Cleves 2014 Team Times

Cleves has had 1810 riders that have ridden the course since 1974!

Cleves is starting up in May. It runs every Tuesday until the end of September. I’m definitely going to be riding a few Cleves TTs this year.

You have to pay for a QCW membership in advance to race the TTs. This gives you access to all TTs and other QCW things throughout the year. Register online at the link below.

QCW – Cleves: http://www.qcw.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7&Itemid=9

Cleves Team Records – 

Men

21:38 Paul Liebonrood held the record from 1991 to 2008! This is still the 7th Fastest Time ever!

22:56 Corey Green 2009. 41st Fastest Time

23:57 Glenn Wolf 1986 – 133rd Fastest Time. Glenn ‘claims’ he can roll a 23 minute Cleves TT pretty much any day…

24:19 Scott Pardi 2009

24:28 Nate Allen 2013

24:51 Michael Chewning 2009 on a fixed gear

24:52 James O’Loughlin 2010

25:12 Sean Cooney 2011

26:09 Mark Hooton 2009

26:27 Micheal Starr 2009

26:29 Chris Norris 2016

26:48 Billy Craig 2012

27:07 Jamie Williamson 2012

27:20 Kerry Nordstrom 2008

28:15 Matt Harbaugh 2012-  touring bike with panniers

28:16 Jeff Schlaudecker 2011

Women

25:49 Melissa Rucker 2010

26:44 Anne McDonald 2010

28:31 Blair Barter 2009

29:04 Alison Delgado 2010

33:31 Liz Schlaudecker 2011

 

Other stuff

20:50 Paul Liebenrod and Kent Frazier hold the Tandem record since 1981!

22:41 Bob Shoettinger and Melissa Rucker Tandem record 2007!

25:28 Lesbianne and James have the one man / one women record set in 2010

http://www.qcw.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6&Itemid=10

Cleves TT Records

Current rundown of Team Hungry* Cleves TT records. Cleves is the longest running TT in North America. If you haven’t cut your teeth on this course, go get some!

 

Mens

23:57 Glenn Wolf 1986

24:19 Scott Pardi 2009

24:51 Michael Chewning 2009

24:52 James O’Loughlin 2010

25:12 Sean Cooney 2011

26:09 Mark Hooton 2009

26:27 Micheal Starr 2009

27:07 Jamie Williamson 2012

27:07 Billy Craig 2012

27:20 Kerry Nordstrom 2008

28:15 Matt Harbaugh 2012 touring bike with panniers

28:16 Jeff Schlaudecker 2011

 

Womens

25:49 Melissa Rucker 2010

26:44 Anne McDonald 2010

28:31 Blair Barter 2009

29:04 Alison Delgado 2010

33:31 Liz Schlaudecker 2011

http://www.qcw.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6&Itemid=10

 

One Man / One Women Mixed Tandem

22:41 – Bob Schoettinger and Melissa Rucker 2007


One Man / One Women Course Record

25:28 Anne McDonald and James O’Loughlin  2010

 

Notable

21:38 Paul Liebonrod (frequently seen mashing gears at Hungry* team rides) held the record from 1991 to 2008!

 

Team Hungry Travels North for some CX Action*

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Without an OVCX race this weekend, and me really getting back into cyclocross I found myself searching all over the Internet for a Cross-race within a respectable distance.  Thanks to Big Dave I finally found a Sunday race outside of Cleveland through North East Ohio CX Association (NEOCX).  It’s a much smaller series that takes only race-day registrations but Dave assured me they usually get about 30 men in the B race.  So northward Harbaugh and I headed for the weekend.  In true Harbaugh style he also found a Saturday race through Cap City Cross that we could race, albeit the A race; we would have to leave too early for the B race.  As incentive not to bail out on the Sunday race and come back after Saturdays I had somehow coaxed my weekend warrior dad into racing Sunday in Cleveland with knobby tires on his road bike; never mind the fact that he’s only had clip-less pedals for 3 weeks and, not having mountain bike shoes or pedals, was planning on racing on flats.

