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Big D Welcomes Joe Kleidosty as Site Guru

Joe Kleidosty has stepped up to become the new website manager for Big D Cycling. He will be writing articles and posting advice on personal grooming (keep it hairy) and race strategy. Dan Ruettimann will be moving into his new role as editor-in-chief and continuing to provide photography when he is not racing.

Joe “monGO” Kleidosty, our new journalist in the field

Spring is bringing winds of change with it. Bazaar is this weekend (which usually has some decent wind); our title sponsor, Bill Keen, of Keen Wealth Advisors, just bought a Specialized Roubaix; and our team President Stephen Whalen committed to upgrading to Category 4 within a month! The wind truly is bringing some exciting things with it.

Here is a preview of the team photo. We have a lot of fun when we get together!

Remember, the wind is nothing but a training partner. Get out there and ride! monGO

Cyclocross Season Underway!

Cyclocross season kicked off in earnest this weekend, with three big racing days from Friday through Sunday.

Big D’s two cross masters, Randy Martin and Paul Fancher, put in great efforts for the team at the Manion’s Cross and Buffalo Bill races. Martin had three top-ten finishes and Fancher came in just shy of winning in his race on Sunday.

Paul Fancher
Fancher pushes to podium finish in the Master 50+ race

Fancher worked hard through a crowded, combined field to a second-place finish in the Masters 50+ on Sunday at Manion’s in Wyandotte County. Martin got fifth in the Masters 50+ on Saturday, and ninth in the single-speed event on the tricky, hilly course. Martin was battling a stomach bug all week and he said it caught up with him for the weekend’s racing.

On Friday at the Buffalo Bill race in Leavenworth, Martin competed in the Masters 35+ race, and came away with a strong eighth-place finish. “Dam the first weekend was not the best, but I plan to be in better shape and faster this weekend for the Boss Cross,” said Martin.

Martin Leaves Gears, Competition Behind

Big D’s Randy Martin had a strong showing in the Cat. 4 race at the Boulevard Cup on October 17 at Wyandotte County Park.

Randy lugs his single-speed through the sand

Randy rode his single-speed bike in the category 4 40+ race, and placed second to an experienced Eddy Reamer, a mountain bike racer. “He rode over everything,” said Randy. “I learned early on that if there is a question on whether or not to ride or run, I run.”

Randy makes his way through traffic

Randy is working hard representing Big D Cycling in Wichita and across the region. As cyclocross season winds down, look for Randy on the road as a formidable force for the team.

Special thanks to Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge for allowing us to use his brilliant images.