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Race Report 2 in 1

This report is brought to you by the letter C, the word Crash begins with the letter C. So, I took a week off the race report to lick my wounds and try to heal up. Sadly, we all crash. I don’t know many cyclist that haven’t injured themselves. But, I have to say it was the worse one that I have had since I started riding in 2010. Lots of skin left on pavement in Columbia MO, and that is where our race took us to on July 15th. This particular race was called the Froze toes race and was the Missouri state championship road race. It was over 90 degrees and maybe the name should have been slightly adjusted. The race was a fairly flat 31 miles and suited guys like me really well. except for the last 500 meters. The slight rise in elevation is not good for guys and gals that are 20 or 30 lbs heavier than their competition. My race took me out at mile 11 and finished 25th out 27. KCBC had one athlete in the masters field, Mr. Dan Shaffer. Dan finished 12th out of 20. Not to shabby. 20180717_114948Dan Schaeffer


Kurt and Lynn Wilson made the trip and so did Shelly Milner in her first race since her surgery. Kurt landed 26th out of 30 in the cat3, Lynn 2nd place and a little spending money for the ride home, and just missed 1st by inches (why do I not have a pic of her on the podium?), Shelly had her first road race and she finished 5th, if she didn’t miss a turn, she could have been on the podium. Next time!! The Froze toes is put together by a great group of folks that is headed up by Aaro Froese (race director). This is a man that cares about the sport and all the folks involved in the sport. Thank you Aaro!20180715_095130

The Truman Cup was this last weekend and due to injuries, I was out. But, we had a ton of KCBC orange in the mix. So, the Truman Cup is 3 days of racing. A time trial on Friday eve, a road/circuit race on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday. It is a points series, you can win an individual race and not win the overall omnium.  For all the results of the Truman Cup click here. I will, however, mention the teams podium winners. The women of KCBC did pretty darn good. Michelle Lingenfelser took 3rd in the TT and 1st overall in womans Cat 4. Lynn shows up Sunday, doubles down and takes 1st in the 40+ and Cat 123. Great job ladies! As for the men? A very respectable showing. Kurt Wilson took 1st in the circuit race, Shawn Knight knocked out a 2nd place spot in the crtit as a 40+ and Mr. Kyle Guinn took 3rd in the TT on Friday evening.

I would normally write about who I had that chance to hang out with or get to know better during the races. But, the only race I went to was the crit on Sunday and did not feel 100% because of the thrashing I took the week before. Although I did get to hang out with Michelle’s son Nash. What a great kiddo. I am glad he let me be his shadow for most of the day. I have a feeling we will be seeing him at the local cross or bmx races in the near future. I do want to give a huge thank you to Shelly Milner. Shelly came out and showed her support and helped out the entire weekend. It is nice to have teammates that are not racing, come out and show their support.  Whether it is help setting up or handing out water and snacks after a race or just to cheer everyone on as they finish. Thank you Shelly! As always, every friend you have today was once a stranger. Go out and meet a stranger this weekend and do something nice for someone you don’t know.

This weekend we also had Kenny Carlson at a mountain bike race. Kenny took on a tree during the race and did not win that battle. But he did win the race in cat 3. So, even after a nasty crash and splitting his chin, Kenny gets the top podium spot. Great work Kenny. 37674759_914608347009_352186205875470336_n

For a ton more photos visit Jennifer Pikos FB page

And speaking of Jen. She decided to take a little drive up to Ft. Dodge Iowa for the rockNrail 1850 crit to take 3rd place in her category. Nice job Piko! I’m certain there are several photos on you FB page. 37188669_896477077226019_5659769394268471296_o

Thank you for reading.

Monday KCBC race report 6/18/2018

This report should start with the gents that went to road nationals in Agusta GA. But, since I have the proverbial pen in hand, I will begin with the incredible women of KCBC. This weekend we got to see three women race in Ames, Iowa at the 2nd annual Ames Grand Prix. There was a Saturday night criterium and a Sunday circuit race. The Saturday crit took place in downtown Ames under the lights. The race started with all women categories and masters mass start. We had 3 women start that race and the lead pack formed quickly, Lynn Wilson (cat 2) sat in a very comfortable 3rd spot with Madison Shepherd (cat 4) sitting on the back of this peloton. Jennifer Piko was racing in the masters category and missed this break, but held on for a 4th place in 40+ masters. The race pushed speeds of 25+ for our ladies and mid way through the race they announced a $100 prem. Also, there was a local jeweler sponsoring the womans race with over $2800 in diamonds and this is what Mrs Wilson was focused on. As they came into the final turn Lynn was sitting in the 3 or 4 spot and held on to the wheel of Anne Meyer out of La Crosse and Dee Mable of IA. All three of these women laid down the hammer in an all out sprint for the finish line. It was a back and forth race and in the last 30 meters, Anne pulled ahead by a wheel and Dee and Lynn threw their bikes for a photo finish. Lynne took the 3rd spot and one of those lovely diamonds! Madi also took a 3 spot and some cash home. IMG_0977.jpg


