|Cyko Masters Championships
Phelan, CA - June 25, 2000
At the time of the start of the 16 mile race the wind was just starting
to blow but here it was expected. Right away Dana Eads and Dana Bergman
started playing their strategy on me. I would get behind one and the
other would pass us both and take off. I would have to go around and
catch up to the break and then he would slow down and the other would
come flying past us both and it would start all over again. With only
me on the team there was little I could do against this so I tried to
just stay behind the two but Dana E. would almost come to a stop to
prevent me from getting behind him to draft. I eventually just let them
go and do their thing and try to keep third place in sight. They were
off into the distance in no time and I was out alone. The wind had been
picking up speed and was really adding to the difficulty of the race.
That and the heat and altitude and whatever other excuse I can think of
was really beating me up so I was hoping that a strong skater behind
would hurry up and catch me for some mid race teamwork. He caught me and
we worked the race at a good pace but the wind was still getting
On lap 8 1/2 I thought I should try for a break and go for third place.
On the back side of the track with the strong tail wind and slight
downhill I went out for a sprint. I got some distance but as I came
around into the wind and slight uphill I felt like I was crawling along.
This was the most difficult stretch of the race and it is also the home
stretch on the final lap. I was going hard and making it hurt but I was
hardly moving. I had kept my lead through that part but still had a
whole lap to go and I felt like I had used everything I had on that one
Some how I kept rolling and was able to finish with a small lead over
the 4th place winner.
A while later we all lined up for the 4.2 mile race. The wind had turned
into a storm and clouds had been blown in almost instantly. My lungs
were still hurting and there were some fresh skaters there who didn't do
the first race so I was thinking that this will be painful.
At the last minute I was offered a chance to play with a digital video
camera and was given permission to skate the race with it. I thought
that this could be more fun than coughing up a lung in the short race so
I was the "skate-cam-man".
As the race started I was doing alright getting all of the action and
catching a glimpse of the lead pack and everyone else. I soon found out
that I couldn't keep up while looking through a viewfinder so I pulled
over and got some good action shots of the racers doing their thing.
after just about all of the racers had finished the race I skated back
to the start line and dropped off the camera. I was told that if I
didn't want a "DNF" that I should skate a lap. So off I went on my
token lap but I found that I was not alone out there, Audrey has become
a little overheated and had stalled her engine on the back part of the
lap. A "Rapidos" skater, whose name I have forgotten, and I got her
going again and safely to the finish. I was given a token 3rd place for
the age group but there was only 3 in that group. Still a fun race to
get on video.