Month: July 2012

Bike Doctor presents an Intro to Cyclocross Clinic

The team is pleased to announce an introductory cyclocross clinic scheduled for September 2nd, 2012 from 10am to 1pm at Rosaryville State Park in Maryland.  This will be a 3 hour long clinic geared for those with little to no experience who just want to get down the very basics that are needed for racing Cyclocross.

You do not need a cross bike to participate, but a bike with knobby tires and off-road appropriate clipless pedals will provide the best learning experience.  A mountain bike would work just fine.  A helmet, however, is required.

The cost to attend is $10 and attendees are encouraged to register in advance using paypal to bikedoctorclinic@gmail.com.  Please include the names of those attending.  Juniors are FREE–just email us with their names!  Day-of registration will be $15, however, we recommend that you register in advance as we reserve the right to close off day-of registration if we reach capacity.

More information on the clinic is provided in the flier below.  Tell all your friends!

Bike Doctor Intro to Cross Clinic Flier

A Championship Weekend

It was a big weekend for title-grabbin’ across Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic with the Shenandoah Time Trial on Saturday awarding state champion bragging rights to the victors and the Miller School Road Race on Sunday offering the championship jackpot, MABRA and VACA, to the Juniors and not-so-Juniors (i.e. Masters) of the region.  Page Valley Cycling and Monticello Velo Club have outdone themselves again in putting on some great races.

Bike Doctor sent a full squad to Page County to try their legs on the constantly rolling Shenandoah Time Trial course.  Like a beautiful woman, the course had many curves, could be approached many different ways and intimate knowledge was essential.  In the Category 1/2 race,  Scott Giles rode himself to the 2nd step of the podium while Nicholas Taylor finished in a very impressive 4th. As a Virginia resident, Nicholas came away with 3rd in the Virginia state time championship.

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For the racers without time trial equipment that still wanted to test themselves on a great course, the Eddy Merckx category was offered at the Shenandoah Time Trial.  Ryan Bodge barnstormed the field and snagged 1st Place in the division!  Congrats, Ryan, on the smokin’ fast race and your first win in Bike Doctor colors.

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Early Sunday morning brought the inaugural Miller School Road Race.  Bike Doctor shook the previous day’s effort out of the legs early sending Giles off the front in the first lap, taking pressure off the rest of the team.  Giles spent the majority of the race off the front eventually being caught by a hard charging peloton coming into the last lap.  Due to Giles hard work, Taylor was perfectly positioned to follow the counter-attack that followed the catch.  After a gut-wrenching final 20 miles, Taylor was able to take 2nd overall from the breakaway!

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Taylor, showing off the hardware for 2nd place in the VACA 30+ Category.

Cleaning up in the championship titles, Warner was able to snag the MABRA 40+ championship placing 10th overall in the race.  Congrats, Pete!

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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 Solutions,Elite Endurance Training SystemsCannondale and CycleOps Power.

Racing in the Sahara Desert at RGS Chantilly Crit

Yowzers, Sunday was a scorcher for sure. We’ll start by giving the Evolution Cycling Team, Officials and Volunteers a mighty thank you for withstanding the heat and pulling off a nice event. The majority of the team missed the memo that it would be a good idea to bring a tent. Shade was certainly a tough commodity to locate.

We’re a little light on photographic evidence, but the team did well across a variety of categories. There was a Bruce Buckley siting, but he was all kitted up without his strapping camera hung around his neck. Junior rider, Emir Crnovic, kicked it off in the early Cat 5 race. Late in the race he got baptized with the old Cat 5 shoulder check going through a corner sending him off the road. No injuries and some more experience gained for him.

Sjoberg and Warner represented in the 35+ race. Sjoberg, fresh off winning 1 race and taking fourth in the 2nd race at Ironhill on Saturday, was targeting what we believe may be a record, 4 crits in a 24 hour period. The dude is made of iron, or most likely, just plain crazy from drinking too much Belgium beer. Well, Warner ended up getting off the front early and after a few laps, ABRT strongman, George Ganoung, bridged up. Sjoberg provided some great teamwork back in the field by marking the threatening moves. The duo rolled around in circles and battled it out for the win. Warner edged Ganoung at the line in a hotly contested sprint finish. Tip of the hat to both riders, well done.

