Hammer Racing Team http://www.hammerracingteam.com Just another WordPress site Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:57:48 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Day 8 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=134 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=134#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:40:01 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=134 Day 8 Hammerheads, Family and Friends,

Tuesday was yet another long day with a lot of racing. Brent had his 200 as well as our Friend Andy LaCourte. Brent had a good 200 on a cool morning with an 11.17. Andy rode a strong 11.3. I forget where Andy was seeded in the 40-45’s but Brent had the 3rd best 200 time. Brent had a 4up 1st round and it include the 4th seed, so he had a big, fast group right off the bat. Brent was stuck out in the wind and with the fast pace he didn’t have enough left in the tank and finish second. The same thing happen in his rep round and was done for the day.  Andy won both his heats and moved on. After the afternoon break it was time for the evening session where I ... Read More »]]> Day 8
Hammerheads, Family and Friends,

Tuesday was yet another long day with a lot of racing. Brent had his 200 as well as our Friend Andy LaCourte. Brent had a good 200 on a cool morning with an 11.17. Andy rode a strong 11.3. I forget where Andy was seeded in the 40-45’s but Brent had the 3rd best 200 time. Brent had a 4up 1st round and it include the 4th seed, so he had a big, fast group right off the bat. Brent was stuck out in the wind and with the fast pace he didn’t have enough left in the tank and finish second. The same thing happen in his rep round and was done for the day.  Andy won both his heats and moved on.
After the afternoon break it was time for the evening session where I had my semi-final ride against a good Friend from Frisco Texas, Aron Sieken. Aron and I have raced each other at Nationals the last few years and we rode Team Sprint together this year. The semi-finals and finals are 2up sprints and they are the best of 3. So two wins and you move to the Gold medal ride, two losses and you ride for Bronze. I won both rides and moved into the Finals later in the evening.

Andy won his round too and would go on to another round in the morning. Finally it was time for my Gold medal final. It was against another good Friend that I have raced in the Championships several times over the years. Steven Cronshaw was an elite sprinter “back in the day” and still is at the top of his game. Though I qualified higher I knew it would not be an easy round. It is the World Championships after all. The first ride didn’t go so well. I jumped hard with a lap to go and got by Steven but not far enough to drop in the lane. He got back underneath and we drag raced to the finish. Steven won by a quarter of a wheel. After some other races we were back again going for the second ride. This time I was more patient and worked to stay behind. Steven tried hard to get me to come to the front but I was able to stay back. Once the sprint wound up, I made a good run and came around him for the win. We had a short 10minutes before our final, winner take all, Gold medal ride. I drew 2nd spot and followed him off the line. I had wanted to take the front and roll it up, but Steven made a beautiful move and kept me from my plan, so I went to plan B, which was to do the same thing I did in ride two. It was a very tactical ride with me trying to get the advantage and Steven doing the same. With a lap to go we wound it up and I went for it, but had let just a bit much of a gap open up. I closed it fast and started coming around. As we came to the finish line, I thought I had it. I threw my bike as it was oh so close. It took a few minutes for the photo finish and Steven won by 6centimeters. At over 40mph that’s not much! I was pumped after such and exciting ride, but so, so disappointed to come up short by so little. I have to congratulate Steven for his amazing rides and he deserved to win. I just wish I could have been 6.5 centimeters faster or made my move a split second sooner. These and much more are things one thinks about when you lose by such a small margin. All in all, I am very happy to have a Silver Medal at the World Championships. Steven is a Class guy and deserving winner, so I can’t complain. I am also glad to still be doing this and be able to compete at this level. I will come back and get this Title another day.

After the awards ceremony, it was time for dinner and a long overdue beer. Mike Paulin, Aron Sieken, and Leo Menstrina sat in the lobby of our hotel eating pizza with a pint and pondered the days racing. It was well after 1am by the time we went to bed. Tomorrow is Counts first race of the week with the Scratch race. Andy LaCourte has his 3rd round and hopefully finals too.

