Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Resolutions (Goals for 2010)

Don't you hate it when you spend an hour typing up a post only to lose all of it because it didn't actually save when you clicked the "save" button?
Oh well. That's life.
I had been writing about 2009 and how well everything went despite my complaining. You'll just have to imagine you read it.

So I'll keep the post short. Here are my season goals:


-Become a consistently competetive Category 3 racer. I think I have the power/weight ratio required to be good in the mountains, but no road race is all uphill. I have to get the courage to descend and to corner (not to mention cornering on descents).

-Place on the podium at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race.
Basically, this race is the closest I'll come to Nationals, with all the juniors coming to it. It's going to be a smackdown. Highlighting the competition are Kyle Torres and Erik Volotzky, Californians who raced in Europe last year.

-I want to break the State TT record of 27:55. That's as long as Max Cronyn doesn't beat me to it.


-Remember that in all of this, cycling is not my first priority. God is first, and I don't want to turn cycling into an idol. If you can't learn to enjoy cycling the right way, it will make you absolutely miserable.

The fact is this; God gave me legs to pedal a bicycle. It all came from God. He is the creator, and I'm living to give him honor for everything he is. Who knows, maybe if I can ride a bicycle really fast, I can do that more easily.

A prosperous new year to all.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Enough with all that "Happy Holidays" garbage. Hope you have a good one regardless!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Words cannot describe...

The pain I felt in my legs today. Only the data on my Powertap.
Normative Power of 174 for 4:12:00.
67 miles.
293 watts for 3 minutes.
250 watts for 7 minutes.

I can't just summarize this ride; I have to analyze every gory detail of it. This was one of those rides that you tell your grand kids about (maybe not).
The Reason: It was another group ride with Team DNA. But it was different this time; there was a rider I hadn't met before. Stephen Marcucci.
I told you all about this junior in a previous post, but I had never met him...or rode with him.
I had been itching to ride with my new teammate.
So today, I did. I was looking forward to it, but also dreading it.
As my dad explained to my mom, when two junior riders become teammates, they have to test how strong the other is. It's a bit like a wolfpack mentality, sorting out who is the strongest. In other words, the idea was to bash each other to pieces and see who came out retaining their legs. It's all in fun though.

After riding an 1.5 hours, Dad and I arrived at the shop. The whole group got rolling soon enough.
The first interesting thing happened the four of us juniors (me, Stephen, Jake, Garrett) starting working a quick paceline. Garrett took a pretty vicious pull, and then Stephen took it from there. Stephen and I hammered away from the whole pack. It was pretty quick.
A cross wind suddenly hit the pack. We started working an echelon. For 13 minutes, the pack slowly whittled down. It was just me, Stephen, Darren, Stephen's dad, and one other guy. Dad had gone back to help people who had been shed off the back. Everyone seemed to be wearing down quite quickly. Sitting on Stephen's wheel, I was in zone 2 (really easy). I knew that on the next hill, everyone would sprint. I gambled that I had enough power to kick it up a notch and drop some people. With the hill in view, I was leading the pack. I heard a voice behind me.
"You've got to ask yourself one question: Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"
It was Dad reciting a Dirty Harry quote. He and Stephen sprinted to the top of the hill. Dad won.

The real battle started on Apache Trail. Marcucci gunned it. The climb lasted 7 minutes, with the just the three of us, Dad included. I could tell that Marcucci was getting more tired and tired trying to drop me. So I put in an acceleration. He neutralized it, but I think it cooked his turkey. Dad was also done. One minute later, Marcucci told me he was done. We soft-pedaled until Dad came up to us and yelled "COUNTERATTACK!!!" doing likewise. It turned into a ferocious down hill chase on a very technical descent with frightening drop-offs.

When we got to the bottom, we agreed to stop ripping each other's limbs off. Good decision.

