Results from the June 17 Time Trial – Tri Club San Diego

June 17 | Fiesta Island Time TrialProcessed with VSCOcam with q3 presetPlease contact Coach Richard if there are any corrections.

Rank Name TT Final Average MPH
1 Jason Schutz 0:27:23 27.23
2 Zach Fiocca 0:27:29 27.13
3 Marcus Feldmann 0:27:33 27.07
4 Jason Strauch 0:27:49 26.81
5 Scott Smith 0:28:03 26.58
6 Tony Truong 0:28:43 25.97
7 Mike Plumb 0:28:56 25.77
8 Peter Wieczorek 0:29:13 25.52
9 Jason Ryan 0:29:16 25.48
10 Marcel Aguiar 0:29:17 25.46
11 Justin Runac 0:29:47 25.04
12 Mike Stange 0:30:22 24.55
13 Kye Gilder 0:30:47 24.22
14 Al Torre 0:31:07 23.96
15 Roger Leszczynski 0:31:19 23.81
16 Tim Kadel 0:31:20 23.80
17 Ajay Sapre 0:31:26 23.72
18 Chris Happ 0:31:26 23.72
19 Steve Mc Brayer 0:32:02 23.28
20 Anthony Macchia 0:32:25 23.00
21 Lubin Piedras 0:32:59 22.61
22 Jeff Seckendorf 0:33:30 22.26
23 Paul Andrews 0:33:55 21.98
24 Steve Fink 0:34:30 21.61
25 Clare Leguyader 0:35:50 20.81
26 Chip Slack 0:37:34 19.85
  Harper Vansteenhouse DNF DNF
  Dan Massey DNF DNF
Rank Name TT Final Average MPH
1 Julie Dunkle 0:32:26 22.99
2 Diana Elow 0:32:37 22.86
3 Leslie Meyers 0:33:32 22.24
4 Bessy Leszczynski 0:34:48 21.43
5 Kat Gunsur 0:34:56 21.34
6 Salley Roberts 0:35:02 21.28
7 Jennifer Plumb 0:35:55 20.76
8 Marianne Zappella 0:44:02 16.93
9 Nancy Vesper 0:47:41 15.64
10 Alexandra Reich DNF DNF
Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China
Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China

What: Free Time Trial at Fiesta Island

When: 5:45pm 2015 TCSD TT Schedule

  • May 20 – Completed
  • June 17 – Completed
  • July 15
August 19
  • September 23

Where: Enchanted Cove parking lot at Fiesta Island

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Hosted by Coach Richard La China for Tri Club San Diego

Results from the May 20 Time Trial – Tri Club San Diego

May 20 | Fiesta Island Time TrialProcessed with VSCOcam with q3 presetPlease contact Coach Richard if there are any corrections. [corrections published 05/22/15, 10:50am PST]

Rank Name TT Final Average MPH
1 Logan Bass 0:27:09 27.46
2 Jason Stofleth 0:27:39 26.97
3 Marcus Feldmann 0:27:45 26.87
4 Mike Plumb 0:28:10 26.47
5 Jason Ryan 0:29:21 25.41
6 Jim England 0:29:48 25.02
7 Harper Vansteenhouse 0:30:06 24.77
8 Kai Nakamura 0:30:09 24.73
9 Al Torre 0:30:14 24.66
10 Chad Heath 0:30:25 24.51
11 Tim Kadel 0:31:41 23.53
12 Dwayne Shirley 0:31:52 23.40
13 Joey Clingerman 0:32:23 23.03
14 Tony Berg 0:32:29 22.95
15 Doug Small 0:32:58 22.62
16 Nick Cohenmeyer 0:33:11 22.47
17 Guillermo Escobedo 0:34:50 21.41
18 Rick Summers 0:35:21 21.09
19 Jimmy Tu 0:36:09 20.63
20 Anthony Macchia 0:36:39 20.35
21 Mike Sofen (gravel rig) 0:37:08 20.08
22 Paul Gamache 0:37:22 19.95
23 Conor Frye 0:38:32 19.35
Rank Name TT Final Average MPH
1 Esther Walker 0:30:43 24.27
2 Rachel Hayes 0:31:20 23.80
3 Holly Stroschine 0:32:07 23.22
4 Jennifer Plumb 0:32:56 22.64
5 Diana Elow 0:33:30 22.26
6 Holly Resh ‘The Hammer’ 0:35:04 21.26
7 Sally Roberts 0:35:37 20.94
8 Arianna Jones 0:36:25 20.48
9 Clare Leguyader DNF DNF
Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China
Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China

