20160323

2015 Results Summary



CX States

...and FINALLY, to FINISH off the 2015 Season:

Ag3r Pennsylvania State Team
Ray, Steve, Mark, and Kirk

Kirk: 5th in race, 4th in the State (50+)

Ray: 3rd in the State (60+)
 
Go Team :)
 
...go rest up for 2016...!!!

Cross Crusade

 Story, Photos, (and Racing!) by Kirk Morrison:
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This past weekend I was able to travel to Portland, Oregon to race in the final weekend of the Cross Crusade series (at the Portland International Raceway).


I’ve been following this series for years since it is well known for a very fun race scene, mud and lots of riders (averaging over 1,100 riders/race day) which makes this the largest cyclocross series in the world.

As expected the race groups were the largest I’ve ever experienced as I started with 175 competitors on Saturday and 168 on Sunday. The meant that I was never alone on the course and was pretty much always rubbing elbows with someone.

Also, since these were my first races of this series, I ended up with call-ups that placed me in the rear of the field at the start lines. Below are the vital stats:

Ag3r Racing "LIVES" along Pa. State Route 422...!!!

Cross Crusade Day 1

http://obra.org/m/events/23832/results

Conditions: Cool, cloudy and windy with a few wet/muddy spots on the course

Mens Masters 50+: Kirk – 41st

Note: The organizers advised that this was the same course that was used at the 2004 Cx Nationals


Cross Crusade Day 2

https://obra.org/events/23833/results

Conditions: Rain, hail, 40 degree temps with lots of mud as well as high wind and flood warnings.

Mens Masters 50+: Kirk – 39th

Note: Same course as 11/14 but with the direction reversed

Great weekend!!!  Here are some more pics.
 







 
Just found this fun video, and this donut, from the races!

There’s a brief sighting of me around the 4:19 mark.

The donut, however, was never seen again!

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Buffalo Creek Half Marathon

Ag3r RUNNER Roger Lutz dropping the hammer in the SPRINT to the finish of the Buffalo Creek Half Marathon!

Run, Roger, Run!

"WFO"

#painface  :)




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VAMPIRES Beware!


20151015

Kick Off Cross

 
The Promotional FLYER for this race looked like THIS...

......a beautiful SUNNY day at last year's 2014 event.
Mike Maher and Mark Briercheck
Unfortunately, THIS is how the ACTUAL morning started in 2015.

Photo by N. Black Photo
 Luckily, the rain lightened up as everyone got dressed...
 
Nathan Black
 .....but it was TOO LATE for the COURSE, which looked like THIS, for the first Ag3r race of the day:
 
The SINGLE SPEED DIVISION:

Nathan Black

Kirk Morrison

Henry Dimmick
But, it was Mike Maher who rode away...


....leaving the rest of us to FINISH TOGETHER"Go Team"!!!
 

Nathan Black, Kirk Morrison, Henry Dimmick


Moving immediately into the NEXT RACE of the day....
 
...well, ALMOST immediately...
 
FIRST we had to re-pin Kirk...who had ALL his layers "numbered" together!
 
Mike can't believe it...!!!
 
OK............BACK TO RACING.
 
Ag3r then (immediately) entered riders into the 40+ Division...
 

Mark Briercheck


Nathan Black



....and into the 50+ Division.

Henry Dimmick


Kirk Morrison
But, it was Steve Marlette who rode strongest of the 55+...
 
Steve Marlette
Steve Marlette
...to place on the PODIUM :))


 Once we got OURSELVES cleaned up....


 ....and pounded down some hot dogs.....

Takeru Kobayashi
...all we had left to do was clean our BIKES...!






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Peanut Butter Festival

Story by Ray Sielski:
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The prerace meeting starts with an apology from the director for the rain and bad day, WHAT?

After an evening down pour to loosen up the single track sections the sun came out and revealed a glorious day.

Photo by Ray Sielski
Greeted by the Peanut Butter Festival Queen and with her blessings, Team Ag3r headed off to the start line.


Off we go and this is the last we see of Richey and Hannah, sprinting up the road and off into the double track.

Forget about Bobby as he was the first off the front.

Double track with gravel bumps that dump you into a ravine for a crossing with a climb into more single track. That is the bump and dump section on the map. Here things are a bit bunched up as the riders are not yet sorted out.

Soon you ascend to the highest elevation of the county on double track that opens up to a blue sky view of the surrounding valley.

Back down into the single track where Kirk decides this is a good time to change out his chain.

Confusion at the tunnel as they mixed up the course a bit, however they left the water in the creek so racers received a bike wash for their efforts.

Next onto low land river view single track before the ramp up to the finish.

Here Ray decides to pass and pull out his lead until the gravel pit round about, a bad decision takes him out and results in a lost podium position.

Kirk rebounds nice and finishes with a clean chain.

Off to awards after and podiums.

Hannah impresses all with a Race WIN and with another Bike the Wilds Series WIN.

Photo by Ray Sielski
 Later in the day, it was revealed HOW she does it:
Image by NBlack Photo
Rich pulls a PHANTOM on the podium stage for his placing in the race :((
Photo by Ray Sielski
Bobby is the biggest winner as he shares the podium with a cast of EXPERTS for the BTW series.
Photo of Ray Sielski taking Photo of Bobby Irwin!

