Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
It was a crazy busy weekend of racing here in the Midwest. Here in Wisconsin there were sanctioned races on both Saturday (Menomonee Falls) and Sunday (Madison), plus a citizen's WISPORT road race (Whitwater) on Saturday. Just to the south, in Illinois, there was the increasingly popular gravel road race, the Leland Kermesse (Leland) on Saturday, then criterium racing in Chicago's Lincoln Park. Over in Indiana, it was the Little 500 weekend (271 arrests) at Indiana University in Bloomington, as well as the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Championships in South Bend, at Purdue University, with a team time trial, road race, and criterium. More collegiate racing was held in Iowa City, two more sanctioned races ran in Ohio, and three additional races were held in Missouri! There was no reason not to race if you really wanted to! We cover a few of these today.
WISCONSIN: Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Park Criterium - PHOTOS RESULTS - Held on a smoothly paved, gently twisting and rolling course around an old quarry, this is a local favorite springtime race. Former Wisconsin State Criterium champion Rob White (RACC pb GG), who rode for Kenda Pro Cycling the past few years, took the men's Pro 1/2 race while on the womens' side, it was once again TIBCO's Samantha Schneider, freshly back from the Redlands Tour, taking the win.
Jeremy Werbelow gives us his perspective on the 3's race (read more about his racing in the Madison recap as well!):
"The race was relatively uneventful from my perspective at least. It had parts where it was fast, but not crazy fast that I ever felt like my heart was going to explode. Then the times that it was going slow it was really going SLOW. Travis chased down a break easily and Brian chased down 2 or 3 breaks.
At one point I was talking to Travis asking him if he wanted to do a tandem attack. He was all for it, but this didn't happen because of the make up of the rest of the race. Ok, 3 laps to go, pretty slow, 2 laps to go Brian get on the front and pulls for the entire lap, 1 lap to Jeff gets on the and pulls for 3/4 lap. Then people started going through the "S" curves with the little rollers. I went with and then on the final roller I drilled it and went into the last corner first and I know it is a long way to the finish. I kept going as hard as I could, and then past just before the line. 2nd place, I am happy very happy with that. I was marked by the guy that past me, but oh well, that is racing."
"This race was much harder than Saturday's race, with attacks and then more attacks. Finally a small break was out there, but it was eventually brought back. I put in plenty of hard efforts, but managed my matches well. I was on the front at 2 laps to go and knew this is not where I would like to be. I rode on the front very slow, but ready to go if someone was going to launch. It did then pick up a little, 1 lap to go, around corner 1 into the head wind, pace to really fast at all. Around corner 2 up the roller through the curve nothing to crazy so I start moving up and finding a opening. Over the crest started sprinting into the last corner way ahead of everyone. Again, a long ways to the finish. Now, what not to DO! I looked back and so I thought I had this huge gap and I started celebrating early hand off the bars and everything and then I was passed! 2nd place again, I wasn't gassed I still had more and I should have easily won the race. That is what I get for being cocky I guess. Not to mention the officials didn't like it either and they made sure to let me know. I am glad that they didn't DQ me. Time to move on!"
Jennifer Perricone (IS CORP) took Elizabeth Lauer (Kenda pb Gear Grinder) on the line in the very aggressive Women's 1/2 race. The men's Pro 1/2 was also very aggressive with everything brought back until about half way through the 1 hour event when 10 riders gained 20 seconds. It looked serious and they seemed to have a gap that would stick. With 5 laps to go, Frank Dierking (Machinery Row) put in a strong effort, but didn't have the legs to make it past 2 to go. All together on the bell, and while it's not clear what happened on the back stretch, it appears that they just -barely- stayed away with Rob White (RACC pb GG) taking the win (two in a row for the weekend) over Dan Ajer and Thompson Remo.
