|All new Sho-Air/Cannondale squad with Max Plaxton, Keegan Swenson, Evelyn Dong, and Stephen Ettinger|
|All new Sho-Air/Cannondale squad with Max Plaxton, Keegan Swenson, Evelyn Dong, and Stephen Ettinger|
|Cooper Dendel on her way to a WORS title - Photo by Extreme Photography|
|Photo by: Townsend Bessent|
|Patrick Chartrand and Eric Tourville attack on the downhill - Photo by: Townsend Bessent|
|Brent Pontius enjoying the singletrack at Moab Rocks - Photo by: Townsend Bessent|
|Jen Hanks on her way to the Open Women's title - Photo by: Townsend Bessent|
|Margie Smith dominated the 40+ women's race at Moab Rocks|
|Riders from Barcelona and Canada added to the international flavor of Moab Rocks - Photo by: Townsend Bessent|
|Kenny Jones crushed Moab Rocks on a hardtail singlespeed - Photo by: Townsend Bessent|
|Travis Brown opens it up on the Upper Porcupine Singletrack - Photo by: Townsend Bessent|
Kabush brings it all back together. It's going to be a 3 up sprint for the win!
All three riders wind it up. And it's looks like Stander is going to take the win!
He just inches in front of Geoff Kabush with Wells right behind.
Christoph Sauser rolls in unchallenged for fourth with Roel Paulisen in the fifth and final podium spot
Marco Fontana takes 6th
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Jeremiah Bishop come sprinting into the finish with JHK just taking it in front of the Cannondale rider
Special thanks to Todd Park for assistance with the reporting today
With a 1/2 lap left Wells attacks on one of the dirt climbs but Kabush closes it down and counters with his own move putting him in the lead. It doesn't last long.
Now Stander takes his shot with a huge acceleration! He has a gap but it's small...
As the leaders enter the final lap it's now Stander's turn to attack on the pavement of Laguna Seca. Kabush quickly shuts down the young South African with Wells locked onto his wheel.
It's great to see an American doing this sort of damage in a field stacked with international talent
Sauser remains in 4th but he is now too far out to contest the lead. It will come down to Stander, Kabush, or Wells
The third lap is now done. Geoff Kabush attacks the Specialized duo on the track. Kabush wants to get rid of these two or at least split them up. Even someone as strong as K-Bomb doesn't stand a chance against the combined strength of Stander and Wells.
Kabush needs to keep the pace high to keep Sauser from bridging up and making it three against one at the front.
The chase group is no down to just one rider and it's Sauser.
Just 45 seconds behind Sauser it's a group of six including Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Marco Fontana, and Roel Paulisen
At the beginning of the third lap Todd Wells and teammate Burry Stander have moved off the front with Canadian Geoff Kabush in tow
Christoph Sauser is in fourth with one comrade.
After the opening lap a lead group of twelve has joined at the front. Most of the top contenders are in front group. The games are already beginning as no one wants to pull through the paved sections of the course.
Todd Wells launches a big attack on the climb just before the riders exit the race track.
Sam Schultz and Ryan Trebon are two big names not currently in the lead group. They are both chasing hard to get on.
These riders completed the first lap in just 18 minutes! Unfortunately some racers will be getting pulled on the next lap.
The men's race has just started.
It promises to be a truly high-octane event with some of the fastest men in the world on hand. Yesterday's winner Todd Wells will certainly be up front as will his teammate South African Burry Stander. Euro World Cuppers Marco Fontana, Roel Paulisen, and Christoph Sauser will all be looking to steal a win on US soil. And of course, Geoff Kabush is always a factor.
In order to comply with UCI regulations the Sea Otter course has been radically modified from it's previous route. Now racers will stay on the Laguna Seca raceway for about 3/4 of a mile throughout the race while periodically ducking onto the dirt for some singletrack. FInally the race leaves the raceway for two steep off-road climbs before entering the track again just before the finish. Laps shouldn't take more than 18-19 minutes for these monster of mountain biking.
Stay tuned for all the action with live updates each lap on MTBRaceNews.com
He's Back and He's Got Even More To Say
Former Junior National Champion and America's top U23 racer Rob Squire. This season Rob will be traveling the world gaining valuable experience and saddle time as one of America's elite racers. Rob will share his adventures with us throughout the 2010 racing season. Here is his first report:
Currently I’m sitting in an airport headed out to Albany, New York, for my first road race of the season with my new road team Holowesko Partners. The race is Tour of Battenkill, a 200km race, much of which is on dirt roads, which should make for an interesting first road race.
Tour of Battenkill will be my first road race of the season I’ve already taken part in two mountain bike races. The first of which was a PRO XCT national race in Fontana, California. I went to it not expecting to have a great result because it’s early in the season and usually the guys from California and warmer climates have a bit of an advantage because they can get more riding and training in earlier in the year. However, as it turns out I had a pretty good race. I recorded my highest place finish in an elite national race and was the number one placed U23.
At the start of the race I was nervous, as it was my first real race of the season against a formidable field. I had a great start position in the second row just behind Todd Wells due to the UCI points I had accumulated over the course of the last year. Despite my good start position, once the race started I went backwards almost immediately dropping from 9th to high 20s. I was able to make up some spots on the climbs and started closing in on the top-10. Unfortunately, I put a nasty kink in my chain on the second lap and had to ride 4 laps with a skipping bike. The big bonus of the weekend was that Scott Tedro, the Sho-Air series sponsor, decided to start doing a U23 podium and cash payout so I was able to pick up a few bucks for being 1st U23 and 14th elite.
