Northern Rockies Cycling

Northern Rockies Cycling
Jacobson-Schutte Racing is a USAC bike racing team based in Missoula that competes in Montana, Northwest region and National races. The team's name comes from it's title sponsor: Dr Justin Jacobson and Dr. Mike Schutte. Both of Northern Rockies Orthopedic. Currently there are 30 riders on the team ranging from Pro Cat 1 men to entry level Cat 5's. JS Racing is committed to racing at a competitve level as well as promoting USAC races, events, training races, team training rides, and development clinics.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A great picture to share...


We had a fun Holiday get together at Tamaras last night. One of the highlights was watching Tyler ponder 3-D glasses! Happy Holidays everyone! 2011 is going to be another great year for the team!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ROLLING THUNDER COUNT DOWN.....


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

A spectacular Cyclocross Clinic opportunity!

Ok - believe it or not, Cyclocross season is just around the barrier - Oh- I mean corner. A few of your teammates and other avid Cross riders are putting on a great clinic for riders of all abilities to partake in! There will be many experienced riders hosting this event (both men and women), and not to mention, it's free! Check it out! Hopefully you can make it!

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
“train station.”

Schedule:

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
(Not Scored)

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
montanacyclocross@gmail.com

Meet Lindsy Campbell


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.
Favorite ride:
Saguaro East outside of Tucson, AZ. It's like single track for a road bicycle.

Favorite bike:
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

The cat's out of the bag!!!!


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

Report from the Rainbow Jersey


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

Megan Fisher is a WORLD CHAMPION!!!!!

NRO's Megan Fisher texted me today and said she won the TT in the paraworlds in Baie-Comeau, Quebec. She said the 22.8k tt was hilly. She will race the RR on Saturday and is feeling confident.

Way to go Megan!!!

Stay tuned - hope to have a race report soon.

T.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2010 State Championship Road Race


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!)

http://picasaweb.google.com/ray.joey/2010StateRoadRace02#

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Joshua Phillips Wins Boise Crit - Report

Josh Tack, Peter Young, Charlotte and I drove down to Boise last weekend for the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium.
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.
-Joshua

Monday, June 21, 2010

NRO at Elkhorn

Both Shaun Radley and Brian Williams showed up in good form this past weekend at Elkhorn. This isn't surprising as both of them have been cycling strong this year. Here are a few pictures to prove it! Way to go guys!



Friday, June 18, 2010

Brian Williams Wins at Elkhorn!!!


Brian was in a break of 15 along with GAS's John Curry in the 1st stage of the Elkhorn Classic in Oregon and took the win!! Absolutely incredible! More details as they come. All of you make me proud to be part of Montana cycling.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Get to know Steve Zellmer, NRO rider of the month

Steve Zellmer is killing it this year! Here are a few things that make him tick... Glad you're riding for us, Steve!

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.
Favorite ride:
Boulder/Lyons/ Estes Park/ Ward/ Left Hand Canyon, hands down.
Favorite bike:
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

A Team Victory


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!!!!

-Tamara

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

MT hood report

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-


Brian


Monday, June 7, 2010

Cow Country...another suffer fest!

Report by Tamara Bessette




Cow Country......


One of the toughest courses I have ever raced on. The first year I raced it was in 1990 (maybe 91) ....soloed in for the win. Soloed in yesterday too...but for 2nd behind an incredibly worthy opponent...Amy Frykman.




The womens race was well attended including NRO riders Joey Lenaburg, Kellie Carim, new rider Megan Fisher, Lindsy Campbell, and myself. GAS team looked strong including Lisa Curry, Amy C., Anna Dingman, Julie Z. Pro triathlete Jen Leubke had us all worried. There were several new women in the field - great to see them out there. And of course, the one we all were marking, Team Delphine's Amy Frykman.




Lindsy, Joey and I all had a plan for this year......to do better than last year. I placed last in the 1/2/3's ; Lindsy and Joey both suffered alone for most of the 49 miles and did not place as well as they wanted.




Unlike the Men's race, our race was pretty quiet for the first 8 miles. The hill started and so did the suffering. Amy Frykman and Jen crested first, 50m back was me, another 100m was Lisa Curry and Lindsy Campbell. I chased but could not close. Saw Amy ride Jen off and knew it was time to let the two behind catch so we could work together to at least catch Jen. We did.


Our next goal was to catch Amy. We kept her in sight - but with the tail wind and the motor that Amy has got going right now, i knew it probalby wasn't going to happen. It did not.




