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September 14, 2013 - Zero Gravel Cross
Zero Gravel Cross SW3, SW4, JW15-16 & 17-18 Pictures!
While I'm not a cyclocross racer yet, it does include dirt, so it's fair game for MBR. There was a local race, so I took my son out and snapped some pics. Click to continue to see them...
April 2, 2013 - The AntiEpic Gravel Grinder
The AntiEpic Gravel Grinder is a 150+ mile gravel race through the rolling hills southeast of Denver, Colorado.
I've added some pictures and video from today.
Check them out here...
February 1, 2013 - MBR Productions
January 11, 2013 - Overland Mountain Bike Club
I recently received an email from Overland Mountain Bike Club committee member and Founder/President of Trailcology, Chris Herron, asking if I could share a survey Overland is conducting to get information for a Trail Vision Plan they are creating to present to local agencies.
For more information and the survey....
January 10, 2013 Pisgah Area SORBA
Today I received a great message from the Pisgah Area SORBA. It was some reassurance that Mountain Bike Radio is helpful in sharing the mountain biking world.
January 6, 2013 - Trek Colorado Race Team and MBR
Mountain Bike Radio has a new partner in crime!
November 8, 2012 - Kolotc.com, "The Kolo T.C. Report", and Iceman
Did you get enough of the Iceman Cometh? Did you race it? Have you ever raced it? Do you just want to hear about it?
There is something NEW to Mountain Bike Radio. What is it? It's called "The Kolo T. C. Report". It's going to cover the Michigan scene.
First, check out Kolo T.C.
Then, check out the new show page HERE. The show will only be available on that page. While there may be some live shows via Blogtalkradio in the future, but for now, they are going to keep their thing going and it'll be available to download from that page.
Here's a little description of their plans to dominate the world from Kolotc.com:
"The five-step plan to world domination is underway.
First, get on the radio. While we hold no ambitions of replacing Ryan Seacrest on America’s Top 40, we do hope to bring our podcast to a wider audience and promote bikes in Michigan. The wonderful people at Mountain Bike Radio will now be the official home of kolo t.c. podcasts, providing a wonderful place to share our wonderful stories, people and rides.
If you haven’t tuned into a podcast yet, do so immediately after finishing this post. The podcasts feature Yours Truly (strong, handsome, Czech) alongside Hagerty Cycling star and Cherry-Roubaix race promoter Tim Barrons. We’ve covered bike news, races and other events for a few months now and have been blown away by the support and feedback of listeners. We also invite you all to suggest topics, offer feedback and force your friends and extended family to listen, too.
Head over to Mountain Bike Radio and watch for the complete kolo t.c. library to be uploaded. Until then, you can listen to the podcasts on the kolo t.c. page. We’ve got a lot left to gab about from here until the cyclocross state championships in mid-December, and then just a short holiday hiatus before the getting back to business with the Fat Bike Series presented by Einstein Cycles beginning January 20.
So tune in, send it around and enjoy the ride."
