20140318

2013 Final Results




CX Nationals

Kirk Morrison, headed out to Boulder, Colorado (to crash on Sam's couch) and to race the USAC Cyclocross National Championships.....!!!
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Race Location: Valmont Bike Park - Boulder, CO
Race Category: Men’s Masters 1/2/3

Finish Place: 52

 
Web Address to Results: http://www.usacycling.org/results/?year=2014&id=1&info_id=72147

Race Review: Mud & frozen ground with temperatures in the low 40’s and a brisk wind. Course was a fun with two sets of stairs and plenty of challenging technical sections. It was great to spend a few days in Boulder to catch Sam’s collegiate D1 race as well as the Pro’s on Sunday.
 

photo by Deidre York
 

SSCXWC...?

SSCXWC = Single Speed CycloCross World Championships!

Kirk Morrison is always up for a PARTY where a bike race might break out....so he attended & raced the Philidelphia (SS) Bilinky Junkyard Cross, and the Single Speed CX Championsips.

It looked like quite a BLAST in the middle of a snow storm :))

Bilenky Junkyard Cross
Philadelphia, PA
Race Category: SS Cx Men’s Open
Finish Place: Uncertain. The races were held in 10-12 person heats with only the top 3 racers proceeding to the next higher heat levels. This took quite a while as there were almost 150 SS racers.  I was eliminated in this process.
Race Review: Sunny, with temperatures in the low 30’s and a brisk wind. Course was a blast with lots of junkyard obstacles including cars to cross, bulldozers to run through and vans to traverse. Lots of fun.  

SSCxWC13
Philadelphia, PA
Race Category: Everyone’s a Winner
Finish Place: Winner!
Race Review: Snow with temperatures in the high 20’s and a brisk wind. Course was a great fun with lots of Philadelphia themed obstacles (think Rocky ….). I was one of the few riders “not in costume” since I experienced a wardrobe malfunction at yesterday’s Bilenky Junkyard Cx. The high point of the race was riding Parachute Hill on my final lap (with a little help from pushers on the hill). Excellent crowds with abundant enthusiasm. Hopefully I’ll be recovered in time for next year’s
SSCxWC in Louisville.

Only one race left before my winter break...!

Dirty Dozen

Mike Maher was the only rider BRAVE enough to attend this year's (Thanksgiving Weekend)  Dirty Dozen Hill Climbing Race.

Way to "represent", Mike :))


You can READ MORE about the day from MIKE's point of view by clicking HERE to get to Mike's Blog.

....and you can check out a video of the carnage on THIS site.

South Park CX

The season FINALE of the ABRA CycloCross Series again took place at the South Park Wave Pool, except again, on a COLD and WINDY (fall cyclocross kinda) day!!!

Single Speed
14th Place - Kirk Morrison

Men's 4/5
10th Place - Logan Krause

Men's 50+
5th Place - Steve Marlette (w/a Flat Tire mid-race!)
9th Place - Kirk Morrison
12th Place - Rich Allen


ABRA CycloCross SERIES - Final Points
Men's 40+
8th Place - Mark Briercheck (5 of 6 races)
21st Place - Hannah Brewer (2 of 6 races)

Men's 50+
4th Place - Steve Marlette (4 of 6 races)
9th Place - Rich Allen - 4 of 6 races)
11th Place - Kirk Morrison (4 of 6 races)
21st Place - Henry Dimmick (1 of 6 races)

Single Speed
13th Place - Kirk Morrison (4 of 6 races)
28th Place - Mike Maher (1 of 6 races)

Men's 4/5
15th Place - Logan Krause (3 of 6 races)
42nd Place - Mike Maher (1 of 6 races)

Women's 1/2/3
6th Place - Hannah Brewer (4 of 6 races)

Men's 1/2/3
38th Place - Henry Dimmick (1 of 6 races)


...with ANOTHER W.Pa. CycloCross Season coming to a close.


To hold you over until next season, enjopy these VIRTUAL representations of the race:

 
 
 
 



White Park CX

Unlike LAST WEEKEND, this week's race was a beautiful and sunny day!

Women's 1/2/3
4th Place - Hannah Brewer

Single Speed
14th Place - Kirk Morrison


Men's 4/5
(20th) Place - Logan Krause


(Men's) 40+
5th Place - Mark Briercheck (Podium King!)
11th Place - Hannah Brewer


Men's 50+
8th Place - Rich Allen
9th Place - Kirk Morrison
DNF - Henry Dimmick
....due to a popped tire bead!


SuperFans
Ray Sielski...


...and hiding behind the tree, Steve "Boo-Boy" Brewer!!!

Then on the way home, we saw THIS GUY :)

Raccoon Park CX

...a VERY COLD...

...and VERY BLUSTERY...

...day met the racers at the 2014 edition of the Beaver Valley Velo, Raccoon Park CX race.

