Team Velocause held the first Cyclocross Relay at the Rock over Memorial Day weekend.

Storm clouds threatened for most of the day and an afternoon shower made the course a bit more interesting. A remark was overheard from one of the competitors which suggested the race course was the more technically demanding than others from the 2013 season. The course was quite short which meant each rider completed 8 very fast laps. Many off-camber sections atop a slippery clay surface helped to keep the high level excitement.  

 

Ominous clouds warn of impending showers.

Having the pro and co-ed events later in the afternoon meant the Masters men had lots of fun. The DJ/announcer provided music and quality comments. The hecklers were out in force especially later in the day. 

Jay Labecki providing helpful on-course advice.

 

Andy and Benny won the Masters by catching the Trek/TeamWisconsin boys late in the race. Steve and Barry (who likes being called Z-Man) were 3rd overall. Ross Adams also had a great showing earlier in the day - he suffered an intense shower and slippery conditions.

Thanks to The Rock for drink specials; Darren Hauck for expert photographs and to Marna for advocating on our behalf (which saved us from cancelling the event by building a course on the front side of the grounds!).

Thanks to all volunteers who helped make this event a success.

Velocause represented the field well with Trevor Russel, Michael Froh, Brian “Keyshawn” Leatherman, Chris “Zugelnation”, Brian Schwaller and Mario “Big Injin” Medina. The team was working to get Mr. “Injin” into “The Move”, however if it was still all together at the end, we agreed to lead out the fast guys if it came down to a sprint finish. Course conditions were ideal for a break; gentle rollers with some pretty windy conditions on a 7.5 mile open course loop.

 

A couple early moves were made/covered by Schwaller, Zugelnation & Keyshawn with the rest of the team staying active at the front of the peloton marking different riders. Mario ended up putting in a solo effort shortly after a small group was brought back to the peloton. After being out a bit on his own, he was eventually joined by LAPT’s Vansusteren and Trek’s Eric Knuth. Due to the teams’ hard work and smart racing, the trio stayed away the entire day and was eventually joined by another rider around mile 35 which only added to the breakaways horsepower. With about 3 miles to go, one more additional rider bridged up and then attacked the lead group creating some separation. Mario tried closing during the final sprint and unfortunately came up only a few feet short for second place. Keyshawn cleaned up the field sprint for 6th.

 

A big thank you and congratulations goes out to Team Velocause for putting together an excellent team effort!!

 

 

Team Velocause was fully outnumbered in this very tight and technical .8 mile closed course.

2014 Mosh Criterium

Chris “Zugelnation” and Mario “Big Injin” were the only two to line up for TVC, but represented well. Mario managed to make the early break and stay away with four other riders finishing 5th on the day. Even though severely outnumbered, Zugelnation provided tactical blocking in the peloton staying in the top 3 or so riders disrupting any possible chase groups. Chris managed to finish off the peloton and handily won the field sprint for a solid 7th place!

With only two guys in the field and two top 10 finishes, it shows just how TVC likes to make their presence known at every race!!

Big thanks to all of our sponsors for their support

A huge congrats to Chris Zugel ( #zugelnation, #thezugelreport, #nicecalvesbro ) on the win yesterday. Also the big guy, Mean Gene Tolli joined him on the podium in 3rd, with Froh 5th and Derek “Linebacker” Hughes in 10th

 

Nice work boys!!!! 

 

Chris Zugel Wins the 2014 Great Dane Spring Criterium

 

With Andrew Ohlsson, Scott Moltzan and Todd Bugnacki also racing Team Velocause had a great showing for the season opener. See the full standings here.

 

 

Team Velocause traveled 5 hours East to Hastings, Michigan this past weekend to race Barry Roubaix. The race is a 36-mile gravel road race with very rolling terrain.

 

The team consisted of Mario Medina, Chris Zugel, Andy Feuersthaler, Nick Hardrath, Benny Smith, Vince Hanoski, and six-time Barry Roubaix racer Brady Fredrick.  Aside from Brady, none of us have ever seen or ridden the course. The plan was to pre-ride half of the course the day before, but that wasn’t possible due to logistics.

 

The scene in the morning was a bit frantic, as 4000 racers tried to park, warm up, and get to their starting wave (one racer was trying to find his wallet as well).  It had rained the night before, so no one knew what the conditions would be like.  The race began at 10:00am, with waves going off every 3 minutes.

 

They call it “The Killer Gravel Road Race”, but the conditions are much more like heavy sand. They tell me that in Michigan they use sand in lieu of salt for snow/ice, so there might have been gravel under the layers of sand, but we definitely raced on tacky, soft, wet sand. The other challenging parts about this race were the hills. We were never on a flat. We were either climbing or descending the whole time. No small hills here; 50-90 foot rollers, one after another, and it was windy (18mph SE).

