September 3-4, 2005 - FAR WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dave Staub & John Fitzpatrick Memorial
Sprint & Keirin Tourney plus Endurance Races

 

First, I'd like to once again thank Kathy Fitzpatrick and her family as well as Vicky Staub and her family for stepping up as title sponsors this year. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to offer over $4,000 in cash prizes. Both families were well represented and genuinely enjoyed the races, thanks to the excellent show put on by a very motivated and fast group of racers.

Thanks, too, to our supporting sponsors. Show your gratitude by shopping with them and get your friends to do the same. Remember, without their support, you'd be racing for applause (which is nice, of course).

  • Euro-Asia, importers and distributors of great cycling stuff, continued its fine support of Encino Velodrome racing by donating a bunch of killer prizes
  • Running Springs Audio makers of high-quality audio/video power devices (www.runningspringsaudio.com)
  • Howard Marans, Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Seasilver, liquid dietary supplement (www.seasilver.com)
  • Icetoolz, quality toolz (www.icetoolz.biz)
  • Zzzing Rollers, so portable you'll never travel without rollers again! (www.zzzing.com)
  • A-Class Wheels by Alex Rims (www.aclass-wheels.com)
  • Terraderma, technical riding gear (www.terraderma.com)
  • VAMO! aromatherapy massage oils, distributed by www.velo-fit.com
  • Dave Alva, who sponosored our impromptu 50+ Scratch Race

Lastly, special thanks to some people who chipped in:

  • Marc "Tar" Karzen who demonstrated his announcing talents on Saturday
  • Kit Karzen who used his charm to sell lots of raffle tickets on Saturday and then took over the microphone on Sunday so his dad could race
  • Henry Shibata and Johnny Rondash for driving the keirin motorcyle
  • Scott Evans for handling the finance matters
  • Portia Fiedler for helping with registration and official paperwork
  • To our officials: Robert Pelegrin, Martha and Jim Christensen and Greg Aden
  • To our EMT's, who we unfortunately put to work, Donna and Harvey Stone

RAFFLE WINNERS - CLAIM YOUR PRIZES!
We held a raffle for a set of zzzingrollers and A-class wheels on Saturday and a keirin tote with tools on Sunday. The winning tickets were not present on Saturday, but have until Friday, Sept. 9th to contact me and stake their claim or the prize goes to the backup ticket holder (who should also contact me). If any prize is not claimed by the winning or backup ticket holder, then we will have another raffle at our Sept. 17th event Team Omnium event (more on this below).

zzzingrollers - winning ticket is 1984397 and backup is 1984389
A-class wheels - winning ticket is 1984367 and backup is 1984433

And Marc Karzen won the raffle for the keirin tote with tools on Sunday.


2005 FAR WEST CHAMPIONS
For those of you who just want the key results, here are our 2005 Far West Champions:

Men's Elite Sprints - Michael Blatchford (Veloworx Racing)
Women's Sprints - Shelby Allen (Home Depot Center)
Men's Elite Keirin - Gil Hatton (South Bay Wheelmen)
Women's Keirin - Catherine Fiedler (Home Depot Center)
Master's Sprint - Gil Hatton (South Bay Wheelmen)
Master's Keirin - Gil Hatton (South Bay Wheelmen)
Cat. 4/5 Sprint - Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Veloworx Racing)

Congratulations to each and every one of them!


SATURDAY'S RACING
Nothing make's a promoter happier than quality fields stacked with talent ready to race. And Saturday did not disappoint. You'll note plenty of fire power as you look through the results. What made it really special was the mix of talent, from legend but still fast as stink Gil Hatton, to youngster Michael Blatchford who will likely make his World Cup debut this winter, to stars of tomorrow like Spencer Hartfeld, Daniel Holloway, both of whom recenty represented the US at Junior Worlds. Cody O'Reilly, son of kilo legend Rory O'Reily, scored an impressive win in the points race. It was great to see Dave McCook and David Clinger out, too. Attendence by guys like this will really help encourage more "roadies" to give track racing a try, which will only benefit our sport.

Juniors dominated the women's races, with Shelby Allen and Catherine Fiedler both scoring titles. Coryn Rivera, just 13, continued to amaze as she competed successfully with the Elite Women. Note to women track racers who did not come out to race...We paid the full prize list, so next time come grab your share!

