Monday, December 17, 2012

Carey Sweeps NCGP!

Carey sweeps North Carolina Grand Prix weekend

Peter Hymas
December 17, 01:53, 
December 17, 06:18
Arnold, Emily Shields repeat podium placings as well
Katie Arnold (Bob's Red Mill), left, and Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise Cycling) together in the lead on the opening lap.
Katie Arnold (Bob's Red Mill), left, and Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise Cycling) together in the lead on the opening lap.


One day after winning the first UCI 'cross race of her career, Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise Cycling) added another to her palmares as she swept the elite women's races at the North Carolina Grand Prix weekend. Katie Arnold (Bob's Red Mill) finished second to Carey for the second straight day while Emily Shields (Mock Orange Bikes), too, duplicated her previous day's result with a third place finish.
While the podium was a carbon copy of Saturday's, the parcours at Hendersonville's Jackson Park was transformed by overnight showers and rain which at times fell heavily during the elite women's five-lap race. What was a fast and furious grass criterium on Saturday became a slick, muddy circuit which put a premium on finesse and bike handling skills, particularly on an increasingly tricky off-camber section 300 metres from the finish line.
When the gun went off Katie Arnold launched like a rocket down the start straight to grab the holeshot and immediately put some distance between herself and her rivals. Amanda Carey, however, who won after leading start to finish on Saturday, found herself playing catch-up.
"I had a really bad start," Carey told Cyclingnews. "I missed my pedal multiple times which is never a good thing. I really had to work hard on the first lap to move my way up but I also wanted to ride a more tactical race today. Yesterday it was 'Boom!' - got the holeshot, went off the front and rode by myself the whole time. That's really hard to do."
Nonetheless Carey rode through the field and jumped across to Arnold and by the end of the opening lap the duo had a 14-second advantage over the four-rider chase group comprised of Emily Shields, Allison Arensman (Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech p/b ABRC), Rebecca Blatt (Van Dessel) and Corey Coogan-Cisek ( p/b Blue Competition Cycles).
While Carey and Arnold battled at the head of the race the weather turned for the worse on the fourth of five laps - what was just a misting drizzle transformed into a strong rain shower which played a pivotal role in the race outcome.
"Katie was riding so well today, really strong," said Carey. "I actually thought she was stronger than me today. Once it started raining I lost my rear wheel on one side-hill pretty immediately. I had my pit bike ready to go with some pretty aggressive mud tires and I pitted immediately. She didn't so I think she was still riding some pretty intermediate tires. That's when I started to take my time on the flats but rail corners because I knew I had a more aggressive tire plus I have disc brakes."
"Amanda and I were off the front right off the bat just duking it out," said Arnold. "She made a pit exchange when I probably should of after it started pouring. I thought 'I feel pretty good on the Grifos' but all it took was one lap for it go get really sloppy and sure enough I went down."
Carey was leading Arnold onto the ever-slicker off-camber section near the end of the penultimate lap when Arnold crashed and put her rear derailleur into the spokes.
Carey heard Arnold go down and with only one lap to go she found herself alone in the lead. "I got a little gap and then just tried to ride it smooth and upright. Not strong...upright," Carey said with a laugh.
Arnold was able to ride her bike to the pit where she swapped it out for a new one but Carey's lead proved insurmountable. Carey once again soloed to victory with Arnold repeating as runner-up.
"I'm still happy with my performance - I felt really good today. My legs felt strong," said Arnold.
Meanwhile the battle for third was a hard-fought contest between 19-year-old Emily Shields and 18-year-old Allison Arensman. On the third lap the four-rider chase group splintered with Shields alone in third being chased by Arensman. At the end of the lap Shields held a seven-second advantage over Arensman and over the final two laps the gap remained tight between the duo.
"I was worried because Allison was behind me and we race against each other every week - I couldn't mess up or dab once because she'd catch me," Shields told Cyclingnews. Nevertheless Shields found the sloppy conditions to her liking as she held off Arensman to claim a second podium finish in as many days at Jackson Park.
Full Results
1Amanda Carey (USA) VW Boise Cycling
2Katie Arnold (USA) Bob's Red Mill
3Emily Shields (USA) Mock Orange Bikes
4Allison Arensman (USA) Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech p/b ABRC
5Katherine Shields (USA) Mock Orange Bikes
6Corey Coogan-Cisek (USA) p/b Blue Competition Cycles
7Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective
8Erin Silliman (USA) Corsa Concepts Cyclocross Team
9Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel
10Julie Hunter (USA) BikeBeat/VaAssetGroup
11Erica Zaveta (USA) Lees McRae College
12Cinthia Lehner (USA) Pepper Palace/Spin-Tech p/b ABR
13Deb Sweeney Whitmore (USA) PainPathways Cycling Team
14Elizabeth Lee (USA) Louis Garneau Factory Team p/b Fuji
15Carol Jeane Sansome (USA) Silver Cycling

