2017 Season Recap | VR7 Colorado Cycling Team

VR7 Colorado Cycling Team’s 2017 Season Recap

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Photo Credit: Reid Neureiter https://www.flickr.com/photos/21085902@N08/

 

The road season has come to a close. Our team had a fantastic season. We achieved some great results. We accomplished our goal for the season, which was, “Have fun riding bikes while promoting our sponsors, partnerships, and the sport of cycling.”

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Photo Credit: Reid Neureiter https://www.flickr.com/photos/21085902@N08/

 

Sponsors

First off, I would like to thank our generous sponsors. The season would not have been the same without their support. Thank you sponsors!

Spangalang Brewery

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Riders

I would like to thank all of our riders who put in the miles and effort to make this season a success. We had some fantastic results this year, and we had a good mix of riders. We welcomed some new comers to the mix who were a great addition. We had some guys take on challenges like ironman as well as some who raced out of state. Chris Parsons won the 45+ New Mexico Regional Criterium Championships.

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Bannock Street Criterium

Our team helped race director Deidre Moynihan with the Bannock Street Criterium. The criterium was a success this year and our riders volunteered their time to help with course marshalling, set up, medals, and clean up. The course went the opposite direction from past years.  It was an honor to be a part of this event. We hope to continue to work with Deirdre in the future on events.

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Statistics

For those cyclists who crave data I pulled together some stats from the season. See the table below for active roster and Race information.

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Photo Credit: Reid Neureiter https://www.flickr.com/photos/21085902@N08/

 

Number of Race Entries: 104

Number of Racers that participated in at least one race: 9

Number of Criterium Entries: 79

Number of Road Race Entries: 7

Number of Hill Climb Entries: 0

Number of Time Trials: 7

Number of Cross Races: 8

Number of Top Ten Finishes: 39

Number of Podium Spots: 15

Number of First Place finishes: 4

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Photo Credit: Reid Neureiter https://www.flickr.com/photos/21085902@N08/

 

Most races ridden by an individual: Ben Jendrek took this honor with 24 races.

Most Podium spots by an individual: Chris Parsons knocked this one out of the park with 8 podium spots! He had a fantastic season. Mike DeSena was not too far behind with 5 total and a Category upgrade.

Most First Place finishes by an individual: Chris Parsons  found the top spot on the podium twice this year!

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Below is The totals for the season by Rider.

