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Kansas State’s Wildcat Grand Prix, April 6th-7th, Dual Conference Results

**Updated**

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Sunday’s Criterium’s

We began the day by racing our collegiate category events and then, after a short break, rode in the USAC sanctioned races. We racked up quite a few more wins throughout the day, and even more podium finishes.

A few high-points of the day included Cory Scott going solo for 50 minutes before lapping the field to secure his victory, Jessica Prinner, Claire Routledge, and Ashley Weaver sweeping the Women’s A podium and freshly upgraded Collin Buerger attacking on the final lap to win the Men’s B field.

The team was also able to hold onto the overall points lead and came home with the dual conference traveling trophy.

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UT Race Weekend

Women’s A rider Jessica Prinner wrote up this fantastic race report of the UT Race Weekend, enjoy.

Don't worry Jessi, no ones back there.
Don’t worry Jessi, no ones back there.

“Going into my second collegiate road season, I was mentally prepared for this past weekend. Half of collegiate racing isn’t even about the racing; it’s about compromising among 15 people, 2 vans, lots of luggage, 4 people to a room, and figuring out where or what to eat. You can’t deny this is a big stress put on the body and mind, and it’s important to be prepared for anything. Amber Neben once told me a great saying she lives by in the sport of cycling: “Be flexible, be adaptable, overcome”. That saying pretty much explains itself.

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Some Very Special Thanks

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, and we thought we would share a few things we are especially thankful for.

From Director Charlie Zamastil:

It is the time of year for reflection and for giving thanks, and cyclists who attend Midwestern State University here in Wichita Falls have a lot to be thankful for. First off, as almost the entire nation (sorry Pacific Northwest) enjoys exceptionally lovely riding weather, we here shrug our shoulders with our blend of Parisian insouciance and Texan swagger. 70s in November? But of course.

Teammate Anthony Sequera snapped this shot during his ride Monday.

Great weather is a nice bonus, sure, but not a precondition for having a great riding experience. Just ask our guys Cory Scott and Anthony Sequera, who last weekend ventured out into the pouring rain to do repeats of the 1000’ climb Mt. Scott in Lawton, OK. Or Tony Baca, Aldo Curiel, Sean Brown, Caden Burross, and Collin Buerger, who fought through 25mph headwinds all the way to Windthorst—28 miles steady into the wind, only to turn around and cover those 28 miles in 56 minutes: for the sheer pursuit of FroYo.

The Sean Brown snuck this one in while we were devouring some Fro-Yo. We earned it!

What truly is a precondition for riding—at least in any meaningful capacity—is community support. We rely on the support of the community. The Wichita Falls community fairly and happily shares the roads with us cyclists, giving us space, accommodating our slower speeds, and ensuring our safety. Consider this a collective "tip o' the helmet" to the entire community.

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The Swap Meet Was a Success!

It's that time of the year again. Between family, friends, and a table full of food it is hard to get those hours in on the bike. That's why we were busy getting our time in before the break began. But, while many of us spent the weekend training, a select few headed to the EDS Superdrome in Frisco, TX, where the team hosted The Biggest BIcycle Swap Meet in Texas on Saturday the 17th .

The infield was setup for vendors from all over TX; thanks to Drew Lifsey for this great pic

This was established as a fundrasier for the team and a portion of the sales of vendor space went to help support the upcoming season. The day was a big success for all of the vendors involved and we hope to make it an annual event. For more information or to reserve a space for next year be sure to check out the facebook page.

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Base Miles and Big Plans

Last week was a long one as the team got back to training for the road season. The fall/winter base miles mean a lot of time in the saddle and I'm sure everyone was feeling it on their Monday recovery day. If you'd like to follow some of the team's training routes this winter and see how your workout compares, check us out on Strava

After a long windy weekend on the bikes here in Wichita Falls, it was time for a little relaxation. Two of our biggest supporters here on campus, Dr. Howard Farrell, V.P. of university advancement and public affairs, and Dr. Robert Clark, V. P. of administration and institutional effectiveness,  were kind enough to host a BBQ for the team Sunday evening.

Cory Scott took this great photo of everyone enjoying a little friendly competition, thanks buddy.

The highlight of the evening, after a couple of intense matches on the pool table, was definitely the grill-off between Director Zamastil, a vegetarian, and Dr. Farrell, an avid carnivore. I'm not sure who won but everyone agreed the steaks were awesome. 

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Spook ‘N Spoke

This past weekend was a blast. Our local shop sponsor Texoma Cycling Center hosted the Spook 'N Spoke ride on Saturday morning. This was a community charity ride to benefit the WF Heat, the local high school cycling program, and our team was there in full support. Thanks to another sponsor, 2Quik Carbon, we were set up with a GoPro camera and filmed the whole event. Check it out. 

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RACE BOATS!

This past weekend was homecoming at MSU and that can mean only one thing, it was time for the Cardboard Regatta.

The regatta is a big deal on campus, students from multiple clubs, teams, and organizations compete to see who can make it across Sikes Lake and back to the shore without capsizing or sinking due to a soggy cardboard boat.

The key to a succesful race is a watertight boat. Teammates Erick Goytia and Austin Smith, both engineering majors, spearheaded the boat construction this year and they did an amazing job.

Even with Erick and Ricky Randall captaining the boat this year, they managed to stay afloat. Two grown men in a 2ft by 3ft cardboard boat, now that's some good construction.

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Baylor Cameron Park Classic

Teammate David Barrett wrote us a fantastic play-by-play from last weekends collegiate mtb race in Waco, TX, enjoy.