|Men - Pro/Cat 1/2 - 19-29|
|Place||Points||Name||City, State||USAC #||Bib||Team|
|1||229.38||Robert White (1 - Cat1)||Brown Deer, WI||197162||84||RACC pb GG|
|2||238.33||Dan Ajer (2 - Cat1)||Fitchburg, WI||180160||76||Great Dane Velo Club (GDVC)|
|3||247.28||Thomson Remo (1 - Cat2)||Fond Du Lac, WI||212914||75||Team Wheel & Sprocket|
|White takes the win.|
|Leland Kermesse by Peloton-Pix|
"The race is a 25K Loop consisting of windy flat barren roads with 3 gravel sections making up 40% of the loop. This year, the women and cat 4 men were doing 4 laps for 100K. The gravel's consistancy can vary wildly depending on what the weather's been recently. It can be deep and loose, or tightly packed, and if it's wet and sticky it gets all over you and your bike, and if it's dry it is incredibly dusty and gets in your lungs. Your positioning when you hit the gravel ends up making the race. Depending on the condition of the gravel, passing can be difficult or impossible, so if you can to the front on the gravel riders opening up gaps behind you can cause a split. When you hit the pavement, a fluid breakaway can be impossible to catch due to the wind. "
The men's race was 5 laps of the 25km course and the winning break went right from the first gravel section with 6 riders forming a substantial gap. With approximately 50k to go, David Williams (Competitive Cyclist) ventured out on his own and simply rode away from the others, a very impressive win on the loose gravel. David Williams seems to be a time trial specialist according to his team bio, and is in good form just coming off a solid ride at the Vuelta Mexico.
|Men - Cat 1/2|
|Place||Name||City, State||USAC #||Team|
|1||David Williams||Indianapolis, IN||225765||Competitive Cyclist Racing Team|
|2||Daniel Lam (1 - Cat1)||Kalamazoo, MI||239504||Bissell-ABG-NUVO|
|3||Ryan Freund (2 - Cat1)||Lake In The Hills, IL||279249||Enzo's-PSIMET|
|Willams leads on lap 1.|
|The chasing Pro 1/2 field on lap 4.|
|The lead six on lap 3.|
ILLINOIS: Chicago - Lincoln Park Criterium - RESULTS PHOTOS On the shores of Lake Michigan they raced. Some did well ... John Mason (DiD Electrical), apparently a fairly accomplished Irish racer who is in town for ?? that won the Men's Pro 1/2, and Kristen Meshberg (Spider Monkey) who won the Women's 1/2 race (2 for 2 on the weekend!). Others didn't have luck on their sides, such as XXX racer (Checkers or Wreckers) Luke Seeman who appeared to have the Masters 1/2/3/4 race in hand after a 2 man breakaway.
Remember Jeremy Werbelow's mistake in the Madison Cat. 3 race also on this same day (mentioned above)? The photos and video tell it all.
|Photo: Joe Costello|
Monday, April 23, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
"Waking up to a forecast of rain the entire day oddly made me happy. I’d raced in rain before at races like Snake Alley and Tour de Grove and it was scary. I did not feel confident cornering or descending. So, your guess is as good as mine as to why I was creepily smiling on the hour-long drive through a drizzle from Springfield to Hillsboro. Maybe it was the idea that this was “classics weather”. Not only was I going to be racing on the crummiest roads in Central Illinois, but also I got to do it while soaked to the bone the entire time! There’s really no way of rationalizing a jubilant attitude like this going into it…"
Bissel - Nuvo swept the podium in the Men's Pro 1/2 race, and for the cat 2 women ... ??? ... who knows, they aren't listed in the results. Maybe there weren't any?
Men's Pro 1/2Mac
1. Mac Brennan
2. Alex Wieseler
WISCONSIN: Madison - GDVC #1 - RESULTS - Racing continued in Wisconsin on Sunday in Madison with the first of the annual double header sponsored by the Great Dane Velo Club. The same course is used on both days, but with the riding direction reversed. No pix or video from this day, not surprising since the weather was pretty raw.