These results will be posted on the Web site on Tuesday, Sept. 6th. I hope to have the 200 meter times then, too.

Men's Sprints (12 riders) - Championship Event
1. Michael Blatchford, Veloworx Racing
2. Gil Hatton, South Bay Wheelmen
3. Justin Williams, Major Motion
4. Tony Johnson, Northwest Cycling
5. Ryan Watson, Team Watson
6. Mike Garrett, Kahala-La Grange
7. Ken Avchen, South Bay Wheelmen
8. Pete Maharaj, Lightning Velo
9. Christopher Bennett, MetRX/Alliance

Men's Kilo
1. Spencer Hartfeld, Echelon Santa Barbara, 1:10.73
2. Mike Garrett, Kahala-La Grange, 1:11.25
3. Christopher Bennett, MetRx/Alliance, 1:16.62
4. Ian Mohr, Major Motion, 1:23.05

Men's Keirin (18 riders) - Championship Event
1. Gil Hatton, South Bay Wheelmen
2. Michael Blatchford, Veloworx Racing
3. Dave McCook, Jelly Belly
4. Spencer Hartfeld, Echelon Santa Barbara
5. Todd Eaton, Velocity
6. Justin Williams, Major Motion

Men's 20-lap Scratch (25 starters)
1. Daniel Holloway, Lombardi Sports
2. Gil Hatton, South Bay Wheelmen
3. Dave McCook, Jelly Belly
4. Cody O'Reilly, Echelon Santa Barbara
5. Mike McMahon, Team Velocity
6. Mike Garrett, Kahala LaGrange
7. Bill Dean, Veloworx Racing
8. Scott Evans, Veloworx Racing
9. Tom Fahrenholz, South Bay Wheelmen
10. Antony Gianatasio, Amgen

Men's Miss-n-Out (18 starters)
1. Dave McCook, Jelly Belly
2. Daniel Holloway, Lombardi Sports
3. Mike McMahon, Velocity
4. David Clinger, RPM
5. Mike Garrett, Kahala-La Grange
6. Todd Eaton, Velocity
7. Tom Fahrenholz, South Bay Wheelmen
8. Bill Dean, Veloworx Racing
9. Cody O'Reilly, Echelon Santa Barbara
10. Christopher Bennett, MetRx/Alliance

Men's Points Race (23 starters)
1. Cody O'Reilly, Echelon Santa Barbara
2. Dave McCook, Jelly Belly
3. Daniel Holloway, Lombardi Sports
4. Mike Garrett, Kahala-La Grange
5. Mike McMahon, Velocity
6. Matt Chambers, Veloworx Racing
7. Javier Castaneda, Hi Tech Bikes
8. Todd Eaton, Velocity
9. Scott Evans, Veloworx Racing
10. John Allen, Velocity

Elite Madison (9 teams)
1. Cory Oreilly / David Clinger
2. David McCook / Daniel Holloway
3. Chad Milliken / Gil Hatton
4. Scott Evans / Matt Chambers
5. Mike McMahon / John Allen

Women's Sprints - Championship Event
1. Shelby Allen, Home Depot Center
2. Cathy Keeley, Amgen
3. Coryn Rivera, Paramount Racing
4. Stephanie Williamson, Encion Velo

Women's 500M
1. Coryn Rivera, Paramount Racing, 40.49
2. Cathy Keeley, Amgen, 40.77
3. Shelby Allen, Home Depot Center, 40.93
4. Yoko McClean, Veloworx Racing, 47.38

Women's Keirin - Championship Event
1. Catherin Fiedler, Home Depot Center
2. Coryn Rivera, Paramount Racing
3. Cassandra Fiedler, Home Depot Center
4. Kelly Marshall, D.A.R.E
5. Stephanie Williams, Encino Velo

Women's Win-n-Out
1. Cassandra Holman, Home Depot Center
2. Catherine Fiedler, Home Depot Center
3. Coryn Rivera, Paramount Racing
4. Kelly Marshall, D.A.R.E

Women's 15-lap Scratch
1. Catherine Fiedler, Home Depot Center
2. Cassandra Holman, Home Depot Center
3. Kelly Marshall, D.A.R.E
4. Stephanie Williamson, Encino Velo
5. Cathy Keeley, Amgen