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Amanda Carey WN's her 1st UCI'cross!

Carey WN's NC Grand Prix opener!

Amanda Carey (VW Boise Cycling WN) soloed to her 1st UCI  cx win of her career at the North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, NC, a race she led from start to finish. Katie Arnold (Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross) finished alone in second 20 seconds later while North Carolina's own Emily Shields (Mock Orange Bikes) steadily advanced throughout the five-lap race to secure the final podium position 14 seconds later.
Full report, photos to follow
Full Results
1Amanda Carey (USA) WN VW Boise Cycling0:42:16
2Katie Arnold (USA) Bob's Red Mill0:00:20
3Emily Shields (USA) Mock Orange Bikes0:00:34
4Erica Zaveta (USA) Lees McRae College0:00:42
5Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel
6Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:00:45
7Katherine Shields (USA) Mock Orange Bikes0:00:57
8Erin Silliman (USA) Corsa Concepts Cyclocross Team0:01:00
9Sara Tussey (USA) VeloShine Cycling Team0:01:03
10Corey Coogan-Cisek (USA) p/b Blue Competition Cycles0:01:23

Monday, December 10, 2012

Russell Thorstrom USGP, Bend, OR WN by 1.41 over 2nd!

  1. We posted that Russell got his wings on Thurs.  I guess so, as he can make time without a flock!
    Russell puts 1.41 on 2nd place!

  2. 1  608 THORSTROM Russell  WN Fast at Bend, OR.
  3. 2  602 WATTS Brook                    1:41
  4. 3  601 WELLSMAN Peter            2:17
  5. 4  610 WRIGHT Don                      2:47
  6. 5  615 YENNE Steve                      3:53
  7. 6  604 HOPPER Buff
  8. 7  616 RODGERS Ken
  9. 8  617 RAYMOND Kevin
  10. 9  612 GREGORY Rick
  11. 10  611 SADOFF Paul
  12. 11  607 VOLKERT Brian
  13. 12  613 MILLIGAN Robert
  14. 13  603 HEITMAN Greg
  15. 14  621 SIBILIA-YOUNG Dennis
  16. 15  619 KIEFER Stan
  17. 16  614 PAULY James
DNF 609 RAPP Steve DNF 622 FLEETHAM Frank
Team ICO
Michelob ULTRA - Big Shark Raci Pro City Racing
World Bicycle Relief
Upper Echelon Fitness
Team Double Check/Confluence Di Oregon Paddle Sports
Blue Rooster
Black Dog Velo
Bicycle bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobst Team Double Check p/b Confluenc Fischer Plumbing Cycling

Independent Boneyard Cycling Tripleshot Racing Allegro Cyclery Boneyard Cycling
Bend, OR December 9, 2012
License Time Gap
511057 41:12
500467 42:53 1:41 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Amanda Carey 2012 season!

WN Faster!

 There is a lot more people focused on cross. It used to be everyone’s 2nd sport.  Now it’s much more popular, it’s become a lot of people’s No. 1 sport.  The test just got harder!  Doing one's homework makes a difference!

This gal has!

Russell Thorstrom WN Fast Day 1 USGP, Bend, OR.

