Month: October 2011

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DCCX is a good gauge for the recent popularity of cyclocross racing over the past few years. We remember racing the first DCCX a few years back, and for the sake of comparison, there were about 50 racers in the Category ¾ race. Fast forward to 2011, and more than 800 racers pre-registered for the various categories for a beautiful day of racing on a fast course.

Tanner Browne-DCCX Barriers

Tanner Browne-DCCX Podium

Tanner Browne went to work early in the 15-18 Junior’s category, and charged through the field to earn a hard fought 3rd place. Points haven’t been tallied as of yet, but it’s looking like Tanner may get the MABRA Cross leader’s jersey back on his shoulders heading in to the 2nd half of the series. All we know is his legs must be getting tired from climbing on top of that podium each week.

Todd Bickling-DCCX photo: JoeMallis.com

Steve Fife-DCCX Barriers photo: JoeMallis.com

Steve Fife-DCCX Podium

In the Master’s ¾, Todd Bickling and Steve Fife charged off the front of the line avoiding the carnage at the start, and quickly made the front selection after Fife took the first lap preme. A group of about 5 traded the lead several times during the race with Fife in the mix, and Bickling clutching to the tail end. Chris Hall from Whole Wheel Velo played his cards right, and attacked up the old starting road on the last lap, creating a small gap that Fife was unable to close. Fife held on for 2nd, while Bickling rolled in for 6th, just missing the podium, but scored some schwagg.

Brian Sjoberg-DCCX photo: JoeMallis.com

In the Master’s 1/2/3, Evan Ellicott and Brian Sjoberg lined up for the start. Ellicott was ready to unleash the hounds, but sadly suffered an ill-timed flat tire on the prologue lap after just passing the first pit area. As we all watched the Master’s 1/2/3 field rolling through, everyone wondered, “where’s Evan?” Cut to Ellicott running with bike on shoulder, taking beer hand ups, and loud cheers. Once he finally made it back to the pit, wheels were installed, racing commenced, and he ended up placing 35th. Although, admittedly Ellicott really just wanted to get his drink on, and was quoted as saying, “I just want to get this racing over so I can go and drink.” You’ve got to have your priorities. Sjoberg cruised in for 26th after doing some pre-race shirtless box jumps in the parking lot as part of his warm up.

Pete Warner-DCCX photo: JoeMallis.com

Pete Warner jumped in with the big dogs in the Men’s 1/2/3. Warner fought hard, and found the going pretty tough with a 47th place. In cross, sometimes how you placed does not reflect how hard you worked. Nothing a cold beer wouldn’t fix.

In the end, the team had a great day, regardless of results. If having a great time, racing your bike in a beautiful park setting, eating food, drinking beer and heckling your friends were a race, then everyone got first place today. Today is one of the reasons cyclocross is gaining in popularity, and DCCX, and the guys that made it all happen are to be thanked!

The team would like to thank its sponsors for their generous support, without whom we wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that we love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike Doctor, Cannondale, Bell Helmets, Tifosi Optics.

Bike Doctor’s Juniors Battle at Granogue

This past Saturday Bike Doctor junior racer’s Tanner Browne and Emir Crnovic took to the battlefield at Granogue for the U19 race. For Emir, this was his foray into the cross scene, and he was amped to be out there with Tanner for the first time. Tanner just takes care of business in a smooth, calm like fashion as always. Great kids all around and super fun for the family to watch!

After starting 20 seconds behind two women’s fields, the juniors were off and rolling hard. Within the first lap, the leading juniors quickly intermingled with the women. Tanner displayed his strength and skills by slotting firmly into second. Emir followed close behind mixed in with a large pack of women.

Unfortunately for Emir, he suffered a mechanical halfway through the race when someone’s front wheel knocked his rear derailleur out of whack. Emir tried to soldier on, but he couldn’t recover from the damage done. Eh, welcome to Cyclocross, Emir! It happens to everyone at one point or another.

As the race progressed, Tanner flowed through the course like the veteran he is. Tanner stayed focused and kept the throttle wide open in pursuit of the lead rider. By the last lap, Tanner had a secure lead over third place but the lead rider wouldn’t be caught. Tanner cruised across the line for a well earned second place!

Emir & Tanner Pre-Race

Emir & Tanner Pre-Race

 

Prologue Start

 

Tanner making it look easy!

 

Emir holding his own out there!

 

Tanner crushing the run-up in pursuit

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Taking Steps

Team Bike Doctor made use of the extended Columbus Day weekend and put riders on podiums for both days of racing at Psycho Cross in Sykesville, MD, and MABRA’s Hyattsville CX just outside of DC.

Todd Bickling got things started right at Psyho cross on Saturday, which was held at an abandoned mental hospital in Sykesville, MD. It was a very tough course, with two major run-ups, and was very technical. Todd had to make up some ground from his 5th row starting position, but worked his way through the group to lead the race by the 2nd lap. After fighting for the lead spots, he ended up hanging on for 3rd.

