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Race Report, Heather Voisin, KSR 2012

My goals for KSR were to get back in the game, finish safely, stay with the main group as long as possible, ease doubts about belonging in the 1/2 field and just ride hard and pick up as much race fitness as possible. All in all, I think I can say that those were all accomplished!



Stage 1, Circuit Race – I hung in the back for most all of the race, except going to the very front when no one else wanted to work. Finished safely at the tail end of the group, securing “same time”. Of note was that I got a flat just after the first loop. Unfortunately, another women had also just flatted 1k earlier, so the wheel van was a little delayed in helping me out. I chased hard and managed to catch the group about 8 miles later, just about 5k to the QOM. Fortunately the only accelerations from the group were pretty modest and I managed to hang on while trying to recover. Amy took 3rd and was tied for sprint points.


Stage 2, Time Trial – Felt pretty solid, minus the last 3k, but still very pleased to have a time right in the mix, even without all the aero bells and whistles.


Stage 3, Road Race – Did not expect there to actually be an attack ~2k into the race and have that first hill up to 107 be an all-out affair. (Silly me, there was a sign that said “start racing”, just didn’t realize someone actually would…) Hung in there and then things cooled off a bit. We rolled along and then I went to the front and opted to lead the entire field for ~10 miles on Route 107, leading up to Amy’s sprint. Okay, I was also really nervous about the bad pavement and wanting to see the road in front of me. Still, I definitely made a point to ramp up my pace 1k before the sprint and was going hard enough that at 500m people were just starting to come around me. Maybe they didn’t know where the sprint actually was? Anyway, Amy took it, securing the green jersey for her. I had very little time to recover and then got dropped pretty quickly on the first big climb up North Road. I did manage to catch back on to the group about 10 miles later. I knew I’d done most of the chase work when one of the other two women with me said, as we were just making contact again, “Thank you so much.” Um, you’re welcome? Dropped again on the small dirt road climb, chased back again in a mile or so, and then just made it a point to stay with the group to the base of the last climb, at which point I was DONE. A total death march to the finish, but still happy knowing that I had ridden hard…



KSR, Womens Race Stage 1 – Amy Miner

I went into the women’s pro 1/2 field at KSR with some hesitant due to poor performance at the past two races including Bennington SR and Sterling road race from mechanical and dehydration issues, respectfully. I received some very persuasive encouragement from a friend reminding me of how well I have performed in the past at the 1st stage of KSR, the circuit race, which I consider one of the best courses suited to my riding abilities as a sprinter, and gradual climbs requiring a lot of power. Therefore, I went into the race on a mission for redemption and the green jersey.


The women’s P 1/2 circuit race was very typical of most; many surges and attacks and then slowing back down significantly, and then the pack  regrouped. This was a big difference from last year, which consisted of various attacks, but then maintaining a very aggressive speed. Therefore, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen at the circuit race, especially after the QOM, so I knew I had to stay in the front of the pack for the entire race in order to not let a break get away. A break never formed, and I spent a deal of energy closing a few gaps.


Following the first QOM there was an attack driven by Silke down the descent and into the right hand turn. Heather managed to gain control of the field and led the group at a reasonable pace looking to make sure no one was making any moves going into the last few miles before the first sprint. I held a great position, about 4 bike lengths back, but what I neglected to look for was where Silke (Kenda) was. I did not know how well she can sprint! About 1K 2 GO the pace picked up, and Heather fell back. I was now in 3rd position, and just after 500 meters, I made my move. This turned out to be too early, but I was simply not patient enough, Silke came around me just at the finish line, and so I took 2nd in the first immediate sprint.


Following the first sprint, I managed to catch my breath for a minute before there was a counter attack. This was quickly reeled back in again. The second lap had many more attacks, and the pace was a bit higher, but still manageable. After the 2nd QOM the feed slowed many riders down, so this gave me a chance to make my way to the front of the pack for the descent. On the back stretch, the pace was again reasonable, and I maintained the same position going into the 2nd intermediate sprint. At 500 meters to go, I realized I was blocked. A rider on either side of me at two riders in front. This turned out to be beneficial, since I did little work being pulled into 300-400 meters. The two riders in front peeled off and I had a perfect lead out for the final 300 meters, with Silke sprinting neck and neck with me. She just beat me out.