I've got a really fast teammate.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last Real Day

I just have a couple midterms today. Also, we're running the mile in gym. Friday is basically a party day, and my cousins are coming in from Ohio tonight!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday

I haven't said much about school lately...so here's a Friday report.
-Uneventful economics class.
-In Drama class, we are doing dialogue presentations next week. My friend Jay and I are performing a scene from "The Princess Bride". It's gonna be good.
-Math is always a fun class. Since our obligation is to get our lesson's homework done by the next day at 8 AM, we're allowed to talk a lot in class. A lot. It's awesome.
-Bible class had a guest speaker; this christian lawyer talked to us about responding to conflicts.
-We did 80 plyometric jumps in gym today. That made me happy. Later, we got to play Ultimate Frisbee, the third best sport in the world (to play, of course).
-We had a big competition in Spanish. Verb-Conjugation-Jeopardy. The teams got picked so that it was basically guys vs. girls. The girls won because they studied. Back at WCA, the guys DOMINATED! Everyone week or so, we'd challenge the girls to a Spanish-off. We always won. It defied physics.
-I got an 86% on my Chemistry test. It was a hard test on Lewis Dot Structures and stuff like that. Stupid Ozone.
-English class featured a grammar day! Peer reviewing our answers is fun. It's the one day we're actually able to talk in class...so I treasure it.

I rode for a small time today. Tomorrow will feature a 4 hour group ride. Let it begin!

And sorry if this post is boring.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Numb Toe Syndrom

A condition caused by cold weather that makes your toes feel really, really...numb.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Feelin' Better

I've missed my last two rides because of sickness. That's okay though, because I'm just finishing up a rest week.

Tomorrow marks 15 days left!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I have little to say

School is uneventful. I'm on a rest week, cycling-wise. 20 minute power test on Friday. I'm also going to start planning what I do when I get back to Michigan.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Riding Frenzy

Thursday- We got the wrong date for the Team DNA ride. We showed up at the deserted parking lot at 8. Jake, our junior recruit, showed up at 8:30. It was just the three of us, but that was okay because we just wanted do some intervals. Despite horrid Michigan-esque wind and some stomach pain, the two seventeen minute intervals went fine.

Friday- 3 hour ride with Chris. It started off easy at first, but then kind of turned into a slightly tempoish affair. As my previous post explained, I accidentally rode with a riding glove velcroed to my chamois. It was painful.

Today- Team DNA group ride. Jake showed up for the sufferfest. Going down Bush Highway, a couple of the climbers attacked. Dad and I hauled them back, splitting the group at the same time. The six of us drilled it in zone 5 for ten minutes. When we reached the intersection to turn onto Usery Pass, a couple of us took a quick pit stop, while the others kept on going up the hill without us. Dad and I were the last to get back onto the road. I wanted to ride all out to catch the group, but Heavy D told me to be patient. We would gradually pull them back. Fighting a vicious crosswind, we slowly passed riders who had been shed off. We caught up to the front two riders and passed them. They latched onto us when I took a weak pull, but Dad and I crested the top one-two. We are so competitive.
Jake did uber well on his first real group ride. He's already turning into a bike racer.


Tomorrow, I get a nice recovery ride. Monday, I get a day off. I've had way too much intensity!

Friday, November 27, 2009

2 Problems Solved

I had the most ghastly saddle sores on my ride today, regardless of how much chamois cream I used. Also, I couldn't find my riding gloves, so my hands were cold on the ride.

When I got home after fifty miles of saddle sore pain, I realized two things:

1. Where one of my riding gloves was.
2. Why I was getting saddle sores



............I am a moron.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Lions Teach Me to Be Thankfkul

Those two wins we've gotten this season have me content for the next two years!

More seriously, I'm very thankful everything God has given to me, even though I deserve none of it.
I'm thankful for family, new friends in Arizona, old friends in Michigan, legs to ride a bicycle, and especially the fact that God loves me. A lot.