#252625 Devin Rhinehart
Race Date Race Format Category Place
08/30/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 3
08/23/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 1
08/12/17 Velorama Pro-Am Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 12
08/09/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 5
08/05/17 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 20
07/19/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 7
07/16/17 Boulder Orthopedics Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 7
07/09/17 Longmont Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium SM 4-5 34
07/05/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #3 Criterium SM 4-5 8
06/28/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #2 Criterium SM 4-5 8
06/21/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #1 Criterium SM 4-5 15
06/11/17 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 23
06/10/17 Best on Hess TT Time Trial SM 4-5 13
06/03/17 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 38
06/03/17 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 3-4 45
05/13/17 Wheels of Thunder @ Flatrock Criterium SM 4-5 7
Totals
Totals
#361784 Michael De Sena
Race Date Race Format Category Place
09/04/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – GC Stage Race SM 4-5 9
09/03/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – RR Road Race SM 4-5 4
09/03/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – Crit Criterium SM 4-5 3
09/02/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – TT Time Trial SM 4-5 18
08/16/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 2
08/12/17 Velorama Pro-Am Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 1
08/02/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 4
07/09/17 Longmont Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium SM 4-5 5
06/28/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #2 Criterium SM 4-5 6
06/21/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #1 Criterium SM 4-5 2
06/11/17 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 5
06/10/17 Best on Hess TT Time Trial SM 4-5 6
05/13/17 Wheels of Thunder @ Flatrock Criterium SM 4-5 2
04/22/17 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race SM 3-4 9
04/08/17 Mercedes-Benz of Westminster 2017 Boulder Roubaix Road Race presented by Wheels Manufacturing Road Race SM 4-5 5
Totals
Totals
#326084 Ryan Kuchenbecker
Race Date Race Format Category Place
10/14/17 US Open Cross Race MM 40+ 20
10/07/17 Cyclo X – Interlocken Cross Race MM 40+ 25
10/01/17 Primalpalooza Cross Race MM 40+ DNF
09/30/17 Amy D Foundation Cross Race MM 40+ 18
09/23/17 Cyclo X – Valmont Cross Race MM 40+ 15
09/17/17 Lucky Pie GP Northglenn Cross Race MM 40+ 7
09/10/17 Cyclo X – Harlow Platts Cross Race MM 40+ 24
08/23/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 16
08/09/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 9
08/02/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/19/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/11/17 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 38
06/03/17 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 30
05/13/17 Wheels of Thunder @ Flatrock Criterium SM 4-5 22
Totals
Totals
#367857 Eric Brodis
Race Date Race Format Category Place
09/04/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – GC Stage Race SM 4-5 14
09/03/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – RR Road Race SM 4-5 13
09/03/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – Crit Criterium SM 4-5 13
09/02/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – TT Time Trial SM 4-5 16
08/30/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
08/23/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 15
08/19/17 Modern Market Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 10
08/16/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
08/09/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 7
08/05/17 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
08/02/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/23/17 Lucky Pie Criterium – CO Master Crit Championships Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 51
07/19/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/09/17 Longmont Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium SM 4-5 25
07/05/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #3 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/28/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/21/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #1 Criterium SM 4-5 28
06/03/17 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 42
05/13/17 Wheels of Thunder @ Flatrock Criterium SM 4-5 6
Totals
Totals
#391372 Ben Jendrek
Race Date Race Format Category Place
09/04/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – GC Stage Race SM 4-5 16
09/03/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – RR Road Race SM 4-5 17
09/03/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – Crit Criterium SM 4-5 16
09/02/17 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – TT Time Trial SM 4-5 11
08/30/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
08/23/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 6
08/19/17 Modern Market Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 12
08/16/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 12
08/05/17 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 35
08/02/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/19/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/16/17 Boulder Orthopedics Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 11
07/05/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #3 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/28/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #2 Criterium SM 4-5 9
06/25/17 Mainstreet Parker Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 23
06/21/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #1 Criterium SM 4-5 10
06/11/17 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 37
06/10/17 Best on Hess TT Time Trial SM 4-5 14
06/03/17 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 36
06/03/17 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 3-4 47
05/19/17 Superior Morgul Classic – Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 26
05/13/17 Wheels of Thunder @ Flatrock Criterium SM 4-5 21
04/09/17 CU Discovery Criterium Criterium SM 3-4 55
03/04/17 Frostbite Time Trial Time Trial SM 4-5 7
Totals
Totals
#470068 Ryan Rhinehart
Race Date Race Format Category Place
08/09/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
08/02/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/28/17 P2P Table Mountain Race Series #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
Totals
Totals
#477494 Chris Parsons
Race Date Race Format Category Place
10/28/17 Feedback Cup Cross Race MM 40+ 4 37
08/27/17 The DFC Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 1
08/06/17 Mike Nields Mem’l Bannock St Crit Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 2
08/05/17 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 1-2-3 DNP
07/23/17 Lucky Pie Criterium – CO Master Crit Championships Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 44
07/16/17 Boulder Orthopedics Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 2
07/09/17 Longmont Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 3
06/11/17 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 2
05/13/17 Wheels of Thunder @ Flatrock Criterium MM 40+ 3-4 21
04/08/17 Mercedes-Benz of Westminster 2017 Boulder Roubaix Road Race presented by Wheels Manufacturing Road Race MM 40+ 3-4 30
06/24/17 2017 New Mexico Regional Criterium Championships Criterium 2
06/24/17 2017 New Mexico Regional Criterium Championships | CRIT | 45+ Criterium 1
06/25/17 Las Campanas Classic Regional Road Race Championship | RR | Masters | 45+ Road Race 3
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2016 Season Recap | VR7 Colorado Cycling Team

VR7 Colorado Cycling Team’s 2016 Season Recap

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The road season has come to a close. Our team had a fantastic season. We achieved some great results and have a state champion to congratulate. Chris Parsons won the SM4 40+ State Championship Lucky Pie Criterium. We accomplished our goal for the season, which was, “Have fun riding bikes while promoting our sponsors, partnerships, and the sport of cycling.”

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Sponsors

First off, I would like to thank our generous sponsors. The season would not have been the same without their support. Thank you sponsors!

Spangalang Brewery

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Riders

I would like to thank all of our riders who put in the miles and effort to make this season a success. We had some fantastic results this year, and we had a good mix of riders. We had state champion caliber riders through riders who pinned on a number for the first time. We had some young guns on the team and had a man who turns 60 this year. It was great to have everybody on the team and we appreciate your support. Without you guys we couldn’t do it.

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Bannock Street Criterium

Our team helped race director Deidre Moynihan with the Bannock Street Criterium. The criterium was a success this year and our riders volunteered their time to help with course marshalling, set up, medals, and clean up. It was an honor to be a part of this event. We hope to continue to work with Deirdre in the future on events.

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Statistics

For those cyclists who crave data I pulled together some stats from the season. See the table below for active roster and Race information.

