Sunday, July 21, 2013

Team racing update for July

How has your Summer riding season been going? Have you been able to get mileage in between 16 straight days of rain, followed by the hottest days of the year? Stark Velo members have somehow been able to, with results to prove it.

We all know the good news/bad news analogy, so I will begin with the bad before the good. Stark Velo members Bob Brnilovich and Jim Yankush have been forced off the bike with crash related injuries. In late June, Bob was training on his TT bike when he was cut off by a passing motorist. The result was three broken ribs, and damage to his rotator cuff. This didn’t stop him from racing, as he entered the Twin Sizzler RR on July 4th. Still suffering, he was placed in the top 5 of his age group within the last half mile, when two riders in front of him crashed, taking Bob down. He broke four more ribs, and punctured a lung, placing him in the local hospital for a few days. Jim Yankush was racing at the Tour of the Valley the weekend after the fourth and crashed heavily on the opening day. Jim broke three ribs and picked up a lot of road rash. Both had been having very successful seasons, and we wish them a full and speedy recovery.

The good news is the great results from many team members competing in MTB, Road, and Track. Bill Fletcher is having an outstanding season, with top results in both track and road races. His competitive
juices burn hotter than the blue flame on your gas grill. In track, Bill has travelled to Indianapolis twice, both May and July, to race at the Major Taylor Velodrome. He won his division in the Flying 200 meter and 50 TT in May, then won his age group in 200 meter and 2K pursuit, 2nd in the 500 TT and was 4th overall in the 2K pursuit of all age groups. In June, he raced the Ohio State Track Championships at the new Cleveland Velodrome, winning the Flying 200 meter, 500 TT, 2K pursuit and Omnium. He placed 3rd in the Cat 3/4 Miss and Out race. His times in the Flying 200 and 500 TT were better than two nationally sponsored riders that are 20 years younger. His results on the road are no less impressive. On June 25th, Bill took first in the 20K road race in the 60-64 division during the Ohio Senior Games, followed the next day with a first in the 60-64 5K TT, and 2nd in the 40K 60-64 road race. At the Medina Twin Sizzler July 4th, Bill won the 60-64 race, and was the overall winner in the combined fields of 55-59, 60-64, 65+ race. Of 207 racers, Bill’s time was 27th best for the day. By the way, Bill also placed 3rd of 26 in the first ”B” Chapel Series race July 11th.

While Bill deserves many accolades, our team members competing in mountain bike races have also been doing very well. Dave Jolin has been receiving national attention among his peers. Dave raced June 15 in Wellston, MI at the Lumber Jack 100 and placed 7th in the Masters 50+ race. June 30th was the date for the Tatanka 100 race in Sturgis, SD. Dave placed 3rd in the 50+ race after getting off course for 7 miles, which cost him second place. Dave’s combined results have him atop the standings in the Masters 50+ division of the Kenda National Ultra Endurance MTB Series. Scott Morman has also been competing, but has had mechanical failures in recent races. Both Dave and Scott are qualified for the Leadville 100 in Colorado on August 10. Great job , and good luck to both.

On the local MTB scene, Jake Walters, along with Rick and Gavin Parr competed in the Ohio State Mountain Bike Championships, June 15 in Columbus. Rick took top honors in the Cat 2 40-49 division, and Gavin was 3rd in the Cat 3 10-12 race. Jake took 9th overall in the hotly contested Cat 1 19-39 race. Jake followed on June 29 with 6th place in the Expert class in the Double Down Enduro at Vultures Knob in Wooster. Jim Yankush raced in Pennsylvania June 30th at the Tomlinson Run MTB Challenge, placing a well earned 5th in the 45-54 Cat 1/2/3 race. As you see, our racers are competitive at both the local and national level.

Stark Velo hosted the VeloRose Criterium in Wooster, June 16th, on a difficult course laid out at the Ohio State Agriculture Center. Over 210 entrants raced throughout the day during this very well run event. Team members were concentrated in the Masters 50 + race, with Jim Yankush in 5th, Joe Huth 10th, Robert Vogt 14th, Bill Fletcher 18th, and Dale Seeds 20th. In the large Cat 3 field, Rick Parr finished 15th, followed by Mike Minard in 22nd. Chris Smith also raced, but did not place. Race prizes were donated by team sponsor, Rudy Project, our supplier of the finest cycling helmets and sun glasses available. Stark Velo is fueled by Subway, and so was everyone that raced the VeloRose Criterium or The Chapel Series. We truly appreciate our sponsors!

The Ohio Senior Games were held June 25-26 near Alliance, Ohio. As previously stated, Bill Fletcher cleaned up in his age group. Greg English was 3rd and Rich Grella 6th in the 20K RR for 55-59 men. Greg moved higher on the podium the next day by finishing 2nd in the 40K RR for 55-59, followed by Rich Grella in 5th. Thanks to everyone from SCBC for their assistance with these events.

Weekend races were held in Cincinnati, Ohio June 29 and 30. Joe Huth placed a very respectable 9th in a stacked Masters 55-59 field at the Hyde Park Blast. Joe came back next day to finish 16th in the same division at the Maderia Criterium. Joe’s strength has always been criterums. On July 7th, he finished 6th in the Masters 55-99 Ohio State Category Criterium Championships held near Toledo, in Sylvania, Ohio. Joe also competes in the Eastern Ohio Time Trial Series, were he is currently 5th overall in the 50-60 age group.

The 38th annual Medina Twin Sizzler Road Race was held July 4th, with several members making the early morning pilgrimage. Mike Minard placed 7th in the 35-99 Expert field, despite having to repair a flat tire. Again, Bill Fletcher’s heroics are previously stated for this event. Props to SCBC member , seldom racer, Chuck Knott placing 3rd in the 60-64 field, 4th in the combined 55-59,60-64,65+ field. In the same race, Rich Grella placed 4th in the 55-59 field, 8th in the combined, and Dale Seeds 10th in the 60-64 race. Marshall Leininger finished with Bill, Chuck, and Rich’s field, but his timing chip did not register. Overall, of 207 racers, Chuck was 29th, Rich 33rd, and Dale 70th. Not a bad day at all!

This brings you current with Stark Velo results. The road , track , and time trial season will soon come to an end, but cyclocross season is just around the corner. Rain or shine, our training continues, with the hope of continued success.