Peanut Butter Festival Results:
 
http://www.smileymiles.com/2015/RES15%20NEW%20BETHLEHEM%20PB%20FEST%20BIKE%20RACE.htm

Bike the Wilds Series Results:
 
http://www.bikethewilds.com/previous-results/btw-2015_final_expert.pdf

http://www.bikethewilds.com/previous-results/btw-2015_final_sport.pdf


Pittsburgh Roubaix

...a CRAZY "city" format for which ONLY Kirk Morrison was CRAZY enough....!

Here is the story by The Man himself:
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Pittsburgh Roubaix 2015
....a Sunday in Hell with the Lid Off!

Finish Place: 2nd DFL

...but I wasn't really DFL since I passed at least 6 riders on the course. The first of these riders were just arriving as I was driving out of the parking lot. My guess is that I was the last rider to arrive before the organizers ran out of PBR and headed for home ......!

.........therefore DFL's were awarded, and I was the 2nd DFL (?).

In reality there were about 30 starters and between the DNF's and the riders behind me, I would guess that I finished at about 20th place).

Got it...?....!!!

Attached pic is from one of the traffic lights in Oakland where we were spotted "obeying" the traffic laws!
Photo my Megan Lovett
This was a unique and fun "alley cat" style race with as many cobbled sections as possible (mostly climbs). 

Warm race with a 1pm start, bright sun and 90F temperatures.

Course started in Schenley Park with a LeMans run up the hill and then heading straight into Panther Hollow (on hiking trails) before looping through Oakland, downtown, Point Park, past Heinz Field during the Steelers/Green Bay pre-season game, up to Riverview Park, then winding back down through mini-Appalachia to cross the 40th Street bridge, Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, around Frick Park, Edgewood, and Homewood before finishing at the Bud Harris Oval.

Since we were on our own to find the route it took me 48 miles of riding to cover the 42 mile course (several missed or wrong turns ...)!

2nd DFL prizes were super generous including:
3 T-shirts
a PBR bucket & pint glass
a Dirt Rag commemorative bottle opener
a Thick water bottle
2 passes to the Wheel Mill
a free oil/filter change certificate, and
a gift card for Coffee Tree Roasters.

Pretty amazing when considering that the entry fee was only $5.

Cool course!

Web Address to Facebook Results Post:
https://m.facebook.com/events/1702601236627983?view=permalink&id=1707305812824192

Best regards,

Kirk

20150923

Bike the Wilds - Two Mile Run

Story by Nathan Black
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Hot, Hot, Hot...

The Two Mile Run - Bike The Wilds Series - race was fast, dry and you guessed it HOT.

Attending the race from the Ag3r-ButlerHealthSystem squad (Decked out in the new Ag3r Camo Kits) included seasoned dirt worms Richie Allen, Dirty Mike Maher, Scorpion Bobby Irwin, Fast Hannah Brewer and Newb N8 Black.
 

The Expert Race went off with a LeMans style run up a small grassy hill to the bike park where the real race began. From my vantage point at the bottom of the hill Scorpion Bobby was one of the first to his bike and one of the first to the single track. A definite advantage given the tight turns and narrow passages of the Two Mile Run County Park Mountain Bike Trail.


I did not see where Fast Hannah entered the single track.


The Sport Race went off about 20 minutes later with the same LeMans start and same race to the single track.


My start put me about 30 riders back going into the single track which gave me a prime spot to watch riders falling off their bikes as well as the trail, while jockeying for position on the barely bar width trail. This traffic jam put a sizable gap between the leaders and the main field. The first three miles of the track is a seemingly never ending climb to the top of the park. I latched onto a wheel of a rider in a Nationwide Jersey and allowed him to pull me out of the valley. Once at the top the climb, the back side of the park is a very narrow and very twisty, kinda flat, kinda downhill section that allows for no flow and no momentum.



Riding this trail kept reminding me of Luke and Leia on the Forest Moon of Endor and the speeders crashing into the trees in Return of the Jedi...


Of course my riding style is that of a bull in a china shop so it was hard for me to attain and maintain any kind of rhythm or pace. Only twice did my wide bar width clash with narrowly placed saplings and toss me to the ground.


As the more nimble riders cleared the carnage from the start of the race, I was being caught and passed. This continued for two laps which I completed in just over 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Overall it was a very fun race and I could definitely be pulled from the road to do it again.

I believe that my overall place was 49 out of 62... I have no idea where I finished in category as I cannot decipher the race results on the Bike the Wilds website...


Bobby, Mike & Richie all raced well and finished ahead of me....

Bobby finished in 5th Place Overall Expert
Mike finished in 15th Place Overall Sport (3rd Place 42-29 yrs)
Rich finished in 18th Place Overall Sport (4th Place 50+)
Nate finished in 49th Place Overall Sport (8th Place 35-41 yrs.)  

...while Fast Hannah finished in 11th Place Overall Expert (1st Place Women's Expert)

Kudos to her!


Links (and credits) to PHOTOS that I could find online...

http://recordedlight.zenfolio.com/p594670376

N8