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Number of Race Entries: 113

Number of Racers that participated in at least one race: 16

Number of Criterium Entries: 86

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Number of Road Race Entries: 15

Number of Hill Climb Entries: 1

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Number of Top Ten Finishes: 46

Number of Podium Spots: 15

Number of First Place finishes: 6

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Most races ridden by an individual: Chris Parsons took this honor with 22 races.

Most Podium spots by an individual: Chris Parsons knocked this one out of the park with 7 podium spots! He had a fantastic season.

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Most First Place finishes by an individual: Chris Parsons and Ben Jendrek found the top spot on the podium twice this year a piece! One of those top spots earned Chris Parsons the title of State Champion! Quite the season these guys had. Congratulations Chris and Ben!

#252625 Devin Rhinehart
Race Date Race Format Category Place
09/04/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – RR Road Race SM 4 22
09/03/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – TT Time Trial SM 4 16
08/10/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #10 Criterium SM 4-5 18
07/27/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #8 Criterium SM 4-5 18
07/13/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 11
07/06/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 9
06/22/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #4 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/15/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 19
06/12/16 Ridge at 38 Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 34
06/08/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 5
06/04/16 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4 35
06/01/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #1 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
#361784 Michael De Sena
Race Date Race Format Category Place
07/31/16 Mike Nields Mem’l Bannock St Crit – CO Jr Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 12
07/13/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 13
07/06/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 5
06/22/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #4 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
05/07/16 OZ Road Race Road Race SM 4 DNF
04/23/16 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race SM 4 40
03/06/16 DU City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4 19
#362699 David Altschuld
Race Date Race Format Category Place
09/10/16 Cyclo X – Rueter Hess Cross Race MM 40+ 3 4
08/21/16 Lucky Pie Criterium – CO Master Crit Championships Criterium MM 40+ 4 5
08/17/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #11 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
08/10/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #10 Criterium SM 4-5 14
08/06/16 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 17
08/03/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #9 Criterium SM 4-5 13
07/31/16 Mike Nields Mem’l Bannock St Crit – CO Jr Crit Championships Criterium MM 40+ 4 6
07/27/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #8 Criterium SM 4-5 19
07/13/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 14
06/22/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #4 Criterium SM 4-5 11
06/19/16 Mainstreet Parker Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 4 4
06/12/16 Ridge at 38 Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 6
06/08/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 11
06/04/16 City Park Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 4 3
06/01/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #1 Criterium SM 4-5 6
05/28/16 Koppenberg Road Race MM 40+ 4 1
04/24/16 Denver Federal Center Classic Road Race MM 40+ 4 20
04/23/16 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race MM 40+ 4 28
04/02/16 Louisville Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 4 28
#379827 Eryn Donnelly
Race Date Race Format Category Place
06/23/16 P2P Jr/SW3-4 Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SW 3-4 7
06/09/16 P2P Jr/SW3-4 Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #1 Criterium SW 3-4 10
04/30/16 BRAC Women’s Camp Road Skills Clinic SW Open 1
03/05/16 Frostbite Time Trial Time Trial SW 4 15
#391372 Ben Jendrek
Race Date Race Format Category Place
09/05/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – Crit Criterium SM 4 28
09/05/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – GC Stage Race SM 4 28
09/04/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – RR Road Race SM 4 29
09/03/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – TT Time Trial SM 4 24
08/24/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #12 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
08/21/16 Lucky Pie Criterium – CO Master Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 36
08/10/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #10 Criterium SM 4-5 12
08/06/16 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 DNF
08/03/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #9 Criterium SM 4-5 24
07/31/16 Mike Nields Mem’l Bannock St Crit – CO Jr Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 DNF
07/20/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #7 Criterium SM 4-5 1
07/13/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 1
07/10/16 30th Annual Longmont Criterium Criterium SM 4 27
07/06/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 13
06/22/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #4 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/12/16 Ridge at 38 Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 56
06/08/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 10
06/01/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #1 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
05/07/16 OZ Road Race Road Race SM 4 46
04/23/16 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race SM 4 30
04/02/16 Louisville Criterium Criterium SM 4 43
#470068 Ryan Rhinehart
Race Date Race Format Category Place
08/24/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #12 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/27/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #8 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/13/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/06/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/22/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #4 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/15/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/08/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
#470566 Colin Rhinehart
Race Date Race Format Category Place
07/31/16 Mike Nields Mem’l Bannock St Crit – CO Jr Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 25
07/27/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #8 Criterium SM 4-5 16
07/13/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 3
07/06/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 3
06/22/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #4 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/15/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/12/16 Ridge at 38 Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 58
06/08/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/04/16 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4 39
06/01/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #1 Criterium SM 4-5 14
#477494 Chris Parsons
Race Date Race Format Category Place
09/05/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – Crit Criterium MM 40+ 4 6
09/05/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – GC Stage Race MM 40+ 4 23
09/04/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – RR Road Race MM 40+ 4 23
09/03/16 Steamboat Springs Stage Race – TT Time Trial MM 40+ 4 10
08/21/16 Lucky Pie Criterium – CO Master Crit Championships Criterium MM 40+ 4 1
08/17/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #11 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
08/10/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #10 Criterium SM 4-5 13
08/06/16 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 3
08/03/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #9 Criterium SM 4-5 14
07/31/16 Mike Nields Mem’l Bannock St Crit – CO Jr Crit Championships Criterium MM 40+ 4 2
07/27/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #8 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/13/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
07/06/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/22/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #4 Criterium SM 4-5 3
06/15/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 2
06/12/16 Ridge at 38 Criterium – CO Senior Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 9
06/08/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/04/16 City Park Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 4 1
05/28/16 Koppenberg Road Race MM 40+ 4 15
04/23/16 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race MM 40+ 4 25
04/02/16 Louisville Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 4 2
03/06/16 DU City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4 12
#470778 Benjamin Donnelly
Race Date Race Format Category Place
08/31/16 Back to Basics CX Series #2 Cross Race C Men 22
08/24/16 Back 2 Basics CX Series #1 Cross Race C Men 23
07/06/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/22/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #4 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/15/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP
06/11/16 Guanella Pass Hill Climb Hill Climb SM 5 2
06/01/16 P2P Men’s Mid-Wk Series @ CSP #1 Criterium SM 4-5 13
05/22/16 Superior Morgul Classic- RR Road Race SM 5 11
05/07/16 OZ Road Race Road Race SM 5 13
04/10/16 Buff Gold Circuit Race Road Race SM 5 12
03/05/16 Frostbite Time Trial Time Trial SM 5 15

