Thursday, April 30, 2009

Armstrong races & BMC out!

There is only one Pro Continental team in the USA and its BMC.  It is also the team that Jeff Louder is on and it is UCI enforcing its muscle of the rule, nearly preventing the biggest name (rider) in the world from racing at the Gila and throwing BMC out of the race.

There are many different levels of races, from the top pros on tour to the local race.  As we pointed out, their are different kinds of motors.  Kind of like the F1 cars and their 200 plus staff coming to a Indy cart race who might have only 50 people on staff and and those teams going to a NASCAR who might have less staff to a given event or worst, going to your local short track to race the little local guys!  Not good! Another way to view it, is to think of it like you have a Tiger Woods coming to your local country club to compete or even a NCAA event.
Mellow Johnny’s teammates — Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner have completed the opening stage of the SRAM Tour of the Gila, in New Mexico.

We do everything we can to get behind the sport, helping the little teams, but unfortunate reality is that Lance Armstrong’s attendance has the opposite effect. Team BMC, America’s only Pro Continental team, suffered damage due to Armstrong’s global popularity.  They are out!

We only have one Pro Continental team where in Europe there are about 20 teams to race against each other.  UCI says it doing everything it can to push towards globalizing the sport, but that is not working for the USA races. The rules  nearly prevented the biggest rider in the world (Lance Armstrong) from competing while simultaneously throwing our country’s only Pro Continental team (BMC) with  Jeff Louder into mid-season crisis.

It seems that cycling in the USA is really (taxed) and it is put very much so on the back burners of sports. We don't have the upper level teams.  Perhaps the real issue is the lack of support that comes from the cycling industry i.e. grass roots and up!  From the lack of support from the local levels to the fact that tours i.e. Tour de GA., can't raise the money to put on their show.  

You can't build the sport from free parts, stems, bikes, bike kits alone.    The sport needs cash to catch the eye of elite sportsmen and sportswomen. There is a hell of a lot more money in other sports!  Perhaps it's the fact you can't watch a cycling race like F1, Indy, or NASCAR or basketball, football, golf, etc...?  

Most of the top pro golfers can make $1ma for a weeks work.  Sure the next level down doesn't pay what the PGA pays, but they do get cash.  Then you have your cycling events and if I think back, Levi got a check for only $15,000 for racing about one week at the Amgen Tour de Ca.  

Then you have the only one pro team that gets the boot due to the rules.   How many black eyes can the sport get?  Sad!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Design Differences! Not all motors are the same!

 Apr 27 
Carey Lowery, 55nine Client and long time Wobble Naught user, takes the win at the NUE opener.  Carey stormed to a win at the Cohutta 100 in Ducktown, TN this weekend under blue skies and hot temps.  After the race Carey told 55nine fitter, Eddie O'Dea, that all she focused on during the many climbs of the race was her "pedal stroke and keeping xxxx xxxx relaxed."  When you practice the fundamentals, the rest takes care of itself.  Also on the podium was, Emily Brock, another 55nine Performance client who has been gaining strength since a back injury last year.  Congrats to both ladies and keep working on the fundamentals.

1st Carey Lowery Outdoor Store - 55nine Performance
2nd Paula Burk 
3rd Daniel Musto
4th Betsy Shogren
5th Emily Brock - Faster Mustache - 55nine Performance 

I know there was a few WN users on the men's podium as well......Jeremiah Bishop 2nd & Sam Korber was top 10.  Waiting for results there.  I had a flat within the first 5 minutes and entered the woods in 110th place!  Talk about bad starts.

Eddie O'Dea
55nine Performance

Articular hyaline cartilage
You can find basic info on cycling, but here is one you might not understand.  No two people have the same cartilage in the knee, it is not uniform and varies from younger to older!

Think about where the forces are a

nd this will start to make sense why we measure you the way we do it. The focus today is on the knee.

