Spring is here!

April 10, 2011

It feels like spring has finally arrived in New England after a longer, colder and snowier winter than anyone really wanted.   While there have been some hardy folks riding all through the winter, the better weather has brought with it a greater number of riders on our weekly rides.

Our regular weekend rides leave from QuadCycles in Arlington at 9:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday.  Come out an join us sometime.  There’s a group for everyone with different groups covering different distances and at different paces.


Club rides switching back to 9:30 am

April 2, 2010

Just a reminder that the club rides, which run all year long, switch back to 9:30 am as of this weekend. The ride runs on Saturday and Sunday, leaving from QuadCycles in Arlington (1043 Massachusetts Ave). This ride is appropriate for all levels as we have people of all levels on the ride, from those training for their first charity ride to some of the racing team. We all stick together for the first part of the ride and then break into smaller groups according to distance and speed that you want to go.

There are also a few more rides getting started on a regular basis. Details have been going out on the team list and we’ll probably be posting some of them here on the website soon as well.

Hope to see a lot of people on the road!


Michael Schott Memorial Circuit Race Report, Cat 4/5

April 2, 2010

Andy Tucker was up in Marblehead last weekend for his first race of the season and sent in this report.

This was the first official race of 2010 for me. I was anxious to try out my legs against some stiff competition after putting in many base miles during the freezing cold winter. Well, it wasn’t winter any more, but it was freezing the morning of the race. I think I had five layers on before the race and only shed one at the start. The race itself consisted of 11 laps of a rolling 2.2 mile circuit with a nice little climb just before the start/finish, and a gradual step climb on the back side with a nasty headwind. The race started off at a pretty fast pace, but I felt comfortable. On the second lap Matt Miller from Threshold flew off the front. I’ve ridden with Matt many times and knew he was strong, so I decided to bridge to him and see what he was up to. When I got over to him I gave him a nod and he said “ Let’s go!”. I thought “ok” let’s see how long we stay away and off we went. After a few laps I started to wonder how long I wanted to keep the pace up. I really hadn’t planned on making a break at all, never mind just a few miles into the race. About this time I spotted another rider trying to bridge and we decided to let up a bit and let him on. I think he was from Comprehensive. When he got on he was spent and had to spend a lap or so recovering, but once he caught his breath he put in some decent pulls. We stayed away for another four laps or so before we lost the Comprehensive rider, but before to long I could see another rider coming over – a big rider! This guy was a power house. He had to be at least 200 pounds with quads the size of tree trunks. He came right up on us and hollered- no blasted – “Let’s do this thing!!” and just kept on going right past us. He was a trip. Turns out he’s a bit of a local legend I guess -an old racer from back as far as the eighties named Jerry, rumored to pre-fuel on PBR and recover with a smoke! He stayed with us right up to a few laps to go. That’s when, from what I heard, Threshold came on strong and brought us back in. I guess they had the podium sweep planned, because that’s what they did. I recovered for the last couple of laps to save whatever I had left for the sprint. On the last lap, just after the hairpin turn, there was a pretty bad crash, just to my right. I could see a bike going end-over-end just out of the corner of my eye. Then a split second later the rider to my left hit a cone that was on the yellow line. Past the tense moments and it was all out up the little steep and down the straight to the finish. I got blocked a bit at the top of the hill and had to break and come around a rider, but I still managed 6th place.

The race was a great start to my season and hopefully a good indicator to my fitness. We’ll see how it goes at Battenkill in a few weeks. If I do well there I think it just may be time to move up to Cat3. Ugg!

Congrats to Andy on a great first race of the season!


Welcome New Sponsor: Cannondale

February 18, 2010

Welcome Cannondale, our newest sponsor.


Quad ‘Cross 2009 Results Posted

September 19, 2009

Check ‘em out on BikeReg and CrossResults.


School Street Hill Climb Results

August 24, 2009

We’d like to extend our thanks once more to QuadCycles, QuadMultiSport, and all the competitors for making this event possible.