2016 | VR7 Colorado Cycling Team

Welcome to the 2016 Season! 

It is time to dust off the cobwebs and get that cycling machine out for some riding.

We have finalized our sponsorships and are working on completing the design for the kits. We would like to welcome our sponsors to the team. We look forward to a great year in and out of the saddle.

Our Mission Statement: 
Have fun riding bikes while promoting our sponsors, partnerships, and the sport of cycling.

2015 Season Recap | VR7 Colorado Cycling Team

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VR7 Colorado Cycling Team’s 2015 Season Recap

The team’s inaugural season was a success. Now that the dust has settled for most (Except the crazy guys still racing Cross), I thought I would reflect on the season.

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Sponsors

First off, I would like to thank our generous sponsors. The season would not have been the same without their support. Thank you VR7, Evapco, Veggie-Go’s, American Roofing Supply Inc., VeloSoul Cyclery, and Pit Viper.

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Riders

I would like to thank all of our riders who put in the miles and effort to make this season a success. We had 22 riders sign up for the team. Some riders rode their first bike race ever this season. Some of them have been racing for many seasons. What matters is that we all had fun riding bikes.

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Mount Evans Hill Climb

Our team helped race director Deidre Moynihan with the 50th anniversary of the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb. The Mt. Evans hill climb was a success this year and our riders volunteered their time to help with course marshalling, set up, bag drop, and clean up. It was an honor to be a part of such a magnificent event with such a rich Colorado history. We hope to continue to work with Deirdre in the future on events.

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Statistics

For those cyclists who crave data I pulled together some stats from the season. See the table below for active roster and Race information.

Number of Race Entries: 120

Number of Racers that participated in at least one race: 16

Active Members List

Number of Criterium Entries: 51

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Number of Road Race Entries: 27

Number of Hill Climb Entries: 11

Number of Individual Time Trial Entries: 11

Number of Team Time Trial Entries: 15

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Number of Top Ten Finishes: 34

Number of Podium Spots: 8

Number of First Place finishes: 2

Most races ridden by an individual: Chris Hill rode 17 races for the team this season!

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Most Podium spots by an individual: There was a tie for this award with Chris Parsons and Dave Nelson ending up on the podium three times this year each!

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Most First Place finishes by an individual: Chris Parsons found the top spot on the podium twice this year!

