NUE Series #3: Mohican 100

10 06 2012

Jed Prentice made the trek out to Loudonville, OH for the Mohican 100, the third round of the National Ultra-Endurance (NUE) Series, finishing 16th with a time of 7:30. The course was fun but demanding, a nice mix of fast singletrack, primitive single and doubletrack, and dirt roads, with over 11,000 feet of elevation gain. However, the longest climb gains 350 feet over a mile, which means means countless short, steep, punchy climbs that take their toll on the legs after several hours of racing. A steep 200′ paved climb immediately after the start, followed by a short rolling section of road leading into the woods makes a fast start and good positioning a must. A $200 preme awarded to the first rider to leave the Loudonville city limits near the top of the climb adds fuel to the fire. (The rider who wins the preme has to finish the race to collect.)

Jed got a good start and went into the woods in a good position, settling into the top-20 and staying there all day. He shredded the singletrack and rode smart on the roads, working with other riders to keep the pace high. After riding in a group of 2-4 riders for most of the day, Jed shredded the final section of singletrack to come in a minute or so ahead of the rest of his group.

You can sit on Jed’s wheel for about 20 seconds in the cyclingdirt.org race highlights video, starting around 1:35

Jed would like to thank the team’s sponsors for their generous support, without whom he wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that he loves. Please check out their great products/services: Bike Doctor, DigiSource Discovery Solutions, Elite Endurance Training Systems, Cannondale and CycleOps Power.

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Ride Sally Ride Report (Cat 3 Victory!!)

4 06 2012

Team Bike Doctor represented at this weekend’s Ride Sally Ride in four events hosted. Ride Sally Ride is promoted by Whole Wheel Velo Club and is perhaps the most prestigious flat, office park criterium of the year.

Robb Hampton rode his brand new team custom Cannondale CAAD 10 to a 3rd place in the Master’s 35 3/4 race and a victory in the Men’s Cat 3 race.

Bruce Buckley was on hand to capture Bike Doctor victory. Hampton has been working with Brian Sjoberg to improve his victory salutes.

In the Master’s 35 3/4 race, over 75 competitors lined up hungry for victory. That victory belonged to NCVC’s Andreas Guzeit, defending MABRA Champ, who timed the final sprint perfectly. Hampton was hot on his heels but ran out of sprinting real estate managing to hold on to a hard fought 3rd place.

In between races, Hampton joined his Cat 3 teammates to prepare for the next race. Todd Bickling, Jeff Chun, Mike Schiender and Ian Morrison prepared to line up for another 31 times around the flat, oval loop. Unimpressed with Hampton’s 3rd place in the Masters race, Sobe gave Hampton a peptalk by saying “you better win and he didn’t want to hear excuses.” The pressure was on.

The Cat 3 race was dictated by an unknown, out of area, team in neon yellow kits. They raced aggressively throughout the race but ended up with nothing to show except exceptional time off the front. With the help from teammates and other members of the group, all breaks (some very threatening) were brought back and the peloton prepared for the final sprint. The November Bicycles team lined things up with 5-6 laps to go, followed by the neon yellow team. Soon enough there was only one lap left and Hampton was in prime position four or five wheels back.

Hampton grinding his way to victory. Thanks to District Velocity for the photo!

Luis Infante of Evolution took a dramatic flyer with 1/2 lap to go. Noticing that two of the five members of the front group were from Evolution, Hampton did not hesitate and jumped about 150 meters before the final corner, managing to get a large gap and securing victory for the first Bike Doctor Cat 3 MABRA win of the year.

The guys would like to thank the team’s sponsors for their generous support, without whom they wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that they love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike Doctor, DigiSource Discovery Solutions, Elite Endurance Training Systems, Cannondale and CycleOps Power.





