- Race ReportWednesday Worlds 4\28
by Dan DittrichApril 28, 2010
Levi Leipheimer scored an early season victory in Sheboygans Wednesday Worlds “social” group ride. In fact he lead from start to finish and was never actually seen by the peloton or any of the breaks. As the group rolled out of town with the race status as “neutral” for the high level of traffic, it seems he received orders over the radio from Mellow Johnny’s leader Lance Armstrong to attack thru the streets of DANOville even tho the peloton was rolling as neutral. When the peloton reached the edge of town the neutral status was lifted and the race was on. With Leipheimer already at a 14 minute advantage it was a race for second. Brian Kryanik(geargrinder) set the early pace as he was riding a full blown TT bike. Followed closely by Steve Manthey(geargrider) and Jim Hollister(geargrinder).
The peloton stretched early and the break was setting a blistering pace. High winds hampered the chase as the time gap grew to over two minutes. Chase group #1 included Dave Nagode(geargrinder) and Steve Diers(geargrinder). Following close were New guy on a Litespeed(geargrinder), Mark Duff(geargrinder) and Kevin Gassner(greargrinder).
Dropped around the 52 minute mark was Gene Hoffteazer(geargrinder) and Dan Dittrich(Sheboygan Bicycle Company). Those two would never find the peloton again and finished together, hitting the lot about the time the peloton was eating pizza and drinking beer at the local pizza joint.
It was a field sprint for second and due to excellent planning by the teams managers the chase caught the break with 3km to go. But really the finish order would be decided on Mt Dairy Queen, the full blown 15 degree climb that’s almost a block long. 5 riders reached the top intact and it was game on with 1km to go to the parking lot.
Brian Kryanik(geargrinder) opted out of the sprint due to the fact he was riding a full blown TT bike and had no handlebars. Ultimately it was Dave Nagode(geargrinder) to the first, followed by Diers(geargrinder) and New guy on a Litespeed(geargrinder)
Leipheimer, racing for the ad hoc Mellow Johnny’s team, did cross the line in first, well ahead of the field. The field sprint crossed the line in one hour 44 minutes. Leipheimers winning time of 56 minutes proved to be too much for the locals. After the social ride, we asked Armstrong about his tactics to send Liephimer out during the neutral roll, “Are you kidding me?” said Armstrong,” There was a guy riding a full blown TT bike! And besides, were getting our ass’s kicked in Europe”.
Next weeks Wednesday Worlds may feature a new route as last place finisher Dan Dittrich(Sheboygan Bicycle Company) said he wont do it if we gatta climb Mt Dairy Queen every week. Although rumor has it that SBC has since acquired the services of Tom Boonen. “I met him at a party last month” Dittrich said’” it appears he races for beer and other assorted party favors.” Dittrich said he had a firm commitment from Boonen if he set up a quarter barrel of Gunniss after the social ride. However no contract has been signed as of press time.
I guess I should show off my Madone. Its OK I guess. I know, its an awesome bike but now that I own a store, its hard to get pumped about a new bike. Here’s why…..
When you love bikes as much as I do (and Im sure most of you do) its hard to get exited about a bike that you dont really own. As most of you all do now, I get very attached to my bikes. Give them names. The first day you bring a new bike home is an awesome feeling that I will never feel again. Now its so impersonal. I ride the bike then put it back on the floor when Im done. This Madone gets hung in the window when Im not riding it. Even tho I keep the bikes I ride to a minimum, they are always for sale and I need to be able to part company with them at a drop of a hat. So I cant get too attached to them. Right now I have this Madone, a TopFuel 9.8 and a XO1 cross bike that I ride that the store owns and are for sale.
But I do still own a few bikes. I still have the Sledgehammer even tho its broke and in pieces. And of course there’s the ever changing Pinkie. I smile every time I ride Pinkie. Its been a cross racing bike, my tour bike, a singlespeed and now its my winter bike. I will never sell it for any money and thats the truth. Sure, I’ll be cycling thru a ton of new and cool bikes in the future, but my favorite will always be Pinkie.
Cuz its my bike and nobody else’s.
Today my morning ride was a bit different. Sometimes things happen that you have no control over and it affects your life in a huge way. It forces you to make changes that you dont want to make.
This morn the beach was extremely Serene. Sun is out. Lake is calm. But I didn’t take any pics because sometimes too much of a good thing is bad. I’ve had a lot of good thing happen in my life. Too many to count. Ive lived more life before I was 40 than most people in there entire life and for that I am thank full.
But sometimes I milk a good thing way too long and it turns out to bite me in the ass.
One of the reasons I wanted to dump the blog is that I tend to say what I feel at the time. Here is no exception. So when Im bummed out I feel I must type it out a little and no one wants to hear of your trials and tribulations.
So I’ll just close by saying today is going to be a tough day for me. A bike ride will be needed by late afternoon. I have not sat on a bike since last Thursday and I am assuming the new found lack of ride time will affect my race Sunday, not that my results matter to me.
I don’t need no stinking results.
As much as I love to ride the MTB its gonna be the Madone today and tomorrow.
I will figure out the MTB thing on Sunday…..
I always considered myself a pretty creative guy but I am running out of ways to pose my coffee down by my happy place on the beach. And maybe thats getting a bit old now anyway.
Tubular tire update: denied! I did not get the results I was looking for Saturday. Will try again today after stretching them out a bit over the weekend. Wish me luck.
With the rainout we experienced this weekend my riding was non existent. Last time on a bike was Thursday. But this morn we woke to nothing but sun. And while hooky was on my mind the second I looked out the window I just have too much to do at work today. No riding available to me until its all done. Most likely around 4pm. Im thinking road but wanna do MTB as the first race looms just 6 days away. Maybe I’ll go halfsy’s and ride the cross bike.
Like I would have to even ask myself.
Cross bike it is.