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The Iceman Cometh Challenge Predictions (Sat, 03 Nov 2012)
The Iceman is the granddaddy of the US cross country races. Since it’s late (well, technically early) and I’ve been going since 5:45am, I’m tired. That means I’m going to keep this short. I read and heard some other predictions out there for Saturday’s race in cold Michigan. Since starting Mountain Bike Radio in April, I’ve been paying more attention to what’s going on out in the racing scene, so I’m getting there. That does not mean I’m pro. These predictions are going off of the current registration list and is limited to the pros. They’ll probably be off, but I’ll try at the top 10. If there is a glaring miss, well, sorry. The top 50 racers of this thing are really fast and you could probably argue the top 15 have a shot to win on any given day. Men (in placing order) Brian Matter - Just hard to bet against him in this one. 1st in 2010, 4th in 2011 Mike Anderson - Finished 2nd ahead of Matter in a record fast 2012 Chequamegon 40 Sam Schultz - Olympics! I have a feeling Matter and Anderson are going to use some tactics to duke it out and make the younger Schultz a tad behind. Mike Phillips - 4th at the 2012 Chequamegon 40 and 3rd at the 2012 Ore to Shore Christian Tanguy - 2nd overall in the NUE to Jeremiah Bishop and 4th at Ore to Shore. Had a great season and is rested up from all the 100’s Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski - I don’t think I need to say anything Jorden Wakeley - local Michigan guy who is knocking on the triple crown door with 5th at this year’s Ore to Shore Stephen Ettinger - 12th place at 2012 US Cross Country Nationals and 7th at the Marathon Nationals in September Drew Edsall - Host of “The Dirt with Drew Edsall.” Some good wins in 2012 at 50 and 100 miles, but I’m not sure the open two-track is his strength Tristan Schouten - 9th at the 2012 Chequamegon 40 and 7th at the 2012 Ore to Shore Women’s (I don’t know this as well and don’t know the depth - and I’m not going to research it tonight….so I’ll stick with Top 5) Geogia Gould - She’s gotten in some good cyclocross results and seems to be rolling well. Erica Tingey - She rocked the Utah scene during the summer and recently finished 2nd in the duo-coed at the 6hrs in Frog Hollow. She’s ready. Chloe Woodruff - Chloe had a great summer in the Midwest - A win at the Ore to Shore and 5th at the Cheq 40. Got some recent racing in China and rested up. Heather Irmiger - She’s always there. Experienced and strong. Judy Freeman - Seemed to be back on track in August and beyond You looking for Emily Batty. I think she’ll do top 10, but who knows where she is at after her collarbone injury in August. All these other women have been racing during that whole time. We’ll see how it goes! Above photo of Brian Matter in 2010 is taken from XXCMag.com
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October 14th, Sheboygan, WI
- by Todd Nutter
The finale for the Subaru-sponsored Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) took place this weekend in Sheboygan, WI. Rain or shine, Cole House and Abby Strigel came to grab the last two pieces of gold for the year.
The Wigwam MTB Challenge in Sheboygan has now served as the finale of the 12 event WORS Series for more than 10 years. Event organizers planned major course changes, including running many trails backwards from previous years to add an element of surprise. They got a little more surprise than expected. Rain had been on the radar all weekend and racers were prepared for the worst. The pre-ride was cancelled to preserve the trails for race day, and several sections had to be cut from the race. These included the Equalizer, a seemingly vertical climb that challenges even the top pros and has long been spectator and competitor favorite. Despite the rain and course changes, spectators braved the woods to cheer for their favorite athletes. The single track had become so muddy and wet from the rain and previous Cat 2 and 3 races that the Cat 1 events were a matter of survival. Spectators cheered not only for the fastest person, but also the one who could stay upright the longest.
As the men took to the start line for the BelGioioso Elite series, Cole House (Competitive Cyclist/616) showed the field that he meant business. House had a legacy to defend, having won this event in 2011 and 2009, and he was not going to let a little mud and rain slow him down. Off the start line, he took the lead and grabbed the hole shot sprint prime. The field did not catch him, but battled against the mud and against each other. Mark Lalonde (Lalonde Bros. / Twin Six) came out to one last WORS race for the season and ended up with a 2nd place medal. Lalonde, a seasoned cyclocross racer and former All American runner, tends to do very well in bad conditions. Nathan Guerra (Vision/Wheel & Sprocket) claimed the 3rd step on the podium after a grueling effort. Going over the bars early on, he fought his way back into the top three. Even amongst the agony and the cold shivers, these guys all had smiles on their faces as they recounted the race.
