TownHall Cross 2013

Another year, and Townhall keeps growing bigger and better. Thanks to everyone who came out, raced, volunteered, officiated, fixed bikes, or just heckled a few people. Specifically thanks to St. Luke’s Hospital, Cutters Bike Shop, Specialized Bikes, Eric Mitchell for the announcing, Bolete, PowerBar, Gallons to Ounces for the tunes, and Steve from Cycleops. Specialized donated a Crux frame, 2 tubular tires, and a great stash of prizes. Congrats to the lucky winner of the frame!

The action started with a completely full Cat 4/5 field, and Ruiz getting the hole shot:

Here is Bays showing good form over the barriers:

A strong ride by Matthew Bruno was enough to take the win in the Cat 4/5 race.

The award for traveling the farthest, in the least amount of time has to go to David Molinero, who took the red-eye from California to arrive early in the morning on Saturday. He then raced 3 events, the 4/5, 3/4, and single speed!

Kevin Fryberger won the competitive Masters 35+, followed closely by Joe Piccolo in second, and an excellent ride by Chris Garges put him on the third step of the podium.

The Bikeline duo of Bob Reuther and Martin Mrugal took the top two spots in the 45+, followed by Raymond Ziemet.

In the 55+ race, Kevin St. Clair took the win, Dennis Smith was second, and Scott Reynolds took third.

The top 3 in the Men’s 3/4 race were Caleb Holmes, Marco Mora, and Alex Roberts:

In the Women’s 3/4 race, Robin Dunn, Nadia Latzgo, and Sarah Loguidice took the top 3 spots.

Then, in the Women’s 1/2/3 event, Bicycling magazine’s Fit Chick took the top step of the podium, followed by Kathleen Wulfkuhle, Erica Yozell, Kristine Church, and Lauren Festa.

It was good to see some racing in the Women’s U19 field as well, the top three were Emma Freymann, Kiley Krasley, and Corinne Krasley.

In the Men’s 1/2/3 event, a small group formed early on that slowly whittled down by attrition towards the end of the race. John Minturn suffered an unfortunate mechanical early in the race which took him out of contention.

The top few positions were closely contested, and several of the riders remained in contention for the win until very close to the end.

Gerry managed to put some distance into the Mike, Greg, and Joe to secure the win.

Mike came in for a very close second place.

Final podium was Gerald Adasavage, Mike Festa, Gregory Whitney, Joe Pigga, and Mark D’Avino. Mark had a very strong ride, last year he was the winner of our Cat 4 race, and coming back to place 5th in the elite race is a great result.

Gerry now takes a place on our list of 1/2/3 victors:

2013: Gerald Adasavage
2012: Cameron Dodge
2011: Bobby Lea
2010: Guillaume Nelessen

The final race of the day featured some very creative costumes in the single speed race. Riding the St. Luke’s staircase, in costume, on a single speed is quite an accomplishment.

Dennis Bike photos.

Facebook photos.

Marten’s race report.

Cross is Boss! Nittany kicks of 2013

Lamprey Cycling participates in duathlons, triathlons, adventure races, mountain bike, running races, road cycling, but it seems that each fall the largest amount of participation comes out in cyclocross. So for the first cyclocross race on 2013 in the Mid-Atlantic area, and the first UCI event on the calendar, Joe, Marten, Jeff H., Jen H., Greg, Chris, Roland, Jon, Frank, Jeff B., and Amy all made it out for a great weekend of racing.

Highlights include Amy doing her first ever cross race, and Danica bringing out the Amy head:

Jenn. H. won the women’s 3/4!

Greg and Chris duking it out the last lap on Day 1. See Chris’ report here.

Jon Ruiz rallied on Day 2 to take second in the Men’s 3/4 race.

Joe rode to a strong finish in a stacked field, led by Todd Wells. See Marten’s report here.

Jeff, Chris, and Greg all scored some points in the Men’s Masters 35+, earning themselves better start positions in the next MAC races.

Overall win at Bucks County Du for Jeremy

A great result for Lamprey athlete Jeremy Garges, taking a big win.  In his words:

Sunday Sept 1st I raced the Bucks Duathlon in Washington Crossing, PA.   Thunderstorms were in area and hit early in the AM hours but stayed away for our 8AM start time.

The previous top 3 from last years race were not in attendance and I was starting to feel some confidence that I may be able to pull an overall podium.

I saw someone who seemed like serious competition wearing his Team USA kit…turns out he went to the World Duathlon Championships in M30-34 — great, at least he’s not in my age group so I still had a shot at the AG overall.

 

First run is a 2 mile sprint, I come into T1 in 10th feeling good.

The bike is another sprint, only 10 miles; 4 x 2.5 mile straights with it has 3 turnarounds around traffic cones which require rebuilding your momentum.   I passed into 3rd at mile 2, passed into 2nd at mile 4, and passed into the lead at the 5 mile mark, around the sharp turnaround.

