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.”

Littleton crit chris

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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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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 | 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.

David Nelson

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.

Chris Hill

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.