Women's Points Race
1. Catherine Fiedler, Home Depot Center
2. Cassandra Holman, Home Depot Center
3. Coryn Rivera, Paramount Racing
4. Kelly Marshall, D.A.R.E
5. Stephanie Williamson, Encino Velo

Junior B's
1. Gabe Alva, Bicycle John's
2. Ben Bertiger, PAA
3. Emily Moore, Lightning Velo
4. Derek Smith, Encino Velo
5. Erik Volotsky, Bicycle John's
6. Jessie Marans
7. Tara McCormick, Lightning Velo

Junior A's
1. Daniel Holloway, Lombardi Sports
2. Ian Meir, Major Motion
3. Kit Karzen, Veloworx Racing
4. Alex Garcia, Major Motion
5. Matt Skarin, Bicycle John's
6. Dylan O'Reilly, Echelon Santa Barbara
7. Josh Courtney


SUNDAY'S RACING
The fields on Sunday for the 4/5 and Masters 40+ events were smaller than I expected, possibly due to the holiday weekend. But the racing was hard fought. Gil Hatton swept the Masters events, in spite of having raced and done well the prior evening. Joe Davis swept the 4/5 endurance events. But the highlight of the day was probably the hard fought battle for the 4/5 Sprint title between Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Richard Kim that took three rides to settle, with Gosselaar coming out on top.

Masters 40+ Sprint - Championship Event

1. Gil Hatton, South Bay Wheelmen
2. Steve Cohen, Encino Velo
3. Henry Shibata, Encino Velo
4. Ken Avchen, South Bay Wheelmen
5. Eddie Monnier, Veloworx Racing
6. Mike Novitch, Veloworx Racing

Masters 40+ Keirin - Champoinship Event
1. Gil Hatton, South Bay Wheelmen
2. Eddie Monnier, Veloworx Racing
3. Marc Karzen, Veloworx Racing
4. Scott McClean, Veloworx Racing
5. Steve Cohen, Encino Velo
6. Mike Novitch, Veloworx Racing

Master's 40+ Miss-n-Out
1. Gil Hatton, South Bay Wheelmen
2. Rafael Gomez, Echelon Santa Barbara
3. Ron Skarin, Bicycle John's
4. Alain Levi, South Bay Wheelmen
5. John Rondash, Veloworx Racing

Master's 40+ Scratch Race

1. Gil Hatton, South Bay Wheelmen
2. Joe Davis, RPM
3. Eddie Monnier, Veloworx Racing
4. Mike Novitch, Veloworx Racing
5. John Rondash, Veloworx Racing

Masters 40+ Points Race
1. Gil Hatton, South Bay Wheelmen
2. Ron Skarin, Bicycle John's
3. Eddie Monnier, Veloworx Racing
4. Joe Davis, RPM
5. Rob Marian, RPM

Masters 50+ Special Event Scratch Race
1. Ron Skarin, Bicycle John's
2. Alain Levi, South Bay Wheelmen
3. David Alva, Amgen
4. Raphael Gomez, Echelon Santa Barbara
5. Rob Marion, RPM

Cat. 4/5 Sprints - Championship Event

1. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Veloworx Racing
2. Richard Kim, South Coast Velo
3. Will Zemba, Delta Cases
4. Jeremy Keller, Veloworx Racing
5. Vann Johnson, Unattached
6. Scott McClean, Veloworx Racing

Cat. 4/5 Tempo
1. Joe Davis, RPM
2. Will Zemba, Delta Cases
3. Vann Johnson, Unattached
4. Tom Fitzgibbon, Kahala-La Grange
5. Scott Bleitz, Colavita Racing

Cat. 4/5 Points Race
1. Joe Davis, RPM
2. Vann Johnson, Unattached
3. Tom Fitzgibbon, Kahala-La Grange
4. Jeremy Keller, Veloworx Racing
5. Will Zemba, Delta Cases

NEXT EVENT: TEAM OMNIUM sponsored by South Bay Wheelmen on Sept. 17th
Our final event of the season is our second team omnium, where individuals race to score their team points. We'll have $500 in cash plus some merchandize prizes/primes. If you want to race the event, but don't have a team, come on out anyway. You can offer yourself to the highest bidding team or form a composite team with other inviduals. See Encino Velodrome web site for details.