Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Bad luck prevented Jordan from making the podium at CX Nationals. He flatted his front tire just after the pit on the first lap, dropping out of the top 20 before he could ride back around to the pit to switch bikes. From there, he mounted a courageous chase all the way into a photo finish sprint for 5th place. Clif Bar Devo teammate, Curtis White, edge Jordan for 5th by just an inch.
Jordan took the result like a champion. He knew it was just another race, and didn't let it take away from all his other successes this season. I am so proud of him.
Race announcer, Dave Towle, was so impressed with Jordan's ride, he even mentioned it at the podium ceremony. Thanks to everyone for all their support this year, including his Clif Bar Devo Team, Ridley USA, and Lazer Sport. They made his success this season possible.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Cullen offered some advice for racers this week.
“Just chill, don’t panic,” he said. “If you fall a few times, don’t freak out.”
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
When we got to the course, it was an absolute hockey rink of glare ice. They delayed the racing 60 minutes, and amazingly, by the time Jordan's race started, the ice was gone, and it turned to greasy mud.
Jordan's race included racers aged 10-29. Jordan did the race strictly to get a good look at the course at speed, and was not in it for a result. Turnout was lighter than past years. I assume this was due to riders having to deal with the seeding Time-trials, and difficulty in getting to Bend early enough to race on Wednesday.
Jordan's stiffest competition came from an 18 year old from New Mexico. Jordan led the race to get the best look at racing lines, and did so without burning any matches. He was all smiles from start to finish, and was very excited to unexpectedly win the race.
The Midwest dominated the Killer B races. Sarah Huang of Kenosha, WI won the Women Open, CJ Faulkner and Christopher Fisher from the Twin Cities went 1-2 in the 30-39 race. Chris Smith and Jared Roy went 8-9 in the 40-49. Nice work everyone!
Jordan's championship race is on Friday. Good luck Jordan!
Top of the Stair Run-up Leading through the greasy mud.
Down off the Fly-over "Sky Bridge" A Subdued Victory Salute
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Portland USGP Day 1 Jr 15-16 Podium: Jordan Cullen - 1st, Colin Dunlap - 3rd (not pictured - David O'Brien - 2nd)
Day 2 Jr 15-16 Winner
Portland USGP Day 2 Jr 15-16 Podium: Trevor Schauer - 2nd, Jordan Cullen - 1st, Avi Mahan - 3rd
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Jordan completed his sweep of the Cat 2 races at the 3 day Jingle Cross Rock on Sunday. However, it was not easy. Jordan got the hole shot, only to slide out in a muddy turn, and slip back to 4th. He regained the lead late in the first lap, only to miss a turn, crashing through the course tape, and getting tangled. He slipped all the way to last in the Cat 2's.
From then on, he rode like man possessed. By the end of the 2nd lap, he had caught the lead group of 2, Weston Luzadder, and Dave Staab, who were 2nd and 3rd on Saturday. He kept charging, and by the end of the 3rd lap, he had a 15 second gap, and drove all the way to the finish for his 3rd win in a row. Dave Staab won the sprint for 2nd, to reverse the other 2 podium positions from Saturday. Great rides by everyone.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Jordan rode a virtually flawless race today to take the win in the Cat 2's at Jingle Cross. Today's course was a tough one, with a long steep runup Mount Krumpit, and a challenging fast downhill. Jordan had a good start, and took the race lead about half way through lap 1. He led a strong group of 4 riders, including Chris Wallace, Weston Luzadder, and Dave Staab.
Chris Wallace went to Cyclocross worlds for the past 2 seasons. Luzadder is a former junior national criterium champion. Dave Staab has been tearing up the Cat 1/2 scene in Madison, WI including a 3rd place finish last week in the WI State CX Championships, where Jordan finished 11th.
By the end of the 2nd lap, Jordan was alone with a 10 second gap, and it grew from there. He finished 45 seconds clear for a well earned victory. Congrats on a great race Jordan!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Cyclocross under the lights is a unique experience. The cold, windy, weather added to the experience at Jingle Cross Rock 1. Thick peanut butter mud over the top of rock hard frozen ground made traction unpredictable.
Jordan had a front row start, and went for the hole shot, but Hollywood beat him to it. Jordan quickly took over the lead, only to roll his front tubular tire, and go down towards the end of the 1st lap. He quickly remounted and rode to the pit for his spare bike, and just held onto the lead.
