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.
When I am trying to trim down, my menu choices skew to the vegetable heavy cuisines of India and Asia. Nothing goes better with a curry than rice. The problem is the heavily milled white rice that Americans prefer spikes the blood sugar, and although it is fortified with some vitamins, it is void of the fiber, manganese, and vitamin E that brown rice contains. The problem with brown rice is time. It takes 45 minutes to cook: rinse it off, 2-to-1 water to rice ratio, tsp of salt per cup, bring to a simmer in pot, quick stir, cover, turn heat to low and wait 40 minutes. Not ideal when you are hungry. Because all of the bran is polished off, white rice can be done in as little as twelve minutes.
There is a solution that adds little cooking time, gets all the nutrition of brown rice, and retains the rice flavor we are accustomed to: red rice. Both of the varieties I outline here are imported by Lotus foods and are grown sustainably using low water methods. By watering the plants vs. flooding the fields, the farmers are able to lower the amount of natural arsenic that the rice absorbs, use less water, and achieve higher yields per acre.
Tour of Washington County – Kickoff Criterium
Bike Doctor team members Nicholas Taylor, Allan Wallace, Pete Custer, and Todd Bickling lined up in the warm, rainy evening to take a stab at the well-attended, lively kick-off criterium. The Pro 1/2/3 race started off at 9:20pm with wet but drying roads. The pace was blistering fast from the start and the sporadic lighting left long shadows and made it hard to stick close on other riders wheels. A number of small moves formed on the front, but the high pace kept the field stuck tightly together. Towards the end of the race Nicholas followed Thomas Gibbons (UCI CT: Cibel) for a 5-to-go flier for a few laps. They got caught nearing the bell lap with DC Velo lining it up to lead out their sprinter DJ Brew. When the field surged coming into the final turns, Nicholas avoided a last lap crash to take 5th in the field sprint, with Pete and Allan shortly behind in the field.
Over the past 4 years I have had the pleasure of living and riding in one of America’s best-kept cycling secrets, Frederick, MD. Frederick is located about 45 miles north west of DC, right off of 270. It is intersected by Route 15 and has several exits that offer access to good parking/starting points for riding. The downtown is a great location to grab a bite to eat after a ride and there are a few good coffee shops as well. Frederick has a great local cycling community with several local bicycle retailers including a fantastic Bike Doctor (5732 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD) as well as a superb “Tuesday Night Worlds” group ride that leaves from Glade Elementary School in Walkersville (9525 Glade Rd, Walkersville, MD) at 6pm throughout the summer months—bring your sprinting legs for this one!
On the second annual Mountain Massacree, the race started off with a 3 man break that held a strong lead all the way to the final climb up Limestone. With the help of Nicholas and Matias, the three BD riders drove the field and kept the gap to the break within reach. Spivack attacked up the final climb up Limestone, passed all of the day’s break, and nearly dropped all of his competitors. Spivack took second on the day behind the winner from the 5-man Battley Ducati team, with Nicholas and Matias slotting in 8th and 12th, respectively.
I’ve been riding these shoes for a good portion of the season now and wanted to offer up a real-world, on-the-road review. My primary brand preference has been SIDI up until now, although I’ve also worn shoes from Fizik and LG in recent years. SIDIs, while hard to stomach the price tag, hold up very well and are spot on for me as far as fit is concerned. However, I was definitely looking forward to branching out. I wear a size 45 in SIDI and found the size 44.5 to be a similarly snug fit with Shimano.
This past Sunday Team Bike Doctor gathered up the crew to race in Suitland, MD at the 14th Annual Bunny Hop Criterium hosted by the Artemis Cycling Team. After suffering a deluge of wet weather this past week, it was refreshing to bask in the sunshine and soak up the sun. As always, Artemis doesn’t mess around. With Joe Jefferson on the microphone, a Sticky Fingers food truck in the lot, some tunes rippling through the air along with a pretty darn good crowd, the stage was set for a fun day!
Early in the day, Giles and Bickling mounted up for the Masters race. Giles hit the podium in 2nd after a long two man breakaway. Bickling sprinted for 8th out of the field. Next up, Chamberlain and Fife got busy in the Masters ¾ race. Chamberlain put in some strong work to keep the field together and Fife was able to take 7th in the field sprint.
In the elite race, given the fast, non-technical nature of the course and the speed of the field, breakaways weren’t going anywhere no matter how hard everyone tried. Taylor positioned himself well going into the final gallup to the line where he finished 3rd in a hotly contested sprint finish. Also, a special thank you to Artemis and their sponsor’s for some GREAT primes. Custer garnered one prime which was a $50 gift card courtesy of Revolution Cycles and Giles nabbed the “gambler” prime, a super nice G-Shock watch courtesy of Amilcar Samudio at Pikesville Jewelry & Coin Exchange. Artemis always comes up with great primes and it is always appreciated! Thank you for promoting a terrific race.
This past weekend was the Tour of Page County, a 2 day, 3 stage race in the Shenandoah Valley. Nicholas, Ian, Scott, Sunny, Bruno, Ryan, Pete Custer, Andrew, and Matias lined up for the start of the Cat 1/2 road race. The race started off with a smoking fast first lap that saw a group of 5 separate from the field. The team kept the time gap manageable, and eventually more from the group bridged up. The group up the road became far too large and the team found themselves working to bring back the lead group’s advantage. After reconnecting, a counter attack by Scott placed the team in a favorable position up the road and saw him finishing in the 2nd group on the day. The remainder of the team contested the available time bonus spots in the field sprint.