Posted by Editor on 03/1/00
The Real Story...
Peter Wedge has sent in the real story on Another Dam Race in Arizona.
Just got back from the races in Arizona, and found the 7Up coverage a little one sided...I have had four cups of coffee now, so ...
Here is what I saw, but keep in mind I didn't see any official results...
The crit on Wednesday was won by the 7up team, but I wouldn't say that they dominated. They had 10 guys on the line, Shaklee had 5. Every two laps a rider was pulled. In the last 20 laps or so, there was 6 7up guys and 3 of us left, with 4 riders left, it was me, 3 of "them". I got rid of one of them (Sheehan, I think) and was left with Monahan and Speaks. In the next sprint, Monahan freaked out and tried to muscle me in to the hay bails, could it be that this big pro road team was getting scared of a mountain biker?? I think so. I weighed the option of squeaking through, and thought it would benefit my collarbone to not thread the needle, I've got more important things coming up. So these two 'pros' spent the next two laps congratulating each other for a job well done, it was kinda sad really. I had a good laugh, got my check and went home.
The next day, there was a road race, about 120km, just a little warm up for the weekend. (Oddly enough, this race was omitted in 7Up's reportÃ¢Ë†â€˜) It was a windy course, out and back twice with small rolling hills. Again, ten 7up guys, and five of us (Lieswbyn, Pierce, Bostick, Venezuela and myself. The race split into two groups just after the halfway mark, with all of Shaklee and most of 7up. Bostick was having gear problems and decided that he would not be able to sprint at the end, so he went on a little flyer to make the other teams work. In his 11 cog, he hovered at around 30-40seconds while 7up tried to chase (Personally, I couldn't tell if they were blocking or chasing, whatever it was, we were sitting pretty.) The 7up team flailed up front and we just sat back and watched. Kent stayed off, two guys rode away for second and third (we gambled that the ten 7up guys would chase, but they didn't). The I took off with Dirk Friel, you know, the guy who's daddy writes hate literature about cyclo-cross? I sat on his ass and smoked him in the sprint for 4th. Lieswyn got 6th, Pierce was 8th, and I think maybe one 7up guy might have made it in the top 10. Other Canadians in the race were Randell, Guilliano, Mazur (7th) and I saw a couple of Bow Republik guys.
As far as the Parker Stage Race goes, the hill climb was on Friday. Mercury was more than dominant, I think they had 4 guys in the top 5. Saturn had one guy in the top twenty, as did we, I was 16th. Beauchamp was 27th, don't know what the other canucks did. Navigators also had 2 or 3 guys up there.
The crit on Saturday was a crazy and windy course. Mercury had complete control, containing everything and setting it up for Gord. There wasn't really much anybody could do, even the mighty 7up. We got off for a couple of primes, but one of the Pinada brothers apparently never took physics in high school, clipping his pedal in the corner (can you say cat 5?) and screwed up our lead outÃ¢Ë†â€˜
The road race was equally boring with the ten Mercury guys controlling. Flat course with no real difficulty made for a long day. 160km later, the sprint started winding up, but with a kilometer to go, there were ambulances all over the place and the cops were calling the race off. Of course, there is a moron in every crowd and some guy started to sprint anyway, which got more guys riled up while the paramedics were scraping people off the road. Todd Littlehales was the apparent winner of the non race, but we didn't stick around long enough to find out what the officials decided to do.
So that is what happened, but you never heard it from us.
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