Keen Wealth Advisors hosts 3rd Annual Open House

Bill Keen and his team hosted their 3rd annual open house on June 9 to show their appreciation for their current and new clients alike.

Bill Keen welcoming Greg and Nigel Vaught to the 3rd annual open house.
Bill Keen welcoming Greg and Nigel Vaught to the 3rd annual open house.

Bill graciously invited our team to the event, as well. We set up a team ride ahead of the event and had a great time rolling along the streets of Johnson County.  We enjoyed live music and Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ after the ride.

It's hard to not notice that young Peter Whalen has more developed calves than Steve Van Nieuwenhuyse.
It’s hard to not notice that young Peter Whalen has more developed calves than Steve Van Nieuwenhuyse.

Bill is a private pilot and can be seen riding his bike around the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in his Big D Cycling kit. Big D Cycling recently purchased a bike for his wife, Carissa, who is also getting into and enjoying cycling!

Keen Wealth Advisors also produces podcasts on all things related to personal finance and investing. Check them out and feel free to contact Bill at BKeen@KeenWealthAdvisors.com if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the products and services he and his team provide.

Dirty Kanza, Tour of Kansas City, Big D Cycling ~ Oh My!

Yet again, Dirty Kanza and Tour of Kansas City fell on the same weekend. Big D Cycling has talent across many disciplines, and that became apparent in the first weekend in June.

May was a wet month in the area, but the week leading up to Dirty Kanza had the gravel roads drying out. Mother Nature decided to make things interesting at Dirty Kanza this year, though, by providing a thunderstorm a few hours before the start to soak the first several miles of the course. She also provided riders with an unusual (for this time of year) wind out of the Northwest, along with some warmer temperatures, which provided riders with a headwind and heat for the last half of the course. Many veteran riders commented that this was one of the toughest editions of Dirty Kanza.

Cody Jones chilling at the start, along with Kurt McKinsey.
Cody Jones chilling at the start, along with Kurt McKinsey. Photo credit: The Shane

When the dust settled, Cody Jones overcame a mechanical to finish before sunset with a time of 14 hours, 0 minutes, 04 seconds. That put him at 40th overall! Tim Herre and Joe Kleidosty dealt with their own challenges and were not able to continue much past the third and final checkpoint. Herre still had a great experience, and Kleidosty had a personal best with mileage with 166 miles and learned valuable lessons to assist him with future endurance events.

Cody, upon finishing his 206-mile journey. He looks confused and out of it, but he's really just trying to find the beer garden.
Cody, upon finishing his 206-mile journey. He looks confused and out of it, but he’s really just trying to find the beer garden. Photo credit: The Shane

We had several teammates that completed the 100-mile course: Michael Fiola and Ken Wiebke had been training together prior to the event, and finished the event together with a time of 9 hours, 7 minutes, 45 seconds, overcoming physical challenges along their journey. Alvaro Gamarra led a motley crew on his fat bike, completing the course in 10 hours, 45 minutes, 48 seconds, along with Andres Suarez on a fat bike, and Christian Vila and Reinaldo Barrera on gravel bikes. They assisted a mutual friend to complete his first century ride – on Dirty Kanza gravel, no less!

Ken and Michael taking in the Flint Hills scenery with a friend.
Ken and Michael taking in the Flint Hills scenery with a friend. Ken is wondering how many more miles before they see civilization again. Photo Credit: Figs
Shane Jones supported Cody Jones on his epic ride. Along the way, he realized he had a crush on Ted King. Kleidosty took this selfie to document his happiness.
Shane Jones supported Cody Jones on his epic ride. Along the way, he realized he had a crush on Ted King. Kleidosty took this selfie to document his happiness. Photo credit: monGO

In a land not so far away, Big D Cycling was also letting its presence be known at Tour of Kansas City, which featured a new downtown location for the criterium course.

Chip Zimmer and Greg Vaught went 5th and 6th in the circuit race at Cliff Drive. Nigel Vaught used his climbing prowess to take 2nd in the circuit race.  Nigel, with his performance in all three race formats, won the omnium at Tour of Kansas City. In addition to this, Greg and Nigel have competed at two Midwest Flyover events to-date, with Greg now in 5th place overall in that series in Men’s 50+ and Nigel in 3rd place overall in the series in Junior Boys 13-14.

