tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23629099786941422542015-10-03T20:02:16.335-04:00Stark Velo Bicycle Racing TeamMike Minardnoreply@blogger.comBlogger33125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-29720234959406819212015-07-27T13:52:00.001-04:002015-07-27T13:53:05.073-04:002015 Wilderness 100 Race Report The Wilderness 101 race held in Coburn, PA is one of two races held on the same day (The second being the Big Bear in California which my partner in crime and awesome teammate David Jolin raced this year. He placed fifth by the way...GREAT JOB DAVE!!) and is the 5th race in the series, so things are definitely heating up as everyone's fitness is starting to peak. For me, this is the second Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-78120602729888554582015-06-30T10:16:00.004-04:002015-06-30T10:17:00.350-04:002015 Chapel Criterium Series Schedule and Flyer The start of the 2015 Chapel Criterium is just a few days away. This year the USA Cycling sanctioned races will be held on Thursday, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th. (Google Map Link to the Chapel in Green) Racing begins at 6:30pm with a total of four races, two for the men and two for the women. More information and the race flyer is available below... Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-27115472769051156032015-06-30T10:05:00.002-04:002015-06-30T10:06:19.547-04:00June 2015 Race Results UpdateAfter a delayed beginning to the 2015 racing season, Stark Velo Cycling Team has gotten off  to perhaps the best start in their history. Off roader’s Dave Jolin and Scott Morman continue to impress with their fitness and results. Both competed in the Cohutta 100 mile mountain bike race in Tennessee on April 25. Scott raced in the Men’s Open and placed 27th of 128 riders. Dave raced in the Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-8492369724444993182015-05-11T10:01:00.000-04:002015-05-11T10:03:57.022-04:002015 6 Hours of Brady's Run Race Report The 6 Hours of Brady's Run was an unscheduled race that I decided to participate in, sort of at the last minute. The determining factors were, in order of importance, the "OK" from my wife (always important), the recovery from the Cohutta 100 two weeks prior, and the weather forecast (only concern was the heat as they forecast upper 80's). Got the "OK" to go, recovery was looking good, and theMike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-39143109069153121372015-04-29T08:52:00.001-04:002015-05-11T10:01:46.925-04:002015 Cohutta 100 Race Report The Cohutta 100 is the second race in the National Ultra Endurance 2015 series and is held in TN. This race starts at the Occee river where they held the 1996 Kayak Olympic Competitions. This would be my first into the series for this year and Dave Jolin's second. They changed the course slightly so it really is tough to determine a true personal record ('PR') compared to previous years. TheMike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-2463477378154653962015-04-14T10:18:00.003-04:002015-04-14T10:18:38.841-04:00Barry-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 bigMike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-21882721331028983182015-02-03T15:08:00.000-05:002015-02-03T15:08:33.366-05:00January 2015 NewsletterThe 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-52485281594641272202014-10-06T14:27:00.001-04:002015-02-03T15:08:23.140-05:00August and September 2014 Race ResultsIt 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-32673792181733750382014-08-04T07:52:00.001-04:002014-08-04T07:53:33.964-04:00July 2014 Race ResultsAs 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-67447489486731986122014-07-05T07:46:00.000-04:002014-08-04T07:53:45.256-04:00June 2014 Race ResultsRacing 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-35274725680638161052014-06-24T10:59:00.000-04:002014-07-04T10:05:46.316-04:00July 2014 Chapel CRIT SeriesThe 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. This is a fast closed course with a bit of technical cornering and a long stretch to test that sprint of yours. We'll have some merchandise Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-50023270906145881172014-05-25T13:13:00.000-04:002014-05-25T13:13:03.985-04:00May 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-28959590505658814192014-04-24T09:57:00.001-04:002014-04-24T09:57:49.325-04:00March 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-RoubaixMike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-80644238770014907542014-02-24T07:00:00.000-05:002014-02-24T07:00:13.340-05:00One 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-49890587254507902302014-02-22T11:28:00.000-05:002014-02-22T12:40:12.486-05:00Stark Velo 2014 Sponsors Announced With the long winter slowly grinding to a finish, Stark Velo team members are preparing for the 2014 racing season. Recently, a team meeting was held at Gateway Conference and Event Center in Green, Ohio. ( Subway Headquarters ) This year’s race schedule and changes were discussed, and old friendships were renewed. New team mates and new sponsors were introduced. The new team kit design was Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-19908321815312238382013-09-09T18:32:00.000-04:002014-02-22T12:40:42.010-05:00NEOCX #1 Results for Stark VeloThe Stark Velo Team had a good showing for the NEOCX #1, Blue Sky or Not, Race. Keegan Minard finished in first place in the Junior 10 - 12 field. Overall Keegan finished in second place with Alley Bercaw taking the overall win in the Junior field for WAS Labs Cycling. Marshall Lininger finished on the podium with a third place finish and a strong race in the Masters 55+ field. Also in the Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-69319320919510665502013-08-31T15:45:00.000-04:002014-02-22T12:41:49.583-05:00USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Days 4 - 7Saturday, 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-40509777070067596282013-08-25T19:52:00.000-04:002014-02-22T12:41:29.623-05:00Leadville 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 Scott Mormanhttps://plus.google.com/109611045868953066670noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-87175160676104401502013-08-21T20:28:00.002-04:002014-02-22T12:42:16.383-05:00USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Days 1 - 3Wednesday, 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 onMike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-84039883182580099682013-08-18T18:44:00.001-04:002014-02-22T12:42:54.323-05:00USA 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! Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0Snowmass Village Snowmass Village39.206649 -106.954823tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-39199056859928212042013-08-17T16:55:00.000-04:002014-02-22T12:43:47.808-05:00USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Aspen to Snowmass Village and Riding with Team CannondaleSaturday, 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-84952156875443772232013-08-17T00:54:00.004-04:002014-02-22T12:43:22.215-05:00USA Pro Challenge Race Experience - Friday Night in Snowmass VillageFriday, 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 anMike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-77441539181493880722013-08-06T08:20:00.000-04:002013-08-06T08:20:00.507-04:00Don't miss out on you're last change at a road race this seasonThe 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-16615133833826921032013-08-05T08:00:00.000-04:002013-08-05T08:00:03.740-04:00Two Stark Velo riders racing in the Leadville 100 this weekendThe 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2362909978694142254.post-22386465237256751602013-08-02T18:47:00.001-04:002013-08-02T18:47:50.102-04:00Bill Flecher grabs silver in the 2013 Masters Track Nationals 2k event - UpdateBill 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 Mike Minardhttps://plus.google.com/102235171120846749709noreply@blogger.com0