 

So…having never seen the course, riding in cold, windy, wet conditions, and being out-of-towners, you would assume we got smoked?  NOPE….. The team rocked and got 3rd place in the team competition with Chris Zugel our fastest finisher with a 1:57:10. We were also on the podium in our age groups, with Andy Feuersthaler 5th, Mario Medina 4th, and Chris Zugel in 3rd.

 

We had a great time, raced well, laughed all weekend, and came home with prizes!

 

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Team Velocause completes their first volunteering of 2014 at Penfield Children’s Center.
Click to view the letter or to read what Penfield said of our efforts click here

2014 Penfield Letter

 

Angry Andy Benny Todd Vince from Bens Cycle Nicholas Hardrath ZMan' 2014 Penfield Volunteers

Hello friends,

I’m sorry this is coming a bit late. As you can see below we’ve been “gone racing” every weekend in June and July. With Cyclocross starting at the end of August (Relay CX in Jackson Park, Chicago) I wanted to catch up on the last 2 months of racing.

 

So, this is what we’ve been up to:

 

June 1st Lake Geneva RR (WCA):

-Master’s 4-5: Steve Sarver 4th, and Bob Linscott 10th.

-Master’s 3-4: Mike Froh 4th

June 1st Glencoe GP (NRC Event)

-Master’s 1-2-3 (35+): Andy Feuersthaler 3rd, and Ryan White 8th

-Master’s 1-2-3 (45+): Gene Tolli 3rd

 

Glencoe 2013

 

June 2nd Sussex Criterium (WCA)

-Master’s 4-5 Steve Sarver winner

-Master’s 3-4: Mike Froh 6th , Todd Bugnacki and Ross Giese finished in the field.

-Master’s 1-2-3: Chris Zugel winner, and Gene Tolli 3rd

June 9th. Diablo Criterium (WCA)

-Master’s 4-5: Steve Sarver 2nd , Barry McCormick finished 9th.

-Master’s 3-4: Mike Froh winner. Todd Bugnacki and Benny Smith finished in the field.

-Master’s 1-2-3: Brian Leatherman6th, Trevor Russel 8th. Jeff Elam, Chris Zugel, and Benny Smith finished in the field.

 

Leatherman winning. Kenosha 2013

 

June 11th Kenosha Velodrome

-Andy Feuersthaler scored 4 wins and a 2nd (Master’s 30+ scratch, cat 3 scratch, 2 points race’s, and main).

June 15-16 O’Fallon GP Omnium

-Gene Tolli took 2nd in the TT, 2nd in the Crit, and 2nd in the RR to take the overall win for the Omnium.

June 21-30 10 day, Tour of America’s Dairyland.

-Team Velocause had the largest contingent of racers throughout the 10 days of the tour. TVC racers Andy Feuersthaler, Christian Griego, Gene Tolli, Chia Kung, Chip Pieper, Brian Leatherman, Ryan White, Trevor Russel, Mike Froh, Ross Giese, Andrew Ohlsson, Todd Bugnacki, Benny Smith, Billy Graef, Jeff Elam, McGee Young, Randy Scoville, Mike Cudahy, Scott Moltzan, Steve Sarver, Bob Linscott, Barry McCormick, and Nick hardrath all competing.

-The team earned 6 wins and an additional 5 podiums.

-Andrew Ohlsson and Mike Froh also took 2nd place overall in the respective classes.

 

White Wins!

 

July 6th State Criterium Championship (WCA)

-Master’s 4-5: Steve Sarver finished 2nd, Scott Moltzan 4th, Bob Linscott 5th, and Randy Scoville 14th.

-Master’s 3-4: Jeff Elam finished 3rd, Steve Sarver 11th. Benny Smith finished in the field, and Scott Moltzan and Todd Bugnacki were collected in a crash.

-Master’s 1-2-3: Ryan White finished 2nd, Andrew Ohlsson 3rd, Brian Leatherman 4th, Christian Griego 7th, Gene Tolli 8th. Mike Froh, Trevor Russel, Chip Pieper, and Chris Zugel finished in the field. Andy Feuersthaler crashed on the last lap sacrificing his chance for a 4th straight State title.

 

St Charles 2013. Benny 2

 

July 12-21. Prairie States Cycling Series.

-TVC racers Andy Feuersthaler, Benny Smith, Gene Tolli, Jeff Elam, Trevor Russel, Steve Sarver, Todd Bugnacki, Mike Froh, and Brian Leatherman all competed in the 7 day omnium.

-Brian Leatherman won the 1st stage in Kenosha (Master’s 1-2-3), with Mike Froh right behind him in 2nd.

-Jeff Elam scored a 2nd in Kenosha (Master’s 3-4).

-Gene Tolli finished 2nd at the Sharon RR (Master’s 1-2-3).

-Andy Feuersthaler finished 2nd at Elmhurst (Master’s 1-2-3).

