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Brian Frazier raced at Springfield Virginia's Lake Accotink Park in Fairfax County last weekend. The Felix 24 was supposed to be partially road and partiall off-road. Some last minute changes to the course, mad it all off road. Brian and a few others had road bikes, but it was an uphill battle with a stream crossing and gravel.
The race began with the riders running to bike, called a lemond start. The first leg was out and back about 15 miles. Brian was doing well, but it was single file and hard to pass. A wrong turn took Brian off course about 2 miles. After getting back on course he continued to chase down the leaders. On the return Brian was third. He began the second leg of the course and caught up with the leaders. Finishing 90 seconds ahead of the next rider.
Our Australian team is starting their season. Anthony Licciardi and his 8 team members have begun their racing. They are located in Melbourne, Victoria. The season goes on through the remainder of the year. We will update the website in upcoming weeks.
Crossroads Classic was the last big event for the East Coast season. Justin Meade, Rob Vogt, Byron Horgash, Lucas Harville, Erinn McQuagge and Jason Lewis raced in Statesville, Salisbury and Concord, North Carolina. We had plenty of Pack finishes, and Byron pulled an 8th place finish and some money in the Saturday Road Race.
Four team members raced the Tour of Washington County in Maryland on June 15-17. Dan Baur, Eric Puffenbarger, Byron Horgash and Judah Brownstein competed in the Category 3 and 4 events. All of the team mates managed to complete the stage race with Dan Baur taking twelfth overall.
We have been busy the last month racing from Delaware to Johnson City to Baltimore to Lexington, Virginia. Lexington Road River Relay continued the rain soked season with a race that had rain from beginning to end. Dan Baur's Team, The Cutters, won the event as usual. Chris Syrrist raced for another team and crashed on the slick pavement. We are thinking of preventing Chris from racing in the rain.
Next up was Wilmington Grand Prix and kelly Cup. Wilmington had Byron Horgash, Dan Baur and Justin Meade racing the 2/3 race, and Spencer Holland racing the Cat 4 event. Spencer's race was first with a good few laps, but he was eventually dropped and pulled from the race. The 2/3 race started with a 10 person crash at the start that took down Dan baur and Justin Meade. Byronmade it around the first lap without a hitch. Dan and Justin were fed back into the race with a free lap and continued to the next crash that all team members were involved in. The second crash stopped the race for about 20 minutes. When the race restarted, Justin was with the lead group and Byron and Dan were in the chase group that was eventually pulled. Justin dropped out, ex team mate, BenFrederick, won the event and it was time to lick our wounds leave for Baltimore.
Baltimore's Kelly Cup - Bike Jam was Sunday. Our first time at the event. Dan was the lone Traveller in the threes and Spencer in the fours. Dan finished with a top ten finish after staying in a breakaway all the way until the last lap. Four hours later, Spencer started the 4's and went on a breakaway too early, just to be reeled back in and dropped. He was pulled from the race, but felt like he had improved in his racing.
Johnson City was this past weekend. Jason Lewis hosted team mates for the 3 stage omnium. Paul Low, who won the road race last year and Dan Baur who won the overall event returned. Judah Brownstein raced the cat 4 event, and Jason lewis the Cat 3 Crit. The Road race was a chilly affair starting out below 60 degres and dropping to 44 at the top of Roan Mountain. The TT was new and longer, with a hill, which Dan and Paul found challenging with a headwind. The Crit was the same as last year. Judah finished the crit in the top 30 and Jason Lewis finished the Cat 3 in the top 30 as well. Dan Baur took 5th place and 7th overall for the omnium.
Next up is Tour of Washington County in Maryland on the 16th through the 18th of June.
Justin Meade raced the three of the seven Speed Week races over the last week. The first race of the series was the Athens Terrapin Twilight criterium in Georgia. Justin qualified for the amateur finals with a 14th place finish from a field of 80 cat 3 racers. The amateur finals consisted of an 80 plus rider mixed category field. Justin was able to consistently gain position through the race and at one point broke into the top 5 with 10 laps to go. With 5 laps to go, Justin made a solo move to bridge to an 8 man break away with a 15 second advantage over the field. Unfortunately, the break away was caught with 1 to go, and Justin finished mid-pack. He had this to say after the race, "That was an extremely fast race. I felt like I was on the rivet from the first lap, but was able to consistently move up. I'm not happy with my finishing spot, but extremely pleased I was able to put myself at the front with the possibility of a great finish. That's bike racing!" That was Justin's last race as a category 3 racer. He joined James Stout as Team Traveller's only category 2 riders at this point in the season.