Life as a Bald Man

You never get bed-heads.
Your scalp is a constant center for petting.
When people are at a loss for words, they just tell you that you're bald.
It's a wonderful lifem

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Future Teammates

For all of the group ride on Saturday, I kept hearing about Stephen Marcucci, the 15 year old stud on Team DNA. Apparently he's a mountain goat too. He's pretty quick, and I'm itching to ride with him.
Also, my dad and I are recruiting another teammate. While riding on Usery Pass, we saw a kid riding a road bike. We caught up to him, and Dad gave him his number. So now, the kid Jake is coming over for a ride today! He looks like he's got some serious potential.
There was another junior at the group ride. His name is Garrett, and he was about 15-ish.

It's exciting to think about: bringing a team of four to the Valley of the Sun Stage Race plus possibly Alexey. Who knows.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just like my hair, UofM football will return

All that's missing is sackcloth and ashes.

p.s. watch this video about the Lions' game today. AMAZING!!!http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d814651c0/Lions-38-Browns-37

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Epic Ride

Z showed up Friday night, ready to get in some group riding madness on Saturday. We needed to put in 4 hours, so we decided that we would ride with Team DNA. By the way, we will be riding with Team DNA next year.
Anyway, Team DNA was taking it's "A" group down to Apache Trail, the location of the "Tortilla Flats" race.
It has some brutal climbs, plus a very "mountainous" look. If you overshoot a corner on a descent, you're a goner.
It was fun. Going into the first set of climbs, the DNA boys were jumping. Dad immediately accelerated to the front of the group with me on his wheel. We got a gap with two other DNA guys. I think Zack was caught out at first, but he bridged up. With some serious Zone 5 action, we uncorked one DNA guy, leaving the Michigan alliance completely intact. It was pretty cool to be actually competing with those guys.
The rest of the ride was a bit more chill. On the way back home (on the flat) we got a crazy fast paceline. Then it was Dad's turn to pull and he absolutely killed it. He gapped and dropped me and Zack!

When the group ride was over, we still had an hour left to put in. We pretty much soft-pedaled it, because I was totally beat. I took an hour nap when I got home.

p.s. Michigan failed me.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm now officially a man

Now that I can tie a necktie without my dad's help.

I owe it all to this video:




Monday, November 16, 2009

BELIEVE!!!



This day will come again. Hopefully on Saturday, or else I will be forced to shave my head!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Well, life goes on

Props to Dougy, Abbsters, Dmo, Kathryn, and Z. It was quite fun, but in the long run it was a bit like pulling teeth.
Thus, I am moving on after a week has passed.

Here's what's been happening.

1. The Play
It went great. We had a splendid time.













2. Bicycle
I got my first weekly training plan today! YEE-HAW!!! It should be fun.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Party in James's blog

Okay folks, time to break the all-time comment record of 113. Here is where the battle shall take place.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

what's up?

Not much. I had a good birthday on Wednesday. The only other thing I can think of is getting back into riding. I'm thinking that my annual plan officially starts in two weeks. I'm hoping for a late march peak. It will be fun.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Poor Guy

Everyone remembers Lance. Everyone remembers Eddy Merckx, the Cannibal. Everyone remembers Bernard Hinault, the Badger. Everyone remembers Miguel Indurain, "Big Mig".

But what about that other guy? Wasn't he French? Oh yeah, it was Jacques Anquetil. Poor fellow. No one seems to know about him.

Here's a few things about Jacques:
He was a crazy partier and ladies man. In fact, the reason he got into cycling was to impress women. He lead the 1961 Tour from START TO FINISH. One of his main rivals was Raymond Poulidor, the eternal second place. Poulidor placed on the Tour's podium about 10 times...but the poor bloke never won.
Anquetil was a doper. He didn't care if any one knew. His very words were "Leave me in peace; everyone takes dope."
He died of stomach cancer in 1987.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

10 Reasons Why I Hate Halloween

Just kidding. Happy All-Saint's Day!

