Welcome to another weekly edition of VuMedi’s Weekend Roundup. Last weekend saw Bryan take a ‘W’ and Andrew and Byron step onto the podium. Vumedi’s consistency continued this weekend with 5 podium placings consisting of 3 wins. This ups the season total to 10 podiums and 5 wins.
Kirk Carlsen Retires from the Pro Peloton
NorCal Cycling News published two great articles this week. The first describes Kirk Carlsen’s retirement from the professional peloton. The article narrates his development and racing success through the years as well as his motivation to come on board with VuMedi to assist with rider development.
Kirk Carlsen has quietly retired from professional cycling, but it was not for lack of talent and determination.
The former Jelly Belly rider was the subject of much speculation during the autumn transfer season. In November, Jelly Belly announced its list of extensions and new signees, but Carlsen’s name was glaringly absent. With a number of impressive performances in 2014, particularly his 4th overall at the Tour of Gila that was a mere 16 seconds behind the winner, it seemed as though Carlsen was poised for an even bigger 2015 with a bigger team.
Read more here.
VuMedi Cycling Cultivates New Talent for 2015
This second article provides an overview of the VuMedi program as well as the current season’s roster.
VuMedi Cycling Team is pleased to present our 2015 program of riders and sponsors. For 2015, VuMedi Cycling Team will continue pursuing our chief objective: developing young riders to the elite level. To achieve this end, VuMedi Cycling Team is registering as a Domestic Elite Program for 2015.
For our second year running, VuMedi Cycling Team’s 16-rider roster will be based out of Northern California. We will be sending the Domestic Elite Team to National Calendar Races in the Western United States.
Read more here.
This weekend marked the arrival of Jonathan Sandoval. He hails from the medium sized town of Puente Grande which is right outside of Guadalajara, west of Mexico City. A strong rider, Jonathan has been cycling competitively since 2010. Prior to joining VuMedi he raced for Fournier C.C. He brings with him an extreme amount of talent, potential and knowledge to pass on to the development riders. It took him no time at all to prove this, racking up a win and a podium.
Jonathan, Jason and Andrew traveled to Coalinga, CA to take on the Cantua Creek Road Race. Being right next to Harris Ranch, we are lucky none of the riders passed out from the smell of manure. The course consisted of three laps of rolling hills totaling 78 miles.
In his inaugural race, Jonathan did not disappoint and brought home the ‘W.’ The race was tough and the peloton broke apart quite a bit over the rolling hills. With one lap to go, Jonathan forced a break with one other rider. When the time came, the hammer was dropped and Jonathan nabbed the victory. As peloton approached the line, Andrew conducted a solid lead-out for Jason who got third in the bunch sprint. Check out Jason’s race on Strava.
Todd Stone made sure to take no prisoners on Saturday as he stormed to victory in the Folsom Winter Criterium. Here is what he had say post-race.
I was hesitant to do this race. I don’t consider myself a sprinter, and the course is flat, boring and only has one corner 400m from the finish. A break was the only way I thought I was going to do well, and Data Driven Athlete had an army of homies who all like breakaways. Unfortunately, they were marked all race, and nothing was allowed to leave.
At the start of the last lap, I snagged onto the back of the Folsom Bike leadout, chilling behind their sprinter John Novikoff. We went flying up the side of a dicey and chaotic pack — I sit and wait. They ran out of steam quite a bit too early. As soon as the last lead-out man pulled off, leaving john to fend for himself, I punched it hard. I knew if I could get through the corner with a gap, I might be able to hold it to the finish. I caught people off guard by going a little early, and took the win!
I’m very excited to have won in that fashion, moves like that take a honed intuition and a willingness to go all in on a risky move. I guess I’m a sprinting ace now.
Check out Todd’s winning ride on Strava
The team, high off their performances thus far, continued to sweep up results.
The day started started out with another victory as Justin Traud smoked the field in the Coppertown Circuit Race. Stephen followed right behind for third place. Here is what Justin had to say post-race.
Before the race even started, we were down a key teammate — Todd Stone. So when the whistle blew, it was Stephen Cabebe and myself taking on the race.
The race started and right away Cabebe and myself were up near the front watching for breaks to go. I responded to a couple moves that didn’t pan out. Every time I was reeled back, Cabebe would surge forward with the counter move. After about 18 minutes or so, Jeff Buscheck from Davis cycling team made a dig and Cabebe followed, and when a Data Driven Athlete rider went, I followed suit. Next thing you know, we had a six man break and both Cabebe and myself were in it. We had the numbers on the other riders in the break and our six man breakaway managed to get up to a 25 second gap on the chase group.
Coming out of town the officials yelled that it was the final lap. After the turn around we had about 2.5km to go. We were coming up a slight hill and I swung away to the left to move to the back of the pace-line. After a few seconds I realized that no one was watching me, so I shifted up and attacked. Before I knew it, I had a decent gap with Cabebe controlling anybody trying to chase. I sprinted hard up the last hill and once I passed the 200meters to go sign I realized I had got it.
I am super lucky and stoked out of my mind, I crossed the finish line still in shock that the move actually worked. I’d like to thank Stephen Cabebe for the excellent help in the break and the confidence my teammates had in me. I was inspired to bring one home for the team. I’m honored and glad to be a part of VuMedi Elite Cycling Team!!!
Check out Stephen’s ride on Strava here.
Spoiler alert: VuMedi bagged another podium at the Pine Flat Road Race. Once again, it was Jonathan who was the lucky man to step up onto the third spot on the podium. The race saw the riders climb 3,000 feet over 62 miles. On the final climb, the peloton split up into three groups. iRT and Lupus proved to be the strongest and got 1st and 2nd place respectively. Andrew crossed the line in a solid 5th position and Jason a solid 6th. Check out Andrew’s race over on Strava.