Team Louisville's 2007 Racing Season in a Nutshellby Brian Rhodes
The 2007 season was an amazing ride for Team Louisville. Our team training officially began in January. Once a week, we would partake in “General” Joe Collin’s infamous PB&J Ride. Joe, a veteran racer, would put us through the ringer for four or five hours every Saturday in an effort to build our endurance. These rides continued until the start of the 2007 Kentuckiana Spring Training Series in March.
From the very beginning of the road racing season, it was evident that Team Louisville was a force to be reckoned with: our pre-season training had readied us for the upcoming races. Many of my fellow teammates had great road race finishes. Joe Klarer saw many wins during the Kentuckiana Spring Training Series, taking 1st overall. Mike Kennedy won the April 9 Lynchburg Road Race and placed 4th in the May 25 – 28 Edgar Soto Memorial Stage Race.
Between March and June, Joe Klarer, Mike Kennedy, Mitchell Kirsting, and I all upgraded from Category 5 to Category 3. Other team members, such as Dan Loescher, Scott Kuiper, and Logan McCulloch, have since upgraded categories as well. Aside from the many hours in the saddle, I attribute our successes to the instruction, experience, and guidance I received from the many members of Team Louisville. Veterans like David Berman, Joe Collins, Darrell Edwards, Steve Gaylor, Dan Loescher, and Bob Zeman have served as excellent mentors to me and my newbie cohorts.
Team Louisville continued to prove that it’s not just a road racing team. Much of our team is highly competitive on the mountain biking scene. Blaine Heppner earned several overall wins in his class and several top-10 finishes during the larger DINO (Do Indiana Off –road) Series races. Brad Wunderlich won the 40 – 49 Category and the Sport Class at the Capital View Race in July.
Don Parr returned to mountain bike racing after sustaining a shoulder injury last year and had many notable finishes. Joe Collins had two great finishes before heading to Colorado for the summer. I won my first ever mountain bike race at Waverly Park. And “The Beast”, Mitchell Kirsting, won the Sport Class overall at Waverly Park on a single speed!
While we were tearing it up on the road and in the dirt, Walter Lay was busy winning the Men’s 60 – 64 Omnium category at the 2007 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships in August. Walter also competed in the Masters Tandem National Championship with teammate David Berman.
As the road racing and mountain biking seasons wound down, cyclocross was just beginning. In the Ohio Valley Cyclocross series, Rick Lyons finished 3rd in the Masters 45+ category; Charles Garner placed 3rd overall in the Men’s B category; in the Beginner Masters 35+, Jeff Steinrock was 1st overall in his class; and Darrell Edwards was 2nd overall in his class. Congratulations should also be given to “The Champion,” Chris Nevitt, who won his first ever cyclocross race at Wendell Moore in December.
Besides participating in a ton of races, Team Louisville was also the driving force behind many cycling-oriented events in Louisville, including US Gran Prix of Cyclocross and the Mayor’s Hike and Bike rides. These are just two of the local events that we have worked on. Thanks to vice president of racing Mark Luking and Darrell Edwards for all their work on the local events, as none of these would have been possible without their efforts. I also want to thank all of the members of Team Louisville who have promoted safe cycling awareness within the community throughout the year.
Now that the 2007 season is over, Team Louisville’s attention has turned to the future. Team training has been underway for the past month. Soon we will be hitting the gym and scheduling the races we want to participate in this coming year. Team Louisville is also seeking a title sponsor for the 2009 season. Logan McCulloch has asked that if any of the readers of this newsletter have an idea for a possible sponsor, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being a part of Team Louisville in 2007 has been an amazing experience. I joined Team Louisville in the fall of 2006 as a Category 5 cyclist with no racing experience. Since then, I’ve grown comfortable as a racer, made great friends, formed many wonderful memories on and off the bike, and traveled to quite a few stage races. I am proud to be a part of Team Louisville and am grateful for all that I have been taught by my fellow teammates. I could not have asked for a better team.
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web posted: 17 Jan 2009
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