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Urbana Demolition Derby

posted on May 07 2015 by Chris Kirkham

 

In the 4/5’s, I crashed in turn 2 of the 2nd lap.  The field was beginning to split and I tried to bomb the turn at 28mph while another XXX rider decided to take the turn at about 17mph and then run his line wide all the way into the curb. 

UGP 4/5: Crash
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_7ROrdU_3A

2015 Urbana Grand Prix - Cat 4/5 and 3/4 - Ryan Harden

posted on May 05 2015 by Ryan Harden

My race report(s) are kind of boring.

Calvin's 12 hour race

posted on May 03 2015 by Martin Gruebele

Reported by Martin. Jay Yost, Ryan Linne and I headed to Springfield (OH) to race Calvin's 12 hour race during the Urbana Grand Prix. We napped at a Super 8 and headed to the race start to set up coolers at 5:30 AM (4:30 AM CDT, yikes!). The race started promptly at 7, and a huge peloton initially kept a 24+ mph pace, made possible thanks to the mild weather (50-75 F, 5-10 mph wind). A PR day for sure.

The Le Claire 300k brevet

posted on Apr 28 2015 by Martin Gruebele

Reported by Martin. The short: Ryan Linne and I headed up to Le Claire, Iowa, to ‘race’ a 187 mile brevet. Starting conditions in Le Claire: 38 F, 25 mph icy-cold rainstorm. Only 4 insane riders showed up, the rest bailed.

2015 Hillsboro Roubaix - Cat 4 - Ryan Harden

posted on Apr 19 2015 by Ryan Harden

Overall my race was okay. A botched clip-in at the start forced me to spend too much time in the second half of the pack the first lap. Did a lot of yoyoing/wasting energy before I decided to move up. I sat in the top 10 of the pack for the last third of the first lap. I was feeling pretty good at this point. 

Tyler attacked on the climb and I hung until about half way when I started to drift back. I maintained contact until about halfway through the bricks and drifted back 25M or so.

2015 Tri Season starts: Sullivan

posted on Apr 12 2015 by Martin Gruebele

The short - reported by Martin: Ron Hoyne and I drove to Sullivan IL for the Sullivan Civic Center Tri. Things went well, with Martin and Ron 1st + 2nd in AG, and 9th+24th/140 overall. The top-3 medals feature adorable Pandas (see photo).

Iron Season 11/11: Done!

posted on Dec 09 2014 by Martin Gruebele

The short from Martin: Done with my 10 full Ironman-brand triathlons in 12 months, plus Beach to Battleship. Nick Paulson also raced Cozumel on November 30th. I finished Cozumel 6/150 in my age group. Heat and dehydration got to Nick, but he finished in the top 35% of his age group.

Tri the Illini 2014

posted on Sep 23 2014 by Scott Dahman

On September 21, several Wild Card teammates, friends, and family competed in Tri the Illini sprint triathlon on the University campus. This is a fun event that is uniquely accessible to first-time or casual triathletes with a cycling background. It starts with a short 300 meter swim in a pool that never gets deeper than 4'-6". The "I'm afraid I will drown" excuse doesn't hold water. Next is a 14.5 mile ride over familiar south campus roads that summits the imposing Yankee Ridge in both directions.

Iron Season 10/11: A double bike PR

posted on Sep 22 2014 by Martin Gruebele

Reported by Martin. The short: I headed out to DC on business, did Ironman Maryland in 11:11 as my weekend entertainment before heading home. I finished the bike ride with the lowest heart rate ever, yet the fastest split, due to two changes (see photo).

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