Wear a Helmet – by Team Racer/Director Bobby Bailey

Wear a Helmet – by Team Racer/Director Bobby Bailey

by 1K2GO-Onion River Sports on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 12:48am ·

Wear your helmet! We have heard it before. Mom has said, people on the list serve have harped over it and kids nowadays wear them for everything but eating dinner. I guess it is good advice. Now I am not one to self-righteously tell you that wearing your helmet is a must. I drive too fast, sometimes drive my scooter in flip flops and make my own choices in regards to personal safety but here are two things I am learning to live by.

1. Wear sunscreen 

2. Wear a helmet

The 1K2GO-Onion River Sports Cycling Team fueled by METABALL ventured to the Lake Sunapee Road Race. The course is actually pretty tame, but then again, it is bike racing. Team Racer Alberto Citarella was safe in the field after a long breakaway attempt on the first lap. Admittedly, I told Alberto to attack thinking that an early move would work but alas it did not and he came back. Alberto is new to Pro 1,2 Racing but he is very strong and was having no problems moving up and down the field. At the close of the first lap, Albert was mid pack when the unpredictable happened. Alberto was lead to the outside of the course rotary and then the field pinched in. Alberto was caught out and ended up T-boning a traffic cone. When I first heard of this I thought ouch, it would suck hit a little traffic cone and go down. IT WAS NOT a little cone. It was one of those big cones that stand about 4ft tall and are filled with god knows what. Alberto went Ass over Tea Kettle (technical term) and slid across the road at 25mph.

When the race ended I found Alberto’s bike on the roof of the team car with a note from Local Racer Chris Worden explaining that Alberto was at the hospital. This was followed up by a missed call from New London phone # and a visit by our very own Dr. Christian Verry. Not a great way to finish the day. The info I received was that Alberto hit a traffic cone and crashed. He was carted off to New London Hospital via backboard.

I finally was able to talk to Alberto who sounded like he was in good sprits. Truth be told, he was merely scraped up with a fair amount of road rash. His bones were fine and his Head was fine and thus the title of this Note.

Alberto was fine because he had on one of the finest helmets on the market. The Specialized S-Works Prevail does not feel like it would protect you on impact. It is light and airy but if you saw the impact Alberto’s helmet took you would be confident in the fact that the Prevail is engineered for safety. The helmet cracked in several places on the left side. It did not disintegrate at all, but took the energy fro Alberto’s crash and spread it out over the left side. The bottom line is that the helmet protected a good guy from a bad thing and for this Specialized, the team thanks you. I am very confident that the gear you have us on will keep us stylish, comfortable and safe. People, remember this when you purchase bike gear. Do you want cheap? Or, do you want reputable, well engineered and safe? Take a look at these pics and let me know what you decide.

 

 

PS – I would have made Alberto write this but he is busy changing bandages. Get well buddy! 

 

 https://www.facebook.com/alberto.citarella.7


Lake Sunapee RR – Wmn Pro 1,2,3 by Team Racer Amy Miner

Lake Sunapee RR – Wmn Pro 1,2,3 by Team Racer Amy Miner

by 1K2GO-Onion River Sports on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11:35pm ·

Lake Sunapee Race Report W P/1/2/3:

 

I had a goal going into the Lake Sunapee Road race for 2012…to be aggressive…and I kept to that goal. I did not let the race start out as most P/1/2/3 women’s races, meaning low speed with many attacks. I went off the front immediately after neutral, and drove a high speed continuing up the first climb hoping to drop a few racers, or to try to breakaway. I knew we had a strong field, even though it was small, but the pace I maintained only dropped a few. I continued to drive the pace for the first lap until the major climb on the back stretch when Yuri (Wheelworks) made a significant attack, and I tried to follow her wheel along with Kerrin (Farm Team Elite). Eventually we caught her, and the pace settled back down.

 

Going into the second lap I re-fueled and rehydrated. At this point Clara (NEBC) led the field, and I let her along Cycle Lodge, and I sat 3rd wheel for a majority of the second lap. My legs were shot, and I needed some recovery. The pace continued, but sitting back let me enjoy getting “pulled up” most of the rollers until the only climb on this circuit. I knew Yuri was going to make a move, so I was ready this time and along with Kerrin; we were sprinting up the hill together. At the top we realized we had broken away from the pack, so we tried to team together, but we could not maintain. Three other riders finally caught on, so we started a six person paceline. This continued a very strong group, for the final few miles, and the pack did not re-join. We continued this paceline until the circle going into the final climb. I followed Jackie (NEBC), Erin (KMS) and Yuri. I did not want to be in the lead going into the first climb before the finish. At the false flat Yuri started to sprint, and I followed going by her on the right. I knew these women were fast, so I put my head down, got out of the saddle, and put everything into this final sprint. I just beat out – by a photo finish – an amazing up & coming bike racer Erin Donohue from KMS

 


New Kit Motivation…Weekend of Racing 6/9 -6/10

Being on a bike racing team is reminiscent of being a small child playing youth league soccer. One of the coolest feelings in the world use to be when I got issued Shin Guards and a Cool Soccer jersey. I felt like you are were a part of something special and you took to the field with pride and energy. Cycling is the same….

The “kit” is a part of our sports culture. When it is new it feels like you are gleaming in the sun. The logos represent the sponsors you are proud to promote and nothing looks more trick that neatly packed kits, making you a traveling billboard from head to toe. One of my favorite things to do is to pack my bags for races with ALL of my kit just becasue it feels special. So what if the forecast calls for 90-degree heat and sun, you never know if you need that thermal vest or long sleeve speed suit.

