Cascade Cycling Classic by Johnathan Freter (Firefighters Cycling)

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Cascade Cycling Classic

Cascade Cycling Classic

by Johnathan Freter  (Firefighters Cycling)

 

 

Prologue
A brutal 4:30 of sprint, corner, sprint, corner, climb a small bump in the road, and sprint to the line. The best thing that anyone can do for this is get a solid warm-up and have all of the equipment ready to rock.

Meanwhile, back to the real world at the team camp, the one trainer is having a quick rotation of riders trying to get the best warm-up possible.  The other teammates nervously double- and triple-check watches so they don’t miss their start times. Somehow, we all get started on time and our 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic has started.

Stage One

On the books today we have two climbs, one that lasts about 20 miles, and the finishing climb which is about 10 miles long. Since Kennett is the man on the team with the most experience at this race, we are all hanging on his every word at the start of the stage, knowing where we need to be positioned for each part of the stage. He tells us to be at the back to miss all of the crashes on the initial downhill, then to be in the first 20 guys as the road narrows and starts to kick up.

That should be easy, right? One problem: the only view of the roads that we had was via the race map, so apart from trying to stay together in the peloton, we are flying blind.

Finally, we get on the narrow road to start the McKenzie Pass climb and I realize I am a LONG way back and I need to get up. Of course, everyone behind and around me has the same general idea. [Read more...]

Recap- Awbry Butte Circuit Race-Tvetcov and McGrath win Cascade Cycling Classic Overall Classification.

Stage 5 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 5 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.

Tvetcov and McGrath win Cascade Cycling Classic Overall Classification.
The circuit race is another long standing course for Cascade. It’s a challenging circuit with the main features being the climb out of Tumalo Park and the climb of Archie Briggs. The first climb is a main road climb leading to the feed zone and a long false flat leading to Archie Briggs. This climb begins with a fast twisting descent into a 15% wall followed by more false flat and kicking up to the final stair step KOM summit.  The rest of the course is undulating with fast descents and exposed sections. A well balanced course which comes at the end of an aggressive week of racing.
The men’s race began at 1 PM and as has been the case with every race so far, once the flag dropped at the end of e neutral zone, the attacks began. Immediately, the 150 man field was strung out as it serpentined across the road.  Small groups would escape only to be brought back. This  pattern continued past the first climb of Tumalo Park. The field stayed together but was single file over the top. The attacks continued with 5 Hour particularly active today. Once the over Archie Briggs a group of 20 was able to get away but this too was pulled back. The peloton, which was being lead primarily by Jelly Belly riding for yellow jersey wearer Tvetcov, was not going to let anything go unless it had the right combination of riders.
Coming into the Tumalo Park climb on lap 2, a group of 12 had managed to get off the front.  This group had 25 seconds over the top of the climb and quickly increased to 55 seconds entering Archie Briggs. The group was working well together with no one sitting on.  Flavio Deluna of SmartStop- Mountain Khakis took the KOM and the break had increased their gap to 1:15 over the peloton. The break was well represented with single riders from Bissell, Optum, Giant, Bontrager, BMC, Jelly Belly, 5 Hour, SmartStop, Hincapie, Astellas Oncology, and 2 Hagens Berman riders.
Lap 3 saw this gap increase to its largest gap of 1:45 as they crested the Tumalo Park climb. Deluna again took KOM over the Archie Briggs climb with the breaks gap at 1:15. Jelly Belly were controlling the break and riding strongly on the front. It seemed that the race was shaping up for a fast finale.
As lap 4 began, the gap was down to 1:05 and would drop to 40 seconds only to increase again to 1:10. Clearly the two groups were figuring out their tactics for the final phase of the race. As lap 5 began the peloton had swallowed up the break but two riders attacked and established a small gap. Eric Marcotte of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker and James Oram of Bontrager Cycling held onto a tenuous 15 second gap all the way to the Archie Briggs climb. It was a strong move but just too much to ask with this motivated field behind. The race was all together leading into the fast final 5 km. Four riders managed to get a small gap leading into the final 500 meters of the race with Rosskopf of Hincapie Sportswear taking the spring with teammate Clark taking second and Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda taking third.
It proved to be an important sprint win for Rosskopf. With the time bonuses available on the stage he jumped to 2nd overall.  Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b  Kenda took the overall honors with Chad Haga of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies hanging onto 3rd
The women faced 3 laps and 51 miles of the Deschutes Brewery – Awbry Butte Circuit Race. With a more established GC, the race was really going to have to some fireworks to shake up the final. The women’s race was run at an aggressive pace as was evidenced by the continual number of riders shed off the back.  A motivated Team Exergy Twenty 16 did a very good job of controlling the race for their yellow jersey wearer McGrath.
The stage came down to two riders with Amanda Miller of Team TIBCO taking the days honors with Jade Wilcoxson of Optum p/b Kelly Benefits taking second. Lauren Rauck Komanski of NOM and Novartis for MS came in a minute later and took the sprint for 3rd.  McGrath came is few seconds off of  Haeusler of Team TIBCO but remained safely in yellow to take the final GC. Haeusler remained in 2nd overall with Abbott of TIBCO rounding out the podium.
The 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic produced some aggressive and tactical racing.  The women’s race saw an aggressive Team TIBCO race hard from the start and establish the hierarchy that would see McGrath take a well deserved win.  The men’s field was tightly contested with all the teams riding hard right to the final sprint.  At times it appeared to be a battle between the old and new guard with the final result being some fantastic racing.
The race is obviously embraced by the Bend community. The race organization and number of volunteers was impressive to say the least. It’s an incredible event that should remain in high standing on the NRC calendar or years to come.
-Travis Dixon

