Thanks to GMSVer Jamie Henkel for setting up a Strava page for our club!
This link will remain available on the left side of the GMSV home page …
“Let the games begin!”
Thanks to GMSVer Jamie Henkel for setting up a Strava page for our club!
This link will remain available on the left side of the GMSV home page …
“Let the games begin!”
GMSV is excited to add yoga to its winter calendar!
No previous yoga experience is necessary.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your own yoga mat
(we will also have a few extra mats available).
All classes are open to the public
($5 suggested donation).
We will practice cross-training yoga movements specific to the cyclist’s body to
strengthen your core & low back,
stretch your hip flexors & legs,
and open your chest & lungs.
Namaste and we look forward to seeing you at these classes . . . GMSV
L to R: Mike Franco (1st-year GMSVer and very strong rider), Phil von Hake (gassed, but hangin’ on), Pete ? (with Racer X, in back), Tony Martin (a Tuesday-night fixture), and Jeff Martin (back from multiple injuries and also riding strong) take a break next to the radio tower after climbing the Green Mountain Trail.
Photo Courtesy Randy Hodson (Racer X)
GMSV has started a pretty consistent Tuesday night MtB ride, leaving The Shop around 5:30. Most rides only last an hour or two, usually heading up & around Hayden Park on Green Mountain (although previous rides have also included Dinosaur Ridge and other nearby favorites).
The 8-10 riders that showed up on January 21 represented one of the larger groups we’ve had, but hopefully that’ll become a New Normal.
January has been relatively (and thankfully) mild so far, although the die-hards in this group will even ride in 20s & 30s. The winds (esp. at the top) on this night were noticeable but manageable. And trail conditions on Green Mountain are still surprisingly good: little or no snow, bone-dry dirt, and NO MUD!
The Jan. 21 ride ended with a great post-ride dinner & beers at the Ironworks Pub (right around the corner from The Shop), although Old Chicago, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and other worthy post-ride gathering places are also nearby.
Seeya Tuesday night!
I was asked to forward this on to as many people as possible. Please read the message below. We have all ridden this canyon and would like to get up there again. Please help if you can.
When the historical rains and subsequent flooding happened in September the picturesque little mountain town of Jamestown was devastated. All of the thousands of cyclists who ride the road up to Jamestown for a great workout punctuated by a stop for a snack at the Merc or water from the coolers the town leaves out for us, and all of the mountain bikers who enjoy the trails around Jamestown were left without a destination that has become part of our culture. But beyond that, way beyond that, the folks who live in Jamestown were left without a way in or out of their town, a badly damaged infrastructure including municipal water, and in many cases, without a place to live. Some long time Boulder cyclists decided that they really wanted to help their neighbors in this town that defines community and has been part of our weekly riding experience for decades….and they created Cyclists 4 Jamestown (www.c4jtown.com) and put on a benefit festival to help raise money. The entire cycling community began to come together to help contribute to this worthy cause.
At Curve we have been riding in the Boulder area since the early 80’s and as such we really felt the impact of these events and wanted to help in whatever way we could. We reached out to some local artist friends at Bison Design Group and Chris Cain Art and asked them to donate some time to designing a jersey that was symbolic of the town and the goal at hand. Being avid riders themselves they jumped at the chance and created this special limited edition Jamestown jersey. For every jersey sold at $59.95, there will be a $30 donation (all proceeds) to the Cyclists 4 Jamestown fund. Our friends and fellow cyclists at Excel Sports immediately came to the front when asked if they would handle the sales and distribution of this special jersey and as such they are the only place to get these jerseys on a pre order basis at the following link:
Our goal is to sell so many jerseys that we can hand the town a big fat check for the rebuilding effort. To that end please forward to any cycling friends and ask that they do the same. Spending $60 on a beautiful and unique jersey that results in $30 donation to a community in need is a win win for all. It is not often that as a population cyclists can come together in such a way to help out a town that we have enjoyed…let’s make the most of our opportunity to help. THANKS!
Thanks to Scott “Dirt Coach” Hackett for this info from the Red Bull Road Rage down Guanella Pass on Oct. 5.
“Best racing experience ever … Thanks, Red Bull! No license, no categories, no bitching, everyone rips, free food, free beer, zero wimps … Priceless.”
“Everyone loves a crash … unless you’re the one crashing. Watch his chain come off at 8sec, then he clips a foot and pedal and finds out his chain is gone. Should have tucked looks like a collarbone break. Derreck Bassett got up and raced 3 more runs, not like your average Road, XC, or CX pussy.”
“Round 2 at the Red Bull Road Rage knocked out by less than a tire width, just didn’t have the watts. Lower left corner see the tire in view we were rubbing shoulders pretty hard the last 40meters. Bummed the front GoPro battery died right after the start, the bail slam would have been sweet. Overall good result would have liked to transferred into the Big Main. Considering I was in a coma 8-9 weeks ago from the ruptured cerebral aneurysm was a good day just didn’t have the watts in my legs from lack of any real training for a while.”
Thanks to Thom Lieurance for this information . . . . GMSV
GMSV had several solid results at the Cyclo X cyclocross event in Broomfield on September 29:
Patrick Whitesel also raced in SM 4, but photos & results were unavailable at press time.
Here’s the latest from Captain Thom & Crew:
We just (late Friday morning) checked the Zero Gravel CX course .
It’s drying out quickly, so the race is still ON for Saturday, Sep. 14.
Expect a typical cross race “with a little bit of everything” … !
