Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.
Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.
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.
by Michael Weicht (CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team)
The CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team has been pretty busy racing all over the country. Fabrizio Von Nacher just raced the National Championships in Mexico. I went back to Germany to compete in the National Championships of my country.
It was awesome to have almost the whole CashCall squad out racing the 805 Criteriums on Saturday and Sunday. It made it especially great that everybody was so focused and motivated for the win like we were last weekend. The race and the whole weekend was great evidence that cycling is one of the biggest team sports.
The Avenue of the Flags Criterium was my first time racing in Buellton, and an event like this is just as good as the people who organize it. The race promoter did a great job and all the fans, volunteers, and racers were super excited for the race. I like that kind of feeling when you come to an event where everybody just wants to see an exciting bike race.
When we arrived at the race, we heard it had been very hot and windy all day. To be honest, our CashCall teammate, Joy McCulloch, who was racing the women’s race at 2PM, hit really hot conditions. They raced in 105 F! After the woman’s race, a little breeze brought the temperature down as the cat 3 men raced and we got ready to start.
For the race, the CashCall team had Devan Dunn, David Santos, Fabrizio Von Nacher, Brian McCulloch, Logan Loader, Chris Barton, and me. As a team, we were really aggressive in the race with a lot of attacks. We always had one or two guys in the breaks and the rest of the team was ready for the counter attacks. We definitely played the team card well. The move that finally stuck included me, Brandon Gritters (Rokform), and Jesse Anthony (Optum). In the third quarter of the race, our trio lapped the field. I collected my teammates and the whole CashCall team went on the front to work for the sprint finish. Although both Gritters and Anthony had solid teammates in the peloton, I was confident in my team and it was good that I had just two other riders to watch in the finish. My teammates did an awesome job to lead me out me so that I could bring my arms up on the finish line for the victory.
I would like to thank Paul Abrahams, our team director, for taking such good care of the team like always. It is so much easier in the race with his help and we could not have success without him.
Thank you to the CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team and our sponsors: CashCall Morgage, KHS Bicycles, iRT Wheels, Hammer Nutrition, Shimano, Rudy Project, Velo Saddles, Xpedo, Serfas, Rennie and Associates, Chamois Butt’r, Kenda Tires, Praxis Works, Bike Religion, and Finish Line Bicycle Care Products.
Logan Loader WINS the USAC Elite Nationals Time Trial! He clocked a smoking fast time of 36:19! Chris Barton places 2nd with an excellent ride of 36:54!
1 268.24 Logan Loader Pacific Grove, CA 36:19.54 198542 51B CashCall Mortgage
2 272.23 Christopher Barton Camarillo, CA 36:54.31 185877 9B CashCall Mortgage
3 276.22 James Peterman Boulder, CO 37:05.44 195657 64B Sonic Boom Racing /Sonic Boom Racing Team
4 280.22 Cameron Cogburn Cambridge, MA 37:09.35 235379 22B CCB/CCB Racing
5 284.21 Paul Martin North Royalton, OH 37:09.99 207549 55B Panther/Bakehouse
6 288.20 Tim Mulvihill Park City, UT 37:13.16 310119 250B The Contender Club/CONTENDER BICYCLES
7 292.19 Michael Margarite New York, NY 37:14.85 211807 54B Stan’s NoTubes P/b Proferrin
8 296.19 Brant Speed Austin, TX 37:23.23 240584 78B Pedal Hard Cycling
9 300.18 Stephen (Cody) Haroldsen Salt Lake City, UT 37:27.52 230640 37B Utah Premier-Ski Utah Cycling Team
10 304.17 Timothy Mitchell Ashland, MA 37:29.51 137395 57B CCB/CCB Racing
11 308.16 David Santos El Cajon, CA 37:31.77 278526 71B CashCall Mortgage
12 312.15 Stefan Rothe Austin, TX 37:39.15 205741 69B Tulsa Wheelmen/Tulsa Tough Racing pb ICEdot
13 316.15 Nicholas Kimpton Minneapolis, MN 37:41.14 293536 45B Minneapolis Bicycle Racing Club/MBRC/Flanders
14 320.14 Winston David Greenville, SC 37:46.73 194743 27B The 706 Project/Team United Healthcare Georgia/The 706 P
15 324.13 Jonathan Jacob Evansville, IN 37:50.30 226733 41B ICC BISSELL-ABG-GIANT/BISSELL-ABG-GIANT
16 328.12 Blair Berbert Washington, DC 37:50.89 203786 11B Lateral Stress Velo Inc./Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
17 332.12 Shawn Rosenthal Berkeley, CA 37:51.87 196247 67B Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Incase
18 336.11 Alex Vanias Leroy, MI 37:57.66 291766 84B ICC BISSELL-ABG-GIANT/BISSELL-ABG-GIANT
19 340.10 David Wenger North Lima, OH 38:10.39 89282 86B Super Squadra/Bicycle Sport Shop pb Integrity
20 344.09 Andrew Seitz Pittsburgh, PA 38:11.04 291272 74B Panther/Bakehouse [Read more…]
by Joy McCulloch-CashCall Mortgage Cycling
Nothing says foreshadowing better than listening to our CashCall Mortgage Cycling teammate Chris Barton rock out to Johnny Cash’s “The Ring of Fire” as we prepped for the SCNCA District Road Race Championships in Bakersfield, CA. Sadly, I had the song in my head for the 50 miles of the elite women’s race. Brian tells me he was actually singing it during the elite men’s 100 mile event. The heat does make you do crazy things.