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#252625 Devin Rhinehart CAT 4 29 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
8/26/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP Criterium SM 4-5 18 0:38:21
8/9/2015 Sonic Boom- CO Master Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 19 39:12.5
8/5/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #7 Criterium SM 4-5 6
6/24/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 10 0:41:47
6/17/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 4 23:50.8
6/10/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #1 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
5/31/2015 CO Senior RR Championships @ Deer Trail Road Race SM 4 35 39:22.3
5/30/2015 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4 32 39:42.3
5/23/2015 Haystack Mountain Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 5 0:39:45
5/9/2015 Wheels of Thunder Criterium SM 4 28 32:17.3
4/19/2015 Denver Federal Center Classic Road Race SM 4 DNF DNF
4/5/2015 Front Range Classic- USAFA Road Race Road Race SM 4-5 44 1:57:56
3/28/2015 BRAC Men’s Clinic Road Skills Clinic Newbie Men 1 1 pt
3/8/2015 University of Denver Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
#363410 Ben Hildebrandt CAT 4 29 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
4/19/2015 Denver Federal Center Classic Road Race SM 4 DNF DNF
4/5/2015 Front Range Classic- USAFA Road Race Road Race SM 4-5 42 1:57:52
3/8/2015 University of Denver Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
#117061 Larry Hasbrouck CAT 4 36 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
3/8/2015 University of Denver Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
#177800 Gaetano Pasquino CAT 5 49 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
9/2/2015 Back to Basics Cyclocross Series #1 Cross Race C Men 40
7/11/2015 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race MM 40+ 5 3 35:22.5
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 5 1 25:19.5
4/29/2015 Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #5 @ Cherry Creek Park Time Trial B 22 30:18.6
4/15/2015 Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #3 @ Cherry Creek Park Time Trial B 15 28:26.3
4/8/2015 Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #2 @ Cherry Creek Park Time Trial B 16 27:11.2
3/7/2015 Frostbite TT Time Trial SM 5 17 34:52.1
#361784 Michael De Sena CAT 4 28 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
6/14/2015 Guanella Pass Hill Climb – CO Master HC Championships Hill Climb SM 4 15 1:13:11
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 4 23:50.8
6/7/2015 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium SM 4 11 0:39:55
5/31/2015 CO Senior RR Championships @ Deer Trail Road Race SM 4 9 37:20.7
5/30/2015 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 4 9 39:34.6
5/23/2015 Haystack Mountain Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 5 0:39:45
#362699 David Altschuld CAT 4 44 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
10/4/2015 Primalpalooza Cross Race MM 40+ 3 17 45:23.3
9/26/2015 Cyclo X – Boulder Cross Race MM 40+ 3 DNF DNF
9/19/2015 Cyclo X – Valmont Cross Race MM 40+ 3 14 0:40:53
9/13/2015 SOCO Rhyolite Cross Race MM 40+ 3 21 0:39:03
8/1/2015 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 DNF DNF
7/26/2015 Boulder Orthopedics Crit @ Table Mountain Criterium A 4 0:47:07
7/11/2015 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race MM 40+ 4 20 13:28.3
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 4 23:50.8
6/7/2015 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium SM 4 DNF DNF
6/7/2015 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 4 13 0:40:05
5/31/2015 Deer Trail RR Road Race MM 40+ 4 40 04:23.6
5/30/2015 City Park Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 4 7 38:18.7
5/2/2015 Koppenberg Road Race MM 40+ 4 DNF DNF
4/19/2015 Denver Federal Center Classic Road Race MM 40+ 4 15 59:08.9
#384031 Troy Westergren CAT 5 52 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
8/9/2015 Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Hill Climb MM 40+ 5 9 1:56:22
8/1/2015 CBL Lookout Mountain HC – CO Jr 9-16 HC Championships Hill Climb MM 40+ 5 6 25:10.6
7/11/2015 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race MM 40+ 5 10 35:25.7
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 5 1 25:19.5
5/6/2015 Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #6 @ Cherry Creek Park Time Trial B 15 26:33.3
4/29/2015 Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #5 @ Cherry Creek Park Time Trial B 18 27:08.4
4/8/2015 Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #2 @ Cherry Creek Park Time Trial B 19 27:30.0
3/7/2015 Frostbite TT Time Trial SM 5 16 33:46.8
#396384 Jason Kearns CAT 4 25 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 4 23:50.8
#407385 David Nelson CAT 4 32 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
8/1/2015 CBL Lookout Mountain HC – CO Jr 9-16 HC Championships Hill Climb SM 4 2 19:56.4
7/25/2015 Bob Cook Mem’l Mt Evans HC- CO Sr & Jr 17-18 HC Championships Hill Climb SM 4 3 12:39.4
6/24/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 3 0:41:47
6/6/2015 Sunshine HillClimb Hill Climb SM 4 4 49:15.2
5/2/2015 Koppenberg Road Race SM 4 18 54:04.2
4/5/2015 Front Range Classic- USAFA Road Race Road Race SM 4-5 21 1:51:47
