Month: May 2012

POOLESVILLE ROAD RACE

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

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’

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.

 

Bike Doctor visits the Steel City

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)!

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.

Rock Lititz Tour Shines!

Five members of Bike Doctor p/b DigiSource, Scott Giles, Pete Custer, Bruno Neto, Pete Warner & Jim Weinstein, ventured up to Lancaster, PA to take part in the P/1/2 Rock Lititz Tour this past weekend.  Boy was it sure a fantastic event! Richard Ruoff and his Road Cycling League organization did an outstanding job promoting this race. It offered a fun, fast, attack filled road race on Saturday.  A 9 mile team trial on Sunday and a technical city center criterium race Sunday afternoon in Downtown Lititz.

It is always impressive to participate in a stage race weekend where the organizer manages to leave the bike racer with a positive experience across the board.  The courses required a unique blend of speed, tactics, climbing, bike handling skill and team work.  We are SO lucky to have these types of venues to enjoy.

It wouldn’t be right to not acknowledge just how amazing the afternoon criterium was on Sunday.  Downtown Lititz was absolutely packed with racers and spectators!  A pro level grandstand on the finish straight, along with great music and Joe Jefferson on the mic kept the crowd excited throughout the day.  And to the young gal that sung the National Anthem before the P/1/2 race….that was beautiful! CHECK IT OUT!

With results lacking from the first 2 stages, the team had nothing to lose going for broke during the criterium.  Well, Scott Giles took it upon himself to salvage the weekend with an amazing display of tenacity and power during the crit.  After working himself up from the back of the field, Giles made it into the move of the day with 4 others and proceeded to lap the field.  Upon lapping the field, Giles immediately rolled BACK to the front of the field with 5 to go and began setting up for the chance at victory.  The battle between Giles and Ryan Dewald (XO Communications) was thrilling.  Dewald demonstrated why he is one of the most feared crit racers on the east coast by scorching through the final corner and winning the field sprint.  Giles fought valiantly to finish among the lead riders, thus, securing a well deserved 2nd place finish.  An inspirational performance for sure!  His ride also catapulted him up to finish 6th on GC. If anyone knows where we can find a podium picture, we’d greatly appreciate it!

It was a great weekend of team bonding!  Thank you again to all of those individuals, volunteers, promoters, officials and Lititz townspeople that put in the hard work for a very successful event! We hope to return for many years to come.

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.

Picture gallery (many thanks and credits to Julie Elliott!)

100 miles of dirt and lovin’ it – Cohutta 100

Jed Prentice made the trek to the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Copperhill, TN for the Cohutta 100, the first round of the National Ultra-Endurance (NUE) Series, riding to a 25th place finish with a time of 8:24. Jed got a good start and stayed in the lead group all the way up the first climb and went into the woods in good position. From there he was able to make the most of his singletrack skills and ride hard for the first 90 minutes, settling into more of a long-haul pace once on the dirt roads. His solid climbing legs came in handy, with more than 13,000 feet of climbing on the day, and he was able to maintain or improve his position in the field for the duration, while experiencing no major physical or mechanical issues and putting down a solid performance.

Check out his first hand account of the event – Cohutta 100 @ somdcrew.com

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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