Saturday, December 11, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Are you ready for the biggest Cyclocross race to hit this side of the Mississippi? Rolling Thunder is a mere 5 days away! The anticipation awaits us! Racers, get your race on, Spectators! Get your cowbells on! Be sure to visit montanacyclocross.com for more race details! Who will win this time? What kind of shananagans will the Schultz brothers pull out of their chamois this year???? Find out! Saturday, October 16th at the American Legion Field!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Sunday, September, 12th 2010
Directions: Fort Missoula. From Reserve Street turn SW on South Ave, left on
CCC Road, go for about a 1⁄2 mile and look for parking on your right near the
10:00am – 10:30am – Registration, Welcome, Introductions, and split into groups
10:40am – 11:00am – Station #1 – Equipment (Dave Hartman)
11:05am – 11:25am – Station #2 – Training, Race Prep (Elliot Bassett)
11:30am – 11:50am – Station #3 – Starts, Cornerning, Running(Toby
Meierbachtol & John Fiore)
11:55am – 12:15pm – Station #4 – Barriers (Alex Gallego)
12:20pm – 1:00pm – Lunch and Q&A session
1:15pm – 1:45pm – 20 minute optional course ride – A, B, and C categories
2:00pm – Send off
Rules: Racers must wear helmets while racing and warming up/down.
What to bring: Bike (Mountain or Cyclocross), sack lunch, helmet, water
Fees: The clinic is free.
Questions: Contact John Fiore 406-544-4528 or Shaun Radley 406-544-5270
Lindsy is our well deserved rider of the month. She has excelled not only in the collegiate community, she has done well in Montana as well. Her enthusiasm, free spirit, and enthusiasm for cycling is infectious. We are so glad she rides for NRO! Thanks Lindsy!
Here's a little bit about her...
First time you knew you had bike fever?
I think it was my seventh birthday when I got my first "real" bike. It was a red Trek with gold cougar paws on it. The best part of the present was a book that my dad wrote called "Little Red Riding Cap" which was a spin off of "Little Red Riding Hood". In the book I was the heroine who wore a red baseball cap backwards instead of a hood and beat up on the big bad wolf in a number ways before riding away like badass on my bicycle. I was such a tomboy... still am.
Most memorable ride:
Just a couple of weeks ago I was visiting my sister in Rising Sun, GNP. I brought my bike and decided to ride back to my car in C-Falls on the last day. I took the long way through East Glacier not realizing how far it was. I completed the 130 mile ride nine hours later (there was a head wind the whole way) totally exhausted, starving, and really sunburnt. It was a good time.
Saguaro East outside of Tucson, AZ. It's like single track for a road bicycle.
My favorite bike is one that don't have yet but will own someday. Not sure on the details right now but it will be light and quick and will win lots of races.
Who and/or what inspires you?:
Lots of things but mostly having so many great friends to train with. Living with two other really motivated athletes has been very helpful. When you don't have to sneak around at 5:30 am because the rest of the house is up grinding coffee and getting ready for their first workout everything is a lot easier!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Global warming may now come to an end... The earth has tilted off it's axis.... Tamara Bessette, the girl who claims "I don't ride dirt!" pretty much cleaned Snowbowl Lookout last week. It was one heck of a fun day...
It all started with Tamara not knowing any of the routes in the Rattlesnake, and wanting to ride Sawmill Gulch. I was excited to ride some dirt with her and happily agreed to go on the ride. We picked the hottest day of the year...97+ degrees for her so-called Maiden voyage. As we discussed our ride, I was beginning to think she might have ridden Snowbowl Lookout with Howard before, but couldn't quite deciper her description of trails..
So we were off...we took the "Ewok" single track trail as a little tester. When she said "that turn just really freaked me out!" I thought we may be in for a quick trip. Then we hit the logging road up Sawmill and she began to say "Oh I could ride this all day..." I began to worry as we took the single track up towards Curry. To no avail..she cleaned it. Not a wimper, and not even a worry. In fact, she turned her climb on as we started our ascent...and then I began to worry!
We gathered ourselves, and decided to continue on... Up Curry we went, and again, no signs of strain or fear in her eyes. And then alas....we found ourselves at the top of Snowbowl Lookout. We were both excited but then the big question laid before us. Which way should we go down? Should the girl who claims "never to ride dirt" take the easy or hard way down. You all know which route she chose...the hard way. Tamara doesn't resist a good challenge.