3/14/2015 Oredigger Classic- Lookout Mtn Time Trial Time Trial SM 4 4 20:39.0
#432624 Chris W Hill CAT 5 38 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
8/9/2015 Sonic Boom- CO Master Crit Championships Criterium SM 5 9 19:45.4
8/1/2015 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 35 45:55.6
7/25/2015 Bob Cook Mem’l Mt Evans HC- CO Sr & Jr 17-18 HC Championships Hill Climb SM 5 20 47:36.1
7/15/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
7/11/2015 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race A 11 41:18.7
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 5 1 25:19.5
6/7/2015 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium SM 5 5 0:20:46
6/6/2015 Sunshine HillClimb Hill Climb SM 5 9 55:06.9
5/31/2015 Deer Trail RR Road Race SM 5 6 55:15.9
5/30/2015 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 5 13 19:49.9
5/23/2015 Haystack Mountain Individual Time Trial Time Trial SM 5 13 42:17.9
5/23/2015 Haystack Mountain Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 5 0:39:45
5/17/2015 Superior Morgul Classic- Road Race Road Race SM 5 13 25:56.8
5/16/2015 Superior Morgul Classic- Circuit Race Road Race SM 5 13 1:03:29
5/2/2015 Koppenberg Road Race SM 5 9 41:37.0
4/11/2015 Boulder Roubaix Road Race Road Race SM 5 23 0:49:25
3/28/2015 BRAC Men’s Clinic Road Skills Clinic Newbie Men 1 1 pt
3/15/2015 Oredigger Classic- Criterium Criterium SM 5 DNP DNP
3/8/2015 University of Denver Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 26
#467458 Dan Kaskubar CAT 5 34 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
7/11/2015 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race A 16 46:01.0
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 5 1 25:19.5
5/30/2015 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 5 8 19:30.0
5/23/2015 Haystack Mountain Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 5 0:39:45
5/16/2015 Superior Morgul Classic- Circuit Race Road Race SM 5 9 1:02:06
4/19/2015 Denver Federal Center Classic Road Race SM 5 21 46:21.1
3/28/2015 BRAC Men’s Clinic Road Skills Clinic Newbie Men 1 1 pt
#467687 Andrew R Smith CAT 5 32 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
7/25/2015 Bob Cook Mem’l Mt Evans HC- CO Sr & Jr 17-18 HC Championships Hill Climb SM 5 9 33:29.1
4/19/2015 Denver Federal Center Classic Road Race SM 5 11 43:18.1
#467832 Allegra Nelson CAT 4 30 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
7/25/2015 Bob Cook Mem’l Mt Evans HC- CO Sr & Jr 17-18 HC Championships Hill Climb SW 4 13 03:41.9
6/6/2015 Sunshine HillClimb Hill Climb SW 4 11 10:19.5
3/14/2015 Oredigger Classic- Lookout Mtn Time Trial Time Trial SW 4 10 28:34.0
#470068 Ryan Rhinehart CAT 5 59 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
6/24/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 11 0:41:47
6/17/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
4/4/2015 Louisville Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 5 22 @ 2 Laps
4/4/2015 Louisville Criterium BRP #1 Road Skills Clinic SM 5 1 2 pts
3/28/2015 BRAC Men’s Clinic Road Skills Clinic Newbie Men 1 1 pt
#470566 Colin Rhinehart CAT 4 23 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
8/26/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP Criterium SM 4-5 17 0:38:21
8/12/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #8 Criterium SM 4-5 10 0:39:15
8/9/2015 Sonic Boom- CO Master Crit Championships Criterium SM 4 34 39:57.7
8/5/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #7 Criterium SM 4-5 14
7/22/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
7/15/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #5 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
6/24/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 4 0:41:47
6/17/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 4 23:50.8
6/10/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #1 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
6/7/2015 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium SM 5 3 0:20:41
5/31/2015 Deer Trail RR Road Race SM 5 18 00:22.2
5/30/2015 City Park Criterium Criterium SM 5 4 19:26.6
5/23/2015 Haystack Mountain Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 4 5 0:39:45
4/19/2015 Denver Federal Center Classic Road Race SM 5 14 43:23.8
4/4/2015 Louisville Criterium Criterium SM 5 15 18:21.9
4/4/2015 Louisville Criterium BRP #1 Road Skills Clinic SM 5 1 2 pts
#477494 Chris Parsons CAT 4 45 yrs
Race Date Race Format Category Place Time
8/12/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #8 Criterium SM 4-5 9 0:39:15
8/9/2015 Sonic Boom- CO Master Crit Championships Criterium MM 40+ 4 40 42:36.8
8/1/2015 Littleton Twilight Criterium Criterium SM 4-5 25 45:36.0
7/26/2015 Boulder Orthopedics Crit @ Table Mountain Criterium A 6 0:47:08
7/22/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #6 Criterium SM 4-5 5
7/11/2015 Clasica de Rio Grande Road Race MM 40+ 5 1 35:21.5
6/24/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #3 Criterium SM 4-5 23 0:41:47
6/17/2015 P2P Mid-Week Race Series @ CSP #2 Criterium SM 4-5 DNP DNP
6/13/2015 Best on Hess Team Time Trial Team Time Trial SM 5 1 25:19.5
6/7/2015 Ridge at 38 Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 5 1 0:20:41
5/30/2015 City Park Criterium Criterium MM 40+ 5 2 19:25.7

