Race Report: Weekend of March 17th

This past weekend was a tad more quiet than last. The big news out of the Bethel Series was a horrible crash in the 3-4 race that ultimately ended in very tragic news, the death of Markus Bohler. Our hearts go out to him and those he leaves behind.

In the other races during the day, Cheryl Wolf took 8th as the only Rockstar Games rider in the women’s race which had about 40 starters. In the Master’s race, Rockstar had two racers in the top 10, with Joe Straub taking 5th, Brian Wolf in 7th. I did not get any results from the Cat 5 or Cat 4 races, but heard we had riders in both events.

Race Report: Weekend of March 10th

Peter has a selection of photos from last weekend’s racing posted here, be sure to check them out.

Team Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles had a couple guys in action at the Grant’s Tomb Criterium, with Aaron M and Wilson T both racing the Cat 4 event and finishing in the field (Wilson would try a flyer with 4 to go, but alas got caught – or perhaps was saving his legs for his Collegiate race a couple hours later!). Emily U was in the women’s race, but unfortunately she got boxed out of the sprint.

Our CT based riders have been very active in the Bethel Spring Series and last weekend was no different. Jeffery took 9th in the Cat 5 race, the NYC Rockstar/Signature women’s squad had a nice size group at Bethel. Emily Underwood took 6th, with Luci Olewinski, Courtney Hehre, and Cheryl Wolf all having strong showings. In an action packed 45+ race that had an 8 man break that was caught 100 meters from the finish, Joe Straub placed 3rd, Brian Wolf was 7th, and Cheryl was 32nd. In the 3-4 race of about 90 riders, the team tried help 20-year old Neil Suto but he was unable to stay with us at the end. Joe Straub placed 9th and Brian Wolf was 11th. Nice work to all!

Race Report: Weekend of March 3rd

Team Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles had quite a few racers at the Bethel Spring Series on Sunday, 3/4 and we scored a number of nice places:

Jeffrey Lesser was 4th in the Cat 5 race.
Emily Underwood took 7th in Women’s race.
In Masters 45+, Keith Hala was 6th, Glenn Babikain was 8th, Brian Wolf was 13th, and Steven Suto was 15th.
In the Cat 3-4 race, Neil Suto took an amazing 3rd place.

The Central Park Spring Series race on Sunday in NYC unfortunately saw the finishes for the Pro 1/2/3 and Masters races neutralized. The finish of the cat 3/4 race was also neutralized as a bad crash occurred in the Cat 5 race. Our own Daniel Sommers was involved in that crash and is we’re sorry to hear that he is going to be sidelined for a while. We all wish you a speedy recovery Daniel!

Cyclocross Nationals Report from Molly Hurford

As it turns out, racing after working four days straight outside in Wisconsin with minimal sleep and living out of a hotel is …. well, hard. Add in the fact that you’re starting in a race with Katie F*^$@ing Compton, and are relegated to the second to last row behind 80 other women, and that’s when you start praying for a miracle.

Anyway, Elite Women’s Nationals are no joke. On the start line, you had Katie Compton, Meredith Miller, Nicole Duke, Kaitlin Antonneau and plenty of other hard-hitting ladies. There’s something amazing and truly incredible about having this many women at this level lining up at once. I’m not sure exactly, but I believe the numbers have exploded in the past year where the women’s fields are concerned.

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Q&A with MAC Champion Lucia Matioli

The Verge Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross Race Series is always very competitive. Racers from all over the East coast, and commonly farther than that, come to compete against one another from September through December. First-year Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles team member and first-year cyclocross racer, Lucia Matioli, finished up her season on the top step of the Women’s B division podium in this year’s Verge MAC Series. She’s a tough racer, which is obvious if you know how tough ‘cross can be. She’s also famous for the faces she pulls when she’s out there killing it. Here’s a bit of insight into what makes Lucia want to get up early in the cold and dark to go race her bike around in the mud . . .

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Race Report: Gran Prix of Gloucester

aka New England Worlds
Gloucester, MA
October 1 & 2, 2011

111008-rockstar-01As it turns out, racing as an Elite Woman is hard.

And yeah, anyone could have told me that. Heck, I knew that. But it doesn’t really sink in until, instead of vying for the win, I was looking over my shoulder, killing myself in an attempt to not get lapped by the British National Champion who was rampaging through the course.
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Race Report: Whirlybird Cyclocross

Sunday, September 25th
Bryn Athyn, PA

Whirlybird Cyclocross was a tough race this time around. The grassy course around the sports fields of Bryn Athyn College are manicured and well drained, but when the weather is a bit wet and a bunch people race their bikes across the grass, it gets soggy and slow. Some kinds of grass are hard to race on. The sensation is like a bit like riding in slow motion; for how hard you’re working, you feel like you should be going faster. Continue reading

Race Report: Nittany Lion Cyclocross

by Molly Hurford

2011-nittanycx-d1-bwomen-u19_0009Nittany Lion Cyclocross has been inked onto my calendar for months now, so when September 10th rolled around, to say that I was giddy with excitement would have actually been a bit of an understatement. Nittany was my first race of the season, the chance to see where my legs were at, to see how attainable my planned goals for the season were, to see certain friends for the first time in months and to figure out the course of the next four months. The weekend did not disappoint on any level. Saturday started early, since even an 11 a.m. start time necessitates getting up at 6 for breakfast, car-packing, double-checking, forgetting things, getting to the course, getting registered, pinned, porta-pottied and finally kitted up to pre-ride the course. Thanks to the recent hurricane and heavy rainfall, even more time was required, since the course had gone from “freakishly fast” to “mudpit.” Continue reading

2011 N.E. Regional / Connecticut State Championship Criterium

New Britain, CT
July 10, 2011

As a prelude to this race report, I would like to give you a quick synopsis of Brian and I. Brian has been racing his bike for 30 years. He was fortunate enough to win his first race and has been hooked ever since. He has over sixty victories and double that amount of podium finishes along the eastern seaboard from Maine down to Pennsylvania. Our trophy case is full of trophies and gold medals that Brian and I have accumulated. Brian has also won 20 championship jerseys from various events throughout the years.
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