Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jordan goes 3 for 3 at Jingle Cross Rock

Jingle Cross Rock 3 Cat 2 Podium: 3rd - Weston Luzadder, 1st - Jordan Cullen, 2nd - Dave Staab

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 wins Cat 2's at Jingle Cross Rock 2

Jingle Cross Rock Day 2 Cat 2 Podium: David Staab - 3rd, Jordan Cullen - 1st, Weston Luzadder - 2nd

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

Jordan Cullen wins Cat 2's at Jingle Cross Rock 1

Jingle Cross Rock #1 Cat 2 Podium: Hollywood Henderson - 3rd, Jordan Cullen - 1st, Jason Rassi - 2nd

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

MN State Cyclocross Epic

Jordan making the pass on the downhill.
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.

Link to Kare 11 Video of MN State Cyclocross Championships

Kare 11 Video

Friday, November 12, 2010

MN State Cyclocross is Upon Us!

Jordan - 2006 MN State Cyclocross

Look out for this kid. He loves it when the conditions turn nasty!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Jordan 2nd at Behind Bars/VeloCross

Cat 1/2 Podium (L-R): Jordan Cullen - 2nd, Adam Bergman - 1st, Cody Larson - 3rd

Results Posted.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Maren Scores the Part of the Evil Queen in Phipps Snow White Production

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!