20150716

TTT?

We put TWO Teams into the PMVC 5 mile Team Time Trial, pairing experienced TTT riders with new TTT riders, therefore choosing to all ride ROAD bikes for safety.

Ag3r-REDshift comprised of:
     Mark Briercheck
     Steve Marlette
     Nathan Black

Ag3r-BLUEshift comprised of:
     Ray Sielski
     Ben Adduru
     Hannah Brewer
     Henry Dimmick

After receiving our starting instruction from Stephanie and Oscar Swan...
 
...we took our last drinks....
 
...and pulled on our super-duper aerodynamic cheating devices...

...before getting cue for our starts.
 
 

Once rolling, both Team put in steady performances....

5th Place for Ag3r-REDshift

6th Place for Ag3r-BLUEshift
 
...sometimes feeling FAST...

....and sometimes feeling SLOW :)

Afterwards, we lined up....

...to watch Steve Brewer ride ONE whole lap, in what we think was entirely too much CRASH PROTECTION...?!?!?

With the event now over, we hung in the parking lot, as usual, staring at Steve's MOTO...

...while Mark tried out his new idea for Team KNICKERS(?)!!!

 
 Pictures by Steve Brewer and Sonic Imaging.
 

20150709

There are NO good Running blogs

...because they all read like this:

I started running, and then kept running.
 
Then I turned.... and ran some more.
 
I got tired. But I kept running.
 
There was some Gatorade. 
 I dropped the cup on my foot.
My sock got wet.
 
I ran some more, and then I got to the end.
 
I was pretty tired.
 
 
...by Roger Lutz

 

20150708

Two by Twelve?

EIGHT Ag3r riders, making up FOUR 2-person teams, headed into West Virginia for the Big Bear Lake 2 x 12 Mtn Bike Race....

....which pairs riders to alternate 12 mile laps, for SIX+ hours.  The Team with the most laps completed, in the least amount of time, WINS.

Despite a weekend of storms repeatedly SWEEPING across the area....

...we arrived to Big Bear Lake on Friday, to camp out the night BEFORE the race.

As you enter the Racing and Camping area, you are greeted by the unique to this race "Fly Over" that is at the END of each loop.

New this year, was that the loop at the end of the Fly-Over now had BANKING to it...!!!

Also new this year, were a LARGE permanent Shelter and Fire Pit, already set up for Saturday evening's post race "sacrifice".
 
After enduring HEAVY WIND and STORMS all night, we crawled out of our tent to get ready to race.
 
Unfortunately, the first thing we saw was yet ANOTHER storm coming our way.  It was going to be a RAINING, WET and MUDDY race.

To boost our spirits, Nathan and Riley Black presented the Team with color matching Race-Bracelets!
 
Unfortunately, once the racing started....EVERYONE was all the SAME COLOR!

In a DUO events, at the end of each lap for one rider, a red baton must be handed off to their teammate to carry throughout THEIR lap....

...after which, the just-finished riders try to gather their wits....

...or have their injuries looked after by Trained Professionals....

....before eating, drinking, resting and getting ready to go back out to do it all again!

In these pictures, Hannah has (just) CRASHED.

Onto a ROCK.

With her FACE.

The rock was OK.
 
So, on it went, back and forth...with the SUN finally poking through mid-day!


Late in the afternoon, as the main divisions were finishing, there was even a kid's race.  That is Riley Black in the center of the picture...dressed in BLACK!

As everyone's final lap came to a close....Kirk pedaled up the Fly-Over one last time...

...before running through the Officials Tent....

...while Ray mustered the energy for a fist bump, so he wouldn't leave Bobby "hanging"!

After everyone had a shower, MOST of us felt better....

...while ALL of us "SMELT" better :)
 

Moving to the Awards Ceremony, Kirk Morrison and Henry Dimmick took 3rd Place in the Grand Masters Division...but (apparently?) did not have the energy to STAND UP...!?!?
 

...while Hannah Brewer and Mike Maher took 3rd Place in the Coed Sport Division.

Additionally...

Ray Sielski and Nathan Black finished in 4th Place of the Clydesdale Division, and

Bobby Irwin and Matt Olearchick finished in 11th Place of the Duo Expert Division.

Afterward, we were happy to FILL our MUGS with beer...

...and HAPPY that Hannah was now feeling good enough to laugh when we made jokes about her FACE :))

 
As night set in, the "sacrifices" were made, while the Band started playing...

...and we all settled in for a nice evening under mostly clear skies!

Next morning, we woke to the sound of a couple of strange "bikes"....

 
...before hitting the road for home.....
 
...and LAUNDRY.

But as we reflect back on the race....

