|Greg Levien Memorial
San Mateo, CA - March 28, 1999
La Canada Road runs along the beautiful Crystal Springs reservoir near
San Mateo. On Sundays the smooth, 2-lane road is closed for bicyclists.
Our race took place on a 2.5-mile section with gradually rolling hills.
6 out-and-back laps made 50k.
The biggest story of the race was Helle Carlsen (Kryptonics). She was
the winner of last year's New York 100k. On this day, Helle stuck with
the lead men's pack the entire race. And she didn't just draft, she
pulled as well.
The other women skaters finished in a pack sprint more than a minute
behind Helle. Ingrid Gabrian (Skate Pro) hawked the line for 2nd,
beating out a young Skeelers skater from Modesto and Vicki Heagerty,
SDSE's newest skater. Nonetheless, Vicki won her age class.
Congratulations on an awesome race!
In the men's race all eyes were on the Twincam skaters Eddy Matzger and
Dan Burger. As expected they took turns making breaks on every uphill.
At first Michael Weitz (BSI), Kimon Papahadjopoulos (Skate Pro), and
Dana Eads (SDSE) took turns covering.
Later in the race these games took its toll as the lead pack was
reduced to Eddy, Dan, Helle, Scott Baldwin, and me (Howard). I didn't
take this race very seriously, and ended up chatting with Eddy a lot.
Dan tired, so Eddy ended up doing all the flyers in the last few laps
while I chased. For some reason Scott did not cooperate with the
Twincam skaters. He and I didn't exactly coordinate things together
either, but the one time I didn't cover Eddy's break, Scott did.
It came down to a pack sprint up the last hill and down the home
stretch to the finish. We scattered out based on our exhaustion levels.
Eddy won, followed by Scott, Dan, Helle, and me. Unfortunately I had
wasted a lot of energy goofing off with Eddy, but at least I had a lot
Dana finished 6th alone, attempting to bridge the gap between him and
the lead pack the whole time. Alice Eads won her age class. And how
about Andy Pele for skating such a long race for his return from his
shoulder injury? Wow!
Thanks to Sandra, Debbie, and Pamela who were on-site to cheer SDSE
on. Look for full results to be posted to the SDSE web site soon.
D (David) Miles, CORA's organizer, was proud to announce that the Napa
skate is on again for this June, on the right-hand side of the road.
Detailed information is now available at CORA's web site.