Leatherman and Froh podium. Kenosha 2013

July 28th State RR (WCA)

-Master’s 45+: Gene Tolli, Steve Sarver, Chippo Pieper, and Ross Giese all finished in the Top 15

-Master’s 35+: Brian Leatherman scored a podium by getting in the break and finishing 3rd. Christian Griego finished 12th(Silver medal 40+ division), Andre Ohlsson 13th (bronze medal 40+ division). Andy Feuersthaler, Mcgee Young, and Chris Zugel finished in the field.

Wisconsin Cup Overall Points.

-Steve Sarver secured the overall championship in the Master’s 4-5 class

-Mike Froh won another title in the Master’s 3-4 category.

 

Team Velocause Road Season Totals:

25 wins and 41 podiums.

Yesterday we received a nice letter from the people at Penfield Children’s Center thanking us for the work we did early this season.
Click on the picture for a PDF version

PenfieldChildrensCenter

Penfield Children’s Center is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to help infants and young children with and without disabilities to reach their full potential through education, therapy services and family programs. - See more at: http://penfieldchildren.org

 

Volunteering Day 1 Volunteering Day 2

 

 

May 11th. Matt Wittig Memorial Criterium.  Muskego, WI.  Wisconsin Cup.

 

Andy Fueresthaler

-Master’s 1/2/3.

Low 50’s and 30mph winds made all of the classes extremely challenging. The field were going 15mph uphill into the wind, and 40+ down the backside of the course. In the Master’s 1/2/3 class Ryan White got in an early break,

but didn’t get the gap needed to stay away. Once the field got close to swallowing the break, 4 riders including TVC racer Andy Feuersthaler bridged up to Ryan’s break. The 7 riders worked together, and the winning break was

 established. Everyone worked together until 2 laps to go when members of the break began taking short pulls, which allowed the field to close in. New Team Velocause racer Gene Tolli, took the opportunity to bridge across the

 gap alone making the break 8 riders, with 3 on Team Velocause. On the final lap Feuersthaler went all out to the base of the uphill finishing straight. Ryan White jumped, and instantly created a large gap. He held the lead until 10

 feet to the line where he was just edged by Café Hollendar racer Mike McKenna. Tolli was 5th, and Feuersthaler ended up 6th. Chris Zugel won the field sprint for 9th.

-Master’s 3/4

 “G’Pa” Giese got into a 2 man break after just a few laps. Mike Froh, McGee Young, Todd Bugnacki, and Scott Moltzan went to the front to covered any attacks, and control the pace. It worked, and the 2 man break stayed away.

  Giese finished 2nd, Mike Froh finished 5th, and Todd Bugnacki crossed the line in 9th. McGee and Moltzan finished in the field.

-Master’s 4/5

Steve “the hammer” Sarver continued his successful season by finishing 2nd, and taking over the WCA points lead in this class despite missing several rounds.

 

Team Velocause

 

May 11th.  Monster’s of the Midway.  Chicago, IL.  IL Cup Series

-Master’s 1/2/3.

Trevor Russel opted to race in IL in lieu of Muskego, and finished 5th.

 

May 11th.  WEMS Northern Kettles Endurance Challenge (MTB).

Bill Street from Team Kuhl and Brian Schwaller (from Velocause) teamed up as "Team BS" on May 11th to compete in the WEMS Northern Kettles Endurance Challenge mountain bike race.  We did the 60 mile open duo against 6 other teams.   It was rocky, cold, wet and windy but we worked well together and we won the 60 mile duo category

May 14th.  Kenosha Velodrome.

 Andy Feuersthaler finished 2nd in the 30+ Flying Mile, Won the Cat 3 Flying Mile, finished 5th in the 50 lap 1/2/3 main Event, and won the Cat 3, 15 lap tempo race (points race).

 

May 18th. Arthritis Foundation Walk. University lake School. Hartland, WI.  (Volunteering Event)

Benny Smith, Andrew Ohlsson, Andy Feuersthaler and his girlfriend Kate Cahill volunteered Saturday morning. They were in charge of the 50/50 raffle. Naturally this turned into a fierce competition. Ohlsson and Feuersthaler were in charge of sales outside, with Smith and Cahill inside. After totaling up the sales, Smith and Cahill won by 2 tickets.

 

May 18th.  Wheel & Sprocket Criterium.  Neenah, WI.  Wisconsin Cup.

-Master’s 1/2/3

Ryan White and Chris Zugel lined up for TVC. After multiple, unsuccessful attacks by both riders, the race ended up in a bunch sprint. Ryan finished 3rd, and Zugel rolled in with the field for 23rd.

-Master’s 3/4

 Mike Froh was the lone entry in this class, and came home with another podium finishing 2nd.

 

May 19th.  Wheels on Willy.  Madison, WI.  Wisconsin Cup.

