20140820

Two Mile Run Ride

So which is it?  ...a RUN or a RIDE?

As it turns out, it was BOTH!

"Two Mile Run" is a creek....


...and "Two Mile Run" is a race, located just north of Franklin, Pa, part of the Ride the Wilds (RTW) Summer Series.

Got it? 

Good!

Anyway, on this perfect day, we had SIX riders entered:


24 mile Expert Division:
Hannah Brewer, Kirk Morrison and Henry Dimmick

16 Mile RTW Series Course:
Mike Maher, Rich Allen and
 
NEW Ag3r rider BOBBY IRWIN!

"Selfie" by Sierra Maher
So the RUN part of the race was a LeMans style start, where Mike dreamed that ALL the bikes placed at the start were HIS.....(insert sinister laugh here!)

Image by Sierra Maher
At the sound of the HORN, we were OFF...although this picture reveals that Henry and Kirk were not in much of a hurry!  Hey boys, this IS a race, you know(?)!!!

Image by Sierra Maher

Meanwhile, at the FRONT, this picture shows BOBBY is at his bike long before anyone else, demonstrating yet again, that there is no better adrenaline booster that racing in NEW KIT :)

Image by Sierra Maher
With the riders disappearing into the woods for the first of their 8 mile laps...

Hannah's Strava Trace

....Sierra Maher set up camp in the LAP CHUTE area to do hand-ups of water and food for the team as they passed.


Meanwhile, the day's first casualty was Henry, with a part in his gears CRACKING even before HE did...!!!
 
The result was the same, however, as he could put NO POWER to the rear wheel.  The result?  Following the THEME of the day, a TWO MILE RIDE into the woods, followed by a TWO MILE WALK back out!   = DNF

 
First through the LAP CHUTE was Bobby ...riding so fast that Sierra could not get a picture of him from the front!
 
Image by Sierra Maher
Next (through the chute?) was Hannah ...although, she was "caught" here taking the LONG WAY down the paved path, rather than through the grass and Lap Chute.  (check her Stravas trace above!)

Looks like she may prefer the PAVEMENT after all...(???)

Image by Sierra Maher

Next up, was Mike....placing massive expectations upon poor Sierra to deliver him this PERFECT TECHNIQUE hand-up!

She WILL be invited back :)
 


Then came Richy, who using his outside manners, made quite a mess of his water hand-up!


As Kirk came through, he was jealous to learn that Henry was the first to come up with a "mechanical" excuse ...to avoid riding the 24 woodsy miles!

Image by Sierra Maher

Back on course now, Bobby found himself in a two way battle for the win.....


...while Mike defied gravity with his turning style...


...Hannah played SHADOW games with the cameraman...


...with Richy finally "seeing the light"....

 
...and the better course markings (this year).... to NOT get lost (like he usually did on this course!)
 

On the other hand, as Hannah headed (into?) the LAP CHUTE after her second lap, she AGAIN took the pavement back into the woods.

"ROADIE"

Image by Sierra Maher

As the Sport race drew to a close, Bobby stayed tough into a two-up sprint to the line... getting outgeared by just a few feet to take a WELL DESERVED 2nd Place!

Look how BLOWN he looks! 


Image by Sierra Maher
Next into the FINISH CHUTE was Mike....to take 10th Place...  

 
Image by Sierra Maher


....clearly (distorted) from his massive efforts!


After Richy finished in 14th Place......

....Hannah came through at 2:59:07, beating the 3 hour mark for 1st Place Expert Woman (12th Place Expert Overall).

 
At this point, we all just sat around making fun of Mike...


...and Hannah's (dirty) new socks!


...until BOOM, Kirk came blasting onto the scene....crossing the final bridge heading into the finish.


Unfortunately, the race promoters made a VERY TIGHT time cutoff for all Expert finishers...and Kirk missed the Closing Horn by...



...placing him in 16th Place for his efforts.

This is Kirk saying "What the Heck"....

...while Mike acts the dutiful teammate, replying "I know, right?!!!

 
Guess Kirk's wheels were not synchronized THIS TIME :)

 
Another DIRTY Ag3r adventure now in the books! 
 


Last up in the Series, the Peanut Butter Festival Finale!

20140814

White Park Throwdown

Story by Hannah Brewer
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The White Park Throwdown continues to be my favorite race of all time. Probably because it is literally the only mountain bike race in PA or WV that doesn't feel like 80% climbing. And the course is just so flippin' fun I forget that I am racing.
 
This year the course was 99.9% dry, making it even faster and more fun than I thought possible. I had no business riding some of the sections as fast as I was going, but getting air on a MTB is addicting.


This course is also so twisty that you can see the riders who are in front of you and behind you on every turn, making the "racing" part even more exciting.

