Friday, December 9, 2011

2012 Ann Arbor Spring Training Series

The 2012 race session is a few months away but we're starting to put together details for the 28th annual Ann Arbor Spring Training Series (STS). Check out the dates and details listed on this site to get a sense of the calendar for 2012.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Week #4 Recap, results, and overall standings

The last week of the Ann Arbor STS was windy to say the least. Those who managed to not get blown off the course fought hard for the final overall points in every category. Cutting straight to overall, the top 5 in each category fell out as follows. Results for the week and full overall standings are on the results page.

Thanks to Pear Tree Pens for donating some primes for the final week's races. Mark your calendars for the Cone-Azalia Classic Road Race p/b Pear Tree Pens on May 1!

"C" overall
1. George Bracken (41)
2. Stephen Doll (37)
3. Jody Cagle (35)
4. Jeff Plotzke (30)
5. Chris Roper (27)

Women's overall
1. Grace Singleton (25)
2. Hana Berkooz (22)
3. Laura Johnson (20)
4. Sarah Demerly (12)
5. Chelsea Clark (10)

"B" overall
1. Scott Gifford (38)
2. David Manges (33)
3. Joe Lekovish (31)
4. Jody Cagle (28)
5. Seth Kleinglass (26)

"A" overall
1. Tim Finkel (54)
2. Robert Foshag (43)
3. Vince Roberge (42)
4. Alexey Vermeulen (39)
5. Alan Antonuk (30)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Week #4 Cook Out!

Skies should be dry again this Sunday for the last Ann Arbor STS race, and to celebrate the end of the training races and beginning of the "real" racing (Michigan Race Series) that starts in two weeks, we'll be cooking out! The grilling will start about the time "A" race starts, roughly 11:30. We'll have brats, burgers, chips and drinks. So plan to stick around, bring your own fruits, veggies, or other sides you want, and enjoy the day. Pass the word!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Week #3 video

Video from the start, mid-race, and finish line camera during week #3, including the C, B, and A races. Our camera operator was working during the women's race so we'll make sure to capture some action during that race in week #4.

Week #3 Recap and Results

The fog rolled in for the start of week 3, but with temps at 45°—almost three times warmer than 2 weeks ago—and chance of rain disappearing, not too many people were complaining. By the time the A race started, the temps we in the 70s and everyone was no trying to get used to the “heat”.

The C race saw a few moves go early but generally stayed together, though, single file with a high pace. With about 5 laps to go one rider rolled off the front, taking about a 15 second lead. With 3 to go the very strong new comer, Evan Boese, took chase as finished as the lone rider off the front.

The women's race was fast from the start with the small field working well together and staying single file throughout their contest. When it came to the finish, Sarah Demerly took charge and took the sprint.

"B" field stacked up at the finish line.
The warm weather helped the field sizes grow, and the B race saw a good sized field keep a good tempo throughout the race, made more challenging as the fog burned off and the winds picked up on the back side of the course. David Manges made a late race escape, staying clear of a crash that took out a few riders in the sprint, and he finished just off the front of the rest of the charging field.

The A race was again quick but battling into the growing headwind on the backstretch meant good chances for a break to roll away. Vince Roberge went early and fast, soon joined by 5 others before leaving them behind to lap the field on his own and go back off the front again. A couple chase groups slipped away in the second half of the race leaving the field to fight for 13th place, while Vince hung on strong for the win.

Full results are posted on the results page.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Prizes for the Women's Race Sunday!

The Ann Arbor Velo Club's women's team has put up $50 in prizes for the women's race this week. Pass along the word, and have women racers in the area take advantage of the warm forecast for Sunday.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Week #2 recap and results

The temperatures were warmer than week (how couldn't they be?) and the rain just barely held off until the end of the A race, making for a dry morning of racing despite the forecast.

The C race saw a number of riders try to get away, but nothing stuck. Aaron McCready opened a gap on the last lap, though, to take the win. Hana Berkooz took the two-up sprint for the win after riding a quick tempo with Grace Singleton in the women's race. No break stuck this week in the B race, but that didn't keep Joe Lekovish from staying near the front again this week and getting the win in the sprint. 

A handful of Canadian riders joined the mix for the A race, and with a blistering pace in the first half of the race some riders in the peloton were asking if there was an international conflict they hadn't heard about. Despite no truth to those rumors the attacks persisted throughout the race. With the speed in the field remaining high, nothing could stay away and it came down to a field sprint with Robert Foshag taking the win.

Check out the full results and points standings on the results page, or watch the finish camera videos for the C race, B race, or A race.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Flashback video

A shot of some action from the Ann Arbor STS back in 2008.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Week #1 Recap and Results

It was a cold morning, but the sun was out and so were a lot of racers for the sub-20 degrees temps that started the day. Results are posted along with the initial overall points for the series. Check out the C race, B race, and A race finish line videos.

The C race came down to a field sprint with Jody Cagle taking the win. The B race saw 5 riders go clear of the field by 20 seconds with Brad Legris taking the win. The A race saw 6 racers go clear about 15 minutes in and take a lap on the field with youngster Rudy Peterson getting the win. Houston Peterson and Martin Vecchio chased much of the race, not getting a lap but staying clear of the field for 7th and 8th.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Racer Tips: Pinning on your Race Number

One of the basics every bike racer has to learn to do is pin on your race number. While it's not difficult, it helps to follow a few basic tips.

  1. Make sure it is on the correct side and right-side-up so the officials and finish camera can see it
  2. Use at least 6 pins to hold on big number—8 are better as no part of the number will catch the wind
  3. Well positioned number with the ideal 8 pins.
  4. Do not use the pre-cut holes in the corner of the numbers—ignore them as these will cause your number to flap in the wind a lot. Just pin right through the surface of the number.
For more details about how to pin your number, check out the Cycling Skills blog post on the topic.

New Racer Tips: More than You Want to Know

If you're brand new to bike racing there are a lot of details to learn. We'll do a quick series of posts this week to help new riders coming to the Ann Arbor Spring Training Series or to any other race.

The first installment for those with a bunch of extra time on their hands is the very thorough My First Bike Race webinar video hosted by USA Cycling last year. It covers nearly everything (and a lot more) that a new racer might need to know about getting started racing. It's about 1 hour 20 minutes, with the first 56 minutes being the presentation and the last bit being a question and answer.

Friday, March 11, 2011

2011 Race Here Soon—Flyer Available Now

The fast corner on the course is looking a bit snowy, but two weeks in Michigan gives us plenty of time for the weather to change. Probably enough time for it to change a dozen times.

Regardless of today's weather, the race flyer is now available, or check out the links at the top of the page for event details. See you March 27! Online registration should be available shortly, and race-day registration will be inside the Robertson-Morrison building adjacent to the start/finish line on the course.

Monday, January 17, 2011

2011 Planning is Underway

We're currently working to confirm details for the 2011 Ann Arbor Spring Training Series. A slightly revamped schedule to help us stay on time will be a part of the mix. Check back here before the end of February for additional details.