Place Bib Last
  1. 1  608 THORSTROM/WN Precison (Being a Dr. of Bird "Raptor" Bio, Russell knows how to fly)
  2. 2  602 WATTS
  3. 3  601 WELLSMAN
  4. 4  610 WRIGHT
  5. 5  615 YENNE
  6. 6  604 HOPPER
  7. 7  619 BAUDER
  8. 8  612 GREGORY
  9. 9  618 RAYMOND
  10. 10  613 MILLIGAN
  11. 11  611 SADOFF
  12. 12  623 SIBILIA-YOUNG
  13. 13  607 VOLKERT
  14. 14  617 RODGERS
  15. 15  603 HEITMAN
  16. 16  614 PAULY
  17. 17  622 BEIGHTOL
  18. 18  620 DEPENBROCK
  19. 19  616 LITCHFIELD
  20. 20  624 FLEETHAM
  21. 21  609 RAPP
Chief Commissaire: STAPLES Jordan _________________________________________ 12/8/2012
Russell Brook Peter Don Steve Buff Donald H. Rick Kevin Robert Paul Dennis Brian
Ken Greg James Richard Al Philip Frank Steve
Team ICO
Michelob ULTRA - Big Shark Raci Pro City Racing
World Bicycle Relief
Upper Echelon Fitness
Team Double Check/Confluence Di

Black Dog Velo
Blue Rooster
Fischer Plumbing Cycling
Bicycle bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobst Independent
Team Double Check p/b Confluenc Oregon Paddle Sports

Tripleshot Racing Richard Beightol Pacific Power Blue Sky Capitol Velo Racing Boneyard Cycling Allegro Cyclery
276787 83434 502117 511376 505567 15726 INTL 501612 500095 503346
Bend, OR December 8, 2012
Time Gap
42:05 1:00 43:01 1:56 43:02 s.t. 43:28 2:23 44:14 3:09 44:50 3:45 

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Team Exergy declaring game over! Exergy/Twenty16 game on!

Boise, Idaho's only ever pro men's team Team Exergy removed from consideration!
Exergy's decides to keep in the sport, going with the women's Team Exergy/Twenty16.
Due to the times, there are many teams gone!

We saw how hard these guys worked, how much effort they put forth! The team was growing. They followed the rules. They stepped up to the plate and would go toe to toe with the best teams in the world. They got the invite to rance the big races in last few years! It will be sad not to see them in the largest US races. WN Precison had guys like Fast Freddie in the hunt, racing across the line "clean."
As of last week!  Ben Chaddock - Super stoked to be racing for Team Exergy in 2013! Officially it is 41 classrooms....and 12 schools, be we are tipping the scales at 1150 students! 

These guys are now out of work. “WN Fast Freddie will be back for the long term,” McManus said. “He's part of our long term success plan.”
Canadian criterium champion Ben Chaddock will also be back, as will many of the same faces the team fielded in 2012. “We're sticking with a lot of the riders that we have, so that didn't allow us too much opportunity to look at lot of older riders,” McManus said. “We've got
our eyes on a few young guy, and the guys that we have, most of them we've had for a number of years, so we've really invested a lot of time and development in them.”  
How well WN Precison knows this.  It takes time to make a team, to take younger guys and turn them into Nat. Canadian Chmpions like Ben Chaddock.  

Just one week ago! 2013 season would have marked the 4th consecutive year that management company Escalera Racing and title sponsor Exergy Development Group have partnered to field a North American team, starting with an elite amateur squad in 2010. 
For what ever the reason?  This is truly sad for all the hard work to just go out the window this late into the season!  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WN is the Offical system of Sho-Air/Cannondale

No matter what face you put on legs, WN can make them 

WN Faster!

WN - the offical fitting system for a reason!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wilier Bikes the choice of Exergy!

Wilier was very proud to announce their first ever sponsorship of US-based team!

Wilier's Cento1 SR keeps pace with an increasingly important trend among top-end race bikes: convergence. In the past few years, companies had 2 high-end race bikes: one as light and stiff as possible, the other designed in a wind tunnel to ensure an aerodynamic advantage. 

For 2013, the trend remains, the top bike designs are beginning to blend aerodynamic characteristics into their lightest frames. Scott may have been the first brand when it released the Foil last year. Now, two other bikes are showing similar characteristics: Trek's just-released Madone 7 and Wilier-Triestina's new Cento1 SR. 