Nigel is improving as he trains and rides more. Above all, he enjoys competing and riding his bikes!
Nigel is improving as he trains and rides more. Above all, he enjoys competing and riding his bikes!

Jay Raupp performed admirably in all his races, earning 2nd in the omnium for Masters Men’s 60+.

Our Masters Women’s team is currently in the lead for the KBAT competition. Kathy Johnson and Kathleen Raupp are the big contributors to that effort. Raupp earned 3rd in the downtown criterium at Tour of Kansas City. Mary Thompson gutted out the brutal climb at the Cliff Drive course to earn 2nd in her category. Great job, ladies!

Kathleen Raupp had a blast at the downtown criterium at Tour of Kansas City.
Kathleen Raupp had a blast at the downtown criterium at Tour of Kansas City. Photo credit: Jay Raupp

Planning was the key to Cody Jones’ success at Dirty Kanza ~ if you need help with your financial planning, contact our title sponsor, Keen Wealth Advisors!

Technical sections makes Gravel Ride for Maisie’s Pride one to remember!

Joe Kleidosty bought his first gravel bike in December 2015, after rolling over many gravel miles with his mountain bike, with the intent of shifting focus to gravel in 2016.

Kleidosty jumped at the opportunity to register for Gravel Ride for Maisie’s Pride, as he had ridden gravel in Eskridge, KS, before at the Just Another Gravel Grinder Race on Halloween 2015. Promoter Ryan Dudley does these events to support the Maisie Community Pool in Eskridge, named after longtime resident Maisie DeVore.

Wow! What a story! Check out this video on Maisie – many lessons can be learned in this short video. Kleidosty even recognized that a section of K4 Highway leading into Eskridge was named Maisie DeVore Highway.

Many lessons were learned during the gravel ride, as well!

A big turnout to support Ryan Dudley and the Maisie Community Pool! More than 200 racers ~ Dudley even ran out of numbers for the bike! Photo credit: Gravel Guru
A big turnout to support Ryan Dudley and the Maisie Community Pool! More than 200 racers ~ Dudley even ran out of numbers for the bikes! Photo credit: Gravel Guru

Kleidosty did not have any plans to suffer like he did at Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder. He wanted to be free from cramps and just try to settle in with a fast group and get some good race preparation in for Dirty Kanza.

Within four miles, the riders turned onto a low maintenance road with tire ruts that must have been 12 inches deep or more. Many riders were falling, crashing or getting flats on these ruts, which caused some separation early in the ride.

Kleidosty settled into a good rhythm, keeping the lead group in sight, like a dangling carrot. He caught the breakaway around mile 22 and was able to settle in, finally!

Kleidosty making his way to the lead group. Photo credit: Gravel Guru
Kleidosty making his way to the lead group, with a smile on his face. Photo credit: Gravel Guru

After a few more miles clicked away and more hills ate away at riders’ legs, the lead group was whittled down to five riders ~ Ashton Lambie, Evan Fast, Trey Harrison, Bob Cummings and Kleidosty.

The breakaway of five negotiating a hill. Cummings was out for fun and popped a wheelie on this hill! Photo credit: Gravel Guru
The breakaway of five negotiating a hill. Cummings was out for fun and popped a wheelie on this hill! Photo credit: Gravel Guru

Cummings suffered a rear puncture before the 52-mile SAG, likely around the 35-mile mark.  Many sections of the first 52 miles had some very technical sections on them. Playing it safe, Kleidosty was dropped a bit before the SAG, but he still managed to roll out with Harrison and Fast. Lambie was in and out quickly and rode the last half of the ride solo, winning the overall.

