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12th World Deaf Cycling Championships in San Francisco, USA

Opening date: 18 June 2006
Closing date: 24 June 2006
Nations: 12
Athletes: 47
Sports: 1


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Rory Osbrink, 29, Fremont, California,
Matt Idler, 32, Sacramento, California,
Johnny McLean, 34, Fishers, Indiana,
Paul Wood, 38, Fishers, Indiana,
Wayne Langbein, 37, Frederick, Maryland,
Beverly Buchanan of Washington, DC as the USDCA President,
Trevor Kosa, 33, Redmond, Washington,
Scott Staubach, 36, Charlotte, Noryth Carolina,
Jeremy Floyd, 30, Tallahassee, Florida and
Ralph Fernandez of Rockville, Maryland as a coach of the Mountain Bike Team

Not in picture:
Nick Schreiber, 25, Tucson, Arizona,
Andrew Metz, 41, Rocklin, California,
Patrick Sluyter, 28, Gold Canyon, Arizona and
Charles Cordy of Port Orchard, Washington as a coach of the Road Cycling Team

 

1000-meter sprint

The riders required to qualify for the 1000-meter sprint tournament were adhered to the rules based on the results of a flying 200 meter time trial which went well just before the first round of the sprint tournament.  After the 200 meter time trial, we took the 16 fastest riders and seeded them according to the sprint charts.  No more repechages!  The chart for 24 riders should have been used but the technical and officials at the velodrome decided to use chart for 16 riders because there was not enough time for 24-rider tournament that night.

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Prokhorov, Russia - Denman, Australia - Carruthers, New Zealand - Tomasina, France
in the 1/4 Finals for 5-6-7-8th placings

 

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Nick Schreiber  -  Paul Wood  -  Luis Carlos Sanchez

 

Short Track Mountain Bike Race at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont

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Jeremy Floyd of USA  -  Renate Telser of Italy

 

32.83-kilometer Individual Time Trial at the San Antonio Valley

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Pavel Pastrnek of Czech  -  Nick Schreiber of USA  -  Josef Merunka of Czech

 

40-kilometer Points Race at the Hellyer Park Velodrome

The highlight of all events was the 40-kilometer Points Race at the Hellyer Park Velodrome at night.  The race was so intense, fast and clean.  The riders were in a tight pack racing for points for 120 laps to the finish.  Paul Wood of USA, who was the match sprint champion and had won three sprints, quit because time allowance for recovery did not give him break due to the race being very intense and fast from the beginning to the end.  The average speed was 28.14 mph.  Past speed average for the Deaflympics and championships was well below 24 mph.  The atmosphere and technical opportunity at the velodrome may be the cause of attributing to the best outcome of the riders.  They loved every bit of it at the velodrome!

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Points Race at the Hellyer Park Velodrome

 

Cross Country Mountain Bike Race at the Santa Teresa Park in San Jose

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Wayne Langbein of USA

 

120-kilometer Road Race at Pescadero

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Nick Schreiber stayed in the pack.

 


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Bobby Skedsmo of Pittsburg, California
ICSD Technical Director

I have been to many Deaflympics, world cycling championships and European cycling championships since 1965.  I considered the 12th World Deaf Cycling Championships the best ever witnessed.  It provided great diversity of terrains and technical challenges that any rider had never experienced within a week of events.  Every rider went home with a mind-boggling experience.

I am happy to know that there were 7 participating nations for the first mountain bike events ever held by the ICSD.  I have the feeling that it will eventually grow with the more number of participating nations.

In conclusion, during my tenure as the technical director, I had a goal of having the mountain bike, velodrome and to include women in the race.  There were not enough participating nations for women to qualify for the medals but at least one woman from Italy had made history for the ICSD.  She raced to the best of her ability against the men.  My endeavers and dreams came true.

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