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2013 Tour de Nez

Teammate Brandon Trafton would be my only teammate for the day. At the San Rafael Twilight the night before he soloed for 25% of the race and still had enough energy to lead out and send teammate Dana Williams into the final straight for the sprint finish. He's flying, I was pretty stoked. The race started fast with a first lap prime and immediately after Trafton is off the front with Johnathan Teeter (Marc-Pro Strava). Teeter just recently finished second place at the NRC Cascade Cycling Classic Time Trial and is the race favorite for the day.

The peloton chased hard after them for forty-five minutes, notably the entire Predator Cycling team, fresh from their win over crit-powerhouse UHC at Pairie State Cycling series, and Max Jenkins (Kenda Pro Cycling - 5-Hour Energy).

Justin Rossi (Marc-Pro/Strava) and I went ultimate passive aggressive blocking mode, clogging up lines in the turns and pretending to pull while Trafton and Teeter rode super humanly and maintained their thirty-five second lead.

Eventually the chase cracked and Rossi and I made the bridge up to Trafton and Teeter. All four of us traded pulls working together (photo credit: Steve Ellsworth),  maybe only thirty seconds from lapping the field, until about four laps to go when Rossi and Teeter started to light things up and trade attacks, not wanting it to come down to a sprint.

We rode really well during this time, going all out to match Teeter's and Rossi's accelerations knowing that if we gave either of them any space they would just time trial away from us.

Coming into the last lap Rossi launched an attack that I chased. It gapped us pretty far from Teeter and Trafton. I sat behind Rossi, waiting for sprint distance to the finish line or for Trafton to catch up so I could lead him out, whichever came first. Trafton opted to play it safe and sit on Teeter rather than risk leading out Teeter in his chase up to me, which was a tremendous sacrifice on his part and ultimately gave me the win.

I had been cornering really well all day, so with the final corner in sight I jumped as hard as I could into it and came out with a decent gap that I carried to the finish line for the win. Trafton did the same thing behind me and came in for third.

Quick final note: Reno was incredibly hot and incredibly dry. Most of the race I had globs of dry spit accumulating on my lips and my throat being torn to bits from sucking down mouthfuls of dry air. I've had to take people's word that OSMO is the best drink mix for endurance athletes because I know absolutely nothing about life sciences, but today was the first time I was able to physically feel just how powerful this drink mix is. I am speechless as to how much better and how much easier the pedal strokes came after each drink of it.

2013 Elite National Road Race Championship

By Roman Kilun The Elite National Road Race was held in a beautiful wooded and hilly park in the farm lands of Wisconsin with the finish atop the tallest point in the state. The race was a relatively short 140k of 6 laps, but the hills and the heat would make for a tough selective day. The first few laps where rather odd and not particularly memorable. The only breakaway of note was teammate Eric Riggs who was solo for the first portion of the first lap. Throughout the first half of the race Team Mike's Bikes p/b Incase stayed attentive and focused on hydrating with Osmo.

In the middle of the third lap there was a big split in the field over a steep kicker. Shawn and I were slightly caught out and he did a great job closing the gap. At that point I knew that the next ascent of the main climb would be decisive. Therefore I put myself in the best possible position and prepared to suffer. As expected the strong guys made there move and group of five split clear of the shattering field. I was close to making it but got caught in traffic and was not on the wheels of the escape. Luckily, I was in good company as Leece, Santos and one other rider were making a desperate effort to bridge over the top.

On the descent we joined forces and made a mad drive to get across. Once across the group was eight and we had to work. The gap slowly stretched out to a 1:30 over the 4th lap. On the 5th lap Cole House somehow bridged with another rider. It's never good to add riders to a breakaway yet it was nice to have the additional horsepower as the wind continued to kick up.

The breakaway started the final lap with a 1:50 lead and continued to work smoothly until the midway point where Cole House threw down a blistering attack. Only the Elbowz rider followed the wheel but I was able to work with Leece to get across without much drama. This gave me some confidence for the finish as the other riders appeared to be struggling. The remainder of the lap was uneventful as we sized each other up and prepared for the climb to the finish which included an extra 1 kilometer pitch from the normal circuit. Up to this point I was perfectly confident and was dreaming of a podium spot. However, as we started to climb I felt the twitches of a cramp in my quads and knew I had to be very careful. Often, I can prevent a full on cramp by avoiding any sharp accelerations.

