Friday, October 28, 2011

October 2011 Candlestick Cyclocross Race # 1 - MWC Scarab Aerial Footage

Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Event: 2011 Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross Race #1

There was a lot of good racing and friendly people who all contributed to this event and made it possible!

Special thanks to Team Roaring Mouse who made this filming possible, and to Alex Abbas for the action photos of my Scarab quadcopters.

Music is by Epic Soul Factory Volume 1

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Collegiate Mountain Bike Nats begin Friday in Angel Fire

The 2011 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships begin Friday, Oct. 28 and continue until Sunday, Oct. 30, at Angel Fire Bike Park in Angel Fire, N.M. The most competitive cycling schools in the country are expected to compete for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys in for mountain bike events in addition to individual and team omnium awards during the second event of the 2011-12 Collegiate Cycling National Team Rankings.

Competition begins Friday as the riders will turn 5.5-mile laps on the cross-country course which traverses 1,400 feet of elevation gain and loss on each circuit. Racing begins at 9 a.m. when the Division I females will be followed five minutes later by the Division II women. The Division I men follow at noon with the Division II men five minutes later. Seeding for the entire downhill competition begins at 4 p.m.

Racing continues Saturday at 9 a.m. as riders contest the short-track cross-countrycourse which spans one-half mile per lap. Once again, the Division I women open, followed by the Division II ladies an hour later. The Division I men begin their short-track cross-country competition at 11 a.m. before the Division II riders contest the course at noon. The downhill finals are slated to begin Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Riders will descend 2.8 miles, losing 1,700 feet of elevation on the downhill course.

Sunday marks the return of the dual slalom competition as riders will contest the course which descends 100 feet in a quarter-mile span.

Rotem Ishay looks to defend his national titles in the cross-country and short-track cross-country races at Angel Fire.
Rotem Ishay looks to defend his national titles in the cross-country and short-track cross-country races at Angel Fire.
Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa./Lees McRae College) and Jill Behlen (Boulder, Colo./University of Wyoming), who also ride in USA Cycling’s National Development Program, are Division I riders to keep an eye on. Zaveta won the women’s “A” short-track cross-country race while placing third in the cross-country and downhill competitions at the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Championships last weekend. Behlen won the women’s under-23 race at the 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships in Ketchum, Idaho, in July to earn a spot on the American team at the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Champery, Switzerland. In the Division II women’s individual competition, sophomore Eva Wilson (Kensington, N.H./Warren Wilson College) and Coleen Pacurariu (United States Air Force Academy, Colo./United States Air Force Academy) are chief among the competitors. Wilson improved as the conference season moved along this year, culminating in winning the women’s omnium and the cross-country race at her conference championships, last weekend. Wilson also earned second place in the short-track cross-country and fourth in the dual slalom. Pacurariu has posted wins in the mountain cross and downhill competitions at Rock the Steamboat in Sept. before topping the field in downhill races at the WSC on Oct. 1 and 2. Paurariu defeated Behlen in the dual slalom at the 2011 FLC Squawker MTB Classic last weekend.

Rotem Ishay (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College), who won the cross-country and short-track cross-country races at the 2010 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in Truckee, Calif., is considered among the favorites for the men’s Division I individual omnium. Challenging Ishay will be Victor Alber (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./University of Florida) who earned the season-long omnium in the SECCC. Last weekend, Alber finished third in the short-track cross-country as well as the cross-country races while placing eighth in the dual slalom. Among the Division II men’s riders, Eric Smith(Ripon, Wisc./Ripon College) continued to blossom this season after finishing ninth in the men’s omnium in 2010. Smith won six out of the 13 conference endurance races and won one downhill race was placed second in the other two downhill competitions.

Online registration for this event closes Monday, Oct. 24 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Riders are reminded that there will be no on-site registration after Thursday at 6 p.m., but registered riders will be able to pick their packets up on site during posted times.

Visit the official event webpage of the 2011 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships for more information on the event, including important eligibility requirementscompetition guidecomplete scheduleresultsphoto gallery and more. Follow the event on Twitter, using hashtag #CollNats.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Two medals for U.S. track cyclists at Pan American Games

The track cycling portion of the Pan American Gameswrapped up on Thursday with two medals earned by U.S. riders on the velodrome. These two medals are in addition to the gold and bronze medals earned by U.S. riders during the mountain bike competitions in Mexico.


