The first Road Race of the year is complete!
The junior team raced at Ace Speedway this morning with all but a sick Wes Haggstrom lining up.
Niko grabbed the win and Jacob took 3rd!
Everyone had a great time and were all smiles afterwards.
The guys doubled up and raced the 4/5 race as well and had the opportunity to race with u23 teammate Ben Hostetler and the other big kids. It was a good experience and great training. Huge thanks to Triangle Velo for letting all the junior racers do the 4/5 at no extra cost!!!
The pieces are all coming together for this year! Half of the Rouler team clothes made it to the US, the rest should be here next week.
Rouler sent a cool 3d mock up of the skinsuit:
And, the helmets arrived today!
The juniors finished up the NCCX Series this past weekend and hit Zwift for some racing on Tuesday. Road season is just a few weeks away after all. Everyone on the team is excited to get back to the Dixie Classic Criterium Tuesday nights in March!
It was new bike day last night at the Junior Studio ride! We have four of the five bikes built up and three lucky kids got to ride theirs at the biweekly training race last night.
The kids had a fantastic race on Zwift with a huge group of very fast adults, including former NRC Stage Race winner of Healthnet and Jelly Belly, Mike Jones. Wes Haggstrom finished 6th overall, in the group just 25 seconds behind SoPro Jones! That’s why he wears the National Champ skinsuit… the kid is fast, really fast.
Thanks entirely to our partners, we are giving these young men and women a huge opportunity to experience an amazing sport!
Good news from the Velocious Sport Racing Team, we are set to continue with our Junior and u23 racing team next year. Our second year is shaping up to be better than our first with solid sponsorship again from title sponsor Crumley Roberts and new presenting sponsor the National Cycling Center as well as continued support from Ken’s Bike Shop.
We have retained our core group of racers and picked up a few new faces. Returning are juniors- 10-12 National Criterium Champion Wesley Haggstrom, Elizabeth Salazar Garcia, Niko Salazar Garcia, Matthew Salazar Garcia, and, Fox Hamblen; u23 racers- Will Hardin, Miki Whittington, Marcel Gutierrez, and Kit Bjerk
New riders starting with us in January include junior Jacob Bernas and u23 Ben Hostetler.
Forecast is nasty for this weekend. Why not hit the studios and try out the new Zwift mountain course! http://zwiftblog.com/watopia-mountain-route-released/ and the route on strava http://zwiftblog.com/new-watopia-mountain-route-on-strava/
New climb is 1200 feet over 6 miles at a 3.8% average grade with a descent of 1200 feet in 3.7 miles at a 6.1% average grade. I assume you can do it in reverse and ride the steep climb but I haven’t tried yet. Off to ride the mountain now!
Edit- confirmed, you can ride it the steep direction! Woohoo!
Angelina Stevens with the Pro 1/2 Women’s NCCX Overall Series win!
Em Shields just made the podium with the minimum number of required race starts in the series:) She spent many weekends away racing UCI cyclocross races and Collegiate MTB events. Kath won the final event and Em was 2nd.
Wes Haggstrom took the win in the last race Jr 9-12 race of the season with new guy Matthew Salazar Garcia in 3rd!
Kath just before the start of the Elite Women’s race. 3rd race of the weekend for the girls. The twins probably put more time on the course than any other racers at Nationals.
Dylan Knutson and Kath made the Collegiate Relay podium for Wake Forest, 4th place with just two riders!
Kath was 3rd in the D2 National Championship!!!
Em was 7th in the D1 race after a disastrous start with pedal issues 🙁 But, she showed her integrity by pushing on and clawing her way back into the race.