With about 7 miles to go I found myself with Lisa and Jen. I did not want to roll the dice on a sprint so took my chances and pressed hard on a hill. It worked and I soloed in for second......good enough...I'll take it!!!! Jen 3rd, Lisa Curry 4th, Lindsy 5th, Amy C 6th, Anna 7th.




Next up was the 4's finish. At about the 1k Kellie Carim took a flier to get the W. Joey sprinted with Julie Z for a very close 3rd place finish. Nice job to both NRO women.

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.

As far as the Men Cat 4 race is concerned, they raced hard as well. Joshua Phillips rode with Karl V., and Jesse Vernon for most of the race and end up finishing in a very respectable third place. Scott Lenaburg found himself riding into 4th place, and Blair Fischer taking 5th.

Congrats to all our new Cat 5 men as well: Jason Harding, Joe Oldenburg, Josh Martell, and Peter Young who won the cat 5 race.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Seth Phillips at Hood


Oops. Got my info confused....sorry.


So - it is NRO rider Seth Phillips that is 2:42 behind the leader.

Incredible result for the new cat 3 rider.

Two stages to go...I bet both Seth and Brian continue to move up.

Montana cyclist are just tough.


B. Williams update....


He is moving up !!! He has made up all but 2:42 on his time penalty from the crash in the crit.

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!!!

-Tamara

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Williams at Hood


NRO Rider Brian Williams made the photo cut.

Looks like he is seated 3rd in the cat2 men only 5 seconds off first.

Blazing time for the 4mile prologue. His time: 7:36.295

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

D.E.A.T.H Ride


Tuesday Hell Ride.....D.E.A.T.H.

Sawmill

Lincoln

Marshall

Pattee

Mansion Heights


Come warm up your legs for Cow Country!!!

5:50 Big Sky Bikes....ride leaves at 6pm sharp.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Race for Big Dipper and Good-bye to Ivy Ann.




As most of you know - last weeks Hell Ride was called off. I actually stood out in front of my house in full kit, over my bike, watching the lightning strike the Lenaburg's house last Tuesday. I decided (along with everyone else) that riding a lightning rod around on the hillside might not be so smart.

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

New Weekend Ride Time....9am

Daylight and warmer temps (we hope) are moving up the ride time on Saturday and Sunday to 9am.
Meet at Le Petit (4th St.).
Spread the word!! Everyone welcome.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Goodan/Keil Loops on Tuesday!

Tuesday we will be riding/racing the Goodan - Keil Loop (same as the UM race and the Ecology Classic).
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

Meet rider of the month, "Jeffro"

Jeff Cincoski has been named May's rider of the month. Here's a little behind the man of many talents...

First time you knew you had bike fever?

I first discovered that I loved the bike at about age 15. I worked at Grand Performance, a St. Paul shop where I mainly took out the garbage and put glue on tubulars. I was fascinated with the bikes and all of the incredible cyclists who raced them.

Most memorable ride:
My most memorable ride is probably as subject No. 10 in the 2000+mile “study” called Giro d’iscovery that was put on by the WPEM lab at UM. I had been a study subject for years and they pretty much asked a few of us who should do the ride. In the end, I rode 100 miles a day for 20 days with 9 of my best friends. It was amazing. Having your limitations quantified before you every day can be discouraging. I remember riding incredibly hard, almost racing half the time. I put in some opportunistic breaks when people would stop to pee, eat and cry. Infamous.

Favorite ride:
My favorite local ride is hands-down Holloman’s saddle. I go through Clinton, over the Schwartz and down Miller Ck. The climb is suburb and you don’t see so much as a house for the better part of two hours. In my earlier college years my roommates and I used to do the ride after a ridiculous night. We would recant the debauchery and sweat out the shame, leaving it all up on the saddle.

Favorite bike:
It’s hard to say. Since this is for NRO, I’d say my Blue R7 carbon-lugged carbon road bike. I was pretty much given the crashed frame by a Minnesota pro that had gone down in the tour of Ireland. It has J&B weld in the chain stay and I treat it like a stray dog rather than a baby. It’s nice to ride without worrying about your expensive carbon bike. Also, the long, sloping top tube geometry works well for a short-legged beefcake like me.