In the end, TWO of our riders made the podium :)

Women's 1/2/3
3rd Place - Hannah Brewer

Single Speed
8th Place - Kirk Morrison
10th Place - Henry Dimmick

Men's 40+
7th Place - Mark Briercheck

Men's 50+
3rd Place - Steve Marlette
6th Place - Kirk Morrison
8th Place - Henry Dimmick
12th Place - Rich Allen

20140122

Franklin CX

Most of the Ag3r Gang (and one hippie MUTANT) attended the ABRA Franklin CX CycloCross race ...finishing on the PODIUM twice :)
 





Men's 4/5
Logan Krause - 14th Place
Mike Maher - 15th Place

Single Speed
Mike Maher - 13th Place
Kirk Morrison - 15th Place

Women's 1/2/3
Hannah Brewer - 5th Place


Men's 40+
Mark Briercheck - 10th Place

Men's 50+
Steve Marlette - 3rd Place
Rich Allen - 11th Place
Kirk Morrison - 18th Place
 
USAC Results: HERE

20140120

OhioPyle Duper D

The crew broke out the KNOBBIE tires and headed SOUTH into OhioPyle State Park...

Photo of Mike Briggs, by Mike Briggs!

Photo by Sonic Imaging

...for the Month of Mud's 4th and Final "Downhill" installment of their 2013 MoM Series.

After first checking in with THE SHERIFF...
Photo by Mike Briggs
 
Photo by Mike Briggs
....we all hopped into the party bus for the trek to the TOP.
Photo by Mike Briggs

After FREEZING up top, in line at the START, we dropped in...

Single Speed
Kirk Morrison
7th Place
Series = 4th Place (4 of 4 races)

Photo by Mike Briggs
Kirk was all smiles winning Series SWAG, including the coveted BEER glass! 
Photo by Mike Briggs
 
Women's Expert
Hannah Brewer
6th Place - Off Course
Series = 4th Place (4 of 4 races)
Photo by Mike Briggs
"How was I supposed to make a turn when I was going too fast to see the arrow markings?"  "I am so depressed..."
Photo by Sonic Imaging


Men's 45+
Rich Allen
3rd Place
Series = 6th Place (2 of 4 races)
Photo by Mike Briggs


Henry Dimmick
11th Place - Flat Tire, Dented Rim
Series - 28th Place (1 of 4 races)

First the HAMMER session.... 
Photo by Mike Briggs
 
...then the THUD-BANG of a Blow-Out....
Photos by Sonic Imaging
 .....then the easy pedal home!
Photo by Mike Briggs
 
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20131127

Calling all TURKEYS :)


20131125

Marilla CX

Story by Mark Briercheck!
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Marilla Park Cyclocross - Carrera De Los Muertos (Morgantown, WV)
 
The Chill of Cross is in the air! ...Or West Virginia just had a cold snap. Every year the CX race at Marilla is guaranteed to be cold, wet, or both.
 
This year the dirt gods decided to show some reprieve and provide Logan and I with not only cold...
 
...wait for it...
 
but SUN!
 
It was 32F degrees in the morning but the sun came out before the first race went on!
 
Logan dug deep in the early morning cat 4/5 race. He had the power to ride the run up where others clearly let fear take over and had to dismount.
As I saw him attacking on every lap he looked to be truly settled into a solid groove and lined up for a fantastic finish but the quirks of cross reared their ugly face and Logan snapped his chain.

Twice.
 
I was fortunate enough to race in the 40+ masters that didn't launch until after noon. And along with the sun the temps came up to the high 40's and made for perfect weather. But nice weather also brings out the frisky riders that always liven up a great course.
 
A bit of mud, a ridiculous run up,
...and a lot of rock and roll (or rather Vuvuzelas) and this race was super fun from the start.

From costumed riders..



...to trombone playin' spectators,

...a tough but ride-able run-up, lots of barriers, tricky gravel, and free post race food courtesy of Black Bear Burritos!


It was a momentous event!

Logan Krause - Cat 4/5 - DNF due to major mechanicals

Mark Briercheck - 40+ Masters - 12th Place

Photos Courtesy of Fred Jordan

20131124

MoM North Park CX

Usually racing involves a "road trip" to get to each venue.  This time, however, the racing was right in our own back yard... at the corner of Ingomar Road & Babcock Blvd in North Park, for the Month of Mud's North Park Cyclocross Race.

With two days of leading rain heading into the event, the skys cleared just in time for race day.

All our usual Caricatures were in attendance.

...no, I did NOT mean "Characters"!

ALL PHOTOS were captured by Mike Briggs :)

Single Speed
12th Place - Kirk Morrison


Masters 45+
3rd Place - Steve Marlette


8th Place - Mike Maher


21st Place - Rich Allen


Sport
7th Place - Mark Briercheck


22nd Place - Logan Krause


Expert Women
2nd Place - Hannah Brewer

Beginners
19th Place - Nathan Black



Quote of the Day:
"Marlette and I did give a half-hearted attempt at heckling some riders, but we just lack Steve Brewer's ability to truly demoralize a rider's mental state." - Mark Briercheck

RESULTS