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Play

So, I got recruited into the school play. Nothing big, just an extra (still not a tree though, Doug). It's going to be fun.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Paradox

I was standing in the school parking lot, talking to Avery. The sun was up, and the wind was blowing. It was 60 degrees Fahrenheit...and I was cold. This is what Arizona does to you.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Try this

Riding out of the saddle for 20 minutes straight.

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Over

The season is done.

We gave our all, going up against a team that beat us 5-1 last time. The first time we played them was the worst game of the season. We plain gave up. Today, I knew that the tide had turned. We would play with heart, with no regrets, with no excuses.
We did.
It was an intense game, a see-saw of aggression and opportunities that went from one end of the field to another. Our opponents started off REALLY aggressive. One of their big guys tried to literally man-handle me away from the ball (by picking me up) whereupon I stole the ball from him. It was here where I realized that I was none too fond of these players. We played hard in the first half. We were in their zone more often than they were. We had several opportunities on corner kicks, with Travis and I both challenging their goalie with headers. He was a very good goalie, a very, very good goalie. We went into halftime tied at zero. The adrenaline was going like crazy at that point. We continued cramming the ball down their throats until a fluke goal put them in the lead. With 20 minutes to go, we were desperate.
The rest of the game was spent on the attack. Every possession brought us closer and closer to that one opportunity we needed. Then it came when Paul launched a long shot from outside the box. It beat the goalie top left corner. Game tied 1-1 with six minutes left. We pressed more. A diving reach by their goalie prevented us from taking the lead.

We went into overtime. Not sudden death, but two ten minute periods. I've never seen a high school soccer game go to overtime. Ever.

Bad luck struck again. Another fluke opportunity found the bad guys in a breakaway. The ball went into the goal.
We had 13 minutes to score a goal, tie the game, and go into shootouts.

We fought so hard. We held nothing back. But we didn't score.

I don't know what else I could ask for. I mean, I gave everything I had. WE ALL gave everything we had.

It's really sad, I must say. I wonder if this was my last chance at playing soccer for this school. rumor has it that the Football season (Fall) will move the soccer season into the winter. I can do soccer in the winter, because I'm doing cycling. If soccer is in the fall next year, it will be epic.
We will only have one senior next year, but a good core of 2012 players. It will be fun.

This is big

Contador has the ability to leave Astana now. He obviously is itching to fly the coop, probably to Caisse 'd Epargne. That will be a sick team because they've loaded up on climbers.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One game left

We fought hard today, losing to St. Gregory's 4-1. St. Gregory's is a pretty good team though. Friday concludes our season with a showdown against Greenfields. We have to beat them 17-0 if we want to go to the playoffs...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

College

We went up to Flagstaff to check out Northern Arizona University. I think Maria is going to do photography or some other fine arts major, but I doubt she's going to NAU.
I can't believe that I'll be a senior in two years. Time just flies by. Earlier on today, I honestly had no idea what I was going to do when I grew up. Pro bike racing is really hard to achieve, and so is soccer, especially cause I'm not good at soccer. So then shall I have to have a job??
As I talked to Mr. Alexey Vermeulen, the truth was revealed to me.

Writer for Velonews.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quote of the Day

"You'd forget your head if it wasn't attached."
~My mother

Friday, October 9, 2009

Just to give you a visual

Here's a pic of the soccer team in green.


And here's the class of 2012.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Now that the awards are over...

Time for an update. School's good and the family is doing well. A very interesting thing happened on Tuesday. At lunchtime, disco music was blaring, and Mr. Foughnie was dressed as a lunch lady (nothing more needs to be said). I knew that something epic had to be done, and I knew that I had to do it. I have always dreamed of standing on the lunch table and dancing in front of the whole school. Well I did it, and it was liberating. Kind of funny because I'm not a good dancer.
The soccer team is in an awful slump as of late, but I feel more confident each game, securing myself a starting spot. We have a major heart problem. We have two games left and we have a dismal 2-10 record.
Today is a good day because I have no homework and fall break starts soon!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2009 Man of the Year

