"While Madison has the honor of hosting Cyclocross Nationals in 2012-13, we're adding to the fun by putting on a race that proposes our own disturbing ideas of North American CX- speed, off-camber, muck, snow, ice, fire, giant hills, jeering, cheering, bizarre beauty & plain wickedness.
We'll do it midweek so all can experience some alternative Wisconsin CX & still recover for Nationals.
B Races (Cat 3 & up). A Races (P/1/2).
Venue, timing, & other details soon."
If you've seen the video of the proposed Nationals course, you may agree that the week could use more North American CX- speed, off-camber, muck, snow, ice, fire, giant hills, jeering, cheering, bizarre beauty & plain wickedness. (There is a comment on YouTube that says technical sections may be added.) In any case, we've seen great courses with a sad amount of spectators, and Pegasus hopes that the stellar fans that really make WI CX special will show up for both races. I think we can all agree that the perfect course is a course that is sprinkled liberally with super fans.
There's no excuse not to heckle til you get pushed over and ring that cowbell til you bleed.
A few months ago, Pegasus member Katy Steudel designed a 'Lionel Supporter' t-shirt for U23 Wisconsin native Lionel Rocheleau and his family to sell as a fundraiser. He was recently chosen to participate in EuroCross Camp, which is an honor and also a financial burden. If you'd like to help out and learn more (or buy a t-shirt) see the MadCross page for more details.
Pegasus wishes Lionel luck, and strongly encourages him not to come back until he has secured fame and honor for our beloved Midwest cycling scene.
And you thought the Levi's and Ritte Racing collabo was hot, wait until these Merino wool 'relaxed fit' skinsuits hit the shelves.
Gavin Gould, aka never drown out, whose flickr we ripped this from, says "this is what i'll be racing in next year, a raphaXchristmasstory bunny onesie/snuggie"
Well not really but we are on Sporza, Check us out in the background here.
Don't Ask why we watch 40 minute Videos in Dutch.
Shop owner and all around good guy, Andrew gets a taste of how we do things in the Midwest.
Andrews slogan is - "win the party" something Pegasus is seriously equipped to do.
Today we introduce Todd Woodlan, Todd is a force on the track where you will find him winning sprints and looking bronzed. He is also a member of the UCSD cycling team where he is getting his degree in something nerdy. So he is not just all looks, he's got some brains behind that brawn.
Name: Todd Woodlan
Age: Almost to the point where people have to call me ‘Master,’ but not quite.
Location: San Diego
Disciplines/ Current Categories: Track: 3, Road: 4
Goals for the upcoming season: Upgrade to 2 on the track, get one of those shiny medals at states
First Race Story: Lined up at the back of the Rutger’s crit, not expecting the 0-25mph surge at the beginning. Needless to say, I managed to get dropped before the first corner and chase until they pulled me since, you know, I didn’t want to just quit my first race. I’ve repeated a similar tactic for almost all the road races I’ve done since.
1st Bicycle: Some sort of Diamondback somethingerother when I was a kid, but a Gary Fisher Tarpon when I got back into biking a few years back.
Current bikes: Road: BMC SLX01, Track: Tiemeyer, Commuter: Specialized Langster
Favorite Bicycle story: This one time my better half and I went to Costa Rica and toured for a month with a couple mountain bikes we had put together from mostly spare parts. The first day there we figured we’d be able to get in about 80 miles and hit the next town. Thirty minutes into the ride on bumpy, hilly, busy streets with 50 pounds of stuff on our bikes, we decided it may be better to shoot for about 20-30 miles. We got to the first town after dark and had to wander around a while before we found someone that spoke any English (since we didn’t speak much Spanish) and found a place to stay. Other highlights included trying to follow a motorcycle leading us through windy streets to a hostel on the other side of San Jose, getting nearly lost in the middle of some forest somewhere, and racing a shuttle bus that didn’t have room for our bikes to the next town over to catch another bus to get us back to San Jose to catch our flight home.