First Annual School Street Hill Climb
August 22, 2009
Arlington, MA

  Rank Overall      FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1           Randall R Jacobs         00:37.7        M    19 to 29           60        
       2             Wai-Ben Wong           00:40.6        M    19 to 29           21        
       3             Trent Ashburn          00:40.7        m    30 to 39           61        
       4             Ryan Packard           00:42.6        M    15 to 16           54        
       5            Peter Bradshaw          00:43.8        M    30 to 39           19        
       6             Eric Brassell          00:44.4        M    40 to 49           11        
       7              Chris Opie            00:45.3        M    17 to 18           42        
       8              David Chiu            00:46.3        M    19 to 29           20        
       9              Liam Twomey           00:46.5        M    19 to 29           58        
       10             Dan Barrett           00:46.9        M    30 to 39           41        
       11            Garett Burke           00:49.3        M    30 to 39           25        
       12           Patrick Twomey          00:50.0        M    19 to 29           63        
       13           William Sawyer          00:50.3        M    50 to 59           35        
       14           Daniel Mueller          00:50.3        M    19 to 29           55        
       15              Jim Burke            00:51.0        M    40 to 49           22        
       16             Nathan Hoks           00:51.4        M    30 to 39           4         
       17          Randolph Williams        00:51.8        M    30 to 39           57        
       18             Eric Silva            00:52.2        M    19 to 29           59        
       19           Karl Hambrecht          00:52.4        M    50 to 59           26        
       20             James Gomez           00:52.5        M    40 to 49           10        
       21           Michael Zocchi          00:52.8        M    40 to 49           43        
       22             John Sales            00:53.1        M    40 to 49           39        
       23           Jorge Hernandez         00:53.3        M    40 to 49           13        
       24            Jack Whiteley          00:54.3        M   60 and over         33        
       25            Lorenzo Dato           00:54.4        M    15 to 16           56        
       26             Carson Poe            00:55.6        M    30 to 39           12        
       27            John Smathers          00:56.8        M    40 to 49           5         
       28             Ryan Welch            00:56.9        M    30 to 39           8         
       29            Mark Jacobson          00:57.7        M    40 to 49           27        
       30        Sara Bresnick-Zocchi       00:59.1        F    30 to 39           34        
       31           Stefan Peukert          00:59.4        M    40 to 49           31        
       32             Jermey Katz           01:00.0        M    19 to 29           44        
       33           Jonathan Rourke         01:00.0        M    50 to 59           29        
       34            Jim Gascoigne          01:00.4        M    40 to 49           46        
       35           Tomas Jurgensen         01:01.5        M    12 to 14           36        
       36           Keith Rousseau          01:02.6        M    19 to 29           7         
       37            James Riehle           01:04.2        M    40 to 49           9         
       38              Jen Zeuli            01:07.0        F    30 to 39           51        
       39              tim walsh            01:07.0        M    19 to 29           16        
       40              Ben McCoy            01:07.1        M    30 to 39           3         
       41           Bill DiRosario          01:07.7        M   60 and over         48        
       42              Sam Vaeth            01:07.8        M    12 to 14           18        
       43           Julian Eliz III         01:08.5        M    19 to 29           1         
       44         Nancy Labbe-Giguere       01:09.4        F    19 to 29           45        
       45             Tom Worster           01:09.5        M    40 to 49           2         
       46            Sara Cushman           01:09.5        F    30 to 39           38        
       47             Linea Rowe            01:11.0        F    40 to 49           30        
       48           William Kimeria         01:11.3        M    30 to 39           49        
       49         Charlie Radoslovich       01:14.7        F    30 to 39           40        
       50            Ralph Willmer          01:14.7       M     50 to 59           53        
       51            Sumner Brown           01:17.1        M   60 and over         17        
       52           Katherine Snell         01:20.1        F    40 to 49           24        
       53       Eva Papp / Tom Worester     01:21.0       M/F    tandem            50        
       54             Walter Fey            01:25.7        m    50 to 59           52        
       55             Neal Mayer            01:26.0        M    50 to 59           37        
       56              Joe Maser            01:27.3        M    50 to 59           32        
       57           Alyson Fletcher         01:31.0        F    19 to 29           62        
       58            Kate Leppanen          01:31.5        F    30 to 39           47        
       59            Craig Weiner           01:41.2        M    30 to 39           65        
       60             Tom Lemaire           01:41.8        M    50 to 59           64        
       61            Max Hernandez          01:43.6        M    12 to 14           14        
       62           Daniel Jacobson         01:48.2        M    12 to 14           28        
       63             Joy Ahearn            01:52.5        F    50 to 59           15        
                   Christian Farrar           DNS          M    40 to 49           6         
                     John Buchheit            DNS          M    40 to 49           23        
                                                                                             