Magner,Hall Win Downtown Twilight Criterium

Twilight Crit Cascade

Twilight Crit Cascade

Stage 4, Bend Downtown Twilight Criterium took place Saturday July 20th. The men and women were able to enjoy a late start time to give their legs some needed recovery from the tough 4 days of racing they’ve experienced so far.  The rectangular course is a straight forward design. The only real ‘obstacle’ being turns 3 and 4 where the road narrows making positioning onto the long final straight important.  Essentially this translates into an extremely fast course.  The long finishing straight to the line puts an emphasis on teamwork and a solid lead out. Added to this was a headwind meaning that the winner would have to time their sprint perfectly.

The women were first to start. As has been e case throughout Cascade, the pace was high right from the gun. There were many attacks but apparently none had the right combination of teams represented or horsepower as the field remained together and strung out for the entire race.
As the riders began the final lap team NOW and Novartis for MS took charge at the front with three riders stringing out the remaining peloton.  The sprint was incredibly close and came down to a photo finish with Lauren Hall of team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits taking the win by the narrowest of margins. 2nd went to Shelley Olds of Team TIBCO with Allison Powersnof NOW and Novartis for MS rounding out the top three.  The GC remained unchanged with McGrath of Exergy Twenty 16 in yellow followed by Haeusler of Team TIBCO and Abbott of Exergy Twenty 16 in 3rd.
The men began at 7 PM but the temperatures remained high with many riders packing ice into their skinsuits in an attempt to keep their core temperature down before the fireworks began for the 75 minute race.  The men’s field had been reduced to 150 riders from the original 200 and the field would be much less than this by the finish.
The men’s race was full-on right from the gun. The 150 man field was single file for the first 20 minutes with many laps averaging over 32 mph. As the field began to show signs of strain under the unrelenting pace a group of 5 riders managed to get a gap.  This front group fluctuated in numbers from 5 to 3 to 8 and always hovering around 10 seconds. Team Jelly Belly and Team Cash Call kept the move in check. The break was finally reeled in at the 46 minute mark but the pace was beginning to take it’s toll on the rest of the field as riders were continually being dropped from the pack.  With roughly 10 minutes to go Team Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took control of the front but it was team Optum with Tom Zirbel leading the way who took over with 3 laps to go. Zirbel put his TT legs to work and tapped out a lap and a half  at 32 mph when a crash on the backside of the course created a split. Optum controlled going into the final lap but it was the U23 national criterium champion,  Ty Magner of Hincapie Sportswear, who took the win. Jasper Stuyven of Bontrager Cycling Team 2nd with Ignazio Moser of BMC Development Team taking 3rd.  The GC remained with Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda leading, Haga of Optum p/b Kelly Benifit Strategies in 2nd, and Jakub Novak of BMC Development Team in 3rd.
Tomorrow concludes this edition of the Cascade Cycling Classic with the Aubry Butte Circuit Race. For the women, McGrath and her team seem to be in control but its a challenging course at the end of a week of aggressive racing. Haeusler and the rest of the field should make it interesting for team Exergy. On the men’s side, this race is still up for grabs.  There is only 9 seconds separating the top 3 and only a 1:15 separating the top 10.  Tomorrow should produce some incredible racing.
As a final note, the podium for tonight’s crit were all U23 men. Remember their names as I am sure we will be seeing more of them in the future.
Travis Dixon