Day 2 was a hot one and our KCBC ladies were on fire!!! Lynn Wilson took 1st in the 123 race, Madison Shepherd took 1st in the 4/5 race and Jennifer Piko fought it out for a 4th place spot and a little walking around money.received_10212232426625633[1]received_10212232426345626[1]

As for us men in Ames? We all worked to get in position and with 2 large local race teams running the race, you pretty much get shut out at every turn.

Kurt Wilson and Kyle Guinn were in the cat 3 race. Kyle had an epic crash with an even better landing (I give his landing a 9.8). Jack Mason of 360 racing was also involved in this mayhem. If you watch closely, at 15 seconds you will see an Ames Velo racer bunny hopping the rider on the ground. At 19 seconds it looks like Kyle is going to finish the race with out his bike with jack pretending to be in his open wheel race car and another racer curled up in the fetal position praying not to be hit by yet another bike.

In Ames on Saturday night here is how the placing looked

Kurt Wilson took 17th/35 in the cat3 race and Kyle Guinn placed 21st in that same race. We also had another Kansas City racer in Ames. Aaron Sims from Cycle City Racing placed 18th in the 3 race.CRA_4982.jpg

As for the cat4 race on Saturday evening? It was Ian Pepin and myself representing KC/Lawrence. Ian took 13th of 36 and I limped in with a 22nd place finish.CRA_4960.jpg

The gents of Subaru racing out of Lawrence KS worked hard in the pro/1 2 race. but were out numbered 7 to 3. Garick Valverde took 4th, Scott Williamson 6th and Jordan Miller 14th. There were 18 men entered in this race. That is certainly respectable in my book. 

Day 2 in Ames for the men looked a bit better. Although with just as many crashes as day 1. We all stayed upright. Cat 3 race – Kyle took 14th out of 22 racers lined up. Cat 4, I took 16th out of 35 racers that lined up. Ian did not finish (DNF) do to several attempts at a break away group and very little sleep:) Great effort Ian! The master race was directly after the 4 race and I jumped in with Kurt Wilson who took 15th out of 20 and I ended up with a 16th place.  The Subaru team had a better circuit race and put Garrick in 2nd, Scott in 4th and Jordan in 10th out of 16 men that lined up at the start. Well done Subaru!CRA_5209.jpg


Mark Horn, Bill Smith, Kenny Carlson from KCBC. Also, Mike Harrison from GP Velotek and Andy brown from 360 racing all traveled to Augusta GA for masters national.

The Friday road race looked like a brutal course and took its toll on the crew. Mark Horn pulled the pin, blew up and decided to save his legs for the crit. Andy 9th in the 70+ with Mike ending up with a respectable 17th place finish.

Saturday was day 2 of the road race with Kenny taking 22nd out of 37 starters and Mr. Smith pulling the plug so not to completely shred his legs. These masters races are basically a bunch of ex-pros that can still drop the hammer. It is a painful event and will put you in the pain cave for the entire race.

Sunday was the crit and the boys did much better. Andy 5th and Mike took 9th in the 70+. Mark Horn 25th out of 52 starters. Kenny with a strong finish, placing 17th.  In the masters 40-45 Bill raced the crit and tailgunned it with 5 laps to go. He moved up to the front, and was at the front with 1.5 laps to go, being in a perfect position to contend is extremely tough but a gutsy move. As the front of the pack came through the start finish on the bell (final lap), Bill was swarmed, and they entered turn one, two guys in front of him crashed battling for position and took Bill down and out of the race. With a broken helmet and rashed body, he was out as fast as the race started. To be that close and competing at that high a level he has to be happy with how he performed against the best, but it was just not in the cards. Next time Bill!35240537_10156349685707158_306068208555655168_n.jpg


Mountain Madness? 

Looks like KCBC had one racer in the Mountain Madness race. Mr. Pat Robinson decided to move from the cross country category into the marathon category. This tells me that he loves to suffer:) Well done digging a deeper hole to get out of. That is a true sign of someone who likes to challenge himself. Pat finished 5th overall.35744121_10212101887406718_2675636991864864768_n.jpg

Great job to all of those cyclist out there and keep putting on the miles no matter where you are at in you cycling life.

Remember, Every friend you have today was once a stranger!