Eleven Things To Know About Being A Cyclist’s Wife:

Eleven Things To Know About Being A Cyclist’s Wife: By Christina Barton


I have been a cyclist’s wife (and girlfriend) for nearly six years now. I have come a long way since the days when I didn’t think cycling was a team sport and these are the things I have learned to be the best cyclist’s wife I can be:


  • When you arrive at a road race be ready to be in the feed zone for 4 hours in the blazing hot sun to hand off 2 bottles that will most likely be dropped.


  • Never take Dave Santos seriously when he says to motor pace a teammate back to the group during the race. This is not only illegal, but I would probably hit a few riders in an attempt to do this.


  • Keep reminding your husband that shaved legs and spandex are sexy.


  • If you are in the pit during a criterium, it is important to stop looking at Pinterest on your phone to hand a rider on your team a wheel when he gets a flat. They do not like it when they have to wait for you to pin the article on how to make cookies in a microwave.


  • Be willing to give up your car to the team director at any moment because when he is in race mode that man can be scary as hell! Disclaimer: Paul Abrahams is actually the nicest guy in the world.


  • Try not to be jealous of the podium girls when they are kissing your husband after he wins.


  • Listen to your husband talk about everything that happened in the race and pretend to understand all of the lingo — He was riding 27s? No way! (Is that a thing?)


  • If a rider crashes during a race and is bleeding from his head, do not stand in the way crying and saying to yourself you did this with your mind because he is on a different team.


  • Keep other wives posted on what’s going on during the race if they are unable to make it, unless their husband is not doing well.


  • Pretend it’s not the millionth time someone at the race asks you, “Oh, so you ride bikes too?” To answer this question-No, I do not also ride. I believe my husband rides enough for the both of us!


  • Be understanding when he cannot text you 3 seconds after the race is over to tell you the results.


  • And the most important thing you can do as a cyclist’s wife is to be supportive. I am so proud of my husband and I think what he does it not only cool, but takes so much discipline and I really respect that.
Photo Credit: Michael Ratcliff, Action Media LLC

Christina’s Husband Chris Barton: Photo Credit: Michael Ratcliff, Action Media LLC

The Hell Of The North (County) BWR


Crazy Map!

Hard work and endurance to get to the finish line in the BWR and life are

critical to success. As an observer and not a participant I applaud the

stamina each of the riders had in conquering both segments of the BWR.

The Waffer segment is a challenge in itself at 72 miles. The course is

named Hell of The North for a reason. Add in another 72 or so miles and

you move from hard to WOW with the Waffle segment. Hats off to all that

took up the challenge. Please do visit the BWR site to see the final


I would be remiss is not mentioning the Spy Optic family who made this

event happen. Maddy Isbell, always with a radio in hand, conquered a

herculean task to make the third annual BWR run smoothly from start to

Podium awards. Her staff in Orange Shirts, which makes up about half the

office of Spy Optic also deserved a Pat On The Back.

I personally can only dream of participating in next years BWR. The

strength and heart shown by all the riders has given me a nice challenge

to try next year.

Your reporter on the scene

Jim Stewart



BWR Smoking Hot Help.

BWR Smoking Hot Help.

Murphy and Rivera Take Dual Victories for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in Stage 3 of Joe Martin Stage Race

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Murphy and Rivera Take Dual Victories for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in Stage 3 of Joe Martin Stage Race

The Joe Martin Stage Race continued Saturday with a challenging road race through Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team took victory in both the men’s and women’s fields in stage 3: John Murphy earned his second victory in a row, while Coryn Rivera improved on her second place on stage 2 with victory in the women’s race.
The women raced 100 kilometers, including two laps of a 37-kilometer circuit. Team UnitedHealthcare rider Laura Brown attacked on the first climb with two other riders, staying away from the peloton for a full lap and building an advantage of 40 seconds before the peloton regained contact. Not long after the breakaway was captured, a larger breakaway group formed. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team riders Alexis Ryan, Linda Villumsen, and Scotti Wilborne were present in the new breakaway along with other GC contenders, making the move a threat for the overall race lead. The peloton chased hard to bring back the dangerous group and with 10 kilometers remaining, a sprint finish seemed likely. Scotti Wilborne then launched a solo attack, allowing her teammates to regroup and organize for the sprint finish. The team executed a textbook lead out train with Coryn Rivera taking the win and teammate Alexis Ryan holding on to 2nd place. Pleased with the result, Sporting Director Rachel Heal commented, “The team rode a great race today, riding in the breakaways and applying pressure when it counted. After the disappointment of missing the win yesterday, they stepped up and really proved themselves today with the 1, 2 punch!”
In the men’s race, Brad White raced into a 3-rider breakaway and pushed the pace for much of the 175-kilometer stage.  Back in the peloton, attacks were launched over the climbs, but the team was able to keep John Murphy in the front group. After 100 kilometers in the breakaway, Brad White was caught by the peloton and with 14 kilometers remaining; the race was all back together. After his sprint victory on stage 2, the team was committed to protecting and leading out John Murphy for the finish. Carlos Alzate was the final teammate leading Murphy through the 300-meter uphill finishing straight for the sprint. Murphy was able to deliver the win for the second day in a row, showing strength and form earned through an intense block of European racing. “The boys put me into perfect position into the last corner, making it easy for me,” Murphy said, showing appreciation for his teammates. Sporting Director Mike Tamayo summed up the day for the team, “We went into the day with one clear goal: Stage win. And the boys pulled it together. It’s all about the teamwork and sacrifice.”