What: Free Time Trial at Fiesta Island

When: 5:45pm 2015 TCSD TT Schedule

  • May 20 – Completed
  • June 17
  • July 15
August 19
  • September 23

Where: Enchanted Cove parking lot at Fiesta Island

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Hosted by Coach Richard La China for Tri Club San Diego

20 Tips For Mountain Bike Racing In Heat

hot_mountain_bike_raceRacing on hot days can be more challenging than normal, but with a little preparation / planning you can thrive in heat! I’ve put these 20 tips together to help you battle the heat and get a big advantage over your competition:

What to do in the weeks leading up the race::

1. Train in race-day conditions (hot, hot, hot).

2. Heat acclimation protocol, sauna time (see Coach Richard about protocol).

3. Hydrate all week leading into the race. A few pounds will likely show up on the scale. As long as you aren’t eating way more than you need, those extra pounds are likely water proving your hydration plan is working.

What to do race day::


4. Stay in the shade pre-race, relax, breathe.

5. Shorten your typical warm up.

During the race::

2015-03-11 03.33.39 pm6. Drink iced water with electrolytes, I recommend PowerBar Perform.

7. While racing, drink before you’re thirsty.  One bottle every 30-45 mins when hot.  Everyone is different but this is a good starting point (see Coach Richard for help determining your specifics).

8. Soak your jersey in ice water and put it on just before your race.

9. Have a spray bottle and spray your head, legs, back of neck to keep cool.

10. Freeze some wet sponges and put them in your jersey pockets.

11. Fill a big sock or panty hose with ice and keep it around your neck pre-race.

12. Race with sock (or pantyhose) with ice in it around your neck.   Have you support crew give you another sock every lap.

13. Put a frozen bottle of electrolytes in your middle jersey pocket.  Drink from it once it defrosts (double-duty). Be carful not to fill this bottle completely as it may explode in the freezer.

14. Have your teammates douse you with water as you come around each lap.

Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California15. Keep your jersey unzipped to allow airflow.

16. Wear white arm-coolers to reflect the heat.

17.  When racing, stay positive.  Repeating a mantra like “I’ve trained for this, I know how to do this. I’m dumping water on my head, drinking and grabbing ice when I can. I’ve got this.”

coppertone_sunscreen_lotioin_ultra_guard_50_8oz18. Wear sunscreen.  I recommend applying it in the morning after you shower, then again before your race.

19. Your RPE (rate of perceived expression) will be higher than during training/racing at cooler temperatures.    Acknowledge that and bring your pace down a little.  Remember your heart rate will be higher than normal as your body is trying to circulate your blood to your skin for cooling.

What to do after the race::

2015-03-11 03.34.36 pm20. It’s really difficult to replenish all the fluid you lost during a hot event, make sure to drink after the race.  I recommend PowerBar Restore.


Even with proper training and gear, it’s very important to listen to your body and be aware of danger signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and hyponatremia. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, are disoriented, have stopped sweating when you know you should be, have goose bumps in hot weather or your skin feels clammy, stop exercising, get out of the sun and seek medical attention.

Loaded Precision Presents the Return of the Ninja Night Mountain Bike Race Series

Balboa Park Set To Host Final Two After-Dark MTB Races Nov 6 and Dec 112014-10-02 02.47.05 pm

SAN DIEGO, CA (October 1, 2014) — Ninja Night Race is proud to announce the final two events of 2014 will be presented by new title sponsor, Loaded Precision Components, and will take place on Thursday November 6 and Thursday December 11 at Balboa Park, starting at 7pm sharp.

“We’re headed back to Balboa Park for its central location, race-worthy trail system and best of all, the awesome feeling and spectacle of starting on the Velodrome,” said Race Director Richard La China. “We’re excited to be back, and thrilled to have Loaded Precision on board, as we welcome the earlier evenings with a little late-season racing.”

Ninja Night Race is the first USAC-sanctioned series of its kind, however Cat 2/3 athletes do not need a USAC license to participate. Pro/Cat 1 podium placers a can look forward to up to $100 in prize money for both men and women. The event also includes an expo featuring event sponsors and local businesses, a free tamale for all racers and live music to add to the festive vibe.

2014-10-02 02.52.51 pm“It’s been a busy summer of racing for everyone, but now we get to enjoy some cooler temperatures, and a more laid-back atmosphere, all while still collecting those last-minute upgrade points,” said La China. “We hope that the Loaded Precision Ninja Night Race attracts riders who want to give racing a try, racers who want to give night-riding a try, and of course, the usual suspects in our tremendous community of mountain bikers.”