The course is at 5980 S. Alkire St. in Littleton …
just south of the WaterStone Community Church,
and right across the street from Tipsy’s Liquor World.
PLEASE don’t drive through floodwaters or take any unnecessary risks to get here.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you Saturday morning!
As of Thursday at noon the race is still on. We have walked the course and with a little bit of re routing we can still run the race. Remember – it has rained for several days and this will NOT be a dust bowl cross race. Expect and prepare for wet and dirty conditions. CROSS SEASON HAS ARRIVED.
Look for another update sometime after noon on Friday.
See you in Littleton.
Webmaster’s Note: Thanks to Carter Faber for this report from the Racing for Hope Criterium on Table Mountain . . . GMSV
I didn’t see any other Greenies out there, but I was not at the morning races. Racing for Hope – fun easy going race. This race started a few years ago as the Raisin Hope, in honor of Saul Raisin, a local aspiring pro who crashed out in a Euro race, never made it back into the peloton. All net proceeds from today go to Craig Hospital. Sunny beautiful day on the Table Top. 45s was fast. Plenty of attacks off the front, but just enough wind that no one could get away. Pack finish for all.
Webmaster’s Note: Thanks to Bob Connelly for sending these results from last weekend (August 3-4).
CONGRATS to Phil Coons, who won his wave at the Mike Nields Memorial Bannock Criterium in Englewood!
GMSV seniors also book-ended the podium at the Lookout Mountain Hill Climb above Golden:
Bob Connelly – 2nd
Mike Raber – 3rd
Phil Coons – 5th
Webmaster’s Note: Thanks to “rimstrip” for submitting these GMSV results from the Salida Classic.
At Salida in the 65′s Mike Raber, Bob Connelly and Phil Coons raced. The results are on the BRAC site. Phil Coons only raced the Crit and RR. Mike Raber took first in the Crit and Phil Coons was fourth. In the State Masters Road Race Phil Coons was third and Mike was fourth. I do not remember Bob Connelly’s finishes accurately enough to report them. I know Mike and Bob were in the TT, and I believe Mike was second. Phil Coons will be in the Lookout and Bannock races. Mike Raber and Bob Connelly will be at Lookout. I believe Bob Connelly at least will be at Bannock. All again are in the 65′s.
Kathy Judson finished 4th in the TT, and 5th in the Road Race … “but the Mountain Bike stage killed me ”
Webmaster’s Note: Thanks again to Kathy Judson for these results from the Colorado Epic XC, the 4th race in the Epic Singletrack series, July 27 in Winter Park.
JIM DWYER (above): “I rode the Mount Evans Hill Climb on my mountain bike (I may have been the only MtB out there). I really enjoyed the workout (and the views) and will probably do it again next year. Obviously not going for the win, but I did place in the top half of the 50+ citizens category.”
KEVIN BARKER: I raced Mt Evans and placed 23rd in the SM45+. It was hard.
We bet it was -> Thanks and Go Green!
bright and early on a Saturday morning – What a beautiful day – no wind nor clouds. The tension is intense at the line as a few of the competitors size up one another. We take off on the flats for a moderate pace and then at the first hill – SHATTER!! I was shattered – smiles. But it is a long race and the Switchbacks are coming. Steady as day two of the Colorado tour de France is coming. Great weather – great riding and Finished atop a favorite 14,100 foot mountain – YEAH!!! The best was seeing all the wild flowers in full bloom and 2 mountain goat kids on the way down. Beautiful day for a lovely ride in the mountains. The 65+ team did great!!! Then Dave and another GMSV were there to help each other along on day 1 of the Colorado Tour de France.
THEN day 2 up to the summit of Pikes Peak – what a spectacular climb!!! The corners are so fun!!! Oh I wish I were in a car sliding around each one BUT the bike was great too! Great weather and No traffic at 7 am. The 65+ plus guys were there and they are so helpful. The climb was steeper and shorter and so fun! A few rest spots and flying with everyone basically riding together. There were 4 women who took the challenge to do both days and we all had a great time. The views are so stupendous from atop Pikes Peak.
A weekend for the Brave or the crazy but we had our own little Colorado Alps experience. Perfect timing!!! Back to back 14er’s. What an awesome way to spend a weekend in Colorado.
I successfully completed the Breckenridge 100 on July 14 while proudly wearing Green Mountain Sports Velo kit at the finish. It was quite a long day (as a mater of fact, a 13-hour day), starting at 6:00am and finishing almost exactly at 7:00pm … a long day indeed!
I had a mechanical issue at the end of Loop #1 with a broken chain (note to self: carry a master link next time for self-repair). I ran about a mile on singletrack, then arrived at paved tarmac allowing me to coast into town and stopping at the first bike shop I spied. The folks at Lone Star Sports (Kim and Henry) fixed me up with a new chain and was off awaiting more misery. All said I lost about 45min. in time.
Loop #2 was uneventful other than a long slog, pain and suffering. I arrived at the last aid station where we were told only 8 more miles to Carter Park and begin Loop #3. 8 miles seems like a cake walk right? Not!! It was the longest 8 miles I have ever ridden with several hike-a-bike sections and numerous false summits. It was a play on the mind all the way to Carter Park.
We were also challenged by the weather on Loop #3. Prior to reaching the summit of Boreas Pass, it began to rain hard. Three or four riders and myself took shelter underneath a tree and donned rain gear. There was an Aid Station at the summit where we were told the descent into Como was going to be dicey due to the fact the singletrack descent is a natural Flume. Truer words have never been spoken: we descended into Como propelled by the river in the middle of the trail. No one told me to bring my Personal Flotation Device! I then hooked up with a fellow by the name of Jack who was riding a singlespeed (ouch), we climbed out of Como and descended into Carter Park to a jovial crowd, and I was never happier to be off the bike.