Joe Lekovish
The Man behind the magic. The orchestrator of the racing season, if you will. Lekovish was the newly appointed president of the MBRA, and he did not disappoint preconceived expectations. Always active in the Michigan racing community, whether organizing a 'cross race (Mad Anthony), or shamelessly promoting racing across the internet, Joe is always there! I doubt that enough people give him credit for making our enjoyment possible.
May I also note that that he nosed his way into 15th place in the Michigan Points challenge Series, one of his most notable results being a SIXTH PLACE AT MILFORD!!!
Did I also mention that he looks like Jens Voigt???

Monday, October 5, 2009

2009 Michigan Rider of the Year

Alan Antonuk
None can deny that the strides the Essex Brass rider were freakishly unnatural for a rider who started last season as a Cat 4. Indeed, the former Trails-Edge member is now in striking distance of a Category 1 upgrade. He went toe-to-toe with some of the best, ruffling the feathers of pro teams such as Bissell and Panther RGF at Kensington, Maillot Jaune, and most notably West Branch. With all the power that I have, I humbly submit Alan Antonuk as Bike Boy's pick for the rider of year.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Rob Pulcipher Award

In the fall of 2007, Rob Pulcipher fell prey to a heart attack. At 51 years, he was expected to stop such a physically exhausting sport like cycling. He stuck with it though, thus inspiring the Rob Pulcipher Award given to the rider that exemplifies humility, honor, and courage through adversity.

The inaugural recipient is Chris Aten.
I think the adjective that best describes Chris is "ignored". Aten started off the season with Essex Brass, but no long after he started, he learned that he would be moving to Arizona in the summer. That put an end to his racing season. He never got the chance to prove himself in Michigan, and it was certain that it would take some time for him to become acclimated to Arizona. Such notions seemed to be affirmed when he entered his first race. The 115 degree heat took its toll, causing Aten to be dropped in a humiliating fashion.
But did Chris give up on the season then?
No, in fact, he went on to take 2nd at the New Mexico RR Championships, 9th at the Southern California Crit Championships, 3rd at the Everest Cycling Challenge, 2nd at the Mount Charleston Hill Climb, and FIRST at the Arizona State Hill Climbing Championships. No one, in my opinion, could be more deserving.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Best Ambassador of Michigan Cycling

Alexey Vermeulen
Who else has been where Alexey's been this year? Snake Alley, Fitchburg, Superweek, Green Mountain Stage Race? And who else was more up to the challenge going up against the best racers in the country?
To present the statistics would be pointless. You guys all know.
Vermeulen is also on his way to tying or breaking a record of his own: youngest rider to upgrade to Cat 2.
Congrats, dude.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Bike Boy Awards: Part 2

Best Team Tactics: Tim Finkel and Cruise Bogedin going 1-2 at Cone Azalia for Wolverine Sports Club. The whole team supported them, as evidenced by Alan Smith giving up his race and his wheels so that Tim could recover from a mechanical. The Finkelstein did not disappoint, bridging up to the lead breakaway with Bogedin. They made no mistake in the end.

Best Breakaway: How about the 65 mile breakaway of Adam York and Geoff Kuyper at the Tour of Kensington Valley road race? They attacked a mile into the race, putting six minutes into the pack before York muscled himself away from Kuyper to win the race.

Most Disastrous Team Tactics: the unfortunate plight of Fusion/It at the Tour de Frankenmuth, Category 4. It’s sad really, because they raced quite nobly, setting the tempo with several riders in a field that usually tends to do a lot of shadow boxing. After neutralizing all attacks, they hoped to set up their sprinter. Unfortunately their sprinter was caught up in the mass crash within the last mile. Their valiant efforts yielded no finishers in the top 15.


The David and Goliath Award is awarded to Alexey Vermeulen for attacking from eight miles out to win the Cat 3 Maillot Jaune Road Race. When he went flying off the front, no one really knew what to do. I hear mixed reports of what communication was going on in the pack. Whatever happened, the answer is this: the pack couldn’t bring him back.