POOLESVILLE ROAD RACE

16 05 2012

Yep, ALL CAPS for this baby…well deserved.  NCVC ordered up a beautiful day for one of THE most coveted races on the MABRA calendar. It carries a tradition and a course profile that every racer would cherish to have their name written in the history books for winning.  No two years are alike.  It’s a race where the unexpected is expected and you feel blessed afterward if it can be accomplished mechanical free.  Team Bike Doctor circled the wagons and brought a strong team to contest the 1/2/3 race as well as the 3 race.

It took a LONG time for the move of the day to sail in the 1/2/3 race, but once it was clear and with one of Bike Doctor’s locomotives, Scott Giles, it would last to the end.  In a dramatic last few miles, the duo of Giles and Escobar (XO Communications) were left battling it out for the win.  Unfortunately, Escobar had just enough sugar in the legs to come around Giles at the line.  Although Giles wishes there was about 5 miles left of racing, his second place is extremely rewarding for himself and the team.  The team arrived with ambitions to land on the podium and made it happen.

In the Cat 3 race, the Bike Doctor crew raced hard. A break got away without its representation, so the team was left to battle it out for the field sprint.  The team took 9th (Ramos), 10th (Hampton) and 11th (Chun).  Hey, at least they stick together to the bitter end!

Make sure to check out Bruce Buckley’s photographs HERE!  Amazing shots!

Results HERE

Bike Doctor p/b DigiSource would like to send a BIG thank you to the entire NCVC contingent for a  great day of racing! Poolseville Road Race never disappoints!





On the Rocks at French Creek: MASS Endurance Series #3

15 05 2012

Jed Prentice made the trek up to French Creek State Park in Elverson, PA for the third round of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series (MASS), placing 6th in the Open Endurance category. After a fast start and some time in the lead group, Jed pulled back into time-trial mode and rode the rest of the race more or less solo to complete 6 laps of the 8-mile loop in 4 hours and 17 minutes.

Jed would like to thank the team’s sponsors for their generous support, without whom he wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that he loves. Please check out their great products/services: Bike Doctor, DigiSource Discovery Solutions, Elite Endurance Training Systems, Cannondale and CycleOps Power. Jed would also like to thank Trestle Bridge Racing for putting on a great event.





Bunny Hop Hop Hoppin’

8 05 2012

Team Bike Doctor rolled up to Suitland, MD for the annual Bunny Hop criterium. Artemis racing did a fine job organizing and executing the event. Thank you. The weather was nearly perfect with a little threat of rain in the later races. The course is 1km with 3 corners and a few potholes.

Davis going fast in 35+ (Photo Credit: Lesley Olson)

Starting off the racing action was Mike (don’t call it a comeback) Davis, Frank Ramos and Scott Giles in the 35+ open race. Davis and Ramos covered the early action while Giles sat back nicely and enjoyed the couch surfing in the back of the field. With 8 to go, Giles went with a promising move that saw himself and an XO rider off the front with some breathing room with 3 to go. However on the backside of the course his wheel met one of the potholes and one spoke decided its effective days were over. Free laps were done at this point and all he could do was take a spectating seat and hope the move came back. A chase group did catch the lone XO rider and another XO rider would go onto win. Unfortunate luck.

Entering the 35+ 3/4 race was Steve Fife, Todd Bickling, Robb Hampton, Mike Davis and Frank Ramos. The guys worked well to cover all the action. Frank Ramos was able to grab one of the mid race premes with a well timed attack. The sprint was as crazy as usual and Hampton and Ramos made it into the top 10, placing 5th and 10th, respectively.

Masters 35+ 3/4 finish. Hampton in 5th. (Photo Credit: Lesley Olson)

Holding down the fort in the 1,2,3 race was a small army of Bike Doctor riders. Doing the double up was Hampton, Fife, Bickling and Giles. Fresh legs included Bruno Neto, Nicholas Taylor, Sunny Gill, Mike Cordova and Brian Sjoberg. All the major teams had fire power and early on the racing action was fairly animated but it was easy to sit in the back and surf.