My biggest news of the season so far was at Pan American Mountain Bike Championships in Guatemala City. This race takes the top riders from each nation in both North and South America to compete for the title of Pan American Champion. I was really excited to compete in the event but a little less eager to go to Guatemala. I had heard that it isn’t a good place for Americans to go because of crime but it wasn’t that bad. I did receive a few warnings about where to avoid and to be careful of bandits and for the most part this was enough to keep me out of trouble. The most exciting part of the security issues down there was the armed guards almost everywhere the team went. The hotel was guarded by men with shotguns at each entrance as well as guards along the course. I was happy to have the added security but I never saw anything that made me think that armed personnel was necessary.
As far as the racing goes, the course was a lot of fun. It wasn’t the best racecourse because it lacked anything technical. What it lacked technically it made up for by being a really fun course.
The start of the race was really chaotic. The U23 men were started 2 minutes after the elite men so we had to kind of hurry up to get lined up and ready to go in a short amount of time. I was looking forward to the call up here because I knew that I would have a good start position. I was called up third and lined up right in the middle of the first row, a perfect start position for the first climb and starting lap.
I was getting ready to start as the official counted down, 60 seconds….. 30 seconds….. 15 seconds….. and then without a whistle from the official the two Brazilians on either side of me just decided to go. They didn’t wait for the race to start and ended up doing a false start. The official decided not to start the race over because the elite men were already on course and restarting the race would take too long so I went from excellent start position to about 15th in the first 2 seconds.
I was able to make up some ground on the first lap and starting the second lap I was in second place in a group of 5. As the climbing started on that lap the pace really picked up and we lost a guy bringing the group to 4 halfway through the second lap. On the 3rd lap the two Brazilians attacked and got away from me and now I was in 3rd with a Costa Rican right on my tail. Once those two got away I decided to ride my own race and ended up dropping the Costa Rican and finishing in 3rd place.
Although I think I could have done a bit better I’m still really happy with the result. It was my first international UCI podium. I don’t have any pictures but you can find some on www.usacycling.org
From here on out my schedule is pretty hectic with this race in New York and then another stop in New Mexico next weekend before heading across the pond to Europe for some mountain bike World Cups and some road bike stage races-I can’t wait.
Sunday April 11th, under perfect race weather, Camp Hilbert 1 was held in Maidens, VA as the 2nd race in the Virginia Off Road Series. A strong turnout of 179 riders turned out to ride between one and ten laps of the six mile course of twisty, rooty singletrack with plenty of whoops and hills.
Alison Dunlap is a certified Level II USAC Coach and has been working with athletes for five years. She runs a coaching business called Alison Dunlap Coaching, and has mountain bike camps in Moab, UT through the Alison Dunlap Adventure Camps. Alison is also a two-time Olympian, MTB World Champion, and 13-time National Champion.
Question: I do a lot of races that require me to drive long distances after I race. What is the best way to maximize my recovery when I have to get in the car and drive 4-6 hours after my race?
Answer: Racing is hard enough, but to sit in a car or get on a plane immediately after your event can put a wrench in your recovery plans and wreak havoc on your legs. Fortunately there are a few simple things you can do to improve your body’s ability to recover before jumping in a car for the long drive home.
As soon as you cross the finish line you should head straight for your car. The temptation to stop and talk with friends, family, and your fellow racers is strong, but you’ve got some muscles to take care off. At your car you should immediately change clothes and put on a dry jog bra, undershirt, and cycling shorts. Even on a warm day, hanging out in wet sweaty race clothes can create an uncomfortable chill.
After you are warm and dry your next task is to have a recovery drink. A recovery drink is a high carbohydrate/protein drink mix that will help get needed carbohydrates to your fatigued muscles. Most of the good recovery drinks have a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. Protein has been shown to increase the absorption of carbohydrates. The recovery drink needs to be consumed within 30 minutes of finishing your race. This is SUPER important. When you race, your body releases an enzyme that facilitates the uptake of glucose from the blood into your muscles where it is used for muscle contraction. This enzyme is extremely active during your race and then starts to dissipate about 30 minutes post exercise. If you can get a large amount of carbohydrates into your body while this enzyme is still “hot”, you will get more carbohydrates to your muscles faster. The more carbohydrates your muscles get, the faster they will recover. Research shows that having a recovery drink as soon as you finish your race is more effective than waiting two hours and then having a large meal.
Once you have changed into dry clothes and you’ve got your recovery drink in hand, head back out on the bike for a cool down. I know this is the last thing you want to do after a race, but this can be one of the best things you do for your legs. A light spin will increase blood flow to your muscles which helps flush out the byproducts of metabolism, lactate being one of them. 20-30min is the minimum for a good cool down.
The last thing you’ll want to do before getting in the car is a 10 minute stretch. After your cool down, the muscles are nice and warm and supple which is the perfect time to stretch. Focus on the major muscle groups; quads, hamstrings, glutes, hip flexors, IT bands, and calves. If your stomach isn’t too upset you could also eat some kind of solid food; bagel, energy bar, fruit etc.
Now you’re ready to stuff yourself into your car for the long drive home. You’ve done the best you can to jump start your recovery, but I guarantee you will still feel pretty lousy when you get out of the car in a few hours. That’s just what happens after a hard race. It takes about 24-36hrs for your muscle glycogen stores to be fully replenished. Keep eating and drinking on the drive home! By morning you’ll still be tired, but your legs will feel a heck of a lot better.
Good luck and happy trails!