Who and/or what inspires you?:
I am really keen on the situations where a rider out-performs their ability. That may be why I love road racing. I feel that you don’t need to be the strongest rider to win. A little cunning at the right time gets you pretty far: like when you become aware of a moment of tenderness in you opponent and then exact the surge that breaks them. Likewise, I appreciate a great peak from a moderately talented individual-that moment from which they might define themselves as great. I’d say that I’ve seen some great moments from Josh Tack so far this season. In general, I’m usually pretty impressed by what Alex Gallego can do with a few hours of training each week. I guess it’s a matter of defining the champions around me and deriving inspiration from them.

What is something that people don't know about you?:
I’m a fairly open book- an oversharer- so there’s not a whole lot of Jeffy that folks don’t get in a few minutes. Maybe that’s the thing. When I’m quiet is most likely the time that I’m ready to breathe the most fire. It doesn’t happen all that often, but that would be my biggest surprise.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

May Rider of the Month announced!

We would like to announce Jeff Cincoski as the new NRO Rider of the month. Jeff has incredible talent. Not only is he a spectacular and strategical cyclist, he is a talented triathlete as well. Once we can track this beast of a man down, we'll have more on what makes this guy ticks! Glad your riding with us Jeff! You're an animal! Thanks to:www.umt.edu/ urelations/vision/ for the image!

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Team Ride tonight is canceled!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the late notice, but due to lack of organizing, and a race this Saturday, I have taken the team ride off the calendar for tonight! We'll get it back on soon, I promise! - Joey

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tour of Walla Walla 2010

I know this is a late entry, but here are some photos from the Tour of Walla Walla. It was an awesome weekend. I think it was also the last time I was warm riding my bike! There was a great crew that went over: Ivy, Tyler, Blair, Josh, Brian, Scott, Tamara and I. We all worked our tails off and finished well in the rankings. Washington riders already had 8+ races under their belts, and the Montana riders gave them a run for their money. Very cool. The U23 team from New Zealand was a surprise - a pleasant one, and also a reminder of the caliber of racers that attend this race. Thanks everyone for a great weekend!

Link to the website: http://picasaweb.google.com/ray.joey/TOWW2010#

See you out there! - Joey

Monday, April 26, 2010

D.E.A.T.H Ride for Ice Cream!

Tuesday April 27th.....D.E.A.T.H (Drop Everyone Accending The Hills)
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:
Sawmill: 5,4,3,2,1
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

Roubaix Success!!!

Today it happened. One of the most anticipated races in Montana.
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 tamarabessette@msn.com 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

ROUBAIX


Shaun drove the course yesterday and I will drive it today.

From the amount of snow we received, I am guessing the dirt sections could be damp or a bit muddy. Weather calls for mostly sunny today and tomorrow so that will help dry up conditions a bit.

I will make another post after driving it today.

Who will take home the trophy? ...............

Monday, March 29, 2010

the not so Muddy Huetter


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!

-Joshua

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tyler Smith - NRO rider of the month

Tyler Smith is one of NRO's newest cat 3 men. 2009's Cat 4 Best All Around Rider. Incredible talent on a bike and a super nice guy.
Tyler is married and has two of the cutest little boys ever. Look for great things from Tyler in 2010!!


So, Tyler......

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."
Favorite ride:
"Jumbo saddle-Deer Creek combo"
Favorite bike:
"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

Race Calendar 2010

Thanks to Joey - we have a good race calendar started. Just click on the link located below our team picture. If you have anything you want to add let Tamara or Joey know.



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!

Joshua

Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekend Rides!

Despite freezing temperatures, both Saturday and Sunday saw team rides. Meeting at Big Sky Bikes (Front Street shop), both rides were scheduled per Tamara's email for 12 noon. Four riders showed up on Saturday and headed east for the Turah/Clinton loops. We found freshly swept roads in E. Missoula with a headwind on the way out and a tailwind on the way back...perfect! I think the temp read 35 as we came back through E. Missoula.

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!

-Joshua

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fun in the Sun - Valley of the Sun Race Report!






















Tamara Bessette, Ivy Audrian, Caleb Craft






Valley of the Sun: 3 stages, 3 riders, 3 top finishers!





















Day One: 14.2 mile TT. Weather was perfect. 65 and very little wind. One would think that after 15 years of racing nerves would not be much of an issue - wrong. It is always the same....trouble eating...multiple trips to the port-a-potty. The nice thing about today was that i was able to help Ivy and Caleb get ready for thier races without jepordizing my preparation. Caleb raced at 9:20 and Ivy at 9:40.






Caleb finished an impressive 6th out of his field of 50 (7th out of a total of 100 cat 5's)






Ivy finished 4th in her field...shaving off almost 3 minutes from 2009.






