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2012 SCCCC Mountain Bike Championships

This past weekend the MSU mountain bike team went down to Solavaca Ranch for the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference mountain bike championships. We got down to the ranch late Saturday for the conference dinner and discusion about the 2013 road season, then a campfire and camping with the rest of the teams before Sunday's racing. It was a great weekend and an awesome end to the MTB season.

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The single track was littered with climbs, gravel, and some rocky descents.

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Aldo had to charge this one on foot.

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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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Team Building

 

Ask most coaches and they will tell you that the key to any healthy training program is plenty of recovery. This means some time away from the bike for cross training, catching up on some study time, and lots of team building. This past week was all about team organization and sponsorship.

 

Last Wednesday, along with Director Zamastil, we had a chance to get together and discuss concerns, ideas, and future goals. One of the most important things on that list was marketing and promotion.

 

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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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This Week We Roll Into the Cycling Performance Center

Before we take a better look at the lab, let's look at some results from our teammates David Barrett, Tony Baca, and Anthony Sequera who just got back to campus after a weekend of camping and racing in Waco, TX. The three competed in Baylor University's Cameron Park Classic, a two day mountain bike event hosted by the BU Cycling Club. After mechanicals sidelined both Tony and Anthony during Sunday's races, David was able to walk away with 1st place in the men's B category. Great job David, time to upgrade for conference.

Back on campus, "time off the bike" was everyone's motto. With the road and track seasons over, most teammates have been taking time away from the bike to catch up on some much needed rest and relaxation. Base miles for next season have yet to begin, so physical testing, mental preparation, and school work have been the focus. 

 

The winter "off" season means that it is time to hit the Cycling Performance Center on campus, where Dr. Wyatt and his graduate students can perform a multitude of tests, most importantly VO2max and Wingate analysis. Over the past week a handful of teammates have already made their way into the lab to chart their numbers. Testing often becomes a group activity with people coming to cheer as their teammates attempt to set new lab and personal records.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Collegiate Track Nationals are LIVE

Track nats are live and will be all weekend. Head over to our FaceBook page for the most up to date link for live streaming coverage. Big thanks to Kyle Bruley and Google for helping us set this up.

For a list of events and times check out USACyling.org

Results from Day 1 are posted at USACyclingA couple highlights include Jessi Prinner taking silver in the 3k and Danny Robertson bringing home silver in the kilo. Way to go you two.

Collegiate Cycling Track Nationals are this weekend

Are y'all as excited as we are? It's time for Collegiate Track Nationals

Just two short days until the events get going at the Superdrome in Frisco, TX. MSU will be hosting the event this year and we have some fantastic news about the weekend. Thanks to some help from our friends over at Google+, we will be live streaming coverage of this weekends events. That's right, Collegiate Track Nationals will be brought to you live, via the internet, September 20th-22nd. Follow us on Twitter, like us on FaceBook, and circle us on Google+ for all the links and information on how to stream the live coverage. Let's spread the word and make this weekend huge. Check out #roadtofrisco and #collnats for more. Keep your eyes open for the maroon and gold; we will be the ones wearing EXTRA GOLD.

With all of the talk about #collnats, our new director, and the new cycling performance center on campus, The Wichitan has decided to bring you more. Over the last week, the staff has been hard at work taking photos, asking questions, and digging into everyone on the team for an upcoming article in this weeks print. Make sure and check that out on news stands Wednesday. 

Though nationals are the talk of the team right now, there has been other exciting news as well.

Over the weekend the Oklahoma State Championship Road Race was held in Oklahoma City, OK. Our teammates Evan Bybee, a native of OK, and Tony Baca were there to give the P1s a ride for their money. Evan was sidelined early by a flat, but with a bit of help from Tony, was able to bridge back up to the field. Evan gave it his all but after a tough chase back to the peloton, he told Tony to go for it, and he did. After a suprise in the break from Tulsa Tough, Tony was able to take the silver for the day. Head over to twitter and congratulate him @tonybaca28.
 

And last but not least. The one and only RICKY RANDALL, after dealing with a compressed spinal disc over the summer, will be back on a bike this friday. Welcome back buddy.

Don't forget to follow us on all of the social media platforms, look for the link to the live feed soon, and stay tuned for updates over the weekend. This is going to be a big one. And of course, we will have a full recap Sunday night.

Cheers!