Some rocky downhills made for some bumpy rides on the way down. Washout ruts and large rocks had to be navigated on the way down. Photo credit: Eric J. Stites
Some rocky downhills made for some bumpy rides on the way down. Washout ruts and large rocks had to be navigated on the way down. Photo credit: Eric J. Stites
Even with the dry weather leading up to the race, mud sections were still on the course. Photo credit: Eric J. Stites
Even with the dry weather leading up to the race, mud sections were still on the course. Photo credit: Eric J. Stites
A lot of the ride was looking ahead and picking the right line to ride! Photo credit: Eric J. Stites
A lot of the ride was looking ahead and picking the right line to ride! Photo credit: Eric J. Stites

Fast, Harrison and Kleidosty worked together, until Fast suffered rear wheel damage on a rocky descent. Then, Harrison and Kleidosty settled in to finish the last 40 or so miles together. Garmin was showing temperatures hitting close to 95 degrees. The heat was definitely having some effect on riders, as Harrison was suffering from some cramps around the 75-mile mark.

Kleidosty was able to stave off any cramping and kept riding solo, into warm headwinds, for the most part, until the finish, earning 2nd overall and 1st in his 40-49 age group.

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It was definitely a great training ride with Chamois Butt’r’s rider Trey Harrison, who won the VeloTek Grand Prix last weekend. If you find your personal finance or investment plan in a rut, contact Bill Keen with Keen Wealth Advisors.

Yep! Gravel riding can be that fun! You can get me back next time, Trey! Photo credit: Gravel Guru
Yep! Gravel riding can be that fun! You can get me back next time, Trey! Photo credit: Eric J. Stites

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Big D Cycling earns podium spots in several categories at VeloTek Grand Prix!

The forecast was looking like a repeat of last year’s VeloTek Grand Prix ~ rain, lightning and thunder for the time trial! Luckily, it was just raining and wet for the .7-mile uphill time trial, helping us to avoid the 2 hour and 15 minute delay we experienced in 2015. The skies actually cleared as the riders in the Men’s 1/2 category took to the line – check out Kent Woermann’s onboard footage here, with an official time of 2:20.26, to put our times in perspective.

Paul Aldeguer posted a time of 2:26.81, with Joe Kleidosty close behind with a time of 2:28.40, placing them 4th and 5th in the General Classification in Men’s 40+ 1/2/3.

Cody Jones had the fastest time in Men’s Cat 4, putting down a time of 2:22.00. Chip Zimmer placed a very respectable time of 2:42.21, giving him 4th in the GC, with Leo Simbaqueva close behind in 5th in the Men’s 40+ 4/5 category.

Kathy Johnson got her toes wet in the biggest stage race in Kansas, literally, posting a time in the TT that would put her 8th in her Women’s Cat 4 GC.

With the winds picking up and skies clearing momentarily, the crit course at Clinton Lake was drying off. The excellent volunteers at this event worked hard to clear big puddles off the course for the first crits of the day.

In the Men’s 40+ 1/2/3 category, Aldeguer and Kleidosty were able to maintain 5th and 6th position after the criterium, when Paul Bonds leapfrogged up to 1st place.

The only other noteworthy event was Cody Jones working hard to protect his leader position in Men’s Cat 4. He was in excellent position for most of the race and also won the prime sprint, earning 3 bonus seconds.

Cody Jones leading the Men's Cat 4 criterium. Photo credit: Dani Peterson
Cody Jones leading the Men’s Cat 4 criterium. Photo credit: Dani Peterson

Towards the end of the race, though, he was out of position. In an attempt to move up, wheels were crossed and a crash occurrred. Jones suffered severe road rash, but he fought through it to finish the road race the following day! Since the crash occurred close to the finish, those involved with the crash were given the same time as the lead finishers. With the finish bonus seconds, though, Jones moved down to 2nd place, down 7 seconds.

Cody likes to take selfies of himself in the bathroom. Photo credit: Cody Jones
Cody likes to take selfies of himself in the bathroom. Photo credit: Cody Jones

Zimmer, Simbaqueva and Ben Christian got gapped in the final lap of the criterium, each losing 3 seconds on the GC. Zimmer was still in 5th place, though, following the criterium.

The stage race finished on Sunday with a 28-mile road race for the Women’s Cat 4, Juniors, and Men’s 40+ 4/5 fields, and with a 56-mile road race for Men’s 40+ 1/2/3 field.

