Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jingle Cross Juniors Photo Recap

Had a blast at Jingle Cross. Jordan finished 4th today in miserable conditions. He was using new carbon rims, which gave him almost no braking, plus he had a lot of trouble clipping back in after dismounts. The ice just kept building up on the cleats and pedals due the the heavy wet snow. He's happy though. It was a good learning experience to ride in such adverse conditions.

Jordan rocking the white Planet Bike skinsuit and bare legs in freezing temps on Day 1.

Jordan rocking the black Planet Bike skinsuit on Day 2 in snowy, muddy conditions.

2008 Jingle Cross Day 1 Juniors Podium (L-R):
2nd - Thompson Remo (16), 1st - Jordan Cullen (13), 3rd - Sean Hyser (17)

2008 Jingle Cross Day 2 Juniors Podium (L-R):
2nd-Sean Hyser (17), 1st - David Block (17), 3rd - Thompson Remo (16)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Jordan wins at Jingle Cross

Jordan rode a great race today and won the Juniors 18&Under race at day 1 of Jingle Cross. I'll post pics later.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Does my butt look big in this?

Jordan's Planet Bike clothing arrived today. He got a red, a black, and a white skinsuit. He prefers the white. Like always, he's sporting his trademark facial expression, instead of just smiling like a normal person.

A few Pet Peeves at Work

If you call a meeting over lunch. You are expected to feed me.

If you cancel a meeting within 5 minutes before it starts, I'll find you and hurt you.

If you cancel a lunch meeting, where I was expecting to be fed, on the day of the meeting, I'll find you and your family, and hurt everyone.

Sending a "Reply to All" e-mail stating "Stop replying to all" in response to an e-mail message string where people keep replying to all, should be grounds for termination.

Monday, November 24, 2008

MCF Awards. Did I Spell Your Name Correctly?

Check the MCF Awards List to be sure I spelled your name correctly. e-mail me with any corrections.

Jordan on Planet Bike for Jingle Cross and Natz

Jordan's outstanding performance at the WI State Cyclocross Championships this past weekend put him on the radar for the nationally prominent cyclocross team of Planet Bike.

He was graciously released for the remainder of 2008 by Loon State Cyclists, to allow him to race for Planet Bike at the UCI Jingle Cross and Cyclocross Nationals.

Jordan will still be proudly sporting the Flanders/MBRC uniform for the 2009 road season.

Jordan's Dad will continue to represent the Yellow and Blue of LSC at Jingle Cross and Cross Nationals.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

WI State Cyclocross Champion

Jordan earned his 5th 2008 WI State Championship Jersey this weekend, this time in Juniors 10-14 cyclocross. Congrats Jordan.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

State Champion - NOT

Photo Courtesy of

Jordan managed to finish 3rd overall out of 100 riders in the "C" race at the MN State Cyclocross Championships. That made him the official NOT MN State Champion in the Juniors 10-14, given that we live in Wisconsin. Our State Championships are this coming weekend near Milwaukee, WI.

Huge props to Hollywood for the best cross race of the season.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A New Chapter

Another Minnesota Racing season is over, my 13th. I have raced 434 races during those 13 seasons, all for Loon State Cyclists/Bicycle Chain.

Given Jordan's progression in the past 2 years, he and I decided it was time to consider a change that would allow him to continue to grow and learn as a cyclist.

In 2009, we will both be riding for MBRC/Flanders. It was a tough decision for me to make the change. It will provide me with a better opportunity to move up to regular racing in the Cat 1/2's, as well as provide a great learning environment for Jordan.

That being said, the 2008 cyclocross season is not quite over yet. Jordan and I will be flying the LSC colors at WI State next weekend, as well as Jingle Cross, and Cross Nationals.

I look forward to seeing all the LSC faithful at Donimator's year end party to celebrate another successful season for Loon State.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

MN State Cross Results

Race 1 (2 pages)

Race 2

Cat 3:

Race 4:

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Finally, a respectable result in Cross

Jordan and I both opted for the B race at Lake Rebecca. Cold, windy, and muddy. I started slow, but moved up throughout the race. I ended up 6th overall, and 5th in the Cat 3's. It was definitely a course well suited to strong TT roadies. Lots of longish fast sections, and only 2 single barriers. I also had no trouble riding up the steep run-up this year, which was a life saver for me.

Jordan had another bad experience in the B race. He opted not to wear sunglasses, and got a lot of mud in his eyes. To top it off, the mud kept clogging up his cleats, forcing him to ride unclipped for a while at the top of the run-up each lap. He finished 17th overall, 11th in the Cat 3's. His day will come.

Congrats to Mark Mlinar who soloed away to win the B race.

Congrats 2008 CRY Winners

Congratulations CRY Winners. Not official yet, but pretty sure about these.

2008 Men Cat 1/2 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Pat Lemieux

2008 Women Open MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Linda Sone

2008 Masters 35+ MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Dewey Dickey

2008 Masters 45+ MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Greg Goblirsch

2008 Men Cat 3 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
David Block

2008 Men Cat 4 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Nick Vetter

2008 Women Cat 4 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Kris Brazil

2008 Juniors 15-18 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Zach Stilwell

2008 Juniors 10-14 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Jordan Cullen

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Time for a Change

Loon State will be sporting a new look for 2009, the 20th anniversary of the team.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

One Mad Devil

Here it is Ray. Bad luck had this Devil mad as hell.

A Tough Cross Weekend for Jordan

Jordan scored the whole shot in the Rum River C Race.

Jordan had big plans to test himself this weekend in the B race at Red Barn and Rum River. Test himself he did. At both races, he dropped his chain bad enough to force him to switch to his backup bike. He also crashed pretty hard at Red Barn.

Due to his problems at Red Barn, he finished 28th out of 46 in the B race. That bad experience had him opting for the C race at Rum River. He scored a great hole shot, only to have chain drop problems again. After 2 laps, and 2 bike swaps, he was at the back of the field, and I suggested he stop, and opt for the B race. He was more than happy with that idea.

The B race went much better. His start wasn't great, but he picked his way through to the top 10 or so. After some mods, the chain drop problems were gone, but his back gave out late in the race, and he drifted back a few spots to 12th. He still beat his old man though. A most excellent learning experience.

A huge thanks to Jared Roy for loaning Jordan his bike at Rum River, and then fixing his chain. Jordan said the bike fit perfect, and the wheels are way sweet.

Rum River CX Results

C Race:
B Race:

A Race:

Saturday, November 01, 2008

That's Jimmer?

Photo Credit: Sean Burns

I survived 9 laps of near suffocation at Red Barn.


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