#localheroes Crockett-Martinez Race


…In May 1973, age sixteen, Tom Ritchey entered the prestigious Crockett–Martinez race, even though it was for over-eighteens only. One by one, he destroyed the field, including two members of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team. He was subsequently disqualified for being underage, but the legend of the “Senior Slayer” was gaining momentum. “If Tom rode with the juniors, it wasn’t even a bike race,” said Shawn Farrell, a contemporary who became the technical director of USA Cycling. “He was the greatest natural talent we’d seen in the United States at that point.” Cycling legend Gary Fisher, six years older than Tom, recalled Tom with barely suppressed awe. “He was a hot junior — oh, my God, he was good. He was just this punk kid who was totally unbeatable.”

A key figure in Tom’s development was Jobst Brandt, an engineer from Hewlett-Packard…

The Crockett–Martinez race course is pictured below. WoS! #localheroes

Crocket Martinez Road Race

Election Voting Results In


Election voting results are in. Contra Costa County’s population is 1.1M (2013 census) and 232K voted, meaning 2 out of 10 folks in your community voted. Thank you for your participation in creating the future you want, “Amuricuh!” Next time you assume people are voting, assume they aren’t thanks to these facts and call them out! No whining allowed aka busy braggers; no excuse to not get your vote in, especially when you can vote from the conveniences of your home, by mail, with absentee voting. Here are the summary of results from the Contra Costa County general election November 4, 2014.

adam foster for city council

Councilmember elect, Adam Foster, didn’t make the cut for city council, although the majority of the progressive and active community endorsed Foster’s pro-cycling green lifestyle. The ballot asked for three choices, and two of the top votes went to the past mayor, Laura Hoffmeister, and current city mayor, Tim Grayson. The third, to current vice mayor, Ron Leone (City of Concord). In Politics, it’s been proven that you’re in it for life and name recognition is the primary vote grabber. If you’ve voted, you’ll know that if you do not know enough about the issue/elect, you go with name recognition. This is evident when you see the garbage pop up signs staped into the fences, lawns, and throughways of town. As I’ve run for city council before, and failed, I remain optimistic this is a good start for my community and remind Adam Foster he just needs to keep at it. The old timers will die and or the community members catch up with current day society.

On the topic of pro-cycling, a question about how to get involved with bike advocacy was published to Claycord recently and the answer is below:

COMMUTER: Just wanted to give a big Hooray! To Pleasant Hill and Martinez. I see the new improvements on Contra Costa Boulevard include new bike lanes and shared bike markings. Also, just got off jury duty in Martinez and noticed signs on Alhambra advising that bikes are allowed to use the whole lane. Now if Concord can get on board…I know there are a lot of anti-bike people in Claycord, and that is sad that we can’t play/drive together peacefully. Maybe you know if there is a bike advocacy group in Concord (I can’t seem to find one). – Bike fan-atic

TRAFFIC JAMMER: So glad to hear the good news, Bike fan-atic! The Jammer usually works with Bike East Bay. Perhaps you, Beloved Claycordians, might have other advocacy groups or cycling clubs to recommend?

VERIFIED ANSWER: There is a bike advocacy group called Bike Concord! where you can join in on the ride/conversation.