After an uneventful drive we began approaching the Cap City racecourse.  “Where are the hills they speak of,” I said as we got off the freeway.  According to Cap City, this race, held on a Frisbee golf course, was the hilliest course of the year.  We wouldn’t have to wait long to find them.  After about 3 miles we dropped down this not insignificant hill into a small river valley surrounded on all sides by respectable road cycling hills.  To our left was a hand written “parking,” sign on white poster board at the entrance of this tiny twenty-car gravel parking lot that looked more like a trailhead entrance than anything.   “Just block people in and we’ll work on getting them out later,” said the parking attendant.   It was a Rubix cube of cars.

We had been told that other CX series in the area were a “totally different scene,” than OVCX but I wasn’t quite expecting this.  It was almost like we stepped back 15 years when cross was still this obscure fringe event struggling to make a place for itself.  When we stepped out of the car there was Danzig and Metallica playing on the outdated PA system and an announcer in all black looking grimier than Harbaugh after his cross-country venture.  There were no children or even cowbells.   Amenities we’ve grown so accustomed to at OVCX races, forget about it.  There was a single portalet without sanitizer in the parking lot corner.  It was pure cyclocross.

Surveying the course, there was essentially a high and low portion, several power sections, and not a lot of technical features.   The low portion, near the start had the barriers and a couple of redundant 180° turns before this massive steep run-up through the woods to the upper course.  IMG_1160
The upper course had several more 180° turns on a long drag to the top of the hill.  From there it was bomber double track back to the start of the 1.5 mile course.

I decided to sit out Saturdays race and save myself for Sunday.  Harbaugh however took the line with about 15 others for the 60 minute A race while I documented from the side with a couple beers in hand.  From the start it was clear that while the field was much smaller they were still legit.  Harbaugh quickly and strategically positioned himself off the back for optimal video footage perspective.  But seriously, the run-up was crazy and I was glad it was him doing the A race.  I mostly stayed at the top of the run-up to heckle the riders.
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I don’t think the riders are used to Hungry heckling as I got several sly expressions for my heckling.  In particular, the Papa Johns rider did not like me asking him, “show him your better ingredients,” as he was being dropped.  Ehh, that’s how we do it down here.  Because the laps were so short the A group did the run up 10 times.  My favorite comment of Matt’s during the race came as he was stuporously getting back on his bike after the run up, “I’m gonna puke!”  Although Matt came in last he actually made money by pulling a George Washington from Tony Viton’s (still sick and not racing) backside.  Noting how much pain Hardball was in, I am content to stay racing with the 3’s for a bit longer.

Back on the road Cleveland should have been a nice easy jump.  It’s wasn’t to be though as about 20 minutes after we got on the freeway the coat of rust holding together my muffler failed.  The pitch of my engine immediately changed and the sound of metal scrapping on concrete signaled we had real problems.  We tried in vain to pull the damn thing out on the side of the freeway but it was hot, we were cold, and there were no tools.  Finally we wedged it about 4 inches off the ground and, sounding like a sand buggy, praying we wouldn’t hit a bump that would force the muffler into the drive shaft, headed down the freeway another 8 miles before getting off in Chesterville OH.  There we found Earls, this tiny general store,  who’s owners kindly lent us a hack saw to cut it off.  We repaid their generosity with a broken blade and a $5 bill to cover replacement.  On the road again I had to keep the speed in check.  We were essentially yelling at each other in the car and when it downshifted conversation was no longer possible.  Two hours later, with a bit of a headache we arrived at our night’s accommodations; it was cold and raining outside.

We awoke to persistent rain and temperatures in the low 40s.  This would be perfect cyclocross whether if we had prepared appropriately, we had not.  I had at least brought my THC jacket and arm warmers.  However, Hardball true to form had nothing but a cotton sweater.  Lacking mud tires and essential warm whether gear such as gloves and knickers, it was clear this would be an interesting day.  It was windy and spitting rain as we pulled into the course parking lot.