Thank you to Green Mountain Sports Velo for that social event at the Wynkoop earlier in the week. Thanks also for all the support I received from everyone that evening prior the race.
Take care and happy trails on the bicycletta,
Thanks to Scott Hackett for this info . . . GMSV
Here are GMSV’s results from the XC Super Loop, Race #2 in the Epic Singletrack series at Winter Park:
Expert Men 45-49
Bill Marcoux – 1:50:01 (14th Place)
Expert Men 50+
Kevin Barker – 1:41:31 (10th)
Sport Men 18 & Under
Weston Mauz - 2:04:05 (10th)
Sport Men 35-39
Scott Wilkey – 1:41:19 (5th / Fastest GMSV Finisher)
Brent Poley – 1:50:04 (14th)
Sport Men 45-49
Jeff Martin – 1:51:50 (15th)
Stuart Proffit – 1:57:32 (20th)
Great Job Everyone!
Thanks to Jamie Henkel (shown here screamin’ down Keystone Mountain) for this race report . . . GMSV
Photo courtesy Mountain Moon Photography
Race #5 of the Rocky Mountain Endurance series rolled into Keystone with the Snake River Mountain Challenge on Saturday, June 29. With a 19-mile course and 3,250 feet of climbing per lap, all three GMSV riders opted for the two-lap Half Marathon … and only one of us was crazy enough to do it on a single speed (not the author)!
The race started with a mass neutral rollout though the center of Keystone resort before turning sharply uphill on a fire road section. The steepest sections of the mountain are at the bottom, so selections were made quickly as the climbing began towards the first section of singletrack. Things settled down on the singletrack, and we settled in for the long climb with Chris Shamis, Bobby Tobin, and I within a couple riders of each other.We dropped down on to some great sweeping singletrack about halfway up the mountain (6 miles in). In and out of the trees, this section was FAST! Unfortunately, it was over too soon and we were back onto the fire road for the brutal climb up to 11,700 ft. The weather was great with no rain, but I swear it was full sun every time I hit that fire road! There was a quick singletrack loop at the top of the climb before pointing the wheels back downhill.
The descent took us down some of Keystone’s best downhill trails, including the black diamond rated TNT. TNT was steep and loose in sections, but again with some great banked turns to just let it rip. At the end of this, Chris and I had the same thought, which we shared at the end of the race, “Do I really want to climb up that thing again?”
On the long climb up, I found myself with three other riders in the 30-39 group, and we stuck together on the initial decent. With the final climb up, I planned to find a pace and keep it. There were several attempts by the others to split the group, and we slowly peeled off riders until one guy put in a huge effort at the bottom of a steep section. I found him at the top of that section bent over the bike, totally out of gas! I hit the singletrack and hoped to just hang on to position. I made it most of the way down before a guy from the Groove team who dropped off on the climb came screaming up behind me and flying by like a crazy man. I tried to hold his wheel but to no avail and I rolled into the finish just happy to hang on to the top ten.
Jamie Henkel – 4:25 (9th out of 19 in Men’s 30-39)
Chris Shamis – 4:48 (2nd/4 in Men’s 50-59)
Robert Tobin – 4:29 (7th among the bad-ass single speeders)
Webmaster’s Note: Thanks to Jim Dwyer for this race report.
There were quite a few GMSV riders at the Winter Park Hill Climb (Race #1 in the Epic Singletrack series), but I will report on those that I had a chance to talk to after the race.
First, my wife and I enjoyed having couple beers with Scott Wilkey and Jeff Martin while sitting around afterwards. Scott rode that thing in 45:04, putting him in the middle of the pack in the Men’s Sport 35-39 division. Jeff was in the Men’s Sport 45-49 division, and finished in 54:04 -> quite respectable since he only decided the night before to do the hill climb.
Kevin Barker took 1st in the Expert 50-59 division with a time of 41:03! I was 4th in that same division with a time of 44:26. We gave Kevin a hard time because he used a cross bike, but he beat us all by a good margin, so he probably would have still won with a slightly heavier bike!
And Congrats to Kathy Judson on taking 1st in the Women’s Sport 50+ division with a time of 52:39!
Additional GMSV Results for the Winter Park Hill Climb:
GMSV will return to Winter Park for the Super Loop on Saturday, June 29.
Thanks to Scott DeMers for getting the Bailey Hundo ball rolling … both before and after the race! I also did the Bailey Hundo on June 15, and wanted to provide my own (and hopefully not too long or repetitive) race report.
As much riding as I’ve been doing, I’ve never done 100 miles all-at-once on a bike, road or mountain … ?! I know I should’ve at least done something easier like the Denver Century Ride by now, but that was happening on the exact same day. I also didn’t get into the Leadville 100 for a third straight year, so Hundo it is.
As Scott mentioned (and unlike Leadville), the Hundo is a fundraiser for some very worthy non-profit organizations:
I had no problem coughing up $250 for all of these worthy causes, although I held off on asking others for $ in case I’d DNF. The Hundo is also meant to showcase the spectacular MtB opportunities around the Bailey area: the Bailey Trails! group might one day help turn Bailey into a MtB destination a la Fruita.