Bicycle superstitions: If I told you, they’d lose their magic powers.
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike: Thought it would be a good idea to tour from San Fransisco to San Diego on a single speed. Trust me, don’t do it.
Special Talents? Providing a vortex-like draft.
Strengths: Long races on the track.
Weaknesses: Headbutting during race situations.
Final words of wisdom? Embrocation before the chamois cream. They tell you to do it the other way around, but it’s only because they don’t want you to know how good an idea it really is.
Today we introduce a man so fast no camera has been able to capture him Todd Morton, Rider / Sales guy extraordinaire. You will find him puttin' the hurt on the young guys in the CX B's race on Sundays and hustlin' bike parts the rest of the week because unlike God he don't need to rest.
Name: Todd Morton
Age: 42 but I don’t FEEL 42. Usually.
Location: Cardiff by the Sea, California
Disciplines/ Current Categories: road races-4 (frickin’ USAC), Cyclocross-B
Goals for the upcoming season: As many cx races as I can, gain speed for road racing, mostly just have fun though and if a win happens to come my way, I will take it. Came DAMN close at SpookyCross. Missed it by____________<---that much. See weaknesses.
First Race Story: A 5k running race in Florida when I was like 10 sponsored by a produce company and the t-shirt said “Happiness is a ripe tomato” on the front. First bike race was Manhattan Beach Grand Prix about 12 years ago. I placed in the top 10 and didn’t crash so that was good.
1st Bicycle: Oooooo, Huffy Santa Fe. First actual race bike was a Schwinn Tempo with 105 and Biopace chainrings, you know like the ones all the pros use now.
Current bikes: SyCip Diesel, Focus Mares, Focus Izalco, Bianchi Milano
Favorite Bicycle story: I was at the Tour de France last year and saw “The Devil” ummmmm bathing but-ass naked in a stream. He waved.
Bicycle superstitions: Italian road/cx components. Not really a superstition per-se but a deep-rooted love for them.
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike: Mountain biking in Santa Cruz-so I go down this fun semi-technical descent then stop to wait for my friend who is taking unusually long. I ride back up 100 meters to see what happened; he dropped his shades to which I told him “if they weren’t Oakleys, forget about ‘em, let’s go”. As such I get to ride that fun part again but I take a different line this time and nose-wheelie into a tree dislocating and separating my shoulder. The 30 minute hike down and subsequent hour car ride on a bumpy-ass piece-of-shit road were magical. Oh, I forgot to mention, my friend, he’s a nurse but only works with people who are dying so couldn’t help me at all. Thankfully this was on the last trail, last day of 3 day trip so could’ve been worse.
Special talents? None worth mentioning. Hey, they call me “Vanilla” for a reason. And “Big Ring”.
Strengths: enjoying competition and seeking out cool races
Weaknesses: not doing enough work to be really fast
Final words of wisdom? Ugh, uhhhhh OK, do what you love to (as much as you can) we only get one go-around from what “they” say.
Stay classy San Diegans
Our Next rider in our intro series is Mark "The Berminal" Bermal, His natural environment is the San Diego velodrome although you will see him racing on the road and at Cross races as well. You can always recognise him in a pack because of the "Bermal head nod"™ and you can recognize him after the race by his patented Bermal Laugh. Look for him to continue crushing the A's on the track next season as well as in the SS B's at SoCal Cross races.
Name: Mark V. Bermal
Location: San Diego, CA
Disciplines/ Current Categories: Road – 3 / Track – 3 / CX – 4
Goals for the upcoming season:
Podium a 10 Mile Scratch Race.
Complete Fiesta Island Time Trial in under 30 minutes.
Pass a road race.
First Race Story:
2008 at Tuesday Night Racing at the San Diego Velodrome. I was dead last in the first 5 lap scratch race. I got second in the second 5 lap scratch race by attacking out of turn 2 with a lap and a half to go. Tyler Kraus pipped me at the line.
