2010 Ault Park Opener

The racing was fast… apparently doug burton of main street velo and rick hoeting of QCW locked horns on the final sprint. scott reacted with lightning fast reflexes and ninja rolling skills to avoid serious injury at 30± mph…

i put the video piece together to try and “figure out” what happened.

in numbers…

andrew taking lap 15 prime in 1st, scott 2nd and james 4th… andrew rounded out the day with enough points for 2nd place and scott “rolling on ground” pellegrini ends up in 8th. the race had approximately 70 people, it might be nice to split the cat 4 and 5’s apart for smaller groups…

micheal c cruising “A” group style…

QCW results page

photos once again from jeffrey jakucyk!

Thank you Jeffrey Jakucyk!!

THC wants to thank Jeffrey Jakucyk for graciously allowing us to use his photography on our website. That’s right, Jeffrey is a professional photographer that has been photographing bike racing (among other things) for years. His images are amazing and he is letting us use images of THC members in the races for reporting on our site -for FREE! All of his photographs are for sale, as prints or digital files. In order to support him and thank him for this amazing service to us and the cycling community, we ask that you visit his website, browse the images, and consider making a purchase.

Here is his site: jjakucyk.exposuremanager.com

From the home page go to SPORTS, then BICYCLING, and then the type, year, race of your choice. THC is in there, the images we use here on the site are just a few of many great shots.

Thank you again Jeffrey.

Spring Valley Road Race – OSRS #5

Team Hungry represented well with seven riders at the Spring Valley  road race. Alex S, Andrew S, Kerry R, Michael C, Michael S, Scott P, and Zach C all raced in the harsh winds and cold rain on one of the more exciting, rolling, and turning courses of the series. The course seems best for all-rounders despite the short but hard uphill before the flat finish, which busted legs and lungs and split the lead groups before the line. Wind likely led to the crash in the 4’s that eventually brought Andrew Suchocki down hard -tearing two layers of jersey and even more layers of flesh off his shoulder hip and legs. Amazingly, Andrew got up to come in fast to finish behind the pack -he is healing well and ready to fight again. Top finishes of the day came from Zach snagging a 4th place in the CAT5’s, Michael C taking 5th in the 3’s, and Scott with a 6th place in the CAT4’s.

Team ducks out of pre-race downpour

Michael C bringing it to the line

Kerry at the start

Michael S on his way to the front

Andrew before the carnage

Scott getting thrashed at finish

Zach moving up before the line

Vandervorts Corner Road Race OSRS #4

THC scores again! In our third race of the series we gained our third first place finish as Zach Cahill hit the line in the CAT5 race. Congratulations to Zach Attack. At a glance you’d think he was a pure climber, but racing smart allowed him to fair well on the flat to rolling course best suited for sprinters. Next best finish of the day came from Scott in the CAT4’s with a bunch sprint to the line putting him in 4th.

Scott seemed to be a marked man, and spent the day chasing attacks, while never being let to get away in a break himself. Though he dreads a sprint finish, he hustled to put himself in a good position to limit the damage.  Everyone else rode strong and reported a good quality race with lots of attacks and team tactics (other teams are well represented) in play. Nathan Kemphues survived his first road race quite well, giving a nice pull for the field in his race. MC Chewning finished in the sprint bunch of CAT3’s and Kerry and Eric dreamt of hills to add some excitement to their races. Thanks to Jacky and Christa and Alex for the sideline support! Photos forthcoming. Next race: Spring Valley.

Hueston Woods Road Race – Ohio Spring Series #3

Huge success!! THC riders did NOT race this one -we hosted it and represented as volunteers. AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!!! We put on another great race in the beautiful rolling and turning wooded terrain of Hueston Woods. The sun was shining, the fields were packed with riders, and only a couple of cases of road rash were had. All in all, we had a great turnout for this classic and respected race. Here are a few pics of THC volunteers and some of the racing.