Gill in a move with DC Velo. (Photo Credit: Lesley Olson)

The guys were covering all the right moves early on. The 1st preme bell was wrung. Sjoberg came flying up the left side about 200 meters from the last corner and just met up with an attack started by Dave Fuentes.  Brian wasn’t able to come around Fuentes but thankfully it was a two place preme. Unfortunately it wasn’t beer but the next best thing, a gift certificate to Unwined (carries great micro brews!). You can expect the boys to be enjoying this preme at the next race.

The attacks started picking up about mid race and a few moves looked promising but never materialized. One more preme was announced with about 15 minutes to go and Paul Mica from NCVC had already launched off the front. Coming out of the 2nd corner, Cliff attacked to go after him and only barely missed taking the last preme by a half bike length!

With 3 to go the guys settled in for the sprint and started to get organized behind the DC Velo train that was established on the front. Unfortunately the pace wasn’t high enough for the Bike Doctor team to be able to keep their train together and the guys had to break off into smaller groups to fend for the sprint finish. It was a hairy final lap with lots of bumping. Sobe, Cordova and Hampton stayed together and found themselves in the best position coming into the final corner. Nima from Kelly made a final kick that no one could answer. Great job Nima! Sobe, Cordova and Hampton were able to finish 4th, 5th and 9th, respectively.

P123 Sprint Finish (Photo Credit: Lesley Olson)

The guys would like to thank the team’s sponsors for their generous support, without whom they wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that they love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike DoctorDigiSource Discovery SolutionsElite Endurance Training SystemsCannondale and CycleOps Power.

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Bike Doctor visits the Steel City

5 05 2012

The Tour of Lititz was not the only race last weekend where the red and black flag was flown, with a portion of the squad heading up to the Steel City Showdown criterium in downtown Pittsburgh. A scenic race that spans two bridges, the event sees large crowds of spectators, closed roads, and an expo of cycling-related vendors. Did we mention the free beer? An event well worth leaving the DC area to travel to.

After a 5 minute truce, the race was a flurry of attacks for the first half. The field nearly split each lap with a number of riders shooting up the road only to be brought back and followed with immediate counter attacks.

Shelby getting into the early moves. Photo courtesy of Fred Jordan.

Nicholas bridging across the early race gaps. Photo courtesy of Fred Jordan

The elastic finally snapped with 30 minutes to go, and Nicholas was able to make the escaping break. The group of 7 saw constant attacking as each took their turn trying to drop their breakmates, yet 6 riders survived until the finish. Nicholas was able to stick in for a strong finish, capturing fourth and a podium spot for Bike Doctor.

The break moving across the bridge. Photo courtesy of Fred Jordan.

A fast downhill finish. Photo courtesy of Fred Jordan.

The Men’s elite podium. Photo courtesy of Fred Jordan.

Also check out this great video recap of the event.

The guys would like to thank the team’s sponsors for their generous support, without whom they wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that they love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike DoctorDigiSource Discovery SolutionsElite Endurance Training SystemsCannondale and CycleOps Power.





Two riders, two wins, two MD state champs (Greenbrier MTB Challenge)!

4 05 2012

For 9 years running the Potomac Velo Club has brought us the Greenbrier Challenge (GBC) and they never disappoint when it comes to putting on this event. Once again this years event would serve as the Maryland State championship. The race was held at the Greenbrier State Park. The course was just under 6 miles with 700+ feet of climbing per lap. Heavily wooded trails included narrow single and double track with a start/finish nestled along the lake.

Both Todd Bickling and Evan Ellicott decided to make the journey and throw their hat into the Maryland MTB state championship ring. Both riders had minimal technical issues and great legs on the day and took the top spot in each of their respective classes!! Todd won the Cat 3 Male 30-39 class and Evan won the Single Speed. Great racing guys!

The guys would like to thank the team’s sponsors for their generous support, without whom they wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that they love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike DoctorDigiSource Discovery SolutionsElite Endurance Training SystemsCannondale and CycleOps Power.

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