Body Concepts Bicycle Race Team – Race Report by Ron Faulk: Sunday, May 11, 2014 Regalado Road Race Road Race 45+ 4:
Teammates Representing Body Concepts: Pete Gemmell, Ron Faulk.
Field: Total of 15 registered riders. Small field that was combined with the 35+4, 35+5 and Cat5 groups for a total of 21 riders. New teammate David Austin rode with us also.
Course: Course consisted of 3 laps, for a total of 51 miles. 17 mile loop. Head west from the start on Warnerville, then south on Stoddard, east on Alvarado, south on Ellenwood, east on Claribel, north on Tim Bell (1 mile dirt section) and west again to the finish on Warnerville.
Conditions: Warm and windy. Gusts to 25 MPH at times out of the northwest.
Plan: Stay out of the wind as much as possible. Ride in the top 5 as much as possible. Go to the front when we turned north on Tim Bell into the dirt section. Watch for breaks and attacks and jump in if it looked like it might stick.
Race: The race started out at a neutral pace from the parking lot at the nursery on Wamble Road and proceeded south to the “real” start at Warnerville Road. I had pre ridden the first 1/5 mile on Warnerville and had turned around and pre ridden the finish on Warnerville also, so I knew that traveling west and north we would be getting a pretty stiff head wind. The wind was pretty stiff out of the north west, so we had a nice tailwind heading to the start and then were slowed significantly as we turned west onto Warnerville Road. The race was center line rule, so I planted myself on the yellow line and let others block the wind for me as we traveled west. Pete jumped off of the front as […]