Holly Mathews (IS Corp) (2011 Wisconsin State Criterium Champion) took her first win of the year in the Women's 1/2 as did perennial Men's Pro 1/2 favorite Steve Scholzen (IS Corp)..
Their team, IS Corp, has a nice wrap up over on their blog, of the women's race:
With three laps to go, the wind picked up, and it started raining, but Andrea was feeling strong and bridged back up to Holly and the Kenda rider. She continued her fast pace and rode right by them, and continued with her lead until the last lap. Holly stayed with the Kenda rider until the last corner, then launched a massive attack to drop the Kenda rider and sprint past Andrea for the win. Andrea hung on for second place, and Jenn came in 4th. Lindsey played it smart in the field while her teammates were up the road and sat in, refusing to do any work. She timed the field sprint well, placing 2nd in the field and 6th overall.
Monday, April 9, 2012
|Photo: Team TIBCO|
General Classification, Final Ranking
1 Teutenberg, Ina Yoko 13 Specialized - Lululemon 11:24:45
2 van Dijk, Ellen 14 Specialized - Lululemon 11:24:52 0:07
3 Vos, Marianne 7 Rabobank 11:25:28 0:43
4 Worrack, Trixi 17 Specialized - Lululemon 11:25:35 0:50
5 Gunnewijk, Loes 26 Greenedge - AIS 11:25:55 1:10
21 Guarnier, Megan 49 Tibco to the Top 11:41:06 16:21
33 Millar, Amanda 50 Tibco to the Top 11:43:48 19:03
55 Schneider, Samantha 51 Tibco to the Top 11:48:53 24:08
66 Hall, Lauren 54 Tibco to the Top 11:50:19 25:34.
105 Wheeler, Jennifer 53 Tibco to the Top 12:02:23 37:38
106 Purcell, Jennifer 52 Tibco to the Top 12:03:57 39:12
EL SALVADOR: San Salvador - Vuelta Ciclista El Salvador - Elgin, Illinois' Jessica Prinner writes in her blog about her travels last week with the USA National Team. It's a great read, check it out:
Tomorrow, we'll try to track down Ashley James in the Classica Citta di Padova, and U23 Lawrence Warbasse of Traverse City, MI in the Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux in Belgium.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
|Photo: Chicago Velo Campus|
Plans continue to build a new velodrome in Cleveland, OH
ILLINOIS: Evanston - News has been flying about regarding "The race in Evanston" being canceled, mainly from two articles published in the Chicago Sun Times ONE TWO. This was a race planned for a June weekend however, and doesn't appear to be the very popular Superweek stop which is scheduled for July 15th.
Marcus Thompson posted some nice photos on Facebook from the collegiate race in Ann Arbor this past weekend. Gives us a feeling of what conditions were like.
Video of a few climbs here in southeast Wisconsin. The Map My Ride links are on the Youtube side of each video:
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
|Photo: Loren Eggenschwiler|
More out of South Beloit, IL from Illinois Cycling:
Nearly $3 million distributed so far through LA payout program (link)USA Cycling announced today that based on 2011 license sales, it will distribute $421,170 back to its 34 Local Associations (LA) as part of an ongoing effort to grow competitive cycling at the grassroots level.
With the 2011 payout, USA Cycling has now delivered nearly $3 million in direct funding to its Local Associations since the program’s 2003 inception.
“The LA Payout Program represents a major reinvestment of membership dollars back into racing at the local level,” explained USA Cycling President and CEO Steve Johnson. “These monies are then allocated by the Local Associations to fund specific programs in their state or region, thereby ensuring our resources are used as efficiently as possible to grow cycling in all parts of the country.”
The payouts have also helped the Minnesota Cycling Federation with their new rider outreach, enabling them to offer things like junior development grants and free entries for juniors at cyclo-cross races.
“Our primary funding is the USA Cycling payouts,” explained MCF spokesman Kevin Lennon. “None of the above would have happened without the support.”
