The Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) hosts a Best All-Around Rider (BAR) competition each year. The BAR series consists of the majority of the region’s road racing events including criteriums, road races, time trials, stage races, and other events. Points are earned based on the classification of event, with larger events such as championship and stage races earning higher levels of points. The award is separated by gender, age and racing category. Bike Doctor’s Nicholas Taylor won the award in the Men’s Category 1/2 individual “Senior” BAR, which is the highest level of racing competition that the series offers. While the award is on an individual level, like most results in road racing, it comes as a result of a concerted team effort rather than a one-person achievement. The points results can be seen here, tabulated across the entire season of racing. Winning the series confers the privilege of wearing the Championship jersey in the subsequent year, along with other benefits.
Brian Rist won the overall championship for the Sportif CX Master’s 1/2/3 series. Splitting his time between the MABRA Super 8 and Sportif series during the season saw Brian racing almost every day of every weekend. His dedication and hard work paid off with several trips to the podium, as well as a 3rd place overall for the Super 8 Master’s 1/2/3 series.
Congratulations on a fantastic CX season Brian!
Eating well. Between rushing out the door in the morning, that tempting doughnut in the break room at work, and the quick snack before getting the afternoon work out in, it can be hard! How many of us really take the time and energy to plan every meal? Even those that make it to the farmer’s market twice per week and pack a great lunch most every day might find themselves getting the Blue Box Blues (TM) every now and then. So, how can these depressing meals be made just a little better? How about throwing in a little something extra that happens to be nutrient dense! Between quinoa, kale, or various seeds, there is always something that can be thrown in. They’ve all become popular ingredients for packaged health foods but you don’t need to throw your money at Kellogg’s or the like to get at the good stuff.
Scott Giles traveled to Ogden, UT to compete at USA Cycling’s Masters Nationals earlier this month. Scott had big ambitions and goals to make a mark this year in the 40-44 age category, especially in the time trial and road race. Scott took the time to piece together some excellent reports which are too good not to share. To come back after just barely missing Gold in the time trial and then going on to win the road race demonstrates just how tenacious a competitor Scott is! Scott also went on to earn the Best All Around Rider award in the 40-44 age category at the closing ceremony!
The speediest riders in the country descended on Antelope Island near Salt Lake City and had a pretty good day to take a crack at the National Masters Championship TT course until the wind picked up. The first leg was gifted with a tailwind, but the return trip was right back into it. Although this probably meant the course times would be slow, it worked somewhat to my favor. I had confidence I was one of the most aerodynamic, and comfortable, of the field because my steed was the Cannondale Slice that had been dialed in by Chris Richardson at the Bike Doctor Waldorf fitting studio. Tough as it felt to fight that wind coming home, the aerodynamics cheated the wind, with the result exceeding expectations posting the second fastest time over the 34km for the silver medal. Huge congratulations to Ian Standoff, who made even greater speed and is our new M40-44 National TT Champion.
The course was a 1 mile climb, a 5 mile descent, 48 miles of almost dead flat, then a final 6 mile climb to the finish that was really two 900 foot climbs separated by a 300 foot descent at the 3 mile-to-go point.
Team member Ian Spivack recently traveled to Plaistow, NH, to do some off-season wind tunnel testing and analyze his time trial equipment at the Speed Merchant Aero Low Speed Wind Tunnel (SMART LSWT). Below are his thoughts on the experience in his own words:
The reason I decided to spend the money and time on a wind tunnel drag test was that I wanted to quantify the differences between various time trial equipment and bike positions on my time trial bike. On my own, I can do field aerodynamic testing around the high school track to see if one setup is better than another, but I could not quantify the differences in setup. Since not all helmets have the same fit, cooling, cost, visor, and weight, I figured that there are many factors that will influence my helmet choice other than just drag.
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!
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.
Women’s Cat 4
Melissa Tallent lined up for the first race of the day in the women’s Cat 4.
She was lucky enough to be the first group to race at the new Brambleton Town Center Grand Prix. This super fast and smooth 6 turn course is a replacement for the now dead Reston Town Center Grand Prix (R.I.P.).
Tallent was off the front a couple of laps during the race, and scooped up a mid race cash preme. She attacked on the bell lap and ended up 3rd at the line. Melissa’s husband and teammate Pete Custer spent some time after the finish tracking her down so she could make her way to the podium and collect her prize.