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It has been said that there are three types of fun. The first includes activities which are fun to plan, fun during, and fun to discuss afterwards. Example: an easy sunset hike with friends, a blissful powder day. The second type is fun to plan, involves some struggle during, and is fun to talk (brag) about after the fact. This might include learning to waterski, riding a tough trail, or finally flashing a challenging climbing route. The third type of fun is, in fact, only fun after it’s over.
After a strong performance at Rocky Mountain Roubaix last week, Team Rockford-Owenhouse was motivated coming into the MSU Cycling Team’s Bobcat Classic. Pete Krebs and Scott Urban contested the B race while Alan Adams, Justin Raynes, Jeff Rasch and I (Henry) were ready to throw down with the A’s.
Scott reported an easy start to the B race, with a moderate tempo up the first climb. At the top of the climb the field was hit by the brutal winds which plagued racers all day. Scott attempted a breakaway with a single companion along the backside, but was unable to make the separation. Gas-Intrinsik rival Guy Mackenzie attempted a solo breakaway on the long descent, but was caught soon after as the peloton turned east and head up the canyon back towards the start and the 1000 foot climb to the finish. Scott took 4th at the finish, only 45 seconds behind the lead group, continuing the awesome form we’ve seen from him all season long.
Team Rockford brought a strong crew of seven to the Rocky Mountain Roubaix. Alan and I were in the 1,2,3 field, Jeff Rasch raced Masters 40+, Matt and Scott were in the Cat 4 race, Pete Krebs raced Cat 5 and Rory Rasch represented in the juniors field.
Alan and I were in the first group to head out. After driving through snow on the way over and observing the brewing storm clouds we were prepared for some classic Montana spring weather. With the appearance of Cannondale pro Sam Schultz, the rest of the field knew it would be a fast and furious day of racing. With the help of Landen Beckner, Sam drilled the pace on the first dirt section, and then set a steady tempo out the frontage road en route to the circuit. Once we hit dirt again the lactic acid levels soared as most of the field (myself included) found ourselves burning matches just to stay in contact.
The first race of the Rockford Cyclocross series was success! We had a total of 38 riders that led to great racing in all fields. The A group had 11, the B’s had 19, the women had 7, and Henry Coppolillo as the only junior. Henry finished 8th overall, and would have won the B group outright. Nice ride Henry! John Curry asserted his domination of the A group with a strong win in that field. Rounding out the points for the A’s was Levin Zars, Alan Adams, our own Justin Raynes and Lucian Hand. The B group winner was Jordan Holsinger followed by Michael Voth, Nate lorlle, our own Brant Wiehardt, and Tom Owens. The Womens field had a group of strong riders, but in the end Lizzy Adams got he best of the group with a strong win. Second place went to our own Anna Dingman, followed by Lisa Curry, Ivy Pederson (another Rockford star), and Katie Davis. The course was fast, dry and dusty and we ran the traditional course setup for the first race. The racing looked tough but I’m sure everyone will be ready to go again next week!
I would like to thank Jared Nelson, Amy McNamara, John Weyhrich, Brian Bothner and Pascal Beauvais for their time last night. This series is not possible without volunteers so don’t forget to sign up. Until next week, keep moving forward and don’t look back, cause you’re about to get caught!
Cheers, Scott Urban
They say you can do anything for a minute. Or five minutes. I’ve even heard it being modified to fifteen minutes. But one thing I never can recall this expression being extended to, “You can do anything for 19 hours.” Somehow, that phrase doesn’t seem quite as encouraging.
19 hours is all the time that Mother Nature granted us in mid-June to race the 24 hours of Rapelje mountain bike race.Team Rockford had a great showing with two 5-person teams – one all male and one mixed team. All riders from both teams finished the race as better, more experienced riders with a few war stories to swap when all other topics have been exhausted on our many training rides together…
Here is a recap of Annalisa’s Tulsa Tough Race – Enjoy!
Wow, what a weekend at Tulsa Tough! When you have riders like Alison Powers and Theresa Cliff-Ryan amongst a field of 70+ women, its safe to say you’re racing with the big girls. As this is my first season racing as a Cat 2, I had my work cut out for me in this P12 women’s field, but I was looking forward to the challenge. Tulsa Tough is a race that every female racer needs to go to regardless of category. They love the women there and it shows! It was for sure, a special weekend for the ladies.
Sunday morning, April 14th, wake up at 5:30am to get ready for the 2013 Bobcat Classic out at the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Look outside, and there is a fresh layer of snow on the ground with more falling from the dark sky. This was a huge motivation killer! Several texts were sent around to teammates to see if anyone was still going – was it canceled, are the roads dry out at the caverns?… Then, an email from El Jefe – the race was on. Jeff Wyatt, Ryan Hamilton, John Barton, Justin Raynes, Jared Nelson, Anna Dingman, Ivy Peterson and Myself were all in….