USA Cycling Names Big D Cycling as 2015 Masters Club of the Year!

Big D Cycling team getting ready for another training ride in Scottsdale, AZ.
Big D Cycling team getting ready for another training ride in Scottsdale, AZ.

USA Cycling recently named Big D Cycling as 2015 Masters Club of the Year! Read all about it here.

It’s a great way to cap off an eventful year where our Men’s Masters team has won the Kansas Cycling Association’s team competitions in Road and Cyclocross!

Much of the Big D Cycling team gather to celebrate JT's birthday! Johnny's Birthday Ride!
Many of the Big D Cycling team gather to celebrate JT’s birthday! Johnny’s Birthday Ride!

Many thanks to our great title sponsor Keen Wealth Advisors for their tremendous support of our team and also for their sponsorship of junior and youth racing fees, which is helping to grow competitive cycling in our area.

If you are interested in joining a competitive cycling team and would like to have fun while learning various race tactics, contact us!

Big D Cycling Earns Masters Men’s Titles in 2015 Road and Cyclocross … and Has Fun Doing It!

Cyclocross season is almost over, and it will soon lead into those glorious winter training months! Randy Braley, a member of our team and owner of Randy Braley Photography, took some great video of one of our summer training rides earlier this year.  If you want to race competitively and have fun doing it, contact us!

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s a great time to give thanks to all of our great sponsors! Keen Wealth Advisors for sound financial and retirement planning, BikeSource for great service and bikes, Chamois Butt’r for comfortable riding, Dan Ruettimann Photography for excellent race action photography, Team Dalton Plumbing for keeping it flowing, The Whale Spout Car Wash for clean cars, Swanson’s Dog Park and Daycare for keeping dogs from chasing us down, and Dental Health by Herre for keeping our teeth pearly white!

Happy Holidays!

Big D Cycling Upsets 360 Racing in the KBCXT Masters!

Yes, it is true.

Big D Cycling Men’s Masters team, sponsored by Keen Wealth Advisors, defeated our worthy opponents at their own game and on their own course. Heading into the last KBCXR series race of the year, we were just a few points ahead of 360 Racing. We knew that they were on “all hands on deck” alert, so we needed to bring our “A” game.

Big D’ers responded to the challenge with great efforts by Paul Aldeguer, Shane Jones, Steve VanNieuwenhuyse, Jim Clevenger, Paul Fancher, Chip Zimmer, Reg Robertson and Bill Jennings. Congratulations gentlemen ~ it was a true team effort!

Big D Cycling now has Men’s Masters team titles for Road and Cyclocross in 2015!

In a possibly more surprising occurrence, the Big D Cycling’s Men’s Category team finished a strong 2nd place in the Men’s KBCXT, with outstanding results all season from Tim Herre, Nick Comiskey, Steve VanNieuwenhuyse and Cody Jones.

Big D Individual Top Ten KBCXR Results

Category 1/2

  1. Tim Herre

Category 3

  1. Nick Comiskey
Nick Comiskey with a Wheelsucker lingering behind.
Nick Comiskey with a Wheelsucker lingering behind.

Men’s Category 4

  1. Steve VanNieuwenhuyse

5.  Cody Jones

Steve VanNieuwenhuyse has a very long last name.
Steve Van Nieuwenhuyse has a very long … last name.

Women’s Category  4

2. Amy VanNieuwenhuyse

Amy Van doing her thing.
Amy Van doing her thing.

Men’s Masters 40+

  1. Paul Aldeguer
Paul Aldeguer working the field over.
Paul Aldeguer working the field over … with his beast mode face.

Men’s Masters 50+

  1. Jim Clevenger

4.   Chip Zimmer

5.   Paul Fancher

8.   Greg Vaught

Jim Clevenger leading the Big D train ~ Shane Jones and Paul Fancher close behind.
Jim Clevenger leading the Big D train ~ Shane Jones and Paul Fancher close behind.

Men’s Master 65+

  1. Reg Robertson
  2. Bill Jennings

Juniors

  1. Nigel Vaught

9.   Peter Whalen

10.  Chris Braley

Peter Whalen racing in the drops!
Peter Whalen racing in the drops!

I hope everyone knows that Keen Wealth Advisors not only sponsors our team, but also sponsors race fees for all juniors. Our powerhouse trio of Juniors (Vaught, Whalen and Braley) responded with great results, steady improvement and all with a smile on their faces!

If there was a total team competition for cyclocross, it would have been dominated by the cross studs known as Big D Cycling, sponsored by Keen Wealth Advisors. Special thanks to Greg Vaught and Steve VanNieuwenhuyse. Greg gave us full access to his own personal cyclocross course and then worked to maintain it. He also lugged around our tent to most of the races! Steve ~ for his tireless efforts on setting up for our weekly cyclocross practice course and his work maintaining it.

Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge shot all of these great action photos – see more of his work on flickr.

Big D Cycling Dominates at 360 Cup!

As the great American and superior cyclocross racer Steve VanNieuwenhuyse put it, “What a great team showing. A good day for Big D and to be part of this team!”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Big D Cycling, sponsored by Keen Wealth Advisors, simply put up outstanding efforts on top of outstanding efforts at the 360 Cup 2015 – Kansas State Cyclocross Championships.

The Coverboy of Cyclocross, Leo Simbaqueva.
The Coverboy of Cyclocross, Leo Simbaqueva.

Cody Jones started our day off with a crushing first lap and demolished the field to get the victory in the Category 4 race.  Steve VanNieuwenhuyse used proper team tactics to finish in second place.  This was to be Steve’s last as a Category 4, since he moved up to Category 3 after the race.  I’m sure Cody will be soon to follow.

