Landrover ORBEA http://www.landrover-orbea.com Team News Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:18:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 It’s that time for the 7th Annual Doernbecher Children’s Toy Drive http://www.landrover-orbea.com/its-that-time-for-the-7th-annual-doernbecher-childrens-toy-drive/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/its-that-time-for-the-7th-annual-doernbecher-childrens-toy-drive/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:50:19 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=139 It’s time to spread more joy during the holiday season -last year, we delivered 16 extra large uhaul boxes full of toys for the kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital -Lets do it again!

The toy drive will run through November 28th running through December 17th.

Donation locations -
Nike WHQ
McAfee WHQ
PSYCO Cross -Swap A Cross: Eugene Oregon November 28th

Donated toys need to be new and unwrapped, the kids are of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers.

Lets do it! Lets fill those boxes and brighten some spirits and play santa to the kids at Doernbechers -I know you have it in you.

HO, HO, HO
Santa.

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Rubicon-Orbea 2010 Season Review http://www.landrover-orbea.com/rubicon-orbea-2010-season-review/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/rubicon-orbea-2010-season-review/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:49:39 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=137

After the recent conclusion of the team’s 2010 road campaign at the always-well-attended Portland Twilight cycling festival, the riders and staff have now had a few weeks to reflect on the successes of the season. Although a few early-season injuries left the roster a little thin, the riders took advantage of the team’s strong management staff, led by Norrene and Dave Godfrey, to once again rise to the occasion and claim our title as the region’s most successful cycling team. Utilizing the talents of Canadian, American and New Zealand riders, the team successfully rode in support of the Livestrong Foundation, accumulating over $8,000 dollars in donations throughout the season from Livestrong Block Party events.

The season started with a bang and after only a few weeks the tireless work of the team’s talented riders and staff paid off when both Patrick Bevin (NZL) and Marsh Cooper (CAN) graduated to the Bissell Pro Cycling Team and Kelly Benefits Strategies Pro Cycling Team respectively.
The team reinforced the roster with further additions from New Zealand and Canada and climbed to 2nd in the King of the Mountains (KOM) competition at the prestigious Mt. Hood Cycling Classic in June. At the Tour de Grove in St. Louis, the team kicked off a 3 week Midwest trip with 3 top ten results, two of which included podium girl kisses. Once at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota, the team clicked it into high gear with Taylor Gunman (NZL) finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Amateur and Young Eider’s classifications respectively. In the process, rider Mike Northey (NZL) stole the aggressive rider’s jersey from the peloton with a well timed attack on the final day up the notorious Chilkoot Hill in Stillwater.

After a short drive south, the guys rallied for a third week of racing in only 28 days for the Tour of America’s Dairyland in Wisconsin. Throughout the event the Yellow Train appeared on full display regularly and in addition to a healthy bank account boost, the riders worked smoothly through the eleven day Omnium event to steal 1 win, 5 podiums and an overall Omnium podium spot despite missing the first five days of competition.

Although missing out on the team’s Midwest trip, cancer survivor Quinn Keogh (USA) held down the fort in Portland and won the Cirque du Cycle in dramatic style in June before finishing 14th at the U.S. Elite National Time Trial Championships. Experiencing good sensations in the legs at elevation, Keogh’s strong performance continued in the U.S. Elite National Road Race when he initiated and drove the break of the day for 80+miles.

A fast drive home and a short hiatus in Portland prepared the whole team for the next stint of racing in July. The Tour de Delta in Canada proved a great weekend with a win in the prologue and a 5th place finish overall with Ben Chaddock (CAN). Despite narrowly missing both the Team Classification and the Young Rider’s Classification, the rider’s were all stoked to race up North, it was cool!

After a tough ride at the treacherous Boise Twilight criterium, Bend’s Cascade Cycling Classic provided redemption. Ben Chaddock (CAN) finished as top amateur in 20th at the opening 3.2km prologue, with fast-finisher Mike Northey (NZL) stepping up big to initiate the breakaway in the stage 5 Downtown criterium, sealing his tour with a 4th place finish. All-round tough guy Roman Van Uden (NZL) finished 17th in the Young Rider’s classification after strong performances throughout the week, especially in the Stage 1 Three Sisters Road Race where he finished just behind the leaders in the second group.