Look for details leading up to the event, including the course, who will be in the expo, and the famous Ninja Night Race door prizes at

About Ninja Night Race

Ninja Night Race began in late 2013 with a pilot event held at Lake Hodges. Thanks to its success, the series relocated to Balboa Park in downtown San Diego to allow more racers to join in the fun. Participants in the second event became the first mountain bikers in history to set tire on the famous San Diego Velodrome. Ninja Night Race is the first USAC-sanctioned series of its kind and takes place during the week in the fall/winter, adding an off-season option for racers who like to go fast in the dark, or riders interested in trying it for the first time. Ninja Night Race is proud to offer equal prize purses in the Cat 1/pro categories for men and women. More than a race, the event also brings a party atmosphere by including live music, delicious tamales, and an expo featuring sponsors and local businesses. For more information, please visit

Results from the September 24 Time Trial – Tri Club San Diego


Place Name TT Time 3 Laps Average MPH
1 Jason Stofleth 0:27:11 27.43
2 Marcus Feldman 0:27:30 27.11
3 Jason Strauch 0:27:40 26.95
4 Jason Ryan 0:28:35 26.09
5 Kai Nakamura 0:30:28 24.47
6 Tim Kadel 0:30:49 24.20
7 Kent Kubo 0:31:29 23.68
8 Nicco Salvador 0:32:30 22.94
9 Chad Heath 0:32:30 22.94
10 Darrell Styner 0:32:34 22.90
11 Justin Morey 0:33:21 22.36
12 Kevin Fayed 0:33:47 22.07
13 Steve Fink 0:34:01 21.92
14 Michael Henry 0:34:23 21.69
15 Trevor Spletts 0:34:48 21.43
16 Rick Denney 0:36:04 20.67
17 Ron Lane 0:37:25 19.93
1 Holly Stroschine 0:33:58 21.95
2 Kat Ellis 0:35:09 21.21
3 Janis Intoy 0:35:28 21.02
4 Clare Leguyader 0:39:11 19.03
5 Jean Law 0:49:39 15.02

That was our last TT for 2014 — Thank you to everyone that came out and raced and to everyone that helped me with timing.   See you all next year!    We’ll send an email out to everyone when we’ve got the TT’s scheduled for 2015.

Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China
Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China

What: Free Time Trial at Fiesta Island

When: 5:45pm 2014 TCSD TT Schedule

  • May 8 – Completed
  • June 18 – Completed
  • July 9 – Completed
August 27 – Completed
  • September 24 – Completed

Where: Enchanted Cove parking lot at Fiesta Island

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Hosted by Coach Richard La China for Tri Club San Diego

The Leadville 100


Oh, the Leadville 100. The Race Across the Sky. The Race of All Races. The Ironman of Mountain Biking, If Ironman Was at 10,000ft. The Race Even Lance Armstrong Lost Once…All of the monikers for this race that emphasize its difficulty, the awe-inspiring terrain, and its exclusivity are not hyperbole, they’re facts. They provide accurate descriptions of a race that actually lives up to its hype. Because of this, Leadville sits firmly at the top of Bucket Lists of nearly all the elite and amateur racers across the world. I know it did for me.

I had tried to get in via the lottery for the past three years and was unsuccessful. So when my team, Team Ninja, was picked this year, I was ecstatic. Yet the sense excitement was tempered with something I didn’t normally feel before race: nervousness.

lt1004Yes, the race is 104 miles on and off road. Yes, the total elevation gain is about 12,800ft. Yes, even some of the most seasoned riders have DNF’d. All of that kind of stuff doesn’t make me nervous, it actually exhilarates me. I’m an endorphin junkie and some might even say, a masochist. I love to push myself to the limit.

What did make me nervous was the fact that my training had been lackluster due to residual pain from a knee injury sustained when I got “doored” by a car in December 2012. I tried to avoid surgery by doing the whole PT thing throughout most of the 2013 race season, and even managed some descent results in the typical 20-25 mile XC races.  But the pain never went away and prohibited me from doing any kind of endurance riding. At my Doctor’s urging I finally opted for surgery in October 2013. The result of the surgery was “inconclusive”, the recovery was long, and I was impatient. I had a full 2014 race calendar, skills clinics to teach, and athletes to train! I had to ride my bike! So, essentially I tried to balance the intensity and length of my training rides with the amount of pain I could tolerate and the amount of time I had available to recover.

