|Rockin' Fall Classic
San Diego, CA - Oct. 20, 2001
Each skater started with a flying 200m Sprint to qualify into the Match
Sprint Heats. Winners of each heat advance to the next level in this
elimination-style competition. After lunch the skaters competed in a
variety of mass-start events chosen from a grab bag of races used in
In the Beginner/Intermediate class, Gary Wachs of San Diego won all
five events for a perfect score. Although this was his first race,
we're all sure that he is ready to move on to the next level.
Curtis Magee (Pirate) and Brandon Thorsten (SDSE) battled it out in the
Advanced class. Brandon won the 200m Sprint and the Match Sprint Heats,
but Curtis won the 3-Lap Scratch race and the Miss & Out to take home
the first place trophy. Roger Olsen took a lucky gamble in the Unknown
Distance that resulted in victory and finished third overall for the
Michelle Gaylor (Predator) was the champion of the Women's class. She
won four of five events, including the 3-Lap Scratch race and the Win &
Out. Wendy Holbert (SDSE) and Autumn Marsh (SDSE) consistently finished
second and third in every event except for the Tempo race, where Wendy
edged out Michelle for the win.
The Pro/Elite class was the most competitive category this time, as
points were awarded evenly across the entrants. Keith Henry (Tucson)
posted a strong showing in his first appearance at the San Diego
Velodrome, winning the Miss & Out and the 9-Lap Points race. However,
Carl Yee (SDSE), drawing from his experience during this year's Tuesday
Night Summer Racing Series, earned enough points to finish the day on
top. Joe Prescott (SDSE), also a TNSRS competitor, finished third.
SDSE's Rockin' Fall Classic was produced in cooperation with the San
Diego Velodrome Association, which has been very supportive of our
sport. We would like to thank Vons Food Markets for providing
refreshments for our skaters, BikeRaceMc.com's Gary Westergren for
spinning the rockin' tunes, and North Park Award & Trophy.
The Rockin' Fall Classic marks the end of the 2001 season at the San
Diego Velodrome. Check back early next year for details on our 2002
events. Complete results from the Rockin' Fall Classic can be found
on the SDSE web site at http://www.sk8.org.