I swung by Corky’s shop on Friday afternoon to make sure my 13-year-old Vail Cycle Works Ti Soft-tail was Hundo-ready. Thanks (as always!) to Sheldon for getting it ready for last weekend’s pre-ride (after closing time, no less!) and to James for adjusting the headset in mere minutes late on Friday afternoon!
I got to Bailey to set up camp, get my packet, attend the mandatory safety meeting, and shove as much spaghetti into my face as possible before bedtime. I would’ve otherwise just sat & stressed in my tent after dinner, but Scott suggested a 3-5-mile spin which ended up calming me down quite nicely.
Saturday marked the first time I ever remember getting up at 4:00 AM for anything. Breakfast consisted of the jerky in my packet, 3 PBJs, 2 protein shakes, and another gel or two for good measure. I’m sure I should’ve eaten more … but I still had plenty of spaghetti in me, I was nervous enough already, and I promised to make up for it at the aid stations(?!).
We rode 3 miles to the start, where 250 of us were lined up. Some VIP walked out into the middle of the street and fired a shotgun into the air at 6:00 AM sharp, and we were off. Any of you who’ve raced with me know how I usually drop off the back pretty quickly(!) … but I stayed with Scott for a mile or so before the first climb. He & I agreed, though, that staying well within ourselves for the first half of the race was essential to surviving the (MUCH harder) second half.
The Hundo starts off by climbing about 7 miles on paved & (mostly) dirt road south of Bailey up to the Colorado Trail. Then it’s on to the CT and other gorgeous singletrack trails for the next 40 or so miles … J I stayed well within myself all the way to Aid Station #5 (about 47 miles in), and made a concerted effort to do the following at every aid station:
I should mention at this point that the Hundo’s aid station volunteers were (by FAR!) the most enthusiastic of any I’ve ever seen at any race. Every racer was greeted with a chorus of cheers, and there was never a need to ask these folks for “more cowbell” … ! A couple at Aid Station #4 were wearing gorilla suits, even though it was cloudless & almost 80.
The folks at Aid 5 may have been the least enthusiastic, but they probably provided me with the most important aid I needed all race. I’ve come to take pride in always beating the cutoff times (even if it’s just by a few minutes). I knew there were several along the Hundo course, starting at Aid 5. So I asked, “how long ‘til this station closes?” to which several volunteers replied, “Soon. Very soon … like less than a half-hour from now.”
I now realized that “staying well within myself” was quickly turning into “riding gently into a DNF.” My original plan was to not really “start racing” until I got the bottom of Stony Pass … but being so far behind schedule meant that I had to start racing NOW, 30+ miles before the start of the Stony Pass climb … ?! The profile between Aid 5 & 6 suggested flat-to-mostly-downhill, which made me channel my inner Scott Hackett and open up the throttle (“Later, B*tches”). There ended up being a MUCH-more-than-expected amount of climbing, which was making me more nervous than I’d even felt just before the start. Worst of all, nasty DNF thoughts started dancing around in my head(?!).
Another racer who was “just cruising” and very patient with my descending “skills” followed me down the rock pile to the South Platte River and Aid Station #6 around 1:00. I immediately asked the race official if I was “still in,” and she reassured me that I definitely was. This aid station was scheduled to close at 2:00 … so while I didn’t ride as cleanly as I wanted to on that segment, I was at least starting to pull away from the broom wagon … J
Going from Aid 6 to 7 was on SH 67, a very slight uphill on about 15 miles of dirt & paved road. There didn’t appear to be anybody going my speed, so it was time to put my near-non-existent time trialing skills to work. Either the wind was with me, or things just went very well for me on that segment. I pulled into Aid 7 at Deckers to find that I had put even more time between me & the cutoff.
I rolled out of Deckers feeling pretty darn good, but then the climbing kicked in: about 3 miles’ worth on (paved) Deckers Road, and another 3 miles on the very steep dirt of Wigwam Creek Road. I felt pretty good passing one guy in a Semper Fi jersey, but simply could not catch an unattached (to a team) woman who stayed about a ¼-mile ahead throughout this segment. I saluted her climbing prowess as I pulled in to Aid 8 about a minute behind her. This was “The Oktoberfest Station,” and the polka music & old guys in lederhosen helped restore levity to my afternoon … perfect timing as we were at the base of Stony Pass.
Stony Pass is nothing exceptional: it tops out at only 8400 feet, and didn’t even feel as steep as Wigwam Creek Rd. below it. But it shows up 80+ miles into the race, and just seems to grind on forever. I had at least pre-ridden the road from Bailey to Deckers back to Bailey the previous weekend … but again, I hadn’t already gone 80 miles on that ride(!). At least the hail that pelted last year’s racers on the pass was replaced by a very short/sweet rain shower, reminding me of just how lucky we were with the entire day’s weather.
Aid 9 was at the top of Stony Pass, where an entire girl’s high school team (I didn’t catch what sport) was there to cheer us on. I’m sure they had been there for hours, so I was once again impressed with their continuing enthusiasm. Fuel up & go, and it was “mostly downhill” to Aid 9 at the Windy Peak Outdoor Education Lab. The volunteers were less enthusiastic, but very informative. They said that it’s “only 1 more mile of climbing, then 7 miles all-downhill to the finish.” I took their word for it, and they were generally right.
I don’t think I’ve ever pedaled downhill harder than I did those last 7-8 miles … probably out of some combination of euphoria, fear of something going wrong, and confidence that I still had that much left in me. There was a last little bump-up to the finish area, where I blew past a male pro. He wasn’t bloody or anything … so I’m sure he had mechanicals, cramps, or some other issue(s) that will prevent me from bragging about it anymore than this.