In preparation for Portland Twilight, the Yellow train continued their winning ways once back on home turf with a 1-2-3 sweep of the Camas Criterium, a 1-2 sweep at the Vancouver Courthouse Criterium and a 1-2-3 sweep at the Oregon State Road Race Championships on the challenging Mt. Adams piste. The team’s convincing 1-2-3-4 sweep at Portland Twilight in mid August illustrated just how strong our team was this season. Every rider contributed to the success of the team by not only developing their weaknesses and maximizing their strengths on the road but by bringing their best every day; the team’s training and racing atmosphere was truly unique and easily lent itself to producing high quality race results.

Post season, Canadian rider Ben Chaddock ventured out onto the velodrome track. After a little training in Portland, he was able to claim 4 top five finishes, including a podium in the Team Pursuit at Canadian Track Nationals in Bromont, Quebec. A lot of generous sponsors were able to come together to help Ben get to the starting blocks so he was especially pleased to snag a 5th place finish in the Points race and a 4th place time in the 4km Individual Pursuit.

Fellow team track specialists Dean Tracy (USA), Andy Williams (NZL) and Jason Allen (NZL) all threw down huge results this summer including wins at the Ballard Criterium, FSA’s Track Grand Prix at Marymoor Velodrome and the Alpenrose Challenge in Portland. As a result, Jason Allen is currently ramping up for the Commonwealth Games in India next month while Team Sprint rider Dean Tracy is preparing for a World Cup training camp in Los Angeles with the U.S. National Track team where coaching staff will consider potential Olympic riders.

Not to be out done by the young ones, Heather Van Valkenburg (USA) won not one, but two gold medals at Master’s Track Nationals held in Frisco, Tx. Heather took the stars and bars jersey in the 500 meter time trial and the match sprint competition, rounding off her medal haul with a bronze in the points race. Team Chiropractor Darren Smith (CAN) also stepped it up to show the boys in Yellow what he could do by taking 10th in the world at the Paratriathlon ITU World Championships in Budapest. He knocked seven minutes off his pre-injury time!

At this time, all of us at Rubicon-Orbea Cycling would like to thank you all for following along as we rode in support of the Livestrong Foundation this season. We’d also like the say a big thank you to our generous sponsors and homestays, whose support makes our race results possible!

For everyone here in Portland, we hope you are all ready for a little mud! Its cross season soon and we expect to see you all out there playing in the mud. Look for Quinn Keogh and Ben Chaddock who’ll be sporting the Yellow colors at Cross Crusade events throughout the fall.

 

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Fundraising event for Dean Tracy to attend World Cup Selection Camp http://www.landrover-orbea.com/fundraising-event-for-dean-tracy-to-attend-world-cup-selection-camp/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/fundraising-event-for-dean-tracy-to-attend-world-cup-selection-camp/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:48:15 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=135 Rubicon-ORBEA; Benefiting LIVESTRONG rider Dean Tracy was one of 12 riders selecting in the US to attend a special 2-week world cup selection camp. The riders with the best potential to sprint against the worlds best will represent the United States in international competition in 2011, with the ultimate goal of earning a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.

SO BRING IT! Rubicon-ORBEA in partnership with Therapeutic Associates PACE and Brian’s House of Pain is holding it’s first ever STRONGMAN Competition -all proceeds from this event will be donated to Dean, to help cover his expense while at selection camp and the 2010 national championships.

Here’s the info:

Date: August 29th
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: PACE 4829 NE MLK Blvd, 97211
Entry: $35 pre-registration $40 day of
Team Entry: $100 for teams/pre-reg, $120 day of
All pre-registrations must be RECEIVED by 8/25/10.

Food and Beer to follow event

Classes:

Lightweight and Open Women
Lightweight and Open Men
Police vs. Fire Division (teams of 3)

Events:

1. Overhead Press
2. Keg load
3. Tire throw
4. Tire ip/sled drag medley
5. Two handed anyhow
6. Deadlift for reps

Coupon for 1/2 price one-hour massage included in entry fee

Massage therapist on site

Awards for top 3 in each category

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Keogh takes State Road Championships http://www.landrover-orbea.com/keogh-takes-state-road-championships/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/keogh-takes-state-road-championships/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:47:22 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=133 Original Article written by OregonCyclingAction - http://oregon.cyclingaction.com/2010/keogh-tyrrell-win-tough-battles-for-obra-championships/

TROUT LAKE, Wash. — Rubicon-Orbea’s Quinn Keogh crossed the line for his first-ever OBRA Road Race Championship in the Senior Men’s event Saturday and used the opportunity to remind spectators that he is a cancer survivor.

