|El Dorado Inline Challenge #3
Long Beach, CA - Sept. 29, 2002
The pace was relatively slow for the first lap or two. This avoided
any crashes that usually occur right off the starting line. In fact,
Scott Wolf (Safe), feeling confident, started in the very back. Most
of the time the pack was two to three pacelines wide on the two-lane
Then the pace picked up big time. On the second or third lap, five or
six skaters from Team Safe and Team Hyper sprinted past the rest of
the field on the inside. They quickly formed a sizeable gap by the
next turn. The field was broken up into several chase packs. For the
most part, each pack got further apart throughout the race.
In the end, Phillip Mullin (Safe) took the win. Although the first
two laps were relatively slow, the super-high pace on the remaining
laps resulted in a new course record of 32:45. Troy Atwell (Safe) and
Kevin Puhlman finished second and third, respectively.
Heather Elliot (Hyper) finished first among the women, but was the
third racer to cross the line overall. Kimberlee Butler came in
second, with Aimee Printzen third in the competitive field.
SDSE attendance was a little less than usual due to the unpredictable
weather and other factors, but still six members strong. Representing
the club were AJ, Gordon, Howard, Ivan, Joe, and Wendy.
The 2002 series finale, worth 150% towards the series point total,
will be Sunday, October 27.