Abby Strigel (Honey Stinger / Bontrager / Pat’s Gym) also took the title for her second year in a row at the Wigwam MTB Challenge. Strigel used the shortened course length to her advantage stating “for me shorter races are better. So knowing that it was short, I just went as hard as I could.” She could not be caught, but there was a definite battle for the next three positions. Amber Markey (Magnus) put up a strong fight in the tough conditions. With strong climbing skills, Markey led Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212/Specialized) and Cooper Dendel (Culver’s Racing) at first. As the muddy, technical course took its toll, Krayer was able to get around Markey for a second place finish. Cooper Dendel and Amber Markey worked hard until the end, when the 20 year old Dendel passed to claim 3rd before the finish.
As the traditional WORS series finale, Sheboygan is a special event for competitors and their families to spend one last day racing and cheering for each other. For many, this was the most fun they’ve had all year. To celebrate their 21st season racing in Wisconsin, and the WORS Year of the Junior in 2012, WORS will hold their annual series banquet, raffle, and awards ceremony this Saturday, October 20th in Steven’s Point Wisconsin. First place finishers in all WORS Junior classes will be awarded a special Mt. Borah WORS Junior Champion jersey.
House and Strigel win Bear Paw Rock & Roll
- By Todd Nutter
- October 2, 2012
Penultimate round of Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) hosted in White Lake
The 2012 Subaru Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) hosted race number eleven in White Lake, Wisconsin this past weekend. Once again, the Bear Paw Rock & Roll showcased beautiful fall colors in northern Wisconsin and yet another victory in the hands of Cole House and Abby Strigel.
The cool air and bright sunshine reminded the competitors in the elite field that the racing season is not over yet. With the summer over and the race season coming to a close, it has become a battle for final series points. Cole House (Competitive Cyclist/616) took the lead out of the gate and decided to attack the first climb to push the pace for the rest of the field.
The lead out was fast, but was met with a four-tiered, sandy climb. This was a great place for House to create a gap with a few other racers and separate from the rest of the field. Keeping him in sight were Nathan Guerra (Vision/Wheel & Sprocket), Tyler Gauthier (Culver's Racing), Darrin Braun (Adventure 212/Specialized) and Mike Phillips (Adventure 212/Specialized).
Gauthier said after the race, "I was actually happy to see that. I didn't want to be the one to push it hard. But when I saw someone else go, I was more than happy to jump on it and go."
Gauthier caught up with House later in the first lap and hung with him for a while until House eventually pulled away and took the win. Guerra made up some of the gap from sixth earlier in the race to pass Gauthier in the last lap to finish second. House and Guerra are both known for fast, smooth riding in some of the most technical sections of the course, which was one key for their success in this event. Gauthier finished solid in third place.
In the elite women's race, Abby Strigel (Honey Stinger/ Bontrager/ Pat's Gym) was back in action after a crash left her with a broken rib earlier in the season. Fresh from her recovery, Strigel proved that the injury was not going to slow her down. The fast lead out pushed Strigel to a speedy climb to maintain the front spot.
Cooper Dendel (Culver's Racing) and Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212/Specialized) chased for the other two podium spots. Krayer pushed hard throughout the race to hold her spot. Feeling good on the climbs and in the singletrack, Krayer took second step on the podium. After a long, challenging climb at the front of each lap, Dendel made up time in the rocks to maintain her third place spot. Amber Markey (Magnus) took fourth while Lori Sable (K9 Dynamics) finished in fifth.
With the dry conditions this year, the Rock & Roll was much faster than in previous years. The course took racers through a battlefield of boulders and rock gardens, roots and switchbacks. Bear Paw has become synonymous with being a muddy and wet race due to the streak of bad weather from previous years. Many competitors arrived with the assumption that another mudfest was in order, even though the weather reports said otherwise. Some were even disappointed to not get to race in the mud but contenders had an overwhelming satisfaction with the course and race organization. The red and gold autumn trees and crisp air put a smile on everyone in attendance. With only one more race left in the WORS season, the event was bittersweet.
The series finale, The Wigwam MTB Challenge, will be held October 14 at Evergreen Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin