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This deserves it's own thread. 55-59 Cal/NV State TT Champ! Smokes almost everyone!

Old 05-18-10, 12:19 PM
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This deserves it's own thread. 55-59 Cal/NV State TT Champ! Smokes almost everyone!

Saturday: Cal/Nevada State ITT Championships.

Friend and team mate of mine, Vic Miera from here in Vegas not only won the 55-59 age group, he posted the second fastest time of the day (fastest was 35+ racer Douville)!!! This is not a small feat considering you have all the Amgen guys (DeMarchi, Thurlow, etc), Great, younger 1-2 tters like Buysse among others out there racing.

It is pretty bad ass when a guy that is in his 50s can slaughter all the youngins!

Not only is Vic fast, he is a humble, nice and totally unassuming guy.

Congrats man!!!!

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Old 05-18-10, 03:03 PM
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Who's going to say it first ?
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Glen Swan has done the same thing.


What was the distance/time?
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Old 05-18-10, 03:24 PM
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28.6mph 49:17 for 23.5 miles
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
Glen Swan has done the same thing.


What was the distance/time?
Oh, I am sure there are plenty of age groupers knockin out the young guys. It is cool to see guys still rockin it into their 50s.

BTW, Vic won the Australian National Jersey last yr.
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Gary [Douville] is my teammate. He put in a very impressive performance that would have had him winning the 1/2s. I rode with him for a while after the group ride on Sunday and he told me that his power was nowhere near where it could have been and he thinks he would have taken about a minute off if he had done any kind of training for that duration recently. He basically only dusted off his tt bike 2 weeks ago.

This is the same guy that did the tour of california "race of truth" fundraising TT before the pros (don't remember if it was last year or two years ago) and had a time that would have "placed" him mid-field (ahead of Boonen IIRC).

Of course some of you east coast guys know his dad.

Not the best picture, but this is from our local low-key 10 mile TT last week.

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Of course some of you east coast guys know his dad.
Oh snap. After reading that post and thinking "damn, this guy is a monster." I went back and checked his name and realized that I do know his dad. He is a great guy, very proud of his son, who seems to definitely deserve it. How old is Gary?
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I believe that Gary is 35 sometime this year.
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
Oh snap. After reading that post and thinking "damn, this guy is a monster." I went back and checked his name and realized that I do know his dad. He is a great guy, very proud of his son, who seems to definitely deserve it. How old is Gary?
Yeah, his dad is a great guy. That van he drives around in for races is hilarious.
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It happens. Dave Viney was 59 when he posted a 50'47" last year to finish 2nd overall in the Florida State Championship TT. 40k distance.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Gary [Douville] is my teammate. He put in a very impressive performance that would have had him winning the 1/2s. I rode with him for a while after the group ride on Sunday and he told me that his power was nowhere near where it could have been and he thinks he would have taken about a minute off if he had done any kind of training for that duration recently. He basically only dusted off his tt bike 2 weeks ago.
Yeah...and his pacing on Saturday wasn't exactly "optimal". He had DeMarchi start 30s in front of him and he wanted to catch him as soon as possible and then "hang on" ...which is what he did (actually, he did more than just "hang on", he stretched the lead), although that meant that his power for the second time up the start/finish leg was significantly lower than the first time. Seemed to work for him, though

BTW, that "championship" skinsuit Gary's wearing in umd's pic above is actually from last fall's SCNCA Elite district CX race
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Yeah and he said DeMarchi was pissed.
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^^ Tell Gary congrats!
Tell your buddy congrats!

He only beat Vic by 3 seconds. Pretty wild considering Vic's race age is exactly 20 yrs older.
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Nothing against Gary, Vic or any of the other guys that posted fast times. But if you think that they beat Thurlow or Shane straight up, then I am not sure what to say. Weather changed A LOT from when Thurlow/Shane went off and when Gary and Vic did. Things change.
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that's the breaks in TTs though. last year at Syracuse most of the best times were set early in the morning before the brutal winds came
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Originally Posted by couchweight View Post
Nothing against Gary, Vic or any of the other guys that posted fast times. But if you think that they beat Thurlow or Shane straight up, then I am not sure what to say. Weather changed A LOT from when Thurlow/Shane went off and when Gary and Vic did. Things change.
Maybe the weather did change and affect it, but I know Gary and I know Shane, and Gary is faster.
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Originally Posted by couchweight View Post
Nothing against Gary, Vic or any of the other guys that posted fast times. But if you think that they beat Thurlow or Shane straight up, then I am not sure what to say. Weather changed A LOT from when Thurlow/Shane went off and when Gary and Vic did. Things change.
No question about it; Shane is a great TTer but Shane only started about an hour and 30 min before Vic. Heck, there was only 45min between Gary and Shane/Thurlow. Weather does change but that's racing. No matter how you look at it, Vic and Gary both posted fast times for old farts (I am older than Gary btw ). Vic is not a State and National Champion because he is slow. I think everyone keeps forgetting that Vic is old enough to be Shane's grandfather
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Originally Posted by spinwax View Post
No question about it; Shane is a great TTer but Shane only started about an hour and 30 min before Vic. Heck, there was only 45min between Gary and Shane/Thurlow. Weather does change but that's racing. No matter how you look at it, Vic and Gary both posted fast times for old farts (I am older than Gary btw ). Vic is not a State and National Champion because he is slow. I think everyone keeps forgetting that Vic is old enough to be Shane's grandfather
I should point out that one of my road race wins was against Shane
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This thread cracks me up. I didn't really understand when someone posted the "popcorn" smiley. I was thinking to myself, "how is it possible that there would be any kind banter in this thread?" Well, this is Bikeforums, and even a Congrats thread can have people arguing.
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Originally Posted by couchweight View Post
Nothing against Gary, Vic or any of the other guys that posted fast times. But if you think that they beat Thurlow or Shane straight up, then I am not sure what to say. Weather changed A LOT from when Thurlow/Shane went off and when Gary and Vic did. Things change.
Besides the temperature being slightly higher (which will VERY slightly lower both the Crr and the air density), how else did it change?

I was there during the time span in question, by the way...there was basically NO wind during any of the racing...which, ironically, makes that course a LOT tougher than "typical" IMHO since you don't get the "push" up the 2% grade, 6 mile start/finish leg as you do when the wind is out of the typical westerly direction and 10-15mph.

Saying that the weather changed "A LOT" is just grasping at straws...you can go check the day's weather archives at wunderground.com for nearby weather stations if you don't believe me. All during that timespan the winds were light and variable.

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