KSR Stage 1 Sprint


KSR Stage 1 Sprint


The final (3rd) lap there was not any notable attacks until approximately the final 10K to go, when Sheila (Sunapee) made an attempt to break away while Heather was trying to lead and control the field again. At first no one responded, but eventually she was pulled back in. Around 2-3 K to go things got out of control in the field, with the pace intensifying, and everyone jocking for position. I started getting really anxious and worried about my position about 6-8 bike lengths back; not where I like to be. I could not get around without infringing the yellow line rule, so I was patient until 500 meters, when I made my move. I passed 2 riders and then noticed 2 other riders jump for the finish. I followed suit, but was just a little too late. I sprinted for a 3rd place finish the hardest I think I have ever gone for it before,  with the green jersey in mind.


At the award ceremony, I discovered that the race winner had taken a few points in an intermediate sprint as well, which resulted us in a tie for the sprinter’s jersey (since a race win is automatically 12 points vs 3rd place 6 points, its hard to win the green without winning overall). Total for each of us 14 points. Since she was ahead of me GC, she took both the green and the leader’s jersey.


Special thanks go out to Metaball for fueling me today, and Jenn O’Connor for post massage!


KSR Stage 1 Podium



Killington Stage Race, Stage 1 – Circuit Race

There is nothing like stage racing. All the anticipation and nerves come together and cause you to react in a way just a bit more intensely than when compared to day-racing. KSR is no different even if many of get to race from the comforts of our own homes. Even with only a 1.5hr drive, and no need for bedding or clothing, the preparation is pretty crazy.


Nutrition and Embrocation…Check!

KSR started like so many others. I spent the week preparing the body with training and the bike with some love. Stage Racing is like a sponsor showcase so it is important to show up with a clean bike. Plus, as I have said before, committing to an expensive bike race for 3 days should not ever be ruined by poor bike maintenance. So, I cleaned the bike, gathered my gear and made sure everything was in tip top shape. I spent the evening cooking healthy food options ahead of time and made sure all my race food was in order.


On going pic series…team car!

I hit the road early saturday morning with Specialized Bikes on the roof, Metaballs in the trunk, and butterflies in the stomach. I had a good race last year but with grades and terrain like what KSR offers, one never knows how they are gonna do. I picked up 1K2GO-Onion RIver Sports team member Ben Coleman and his lovely wife Kim. The car was packed and we took to VT’s I-89 for a quick drive to the Circuit Race.

Our first complaints as cyclists usually revolve around weather and road conditions. Traveling through Stockbridge, Bethel and Pittsfield made us all realize that those complaints are not worth a damn. Remnants of Hurricane Irene made me realize that we are lucky to even be able to race our bikes. There are destroyed homes and displaced lives all along Route 104 and so many other VT communities and it was shocking to see even almost 9months after last years hurricane. As bike racers, we need to continue what we are doing and support the communities that we travel to.

On to racing. The Pro 1 Circuit Race started as predicted. Once it went live, the attacks started flying. Each one was seemingly half hearted and admittedly, I was part of this. I wanted to get away but really did not know why. The course is hard enough and windy enough that finding solace in the pack is the best way to save energy. But, I stuck to my usual tactics and tried to make some moves happen. It was apparent that some of the bigger teams like CCB, Bike Reg and Garneau was not going to let that happen. I became content with just staying towards the front of the field.

On lap 1, Charles McCarthy got away in a group of about 10. It looked pretty solid and stayed clear for 3/4’s of a 18 mile lap. But, once the field ramped it up on the flats, things came back together. The race dynamic was odd. Even when I found myself in a break with 3 riders from Garneau, Tim Johnson, 3 from CCB, and a few from Mt. Borah, no one wanted to drive it. Based on the sketch-potential of the finishing straight, I would have preferred that a small group stay away. But once again, back to all-together.