The articular surface of the distal femur, the articular surface on the posterior aspect of the patella and the articular surfaces on the tibial plateau are covered by a variety of hyaline cartilage termed articular hyaline cartilage. In a healthy person, articular hyaline cartilage offers a firm, smooth and relatively friction-free surface facilitating joint movements. The thickness of articular hyaline cartilage in the knee is not uniform and varies from 3 mm to 7mm. Articular hyaline cartilage possesses a degree of compressibility and elasticity. These features enable the articular surfaces to dissipate laterally the vertical compressive forces to which the knee joint is subjected during weight transmission and deep compression of the knee, semi weight bearing as sitting on a saddle.  

Articular hyaline cartilage does not usually ossify.

The surface of articular hyaline cartilage is lubricated by synovial fluid secreted by the synovial membrane lining the inner surface of the joint capsule. However, the articular cartilage itself is not covered by synovial membrane. As with hyaline cartilage in extraarticular sites, the substance of articular hyaline cartilage is made up of cells termed chondroblasts and chondrocytes, and an intercellular matrix elaborated by the chondrocytes. The intercellular matrix is biochemically complex, and is composed of various proteins including different types of collagen, a variety of cell adhesion molecules and glycosaminoglycans, and lipids. The glycosaminoglycans are arranged systematically about a core protein to form complex hydrophilic molecules termed proteoglycans. The proteoglycans are chiefly responsible for the impressive viscoelastic biomechanical properties of articular cartilage.

Healthy articular hyaline cartilage in the young individual has a pale and glistening appearance, and a firm and smooth texture. With age and weight degenerative changes begin to appear, and cartilage loses its smooth and glistening character.  Think sand-paper!

At the histological level, articular hyaline cartilage is seen to be made up of four layers or zones on the basis of differences in cellular morphology, cellular density as well as differences in the composition of extracellular matrix.

Of the four layers, the most superficial layer faces the joint cavity, and the deepest layer is apposed to, and fused with, the subchondral bone.

From superficial to deep, these layers are named as follows:

i) Tangential stratum (Zone 1).

ii) Transitional stratum (Zone 2).

iii) Radiate stratum (Zone 3).

iv) Calcified stratum (Zone 4).

The region between Zone 3 and Zone 4 is called the tidemark and is readily discernible in young cartilage. The progressive ossification of Zone 4, which accompanies aging, results in the blurring of the tidemark.  That means the compression rates are very different for a younger person vs. an aging person.

Articular hyaline cartilage is devoid of innervation and lymphatic vessels. Except for the presence of a few blood vessels in Zone 4, articular hyaline cartilage is also normally devoid of vascularity, and is believed to derive its nutrition mainly by diffusion from synovial fluid and from the vascular plexus in synovial membrane.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

30th Athens Twilight Crit Results. DESIGN DRIVEN!

Behind every great race car is a computer-aided design (CAD) engineering, and manufacturing team.

 A motor is a motor right?  Wrong!  There are many types of motors and they are designed for different needs.  They rate their power by using the term "horsepower" just like we do on a bike.  More horses, more go power!

We all hear the term, but do you really know what "horsepower" is? We talk about  your watts all the time, so let's attempt to make some horsesense of it all and provide a model that might make the understanding of measurement easy.

For ten years now, week after week, someone is racing in their neck of the woods. "Let's go racing Boys & Girls".  Why?  Because its fun, its a goal to shoot for and it's great test to see how you rate, plus if some idea works or not!  One thing is sure, if you are hurting, you are not going to perform well.  Many will say, but I don't race, but they are the ones who are always unable or getting sore.  So you wish to make music, but your are too lazy to tune the strings?

Again, who cares? We do! We call it "DESIGN DRIVEN" and if your not winning you need to be in the hunt, to run with the pack in your type sport and that might include racing.  It's no fun to be dropped behind because you can't perform.  

Would you gain respect for "worm burning" each drive and have people laugh at you for your poor performance?  No!  They will just find someone else to play with!  So think of it like a motor.

Don't take a NASCAR motor to race a F1 car! You will never win and the car can't handle the speed. When you hit 210 mph, you can really fly off the ground. OK, let's slow down and get grounded that you are on a bike, but understand you can still get air on a bike at much slower speeds e.g mtb, downhill.

First question is what is it you want to do? Understand that running NASCAR is not Indy Cart or F1, even though they are all car races.