Things were going according to plan until Leece attacked mid way up the climb. Surprisingly there was not much reaction but the pace went up significantly. The group started to shatter under the pressure and it was every man for himself to the finish line, which I crossed in 8th place. I would have loved to do better but it is a result that I am very proud of and have no regrets of how I rode the race. My equipment was perfect and the support of Team Mike's Bikes p/b Incase is more than I could ask for.

Tomorrow we will try again in the crit. #MBFY

Grasshopper #2 - Chileno Valley: Matt's Take

EVENT:Grasshopper #2 Chileno Valley

CATEGORY: Open

DATE: 2/16/12

AUTHOR: Matt Adams

TEAMMATES: Steve O'Mara (Elite Team) Andy Goessling (Elite Team) Daniel Holloway (Elite Team) Rainier Schaefer Elite Team) Chris Hobbs (on loan to TQE)

FIELD SIZE: Hundreds - here's the first wave taken from 50 deep from the start line

COURSE: 80 miles.  Starting in downtown Occidental, we immediately hit the first of two tough climbs that would bring us to the coast.  After a fast, bumpy descent, we headed south on Hwy 1, thru Tomales and down to Marshall.  From there, we went up the wall, blazed thru Hicks Valley to Wilson Hill, got an OSMO handup at the top, then down to Chileno Valley Rd.  After the CV run, we continued to wind our way west and north to the bottom of Joy rd where it turns out, there isn't any.  With a steep nasty start, the climb eased up an eventually finished.

Click here to view the pain via Strava

THE PLAN: Hang with the lead group as long as possible.  With two good climbs coming in the 1st 5 miles, withstanding the initial punch would be crucial.  If I could hang until the coast, I would try to sit in as much as possible and last as long as I could.  If I got dropped, then I'd ease up and wait for the next group to roll with and try to finish strong from that group.

RACE SUMMARY: After a good warm up with O'Mara and Hobbs up Bittner, I was as prepared as I've ever been before a race.  I found O'Mara at the start and squeezed in, there was no way in hell I was starting at the back of a 200+ field at the bottom of a climb.  At the gun we rolled to the bottom of Coleman Valley and it started.  The pace was fast but manageable and I was able to stay about 30 wheels back.  It was pretty brutal to go this hard so immediately.  I averaged 413 watts for over 5 min up the 1.1 mile 7.7% climb.  Strava showed my VAM at 1549, a new record for me.  Kris Lunning got the KOM and was only 9 sec faster than me.  At this point I would have liked to recover a bit but it got fast and started to string out.  At some point, I heard Hobbs yell "here we go again" and we hit a right turn and starting going up again.  The second climb was similar to the first but I started to fade.  There were probably 50 people in front of me at the top and I was about 100 meters off the back.  And then my knight in shining armor came to my rescue.  Daniel Holloway (yes, the dude with stars and stripes on his sleeve) slowed up for me and yelled to get on his wheel.  I gave it my all over the rollers but we only managed to cut the gap in half.  I was at the limit and cross-eyed and we'd only been racing for 20 min.  My second lucky moment came when a herd of sheep crossed the road in front of the lead group and gave me a chance to get back on.  My sissy descending skills then reared their ugly head and I promptly went to the back on the descent down to Hwy 1, where the bad luck hit.  I was only 20 meters back from the guys in front of me but they made the left onto Hwy 1 and I was held up by the moto due to a car coming.  So the chase was on and my knight in stars and striped dragged my ass back.  From there it was quite a gentlemenly cruise down Hwy 1.  I was stoked to still be with the lead group with 3 guys off the front (Lunning, Teeter, and a BikeMonkey guy).   The 4 elite team guys all made the group as well and at some point Hobbs dragged the second group up to us.  There probably about 75 guys at that point.