The United States’ track contingent got off to a very good start when Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif.), Dean Tracy(Portland, Ore.), and Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif.) joined forces to earn a silver medal in the men’s team sprint on Monday.
“This race was huge for us,” said Tracy. “Watching our times drop race after race is exciting, and we’re only going to get better.”
Not only did the guys grab a silver, but they set an unofficial U.S. record with their time of 44.036.
Venezuela and Colombia were the gold and bronze medalists in the event.


After placing sixth in the women’s sprint on Tuesday, Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa.) added a bronze medal to the silver earned by the men on day one. The Pan American Games was the first major international competition for the 22-year-old Feiss, and she rode to third-place in the women’s keirin on Thursday.
“I was just thinking about getting in a good position and seeing what I could do,” said Feiss. “I kept telling myself to just do my best and, ‘be smart, be safe, be fast.’ It’s definitely nice to know that today my best was podium-worthy.”
Scoring the gold and silver medals in the event were Daniela Larreal (Venezuela) and Daniela Luz Gaxiola (Mexico).


In addition to the two medal-winning performances, U.S. riders made some great efforts over the four days.
The women’s team sprint was a heartbreaker for the U.S. when Elizabeth Reap Carlson (Smithport, Pa.) and Madalyn Godby (Lousiville, Colo.) barely missed out on the podium with a loss to Mexico by only 0.376 seconds in the bronze medal match. The winners were Venezuela’s Daniela Larreal and Mariestela Vilera. Colombia took the silver.
Blatchford and Watkins both found themselves in the race for fifth place in the men’s individual sprint. Crossing the line in 10.673, Watkins defeated both Blatchford and Ruben Horta (Mexico) to earn the fifth place spot. Blatchford finished seventh in the event.
In the men’s keirin, Jimmy Watkins rode to fourth-place. Hernando Fabian Puerta (Colombia), Gadiel Hersony Canelon (Venezuela), and Leandro Botasso (Argentina) made up the podium.
For complete results from the track cycling portion of the Pan American Games, please click here.
The medals earned by U.S. riders on the track were in addition to the gold and bronze medals earned by Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo.) and Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va.) during the mountain bike portion of the Pan American Games. Additionally, BMX and women’s road racing action is still coming up. Stay tuned to for reports on the U.S. riders.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Compton Tops First Cyclo-Cross World Cup Podium Of Season

Katie Compton topped the elite women's podium at the first UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup of the season.

The Union Cycliste Internationale’s Cyclo-cross World Cup season started Sunday in Plzen, Czech Republic. The American elite women flexed their muscles, placing four riders within the top 14 and five riders in the top 20 finishers, including Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team) winning the race.

Compton, who won five World Cup races last season, completed the course in 40:37 to win by 18 seconds over Sanne Van Paassen (NED/Brainwash Wielerploeg).

Amy Dombroski(Boulder, Colo./Crankbrothers-The Race Club), who is only 24 years old, was only 1:22 behind Compton in sixth place. Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./California Giant Cycling) andNicole Duke (Boulder, Colo./ finished in 13th and 14th, respectively. Maureen Bruno Roy (Arlington, Mass./Bob’s Red Mill-Seven Cycles) finished 20th whileKatherine Sherwin (Heber City, Utah/Stan’s No Tubes) was 5:13 off Compton’s pace in 29th.Christine Vardaros (Wyckoff, N.J./Baboco Cycling Team) was the last American finisher, placing 32nd, 6:10 behind Compton.

In the elite men’s race, Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha Focus) registered the Americans’ best result, placing 10th, 1:26 behind the winner Sven Nys (BEL/Landbouwkrediet). Tim Johnson (Topsfield, Mass/ and Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Planet Bike) placed 20th and 21st, respectively. James Driscoll (Winooski, Vt./ was 4:22 behind the leader in 44th.

The second of eight elite men’s World Cup contests is slated for next week in Tabor, Czech Republic. The women are also scheduled to race in Tabor next week as the second of seven World Cup competitions.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
Oct. 16, 2011
Plzen, Czech Republic


Elite Women
1. Katherine Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team) 40:37
2. Sanne Van Paassen (NED/Brainwash Wielerploeg) +00:18
3. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) +00:27
4. Daphny Van Den Brand (NED/AA Drink-Leontien.NL Cycling Team) +00:43
5. Helen Wyman (GBR/Kona Factory Racing) +01:16
6. Amy Dombroski (Boulder, Colo./Crankbrothers-The Race Club) +01:22
13. Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./California Giant Cycling) +02:36
14. Nicole Duke (Boulder, Colo./ +02:44
20. Maureen Brno Roy (Arlington, Mass./Bob's Red Mill-Seven Cycles) +03:53
29. Katherine Sherwin (Heber City, Utah/Stan's No Tubes) +05:13
32. Christine Vardaros (Wyckoff, N.J./Baboco Cycling Team) +06:10

