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

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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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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Carlsen to BISSELL

 

Carlsen to BISSELL

Carlsen to BISSELL

Carlsen to BISSELL

The BISSELL Pro Cycling Team announces the addition of Kirk Carlsen to the team. Carlsen comes to the team with a history of great results dating back to his 2008 U23 National road title and his experience on the US National Team. Carlsen’s career has continued to progress with his most recent success at this year’s Sea Otter Classic, Madera Stage Race, and Merco Cycling Classic. Kirk’s all-around ability will be an asset to the team as they take on the Cascade Cycling Classic beginning on Tuesday, July 16th.

 

Carlsen will be joining a strong roster for his first race in BISSELL colors. Carter Jones who finished 2nd at Cascade last year and won Best Young Rider comes to the race in great form. Chris Baldwin, Pat McCarty, Jeremy Vennell, Frank Pipp, Phil Gaimon and Michael Torckler round out the strong squad.

 

Stay tuned for the team’s results over the six days of racing in Bend, Oregon and follow the race action at https://twitter.com/BissellCycling

Watch Out for BISSELL at Redlands

Watch Out for BISSELL at Redlands

Watch Out for BISSELL at Redlands

Watch Out for BISSELL at Redlands

BISSELL brings a stocked roster to this year’s Redlands Classic. Even with the loss of last year’s GC winner Phil Gaimon due to an injury, the team brings back Paddy Bevin who finished 2nd overall in 2012 and had three stage wins. In addition to Bevin, Frank Pipp, Chris Baldwin, Michael Torckler, Jeremy Vennell, Carter Jones, Pat McCarty and Jason McCartney will take the start.

 

New for this year, the opening stage will be a mile-high time trial along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. The lung searing race against the clock will be at 6,800 feet. Friday’s 120 mile circuit race includes 5 laps of twenty four miles. If past years are any indication, the peloton will not let a significant break develop and a large group will come to the finish. Last year, Bevin took the uphill sprint finish. The third stage is a 90 minute crit in downtown Redlands, and BISSELL’s Pipp and Bevin will be focused. The final stage is the Sunset Road Race with a course set up for breakaways. The BISSELL Team will come out in force and look to reclaim their title as 2012 winners of the team classification.

2013 Roster Announced for BISSELL Pro Cycling

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 6, 2012 – The BISSELL Pro Cycling Team is again poised to dominate racing in North America with the announcement of the outstanding roster of twelve riders: Frank Pipp, Chris Baldwin, Jeremy Vennell, Jason McCartney, Patrick McCarty, Phil Gaimon, Patrick Bevin, Carter Jones, Julian Kyer, Tommy Nankervis, Andrew Dahlheim and Michael Torckler.

 

As the winningest team in the National Racing Calendar (NRC) in 2012, BISSELL will again look for invitations to the major UCI tours, as well as compete in NRC stage races. McCartney, a long time pro tour rider and two-time member of the U.S. Olympic road team, will add strength and proficiency. His long list of results includes a third place overall at the 2007 Tour of California, mountain classification wins at both the Tour of California and Tour of Georgia, and a stage win at the Vuelta Espana. Patrick McCarty with three years of race experience in the pro tour including twice at the Giro de Italia will be a great asset to the team while Gaimon brings his strength in the NRC where he was ranked fifth in the 2012 individual standings.

 

“BISSELL Pro Cycling has continued to strengthen its roster in 2013 by adding depth,” saidDirector Omer Kem. “Riders like Phil Gaimon, Patrick McCarty and Jason McCartney will add serious horsepower and results potential to what was arguably the best BISSELL line up ever in 2012. Returning riders Frank Pipp, Chris Baldwin and Jeremy Vennell will continue their roles as team captains and allowing Carter Jones and Paddy Bevin to add to their 2012 successes. Julian Kyer, Andrew Dahlheim, Michael Torckler and Tommy Nankervis will drive BISSELL Pro Cycling’s progress towards being the best North American Continental team.”

