Wednesday, December 17, 2008

US Cyclocross Nationals

Sorry for the delay!

Day 2
Junior Womens 17-18 - Anna Young - 2nd
Junior Men 13-14 - Jordan Cullen - 3rd
Junior Men 13-14 - Ian Haupt - 12th
Masters Women 50-54 - Patti Kauffman - 6th
Masters Women 55-59 - Diane Ostenso - 1st - GOLD MEDALIST!
Masters Women 30-34 - Kristin Wentworth - 5th

Day 3
Masters Men 50-54 - Bob Downs - 7th

Day 4
Elite Women - Kristin Wentworth - 15th
Elite Women - Anna Young - 22nd

Elite Men - Jonathan Page - 3rd
Elite Men - Mark Lalonde - 11th

Great job to all Planet Bike team members on a successful and fun nationals. One stars and stripes jersey and 4 additional podium finishes was a nice way to cap off the season. Racers and support members came together to help each other throughout the weekend and good times were had both on and off the bike. Thanks to mechanic David Kohli for all of his tireless work on keeping the bikes ready and organizing us and all of our stuff! Thanks to all of the sponsors including Planet Bike, Ridley, Edge, and Lazer for the support this season.

And now an attempt at a chronological photo blog of the weekends event (more photos to be added throughout the week!)

Departing from Planet Bike Headquarters

Mechanic David Kohli cleaning up bikes after the preride

Anna on the start line of the Junior Womens 17-18 race

Photo by Lanterne Rouge
Ian shouldering one muddy, grassy bike

photo thanks to Jamie Young
Jordan on the podium

Diane on the top step of the Womens 55-59 race!

photo thanks to Jamie Young
Bob cheering Kristin on

photo thanks to Jamie Young
Kristin 5th in the Womens 30-34 race

Bob sporting the Euro all white kit

Photo by Lanterne Rouge
Anna in the Elite race

photo by Andrea Wilson
Kristin riding the ruts in the Elite race

photo thanks to Amy D
Page leading the field

photo thanks to Amy D

Marko attacking Troy Wells on the last lap

Jonathan 3rd in the Elite Mens race

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jonathan 13th at Spain World Cup

Jonathan raced this weekend in the mud at the World Cup in Igorre, Spain. Cycling news article and Cyclocross Magazine report. Check out his blog for his recap of the race. Sounds like Cori did a great job working the pit and getting JP a clean bike twice each lap! Jonathan and his family will fly back to the States on Tuesday. US Cyclocross Nationals will take place in Kansas City, Missouri from Thursday December 11 through Sunday December 14. Look for some daily updates from KC here!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Jonathan in Velo News

An article this week in VeloNews about Jonathan and his upcoming races including a World Cup in Spain this weekend and Nationals next weekend.

Also an article about Jonathan in CX Magazine regarding the new change of bike sponsor that will be in place for JP only and not the entire Planet Bike team.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Jingle Cross Day 2

Overnight snow completely changed the course conditions and it was a wet, cold, snowy, muddy day. Reverse direction meant a slippery and fast descent down Mt. Krumpit. A pretty frustrating day for most of the riders but still lots of fun in the tough conditions. We've had some pretty mild weather in Wisconsin most of the season so we were good and due for some snow and mud. With Nationals in Kansas City only two weeks away we might as well get some practice! There are some great pictures and video floating around on the web of the racing action. Thanks to Amy D for taking all of these great shots and letting us post them here! Always a fun race weekend and an excellent venue - thanks to all of the promoters, sponsors, officials, racers, and crazy superfans. The fans lining the hill were awesome. Thanks also to Planet Bike, Ridley, Lazer, and Edge for all of the support!

what we woke up to
the view from inside the warm van
Anna warming up
Anna and Kristin on the line
Kristin running down Mt. Krumpit after crashing at the top
Anna also running down
Kristin finally riding the hill
Anna also riding down
Kristin post race - muddy and cold
Marko trying to stay warm on the line
Mark at the start
Mark riding the hill in the snow
running the barriers with Tilford
another time down Mt. Krumpit

Mark Lalonde - UCI Elite Men - 5th place
Kristin Wentworth - UCI Elite Women - 11th place
Anna Young - UCI Elite Women - 14th place
Jordan Cullen - Junior Men - 4th place
Ian Haupt - Junior Men - 5th place
Gordy Paulson - Mens 55+ - 3rd place
Patti Kaufmann - Women 2/3 - 5th place
Diane Ostenso - Women 35+ - 4th place

Check out some videos of the ridiculous muddy hill

Diane making her way down Mt. Krumpit

Monday, December 1, 2008

Jingle Cross Day 1

A big contingent of Planet Bike racers descended on Iowa City for Jingle Cross 2008 - a weekend of races including UCI events for the Elites. Overcast skies with temperatures in the low 40s provided considerably mild conditions for the racers. The course brought a bit of everything with a short muddy rideable but slippery hill, off camber sections, a long greasy hill run up (aka Mt. Krumpet), a fun whirly spiraling loop, a sand pit through the barn, a series of 180 turns in a different barn, and a few logs.
Thanks to Jim Cullen and Julie Foertsch for pictures!

mechanic David Kohli setting up shop
Bob warming up at Planet Bike central (check out the red leg warmers and shoes!) Jordan Cullen - 1st place in the juniors race

No pictures of Gordy, Diane and Patti but great finishes by all
Gordy Paulson - 1st place Mens 55+
Diane Ostenso - 2nd place Womens 35+ and 3rd place Womens 2/3
Patti Kaufmann - 3rd place Womens 35+

Anna Young finished 8th in the Womens Elite race
Kristin Wentworth finished 4th in the Womens Elite race

Bob finished 26th in the Mens Elite race

Mark finished 4th in the Mens Elite race
post race bike cleanup
Team dinner at the famous local pizza joint

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wisconsin State Championships

The Wisconsin Cyclocross Series ended this past weekend with the State Championship race in Hales Corners. A cool, windy, overcast day with temps in the low 40s. Team Planet Bike out in full force with racers in several categories. Congrats to all riders on some fantastic finishes and a great season of Wisconsin racing!

picture by peloton pix
Ian Haupt - Silver Medalist - Junior 14 Boys

picture by peloton pix
Dave Simmermon - Silver Medalist - Cat 4 Men 50+

photo by djonnymac
Diane Ostenso - Gold Medalist - Cat 3 Women

picture by peloton pix
Kristin Wentworth crashing in the Mens 3 race - 14th place

picture by peloton pix
Bob Downs - Gold Medalist - Mens 40+

picture by peloton pix
Greg Pautsch - Silver Medalist - Mens 50+

photo by djonnymac
Gordy Paulson - Bronze Medalist - Mens 50+

picture by peloton pix
Kristin Wentworth - Gold Medalist - Womens 1/2

photo by djonnymac
Anna Young - Silver Medalist - Womens 1/2

photo by djonnymac
Patti Kauffman - Gold Medalist - Women 1/2 35+

photo by mountaingoat
Mark Lalonde - Gold Medalist - Mens 1/2

photo by djonnymac
Mark had such a big lead he had time to grab a handup

Full results here
Next up Jingle Cross in Iowa!