For 2012, Minnesota will continue developing the junior side of the sport, but they’ll also use the payout for a State Championship jersey program, Rider of the Year awards, and officials training.
2011 Local Association payouts:
Illinois Cycling Association $15,245
Indiana/Kentucky Cycling Association $9,580
Iowa Bicycle Racing Association $4,700
Michigan Bicycle Racing Association $8,850
Minnesota Cycling Federation $7,955
Missouri Bicycle Racing Association $7,940
Ohio Cycling Association $11,065
Wisconsin Cycling Association $8,250
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
|Photo: Criterium Detroit City|
In full and total disclosure, last year I was able to raise $5,200 in sponsorship dollars, the race cost us $16,000 to put on (and that was the amount after we pulled every favor in the book). This year, I can't pull those favors again, it will cost more, and there just isn't enough time.
This is just a bump in a roubaix-esque course - there are lots of them, and you'll never know which one gave you the flat, and you know you'll get back in it.
I will be at Detroit Bike City on March 24th to talk about the future of the race. There is a future. The race will be back in 2013 in a new location. The point of Criterium Detroit City is, and has always been, to show off Detroit. To do that we will move the race course around the city and show off it's great assets.
To the racers - you have to know that for me canceling this race is the hardest thing I've ever done. Putting the race on last year was hard, I broke down a week before the race as I was given two bills for $2,500 each that I couldn't pay. But I stuck with it. My moto last year was 'it's going to be the most amazing thing you've ever seen, even if I go broke doing it.' I wanted to show you something you had never seen before, and I hope that I did. In continuing with that tradition, I want to give you a race that you will always remember, and at this point I can't. I can't keep getting you (and me) excited every time we have a silver lining. I thought we had a course, I was wrong. I thought we had a new course, I was wrong. I thought we had a title sponsor, I was wrong. I want to give you an experience that you've never had before, and right now, I can't.
I have been trying to figure out a way around this. But I can't. I don't want to waste my planning teams time, they are a great bunch of people and I want them to focus on something that will work, like CDC 2013. I can't waste resources that I don't have, it seems that last year taught me something. Next year the race will be back - better than last year. "
Fear not fellow readers, the Michigan cycling scene is strong and there are many other excellent races to be enjoyed in 2012. We wish them good luck in bringing racing back to downtown Detroit next year!
Monday, April 2, 2012
49 Guarnier, Megan U.S.A.
50 Miller, Amanda U.S.A.
51 Schneider, Samantha U.S.A.
52 Purcell, Jennifer U.S.A.
53 Wheeler, Jennifer U.S.A.
54 Hall, Lauren U.S.A
keeps us informed of the war on wheels going on in Spain."Well, the end to Volta Catalunya was less than ideal for me. I crashed on the final descent about 2.5km from the finish. It makes me incredibly frustrated to think about it, but I am looking at the positives of everything to help me get through it.
We're also keeping an eye out for news on Bjorn Selander of Hudson, WI who is racing for his new Canadian team -Spider Tech p/b C10 and just raced in the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali in Italy. Details are sketchy, but he and two of his team mates seem to have fallen outside the time limit on stage 3. Check out the awesome images posted over on Steephill TV.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Other stories we will be watching this week as info becomes available:
FRCC Spring Fling #1 in Waterford Hills, MI
2012 Detroit Criterium canceled.
Mike Sherer wins Colorado Springs Classic Criterium.
Kaitlin Antonneau wins collegiate road race.
Samantha Schneider rides Ronde van Vlaanderen - Dames.
|Photo: Peloton Star|
|Men - Cat 1/2/3|
|Place||Name||City, State||USAC #||Team|
|1||Chad Hartley||Fox Point, WI||126996||Kenda 5-Hour Energy|
|2||Ryan Freund (1 - Cat1)||Lake In The Hills, IL||279249||Enzo's-PSIMET|
|3||Kyle Selph (1 - Cat2)||Naperville, IL||290759||Sammy's Bike|
|Photo: Peloton Star|