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Winter Short Track: Race Results and Series Recap

Five races down and 6 weekends later, the Winter Short track series has come to an end but not without some awesome results! Through rain, snow and sunshine our athletes did some serious work at Renaissance Park! 

While the TotalCyclist Mountain Bike team was down to only four riders this weekend, we still had a strong showing by all of our athletes at the final race of the series. It was a perfect sunny day with slight breeze.

Expert Men:
#4 Chris Wieczorek

Sport Men 19-39
#6 Gordon White

Sport Men 40+
#2 Terry Slifer
#4 Chad Andrews 

Beginner Men:
#1 Jack Sullivan

Expert Women:
#2 Bonnie Kleffman

Sport Women: 
#1 Sam Bendt
#3 Ann Groninger
#6 April Wells
#8 Stephanie Bush

Beginner Women:
#8 Danielle Suprick

Now for the OVERALL Results from the entire series:

The TotalCyclist Mountain Bike Team had a strong showing  the entire series but came in 2nd overall with 1622 points, just 27 points behind the Giordana Cycling team. We are definitely proud of the team! 

Individual Overall Standings:
Pro riders for TotalCyclist MTB team, Chris Wieczorek and Bonnie Kleffman both stole the top seeds for the Expert class! Way to go TeamJJF! Laura Maddy and Jana morries also took top 10 standings for the Expert Women! 


Our Clients Joe Hathcock and Jamie Turski (TotalCyclistMTB team) both took top 15 seeds for the Super Sport men.


The Sport Men 40+ Group had a stropng showing by all of our clients! We had 4 riders, 3 on the TotalCyclist MTB team, take top 10 seeds! 

#2, Kelly Hudson // #3 Terry Slifer // #9 Chad Andrews //#10 Chad Hollingsworth 
Other Clients in the overall standings: Julius Ulanday, Brian Hester, Jim Heckman, Terry Gleason, Ricky Priory, and Phillip Craver. 

Josh Strang came in 12th overall for the Sport 19-39 class after only racing once! 

Two of our own, Jack Sullivan (#1) and Pat McFeeley (#8) also took top 10 standings for the Beginner Men 40+ in the series. And Jon Carmack took 12th for the Beginner Men 30-39 class! 

Our Sport Women also had a strong showing throughout the entire series with 5 top 20 placings! 
Miss Sam Bendt swept the overall for the Sport women with 1st followed by April wells in 3rd, Ann Groninger in 5th, Stephanie Bush in 10th, and Casey Bailey in 15th!

Our Beginner Women, Daniel Suprick, Christy Blakely, and Silvia Brust also raced throughout the series!

Our last client to mention is Ty Gibbs! He had a great showing this series and ended up 3rd overall! 



TotalCyclist MTB Team Finishes Strong Overall at Winter Short Track

The TC MTB team finished up the series this past weekend with some excellent overall results for the series. The team ended up in second place for the team competition, and the top podium spots in the Elite Men's and Women's categories belonged to our TC athletes. Congratulations to Chris Wieczorek and Bonnie Kleffman, who were awarded the top honors. In the Sport Men's 40+ category, Kelly Hudson and Terry Slifer held the 2nd and 3rd place podium positions for the overall series. Their field was consistently stacked, and these guys were excellent competitors, often working together to secure their places. Chad Andrews placed 9th overall in the same category. Congratulations to all teammates who raced in the series! The points were close, we raced hard, and had a whole lot of fun racing and riding with friends!


Mountain Bike Team Stomps 12 Hours of Santos!



What to do when Charlotte gets a snowstorm? Road trip, of course!


The TotalCyclist Mounatin Bike Team had the right idea and headed to Ocala, FL for the 12 Hours of Santos mountain bike race last weekend. Endurance riders Kelly Hudson, Josh Strang, Jim Heckman and Rob Corbett made the trip to sunny weather and podium finishes as they ripped up the rocky, technical trails of Santos.


In the male duo category, Jim Heckman and Rob Corbett pulled out a 3rd place podium finish! In the 4 person male category, teammates Kelly Hudson and Josh Strang paired up with Noel Kirila and Matt Brady for a 2nd place!


