Kansas State Age Group Release Forms

Roger Harrison asked us to make the following announcement.

Kansas State Age Group Championships – Osburg, KS held on 6-25-11
Please send in your SIGNED and LEGIBLE Release Forms to me via email, fax, or USPS(Snail Mail), WITHOUT Payment! This procedure is to make sure that the number assignment will correspond to the Age Group you are racing in. So you will know your competitors. Also, it will speed up registration as all will be prepared for you to show your license, pay $15.00, and get your number.

Release form available at the USAC site here.

Fax: 913-682-5247
Email: rfh49@yahoo.com

Lanterne Rouge Volunteer Group, 1422 South Broadway Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-3714.

Teamwork Leads to Two First-Place Finishes

At the Joseph Sheehan Memorial Road Race in Leavenworth on May 1st, Big D placed first in both the Cat. 4 and 5 events! Ryan Rochford placed first in Cat. 4, despite a mechanical early in the race.

This from Whales: “After Ryan blew a tire early in the race, The Bat (Shawn Knight) sprinted to the front of the cat 4 pack and pulled the reigns in while Tim Lightenberg dropped back and pulled Ryan back to the field. A incredible effort on everyone’s part to keep Ryan in the race and then pull him to the front for the uphill sprint finish.” Even after Tim’s sacrifice to help his teammate, he still finished in 5th!

Even more drama unfolded in the Cat 5 event, with Casey Coffman and Kurt Wilson at the front, working together the whole way.

Coffman and Wilson take control of the Cat. 5's

The two riders didn’t really even know each other until well into the race, after they decided to get warmed up ahead of the pack. “We go to the front to pull just to warm up, look back and see a 500 yard gap, look at each other and go …”hmm, whatta ya think?… why not? lets do it… and then all the while knowing that once we were away we had Big D teammates who were going to give up for the team and block ….. which is exactly what happend and 100% a team win… !” said Coffman.

The rest of the team, including John Taton, Dan Turner, Stephen Whalen, Chip Zimmer, Lee Wafford, and Ron Marney, kept the field at bay, riding two or three abreast in front and dragging their heels. “And nobody could get around us, our boyz were able to create a gap that the rest of the field apparently did not take seriously,” said Whales.

Kurt came in second behind Casey. Ron Marney finished in 7th, with Taton coming in 11th. Whales and Wafford both finished in the top 20 in a field of 50 riders. Donavon Hottman also did well in his Masters event, placing fourth.

Congratulations to Big D for a great team effort! Special thanks to Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge for providing images for our site. See the rest of his images on his Flickr site.

Team Members and Families Help out with Run For Mercy

On April 30th several Big D team members volunteered for the “Run for Mercy” charity race a fund raiser for Oceans of Mercy. This important organization is doing a lot to combat HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
From their website : “Oceans of Mercy, Inc is a non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to providing Hope, Life and Love by meeting the needs of people regardless of their race, religion, gender, socio-economic status or physical disability.”

Big D team members and families helped runners stay hydrated during the Run for Mercy race on Saturday

Big D riders Owen Gurwell, Donavon Hottman, Shawn Knight, Rob King, Jim Swanson Ron Marney, and Dan Turner and many of their family, gave up their Saturday mornings to help this worthy cause. Over 1000 runners and walkers participated in the 10K & 5K runs and the 5K walk and Big D kept the refreshments coming as the runners passed.

Ron Marney and daughter, Alexa get ready for the next wave

The team is proud to help out when needed and works hard at many events, especially ones near their home-base in Shawnee, KS. Look for lots of green jerseys at events throughout the season.

Wheels uses his skills to help out a fellow athlete

Thanks to all the team for helping make this year’s Run for Mercy a big success! See more photos of the team at this event here.

Month of April Brings Great Finishes

With April closing out Big D has been active in racing across the state line.

Ryan Rochford competed in the Tour of St. Louis Carondelicious Circuit Race on April 16 and placed 4th in the Cat. 4 event. Awesome by any measure, but truly fantastic since he is still a Cat. 5 rider! (Not for long). “Felt really strong but my positioning wasn’t quite right at the end. Temps were in the low 40’s and it was windy and spitting a little rain on us here and there so a pretty miserable race with an average speed of 23.9mph, said Rochford.

Rochford burns up the field in St. Louis ----- photo: Dan Singer

Ryan stuck around for the crit the next day and ended up 9th! “I went off the front with about 5 to go and held that for 3 laps then got caught (damn headwinds),” said Rochford. Ryan floated back the the group, but found himself in some traffic that almost took him out before the finish. “I gave a pretty good sprint and flew by a lot of people, but started too far back and had to make up too much ground. A guy basically fell over me a few meters from the end, and I had to sit up and hold him up.” Ryan is ever-modest about his results, but he understands that in order to win, you have to be willing to lose!

Four Big D riders took on the challenging Tour of Herman Road Race. This difficult course winds through the steep, hilly terrain around Herman, MIssouri, and is not for the faint of heart. Chip Zimmer, Kurt Wilson, Antoine Winkelmolen, and self-described non hill-climber, Stephen Whalen, were all up to the task. Wilson placed 9th in the Cat. 4/5 race, with Twan and Whales close behind in 15th and 17th. Zimmer came in strong in the middle of the pack. Had this race been separated by category, Wilson would have been third, Twan 5th, Whales 6th, and Zimmer would have been 13th! Really excellent performance as a team.

Special thanks to photographer Dan Singer for use of his image for this post.
See more of his spectacular racing images at www.dansingerphotography.com.

Podium Finishes for Coffman, Whalen

Two Big D racers came away with podium finishes in Sunday’s Bazaar Road race. On a day when the race seemed to have a bipolar personality, Casey Coffman and Stephen Whalen finished second and third in their races.

Coffman and Whalen celebrate great results

In the Masters 50+ race, Coffman and the rest of the field fought a fierce wind heading south on the hilly course. Speeds hovered around 10-12 mph into a sustained 25mph+ headwind, until the turnaround, where things really opened up. Heading north, the riders approached speeds of 50mph and continued north past the finishing line to the turnaround in Cottonwood Falls. Coffman was among two giants of regional cycling; Wheatland’s Kris Tilford, and 360’s Bill Anderson, who pushed back into the wind and up a brutal Flint Hills climb towards the finish.

Coffman sprints toward the finish

Coffman on the podium

In the Category 5 event. Stephen Whalen came up with a third place finish, with the help of Antoine Winkelmolen, who finished fouth in his first race since a skiing accident in Decmber. Big D was well-represented in the Cat 5’s. Chip Zimmer and Shawn Hawkins both had top-ten finishes.

Whalen in third

In the Cat. 4/5 race, Kurt Wilson placed 5th, Tim Lightenberg had a strong showing with a 6th place, and Ryan Rochford finished 9th. Donavon Hottman also came in 5th in his Masters 60+ race.