Can’t say enough about these guys. Bike Race Angels.Other than a neutralizing by the officials for a crash in a different field, the race was pretty standard. We rolled along at 30 on the flats and surged on the climbs. Nothing was too hard and I knew that I had to stay up front in the sprint. I decided that I would fight to stay up front but if I got boxed in, I would hit the brakes. Not quite literally but I was not willing to die for the same time in a sprint finish. The downhill sprint is a bit sketchy as you touch speeds above 40mph coming into it. Amos Brumble had a decent point and defended the downhill sprint saying that the speeds are not much different than a Pro Tour sprint. However, I added that in a flat sprint, those speeds are only possible by sprinters and their teams. In a downhill, every body can go that speed and it seems more people stick their nose in business where they don’t belong. Sounds snooty I know but some chances are better not taken. If you can’t sprint, get out the way. I got lucky and found myself able to stay up front on the wheel of Tim Mitchell and Dylan McNicholas. Dyaln ended up winning and I was able to keep my old legs spinning for 6th.

Not a bad day. Good clean racing, good friends and a great Team Massage Therapist. Jenn O’Connor got the legs flushed out and hopefully they will be good to go for the TT today! My SHIV actually made me breakfast in bed, so I know the bike is ready! Hopefully I can pilot it in a worthy manner and move on GC today.


Marketing Sponsors is a full time job, one I will gladly do!

– Bobby

GMBC Practice Crit #2, Watertower Hill, 5/22/12

Finally the weather played along and we got the first of our Practice Crit races going.

First I would like thank Steve Gaydos, Mark White, Spencer Knapp, Bob Dillon, Chris Ford, Claude Raineault, Jim Strouse and Larry Coletti for their help in sweeping, setting up, registration, marshalling and officiating! Can’t do it without volunteers!

It actually was a very pleasant evening, with mid 70 temperatures and calm wind, right until around 7:45 when it got ugly pretty quickly.

We had 3 racers and 10 mentors for the C-race, which was won by junior Matt Owens in a solo breakaway and saw a hotly contested sprint for second.

I would like to thank our generous sponsors SKIRACK, ProGold Lubes,  METABALLVermont Nut Free Chocolates,  and Blindato Group which allowed us to have two prime sprints each in the B and A race, two deep.


Vermont Nut Free Chocolate Prime!


Specialized Sweatshirt Prime!

The B race had 9 starters. The field stayed together for most of the race, animated by fierce competition for the two prime sprints. It came down to the final sprint, and the uphill finish made it almost easy for the referee to get all 8 finishers in order.

The A race had 14 starters. Pretty quickly Bobby Bailey went on a solo break and stayed away for the rest of the race, eventually lapping the remnants of the field. This despite a high speed of the field which itself lapped a number of riders, what then made it challenging for our referee to keep track over the last few laps, especially since we had to watch the weather and made a decision to shorten the race. Behind Bobby we saw some nice sprint competition for the two field-only primes, and also for the finish. After all, the first three in B and A race won their entry fee back.

This first Practice Crits also counts as the first race for the new Green Mountain Criterium Series, which will run through the summer and includes events at Montpelier and Barre .

The next GMBC Practice Crit is scheduled for Tuesday June 5th. As always we are in need of volunteers, so if you could help for an hour or two, mark your calendars!

The PCrit will be followed the next day Wednesday June 6th by the first Thunder Road track race in Barre.

>>> C-Race Results (3 racers)

1.      Matthew Owens

2.      Pete Titcomb

3.      Chris Palombini


Time: 20 minutes

Laps: 20

Notes:  3 Racers and 10 Mentors! Solo breakaway win for the Junior.


