Sima's Blog

tales from the life of a nomadic cyclist

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Redlands Cycling Classic Criterium

Colavita Cooking Lights Pic wins Redlands crit

by Jim Williams

The second stage of the Redlands bicycle classis took place saturday March 25th on the streets of downtown Redlands. Stage two was the notoriously fast,technically criterium. Today's race was a story of two races in one, the first race being the race for the overall leader and a race for the stage. In the race for the overall lead it became a battle of time bonuses as Amber Neben held a 1 second lead over Lipton's Kristin Armstrong. Armstrong won the first time bonus of the day and collected 3 seconds.

Three laps before the second time bonus, T-Mobile's Ina Teutenberg launched an attack that no one could follow and gained an advantage to 10 seconds. Team Lipton went to the front and brought her back setting Armstrong up for another 3 second time bonus. At this point teams and riders started to shift their attention to the second race with in the race, that being for stage honors. With four laps to go Teutenberg once again put in a blistering attack which was immediately covered by
Colavita Cooking Lights Sarah Tillotson with teammate Tina Pic in tow. Colavita then kept the pace high with work from Dotsie Bausch and Sima Trapp. With 1 lap to go it was three Lipton riders on the front, followed by Pic and Tuetenberg. Fans were treated to an exciting finish as they leaned over the fencing to get a glimpse of who would round the final corner in first. It was Colavita Cooking Light's Tina Pic followed by T-mobiles Tuetenberg, with Pic able to hold off the current World Cup Leader for the win. In third position was Lipton's fast finisher, Laura

Tomorrow rider will face 9 laps on the demanding sunset road
circuit were the final general classification will be determined.

Redlands Classic stage 2
1. Tina Pic (Colavita Cooking Light)
2. Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile)
3. Laura VanGilder (Lipton)

General Classification after stage 2
1. Kristin Armstrong (Lipton)

Friday, March 24, 2006

Redlands Cycling Classic Time Trial

Redlands Cycling Classic Time Trial

This year the time trial for the Redlands was changed from the usual 5km jaunt up Mt. Robidaux, to a different 5km uphill time trail course covering some of the roads that were used during the 2004 olympic trials race.

The course was pretty challenging because it starts off fairly flat, but it gets pretty steep in the last half. It was the type of course that you could predict a lot of people going too hard early on and then blowing their wad before getting to the climb. Well, enough technical talk, and the winner of the 1st stage is....Amber Neben! Dotsi was our top finisher at 8th place, nice job girl!

While up for the time trial it was good to see some familiar faces in the parking lot. Like Chris Davidson, and as usaul sporting a color coordinated Dicki. He and Michael Engleman are here with the strong group of riders on the Ford Cycling team. Keep your eyes on Mara as an up and coming rider. I met her last year at an OTC camp that was set up by Michael and Chris. She is so strong and full of energy, inside sources revealed she is unstoppable and has been training all week in addition to racing.

Meanwhile, back at our host's house, Brooke, Sarah and I decided to get in some team time trail practice. check out the picutre, and please submit comments with a title for the pic.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Happy NowRuz

Where are my presents???

Today is the first day of spring & more importantly...." NowRuz", the Persian New Year and the most celebrated holiday in the Persian culture.

The spring equinox marks the equilibrium of day & night and Nowruz.

This is the celebration of the renewal of nature after the long winter, and awakening of the earth. Yippee, no more snow, no more rain, no more cold weather, right??? Atleast in Redlands, California where we are heading for our next race.

NowRuz has been celebrated for over 3000 years!!! And its roots date back to the world's oldest religions Zorastrianism.

One of my fondest memories of the NowRuz celebration is the "fire jumping" we would participate in when we were kids. Ok this might sounds a little crazy, I'll explain....On the last Tuesday night of the old year, Persians would gather around bonfires to celebrate Chahar Shanbeh Suri, a celebratory ritual of enlightenment, health, and happiness in the year ahead. We would jump over fires and sing out in Farsi "Give me your beautiful red color/Take back my sickly pallor." Cool huh? wish I had some pictures from my childhood in Iran, I'd share them with you. Instead, here is a picture of my friends Dave and Cindy in Boise doing a little fire dance of their own.