I wanted to finish more than anything else, but then hoped to finish in under 11 hours. When I saw the clock reading 10:49:…, I let out a few rebel yells and fist-pumps as I crossed the line. My time was good enough for 189th out of the 250-strong field (i.e., NOT in the bottom 20%!), and 63rd out of 79 in Men’s 40s. A volunteer was waiting at the line to shake my hand and present me with that coveted piece of wood with a rusty piece of “Bailey Hundo” metal on it.
While it may have appeared to be a mostly solitary journey for me, I still need to thank so many people for helping to make this happen:
I felt better than I ever thought I would post-race -> I even rode into work today (3 days later)! I don’t know what race I’ll do next (other than the Breck 68), esp. since I need to get over the past weekend’s euphoria. At least I now know I can do “a” hundo – and even “THE” Hundo – fairly well … ~(8-D
I do feel confident about crushing the 2014 Bailey Hundo, though, and hope to see lots more GMSVers there as well . . . PvH
Last Saturday, July 15, it was time to do a race that had been on my radar for 2 years – the Bailey Hundo. As the mission states, this is a not-for-profit mountain bike century that puts all proceeds towards youth cycling and trail building initiatives in Colorado. Starting and finishing in the town of Bailey, the course winds through a granite-hardened landscape, taking you on some of the best trails the state has to offer, including one of our crown jewels, the Colorado Trail.
I arrived late Friday afternoon and set up my tent near the finish line. The camping situation was pretty perfect, big enough to allow elbow room for both RVs and tents alike. A spaghetti dinner was served promptly at 6:30, and I found myself sitting with two of the young‘ens that the race was meant to benefit, recent members of the Colorado High School Cycling League. Also sitting at the table was their executive director, as well as other members of the board of directors. It was inspiring to meet this great group of folks, and I was impressed that many of them, on top of the work they had already put in to making this thing happen, were planning on doing the course with everyone else the next day. Also eventually joining us was my fellow GMSVer, the inimitable Phil Von Hake, who was doing his first 100 mile mountain bike race ever.
I had trouble sleeping that night, and popped awake around 3:00 AM from a dream in which I had been racing the course in the middle of a snow storm. Given that it was supposed to be in the high 70s and sunny that day, I laid awake chuckling to myself and waiting for the sun to come up.
I felt a little like I was dreaming again when the gun went off at 6:00 AM and 250 racers started hammering up the road towards the first section of the Colorado Trail. On the way, I rode past Roman Urbina, Mr. La Ruta De Los Conquistadores, and shook his hand. In no time, the pack hit the first stretch of single-track, and away we went. It was immediately obvious that trail conditions were less than ideal, that is to say drier than a popcorn fart. That’s OK, because unless it’s on fire, the riding in the Buffalo Creek trail system is awesome even on its worst day. The next 40ish miles were single-track bliss.
Up and over Chair Rock, down through the Hayman Burn to the Platte River, I found myself at aid station 6 where I had a drop bag filled with Scooby snacks waiting for me. The rest of the race was going to be on roads, including 4,700 feet of climbing up to Stony Pass. Yowza. I caught a pace line of mostly Optimum Nutrition guys and the odd Racer X, and we hammered off to Deckers where I grabbed a bottle at aid 7. I was feeling cocky and wanted to be the first back on the road, so I jumped on it and caught a 50+ fellow I had been yo-yoing with, Hunter. We chatted a little bit, and I headed off in front of him. But as the Stony Pass climb turned to dirt, so did my cocky attitude. Hunter passed me halfway up, and noticed what must have been obvious fatigue. He reached out and started pushing me as he shouted “C’mon Scott, let’s finish this thing together!” Wow, to have that kind of strength and enthusiasm in my next decade, one can only hope. But 2ish hours later the pass came and went, and I caught a second wind, and a few more racers. In the end, I finished at a time of 9:16, and 40th in my cat, 30 seconds behind Hunter. But that’s the thing about endurance racing – the results are almost irrelevant – it’s the journey that counts. I saw Phil at the finish, and we shared a congratulatory beer over his popping of the proverbial cherry. I cannot tell you how stoked and impressed I am with Mr. Von Hake.
To wrap it up, I would first like to say thank you to everyone who donated on my behalf. I really believe that good things come from supporting and encouraging kids to ride their bikes – God knows what I would have become without one I would also like to say to anyone that is thinking of doing their first hundo and wanting to stay local, this is your ticket. Unless you’re a freak of nature, the Breckenridge 100 is probably a bit too much for a starter, and the Leadville is, meh, Leadville. I also felt that the carbon hardtail Breezer fit this course like hand in glove. I did races last season that had me questioning the wisdom of my purchase, but it’s rides like this where everything just kinda comes together. What a great time.
Love — Scott D
This Saturday kicks off the Winter Park race series. GMS will be hosting 3 teams in this years competition and hopes to get great results. Swing by our tent after each race to grab a beer, brat, and brag about your race.
1ST race is the Excel Roofing Hill Climb. See you there.
