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USA Cycling MTB Marathon Nationals

A few members of the team headed to Columbus County GA for the 2015 USA Cycling MTB Marathon National Championships. The course was 60 miles and ~2600' of climbing in the Wildwood Park trail system near Augusta GA. Below are some results for the team along with some action and podium shots from Mike Tam who was 4th in XC Men 30-34 and Laura Maddy who was 3rd in XC Women 45-49! Great job team and thank you to all our sponsors and your support! See you at the trails soon!

Bonnie Kleffman - 8th XC Women Pro
Laura Maddy - 3rd XC Women 45-49
Mike Tam - 4th XC Men 30-34
Terry Slifer - 7th XC Men 45-49
Michael Shafer - 10th XC Men 45-49
Jim Heckman - 14th XC Men 45-49



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Heading South to Santos Race report

6 Hours of Santos: Race Report – Bonnie Kleffman

This weekend several of my TotalCyclist MTB teammates and I trekked down to the Santos trail system in Ocala, FL for the 6 Hours of Santos. I had been there two years ago for the SERC opener in 2013, so I knew that the course was demanding, punchy and fast. Laura and I drove down on Friday and met the guys for a preride. Shafer already had his RV set up trailside next to Niner Mike and the BikeSource/Faster Moustache crew, so the combined pit world was already full of friendly faces. I was surprised to learn that the course was to run in the opposite direction from the last time I was there. Kevin, Shafer and Jim were ready to ride, so Laura and I got on our bikes quickly and followed them into the trail. I was glad to zoom along behind them and watch their lines. The beginning of the course featured two elevated bridges and plenty of punchy, twisty rock sections. The middle was all flow and power. It was flat and sandy with just enough dirt in the corners to create tiny berms. This rolled on for a few miles until a sharp left took us into the other side of the Vortex, where punchy rock sections and bermed wooden structures rounded out the 8 mile loop.  I remember thinking to myself that this course would require my full attention. Plenty of opportunity for carnage to bike and body.

Race morning brought warm temps with the promise of Florida sunshine, and we all told ourselves through our race jitters that it would be a fun day no matter what happened. (Always a comforting sentiment to hide the butterflies.) It is tradition for this race to begin with a LeMans start, and this year was no exception. Since running in bike shoes and a backpack is awkward at best, I adjusted my expectations and tried to stay calm at the start. I entered the singletrack somewhere in the middle of a long train of riders, most of whom were well behaved as we struggled to sort out the pecking order. By the end of the first lap I was feeling great, and was pushing darn close to my xc pace. Lap two brought more of the same. I was glad to have brought the Air9 as the predictability of the hardtail made me comfortable navigating jagged rocks on narrow trail. The hammer came down every time I hit the flat middle, time trialing it PainCave style with constant circles and pressure on the legs.

I heard someone say that the winning women from the previous year got 6 laps in, so I was loosely shooting for that, knowing that as an endurance newbie, I might have to adjust my expectations mid race. I caught up to my friend and competitor Kym Flynn on lap three, but lost her again when I had to get more fluids in the pit. After lap 4, my mind was going to the darker, tired place where brains go when the race is about 60% over. I remembered that (best pit crew ever) Niner Mike said he had some Dr. Pepper in the pit. He was ON IT and hooked me up! A few minutes later, what I thought was a calorie deficiency subsided and I was feeling human again. As I was approaching one of the ‘wall ride’ wooden structures toward the end of that lap, I came upon my friend Jana, who was riding strong as ever. She confirmed that in order for our final lap to count, we had to cross the finish line before the 6 hour clock ran out. I did some quick calculation and figured that if I hurried, I could finish my current (6th) lap and get another in if I pushed. Talk about adjusting expectations! I was now on a MISSION! With no time to stop for additional Dr. Pepper, I hammered through the pits at the end of lap six and heard Jordan shouting, “Get one more good one in!” After the mandatory dismount through the start/finish, I figured I had 48 minutes to get it done. I had this. One man passed me like his wheels were on fire, and I knew he was going for the same thing. Dang. Was my timing correct? I could not hold his pace, so I held my own, and kept pushing. Somewhere I found the energy in the fifth hour to spin through the final rocks, but in the end I managed with 4 minutes to spare. I buried myself on that last lap, and it was my third fastest of the day. This earned me third place, just a few minutes behind Kym Flynn with Amy Horstmeyer finishing first. I was proud to share the podium with these fast ladies, and was glad that my last lap was among my best. Endurance racing is as much about will and mental strength as it is about riding. This is confirmed for me at every race, and I have been surprised at what my legs can sustain when my mind wills it to be.

It was a great weekend for the TotalCyclist team overall, with plenty of podium finishes and strong riding by all who entered. Kelly and Kevin were 1 and 2 on the SS podium, Shafer was 2nd on the box in the 45+, with Jim not far behind in 10th. They had an enormous field of strong men! Last but certainly not least, my awesome coach Laura was 4th of the 17 women in our field. Sweet!!