Performance comes in different types of races, but you still need to make big horsepower, get the correct aero package, plus learn the skills and handling that comes from that speed. In other words you get what you put into it. Just like snow skis, if you get race stock, don't expect to ski all day! And just because you get race stock gear doesn't mean you can keep a tuck! In most cases, bikes are too stiff, people sit too upright for even the weekend jockey and if you don't get them up to speed, they will beat you up!

Who came up with horsepower anyway? About 300 years ago horses where used to develop rotary power. The horses where hitched to levers attached to a vertical axle. Then a treadmill type pulley. Everyone lived with live horsepower and had a good idea of the power of the horse, then things changed to mechanical steam engines systems and confusion started.

People needed help in understanding. So a man came up with a horsepower formula to rate the power. His name is James Watt and he lived from 1736 to 1819. His work was best known for improving the performance of steam engines. We are also reminded of him every day when we talk about watts i.e. 60-watt light bulbs or the watts we make with our new powermeter.

In the late 1700s, James Watt was working with draft horses lifting coal at a coal mine, and he wanted a way to talk about the power available from one of these animals at (moderately puling rate) over an average day. He found, on average, a mine horse could raise 100 lbs. of coal 220 feet deep and the horse walked the 220 feet to raise the load to the surface in the time of one minute. This amounts to 100 x 220 = 22,000 foot pounds of work per minute.Watt then increased that number by 50% due to the friction, thus (150 x 220 equals 33,000 lbs.) and pegged the measurement of "one horsepower at 33, 000 ft.-pounds of work in one minute".

Its that arbitrary unit of measure that has made its way through the centuries and now appears mostly to cars, but also to your bike or lawn mower! We must point out that we have seen a few people make more than 2.5 horsepower and that was for only 6 seconds and he was a world champ in track and it is said that he hit almost 60mph.

It is important to understand the motor. Many don't know the difference between Indy car, F1, or the motors of NASCAR. F1 run grooved tires and are faster than Indy cars that race on slicks and they are both much faster than NASCAR. Indy cars would get lapped by the slowest F1 pilot.

Blueprinted motors are very much like the (human) engine. To get any % of a horsepower, you need the motor blueprinted, run the correct fuels, get the mph and get the timing right.

Only then can you start to get more comfortable with the car and the circuit. The realism continues to increase from there.

The more speed you make, the more you need to learn how to get aero and there's anti-sliding, anti-skidding that helps acceleration, and much more. There are people who get hurt due to the bad handling of their type of race car dues to the bad handling car (bike). Set someone up for speed and they might not make the turn! In other words, if you have your bike setup for low speeds, you very well can get hurt when you turn up the speed.

Racing cars used to be made of the same sort of materials as road cars, that is steel, aluminum and other metals. In the early 1980's, however Formula 1 racing underwent the beginnings of a revolution that has become its hallmark today: the use of carbon composite materials to build the chassis. Wow! Sounds like cycling!

Today, most of the F1 racing car chassis - the monocoque, suspension, wings & engine cover - is built with carbon fiber. No question, this material has advantages over every other kind of material for racing car (bike) contsruction:
  1. It's super lightweight.
  2. It's super strong.
  3. It's super stiff.
  4. It can be easily molded into all kinds of different shapes.
Today most of the fast cars also have computers that help with the thinking, you being a (human) also needs to think and that comes from your brain and how it has been programed. Performance comes after what you do to set your computer up. Providing the wrong info to your chip is not going to put you ahead of the next person you are attempting to compete. Garbage in, garbage out!

With all motors, if you can't get O2 to the motor, it will not go! As in any engine, there are aftermarket things that can make a difference.

Some debate that we are not motors? That is true, but many to make such a (black or white) statement leads one to think they don't have any any "horse sense" or better understanding of horsepower, its not so much about the "metallury". But you can fine tune the cranks, rods and work on the firing of the pistons and the software.

So you anti-motor folks are more of a "gear or watts head" than you know! It does seem that people discuss the parts used to trick their ride more than the "human engine" for more watts or horsepower.

In Watt's judgement, one horse can do 33,000 ft.-pounds of work every minute. So, imagine you working in a coal mine and 1 horse raising 330 pounds of coal 100 feet in a minute, or 33 pounds of coal 1,000 pounds 33 feet in 1 minute. You can make up whatever combination of feet & pounds you like. As long as the product is 33,000 ft.-pounds in 1 minute, you have a horsepower.