I maintained approx. 10 sec lead into T2 and had a great transition.

 

Now, off on the final 2 mile sprint.   My usual downfall where the fast runners get past me.   My added run mileage this year must have helped as I was able to hold off the Team USA kitted guy and actually run a slightly faster run split than him.   My first overall win with some substantial competition.  A total of 177 participants.

My wife raced as well and was 3rd OA in her AG and had her best finishing time of her 3 years doing the event.

 

All the bike and run miles this year finally paid off in the shortest event I’ve done all year !

Aleks gets silver in the Provincials Masters Championship

Racing in the Stampede Road Race Master’s Provinical Championships (40-49), Aleksandra Macklem earns a silver. Here is a picture of her leading the break.

Jen Hetrick and Chris Garges at the Wilkes-Barre Duathlon

Jen Hetrick was the fastest women at the Wilkes-Barre Duathlon, she was in a tight battle during the first run with Porfiro, but managed to open up a good lead on the bike, and held on for the win.

Chris Garges was locked in a tight battle with Sean Robbins. After the 22 mile race, they finished only 31 seconds apart.

Masters Worlds Recap

It’s hard to briefly summarize a great week of racing, spectacting, eating, laughing, and washing (oh, the bike washing!). Instead of words, here is a short video clip featuring some of the highlights from our week:

Follow this link to watch on Vimeo.

Masters Worlds Day 3

In what felt like deja-vu from last year, after a muddy few days for pre-riding and seeding heats, the temperature dropped into the single digits, and snowed. We woke to 9 degrees F, and a nice dusting of snow. First for the day was Marten in the 30-34 final. The temperature warmed up to a balmy 14 degrees in time for the start. Parts of the course were flat, frozen, and fast, while other parts had deep hard ruts.

Peter Beels from Leadout Racing was manning the pits, and taking care of the bike changes.

Next in the day was Mike in the 40-44 final. The conditions were changing rapidly, and by the time he went off, the temperature was near freezing, and the sun came out. As a consequence, the mud was flinging up onto the bikes, and promptly freezing in place. The pit crews were essential.

The pitting action was fast and intense, the only photos we have are from after the race.

Greg was in the final event of the day, Men’s 35-39. He rode smart, and had a steady race to finish 30th out of 72 starters, an excellent result!

Masters Worlds Day 2

We could call this day, the onset of “cross-cough”. We’ve now all had a chance at either a final, or a seeding heat, and the souvenier is a persistant cough for the rest of the day. The rains continue, and the puddles are getting deeper.

Tall, wading boots are necessary to walk around the course.

Steve O. lines up for his front row start in the 40-44 race.

On course.

Norway was represented.

Mike put on the performance of the day, after just missing qualifying for the final in his seeding heat, he lined up for an additional two laps in the repechage, and easily finished in the top 8 to earn himself a spot in the final race on Friday.

Here is Mike remounting after the barriers.

Marten went out a little too aggressively to claim the hole shot, then slid backwards to finish twentieth in the 30-34 seeding heat.

There is a large tent next to the staging area for warming up on trainers, here is Greg and Matt getting ready for their seeding heat.

Greg had a great race, and moved up from his starting spot to finish 17th in his seeding heat, and qualify for the final, a very good performance.

Lehigh Valley local Mike Yozell had a fantastic race, battling for the top spot all the way to the line, he’s earned a front row start for the final.

Bill Elliston will be up at the front of the race as well.

We’re all excited for tomorrow, most of us get a day of rest to recover, but Aleks will be racing her final event! Good luck!

Masters Worlds Day 1

Today was our first full day here in Louisville. Yesterday Greg, Steve, Sabina, Becca, and Marten converged on the rental house just outside of downtown Louisville. The rains let up this morning, and even a little sun poked through the clouds and we left the house at 8 am to check out the Masters course and get in some pre-riding.

The course is awesome, plenty of variety, some fast stuff, some technical stuff, some steep run-ups, this will be fun.

Here is Steve Tilford on his way to qualifying for a front-row start (if I counted correctly).

Enjoying a lunch in the balmy Kentucky January weather.

Getting the hole shot!

Number 2 gets the hole shot in the Men’s 60-64, and goes on to win the qualifying heat. All of these competitors are truly defying their age.

The first of many bike and car cleanings for the week.

Now it is time for rice crispies, and some fine coffee courtesy of Mark B.

Kutztown Cyclocross 2012

Over two days of racing, 5 Lamprey racers made it out for a full weekend of racing over two days at the nearby Kutztown course. On Saturday, Joe and Marten raced in the 1/2/3, finishing 11th and 13th respectively.

On Sunday, Greg, Jeff, and Jeremy lined up in the Masters 35+ race.

Thanks to MTB NJ for the photos.