I finished 8th in my field. My time was faster than last year and i was happy to be in the top ten. My field was a bit smaller than last year but some very strong riders that i knew would be laying down times that would be wicked fast.






Day Two: Road Race. Once again - i was able to be support for Ivy and Caleb as they raced in the morning heats. They both raced 41 miles and weather was again, perfect! Caleb finished about 8th and Ivy 9th. Finish was about 1km after the feed zone. Not a true hill top finish but enough to split things up.










My race was with the pro 1/2 women and the cat 3 women (about 60 riders total). Because last year there were 4 crashes in this race - i promised myself to be either in the top 5 or in my "safe spot" (rear of the field on the yellow line). I spent time in both spots about 50/50...but avoiding the middle of the pack where things tend to get sketchy. There were several attacks made by teams that had riders in the standings. None stuck - of course - not enough hills and too many strong riders willing to chase. I was very worried about the 57 mile distance. I haven't raced that distance since last fall....a bit scary. Started sipping my Hammer Perpetuem in the first 10 miles and continued untill the last climb.






The last 16 mile loop was a leg burner. Either soft peddaling at about 20 or throddle down at about 30...my legs were on fire...not sure i could hang on the last climb. Well - the last climb came and i decided not to wait for someone else to set pace - hit the front and started to climb. The other racers in contention quickley came around and i found myselft about 30th with 1km to go. Somehow i was able to make my way to the front of the field and was in the sprint finish. Took 5th...very happy. Although the times do not reflect - the rest of the peleton was very strung out.






Day 3: Crit. : Caleb raced at 8:45. I gave him the "nothing to lose" and "don't pull just to pull" speech. He raced perfect. Started at the front and finished at the front (5th or 6th). Took a couple of flyers. Incredible race for the new NRO rider!! So proud.







Ivy raced at 9:45. 20 minutes. She got the hole shot and totally strung the field out. I was so proud of her. She rode aggressive and put pain into the legs of the entire field. The average speed of the cat4 field increased from 20mph in 2009 to 25mph this year. I don't think she dropped out of the top 5 riders once. Sprinted to a 4th place finish. Ivy held on to her 4th place overall finish and was on the podium. Way to go Ivy!!!








My race was last. 1:50pm. Ok..so now i needed to practice what i preached. Those of you who know me know that riding in fields of 50+ is not my favorite thing. I usually start at the back...have trouble getting into my cleat....work my ass off to get toward the front...take a tolken flyer...yadda, yadda, yadda. Well - i decided not today. I started in the front row. The entire time the official was giving instructions (not that i pay attention anyway) i was saying to myself "stay calm and clip in just like a training ride". I did not listen for the whistle...rather watched the official and the minute she started to raise it to her lips i was off.





FIRST THROUGH THE FIRST CORNER!!!!!!! Yes....i was not going to ride this as a passenger. My goal was to get rid of as many of the weaker riders asap. I lead for 2 laps - standing out of every corner and holding the highest speed i could. Ivy said the field was single file and gaps opened that never closed up. I stayed in the top 3-5 riders for about 25 minutes of the 40 minute crit. Sprinted for three primes but was not able to match the power of the sprinters. There was one young rider that was scaring the crap out of me that kept getting to the front and actually lapped wheels a couple of times. We all yelled - but she would not go away. Knowing i was not giong to win this race - i settled in towad the rear of the peleton. I think i placed about 20th. It was a fun race and i really overcame some of my personal obstacles. So yes...after 15 years of racing..you can break barriers. I was pleased with my race.





Finished in 9th overall. In the money. Good enough for Feb!!!!!




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

Valley of the Sun Race Report

Tamara called today and said that she, Ivy, and Caleb are all holding on to their top standings. The 41 mile race had Caleb finishing in 6th place today. He will hold his 6th place position overall. Ivy also raced 41 miles today and finished in the top 5 with the Cat 4 women. Tamara's race was 61 miles and also had a great race. She finished with the lead pack and held a sprint finish to place 5th overall today.

Way to make your team and Montana proud! Tomorrow is the last stage and the riders will end with a Criterium. Looking forward to more strong finishes!

NRO shows up strong at Valley of the Sun


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.