"On Sunday I rode my first collegiate mountain bike race. I was nervous for days leading up to the race. I have ridden in three other mountain bike races but that was twelve years ago when I first starting mountain biking. This was the first race that I was aware of what I stood to lose during the race (i.e. my dignity, my breakfast, some skin). In the twelve years since my first race I have mountain biked with some regularity and spent a lot of time in recent years on challenging single track in southern Utah. This year I trained on and raced road bikes for the first time. Despite all of this I felt like I was entering completely uncharted territory. 

 

 

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The Summer Seasons Are Over and Fall Has Begun.

 

After a tough but rewarding three days at nationals last weekend, most of the team's track bikes have gone back into the garage; collegiate track season is over and fall has arrived. For many on the team this means a shift to the mountain bikes, but not for Danny Robertson

 

Danny has been in Carson, California all week preparing for and participating in USA Cycling's Elite Track Nationals. Competing against cyclist who, only two months ago, were going for the gold in London.

 

Over the weekend, Danny, seen here in his Allvoi professional team kit, was able to rack up two more medals for his cabinet. Thursday night saw a silver in the Men's Team Sprint and Saturday a bronze in the Keirin. That makes 6 national championship podium finishes in a week. What a way to finish off a season, congrats Danny!

 

While Danny was on the west coast racking up medals on the track, Tony Baca, Amber Vredenburg, Cory Scott, Caden Burross, and alumni Adam Biwan were in Copperas Cove, TX finishing off their road season with the Texas State Road Race Championship.

 

Saturday morning's races were held despite high winds and drenching rain storms that left the riders soaked to their bones and covered in grime from head-to-toe. Vredenburg rode to 7th in the women's open, Scott, after flatting out of the break, chased to 14th in the P1s, Biwan finished 10th in the cat 3s, and Burross, 15th in the cat 4s.

 

Sunday's weather shifted from torrential downpours to windy, cold, and overcast skies. Tony and Amber, our only teammates to compete in Sunday's age classification races, both finished on the podium. 

 

Amber won the gold and walked with the state champion's jersey in the women's 17-18yr old field.

 

Tony, after being beaten in the sprint by less than a wheel, took silver in the men's U23 classification.

 

While a handfull of the team were away this weekend, the rest were at home preparing for the remainder of the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference's mountain bike season. Get ready SCCCC, MSU is coming for more medals, and this time it's in the dirt.

 

Our girls are looking tough out there, watch out!

 

Speaking of the ladies on the team, if you missed all the tweets and Facebook posts about it, Wednesday the 26th was Jessi Prinner's 20th birthday, go wish her a happy belated if you haven't already, AND tomorrow, Monday Oct. 1st, is Ashley Weaver's 21st, go wish her a happy b-day also. 

 

Cheers! 

 

 

The team WON BIG at Collegiate Track Nationals

After a hard fought three days at the EDS Superdrome in Frisco, TX, September 20th-22nd, MSU Cycling's Team Arrow returned home; medals in tow. The team racked up a very impressive grand total of five silver, two bronze, team overall silver, and even more podium finishes. To earn this many top placements was no easy feat considering this was not your ordinary weekend of racing, this was COLLEGIATE TRACK NATIONALS!Team Podium

Seventeen colleges from across the country sent their best to compete at Texas's premiere velodrome, a 250-meter wooden track known for it's 45-degree banked turns. The track cyclists raced, at times reaching speeds of 45mph, in individual and team events ranging from a 200-meter time trial to a 30-kilometer, 120-lap mass start race. 

 

The Team

The team was represented at nationals by Sean Brown (’12), Erick Goytia (’13), Fidel Goytia (’12), Jessica Prinner (’14), Danny Robertson (’12), Claire Routledge (’12) Cory Scott (’14), Amber Vredenburg (’15) and Ashley Weaver (’14).

 

Standout MSU cyclists included Robertson, who took 2nd in both the men’s kilometer time trial and the match sprint competition to multi-time elite national champion Matt Baranoski.

 

Prinner took 2nd in the 3km individual pursuit and 3rd in the overall women’s omnium.

 

Scott, a former road national champion, managed 4th in the points race—his second ever track race.

 

The women’s team pursuit squad of Prinner, Vredenburg, Weaver, and Routledge placed 2nd, and the co-ed team sprint squad of Routledge, Prinner, Erick Goytia, Brown, Scott, and Robertson narrowly missed the gold, losing out to overall omnium champions Marion University.

 

Charlie was exceptionally proud of the team’s performance. “It’ll be a while before Marion relinquishes its stranglehold on the team title. They’ve got the biggest budget and the most resources, including a velodrome right on their campus on which to train. But in the seesaw battle for second place, our team strength was the difference maker. I’m especially proud of our team sprint team and its anchor Danny Robertson, who made up a full second deficit in the final lap to win by six tenths of a second over Lees McRae.” 

 

Robert Clark and Howard Farrell, MSU vice presidents, were on hand Saturday night to present medals to the team, along with Hotter’N Hell Hundred Race Co-Director Ken Webb. "Having them on hand at the closing ceremony was a special bonus (for the team) to cap a weekend that saw MSU get VIP treatment because of a last minute sponsorship donation," said Zamastil. 

 

"While taking three silver medals in team events was more special because we received them from the men responsible for the cycling program being where it is today, Dr. Robert Clark and Dr. Howard Farrell,” long-time teammate Sean Brown said. “And for me, it was very special to receive my medal from a long time close family friend, Ken Webb, who has helped instill in me the drive to never give up.” Sean's dad has also been an instrumental figure in the cycling community, on and off campus, in Wichita Falls for years.

 

Thanks to help from Google+ and YouTube we were able broadcast the event live this year. Head over to Charlie's feed for video coverage of the entire weekend.You can also head over to our Facebook and Google+ pages for more photos from the weekend.

For complete race results check out USACycling.