My dad was waiting for us with his 25lbs road bike and flat pedals expecting us to put knobbies on his bike so he could race.  After confirming that 32mm tires definitely do not fit on a road bike, we outfitted Dad with Matt’s SS Breed complete with Egg Beaters and mountain bike shoes.   I quickly gave Dad a lesson in unclipping and barrier crossings before sending him off to the start line to face certain annihilation.
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Dad got off to a slow start as he fumbled to clip in.  However, the going was pretty good once he got moving, he wasn’t last!  In a reversal of roles I ran around like a parent encouraging and coaching him.  Soon other people where cheering on “Dad.”  Did I mention he is 60?IMG_1179
He washed out once on a super sketchy bridge crossing and at 6’3” 200lbs I was actually fairly worried that he had done some serious damage.  He pulled himself up quickly though and got on with the business of punishing his body for the full 30 minutes.   At the end of the race he confirmed what I had told him before he started, “It’s going to be the hardest thing you ever done.” Although his barrier crossings left something to be desired, considering we had essentially thrown him to the wolves, I’m super impressed with how well he did.

Changing into our gear I went to register for the B-race and pre-ride the course.  It’s now 49 and raining and Matt, covering himself with a towel for warmth, is refusing to get out of the car.  The course, on its way to complete destruction, was freaking awesome!!!
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It started on pavement with an uphill sprint before a sweeping uphill right turn into some tree groves.  It then shot downhill, off camber, crossing a golf cart path, straight into a sharp left muddy turn –read sketchy.  This followed with a power section through rutted mud-grass before coming in hot to a deep soupy rutted mud section that threatened to endo and wash out all comers.  The rest of the course followed the same theme with conditions creating 3 run-ups and off camber muddy ups and downs that were akin to riding on ice.  Mud tires were essential.  However, I was rocking Fangos up front and Grifos in the back.   Matt had the same setup.  I pre-rode only two laps as I had to power wash my bike after each lap, this was gonna be a slop fest. With course warm-up out, I resorted to sprints on the pavement to get loose.  Matt meanwhile had made it out of the car to a course side shelter with an active fire, “Come get me at call ups.”

Call-ups were open.  I pulled my obligatory pre-race ear buds and handed my soaking and filthy Hungry jacket to my dad.  I was lucky enough to have a spot as the inside rider on the front row (my favorite) while Matt was relegated to the 3rd row in a field of about 30 riders.  Though it had been raining essentially all day and the course was shredded, as Big Dave gave his usual pre-race blah, blah, blah, the sun came out and the rain stopped.  I tossed my armwarmers aside, this is Cross afterall.  We both got pretty good starts with me 3rd at the first corner and Matt in the top 1/3 of the field.

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Coming down the first hill across the pavement was super scary.  The field was still pretty tight and hitting my brakes would cost me two spots at least.  Still, slamming into the asphalt transition was not appealing either.  I got through that clean and hit the power section before the deep bicycle eating mud.  Amazingly, I made through that section clean each time.  There was really no safe place on the course, if you were off the line you lost time, but behind the next rider you got mud in your eyes and were blinded.
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I fell 3 times throughout the race and lost a decent chunk of time with that. One particular fall was a stupid little off camber 180° left turn where I simply washed out. With each lap the course got worse and midway through I was essentially riding the tape on the off camber trying to find a suitable line.   Did I mention I wanted my Limus’s yet?  Even worse there was so much mud in my front derailleur that I had to force the shifter to get into the big ring.  Meanwhile Matt was busy picking off a few less than stellar bicycle handlers while cursing his tire choice, or lack there of.
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The fifth place rider caught me on the 3rd lap and he and I went back and forth the rest of the race.  At one point, at the top of what can only be called the Tree Root Run-up, he dropped me and I thought he was gone for good.  However, on the backside of the course on the last lap I caught him on a long flat drag.  Taking James’ advice I drilled it and again passed him.  I took the next two glacial up-downs perfectly.  But, on the last off camber section I lost it and went off course.  He passed me again and I was too gassed to chase him.
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Matt and I crossed the line 5th and 10th respectively; he was no longer cold.   After power washing myself and then my bike a third time we packed up, had some generic Mexican food with my dad and Linda and then got back in the sand buggy for the 4 hour drive home.
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Overall it was a pretty sweet little weekend of rad getting with a few unexpected turns and a surprise showing from dad.  What did we learn?  Expect the unexpected in cross season and always plan accordingly (clothing and bike).  You will fall repeatedly in the mud.  Remember to remove the hacksaw when twisting a piece of metal.  HTFU, this is cyclocross!