As we rolled towards Marshall, I took comfort that I knew the next two climbs well but I was still reeling from the initial effort.  We made the left at the bottom of the Marshall Wall and up we went.  The first half of climb is a series of steep "steps" and I hung ok on those, the second half of the climb is where Holloway became my coach.  As the group shrank behind me, it strung out in front of me and I found myself on Fast Freddie's wheel.  I though "Hot Damn, look at me!"  Holloway kept yelling "Come on, grab that wheel" and "Don't lose that f@*king wheel".  The climb lasted 11 minutes and I averaged 363 watts.  I crested the top about 20 meters off the guy in front and had about 4 on my wheel.  Again Holloway hung back and bridged us up as we rolled across the flat section at the top.  After the descent, we rolled comfortably thru Hicks Valley.  The group was down to about 25 and still had all the TMB elite guys.  The pace occasionally ramped up but there was no concerted effort to chase the 3 guys off the front.  Everyone seemed to desire some recovery before Wilson Hill, a short, steep, MF'er of a climb.  Wilson was the easiest of the day but still tough.  OSMO was at the top handing out bottles but with not enough volunteers it was a shit show.  I was polite and let everyone else get a bottle first (AKA I was last to the top and waited my turn) but apparently Freddie decided to attack over the top and strung out the group.  Again my descending skills killed me, even though I hit 47 mph, and I hit the bottom with no one in sight and a Chica Sexy guy on my wheel.  We chased hard, made the left onto Chileno Valley Rd and chased some more.  At the turn the group was in sight and apparently had decided to let FF and one other guy go, which allowed me and Chica Sexy dude to get back on.  We rolled quickly through the valley.

From here the miles ticked by and we rolled comfortably with only a small climb on Middle Rd.  I had no idea what to expect on Joy Rd but at this point I had survived most of the ride and was with the lead group (minus the 5 guys off the front) and totally stoked.  I was racing with 4 guys from the Elite team, a couple of Chicken Ride dudes, and a bunch of other kids.  I was yelling FY in my head!  And then the highlight of the day came.  I knew there wasn't much left of the race except to get to the bottom of Joy Rd and let O'Mara do his thing.  So I asked Andy G what the plan was.  He conferred with rest of the guys and rolled up to me and said "let's go to the front and set some tempo".  I was pumped, I had nothing left in my legs but was mixing it up with the P/1/2 guys and actually contributing.  Andy and I traded off a couple pulls and then Daniel came to front.  Holy Shit!  We were doing 27 mph with 75+ miles and 7000 ft of climbing in our legs.  It was all I could do to hang on his wheel but there was no way I was breaking up the TMB train.  We hit Joy Rd, I saw the wall ahead and did my best Cav/Cippo impression and pulled over to let the group go.  I limped up the climb with Daniel and we finished last in the group and 30th overall.  I think O'Mara took 4th out of our group and ended around 10th.  All in all it was spectacular.  What an amazing day full of pain and suffering!

RESULTS and STATS: 30th Place 80 Miles 7700 Ft of Climbing 20.8 Avg Speed 277 Norm Power Confidence that I can hang in the 35+ 1/2/3 field

TMB 2013 Race Calendar

Welcome to the 2013 race season.  It's been a very busy off season with a lot of team development activities to build the emotional and positive intelligence of the team which is integral to a successful 2013 season.   We have also been busy with working with our sponsors in order to equip the team with the best equipment and nutrition in the peloton.    Special thanks to our sponsors Mike's Bikes, Incase, Specialized, Sram, Zipp, Osmo, Garmin, Clif Bar, Smith, Bar Fly, Bike Smart, City Park, and GoPro.  The team is ready and poised for a fun filled season. Team Mike's Bikes is tackling a more challenging 2013 race program.  We will focus our Norcal efforts into winning the Bike Reg Premier Series team and individual classification.   Also, we will be placing a strong emphasis with NRC/NCC level racing to give our young riders the opportunity to compete against the best US professional teams.

Please join us at the races.   We will be setting up Camp Mikes for most of the Premier series races.   Looks for the Mike's Bikes tent and stop by and say hello.    Thank You!

