We’re happy to provide some great entertainment to supplement the race including a bounce house, face paint, cotton candy and more…
Congrats to Jane West getting our first Mountain bike victory of the year! She won her category at the Knot, the newest mountain bike trail in Poinsett State Park, SC (Just an hour and a half north of Charleston for you MTBers).
Now back to the road…
A huge turnout for LCR this weekend in Greenville. Barrett, Mitch, Jonathan, Ken and Alex Petkus (not on the team yet but loves peer pressure, so let him know he should join!) all tried their luck in the Cat 4′s. River Falls has a large downhill into some rollers and a nice .6 mi climb at the end of each lap. After 5 laps only Jonathon and Ken remained in the front group, both finishing top 20. Myles looked strong all day staying near the front of the Cat 3 field. Didn’t quite have the legs he wanted for the final climb but still finished a respectable 12 place. The hill proved too much even for our man in the mountains as Alex finished 29th in the Pro/1/2 field. Poor John got stuck behind a wreck on the first decent, sprinted back to the field only to realize they were starting the climb.
Windy. The only way to finish up the training series. Mitch and Alex found some form on the second day of racing coming in with the pack (Mitch got top 20). Ken tried the same solo breakaway move that worked so well last weekend, only to be swallowed up 50 m from the finish! Myles is really starting to show some excellent form, staying away from the field for 4 laps in a 3 man breakaway. Coming up to the line he really had a phenomenal sprint but was just beat out. Alex Kellum had the same misfortune in the sprint after a great ride, missing out on 9th place and some upgrade points to an intriguing Andy Baker bike throw.
2 weekends of racing, 2 wins thanks to our boy Kenneth.
Few were brave enough to voluntarily subject themselves to a weekend of Fork Shoals and Donaldson back to back. The Bennett’s proved themselves unafraid; Robby pulling out an impressive top 10 in the Cat 4′s, while Cade finished his first race for the team in fine fashion. Unfortunately Mr.Loadholt ended his final Cat 5 race in a last lap crash. He assured us that his bike and person are doing alright.
Ken made up big time for a sub par Saturday and let the watts finally do some talking. Attacking on the back side of the course he successfully soloed for his first win as a Cat 4 [like a boss]. Rob Ruff made up for missing Saturday, racing Masters and Cat 3 for 98 miles of Donaldson in all it’s glory.
Swamp Classic RR
In this Collegiate/USAC race the CofC team met up with some of the Elite boys in Gainesville. Big thanks to David Monismith and Nick Slosser for some great host housing! The road race saw Alex in another breakaway, pulling out third for his collegiate team Clemson. Simone Wade tried her luck in the open women’s field and put in an impressive race despite competing against some very elite women. Kellen found himself in a six man breakaway, that is until he ran into Zack, John, and the rest of the Pro/1/2 field. By the time the groups got separated all the 4′s had caught up and the race finished in a field sprint. Zack after making and dropping out of the winning break wound up in a small group of 3 on the final lap finishing 11th. John looked super comfortable in his first P/1/2 race.
Swamp Classic Crit
A windy, thundering and rainy day is what we got Sunday. Simone and Jonathon finished top ten in their races respectively. Not much else to report, no one died and we’ll take that as a win.
First couple race weekends of the season and everything seems to be off to a solid start. Myles got our teams first win, and Alex is riding unbelievably strong in these really tough races. Some great galleries on Spring Series Facebook. Did I mention Myles won!
Erik Engstrom started off his season with a great top ten finish in his first Cat 4 race. In the Pro/1/2 Alex animated the field and tried several attacks but it was too much to ask. For the Cat 3′s Myles played teammate while Kellen Goodell went for an epic first win with a solo 2 lap flier, only to get caught 200 m from the line.
Windy conditions and cold weather lead to a brutal day. It got the best of our riders, most of them finding shelter in the pack. All except for Stephen Loadholt who pulled out a solid 7th place finish in the Cat 5 race.
Fun fast little crit course with great weather led to some solid racing at Conestee. In the Cat 5′s Loadholt again stayed tough for a 6th place finish. Myles and John were always in the front of the 3′s constantly pushing the pace. It looked like John had a great chance to win for a bit, finding himself in a 3 man breakaway. The break got swallowed up though and the pack came in for a sprint finish. Myles came through first wheel at the botttom of the hill and simply out climbed/sprinted everyone winning by inches with a well timed bike throw.
Another tough day at Donaldson and another great result for Loadholt (is this guy going to cat up yet?) making the final break of 4. In the Cat 3 race all 3 of our guys were off the front at some point animating the race but it came down to a group sprint. John took the top spot of the team with 12th. In the Pro/1/2 Zack was getting an education on pain while Alex was showing just how good of form he has this year. Making the original breakaway with Alex Ray on lap 2. He hung in for 6 laps with the Hincapie boys, Uberti and Winston David to pull out a stellar 6th place finish.
First races of the year are just a few weeks away, check out the flier here
Alright to make it easier for everyone this year I’ve put our ordering up online. Simply head to the kit order page and select what you want. Prices aren’t final (they might be slightly discounted), and if you want multiples of an item or an item isn’t available simply let us know via the comments box at the bottom of the order page.
If you need to change or update your order just email us.
First order cut off date is Sunday, January 19
Had some great fun this weekend thanks to Tyler who put on the race! Shout out to Ken and Joel for the photos. For some more awesome shots check out Jason Layne’s flickr
Everyone is welcome, come hang out with the team and get all the details on whats going on for the 2014 season!
Completely tentative schedule, all races are subject to change. Hope you’ve got a lot of free weekends though, because there is no shortage of racing this year! (Haven’t included any Florida races)
|Feb 8 – Mar 2||Greenville Training Series|
|Mar 29/30||Park Circle|
|Apr 11-13||Charlotte Belmont Omnium|
|Apr 18/19||Winston Salem Cycling Classic|
|Apr 26-May 4||Speed Week|
|May 17/18||Falls Lake/ BHB Raleigh, Albany SRS|
|May 31||All That Jazz|
|June 7||State RR|
|June 15/16||State TT, Huntsville SRS|
|June 21||Blythewood State Crit|
|June 28||Double Down|
|July 5/6||Pisgah Omnium|
|July 19/20||French Broad SRS|
|July 29-Aug 3||Crossroads|
|Aug 12- Sept 23||Tues Night Worlds|
|Aug 9/10||SRS Greenville|
|Aug 16/17||Litespeed/Grant Park|
|Aug 23/24||Grand Raleigh Omnium|
|Aug 30/31||Celebrate Anderson|
|Sept 6/7||Brenner Fit/Carolina Cup|
|Sept 13/14||SRS Dayton|
Myles and I headed up to the CCA (Carolinas Cycling Association) meeting yesterday, here is a quick overview:
Our Race Weekend
We are tentatively on the schedule for the weekend of March 29/30, will keep you all updated on that.
Focus on growing Women/Junior Participation
A new organization, the CCA Women’s Development Program, has been started to try and encourage more women on two wheels. Check them out, like their Facebook and get the word out there to try and encourage more women to get out and race!
NoDa had a great turnout for juniors last year by having sponsors cover race entry fees, we think that’s absolutely brilliant and will be following their lead for 2014.
Overall States Champion
All South Carolina State Championships will take place in June and we are hoping to turn it into a “States Omnium” with equal points going towards all three disciplines.
Some Changes to the Rules
Cat 5 field limit moves up to 75
License is $70 ($35 for Juniors)