Team Set Coaching Hilti/NW kicked off the season with a great showing at Echo Red to Red. I count 15 team members racing with 10 top 10 finishes and 5 podium finishes including;
1st Place Becky Wilson Cat 2 Women 40-49
1st Place "cough cough" Joe Schliesman "Beginner"
2nd Place Mark Holtzinger Cat 2 Men 40-49
3rd Place Josiah Schliesman Cat 3 Junior 14-18
3rd Place Charlie Wilcox Clydesdale
I can't say enough good things about this event, great venue, great organization, and a wonderful town to host this amazing event. A winery on one corner, Ninkasi pouring in the parking lot, and a vodka distillery on the other corner, how could you go wrong?
Yes, it was cold at the start, but thanks to Charlie and his industrial strength kerosene heater we all stayed warm for the start. The Hilti tent was the place to be race morning, we made a lot friends who only liked us for our heater.
Personally, I forgot it was 29 degrees before our group hit the dirt road. By the time I hit the single track I thought I was going to have to begin stripping clothes. The course ran in reverse from last year, and with over 2900 feet of climbing meant I was in for a long ride. Still, I love the course and love riding in the shrub steppe, what a great day.
Clydesdale Showdown I.
We'll have to wait for the next race to find out who rules the Clydesdales on Team Set Coaching Hilti/ NW. Eric had three flats and was not able to finish. Charlie killed it with a podium finish and according to Eric, stole his licorice. Look at the proud winner of the third place prize, a tub of Costco licorice. Next year Charlie will be faster and win those two pounds of rice crispy treats.
If you are good enough to place 1st like Becky, you get a special bottle of the Snow Road Winery Red to Red. That's definitely worth smiling about.
Thank you Becky for supplying the photos and great job everyone, can't wait for Beezley.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I (BMW) went out and rode the course yesterday. there are a few differences than last year.
here's a link to a video of the first part of last year's course (this is what we'll be doing this year):ROLL-OUT:it's a neutral roll-out from town (which last year wasn't so neutral, it rolled out fast which helped to start thinning the pack out).GRAVEL ROAD:the race starts once you hit the gravel road. the first section of the single-track has some good climbs and sandy sections. it's a little rough, because it's a newer trail and hasn't been worn in yet.RIVER TRAIL:that takes you to the river trail, which you'll see in the video. some DIFFERENCES there: all the bridges you see got washed out last year in some spring flooding, so they changed the course a bit and added 3 large log-overs and 4 or 5 smaller ones. there's some tight twisty stuff in there. then you exit the river trail to a long stretch of double track that takes you to a big climb out and back down to the regular echo loop.LOOP:once you hit the regular section, it's about a 12.5 mile loop (for CAT 2), CAT 1 will do the full loop (about 15 miles) in that section. supposedly they're running that part of the course opposite of what we did last year. the course in that section isn't technical, but has a fair amount of climbing, and some fun DH.IVAN'S TRAIL:the loop includes ivan's trail, (which is towards the end of the loop) it's a bit of a climb with one area that has a technical short rocky decent.EXIT:once you've finished the loop, you come back out on the gravel road (that you came in on), and it's a climb to get back out and you race all the way back to town, so you gotta save some juice for the end.Posted by: bmw
Echo Race Site Link
Monday, February 24, 2014
Those who ordered from the team store likely received their team kits today. Thanks to the Armstrongs for modelling the kits. The last photo is very depressing! I was super stoked to get my long sleeve and arm warmers today, the kit looks great, and the long sleeve will work great this weekend.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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