-Rich

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Day 7 Part B http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=129 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=129#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:33:07 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=129 Sorry for the long delay. It’s been a very busy couple days with a lot of hard racing during long days. So, where were we? Oh yeah, after the afternoon break on Monday we were back at the Track at 4pm to warmup for the evening session. After warmups it was time to Sprint. Pat Larabee was first up and had a 3up heat. Most Sprint tournaments are two riders racing each other and this is called a two up Sprint. This year the format was quite different. They had a lot of 3ups and even some 4ups. This makes for a completely different type of sprinting and allows for things to happen that don’t normally happen in sprinting. It makes it more of a gamble and riders that might not normally win, have a much better chance of winning. ... Read More »]]> Sorry for the long delay. It’s been a very busy couple days with a lot of hard racing during long days. So, where were we? Oh yeah, after the afternoon break on Monday we were back at the Track at 4pm to warmup for the evening session. After warmups it was time to Sprint. Pat Larabee was first up and had a 3up heat. Most Sprint tournaments are two riders racing each other and this is called a two up Sprint. This year the format was quite different. They had a lot of 3ups and even some 4ups. This makes for a completely different type of sprinting and allows for things to happen that don’t normally happen in sprinting. It makes it more of a gamble and riders that might not normally win, have a much better chance of winning. Also, riders that are faster and would have an easier chance to win, now have a higher chance of losing. Either way, it is what it is, so we would have to race. Pat had a 3up and just as one would fear, he got boxed in and by the time he got out it was too late. Pat now had to go into the Rep round. Rep is short for repachage. It’s French (or so I’m told) and is  when the round the losers of the previous round race each other, and the winners go back into the tournament. Pat won this race and was back into the sprints. In round two he came up just a bit short and again went into the Reps where he didn’t make it out this time. Mike Paulin won his first round race and got to rest while the reps went on. He lost his second round sprint and went into the reps where he came up short. Mike finished in 7th place, so he did very well in this World Championship. I won my first 3up race and sat through the reps until my second round. That also was a 3up and I won that one too. I was now done for the day as the semi-finals and finals were tomorrow. It was a very long night of racing and we didn’t get back to our rooms until after midnight. So a short night of sleeping was the best we could do.

-Rich

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Day 7 Part A http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=123 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=123#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:00:52 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=123 Sunday morning was nice a quiet since racing didn’t start until later in the day. Count, Mike and I went over to the Track early so that Mike could do a “once over” and make sure his bike was set up and ready to go. Count and I did a roller workout. Counts was a longer one since he rides on Wednesday. Mine was pretty short since I would be doing my Sprint qualifiers the next morning and Sprint heat the next two days. Afterwards a quick stop at ASDA ( similar to Walmart) for some snacks and back to the hotel to relax and wait for the evening racing.

Sunday’s racing was scheduled to start at 4pm and it was right on time. The young age groups had a Kilo Time Trial and then the riders in the 40-44 and ... Read More »]]> Sunday morning was nice a quiet since racing didn’t start until later in the day. Count, Mike and I went over to the Track early so that Mike could do a “once over” and make sure his bike was set up and ready to go. Count and I did a roller workout. Counts was a longer one since he rides on Wednesday. Mine was pretty short since I would be doing my Sprint qualifiers the next morning and Sprint heat the next two days. Afterwards a quick stop at ASDA ( similar to Walmart) for some snacks and back to the hotel to relax and wait for the evening racing.

Sunday’s racing was scheduled to start at 4pm and it was right on time. The young age groups had a Kilo Time Trial and then the riders in the 40-44 and 45-49 had 750meter time trials. Mike Paulin and Pat Larabee were in the 45-49 age group, so we sat through many rounds of time trial and before we knew it, it was time for Pat and Mike to go. Pat went first and knocked off almost 2 seconds from last year with a  54. Something ( need to get official times) . After a few more rounds, Mike was up.  Mike had a great start and a good run finishing with a 52.0 something (need to get official times). For his best ever 750. I find out for sure but I am told Mike finished 10th and Pat finished 14th.

Andy LaCourte who is doing Team Sprint with Brent and I and is hanging with us, rode a 51.8 750 and looked real strong. It was a nice warmup for everyone too and they all will be Sprinting either tomorrow or Tuesday.

The first day of the Championships is in the books and Sprinting starts tomorrow. I am anxious to get racing!
-Rich

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Worlds Day 6 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=121 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=121#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:00:09 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=121 Hammerheads, Family and Friends, Sunday morning was nice a quiet since racing didn’t start until later in the day. Count, Mike and I went over to the Track early so that Mike could do a “once over” and make sure his bike was set up and ready to go. Count and I did a roller workout. Counts was a longer one since he rides on Wednesday. Mine was pretty short since I would be doing my Sprint qualifiers the next morning and Sprint heat the next two days. Afterwards a quick stop at ASDA ( similar to Walmart) for some snacks and back to the hotel to relax and wait for the evening racing.

