Photo by Luke Seemann
Tour of Elk Grove wrap-up
Other highlights from Sunday's racing in Elk Grove:
- » Nate Iden (Burnham Racing) likes to save his wins for the big races. The Cat 3 state champ got another scalp Sunday winning the 35+ 3/4's ahead of fellow sprint specialist Marek Serafin (PACT/Dish Network).
» Elk Grove is not an easy course on which to break away, but with five laps to go in the 35+ 1/2's, Bryan Rheude (Comma-Van Wagner) and Dave Stone (Verizon Wireless) gave it a go. Chad Cagle (Park Place Dallas) made an impressive bridge and had enough in reserve to win the sprint by a large margin. Meanwhile, Keith McMahon (Comma-Van Wagner), riding well in a comeback season for him, sat caboose in a five-man chase group stuck in no-man's land. He came around in the homestretch to take 4th. (Just three hours later, Cagle would double down and get 5th in the 1/2's.)
» Debbie Dust (Bouledogue Tout Noir) spent most of the first half of the women's P/1/2/3 race off the front, above, but was reeled in shortly after the half-race sprint. She ended up 8th in the sprint, with Jeannie Kuhajek (Team Mack) our top local finisher in 5th.
» The 1/2's drew some of the strongest teams we'll see short of the pro ranks, including Panther, Aerocat and Texas Roadhouse. Indiana's Eric Young (Nuvo/Cultural Trail) got the jump on the leadout trains, however, to take the big win. Mike Sherer (Verizon u25) got another top 10 with 9th and junior Brandon Feehery (South Chicago Wheelmen) got one of his biggest elite results with 10th.
» One final highlight of Elk Grove has been the comprehensive coverage and photography from Lyne Lamoureux at Podium Insight. Don't miss her interview with Karl Menzies (UnitedHealthcare), who has a refreshing perspective regarding how important purses are to racers.
Saturday reports Kim Gialdini (Flatlandia; W-3/4): "I saw what this was coming down to: a sprint finish. Once again, I knew what I had to do"
Arron Hampton (Psimet; 4): "This course requires a fresh set of legs and clear mind."
Adam Herndon (XXX Racing-AthletiCo; 4): "I see one wheel behind me. I push harder. I start to see one rider coming on the right. I now sprint all out."
Kristen Meshberg (Flatlandia; W-P/1/2/3): "I got a gambler's prime at 1 to go, and it was a glorious feeling to be off the front so late in the game."
Scott Rosenfield (IS Corp; 1/2): "Granted, I’ve been racing for five years, but the basics are sometimes impossible to master."
Saturday photos Jeff Chen Podium Insight
Sunday reports Kim Gialdini (Flatlandia; W-P/1/2/3): "Lesson learned. I can't wait to try again."
Nate Iden (Burnham Racing; 35+ 3/4): "I had a free line and I thought it was ON."
Kristen Meshberg (Flatlandia; W-P/1/2/3): "I got boxed in and had no where to sprint."
Brian Parker (XXX Racing-AthetiCo; 35+ 3/4): "It was a blue-collar race for me. I showed up at the office, I punched the clock and went right to the front and did everything I could to stay there."
Sunday photos Jeff Chen Luke Seemann