Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Barry-Roubaix 2015 Race by Scott Morman

It was COLD!

The starting temperature of Barry-Roubaix was roughly 20 degrees and that may be generous. I raced the 36-mile Fixed Gear again, same as last, however unlike last year they bundled us with the SS'ers which means we had to race them for podium position. Ouch. There were 40 in that category and we went off in wave 4 at roughly 10:06, sent off waves ever two minutes with the two big 62-mile groups going off first and second.

As usual it was a pretty fast start and trying to keep up with SS'ers that can coast on the descents, and pick up speed, is not an easy task on a fixed gear bike. The course was in awesome shape! No ice and no snow to speak of, so of course at such low temperatures everything was frozen. At the start you hit the three sisters within 1.5 miles and once you clear those you are pretty much warmed up, well ... as warm as you are going to get. They put Sager road back into the course this year and honestly that was the most fun road of the race. When I hit it I had to thread the needle through two lines of gearing racers going up either side of the road, so I shot up the center passing everyone in front of me on that road. Good times!

I passed lots of SS'ers and took notice of no other fixed gear guys (Dave Jolin was the only other fixed gear guy that I knew of and we did not see any other fixed gear guys at the start). 

In the end I placed 8th out of the 40 in that category, so I think I did well against all of the SS'ers and I was 2.5 minutes off from being on the top five podium. Dang! I wanted under 2 hours but alas missed it by one second, 2:00:01. DOH!

- Scott Morman

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter

The close of the 2014 cycling season  is nearly over, with Frosty  Cross on December 21st the only event left to report. It has been a good year, with many fine results.

The Franklin Cross in Washington, PA , held on October 25 was held under crisp, clear, sunshine. The well designed course included lots of climbing, a fast downhill, and a challenging sand pit. Rich Grella took 8th in the Mens 60+ race.

Monday, October 6, 2014

August and September 2014 Race Results

It seems as though the summer race season has passed us by like an eighteen wheeler on a downhill run. There were only a few races scattered about, but Stark Velo members tried to make the best of the opportunities.

The Eastern Time Trial Series hosts five events on a monthly basis during the season. The August 17th race saw every Stark Velo member that raced stand on the podium. Jim Yankush claimed 2nd and Bob Brnilovich 3rd in the Men’s 50-59 group. Tim DeRosa won , and Rich Grella was 3rd in the Men’s 60-69 event. Tim also claimed first in the Men’s 60-69 race on September 21.

Monday, August 4, 2014

July 2014 Race Results

As I have written previously, the road race schedule has been thin, with few and far between. Stark Velo members have not hung up their bikes, and packed it up for the summer. Many have found other forms of bicycle racing to keep their competitive juices flowing.

Jim Yankush and Rich Grella competed in the June 15 Eastern Time Trial Series in Deerfield, Ohio. Jim placed third in the Men’s 50-59 group, and Rich was fifth in the Men’s Standard group.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

June 2014 Race Results

Racing has been limited because of extremely wet spring weather, races being cancelled due to lack of sponsorship and surprise up charges for course protection. Local racing has been very limited, making distant travel necessary if you planned to race. Several Stark Velo members raced different events, with mixed results.

Bob Brnilovich made the trip to Lexington, Ohio to race on the Mid Ohio Sports Car course the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Nice job by Bob, as he was able to take 2nd in the Men 45-54 division.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

July 2014 Chapel CRIT Series

The races are on! July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st!

Come down to the beautiful Chapel campus in Green for the Thursday night crit series. We are adding a 4th race this year and the series is under USAC sanction. So, come down and get those upgrade points.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

May Race Results

The early spring results are encouraging, indicating a promising 2014 racing season for Stark Velo members. Team work made the difference with several wins and high places. Individual effort was the deciding factor in several events.

Two team members are competing in the National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Series sponsored by Kenda. Dave Jolin ventured to Utah to race the series opener on March 15, the True Grit 100. Dave placed 8th in the Masters category. Scott Morman travelled to Tennessee for the second race of the series, the Cohutta100. Scott placed 20th in a field of 105 in the Masters Category. The next race on the schedule is the Mohican 100 in Loudonville, Ohio on May 31. Results will be posted upon completion.