 >>> B-Race Results (9 racers)

1.      Whitney Hanson

2.      Matt Salter

3.      Matthew Owens

4.      Tim Janson

5.      Jim Strouse

6.      Robert Dillon

7.      Pete Titcomb

8.      Jeff Coons


Time: 28 minutes

Laps: 26

Notes: 2 Primes hotly contested, nicely spread between 5 riders.






>>> A–Race Results (14 racers)

1.      Bobby Bailey

2.      Adam Germain

3.      Matt Buckley

4.      Ben Coleman

5.      Eric Tremble


Time: 28 minutes

Laps: 30, race shortened by threatening rain;

Notes: BB in overgeared display of power lapped the field; 2 Primes for the field left plenty to race for




A-Race, on the line


A-Race Action


Teddy Representing

Sterling Road Race – May 12, 2012

Nothing Fancy here people, just a classic New England Road Race with all the usual characters. At least this is how I remembered it from years past. Sterling was a favorite race of mine. I recall competing in this race from 2002-2004 as a CAT 1. Sure,  I might have done it as a 3 or a 4, but most of my memories are from the 80 mile suffer-fest that I began describing above.

But now its 2012 and I am a bit older. I could have entered in the masters race but I recall either making or getting in the breakaway in every year in the past. Why would this year be any different? Oh boy…here is why.

New England Race teams are killing it! Kudos to CCB, NCC JAM Fund and Bike Reg. Back in the day, a handful of riders like Mark McCormack, Kevin Monahan, Derek Bouchard-Hall, and the usual New England suspects would make the racing hard. Now you have great depth amongst the locals and they are riding with solid tactics, with fitness and with anger. Racing has been fun! Plus, sprinkle in a little Jess Anthony, Will Dugan, and Tim Johnson action, and things get real. Massachusetts may be only a few latitudinal lines below VT, but it is like a tropical island this time of year. 80 degree weather is tough considering the doom and gloom of Vermont lately.

In the Pro 1,2 Race we went up the hill at what I would consider a pretty good pace. So what if it was neutral, it felt great. But that’s about where the tempo riding ended. Honestly, I can’t recall what lap it all went ballistic but luckily I was at the front. I might have even been driving some of the pace but I was not alone. In fact, I looked back and saw that I was there with about 25 others. It wasn’t a breakaway, but a very high powered split. I was shocked to see 3 CCB Riders, 2 Bike Reg,a few NCC Jammers,  Tim Johnson and Jesse Anthony. Missing from the move was Will Dugan but with only a minute gap, I knew it would not be long.

The racing was fast but not too crazy. I was trying to balance my desire to contribute to the pace and my intentions to save energy. I even told CCB Rider Dylan McNicholas that they should drive it harder since it was a good finish for him…but they had a better plan. We covered the first 56 miles of the race in less than 2:10. Ouch, I guess we were rolling.

Then the attacks started. It seems the minute gap that we had was not comforting enough. Tim Mitchell, Alec Donahue and Josh Lipka threw down a move that I just missed, proved to be fatal. At 2 laps to go, Timmy Johnson smashed the finish hill and rolled away. I guess that move came together some time later. I kept trying to get away but it was no -mas. I had some punch, but no staying power. My last ditch effort on the last lap went absolutely no where but, I stayed away in the winning break for 18th. I was quite pleased with the effort and after wiping copious amounts of salt off my face, felt surprisingly fresh.

There it is, a no frills race report…at least what I remember of it.


Get out and Time Trial!

Time Trialing is cool. Lets just start by saying that. If you do not agree, well then you are wrong. Simple as that and here is why.

Time Trial Bikes. No matter who you are, your eye is drawn to the complexity and sometimes oddity of a TT Bike. Bikes are pretty simple in that tehy are usually 2 triangles and 2 wheels. There are some fancy parts in between but for the untrained eye, a Dept Store bike is not much different that a Tour de France race bike. But TT bikes are different. They have fat tubing often drawn out into weird shapes. They have aggressive postures making them look like they are at motion even while standing still. The disc wheel is an instant eye-catcher as most non-racers are unable to grasp the concept of it.


Specialized SHIV TT Bike


Old School TT Bike. Eyecatcher?


