Our own dear MK47 is in France, leading bike tours for the summer. And what better hill to climb when in the Provence region than Mt. Ventoux?! Our little slugger climbed the whole thing….up past the tree line, up to the observatory…..and she kicked that hill square in the ass. Don’t believe us? Check it, yo.
Actually, not quite, Tuesday was rather a barn burner.
McCoy, fresh off slugging it out at the Cascade Classic where he finished admirably, took on the weeknight warriors and managed a 2nd place finish in the 1/2/3. Aided by Spahr, Thompson, and Crouch.
In the 3/4, Crawfy, Dave, Lana and Steph swung in a small-ish field in the heavy night winds to place Crawfy 2nd after some goofing around.
A fire afterward with beers is always an excellent thing as well. Good team night!
Mark Koller continued his continual upward trajectory at PIR Short Track this Monday, finishing 5th on the night in the Cat 3 men 19+. Next week the win?
On the road, Jenn Levo was aided by Steph Croy and Alana Armstrong in defense of the Blue Jersey, where she successfully defended the overall month series lead finishing 2nd on the night. Nice work.
In the men’s 1/2/3, Thompson, Conley, and Dave rode around in circles with the crying, expectorating bunch the masters bring out. Good times. Thompson finished up in 7th overall, Conley just behind in 12th. Dave in the rear with the gear.
Our Robbie Carver went solo in the Cat 3′s at the Cascade Classic and scored us a fine top ten final in GC, with 2nd on the Queen stage today, and held 8th overall. Nice work, Beardo! The other beardo, Jon “Bones” McCoy, was tangling in the Cat 2 race, and had some excellent stage finishes, upholding the Ironclad honor.
Anona Whitley raced on a composite team out of Bend, and turned in a solid ride as well.
Wolfpack numero uno for 2011 is in the books, and if last night was any indicator to the type of year ahead in an off road sense, we’d best call up the undertaker, as he will be a busy man.
One bottle of Maker’s, 88 (ameri)cans of Budweiser, 3 derbies, and one sliced goat, patched up with some booze and a tampon. Who needs stitches?
We’ll give you a hint as to what we’re doing:
Monday PIR saw Levo defending the leader’s blue jersey in style, winning ahead of teammate Brianna Walle and helped by Croy, Schultz, and Armstrong. Crawfy, meanwhile, patrolled the 1/2/3 field with the dudes along with Shellypants, who showed up a bit late and jumped in with the dudes for the weekly serving of idiot circles. On the dirt we had Mark Koller and Ace shredding things on tires with knobbies.
In Bend, we have Anona Whitley sitting in with the BMC Total Care composite team taking on the likes of national champions and Olympians….good luck l’il bit! Soon, Jon McCoy and Robbie Carver will head down to take to the Cat 2 and Cat 3 race respectively. Good luck, boyos.
Tuesday PIR had some of us in there, some with numbers, some without. Blast!
Good things happening here behind the scenes….some Wolf action on tap this week, some planning, some good sponsor news coming down the pike, too. Wowee Zowee. Stay tuned.
Thank you one and all for your participation in the 2011 Ironclad Twilight Criterium. We had an excellent turnout despite a few conspicuous absences (we know who you are, and so do you), and the racers and crowd had a great time. We look forward to all the pics and talk that will surface here in the days immediately after our race. We worked extremely hard to bring you the event and we hope you had a lot of fun whether you were racing, watching, or both.
Our brains are not working in the post-race frenzy, so we leave you the stories and images via the following scribes and heralds.
We were happy to notch wins in the Women’s 1/2, Women’s 3, and Men’s 1/2, with several podiums and top five placings notched in other fields. Well done all. Some fields huge, others not so much (what’s up with 11 1/2/3 women combined? Seriously? – regardless, still a great race with some seriously strong ladies) but the weather held out and we didn’t have an angry Masonic lodge on our hands this year.
Thanks again to all who attended, we hope you had a great time.
Well, like a trip to the doctor to get a finger up your butt, that hurt. The Murderhorn has had her way with our naughty bits for another year, and what a time we had. She didn’t even buy dinner but she took every liberty she wanted. Dirty girl.
Anyhow, we were happy to be playing up in the Senior fields for a while, as well as continuing to provide fresh meat for the other fields. Last night we had the pleasure of having a guest rider: Portland’s own Doug Ollerenshaw took a break from his studies in Atlanta, put down the lab coat, and took to the hill in the black and yellow. Welcome home Doug. Ace, Alex, Crawfy, Willis, Travis Bickle Spahrticus Trevorcakes, Penner, Anona, Weaver, and Croy all took to the hill as well.
And now we look to our Criterium this Saturday in Hillsboro. The course is a favorite on the crit schedule, and fields are starting to round out nicely. You can save a few dollars by pre-registering at OBRA.org
We hope to see you there, and look for an article in this Friday’s Argus/Oregonian talking about the event! Should be big fields and big crowds!
Well folks, our Street Sprints were a lot of fun, so THANK YOU for coming, and THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors. And now we’re turning our attention to our Criterium, this Saturday in Downtown Hillsboro – you just gotta come to that one! Twilight, lots of spectators, lots of fun, and LOTS TO WIN!
And you know what winning makes people do, right?
We also had some Track excellence at Alpenrose this past weekend, with Crawfy, Sharon, and Levo representing.
And then last night at PIR, Levo was resplendent in her Blue leader’s jersey, and showed the race and the tunic some respect by placing first with the yeoman’s work being done by Croy, Schultz, and Armstrong. Well done Levo, and TEAM!
Wednesday we have a special surprise for you in the Elite field at Tabor. Stay tuned to watch that.
In the meantime, you should just go to Obra.org and pre-register for our criterium.