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Thursday, January 15, 2009

It's that time of year again - UM Cycling Leads the Charge

I blame it on UM Cycling riders LC (no not LC from the Hills, Lindsay Campbell), Ivy, Bryce Daviess, and JDunph. Trainer rides are packed, bike shops are starting to see and incline in sales, and I'm seeing cyclists on my commute. It's what I like to call the Pre-Early-Season. Everyone's talking about race schedules, training techniques, equipment, adjusting work schedules for riding, and who's going to be fast next year. I'll tell you who's going to be fast next year.....UM Cycling. Besides the year Marzullo lost his mind and trained through December, January, and February....outside, this is the earliest I've seen a group of UMers start training. It's not just Daviess, LC and JDunph either. On any given weeknight you could visit the basement of the Dragons and find Lil Matty and DT JB spinning away on their trainers. Also UM's secret weapon AFisher has been spotted at a couple trainer rides, watch out NWCCC. A simple convo with Lil Matt sums it up:

Matt: I'm riding for UM Cycling What?!?! you are? Good for you, why?
Matt: It's the hot thing to do right now

While Matty is still very much involved with UM Triathlon, the UM Cycling buzz has caught Missoula.

As a UM Cycling alum and wannabee team member here's my unofficial preview to the season.

BDaviess has power for days and should have no problem taking home 2-3 top 5 crit placings in the C category. If he slims down a bit this winter he'll a killer in rolly to flat road races. Also, I like Bryce's team spirit and attitude which will go along ways in the team time trial. In fact I wouldn't be surprised to see Bryce riding the A team time trial with Fish and JDunph. Speaking of Fish and JDunph. If Fish races any collegiate races he'll slay. He's raced collegiate before and knows the scene well...including most of the courses. He's a great climber, and should be a huge resource for newcomers. JDunph is making the UM Cycling traditional leap of faith. Blindingly trying to move categories from B/C to A in one off season. It's been done in the past by Pipo, Marzullo, and myself. While Pipo did it with minimal riding....he's Pipo.....Marzullo and myself each trained solo in the cold winter months to make the jump. It looks like JDunph is following in the footsteps. He's a smart rider with a nice kick. As long as he puts the hours in he'll be fine. I expect great things from him. Then there's DT JB. He's got great power for his size, and good overall fitness from mtbing and tri. I like JB in road races alot. I was impressed with his heady perfomance at TOB. He has the talent to race A's. Whether or not he has the desire remains to be seen. One thing is for sure DT JB will be as good as he wants to be.

The ladies are led by LC and Ivy. Two very hungry young riders who've got the bug. I think both these riders will compliment eachother nicely. LC will carry to torch in the crits, and Ivy will follow in her mother's footsteps and slay the road races. I expect these ladies to start in the B's but wouldn't be surprised if they move to A's halfway through the year.

I'm missing several other riders, but that's it for now. Go Griz.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Missoula Crit

Yes, there have been early talks of a Missoula Downtown Crit. Northern Rockies Cycling Team would like to put on a downtown Missoula crit. The details are fairly vague right now. We want the crit to be downtown and sometime in the mid-summer. Racing will last the majority of the day with the men's 1,2,3 finishing the day around dinner time. I never raced Ecology Center Classic when it had the downtown crit, but everyone I've talked to seemed to love the event. Hopefully we can capture the Missoula Community feel, and provide not only great racing but a spectacle for spectators.
On a cross note and favorite got the nod for the world's team. Congrats to Matt Shriver. I love all those ex collegiate racers and Shriver is as good as it gets. He went to Proctor's Euro Camp and had some decent results. Now he will join Trebon and possibly Powers and Page on the US World's Team. Powers and Page haven't officially been named but Velonews reports they are the probables. Shriver has been keeping a nice blog of his events in Europe. I've followed him for awhile on Jittery Joes. He's a good solid racer. He didn't have a road contract for next year so he decided to go all out with cyclocross. It paid off as he has earned the world's slot.

Monday, January 12, 2009 gets Married

I took a long break from over the holidays. Lots of stuff happened and none of it was biking related. I travelled to Williston, ND for Christmas and visited Mrs.'s parents. It was great. I watched lots of NFL, won some money, ice skated, and hit the local watering holes. Once back we shipped off to Whitefish to start the wedding extravaganza. It started off with a triple threat of bachelor party, bro's 21st bday, and New Year's Eve. Next was my dad's epic speech at the rehearsal dinner, followed by the big wedding day. Yes, Mrs. Montanacyclocross and I are official. I'm wearing a ring......

After that we spent a week in Jackson slaying pow and drinking hot toties. Now I'm back in Missoula and about to hit my first trainer ride of the season. After 15 straight days of drinking and doing nothing it will be interesting. I'm predicting T-money will crack the whip on me. I've been thinking about the road season.......what a surprise!?! My friend Brian Williams moved back to Missoula. He's a great rider, and an even better sprinter. I'm hoping he'll ride for NRO.

Also, I've been thinking about the UM homies alot. Daviess and JDunph are getting the troops lined up. Props to Downtown JB and Lil Matty for joining the ranks. You two will be excellent additions.

Sorry for the none cycling/cross related post, but it's been awhile.

It was great to see everyone in Whitefish. Props to the Portland, Seattle, and Missoula crews. I look forward to more great memories on bike or boards.

Photos by Kristen Germain