Keogh finished with teammates Mike Northey and Roman van Uden nearly four minutes ahead of Team Oregon’s Chris Swan, who soloed in for fourth ahead of Idaho’s Gabe Vaelo (SDBC), John Browning (Echelon Gran Fondo/ZteaM) and a disintegrated field. Hot, humid conditions combined with strong winds and a difficult course to turn the championship races into battles of attrition, with 40 percent of the starters abandoning before the finish and many popping off on the short-but-sweet climb just five miles into the course. The men’s Cat 3 race was hit especially hard, with exactly half of the 36 starters dropping out.

Keogh escaped the field about 12 miles into the 92-mile race and was quickly joined by Browning and Swan on the back side of the course. Northey and van Uden then bridged to the leaders amid local auto traffic on the difficult 10-mile rolling climb back to the start/finish for the beginning of the second lap.

“They came from nowhere,” Keogh said of his teammates joining the lead trio. “I just heard them come on and say, ‘Hey’.”
The group grew to seven as they started up the first climb of the second lap after Taylor Kneuven (Adageo Energy) and Vaelo also bridged to the leaders. The chase behind from the decimated field was soon whittled down to about 10 riders as the leaders rolled well together over the mostly flat backside of the course that led to the long, fast descent. Kneuven popped off the lead pace when he suffered a broken spoke, but the group’s advantage grew to more than two minutes as they made the tight right-hand corner to head north back to the finish. Without really attacking, the Rubicon trio then shed Vaelo, Browning and eventually Swan on the difficult headwind ascent back to Trout Lake.

“All the people who dropped were cramping,” said Keogh, who admitted he had been fighting leg cramps as well for most of the final miles. “It didn’t seem that hot, but with the strong crosswinds today people were working harder than they normally would. I was cramping every couple of minutes. I’d have to stand and hope that it wouldn’t totally seize.”

Once the three teammates shed their rivals, they set their sights on putting Keogh on the top step of the podium for his first OBRA championship. Keogh crossed the line just ahead of Nortthey and van Uden, taking the moment for a symbolic victory salute.

“I’m very proud of them,” he said of his teammates. “They really gave it to me, so I’m thankful for that.”

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Chaddock leads in Delta http://www.landrover-orbea.com/chaddock-leads-in-delta/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/chaddock-leads-in-delta/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:46:27 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=131 1st Ben Chaddock (Rubicon-Orbea)
2nd Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions)
3rd Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies)

Today the first stage of the Tour de Delta took place in North Delta, British Columbia featuring a short 3km prologue time trial. After traveling up to Canada on Thursday and enjoying the sights and sounds on a team ride on friday morning with one of our generous homestays, Curtis, the team was very excited to get the race underway. After a random start list placed all the Rubicon-Orbea riders within 15 minutes of one another, approximately halfway through the 104 rider field, there was a great level of camaraderie as riders in the start were motivated by other posting fastest provisional times.

The late evening event started at 7.15pm, with 1 rider leaving the start ramp every thirty seconds, completing the 3km loop in approximately 4 minutes. There was a good size crowd and a lot of young riders sporting wrist bands after the team helpled out at the Kids Race. The Livestrong chalk was a big hit too!

Halfway through the event, Taylor Gunman posted the fastest provisional time of 3.53. He said he was happy with his ride and rode the corners well. Just as they announced Taylor’s provisional position, Ben Chaddock lined up for the start. Ben did a great ride and came through a few minutes later to post a 3.47. With some of the top riders in Canada still to go, he was hoping to hold on for a top five but was elated when his time remained at the top through the conclusion of the event

“I thought for sure that I would hold onto a top 3 but couldn’t believe it when I heard the good news. Just like a lot of the top guys, this is my home race so it was very special to have friends and family out last night to celebrate the victory. My Dad was there to send me off at the start and bring me home at the finish so it was great to share the bumbly with him afterwards. My teammates were also a big part of the performance as we’ve all trained very hard and pushed one another since I joined them just six weeks ago. My teammates from last year, Scott Laliberte and Julian Base were also there to make the evening a special moment.”