You don't have to be smart to know that you would not want to load 33,000 pounds of coal in a bucket and ask the horse to move it 1 foot in a minute because the horse couldn't budge that big a load. And you can't get a horse to run 33,000 feet in one minute, since that means 375 mph and you or a horse can't run that fast.

Measurement of 1 horsepower is equivalent to 746 watts. So if you took a 1-horsepower horse and put it on a treadmill, it could operate a generator producing a continuous 746 watts. One horsepower (over the course of 1 hour) is equivalent to 2,545 BTU (British thermal units). If you took that 746 watts and ran it through an electric heater for an hour, it would produce 2,545 BTU (where a BTU is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water 1 degree F.

So one BTU is equal to 1,055 joules, or 252 gram-calories or 0.252 food calories. Presumably, a horse producing 1 horsepower would burn 641 Calories in one hour if it were 100% efficient.

Let's cut to the point. About the only thing that is stock on a NASCAR engine is the 340 V-8 design that came for muscle cars in the 1960s. But they are also custom made and not made from the original engines.

And like the original 1960s engines, the valves are driven by pushrods (long bones) arrangements and most likely not to be the same as the next persons! The engine in today's NASCAR race cars produce upward to 750 horsepower, and they do it without the turbochargers, superchargers or exotic components. So how do they make the horsepower?

  • Displacement is large (Mark Hekman) - Not many cars have engines this big, but the ones that do usually generate well over 300 horsepower.
  • NASCAR engines have extremely radical cam profiles, in which open the intake valves much earlier (getting on the stroke early) and keep them open longer than street cars. This allows more air to be packed into the cylinders, especially at high speeds!
  • Intake & exhaust are tuned and tested to provide a boost at certain engine speeds. They are also designed to have very low restriction, and there are no mufflers or catalytic converters to slow the exhaust down either (sit up affect the intake & exhaust of breathing).
  • They have carburetors that can let in huge volumes of air & fuel - no fuel injectors on these engines. Sounds like V02 Max?
  • They have high intensity programmable ignition systems so the spark timing can be custominzed to the provide the most possible power! Don't expect a motor that gets good gas mileage to win races!
  • Then you have all the sub-systems like coolant pumps, steering pumps & alternators designed to run at sustained high speeds & temperatures.
When these engines are assembled, they are built to very exacting tolerances (parts are machined more accurately), so that everything are assembled to the rules. UCI has exacting tolerances on what you can and can't have on your tt bike.

Now is where things start to differ. Your cross-section of muscles can be view as pistons and they very much vary. Cylinders are bored to more exacting tolerances in race cars than street cars. The crankshafts and other rotating parts are more balanced. Making sure that the parts are as close to their exact dimensions as possible helps the engine achieve its maximum potential power and also helps reduce wear (Wobble-naught CAD). If parts are too big or small, power can be lost due to extra friction or pressure leakage through bigger greater than necessary gaps.

After the engine is assembled, it runs on the dynamometer (measures engine power output) for 30 minutes to break it in.

All motors need a break it! That holds true for you and your new design!

Then the engine is then inspected to and checked for excess abnormal wear (Stack the bones).
If it passes this test, then it goes on the dynamometer for another two hours. During this part of the test, the ignition timing is dialed to maximize power and the engine is cycled through various speed and power ranges.

After this test, the engine is inspected thoroughly. The valve train is pulled and the camshaft & lifters are inspected. The insides of the cyclinders are examined with borescopes. We use sEMG to capture a model and examine the firing of muscles, then we use the Dartfish to teach you the timing to get it right. What you think and what you do are two different things!

Only after all of these tests and inspections are finished is the engine ready to go to the races.
Insuring the reliability of the engine is critical - almost any engine failure during a race eliminates any chances of winning.

As a human you have some major constraint, you can't change your rods (long bones) and few can even make one horsepower (746 watts) for a given time. No wonder the labor of coal mining is hard! You don't pick your folks, you come stock, and you can wear out if not fasten correctly. You can only make so much rpm (leg speed) and can only meet certain extreme duty. That is the very reason to pay attention to the smallest of factors. You need every % of a watt you can mustard.