The biggest GC shakeup occurred in the Men’s 40+ 1/2/3 race, where Aldeguer, Kleidosty, Greg Vaught, Jim Clevenger and Raupp truly worked as a team. Going into the race, the plan was to try to move Aldeguer higher in the GC.  As always, things don’t always go according to plan in a race, so adapt we must, hmmm.

Raupp was near the front of the race in the first few miles, giving some protection to Kleidosty early on. Clevenger had a mechanical within a few miles, but caught up with Raupp and worked with him for a bit to try to get him pulled up to the peloton.

The race started out fast with several attacks occurring. Kleidosty covered the attacks and started attacks, while never able to get sight of Aldeguer during the race. Around the 18-mile mark, Kleidosty rolled off the front again on a 3% grade. Around this time, Vaught found his legs, rolled past Kleidosty and yelled, “Sit in.”

When Vaught moved up to the front, he advised Aldeguer to follow him, but Aldeguer sat back, thinking Rick Moseley and Paul Bonds, the GC leaders, were marking him.  It was hard for Aldeguer to do, but his decision likely helped the winning breakaway to form.

Within a mile, around 19-mile mark, a couple OKC Velo racers rolled by, and Kleidosty yelled at Vaught, “Go! Go! Go!” Vaught jumped out of his saddle and looked like he just got tased. At this point, the breakaway was descending at a high rate. After a series of hills, a breakaway of five was formed, which included Kleidosty, Chris Johnson, Bruce Tanner, Trey Harrison and Peter Erdoes.

The breakaway of five would stay together until the 52-mile mark, when Tanner and Johnson were dropped on a long, punchy climb. Kleidosty earned a couple bonus seconds, getting 2nd in the prime lap of the road race. Kleidosty also got 2nd on the final lap, earning another six bonus seconds.  This put him at 2nd overall in the GC.

Kleidosty rolling in 2nd on the road race, pushing him and Big D Cycling into 2nd overall in the GC! Photo credit: Dani Peterson
Kleidosty rolling in 2nd on the road race, pushing him and Big D Cycling into 2nd overall in the GC! Photo credit: Dani Peterson

The breakaway put more than four minutes on the chase group and more than seven minutes on the group after that, which did a complete change of the GC.

Kleidosty on the podium, the result of a true team effort in the road race! Photo credit: Dani Peterson
Kleidosty on the podium, the result of a true team effort in the road race! Photo credit: Dani Peterson

Zimmer did a lot of work in his road race, but was unable to maintain his 5th place in the GC. He, however, performed well in all stages, earning 6th overall, just behind Simbaqueva, who earned 5th overall in Men’s 40+ 4/5.  Christian enjoyed the stage race and gained valuable experience in the process.

Kathy Johnson had a great time in her first stage race and learned how to do an uphill time trial!

Kathy Johnson is blowing a kiss to the finish of her first stage race! Photo credit: Dani Peterson
Kathy Johnson is blowing a kiss to the finish of her first stage race! Photo credit: Dani Peterson

Jones showed pure grit and determination in his road race, earning a bonus second while getting 3rd on the prime lap. He also got 2nd on the road race, earning another 6 bonus seconds. It was not enough to win the Men’s Cat 4 overall, but he earned a solid 2nd place!

Jones toughed it out on the final day to earn 2nd overall! Photo credit: Dani Peterson
Jones toughed it out on the final day to earn 2nd overall! Photo credit: Dani Peterson

Nigel Vaught faced some tougher competition in this stage race, but performed admirably in all stages, even winning the criterium race! His performance in all stages earned him 2nd overall in his GC!

Nigel wore out his competitors, so they were unable to join him on the podium. Photo credit: Greg Vaught
Nigel wore out his competitors, so they were unable to join him on the podium. Photo credit: Greg Vaught

Special thanks to Keen Wealth Advisors, Chamois Butt’r and BikeSource KC for their excellent support of Big D Cycling!

Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder 2016 ~ Gravel, Podiums, and Cows … Oh My!

The second edition of the Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder was different from last year’s wet and muddy event, but it was definitely not less challenging.  The challenges came in many forms: locked-up Garmins, quick starting pace, heat, high winds and technical sections on the course.

