Month: June 2012

NUE Series #3: Mohican 100

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.

Ride Sally Ride Report (Cat 3 Victory!!)

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.

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