February:

  1. 2/23 - Snelling Road Race (Premier Series)  http://www.velopromo.com
  2. 2/24 - Old Merced Criterium http://www.velopromo.com
  3. 2/28 - Merco Cycling Classic Stage Race  http://www.topsportcycling.com/events/merco-cycling-classic/

March:

  1. 3/1-3 - Merco Cycling Classic Stage Race  http://www.topsportcycling.com/events/merco-cycling-classic/
  2. 3/8-10 Madera Stage Race (Premier Series)  http://www.velopromo.com
  3. 3/22-24  San Dimas Stage Race http://www.sdsr.info/joomla/race-details
  4. 3/30 Copperopolis Road Race http://www.velopromo.com

April: 

  1. 4/3-7  Redlands Bicycle Classic (NRC Event) http://www.redlandsclassic.com
  2. 4/13 Santa Cruz Classic (Premier Series) http://www.velopromo.com
  3. 4/13-14 Chico Stage Race http://www.chicostagerace.com
  4. 4/18-21  Sea Otter Classic Stage Race (Premier Series)
  5. 4/27  Wente Road Race (Premier Series) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  6. 4/28  Wente Criterium

May

  1. 5/4  Mike's Bikes Cat's Hill Classic  (Premier Series) http://www.catshill.org
  2. 5/5  Dana Point Grandprix (NCC) http://www.danapointgrandprix.com/dpgp-may6-2012/
  3. 5/12 Berkeley Hills Road Race (Premiere) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  4. 5/26 Mt. Hamilton Road Race (Premiere) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  5. 5/27 Memorial Day Criterium http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
June 
  1. 6/1  Dunlap Time Trial (Premier) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  2. 6/2  Pescadero Coastal Classic  (Premier) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  3. 6/16 Nevada City Classic (Premier) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  4. 6/20 - 30  Tour of Dairylands  (NCC) http://www.tourofamericasdairyland.com
  5. 6/23 Burlingame Criterium
  6. 6/30 Lodi Cyclefest Criterium (Premier) http://www.deltavelo.com/lodi_cyclefest/
July 
  1. 7/4 Fourth of July Criterium (Premier) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  2. 7/4-7  US Elite & U23 Nationals (Madison, Wisconsin)
  3. 7/16-21  Cascade Cycling Classic (NRC) Bend, Oregon http://www.cascade-classic.org
  4. 7/27 San Rafael Twilight
  5. 7/28 Menlo Park Grand Prix (Premier) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
August
  1. 8/4 Patterson Pass Road Race (Cal Cup)
  2. 8/10 Dunnigan Hills Road Race (Cal Cup)
  3. 8/11 Suisun Criterium (Cal Cup)
  4. 8/17 San Ardo Road Race (Cal Cup)
  5. 8/18 University Road Race (Cal Cup & Premier)
  6. 8/24 Winters Road Race (Cal Cup & Premier)
  7. 8/25 Vacaville Grand Prix (Cal Cup)
  8. 8/31 Challenge Road Race (Cal Cup)
September
  1. 9/2  Giro di San Francisco (Cal Cup & Premier) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  2. 9/14 51st Mt. Tam Hill Climb (Premier)  http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
  3. 9/22 Oakland Grand Prix (Premier) http://www.ncnca.org/ncncaseries/bikeregcom-premier-series-2013
October
  1. 10/2-6  US Elite & U23 Track Nationals

 

How well did Team Mike's Bikes do this 2012 season?

It goes without saying that Team Mike's Bikes had a phenomenal 2012 road racing season, but how exactly did we do? TMB had a squad of 20 racers ranging from age 19 to 40 racing from the San Bruno Hill Climb on January 1st to Henleyville Road Race on September 30th. That's nine months of racing up to sometimes four times in a weekend. Our boys traveled not just within the confines of the Norther California Nevada district borders but to San Dimas, Oregon, Wisconsin, Atlanta, British Columbia, and even across the ocean to Belgium. We upgraded several riders from Category 3 to Category 2 to Category 1.

We had an astonishing

43 1st place results

27 2nd place results

18 3rd place results

That's 88 Podiums and a total of 194 Top 10 results.

Northern California /Nevada Cycling Association 2012 BikeReg.com Premier Series The 2012 NCNCA BikeReg.com Premier Series is a group of 20 races that represent some of the best races in the Northern California/Nevada racing district. The Premier Series includes eight criteriums, ten road races and two time trials.

Out of 30 Teams Total, we placed 1st in the Team Premier series just beating out Marc Pro - Strava with our podium sweep at the final race of the series, the Giro di SF.