Normally, I would have gotten off the bike completely and just not raced. But I felt that there was too much riding on this particular event (pun intended). So, I set myself a goal time of 8.5 hrs, something I thought would be attainable even with my knee injury, and set out to make it happen.


Knowing that my sub-optimal fitness alone would not be enough to get me through Leadville by my goal time, I decided to do everything else in my power to better my odds: altitude acclimation, course pre-rides, nutrition and hydration strategizing, analyzing data of riders that finished around my goal time….

To acclimate for the high altitude of Leadville, I spent nearly all summer at 7,800’ at our Team Ninja cabin in Big Bear. I knew good things were happening when I would spend time down at sea level in San Diego and feel like Superman. Yay red blood cells! To give myself time to adjust to the extra 3,000+ feet of Leadville, I arrived there about 2 weeks before the race and was joined by my teammate Aaron Hauck and good friend Rhae Shaw.

Powerline Climb | Leadville 100

Powerline Climb | Leadville 100

Together, in between obsessively going over race data from prior years, the three of us broke the course down into several parts and tackled 25-35 miles per day. We got to know the climbs and technical sections pretty well. The funny thing about this course is that no one part on it’s own it particularly challenging. Even the dreaded ‘Powerline Climb’ was ride-able during our pre-rides. What makes this race so difficult is doing it all in one day, the order the sections come up – for example; Powerline climb at mile 80 and doing it all with 1600 other racers… at race pace.

Surprisingly, my knee seemed to be mostly ok on these pre-rides. And when it did begin to act up, Rhae suggested a mantra to say “if I don’t mind, it don’t matter”. The good old trick of putting mind over matter worked in practice, and I hoped it would work on race-day.

Leadville 100 Finish

Michael Whitehurst and I just after crossing the finish line.

A few days before the race, my teammate, Michael Whitehurst got to town. He was fresh off riding the Maah Daah Hey 100 MTB race in the Badlands of North Dakota. Knowing full well how difficult a 100miler is without a support crew, he agreed to be my crew chief. We planned out every aid station exchange, talked about what would be in the musettes, and made contingency plans in case he couldn’t get from one stop to another in time.

By the night before the race I had calmed that unusual nervousness a bit because I may not have had control over my fitness level and knee pain, but I felt very confident in my acclimation, course knowledge, and nutrition/hydration plan.


Leadville 100 Start Line 2014

Leadville 100 Start Line 2014

The start of this race is a mass start meaning that all 1600 racers leave the start line at the same time. I was starting in the Gold corral, lined up next to mountain bike greats including Todd Wells, Christoph Sauser, Kristian Hynek, Alban Lakata and Max Jenkins.

At 6:30am Ken Chlouber fired the gun and then we were off! I made it to the dirt road fairly quickly with no issues and drafted as much as I could. We were riding at 30+ mph on the paved descent down to the beginning of dirt road and I was hanging on easily near the front of the pack.

I continued to hold on up front for a good portion of the beginning of the race, even once we hit the dirt. Being towards the front proved to be quite important because I was able to avoid the congestion that typically happens on the first climb, St. Kevins, and the climb up to Hagerman’s Pass. Furthermore, it allowed me to take full advantage of my technical descending skills and fly down Powerline, passing several riders on the way down.

As I approached the Pipeline aid station, I checked my time splits and saw I was about 7 minutes behind schedule. I wasn’t stressed at this point because I thought that as long as I finished in sub-9 hours I’d get my gold buckle and consider the race a success. Plus, the flattest section of the course was right in front of me and I could easily make up that time before I got to the Columbine climb by working with the right group. As I powered up to latch on to a fast paceline, my knee pain, present after only the first 10 miles of the course, became more pronounced. I began to repeat my mantra at more frequent intervals.

I worked with the group until we got to the singletrack, where, once again in my element, I passed a bunch of riders. I was able to make up a minute, which left me just 6 minutes behind my 8.5 hour pace. I kept leapfrogging on to different groups, saying my mantra faster and faster as my knee pain intensified. I started to worry that it was way too early to be in this much pain because I hadn’t even hit Columbine yet! I began to back off a bit, thinking that would let the pain subside.


At Twin Lakes, my crew chief and teammate, Michael Whitehurst, was nowhere to be found. He had gotten stuck somewhere enroute. Fortunately, he had arranged to have Brigid Waterhouse (friend of the team) be there with backup bottles and food for me. Brigid and some of my teammates families quickly made sure I had every thing I needed – phenomenal support! The crowd and excitement at Twin Lakes somehow made me forget about my knee pain for a bit, and I started up the infamous Columbine climb.