Harbaugh and TimmyD

Check out Matt’s helmet cam video on YouTube.

Special thanks to our photographer for the day and my dad’s SO, Linda Springer

2012 OVCX Schedule Ohio Valley Cyclocross Race Schedule

2012 Ohio Valley Cyclocross Video from CinéCinnati on Vimeo.

video by Jimmy RoadRash

RACE DATES
Sept 16    Borden Indiana – Huber’s Apple Cross – bikereg link
Sept 30   Indianapolis – St. Mary’s Cyclocross
Oct 6       Dayton – Midwest Outdoor Experience CX (Gearfest)
Oct 14     Cincinnati – Gun Club Cross
Oct 21     Bloomington – DRT Bloomingcross
Oct 28     Louisville – Storm Eva Bandman Halloween Cross
Nov 2      Cincinnati – Cincy3 CX Festival (Devou|Kings|Harbin)
Nov 18    Lexington – Promotion Cross
Dec 2      Indianapolis – Brookside Cup
Dec 9      Dayton – Buckingham Financial John Bryan CX
Dec 16    Indianapolis – Major Taylor Velodrome

RACE TIMES
Race Times

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Category

Minutes

Start Time

Entry Fee

Prizes

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Cat 4 Men 35+ / 45+

30 Minutes

9:30:00

$32

Merch / 3

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Single Speed

30 Minutes

10:15:00

$32

Merch / 3

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Cat 4 Women 35+ / 45+ / Junior 15-18

30 Minutes

10:16:00

$32

Merch / 3

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Junior Boys and Girls 10-12 / 13-14

25 Minutes

11:00:00

$5

Merch / 3

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Cat 4 Men Open / Junior Boys 15-18

30 Minutes

11:40:00

$32 / $5 boys

Merch / 3

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Kids Fun Race

10 Minutes

12:25:00

free

Merch / 3

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Cat 3 Men 35+

40 Minutes

12:50:00

32

Merch / 3

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Cat 2/3 Men 45+

40 Minutes

12:50:00

32

Merch / 3

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Cat 3 Men Open / U19 Boys

40 Minutes

1:45:00

32 / $5 U19

Merch / 3

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Elite Women 1 / 2 / 3 / 35+ / U19 Girls

40 Minutes

1:46:00

$32 / $5 U19

$600 / 10

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Elite Men Open / 35+ / 45+

60 Minutes

2:45:00

$37

$1500 / 20

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoFddewVctWFdHp5RUZrVlFVVms2YzNIR2JoR3kzQ2c

Rules: Ride Fast, Take Chances!

Reflection from Mohican

This weekend was my first Mohican 100 mile mtb race.  Also it was my first mtb race and I have got to say it was a blast.  The start of the race was nothing like I had seen before.  There were hundred of people waiting around for a horn to go off.  The PA system that they had at the start was impossible to hear the only way I could tell the race was about to begin was from the lady in the back of a pick-up truck with a horn in the air and everyone started clipping in one foot.  Then we were off.