Team Points - Category 1/2 Men
Place Team Total Points
1 Team Mike's Bikes 346
2 Marc Pro - Strava 328
3 California Giant/Specialized 227
Out of 30 Teams Total

Out of 77 individual Category 1/2 Men in the Premier series, we had 4 riders in the top 5.

Category 1/2 Men
Place Lic # First Name Last Name Team
1 54686 Charles Hutcheson Marc Pro - Strava
2 210604 Tyler Brandt Team Mike's Bikes
3 295988 Dana Williams Team Mike's Bikes
4 191302 Eric Riggs Team Mike's Bikes
5 221376 James LaBerge Team Mike's Bikes
6 276108 Keith Hillier Marc Pro - Strava
7 234584 Joshua Carling Michael David Winery Cycling Team
8 249743 Chris Stastny California Giant/Specialized
9 182990 Rand Miller California Giant/Specialized
10 304249 Rainier Schaefer Team Mike's Bikes
Out of 77 Racers Total

2012 NCNCA Points Series To encourage teamwork and competitiveness by recognizing both the leaders of the Individual Points Competition and Team Points Competition in each designated category and the overall Team Points Competition by combining all results from eligible events.

Out of 35 Elite 1/2 Teams, we placed 1st overall in the 2012 NCNCA Team Category Points series.

Elite 1/2 Team Points
Place Team Total Points
1 Team Mike's Bikes 1426
2 Marc Pro - Strava 1108
3 California Giant/Specialized 806
Out of 35 Teams Total

Out of 253 racers in the Individual Men's Elite 1/2 Category Points, we had 3 riders in the top 5 and and 5 riders in the top 10 standings.

Elite 1/2 Points
Place License # First Name Last Name Team Points
1 54686 Charles Hutcheson Marc Pro - Strava 692
2 210604 Tyler Brandt Team Mike's Bikes 206
3 221376 James LaBerge Team Mike's Bikes 191
4 295988 Dana Williams Team Mike's Bikes 181
5 234584 Joshua Carling Michael David Winery Cycling Team 178
6 191302 Eric Riggs Team Mike's Bikes 169
7 182990 Rand Miller California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 166
8 256481 James Wingert Team Mike's Bikes 159
9 304249 Rainier Schaefer Team Mike's Bikes 156
10 249743 Chris Stastny California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 155
Out of 253 Racers Total

CALIFORNIA CUP 2012

Out of 50 racers, we had 4 riders in the top 10.

Cat 1/2/PRO
Place Lic # First Name Last Name Team
1 298550 Justin Rossi Marc Pro - Strava
2 195652 Max Jenkins Competitive Cyclist
2 263055 Torey Philipp California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
4 204739 Jesse Moore California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
5 282569 Stephen Leece California Giant/Specialized
6 295988 Dana Williams Team Mike's Bikes
6 266467 Kurt Wolfgang SquadraSF
8 210604 Tyler Brandt Team Mike's Bikes
8 191302 Eric Riggs Team Mike's Bikes
10 332190 Christopher HarlandDunaway Davis Bike Club
10 241392 Stephen O'Mara Team Mike's Bikes

Cycles Gladiator Uninhibited Racer Award For the 2012 road racing season, Cycles Gladiator Wine is teaming up with the Health is Wealth Racing Team to proudly present the Fifth Annual 'Uninhibited Racer Award' for the most aggressive racer in each category in participating criteriums in the California region. Throughout the 2012 season, we received 6 total Uninhibited Racer Awards.

Elite Pro/1/2 Recipients
 John Piasta  Folsom Cyclebration Crit
 Dana Williams  Berkeley Bicycle Club
 Tyler Brandt  Suisun Harbor Criterium
Elite 3 Recipients
 Ryan Johnson  Folsom Cyclebration Crit
 Henry Sholtz  Folsom Cyclebration Circuit Race
Elite 4 Recipients
Taylor Cody  Cherry Pie Crit.

Cycles Gladiator Boneshaker Top Sprinter Award As a Cat 3 rider, Ryan Johnson was able to accrue  enough points to hold the title of the Elite 3 Boneshaker Top Sprinter Award.

Elite 3 Leaders
Winner 13pts Ryan Johnson