Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.
Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.
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.
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.
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…] about 2nd Place US National Criterium Championships
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
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.
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.
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.