The start did not disappoint with climbing straight out of the gate.  It was a pretty fast start just to get to the the start of the trail and have to wait for everyone to file down to single file.  After this bottle neck though it was pretty smooth.  From here we went to the 24 mile Mohican State park single track section.  This section took a lot of focus and I was a little nervous going into this section.  I was riding a little ridged tension and was not very loose.  This caused me to have a few minor spills but after these I did loosen up and I was good to go.
About 6 miles into the single track section a guy slipped off the trail in front of me and I tripoded off my bike to avoid him and stopped to make sure he was okay, which he was.  When he went to go pick up his bike and set it back down on the trail his rear wheel popped out and started rolling down the hill.  It was mildly amusing and comical.  All along the single track people were having mechanicals and it was great to see people stopping to help each other out or at least asking if they were okay.
At aid station 1 I ran back into Starr and Jamie.  Once we had gotten some food and filled back up we were off for the last section of the 24 mile single track.  This section went really smooth until you got to a hill that was so steep.  If I had to guess I would say it was between 25-30%.  It was impressive.  The whole time we are walking up the guys around me kept saying “do you think the pro’s ride this?” and I pretty sure it would be impossible.  After this was horse trails with a wicked descent over railroad ties which was super sketchy.  Then after another hike a bike and some road riding we made it to aid station 2.  Once I got here I was feeling alright and the ice cold Coke really hit the spot.  Once again I ate up and then it was off to aid station 3.
This was mostly riding on gravel roads til you go to some single track which felt like it was super technical.  It probably wasn’t I was just on the verge of a bonking.  I made it through the single track which was probably 2 miles long to aid station 3 were I took the most time at any aid station.  I ate and tried to get my energy back for the next section which was going to be a long section to station 4.
This for sure was the hardest section for me.  Leaving station 3 was a climb which I did not have the energy to do.  So, I ended up walking the majority of it.  Then at the top I ate some more and continued on to a small water fill up at the top of this long gravel climb at a youth camp.  After this it was a lot of road riding with rails to trails.  When I left the water fill up I had met up with Starr and we road most of this next section together.  It was nice to be with some one for this section because this was the roughest part both mentally and physically for me.  I had not eaten enough to this point so I was really playing catch up with getting calories.
Once Starr and I got on the bike path we got to the covered bridge, which a lot of people had problems with, because there was a wedding going on at the bridge.  A guy asked us to walk our bikes through and we complied.  Later we found out there might have been a fight that happened and James said he was forced by the wedding party to turn around and take another route which is crazy.
Starr on the bike path was on a mission I was having a hard time keeping up with him and after a while I slowed down to get a breather and some more food.  After this point I was pretty good the rest of the race mentally because I new I was almost done.  Once I got to aid station 4 I had caught back up with Starr and Jamie.  Jamie left shortly after I had arrived and Starr had just gotten there shortly before me.  We were both wondering what laid ahead and it did not sound to bad which I think helped with our moral.  Once we were loaded up we were off.
When Starr and I had gotten to the first long gravel climb I was not up for climbing it on the bike.  I walked and Starr road it.  Looking back I think the only reason I decided to walk that climb was I saw a guy up the road walking it so I felt I should do the same.  I wish I would have not done that, but that is how it goes.  After this I road mostly alone the rest of the race.  This was mostly gravel roads with a section of single track with a suspension bridge at the end of it.  Then it was to aid station 5 with 5 miles to go.
This last part was single track back to the adventure center were the cabin was.  On the single track I caught back up with Starr and he pulled offer to let my group pass.  Everyone that was around us were unsure were we were going at this point.  The trail did not feel well marked but it started to feeling right and finally I found a sign saying 1 mile to go.  This felt like the longest mile ever, but I finally crossed under the finish banner.  I am so glad I did this race it was so much fun and I can’t wait for next year.

2012 Mohican 100 memories and stuff…

What an awesome group of people to hang out with. We should definitely reserve the “chuck wagon” for next year!

The ‘race’ in and of itself is an epic journey of determination. Shorter races always seem to be in such a hurry, you don’t have time to talk to people and it’s all about getting to your destination the fastest. I like the almost peaceful feeling of not being rushed in this race, everyone is polite, kind and willing to help you if you’re off the side of the road or trail. Overall, 99.9% of everyone at this race is super rad and getting some. I have to say I’ve tried to tap into Ali’s amazing grace in running! While watching her run the “pig” she always appears to be patient and running her own race. I guess what I’m trying to say is that It’s more enjoyable to turn the event into your own race and not worry about the other people.