Best Website: Rob Sroka’s Feel It: The Factory Rider. The Ohio native stayed true to his blog, keeping it updated, and each update had great quality to it. The sweet pictures he takes and his perspective on the sport make http://www.feelitrobert.blogspot.com/ a great blog to read.

The “You Earned It” Award is awarded to Tony Wieczorek for taking home the “V” at the Milford Crit. In doing so, he out sprinted the legendary fast man Chris Brinkman. It was a familiar story of Tony and Chris going at it, though usually Chris wins. This time, Wieczorek turned the tables and is now a Cat 2!


The Holy Socks Award (awarded to the best public display of pain) is awarded to Scott Walburn for his smack-down at the Tour de Frankenmuth. Put together 59 riders, half a road’s space, and the adrenaline of one mile to go and you’ve got a crash waiting to happen. Walburn broke his collarbone…and did not finish the race.

The Super Field Fodder Award (given to the person who does an amazing job of hanging on) is awarded to Scott Kroske for finishing in the first chase group at the Tour de Frankenmuth, in his FIRST CAT ½ RACE! Kroske seized the opportunity and took off with Ben Whitehead, John Zaccone, Will Mclaughlin, and Ray Huang enroute to a ninth place finish! The short, fat, bald man (no disrespect intended) did the unthinkable, beating Sheldon Deeny of Bissell Pro and Scott Stewart of Waste Management!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The 3rd Annual Bike Boy Awards: Part 1

Well folks, it was a great year. Thanks to all who made it happen. As tradition would dictate, the first part of the awards goes through each respective racing category, marking notable riders.

Juniors


Most Improved: Eddie Kelley
No one ever seems to notice Eddie, but next year they will. Eddie tore it up in his second year of racing. His first race was the Spring Training Series where he put the hurt on the adults! Sadly, Eddie's season started late due to a stress fracture and ended early due to a crash. But mark my words, he'll be back.


Most Consistent: Rudy Peterson
You've gotta give it to him, he's the man. The fourteen year old phenom blossomed as a bike racer. He consistently finished high up in Cat 4s (incredibly rare, Tony and Alexey never finished top 5 in Cat 4 when they were racing age 14). His season was highlighted by a win at the Chicago Criterium (one of the biggest junior races in the Midwest) and a Category 3 upgrade in late August. Indeed such a feat is incredibly rare for a fourteen year old.

Best Team:
Kalamazoo Bike Club
You have to give it to them, they were consistently there. Connor Loftus took home the Michigan Points Challenge Series (Jr. Men 15-16). Rudy was always going for the win, and so was Stephen Barnes.


Best Junior Girl:
Katie Hamel
She's pretty speedy! Katie, the daughter of the legendary Dennis Hamel, has made huge strides this year. She and Zoe Reeves are only a couple of the many junior ladies that have arrived this year!

Men Cat 4

Best:
Tom Behan II
When it all comes down to pure strength, Tommy B is the man. He won the his first two races (Willow and Kensington) and upgraded for the State TT Championships, which he won!

Most Underrated:
Doug Jacobsen
Jacobsen was a huge dark horse this year. Though he didn't have many top ten finishes in the spring, he found his mojo in the summer, finishing off the season with a fourth place finish at Debaets-Devos.

Best Time Trialer: Keith Grand.
Third at Willow, fourth at
the MBRA Talent Pool Velodrome Time Trial, first at the State TT Championships, fourth at Hines Park. Numbers don't lie.

Best Sprinter: Eric Jacuzzi and Mike Kent
The MCG p/b Trails-Edge.com duo took second at Maillot Jaune, first at the Terry Reisch Memorial race, first at the Cherry Roubaix crit, and first at Ada!

Most Consistent: Rodney Eaton.
Eaton had three podium finishes this year, including a win at Tour das Frankenmuth.