Important message from the promoter:
Reminder from the Race Director: “Please note that this series is a MOUNTAIN BIKE race series, so let’s have people racing on mountain bikes: Leave the road, the hybrid, the cross bike, the unicycle at home, and race the hill climb on your mountain bike. We are not the bike police but you guys know the difference. If it’s advertised as, sold as, and called a mountain bike, it probably is one. Bring the mountain bike!”
distance: 5.2 miles | Starting Elevation: 9080′ | Highest Point: 11,142′ | Total Climbing: 2062′
Race info: http://www.epicsingletrack.com/information.html
Several GMSVers (all of whom are hopefully mentioned here) got decent results – including one podium! – in their respective XC-MtB races at the GoPro Mountain Games, June 6-9 in Vail:
Scott Wilkey had a solid finish at the GoPro Mountain Games
Photo Courtesy of Jeff O’Brien, Green Mountain Sports
Thomas Kirschling – 1 hour, 9 minutes (2nd out of 53 in Sport Men)
Scott Wilkey – 1:20 (11th/28 in Men’s Vet Sport 35+)
Bruce Whitesel – 1:22 (10th/18 in Men’s Masters 45+)
A solid contingent of GMSVers made the trip to the Peaceful Valley Boy Scout Ranch near Elbert for the PV Cycle Derby, the fourth race in the Rocky Mountain Endurance series.
MARATHON (66 miles)
HALF-MARATHON (44 miles)
XC (22 miles)
The RME series continues on the weekend of June 29-30, with the Snake River Mountain Challenge in Keystone.
Thomas Kirschling, [author of this post] Kevin Kaucher, and Jordan Anderson competed in the 24 hours of ERock this past weekend at the Greenland Open Space near Larkspur. We competed in the 4-5 person Co-Ed division. The race runs from 6:30pm Friday to 6:30pm Saturday on an 8.4mile loop course with ~500ft of elevation gain on mostly double track trails.
Thomas Kirschling started off the race for the team which included a quick Le Mans-style start. Tom got off the line quickly and pulled a hot lap in just over 28 mins and good for 4th place through the start/finish gates. The course was fast and hard-packed, but the corners could get a little sketchy without the right line. A few racers went down and suffered some serious road rash.
Through the evening and into the night the temperatures dropped but the 15mph winds luckily died down. Temps dropped into the 30’s with a layer of frost developing by 4am. By morning we had maintained our 3rd-place ranking, 1 lap back from 2nd and 1 lap above 4th. We continued to ride strong pulling 30-35mins laps. By 4pm we had pulled ahead of 4th place by a significant margin, but still 1 lap behind 2nd. We finished with 39 laps, 25 mins back of 2nd place but a strong podium finish (3rd).
A solid day overall for GMSV!
Next up is the 24 hours of Enchanted Forest which will also serve as the US 24 hour National Championships (June 15-16 in Gallup, NM).
GMSV’s Senior Men (65-69) Time Trialers finished the Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial Series in style
(Race #7, May 29 @ Cherry Creek State Park), claiming all three spots on the podium!
Congrats and GO GREEN!
If you think you are going to show up to a TT or Road Race in Colorado for an easy win, you better not try it in the 65+ category. This year GMSV has been lucky to have five 65+ racers join our team, Dick Decker, Mike Raber, Phil Coons, Bob Connelly and Charlie Perez. These guys are showing up to win. They have racked up several wins and podiums all season long in TT’s, Crits, and Road races. Most recently our 65+ guys dominated the Boulder Orthopedics TT with 1st thru 4th place finishes. They also won the TTT at the same race. Then Mike Raber followed up these wins by winning the Durango Iron Horse TT over the Memorial Day weekend.
GMSV’s 65+ racers are well on their way to winning the Colorado Cup in both the Racer and Team categories.
Great racing guys!
Thanks to Phil Coons for passing on this story of his – and his GMSV teammates’ – exploits at the Superior Morgul Omnium in Louisville.
Thanks also to Michael Raber and Thom Lieurance for passing along these results …
-> I wanna be like these guys when I grow up!
The 65+ group of GMSV worked together to finish 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the Morgul Bismarck Road Race. One significant event during the race was my crash at the last turnaround. Speed and an unswept corner contributed to sliding out. With a little help from a spectator and the encouragement of teammates Mike Raber and Bob Connelly I was back on the bike pretty quickly. My teammates waited for me, even though they had strong chances of finishing ahead of the other remaining riders, and despite my encouragement for them to catch the group.
In an act of good sportsmanship the group ahead slowed to allow us to rejoin them. Adrenalin kept me in the race. Up the Wall for the last time Mike led the group over the finishing line, and Bob and I followed next. The other racers did not seem to resent the outcome to which they had contributed. The teamwork and sportsmanship shown by teammates, competitors and a helpful spectator during the last part of the race were something I will not forget and make clear to me what values amateur racing should represent.
By the way I had only some road rash, while keeping my Green Mountain jersey and bike pretty much unscathed except for handlebar tape. The podium presented awards five deep, which was a surprise. If the podium picture is found, my bandages look worse than the injuries. It was great that the organizers overcame last-minute adversity to hold the race, and Green Mountain Sports Velo was represented well.
GMSV’s SM65+ team was the leading team in our cat at the Superior Morgul Omnium in Louisville:
Webmaster’s Note: Several GMSVers ventured to the hills above Sedalia on May 18 for the Indian Creek Mtn. Bike Race, the latest installment in the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series. Since you’re probably sick of my writing by now anyway(!), here’s an excellent first-person race report from Kevin Kaucher, who overcame numerous obstacles to make a solid finish in the Marathon . . . PvH
Full GMSV Results at bottom of this post
I have to say going in I was a bit nervous going with the full marathon option looking at the race specs…3 laps on an 18mi course, 2800ft of elevation gain/lap, on trails down in the Waterton Canyon area. Regardless, after Phil von Hake’s [ultimately incorrect] course recon and description of “difficult but all ridable”, I felt a little better.