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OSRS #3 Lap 2 Climb and Crash 2012 Harrison’s Tomb

Matt “helmet cam” Hardball has some footy from the wet descent and crash in the Open 3/4 race.

Jason Monk (Mad Monk Racer) mentions in his blog that the guy beside him had his front wheel slide out at about 35mph. Max Lundbeck (BSM and Lundbeck Cycles) told me that he barely avoided a guy that hit his brakes and had his bike slide out.

It was definitely slimeeeee out there. I’m glad that I was able to keep the rubber side down, probably because I was blasted off the back. Unfortunately, Kyle and Seth got taken out in this crash… :(

Race report coming soon. I’m way too tired now.

Lesb-Anne pulling in full force...

OSRS #2 – New Haven Road Race

OSRS #2 – New Haven Road Race was set in the rolling countryside of Miami Whitewater Forest one of Cincinnati’s great parks.

Lesbi-Anne made her racing comeback after a broken collar bone at the Mainstrasse Race Seriesin August of 2011! Unfortunately for her, while she was healing from the initial break, she fell and broke the collar bone again! Earlier this year the bone still was not healed so she went and had surgery to get a titanium plate help keep her together. Needless to say, Lesbi-Anne is back in full force. She took her fair share of pulls and finished mid-pack. Way to go grrl!

Lesb-Anne pulling in full force...

LesbiAnne - pulling the peloton around

We had a great turn out for the mens 3/4 race; Kyle, Seth, Starr, Hardball, Big Tom and I were all registered. Unlike the 100 field the week before, this was a workable 50+ field. Large pelotons on one lane roads are a bit hectic. The first race, I felt like I rode my brakes way more than any other race I’ve experienced. In comparison, this 50+ peloton felt comfortable. For most of the race it felt like a steady group ride. Except when we’d get to the Alert / New London Hill – 1/2 mile at 5% avg. grade. This is where the attacking would take place and stretch the pack. The peloton would stay separated going down the other side, around a tight corner and through a mellow grinding up hill rolling section. The peloton regrouped, passed the finish line for one 10 mile lap and repeat.

Lap 4 of 5 my rubber band snapped and I had that horrible sensation of watching the race disappear in front of my eyes as I wasn’t able to hold a wheel any longer. In hindsight, here’s how I blew the race:
-I found out about STRAVA after The Best Bike Blog Ever recently made a post “Goodbye Townline Sprint, Hellow Strava” – stoopid thing #1
-On Thursday, I should’ve been tapering off, I went to get some STRAVA KOM Glory  – stoopid thing #2
-I thought the race was on Sunday and I should be recovered from my STRAVA. Turns out Big Tom and LesbiAnne also thought the race was on Sunday. Big Tom went out for a hard group ride Thursday Night – stoopid thing #3
-Zero warm up before race… I had to find a last minute baby sitter. She / Stepfanie happened to be a course marshall for race day day. – stoopid thing #4

Add all of my stoopid things up and this is how you can easily blow your race. I did get 2nd overall behind Chris Uberti on the OSRS Strava Challenge for the Alert / New London Hill strava, strava, strava… warning, it’s addictive.

Back to the race report…

Seth - Crushing Watts and Taking Names

Big Tom, Starr, Hardball and I were off the back for the last lap. Seth and Kyle were still on the hunt for some solid placement. Seth told me Kyle took some strong pulls to keep the pace ramped up with Kyle and Seth in good position for the later half of the last lap. Rounding the last corner and it’s game on. Some people make some moves at 1000m… Then 500m… It’s not until 200m that you see Seth blow by everyone like they’re standing still. If you’ve had the chance to see Seth’s engine run at full power hold onto your handlebars and try to get in his slip stream. Seth wins the bunch spring with Kyle 2 men behind. Overall they get a 3rd and 5th because of a 2 man breakaway. I anticipate many podium finishes for that duo. We haven’t had a ‘climbing’ race where I think Kyle will start crushing.

