Sima's Blog

tales from the life of a nomadic cyclist

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Sea Otter

This is one of the most fun circuit races on our racing calenda. We race on the Laguna Seca Race track, the same track that Nascar races take place. It was a really tough race. We raced 22 laps, and there's about 300' of elevation gain on each lap. Ouch!!! It was great to have Tina win and Dotsi get 3rd!!! lets celebrate.

One down, 21 to go!

Magic Touch

Tim is our Soigneur usually, but he doubled as our mechanic for Sea Otter. His girl friend Shelly was our fill in Soigneur. She gives great rubs too, and so generous. By the end of the week she realized she better stop making eye contact with us, or we would ask for "Just one more rub!?!"

Celbration in Salina's California

Kompai! to your health!!

Cheers Suz! Thanks for not locking us out the second night ;). Sorry we ate all of your fish crackers.

Celebrating with our hosts after the Sea Otter Classic. This is the first year that they had host housing at Sea Otter. There were 8 of us including riders and staff, and Kathy the housing coordinator got 4 families on this cul de sac to host all of us. All of the families and riders got together each night for diner and lots of laughs.

Sea Otter Classic Race Report

Colavita Cooking Lights Puts 2 on podium at Sea Otter

by Jim Williams

The last race of the early spring swing through California took place today in Monterey at the Sea Otter Classic. The first 6 weeks of racing has seen the Colavita Cooking Light women gel as a team and this team chemistry has resulted in some strong performances. Today was no different. This year Sea Otter was just a 1 day race and it consisted of 22 laps on the Laguna Secca raceway, a demanding course with a total of 6,600 total feet of climbing. Early in the race it was the team of Victory Brewing that tried to make the race difficult by pushing the pace and launching attacks. The baton was then passed to the Webcor team. Who would attack each time up the climb in hopes of dropping the sprinters from the group. Colavita Cooking Lights plan was to be conservative until the latter laps and focus on the stage win. This strategy paid off as a group of about 20 riders made it up and over the climb on the last lap and descended the famous corkscrew that Laguna secca is known for. Tina Pic launched her sprint with Dotsie Bausch sweeping her wheel to prevent other riders from getting a draft. In the end Pic took the days honors with Victory Brewings Lauran Franges taking second. Knowing that Pic can get distracted on her way to the podium and stops to talk with everyone, Bausch took it upon herself to make sure that Tina had a chaperon by finishing 3rd on the day making sure Pic had company on the podium.

Sea Otter Classic
1. Tina Pic (Colavita Cooking Light)
2. Lauran Franges (Victory Brewing)
3. Dotsie Bausch (Colavita Cooking Light)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ping Pong Championships

Shirts off, game on...Sarah and Doug throwing down in Ojai!!!

There was some serious off the bike training going on this week.
Lori and Roy show us how its done.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Doug's Harem

Doug had to get in on some of the belly dancing action too.

Shimmy at Will

Lori, our host at Ojai always had fun activites for us to do...she took us out for belly dancing classes one night. It was really fun getting dressed up and dancing around with no cares.


Izzie is the luckies caged bird I ever met. His cage is over 10 feet tall, and about 10 feet in diameter. Need a roommate? He lives in this old mansion where we had our belly dancing classes. Here he is answering the question, what's 2 + 3, he is bouncing up and down 5 times.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Garret Lemire Memorial Grand Prix Race Report

Garret Lemire Memorial Grand Prix Ojai, CA
April 2, 2006
Report by Jim Williams

The Colavita/Cooking Light Women’s Cycling Team took to the streets of downtown Ojai, CA for an NRC race today. The course is a very difficult one-mile circuit with a steep climb on the back stretch that softens up even the freshest of legs. Many attacks were launched but nothing was able to get away as the wind was a discouraging factor for riders that tried to brave the protection of the peloton. Colavita/ Cooking Light policed the front of the field and made sure that any rider that did try to break away was covered, as the team had super sprinter Tina Pic ready to launch her famous sprint.

Sima Trapp, Sarah Tillotson, Brooke Ourada and Audrey Lemieux did the lion’s share of the early work. With two laps to go, the Victory Brewing train came blazing to the front in hopes of setting up their fast finisher Laura Yoisten. Victory drove the pace until the final time up the back stretch climb when Colavita/Cooking Light’s climber Dotsie Bausch made an acceleration that derailed the Victory train. Bausch blasted over the climb with Laura Vangilder of Lipton, Colavita/Cooking Light’s Tina Pic, and Victory Brewing’s Laura Yoisten, who had switched tracks, in tow. When Bausch pulled off, VanGilder was left in front leading out, and both Pic and Yoisten launched their sprints from opposite sides. In the end, Pic crossed the line first with a few bike lengths to spare, with Laura Yoisten second and Laura Vangilder in third.

Garret Lemire Memorial Grand Prix
Race Results
1.Tina Pic (Colavita/Cooking Light)
2.Laura Yoisten (Victory Brewing)
3.Laura Van Gilder (Lipton)