“When I was in the start gate, Taylor ripped across the line setting the provisional best time at 3.53 (12th) so when I came through at 3.47, I knew I had done a great time. Taylor now sits in 2nd place in the young riders competition, 1 second out of 2009 2nd place prologue finisher Jesse Reams (Garneau Evolution). That’s going to be a battle.”

After that the scoreboard got very tight and everyone was split up by hundredths of a second. Roman went 16th @ 3.55; Jason 34th @ 4.00; Mike 36th @ 4.00 and the other times are unknown at this time.

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Tomorrow night is another big race so its time to go!

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Northey nails it in Waukesha http://www.landrover-orbea.com/northey-nails-it-in-waukesha/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/northey-nails-it-in-waukesha/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:45:04 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=129 June 27th Waukesha Criterium

Mike 2nd, Jason 4th
Mike 3rd Overall

Tonight we pushed through some fatigue to finish up our month long racing trip with the hopes of placing Mike on the podium in the Tour of America’s Dairyland overall omnium. Starting two points shy of 3rd place, we were chopping at the bit on the start line. With six corners and very rough pavement, in addition to narrow roads and a considerable tailwind on the main straight, we knew a break would go. Over the line the first time, it did. Jason and Mike jumped in and the 8man group rolled off with Karl Menzies and Hilton Clarke of United Healthcare as Roman and Ben cruised the front of the pack to mitigate bridge attempts. Taylor was implicated in an early crash when a rider in front went down but he jumped back in after a neutral lap. At the 60 minute mark, the break lapped the field and the preme sprints started. Roman lead out Ben for the first sprint successfully, but to the discomfort of Jason and Mike who were just getting situated. Roman quickly moved back to help the guys move up while Ben covered the front, with Taylor sitting in the wings a few wheels back. A crash at the front of field along a narrow section of road implicated Ben and he was unable to continue. Now with four riders, the boys controlled the front and set it up for an excellent finale. Sparing with the UHC train, Jason railed the final downhill tailwind corner and launched Northey up between Clarke and Menzies. Menzies took it at the line after the bouncy surface made for difficult sprinting conditions, Northey slotting in 2nd. Clarke went 3rd with Jason held out for 4th. Roman pressed to the line after dedicating himself to the early leadout and finished 16th ish. Another solid day of racing today!

The guys were very happy to get Mike up the podium in the overall. He is riding very well, as are all of us and we are looking forward to some recovery time back in Portland before Delta, Boise and Cascade in July.

Thanks again to our amazing homestays this week. Patricia and Jamie Young, Patricia came out to the feed zone on Thursday and both of them came out throughout the week and took all the photos that you have seen of the event. Their hospitality exceeded our wildest expectations and we hope to stay here again next year if Dairyland is on the calendar.

See you all back in Portland, perhaps at PIR on Tuesday. Ride on!

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Northey 3rd & Chaddock 4th @ Downer’s Grove http://www.landrover-orbea.com/northey-3rd-chaddock-4th-downers-grove/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/northey-3rd-chaddock-4th-downers-grove/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:43:18 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=127 June 26th: IS Corp Downer Avenue Criterium
Mike 3rd, Ben 4th

Last night’s event in Downer Grove featured as the premier event of the Tour of America’s Dairyland. Over 5,000 spectators lined the 3 corner, cement paved course through the upscale strip of Downer’s Avenue north of Milwaukee’s business centre, with multiple beer gardens, a live bands and a set of announcers that kept the crowd well informed of the action. One hundred metres past the first corner, there was a second finish line for the ULTIMATE preme sprint (which race organizers fundraise for for an entire year – this year it was worth $5,000!). This big money brought in United Healthcare sprinters Karl Menzies and Hilton Clarke so it was great to get the chance to race against these guys again (they had a great run recently at Nature Valley and Air Force Cycling Classic).

