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Posted on Jun 11 2014
by Robert Efthimos

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

The 2nd and 3rd events in the annual LG Cup are coming!

Posted on Jun 7 2014
by Brian Koester

Here they are. Very shortly they will be officially posted on the LaGrange Cup page.

Posted in: Reports
Posted on Jun 7 2014
by webtech

Dexter's weakest event is the 500m TT and that was first up. But Dexter put in a good TT time of 45.56 giving him 4th place overall in the three race omnium. Dexter's main competition was Alex M. and Alexander L. Alex loves the breakaway and uses it effectively all the time when he races. Alexander is more of a sprinter so he likes to wait for the one to go bell to make his move. Knowing this, Dexter's plan was to mark Alex and wait for his breakaway move at around 2-3 to go and if that doesn't go down, then find Alexander and duke it out for the sprint.

In the first 1K scratch race, Alex didn't make his usual move because the pace was too high so it came down to a sprint and Dexter was lined up on Alexander's wheel. When the sprint was started, Dexter was able to hold his wheel but couldn't quite get around him so he finished third behind Alex and Alexander.

Posted in: Reports
Posted on Jun 7 2014
by Brian Koester

Ivy likes to make her State Championship wins dramatic. So when she began the third and final race of the omnium, she was sitting in a great spot to take the overall win. She won the 500m TT. And she won the 4k scratch race easily. So all she had to do was finish third or better in the 32 lap points race and she would defend her title as state champion. There were four sprints for points in the race and Ivy was sitting in second place with 1 1/2 laps to go. Cheyenne Comer, who was in second place, had done an effective solo breakaway and was racking up sprint points but Ivy was also earning points sprinting against the field. Cheyenne had 11 points and Ivy had 8.

Then it happened. Ivy had a momentary loss of focus and overlapped a wheel of a girl below her. That girl started to move up track and when she contacted Ivy's front wheel, Ivy lost control of her bike and went down hard on the apron. A sinking feeling arose in my throat. I knew that if she was DNF in the race, that she wouldn't get the points and therefore wouldn't get the jersey she had and was earning on the track.

Posted in: Reports
Posted on May 23 2014
by mullrus

This past weekend, I won my age group in the North American Qualifier for the UCI World Masters held in Winston-Salem, NC over 74 miles and 3700 vertical (see picture of me and the 3rd place finisher with my UCI qualifier winner half rainbow jersey).  There were about 120 riders from the US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Belarus, Brazil, and Belgium (you can qualify at any race they sponsor around the world).  The UCI World Masters is now open to all amateur age groups from 19 on and we had a mass start.  The course was rolling but no real climbs for those of us vertically inclined.  The pace was fast from the beginning and there was a tight pack of about 30-35 most of the way.   There were a number of flats (one pot hole ate at least 2-3 riders), mechanical problems and crashes along the way.   Scottie Weiss, a recent pro in the 40+ who won overall last year by 6 mins won again this year but not by so much.    I finished 28 seconds behind him this year with a pack of about 25 or so with an average pace of just under 25 mph.  
 

Posted in: Reports
Posted on Apr 2 2014
by Brian Koester
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Saturday, we met down at the beach near the Santa Monica Pier in a seldom used parking lot to practice some bike handling skills. Josh Horowitz from Broken Bones Coaching was leading us in the drills. We had Ivy, Dexter, Trevor, Noah, Sam, Lenny, Lexi, Brock, and Raphael from Flight School attending. Josh started out with some great training tips on how to improve your fitness as quickly as possible. After that we began the drills.

First up was a Follow the Leader drill where Josh took a circuitous path around the parking lot with lots of twists and turns. Josh was impressed with everyone’s bike handling skills and no one got dropped. Next up was the elbow drill where the kids paired off and practiced riding while touching elbows. After a few back and forth attempts, everyone was feeling more comfortable. Then it was tome to crank it up a notch and ride while leaning on each others shoulder. At first the kids thought that was a bad idea but Josh explained that in a race, if another rider leans on you, you need to lean back in order to not fall. All the kids got the hang of it and after awhile actually had fun doing it.

Posted in: Training
Posted on Mar 11 2014
by webtech
Posted on Mar 11 2014
by webtech
Posted on Mar 11 2014
by webtech

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Posted on Mar 11 2014
by webtech

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