RESULTS BY EVENT
                                                                        
Female 19 to 29                                                                              
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1          Nancy Labbe-Giguere       01:09.4        F    19 to 29           45        
       2            Alyson Fletcher         01:31.0        F    19 to 29           62        
                                                                                             
Female 30 to 39                                                                              
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1         Sara Bresnick-Zocchi       00:59.1        F    30 to 39           34        
       2               Jen Zeuli            01:07.0        F    30 to 39           51        
       3             Sara Cushman           01:09.5        F    30 to 39           38        
       4          Charlie Radoslovich       01:14.7        F    30 to 39           40        
       5             Kate Leppanen          31:46.0        F    30 to 39           47        
                                                                                             
Female 40 to 49                                                                              
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1              Linea Rowe            01:11.0        F    40 to 49           30        
       2            Katherine Snell         01:20.1        F    40 to 49           24        
                                                                                             
Female 50 to 59                                                                              
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1              Joy Ahearn            01:52.5        F    50 to 59           15        
                                                                                             
Male 12 to 14                                                                                
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1            Tomas Jurgensen         01:01.5        M    12 to 14           36        
       2               Sam Vaeth            01:07.8        M    12 to 14           18        
       3             Max Hernandez          01:43.6        M    12 to 14           14        
       4            Daniel Jacobson         01:48.2        M    12 to 14           28        
                                                                                             
Male 15 to 16                                                                                
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1             Ryan Packard           00:42.6        M    15 to 16           54        
       2             Lorenzo Dato           00:54.4        M    15 to 16           56        
                                                                                             
Male 17 to 18                                                                                
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1              Chris Opie            00:45.3        M    17 to 18           42        
                                                                                             
Male 19 to 29                                                                                
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1           Randall R Jacobs         00:37.7        M    19 to 29           60        
       2             Wai-Ben Wong           00:40.6        M    19 to 29           21        
       3              David Chiu            00:46.3        M    19 to 29           20        
       4              Liam Twomey           00:46.5        M    19 to 29           58        
       5            Patrick Twomey          00:50.0        M    19 to 29           63        
       6            Daniel Mueller          00:50.3        M    19 to 29           55        
       7              Eric Silva            00:52.2        M    19 to 29           59        
       8              Jermey Katz           01:00.0        M    19 to 29           44        
       9            Keith Rousseau          01:02.6        M    19 to 29           7         
       10              tim walsh            01:07.0        M    19 to 29           16        
                                                                                             
Male 30 to 39                                                                                
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1             Trent Ashburn          00:40.7        m    30 to 39           61        
       2            Peter Bradshaw          00:43.8        M    30 to 39           19        
       3              Dan Barrett           00:46.9        M    30 to 39           41        
       4             Garett Burke           00:49.3        M    30 to 39           25        
       5              Nathan Hoks           00:51.4        M    30 to 39           4         
       6           Randolph Williams        00:51.8        M    30 to 39           57        
       7              Carson Poe            00:55.6        M    30 to 39           12        
       8              Ryan Welch            00:56.9        M    30 to 39           8         
       9               Ben McCoy            01:07.1        M    30 to 39           3         
       10            Craig Weiner           01:41.2        M    30 to 39           65        
       11           William Kimeria         11:30.0        M    30 to 39           49        
                                                                                             