The next weekend, Justin raced the Spartanburg Regional Classic and a new race for the series, the Electric City Circuit, in Anderson, SC. Justin was battling a bad cold for both races. The Spartanburg course featured a fast 4 corner course and a field of 40 plus mixed 2/3 racers. He was able to avoid multiple small crashes and finished 14th. On Saturday, the Electric City Circuit turned out to be a race of attrition on a very hot and windy, but extremely fast course. For most of the race, there was a consistent break away that ranged from 1 to 7 riders. By the end of the race, the group brought the break back for a bunch sprint. Justin was able to finish 10th in the group sprint. He had this to say after the race, "I'm glad to get through Speed Week without hitting the pavement and walking away with a Cat 2 upgrade. Last year I was wrecked out of both Athens and Spartanburg, so I'm feeling good about making it through the big fields with these results."
Justin will be joining a number of teammates who will compete in the Wilmington Grand Prix in Wilmington, Delaware as well as the Kelly Cup, in Baltimore, Maryland in two weeks.
Probably the most famous race in the United States after this video went viral
Judah Brownstein raced the Cat 4 event, that included the above crash. Chris Syrrist, Dan Baur and Byron Horgash raced the Category 3 stage race and Chris finished 6th overall with a 4th place finish in the criterium. Dan Baur took 4th in the Time Trial and 12thh overall. Check the image gallery for plenty of photos of the events. Lititz is a great town, and we hope that they return next year, with a slight alteration in the crit course to avoid crashes like the one above.
The weather looks wet, but the race is on for tonight. First race is Category 5 at 5 pm. Last race is the pros at 8:45. There is still day of registration. Bring an umbrella to downtown Roanoke and see the race. Beer tents will be up and food is available at local restaurants like Macado's.
A big weekend, racing in three cities, St Augustine, Battenkill and Charlotte. First off was Justin Meade who finished second in the Cat 3/4 Old City Crit in St. Augustine. Justin was down in Florida visiting some friends and took advantage of the local race. Meanwhile Byron Horgash who has advanced to Category 3, raced Battenkill finishing 58th in a field of 145+. He has posted photos and a race report on the team's Tumblr and Facebook pages.
Other races on the east coast were the Dilworth crit and NoDa Grand Prix in Charlotte. Both took place the same weekend as the Presbyterian Criterium. Team members Dan Baur and Robert Vogt raced the 3's, while Erinn McQuagge and Spencer Holland raced the 4's. Saturday at Dilworth, Danpulled out a 10th place finish. Sunday at NoDA the team failed to place in the top half. The Cat 3 field was over 90 riders, and starting at the back, the race quickly stretched out to a single file race covering half the course. Eventually our 3/4 members were cut from the race leaving only the top of the field to finish.
Images of all races can be found in the Image Gallery and on Flickr.
Philly Naval Yard Race Report is available on the team's Tumblr Blog. Click the link to the right and it will open a new window with all the race details.
Video by Byron Horgash of the second part of the Philly Naval Yard Cat 4 race last weekend. Byron used his GoPro cam for this. Byron finished third with Team mate Chris Syrrist pulling off the win. Both riders are advancing to Cat 3 for the Roanoke Twilight Crit in a little over a week. Byron is racing at Battenkill this weekend as Dan Baur, Robert Vogt, Jonathan Black, Spencer Holland and Erinn Mc Quagge race Dilworth and NODA GP Crits in Charlotte.
We've had a busy couple weeks racing in the Mid-Atlantic. We started with Rock Hill Classic on the last say of March. The Rock Hill Road Race is a staple of the team's season having done it 6 years in a row. All started out well. TheCat 3's had New team mates Robet Vogt and Jonathan Black, Jason Lewis along with Justin Meade. Two laps of the course and pack finishes for all. The cat 4 race started with mechanical problemsfor Chris Syrrist with a broken crank and switching bikes. Chris had a couple of flats along the way and got lost on the course and Erinn had a cramp and finished at the back.
After a flurry of activity, we managed to find a crank for Chris in Charlotte and Sunday, April 1st was much better. Chris sprinted away from the pack on the the last leg of the bell lap and took the win in the 4's. Next up were Justin, Jonathan, Jason and Robert in the 3's. Robert Vogt made an early break, but reeled back in. The pack stayed together until the last few laps and Justin joined the breakaway and sprinted for the win in the last leg of the bell lap for the win.
