CX #3 Diamond Blackfan

Posted on 7:18 PM by Schottler

Raced in Lenexa Kansas on Sunday in the Diamond Blackfan cross race. A bunch of fast dudes showed up to this race, like Tilford, Butthead, Shad Smith, Jeff Winkler, local mtn bike badass Aaron Elwell, Cameron Chambers, the whole KCCX crew, Brian Jensen, and some others.

After stalking Butthead for a couple practice laps to help discover some good lines and some very helpful last minute secret tips, we were off. Started in the second row but somehow ended up being 3/4 to the back of the field into the first turn, about 6 places behind Butthead. I used his last minute advice, which I am not going to mention, and managed to get myself up towards the front of the pack after about 5 laps and on his wheel. Riders were getting picked off pretty quickly and eventually we caught up the 3rd place rider and got around. With 2.5 two mile laps to go, Butthead sent his bike through some tape coming out of a turn and I went by, waited for a second for him to get back on, and saw Brian Jensen catch back up so I took off. After a couple bad lines and slides through some turns I got some rhythm back and was able to put on a little room. Sitting in 3rd place with Shad Smith and Tilford about 15 seconds ahead, I didn't see me catching up so I tried to keep smooth and consistent. Ended up finishing the race in 3rd, with Tilford winning and Shad Smith in 2nd, and Butthead right on my ass.


The course suited me very well, it was very turny and flowy with a lot of short accelerations. Pretty happy that I was finally able to race well, let's hope it wasn't a one hit wonder. There are 2 races in KC this weekend that I'll be doing, hopefully I will be able to keep it up.

First CX of the season

Posted on 4:25 PM by Schottler

First race of the season in Hermann, MO. I got my GTR Type CX cross bike 90% complete for the racing season. Still waiting on a set of Zipp 303 cross tubulars.

Only 10 or so people showed up in the A's field, which isn't really what I was expecting for the first race of the year. The start of the race was surprisingly slow, I somehow found myself off the front with a bit of a gap on the field without really putting in any effort. Looking back, that would have been a good time to take off, but oh well. Later in the race Butthead came up and attacked and I jumped on his wheel and we quickly put a huge gap on everyone. He kept yelling at me to get on his wheel but a couple laps later my lower back completely blew up. I lost quite a bit of power since my core couldn't compensate the pedaling effort, and getting bumped around a lot. So BH took off and I spent a lot of time stretching my back so I could start pedaling again. It never really got any better but still finished the race in 2nd place with a healthy lead on 3rd place. It was a lot slower than I planned on going and wasn't putting in a lot of effort because my back wouldn't let me. I felt very comfortable on my bike and very smooth through the corners and over the barriers. My core will be getting a healthy ass kicking to help keep my lower back from being stressed out.

This race was a good way to get dialed in on my bike and get comfortable through the corners. It was pretty obvious to see my weakness is my core strength... so with some good workouts there should be a big improvement.

Dakota 50

Posted on 7:55 PM by Schottler

Took a 14 hour drive with Green Beans to Spearfish SD for the Dakota 50 mountain bike race on Sunday. 389 people registered for the race, about 100 more than last year. The course consisted of mainly single track with small sections of gravel roads and a little bit of double track. It was probably some of the best single track I have ridden, with some awesome views.

The race started at 7:20am, which was about 4 hours too early for me. After waking up at the ass crack of dawn I had about 10 minutes to warm up, which kind of sucked. The race was a mass start with a neutral start following a 4 wheeler, with Smokey the bear telling us to go. The first part of the race was about a 3 mile climb up a gravel road, I rode off with the main group who lead a pretty fast pace with a lot of attacks. My legs felt like concrete the first 20 miles and needless to say I wasn't having much fun. With my legs super tight, my lower back exploded about 5 miles into the race, which totally sucked. I then got stung by a bee under my helmet at about mile 7, that was fun.

I was still picking off riders who hit the first climb way too hard and blew themselves up. By the time I hit the 2nd aid station they told me I was in 7th place and filled a bottle and took off. I really wasn't sure where I was in this race, so this gave me some more motivation.

The last 20 miles it was game on, my legs finally loosened up and were ready for some pounding. I made up a lot of time and was reeling in the leading riders. I was able to catch a couple more and finished the race in 5th place overall, 2nd in my age group. I finished the 50 mile race in 3:58. 2 riders finished the race under 4 hours last year, so I am pretty happy with the time and position.