Team Bike Doctor is pleased to the return of our introductory cyclocross clinic coming up on August 30th. The clinic is returning for its third year having seen increasing popularity each fall. This will be a 4 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.
When: Saturday, August 30th, 2014, from 10am to 2pm
Where: Rosaryville State Park in Maryland.
Cost: $10 and attendees are encouraged to register in advance using paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 linked below. Please tell all your friends who are on the fence about trying cyclocross or may have never even considered it!
View the Clinic Flyer
Team Bike Doctor consisting of Michael Tabasko, Matias Palavecino, Ryan Bodge, Bruno Neto, Pete Custer, Frank Ramos, Ian Spivack, Nicholas Taylor, Sunny Gill, Andrew Shelby, James Studebaker, Allan Wallace lined up on a humid but not so hot morning for Giro di Coppi. For most in the field, this has been their 3rd, 4th or even 5th (Ian Spivack)’s time doing this race. The team was very motivated to get some top results in the extended 80 mile race.
A group of 3-4 got away on the first/second lap and built a roughly two-minute gap. Allan was initially in this break but fell back and communicated that he did not think they would make it. He thought they were burning too many matches on the uphill portions and not riding smooth through the flats.
With 3 to go some of the stronger riders started moving to the front approaching finishing climb. Rick Norton (KBS) hit the finishing climb hard enough that it encouraged a field split with a selection of about 15 riders. Bike Doctor riders initially worked with three or four of the riders in the split that were willing to contribute to placing some distance on the field. The move was ideal, with the team well-represented with Nicholas, James, Ian and Bruno all present. The group of 15 was together but unfortunately unwilling to work together, although a few of the other teams had multiple riders present.
In Ian’s words:
I decided to make the long trip to Madison WI to participate in Elite Nationals Road race and time trial. Bill Browne, Tanner Browne, and I left Sunday evening and arrived on Monday with enough time to pre-drive the road race course. The course consisted of a fast downhill, a flat road section, a few rollers, and then a 5 minute climb. The final lap you turn right at the top of the climb and go for another km to the summit finish. On Tuesday we were able to pre-ride the time trial course. The time trial course was quite technical with rolling hills and a couple of turns. I helped out at Tanner’s road race on Wednesday and was able to pre-ride the time trial course again.
Thursday’s road race started off slow after the neutral roll out. The first time up the climb was not too bad. A few guys were in a break that eventually got caught around the 3rd or 4th time up the climb. Each time we went up the climb we went harder and harder. On the 4th and 5th time up the climb I really started to struggle and barely held onto the lead group. Going into the final lap’s climb, everyone in the lead group was starting to get a bit sketchy and the racing became very aggressive. I started to cramp up because I had gone so hard on the climbs. On the final lap I had to take it fairly easy going into the final climb so I would not cramp up and have to walk. I managed to be one the final riders in the lead group and finish 45th.