OK, just to get you off the edge of your desk chair, I did not win. And to put frosting on the cupcake, I lost the sprint and bike throw (read slow-mo slog to the finish) for 2nd place by half a wheel. But, those things aren’t why I race my bicycle.
by Logan Loader (Cashcall)
Monday, May 27 was the Morgan Hill Memorial Day Criterium. For as long as I’ve been racing I remember this race and have always had a great time. The race is a flat, wide-open, four-corner criterium and has always proven to be a fast race with a lot of attacking and surges. However, it usually comes down to a big field sprint.
As we started the race there were attacks from the first lap. However, the groups were nearly always too large with one of the main teams either missing the break altogether or only having one rider out of 10+ in the move. Pretty early in the race it became obvious that Mikes Bikes were very confident in the one-two punch, with James Laberge and Dan Holloway, so I figured I would wait and be patient as it seemed inevitable to be a field sprint. About halfway through the race there was a large crash that took out 20+riders. Although I didn’t go down, someone managed to take my rear wheel out causing me to take a free lap as well a neutral wheel.
As I got back into the race I tried to just get the legs rolling again and focus on the finish. With 4 laps to go, a move went up the road that looked to be a bit dangerous being led by Bear Development’s Tobin Ortenblad. However, Mikes Bikes very quickly gathered at the front of the race and started the chase. With one lap to go, the break was brought back and the race was on! As I sat on about the 5th wheel a small surge happened and I quickly found myself starting to get boxed in. As I got back into position the sprint started to open up with Dan Holloway leading Laberge out. Coming to the line it was anyone’s race as it came down to a bike throw between James and me. After a few minutes, the call was in. Laberge took the win by a tire length, followed by me, and Dan Holloway for 3rd.
As always, thanks for reading and thanks to everybody who helped make such a great race.
Where were you born?: Forest Lake, MN
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Years with CashCall: First
Top 5 iPod training songs: Levitate, Hollywood Undead
Long Beach St. Patrick’s Day Criterium Race Report: Justin Williams, CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team
On Sunday, I met up with the rest of my CashCall Mortgage teammates in Tustin, CA to ride to the race. Everyone was stoked to see each other and it was really cool to ride the 40 miles together. It was nice to have time on the bike to talk, joke and reflect on the last few weeks of racing prior to the race without being in a rush. We had a good ride over with a few exciting moments with city traffic, that’s for sure. The more time we spend together, the better we learn to understand and work well with each other. It was also a huge plus having Devan Dunn back on the bike riding with us.
This race is my home race, I have trained on this course since I was 13 years old. I love the course. It is wide open with plenty of space in the corners and always fast. The conditions are a little different on race day with more wind and the wind showing up in different places. This year the home straight was tail wind and the back straight was head wind, which made for a fast hard race.
CashCall Mortgage had 9 guys (Fabrizio Von Nacher, David Santos, Brian McCulloch, Logan Loader, Cole House, Wes Holloway, Chris Barton, Michael Weicht and myself) in the field, giving us a a big advantage. We always start the race aggressive and ended up getting Michael, Logan, and Holloway up the road early. That put us in a good spot with all three guys having really good kicks at the end of a hard race. The group up the road grew too big for our liking though, with a hand full of Monster Media riders getting across. So we decided to reshuffle it. Halfway through the race, we had Logan up the road in a breakaway of 3 riders. Chris, Dave, and Brian half way across the gap in a group of four. The rest of the guys sat in the field waiting to see how this would play out.
In the last 15 minutes of the race, we had a situation on our hands and we’d have to think fast. Monster Media and Cal-Giant brought the group of four riders between groups back to the main field and Logan was getting attacked and counter attacked by the riders in the break. Knowing he had Fabrizio and I in the field, Logan sat up from the break and the chase was on.
We had 5 laps to bring back 30 seconds and the guys buried themselves to get us there. With 2 laps to go, the gap to the breakaway of two riders was at 10-15 seconds and we needed a bit more steam. Fabrizio left my side and took a long hard pull at the front to give the other boys a little rest and close the gap to 5 seconds. We caught the two leaders with one lap to go and my guys put me in position to close the race for the team. Michael, Cole, and Fabrizio saved just enough to get me to the last corner and I started my sprint with 200 meters to go.
Today was a perfect example of how much of team sport cycling truly is. Without all of my CashCall Mortgage teammates, this victory would not have been possible. Thanks to them, we achieved the win as a team.
After the race, we had our team meeting, put our vests back on and jumped back on the bikes to ride back to Tustin. On the two hour ride back to OC, spirits were high and I feel like I earned the respect and trust of my guys. We had fun and rode hard all the way home, testing each other after 100 plus miles. It was a great day for the CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team.
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What is your biggest race result or victory?: I have won both the CA Road Race and TT State Championships.
What are you most excited about for the 2013 season with CashCall?: To help the team win tons of races and become one of the top teams in the nation, and also to race Battenkill.
What is your favorite Hammer Nutrition product?: The Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip Hammer Bar……I could live off that nutrition bar!!!!
What is your favorite post-race meal?: Top notch high quality Mediterranean food, especially if it’s a buffet.
What do you like most about the Jakroo products?: I love how perfectly they fit. All their products are light-weight and functionally sound. If it weren’t deemed as being “weird” I would sleep in my kit.
Watch Fabrizio Von Nacher and Justin Williams of the CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team sprint to the finish of the 2013 Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium Pro Category 1 Race.