Mitchell Memorial Road Race – Ohio Spring Series #2

THC team mates MC Chewning, Scotty P, Michael Starr, and Zach Cahill battled the elements and the elevation at the epic Mitchell Memorial road race. The 8.2 mile wooded and wild course featured a steep, wicked curvy downhill section with at least one off-camber turn, a few sharp banked curves, which led to a long fast rolling section, then cut right to kick up a bit, back down, and then right again into a long, curvy and sometimes bitingly steep uphill section, with a flatish finish area at the top. Done several times at race pace and the boys calves threatened to jump ship and hide in the woods. The weather just upped the ante; 30+ mile per hour wind gusts and patches of rain made the top section a brutal battle to hold a line in the headwind and the slick wet roads made for a white-knuckle descent. But the race went on, fast and ferocious. The boys did well to survive the course with the best finishes from Scott who soloed in to take 1st in the CAT4 race and Michael Chewning’s 10th in the CAT3’s.

Zach

Scott solos for the win

Chewning in the pack

Germantown Road Race – Ohio Spring Series #1

The team represented well at our first race of the season. Seven Hungrians -Michael Starr, Michael Chewning, Andrew Suchocki, Alex Steinker, Scott Pardi, Zach Cahill, and Kerry Nordstrom -braved the blustery, cold drizzle in the rolling countryside near Germantown, Ohio. The course included several gravelly turns, some tight rollers, and a short, yet knarly, rolling climb into a headwind to the slightly uphill finish. Everyone seemed to fair well -no crashes- though Mike Starr (Cat4) had a technical which cost a lot of energy during a long chase of the pack. Alex, Kerry, and Zach hung on in a very fast and challenging Cat5 race. Congrats to Zach and Alex for working hard in rough conditions in their first race. Michael Chewning suffered like a dog in the combined Cat123 race, apparently a little too Hungry for the night life before race day, thus catching the bonk from not eating or sleeping enough -lesson learned. Best finishes for the day include Scott taking first in the Cat4 race after a long bridge leading to a two-man break that ended with Scott out-hustling his rival before the line, and Andrew taking 5th in the Cat4 with a strong effort to shatter his competition in the chase group. All-in-all we had a great time despite the weather. Post race, we celebrated with Starr’s excellent home brew then gorged ourselves on local Mexican. Congrats all around. A few pics from the race:

Andrew digs for 5th CAT4

Scott takes the win before the line CAT4

MC with the big boys

Starr on the chase CAT4

Alex's first race CAT5

Kerry up front in the pack CAT5

Zach in the pack CAT5

race to anyplace

Thanks to our generous supporters, this past weekend’s Race to Anyplace fundraising event was a huge success for both The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and for Team Hungry Cycling. THC wants to extend a huge and warm THANK YOU! to all of our family, friends, and associates that together contributed over $1,100 to the $18,000 + the event raised overall!! A special thanks goes to Michael Chewning’s firm, Sheldon Reder CPA’s for kicking us off with the team pledge of $500.

Team members chugged away in shifts of 15 or 30 minutes for 6 hours non-stop. The spin machines had resistance set by the officials and we are convinced that when they saw our strapping young lycra-clad lads enter the room, quads bumping into doorways and knocking over chairs, that ours had an extra couple of turns put on the “brakes.” But alas, the machine posed no threat, to the beat of Eye of the Tiger, THC churned the cranks on a 6-hour uphill tour of introspection and social duty. The sweat poured out, the foyer of the Chemed Center never to smell the same again. We were fueled by the thoughts of the individuals that have struggled with the diseases, the families united by the cause. We were also fueled by Sierra’s (a big shout out to Jenna in the sky, hoot hoot!) amazing baked goods made special for the cause, and by the excellent sugar bumps from Alex’s chocochip cookies. Around us were families and friends cheering each other on in remembrance of loved ones past and thankfulness for the survivors that pressed the pedals with the strength they conquered the disease. The music thumped and the miles unrolled. So did we win, you want to know, well we got an incredible workout and were humbled by the experience, we didn’t rack up the most miles, but in a small way, we won.

spring series finale report

The last race of the spring series was unlike all other races. It was a crit – A 1km lap with a serious climb (the finish line was at the crest), a downhill 180 and a fast flat section. We were all excited when we saw how big the hill was and were impressed that Team Abundance found such an awesome, isolated course.