The downhill: Short and simple. She pretty much cleaned it. Yes, she pretty much cleaned it. With the exception of the infamous "S-turn" she cleaned it. And I was thinking...."what the&^%&^%*!"
So, the cat's out of the bag. Tamara rides dirt. Go ahead - ask her for a ride!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
My Race Report
By Meg Fisher
The number of athletes participating in Paracycling is relatively small compared to everyone else involved with USA Cycling and the Union Cycliste Internationale. That said, it is a community of elite, fiercely competitive athletes. This was my first year competing with the United States National Paracycling Team and my first opportunity to make an impression on the road at the World stage. I wanted to ride strong and represent my country (and Missoula) proudly.
After nearly a month away, I am thrilled to return home with two rainbow jerseys from the 2010 UCI Paracycling Road World Championships. This year, the Championships were held in a tiny town called Baie-Comeau on the banks of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The residents of this little French-Canadian town in Quebec came out in force to support over 500 athletes and their staff who travelled from 40 countries. Competition spanned four days; August 19th - 22nd.
Prior to making the journey to Baie-Comeau, the US National Team met in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center for two weeks of prep camp. Days at the Olympic Training Center are not exciting by design. The focus is on training and recovery. If there were a party every night, no one would have the legs to go out and train the next day. Though, the OTC tries to make life mildly entertaining. A great example would be 'Western Night.' Yep, the cafeteria transformed into a saloon and served all things western. We dined on corn bread, mashed potatoes, beans, and apple cobbler - all low calorie, of course! That night there was a game, too. Athletes herded balloons through an obstacle course. Let's just say that athletic specificity does not foster coordination.
The training at prep camp included high intensity with plenty of rest. The goal was to help us explore our limits so we could know how far we could push ourselves on race day. We rode plenty of hills, since the course at Worlds included a long climb at roughly 9%. Colorado Springs has plenty of roads that mimic the race course climb beautifully. We rode every day and did our best to recover each night. We stayed in the dorms designated for teams that are in town for training. We were located on the first floor directly below the junior racquetball team. By the sounds of it, those rowdy kids invented a game involving a racquetballs and jumping from bed to bed. It sounded like a mosh pit minus the loud music. Regardless, it was impossible to sleep below them. More than once, we had to go upstairs and remind the rascals about quite hours.
On August 13th, the team set sail for Baie-Comeau. We travelled with 17 athletes and 9 staff members. The logistics of getting 26 people and all the gear out to remote Baie-Comeau were mind boggling. Baie-Comeau is not an easy place to get to. Missoula's Airport may as well be O'Hare International Airport compared to what we found in Baie-Comeau.
Once in Baie-Comeau, we did our best to relax, get comfortable with the course, and fine tune our bikes for race day. The anxiety amongst the athletes was high. Even at camp we were stressed. The World had high expectations for the American team. Coupled with our own expectations, we were all on edge.
I won't try to explain the disability classification system in this post. It's a confusing mess of abbreviations and functional testing. Functionally, all you need to know is that there are 5 classes or groupings of disability for individuals who ride standard upright bicycles. They are listed C5, C4, C3, C2, and C1. C5 individuals are the 'least disabled' and the C1's are the 'most disabled.' I am a C4. Are you confused yet? If you are, please feel free to ask me, but for now, I'll move on.
The first day of competition included the women's time trial. The C5 women were the first to roll out on the course. Team USA has three C5 women; two of which were competing in the time trial. My classification, C4, followed the C5's after a three minute gap. I was the first C4 athlete to roll out on to the course. Somehow, I missed my start. I was waiting in the starting area, primed and ready to go, yet no one told me to go to the start house! Anyways, I rolled out for my two laps of a 11.4km course like it was a normal TT. I quickly tried to settle in and find an aero position. On the challenging sections of the course, I turned myself inside out. There's the saying that the secret to winning is a simple combination of riding a harder gear than you want, pedalling when you think other people won't, not braking when others might, and enduring more pain than your competition can handle. That sounds easy enough. I did my best to put that formula to use. Though, when coaches shouted out time checks, I was always down on my competition. I couldn't figure out the math in my head, so I just resolved to endure more pain. On the second and final lap of the course, I buried myself in the pain cave. When the coach shouted in the final stretch to sprint, I found another gear and went for it. Like with any time trial, you never know how you placed until everyone finishes the course. Thankfully, I didn't have to wait long. I secured the top podium by a five second margin. Five seconds allowed me the privilege to stand on the top podium and receive a World Champion's rainbow striped jersey, a gold medal, and hear our National Anthem. It was an incredible moment and one I will cherish for years to come.
