Body Concepts Bicycle Race Team – Race Report by Ron Faulk: Saturday, April 26, 2014 Wente Vineyards Classic Road Race Road Race 55+ 4:
Teammates Representing Body Concepts: Jack Wenzel, Matt Conidaris, Ron Faulk, Will Parks.
Field: Total of 47 registered riders. New BC team members Damien Anderson and Tom Wood were also present at this race.
Course: Course consisted of 3 laps, for a total of 45 miles. Three lap course with one significant climb which is also the finish climb. The race starts on Greenville Road, with approximately 4 miles of riding before the race reaches the top of Carroll Road, which is where the finish line is located. So our category climbed Carroll Road 4 times..
Conditions: Cool and partly cloudy. Slight breeze
Plan: Hang on up the main climb and watch for breakaways. Stay top 10 as much as possible and keep an eye on the stronger climbers in the group.
Race: Our race started at a moderate pace until we hit the main finish climb on Carroll Road approximately 4 miles into the first lap. At this time a group of about twenty five riders raised the tempo a bit up the hill and over the top, breaking the field up. I found myself in a pack with riders I had raced with the weekend before at the Copperopolis Road Race. I knew also that Harold Reimer was somewhere in the group and I knew that he is a strong climber, so I watched carefully to see what would happen. I found out later that Jack Wenzel flatted leading into the climb on the first lap, so then I knew that we would be down one rider. As we topped out at the highest point of the first lap and began our descent on Flynn, […]