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2014 Alto Velo Summer Picnic!

07/30/2014, 2:00pm PDT
By Debbie Merritt

The picnic was a great success!  Many thanks to George Miranda for pulling it all together and his crew of helpers.  Lots of good food, plenty of drinks, and some fun in the sun.  The bike polo game was hotly contested.  We had one person on a bike specially "modified" with a lowered seat and protection for the front wheel spokes.  Another person brought out his bamboo bike!  The beer kickball game was more laid back and required mostly being able to not spill your beer while running, kicking, etc.  Some were less successful than others - you know who you are!

A good time was had by all.  Again, thanks to George for leading the charge!

Click on the article title to view a slideshow of pictures taken.  Additional pictures can be found at:  https://plus.google.com/photos/107612102175140162792/albums/6041201844316612129

2 World Records Set by Jim Turner!

07/12/2014, 8:30pm PDT
By Jim Turner

I was able to make arrangements to do two record attempts today at the Grand Prix of Colorado Springs.
There was no existing world record for male age 75-79 for the 200-meter time trial so my 14.100 seconds time today was an automatic world record. I had hoped to break the National record of 13.7 but came up 0.4 seconds shy of that.
My second attempt was for the world record for the 2K Individual Pursuit for men 75-79. The current record was 2:52.4. I still don't have my exact time but it was 2:51.xxx, making it my second world record of the day. That also significantly improved my current National record for age 75-79 for the 2K Pursuit of 2:58.3 that I set at Hellyer on May 1st.
I'm trying to arrange an attempt at the world hour record for men age 75-79 on Sunday but that hasn't been pinned down yet.
Went thru USADA drug test procedure ($800). That was an interesting experience itself so more to say about that later.
Many more details to follow in race reports.
Jim Turner

A Racer's View of the Pescadero Road Race

06/11/2014, 2:30pm PDT
By Chris Harland-Dunaway

Alto Velo has displayed the best road race course management thus far in 2014, especially for a course of its length.

A nice race report that credits the professional organization and all the marshals we had.  This report was written for Norcal Cycling News by Chris Harland-Dunaway.

Fog licked the coast, creeping up to the edge of the Santa Cruz mountains and blanketing the start of the 2014 Pescadero Road Race at the local high school.  Adjacent from the school, neck-high yellow flowers were in full bloom, underscoring the location’s importance for flower-growing agriculture.  Marshals efficiently parked arriving racers – a signal of the extraordinarily professional event management to come.  Signs alerting drivers about the bike racing at hand lined the sides of 84, a problematic road in the past where drivers have threatened and hit cyclists.  Course marshals were everywhere, even in the tiny hamlet of Loma Mar.  Marshals lined the tight turns of Stage Rd, alerting riders for the technical bends.  As of this report, there were no known incidents along the course.  Alto Velo has displayed the best road race course management thus far in 2014, especially for a course of its length.

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Matt Beebe did a very nice interview with me that appeared today in Norcal Cycling News about the two National records that I set at Hellyer velodrome in May. Here's a link to that article:

First paragraph of the interview is:

"At 75 years of age Jim is a regular at many Bay Area time trial events. I've always been impressed with his riding, but recently he appeared to be stepping it up by setting two Masters National Records in early May. The first in the 2K Individual Pursuit Record, and the second for the U.S. Hour Record, both in the  75-79 Men's age group."

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