Not until after the race, when I was thanking the officials, did I discover that I missed my start by 35 seconds!! What! So in effect, I would have beaten my competition by 40 seconds!!! After finding out that bit of news, my confidence was at an all time high.
The women had a rest day between the time trail and the road race. On my day off, I took a short spin around Baie-Comeau to keep my legs moving. Besides that, I laid in bed reading Julia Child's memoir. I daydreamed about butter. When I thought about the road race ahead, I would immediately start sweating. Even though I had a strong TT finish, I was anxious about the road race. The road race would be a unique challenge due to the fact that the C5 and C4 women would be starting together. That also meant that I would have three American teammates in the race to work with. Generally, people who are classified C5 have some sort of arm injury or amputation. C5 women tend to be the one's with moderate leg impairments, like a nerve injury or an amputation. My goal was to stick with the C5 ladies as long as possible, work with my teammates, and cross the line ahead of my C4 competition.
On race day, the plan sort of worked. I stayed with some C5 women, but they were the slow C5's. I had no trouble staying with them and neither did my competition. So for most of the 5 lap race, I had the C4 women marking me. I launched some small attacks on the hills and other challenging sections to see how they would respond, as well as to wear them down. I figured that they would work hard to stay with me and the finish would be determined by a sprint. I felt confident in my fitness, but not confident enough to ride away from the group on a big attack. On the second to last lap of the course, at the start of the long climb, about 7k from the finish, I rode with a group of 5 women. Two C5's and three C4's. I attacked on the climb and shelled three of the girls. At the top of the hill, I was alone with the Canadian. She recognized the need to get space between us the other girls, so we worked together for awhile. But once we heard the bell for the last lap, it was all out war. I tried to employ some sports psychology. I let her begin to think that I had worn myself out on the previous efforts and attacks. I took short pulls and told her that I was feeling tired. On the last climb I let her take the lead up the hill. I huffed and puffed so she could hear me and allowed myself to drop off her wheel. Then, quickly, I grabbed a few gears, got out of the saddle and sprinted by her. It was awesome to see the gap grow. Still, I wasn't confident enough to just ride away. On the other side of the hill, the wind of the St. Lawrence was gusty and I wanted to use her to block the wind. I felt satisfied that if it came to it, I could out sprint her at the line. Quickly, we closed in on the finish line. She was trying to make me do most of the work. I didn't want to empty my legs so I went at a pace I could sustain. Remarkably, the slower C5's caught up to us about 2k from the line. I was happy to see them, because I thought I might be able to use them to lead me out to the finish line. My plan worked perfectly. About 800m from the line the C5's took off. I jumped on one girl's wheel and let her tow me in. As her legs gave out, I flew by her and crossed the line as the first C4 woman. It was a rewarding win. My tactical road racing experience is still developing. It felt amazing to have raced smart and won!
For the second time, I got the privilege to stand on the top step, receive a rainbow jersey, a gold medal, and hear my country's song. It was an incredible experience and well worth all the time in the saddle.
I'm relieved and happy to be home. Twenty-three days is a long time to be away from home. Now, I have the opportunity to thank everyone who helped me get this far. While, I may have been the one crossing the finish line, I would not have gotten there on my own. My employers, coworkers, coaches, teammates, prosthetists, roommates, dogs, and supporting companies have allowed me to live out my dreams. Thank you to all of you.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Way to go Megan!!!
Stay tuned - hope to have a race report soon.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Well, to say that NRO showed up at the State race would be an under statement. The team came out in full force! Hopefully I can talk someone in on doing a write up for us! Anyway, Here are some of the results:
Women 1/2/3: Tamara Bessette took 2nd and Lindsy Campbell took 3rd
Women 4: Kara Dewalt took (another) 1st
Men 4: Scott Lenaburg took 3rd, Peter Young took 4th
Men 5: Jason Harding took 1st and Josh Martell took 3rd
Masters A: Mike Longmier took 1st and Steve Zellmer took 2nd
Men 1/2: Brian Williams took 2nd, Josh Tack took 4th
Men 3: Jeff C. took 1st (poor Seth Phillips was doing awesome, but took a wrong turn!)
