Justin Lindine, for those of you to whom he is not already well known, is a local Capital District racer who has, for the last few years, been tearing up the local cross scene, the Verge series and now (hopefully) the European CX scene. Justin is one of but a handful of riders who have been invited to attend the extremely prestigious Euro Cross Camp (http://www.eurocrosscamp.com), where up and coming American riders compete in European cyclocross races at the very highest level.
Justin’s racing will include multiple UCI Cat 1 and Cat 2 races including World Cup and Super Prestige races.
Justin needs some financial support to make it to this next level and a bikereg donation page has been setup so he can come up with the funds to help pay for his expenses while he is there. We’ve all probably daydreamed of competing at this level, but here’s a very real opportunity to help one of our friends and colleagues to realize that dream.
Bikereg is not charging any fees for your support of Justin. So, if you
can, please help him out.
The CBRC annual dinner meeting will take place on December 16 starting at 6 pm at Bucca di Beppo on Wolf Road in Albany.
Come early for open bar, then join for some dinner, some business, and much conviviality. Current members will elect 2010 executives and we’ll discuss the coming year’s race plans.
Please RSVP if you are coming. If you’re not paid up with your membership dues for the year, we will be delighted to give you an opportunity to settle up at the meeting. Then you get to eat.
Congratulations to our Iron Cross VII team! Here’s the race report from Le Q:
“In 2007 and 2008 our local team earned bronze in the Iron Cross team competition. The organizer, Mark Laser, is a great guy and has been very friendly with us. He looked relieved yesterday when he was able to tell us we’d finally won.
Half of our twelve-rider squad stayed Saturday night with Jim and Patsy Hartnett in Gettysburg, PA. Jim was my cross country coach at Mt. St. Mary’s College. The Hartnetts have kept a concerned eye on me ever since. They enjoy extending their gracious hospitality to a houseload of Iron Crossers each fall.
Something around 300 riders came out to meet 62+ miles of beautiful Michaux State Forest. During the huge death spiral start Chris D. scored first flop of the day with a quick slide & catlike remount in the slick grass. Otherwise we all escaped Camp Thompson unmarked and dove out into the wilderness.
Andy Guptill and Andy Ruiz took off with the lead group including other famous pros like Jeremiah Bishop, Rob Lichtenwalner, Andy Applegate and Gunnar Shogren. Andy R. double flatted, recovered, then flatted again but still managed a flying ride. He should probably be glad that the pain bus went on without him.
Andy G. didn’t know it but the KOM line was fairly early, at the top of Shippensburg hill. He happened to get across it first. None of us realized this until the award ceremony.
Out in the badlands Andy’s group enjoyed killing each other one by one. By the end Jeremiah B. was away alone (3:41:27), coming in nine minutes ahead of Ross Delaplane from Colorado (Green Mtn. Sports) (3:50:13). Andy G. came home third in 3:54:33. Anything around 4 hours at the Iron Cross is world class. A sub-4 ride is loony.
The rest of us made it across the line with no fractures, only a pint or two of blood missing (Messy Sumner), only one trashed wheel (Gene P.) and some excellent tales of airborne mayhem (Tom B., Sumner, Delisle). Tim H. took our only significant wrong turn but seemed pleased about it. Terry B saw part of the drivetrain dismantle itself during mile 3. He found his small parts in the dirt, reassembled and went on to earn third in the singlespeeders.
Each year the Team Competition is fought out by formidable riders. We earned first place against Tri-Power and several other tough squads. We had an excellent adventure together, earned a little cash, a case of fine beer and the admiration of a bunch of deep weirdos.”
3 Andy Guptill CBRC – Iron Cross VII 3 M sub-40 3:54:33 15.9mph
27 Mark Sumner CBRC – Iron Cross VII 10 M 40+ 4:23:47 14.1mph
28 Christopher Delisle CBRC – Iron Cross VII 16 M sub-40 4:24:41 14.1mph
39 Thomas Butler CBRC – Iron Cross VII 13 M 40+ 4:33:35 13.6mph
43 Terry Blanchet CBRC – Iron Cross VII 4 M 0-99 (SS) 4:35:25 13.5mph
44 M. Andrew Ruiz CBRC – Iron Cross VII 16 M 40+ 4:35:25 13.5mph
65 Bryna Nestor CBRC – Iron Cross VII 5 F sub-40 4:40:22 13.3mph
92 Jenny Ives CBRC – Iron Cross VII 7 F sub-40 4:55:42 12.6mph
120 Chuck Quackenbush CBRC – Iron Cross VII 10 M 0-99 (SS) 5:10:01 12.0mph
129 Tim Huneck CBRC – Iron Cross VII 45 M 40+ 5:15:00 11.8mph
150 Gene Primomo CBRC – Iron Cross VII 52 M 40+ 5:25:24 11.4mph
178 Ian Briggs CBRC – Iron Cross VII (UK Chapter) 63 M 40+ 5:40:37 10.9mph
NYCross.com announces its 4th annual Beginner Cyclocross Clinic!
This year the clinic has a new venue, the Serotta Factory Grounds in Saratoga Springs. As in past years, the clinic will include an overview of everything a first time CX racer will need to know before venturing into his or her first season racing cross. Thanks to our hosts at Serotta, clinic participants will also have the opportunity to discuss bike set up and tour the Serotta Factory with their engineers.
When: September 12, 2009
How Much?: $20
Questions? email eric(at)cowclops.net
Gold: MATTHEW PURDY (SPOOKY / NCC / KENDA)
Silver: SALVATORE SCOTTO DIVETTA (GS MENGONI USA)
Bronze: JEFF ZYGO (MVP HEALTH CARE CYCLING)
Gold: SERGIO ATOCHA (CHAMPION SYSTEM RACING / GLADIATOR WINE)
Gold: AUDREY FRIEDRICHSEN SCOTT (ANTHEM SPORTS WOMENS’ CYCLING)
Silver: BETH MILLER (ANTHEM SPORTS WOMEN’S CYCLING)
Bronze: FABIENNE GERARD (CRCA / TEANY CYCLING)
Cat 3 Men
Gold: BRETT CLEAVER (SOMMERVILLE SPORTS)
Silver: JACOB BOBROW (UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT)
Bronze: TRON WITT (CRCA/JONATHAN ADLER RACING)
Cat 4 Men
Gold: SHANE MORAN (WESTWOOD VELO)
Silver: DAVID VAN HORN (WARP9/BIKEBOY RACING)
Bronze: TODD MCLOUGHLIN (KISSENA)
Cat 4 Women
Gold: MARIA MURPHY (GS RETRO VELO)
Silver: DELANA SPAULDING (MISSION IN MOTION CYCLING-TIOGA VELO)
Bronze: CHARLSIE DONNELLY (MISSION IN MOTION CYCLING-TIOGA VELO)
Masters Men 35+
Gold: DAVID TAYLOR (CRCA/BLUE RIBBON-TRANSLATIONS.COM)
Silver: ROBERT LATTANZI (WESTWOOD VELO)
Bronze: MAX LIPPOLIS (TARGETRAINING)
Masters Men 45+
Gold: AL BLANCHARD (WESTWOOD VELO)
Silver: M. ANDREW RUIZ (CCC KELTIC CONST/ZANES CYCLES)
Bronze: MARK SUMNER (CCC/KELTIC CONST/ZANES CYCLES)
Masters Men 55+
Gold: CLEOFUS PRICE (GS GOTHAM)
Silver: Stephen Geist (Kissena Cycling Club)
Bronze: HAJO THIELE (CAFETEROS CYCLING CLUB)
Masters Men 60+
Gold: MARK MCCARTHY (NYPSMASTERS)
Silver: DAVID KLIGER (CAFETEROS CYCLING CLUB)
Bronze: HORACIO AHUMADA (CAFETEROS CYCLING CLUB)
Women Masters 35/45/55
Gold (35+): SUSANNA PILLER (ANTHEM SPORTS WOMEN’S CYCLING)
Gold (45+): DONNA MOODY (TEAM PLACID PLANET)
Silver (35+): MARSHA KAPINUS (MISSION IN MOTION CYCLING-TIOGA VELO)
It’s not quite Nationals, and it’s not exactly bike racing, but CBRC juniors Joe and Katy Toth forayed into the triathlon world this summer and brought home some trophies.
In the Skyhigh Kids’ Offroad Triathlon at Grafton State Park on July 19, Joe, 13, was first out of the swim and transition, smoked the 5k cycling section in 16:48 and cruised to first place overall in 20:38, 2:22 ahead of the second place finisher. The next day in the Xterra Triathlon, Joe rode the 20k mountain bike course for the third place TEAM SHAPE in 1:06:52, 25th out of the 76 competitors who completed the bike course.
The Fronhofer Tool Kids Triathlon in Lake Lauderdale on August 1 was on the road. Joe came out of the swim in second place and, managing to dodge sheriff’s cars, ambulances, pedestrians and kids in the 7-10 division on the “closed” road course, built a lead of almost two minutes and held on in the run to finish first overall in 27:33, 1:11 ahead of the next finisher.
Katy, 11, was at speed skating camp and missed the Skyhigh, but at the Fronhofer she was the female leader through the bike and into the run and finished fifth overall, second female overall and first in her age group in 30:28.
Already doing camps and dry-land training for speed skating, Katy will also run cross-country and try to fit some of the NYCROSS cyclocrosses into her schedule. Joe has started football practice and is setting his sights on the Verge New England cross races this fall.
Emma White, in the words of her brother Curtis, “…waved the CBRC colors high and proud on the top step of the podium.” Emma set the bar high on the first day of Nationals in Bend, Oregon with a 3rd place finish in the road race. She then took 2nd place in the time trial after upgrading her tires from 25mm Bontragers to a set of Vittoria 20mm open tubulars. Emma only got stronger by the final day. In the criterium, she would once again grace the podium, but this time as the winner. Curtis provided the play-by-play:
“In the last 8 laps, Emma broke away with the winner of the road race and the TT hailing from Florida. They quickly pulled away and opened up a huge gap. In the sprint, Emma opened up a 4-5 bike length gap and cruised across the line.”
Curtis rode smart and strong in the Junior Men 13 – 14 year-old field, but did not have such good luck this year. In the road race Curtis finished 16th out of 60 after making the initial break with the lead group of about 15 riders. There were three crashes early on and he got tangled up in the second one. It was at the base of a hill and it completely broke his momentum, but by that time, he was already dehydrated and feeling a bit spent. Still, would that we all could say that finishing in the top third of a National Championship race is our “worst result ever.” Chin up, Curtis. Your represented like a champ.
In the TT Curtis ended up 12th and in the crit he took 18th place. He rode particularly well in the criterium, staying right with the top 5 until the last 3 laps. On laps 3 and 2 to go, he dropped towards the back of the main group which, though he counts this as his first mistake, is actually tactically quite sound. In the last lap he moved up to 4th place, in perfect position to contest the sprint. In the last corner, however, with about 300 meters to the finish, some one got pinched and bunny-hopped the curb. This caused Curtis to just tap his brakes. Of course, in a National Championship criterium, that’s all one need do to lose contact. “In looking back”, writes Curtis, “I realized I probably should have made a break while I had the chance, and not wait for the sprint to start. Obviously, I’m very disappointed. It wasn’t the outcome I would have liked or what I was capable of doing.” We know. You’re still our hero.
Congratulations to you both on behalf of the entire club!
Full race report here.
And here’s an awesome video of Emma’s winning sprint.
This is the first installment of the newest feature of the website: Racer Profiles. Over the coming months, and on into cyclocross season, we’ll feature interviews with prominent racers in the club, including many who’ve since gone on to other (in some cases professional) teams but who got their start with CBRC. Our inaugural interview is with 14-year-old phenom Curtis White.
Curtis has competed in 10 national championships including those in time trial, criterium, road race and cyclocross disciplines over the last few years and has made it to the podium each and every time. He’s also the nicest kid who’ll ever pass you in a ‘cross race.