Cody Jones likes to hum "All by Myself" to himself when he races cyclocross.
Cody Jones likes to hum “All by Myself” to himself when he races cyclocross.

The always competitive Masters field saw Big D Cycling get a solid 5th place from Paul Aldeguer in the 40+ age group.  In the 50+ age group, aided by an injury and a course to his liking, Jim Clevenger hauled in the victory, with Paul Fancher riding to 3rd place and Chip Zimmer in 6th place. Our 65+ combo of Reg Robertson and Bill Jennings took 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Chip Zimmer chippin' away at the field.
Chip Zimmer chippin’ away at the field.

Amy VanNieuwenhuyse kept the Big D rolling with a strong 3rd place in the Women’s Cat. 4 race. Nigel Vaught continues to show progress while battling much older competitors to finish 3rd in the juniors.  Other notable performances include Peter Whalen’s 5th place and Chris Braley’s 12th place. It is great to seeing these Keen Wealth Advisors-sponsored riders improve and have fun doing it.

Nigel Vaught in the Cat 5 field, with Ben Christian close behind.
Nigel Vaught in the Cat 5 field, with Ben Christian close behind. Why does Nigel’s face look so relaxed compared to Ben’s?

In the Cat. 3 race, Nick Comiskey put on a show this cloudy Sunday afternoon!  At the end of the first lap he put a ferocious attack that ripped the legs off all but one competitor. Nick pulled this rider around the course lap after lap. There were many calls of “wheel sucker” and even more colorful terms aimed at his companion from Nick’s fans (none wearing our kits). Just before the last lap, a small gap formed.  Nick put the hammer down and dropped his pursuer to give Big D Cycling its 3rd win of the day.

Tim Herre rode like a boss this year as a Category 2 racer.
Tim Herre rode like a boss this year as a Category 2 racer.

Special thanks to our friends and rivals, 360 Racing, for putting on a first class event with a great course and fun for all. A good day for Big D Cycling, a good day indeed!

Special thanks to Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge for these great action shots. See more of his great photography on his flickr page.

Big D Cycling puts Keen Wealth Advisors on top of podium in several categories at SMPCX!

The cyclocross bug has bit Big D Cycling, with the infection spreading within the team.  The only way to counter the side effects of this infection is to practice at the Vaught Cyclocross Compound or wherever your Cx bike takes you.  However, with the right training regimen, the infection becomes a strength (sometimes an occasional itch), as evidenced by the team results!

Great weather and a fun Cx course ushered in large fields at SMPCX on October 25. Big D Cycling alone had 21 entries across various categories, with multiple racers even doubling up on races. Nigel Vaught was one such racer, getting action in on his first Cat 4/5 race!

Nigel Vaught stepping up his game in the Cat 4/5 field!
Nigel Vaught stepping up his game in the Cat 4/5 field! I think that may be Randy Braley behind him …

Paul Aldeguer used his gazelle-like leaps to bound over obstacles, en route to 2nd place in Masters 40+.

Steve Songer was overheard by onlookers saying, "Paul, you're making me look bad!"
Steve Songer was overheard by onlookers saying, “Paul, you’re making me look bad!”

Jim Clevenger, Paul Fancher, Greg Vaught and Chip Zimmer went 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th, respectively, in Masters 50+.  This crew has been itching their way to podiums all season.

Jim Clevenger is gritting his teeth, because his hands are full and he's got an itch he can't reach!
Jim Clevenger is biting his lower lip, because his hands are full, and he’s got an itch he can’t reach!

Reg Robertson and Bill Jennings showed the young ones that age is just a number. It shall not hinder their relationship with the cyclocross bug.

Amy VanNieuwenhuyse earned a top 5 in Women 3/4!

Greg Vaught hit the top of the podium in the Masters 35+ 4/5 race. Wait ~ is he really a Cat 4? Yes. He is. I double checked that to confirm. Ben Christian and Sam Hess have been showing improvement throughout the season, with them going 1st and 2nd, respectively, in Cat 5 of this race (3rd and 7th overall)! 

Ben Christian navigating the field in Masters 35+ 4/5 en route to 3rd place!
Ben Christian navigating the field in Masters 35+ 4/5 en route to 3rd place!

Steve VanNieuwenhuyse and Cody Jones put on a cyclocross clinic in Cat 4/5. Cody rode away from the field after the second lap, while Steve chipped away at the lead and rode over the short barriers to overtake a rider in 2nd place. Steve and Cody went 1st and 2nd, respectively!

"How much more time is left?" is the thought going through Steve's mind in this photo.
“How much more time is left?” is the thought going through Steve’s mind in this photo.

Nick Comiskey and Cody Jones lined up for the Cat 3/4 race. Nick is on another level. The cyclocross bug is especially enamored with him. Nick took 1st place and had a smile whilst doing it.

Nick planned the start with Cody: "Cody, be sure you smile for the camera, but don't flex your quads too much. It's bad enough that the fur on my quads hides my muscle definition!"
Nick planned the start with Cody: “Cody, be sure you smile for the camera, but don’t flex your quads too much. It’s bad enough that the fur on my quads glistens in the sun and  hides my muscle definition!”

Tim Herre played with the big boys and took 8th in Cat 1/2.

Tim Herre may be all grown up, but he harnesses his inner child when he races. Pure fun - Go Royals!
Tim Herre may be all grown up, but he harnesses his inner child when he races. Pure fun – Go Royals!

Yes. That really is Tim Herre above. I wonder how many times those cheeks were pinched.  Seriously, though.  It’s time in the market that is key to a great retirement. It’s never too late to give Keen Wealth Advisors a call to start your retirement plan!

By the way, the cyclocross bug is also known as the oak mite …

Special thanks to Dan Ruettimann of Dan Ruettimann Photography for all of the excellent action pictures!