Today....road racing!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NRO heads to Valley of the Sun SR




Ivy, Caleb Craft (the new fast guy) and myself are heading to sunny Phoenix AZ to race the Valley of the Sun Stage Race. So excited...and very nervous!!!
14.2 mile TT, RR, and Crt. About 750 riders signed up. Caleb is in one of two Cat5 fields of 50. Ivy's field will be about 50 and mine will be 52 incuding the Cat 3 women - a much better size for me than the 80+ of last years field.



Ivy flew to Tucson on Sunday - her bike transported by Andrew Genco (thanks, Andrew). She reports the weather is sunny and warm. Rode a bit yesterday - not booties - short finger golves - short sleeve jersey. I can't wait.


We packed up Caleb's Subaru this morning and he is off. 4 bikes, butt load of wheels, trainers, pump, more wheels, food, tool bag (not that i know how to use it much)....and a good book on tape.
I fly out at 6:30am tomorrow.
Stay tuned...more pic's and updates to come.
Ride on,
Tamara


Friday, February 5, 2010

FEATURE RIDER OF THE MONTH..SHAUN RADLEY


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:

First time you knew you had bike fever:
Growing up, my family was really into biking. We bike toured all over. I always rode on the back of a tandem because I was not strong enough to ride my own bike. It was fun family time, but I didn't think that riding was anything special. When I turned 12 my dad got me my own road bike. We road a bike tour called Red-Spoke (Redmond to Spokane in). During the ride I would purposely get separated from my folks and ride on my own. I felt fast, free, and independent. It was better then getting my first car.

Favorite ride:
My favorite road ride is the Yak Loop in NW Montana. My favorite mtb ride is Snowbowl Overlook. My favorite cross ride is Deer Creek to the switchback, up and then down the single track into the ski trails.

Most memorable ride:
When I was 19, I rode Seattle to Portland in one day with Brian. We were 100% ill-prepared. We had ridden maybe 10 hours total before the ride. It was a huge adventure.

Favorite bike:
Ramblumtick

Who or what inspires you:
I am easily inspired. I can watch a highlight video of Paolo Bettini and get excited. In cycling I get inspired by my teammates. Riding with guys like Josh, Toby, Elliot, Brian, Jdoll, and Fiore is what it's all about. This is super cheesy, but when they win a race I feel like I won the race too. When you ride, hang out, and then race together the races become more then just races. I would do pretty much anything within the rules to help one of those guys win a race. Wanting to be there for my teammates has taken my cycling to new levels.

My two favorite pro riders are Tim Johnson and Sam Schultz. If I could be any rider I would be TJ. He's the captain on the road, and a killer in cross. Sam is the best mountain biker in the US and one of the coolest people to hang out with. He never forgets where he came from, and is game for anything. The opposite of the "pro" stereotype.

What is something that people don't know about you?

I am an avid NFL fan. My team is the Seahawks.

Well, there you have it folks. Words from the man we all know and love. Rumor has it that he can be found zipping along on skate skis, but be on the lookout - he's back on the saddle again.....
Thanks for everything you do!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

News From J Dunphy...we miss him!


Tamara,
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,
Jeremy

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Training Rides are in full force!

Riding the trainer always seems like a chore for me. I guess I can relate it to emptying garbage cans or picking up dog poo. I really don't enjoy it. However, somehow I get myself to sit on my bike and spin. Thankfully, our team trainer rides have surprised me. I find myself having a love/hate relationship with them. Sure,those nagging thoughts go through my head every Monday and Thursday " I don't want to go!!! I hate riding the trainer!!" But somehow I find myself there (when life allows) and I'm always happy I went. "Thanks be to Robert!", there have been roughly 10-12 teammies meeting at Big Sky Bikes on Mondays and Thursdays. Sessions are lasting roughly 90 minutes and I know will have us well prepared for our up and coming race season. I encourage everyone to try and make one session per week. The weeks seem to be on fast forward and we will soon find ourselves in Walla Walla before we know it! Incentives: music and workouts. The music varies each night and can vary from Nick's reggae to Ivy's contemporary hip/hop (is that what you call Kayne??) to Tamara's 80's favorites! Both Elliot and Dusty have contributed to the grueling work outs and leave us all dripping with sweat, not sure if we can handle more! So, I'm a believer! Trainer rides can be fun - all you have to do is show up at Big Sky Bikes at 6:30 on Monday's and Thursdays to get the best of them! Hope to see you there!!!! ----------Joey

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Rocky Mountain Roubaix...






I know it's only January 3rd and most of you are far from thinking about the road season but the date for the Rocky Mountain Roubaix is set for 2010....






April 11th, 2010.