I spent most of my time trying to keep a lead on 3rd place finisher, Suz Falvey, who was pushing me from behind for the first two laps. I managed to keep my lead, and rode the final 2.5 laps without much company.


I landed a solid 2nd place finish in the Expert Women's Open Field. Those WV ladies are hard to compete with for podium spots!

Photo cred to the one and only Fred Jordan. (Awesome action shots, as always)

http://www.iplayoutside.com/Events/2014/07/15352r.html

Tomlinson Run MTB

Story by Kirk Morrison
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Race Name: ABRA Tomlinson Run Mtb Challenge
Race Location: Tomlinson Run State Park, WV
Race Category: Masters 45+
Finish Place: 8th Place

Web Address to Results:
https://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?permit=2014-749

Weather:
Warm and humid with temps in the high 80's

Comments:
Challenging course with some mud, wet root sections and fun creek crossings (2/lap). 
 
photo by Mike Briggs

Fast field since this was both the WV State Championships as well as the only qualifying race in our area for MTB Nationals (being held at Bear Creek Resort near Trexlertown, Pa.).

I was especially fast because I had the rotation of my wheels synchronized.  YOU should try it :))

Photo by Mike Briggs
The race was extremely well run...


...well ALMOST extremely well :)
  

20140804

Butler Road Race?

Butler RUNNING Road Race that is!

FoxVelo Cycling Club Grand Poobah, Roger Lutz, took off his cycling shoes and put on his running shoes to take the WIN in his category!

Looking handsome in his Team BHS (Butler Health System) kit
 While he has always been FAST, he says he is finally running SMART :)
 
 

Fixed Gear "Track Omnium"

Story by Oscar Swan:
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A beautiful night for track racing brought out some old and new participants, and made everyone wonder why a whole lot more riders didn’t turn out. I think people don’t realize what a decent track venue the Washington Blvd. bicycle oval actually is, but no one complained about not getting a good workout.

Photo by Sonic Imaging

Henry Dimmick turned out to defend his 2003 flying start record of 13.07. He turned in a respectable 13.70, switching around the 0 and 7, which for all I know amounts to a twitch in my thumb on the stopwatch. In any case Mike Quigley turned in a 13.56, but still leaving (Henry's) more than 10-year-old record in place!

Click HERE for Bud Harris Track Records

The top five riders on points were rewarded with the chance to set a 5-man team sprint record; see below.

200M FLYING START
13.56 Mike Quigley
13.70 Henry Dimmick
14.00 Jacob Yundt
14.62 Michael Coumos
14.99 Bill Ehler
15.96 Michael Tregelles
16.47 Paul Carberry
16.49 Daniel Kunkle

Photo by Fred Gohh

1 MILE TIME TRIAL
1. 2.13 Henry Dimmick
2. 2.14 Michael Quigley
3. 2.19 Jacob Yundt
4. 2.20 Paul Carberry
5. 2.39 Michael Tregelles
6. 2.41 Daniel Kunkle
7. 2.54 Bill Ehler
8. 2.55 Michael Coumos

1 LAP GROUP SPRINT (CHARIOT)
1. Quigley
2. Dimmick
3. Yundt
4. Carberry
5. Ehler
6. Tregelles
7. Kunkle
8. Coumos

TWO-MAN 4000 METER TIME TRIAL
1. Quigley-Coumos 5.48
2. Yundt-Ehler 5.58
3. Dimmick-Tregelles 6.37
4. Carberry-Kunkle 6.39

SPRINTS (Two Heats plus Consolation Round)
1. Yundt
2. Quigley
3. Dimmick
4. Ehler
5. Carberry
6. Tregelles
7. Kunkle
8. Coumos (flat)

Photo by Fred Gohh

MISS ‘N OUT
1. Quigley
2. Yundt
3. Carberry
4. Dimmick
5. Ehler
6. Tregelles
7. Kunkle

5-MAN TEAM SPRINT:
Quigley, Yundt, Dimmick, Carberry, Ehler
5.44.55 (establishes Track Record)

Photo by Fred Gohh

COMBINED OMNIUM POINTS:
1. Mike Quigley
2. Jacob Yundt
3. Henry Dimmick
4. Paul Carberry
5. Bill Ehler
6. Michael Tregelles
7. Daniel Kunkle
8. Michael Coumos (multiple mechanicals)
 
Photo by Sonic Imaging

20140723

Fat Tire Challenge

(very) Short Story by "Michael Meher"
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Plagued by wrong turns and the inability to print clear enough for anyone to read my name...

Mike finished in 6th Place - Sport Open

Rich Allen finished in 7th Place - Sport Open

Bobby Irwin finsihed in 24th Place - Sport Open

...while...

Hannah Brewer finished in 7th Place of the Expert Open

20140707

East Ohio TT

Story by Steve Marlette:


Redemption!