Philly Naval Yard was next on the list, the morning of April 7th. Chris Syrrist and Byron Horgash broke up the field and finished with a 1st and 3rd. Giving both enough points to cat up to 3 for their next event.
Finally at Noon on the 7th was Morgantown Road Race with Eric Puffenbarger and Dan Baur in the 3/4 event. Dan was doing great on the climbs for his first race of the season and his first race in Cat 3. Managing to lead the race a couple of times. Dan finished in the pack within the top 12. Eric stayed with the pack until about half way through, but the threes were powerful and he finished a few minutes behind the peloton.
All round a good two weeks of racing, getting us ready for the Dilworth Crit and NODA Grand Prix this coming weekend and Roanoke Twilight in two weeks. This coming weekend, Spencer Holland, Erinn McQuagge, Jonathan Black, Robert Vogt, justin Meade and Dan Baur race Dilworth and Noda.
Catching up with our updates. We have photos of the Greenville Training Series weekend #3 in Greenville, SC, Philly Phlyer photos of Byron Horgash and Justin Meade at the Upstate Cycling Classic. Click the photo at the right to open the 2012 image gallery.
March 3rd and 4th were the Greenville Training Series. Erinn McQuagge, Spencer Holland and Chris Syrrist were joined by Robert Vogt in the road race on Satuday. Rob Raced the Cat 3 and the rest in Cat 4. No great finishes, but fantastic weather for the beginning of March. Sunday, Chris Syrrist managed a 5th place finish for 2 points toward his upgrade.
March 17th and 18 were the Philly Flyer (report below) and Justin Meade racing the Upstate Cycling Classic and Shamrock Crit. Justin managed a 5th place finish at Shamrock.
Serious racing begins on April 31 and May 1 at Rock Hill, South Carolinaand Jefferson cup in Charlottesvile, Virginia. Plenty of photos and tweets at Rock Hill.
This weekend Byron raced the USAC 3/4 events at the Philly Phlyer. Saturday was a 25 mile circuit race through Fairmount park and the surrounding area. After a chilly morning the weather actually got quite hot, no arm warmers or knee warmers in March! There were more than 83 starters in the race when the start whistle blew. The technical course was fast and two riders broke away early, one a pro national mountain bike champion. On the final climb of the race just under 1Km from the finish Byron got stuck behind a nasty crash. A 35th place finish would be the result out of 67 finishers, but the biggest shocker would be dealing with sun burn in the middle of March.
The crit was in North Philly right around several of Temple University's facilities. It was a four corner pot hole stricken course that was really fast and dangerous. The same two riders from the day before broke away once again and it soon became a race for third. Byron sprinted for a 14th place finish out of 43 finishers.
A little later than usual, but we finally updated the website for the 2012 season. We have a new calendar and photos from two new training races posted.
We are several races into the season. The first two events were in Altamahaw, NC and Richmond, VA on January 28th. Erinn McQuagge, back after a year's absence raced the Triangle Velo Speedways series #1 Cat 4/5 and 3/4 events, staying with the pack in both events.Meanwhile in Richmond, Steve Coehlo and Spencer Holland raced the Snowcone Training Crit #1. Both worked hard andSpencer led the pack for a lap, before dropping off the back. Steve was fed back into the peloton for the remainder of the race and both finished the events about a lap down.
Second weekend was better. Spencer joined Erinn for the second Triangle Velo Speedway Crit. The weather was overcast and cold, but no rain for the 4/5 event. Erinn finished 4th and Spencer 26th. The category 3/4 event was cancelled by a vote of the participants due to rain.
Next event for the team is the Snowball and Snowcone races in Richmond and Virginia Beach and the Greenville training series in South Carolina on March 3rd and 4th.
The team has big plans for 2012 and we are seeking companies to join us for the ride. We are setting up expansion teams in Australia and Europe and developing squads in the Carolinas/Tennessee and Baltimore, Maryland. Next year's racing schedule will take us from the Deep South to the Midwest to Canada and Europe.
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Cinematographer Sam Theurer created this mini-dcoumentary with team members Dan Baur, Ben Frederick. Brian Frazier, Spencer Holland, Ken Hewett, Paul Low and Judah Brownstein. Scenes were shot at two races and some training rides in the Shenandoah Valley. This is the first time we have worked with Sam, and look forward to another project in Spring 2012.