Way to go team! Here is a link to some photos:
(unfortunately, you'll have to copy and paste it until I can get the "link" thing figured out!)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It was HOT in Downtown Boise at 4pm when the 4-5 race was scheduled to go off. Peter Young and I lined up at the start with 59 other riders from surrounding states. The pace was fast and fairly consistent for the first 35 minutes. A few riders attacked for primes, but were reeled in fairly quickly. I stayed near the front for the first half of the race and was able to dodge a wreck on corner #3. I slipped back into the middle of the group for a few laps and was really feeling the burn when they announced 10 laps to go. When we hit 7 to go the pace ramped up and I wondered if I was going to lose my lunch before the finish. With about 4 laps to go I was coming up the outside before turn #1 and there was another wreck. As soon as the rider went down I punched it and found myself in 5th position. On the back side of the last lap I passed a few more riders and found myself in 2nd position coming out of turn #3. The first rider and I jumped out of the saddle between turn 3 and 4 and I looked back just coming out of the last turn. We had a very small gap, but it proved to be enough for me to sit on his wheel before launching my sprint. The timing ended up perfect as several riders gained on me as we approached the finish line. A rider coming up the outside came very close but at the line I still had half a bike on him. Afterward, Peter said that he cracked on the second to last lap and decided to lay down on the sidewalk in the shade.
The main event started at 8:30pm when the Pro/Cat 1 men started their 90 minute race. Josh seemed comfortable in the back half of the field but ended up getting tangled up in a crash about half-way through the race. His rear wheel was unridable and his knee was quickly swelling. However, after securing a rear wheel from the pit, he jumped back in stuck with the field at the back. As riders cracked and fell off the back, Josh “punched their ticket” and maintained his position on the back of the field (seemingly effortlessly). The pace was unbelievably fast and averaged over 30 mph for every lap. The last lap average speed was 35 mpg as the winner crossed the line. Way to hang in there Josh!
A big thank you goes out to Tamara and Josh Tack for giving me pre-race tips. And a HUGE thank you goes to John and Linda (Charlotte’s parents) for hosting us and feeding us so well.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
First time you knew you had bike fever?
Back in Madison in about 1982 a college buddy of mine who was a racer talked me into doing a crit around the Capitol- I had no idea what a crit was. I wore two tee shirts, soccer cleats strapped as hard to the pedals as I could get them and a hockey helmet. It was awesome, I finished second and was hopelessly hooked.
Most memorable ride:
My most memorable ride was the Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb in Colorado. Its a 28 mile, 7,000 foot climb that ends at 14,250 feet on Mount Evans on the highest paved road in North America. The scenery was awesome but it was one of the most gruesome rides I've ever done.
Boulder/Lyons/ Estes Park/ Ward/ Left Hand Canyon, hands down.
That's a tough call, my 3Rensho and I have been through a lot together. I had this Raleigh Super Course in college, bar-end shifters, it was sick.
Who and/or what inspires you?:
I draw inspiration from a lot of sources but I wouldn't be on the bike right now if it wasn't for my son, Willy. I'm in awe of his perseverance and committment; his passion for all things cycling just blows me away.
What is something that people don't know about you?
I once had my picture in Rolling Stone magazine.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Don't have time to write a full race report but want to give a quick but sincere thanks to my team for the incredible work they did for me on Sunday to help me with the 6 seconds I needed for the Womens's 1/2/3 overall "W". They kept the pace high and set me up for the time bonus sprints. I feel so honored to have had Kara, Kellie, Joey and Lindsy totally committed doing whatever I needed for the win.
Kara - Wow....basically her first NRO race as a Cat 4 and she killed it!. She is not only strong - but teachable and willing to do work for the team. Kara chased down breaks and helped set pace the entire race. She has a future in cycling for sure. We are so lucky to have her.
Kellie C. - Took the Overall win for the Cat 4 women and rode very strong. I think an upgrade is in the works. Kellie, too, helped chase and set pace at the front the entire race.