He built up a good gap on 2nd place, only to fall on the off-camber downhill, sliding under the fencing, and dropping his chain. This gave the chasing group of 3 or 4, including Hollywood, a chance to catch up.
Jordan re-found his rhythm, and opened up the gap again, winning by several seconds. He showed real tenacity out there, and was rewarded with the victory. Congrats Jordan!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Winning the Clydesdale Race!
Photo compliments of Dave Gabrys
The term "Epic" was over used, but what other word describes racing in 6 inches of wet slushy snow?
This was to be my last race of the season, in the Clydesdale division (> 200lbs). We started about 1 minute after the elite women, and caught the tail end of their field right away. Donimator took off like a rocket, earning the whole shot while the rest of us were getting in each others way. I picked my way around people to make it up to Donimator's wheel. Bill Kuster joined us briefly, but he was on his 2nd race of the day, and dropped off the pace shortly thereafter.
We caught the leader of the women's field, Jeanne Fleck, early in the 2nd of 4 laps. I was simply following Donimator's line, who was much faster than me through the turns and technical stuff. I thought about trying to pass him on the straights, but there just wasn't much room, so I just did my best to follow his pace.
Half way into the last lap, I made my move around Don. My gears were frozen, so I couldn't really just drop the hammer. By the time we reached the top of the stairs, he had bridged back up to me, only to endo on the downhill, sealing my victory. Thanks for the great battle Don!
Jordan raced the Cat 1/2's. His starting position was OK, but he chose to ride instead of run the first part, then he fell. By the time he got rolling, he was way back in 20th spot or so with little to no room to move up. He stayed tough, and slowly worked his way up. 12th or so after the 1st lap, 6th after the 2nd lap, eventually moving up to his final position of 4th. Way to be tenacious Jordan!
Results can be found here.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? MAREN! She earned the part of the Evil Queen in the Phipps production of Snow White. She works so hard between here school studies, singing, and acting! She really deserves the part. I'm so proud of you Maren!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Click here for Results.
Jordan had a frustrating race this weekend at Red Barn. He had a bad start, and was forced to chase on a course where drafting was a big advantage. He finished 5th overall, 3rd in the Cat 1/2's. 24 hours later, he is chipper, and has learned from the experience. I'm proud of you Jordan!
Watch for these recycling bins at the local MCF races! They are Jordan's Eco Project as part of the Clif Bar DEVO Team.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Results can be viewed here.
Jordan had two great rides this past weekend, winning the Cat 2/3 races both days at the USGP Derby City Cup in Louisville, KY. Each race had close to 150 starters in the warm and dusty conditions. His main competition came from the 2 riders who split wins at the USGP Planet Bike Cup Cat 2/3's this year, Mark Parmelee from Michigan, and Andrew Coe from Kansas.
Jordan had much better luck than at the USGP Planet Bike Cup Cat 2/3 races a few weeks ago, where he finished 4th both days. His Ridley Xnight performed perfectly, and he did not need to pit during either of the races in Louisville.
The course was very cool, with a BMX style whoop, a flyover, 2 sandpits, steep bumps, fast pavement section, and some technical sections in the woods with run-ups. The course was too short on Saturday, resulting in a lot of lapped traffic. They lengthened it Sunday, which was much better.
In Saturday's race, Jordan had a 3rd row start, but was able to work his way to the front very quickly, and never looked back. Parmelee was chasing hard the entire race, with the gap fluctuating between 5-15 secs. Coe was in third, with a similar gap to Parmelee. The race for 4th was more than a minute back from the 3 leaders.
In Sunday's race, Jordan had 4th row start, but two kind-hearted riders in front of him offered up their spots, moving him up to 2nd row. Very nice gesture! Jordan hit the front at about the same point as Saturday, and again, it was Parmelee chasing hard less than 10 seconds back, for the entire race. Coe had some bad luck and crashed twice and had to switch bikes. By the time he moved into 3rd place, the 2 leaders were out of reach.
Next up, Red Barn CX this Saturday!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Jordan and his proud Grandfather, race sponsor, Tom Nielsen.