Elite Men
1. Sven Nys (BEL/Landbouwkrediet) 1:06:08
2. Kevin Pauwels (BEL/Sunweb-Revor) +00:00
3. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/Quickstep Cycling Team) +00:03
4. Francis Mourey (FRA/FDJ) +00:37
5. Klaas Vantornout (BEL/Sunweb-Revor) +00:38
10. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha Focus) +01:26
20. Timothy Johnson (Topsfield, Mass./ +02:08
21. Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Planet Bike) +02:12
44. James Driscoll (Winooski, Vt./ +04:22

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Friday, October 14, 2011

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Friday, October 7, 2011

US Open Nationals: the ABA BMX presents...I and are on location in Chula Vista, California for the annual US Open Nationals. This event was classic with the line up of the BMX Hall of Fame, the US Open Nationals and the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cyclo-cross Racing for Beginners: Recipe for Success

Cross racer Kym Flynn negotiates some sand on the course. Flynn is also Fasczewski's wife and business partner.

Cyclo-cross season is here! The season officially started in September and runs through January 2012. The USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championshipswill be held January 4-8, 2012, in Madison, Wisc. while the 2012 UCI Masters Cyclo-Cross World Championships and 2012 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships will be held in Louisville, Ky., and Koksidje, Belgium, respectively, also in January.

Many new riders—and even some experienced road racers and mountain bike racers—ask how they can get started in cyclo-cross. Fortunately, we have an expert’s input (Mark Fasczewski of VANTAGGIO Fitness and Nutrition) to the“Cyclo-Cross Racing for Beginners: Recipe for Success.”

First, set the temperature to fall and winter. Next, assemble the following ingredients:

  - one (1) mountain bike, hardtail preferred, with bar ends  
    removed (note: can substitute cyclo-cross bicycle for lighter end product)
  - two (2) mountain bike shoes with mud-shedding cleats
    (use a matched pair whenever possible)
  - one (1) helmet (required ingredient for success)
  - gloves - 1 pair, optional
  - skinsuit  - 1, optional, to replace traditional jersey attire

Sift ingredients together and add a generous helping of fitness. Stir in bike handling skills so mixture becomes smooth. Gently fold in equal parts of stamina, power, and intensity until firm. Shake resulting fusion vigorously with silly fun (for best results, use “silly stupid fun”) and pour over athlete for up to 50 minutes. Test for doneness. Ice with mud, snow, sand, and rain, to taste.

Although he didn’t phrase his own methodology quite this way, when asked what a beginning cyclo-cross racer should know about getting into the sport, Fasczewski did provide a fairly simple recipe, with a few essential ingredients in a crucial mix.

As a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, Fasczewski has introduced the addiction and “silly stupid fun” of cyclo-cross racing to a variety of riders—from those looking for structured off-season intensity to those on a quest for VO2 power. Also a USA Cycling Licensed Official, Fasczewski designs courses and promotes races, often driving long distances overland to attend or participate in events.

Cyclo-cross is gaining more notice in the U.S., after its beginnings in the early to mid-70s in New England (although the first U.S. National Championship was held in Berkeley, CA.) A surge in popularity since the mid-90s has swelled the ranks of ’cross racers—not only among those riders who are cross-training for mountain biking, road racing, and criterium racing, but also among those cyclists who now specialize in ’cross.

Getting Started in ‘Cross”: THE INGREDIENTS

To ride ’cross, of course, you need a bike. But what kind of bike? Fasczewski says that ’cross beginners with mountain bikes can start there. “At some point, though, racers serious about ’cross will want to consider a ’cross-specific bicycle,” he says. Cyclo-cross bicycles have a geometry similar to road racing bikes, says Fasczewski: lightweight, with drop handlebars, and narrow tires. However, also similar to mountain bikes, ’cross bike tires have knobby treads for traction, as well as a frame built with more clearance for the mud and often a higher bottom bracket.

“One of the main advantages to eventually getting a ’cross-specific bike is the lighter weight,” says Fasczewski. “Elite ’cross bicycles can weigh as little as 15 pounds. Entry-level ’cross bikes are about 21 pounds, which is still lighter than most mountain bikes.” Fasczewski recommends a hardtail if you’re starting with a mountain bike to help minimize the weight.

“And remove your bar ends!” cautions Fasczewski. “It’s a safety issue so you’re not hooking other riders.”