The grind up Columbine is just that, a grind. It’s about 7.5 – 8 miles in length, reaches an altitude of roughly 12,400′, and has a total elevation of about 3600′. I settled into my climbing pace for a while but was eventually forced to walk a bit. It felt good to stretch out my legs, give my knee a little break, and mentally regroup. At the top, I did a quick turn round and started back down. I was fast, but careful, heading back down through the Goat trail and empathized with the hundreds of riders I saw still working their way up the climb.


lt1006Once clear of the technical section on the decent and back out on the fireroad, I knew I had to get focused and throw the hammer down. I stood up, attempting to start my powerstroke and BAM! My knee gave out. I lost control of the bike for a split second and the front of it almost washed out. Explatives flowed out of my mouth as I regained control and started to soft-peddle while trying to figure out what just happened and what to do now.

This is the moment I knew for sure I wasn’t going to make in back in sub-9 hours. I was hurt and despite saying my mantra over and over, I couldn’t put any power down at all. My mind had been battling my body all day, and my body finally won. I slowly rolled into the Twin Lakes aid station where Michael quickly changed my bottles and gave me my feed. He knew I was hurting and said some encouraging words as I rolled out again.

From this point on, other than a few brief miles of company from my teammate James Vo and friend Dan McCormack (also Leadville racers), I rode on my own, with rider after rider passing me. In any other race, I would have quit for fear of making the injury worse. But this was the Leadville 100, and I’d made it that far. I thought, “If I just maintain this pace – I’ll finish in sub-11 hours and still get a buckle (just not the gold one I had planned to get).”

So, I slowly made my way through a light rain, up Powerline, by alternating between walking and riding. I again took advantage of my descending skills and bombed down Sugarloaf and Hagerman’s Pass, only to come to a grinding almost-halt on the road up to the Carter Aid Station.

At the Carter aid station my time split indicated a sub 11 hour finish. Welp, I figured that all I had to do is keep it together for another 13 miles. I finished the climb, smoked down the descent down to the bottom and onto the flat section of the gravel roads.

I picked up the pace for the last few miles of the race, determined to finish with my head held high. It was the first time in the race where I allowed myself to really power-up. As I made the final right turn up 6th, I backed off a bit and got over the final bump of a climb and then powered the final stretch to the finish. My official time was 11:01:26.


lt10010I had a bunch of mixed feelings after I crossed the finish line and again the next day at the awards ceremony. Yes, I was thrilled to finish the race and get a coveted Leadville Belt Buckle (silver) and I was proud of myself for pushing through the pain as much as I could, but I was also a bit embarrassed. Here I was, a trained athlete–a trained Professional athlete even—and I couldn’t make my goal time. I felt like I had let my crew chief, Michael, down because he had driven all the way from North Dakota to help me. I felt like I had let my teammates down because instead of being the rider they could rely on when in need, I, in turn, needed to rely on them. And I felt like I had let my sponsors down by not meeting the expectations I had set for myself and for them. I was so sick of being in pain and having it affect my riding, which is not just my hobby, it’s my career.

lt1002It’s taken some time away from the bike (and a lot of kind words from friends, teammates, and sponsors) for me to come to terms with my race and write this blog post. Doing so, has actually been cathartic, and has me totally amped for next year. I’ve even already started preparing for it… The biggest step I’ve taken is to get back to physical therapy, this time with an office that comes recommended as “the best.” Bryan Hill at Rehab United has me on an awesome PT and strengthening program. After only a few weeks I already feel better and can’t wait to see what happens over the coming months.

Watch out Leadville 2015! I’m coming for ya. I’ve even already got my ticket stamped—I earned a 2015 spot at the FireRoad 100 this year.

lt10011Thank you so much to my teammates and extended family Michael Whitehurst, Niccolo & Janet Salvador,  Aaron Hauck, Darryl Sykes, Scott Holland, Dan McCormack, James Vo, Rhonda Patterson-Geiszler, Rhea Shaw, Brigid Waterhouse – you guys are awesome, I really appreciate all your support.

And a GI-NOR-MOUS THANK YOU to my sponsors, Norco Bicycles, Reynolds Cycling, ESI Grips, Zumwalt’s Bicycle Center, Gaerne USA, Rudy Project, Champion System, Red Ace Organics, PowerBar, Basiclink, True North Communications, ISFitt Labs Training Systems, Sock Guy and Ninja Mountain Bike Skills — It’s a pleasure riding with you all.  Let’s kick some butt and get that gold buckle in 2015!