Race results can be found here.
|2010 Baker Orchard Cyclocross Race Photos|
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
2009 Giant TCX 2 Cyclocross Bike - Size Medium - $500 (original retail $975) - Has Been Sold!
Perfect starter cyclocross bike. Ridden 1 season. Perfect working order, ready to ride/race, excellent condition.
Specs and geometry can be found here:
Crankset upgraded to FSA 46/36
Shifters upgraded to DuraAce 7700 9sp
Monday, September 27, 2010
Jordan has a very successful debut for his new team, the Clif Bar Development Cross Team. He finished 4th in both of the Cat 2/3 races at the Planet Bike Cup this past weekend. There were close to 100 starters both days in each of his races.
He scored the hole shot on Saturday, and was leading the race for the first lap. Unfortunately, he slipped out in a corner, and the rider following couldn't avoid him. Jordan ended up with a broken wheel and frame. However, he shook it off, and rode his broken machine to the pit, and grabbed his other bike. He lost a good 20 spots, but didn't lose his composure. He steadily worked his way back up to finish a strong 4th. Well done Jordan.
Better luck on Sunday, but still not perfect. Let's face it, perfect races in cross are very rare. Jordan's right shifter slipped down a couple laps in, forcing him to pit and switch bikes. He still rode a strong race, staying in the battle for 2nd place until the last lap, where he lost a little ground, and finished 4th.
Jordan was frustrated both days with the problems he had, but knows it's part of cyclocross. Tenacity is key in races like that, and I was proud of him for not giving up.
Broken Rear Edge Wheel
Cracked chainstay on Jordan's Ridley X-night
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Jordan will be racing Cyclocross this fall for the Clif Bar Development Cross Team. The team is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, managed by Ben Turner. This is a huge step for Jordan in the sport of Cyclocross!
Up until last week, Jordan was planning on racing again for Planet Bike. Todd Schmidt of Ridley USA took notice of Jordan's performance at Tuesday Night Cross, and saw great potential. Todd made several calls, and quickly connected Jordan with Ben Turner. A huge THANKS to Todd for making it happen!
I'd also like to share our gratitude for Planet Bike and Bob Downs. They have been incredibly supportive and generous the past 2 seasons, and were very willing to allow Jordan to switch teams this close to the start of the season.
Selling Jordan's (the smaller one on the left) Wilier Mortirolo Cross Bike. It is in excellent condition, and works flawlessly. I will have more pics up later this week.
Price: $1200/bo. Has been SOLD!
Frameset: Wilier Mortirolo Cross Carbon Frame
Fork: Wilier Carbon w/Aluminum Steerer
Shifters/Brake Levers: Shimano 105 10sp STI
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
Brakes: Tektro CR 720 Black
Crank: Shimano 105 48/39
Wheelset: HED Kermesse
Cassette: Shimano 12-25
Tires: Michelin Jet 700x30
Seatpost: Thompson Elite Masterpiece
Saddle: Selle Italia Signo
Stem: Ritchey WCS OS
Bars: Shimano Pro OS 42cm
For Sale: Giant FCR2W - $450 Has Been SOLD!
This cyclocross bike is ready to ride, in perfect working order. The bike is 3 years old, and is in very good condition. The left shift lever does have some marks on it, otherwise the bike looks and functions great!