OKAY – here is where I both contradict what I just said and support my topic simultaneously. Have you been to a local Time Trial Series lately? These are put on by USAC clubs across the nation. Not everyone is on a cool bike!  I have been to time trials and have experienced everything including tandems, hybrids, mountain bikes, CX bikes and so on. One thing remains the same….each rider is trying to pedal their bike as hard and fast as they can. Lungs are burning, and each rider is racing the clock to either win the race, beat the record, beat their PR, or just push themself in a way that is un-natural to most.


This leads me to another reason why TT’s are so cool. TT’s are where people volunteer to hurt themselves. They dig way deep into the pain cave and suffer for 10-60minutes. It is 100% you vs. you. Not a lot of people can stand up and say “I volunteer to flog myself for the next hour of my life so that when I am done my legs hurt and lungs scream.” Bike racers can. Plus you only have YOU to answer to. When the race is done, the only question left to ask is “did I do my best?” No matter how fast you went, the cool part is that you participated.


TT’s are the same from beginner to elite. What changes is the amount of effort you put into it. You can show up and race on your road bike or you can mortgage your home so that you can buy the latest and greatest speed available on the market. Either one you choose, I can gaurantee you this. You are welcome at the race. You are more likely to be respected by the guy in the swoopy helmet on the $10,000 bike just by showing up. We love the fact that you are wearing tennis shoes as long as you try. We hope that someday the cycling-bug infects you and you invest more time and money into it. We would love to see you push yourself to the limit on a 2 wheeled machine becase when it is all said and done, we all have that in common. Here are some resources to help you with your TT journey.


Anyone can TT!


GMBC Pres Kevin Bessett with his uphill TT setup



Crit Tips – Also Good for Time Trialing






GMBC TT Series


2012 Tour of the Battenkill

2012 Tour of the Battenkill


On Saturday April l14th several 1K2GO-Onion River Sports fueled by Metaball racers took part in the Tour of Battenkill. Battenkill is kind of like 1 part right of passage and 1 part kickoff to the 2012 local season of racing. The race is only 2.5hrs away from Burlington, VT and it features road much like what we have in our community.


Sounds easy enough right? Well no. It is important to note that when you enter a race like Battenkill you keep a postive philopshy on wehy you are there. We Race to Race. Yes we race to win but that is a by-produt of good, hard, clean racing. Battenkill offers all of that plus some challenging terrain. You can be fit, light, and have the best day of your life at Battenkill and one rock can end your chances of a 2-arm salute and/or leave you hitchhiking on the side of the road.


In the 30+ field elite Riders Bobby Bailey and Michael Rea took to the roads. Bobby attacked about 4 miles into the race getting a minute gap. He held that gap until mile 25 when he was joined by Steve Francisco and another rider. It was looking good as they were eventually joined by the winning group of about 10. The racing was hard and several attacks were being thrown down. Bobby was in good position but Battenkill struck at mile 50 something with a flat. After a very slow change, Bobby flatted the other wheel and it was game over. Great racing though. Michael suffered the same fate with a flat tire. Funny how flats never come when the field is riding easy huh?


Not the wheels BB started with on his Specialized Tarmac


1K2GO-Onion River Sports racers were also present in the 50+, 40+, Junior, and CAT 5 field. A highlight of racing came from Michael and Matthew Owens. Michael scored a 5th in the Junior Boys 13-14 field. Older brother Matthew scored a 7th in the CAT 5 field. It should be noted that this was the Mtn and CX Racers first ever road race. Word is, they are hooked. Great Job Boys!




Tour of the Battenkill does it right. Sure the racing and terrain is a bit over the top but so is their festival atmoshphere and that is a good thing! Team riders were seen eating bratwurts, chicken wraps, and the most amazing Maple Milkshakes after the race to replenish some of the 2500-3000 calories they burned. Stefan almost ate a Chihuahua until his mother showed up and bought him some lunch. Good times!


This dog was in a cookbook, who knew?

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