Team Spirit Award

The team spirit award goes to Ben Hildebrandt for all the work and effort behind the scenes to make this season run smoothly. Thank you Ben for everything you did. Ben was the driving force behind the team and worked extremely hard to pull the logisitics together. He worked on kit design, website design, facebook updates, sponsorships, budget, and much more. Thank you Ben!

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Local Rides | July 4th Weekend

4th of July Loveland Pass and Montezuma

The fourth of July weekend is a great time to celebrate our nation. I am proud to be an American! And nothing says America more than rocking a pair of Pit Vipers  Merika style and riding your bike through the mountains of Colorado.

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Friday I was lucky enough to be joined by my father (Ryan Rhinehart) as we left from Silverthorne on our way to tackling the infamous Loveland Pass. We cruised through Silverthorne at a nice easy pace and enjoyed the views as we rode past Lake Dillon. We made it to Keystone in pretty good time and started up the real climb.

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We somehow managed to get split up at this point. I am not sure what happened… But we met back up again at Arapahoe Basin which will host the finish of one of the stages of the US Pro Challenge later this year.

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Dad and I struck out from the Beach at A-Basin to complete the climb. We were enjoying the fresh mountain air and the cool breeze as we meandered through the mountains. It was really peaceful. That is when we noticed something out of the corner of our eyes. It was a MOOSE! Luckily for us we were in a car and could roll up the windows for a little added safety. Moose tend to be a little aggressive. Oh wait… We were on road bikes. Dang it! We slowly got off the bikes and watched as the Moose finished up her meal, and sauntered across the road behind us. It was a tiny moose, and we were excited that we got to see it, and that it didn’t try to stomp us into the ground.

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We finished the long climb at the top and took a picture for good measure. CHEESE!

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The way back down was uneventful since we got stuck behind a semi truck that was crawling down the mountain. I did manage to get around it at one point and hit 50 mph towards the bottom, but it is a much better descent when you don’t have to wait behind vehicles.

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The Sunday after the fourth of July was another long climb up to Montezuma. We were joined by Mark Nadeau and Peter Haynes. They are members of our cycling family. Mark has put together more organized rides for our group than I can count, and has been kind enough to include our family in the events every year. We have enjoyed some pretty awesome ride experiences with these two, and we are looking forward to the Copper Triangle ride in August where the whole crew will be together again in the mountains of Colorado. Rumor has it that a couple very special guests will be joining us for that ride so check back in August for an update.

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The ride Sunday ended at a quaint coffee shop in Silverthorne where more family and friends met us for a cup of coffee or two. It was a great weekend, and we are excited for the many adventures coming up in the next couple weeks.

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Race Report | Best on Hess Team Time Trial

Best on Hess Team Time Trial

The race was on! The crowd was loud! We were flying fast! Then we hit the 180 turn at the end of the out and back course and headed back to the finish. Only 4.5 miles to go. BOOOOOM! Our merry band of five quickly exploded and shelled two of our riders out the back, and I was seeing stars just trying to hold the wheel of my teammate ahead of me.

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It was our second Team Time Trial this year, and the first one was a blast for me. We did drop two riders pretty early on that first one, but the course was relatively flat and we pushed on keeping a pretty steady pace. This course was a little different. It didn’t seem like much when we looked at it, but we made a critical mistake of not preriding the course the day or weeks before. We went out hot at the gun and pushed the pace hard. We were having fun cruising downhill not a care in the world. Alarm bells should have been blaring when we hit nearly 45 mph going down on an out and back course.

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The way back was somewhat more difficult than anticipated. The hill offered little to no recovery, and my heart rate was sky high. I hit a new high for beats per minute that day (189). My teammates David Altschuld and Mike De Sena allowed me to wheel suck for most of the way back since I could barely keep up with them. I was the third and final rider though in our group and had to hang on to the finish. When we crossed the line I nearly vomitted on myself and felt like passing out would be a good option at that point. Luckily I held it together and kept my lunch down. We ended up in fourth place in the SM4 group which I was pretty happy with.

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Our SM5 group which consisted of Chris Parsons, Chris Hill, Dan Kaskubar, Guy Pasquino, and Troy Westergren managed to crush the SM5 Team Time Trial and placed first in their category (They were the only ones in their category that showed up). Hey showing up is half the battle at these races, and on this day it was 99% of it. They had a blast too while they did it.

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It didn’t hurt that the race director had some pretty stellar podium ladies there for the podium photo shot. Oh and a bunch of beer! Nice work guys.