Heidi at Interbike 2014. #lifesize

Heidi at Interbike 2014. #lifesize


Most importantly, thank you to my amazing girlfriend Heidi Amundson for all her encouragement, inspiration and support on this race and everything else in our lives.  I am the luckiest guy on the planet to have Heidi in my life.ninjamountainbikeskills

Results from the August 27 Time Trial – Tri Club San Diego


Place Name TT Time 3 Laps Average MPH
1 Daniel Heineck 0:25:28 29.28
2 Greg Kogut 0:26:13 28.44
3 Jason Stofleth 0:26:55 27.70
4 Sage Aronson 0:27:26 27.18
5 Tero Setola 0:27:49 26.81
6 Marcus Feldmann 0:28:04 26.57
7 Mark Caporale 0:28:07 24.62
8 Jeff Lambing 0:28:23 26.27
9 Scott Smith 0:28:36 26.07
10 Jason Ryan 0:28:43 25.97
11 Harper Vansteenhouse 0:28:57 25.76
12 Mike Plumb 0:29:07 25.61
13 Seth Graham 0:29:10 25.56
14 Jeff Fieldhack 0:29:17 25.46
15 John Sheridan 0:29:21 25.41
16 Darrell Styner 0:29:25 25.35
17 Brian Scarbrough 0:29:57 24.90
18 Jeff Johnson 0:30:22 24.55
19 Chris Manuele 0:30:30 24.45
20 Roger Leszczynski 0:30:48 24.21
21 Tim Kadel 0:30:57 24.09
22 Kent Kubo 0:31:14 23.87
23 Kai Nakamura 0:31:23 23.76
24 Brian Franano 0:31:23 23.76
25 Jame Vo 0:31:38 23.57
26 Mason Law 0:32:05 23.24
27 Justin Morey 0:32:35 22.88
28 Rick Denney 0:33:29 22.27
29 Akinori Mitani 0:33:43 22.12
30 Greg Sewell 0:34:09 21.83
31 Tom Piszkin 0:34:32 21.59
32 Michael Henry 0:34:43 21.48
33 Jack Kincaid 0:34:47 21.44
34 Jacque Harvey 0:35:01 21.29
35 Rick Summers 0:36:05 20.66
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1 Ethan Boen 0:26:38
1 Esther Walker 0:31:11 23.91
2 Joanna Clinch 0:31:52 23.40
3 Kristen Gross 0:32:24 23.01
4 Bessy Leszczynski 0:34:25 21.67
5 Kat Gunsur 0:35:03 21.27
6 Michelle Plotts 0:37:10 20.06
7 Julia Mahon 0:38:52 19.18
8 Crystal Cavanagh 0:40:53 18.24
9 Jean Law 0:47:07 15.83

We only have one TT left for the year …

Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China
Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China

What: Free Time Trial at Fiesta Island

When: 5:45pm 2014 TCSD TT Schedule

  • May 8 – Completed
  • June 18 – Completed
  • July 9 – Completed
August 27 – Completed
  • September 24

Where: Enchanted Cove parking lot at Fiesta Island

Who: Everyone is welcome!

RSVP for the next TT here:

Hosted by Coach Richard La China for Tri Club San Diego

Results from the July 9th Time Trial – Tri Club San Diego

Results from the July 9th Time Trial

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Place Name TT Time 3 Laps Average MPH
1 Thomas Ryan 0:27:50 26.79
2 Tero Setola 0:27:54 26.73
3 Jason Strach 0:28:06 26.54
4 Victor Tello 0:28:31 26.15
5 Mike Plumb 0:28:35 26.09
6 Scott Smith 0:28:40 26.01
7 Jake Jendusa 0:29:15 25.49
8 Jeff Dahlen 0:29:26 25.33
9 Will Ferris 0:29:30 25.28
10 Hugu Lepur 0:29:38 25.16
11 Mark Caporale 0:29:45 25.06
12 Sage Aronson 0:29:48 25.02
13 Kye Gilder 0:29:51 24.98
14 Seth Graham 0:29:54 24.94
15 Jeff Meyer 0:29:57 24.90
16 John Sheridan 0:29:59 24.87
17 Aaron Hauck 0:30:11 24.70
18 Tu Tran 0:30:39 24.33
19 Ray Snoke 0:30:41 24.30
20 Akinori Mitani 0:31:20 23.80
21 Jeff Johnson 0:31:26 23.72
22 Greg Smeltzer 0:31:30 23.67
23 Tim Kadel 0:31:34 23.62
24 Kai Nakamura 0:31:37 23.58
25 Mason Law 0:31:41 23.53
26 Randy Schmitz 0:32:39 22.84
27 Michael Asgian 0:33:00 22.60
28 Kent Kubo 0:33:08 22.50
29 Kevin Latin 0:33:27 22.29
30 Dan Mc Cormack 0:34:11 21.81
31 Ryan Chien 0:34:41 21.50
32 Bill Presant 0:34:41 21.50
33 Chris Powell 0:34:51 21.40
34 Trevor Spletts 0:35:15 21.15
35 Richard Haas 0:35:26 21.04
36 Patrick Charles 0:36:13 20.59
37 Chip Slack 0:36:14 20.58
Place Name TT Time 3 Laps Average MPH
1 Joanna Clinch 0:31:54 23.37
2 Heather Catchpole 0:32:58 22.62
3 Kat Gunsur 0:33:59 21.94
4 Bessy Leszczynski 0:34:02 21.91
5 Julia Green 0:36:36 20.37
6 Pavla Decoteua 0:36:53 20.22

Here’s the schedule for our next few TTs

Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China

Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China

What: Free Time Trial at Fiesta Island

When: 5:45pm

2014 TCSD TT Schedule

  • May 8 – Completed
  • June 18 – Completed
  • July 9 – Completed
August 20
  • September 24

Where: Enchanted Cove parking lot at Fiesta Island

Who: Everyone is welcome! Hosted by Coach Richard La China for Tri Club San Diego


2014-06-16 03.08.36 pmThe Kenda Cup Series final was held over Father’s Day weekend in Big Bear, CA under blue skies, and near-perfect racing conditions. Team Ninja began assembling at the team cabin on Wednesday, trying to get a head start on altitude acclimation, with the majority of racers arriving Friday night or Saturday morning.

A quick head count showed that the team needed every point and even then, it might not be possible to hold on to the narrow lead Team Ninja had established for its Cat 2/3 co-ed team. Under the added pressure, Team Ninja racers responded like true champions, taking home six podium finishes and countless PRs over the weekend, sealing its place on the top step for the Cat 2/3 co-ed team, third place for the Cat 1/pro co-ed team, and overall wins in men’s and women’s Super D.

“There is so much that goes into winning a big series like this,” said Team Ninja captain Richard La China. “That’s why I am enormously proud of our team for consistently showing up and stepping up on every level. Team Ninja has worked to be a force on the race course, but also an open-hearted group of friends who support one another and help one another — it’s been an amazing season so far.”

2014-06-16 03.09.41 pmTeam Ninja is a new face on the SoCal circuit, with racers coming from San Diego, L.A. and Phoenix — some for their first seasons ever. It has a welcoming, doors-open policy, with a focus on community involvement and the promotion of the sport along with a healthy dose of excellence for good measure. The team is deeply grateful to have the support of tremendous sponsors that include Rudy Project, Power Bar, Norco Bicycles, Sock Guy, Gaerne, Basic Link, Crank Cycling, Inner Strength Fitt Labs, Zumwalt’s Bike Shop, Casiano Law, and title sponsor, Ninja Mountain Bike Skills.

With its trademark enthusiasm, Team Ninja already has its sights set on the upcoming Rim Nordic Series as well as campaigns planned at Fire Road 100, Leadvillle Trail 100 and the B.C. Bike Race. Stay tuned for more exciting news to come, and check out the Kenda Cup results below. Congratulations Team Ninja!

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June 15, 2014 – Big Bear Shootout #2 – Series Final

XCO Results:

Cat 1 Women 30-39 Kris Gross – 1st

Cat 2 Women 30-39 Regina Jeffries – 4th

Cat 3 Women 30-39 Paula Evenson – 2nd

Cat 3 Women 50+ Anne-Catherine Roch-Levecque – 1st

Cat 3 Men 40-44 Abe Gonzalez – 7th

Cat 3 Men 50-59 Vinny Casiano – 5th

Cat 3 Men Clydesdales 35+ Todd Young – 2nd

Endurance Results

Men 40-49 Michael Whitehurst – 16th

Men 40-49 Richard La China – DNF (mechanical)