I would like to thank my friend (Niner) Mike Stanley for helping me, the TC Team and all of the Charlotte crew in the pit. We couldn’t have done it without you!  Also, to my teammate Shafer for cooking dinner for the team on Friday night. Dude, you can cook! A fun weekend with friends and teammates is the best, and, well, so is Florida in February. We will be back next year!



Winter short Track Race 1 Report

The Winter short track series take place every year and are a great series to have some fun and test your early season fitness on the bike. This is a 5 race series that takes place at Renaissance park in Charlotte NC. Its a fun and fast 3/4 mile circuit with banked turns and a good gravel road climb out. Turnout is always very high for the event and it's put on by Neal Boyd and his group at Charlotte Sports Timing. The races are divided into age groups and classes ranging from beginner classes all the way up to expert. The Team had a great start to the Charlotte Winter Short Track series with both Chris Wieczorek and Bonnie Kleffman taking the wins in the expert men and womens classes.  Kelly Hudson in Super sport men and Dave Williams and Patrick McFeeley in Masters men also all earned podium spots!


Chis had this to say about his big win.

"My race went well considering I was sick most of the week. I was feeling really wiped by Thursday/Friday when I finally got back on the bike and was worried about being able to hit it hard. I did a few efforts on Thursday/Friday and felt really bad and taxed, dizzy, I basically rested and kept hydrated with Nuun and home made juices the rest of the week. I did a typical warm up but didn't do any sprinting. I decided to just sit in and match any reasonable moves and try to stay conservative, I was worried I'd fall flat at any time. Once the race got going I was happy to find out that most attacks from the other riders were not too bad and my engine was rested enough to hold a strong steady pace. I didn't put in any big moves I just rode a bit harder near the end. Luckily that was enough to take the win!"

The rest of the team also had some great results for early in the season, and just goes to show that Winter Training at TotalCyclist can pay off!

Chris Wieczorek 1st Expert Men
Bonnie Kleffman 1st Expert Women
Kelly Hudson 3rd Super Sport Men
Terry Slifer 4th Super Sport Men
Dave Williams 2nd Masters Men
Patrick McFeeley 3rd Masters Men
Kevin Brown 6th SingleSpeed
Mike Tam 6th Sport 19-39
Brian Hester 10th Sport 40+
Jim Heckman 12th Sport 40+


Great job everyone and thanks to our sponsors for all your great support!!


Rumble and some Tumbles in the Jungle!

The Rumble in the Concrete Jungle is a one-of-a-kind event held at the USNWC in Charlotte NC featuring several disciplines of bicycle racing, each taking place in and around the drained whitewater channels of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river.A few of the team members participated in both the downhill event as well as the short-track race.

First we want to wish a speedy recovery to everyone that was injured in the event including team member Kelly Hudson who all had some pretty bad crashes during the event. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys, heal up fast and see you back on the trails soon!

In the downhill open race team member Josh Strang took home a solid 3rd place result, with Kelly Hudson in 34th and Mike Tam in 46th in a tightly packed field of riders with tenths of seconds separating competitors.


In the short track event held after the downhill competition, team member Chris Wieczorek took home the win with fellow teammate Josh Strang in 3rd! Fellow team member Mike Tam also finished with a solid 10th place finish. Fellow teammate Kelly Hudson along with several riders had some pretty bad crashes during the event and did not finish. Speedy recovery guys!




Chris had this to say about his race. "My race went well and stayed out of trouble. Mike Tam offered to lead out the start and separate it out so I could stay safe. That caused Andrew Raab and I to get away really quickly. We basically worked with each other the entire race, he was super strong on the flat course and put some big power down on the gravel. He tried to drop me a few times but I was able to stay on his wheel without going maximum. With one to go I was able to make a winning move strait up the concrete wall to get by him and pull a gap. I drilled it all out for the next half a lap to stay away...felt pretty good."


Where did December go?

It always seems like the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas flies by! The TotalCyclistMTB team has been busy hitting the trails when the weather and time allows and TotalCyclist #Paincave to get some indoor sessions in as well. So lets recap some of the happenings from the past few weeks.

Back on December 7th team member Kelly Hudson ventured down to Harbison State Forest in Columbia, SC for the annual Rudolph's Rampage Mountain Bike race. Kelly came home with a 2nd place finish in the CAT 1 division with a very strong effort!! Congrats K-Bone....Digging!!

On December 13th & 14th team member Mike Tam competed in the North Carolina Cyclocross events held in Hendersonville, NC. Mike competed in the Mens CX4/5 division which had over 40 entries for day 1 and over 35 for day 2. In a strong field Mike was able to bring home a very solid 12th pace finish for day one and stepped it up to 8th on day 2. Congrats Mike!

As for the rest of the team we have been getting in some good team rides and long base building sessions! And when the weather is not on our side we are hitting the roads & #paincave and getting some work in! If you haven't had the pleasure of joining an indoor session at TotalCyclist you owe it to your self to give it a rip! It might make you Fast.......

So on behalf of all the TotalCyclistMTB team we want to wish you a Happy Holidays and see you on the trails soon!!