Oh yeah, did I mention? Where are my NowRuz presents?

Monday, March 20, 2006

J. W.

This is Jim Williams, our team director and author of the Colavita/Cooking Light race reports. He runs a really tight ship around here. Since I didn't get his permission to publish his race reports, he punished Audrey and I by making us ride our trainers for an hour while repeating "We will never disobey the Boss".

Sequoia Cycling Classic Time Trial Race Report

2006 Sequoia Cycling Classic Time Trial
March 18-19
By Jim Williams

Exeter 30K Time Trial — The Sequoia Classic is back. Once a mainstay on the NRC calendar and a true test of early season fitness, the Sequoia Classic returned on March 18 with a demanding 30 km time trial that brought riders up and over the famous Rocky Hill only to turn around and have to go up and over again on the way back. With the Colavita/Cooking Light Team in attendance, along with Webcor and Victory Brewing, the racing was guaranteed to be competitive and fast. Ultimately, the fastest time of the day was posted by Victory Brewing's Leigh Hobson who beat the early time of mountain biker-turned time trialist Beverly Harper riding for Touchstone. The strong earlier times did not mean that those riders could just get a quick change and head to the podium as late finishers from Colavita/Cooking Light still had to make their way to the finish line.

Colavita/Cooking Light riders Audrey Lemieux, Sima Trapp, and Sarah Tillotson each posted very strong times but Leigh Hobson proved on this day that she was the best. Sunday will see the racers lining up for a downtown favorite in the city of Visalia for a classic L- shaped Criterium.

Sequoia Classic Exeter 30K Time Trial
Women Elite 1 / 2
1 Leigh Hobson (Victory Brewing) 51:16
2 Beverly Harper (Touchstone) 52:11
3 Sarah Tillotson (Colavita/Cooking Light) 52:22
4 Chrissy Ruiter (Victory Brewing) 52:34
5 Katherine Carrol (Victory Brewing) 52:35
6 Penny Avril 52:45
7 Sima Trapp (Colavita/Cooking Light) 52:56
10 Audrey Lemieux (Colavita Cooking Light)

Sequoia Classic Criterium Race Report

Colavita Cooking Light Race release
By Jim Williams

Today the gloves were dropped Canadian style as Laura Yoisten who resides north of the boarder and rides for the Victory Bbrewing won a hard fought battle with the Colavita Cooking Light team. A small field showed up to race the Visalia Criterium today with 8 riders for VictoryBrewing at the start line and 3 riders for Colavita Cooking Light along with several individual riders from several teams including Flecia Gomez from Webcor.

With both Victory and Colavita Cooking Light having teams present it became a battle royal. Victory Brewing wasted no time starting the action with the first attack coming just halfway through lap 1 of the 40 lap bike race. Each and every attack after was either covered by the Colavita Cooking Light riders or brought back through constant work on the front. A very dangerous move slipped away that contained both LauraYoisten and Katherine Carroll of Victory brewing and when they gained close to 20 seconds it looked as if the two would ride away and leave the rest of the field to fight over third placing on the day. The Colavita Cooking Light riders Sima Trapp, Audrey Lemieux and Sarah Tillotson would not give in and joined forces with Felicia Gomez of Webcor and the Touchstone duo of Pat Ross and India Sanjuan to bring theVictory girls back into the fold. With the group together again with 5 laps to go the attacks finally ended and the Victory train took over for an exciting sprint finish. Laura Yoisten sprinted for the win ahead of her teammate Laura Bowels with a tired Sarah Tillotson of Colavita Cooking Light sneaking in for 3rd. While the field was small, spectators on the street were impressed with the aggression and intensity of the racing.

Sequoia Classic Criterium Women Elite 1 / 2
1 Laura Yoisten (Victory Brewing)
2 Laura Bowles (Victory Brewing)
3 Sarah Tillotson (Colavita/Cooking Light)
4 Felicia Gomez (Webcor)
5 Katherine Carrol (Victory Brewing)
6 Audrey Lemieux (Colavta/Cooking Light)
7 Sima Trapp (Colavita Cooking Light)
8 Chrissy Ruiter (Victory Brewing)
9 Leigh Hobson (Victory Brewing)
10 India SanJuan (Touchstone)