Sunday’s racing was scheduled to start at 4pm and it was right on time. The young age groups had a Kilo Time Trial and then the riders in ... Read More »]]> Hammerheads, Family and Friends,
Sunday morning was nice a quiet since racing didn’t start until later in the day. Count, Mike and I went over to the Track early so that Mike could do a “once over” and make sure his bike was set up and ready to go. Count and I did a roller workout. Counts was a longer one since he rides on Wednesday. Mine was pretty short since I would be doing my Sprint qualifiers the next morning and Sprint heat the next two days. Afterwards a quick stop at ASDA ( similar to Walmart) for some snacks and back to the hotel to relax and wait for the evening racing.

Sunday’s racing was scheduled to start at 4pm and it was right on time. The young age groups had a Kilo Time Trial and then the riders in the 40-44 and 45-49 had 750meter time trials. Mike Paulin and Pat Larabee were in the 45-49 age group, so we sat through many rounds of time trial and before we knew it, it was time for Pat and Mike to go. Pat went first and knocked off almost 2 seconds from last year with a  54. Something ( need to get official times) . After a few more rounds, Mike was up.  Mike had a great start and a good run finishing with a 52.0 something (need to get official times). For his best ever 750. I find out for sure but I am told Mike finished 10th and Pat finished 14th.

Andy LaCourte who is doing Team Sprint with Brent and I and is hanging with us, rode a 51.8 750 and looked real strong. It was a nice warmup for everyone too and they all will be Sprinting either tomorrow or Tuesday.

The first day of the Championships is in the books and Sprinting starts tomorrow. I am anxious to get racing!
-Rich

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Worlds Report 4/5 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=117 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=117#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2012 04:53:51 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=117 Day 4/5

Hammerheads, Family and Friends,

We got up on Friday and started packing and preparing for the drive from London to Manchester. We rented a car that we hoped would be large enough to hold all our gear, yet wasn’t so large it would be difficult to drive. Corinne took Count and to pick up a “compact wagon” which ended up being about just right. By the time we got it back and got it packed and headed north, it was 12:30. We beat the traffic getting out of London, but caught a lot going through Birmingham and into Manchester. All said and done, the drive was a full 5 hours. We rolled into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express Manchester at 5:30. Right away we met old friends that were hanging out in the Lobby. A quick check ... Read More »]]> Day 4/5

Hammerheads, Family and Friends,

We got up on Friday and started packing and preparing for the drive from London to Manchester. We rented a car that we hoped would be large enough to hold all our gear, yet wasn’t so large it would be difficult to drive. Corinne took Count and to pick up a “compact wagon” which ended up being about just right. By the time we got it back and got it packed and headed north, it was 12:30. We beat the traffic getting out of London, but caught a lot going through Birmingham and into Manchester. All said and done, the drive was a full 5 hours. We rolled into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express Manchester at 5:30. Right away we met old friends that were hanging out in the Lobby. A quick check in and a shower and it was time for dinner.  Pat and Senta Larabee arrived as well as Mike Paulin. So the entire Hammer contingent had made it safe and sound. We ate at the hotel since we were pretty beat (at least I was) from the drive. Now it was feeling like it was World Championship time! A nice meal and a good night’s sleep were welcome.

Saturday came quickly and after some coffee and breakfast we were off to the Velodrome for our workouts. Brent, Pat and I had an earlier session and Mike and Count’s were later. So we arrived early, got in out workouts and by the time we were all done it was 4pm.

We’ll go have dinner soon and then hopefully another good night’s sleep as tomorrow the World Masters Track Championships start! We’ve all worked hard and prepared well and hopefully the week will have good results for all of us.

Tomorrow is the Time Trial. Pat Larabee and Mike Paulin will be competing in the 750meter Time Trial. This event takes strength, speed, timing and great tolerance to pain. The amount of lactate buildup in tremendous and, though short, it is one of the most painful events. The Kilometer Time Trial is the only event more painful. Their event starts at 4pm tomorrow. I’ll send results as soon as I can.
Rich

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Worlds Report Day 3 and 4 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=115 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=115#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2012 04:51:56 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=115 Day 3/4

Hammerheads, Family and Friends,

I think I left you off last Tuesday evening before dinner. We had a nice dinner with the Knoesens down the street. That was a good ending to the day….nice.