The only thing Warner could come up with is some random video clips his wife captured. Judging by her yells at the end, we think he may have been divorced if he lost. Ah, the pressure of an audience can prove motivating.

Chantilly 35+ Crit from Peter Warner on Vimeo.

In the P123 race, Taylor locked down 7th place on the day after getting away from the field in a small move later in the race. Fife just missed the podium with 4th in the 35+ 3/4 race. And for our Cat 3 squad doubling up in the final race of the day, the fellas landed 4 riders in the top 13 – Hampton 8th, Bickling 10th, Chun 12th and Fife 13th.

All in all, a fun day of racing on a resurrected course!

Tour of Page County!

Where to start here? There are just so many great things to write about during our weekend in Luray. It’s probably fitting to start with this fella, Chris Gould.

Promoter Extraordinaire – Chris Gould

How in the world this guy manages to find the energy, creativity and drive to put together a thrilling event is beyond our comprehension.  There is just no way Team Bike Doctor wouldn’t be there to support and contest this jewel of a race. A team member summed it best by saying, “Whenever I come to Luray for a race, I always have such a great time that it feels like I was here for a week by the time I leave.”

After witnessing one of the most powerful storms we’ve seen in a long time whip through Luray on Friday night, it wasn’t much of a shock to find out on Saturday that the road race was cancelled. Yes, it was a bummer after seeing how cool the road course was, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. What better way to roll with the punches than spend some time at the pool doing stupid tricks and having a few beers.  We present Exhibit A.

Rest Day at Tour of Page County from Peter Warner on Vimeo.

Fun at the pool

 

Number pick up at the Ride for Art Gallery

After going to bed praying that another storm wouldn’t rip through during the night, we were greeted to beautiful skies at the start of the Time Trial. A fun 9 mile rolling out and back course.  The team produced some excellent times in the 1/2/3 race with Scott Giles placing 3rd, Pete Custer 6th and Nicholas Taylor 11th. Frank Ramos placed 5th in the ¾ race.

The next event on tap following at 11 a.m. was the downtown Luray Criterium.  There is no faking your way through this course. There are no flukes.  The strongest come out to play and force the action. Our junior, Emir Crnovic, kicked things off by placing 9th in the Cat 5 race, his first ever crit race.  Maybe we’ll make a racer out of him, yet?  Here’s a little video to give you some perspective of just how challenging this race is.

Emir at Tour of Page County – Luray Crit from Peter Warner on Vimeo.

At 2 p.m., the 1/2/3 race kicked off in some sweltering conditions.  As the field continued to whittle down, Scott Giles made his move with a few others to try and reel in a flying Ryan Mckinney of DC Velo. With 1st and 2nd from the TT still with the field, the team worked hard to keep chasers at bay.  In the end, Mckinney maintained his advantage over the Giles’ led chase group but Giles was able secure 2nd place on the day. It was a great result which led to some nervous anticipation prior to the official GC results.  Did Mckinney gain enough time to leap frog Giles? Did Giles gain enough time on 1st and 2nd to leap frog into 1st? It was mindboggling attempting to figure it all out.  Taylor and Custer finished strong as well, taking 9th & 10th place respectively.

In the end, Giles came home 2nd on GC. Mckinney’s stellar ride was just too much to overcome. It was a hard fought battle with some great drama at end.  Can’t ask for a more fitting end to an excellent event!

Here’s the great  podium shot of some first class racers  (Not often you get the chance to share the podium with a rising star in American cycling):

Podium- Scott Giles 2nd on GC

Again, Team Bike Doctor would like thank Chris and everyone involved in helping make this past weekend so fantastic. And to the Town of Luray and Page County, we love coming to visit and appreciate you having us.  We hope this becomes an annual tradition!

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