Male 40 to 49                                                                                
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1             Eric Brassell          00:44.4        M    40 to 49           11        
       2               Jim Burke            00:51.0        M    40 to 49           22        
       3              James Gomez           00:52.5        M    40 to 49           10        
       4            Michael Zocchi          00:52.8        M    40 to 49           43        
       5              John Sales            00:53.1        M    40 to 49           39        
       6            Jorge Hernandez         00:53.3        M    40 to 49           13        
       7             John Smathers          00:56.8        M    40 to 49           5         
       8             Mark Jacobson          00:57.7        M    40 to 49           27        
       9            Stefan Peukert          00:59.4        M    40 to 49           31        
       10            Jim Gascoigne          01:00.4        M    40 to 49           46        
       11            James Riehle           01:04.2        M    40 to 49           9         
       12             Tom Worster           01:09.5        M    40 to 49           2         
       13          Christian Farrar           DNS          M    40 to 49           6         
       14            John Buchheit            DNS          M    40 to 49           23        
                                                                                             
Male 50 to 59                                                                                
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1            William Sawyer          00:50.3        M    50 to 59           35        
       2            Karl Hambrecht          00:52.4        M    50 to 59           26        
       3            Jonathan Rourke         01:00.0        M    50 to 59           29        
       4             Ralph Willmer          01:14.7       M     50 to 59           53        
       5              Walter Fey            01:25.7        m    50 to 59           52        
       6              Neal Mayer            01:26.0        M    50 to 59           37        
       7               Joe Maser            01:27.3        M    50 to 59           32        
       8              Tom Lemaire           01:41.8        M    50 to 59           64        
                                                                                             
Male 60 and up                                                                               
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1             Jack Whiteley          00:54.3        M   60 and over         33        
       2            Bill DiRosario          01:07.7        M   60 and over         48        
       3             Sumner Brown           01:17.1        M   60 and over         17        
                                                                                             
Tandem                                                                                       
   Event Rank       FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1        Eva Papp / Tom Worester     01:21.0       M/F    tandem            50        
                                                                                             
Arlington Residents                                                                            
 Arl. Res. Rank     FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1             Ryan Packard           00:42.6        M    15 to 16           54        
       2             Eric Brassell          00:44.4        M    40 to 49           11        
       3              Chris Opie            00:45.3        M    17 to 18           42        
       4            William Sawyer          00:50.3        M    50 to 59           35        
       5               Jim Burke            00:51.0        M    40 to 49           22        
       6            Michael Zocchi          00:52.8        M    40 to 49           43        
       7             Mark Jacobson          00:57.7        M    40 to 49           27        
       8         Sara Bresnick-Zocchi       00:59.1        F    30 to 39           34        
       9            Stefan Peukert          00:59.4        M    40 to 49           31        
       10             Jermey Katz           01:00.0        M    19 to 29           44        
       11            Jim Gascoigne          01:00.4        M    40 to 49           46        
       12           Tomas Jurgensen         01:01.5        M    12 to 14           36        
       13           Keith Rousseau          01:02.6        M    19 to 29           7         
       14              Jen Zeuli            01:07.0        F    30 to 39           51        
       15         Nancy Labbe-Giguere       01:09.4        F    19 to 29           45        
       16            Sara Cushman           01:09.5        F    30 to 39           38        
       17             Linea Rowe            01:11.0        F    40 to 49           30        
       18           William Kimeria         01:11.3        M    30 to 39           49        
       19         Charlie Radoslovich       01:14.7        F    30 to 39           40        
       20            Ralph Willmer          01:14.7       M     50 to 59           53        
       21             Walter Fey            01:25.7        m    50 to 59           52        
       22             Neal Mayer            01:26.0        M    50 to 59           37        
       23              Joe Maser            01:27.3        M    50 to 59           32        
       24           Alyson Fletcher         01:31.0        F    19 to 29           62        
       25            Kate Leppanen          01:31.5        F    30 to 39           47        
       26             Tom Lemaire           01:41.8        M    50 to 59           64        
       27           Daniel Jacobson         01:48.2        M    12 to 14           28        
       28             Joy Ahearn            01:52.5        F    50 to 59           15        
                                                                                             