Wednesday started out with a session on the rollers in the morning. Then I went to pick up a rental car as we decided to head back to Newport Wales in the evening so we could be ready to ride at 8am. A rider from New Zealand that we met on Tuesday, had offered to let us ride during his private Track session from 8-10. So it made sense to be there the night before so we could get up and get in our training. What I didn’t plan on was the London traffic. Corinne took me to the rental car place, which was only 3 miles ... Read More »]]> Day 3/4

Hammerheads, Family and Friends,

I think I left you off last Tuesday evening before dinner. We had a nice dinner with the Knoesens down the street. That was a good ending to the day….nice.

Wednesday started out with a session on the rollers in the morning. Then I went to pick up a rental car as we decided to head back to Newport Wales in the evening so we could be ready to ride at 8am. A rider from New Zealand that we met on Tuesday, had offered to let us ride during his private Track session from 8-10. So it made sense to be there the night before so we could get up and get in our training. What I didn’t plan on was the London traffic. Corinne took me to the rental car place, which was only 3 miles away. We got there just fine, but I didn’t know I needed my passport so we had to drive back and get it. It was a 30+ minute drive back and then a return to the rental company. This time, with me following Corinne it took ages to get back. I must say it’s a bit stressful driving on the left side of the road, in bad traffic down roads that are barely wide enough for one car and it’s two way traffic! We made it back (Thank you Corinne for all your help with this!!) and packed up the car. By the time we left it was dark and again the traffic getting out of town was horrendous! We made it to Newport in the rain and dark by 10pm. We found our hotel and quickly signed in and went to bed.

In the morning we woke up, cleaned up and headed to the Track. We did get in a good workout and it was very productive. Count worked on pursuit stuff while Brent and I did some starts out of the gate and worked on our 200 approach. All good stuff. Soon enough it was time to head back to London and get the car back. I got pretty good at driving on the Motorways but once we got into London with all the roundabouts and narrow streets it was white knuckle driving again. The roundabouts make the ones on Colorado look tiny. Some here have 4 or 5 separate enterances and exits. Somehow, someway, we made it back in one piece…nice!

Tomorrow we rent another car and will pack and drive up to Manchester. I can’t say I am looking forward to the drive and will be glad once we arrive. I am hopeful I’ll be sending a report that says we arrived safe and sound. We look forward more though to seeing our Hammer Teamates and my Team sprint teamate tomorrow as everyone either is in Manchester or arrives tomorrow.

I’ll check in then!
Rich

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Worlds Report Day 2 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=108 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=108#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2012 04:50:32 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=108 Day 2 Hammerheads, Family and Friends, I was worried about being able to sleep well last night as I am not quite yet on the UK time schedule. As I closed my eyes, I thought “I hope I can sleep well tonight”. That was the last thing I remember as I fell immediately to sleep….nice!

It was a long and fun day today. We got up early (it was midnight in Colorado), packed up Scherrit’s car and headed east to Newport, Wales where the closest indoor Velodrome is. We made a quick stop for Petrol/gasoline and snacks and were soon on the road. It was a two and a half hour drive, but it went smoothly and we arrive with a half hour to spare for the open session on the Track….nice!

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Hammerheads, Family and Friends,
I was worried about being able to sleep well last night as I am not quite yet on the UK time schedule. As I closed my eyes, I thought “I hope I can sleep well tonight”. That was the last thing I remember as I fell immediately to sleep….nice!

It was a long and fun day today. We got up early (it was midnight in Colorado), packed up Scherrit’s car and headed east to Newport, Wales where the closest indoor Velodrome is. We made a quick stop for Petrol/gasoline and snacks and were soon on the road. It was a two and a half hour drive, but it went smoothly and we arrive with a half hour to spare for the open session on the Track….nice!

I’ve attached pictures that I took of Brent and Count working as well as the Welcome to Wales sign on the road. I also have one of me driving without a steering wheel. Mike Paulin is good at this too.

Once we signed in and set up we had a good warmup and workout. Brent did a sprint effort with Count leading out and I got a good image of that. I messed up the settings on the camera (this means I didn’t have it on auto) and got a cool picture of Brent as he came off the Track. Hope you like! My workout went well, though I felt the efforts more than I expected. I needed this workout and the time on a 250 meter Track. It was very productive. The facility in Newport is beautiful. It has shorter straights and longer turns then our indoor Track in Los Angeles. It’s much closer to the configuration of the Track in Manchester, so it was great to get some time on it. We’ll be back for another workout on Thursday….nice!

The drive home went quickly due to the good conversation with Scherrit as well as with Count and Brent. Now I am back at Scherrits and am chilling out a bit before we head out for dinner.