From the gun, small moves went off the front. Taylor did a great job of holding on as the last rider to make the major break of the day, making the rest of our lives a lot easier. With a BMC rider and two UHC riders including Menzies, Taylor rolled through with the break but saved his energy the best he could. Halfway through the 90 minute event, the breakaway returned to the peloton after a maximum advantage of thirty seconds. At this point the preme sprints started as race officials looked to keep the pace high and the race exciting. With the help of Roman and Jason (as Taylor recovered in the pack), Mike and I were able to snag a large number of large dollar premes while opening our sprinting legs up for the Ultimate and the finale.

At 14 laps to go (approximately 14 minutes), the Ultimate bell was rung and UHC immediately jumped on the front. Roman took me to with them and through the start finish we sat 4-5 behind UHC. However a crafty move by UHC distanced myself from Menzies as he went around corner 1 and I had no chance at an attempt, besides, he is a legend so it was just sweet to be throwing down the watts in his presence.

With 3 laps to go we set up for the finale and UHC let us line up 1-4 while they sat 5-8. Jason Allen, our team leader, threw down huge watts and as we went through the start finish the final time the announcers and the crowd were going insane. If I had yelled any words of encouragement to Roman and Jason, they wouldn’t have heard me it was so loud. Out of corner 2 along the backstraight, UHC came thundering up the inside as anticipated. Mike followed them and I slotted in for sixth wheel. Through the final corner, one UHC rider pulled off with another at 150 metres. The drag to the line was highlighted by a spotlight next to the stage and finish banner as the evening had arrived and it was dark enough to ride without glasses. Mike fanned out left as Menzies went right. I moved in behind Clarke as he charged up the inside. In the end, Clarke took it at the line with Menzies 2nd and Mike 3rd. I rolled across in 4th. A great ride!
We were all super stoked on our efforts and enjoyed the party atmosphere during the podium presentations as many spectators were stoked on the efforts of the boys in Yellow.

Mike moved up the 4th in the Omnium after last night’s result and now sits only 2 points out of third. One more day in Waukesha before the long drive home to Portland. Time to get some!

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Northey 7th @ Fond du Lac = Omnium Shift http://www.landrover-orbea.com/northey-7th-fond-du-lac-omnium-shift/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/northey-7th-fond-du-lac-omnium-shift/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:42:30 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=124 June 25th: Fond du Lac Criterium: Photo courtesy of http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-of-americas-dairyland-ne-1/stage-9/photos/127590
Mike 7th

A bit of a longer drive than the over events, the team headed out to Fond du Lac for Friday’s criterium event. Another four corner circuit, very similar to Tuesday’s race in Sheboygan, Yellow looked to control the race or jump in early moves before setting up for the finale. Between all five of us, we were once again able to score a majority of the evening’s preme sprints and after a strong two man breakaway snuck away with 30 minutes remaining, Yellow lined up on the front with 15 laps (15 minutes) to go. Those fifteen minutes, although the most painful, were by far the most enjoyable. With Mike sitting in for the sprint, Taylor, Roman and I chased hard with the crowd reacting to our yellow train. At 12 laps to go Jason came up to the front to take over my position so that I could rest for the sprint. With 1.5 laps to go, the breakaway’s 22 second advantage had been reduced to 7 seconds but with Kenda breathing down our neck for the 3rd place sprint, I moved Mike up from 8th wheel to Roman and Jason on the back straight. Through corner three I took over the front but Jason was nearly ruined when a bonehead from behind essentially hugged Jason to avoid a lamppost (apparently the guy though there was space between the curb and Jason when J was already on the outside gutter as I came by). That produced a gap in the train and on the final lap Kenda came by our train. Fortunately Mike snuck in for 5th in the kick for 7th on the day.

The race was a bit strange as it never really settled down and we all felt a bit off. We are confident that tomorrow night’s event in Downer’s Grove will go better than tonight. We still walked away with a solid haul of preme dollars and the finale sprint thanks to Mike; although Mike stayed 8th in the Omnium standings, he now moves to within 9 points of 4th!