Congratulations, gentlemen! Well done, and you picked an excellent weekend for a road trip!



Guest Blog by Director of Physical Therapy at Charlotte Sports Clinic, Leah Braden: Posture


My neck! My back! My neck and my back!

It used to be the plight of a desk secretary.  They were soon joined by scientists who spend hours at a microscope, lawyers who sit 80 billable hours in front of a computer, salespeople who log countless hours behind the wheel, and cyclists who pedal for miles and miles as aero as they can manage.  It all looks the same.  A over-flexed lumbar spine that’s meant to extend, a rounded thoracic spine, and a hyperextended cervical spine so that we can see the computer, the horizon, the road. 

Why is it important to counter the extremes we’re living and riding in?  Have you ever heard an elderly person say “I USED to be 5”10” but now I’m only…(several inches shorter)  Picture an older lady with upper back so rounded she can no longer reach the top shelf.   Now granted, some age related changes are inevitable, but many posture related pathologies are totally preventable. 

You better check yo’self

Test yourself right now where you’re sitting or standing.  Slump as far as you can into the worst posture you can attain (think teenage boy sitting in front of a video game) your low back is rounded your shoulders are forward your head is forward.   Now, without changing your posture, reach up as high as you can with your left arm.  How far do you get?  Not much past shoulder height?  Now adjust your posture.  Sit up tall with your back straight, your shoulders back, your chest out (think soldier at attention) Now, reach your left arm up as high as you can.  How far do you reach? 

What happened?  Surely the difference isn’t all posture related?  Well, what else changed?  Changing your posture changes the structure, the intricate and sometimes precarious positioning of the anatomy of your shoulder joint.  

So what should we do about it?  

Assess your posture- both standing up and sitting down at work

Make the appropriate adjustments:  make changes to your workstation and to your driver’s seat so you are able to sit with good posture

Re-assess your posture throughout the day.  As you get focused on the task in front of you, you forget and sink back into poor posture.

Reverse the curve:  Go through a series of exercises throughout the day that undo what poor posture and gravity are doing to your body.  A quick routine might include: 

Cervical retraction – to realign your neck.  Your big head is meant to rest on the top of your cervical spine.  When that 8 pound ball gets too out in front, cervical muscles, and ligaments work overtime.  You can do these every hour at the office, in the car, in front of the tele, or on the bike. 

Lumbar extension- prone press ups to passively extend your spine.

Thoracic extension- seated or standing low rows, using a foam roller, or passively stretching over a bolster

Remember doing a handful of exercises whenever we happen to remember fall short of countering 8 + hour workdays spent hanging in extremes of the wrong position- so make it a part of your daily routine.   We want to be aero on our bike, not at our desk in the office. 

Leah Braden, DPT, CSCS

Director of Physical Therapy

Carolina Sports Clinic



RACE #4 Winter Short Track Series Results: full of Sunshine!

Sunday's warm sunshine made for a great day of racing for TotalCyclist Mountain Bike team and our clients at the Winter Short Track races! It was the second to last race of the series for DOUBLE POINTS! 

The TotalCyclist MTB Team is currently holding the overall lead with 1454 points! 618 Total points scored Sunnday afternoon! 

Terry Slifer

Expert Women:
#1 Bonnie Kleffman
#4 Laura Maddy

Sport Women:
#1 Sam Bendt
#4 April Wells

Expert Men:
#2 Chris Wieczorek

Super Sport Men:
#5 Joe Hathcock
#6 John Cates

Sport Men: 19-39
#5 Josh Strang

Sport Men: 40+
#1 Terry Slifer
#2 Kelly Hudson

Beginner Men:
#1 Pat McFeeley
#2 Jack Sullivan

Juniors: 14-18:
Marshall Weltin

Juniors 13 & Under
#2 Ty Gibbs 



Other Races:

Matt Spargo took 2nd and 3rd for the Cat 4's in the Hincapie Greenville Training Series this weekend! Two tough races and a couple podium finishes! 

Matt Spargo


Short Track #3 - The BEST Yet!

The TotalCyclist MTB team was at it again at the Winter Short Track series last Sunday, February 2nd. Having a blast as usual, the team secured FIVE podium finishes! Read More