Race day: Get to IC, boy it sure is cold out here. 50-ish to start but perfect temps I suppose. Race start pushed back 30mins because race crew and racers were not ready. I sat in the cabin and sipped some water, shivering.
Race start: Still have no nutrition plan, for those of you that know me this is no surprise. One water bottle? Two? 24oz? 20oz? Gels? Bars? Forget it…two bottles, 2 gels for the first lap, will refuel at the aid station after that based on my usage on lap 1. I get off the line in the back of my AG since after all I was expecting a 6 hour race. Ill pass all those squirrels eventually when they burn themselves out. Nice rolling start on some access roads for a few miles, legs feel good, mind doesn’t [feel so good] after 3hrs of sleep.
Lap 1: they shortened lap 1 by 3 miles to account for the absurdly amount of climbing the course had. This should have also been a red flag warning sign. 15 miles; nice swoopy downhills, But then the climbs…these were no normal climbs, The biggest was the 4 miles of climbing to end the lap, took an hour to ride 3 miles! Parts of which you couldn’t ride because of huge trees or boulders in the trail. This was what destroyed me mentally and I was seriously concerned about doing this two more times. Because of this I was all over the trail, my solid technical skills had deserted me, I rode off the trail 2 or 3 times and had to bail in the bushes. I was a disaster. Cuts and Scrapes all over my body because of this. On top of that, my rear hub was shaking and loose. I was getting about a quarter of an inch of movement out of it. Not good, I’m thinking … this is definitely going to blow up at sometime during the day. I think the Fruita dust got the best of my bearings. There are a couple of big stream crossings, I dove right in, rode right through all of them, and got completely soaked … Oh Well. Into the start/finish I come. Intake: 40oz of electrolyte mix, 2 endurolytes, 1 gel.
Lap 2: Legs started to settle in, HR was in target range, and I actually felt great. I was riding on the trail instead of bailing in the bushes on all the turns now. This was going to be a fun day on a difficult course. I was knocking off AG’ers on all the RIDEABLE climbs, some would catch me on the descents. No worries, still 4 hours of riding. Hub was getting louder, squeaking on uphills, bike felt like it was rattling apart. Oh well, keep pedaling! We are on the full 18-mile course now, longer swoopy downhills, some went on for 4 or 5 miles, best downhills I’ve ever ridden. But then the climbs….destroyed me, again. Here is the race ruiner: 3 miles out from the start/finish…on a small 50yrd downhill section,BAM…blew a tire. No, tore a tire! Big one-inch tear right in my tread!? OK, this is fine, I’m still having fun, all the AG’ers will pass and ill just ride the race like its a fun Saturday afternoon ride. Change tire out in 10mins, Stan’s is sticking everywhere, back riding…..for 10 mins until I tear a sidewall!!!. Now I am out of tubes since I run tubeless and only carry one spare. I start running since its only like 2 miles to the start. A Half-Marathoner asks if I needed a tube and I gladly accept, telling him I’ll pay him back at the finish. (if anyone knows MIke Trimble, let me know -> I owe him a tube). Its a 26′er but I stretch it on my 29′er, Stan’s is still all over my hands and my spokes, I have to laugh as now I’ve turned into quite the circus and the race is over for me, or at least my chance at a top 10 finish. I make it to the start finish, head straight to my car to grab a another backup tube, pump up to appropriate psi and debate going back out. I lost about 30 minutes changing tubes, going back to my car, my hub is jacked, and I have a booted tire with a tread and sidewall tear. I eat about 6 PB and J squares, drink some water and the thought of stopping is racing through my mind….luckily I have never DNF’d, so I jump back on the bike and start pedaling lap #3. Intake: 40 oz water, 4 endurolytes, hammer bar, 1 gel, 6 PBJ squares.
Lap 3/final lap: I see Scott De Mers at the aid station. He is also going out for his last lap. We head into the singletrack. Now I don’t feel so hot, I think the 6 PB and Js were a bit much…but I was starving before. Now I want to puke them up because they are sitting like a brick. My hub is getting louder, keep pedaling, the faster you ride the sooner this will be all over and your hub won’t explode and leave you stranded in the wilderness to be eaten by bears. Legs are now destroyed, have ridden 7K feet of climbing to this point, still have another 2K to go. I limp around the course, pass 2 AG’ers that passed me when I was trying fix my tires. I fall for the first time all day into a bush, branch stabs me in the face, one goes straight up my nose, weird. No blood, just some scraps, keep pedaling. Scott D and I take turns pulling until I see a few more AG’ers -> OK, time to go! I need to pass these guys to make a respectable race. I knock them off on the climbs and head to the finish. Intake: 40oz water, 4 endurolytes, 2 gels, 1 package of gummys.
Finished at 6:57. 1:37 back from the winner in AG. Only 13 mins back from 10th place. 14th place out of 23 who started the race, 5 people in the AG DNF’ed. Not a great result but I finished. Two flats and a bad hub. Strava distance: 54 miles, elevation gain: 9700ft of climbing, avg HR 136
Solid race overall. I don’t think I would do anything differently. I will still only carry one spare tube. I might think about adding a small bottle of Stan’s, but not sure it would have helped in this situation. My nutrition seemed adequate, aside from the PB and J squares, or quantity at which I ate. Great job by [fellow GMSV Marathoners] Scott De Mers [7:01 - 21st/56 in Men's 40s], Phil von Hake [dnf], Jeff Martin [dnf], and Tom Kirschling who killed the XC race [2:14 - 6th/26 in Men's 30s].