We recently received the thrilling news that Curtis White has been offered an opportunity to race with the renowned Clif Bar team based in Colorado and thought he would be the ideal racer to begin the profile series. Ben Turner of Cycle-Smart is the Team Manager and has worked with Curtis at the Cycle-Smart ‘cross camps over the last three years. Clif Bar is the title sponsor with more than a dozen others including Pedro’s, Salsa Cycles, Patagonia, Pearl Izumi, Crank Brothers, Mavic, Maxxis, Sram, AlphaQ, FiziK and Chris King . Troy Wells, Danny Summerhill, Taylor Phinney and a number of other riders who have raced on World Championship squads are on the team. The team targets the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross and the US National Championships while preparing a select group for World Cup and World Championship competition. This fall will be the 9th year of the Cliff Bar supported program.
The team’s mission states that it “…strives to not only develop top young cyclo-cross racers and give them the best opportunity to succeed at the national and international level, but also to help them develop into true leaders of the cycling community and their own communities through the team’s pioneering ‘sustainable cycling‘ mission.” We can think of no bicycle racer more appropriate to recruit for this effort than our very own Curtis White.
Turner would like White to represent the team in New England and New York and join the full squad for a team trip to the National Championships in Bend, Oregon this coming December. Curtis will keep his road racing (AKA non-cyclocross) affiliation with CBRC.
I recently distracted Curtis from studying for finals with a barrage of questions:
danny goodwin: When did you start racing bikes and how were you introduced to the sport?
Curtis White: When I was young, I loved to watch the Classics. My dad had a
collection of Sean Kelly, Eddy Merckx, and Greg Lemond videos. After
watching the videos, my dad and I would go out on our bikes and tear
around the neighborhood. Sometimes, it would be raining, snowing, or
just plain cold. I loved it! When I was nine years old, I competed
in the cat. 5/ Citizens race at the Chris Thater Memorial Criterium
and finished third. The announcer yelled “It’s Mario Cipollini” as I
crossed the line. From that point on, I was hooked.
dg: Did you compete in other sports before cycling?
CW: For the most part, I’m “challenged” in hand/ eye coordinated
sports. I participated in a couple of soccer camps, I enjoy
ice-skating and pick-up hockey as well. I’m a pretty good down hill
skier and I cross- country ski in late winter in preparation for
dg: Do your friends in school get what you do?
CW: No, most of them think I make it all up. Some of my teachers
get it and are very cool about it.
dg: What’s a typical training week look like for you this time of
year (volume/intensity)? Where do you train?
CW: I ride between 10-12 hours per week, including races. I
generally ride within a 20 mile radius from my house in Duanseburg.
There are a few circuits/ routes I ride depending on whether I want to do
climbing, tempo, etc. I have three basic workouts: steady state, zone
progression, and the infamous adventure ride. The adventure route is
never a predetermined route, almost never the same, usually takes in
secondary and dirt roads, and often results in me getting lost,
hence the name, “Adventure Ride”. I’ve also been working on
accelerating from tempo over slight rises, as the road course at
Nationals will require a lot of this.
dg: You recently came back from a pretty bad injury, right? What’s
the story there?
CW: I went down to Tampa, Florida with my dad and the Union College
Crew team for their annual training trip and thought I’d catch some
pre-season road races that I found on Bikereg. The last day down
there, I was in a circuit race. On the last lap, I was in about 4th
position and was feeling game for the sprint. On one of the last,
wide open, non-technical corners, some hack came up on my inside,
hooked my elbow, and drove me into the barrier. I landed face first,
superman style, I broke my front tooth, cut up my face and needed
stitches in my chin. My hip and abdomen were badly bruised. The
doctors originally thought I broke my pelvis, a couple of ribs, along
with some internal bleeding. I still have a grapefruit sized hematoma
on my hip. I couldn’t fly back home for a week, so I was stuck in
Tampa at poolside hanging out with a bunch of college girls.
dg: There are worse recovery prescriptions, I suppose.
How many bikes do you own? What are they?
dg: What are your top-secret goals for this season? What about down the road?
CW: No secrets. I’m going to the national championships in Bend,
Oregon and I’m racing to win. The same goes for ‘cross nationals in
December. Next year, I’d like to get involved in USA Cycling’s 15-16
dg: Your whole family is really active and incredibly supportive of
your and your sister’s racing careers (Curtis’ younger sister Emma is also seen frequently on the podium in the Junior Women 10 – 12 yr. old field). Care to comment on that?
