|Crown Valley Senior Olympics
Phelan, CA - June 10, 2000
The Time Trials (.6 and 1.6 miles) had single skaters taking off at 1
minute intervals. It was "all out" on a very fast criterium type course
with 15 turns. We all felt the 4000+ ft. of elevation. A new record
was set in the 1.6mi TT by SoCal skater Curtis Stanton.
In the 2 Road Races that followed (3.2 and 6.4 miles) Bill Noyes, Larry
Quimby, Bob Mirabal, Curtis Stanton and myself formed the main pack that
came down to a final sprint. We really had to dig down deep at the
finish because the wind had shifted and was in our faces heading to the
line. Having taken my turn pulling thru the slightly uphill section of
the course I had little left for the sprint at the end of the 3.2 miler
and settled in for 2nd age group, 4th overall.
One of the real highpoints this year was watching Allen McDonald (91
yo.) compete in all 4 events! We have video of his finish in one of the
TT's: long leg strokes, knees bent and arms swinging!
Thanks and much praise goes to track owner Gordon Hall. He did a great
job getting the track cleaned and ready. Timing and results were
computerized. No glitches and printouts were almost instantaneous. I
would also like to thank Brandon and Jim for letting me train in their
draft. And especially Dana Eads for showing me where the speed is. I
bettered my times in the 1.6 and 3.2 by almost 30 seconds each.