Next up for me is 24hrs of EROCK, May 31st-June 1st in Castle Rock.
Full GMSV Results @ Indian Creek:
Thanks to Matt Lyons for passing on this link to GMSV’s results at the Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial Series Race #6 on Wednesday May 15, @ Cherry Creek State Park:
Special shout-out to Charles Perez, who WON the Men’s 65-69 division!
The KHMTT Series concludes on Wednesday, May 22 -> Go Green!
The race starts at midnight and goes until 6pm the next day followed by a free beer from New Belgium and a taco party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Next up is the 24 hours of EROCK.
GMSV veteran Bruce Whitesel enjoys some (VERY rare) Spring-2013 sunshine as he gets ready for another Cherry Creek TT.
Photo Courtesy of Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado.
GMSVer Matt Lyons summed it up quite well:
“Cold, rain, it must be Wednesday night in May. Time for Cherry Creek Time Trials” … !
Despite one of the coldest, wettest spring seasons in recent memory, the Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial Series has been soldiering on through most Wednesday nights at Cherry Creek State Park. Green Mountain Sports is a long-time sponsor of this series (Thanks, Cork!).
Lyons snagged 4th place in Cat 4 at the May 8 TT.
Additional GMSV results will (hopefully) be posted as we learn of them.
The KHMTT Series resumes on May 15, and concludes on May 22.
GMSVers Phil von Hake (201) and Dave Jardinico (320)
roll out on a brisk May morning at the start of the
2013 Battle the Bear Marathon.
Photo Courtesy of Mountain Moon Photography
A snowy April pushed into a slushy May, postponing yet another race in the Rocky Mountain Endurance series. Thankfully, though, we only had to wait one more day to return to Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood to Battle the Bear.
BtB is the closest race GMSV has to a “home game,” and plenty of us turned up to represent. The morning of Cinco de Mayo was cold, and the afternoon wasn’t much warmer. Most importantly, though, the trails were bone-dry and racer-fast, and the pace set by each wave showed just how fast!
Here are GMSV’s results for the 2013 Battle the Bear:
Bobby Tobin: 2 hours, 11 minutes
(7th/12 in Men’s Singlespeed Open)
Here’s a quick report from Ryan Lindberg’s experience at the Fed Center Classic, April 27 in Lakewood:
All in all i was pleased and thought it was a great event. Registration was quick and easy. After the first two groups lined up to start, there was about a 10 minute delay because the course was not yet ready. Plus i noticed once the race did start they were still in the process of marking hazards on the course. So they probably could have prepped more before the start of the race, but who knows if that would be possible due to access restrictions or what not. The course was a 4 mile circuit weaving around the DFC. I liked the variety of the course. Lots of corners and a couple short punchy hills. I’d recommend the event and will plan on doing it again next year. There were about 25-30 guys in the SM 5 race.
Mountain Bike racing season is back!
Rocky Mountain Endurance had to push its Ridgeline Rampage back a week so the trails could dry up from yet another late-spring snowstorm(!). But the sun came out, the wind died down, and (most importantly), the trails dried up in Castle Rock on April 27 for a great start to RME’s 2013 racing season.
GMSV showed up in force for both the Full- and Half-Marathon races, with some decent results:
MARATHON (60 miles)
HALF-MARATHON (30 miles)
XC (20 miles)
RME comes to Lakewood on Sunday, May 5 for Battle the Bear -> the closest thing GMSV will have this year to a “home game!”
Last Sunday, Laurie and I went to Ridgeline Open Space in Castlerock, CO to pre-ride the Ridgeline Rampage course.
The race had been rescheduled from the previous day to April 27th due to snow. Because of the recent moisture, conditions were perfect.
A lot of other racers were out that day, most certainly annoying the local residents who are lucky enough to have this trail system in their backyard.
I briefly met a father and two juniors also on the Green Mountain Velo team. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch their names, but I’m sure I’ll see them at some races this season. It was good to see the young ‘uns out there getting some dirt.
All in all, it was a good training ride – 26ish miles, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 2K of climbing. My goal for the race is 6 laps in 5:30 hours, although anything under 6 would be acceptable. Let’s hope this week’s snow is just enough to keep that dirt nice and tacky for race day. Here’s the map of my ride for your viewing pleasure:
Oredigger Lookout Mountain Hill Climb Cancelled
Due to the forecasted cold weather and snowfall, the Oredigger Classic Lookout Mountain Hill Climb Time Trial scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2013, is cancelled. The decision was reached this evening by the race director and chief referee.
Sunday’s Oredigger Classic Criterium is still on schedule, but this may change. Please watch www.coloradocycling.org for updates.
Welcome to WWW.GMSVELO.COM.
GMSV is a Colorado based bike racing team located in Lakewood. The team was founded by Corky Grimm at Green Mountain Sports bike shop over 15 years ago and has been a presence in Colorado cycling since. Our team is made up of approximately 55 local racers. GMSV racers participate in a variety of cycling disciplines. We have a strong presence in Denver and surrounding area road racing events, mountain bike racing, endurance mountain bike racing and cyclocross events. The GMSV team is made up of primarily Senior and Master men (all categories) and a small number of women and juniors. We consider ourselves a competitive racing organization but our main goal is to enjoy and promote the sports we love participating in, CYCLING.
We hope to see you all on the road and/or trail.
Thom Lieurance – President GMSV