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
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#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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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

Ridge at 38 Criterium

Today was a beautiful day for a bike race in Colorado and the Ridge at 38 crit proved to be a great event again this year. There was a great staging area near the finish, plenty of music and entertainment for families (aka bounce house!) and obviously some killer bike racing.

The course is 1.5 miles with some sweeping corners, but nothing overly technical. The pack stayed together surprisingly well for both the MM4 and SM5 races which is a good indication that the course is nice and straightforward.

VR7 had members racing in SM5,MM5,MM4 and SM4 and I was on hand to watch the SM5/MM5 race at 9:10 AM. The racers had 20 minutes in store for them and basically perfect conditions to race in. VR7 had Chris Parsons in the SM5 field coming off a second place finish from City Park and Colin Rhinehart fresh off of 4th place at City Park. We also had Chris Hill in SM5 who has put in consistent results all year….we had a good feeling about this one.

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The field stayed intact for the first few laps with an un named rider trying to get away solo off the front. He never gapped more than about 50 feet and the field soaked him up on lap 3. A few riders got spit out the back but the pack kept a steady manageable pace for the first 6 of 7 laps and stayed relatively together.   Colin and Chris were working together and Chris H was looking strong riding alongside them in the middle of the field.



The pace picked up hard on the last lap, and if you could hang on you had a shot at a top ten finish. Coming around the last corner Chris P was off the front with Colin 4 wheels back. Chris P had a lot of momentum coming into the last 200 m and he just cranked it out, not letting anyone come around him.  Chris put his arms up in the last 50 meters and claimed the victory for VR7.

Colin opened up his sprint and maintained his position in 4th, coming across the line in 3rd for the SM5 group.

Chris H. Held on for 5th place (SM5), another strong result for him, especially with riding sunshine hill climb yesterday. Our CAT5s are riding really well at the moment, keep your eyes on these guys!


MM4 and SM4

MM4 was next and Dave Altschuld was representing VR7. Dave is another strong rider for us and he was looking solid through 5 laps. The MM4 group was really hitting it hard, spitting guys put the back constantly. Dave looked comfortable though I didn’t see the finish. I will update later with his result and Mike’s result from SM4.


Another great day on the bikes for VR7 Colorado Cycling. Racing is always fun, but locking down two podiums feels really really good. Congrats again to Chris Parsons and Colin Rhinehart.

We had some racers at Sunshine on Saturday as well, will post a report soon!

Race Report | Haystack Mountain Time Trials

The Team showed up today stoked to ride together. We had one of our newest members, Mike Desena, show up to join the team on our first Team Time Trial Experience. The team consisted of three CAT 5 riders, Chris Hill, Dan Kaskubar, and Colin Rhinehart, and two CAT 4 riders, Mike Desena and myself(Devin Rhinehart).  Haystack TTT

We put in a solid effort for our first ever Team Time Trial. The clouds were dark and we had all made our way through torrential downpour to get to the race that day. Lucky for us the rain had stopped as we lined up, but the roads were wet and the rain was threatening to start again. As the clock ticked down and the judge counted down five, four, three, two, one, GO we rolled out and got in a line. I pulled first and we started off nice and easy. We steadily picked up the pace and started taking 30 second pulls at the front. We were rotating through and everyone was looking pretty good.

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At about mile seven or eight we lost Chris. Chris had ridden in the Individual Time Trial earlier that day and finished 13th in the SM5 field. He seems to really like lucky number 13. We continued on without Chris and kept our pace high. At about mile nine we hit a small hill and managed to pop Dan off the back. We thought about sitting up and waiting, but the bit was between the teeth and we couldn’t be slowed down. We trudged on. Two brothers and the newbie taking turns until Mike could barely hang on. Turns out the Rhinehart bros can bring the pain when we want to. We knew the clock stopped at the third rider across the line, so the three of us encouraged each other while taking pulls and trying to keep the pace as high as possible. When the finish line came into sight we all felt relieved. But we had to put in the last effort and we sprinted for the line. Poor Mike gave it his all and looked a little green around the gills after the final sprint. He hasn’t raced in a while, but recovered well and was super pumped after we caught our breath.

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Our final time was 39:45 and we finished in fifth place out of eight teams in the SM4 group. Not too shabby for our first Team Time Trial. Check out the video below. Sorry for the length and not catching the finish, but I was too tired to edit the footage and kind of enjoyed watching the whole thing. I need to get a new SD card that can carry more footage if I am going to continue to shoot these videos. Hope you enjoy.

Race Report | Koppenburg, Wheels of Thunder, & Superior Morgul

It has been a while since we checked in. We had some wind taken out of our sails after the Federal Center Race. Our driving force and leader Ben Hildebrandt went down and out with broken wrists and a scarred mental state. He is already back on the bike though indoors and we hope to see him climbing Deer Creek soon.

Chris Hill Start of the Koppenburg SM5 Race

Chris Hill Start of the Koppenburg SM5 Race

Koppenburg

Koppenburg is an early season road race in Colorado that mirrors some of the spring classics over in Europe. The name of the race is borrowed from the section of cobles in the Tour of Flanders that often times brings riders to a stand still and forces some off their bikes.

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David Nelson

The course is a 5.5 mile circuit with about 2 miles of dirt. The highlight of the event though is the dirt climb shown in this video. The mud and gradient are enough to bring riders to a stand still and running up the hill becomes standard practice.

Our riders put in a good effort in this event. Chris Hill finished 9th in the SM5 division, David Nelson finished 18th in the SM4 division, and David Altschuld did not finish in the MM 40+ 4 division after coning down with a bug.. It is truly an accomplishment to brave the elements and course in this event. We are proud of our riders.

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Chris Hill

Wheels of Thunder

Wheels of Thunder is typically a fast crit with smooth pavement. A nice early season race late enough in the year that the weather should be warm and enjoyable for a bike race. This year mother nature had other plans. The skies darkened and the wind whipped up. Rain sprinkled down on the course making things a little interesting. The smooth corners turned treacherous and the splashback drenched you to the bone (I am being overly dramatic).

Devin Rhinehart Wheels of Thunder

Devin Rhinehart Wheels of Thunder

It was cold and wet though, which deterred a few racers, but somehow the SM4 group still mustered the courage to bring 46 riders to the start line. That just goes to show the competitiveness of this group. Nothing is going to stop some of these guys from getting out there to race. I had a decent race staying towards the front and doing some work to bring back some early breaks, but soon realized why it is better to conserve your energy. The last lap I found myslef drifting backwards through the group in slow motion as they charged up the hill on the course. I eventually popped and managed to hang on to a 28th place finish. The video below shows a lap of the course in the bright sunshine. Wouldn’t that be nice.

Superior Morgul

The Morgul race series is a Colorado classic. The Wall is the finishing climb for the road race on Sunday and has roots that date back to the 1970s Red Zinger Classic and the 1980s Coors Classic. The movie American Flyers with Kevin Costner features the climb up the Wall. Check out the highlights from this movie below and find a way to watch it if you have never seen it.

Chris Hill put in a solid effort for both the circuit race Saturday and the road race Sunday. He finished both races in 13th place in the SM5 group. His results are improving every race. Dan Kaskubar broke into the top ten in the SM5 group with a solid 9th place finish in the SM5 group. He was able to make the early break and hold on to a solid finish in that race. We are proud of what these guys have done for the team. We hope now that summer is officially here (hopefully) we can get some more of the guys on the squad out there to enjoy the race season.