 

Here’s some footage from Ian Cramer

Ohio Spring Series #1 Deer Creek Race Report 2012

I rode up with jamie(pike county), billy(orange crush) and lil t(lil t). luckily pike county’s navigation skills are second to none. he made 3 hours of driving only require 3.5 hours. :)

We had clear skies up until about 20 miles from the course. As luck would have it, some rain clouds greeted us and began to drop lots o’ water.

we made it to deer creek with a little under 1 hour to get registered, visit the port-a-potty(some of us, multiple times), get kits on, check our horoscope, etc…

CAT 5
Pike County, Billy the Orange and Lil T went out into a heavily sand bagged Cat 5 race stacked 50 deep field. This is Lil T’s first road race, but not his first rodeo cowboy. I predicted he’d podium because he’s riding really strong. He’s racing his new cross bike with a 1×10 system. Needless to say, the 30± mph straights had him spinning his pistons close to 150rpms!  Jamie and Billy are tightly matched and I see those two pushing each other throughout this year. Lil T stays with the peloton for his entire first road race and finishes a respectable 16th out of 50 riders! Billy fell off with about 2 laps to go and Jamie later followed suit after suffering severe cramps from a mid-race refuelling of fried chicken and corn dog. Billy hunted Jamie down and got him right before the end. Billy was really close to getting chicked, but was able to out gun her towards the end – take that… Feel free to elaborate and or correct me peoples.

CAT 3/4
Seth, Kyle, Hardball and Myself lined up for this race. Hardball rolls to the line with a vine of grapes hoping it would get him through 2 hours of racing. I didn’t have any extra fuel to offer him. I think he was stuffing grap vines in his jersey pockets before the race. As we’re leaving and still in the NEUTRAL zone, someone hits the pavement. Kyle and I barely dodge the slow motion carnage. I took a bike wheel to my left hand. Unfortunately, Seth hits something pretty hard. Apparently he raced the entire race with a cracked zipp 303! I think hardball get slowed down to a stop and dismounted, but i think he avoids the wreckage. 100 riders a couple inches from each other on half a road is pretty tight. At least pro pelotons with 120 riders get the entire roadway. Needless to say, bam another wreck occurs while crossing a bridge. Apparently as when we were crossing the bridge at about 25 a ref rolls by on his motorcycle and tells people to get inside the yellow. This crams everyone together in an even smaller space and WHAM! That shitty crashing carbon fiber sound starts to echo through the valley… I do a small hop over someones wheel and then end up leaning into a girl from Team Dayton. We share a little Secret and luckily stay upright. Kyle barely squeaks through behind me. Still no site of Seth or Matt at this point. I’m assuming they’re working their way back from the first mishap.

Shortly after this wreck, we get some torrential rain that was blasting down on us and a couple lightning strikes in the distance. The cat 4/5’s were lucky enough to avoid this fun wet section. My brakes were almost useless as we were barreling downhill in the rain. About 2 laps in, Seth finally rolls up and is looking strong – as always. Still no sign from Matt. Apparently, he had to make his second dismount. Which was good, he could stop and eat some grapes from his pocket.

About 2 laps to go and Kyle was hoping we could break the pack before the uphill section. Seth, Kyle and I went off the front pulling about 33-35 mph and attempted to get away but this was shut down pretty fast with a huge peloton.

I dropped back and watched Seth and Kyle up front. Still no sign of Hardball. It appeared to me Seth was taking some rather long pulls out front. He burnt his last match and ended up dropping to the back of the pack – finding Hardball snacking on some grapes.

Kyle was in a pretty good position up towards the front for the final sprint and ended up charging into 4th overall! I thought I was in good position for the last sprint but the peloton started to widen and I got pushed over the yellow line. I didn’t want to get DQ’d so I let off the gas and coasted into 13th overall (4th cat 4’s). I’ll take it. A day or racing is better than a day of staring at a computer.

HUNGRY!

billy out for a leisurely ride

lil t + cx bike + 1x10 = high RPM

kyle pulling off the front

HardBall, resident vintner