You might be able to change cross section of the pistons (cross section of muscles). On the same note, they have adequate mass that can change your stroke/power and they also have a definite lifespan. In other words you can wear both bone & muscle (rods/pistons) out!

In no other sport do you move your legs more! And if you have long bones (rods) like a Mark Hekman, you know what type of race you have a real chance to perform.

You can have the coolest looking rod on your block, but many of those cool rods aren't made for speed, they are just for looks & show! No question, their is good money in show business!

Though we travel the world over to find truth, more facts, we are very impacted by the show business media.

Long time user of WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish "Design Driven" Mark Hekman almost pulls off a 2nd victory at what is view the largest criterium in the land. This is a high speed event! You need all the horsepower you can mustard and that is why Hekman uses our design driven solution simply because it allows him to be is best!

30th Athens Twilight Criterium

USA, April 25, 2009


Men  1 Heath Blackgrove (Hotel San Jose) 2 Mark Hekman (Mountain Khakis) 3 Adrian Hegyvary (Hagens-Berman)   Women  1 Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO) 2 Tina Pic (Colavita-Sutter Home) 3 Jen McRae (Team Type 1)

Past winners

2008 Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing) 
2007 Mark Hekman (Abercrombie & Fitch)                  
2006 Vasili Davidenko (Navigators)            
2005 Vasili Davidenko (Navigators)                      
2004 Brice Jones (Health Net)                          
2003 Dan Schmatz (7UP-Maxxis)                            
2002 Gord Fraser (Mercury)    


Monday, April 20, 2009

Georgia Gould solos to XC win at Sea Otter.

Two wins in two days in Monterey, CA for WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish users!

Gould solos to win in the heat!

This is an area of extreme weather. It can be cold/wet or 6 inch mud, but this year they even shortened the race due to the extreme heat. Georgia has a history dealing with heat, she is more of a snow bird and her motor runs hot (lots of horsepower) and works very well in the cold, but not this time, she flew away for the win! She was off the front in clean air and never looked back!

Sea Otter is a race where Georgia first started to make a name for herself on the Luna team. She has a few tricks about the straights and learned to haul it on that kind of course. Wobble-naught fast!

Georgia Gould (Luna) hit the gas early and launched an attack early on the very first lap. She has learned a few things from the elite level cyclocross. You race from the gun. As normal, long time teammate Katerina Nash (Luna) went with her to set the fast pace.

"I was first into the first downhill and Katerina was right on my wheel and said, 'We've got a gap," but then I blew a corner and she went by. That was great since she's an awesome downhiller. She let me by on the first singletrack and I was able to get a gap."

Within the next 15 minutes, Nash was caught by the chasers including Catharine Pendrel (Luna), Lene Byberg (Specialized), Kelli Emmett (Giant) and Emily Batty (Trek) until Pendrel and Lene Byberg (Specialized) escaped the others. The pair battled each other until nearly the finish.

Pendrel was under no obligation to chase her teammate Gould down. As she pointed out, Georgia in the beginning was really strong today."

All the racers appeared to suffer some in the heat. "It was really hot. My hands were hot and the skin on my legs was hot," said winner Gould.

Gould likes a long race. "Orginally I thought that I was not that happy about the race being shortened because that's what Sea Otter is about. It's long and it's one of the few races where we get to do the same distance as the pro men. As it turns out, it was good for me. I ended up on the dehydrated side a little. When it's this hot, it's hard to drink enough."

Georgia Gould knew her chasers were never too far behind but kept looking forward (kept the focus on each stroke) - toward catching more guys (the men started 15 minutes ahead of the women) - rather than looking back.

Elite women  
1 Georgia Gould (Luna)                 1.22.45    WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
2 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized           1.07
3 Catharine Pendrel (Luna)                1.14 
4 Kelli Emmett (USA)                      3.58 
5 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru Gary Fisher 4.09    
6 Pua Sawicki (USA)                  4.15     WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish 
7 Katerina Nash (Luna)   5.22         
8 Heather Irmiger Subaru Gary Fisher  6.17             
9 Jenna Rinehart Specialized         7.02   
10 Lorenza Morfin                         7.37 
11 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Store           8.08  WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Emily Batty (Trek) Sea Otter short track. Her Career-Best@

Trek’s young Emily Batty wins women’s short track, she is coming of age!