Joey - I can't give her enough credit. Joey did more work at the front than anyone in the race. She was my saving grace on several attempts from Delphine to break away. With about 18 miles to go I realized that what i was speculating was in deed happening....a flat front. I pulled Joey to the back and told her. Her first comment was "take my bike Tam". So giving!!! We decided not a good idea. She then spread the word to the NRO girls. I was able to finish with about 25lbs of pressure....sheesh!!
Lindsy - She made me feel like Cavandish. Our plan was to have her lead out...and that she did....PERFECT!! We were both given lots of rest by our teammates. Lindsy is incredible. Her cycling career is bright.
Thank you Joey, Lindsy, Kellie and Kara. I love you all!!!!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
As you may have seen on the “Blogosphere”, I (BW) just returned from the Mt Hood Cycling Classic. Thought I would try to give a little snapshot of what it was like.
It was just days before the race when Shaun informed me, during a Gchat conversation, that the organizers were including the Cat 2 field at Mt Hood with the Pro-1. Needless to say, I was pretty concerned. I was fresh off two good weeks of training, finally, but the 6 weeks before I had been struggling to recover, working nights, rarely getting more than 12 hours a week. My “sensations” at Wenatchee were nothing other than poor. It also meant that upgrade points would only be awarded for GC, unless you could out-sprint or out-climb the professionals at the front of the race, and that the chance of spending a large portion of the road stages “O-T-B” were astronomical. However, it also meant that I had extra motivation, in the 4 days after our conversation leading up to the race, to trim another pound or two off the old spare tire, ride 12 hours (there's nothing like some good crash training), and psyche myself up for 6 days of racing with, as Linsey Corbin put it last night at Bessetto's birthday party, about as much tactics as a Triathlon: ride the Pro-train as long as possible. Last man standing wins the Cat 2 GC.
Bissell and their defending champion Mach were there with a small team, United Healthcare brought a large team including NW favorite Morgan Schmitt, and most other western American and Canuckan (see http://ryanalexanderpayne.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-gladly-stand-up-next-to-you-and.html) elite amateur teams were in attendance, like HR Block, Total Restoration, Hagens Berman, Yahoo, California Giant Strawberries, and RideClean. Quite a few dirt riding professionals were there too, Ryan Trebon, Sid Taberlay, Carl Decker. (If you're wondering how tall Treefarm really is, let me just say that when I'm riding next to him and we're both in the hoods, his hips as high as my shoulders, give or take an inch. And I have a 34” inseam.) Hood is the biggest race I'd ever started, and would be a great chance to evaluate my fitness. After a week of good days and bad days, you get a pretty refined idea of how you stack up. Unfortunately, when I had good legs on the first RR, I missed a split for being caught slacking in the back, which ironically still produced my best stage placing at 32nd, after dragging the first chase group around for 20 miles with only the help of pro mtb'er Carl Decker and some other cat 2 who was high on GC. But by the end of the week I had found the rhythm of the race, and with pain as the only sensation coming from lower extremities, was able to time my efforts well, and hung with the yellow jersey group on the queen climbing stage until 5k to go, something like half way or more up the final ski resort climb. So while good results eluded me, I also avoided bad ones too. I'm not enough of a stage racer to love that, but I'll take it.
The biggest surprise was that I didn't finish either criterium, my loathsome but historical specialty. You read about the crash in the first one on Shaun's blog, no big deal I was just pushed to the outside where the shoulder slopes down to a gutter, so once my front wheel met mossy, wet, off camber pavement, I hit the deck like an OPRFer follows a lonesome text message... Just a little road rash but a broken derailleur hanger only 3 laps in kept me from continuing; I received a 13 minute time penalty so I could avoid disqualification, a pretty good compromise. I had a spare hanger in the toolbox and was ready to go the next day. In Sunday's final, rainy criterium I was riding complacently in the bunch, happy to have avoided further crashes, like when Sam Johnson for some reason lost it around the downhill corner a couple inches in front of me. I had traction enough left to dodge to the inside at 30mph and avoid him, along with the guy directly behind me, later my mom told me the 25 riders behind us piled into Johnson. But with 2.5 laps to go my rear tire blew out. This time I got a pro-rated time with the peloton. 6th place cat 2 GC got dropped so I took that spot, in the money and a few upgrade points, which was pretty sweet after finding myself D-F-L at the start of stage 2.
