Saturday, August 31, 2013

USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Days 4 - 7

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Well I've been back home now for two days.

I had the luxury of staying in the Denver and Colorado Springs area for a few days after finishing up the USA Pro Challenge Race Experience. During that time I was able to spend some time with my wife who came out to join me for a few days, get some work done, and do a little more riding.

Stages 4 through 7 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge were awesome!

Stage 4 was the ride from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek. It was 103 miles of some fun ups-and-downs that included Bachelor Gulch. Unfortunately for me, I started the day with an upset stomach. I think I had a little too much Sriracha Sauce on my rice at breakfast and my stomach was not happy. This made for a tough day on the bike as I really couldn't eat at all during the ride or drink too much water. I was really happy for the day to be over and I was really hoping that I wasn't getting sick!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Leadville MTB 100 Race Report

Race Information
Where: Leadville, CO (2-mile High City)
When: August 10th, 2013
Distance: 104 (every bit of 104 miles)
Starting Elevation: 10,200'
Total Climbing Elevation: 11,800'
Racers: 1500+ (with a mass start)
Starting Position: Red Corral (3rd from the front of the pack)

I was a bit nervous at the start of this race. I knew I had put in the training time, but you just never know what is going to happen. My legs felt a bit sorer than they had all week long which was very frustrating and not how you want to feel before the start of the race. Still, you try to put that out of your mind and focus on what you are about to embark on. The start of this race is a mass start meaning that all 1500+ racers leave the start line at the same time. Based on my qualifying time at the Wilmington Whiteface 100k race (5:19, but I was sick with a cold, fever, and hopped up on cold meds) it placed me in the 3rd corral. This is obviously way better than being placed in the last corral, the 8th corral, last year, however it also means that I stand a much greater chance of getting into a crash due to everyone behind me trying to race up to the front on the paved portion of the race just prior to hitting the first dirt road. Prior to the first dirt road the race typically hits 30+ mph, so you gotta hang on, keep your space, and stay away from the idiots.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Days 1 - 3

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ok. It's been three days since my last post so I have to apologize.

Let me give you some perspective on the life a pro-cyclist. At least from my perspective in regards to traveling and their schedule.

Granted, having been on the road for just three days makes me far from any expert on the matter but I've quickly come to learn that these guys have quite a bit going on every day.

Their lives may seem glamorous. And, to be honest, if you love cycling it is.

But it's also more work than you realize!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Snowmass Village and an easy spinwith the Carmichael group

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Today's post will be short. I have a big day tomorrow and it starts at 5:30 am so I need my sleep!

Today I left Aspen and headed up to Snowmass Village for the start of my week's experience.

It started with me dropping off my bike and handing it over to our mechanics. It's kind of nice that I won't have to clean and adjust my own bike this week. What a luxury!

After dropping off my bike I was given my hotel room key by the awesome CTS Staff (more on them in future posts) and I dropped off my bag. 

I had about ninety minutes to kill before a planned group ride at around 1 pm. So I made my way around checking out Snowmass Village. This is a really cool place. I ended up finding a Starbucks where I could get some work done and take care of a few emails. 

With 1 pm quickly approaching I got dressed to ride, grabbed my bike computer and headed over to the Team CTS Truck. Which, by the way, is parked behind BMC and next to Jellybelly. Awesome!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Aspen to Snowmass Village and Riding with Team Cannondale

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It is only two days until all the fun (err...pain) begins.

Today I had an easy workout for two hours with an hour of zone 3 riding in the middle. It sounds easy and typically it is. But at 7800 feet altitude everything can be, and sometimes is, different.

The ride from Aspen to Snowmass Village had a climb that is about 2.4 miles long and climbs something like 600 feet. Typically this wouldn't be that tough and doing a zone 3 power climb up this wouldn't be that bad. But, apparently, at around 7800 feet altitude my body had other things in mind. I never climbed a hill like this with my power running between zone 1 to 3 with a heart rate at zone 4 to 5.

USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Friday Night in Snowmass Village

Friday, August 16, 2013

A few months ago I received the opportunity to participate in the ride of a lifetime.

