TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing reports from the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

By Jaclyn A.
June 29, 2010 on 8:52 am | In Sponsorship, TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing, Uncategorized | No Comments

Victor Riquelme from the TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing Team headed to Manhattan Beach in southern California over the weekend for the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. It was a tough and fast race and Victor held his own dispit some set backs amoungst riders from United Healthcare/Maxxis, Jelly Belly and Fly V Australia.

Sunday June 29th was the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, a National Racing Calendar criterium in VicSouthern California. Each lap was just under 2 kilometers long, with a short climb after the start/finish, followed by an uphill 180 degree corner. A couple of rollers on the back side of the course led to a downhill 180 degree corner, which was 250 meters from the start/finish. The Pro/1 race was 80 minutes long.

The race started out fast. I wanted to stay near the front, there was a crosswind on the back side of the course and I figured it would force splits in the peloton. Surely enough, in the 2nd lap a group of around 15 riders had a small gap on the rollers. I bridged accross, and when I got there I attacked immediately to see if anyone would come. A group of 10 of us got away from the main field, including representatives from most of the major teams in the race. Notable were Bernie Sulzberger(Fly V Australia), William Dickeson(Jelly Belly), Thurlow Rogers(Amgen-Ubs Elite Masters) and Yosvany Falcon(Bahati Foundation). We worked hard, and quickly had a 30 second gap.

Falcon(Bahati Foundation) had the race favorite and 3 time Manhattan Beach champion Rahsaan Bahati in the peloton, and so was not contributing much to the break. Sulzberger(FlyV), Rogers(Amgen), and Dickeson(Jelly Belly) all also had good sprinters in the peloton, but were working knowing that Bahati and United Healthcare were commited to the chase behind. Around 10 laps in on a preme lap I took the final corner too hot and ended up on the ground. I had to get a wheel change but was let back into the race in the break, which was hanging onto a 30 second lead.

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There wasn’t enough firepower in the peloton willing to chase down the break, and our lead was soon over a minute. With such a large lead we were able to settle into a steady rythm, but the peloton was still looming behing us. For the last 30 minutes of the race the main field started to chase in earnest, but the pressure was turned on in the break as well. I felt alright considering I had slid for around 15 feet on my backside, and tried to do my share of the work. Everyone was struggling, but we were able to keep the speed up and eventually even Falcon(Bahati Foundation) was working into the rotation. Coming into the final 5 laps our lead had diminished, but we were still hanging on to around 40 seconds.

Break away

The peloton could not make the catch, and we came into the final kilometers with enough time to forget about driving and think about each other instead. I made the decision to play a defensive role, and save my energy for the last 200 meters. I followed the attacks but ended up too far back coming into the final corner, and wasn’t able to get up in the sprint. Yosvany Falcon(Bahati Foundation) took the win with Bernie Sulzberger(Fly V Australia) in 2nd and Diego Yepez(Bike Religion) in 3rd. I paid for my bad positioning and finished 7th. Jake Keough (United Healthcare/Maxxis) won the bunch sprint out of the peloton.

Andy Potts Ironman Coeur d’Alene Champion!

By Jaclyn A.
June 28, 2010 on 10:15 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

What a year for Andy Potts a new baby, first place at Ironman New Orleans 70.3 , and now Ironman Coeur d’Alene champion! Andy is the first TriSports.com athlete to bring home an Ironman victory and we couldn’t be more proud! We can’t wait to see what else he does this season!

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Saris Cycling Racks

By Mike O.
June 24, 2010 on 1:58 pm | In Product Information | No Comments

Saris Cycling racks are constructed of heavy duty, 100% recyclable plastic making it one of the industries strongest and environmentally friendly racks on the market.  Injection molded arms and legs will never rust.

There are three racks available – the Bones 2 Bike RackBones 3 Bike Rack and the Bones RS Bike Rack.  The Saris Bones 2 & 3 Bike racks utilize the same  the same design features:  ratcheting straps that keep your bike secure to the rack arms, exclusive anit-sways, and articulated rubber feet to protect the finish on your vehicle.  The vinyl coated hook straps securely to the car with spring buckles, making the Bones quick and easy to install.

The Bones RS Bike rack eliminates the straps and replaced them with a ratcheting system with rubber coated clips and stell belted bands for a quick, secure fit on a wide variety of vehicles.  The pivoting, anti sway frame grips of the Bones RS can be tilted for great bike stability and the support arms can be moved closer together or further apart to fin just about any bike – from road to mountain, adult to child.

Saris Cycling racks is gear that gets used!

TriSports.com sponsored Pro Cycling Team takes big win.

By Seton
June 21, 2010 on 11:10 am | In UHC Pro Cycling Chronicles | No Comments

History repeats: Sutherland three-peats at Nature Valley.
Clarke wins sprint classification.

Podium
Stillwater, MN – Stop us if you’ve heard this story before: Rory Sutherland of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis comes into the final stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix in 2nd overall, a handful of seconds down on the leader. He attacks going into the final lap, gets a gap, holds it and takes the overall title.