-Master’s 1/2/3

After multiple attacks, the winning 4 man break with TVC racer Andy Feuersthaler was away. With 6 laps to go 3 more riders bridged up including Ryan White making it a 8 man break. 5 laps from the end, the sky darkened, and the wind picked up to 40+mph gusts. Leaves were flying off the trees, barricades were getting blown over, and the riders continued trading pulls. The wind gusts pushed a Trek Midwet rider into Ryan White at the end of the front straight, causing the 2 riders to tangle wheels ending their day (with mechanicals). On the final lap, 2 teammates from Erik’s Bikes in MN took the leadout in the now pouring rain. Going through turn 3 the lead rider crashed on wet paint taking the teammates out. Andy Feuersthaler sprinted to the win. Chris Zugel crossed the line 5th, and Benny Smith, Gene Tolli, Christian Griego, Trevor Russel and Chia Kung all finished in the field.

-Master’s 3/4

 Benny Smith in his first race of the year took charge right from the start, stretching the field into 1 big line of riders. He kept that pace up for 3 straight laps. Once he pulled off, Mike Froh attacked, and the 4 man winning break was established. The gap grew to 30+ seconds, and Benny saw an opportunity to start a 2nd break. He attacked right after a prime, and he and another rider were off. Froh crossed the line 2nd, and Benny finished 6th. Jeff Elam was strong again winning the field sprint for 8th. Todd Bugnacki was close behind for 12th.

-Master’s 4/5

The field size and pace of this race was faster than normal. Barrett McCormick, and Steve Sarver stayed in the top 10 for much of the race. 2 riders got off the front at the end leaving Sarver to race for 3rd. The “machete” came through winning the field sprint for 3rd, and Professor Barry crossed the line 19th in only his 2nd race.

 

May 21st.  Kenosha Velodrome.

Andy Feuersthaler raced 4 classes once again finishing 1st in the cat 3 Danish, 1st in the cat 3 Snowball (points race), 2nd in the 10 lap Tempo (lost to Frayley by 1 point), and 4th in the 50 lap 1/2/3 Main Event points race.

 

May 25th.  Team Velocause Milwaukee Mile Criterium. Wisconsin Cup.

-Master’s 1-2-3

 After numerous attacks that were covered by TVC’s 8 racers, Chai Kung followed a bridge up to the solo LAPT rider off the front. That eventually turned into the 5 man winning break. Feuersthaler, Ryan White, Christian Griego,   Andrew Ohlsson, Chris Zugel, Jeff Elam, and Gene Tolli blocked and covered every attack for the rest of the race putting 100% trust in Chia to deliver. Chia delivered with a last minute slingshot to win out of the break. Feuersthaler won the field sprint for 6th. Ryan, Christian and Ohlsson also finished in the Top 10.

- Master’s 3/4

 Inspired by seeing Barrett in the last race, Benny followed the same plan and lead the whole field out of the same right in the infield dropping Froh and Elam off on the front straight. Froh sprinted to victory and J’Lamb (Jeff Elam) took 3rd. Todd Bugnacki, Ross Giese, Benny and Randy Scoville finished in the field.

- Master’s 4/5

Prior to the race McGee and Andy gave strategy advise to Bob, Steve, Barry, and Cudahy on how to approach the race. Just as planned on the last lap, Barry went full gas out of the decreasing radius right turn in the infield, and stretched the entire field into 1 big line. Sarver and Big Bob were on Barry’s wheel all the way through the infield and final turn dropping them off on the front straight. Sarver and Linscott went 1-2 for TVC, and Cudahy got a 10th in his first race of the year. Barrett McCormick was a unanimous decision for Most courageous Rider.

 

May 26th. Crystal lake Classic.  Rhinelander, WI.  WORS Mountain Bike Series.

-Comp Class.

Round #2 of the Wisconsin Off Road Series took place in the north woods of Rhinelander WI.  The weather conditions were perfect for racing on the very challenging and technical course.  In the Comp category Billy Graef lined up on the second row for the start.  When the flag dropped he went to the front to lead the pack of ambitious racers into the single track. From there it was a battle for 1:50 minutes to see who could rip through the technical single track the quickest and then endure the wide open heart pounding double track.  In the end Billy rode to a personal best race finish of 3rd in age group just 90 seconds from the win and 18th overall.  The series heads to Wausau this weekend 6/2. 

 

Upcoming events:

-June 1st Glencoe GP.

-June 2nd Ride for the Arts.

-June 2nd Sussex Criterium.

-June 8th Trek 100 (Contact Andrew Ohlsson).

-June 15th Team Velocause Pre-Tour party at the Harbor House

-June 21-30 TOUR of AMERICA’S DAIRYLAND!!!!!!!

 

Special thanks to all the team members that volunteered this month and all of our sponsors that help support our causes!

 

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