Size Small/46.5cm (See size chart below)
Frameset: Aluminum Frameset
Fork: Carbon w/Alu Steerer
Shifters/Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra 9sp STI
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Brakes: 4ZA Cantilever
Crank: Truvativ Touro Triple
Wheelset: XERO Lite XSR-3
Cassette: SRAM 11-26
Tires: Ritchey Speedmax 700x32
Seatpost: Giant Aluminum
Saddle: WTB Speed She
Stem: Thompson Elite X2
Computer: Shimano Flight Deck
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
|Sept 7||Tuesday Night Cross|
|St. Louis Park, MN||Posted|
|Sept 14||Tuesday Night Cross||Cat 2||St. Louis Park, MN||Posted|
|Sept 21||Tuesday Night Cross||Cat 2||St. Louis Park, MN||Posted|
|Sept 25||Planet Bike Cup #1||Cat 2||Sun Prairie, WI||Posted|
|Sept 26||Planet Bike Cup #2||Cat 2||Sun Prairie, WI||Posted|
|Oct 2||JR Ranch Cyclocross||Cat 2||Hudson, WI||Posted|
|Oct 3||Carson Park Cyclocross||A Race||Eau Claire, WI||Posted|
|Oct 16||Baker Orchard Cyclocross||Cat 2||Centuria, WI||Posted|
|Oct 17||Big Ring Flyer Cyclocross||Junior||Hudson, MN||Posted|
|Oct 23||Derby City Cup #1||Cat 2||Louisville, KY||Posted|
|Oct 24||Derby City Cup #2||Cat 2||Louisville, KY||Posted|
|Oct 30||Red Barn Classic||Cat 2||Taylors Falls, MN||Posted|
|Nov 6||NSC Velodrome Cyclocross||Cat 2||Blaine, WI||Posted|
|Nov 7||Gopher Gallop Cyclocross||Junior||Blaine, WI||Posted|
|Nov 13||MN State Cyclocross||Cat 2||Crystal, MN||Posted|
|Nov 21||WI State Cyclocross||Cat 2||Milwaukee, WI||Posted|
|Nov 26||Jingle Cross||Cat 2||Iowa City, IA||Posted|
|Nov 27||Jingle Cross||Cat 2||Iowa City, IA||Posted|
|Nov 28||Jingle Cross||Cat 2||Iowa City, IA||Posted|
|Dec 4||Stanley Portland Cup #1||Junior||Portland, OR||Posted|
|Dec 5||Stanley Portland Cup #2||Junior||Portland, OR||Posted|
|Dec 8||US Cyclocross Nationals||B 10-29||Bend, OR||Posted|
|Dec 10||US Cyclocross Nationals||Junior||Bend, OR||Posted|
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We all missed Black Dog this year, no question. A huge thanks to Silver Cycling for putting on the Farm Dog TT. It is out there in the boondocks, but well worth the drive.
Carla, Jordan, and I made all 3 of the events, and all 3 of us set personal bests at the last one. Carla took home 3rd for the series in Women's stock, Jordan won the Junior series, and I won the Masters 35+.
Jordan uncorked a huge ride at the finale, catching his 30 second front man, Jens Brabbit, and holding off his 30 second follower, John Shishilla. Both of these guys are all kinds of fast, showing the kind of ride Jordan had. His average speed was 27.5mph, and his time was less than 20 seconds off the likes of Shishilla, Timmer, and Toftoy. Keep it up Jordan!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
|Year||Jordan - 20K||Jimmer - 40K|
It's clear who's getting faster, and who's getting slower.
The times are always impressive compared to other courses. Part of this is due to the fact the courses are not a full 20K or 40K.
Based on my Garmin:
Measured 20K (12.4mi) distance = 12.04mi = 19.42K
Measured 40K (24.8mi) distance = 24.26mi = 39.13K
Translating Jordan and my times:
Jordan's Time translated to a full 20K:
26:08 @ 27.6mph = 26:55
Jimmer's Time translated to a full 40K:
56:04 @ 26mph = 57:21
Data from the MN State TT Course:
Measured 20K distance = 12.46mi.
Measured 40K distance = 26.9mi.
Monday, August 09, 2010
No question that my daughter, Maren, doesn't get enough press from me. I can't make up for lost time, but I want to share her accomplishments and aspirations for which I am most proud.
Maren is very genuine. Her outgoing persona and charisma have led her to make many long lasting friendships. She is a very thoughtful and caring person.
Maren is a very talented singer and actress. She is a member of the exclusive Hudson High School Chamber Choir, and has already acted in 3 different plays, "Beauty and the Beast", "Willy Wonka", and "You Can't Take it With You". She is set to audition for 2 upcoming local plays, "Hello Dolly" and "Snow White".
To say Maren is smart is an understatement. She is modest about her good grades, and excellent study habits. Her tenacity led her to retaking the ACT after she was unhappy with her initial score. Her score improved enough to give her a great chance at getting into the college of her choice. I'm proud to say my alma matter, the University of MN, is her first choice. She is planning on a double major in Biology and Psychology. I am so impressed with her drive and direction!
Maren is a whiz at retail clothing sales. Her fashion sense, and outgoing personality make her a delight to work with. She currently works at an upscale fashion store in Woodbury called Elodie. Pay her a visit sometime. You won't be disappointed.
I'm so proud of you Maren! Keep up the hard work.