If that sounds a lot like the 2009 edition of the Nature Valley Grand Prix, it’s because Sutherland repeated the performance today, rolling to the start line three seconds behind Scott Zwizanski (Kelly Benefits) and rolling across the finish not only with a stage win, but the overall title.

As it had done in every stage of the race, UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis took control of the race late, this time putting seven riders on the front with three laps to go.

“Kelly was under pressure all day,” said Team Director Mike Tamayo. “Early, Jeremy Vennell (Bissell) was off the front, and Kelly had to work hard to keep him in check because he was only about 30 seconds out of the lead. With six to go, Jamis took the front and upped the pace and that started to break things up. They eased off and we took over the front.”

UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis never let go, launching Sutherland off the front heading into the second to last time up the nasty Chilkoot Hill climb, just as they had done last year.

“You have to find the right time to attack, and it just happened that it was thhe same time and place as last year,” Sutherland said. “The team rode fantastic all week. We had a specific plan and goal for each stage and we stuck to it each day, whether it was working for Hilton (Clarke) or me. This was definitely a team win.”

Sutherland jumped off his lead-out and hit the climb hard, with only Luis Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) following. Coming over the top of the climb, Sutherland held up just enough for Amaran to get up to him. Just behind, Zwizanski’s teammate David Veilleux tried to cover the move but was gapped off.

“I knew he was motivated to work because he had a chance to move up in the overall as well,” Sutherland said.

SutherlandThe duo worked hard together, with Sutherland driving the pace, knowing he had to finish at least four seconds ahead of Zwizanski to take the overall crown. The chase behind on the final lap was furious. Coming into the final climb up Chilkoot to the finish, the pack was closing in. Sutherland hit it again, opening a gap on Amaran, but more importantly, holding the chase at bay.

He crossed the line three seconds before Amaran, and nine seconds ahead of Zwizanski to take the overall by six seconds.

“This is the first time I’ve won this stage,” he said. “It’s a very hard course, and also one that everyone knows about. To take the win and the overall on this stage is a great achievement. It was quite a nice Father’s Day present.”

Top Sprinter

UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis was on the podium every day of the race. Sutherland’s win was the third stage victory for the team out of five stages (Stage 3 was canceled due to weather). The other two stages, Sutherland posted a 2nd and 3rd place. New sprinter Hilton Clarke posted the other two wins. He took the lead in the Sprinter’s competition with his win at the Stage 2 St. Paul Criterium, solidified it with his win in the Uptown Minneapolis Criterium, and then held it to the line; something he’s shown he’s quite good at.

“Hitlon’s fit in quite well, quite quickly,” Sutherland said. “He’s given us that one little thing we seem to have been missing. He’s shown that he is a great finisher, and when the plan was to work for me the last two stages, he showed he was a great teammate as well.”

Notes

Karl Menzies of UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis, who provided exceptional lead-out duties all week, while also picking up a 2nd place to Clarke in St. Paul, was rewarded for his efforts with the Most Aggressive Rider jersey for the Tour.

Did you know…?

By Jaclyn A.
June 18, 2010 on 3:00 am | In Sponsorship, Uncategorized | No Comments

Did you know that when sponsored athlete Scott Johnson did Ironman Florida in 2007 he was named one of Ford’s Everyday Heroes? Scott suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and had to have a double lung transplant. He did not let the disease get in the way of his goals and became the first person to complete a triathlon after a double lung transplant. We are truly honored to have such a dedicated and inspiring athlete as Scott on Team TriSports.com.

Blueseventy Endurance Tri Clothing

By Mike O.
June 17, 2010 on 2:50 pm | In Product Information | No Comments

Blueseventy Endurance Tri clothing is finally here.  The Blueseventy Endurance line of triathlon apparel uses some of the most advanced textiles on the market today.  Incorporating proven fabric technologies with propretary paneling and body specific compression for a unique, stylish and high performing clothing line.  The Endurance line includes men’s and women’s tri shorts, tri singlets, and tri suits.

A key feature includes the Coldback finish which reflects infrared heat rays and significantly reduces heat absorption, perspiration and improving performance.  Additional features include low seam counts, endurance men’s and women’s italian high density light weight chamois, and micro weave fabric that maximizes cool airflow and reduces wet weight.

 

Blueseventy Endurance Tri clothing is gear that gets used!

Sutherland opens NVGP title defense with 2nd in opening TT.

By Seton
June 16, 2010 on 5:30 pm | In UHC Pro Cycling Chronicles | No Comments

 

Rory SutherlandSt. Paul, MN – Rory Sutherland of the TriSports.com sponsored UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis finished 2nd in the opening 6.1 km time trial of the Nature Valley Grand Prix this morning. Sutherland comes into the race as the two-time defending champion, and he now sits 0:10 behind stage winner Scott Swizanski (Kelly Benefits) in 2nd place after posting a time of 13:04, and 0:06 ahead of Swizanski’s teammate Zach Bell in 3rd.

“It was a good start for the team,” Sutherland said. “I didn’t know how I would go today after coming down from Tour of California three weeks ago. But I felt okay. Zwizanski is a good time trialist and he did a good ride today.”

