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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2nd Place US National Criterium Championships

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US National Championships

By David Santos

The CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team had a great campaign at theUS National Championships hosted in Madison, WI. We took 6 riders to the event including Cole House, Brian McCulloch, Michael Olheiser, Logan Loader, Chris Barton and myself, David Santos.

In the road race on Friday, it got a bit crazy on the third lap climb and a group of 8, including myself, got away.  Nearly every team was represented and everyone worked to get the break established.  Before we knew it, we had a gap of one minute thirty seconds on the field.  Everyone in the break worked for the next lap and halfway through the 4th, I heard Cole and one other rider were chasing. Ten minutes later, Cole had successfully bridged the gap with one other rider and now CashCall had the upper hand being the only team with two riders in the break. On the last lap, several riders started attacking, but each attempt was welded back.

Ultimately, the break stayed together up until the last 3K climb, whereStephen Leece of CalGiant decided to put in a huge effort and basically rode away from the break.  Other riders started lifting the pace and by the time we hit the feed zone, there were three riders up the road with the rest of us still together.  As we made the final right turn, everyone stayed together until we hit the steepest climb of the day at a 17% grade with 500 meters to go.  At this point, I made one more big effort and nearly imploded.  Cole did his notorious sprint and landed 6th, while I managed to finish 10th.  Overall, the Road Race National Championship was one of the hardest races I have ever done.  Even though we didn’t finish how we wanted, CashCall rode the best we could. [Read more...]

A Bike Throw By Logan Loader (Cashcall Mortgage Cycling)

A Bike Throw By Logan Loader (Cashcall Mortgage Cycling)

A Bike Throw By Logan Loader (Cashcall Mortgage Cycling)

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.

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Listen-David Santos(CashCall Mortgage) All Access Merco Stage 1

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CashCall Mortgage

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.

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Paralysis by Analysis By Dr. Bret Hoffer

 

Dr. Bret Hoffer, is local Huntington Beach Chiropractor at Health Pro Wellness Center and for 2013 will be working with Cash Call Pro Cycling Team as part of their medical staff.  He is a cyclist and races for the Bahati Foundation at the Masters and Cat 2 level.  For 15 years he has been involved with athletes to help improve performance through Chiropractic care, nutrition, and fitness.  In his spare time, he enjoys writing about himself in the third person and riding backwards in a bike race.

 

Paralysis by Analysis

 

Heart rate monitors, power meters, strain gauges, GPS, Strava, Altimeters, Watts, training zones, etc….it’s enough to make an astronaut go WTF?

 

We ride bikes and race, for the most part not as a full time job, but for fun.  Yes, we all want to excel at this sport in our own way and cyclists are obsessive, mainly type A personalities, but why so many of us need or are persuaded by marketing and merchandising, to buy one or more of these products to monitor our training is beyond me.  This may stir the pot a with some schools of thought and offend some people who actually benefit from these electronic monitors but the reality of the fact is…we are becoming slaves to these data collection and display devices. Are we humans or robots?  With all the technology in the world today, it seems we are depending on these monitoring systems more and our own innate instincts and physiological processes less.

 

I was riding a few months ago during my re entry into cycling after a break from the sport and came up on a cyclist with two computers on his bike.  One was a wind generated power meter and the other was his multifaceted cycling computer.  I thought to myself, who is riding this bike, him or the data which tells him how to ride?  While I used to train and have an obsession with how many watts and BPM’s I recorded during my training, whether it be sprints, tempo, or just simply recovery rides, I realized the more data I filled my brain with, the more I became over analytical.

 

Nowadays, I just train on feel and have been for this entire year.  But this isn’t about me; it’s about you, your body and about trust, trust in your own physiology and paying attention to the most advanced computer, gadget, and data collection device ever conceived.   Your brain and body, yes the complex but yet very simple piece of equipment which you have been familiar with since you were born.  It knows when and when not to train hard if you listen.  It knows when to push beyond what your HR monitor says or when to back off.  How many times have you been in a race or training ride, glanced at your HR and thought “Whoa, I’m way over my limit?” but at the time you felt better than what was showing on the screen.  We all have been there at least once.  This is my point.  We are so engaged in data and calculations on a daily basis; we begin to lose our control over our own thinking when it comes to our performance and the natural, physical indicators we were born with.

 

What it comes down to is do you want to be a person or a robot?  Take a look at the old school cyclists, the best of our time.  Did they have all of this data? No.  If you put some of these legends up against some current day cyclists, I bet they would be competitive if not better because they didn’t concern themselves with too much data and analysis… they just rode their bikes, a lot!  There is a place for all of this data but my argument is how much is too much before we begin to give up control of our own bodies.

 

This is the time of year to try an experiment not using your computers for a month and re engage your mind and body connection.  Trust it and you’ll be surprised at the freedom and results you’ll gain from keeping it simple.

 

Until next time.

The life of a “Cycling Soigneur” by Paige DeVilbiss

 

It’s hard to believe Interbike is just three days away and that the domestic road season is over. I wish I could recount every memory from the past eight months, but it would probably fill the space of a novel. I could tell you about Kenda/5-Hour Energy’s amateur barbershop hour right before the time trial at Joe Martin Stage Race. Or the time the juniors from Monster Media Racing tried to set me up with one of their friends in Las Vegas during team camp. I can boast about the Kenda Pro Cycling crit squad winning 8 out of the 11 stages at Tour of America’s Dairyland, and can even talk about Monster Media Racing giving me a fitting gift by winning the first night of Tulsa Tough on my birthday. But I’ll save that for another day when I decide to write my tell-all memoir. (Joking)For those of you wondering who I am, and what exactly it is I do, let me introduce myself. My name is Paige. Southern California readers who follow local racing have likely seen me around. I’m the girl with the fiery read hair, now blonde, with the race-day attitude to match while man handling canopies at 5 AM or screaming time gaps on crit courses for Monster Media Racing presented by MRI Performance. I work behind the scenes as a soigneur, a staff member of a cycling team with a list of responsibilities longer than your mother’s monthly grocery shopping list. I look after riders so they can perform at their highest abilities without having to worry about things like not having water on their bikes or if there’s a wet towel to wipe down with post race. To the juniors I’m a foster mother on the road, taking care of them like they’re my own. One even calls me “mom” from time to time because he thinks it’s hilarious.  [Read more...]

Press Release!! Kirk Bausch is the new Global Sales Manager for Cyclingillustrated.com.

 

Please allow me this opportunity to introduce you to the newest leader in our organization, Mr. Kirk Bausch.  As the Global Sales Director of Cyclingillustrated.com, Kirk will serve in a variety of roles.  His major responsibilities include: identifying future business opportunities, managing relationships with key existing and prospective clients, evaluating our business from a large-scale perspective and developing best practices in Customer Service, Retention and Sales.  Kirk, who will continue to be a partner of Wattie Inc. as well, is a seasoned professional and serial entrepreneur.  His proven success in multiple management roles throughout the field of sports performance has prepared him to lead our retail efforts. We are honored to have him join our team.  On behalf of everyone at Cyclingillustrated.com, I welcome him to our family and wish him the best in his new role.  I am confident that Kirk will be an invaluable asset in achieving the level of excellence we desire.

 

 

 

Warmest Regards,

Co-founder

Brandon Hale