5-hour Energy update after Lakes Road Race.

 

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Stage 3 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic, Lakes Road Race.

by: Frankie Andreu

5-hour Energy

July 19, 2013 at 5:57pm

Stage 3 of the Cascade Cycling Classic, Lakes Road Race started at the Beautiful MT Bachelor Ski Resort West Village, 35 minutes from the center of Bend.

 

Our plan was to get either David, Taylor, Stemper or Sweeting in the break and save Nate, Max and Paco for the final climb. After about 25 miles an initial break established with over 20 rides including 5-hour ENERGY’s Jim Stemper. Quickly growing to and then hovering at 1 minute, due to the danger men on GC of Carter Jones and Tom Zirbel who were less than 40 seconds back on GC contention.  Once Nate English came back to the car for bottles and information the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda racing team took this information and went to the front to close down this dangerous break. We brought it back quickly and then the peloton kept attacking each other until 25 miles to go.  Finally a smaller break of 8 with 5-hour ENERGY’s Stemper went up the road to over a minute. After the last sprint zone this break blew up to over 2:40. Vennel was highest on GC at 39 seconds. It was a tough call to bring Stemper back to the peloton to shut down this move before the climb but we believe it was worth it in the end. The 5-hour ENERGY® P/B Kenda Team plus the Hincapie Development Team worked together to bring it back before the climb. Max and Nate then got caught behind a crash at the start of the climb that separated them from Paco’s group. He was now alone with no one to help him work on the climb. This would be the winning group of the day, Paco taking 5th place and now 25 seconds down on GC.  This all and all was a good result on a chaotic stage.

 

Also Bobby had a little incident today on the road getting forced into some trees but we are happy to say he is fine and got back on the road and will be racing tomorrow.

Recap-Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was run on the Cascade Lakes course. This is a long standing course for this event. The course doesn’t have the amount of climbing that Stage 1 but many in the field feel that this is the toughest stage. The course is unrelenting, constantly up and down and then finishes on the 5 km climb of Sparks Lake. This climb isn’t particularly steep but considering its placement on this stage, it certainly makes the legs and lungs hurt.

 

The men were to ride 90 miles. The BMC Development team had the responsibility of defending the yellow jersey for Novak and with this stacked pro field they definitely had their work cut out for them today. The race began with a 3 mile neutral and as soon as the flag dropped the attacks began. Groups of 10-20 riders would escape only to be brought back and then another group would break … BMC were placing men in each group but it was becoming clear that yellow jersey wearer Novak was not having a good day and many times BMC would call back their riders to help pace the yellow back and bring the group together. The other teams had no mercy and kept firing away at BMC until mile 61 when a nine man group was able to break clear. As the final climb began, the escapees were swept up and 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda got to the front and set a hard pace in hope of launching Mancebo but the rest of the field was strong enough to resist the pace. Seghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda took the stage. This was his second stage win in as many days. Travis McCabe of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took second followed by Chad Haga of Team Optom p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy finished 5th with the same time as Tvetcov. Former yellow jersey Phillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling was 8th 2 seconds down. Novak finished 23rd for the day 17 seconds down followed by his teammate, Eisenthart.