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The Joe Martin Stage Race concludes Sunday with a technical criterium in downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas. With three days of hard racing in their legs, the uphill finish will prove a worthy challenge for the entire peloton.

Kirchmann (Optum) Wins Stage Two of Joe Martin Stage Race

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Kirchmann Wins Stage Two of Joe Martin Stage Race
April 25th | Fayetteville, AR
Reigning Canadian road race, time trial, and criterium champion Leah Kirchmann won stage two of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, Arkansas yesterday, out-kicking a select group of riders in a tough uphill finish after 94 kilometers of racing. Her win, and its subsequent time bonus, moved the Canadian star into fourth overall on general classification and into the sprint classification lead. She was motivated for the possibilities her biggest win of 2015 on American soil could mean for the weekend of racing in Arkansas.

“I felt really confident in our strength as a team coming into Joe Martin after our victory at team time trial nationals,” she said. “It was definitely a physical and mental boost to race and win the team time trial before heading to Arkansas – I’m feeling strong and today was a great course for us, and the team helped put me in great position on the final climb to the finish. I can’t wait to see what we can do in the overall classification this week!”

Performance Director Patrick McCarty comments on the team’s strategy and tactics that helped make the win possible:

“I knew we could take the win today with Leah, but the strategy was in how to also move her, or one of our other riders, up in the overall standings. The course was hilly at first, with one fairly significant climb halfway through. It was a course you had to pay attention on, and one which could certainly put a lot of pressure on the race. I did not think it was a good day, though, for us to put a big effort into anything other than the finish – the finish was technical and difficult with some steep pitches, and energy needed to be saved for it. It became clear that our best strategy was to be patient, stay out of trouble and put everything into a good finish for Leah. The stage win, time bonus and possible time gaps were our motivation. Leah now sits 4th overall and spitting distance of the podium. The ladies all rode well today. More consistent, solid performances in the rest of this race will lift us further up in the standings.”

The Joe Martin Stage race continues today, with another, more challenging road race, and concludes on Sunday with a classic downtown criterium.

Murphy Sprints to Victory (UHC) Stage 2 of Joe Martin Stage Race

Joe Martin Stage Race - Stage 2

Joe Martin Stage Race – Stage 2

Murphy Sprints to Victory, Takes Green Jersey, Rivera Claims 2nd for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team on Stage 2 of Joe Martin Stage Race
The men and women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the 4-day Joe Martin Stage Race this week. The race is a well-known event on the USA Cycling NRC schedule and a new addition to the UCI America Tour calendar for 2015, drawing the strongest riders and teams in North America.
The race began on Thursday, April 23rd with a short individual time trial to set the tone and general classification standings for the oncoming stages. The women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team displayed excellent form on stage 1, with Linda Villumsen racing to 3rd place and five of her teammates just seconds behind her within the top-ten.

Cycling Illustrated Nature Valley Podium
The men had consistent performances in the time trial, all finishing within 90 seconds of the winner, but came out fighting on stage 2 with their sights set on victory. The 174-kilometer stage started with several attacks. The move that stuck included Team UnitedHealthcare rider Isaac Bolivar in a group of nine. The breakaway formed an advantage of almost four minutes before the riders took on the 12-kilometer climb. With 40 kilometers left in the race, the sprint teams began to lift the pace and shut down the breakaway. With high speeds leading back into town for the finish, the finale was chaotic and hard to control but the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train was able to stay together and deliver John Murphy to the final corner. Murphy sprinted to seize the stage victory, along with the sprint points leader’s green jersey along the way. Sporting Director Mike Tamayo commented on the team’s strategy for the day, “Our plan was to race 100% for the stage win; we went into the meeting and said, ‘Today is a one-day bike race. Tomorrow we worry about general classification and the rest of the tour.’ ”
The women’s race saw many attacks and breakaway attempts over the 94 kilometers of racing, but only small groups or solo riders were able to cause any separation from the main group until a long climb split the peloton into several groups. The women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team made the lead group of roughly 40 riders, and assembled around sprinter Coryn Rivera for the finale. Rivera bounced back from a crash in last week’s criterium to take second place in the sprint for stage 2. Sporting Director Rachel Heal concluded, “The team raced well today, but after missing out on the victory, they are even more fired up for stage 3.” The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team leads the team classification heading into stage 3 with Ruth Winder leading the U23 classification and wearing the white jersey.