Picture yourself running through mud or sand, carrying your bike over barriers and up steep inclines, and the reasons for mountain biking shoes become pretty clear. “Most ’cross racers also choose mud-shedding pedals, such as the eggbeater type, because the cleats on their shoes get filled with mud,” says Fasczewski.

Not optional. “In fact,” says Fasczewski, “the helmet is really the only required gear. I personally recommend both gloves and glasses, too, but I’ve seen plenty of riders who don’t use them.”

Also not optional…wearing clothing, that is. Because the ’cross season is autumn and winter in the U.S., there’s an emphasis on cold-weather gear such as tights, long sleeves, and removable arm and leg warmers. However, many riders take to the course in traditional jersey attire.

Skinsuits, on the other hand, are becoming popular for a number of reasons. “Some ’cross riders believe the skinsuits help with aerodynamics,” says Fasczewski, “but probably the main advantage comes because ’cross racers are on and off the bike so often. A one-piece suit helps prevent the riders’ clothing from catching on the seat or the handlebars, or, on some courses, the terrain itself.”

Getting started in ’cross: THE “MIXTURE”

When asked what a beginning ’cross rider needs to do to be ready physically for cyclo-cross racing, Fasczewski says: “Get on the bike.” In fact, for those riders just getting into the sport of cyclo-cross, Fasczewski emphasizes that skill work on the bike is even more important than fitness.

“For beginners, the biggest advantage is knowing how to handle the bike. Skill work is everything in ’cross.” Fasczewski recommends practicing barriers, cornering, and overall bike handling.

One of the hardest parts of ’cross racing, says Fasczewski, is getting off and back on the bike while on the course—and ’cross riders get off the bike a lot! The classic ’cross image is the sight of competitors struggling through mud or up a slope with their bicycles slung on their shoulders. “Although the unrideable sections are usually short,” says Fasczewski, “the off-and-on movement has to be very, very efficient.”

So, what about fitness? Fasczewski says that, in addition to the crucial skill work, ’cross racers should definitely mix a running component into their training programs. “When you are off the bike,” says Fasczewski, “you’re usually in a full-out sprint.”

Getting started in ’cross:THE “FUSION”

“Cyclo-cross is addictive,” says Fasczewski, who points out, however, that ’cross riders are “foot to the floor during the entire race.” ’Cross racers must be “willing to go to the pain cave,” as Fasczewski puts it, and stay there until the race is over. “You just tell your brain to ‘shut up’ until the finish line,” advises Fasczewski.

“Only you know how hard you can push yourself,” says Fasczewski. “Like most sports, talent, training, and genetics play a part in an athlete’s ability. But in ’cross, more than most other sports, you have to push your body harder than you think you ever could.”

Getting started in ’cross: THE “FULL-MEAL DEAL”

If training hard and reaching deeper is your blue-plate special, you’ll be happy to know that cyclo-cross also offers a menu of benefits:

’Cross is probably one of the best off-season training regimens! “Cyclo-cross provides the structured intensity that road and mountain bike racers need during the off-season, without the potential physical and mental burnout of continued training in their own disciplines,” says Fasczewski.

’Cross is fresh and different. “There’s motivation to do something unusual,” says Fasczewski. “ ’Cross breaks up the monotony of a running-lifting-riding routine to stay in shape.”

’Cross increases power. “ ’Cross helps you maintain overall fitness, as well as target VO2 power,” says Fasczewski. “ ’Cross athletes usually get stronger and increase their O2 max during the season.”

’Cross is for any age…really. “I’ve seen racers aged 60+ and 70+,” says Fasczewski. “The only age limit is in your head.”

’Cross is for both men and women. Fasczewski says that “although most ’cross racers are currently, more women are joining the sport,” including Fasczewski’s wife and business partner, Kym Flynn.

’Cross is for individuals or teams. “Sometimes we see teams on the course,” says Fasczewski, “who use traditional team tactics, but most often it’s the individual athlete out there pushing personal physical limits.”

’Cross is a stand-alone sport. “ ’Cross may have gained its original foothold in the U.S. as cross-training for other types of racing,” says Fasczewski, “but athletes do start in cyclo-cross before moving into other disciplines. Some athletes become ’cross specialists and don’t ride other sports at all.”

’Cross is fun—silly stupid fun. “ ’Cross is painful, but it’s addictive!” admits Fasczewski. “The body is just a vessel for the brain to get through life. In a 40- to 50-minute all-out race, you’re almost done before your brain realizes how bad your body is hurting and asks you stop. If it does,” adds Fasczewski, “just tell your brain to shut up!”

And finally, hand up that beer—the ultimate ingredient!

By Andrea W. Doray
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