Emily is not new to us and we have watched her progress to the elite level using our CAD she has been. on Wobble-naught for years! She started using the fit under Steve Neal a WN dealer a few years ago.

Batty jumped with half a lap to go on a paved climb, and held her lead to the finish.

“I just felt like I had so much energy,” Batty said. “It will be a good opener for (the cross-country race) tomorrow.”

As with Pendrel and her teammate Georgia Gould, who finished fourth, Byberg had just traveled from the World Cup in South Africa the prior weekend. Next weekend she’s racing in Germany.

About midway through the race Byberg drilled it at the front of a group. For a time she was alone off the front with Gould. Then a lead group of five formed: Byberg, Gould, Pendrel, Irmiger and Batty.

Race winner Batty expected the short track to be a good opener for her legs ahead of Sunday’s cross-country event.

We where on the phone with her about her arm placements and it seems to have made a difference!


Elite men 
1 Todd Wells
2 Burry Stander 
3 Carl Decker 
4 Jeremiah Bishop WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
5 Sam Schultz  
Elite women  
1 Emily Batty WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
2 Lene Byberg   
3 Catharine Pendrel   
4 Heather Irmiger   
5 Georgia Gould WN & Myo-facts/Dartfish

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Jeff Louder (BMC) Good Form! Makes Scheldeprijs Break!

Jeff Louder is having his best season to date and carried his successful US campaign over to Europe Wednesday in the Scheldeprijs a one-day, super hard Belgian Classic. Jeff was the winner of last month's Redlands Classic and he made the four-man escape group that remained clear for almost 150 kilometres.

Louder had to work very hard to make the move of the day. He said he attacked several times in the beginning part of the race until the move of the day formed at about kilometre 53.

We have seen a lot of success from the WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish solution in the longer harder races e.g. 24 hours, race across something?  It makes sense, if your fit is correct, you have a better chance at the longer harder events!  That's a good test to say that one way works better than another!

"There aren't a lot of chances to go out and do 200 kilometres in the US at that kind of speed. I was fading in the end.

You always hear it and wonder how different is it across the pond?  "I thought if we get caught at 20 kilometres to go then I can keep  working. But later I thought, 'Wow, this [break] could actually make it.'"

When Louder realised there was a chance to stay away, he opted to saved his energy. "I felt really bad for the other three, but I had to sit on just because I was [taxed]. Fourth place is better than getting dropped and having those three win."

In most world level races its best to understand that the race is determined by the peloton bringing their sprinter's up at the end to drag race. Its part of the game plan for each team.  People going off the front is not the norm!

 Under the control of Quick Step and Saxo Bank the peloton caught Louder and Matthé Pronk (Vacansoleil) at kilometre 191. Lorenzo Bernucci (LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini) and Pavel Brutt (Katusha) battled on for another five kilometres.

One day Jeff is going to pull his breaks off. Louder on sizing up the race.  "That's definitely a bigger deal than Redlands - no live TV at Redlands!"  Just think if we had  the fan base here?

Allessandro Petacchi took his 1st win in Belgium by out-sprinting the competition.

He was also able to stay clear of the huge crash, in which took out many of the key sprinters.  Petacchi's team was reduced due to his teammate Lorenzo Bernucci being in the break with Louder, again was caught (ONLY) a few kilometers from the finish!  Sounds like the Amgen Tour of CA?

Jeff has been working with Craig Upton who provides our services in CA.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Super6 Weekend for Team Monavie-Cannondale

Supersix Weekend

Without any mountain bike races scheduled over Easter Weekend, Team Monavie-Cannondale saddled up the Supersix’s and got after some road races in various Regions across the country.

West Virginia/Pennsylvania:

Jeremiah Bishop found a way to make a hard road race even harder. Chase solo for 12 miles, hit a dog  head on (this is normal in West Virgina), catch the 2 man break, and then attack it 2 miles out for the win. There’s got to be an easier way!

