2013 Off to a Fast Start

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Race Report

Sea Otter Classic arguably kicks off the 2013 international calendar in the US. Alongside the racing, the expo is a place for media, riders, sponsors and supporters to connect and promote their 2013 products and programs. NoTubes co-owner Cindy Koziatek, the PA contingent of Mike and Rich, and SLC Mark took the time to hang out with the team for a great weekend of racing and communing. Nina, Amanda, Mical, Shannon, and Kaila raced the Pro Women’s XC and STXC, and Mical and Amanda also raced Elite Women CX, gracing the podium. Mical narrowly missed taking the win with a chain bounce at the sprint, finishing a strong second. Our lead team mechanic and equipment manager Kenny Wehn, captain of his own NoTubes Masters Elite Team, pulled off the triple W by winning the Cat 1 40+ XC and riding off the front of his 45+ CX race and through the 35+ field to the win.

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You can check out Mical’s CxMagazine.com race interview over at CXMagazine.com.

The Whiskey 50, sponsored by Stan’s NoTubes and promoted by Todd Sadow’s EpicRides, has developed into one of the premier MTB races in US. This year the prize purse on offer was a cool $40k, in equal payout for men and women. With the pro fields stacked (and bigger than Sea Otter!) the contentious USAC/UCI “forbidden races” enforcement decision left many teams deciding at the last minute to recommit to the event. The large money and the postponement of the rule enforcement worked in favor of the Pro riders for the Whiskey 50 event.

DSC_0449Photo from Trailwatch.net – Dave McElwaine

After a long drive back from CA and a quick turnaround for the Sprinter Van and crew between race weekends, the team took their Sea Otter stage racing tuned bodies and met up with East Coast rider Vicki Barclay for some hot and dry racing in the forest of Prescott, AZ.. The event began with a town square Fat Tire Crit Friday night, then Saturday preride and the 2000 person start of the Amateur Whiskey. Kudos to Kenny for winning it for the 3rd year in a row, this time riding away from Sho Air Cannondale manager Ty Cady on the climb and using his NoTubes Team F29 to stay away from Cady and 3rd place finisher Josh, also on a Cannondale!

Check out the results over on CyclingNews.com.

In Sunday’s Pro race Mical and Nina were eighth and tenth and in the money. Amanda raced to a solid 14th in the stacked field of short distance racers. Congrats to Mical for a stellar result considering she’s been working up North freezing since Elite Cyclocross Worlds and is just beginning her training! http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/whiskey-off-road-2013/elite-men-and-women-whiskey-50/photos/263346

DSC_3842Photo from Trailwatch.net – Dave McElwaine

Upcoming MTB Camps Clinics

The Canaan MTB festival is being presented by Sue Haywood and Tucker County Trails. Held in the incredible trail network of Davis, West Virginia dates are Friday June 21 through Sunday June 23 2013. Registration is now open at BikeReg.com. The festival features a Ladies’ Lunch, Bike Hash, Trailwork and much more!

Jenny Smith is organizing a Western State Colorado University Cycling Team high school development camp. Held alongside Crested Butte Mountain Resort the camp is housed at the WSCU campus July 24 through July 28. The students will ride with the WSCU cycling team and coaches, experience campus life, and taste the world famous mountain biking in the Crested Butte / Gunnison area. For more information, visit WSCUmountainSports.com.

Next up, the Mother’s Day Firebird 40 in Eagle, 12 Hours of Mesa Verde, and the Transylvania Epic Stage Race!

Thanks to Stan’s NoTubes, Cannondale and Cannondale Women’s, KendaUSA, Verge Sport, Magura / Uvex, Griggs Orthopedic, GU Energy Labs, elete Electrolytes, Fizik, 3T, Northwave, Crankbrothers, ProGold, King Cage, ESI Grips, Enduro Bearings, Hassle Free Sports and SRAM for your continued support!