CW: It’s really all about having fun and hanging out together.
And now some questions from other ‘cross-crazed club members who shall
remain anonymous but I’m sure if you think for a second you can easily
deduce to whom each is attributed:
CBRC: Have you seen the MonkeyMan?
CW: Only when I have nightmares.
CBRC: How many cowbells do you own?
CW: Not nearly enough.
CBRC: Which do you prefer more: crushing riders your own age or
CW: No comment. Adults.
CBRC: What’s your favorite thing about riding with Le Q?
CW: The stories, especially the “Indestructible” story.
CBRC: What are your weaknesses? How do you train in the off-season?
CW: First weakness: red meat. I’d eat it three times a day if I
could. My second and only other weakness is The Andy Griffith Show.
I’d watch it 24/7 if I could. Mayberry is cool. I have a shirt that
says “Security By Fife” on the back.
This past year, I swam, lifted weights for endurance, and skied. I also rode the ‘cross bike
January through February about 3-5 hours per week. My dad, my
brother, my sister, and I make paths around our house and in the woods
after the first snowfall and keep them clear all through winter. We
light up the yard with Christmas and other lights so we can ride at
night. A typical night includes blaring music, scratch races, and
snowball wars on bikes.
CBRC: Have you heard about and if so are you prepared for the hazing
that first-year Clif Groms must endure?
CW: No and no. What’s a Grom?
CBRC: (a “Grom” is a young surfer)
P.S. I didn’t drop the chain at cross nats. I had a puncture just
after the pit with about 700 meters to go. I was in 2nd at that
point. Later that day, as we were washing the bikes, we found a
safety pin mangled in the tread in the front tire. Adam Myerson said
that in all his years of racing, a puncture caused by a safety pin was
a first. In all the 10 national championship events I’ve competed in,
both road and cross, that was by far the hardest. It was really
frustrating seeing 2nd and 3rd place ride past me while I was
running while the rest of the field quickly closed.
CBRC: What’s in heavy rotation on your iPod right now?
CW: The Band, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lots of Johnny Cash, Rolling Stones, And Lots of U2. Once on a road trip to a cross race to Rhode Island, my brother got a hold of my iPod and listened to Tribute, by Tenacious D, 87 times in a row.
I took the first steps in being a bike racer again this weekend, with a nice solid ride out through Voorhesville and Altamont Friday after my last law school exam (forever!). Saturday Gavin and I hit the road for an hour and a half to spin the legs; with two good days under my belt and the legs loosened up it was time for some testing.
I rolled up to the office campus this morning and went about the standard threshold power test I’ve used the last couple years, which is a simple 20 minute tt effort. You can write a dissertation on how to determine FTP. I’ve found the most realistic thing to do is just go blow the door out for an extended time and see what the average is. 20 minutes works well because its not so long that you’re wasted for a while after, and its long enough that you get a useful number. This is pretty unscientific sounding, but when I go back and look at data from races and hard group rides, and combined that with the more elaborate Koncoi style test, the numbers tend to reflect what you get out of a 20 minute tt effort.
So the interesting part – my average 20 minute wattage was 285. That’s not super great, but its about where I started last year. The thing is the start last year was in January, not May, so this will take some effort to get up to speed. By this time last year I was testing around 305 watts. That 20 watt difference is highly notable, but more problematic is weight. I’m about 8 kg heavier than I was this time last year, so the weight increase plus the drop in wattage means I’m not going nearly as fast. But I could have told you that without a power meter.
Right now my FTP watts per kilogram is sitting at a relatively uncompetitive 3.23w/kg. Last year at this time it was 3.8w/kg. That may not seem like a big deal, but its the difference from going up the hill fast, and going out the back fast. Now we’ll see how long it takes to get the watts back up. The plan is to do intervals this week and next, get some sort of race intensity at the smack down rides, and then make my legitimate return to racing at the State Championship Crit in Saratoga May 31. We’ll see what happens….