1st Bicycle: Cheap department store bike that I jumped off so many curbs with that the fork bent at the crown.
2005 Cannondale SR500 (CAAD4) road bike, with manly upgrades
Griffen Track from the Mid-90's
Gary Fisher Tassajara mountain bike: Reba Team fork and DT Swiss 5.1d kid wheels
IRO Rob Roy singlespeed cx bike: parts robbed from a Giant Bowery
Favorite Bicycle story:
Last year I rode Little Creek Mesa, near Hurricane, UT, with two riding buddies. We were started in the morning and explored a lot of the mesa. As the sun started to go down, one of my buddies suggested that we do another finger trail on the mesa.
“How long will it take,” I asked.
“About 45 minutes.”
We had more than 45 minutes of sun left, but the finger trail took over an hour and a half. We were losing visibility, we had no lights, and we were miles from the truck. It got dark enough that we could not see more then twenty feet in front of us. We stayed within earshot of each other by yelling.
“Go this way,” I heard, and followed the sound of my buddy's voice as he led the way back. We made it to the truck ten minutes before it became pitch black.
Bicycle superstitions: Pin on race number before warming up
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike:
I was riding my second bike in the cul-de-sac across the street from my house when I was 7. Turned the bars too sharply and fell on my face. I cut my lip and bled all over the street. It was the first time I needed stitches. It was a rite of passage to get those sutures.
Special Talents: Doing a job in twice the time
Strengths: Wheelsucking, handling in a tight pack
Weaknesses: Climbing longer than 2 minutes, Time trialing, bike handling when riding behind Kyle
Final words of wisdom: Arrive early
Todays rider is Brandon aka B$, Brandon is coming back from a season off the bike after breaking both his heels jumping off the roof of a Car! Dude was on crutches but still riding the trainer, talk about dedication. As a result he has something to prove this cross season and only some bad luck has kept him from notching up a few wins already.
Name: B $
Location: Three blocks from Villa del Mar.
Disciplines/ Current Categories: Road, Track, CX 4
Goals for the upcoming season: One word and that’s BOULEVARD. Upgrade to 3’s all around. Win an A track race. Nacho plate in the Ensenada Ruta.
First Race Story: Raced Citizens race (cat6) at Redlands Classic. In a three rider breakaway two turns from the finish and my cat6 breakmates bump shoulders and CRASH while looking back to check our gap. I go down with them, re-breaking my still healing collarbone. Grabbed my bike and finished 5th after giving those chumps a tongue lashing that must still give them nightmares.
1st Bicycle: My dad’s purple Schwinn Stingray, we totally ruined it putting 80’s BMX parts on an all original 60’s bike. I would smoke all the BMX kids with my five speeds !
Current bikes: CAAD 3 with 9spd Record, Panasonic NJS track, Traitor SS CX, Gitane Criterium townie, 87 Schwinn Circuit for Sundays
Favorite Bicycle story: Showed up for an 80 mile road ride to Tecate on my Gitane fixed because el jefe advertised the ride as “tranquilo” I figured people would ride their fun bikes but I showed up in wool and everyone else was full kit ready to drop the hammer. I’m proud to say I hung in all day and got a few KOM points as well. My cheeks were straight raw from pedaling 120 rpm for 4 hours. I had to use baby diaper rash cream for a week.
Bicycle superstitions: A clean bike is a fast bike. Never ask someone when the last time they crashed was or if they have ever broken a collarbone. Just don’t talk about crashing at all..
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike: left the chain tensioners off my CX bike …
Special Talents? properly preparing green tea, ceramics, jazz trombone, goldsprints killa
Strengths: Hillz, Jump
Weaknesses: Making the split but never that final “move”, patience (remember to clear that other plate first)
Final words of wisdom? Don’t give up ‘til you blow up.