Cyclocross Season Is Well Under Wayby , VP Racing
On December 3, the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Series held the 14th race in its fall series here in Louisville, on the grounds of the old River Road Country Club. This race was also the Kentucky State Championship race, with medals being awarded to the top finishers from our state.
I am pleased to report that members of Team Louisville came away with their share of these awards. Winning gold medals, as well as finishing in first place in their categories, were Marcus Moran (Men’s B), Nancy McElwain (Women’s B) and Brad Wunderlich (Masters 45+). Perry Finley (Men’s C), though a relative newcomer to the sport, won a silver medal and was sixth overall in his race.
Team Louisville’s successes throughout this series caps off what has been a very good year for our team. Team members have traveled throughout the region, competing in road, mountain bike, track, cyclocross, time trials and even some duathlons and triathlons.
Here is a sample of some of their accomplishments this season:
Brad Wunderlich has competed in 19 events so far this year: 7 road races, 2 mountain bike races and 10 cyclocross races. He won 9 CX races, and was 4th in the road race and 6th in the criterium in his category at the Tour de London.
Dan Loescher competed in 17 road races with four top-5 finishes.
Walter Lay did 24 races; half of which were on the track at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. He, along with Tim Omer, won gold and silver medals at the Senior Games this summer.
Joe Collins did 2 road races, 9 mountain bike races, and 10 cyclocross races in 2006. He also won a gold medal at the Bluegrass State Games in the sport 40+ division.
Charles Garner, who just began racing bicycles this year, competed in 11 races with four top-5 finishes.
Linda Burry, who suffered a significant injury in the first race of the Spring Training Series, came back in July to place second in the Novice division at the Woodmont Triathlon and in August. She won first place in her age group at the E.P. Sawyer Triathlon. She went on to compete in two more road races later in the year.
Matt Staub competed in 10 races including a first place finish at the Pike-Gibson Road Race, he tied for first place with teammate Sean Steele at the Tour da Vinci Criterium and had top 10 or better finishes in all his other races.
These are just a few of the Team’s accomplishments for 2006. The 25 most active members of our team competed in races nearly 200 times over the past season. A quick poll of members indicated that they each logged from 3,000 to as much as 6,000 miles riding and training to get ready for this season.
But not all the credit for this success goes to the team. Without the support of our sponsors: Clarksville Cyclery, Nextel, Bosse-Mattingly Construction, Train Smart, Just Socks, First Egg, and Allegra Printing, we would have a difficult time funding the Team Louisville racing program. Just the entry fees alone for last year came to nearly $4,000! Members must still pay for most of their uniforms and all of their travel expenses themselves. As our team continues to attract new members (for 2007 we have nearly 50 people on our roster) and, as we look for ways to expand and improve our program, we must also find more sponsors to help cover the costs. If you or your company would like to be a part of Team Louisville’s exciting future, please contact me, or any of our team members for more information.
I would also like to thank the many members of LBC who have volunteered at our races and who have cheered us on during the races. We couldn’t do it without you!
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web posted: 3 January 2007
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