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Team Radsport/pinnacliffe wins the CA state championships…again

June 7, 2011

California State Championship Road Race
The team went out with a plan to bring the race down to sprint finish.  Gary, Bruce, Kenny and Dave were out to make this one count.  The race was very difficult, with lots of pot-holes, cows in the road, and riders going into the dirt and pavement…….It was very exciting to say the least.  Gary and Bruce made the first group over the climb and Dave and Kenny soon joined, getting the team back together before the long loop back into town.  The team did a great job of covering breaks, with Gary jumping on anything that moved.  Kenny and Bruce also worked the front making sure nothing went up the road.  Several very hard attacks all came back together, and the team moved to the front for the last two miles.  Gary set the pace at the front, keeping anybodies thought of attacking neutralized.  Kenny paced Dave up into position for the finishing straight.  Gary then ramped it up the final climb, causing the field to stretch out.  Kenny brought Dave up the right side into the front 4 riders, and Bruce took over placing him in the top 2 with 1K to go.  Dave made the right move to get onto the fastest wheel, and sprinted around him with 150 meters to go.  Dave gets clear wheels across the finish with no one even close!  Pinnaclife takes the win!!    I love it when a plan comes together.

This was teamwork at it’s best.  This ones for everyone!

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Team Radsport Update – June 2nd 2011

June 2, 2011

Lake Los Angeles California State Championship Time Trials
The Team sent 5 tandems to the desert yesterday to battle 20 mph winds and bring home the hardware. The conditions ended up being very fast with downwind speeds of over 35mph!! Dave and Fritz deliver the goods with a win in the 110+ with a time of 50:03. Kenny and Ian power the tandem to deliver a 70+ Gold Medal in a time of 52:56. Gary’s Tandem lays down the fastest time on the team in the 90+ with a time of 47:49, to take the silver medal. Wayne (Dog) and Darrin kill the coarse and go 52:58 for silver in the Men’s Open. Bruce and Sue propel the tandem in the 90+ Mixed for a great time of 53:09.

Ernie takes Bronze in the Cat 5 race and Jim takes 16th in the very fast 45+.

Great work everyone!

Barry Wolfe Criterium
The team shows up in force to race this classic downtown criterium. It’s a bit wet at the beginning, but the sun comes out to dry the coarse. The team puts several attacks out there and nothing sticks until the last 6 laps. Jay gets into the break with two riders from another team, who try and work him over in the last lap. Kenny goes to the from of the peloton to keep the pace high enough to prevent others from coming up, but slow enough to not bring the break back. Gary takes over after Kenny pulls off, and was starting to pull the break back…. (It turns out that one of the other riders in the break got away and Jay was left to do the work to bring him back) Jay doesn’t want to take the other rider to the line for second, so they both slowed. Now the race is really on, so the team has to get Steve to the line. Gary powers up the the headwind section and Dave takes his turn to get Steve to the finish. Steve G. rockets around Dave at the final turn and almost gets the win! It was just inches. Steve Gets Second overall. Nice team guys!

The second race has about the same feel, with many attacks going but nothing stick until 8 laps to go. This time Steve G. gets into the break, with two others guys. Kenny, Gary, Jay and Dave control the feild, making sure nothing goes across. Steve makes a great move and gets 3rd place overall. Nice job.

Dominguez Hills Criterium
The team is ready to rock, on this third day in a row of racing. Bruce, Dave H, Gary, Steve G., Steve M, Paul, Kenny, Mark, Jay and Dave P. were controlling the race from the first lap. The other teams tried to make several breaks, but the Pinnaclife team brought them back. Gary takes a shot at a break but gets brought back. Steve G. goes on the attack and wins a prime. Jay takes his shot at a break and they bring him back. Mark makes an attack and the field closes in also. The other teams try and send riders up the road solo, but Jay brings several back all by himself. Bruce takes a shot and gets away, and then they bring that back……It’s looking like nothing will work. A rider attacks with 15 minutes to go and Dave makes it across. Three others join and the break moves away. The team goes to the front to control the field, and the break makes more ground. Dave P. gets a jump on the final straight, but takes 4th place overall. The team has Bruce leading out the Pinnaclife Train, with Dave H. taking the next pull. Kenny sets up the final lead out lap, with Gary taking over after Kenny pulls off. Then Jay takes over to power up the final climb and launches Steve G. into the final turn. Steve G. wins the field sprint! Steve G. gets 6th overall and Steve M. gets 10th.
Nice teamwork guys!

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