 Durango, Colorado:

As reigning Collegiate National Mountain Bike Champion, Ben Sontagg is a marked man at any collegiate race. Upon return from South Africa andthe grueling Cape Epic, Ben foundthe Fort Lewis College home road race a perfect opportunity to wind up the legs in preparation for the big show at Sea Otter. In the snowy Criterium Ben was watched closely,  nipped at the line., and had to settle for 2nd. The following day was a more selective course where Ben was able to use his raw power and drag race up a 10% grade to the finish with enough time to celebrate the win . Looks like he’s ready for the Otter!


Tooele, Utah:

Mitchel Petersen, who is known as a road  hill climb specialist decided to line up for the pan flat Tour of the Depot Stage Race in Tooele, Utah. In his support was Team Director Matt Ohran,who after a 3 year hiatus from road racing nearly stole the show on the final stage. Matt worked himself into a 2 man break with Kai Applequist (Team, a new pro from Boise, ID for 35 miles from the finish and hung on to the end, once again leading by example. That's right, WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish does the fits for both teams! Mitchel then blew the field apart in the final miles to finish 3rd. 

If you wish to stay in the game, you best not wear out! You might say that  Dr. Gillespie knows more "truth" about what we do, he has been using WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish for a number of years, staying at the top of his game, the whole time as a professional in PT. He knows what we he has learned from the sEMG /Dartfish and how important it is to do it "free from error" and will not depart to other fitting or conforming social opinions! Bart is now a Dr. of PT and also an instructor at the University of Utah in the Division of Physical Therapy. Bart has used & worked with us since the days when his teammate, multi Dr. Exercise/Phys Sally Warner (Team Biogen) took the 2002 World MTB Masters using WN CAD/sEMG!  Sally being a person of science saw first hand how (using her brain) to fire her own muscles, not what someone else thinks is key! That made the difference!

Not bad for a Mountain Bike Team! 

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Pua Sawicki "Getting The Sea Legs" Wins US Cup #3

The only way to judge or measure someone's proficiency or knowledge is to place them in great strain!

No two bodies are the same and we don't take some average to get them dialed, or close! We take our ideas to the race every weekend and it is those test that are the judge if something works or not!!!

Some say, why do you waste your time with racers?  We question that mode (logic) of thinking?  To uncover things that make a difference!  They are the same people who are your rivals!

From the local races in tt, road, mtb, or to the larger events, we have yet another person willing to listen and making it to the top!  Good thing they don't listen to the naysayers, the voices that in truth only want your money!

We are very pleased with the results of our racers!  How else can we make a point about our services?  This is not about hype or making the money!  This is about more truth, doing something that really makes a difference for your game!

Pua has had a super track (results) record as a "long haul" racer, racing and taking many of the 24 hour races.  Last year she started racing some of the NORBA races and learned a lot and is making a name for herself.

She has learned to attack from the gun and is quickly moving up in the standings.  In this race, the Sage Brush Safari, she put a 4-minute gap on the field.  

She is getting her "sea legs" to race the big guns of the sport.  Some of those people are in South Africa for a World Cup.  She is starting to run good times!

Sawicki is learning the pace!  She rode her way into the pro men's field and passed many, never seeing the rest of the pro women for the remainder of the race.  

Pua finished 8 minutes up on second-place Allison Mann (IE Bikes).

She is now running times that can race with the lead pack.  It should be a fun season to to watch so many pros, with bodies that differ in sizes, shapes and forms and styles.  One thing they will all have in common is their WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish solution. What a race season it will be!

We have seen racers year after year (10 years) take our fit to the top!  There are many fitting systems, but only one Wobble-naught CAD and Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish!  

A Event Reveals The True Strength/Quality Of Something!
It's A Means Of Establishing Whether An Action, Item, Or Situation Is An Specified Quality!

1) Pua Sawicki (Ellsworth)  WN & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish         1.57.11
2) Allison Man (E Bikes)                                                                         2.05.11
3) Amanda Carey (Kenda/Tomac)                                                         2.06.37
4) Natasha Hernday  (Amgen)                                                                2.06.38
5) Kathy Sherwin (Kenda/Tomac)                                                         2.07.49