The start/finish location had a raging fire pit to welcome racers in the pre-dawn hour before the race.
The start/finish location had a raging fire pit to welcome racers in the pre-dawn hour before the race.
Roger Williams and Brendan Sheehan talking all things gravel prior to the race.
Roger Williams and Brendan Sheehan talking all things gravel prior to the race.

Joe Kleidosty faced all kinds of struggles during this event, including a bad Garmin file for the race course, which locked up his Garmin for the first 12.5 miles.  Other racers were also having issues with the Garmin file.  I guess you could say it was a failure to communicate, which seemed fitting for this gravel race (and yes, Kleidosty felt just like Cool Hand Luke after the Captain struck him in this video link).

Brendan Sheehan started the race with a neutral roll out behind his red pickup.  Kleidosty stayed directly behind the truck and when Sheehan took off, Kleidosty took off.  Within two miles, racers were upon the King of the Mountain climb, with some pitches over 16 percent. Kleidosty led the way onto the climb, when a cow suddenly darted across his path! Brian Jensen effortlessly made it to the top of the climb first, with Cody Jones and Kleidosty close behind.

Holy cow! Kleidosty directly behind the cow. Jensen would dart up the hill from the left and take the KOM in the race.
Holy cow! Kleidosty directly behind the cow. Jensen would dart up the hill from the left and take the KOM in the race. Photo credit: Roger Harrison

Jones made it up to Jensen. Ashton Lambie bridged up to that duo after another decent climb at the 4-mile mark.  At that point, Kleidosty was with Kurt McKinsey and another racer, chasing down the lead group.  They were keeping pace with the lead group, but lost the third person at the 16-mile mark.

Around the 80- to 85-mile mark, David Collins and Curt Shelman caught McKinsey and Kleidosty, setting a strong pace down River Road.  McKinsey latched onto them with ease, but Kleidosty was struggling to get back on with them, as the early race exertion had taken its toll.

Collins was on the front and missed a turn at the 93-mile mark, locking up his brakes. Kleidosty and McKinsey continued on and stayed together until the final climb around the 97-mile mark.

Kleidosty rolled in third overall and first in Masters 35+ category.

Kleidosty is smiling really big, elated to be finished with Cool Hand Luke 2016!
Kleidosty is smiling really big, elated to be finished with Cool Hand Luke 2016! Photo credit: Roger Harrison
Kleidosty's legs following the race - dust and sunscreen combine to make a darker shade of legs!
Kleidosty’s legs following the race – dust and sunscreen combine to make a darker shade of legs!

Greg Vaught returned to Cool Hand Luke to improve upon his showing last year, where he had to improvise and ride with a broken spoke and no rear brakes.

Vaught paced himself on the first portion of the race and bridged up to Roger Williams by the first checkpoint. They worked together until around the 91-mile mark, when Vaught rode away on a hill and just kept going. His efforts yielded him 10th overall and 2nd in Masters 50+!

Curt Shelman, Greg Vaught and Roger Williams on the Masters 50+ podium.
Curt Shelman, Greg Vaught and Roger Williams on the Masters 50+ podium.

Cody Jones experienced a mechanical just before the first checkpoint, causing a delay of more than an hour on his ride. He had a great race up to that point and chalked this one up to Dirty Kanza training!

Cody Jones looks like he's just out for a Sunday ride.
Cody Jones looks like he’s just out for a Sunday ride. Photo credit: Roger Harrison

Tim Herre came in just ahead of Jones, placing in the top 20!

Tim Herre finishing strong!
Tim Herre finishing strong! Photo credit: Roger Harrison

Kleidosty made it a point to thank Shelman for Chamois Butt’r’s sponsorship of Big D Cycling after the race. It sure came in handy on this ride!

Official times: Joe Kleidosty, 5:49:31; Greg Vaught, 6:20:32; Tim Herre, 6:48:23; and Cody Jones, 6:54:04.

One cow, two podiums and three in the top 20: quite a day for Keen Wealth Advisors’ Big D Cycling team!