Words and Photos by Phil Beckman/PB Creative
APRIL 28, 2013, Riverside, CA.— There must be a formal medical term for the way 90 degrees in April feels so much warmer than 90 degrees in August. Online research offers diddly. Wikipedia says, “I got nothin’, man.” Google gagged. Clearly, this phenomenon needs to be coined. How about Tempigration? Accliphobia? Sweatistitis? Thermoneuropathy? I’m no doctor, but I did stay at a Residence Inn last night. No help there, either.
In any case, the condition was clinically tested at the fifth round of the 2013 Kenda Cup West Series at Sycamore Canyon. It was the first real shot of summer in Southern California and, unquestionably, the troops were not equipped. Tongues were dragging. Mirages were appearing. We know of at least one rider who ended up in the ER with heat exhaustion. Under the same circumstances four months from now these same athletes will probably be donning arm warmers.
Conclusions? Nine out of ten physicians agree: April heat is like the tax deadline. Things go so much better when you’re prepared for it.
Casey Williams (Whole Athlete/Specialized) handled the toasty conditions like it was just another day at his mountain home in nearby Big Bear. This 19-year-old up-and-comer has been on fire this season, posting several impressive rides against the best in the country in his quest to be part of the U.S. team competing at this year’s World Championships in South Africa at the end of August. Williams has trained and raced there before.
Williams smoked his four laps on the fast, rolling, baked adobe, sand and slick rock in a time of just 1:12:31, finishing nearly two minutes up on first round winner and series leader Charles Jenkins (KHS/Cytomax). Veterans Matt Freeman (Cyclery USA) and Garnet Vertican (Bear Valley Bikes) sweated out third and fourth place respectively, while Durango, Colorado’s, Miguel Ramos (Bear Valley Bikes) completed the Pro Men’s podium.
Deyanira Guerrero (Veloz/Ellsworth) was in a class of her own in the Pro Women’s race — literally. An unfortunately thin turnout from the local ladies saw small fields in most of the gals’ divisions. Guerrero blistered her three-lap race in a time of 1:35:41.
But the fastest female of the day turned out to be 36-year-old Cat 1 Alison Jones (Rokform/Rock n’ Road), who did the same distance in a sweltering 1:23:27. Next best at this distance was triathlete/cyclocrosser Amanda Nauman (SDG/Felt) who rode alone in the Cat 1 19-29 class to a 1:36:04.
Also worthy of mention — and the heavenly ice cold towels being issued at the finish line by promoting organization Team Big Bear — were the scorching results of Cat 1 hotshots Shane Skelton (17-18, Whole Athlete), Brodie Stringer (25-29, Team Muscle Milk), Steve Boniface (30-34, Blackstar), Nathan Lloyd (40-44, Family Cycling) and Victor Sheldon (45-49, Giant). Their class-winning times would have put them all on the Pro Men’s podium.
And how about Allan Laframboise (Don’s Bikes/Bike for Bender)? This 41-year-old seared four laps in just 1:21:20—on a singlespeed.
Next on the schedule is the venerable Sage Brush Safari near Lake Morena in south-central San Diego County on May 19. Only two more events remain on the calendar. For complete results, point standings and more info on the Kenda Cup West Series, visit uscup.net.
The Pro Men’s podium had homegrown Casey Williams on top.
Pro Women’s winner Deyanira Guerrero.
Allan Laframboise scorched the Single Speeders.
Cat 1 30-39 rider Allison Jones was fastest female.
Hottest 4-lap Cat 1 rider of the day: Steve Boniface.
Pro Men’s runner-up and series leader, Chuck Jenkins.
Casey Williams was on fire and captured his first Pro win.
MBA’s own Spencer Rathkamp blazed to his fourth Cat 2 19-24 victory of the series.
The Junior field belonged to Kahlo Chitraroff.
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