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Northey & Van Uden in Top Five @ Green Bush http://www.landrover-orbea.com/northey-van-uden-in-top-five-green-bush/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/northey-van-uden-in-top-five-green-bush/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:39:44 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=122 June 24th – Green Bush Road Race
Mike 3rd, Roman 4th

Today’s midday 130km road race event provided a nice change of pace after racing five criteriums in the last eight days. The undulating 16km circuit featured two steep but short climbs at 0.5-1km in length at 10-13% grade coupled with long sections of cross winds as we lapped back to the small town of Green Bush, WI. On lap 1 of 8, Mike slipped away with one other rider for the most significant break of the day. With a greatest advantage of 1 minute and 50 seconds, Taylor, Roman, Jason and I worked to cover bridge attempts off the front. Aerocat, Kenda and Bahati brought squads of 3-6 riders so we were well situated with our 5 man squad. On lap 2, Taylor suffered a shifter mechanical and had to switch to a neutral bike (supplied by Specialized and SRAM). Unfortunately it did not fit him well and he had to drop out on lap 5. Once Taylor moved back for the bike change, I came up to the front to help Roman cover moves. I wanted to do a lot of the work at this time so that Roman and Jason could help Taylor get situated and stay fresh for the counter move if Mike’s break came back. At the end of the third lap, with Roman relieving my work at the front, a massive hole in the road knocked my hands off my bars. With just my forearms on the handle bars, I didn’t have much reaction time at +60km/hr and lost control immediately. Fortunately, I landed in a field of grass and came out unscathed but had to buy a new helmet at local supporters Wheel and Sprocket Bike shop (A big shout out to Mike who helped us all get what we needed to ready us for tomorrow’s criterium – thanks MIKE!)

Down to three Rubicon Orbea riders, the field split on lap 5 in the cross winds with Jason, Roman and Mike all making the twenty rider group. Jason crushed it on the final lap in the hot conditions (without our generous homestay Patricia Young who handed out drinks and Cokes in the feed zone we would have been useless – THANKS PATRICIA! Your banana bread and cookies are very tasty too!) to keep the pace high and set up Mike and Roman for the finale. In the end, a Bahati rider proved too fast in the sprint, with Mike and Roman finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. Another solid day of racing!

Back to criterium racing tomorrow night in Fond du Lac before Satuday’s premiere event in Downer’s Grove.

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Two in Top Ten @ Waterloo http://www.landrover-orbea.com/two-in-top-ten-waterloo/ http://www.landrover-orbea.com/two-in-top-ten-waterloo/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:36:53 +0000 http://www.landrover-orbea.com/?p=120 June 23rd – Waterloo Criterium
Photo courtesy of http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-of-americas-dairyland-ne-1/stage-7/photos/127383

Wednesday night we took off for the Trek bike factory in Waterloo, Wi. The longer 2.6km loop featured a shallow but narrow climb along the back of the circuit with three 90 degree turns leading into the final 220m drag to the line. By the time the field had staged, with Northey on the front row after a call up awarded for his 8th place overall, the mosquitoes were out for blood so everyone was anxious to get moving. The pace was slow to start until Taylor initiated the first move along the climb on the 2nd lap. Following his move, various breakaway attempts formed, the riskiest of which featured twenty riders at the 45minute mark. I quickly bridged up to cover it as it was the only move we had missed. However, the peloton brought it all back together a lap later and we returned to the status quo. Approaching the end, Yellow lined up in front of Mike with big J powering by the green and white Aerocat train at 4.5km from the finish (1.5 laps). With such a large distance to cover, Roman and I would have some serious work to get Mike to 200m. At the base of the climb on the last lap, Roman finished his long pull but we were slightly swarmed by a Bahati rider on the right and a Kenda rider on the left. I took over with Mike tight on my wheel and I drove it up the climb, emerging 1-2. Through the 90 degree corners I drove it hard and out of the final corner Mike slacked off a bit to prepare for the slingshot. At 180metres Mike came by but unfortunately he had some friends. Rahsaan Bahati took the sprint with Mike slipping to 5th as Aerocat posted two on the podium. I made it over the line in 9th. In all, even though the finale didn’t work out perfectly, the leadout train and our teamwork throughout the race (covering moves, winning every cash preme) was excellent. We all used out strengths to cover one another’s weaknesses and again brought home some cash as a reward. Road race tomorrow to change up the rhythm – hopefully it is not too hot.

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