Modesto, CA - May 8, 1999
The Modesto race had a good turnout with a lot of talent in the 20K, including Dane
Lewis, Eddie, Troy Atwell, Scott Baldwin, Dan Burger, Jay Etheredge, Jon
Elliot, Heather Gunnin, and Michelle Bizeau. It seemed like just about all
of the Nor. Cal. skaters were there.
Dane Lewis won it going away followed by Scott Baldwin, Troy Atwell and Jay
Etheredge. Dane took off at the beginning of the race and the first pack
was never able to reel him in. Heather Gunnin won among the women.
The course was also pretty good. It was held on traffic free roads with
course marshalls managing traffic at intersections. There were a few rough
sections with one pretty long stretch near the end of the course. I've
skated on much rougher roads (Phoenix and the first Tucson race come to
mind), so I'm not complaining. The only complaint that I have is with the
results. It took them a long time to figure out the results and announce
the winners. This was mostly because they didn't have a chute at the end
and weren't grabbing tear tags as skaters finished.
I would definitely recommend going if they hold the race again next year.