Thursday, April 30, 2009

Maren has a new spring in her step

After Maren's dizziness issues in the mile, she switched to the 800m. Tonight, we all watched her run at the New Richmond JV meet, and she looked great. It was one of the best races I've seen her run, especially considering how windy it was. She paced herself very well, and still had a good kick at the end. She finished 3rd, just a step behind the other 2 girls. Congrats Maren!

Cool shot. Getting psyched up at the start.

Strong finish. Way to go Maren.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Opus 3

Jordan won the first sprint of the night in the Cat 4's, placing him 4th on the night. Their average speed was a respectable 24.5mph. Results Posted.

I suffered a bit in the Cat 1/2/3's. I was able to lead out the 2nd sprint, but then I was in the red for several laps, and never really recovered. I ended up sitting at the back the rest of the night. Average speed = 26.5mph.

On a positive note, I did get 50 miles of training in for the night.

I did enjoy watching my team put together a great leadout train for the final sprint. Froemming was able to nab 3rd, with Patty Cakes and Doug getting around him. Nice job guys.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Campus Crit - 2 words - Cold & Wet

45deg and rain is never a good recipe for fun racing. It does bring out the hard men. In Jordan's mind, he was racing no matter what. I was not as enthusiastic, and in the end, opted out. No regrets either.

Jordan raced the Juniors age 10-18, which fielded 7 riders, mostly from MNJRC. Jordan went hard right from the gun, and drew out 18 year old phenom, Colton Barrett. The two of rode hard, and collaborated to lap the entire field. Jordan knew he would have his hands full with Colton in the sprint, but really dug deep, and finished right behind Colton. Aaron Shaw was best of the rest for 3rd place. Well done guys.

After the race, Jordan's hands were so cold, it took him 15 minutes just to get his shoes off. He is still shivering as we speak.

The Men and Women Cat 1/2/3, and Masters 45+ were combined for the last race with about 15 riders (3 women, 1 Master 45+, rest Cat 1/2/3). In typical fashion, Hollywood drove the pace from the get go. Half way in, there were 7 left in the front group: Jens Brabbit, Micah Moran, Chris Doig, Rich Settergren, Brian Koeneman, Jared Roy, and Hollywood. Jens got away solo late in the race, with Settergren trying to bridge across from the remaining 5. At the Bell, Jens looked like he would hold on, with the group bearing down on Settergren. Jens held on for an impressive win, with Koeneman 2nd, and Moran 3rd. Settergren must have gone down on the final lap, because it was a while before he came into the finish. Fun race to watch, not so fun to do. You guys are harder than I am.

Start of the Juniors 10-18 Race

Colton Barrett wins the sprint over Jordan.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ken Woods Road Race Cat 1/2 Recap

Flanders had 6 guys tow the line in the Cat 1/2's. Scott Flanders, Adam Froemming, Erik Dahl, Dave Zimmerman, Mike Woell, and myself. There must have been around 40 starters.

After an easy roll-out, I jumped from the first corner on the tailwind section. No one followed, so I stayed with the effort. I rode hard, but didn't bury myself, so if a small group came across to me, I'd be ready to work. No such luck, and I was back in the group just before the climb.

Both Froemming and Dahl had solo attacks that stuck for a while, but GrandStay was very vigilant at the front. Jerry Finken and Derrick Lewis started lap 3 with a gap, but GrandStay and Flanders rode tempo on the front, and slowly brought them back.

The 3rd time up the hill was hard, thanks to Jens Brabbit. I popped a little, recovered, and gave chase. I ended up in a chase group of 4. For about 10 miles, we were close, but couldn't close it. Turns out Dan Casper had attacked solo, and later Doug Swanson and Mike Woell bridged up to Dan.

Once the field sat up, we finally rejoined the field at corner 3. The racing was pretty subdued from there on, until we hit the climb to the finish, where it blew apart. Woell ended up 2nd, and Zim won the field sprint. Scott finished close to the front too. Well done boys.

The Flanders team has made my return to the Cat 1/2's very enjoyable. They are a great group of people, and ride well as a team.

Doug Swanson - 1st, Mike Woell - 2nd (photo courtesy of Valkyrie)

Dave Zimmerman wins the field sprint for 4th (Photo courtesy of Valkyrie)

Scotter is back (Photo courtesy of Valkyrie)

Jimmer and Dave Hackworthy (Photo courtesy of Valkyrie)

Jordan Solo's to Victory at Ken Woods

Jordan raced Cat 4's today, which means he is racing with the adults, instead of juniors. He is doing this to gain experience, and learn racing tactics.