 
...and on the DAMAGE that was done to our people....

...and to our equipment.....


...we are STILL PLANNING to race again next year!
 

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20150619

Dash for Cash

The Dash for Cash is the second leg in the 2015 Bike the Wilds mountain bike race series.

Below are TWO stories of the race from two different "perspectives"...!

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Story #1: Kirk Morrison:

I had a tough day but still had fun (...stopped at the mile 15 beer tent to console myself …)!!!

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Story #2: HannaH Brewer:

Going into the Dash for Cash, I didn’t know what to expect. I had been on my bike exactly 6 times since February, and my legs just weren’t totally back yet. Would today be the day they “came back?” I could only hope.

Okay, my technical skills weren’t totally back yet either. I crashed super hard 3 days before the race at North Park, and my left shoulder was still sore (but I could move it, so it was totally race-worthy.)

Who crashes at North Park?

And who thought it was a good idea to not ride a bike all winter?!?!

I rode safely and within my comfort zone for the first few miles. The Dash for Cash expert loop is a long, hilly, and technical, course. All I could think about during those first few miles was:

Don’t. Blow. Up.

Ten miles in, I was feeling alright. Ruthie was ahead of me and my skills were meh, but I was racing. It felt good to be racing, and I was okay with racing my way back into shape.

Ruthie and I played cat and mouse for miles. She is strong and smooth in the technical sections, and I had a blast chasing her through the woods! Being the friendly racing buddy that she is, she let me lead into a section of single track with just a few miles to go. To my surprise, instead of blowing up, I found my “Race Face.”

Race Face means defying all logic when riding and putting complete trust in my skills and my fitness. This was something I hadn’t done since the Month of Mud last fall. When “Race Face” comes out, my riding style changes completely, and goes something like this:

That descent looks sketchy-- go faster. You won’t realize how steep it is.

That rock garden looks too hard --you ride Moraine. No rock garden is too hard for you.

I should probably downshift and save some energy on this hill—Spin harder. You’ll get up it faster.

That rock looks wet and slippery—Ride it right and it won’t matter.

That log looks too high for me --- if Rich Allen watched you cyclo-cross that log, he’d make you go back and re-ride it. Just hop it!

After that long winter of running, nothing feels better than bombing through the woods. I knew that whatever place I finished, I had a good race.

No, I had a GREAT race, because at the end of the day, it’s not about winning. It’s about feeling good on your bike, trusting yourself, always racing like you’re still in the game, and loving the thrill of the trail.

In those last few miles, I finally felt one with my bike again and maintained my lead all the way to the finish line.

Training makes you strong, but racing makes you fierce. And I’m back.

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RESULTS - Expert Division
          HannaH Brewer
                    17th Place Overall
                      1st Place Woman 

          Bobby Irwin
                    5th Place Overall



RESULTS: Sport Division
          Kirk Morrison
               41st Place Overall

20150617

Roaring Run RUMBLE

Ag3r Racers Mike Maher and Bobby Irwin both RIDE & MAINTAIN the trails of Roaring Run Park (Apollo, Pa.) as their own.

So when the Roaring Run Watershed decided to host a Mountain Bike race as a fundraiser, naturally, they called Mike and Bobby....

...who naturally called upon the riders of Ag3r Racing.

Participating in at least one of the THREE Trail Work Days leading into Race Day were:

Bobby Irwin
     Mike Maher
          Nathan Black
               Henry Dimmick
               
     Ray Sielski
                         Rich Alen
                              Mark Briercheck
                                   Kirk Morrison

On Race Day, the following members served as Race MARSHALS...

Mike Maher
     Henry Dimmick
     
     Hannah Brewer
               Nathan Black
                    Ray Sielski
                         Rich Alen
                              Mark Briercheck
                                        Kirk Morrison

....all cheering for our token race entry, Bobby Irwin, who arrived to the race venue Out-of-Uniform, mumbling something about having JUST completed a 5K RUNNING RACE!!! 


Kids warm-up differently these days!

Once Mike had all his Race Preparations in place....



...the race STARTED. 

Monster Media Points were gained by Bobby leading up the opening climb...


...before falling back to 8th Place at the river crossing....



...only to claw his way back up to 4th Place for the FINISH of the Men's Expert Race!




Meanwhile, Mike was patrolling the course...

 
...for any signs of TROUBLE(!)...


....while the rest of the Team managed many of the "turns" of the race.


All in All, a good RACE result for Bobby and Ag3r....


...and EXCELLENT positive Public Relations exposure for Ag3r....
 


...where the REAL race MVPs were US.....!!!


Three Cheers to the Success of the Roaring Run Rumble :)


 
...Photos by Various People