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IMAGES-Results-Serghei(Jelly Belly) back to back wins in Cascade!

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2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Best Young Rider GC After Stage 3

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Best Young Rider Stage 2 RESULT

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Climbing Classification After Stage 3

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 GC After Stage 3 2013 CCC Men Pr

 

o 1 Sprint Classification After Stage 3

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Stage 3 RESULT

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 TEAM GC After Stage 3

Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) and Powers(NOW)Blaze TT in Cascade

Cascade Cycling Classic -Alison Powers

Cascade Cycling Classic -Alison Powers

Cascade Cycling Classic, July 18 Stage 2 Prineville Individual Time Trial.

 

The men and women raced on a 20 mile out and back course. The rolling course would cater a strong rider who is able to push a big gear as opposed to the climbing that the racers saw in yesterdays stage. The men raced first and of the original 201 racers only 182 lined up for the start of the time trial. Sergei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly rode in with the best time of the day, 30:59:96. He was followed by Jonathan Teeter of team Marc Pro-Strava for second place with a time of 31:17:54. Newly crowned national TT Champion, Tom Zirbel rounded out the top three with a time of 31:17:69. Taylor Eisenhart of BMC Development Team put in a strong ride to end up 5th on GC only 30 seconds off of teammate Novak. Eisenhart is followed closely by defending champ, Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda who is 33 seconds off the lead. Yesterdays stage winner and yellow jersey wearer for the day, Pjillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling slipped to 7th overall at 36 seconds.

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Results- Cascade Crooked River Time Trial

Cascade Crooked River Time Trial

Cascade Crooked River Time Trial

Men

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Best Young Rider GC After Stage 2

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Best Young Rider Stage 2 RESULT-1

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Best Young Rider Stage 2 RESULT

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 GC After Stage 2

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Stage 2 RESULT

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 TEAM GC After Stage 2

 

Women

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 Best Young Rider GC After Stage 2

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 Best Young Rider Stage 2 RESULT

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 GC After Stage 2

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 Stage 2 RESULT

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 TEAM GC After Stage 2

 

Stage 1 of the Cascade Cycling Classic

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Stage 1 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was held today, July 17 on the challenging McKenzie Pass Course. The men and women raced 74 miles with a finishing climb to Three Creeks Sno-Park. This final climb features ramps up to 14% in sections and the stage climbs right to the finish line. It was going to be a tough day in the saddle for the riders.