The most memorable hours of the week were the early miles of Saturday's queen climbing stage, which starts and finishes at the Mt Hood Meadows ski area. The weather had finally lightened up and the day was set to be crystal clear and sweaty. Once you paid your dues in a long line for the bathroom (yes, ladies, a line out the door for the men's) and sauntered over to the sign in, trying to listen in on UHC's tactical discussions (word on the street was that they were going to let things go until the second climb), heard the head commissaire scolding the Yahoos about bottles jettisoned outside the feed zones, checked your brakes five times wile shivering in the refrigerated morning air, spent ten minutes puzzling over why, since the chairlifts in front of you were running, you were riding bikes today, and then thoroughly soaked in Mt Hood's snow-white grandeur, you threw a leg over the bike and coasted down a hill for something like 15 miles. A large part of the descent was neutralized, which as you can imagine meant the smell of burning carbon brake pads was particularly pungent. At one point early in the wide open, fast descent I saw Hagens Berman rider and former WWU teammate of mine Chris Parrish going backwards, his bike bucking six inches side to side in one of the nastiest speed shimmies I've seen. I yelled “Knees on the top tube!” and hoped he was alright. He was. After reaching the bottom not a few goosebumps later, I was trying to reconstruct the elevation profile in my head, and all I could remember was a sharp dip, the first climb coming immediately at the bottom of the descent. So I was very suspicious when we were happily rolling along on the flats, but I let my guard down and tried to enjoy it for a minute, and warm up my legs. Which is when I saw the lead car make a right turn. No other way to interpret that. It's hard straight from the bottom, Category 1 climb. In a couple minutes Mach and some others are attacking, now we're all on the rivet. 150 riders are strung out two or three wide: a snake winding up the mountain. The arm warmers are hastily shoved down and the jersey is all the way open, “rise and shine legs” its still morning, oh god, how long is this going to be, 30 minutes, 45? Pushing through the lead in my veins I'm trying to remember that cranks move in circles, and wondering why they won't do that any faster. Around a corner I saw a huge split open and had nightmares of the first road race, but this time the split was further back, I was about mid pack, just behind it. A casual observer could tell, this one wasn't closing. I passed a few riders then sprinted hard up the left to cross it, knowing that going into the red is an acceptable compromise because this race is blowing up, just as it started. I was the last rider to bridge the gap, 70th about, and each person behind me never saw the leaders again, until the parking lot 80 miles later. The last 20 miles of that race were touch-and-go, as I moved to the front to drift back on climbs, and even got dropped and chased back with a Bissell rider. Without a doubt, the rudest warm-up of my life, but who cares when you make it!
It was a great experience and I'll probably go back. The first crit course was a little ridiculous, with a hairpin 180 degree turn in a 150 rider field and the slick-as-snot sloping shoulders that ended my race, and I was definitely not happy that the technical prologue course was closed to pre-ride over 3 hours before my start time, which was after dark in the pouring rain. But once out of Portland, the courses and scenery were tremendous, and the competition high but not impossible. The climbs, while long, are all fairly moderate grades so a regular guy like me can hang.
I'm already looking forward to the next big race I can get into, maybe elite nationals, Cascade, or somehow the Tour of Utah, but I was certainly missing the NRO family while at the race, and am very happy to be back home. Thanks for reading-
Monday, June 7, 2010
The word on the street is that the Men 1/2/3 87 mile race was lightning fast right out of the gates! Both Elliot and Josh Tack rode strong and placed high in the standings!
Our NRO Master Men also rode incredibly strong. Steve Zellmer placed 1st and found himself riding in solo with 17 miles left in the race! Mike Longmire found himself in a pack sprint to the finish line, and taking a commendable second place.
Friday, June 4, 2010
His message was: "Sitting 14th overall today. 2:42 behind the leader. 13th in the TT and 19th in yesterdays RR after two crashes".
Nice job Brian. Not surprised...very proud of you!!!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tomorrow -Let's try again!!! Laps on the Goodan/Keil loop. I still have Big Dipper Ice Cream.
So...please meet at Big Sky Bikes as planned last week. I can't make it to the shop but will be out at on the course by 6:30 meet me out there.
I wonder who will win.....???????