                                                                            School Street Res.
School Street Ra    FIRST LAST NAME       Finish Time     SEX     AGE             BIB        
       1              Linea Rowe            01:11.0        F    40 to 49           30        
       2              Neal Mayer            01:26.0        M    50 to 59    

NJ State Fair SpectaCross, Day 2 (Cyclocross Sessions), 1. August 2009

August 17, 2009

Submitted by Christine Fort

Dave and I arrived at the State Fair late Saturday morning fueled by a giant breakfast (Jersey does diners right) and carrying a sack of groceries for the rest of the day. It was approaching sweltering (not exactly ‘cross weather, of course), but we had jugs of water in the trunk of the car, and there was always the option of cooling off in the bike wash if necessary. I spent the morning and early afternoon walking the fair and watching races and MTB trials, and managed not to overheat.

The course became available for warmup shortly before 5 p.m., so I hopped on my bike to make a couple rounds. It was the same loop, but the terrain was totally different from the day before. Most of the slop had dried up into rutted dirt, but the morning and afternoon races had packed down a hard, fast lane about a foot and a half wide. If I could stick with that line, it would be smooth going; if I bounced over into the ruts while making turns, it was going to become painful. The giant puddle was smaller than it had been the previous day, but it was still there, throwing water on my feet and mud on my drivetrain. I noticed that, after two rounds through the puddle, my front shifting was a bit wonky. After pre-riding, I went to wash the mud off, then re-greased the chain and ran it through the gears. The shifting was somewhat better, but I was pretty sure that, given the course conditions, it would become an issue during the race again. So my working game plan was to jockey for position early on in the big ring as long as I could stand it, then make do after downshifting (not ideal, but it worked for me last year when I had shifting problems at Canton). Later, for the rest of my warmup, I spun out for a bit on the asphalt road behind the fairgrounds, and generally just tried to stay loose and hydrated. As the race was unsanctioned and it was sweltering for most of the day, bottle hand-ups were OK’d for the pit, and I took Dave up on his offer of feeds during my race.

Shortly after the end of the race prior to ours (elite women and elite juniors), the officials re-opened the course for warmups. I decided to save my drivetrain by avoiding the mud section (I’d already pre-ridden it like three times at this point) and sticking to the grass. Meanwhile, the event organizers gave us the news that they were going to combine our race novice/intermediate/45+ women) with the final race of the evening (novice men). Which, of course, meant that my friend Lang and I were having a rematch. The start got delayed about 15 minutes, but finally they staged us and set us off. I had a better start than the day before–I think I was about seventh coming into the hole shot. Eric Davidson passed me right after that, I think, along with another guy. Things were moving a lot faster than they had the day before in the slop.

I really wanted a repeat win, and I really wanted to stay ahead of Lang, so my goal was to race smart and minimize crashes. Yeah, oops. A couple laps in I lost Lang when I took a corner in the spiral too quickly, hitting a rut or something the wrong way and wiping out. I righted myself and hopped back on, but it definitely cost me several seconds. I also had another crash on the course as, at this point, it was getting dark out. The arena was lit, but the lights weren’t yet on over the grass, so we were doing 180s and jumping barriers in the twilight. Even though we were all fatigued, it was lots of fun.

The other awesome thing about the race was the fact that the announcers were narrating both the men’s and women’s leaders… so… I got air time, and so did QuadCycles! The women chasing me were also announced; because the course was so small, I could see Jeni Roosen, in second, pursuing me as I went through turns. I was nervous because the race was basically mine to lose, but I kept telling myself to stay smart and hold it together. When I entered the spiral in the arena for the final time, I tried to get through it as quickly and carefully as possible. Coming around the final corner, I knew I had time to spare, so I coasted across the line with my arms up. Great conclusion to one of my favorite race weekends ever.


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