The men’s race began with a 7 mile neutral zone and once the flag dropped the attacks started immediately. Small groups would go off the front but nothing stuck until about 35 miles into the stage when 5 riders were able to get a gap on the peloton. The break had the right mix of teams represented as they quickly built up a 10 minute gap as they arrived to the base of the McKenzie Pass climb. 3 riders remained a they crested the summit with a gap of roughly 1:30. The long fast decent saw Yanic Eckman of California Giant/Specialized, the only surviving member of the break, and Michael Weicht of CashCall, who bridged from the peloton, arrive into Sisters with a 40 second gap on the peloton. Team Bissell Pro Cycling rode a great team race on the final climb isolating Francesco Mancebo and yellow jersey wearer Robert Sweeting both of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda.
Phil Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling takes us through the final climb, “Basically, it’s always about that last climb. It was on 5 Hour Energy to control the race all day, and they did good job as they had yellow and the defending champion (Mancebo). So, we just sat back until the base of the finishing climb where we took over. We had a few guys that we were saving up to just kill it with 10 km to go. We put Pipp (Frank) on the front to string things out and that launched Baldwin (Chris). He kinda fried out there but this made Mancebo and Team Optum chase. Then once everyone was hurting I jumped across and Chris gave me a little gas and I was able to ride it to the finish but there was a Bontrager Cycling Team rider on my wheel, at 200 meters to go, I am not sure what happened as I was looking forward and he was looking back, and we just kind of got tangled and he went down which is a shame as he would’ve killed me in the sprint.”
Gaimon crossed the line to take the win and race leaders jersey. Mancebo crossed a handful of seconds later with Baldwin, Carter Jones, and Michael Torckler, all of Bissell Pro Cycling, right on his wheel. Robert Sweeting of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda lost his jersey on the stage and had this to say at the finish, “It was hard. I tried to stay as fresh as possible for the final climb. I knew that Mancebo would be our best guy for the day. I was hoping to lose less time than I did but once I got dropped with about 5 km to go I tried to conserve and hopefully have a better day tomorrow for the TT. We have Mancebo in 2nd overall so we are really happy about that. I think it’s going to be a good week.” TJ Eisenhart of BMC Development Team put in a strong ride to take the Best Young Riders jersey.
It was a strong performance by Bissell Pro Cycling but with the time gaps being so tight going into tomorrow’s TT, it’s still anybody’s race.
The women’s race began 10 minutes after the men. Yellow jersey wearer Allison Powers and her team, NOW and Novartis for MS, rode strongly and were able to control the peloton until the McKenzie Pass climb. Once the peloton began the climb proper, all that work seemed to take its toll and Powers had a more difficult time controlling the race. 3 riders broke away from the peloton roughly halfway up the climb. Kristen McGrath and Mara Abbott, both of team Exergy-Twenty 16, and Claudia Haeusler of team TIBCO worked well together building a gap of over 3 minutes and stayed away to the finish.
Kristen McGrath takes us through the stage, “We knew we have a lot of strong climbers on this team so we needed to use that to our advantage and try to get as much time for all of our climbers before the TT tomorrow. Allison’s (Powers) teammates set her up really well coming into McKenzie Pass but that meant that they had done a lot of work. Once they began to tire we made the pace really hard and we kept attacking. I ended up getting away with Claudia (Haeusler) and then Mara (Abbott) was able to bridge up. We worked really well together all the way to the finish. This also allowed Andrea Dvorak to sit on the yellow jersey, once we had her isolated. Then she was able to go on the final climb and get 4th place. So, it’s great that we got a lot of riders up the road. We are gonna take it one day at a time but we have a lot of cards to play.”
Haeusler took off with 200 meters to go and was able to take the win with McGrath and Abbott rounding out the top three. There was some confusion with the yellow jersey presentation with Haeusler initially being given the GC lead but before she could even donn the jersey the decision was reversed and McGrath was awarded the yellow jersey. As consolation, Haeusler was awarded the QOM jersey. The Best Young Rider jersey remained with Jasmin Glaessser of Exergy.
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Stage one provided some aggressive and tactical racing for both the men and women. With 4 stages remaining the 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic promises to be an exciting edition.
-Travis Dixon

Images and Results-Gaimon (Bissell),Häusler (TIBCO) win McKenzie Pass RR

Gaimon (Bissell),Häusler (TIBCO) win McKenzie Pass RR

Gaimon (Bissell),Häusler (TIBCO) win McKenzie Pass RR

 

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Best Young Rider

GC After Stage 1

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Best Young Rider Stage 1 RESULT

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Climbing Classification After Stage 1

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 GC After Stage 1 2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Sprint Classification After Stage 1

2013 CCC Men Pro 1 Stage 1 RESULT 2013 CCC Men Pro 1 TEAM GC After Stage 1

 

 

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 Best Young Rider GC After Stage 1

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 Best Young Rider Stage 1 RESULT

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 Climbing Classification After Stage 1

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 Sprint Classification After Stage 1

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 Stage 1 RESULT

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 GC After Stage 1

2013 CCC Women Pro 1-2 TEAM GC After Stage 1