He attacked the group on the climb to the finish of the first lap, and shattered the field. Jack Hinkens (Flat City), and Brian Krueger (Great Dane Velo) joined him, and the 3 worked together to establish a gap on the remnants of the field. The chase group was strong, but the front 3 rotated well together, and slowly pulled away.

Heading down into the valley, Jordan and Brian dropped Jack, who was riding a cross bike, and didn't have the gears for the high speed. Jordan and Brian continued working together into the short hill in the middle of the valley. Jordan rode a hard tempo up the rise, which was too much for a cramping Krueger, and soloed to the finish. Krueger held on for 2nd, with Nick Vetter (GP) taking 3rd. Results Posted.

Large group at the start. Jordan was cold at first, but quickly warmed up.

Jordan leading the field through corner #3.

Jordan attacks on the hill.

3 man breakaway (Jordan, Jack Hinkens, Brian Krueger)

Solo victory. Well Done Jordan!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Opus 2

Jordan had a better race this week at Opus in the Cat 4's. He broke away for a couple laps solo, winning one of the sprints. Way to go Jordan! He finished 3rd place, winning $8. Woot!

My race went better than last week. My GPS clocked this week's Cat 1/2/3 race at 26.2mph. I'm missing the snap I would like to see in my legs, but was able to take the front a couple times and do some work. My body is quickly adapting to the intensity.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Durand and Prom

Jordan took 3rd in the Cat 4's at the Durand Road Race in a field of 50 racers. He attacked on the climbs to draw 5 riders away on the 2nd lap (see photo below), and then attacked the climbs again on the final lap to narrow it down to himself and 2 others. Well done Jordan.

First selection of 6, coming through to get the bell for the final lap.

I did the Cat 1/2/3 race, and didn't fare as well. I got caught at the back at a crucial moment, and got whipped off the back over a climb. I clearly need more training for extended periods at threshold pace (i.e. races).

Meanwhile, back at the homestead, Maren was getting all dolled up for Prom. She went stag with some girlfriends, since her boyfriend backed out 2 weeks prior (class act!). His loss.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hey Dad, can I use the car tonight?

Yep, it's official. Maren passed here drivers test on her first try. First Cullen chicka to do so as far as anyone can remember. She lost points for driving too slow. Yes, you lose points if you don't go the speed limit. Congratulations Maren. Oh, and happy birthday too.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Opus #1

Shook the cobwebs out. Jordan raced the 4's. He was up near the front the entire race, but didn't score any points. The same 3 riders took all the points each time. He learned some things.

My race didn't go as well as I'd hoped. I started at the back, and had a tougher time than usual moving up. I lead up the hill to get the bell on the 1st and last sprints. That was all I had. Not too worried. The legs will come around.

I have to say it was strange wearing new colors. Many people didn't recognize me at first. It was pretty cool seeing 10+ teammates in the Cat 1/2/3's. Several of the guys scored too. It's going to be a great year. See you all at Durand.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Weekend Recap

Knocked out 140 miles with Jordan and Zim. Rode with Hanna out to Menomonie, dropped him off, and then rode back. We had originally planned on around 100 miles, but the day was so nice, we just kept going, and going, and going...

Jordan spent Saturday with a friend, while I joined a group ride in Afton for another 65miles. I was definitely feeling Friday's ride.

Sunday, we celebrated both Easter and Maren's sweet 16 with the family. Jordan and I went out for an easy ride after everyone left, and I was toast. Jordan felt fresh as ever, and kindly rode slow with me.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Wheel Failure

Tore the nipple through the rear rim sprinting down at Loon Camp on Friday. My new Colnago Extreme Power (Thanks Donimator) may have played a role. It's more stiff than my Litespeed, likely resulting in more stress on the wheel.

I'll take another Hundo please.

6 of us gathered in Hudson Saturday morning for a hundred mile slug fest in the hills and valleys of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. We took in 6000 feet of climbing, and had quite a few laughs along the way. Jordan fixed his first flat tire, and later, dumped his Dr. Pepper all over in Prescott. Dahl's rear wheel bearing howled whenever he went over 30mph. Woell and Froemming duked it out on the climbs, pushing Jordan to his limits. Woller had a much better day than last Sunday. No bonks for anyone.

Oh yea, and the debate raged on regarding proper wearing of the oversocks.