– My performance/luck at last month’s East Ohio Time Trial was less than stellar, to say the least. I put my disc wheel on crooked and did not realize it until after the race. This resulted in the disk rubbing on the frame for the entire race, and to top it off I lost my speed sensor. The rubbing was not bad enough to hear or feel, but enough to slow me down. Without the speed sensor working the only clues telling me that something was wrong, was other riders passing me!

My performance at the June time trial was much improved with a properly installed wheel.  It was nice have my bike working properly and silver metal finish in my age group!

I clocked the 3rd fasted time of the day behind Brian Batke and a guy on a recumbent, who actually beat Batke!?!? 

20140627

2 x 12 DUO MTB

Four Ag3r Teams entered the Big Bear Lake "2 x 12" (two by twelve) Duo mountain bike race.  This race is a two person team, multi-lap race, than can take up to 9 hours to complete.
 
Here is the parking area for the race, which looks suspiciously like an airport, with our camping location marked by the red dot.
 
 
Kirk rolled in Friday afternoon to stake our claim.  Squatters Rights!
 
All Photos by Sonic Imaging (unless otherwise noted)
 
The next day, the rest of us rolled in, first setting up camp....
 
L to R: Steve, Mark, Matt
....then getting READY to RACE!
 
Photo by Mark Briercheck

Photo by Mark Briercheck
 
 Ag3r entered four Teams.....using the Addam's Family as the theme!
 
Mike Maher & Henry Dimmick
Team Ag3r FESTER
 
Kirk Morrison & Hannah Brewer
Team Ag3r MORTICIA & COUSIN ITT
 
 Mark Briercheck & Steve Brewer
Team Ag3r LURCH
 
Bobby Irwin & Matt Olearchick
Team Ag3r THING
 
....and so, the Race began, in a Mass-Start format, over a mile from our camp location.
  
First through the turn closest to Camp Ag3r was Bobby...


...then came Mark....


...then came Kirk....


....but where was MIKE???

At this point, essentially all the riders had come through.

All of a sudden, there came the sound of something LARGE crashing through the brush behind us.

We wheeled around just in time to see Mike hammer past us mumbling something about getting a flat...and having to go to the truck to fix it....!


Little did we know at the time, that THIS would be a "sign" of what was to come for (all) of us!


Then, just as quickly as he had appeard, "Mr. TMR"...was gone!

 
Next to come up lame was Mark, with a front wheel pretzeled so bad it would hardly spin. 
 
Day OVER :(

 
Then came HannaH....
 
Well, then came HannaH, riding Steve's bike, while Steve carried HannaH's broken bike!


...a bike that had multiple problems, some of which none of us had ever seen before.


But HannaH's spirits could not be dampened, because SHE had borrowed a spare bike off Rich Allen just in case something like this happened. 

SMART GIRL :)

But "how smart" we had to wait to see; Holding our breaths all the while (not really!), until she finished her 2nd lap...


...and "the kick" was UP, and it was GOOD!!!
 

Meanwhile, back to Team LURCH, despite Mark's day being over, his partner Steve still headed out for a lap of his own....but dropped his chain so many time in the first mile, that he decided to abandon while he was still close enough to camp to WALK out. 

Abandoning all hope, Steve switched costumes, out of Ag3r kit, and into his pyro-maniacally evil counterpart, "The Incinerator",


Back to Team FESTER: While Mike started off the race with one flat, Henry ended it with TWO.  First a (regular) flat that had to be changed... THEN a second flat for which there were no more repair supplies.  From there, the poor bike got RIDDEN on the rim to complete the lap. 

"Never Give Up. Never Surrender." - Jason Nesmith (Galaxy Quest)!!!


On Kirk's final lap, his BAD LUCK landed him in the ONLY mud puddle on the entire course.

Good AIM Kirk!  ...now go take a shower!


But he would not BUDGE....diligently waiting until his teammate HannaH finished her final lap, so together they could celebrate their tenacious ACHIEVMENT


Despite ALL our PROBLEMS, we did quite well:

2nd Place: SPORT Category
Bob Irwin & Matt Olearchick
Team Ag3r THING
Photo by Mark Briercheck
 
 
2nd Place: MASTERS Category
Mike Maher & Henry Dimmick
Team Ag3r FESTER
Photo by Mark Briercheck
 
8th Place: EXPERT Coed Category 
Kirk Morrison & Hannah Brewer
Team Ag3r MORTICIA & COUSIN ITT
 
 
 13th Place/DNF: SPORT Category
Mark Briercheck & Steve Brewer
Team Ag3r LURCH


 
After the awards, the PARTY started....which included a band, some food and a bunch of interesting vehicles!





Meanwhile, back at camp, Mr. Fire & Bobby held down the Fort....


...until we all gathered around to finish off the night...

...with SMORES :)


A long day, a hard race, with good Results earned us a good night's sleep under a full moon!

 
Good Night All :)