May 11, 2019
Benefitting the Laona Rescue Squad.
Take road racing tactics, equipment selection, adventure, and off road handling skill,
mix them up, and you get the growing sport/activity of gravel racing.
You can sit on that wheel, but be ready for that hole, rut, stick, or road kill to knock you sideways.
Did I mention the deer, snakes, and bears that wander onto the course?
Race it or just ride it, you decide, just don't leave without a post race beer.
In the 108 mile race:
Jon Lester rode his mountain bike at front for much of the first 15 or so miles, reducing the front group to less than 30.
At about mile 52, with the advice of 2017 winner Jeff Abitz, Jon and Dan Naef moved to the front and attacked hard up a very rough, technical, and long climb. This put them several hundred yards off the front. Jeff found himself in a seven rider chase group, doing his best to "gum up the works" with slow pulls and negotiating a neutral "nature" stop. Meanwhile Dan spent the next three hours heroically building his lead. Dan cruised across for the win 9 minutes ahead of 2nd place!
In the last mile, Jeff's 50 year old carcass succumbed to the youth and speed of a couple 33 year old Cat 1/2's, and was happy with a 4th.
After spending much of his 6 hour race working for his teammates, Jon Lester finished in the chase group with a 7th.
Diablos with top 10 finishes noted:
108 Mile (97 total)
1st - Dan Naef - newly hired by team sponsor Recyclist Bicycle Co.
4th - Jeff Abitz
7th - Jon Lester
68 Mile (102 total)
7th - Todd Mertz
Cyclocross Magazine did a short write-up: www.cxmagazine.com/gravel-race-2019-bear-100-wisconsin-northwoods?fbclid=IwAR10C5EytfEpbfnchZodYuNtBD9B_HDOgTRORkn2qyNpbQQZ--_UD85RUxU
May 11, 2019
Mahler Park in Neenah, WI
2 mile run, 13 mile bike, and 2 mile run
Diablo Scot Rajsich had the team covered in multisport last weekend, scoring a 2nd place in his divison
and 16th overall.
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
Fall River, WI
A nice group of Diablo's raced the rock gardens, wood berms, downhill flow trails and punchy climbs,
in the Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) race number 1.
Participating Diablos (wide angle podium positions indicated):
Junior (14 and Under) Female
11 to 12:
Kylie Lester- 4th
Junior (14 and Under) Male
9 to 10:
Cat 3 (Citizen) Male
11 to 14:
Andrew Dipiazza – 4th
40 to 44:
Open Fat Bike
Joey Cleaves – 4th
For 29 years this series has provided quality mountain bike racing accross the state.
Here is the WORS 2019 series schedule:
Satuday, April 13th, 2019
11 years ago, before gravel was the "cool" (kewl?) thing to do, the Barry-Roubaix was born.
With sold out distances of 22, 36, 62 and 100 miles, followed by a massive after race party, it's no wonder this event is considered the World’s Largest Gravel Road Race.
The mixture of gravel, ruts, holes, twigs, SAND!, tarmac, and punchy hills forced the rider/racer to pick the best compromise in gear to survive, let alone finish.
Three Diablos entered the 100 mile ("why aim small"-jabitz) with the goal of earning the Sub 6.5 Mile finishers mug.
Here are the results:
100-mile Panaracer “Psycho Killer” - 251 Entries
After months of 5 am inside and outside rides, Brent demonstrated the power of commitment:
Brent Rohrs - 55th overall - 5:59:21
Adam proved lots of sweet spot training is an effective training technique for the time constrained cyclist.
Adam Koenig - 57th overall - 6:05:07
Even though Jeff, the Diablos "gravel veteran" struggled with some flat tire setbacks, he still had a sold result.
Jeff Abitz - 62nd overall - 6:07:30
Saturday, March 9, 2019
When it comes to the Wisconsin fat bike race scene, Joey Cleaves has become quite "The Regular"
in representing Diablo Cycling, and our sponsors.
Joey and Ethan Janssen made the long drive to the professionally groomed course of the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail. This trail is only open one day a year to fat bikes, and they seized the oppurtunity. Undeterred by a broken chain, Joey still finished with a strong result in the 47k race.
Ethan Janssen finished 25th overall in the 21k race. That is impressive.
See results below:
The Big Fat - 47k (454 total)
The Chico - 21k (299 total)
Save the date for next year: March 6 & 7, 2020.
I'll be there.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
MASSIVE SNOW! With too much fluffy, cold snow to maintain a solid trail base, the race title was changed to "WRECK THE TRAIL PRE-BIRKIE MADNESS - powered by Hinterland!"
The goal was to ride as much as you wanted, for awhile, then (try) and finish one timed lap.
Diablo Brian Davis joined Matt Fischer and the Recyclists Bicycle Co. crew to partake in the party.
Despite a fall or two, Brian came in 2nd place!
Check out his video below:
February 16, 2019
70% of men and 55% of women did not finish.
Jeff Abitz was not one of them. Faced with backed up traffic, deep snow, and both tires constantly going flat (in the first 12 miles), he (literally) pushed his bike about 20 of 30 miles.
On a mission to achieve the Triple Crown, quitting was not an option.
(I'm not good at quitting, just ask anyone who ever offered me a beer - Jabitz).
Triple Crown info:
For full Long Course results:
Sometimes it isn't about racing.
Diablos Cycling's Rod Janssen, Joey Cleaves, Brent Williams and Scot Rajsich put down the watts for a great cause!
Together they rode the indoor Computrainers a total of 327 miles in 24 hours to support My Team Triumph myteamtriumph-wi.org/
Saturday, February 9, 2019
The final race of the Snow Crown Series wrapped up last Saturday.
A few Diablo's braved the sub zero temperatures.
Intermediate: (40 total)
Joey Cleaves – 4th
Edward Kolka – 25th
Joe Eick – 14th
Full Results: results.itsracetime.com/Results.aspx?CId=17095&RId=4176&EId=1
The onsite race support provided by The Recyclists Bicycle Company cannot be understated. www.recyclist.com/
Diablos Cycling wishes to thank our 2019 team sponsors:
The Recyclist Bicycle Co. https://www.recyclist.com/
Potrykus Family Dentistry https://www.potrykusfamilydentistry.com/
Water Right ‘s Clean Water Center https://www.cleanwatercenter.com/
The Weatherneck https://theweatherneck.com/
Parts Depot http://www2.depotparts.com/
Club Tavern http://www.clubtavern.net/
Lester Electric http://lesterelectricinc.com
Reinl Accounting http://www.reinlaccounting.com/
Next weekend (February 16-17) some of us are headed to the U.P. for the "Big Boy" in Ishpeming MI.
Yes, It's The Polar Roll
Friday Night - February 1, 2019
It was Friday night and time to party. For a fat biker, "party" means ripping around on a snow covered trail, under the lights of the Iola Winter Sports Club iolawintersportsclub.org.
Below are participating Diablo's:
Two Hours (49 total):
Brent Rohrs – 9th in 40-49, 21st overall - Brent needs a bike that doesn't weigh 10 lbs. more than everyone else's - Jabitz.
One Hour: (50 total)
Joey Cleaves – 3rd in 40-49, 8th overall
Party on Brent! Party on Joey!
Upcoming Fat Bike races include:
February 9: Snow Crown "White Cap" in Kewaunee, WI
February 9: Hugh Jass Race 6: Alpha/Kegel Trails in Frankin, WI
February 9: Dutrirun "Spear the Fatty" at Lakeside Park Pavilion in Fondulac WI
February 16-17: Polar Roll in Ishpeming MI