We don’t have a solid plan for tomorrow, but we’ll discuss that over dinner and I’m sure we’ll have that all figured. Now…off to dinner!
Rich

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Worlds Report Day 1 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=102 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=102#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2012 04:46:15 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=102 Monday Oct 1st Hammerheads, Family and Friends, It’s time! Yesterday, Brent Stein, Count and I headed across “the pond” to begin our adventure. The World Masters Track Championships don’t start until October 7th, but this year we are going over a week early in order to maximize our preparation with the hopes of doing well. With the 7 hour time difference and going from the altitude of Colorado to the sea level of the United Kingdom,  a week of training should help us a lot. Thanks to the kindness of Scherrit and Corrine Knoesen with whom we will be staying with in London until Friday and driving up to the Track in Newport Wales as our preparation for the Championships. Last night our flight left Denver at 8:45, right on time. I was ready as soon as we took off to get some sleep ... Read More »]]> Monday Oct 1st
Hammerheads, Family and Friends,
It’s time!
Yesterday, Brent Stein, Count and I headed across “the pond” to begin our adventure. The World Masters Track Championships don’t start until October 7th, but this year we are going over a week early in order to maximize our preparation with the hopes of doing well. With the 7 hour time difference and going from the altitude of Colorado to the sea level of the United Kingdom,  a week of training should help us a lot. Thanks to the kindness of Scherrit and Corrine Knoesen with whom we will be staying with in London until Friday and driving up to the Track in Newport Wales as our preparation for the Championships.
Last night our flight left Denver at 8:45, right on time. I was ready as soon as we took off to get some sleep and get a head start on the 7 hour time change. Five minutes into the flight I put on my eyeshades and headphones and quickly fell asleep over eastern Colorado. I woke up a few times to shift in my seat but after Seven and a half hours, Count shook me awake over the west coast of Ireland, as it was time for breakfast and we were just an hour out of London. That was the easiest trip I’ve ever made to the UK.
We landed on time and made our way through customs and out to baggage claim. Our bike and bags were waiting for us….nice!
We met up with Scherrit, who arranged some Vans to taxi us to his home and before we knew it we were standing if from of the Knoesen’s home……nice!
Corrine directed us and we deposited all our gear in their home while Count and Scherrit went off to pick up some lunchtime pizza. Pretty good pizza I must say!
Next we set up our bikes and set up the rollers on the back deck and had a good spin workout as the sun came out and the rain went away….nice!
Our first day ended with a trip to the Pub with Scherrit and Corrine for a nice meal, a pint of Guiness and a game of Trivia .  Our Team placed third out of ten teams. With jet lag seriously setting in, it was time to call it a day.
Goodnight!
-Rich

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Masters Team Photo http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=96 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=96#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:33:54 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=96  

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NEW WORLD RECORDS BROKEN http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=90 http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=90#comments Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:19:47 +0000 mctalent http://www.hammerracingteam.com/_p=90 Congratulations to the following new flying 200 World Record Title Holders:

Mike Paulin, 45-49: 10.958

Rich Voss, 55-59 (and he also beat the 50-54 and even the 45-49 before Mike Paulin, above, secured his time): 10.960

Jim Murdock, 70-75: Waiting for official time

Also a huge congratulations to Brent Stein, who rode a very fast 10.6 and Mike Dancel who rode a flat 11, a personal best for him.

In other news, congrats to Mike Giem who is touring the country, winning races all over the place, including the Tour of the America’s Dairyland Criterium.

Below (left to right):  Brent Stein; Jim Murdock; Rich Voss; Mike Paulin; Mike Dancel

 

Below:  Mike Giem standing in the champion spot on the podium at the Tour of the America’s Dairyland Criterium with his daughter, Marley

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Congratulations to the following new flying 200 World Record Title Holders:

Mike Paulin, 45-49: 10.958

Rich Voss, 55-59 (and he also beat the 50-54 and even the 45-49 before Mike Paulin, above, secured his time): 10.960

Jim Murdock, 70-75: Waiting for official time

Also a huge congratulations to Brent Stein, who rode a very fast 10.6 and Mike Dancel who rode a flat 11, a personal best for him.

In other news, congrats to Mike Giem who is touring the country, winning races all over the place, including the Tour of the America’s Dairyland Criterium.

Below (left to right):  Brent Stein; Jim Murdock; Rich Voss; Mike Paulin; Mike Dancel

 

Below:  Mike Giem standing in the champion spot on the podium at the Tour of the America’s Dairyland Criterium with his daughter, Marley

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