|Greg Levien Memorial 10/50k
San Mateo, CA - April 10, 2005
Canada Road is closed every Sunday and is popular among cyclists.
It is a smooth two-lane road with moderately rolling hills. Today's
race was held on the "long" course, an out-and-back on a portion of
this road. One lap is around 10k. Five laps is 50k.
The mass start was safe and at a moderate pace. The moderate pace
continued for a while which kept the lead pack large. Gradually,
skaters dropped off one by one until there were six skaters left
in the lead pack by the end of the second lap.
At that point, Eddy Matzger initiated his traditional race
strategy of attacking on every uphill. After the crest, he'd see
who has chased and then gradually slow down to re-group with the
pack. Sometimes Bryan MacKay or Howard Yeh would give chase, other
times the pack would be content in letting Eddy go.
On the uphill towards the end of the fourth lap, Eddy upped the
ante and formed a very large gap. Nobody chased and none in the
lead pack had the energy to organize the group. Eddy successfully
maintained his lead, even increasing the gap, in order to
finish uncontested for the victory in 1:30:56. The chase pack
finished in a sprint around 40 seconds later, with Louis Beaudoin
taking second and Grant Foster placing third. I finished fourth
Kimberly Perkins was the women's winner in 1:37:39. She dropped
the other men in her pack to finished by herself. Earlier in the
race, one of her wheels had become loose. She managed to tighten
the axel while cruising on a downhill without losing position.
From SDSE, Linus Harth also made the long trek from San Diego to
the Bay Area for this race. He finished third in his age group in
an awesome time of 1:38:23. Congratulations!
Thanks to D. Miles of CORA for producing the only inline road
racing events in the Bay Area. The next event in the Dan Burger
Series will be Sunday, May 22, 2005. It will also be held on
Canada Road in San Mateo.