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.

The annual Smith Dairy Milk Road Race in Orrville, August 10, had several members racing over the beautiful Wayne county roads. All of them raced the Masters 40+ class, with Jim Yankush placing 5th, followed by Rick Parr13th, Bob Brnilovich 16th, and Gene West 22nd.

While the road schedule has been spotty, there has been plenty on the schedule for mountain bikes. The Reagan Park Time Trial on July 19 saw Jake Walters take 5th in the Expert Category. Jake raced August 3rd at Lake Hope State Park , Race to the Hills, finishing 3rd in the Pro-Expert category, the following week, August 10, Jake raced the NEO Crankfest at Westbranch State Park and bettered his previous week by one, taking 2nd in the Pro-Expert race.

Dave Jolin and Scott Morman travelled to Pennsylvania on July 26 and raced the Wilderness 101 race, part of the National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Series. Dave took 5th in the Masters race, and Scott was 34th in the Men’s Open. The Men’s Open regularly has up to 150 racers. The Shenandoah  race August 31 in Virginia saw Dave finish 8th in the Masters race, and Scott 48th in the Open race. The final race for the year in the series was the Fools Gold , held in Georgia on September 20th. Dave took 5th in the Masters, and Scott 21st in the Open race. With this year’s series completed, and final points tallied, Dave finished 6th overall in Masters, and Scott 14th in Open. These are outstanding results in a very grueling series.

The change of the calendar from August to September ushers in the cyclocross season. Marshall Leininger got a jump on most by racing the Lionhart CX in Cincinnati on September 7th, placing 5th in the Masters 55+ race. The opener in the NEOCX series was September 14 at Kenneth Sims Park in Euclid. Scott Morman raced two races, placing 8th in the Single Speed class, and 9th in the Cat. 3 race. Chris Smith took 8th in the Master 35+ , Marshall Leininger 6th and Dale Seeds 15th  in the Master 55+. Rich Grella took a distant 19th in the Cat. 4 race.

The cyclocross schedule is full through November, with races available both days on most weekends. Cyclocross is the fastest growing discipline in USA Cycling, with large race fields. The first race in Euclid had over 300 entrants.The next few months promise some exciting races at some demanding venues. Results will be posted as they become available.

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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

March and April Race Results

Finally, spring, and the start of a new racing season. A lot of roller and trainer miles over the winter replaced needed road miles, and the time has come to put them to use.
A few races have taken place, and a few Stark Velo members have saddled up and stretched their legs. So far, early results are encouraging.
Three members travelled to that state up north (Michigan) to race Barry-Roubaix, a 36 mile gravel road race. Racing on March 22nd over some slushy and difficult roads, with large entry categories, each one placed in the money. Pay outs went to the first five in each category. Scott Morman and Dave Jolin raced the single speed race, with Scott taking 2nd and Dave 5th.  Bill Fletcher entered the 61+ race, finishing 5th, barely losing a bunch sprint for 3rd and 4th.

Monday, February 24, 2014

One Moment in Time

NOTE: This article was posted on behalf of Rich Grella by Mike Minard

The phone rang during the evening of January 29, 2002. Robert Vogt Jr. was calling. While it’s always a pleasure to talk to Robert, this call was different. Robert was calling to deliver the chilling news about our friend, Donnie Vignon, and his sudden passing from a massive stroke. After a brief conversation regarding Donnie and his final arrangements, I hung up the phone to tell my family the sad news. With admiration and reverence, I told my young sons about this fine young man. Then I went to my downstairs office and cried.

It’s always a shock when a young person passes away, but this was different. This was Donnie, and he was only 28.