Scott chose not to race because of his 11:00am start time, and since we had all been out riding and bleeping until 3am the night before, we figured 2:15 for the Cat 4’s was as early as we could handle.

Cat 4 report:

Ben and Starr lined up against 30 or so other racers. They had played a little “race before the race” tactic and got pretty good starting positions, which gave them the advantage of good positioning early on. From the sidelines, it looked as though the pack hit the hill hard the first few laps. People were quickly being dropped off the back and we were excited to see Hungry Kits at the front and in control. Ben and Starr both looked strong everytime around. Around lap 15 of 25, Starr was suddenly gone from the pack. On the sidelines, we were all worried he may have wrecked on the decent. Fortunately, it was just a flat tire and he was okay. As the rest of the race continued, Ben remained in good position, staying near the front and helping set the tempo. The final lap bell rang and the Team Hungry supporters (Jackie, Family, Scott and I) anxious for Ben to do well. He Did! We watched Ben fly up the hill and take 3rd position! Nice Job Ben!

Some photos (taken by Scooter) from their race:


Cat 3 report:

I was pumped with adrenaline after watching Ben do so well. Our race started in a similiar manner – the first few climbs were hard and fast and the natural selection was made pretty early on. Fortunately, I made the cut and was riding with about ten other guys. About half way through the race, some guy proved that he was naturally the best by taking off the front and almost lapping us. I didn’t jump with him because I figured the 5 Abundance guys in my pack would start a chase. I think they were more focused on the GC and just let him go.

My strategy was similiar the Ben and Starr’s. I tried staying as near to the front as possible and picked up the pace on the hill whenever people were trying to take a recovery lap. That tactic got me through and with three laps to go, Jamie Raddin, the guy who wins almost every race, jumped hard. I reacted with all I had and managed to get on his wheel. I held it for one lap until he took the 180 turn a an amazing speed. I was unable to hold his line and let a gap open. Needless to say, there went second place for me. I was able however to stay away from the pack behind and rolled across the line 3rd, only seconds behind Jamie.

With two podium finishes, it was the Team’s best day yet. Ben got a real podium picture, but I managed to miss my photo-op. Here’s how we made up for it. We were all winners after all!

cleavage

At the Cleves Time Trial, Scott and I (MC Hewning) looked damn good crossing the line! Half zips turned full, and the numbers came rolling in.

The Cleves TT is one of the longest running bike races around. Going over rolling hills and false flats, the 10.2 mile course proves challening to every rider. Scott and I approached the race conservatively. We both had pretty low expectations – claiming that we were “climbers” and “built all wrong.”

When we registered I was surprised to see so many fully decked out TT bikes. I had no idea that so many people were interested in time trialing in Cincinnati. I actually felt a little foolish sitting on my track bike amongst racers with disc wheels and aero helmets.

The race starts off with the slower racers and worked it’s way down to the faster guys with 30 second intervals between each start. We started 17th and 18th which put us right in the middle of the pack.

The only advise we had was not to kill it from the start. A friend told us to give it a couple of minutes before going all out. Alas, I tried to stay calm on the first stretch of road. Eventually I was nervous that I was going too easy and begin picking up the pace. I don’t really remember anything else except venhilaritory threshold panting. A passed the line, yelled my number, and watched Scott roll through in a similiar fashion.

We waited around for out times and were very pleased when the organizers announced them. Scott came out with 25:22 and I had 24:51, which gave us 11th and 9th overall. Not bad for a couple of scronny guys against slipstream body builders.

More about cleves time trial at QCW.org.