I had the opportunity to ride in the USA Pro Challenge Race Experience that Carmichael Training puts on. Everything fit with my work schedule and home schedule where I could get away, go to Colorado, do some work and a little riding on my bike.

I guess to say a little riding may be an understatement. I get to do every stage of the USA Pro Challenge Race starting a few hours before the pros which totals up to something like 570 miles with around 42,000 feet of vertical climbing at high altitude over the seven days.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Don't miss out on you're last change at a road race this season

The road racing season is almost over and cyclocross season is about here!

Don't forget that there are only a couple more local road races on the calendar in our area.

This coming weekend is The Ohio State Road Race Championships At the Smith Dairy Milk Race. This is a circuit race on Sunday, August 11th, 2013. The event flyer can be found here and online registration here. This is probably your last chance and a good distance (longer) race this season.

On Sunday, August 25th, 2013 the Dog Days of Summer Circuit Race is being held in Wooster Ohio. This is the last road race that I know of on our local racing calendar in Northeast Ohio. Don't miss out on this race and its challenging course with 120 feet of climbing each lap. The race flyer can be found here.

If you have more information on either of these races please post the information in the comments below.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Two Stark Velo riders racing in the Leadville 100 this weekend

The Stark Velo Bicycle Racing Team is very proud to announce that two of it's riders are doing the Leadville 100 this coming weekend.

The Leadville 100 is an epic mountain bike race held in Leadville Colorado since 1994. It is one of the best know marathon mountain bike races in the country today. The total elevation gain for the 100 mile race is somewhere around 11,000 vertical feet. Popular climbs include: Powerline, the climb to Columbine mine and St. Kevins.

In order to race the Leadville 100 you either have to get picked in the lottery or qualify through one of the qualifying races. Details on qualify can be found on the official Leadville web site.

We're proud that Scott Morman and Dave Jolin are both racing in the Leadville 100 this weekend. For Scott this is the his second time doing the race as he qualified in 2012 as well.

Scott Morman
Dave Jolin

In the past years many pro-cyclists have also raced in the Leadville 100. Past racers include David Wiens, Floyd Landis, Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer and Rebecca Rusch.

To celebrate this event and our two team members doing the race we're running a special banner on our site all week starting Monday!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bill Flecher grabs silver in the 2013 Masters Track Nationals 2k event - Update

Bill sent in this write-up from the event this week and I thought I would share it and some pictures he also shared.

I really appreciate having team mate Marshall at Track Nationals for support and splits. On Thursday we raced the 500TT and they raced us in pairs. Only doing one and a-half laps the wind had a huge effect in the races. My time was over 1.5 seconds slower than what I did at States in June. I started hard but ran out of gas on the closing half lap that was into a fifteen mile per hour headwind. I ended up 8th over all.

In the 2K Pursuit my standing start was good and after the second lap I knew I was rolling when Marshall called out a 23.2 second split time. (32.2 mph). The next split was 24.0 seconds which was right on my desired pace. Even though 2 K TT's are short, the real work begins at the half way point. My fourth lap split was 25.4 seconds then the final two were at 27.0 seconds. The guy who took first place has WC (World Champion) stripes and beat me by over 6 seconds.  Where can I legally find or buy 7 seconds? LOL

It was kinda cool being positioned on the awards stand between guys with World and National champ stripes on their sleeves.

Proud to rep Stark Velo!
Bill Flecher

2km Results

Bill & Kathy

2km Podium


500 Start

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dave Jolin moves into second place in the Kenda NUE Series

On June 29th Stark Velo rider Dave Jolin made it to the podium in the Tatanka 100 in Sturgis, South Dakota with a third place finish. This finish along with his other two podium finishes in the series so far places Dave in second place overall in the highly competitive Kenda NUE Series.

For a great write-up on the Tatanka 100 check out XXC Magazine's blog post over at

In addition to Dave's third place finish at the Tatanka 100 he also took first place back in March at the True Grit Epic and third place in the Cohutta 100 in April. Cycling News has a great write-up on the True Grit Epic with some quotes from Dave along with a good write up on the Cohutta 100.

Keep watching our blog for updates on how Dave is doing in the series over the next few weeks.