“The team heads back to downtown St. Paul this evening for a criterium.

“We have the crit tonight, which should be exciting,” said Team Director Mike Tamayo. “We have a strong group of sprinters with us, and we’re in a good spot with Rory in 2nd. That’s the position he was in last year and he came out with the overall win.”

“We’re going to look for the stage win tonight,” Sutherland added, and then we’ll go day by day after that.”

We save gas!

By Seton
June 16, 2010 on 12:48 pm | In Announcements, Giving Back | No Comments

We just released our 2010 TriSports.com Catalog – it’s actually more of a triathlon bible than a catalog and should actually be put in the Museum of Art.  The small crew here that makes our catalog does an incredible job!  If you take the time to read the catalog, namely the letter from me, you will find one heck of an error.  It reads “In 2009, TriSports.com employees commuted by bicyle over 35,000 miles, saving over a half-a-million gallons of gasoline and reducing greenhouse emissions by more than 30,000 pounds”.  As much as I wish we saved 500,000 gallons of gasoline I am afraid this number is a bit off the mark.  If a car gets 20mpg then we saved about 1,750 gallons of gasoline – still an impressive number.  I wanted to come out and let everyone know that we are aware of this mistake, in the mean time please enjoy your new catalog!

TriSports.com Catalog Cover

8th Edition TriSports.com Catalog

Picture of the Week?

By Sarah
June 14, 2010 on 4:27 pm | In Employee Adventures, Life at TriSports.com, Sponsorship | No Comments

Perhaps this would be better titled “Picture of Last Week”. As you can see from the various recent posts on our blog and Facebook, the Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival is quite the event for TriSports.com. This year, it became even more eventful for one lucky staff member who found themselves in this predicament while marking one of the courses.   Oops.

 

stuck truck

TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing Men Have a Great Weekend in Flagstaff, AZ

By Jaclyn A.
June 14, 2010 on 10:23 am | In Sponsorship, TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Thanks to Victor Riquelme of TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing  for this great race report from the weekend!

We sent Peter Brown, Justin Orkney, and Victor Riquelme to Flagstaff this weekend for the Single Track Omnium, which included a mass start Hillclimb on Saturday morning, a flat Circuit Race the same evening, and a grueling local classic, the Wupatki Road Race, on Sunday.

The Snow Bowl Hillclimb opened up the weekend, with 2000 feet of vertical gain over 6.5 miles and temperatures in the 30′s at the start line. The race proved selective, with David Glick(Rideclean) and retired local legend Drew Miller(unattached) going clear of the field and fighting for the top spots on the podium. Glick took the victory, and an early lead in the omnium.

CR Breakaway

The evening Foxboro Ranch Circuit Race was a flat course, with 4 corners and 2 wooden bridge crossings in each of fifteen 1.8 mile laps. Peter Brown(TriSports/Eclipse) attacked off of the start line, launching himself onto a solo breakaway that lasted until midway through the race. After another flurry of attacks Peter was off the front again, but again the peloton brought him back in.

As Peter was caught Justin Orkney(TriSports/Eclipse) launched himself off the front of the main field, and was quickly joined by Jesse Robles(Bicycle Haus), Cody Hall(Bicycle Haus), and Rafe Allen(Vegas Velo). The peloton could not bring them back, and Justin used the technical nature of the finish to attack his breakaway companions with 500 meters to go. He came across the line in first, in what was a very close finish.

Justin Orkney's photo finish win!

Justin Orkney's photo finish win!

The battle was on for omnium points behind. Drew Miller (unattached), JR Grabinger(Pista Palace), and David Glick(Rideclean), came unglued from the front of the peloton during last lap of the race, with Glick winning that fight for 4th and maintaining his lead in the omnium.

Sunday had the Wupatki Road Race in store, with 72 miles of customary crosswinds and an uphill finish after over 2,000 feet of climbing in the final 20 miles. An early break formed in the first 10 miles, with 3 riders – Justin Orkney(TriSports/Eclipse), Eric Salstrand(Bicycle Haus), and a currently unidentified rider(sorry).

Victor Requilme leads the peloton

Victor Requilme leads the peloton

Peter Brown and Victor Riquelme began to put pressure on the peloton in the crosswinds and rollers, and with 20 miles remaining in the race Victor Riquelme was solo in no-mans land attempting to cross the 3 minute gap to the leading breakaway. On the climb up Sunset Crater towards the finish he passed the shattered remnants of the leading group, and was riding solo to the finish in 2nd, with Eric Salstrand (the lone survivor from the early break) still up the road and leading the race.

Just half a mile from the top of the climb Riquelme (TriSports/Eclipse) was caught by Drew Miller(unattached) and David Glick(Rideclean), who were once again shadowboxing for the omnium. He couldn’t hold on to their pace, and was relegated to sprint for 4th after dropping and being caught by a small chasing group containing JR Grabinger(Pista Palace) and Travis Waldron(Bicycle Haus). Eric Salstrand(Bicycle Haus) stayed away after spending all day off the front and won the race, with David Glick securing the omnium by beating Drew Miller in the sprint for 2nd.

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