompson
2. Michael Hernandez
3. Michael Cupitt

1. Jim Barkley
2. Jeff Dickey
3. John Anderson

Category C Results
(31 entries)


Category B Results
(39 entries)


Category A Results
(20 entries)

1.  Mark Trujillo Reno Wheelmen 1.  Jason Walker Reno Wheelmen 1.  Michael Hernandez Reno Wheelmen
2.  Mark Lattin UNR 2.  Steve Kaufman Reno Wheelmen 2.  Michael Cupitt GS Reno
3.  Mike Henry Alta Alpina 3.  Shawn Stratton Fairbanks Cycle Club 3.  Wayne Mackey GS Reno
4.  Charlie Apple* SBA 4.  Dave Reeves -- 4.  Tom Skiles GS Reno
5.  Dave Fish GS Reno 5.  Paul Day Reno Wheelmen 5.  Dustin Sweet Reno Wheelmen
6.  Nate Sowle* TRix/Reno Wheelmen 6.  Shawn Pearson Reno Wheelmen 6.  Ed Froelinger Tasty Tuna
7.  Bill Nagel Reno Wheelmen 7.  Mike Damon Reno Wheelmen 7.  Jeff Dickey --
8.  Ricardo Bullissimo Reno Wheelmen 8.  Matt Faker -- 8.  Rick VanDenAkker Bicycle Bananas
9.  Rick Hathaway Reno Wheelmen 9.  Spencer Erickson Reno Wheelmen 9.  John Anderson Tuttro Ferro
10. Chris Fields Procrast. Pedalers 10. Gordon Olson Reno Wheelmen 10. Dan Warren Reno Wheelmen
11. Paul Horsley -- 11. Gabe Burke MRC 11. Steve Olechny GS Reno
12. Jeffrey LaCombe UNR Cycling 12. Rich Paul Reno Wheelmen
13. Eric Maresjo Mother Lode 13. Zach Violett Paco's
14. Russell Persson Reno Wheelmen 14. Scott Hall Reno Wheelmen
15. Chris Morton Reno Wheelmen 15. Ross Klobi-Grande Reno Wheelmen
16. Calvin Smith Reno Wheelmen 16. Jessica Runyon CyclePaths
17. Kathy Casey Reno Wheelmen 17. Hung Nguyen Reno Wheelmen
18. Ethan Salter -- 18. James Hertzman --
19. Mark Crumby --
20. Chuck Semeit --

*Junior riders

Questions to Michael

Sparks Crit Report

First off, we all owe a big debt of thanks to the many volunteers who helped out with this week’s Twilight Race.

- Jenny Frayer setting up the course and giving out primes – a great job of marking all the right spots and working around some cars that made their way on to the course. Thanks again Jenny!

- Morgan Carr, Catherine Sullivan, Kathy Zodiac for helping with registration and running the race

- Tony Parenti and Richard Bulis for running the A event (and allowing me to race!)

- and all the many folks who helped with scoring, course break-down (thanks a lot Chris Fields!), and overall cheering. You guys were great and thanks very much!

It seems as though we’re getting more and more spectators and folks willing to lend a hand with the races…that’s just wonderful. You all really do make the events that much better. Please keep coming and we’ll start to have more beverages and food for you to snack on during the races.

OK, so Tuesday night’s racing. Let’s just say…”whoa.”  The C group was larger than the first week and I was a bit nervous as to how the riders would react. The course was shorter at only ¾ of a mile loop…but more difficult because there was absolutely NO place to rest on this course. I’ll say it again, if you can ride this course – you can ride any criterium course in the country. Not only was the course challenging physically and technically, forcing riders to focus 100% of their attention for the entire distance of the race, but every race was animated and exciting. Every rider, every single rider who participated in these races can be proud of their efforts…it was brutal!

The C field split for good about 20 minutes in to the race. 7 riders were off the front, with a very strong and determined group chasing. With about 5 laps to go, new road rider Mark Trujillo would get away for a prime and be urged by the crowd to try and stick it for a solo win. He would pound out lap after lap and eventually build an insurmountable lead, winning by a comfortable margin. The group behind, now at 6, would be led in by Mark Lattin of UNR. Alta Alpina’s Mike Henry would save 3rd place by fending off the fast improving junior rider, Charlie Apple.  Also notable was the strong performance put in by another junior rider, Nate Sowle – fresh off his domination of the Nor-Nevada High School Championship Series. Nate will be riding to win the State Championships this Saturday at the Peavine Challenge…should be a great event. Leading in the 2nd chase group and for 8th place was Bullissimo, roaring off the wheel of Rick Hathaway on the finishing stretch. Hathaway would have yet another powerful ride, never afraid to stick his nose out in the wind and work hard. Rick would finish just ahead of a hard charging Chris Fields to round out the top-10.  And one last note about the rider Kathy Casey, appearing to ride out of her frickin’ gourd Tuesday night. Definitely the most improved rider out there from the last week – fantastic effort.

The B event was just nuts. The first lap saw Chris Payne doing everything he could to blow apart the field. As the riders came through after their first lap (we’re talking .73 miles, here), the time gap between the first and last rider was over 20 seconds! Barreling through the finishing stretch, the field was one, long, snaking, quarter mile line. It was so cool. After about 3 laps of that carnage, only 13 or 14 riders remained in the lead group. The rest of the field were in small chasing groups, driving hard to keep within range. Another woman rider, Jessica Runyon would fight hard to stay in the top end of the race. A quick tutorial from Paige Galeoto before the race looked to work wonders, because Jessica’s lines were spot-on (even if we’d have liked her to keep in the draft a bit more!). In the end, Jessica would place a very strong 16th in a ridiculously difficult B race.

Jason Walker would be the main hammer of the B field after the first 6 laps. Notching up sprint bonus after bonus, Jason would launch an extremely well timed attack with 14 minutes remaining in the race…digging deep to cross the line solo in victory. On the last lap, Steve Kaufman would show his legs have more than just 15 seconds of mach 5 sprint in them – attacking through the chicanes and opening up the big motor to power away from the field for a convincing 2nd. Shawn Stratton would throw his bike for 3rd in front of Dave Reeves, with Paul Day finishing out the top-5. Notables were Gabe Burke picking himself up from the pavement after sliding out in a corner to chase the pack solo for over 20 minutes (ouch), as well as Mark Henry’s solo effort for the ENTIRE race as he would chase the lead group at 5 seconds…that was painful to watch.

The A field was significantly smaller than last week’s Sparks Criterium. I think there were a bunch of guys who just plain didn’t want to suffer out there again. And that’s what this race course is all about…suffering. You have to be ready and willing to endure lots of pain to ride this course.

The Warehouse riders, Wayne Mackey and Michael Cupitt joined me (Michael Hernandez) in a long break-away effort. We were very committed to the break, each rider pulling hard and conscientious of each other in the corners. It took me about 15 minutes just to start taking the right lines through the corners…with no warm-up for the event and not having raced it last week, I was blowing more than a few corners. But we were taking them fast, evidenced by Wayne’s acrobatics - saving a pedal scrape by hopping his rear wheel about a foot in the air from one side of the tarmac up on to a planter. It was impressive. His tire wouldn’t be able to handle the gymnastics and would flat a few seconds later…but a new wheel supplied by a spectator would see Wayne in on the next lap. In the end, we would pull away from the field with a comfortable gap and sprint it out for the win. I would get in front of a very strong Michael Cupitt with Wayne taking the bronze.

Bringing in what remained of the field would be Tom Skiles, showing a fantastic burst of leg speed to finish ahead of Dustin Sweet. Great racing everyone!

See you at Boca next week.