The 1K2GO-Onion River Sports cycling team Fueled by METABALL has been waiting for our kits. You know the saying, good things come to those who wait….and I can let you know it is true. CASTELLI came through with a beautiful bit O’ kit and it really brought our team together. Before the weekend of 6/9/12, we were just a crop of racers rocking Specialized Prevail helmets and S-Works shoes. CASTELLI made it all stick and one weekend, we became the best-looking team on the road (and Mountain)

It must have been the new kit because the team came out swinging. There was a lot of racing in New England and NY and we made it on the podium of several races. The quick and dirt of it is this:

 

Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race, Saturday 6/9

Bobby 2nd Place Pro 1,2,3

Heather 6th Place WMNS 1,2,3

Bob Dillon 3rd Place Menes 60+

Matthew Owen 3rd Place Boys 15-16

http://www.fastalracing.com/WWRRResults12.pdf

 

Saranac Lake Crit, Sunday 6/10

Joe Wells 3rd Place Mens Cat 3

Amy Miner 2nd WMNS Pro 1,2,3

Bob Dillon 2nd Place Mens 60+

http://www.fastalracing.com/SLDCResults12.pdf

 

GMC Series, National Life Crit, Sunday 6/10

Bobby 1st Mens A

Cooper Willsey 1st Mens B

Matthew Owens 2nd Mens B

http://www.spartasynergy.com/page4.html

 

There was a ton of participation near and far. The team proved that they are competitve locally and regionally and are willing to show their commitment to the great sponsors of this program. We were a wave of blue and plaid and our excitement came out by way of some aggressive racing. Thank you once again to all of our sponsors and committed friends and family. Without you, we would be just a bunch of bike racers. With you, we are force to be reckoned with dedicated to putting Vermont cycling on the map!

 

 

**Special Thanks to Alex Lachance for her awesome pictures! 


Quick BB Tech

 

One thing I hate is when a bike squeeks. Some people just could care less but if I can detect even the smallest unwanted sound from my bike, I am going after it. People, it is just plain smart to take care of your bike. I have covered this in the past with posts on cleaning a bike but the short of it is this.

if you get up close and personal with your bike while cleaning it or repairing it, you might find something that will either cost you a win or some teeth in the future.

 

So I set out to rid my bike of its noisy bottom bracket. Ok, it was not that bad but we have been riding in the rain alot so I wanted to make sure my BB was good to go. The 1K2GO-Onion River Sports Cycling Team is lucky to be sponsored by ProGold Mfr, makers of ProGold Lube, EPX Grease and ProTowels. Here are some simple tips to follow when servicing a Bottom Bracket.

 

 

 

  • Know what kind you have. GXP? BB30, Presfit 30? The list goes on so make sure you have the right tools to do the work. 
  • Clean your bike before hand. It is so much nicer to work on a bike that has been at least wiped down. I use the ProGold ProTowels for just about everything in my garage. Worked wonders on the greasy bottom brakcet and the wall under my hose that tends to get moldy!
  • Use a Torque wrench. If you are going to do the work…do the work properly. You would hate to get to the end of this task only to over tighten a bolt to the point of failure. On a modern Carbon Bike…torque values should be heeded!

  • I use Tape on the outside of my external Chris King Bottom Bracket. This prevents the tool from scratching it up.
  • Too much Grease is better than too little here. I put grease on the frame threads, the cup threads and any exposed peice of metal. Just use a ProTowel to clean any grease exposed to dirt, sand and water. It will attract it.

Thats it. I like to rotate between headset and bottom bracket. If you stick to a schedule of maintenance, you can keep your bike like new with out a big time investment.

 

Thanks,

Bobby


Star Studded Field at WaterTower Hill Crit, 6/5/12

Great night of racing at Watertower Hill. The title of this piece is very accurate and here is why. You have a practice crit right? It is designed for training and is super low key. The start finish line is a cone and the course has 1 real turn. There is no big prize list and no one is walking away with a pro contract from it. Entry Fee is a measly $10 and the prize is that you get your entry back if you end up on the podium(which there is not one).

 

 

But this is about what this race IS and who comes out to it. What we do offer is awesome racing. The A-Race is packed with fast riders like Jake Hollenbach and Matt Buckley. My team comes out swinging and every once in a while a PRO like Adam Carr or Isaac Howecome out to play. We race intensely for 40minutes and no punches are pulled. In fact, even though strong team are represented, it is every person for them self out there. Racing is from the gun and it never slows even if it rains.

 

Beyond that, there is a B-Race. Man this thing looks fast. It is packed full of racers and I know that some of them will be making the jump to A’s. Plus, there is a C-Race, and experienced A-Racers jump in to help teach safe and fun bike racing.

 

 

Tonight, I saw something cool. We had a crowd. More family, friends and fans are coming to these races to cheer on the cyclists. Its awesome. Maybe it is the reach of social media or the trash talk that leads up to the race. But either way, the energy is building and we can continue to get better from here.

 

Mid Race Primes are handed out and they come from local sponsors. Its a small gesture that add so much to the race. If you are reading, thank the likes of Specialized, Pro Gold Lube, Metaball, Blindato Group, Vermont Nut Free Chocolate and others for helping out. It makes our race great and provides exposure for them…its a win win! 

 

 

So Vermont, keep up the good work and keep striving to put VT at the forefront of the cycling map. Keep supporting each other, our local cycling business and every rider you see. There just might be a kid in a car or a sideline of a race that thinks you are the coolest thing in the world. And because you are a cyclist…you are.

 

Could the future of our sport be right here at Watertower Hill???


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