 

Complementing this outstanding roster will be the finest equipment racing in North America. The BISSELL team will again be on Pinarello and for 2013 will be racing on the newest Dogma 65.1 Think 2. The bikes will be outfitted with Campagnolo Record groupsets and select riders will be on Record EPS. The BISSELL Team is proud to be on the full range of Campagnolo Bora wheels and Hyperon climbing wheels for 2013. The team welcomes new sponsors including Spidertech, Giro, Chamois Butt’r, Esoles, and GoSoap Sports Detergent, as well as, returning sponsors Giordana, First Endurance, Speedplay, Vredestein, SRM, MOst, DMT, Blackburn, Merrell, K Edge, Finishline, Feedback Sports, and Stuffitts.

 

The team is honored to announce the continuing support of title sponsor, BISSELL Homecare, and primary sponsors including Advantage Benefits, EmploymentGroup and Emerald Spas.

 

For updates on BISSELL Pro Cycling year round, visit www.Bissellprocycling.com.

Chris Bladwin (Bissell) in “The Conversation”

DOB: October 15, 1975

Nationality: American
Residence: Boulder, CO
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 150 lbs
Year Turned Pro: 1999
Specialty: All around
Hobbies: Water and snow skiing

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Previous Teams

2010 – United HealthCare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxis

2009 – Rock Racing

2006 – 2008 – Team Toyota United Pro

1999 – 2005 – Team Navigator Insurance

 

 


 

Career Highlights

 

2012

4th, Cascade Cycling Classic, stage 1

6th, Buck’s County Classic, road race

5th, Cascade Cycling Classic, stage 3

5th, Tour of the Gila, stage 1

7th, Tour of the Gila, overall

9th, Tour of Utah, stage 1

10th, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, stage 3

 

2011

2nd, Tour de Toona, overall

2nd, Cascade Classic, stage 3

2nd, Tour de Toona, stage 2

3rd, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Overall

4th, Tour de Toona, stage 3

6th, Cascade Classic, overall

6th, Tour of the Gila, Stage #1

7th, NRC Individual Standings

7th, Tour of the Gila,  Overall

7th, Cascade Classic, stage 1

9th, Tour of the Gila, stage 5

15th, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, overall

27th, Amgen Tour of California, overall

 

2010


1st, Steamboat Springs Stage Race, Stage #1

2nd, Steamboat Springs Stage Race, Stage #2

4th, Tour de Murrieta, Stage #1

5th, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, prologue

6th, San Dimas Stage Race, Stage #1

9th, Tour of the Gila, Stage #1

 

2009

1st, Mike Horgan Hill Climb

1st, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Stage 2

2nd, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Stage 3

2nd, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Overall

2nd, San Dimas Stage Race, Stage 1

2nd, Redlands Bicycle Classic, KOM Competition

3rd, San Dimas Stage Race, Overall

3rd, Vuelta Mexico, Stage 6

3rd, Tour of the Gila, Stage 1

3rd, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, prologue

4th, Redlands Bicycle Classic, prologue

4th, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 2

5th, Cascade Cycling Classic, Overall

6th, Amgen Tour of California, Stage 7

6th, Tour of the Gila, Stage 3

6th, Tour of the Gila, Overall

7th, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Overall

7th, Tour of Utah, Stage 2

7th, Tour of Utah, Stage 3

8th, Tour of the Gila, Stage 5

8th, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 1

9th, Joe Martin Stage Race, Stage 1

9th, Joe Martin Stage Race, Overall

10th, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Stage 1


2008

1st, Bannock Criterium

1st, Boulder Time Trial Series Race 6

1st, Boulder Time Trial Series Race 7

2nd, Boulder Time Trial Series, overall

2nd, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 1

2nd, Vail Pass Hill Climb

2nd, Redlands Bicycle Classic, overall

3rd, Boulder Time Trial Series Race 5

3rd, Haystack Mountain Time Trial

4th, Cascade Cycling Classic, overall

4th, Tour of Utah, Stage 2

5th, Tour of Utah, Stage 4

6th, San Dimas Stage Race, Stage 1

6th, Tour of the Gila, Stage 3

6th, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Stage 1

6th, Tour of Utah, Overall

7th, Redlands Bicycle Classic, prologue

8th, Tour of the Gila, Stage 1

10th, Tour of the Gila, Stage 2

 