Psycho Cross-Todd Bickling 3rd Place

Psycho Cross-Todd Bickling

Sunday saw a return to the MABRA series in Hyattsville, MD for Route 1 Velo/Arrow’s hometown CX race. The course saw several improvements over the previous year with the addition of the technical and challenging “wooded” section. Pre-riding the course was a benefit, and deciding to ride or run portions of the “wooded” section could save some time, or as some found out, cost you big time!

Tanner Browne continued his top placing from the previous week with another 2nd place in the Jr.s 15-18 category, tightening his grasp on the series leader jersey, all while rocking out on his new BMC race bike. Seriously, most 15 year olds don’t have bikes this rad!

Hyattsville CX- Tanner Browne

Hyattsville CX-Tanner Browne 2nd Place

Next up, Todd Bickling and Steve Fife lined up for the Master’s ¾ race on the front of the starting grid. Chris King from Route 1 Velo went from the gun, and used his teammate Big Bill Schieken to create a gap that he held all the way to the finish. Fife put in a serious chase with a couple other riders tagging along, and got to within 10 seconds of King. After a tense battle with John Hicks from Sportif, Fife rolled across the line in 3rd after a great pass by Hicks just before the last turn onto the finishing straight. Bickling put in another solid result with 10th place on the day.

Hyattsville CX-Steve Fife 3rd Place

In the Master’s 1/2/3 race, Evan Ellicott and Jed “Jedi” Prentice mixed it up with the fast veterans. These two mountain bikers were enjoying the technical “wooded” section, and Ellicott placed 20th with Prentice slotting in right behind in 21st.

Hyattsville CX-Evan Ellicott photo:Pam Mauch

Two weeks until the MABRA series is headed to everyone’s favorite event, the DCCX. In the meantime, Team Bike Doctor will be training hard in the hopes that there are more podium steps in our future.

The team would like to thank its sponsors for their generous support, without whom we wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that we love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike Doctor, Cannondale, Bell Helmets, Tifosi Optics.

Wet and Wild Winchester CX

Tanner Browne-C Race Podium 2nd Place

The Bike Doctor crew came out for the second stop of the MABRA Cyclocross season at the Winchester CX race on Sunday. Several days of rain leading up to the event meant that the course was sure to be muddy, even though the promoters previewed the course and talked up the lack of mud, and how well the park drains. A couple hundred riders, and several laps later, and it was a slop fest!

The course presented many challenges over last year, mud included. Everyone was talking about the “Belgian Wall”, which was a cool feature, but didn’t totally crack you as you went over the top. The rest of the course was pretty fast with some good twists and turns, and the overall impression was that the course was greatly improved. The Winchester crew put on a good show, and we are grateful for this sweet venue!

Steve Fife-Masters B Barriers (Photo RJ Jenkins)

Tanner Browne got things going early with a 2nd place in the Men’s C, then quickly followed that up with a 3rd in the Jr. 15-18 race taking the series leader jersey. Masters 35+ & 45+ ¾ followed that, and Todd Bickling electronically shifted his way into his usual spot in 7th, while Steve Fife picked his way from 80th on the start grid to 12th (that’s 68 kills points for those counting). Bill Browne fought his way through the slop to finish 5th on the podium in the 45+ ¾. That’s like 3 for 3 for anyone on Bike Doctor with the last name Browne!

Evan Ellicott, and our two road studs Brian “shirtless” Sjoberg, and Pete Warner rocked out in the Masters 1/2/3. Sjoberg and Warner both had fun playing in the mud, and are starting to get a “taste” for what all this craziness is about (Warner ate some mud). Evan is the king of last minute repairs, and was seen in the parking lot prior to the race rigging his front brakes so they didn’t work. Waiting to hear back from the boys as far as results, but fun was had by all.

Finally, Sunny Gill lined up with the big dogs in the 1/2/3 race. Here’s a write up in his own words:

Sunny Gill-A Race "Belgian Wall" Run Up

Racing As has been an interesting experience for me! For starters, the races are a lap or two longer than last year. And it’s usually the lap that counts, when I am fighting tooth and nail for 15th ish spot! The competition is also more intense as evident by guys trying to pass and re pass you on every corner even in your last lap! This weekend was similar; I had no time to rest as two other riders were hot on my wheels. We attacked each every chance we got, sending each other into tape or mud. The minute you let off the gas, you were loosing 2-3 spots. So you attack every time your opponent makes a mistake and hope you have cracked them. My results have been mixed so far, and at Apple Harvest I battled for top 15 but conceded to take 16th place.

Ok! So now we get to the job of cleaning off all that mud and preparing for next week. Hopefully, more podiums will follow.

Additionally the team would like to thank its sponsors for their generous support, without whom we wouldn’t be able to promote and enjoy the sport that we love. Please check out their great products/services: Bike Doctor, Cannondale, Bell Helmets, Tifosi Optics.

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