Red Peloton Cycling Team

Suisun Harbor Criterium

The Suisun crit is one of the closer crits on our calendar! it is a very tight and short 4 corner crit. This particular Sunday saw light wind and clear sky’s. Last years race saw a 35+ 4/5 group was fairly small, not this year!

There where around 40 racers! One of those racers was a new unknown racer from Vacaville, who “apparently” just started racing as he was still a CAT 5. Unknown to everyone else, this guy was robot strong! He actually raced the Open 4/5 race 1.5 hours earlier and won on a solo breakaway! This shocked the field, since no one knew who he was or how strong he was…

San Rafael Sunset Criterium

The San Rafael Sunset Crit is a huge race that draws thousands of spectators and hundreds of racers! As it is apart of the USA Crit series, this race is actually televised! I raced in the 35+ 3/4 group, since there is no Cat 4/5 categories…

Cycle to the Sun. Race Up Mt. Haleakala

I’ve put off writing this report in part because I needed to decompress from this event and the lead-up to it. In 2016, I did Cycle to the Sun and placed 14th overall. My preparation was solid, but afterward I was wishing I’d done at least some altitude prep — half of the race, after all, takes place over 5,000 ft. That year, I raced it fairly conservatively, which is smart but always leaves you wondering if you could have done just a bit more…

Antelope Lake 600K

As some of you may know, I am trying to repeat PBP( if you don’t know what that is click elsewhere). As my last qualifying ride I signed up to do Antelope Lake 600 on June 8th.

A ride I have done twice before and once as part of the Gold Rush 1200 k. The story of the day was the elements: WIND, WIND, WIND, freezing cold, followed by scorching heat, and did I mention more WIND?

So here is the very very long WINDED report…

2019 ICCC Dash For Cash Criterium

Today was another great day to wear proudly the Red Peloton kit, and jump on my bike too race. This time it was the Dash For Cash Criterium.
The Elite 5 group would race for 40 minutes in a very easy course: four turns, with absolute perfect pavement and wide corners. There were some strong winds which I figured would play an important role today. We had a head wind to the finish line…

Copperopolis Road Race

On Saturday 4/20, I completed my first road race: Copperopolis “The Paris-Rubaix of California.” The day was perfect in terms of weather (72 degrees and clear skies) and astonishing views. Since the organizer’s flyers specified that we should carry a pump and a tube, I decided to race with my saddle bag, pump and two water bottles, which made the bike heavier and made me regret it on every climb because they did have a SAG sweeping the race, AND they had a neutral feeding zone where they were handing out water bottles to whomever needed one…

Fish Rock

Departure from SR and arrival conditions at Boonville were similarly dismal, but once we’d got organized and headed toward the rider briefing there were blue skies. However, the temperature was still low about 45deg (highest I saw all day btw) and higher up it had been snowing. The start was delayed by 45 mins to allow that to thaw.

John Sullivan (Friend and Co-Worker) had a good idea of kicking off our ride a wee bit early before we froze and to get ahead of the “pack” (330 reg, 93 no-shows) So off we went. This ride kicks off straight into a climb of about 10% for a long way. 20mins or so min we were up 800ft and both feeling a bit guilt about kicking off early. Someone (not John) had the bright idea of heading back down to kick off with the pack after all and do it right. So, a rapid chilly descent and off we go again, literally just turning around at the start as the riders moved off…

2019 Land Park Criterium

On Saturday morning I completed my second Criterium race, and my first time representing the Red Peloton. The course in Land Park is more technical and therefore, it was very beneficial to be the first group to race that day because it allowed me to study and try out the best lines by myself during my warm up. We had a group of 39 riders. Despite of one rider having to jump to the lawn because he overcooked a technical turn, and a homeless person being in the middle of the road during one of the laps, the race was uneventful and safe.

During this race, I was committed to avoid the errors I made on my first race, in which I wasn’t sure 1 lap to go meant last lap, and also when to do the attack to get in front of the pack and cross the line. On that first race, I left a lot in the tank and there was not enough road ahead to catch the winner before. I stayed in the middle of the pack most of the race, saving energy and taking the turns safely but also efficiently. On one lap to go, My plan was to move closer to the front and on the last technical turn do my attack. I executed my strategy and finished 5th overall, which is an improvement from my first race in which I placed 10th…

Red Kite Criterium RKO#2

Sunday morning marked the second race day in our early Season. Brian Castelli, Nick Grudzien, Austin Hermosillo and I were in attendance. It was Cold, breezy and still a bit damp in a few of the corners (most notably the last corner)…