2017 Season Recap | VR7 Colorado Cycling Team

VR7 Colorado Cycling Team’s 2017 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. 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 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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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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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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Holiday Gift Guide!

VR7 Cycling Team’s un-official holiday gift guide for 2014.  Get some.

Cycling Gear

K-Edge front mount for Garmin Edge (~$45) 

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If you know someone who bikes & has a garmin mounted to their stem, this is a slam dunk gift. These things rock.  They look great, have a very reasonable price tag, and make looking down at your computer much easier and safer while riding.

Smartwool NTS Micro 150 Beanie (~$22.00)

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This might be the perfect beanie for under helmet use.  It is lightweight and has a very snug fit while providing just the right about of insulation. Plus it is from Smartwool and supporting Colorado companies is always a good thing.

Rudy Project Spinhawk (~$62.495)

A man once told me that looking good is more important than riding fast….well, its not, but maybe you can do both!  Rudy’s Spinhawks are definitely a step in that direction.  They have a nice modern shape and are comfortable enough for wearing while riding despite falling in Rudy’s “casual collection”.  On longer rides they tend to get a little uncomfortable and a lack of grip on the noise piece can be troublesome, but for anything 1-2 hours these look and perform great.  These have quickly become the pair of sunglasses that I wear for literally everything.  They also come in a polarized version (which I opted for with no regrets.)

Sock Guy “Rad Socks” ($7.98)

Sock Guy Rad Socks

Preferred foot garment of VR7CO. These socks increase your FTP by at least 15%.  If they had some wool in the mix they might be the world’s most perfect sock…..

Williams Axiom SLC Carbon ($89.00)

Saddles are a bit of a personal thing, but the 159 g Williams Axiom is worth a shot at only $89.00. The styling is subtle, the microfiber cover provides a nice amount of grip and I have found the shape and padding to be very comfortable.  This is a good one for a new cyclist who might not have a super fancy saddle yet.

Cinelli Cork Tape ($14.95)

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Bar tape is the cheapest way to make a bike look new again, and nothing beats classic Cinelli Cork Tape.  Buying Tip – purchase the same color that the cyclist already has on their bike…when in doubt, get white or black.

Premium Annual Gift Subscription for Strava ($59.00)

Annual Premium Gift Subscription

Strava….the gift that keeps on giving.  Strava just added some new features / functionality for premium members (and you don’t need a power meter to enjoy them), so it is the perfect time to hook someone up with  a premium subscription.

Lifestyle

DeLonghi kMix Espresso Machine (~$250)

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You have to be a little suspicious of a $250 espresso machine, but the kMix has exceeded all of my expectations.  It is a compact machine, comes in multiple colors and pours a great shot. The steam wand has been wonderful as well, it creates a nice foam and has plenty of range of motion.  A good gift for the cyclist who has behaved well all year.

Pablos Coffee ($12.00)

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If the Espresso machine was a bit too much, maybe just gift some delicious coffee instead. Pablo’s is a Denver staple when it comes to coffee and at a delightful $12.00 a bag you might as well buy a couple.

Amazing Grass Green Superfood (chocolate) (~$29.99)

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If someone rides bikes, they probably slam smoothies like it is their job.  Green Superfood from Amazing Grass is an essential ingredient in this department.  Nutritious and the Chocolate flavor is delish. A pretty solid stocking stuffer right here folks.

Veggie Go’s (~$1.50 Ea)

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Continuing with the healthy foods, Veggie Go’s are another great stocking stuffer.  They are delicious little fruit and veggie leathers that fit great in a jersey pocket (or just about anywhere else for that matter.)  You can find them at most Whole Foods stores in Colorado.

American Flyers (~$12.99)

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Never again will Kevin Costner have a mustache to match the fuzzy caterpillar he debuted in this movie.  Epic and always classic.

Phiaton PS210 BTNC(~$99.99)

Bluetooth headphones are ideal for riding indoors and the Phiaton’s are a great option without a hefty price tag. They come with a control unit that you can clip to a jersey, t-shirt etc. that allows you to change volume, control playback and use for phone calls (it has a built in mic.)  The sound quality is great and they hold up well to excessive sweating.

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Happy Holidays all!

Product Review | Williams Genesis

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I happen to be the proud new owner of a Williams Genesis road bike and wanted to pass on a short review to everyone.

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I have always liked Williams.  They are a direct to consumer company  and they are big on R&D.  Williams puts a huge amount of effort into CFD / Wind Tunnel testing for their products and competitors products.  They do some of this through third parties also, so you can have a nice fuzzy feeling about the results.  And, when you email them, occasionally you get a response from Keith Williams, which is pretty slick.  All that considered, I was very excited when I heard they partnered with Aeros to start manufacturing bike frames.

The Genesis is their top of the line carbon road frame.  It is an aero design, but will all modern bikes, it is quite light too.  I put my bike on the scale 100% built up and it weighed in at 16.4 lbs. For those with a little more cash at hand, it would be easy to build this bike up closer to 15 lbs.

Speaking of, here is the build:

Frame/Fork/Seatpost: Williams (Aeros) Genesis

Gruppo: SRAM Force 22 (standard english BB)

Cockpit: Zipp Vuka Sprint (shallow) / Zipp Service Course SL 90mm Stem

Saddle: Williams Axiom SLC (white)

Wheelset: HED JET5

Pedals: Shimano Ultegra

My Steed

To keep things brief, here is a summary of riding this bike for the past month:

This bike is amazingly stiff and nimble.  I raced it in a local crit and it tore up the pavement, absolutely wonderful handling.  I dragged it up some hills as well and while it felt great going up, the descent was something from a dream. My only critique, you really feel the road on this bike, and sometimes it is a bit jarring if you are on rough terrain.  Regarding the aero-factor, who knows, it felt fast which is all that counts.

For the money, I honestly cannot think of a better bike.  This bike feels like it cost over 5K but I built it up for just under $2,400 (with no wheels). Given how much I have enjoyed this frame (and the Williams saddle) I really want to get my hands on a set of their wheels as well.

Thanks to the Williams team for producing a great bike, check them out at http://www.williamsbikes.com/ .