On another note - Ivy Ann will be leaving for Seattle on Thursday. If you want to get in a good-bye hug and to wish her well - come ride tomorrow. I will drag her out there with me.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Meet at Big Sky Bikes at 5:50. We will leave at 6:00 sharp!
Route: From Big Sky Bikes to Madison St. North to N. 2nd St East. West to Ryman. North to N. 3rd St. West through 3rd St. North on Worden to Turner St. West to Scott St. North to Rogers. Rogers St. (also Cemetary Rd) all the way to Expressway(Howard/Raser). Continue West to Airport Rd and head North to the loop. That's the best I can do. You can always just meet us out on the course or send me an email if you need more info.
We will ride the loop clockwise. Number of loops to be determined by those who show.
Big Dipper Ice Cream for the rider who earns the most points.
Points every lap: 1st - 5, 2nd - 3, 3rd - 1
This will be a great warm up for races coming up! Make this as hard as you want. Dropped riders can turn around and ride backwards and get back on for another try.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Meet at 5:45....Ride leaves at 6:00 pm Big Sky Bike on Front (by UM footbridge)
Big Dipper Ice Cream for the top Male and Female.
Climbs and Points:
Elk Ridge: 5,4,3,2,1,
Lincoln Hills: 5,4,3,2,1
Pattee Canyon: 7,5,4,3,2,1
Mansion Heights: 5,4,3,2,1
Water Tower: 5,4,3,2,1
Linda Vista: 5,4,3,2,1
If it's raining too hard....we will ride the old Hell Ride route and postpone the DEATH ride another week.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The turnout was good and the weather was good enough....so glad it didn't rain.
Congrats to Brian Williams of Northern Rockies and Lisa Curry of GAS/Intrinsik for taking top honors in the Men 1/2 and Women 1/2/3 fields respectively.
More results can be found on http://www.montanacycling.net/ withing the next few days.
I will also post complete results as soon as I get them from our official.
THANK YOU to all who helped out. It could not have happened without you.
Also...we have a missing wheel. It's a Rolf front and came out of the red follow for the Men 1/2/3 field. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you know who has it or where it might be. We have never had a wheel disappear...let's keep it that way.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
I drove to Cour d'Alene on Sunday with Brian Williams to compete in Vertical Earth's Muddy Huetter roubaix race. We met up with Josh and Sarah and Shaun at the Vertical Earth shop for the 5 mile group ride out to the race start. The weather was acting like it was going to rain, but it ended up staying dry. The course was on mostly asphalt farm roads northwest of Cour d'Alene. There were two sections of dirt/gravel that were fairly smooth and fast. I remember two small hills on the mostly flat 10 mile circuit. Race officials changed the circuit due to a recently graded road.
I joined the A group to get additional miles (didn't really feel like driving 5 hours for a 25 mile race). There was an attack within the first .5 mile that Brian responded to. Shaun responded to the next attack and Josh and I hung with the group for several laps. The wind picked up as the race went on and portions of the circuit saw some pretty severe echelons as riders tried to stay out of the wind. After hanging in for 3 laps, there was an acceleration at the beginning of the 4th lap and I cramped up and was dropped like of box of rocks. I rode the last two laps alone. :(
Afterward, I learned that Brian attacked at the start of the 5th (last) lap and rode the last 10 miles alone for the win. The chase group that contained Josh caught up to Shaun's group for an uphill bunch sprint with Josh finishing 3rd and Shaun finishing 5th! Wow! Quite the NRO presence! Also, Sarah finished 2nd and had a great time in her first ever road race.
Thanks for all the encouragement, guys! NRO rocks!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tyler is married and has two of the cutest little boys ever. Look for great things from Tyler in 2010!!
First time you knew you had bike fever?
"Probably the day I realized that i own more bikes than I do pairs of pants?
Most memorable ride:
"Last year, Longmire led a group of us over Holloman saddle and out Miller Creek. Perfect weather, great people, and lots of climbing."
"Jumbo saddle-Deer Creek combo"
"Since this season is still young and my new bike is still new, I have to say that I had the most fun riding my cross bike last year. Not racing, but those long, slow days on the fire roads around Missoula"
Who and/or what inspires you?:
"Group rides. I feel very lucky to be able to ride with such talented (and sometimes punishing) cyclists who also happen to be great people to spend time with."