2007


2nd, TTT International Tour de Toona, Stage 1

2nd, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 1

2nd, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 2

2nd, Cascade Cycling Classic, Overall

2nd, Joe Martin Stage Race, Stage 3

2nd, Tri-Peaks Challenge, Stage 5

2nd, Tri-Peaks Challenge, Overall

2nd, Quand Knopf Sequia Cycling Classic Exeter Time Trial

2nd, Tour of the Gila, Overall

3rd, International Tour de Toona, Overall

3rd, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 3

3rd, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 5

3rd, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Stage 1

3rd, Tri-Peaks Challenge, Stage 1

3rd, Tri-Peaks Challenge, Stage 1

3rd, Joe Martin Stage Race, Overall

3rd, Tour of the Gila, Stage 1

3rd, Tour of the Gila, Stage 2

3rd, Tour of the Gila, Stage 5

3rd, Central Valley Classic, Overall

3rd, NRC individual Points Standing, Overall

4th, Nature Valley Grand Prix, Stage 3

4th, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Stage 2

5th, Central Valley Classic, Stage 2

5th, Tri-Peaks Challenge, Stage 2

6th, Central Valley Classic, Stage 1

6th, Tri-Peaks Challenge, Stage 4

6th, Joe Martin Stage Race, Stage 1

8th, USPRO Time Trial Championships

8th, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 6

9th, Tour of Elk Grove, Stage 1

9th, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Stage 4

9th, International Tour de Toona, Stage 7

11th, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Overall

11th, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 4


2006

1st, Tour of Utah, Stage 5

1st, Tour of the Gila, Stage 1

1st, Tour of the Gila, Overall

1st, Boulder Roubaix Road Race

1st, San Dimas Stage Race, Stage 1

2nd, USPRO Time Trial Championships

2nd, Tour of Utah, Stage 3

2nd, International Tour de Toona, Stage 6

2nd, International Tour de Toona, Overall

2nd, Tour de Nez, Stage 1

2nd, Tri-Peaks Challenge, Overall

2nd, Stazio Criterium

2nd, Tour of the Gila, Stage 2

2nd, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Stage 2

2nd, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Overall

2nd, San Dimas Stage Race, Overall

3rd, Tour de Nez, Overall

4th, Tri-Peaks Challenge, Stage 3

4th, Tour of the Gila, Stage 3

4th, Tour of the Gila, Stage 5

6th, Cascade Cycling Classic, Stage 4

6th, International Tour de Toona, Stage 1

7th NRC Individual Points Standings, Overall

7th, Tour de Georgia, Stage 3

7th, Tour de Nez, Stage 4

8th, Tour of the Gila, Stage 4

9th, Tour de Georgia, Overall

9th, Tour de Nez, Stage 3

26th, World Time Trial Championship

 

2005

                                                             
1st, USPRO Time Trial Championships

1st, Boulder Stage Race, Stages 1

1st, Nature Valley Grand Prix, Stage 1

1st, Boulder Stage Race, stage 1

1st, Boulder Stage Race, Stage 3

2nd, Boulder Stage Race, Overall

2nd, Bannock Criterium

2nd, Cascade Classic Stage Race, Stage 3

3rd, Dodge Tour de Georgia, Stage 3

3rd, Cascade Classic Stage Race, Stage 3

3rd, Tour of Connecticut, Stage 2


2004

1st, Colorado Classic Stage Race, Prologue

1st, Cascade Classic Stage Race, Stage 3

1st, Boulder Roubaix Road Race

2nd, Colorado Classic Stage Race, Stage 3

2nd, Colorado Classic Stage Race, Stage 4

 

2003

1st, USPRO Time Trial Championships

1st, Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, Stage 1

2nd, G.P. Cycliste de Beauce, Overall

2nd, Pan Am Games Time Trial

3rd , International Tour de Toona, Overall

Phil Gaimon (Kenda 5 hour- Energy) in “The Conversation”!

He talks about the move to Bissell! He talks about businesses. He also talks about missing the “Invites”!

First, a word about Phil the Thrill:
To someone who doesn’t know me, this nickname might indicate that I’m full of myself. Let me assure you that it’s a joke.
a. I’m barely cracking the top level of American cycling at this point, and that’s not very thrilling in the big picture.
b. Even if I make it all the way, make millions of dollars, and win more tours than Lance, I realize that to most people I’m still a dude with shaved legs and brightly-colored tights who should really get the hell out of the road.

Bio:
I am a cyclist, a writer, and an entrepreneur. My goal is to see how far bike racing takes me, and begin a career as a writer/journalist or something when I’m ready to hang up my wheels.

 

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