If you are going to race F1, you have to have the advantage or go away fast! Just like all sports, cutting edge ensures an advantage!  The sad truth, we will never know who Team Exergy has had to race, dirty for drugs, the use of special helments not allow for others,  etc...  Truth, all teams seek advantage!

Team Exergy seeks advantages in equipment and high-performance!  They race to WN!

We must point out, even with the light and stiff aerodynamic advantages of the top bikes, you must learn (technique) how to use the tool!   WN science has concerned many styles of pedaling that have come forth from our latest research, things that can be put into actual use plus we can teach it! We can fine-tune the most important tool of all, the human mind, teaching it how to achieve and reach its potential.  Team Exergy simply rides faster and with better aerodynamics for optimal racing performance and stay injury-free.

Road racing is a team sport, so its very important to stay in the game the whole season, injury-free.  It's best to keep the team in the game!

That's why WN Precision is the fit science for Team Exergy, to help the racers learn how to tap into their technique like no other, allowing them to get the most from their newer bikes.  

The times are a changing, sport science has developed in a similar to the high tech bikes. General science, copy cat ideas is not going to make a difference due to the fast change.  

Taboos that the details don't matter are being busted!  What is more amazing is the lack of science in the pro field?  Perhaps, due to the basic fit systems not working for them!

There is a lot of marketing that's not clear! At the top of the game, the "real world" a scientific approach is vital for optimizing performance!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sho-Air Cannondale Pro Team 2013

Representing one of the finest assemblages of legs on the North American circuit, the 2013 Sho-Air Cannondale squad will be packing some serious firepower at top-tier events across North America.

They also use WN Precision to tap into those legs!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Amanda Carey is knocking at the door!

The US has some of the fastest women in the cx game!  It's no walk in the park!  When you break the top 5, you have you're game on!  If you keep knocking, you'll get attention!

1Katherine Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross0:41:49 
2Katerina Nash (Cze) LUNA0:01:02 
3Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:15 
4Amanda Carey (USA) Volkswagon Boise/WN0:03:16 

Sunday, November 04, 2012

WN's Pua Mata wins 2012 La Ruta overall!

This is not a sales job!  We are not sizzle!  We do every thing we can to help the racer!  We go to great detail to teach them what makes a difference, even when peering eyes can become the very negative!

Humans are like horses!  Cowboy up!  "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink".  The horse has to make up it's own mind, but too many times the horse has spurs in their side, attempting to change their course?  There is always rain attempting to put the fire out!  There is always a voice to the racer's ear, placing a very real felling of uncertainty or lack of conviction!  It can even be in their own mind?

For a host of reasons, the many fitting ideas, the many systems, the pedaling debate is not perfect, and sometimes the world gets caught up in sizzle v. truth!  Results speak over the course of time i.e. 13 years. We have been in front of the jury ( those who proclaim their remarks as the body of people who judge the competition). 

Don't think its easy for the racer's, even at the highest level, once you have everything dialed in, it becomes a mental game!  It becomes very personal, there again, are a million naysayers, saying you can't! It is true,  achievement is not on the radar for all.  It takes a special mind to overcome. That is why we go to great lengths to myth bust what they read and hear!  

Pua Mata made it 3 stage wins in a row on Saturday afternoon as she raced across the finish line on the La Playa Bonita beach on the Carribbean Sea. Throughout the 3-day race, Pua Mata dominated and none of last year's three podium finishers returned for 2012?  This is no walk in the park!  

Pua holds the mental power to reach deep and attain a desired level of effort!  Her great skill, plus her great courage is taken her to another level. I told her she was making history!  She's too focused on her pedal stroke to know!  Success comes from being focused on the job at hand, not being worried what the world thinks!

Fact checker!  WN has the record of both men & women at La Ruta!

2010, Ben Sonntag racing for a WN fitted team from SLC, UT, using a Cannondale Lefty takes the men's race w/ great results from Alex Grant also fitted and coached on pedal style.

We know for a fact, another winner of La Ruta who doesn't use the fit solution a major marketing company claims!  Marketing BS! Doesn't truth matter?

WN is still taking it to the world, no matter who and how they market it!  Results!  What's in your game?