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We would like to thank our sponsors that helped make this ride such a success. Without our sponsors this wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. Thank you Evapco, American Roofing Supply Inc., and Veggie Go’s for the funding for our registration fees. And we would like to add a shoutout to Pit Viper for providing the team with some super sweet shades. Check out the official results for the team below.

Hess results

Race Report | City Park Criterium & Colorado State Championship Deer Trail Road Race

 City Park Criterium

Rocky Mountain Road Club (Thump Cycling) organizes this event and it was fantastic this year. The weather was perfect for racing.

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The day started off early with the combined SM5 and MM 40+ 5 group. Team VR7 came out in force for this race. We had four riders pushing their limits and testing out their legs. The 20 minute race was quick from the gun, and the announcer was quick to point out our team coming together to work hard on the front of the group. Chris Hill, Dan Kaskubar, and Chris Parsons strung the field out nicely and pulled for a large portion of the race at the front.

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They were staying out of trouble at the front but also using up some of their reserves setting the pace. With about three laps to go some of the other teams had hit the front and an attack went off. One of the stronger Thump riders took a flyer off the front. He was eventually reeled in by the group, but still had the legs to make another attack and hold off the group. The peloton came charging through after him and Chris Parsons crossed the line fourth with Colin Rhinehart a few riders behind him. Since the group was combined Chris Parsons ended up taking second place in the MM 40+ 5 group and took the team’s first podium of the year! Colin Rhinehart ended up missing the podium in the SM5 group by one place finishing fourth. Dan Kaskubar finished in eight and Chris Hill continued his streak finishing 13th for the fourth race in a row.

The afternoon races went well for the team. The SM4 40+ group had a strong race. David Altschuld pulled off a seventh place finish in the group and narrowly avoided disaster with a guy leaning on him before going down on the last lap. Check out the video below that Garrick Mitchell captured. We hope for a speedy recovery for those involved.

The SM4 race was the last race of the day, and Mike De Sena pulled off a solid ninth place finish while I hung on to the back of the group the whole time and came in at 32. The team results for this race are posted below.

City Park Crit Team Results

Deer Trail Road Race

Deer Trail Road race is the state championship road race. You have to travel about an hour East of Denver which seems like a flat part of the state. Don’t be fooled. Even out on the eastern plains there is a fair bit of climbing to be had. The course consisted of a couple out and backs on road 217 and road 34.

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The SM5 and SM4 40+ groups rode a total of 42 miles for their races. Chris Hill was able to finally break his 13 curse and had a really solid race finishing sixth in the SM5 field. Colin Rhinehart came in at 18 after taking the last corner a little wide and needing to scrub some speed before trying to catch onto the back of the pack as they charged away up the hill.

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The 180 degree turnarounds and the one turn in the course proved to be tricky spots in the race. providing their fair share of excitement. David Altschuld ended up flatting and ther is pretty much nothing you can do after that happens. He did finish the race though! Never give up! He came in at 40 well behind the group, but stuck it out and finished.

The SM4 race was 57 miles total with over 3,000 ft of vertical. Mike and myself lined up for the start under a shady tree and chatted with a couple of 60+ riders before the start. They were pretty funny guys and have been racing bikes for a very long time. It was cool to see these guys still out there enjoying racing and riding. As the group rolled through town on the neutral start we ended up pretty far back in the pack. I figured there would be plenty of opportunities in a 57 mile race to move up so I didn’t think too much of it.

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About 20 miles in I realized the mistake we had made. The group never really strung out. We rode four or five abreast for the majority of the race. It was mentally taxing riding in such a tight group for so long, and moving up with near impossible. Mike proved that he had what it took though. He stayed calm the entire race and never dispaired. When the group came around the last 180 turnaround Mike was able to make his move and stuck with the group as they charged towards the finish line. He narrowly avoided going down within sight of the finish line and still managed to cross the line in ninth place. That was a solid effort on Mike’s part and we are proud of his finish at the state championship. I was barely hanging on to the back of the group at the last 180 turnaround and my legs were cramped from not taking on enough water that day. As the group charged away I did everything in my power to hang on, but got popped off the back. I still had four miles though to the finish line so I put my head down and rode as hard as my cramped legs would allow me. I ended up in 35th place about two minutes back from the lead group. I was happy with the result, and will be looking to improve. I keep saying that so hopefully the improvement comes sooner rather than later. Overall it was a great day at the races, and the team is having fun. Check out the fun video that the Primal guys put out last year from the race. It gives you an idea of the course and the dramatic music and preview feel of the video definitely adds to the quality.

Here are the team results for the Deer Trail Road Race. Good work out there guys.

Deer Trail Team Results