What is something that people don't know about you?:
"I grew up in a small town named Forest in central Mississippi.
Friday, March 12, 2010
NRO rider of the month...Tyler Smith. Look out! He was fast before but now he is on a new, super fast, ride. Interview to come.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wow! Today was so warm several riders wore shorts! We gathered at Big Sky Bikes at noon and headed west. After riding up Butler Creek, we headed out toward Frenchtown. Several of us made it out to the end of the pavement up Six Mile before turning around. We returned via Mullen (with a tailwind) where folks peeled off to head home....or ride more (you know who you are).
Thanks for a great ride, you guys!
Monday, February 22, 2010
On Sunday, NOAA reported 25 degrees when I headed for the shop. I didn't expect there to be much of a showing but at least a dozen riders met up! The sun was shining in all it's glory, but it was cold! I opted for the ski socks and ski gloves and was very happy with the choice. Together we headed west and as the tempo ramped up on Waldo Road I thought, "It's so great to be out riding with a good sized group again"....then, I got dropped. At the Frechtown overpass there was the usual pit stop and shrinking of the group. I think I heard a few guys say they wanted to make it back to watch Olympic Ice Dancing. ;) Four of us headed out to Alberton where Tamara snapped this pic of us. That's half of a Hostess Apple Pie in my hand, the other half appears to be in my mouth. With a little bit of a headwind on the way back to town, Scott and I let Tamara and John drag us home. Every time we got to a climb, Tamara just seemed to float away. Ridin' strong, T-Pain!
Jesse A. hooked up with us on our way back through Frenchtown, as did Bill Schultz. I overheard that Jesse had logged 90 miles the day before! What?! Anyway, needless to say, I find myself continually humbled by this group of motivated athletes. It's great being a part of such a strong, encouraging team! Great rides guys!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
NRO was a definite force despite being few in numbers. We made it clear that we could be a presence in the race, even against the folks from down south who have a serious training advantage. Look out Walla Walla!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I talked with Tamara briefly yesterday and received a quick race report. One of our newest NRO riders, Caleb Craft, finished in 6th place out of 50 Cat 5 riders. He's an animal. Ivy raced with the Cat 4's and is in a stunning 4th place. She is going to be tough competition this year! Tamara finished in a very impressive 8th place amongst the Pros and Cat 1 riders. She told me her competition said "You're from Montana?!?!?!? How do you train???" The impressive results just go to show how tough we Montanans are and to be on the look out! All three NRO riders are in contention to podium this weekend.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
I have chosen Shaun as our "Feature Rider of the month" for many, many, reasons. We all love Shaun, so I'm sure this choice is of no great surprise. Reasons we love Shaun: he is one of the biggest cycling advocates I know, authors montanacyclocross.com, one of the most popular cycling websites in cyberspace, is the Mastermind of "Rolling Thunder," which is one of the best Cyclocross races in the Pacific Northwest, his love for the bike is infectious, and darn it - he's just about the nicest guy you'll ever know! I wanted everyone to become a little more familiar with our cycling enthusiast so I asked him the following questions:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I can't get my ass in gear to start training! I am so lazy! I have been "cross training" and lifting only riding out side occasionally, telling myself I will be fine. I think it is time to start for real....please tell me to get going. I am not getting serious with races until April this year, which is nice, but seriously I haven't been on my trainer once yet.
Anyway, besides being a sack of lethargy, everything else in Chicago is going just fine. Living situation is grand and I have a part time job as a personal trainer, hence the over abundance of weight lifting and running on the treadmill to 'cross train.' I have met some folks who race here, which is nice, and although they want me to join their team, I have been telling everyone that any team I join has some big shoes to fill. In short, I have not joined another team yet because I refuse to race with 'tools' whose top priority is the Chicago Criterium in July. I am still waiting to find a team that is excited about the ridiculous April "roubaix" style races they have out here.
That's it for now I suppose. Getting on the trainer to start interval work next week, got a part time job, havn't joined another team (seeing a psychotherapist to help me with this - she thinks I am having trouble letting go of my old one - probably true ;) ), am excited for roubaix style races.
Whats going on with the missoula crew? I assume Elliot and Bryce are about to peak as everyone else is just getting revved up for the season?
Hope all is well,