Best Team: Wolverine Sports Club
WSC quite simply had one of the biggest teams and a lot of talent, including Nick Console, Brett Beddow, Kurt Martin, Doug McKibbon, Ricardo Cotto, and Randy Rodd. They were quite untouchable in the game of the fast men, compiling SEVEN top 5 finishes up until mid June. The majority of them upgraded at that point.

Men Cat 3

Best:
Mike Jones
Gotta love Jonesy!!! He won Cone-Azalia and Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Road Race, while helping his teammates to wins at Frankenmuth, West Branch, and Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Crit.

Most Consistent: Adam York
He was always there, and never just there, but consistently on the podium. He had an astounding 10, COUNT 'EM, 10 podiums this year!!

The Dark Horse: Zack Maino.
To quote David Morrissey, Maino is "The Master of Late Season Form". He had the worst spring campaign imaginable, either flatting or getting dropped in every race. Zack brought it at the end of the season though, taking bronze at the State Crit Championships, second at Trophee des Grimpeurs, and third at Debaets Devos. Hello, Cat 2!

Best Team: Priority Health
Sorry, MCG, but I have to give it to Priority Health, the team that won six out of the first seven races. One cannot deny that they were purely dominant. MCG does deserve to be a co-recipient of this award because of its consistency, but I can't be a softy and give everyone an award just cuz. That's bike racing.

Men Cat 1/2

Best Racer:
David Williams
BEAST!!! You can't argue with a 52:53 40KM TT time!!! You can't argue with a gold medal at Collegiate Nationals!!! This kid was a junior in 2006!!!

Most Improved: Luke Cavender
The king of the sprints, Cavender had us shaking our heads in wonder at the beginning of the season, winning almost every sprint that came his way. I don't think many people saw it coming, but logically speaking we should have. At 21, Luke is a new hope.

Best Team: Essex Brass
Well, I warned ya'! Though EB was no where close to winning the MPCS, but when they were at a race, they took it by force. Their most notable result is taking the TOP THREE PLACES in the Overall Omnium at Thursday Night Worlds! These guys play for keeps.


Women Cat 4
Best Racer:
Caitlin Braun
At 16 years old, Braun didn't give a pizza that everyone was older than her. She was on a rampage all season, taking FOUR WINS!!! Dang!

Most Improved: Zoe Reeves
I have to be honest, at the beginning of the season, the thirteen year old couldn't keep up. As the season progressed, she got fast, taking a win at Trophee de Grimpeurs. In my opinion, that's unprecedented, at least as far as Michigan goes, because I don't recall a female junior ever winning a senior category in Michigan, let alone one who is barely even a teenager!

Women Cat 1-3

Most Consistent:
Susan Vigiland
The climber from Hagerty Racing snatched wins at three of the toughest road races in the state (Cherry-Roubaix, Maillot Jaune, and Superior Bike Fest), not to mention getting third at West Branch and second at Kensington!

Most Lethal: Sarah Maguire
Remember when Mackenzie Woodring was the pizza, and Sarah Maguire was just a sidekick? Things have changed now. Mackenzie is still a beast, but now Maguire is the one taking all the wins. Kensington, West Branch, Gaslight, and Cherry-Roubaix.


Masters

Best Racer:
Houston Peterson
One of the most wily bike racers I have ever seen, the Houston was always in the right break, always hammering it out.
Most Consistent: Dave Hietikko
I have always regarded Hietikko as a bit of a dark horse, always lurking in the top ten. This year, Dave really came into his own, winning Kensington, Hines, Ada, and the Cherry-Roubaix road race.

Very Honorable Mention: Rob Iser
Quiet strength. Iser worked his butt off to win the Superior Bike Fest road race and the Cherry-Roubaix criterium.


There are more awards to come, including but not limited to: "Rider of the Year", "Best Ambassador of Michigan Cycling", "Ironman Performance of the Year", and "Man/Woman of the Year".