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Texas State University Ultra Road Race and Criterium, April 13th-14th

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Evan Bybee takes the podium after Sunday’s Town Square Criterium
Photo by Caden Burross

Sunday’s Town Square Crits

Men’s A
Gold: Evan Bybee
6th: Ricky Randall
7th: Cory Scott
9th: Tony Baca
13th: Sean Brown

Women’s A
Gold: Claire Routledge
Silver: Ashley Weaver

Men’s B
Gold: David Barrett
7th: Erick Goytia
8th: Caden Burross

Men’s C
21st: Anthony Sequera

Women’s C
Silver: Andre Giron

Men’s D
9th: Randee Sneed

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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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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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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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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!