Super D Results

Open Women 30-39 Regina Jeffries – 1st

Open Men 40-49 Richard La China – 2nd

Kenda Cup Final Series Standings


Cat 2/3 Co-Ed Team – Overall Series CHAMPIONS

Cat 1/Pro Co-Ed Team– 3rd Place Overall


Cat 1 Women 30-39 Kris Gross – 1st

Cat 2 Women 30-39 Regina Jeffries – 7th

Cat 3 Women 30-39 Paula Evenson – 2nd

Cat 3 Women 30-39 Heidi Amundson – 5th

Cat 3 Women 40-49 Lisa Bielke – 4th

Cat 3 Women 50+ Anne-Catherine Roch-Levecque – 4th

Cat 1 Men 17-18 Evan Christenson – 11th

Cat 1 Men Singlespeed Richard La China – 8th

Cat 2 Men 19-24 Eric Fischer – 3rd

Cat 2 Men 25-29 Ray Snoke – 20th

Cat 2 Men 30-34 Ryan Brown – 3rd

Cat 2 Men 30-34 Kyle Wills – 8th

Cat 2 Men 35-39 Michael Henry – 12th

Cat 2 Men 35-39 Henry Heisler – 24th

Cat 2 Men 40-44 James Vo – 21st

Cat 2 Men 45-49 Tom Jones – 46th

Cat 3 Men 30-34 Advait Ogale – 6th

Cat 3 Men 35-30 Daniel Bergstrom – 18th

Cat 3 Men 35-30 Nelson Mozzini – 26th

Cat 3 Men 40-44 Abe Gonzalez – 5th

Cat 3 Men 40-44 Michael Whitehurst – 17th

Cat 3 Men 45-49 Jim Ritch – 18th

Cat 3 Men 45-49 Tom Jones – 22nd

Cat 3 Men 50-54 Darrell Styner – 8th

Cat 3 Men 50-54 Dan Golich – 20th

Cat 3 Men 55-50 Vinny Casiano – 10th

Cat 3 Clydesdales 35+ Todd Young – 2nd


Men 40-49 Michael Whitehurst – 21st

Men 40-49 Richard La China – 28th

Singlespeed Men Aaron Hauck – 10th

Super D

Open Women 30-39 Regina Jeffries – 1st

Open Men 30-39 Michael Henry – 27th

Open Men 40-49 Richard La China – 1st

Open Men 40-49 Michael Whitehurst – 28th

Results from the June 18th Time Trial – Tri Club San Diego

Results from the June 18th Time Trial

Tri Club of San Diego Cycling Coach Richard La China

Fiesta Island Time Trial


Position Name TT Time 3 Laps Average MPH
1 Tero Setola 0:28:02 26.60
2 Darryl Sykes 0:28:11 26.46
3 Mike Plumb 0:28:22 26.29
4 Dean Sprague 0:28:51 25.85
5 Victor Tello 0:29:02 25.68
6 Peter Watson 0:29:51 24.98
7 Kye Gilder 0:30:06 24.77
8 Alex Snyder 0:30:08 24.74
9 John Sheridan 0:30:36 24.37
10 TJ Generoso 0:31:16 23.85
11 Jeff Meyer 0:31:13 23.89
12 Scott Smith 0:31:39 23.56
13 Steve Tally 0:31:59 23.31
14 Mark Tucker 0:32:04 23.25
15 Kai Nakamura 0:32:26 22.99
16 James Vo 0:32:32 22.92
17 Kris Gross 0:32:49 22.72
18 Justin Morey 0:33:04 22.55
19 Jason Abutin 0:33:09 22.49
20 Danny Mccarville 0:33:09 22.49
21 Greg Gunn 0:34:17 21.75
22 Jeremy Clark 0:34:35 21.56
23 Will Stout 0:34:39 21.52
24 Jimmy Tu 0:35:33 20.97
25 Dave Kerr 0:38:23 19.43
26 Marny Quinto 0:38:34 19.33
27 Crystal Cavanagh 0:42:27 17.57
28 Leyla Jordan 0:43:13 17.25
29 Olga Bulayeva 0:44:01 16.94
30 Jeff Moore data missing data missing


Here’s the schedule for our next few TTs

What: Free Time Trial at Fiesta Island

When: 5:45pm

2014 TCSD TT Schedule

  • May 8 – Completed
  • June 18 – Completed
  • July 9
August 20
  • September 24

Where: Enchanted Cove parking lot at Fiesta Island

Who: Everyone is welcome! Hosted by Coach Richard La China for Tri Club San Diego