October 17, 2020
Hosted by Ironbull www.ironbull.org/
The Red Granite Grinder offered riders a chance to explore the gravel roads, snowmoble trails, and rolling hills of Central Wisconsin. There was 50, 85, and 140 mile mile options.
Jeff Abitz chose the 140 as per the website www.ironbull.org/red-granite-grinder-details was deemed to be "designed to find out who is the toughest of the tough".
The racers (with masks) left the start in snowy "white-out conditions) and a few miles later, rode the 800 foot climb up Rib Mountain followed by a wild ride back down the snow soaked hiking trail. Near the back of group, Jeff settled in to his sustainable tempo pace, picking off riders all day whilst riding the wet and hilly roads (6,800' climbing).
1st place division win (5th overall) goal was achieved, resulting in a free entry for next year.
Bike used: Giant Revolt (image below). Get yours at: www.recyclist.com/
140 Mile, Men 50+ : 1st of 4 finishers
140 Mile, Overall: 5th of 17 finishers
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Hosted by: Canopy Tours www.lakegenevaadventures.com/
Lake Geneva, WI
Diablo Gabe Rogacewski seized the opportunity to represent the team and sponsors, racing this year's time trial format.
Solid result, especially for a 14 year old in the Boys 19 and under category.
Road America Race Track
Elkhart Lake, WI
August 22-23, 2020
Shawn Nelson took the opportunity to benefit My Team Triumph www.myteamtriumph-wi.org/, riding lap after lap around the four mile circuit of iconic the race track.
12 hours later he finished 82nd out of 324.
March 13, 2020
Ethan and Rod Janssen traveled to Oklahoma, conquering 50 miles of the Mid South red gravel roads.
Torrential rainfall turned the red clay into a sticky, mucky mess.
For event photos see: www.midsouthgravel.com/photos
Here is how they did:
Full results: www.midsouthgravel.com/race-results
See Ethan finish here (scroll to bottom):
See Rod finish here (scroll to bottom):
21K: Brian Davis: 2nd overall
I'll skip the brief write up and just forward you to Brian's video. below:
Oh the difference a year makes. After last years Polar "Stroll", where deep snow forced most the finishers to hike most of the course, riders were greeted to near perfect trail conditions. It was like a rolling "sidewalk in the woods".
There was, however, a high of 14 degrees and up to 20 mph hour winds. Such is fat bike racing in the U.P.
Jeff took advantage of a 3rd row start, while Jon Lester and Tim Patterson joined the party in the back.
With a snow? eating grin Jeff experienced these familiar trails in a new way...no roots and rocks to deal with like the Marji Gesick race in September. He was very satisfied with a top 10% finish.
Jon patiently picked his way thru dozens of riders until he came to the wide open Iron Ore Heritage Trail where he could unleash THE POWER, helping him gain over a hundred more positions.
Tim Patterson's return to bike racing shows he's still got it with a solid mid-pack finish.
As is typical of a Danny Hill designed course (blame him!), the actual mileage (39) exceeded what was advertised.
Mike Lester ripped out a top third finish in the all out hammer-fest that is the 15 mile distance.
Honorable mention to Steve Schrek who needed to withdraw midrace (it was COLD!) but chaperoned the Diablos about the town after the race.
Full results below:
Full Results: www.superiortiming.com/2020/02/polar-roll-2020/
Check out the "Bike Life with Rob" YouTube channel. He recorded the entire race (including a little of Jeff Abitz (red Diablo vest) at the start.
January 31, 2020
Once a year the Iola Winter Sports Club opens their Nordic ski trails to fat bike racers.
It was a "Friday Night Under the Lights".
Participating Diablo Results:
Two Hour Male (41 Total):
John Lester - 13th
Brian Davis - 19th
One Hour Female (9 Total):
Megan Lester - 4th
Brian Davis created a super video (see below) of his experience. Check it out...you may learn something.
Snow Crown Fat-Bike Series
January 18, 2020
Brown County Reforestation Camp
A couple of Diablo's stepped outside their normal disciplines for some snowy fat tire fun.
Advanced Category - 28 total:
Jeff Abitz - 14th
Intermediate - 55 total:
Full results: http://results.itsracetime.com/results.aspx?CId=17095&RId=690&EId=1
Jeff Abitz's lessons learned / takeaways:
- Practice riding in loose snow prior to trying a race. Riding in snow is its own beast. It took me about a half hour to get re-accustomed to the the techniques required to stay upright and "in the groove" of the packed down racing line.
- Experiment with tire pressures on practice rides. I dared drop my pressures too low (less than 5 PSI) thus "burped" my rear tire flat out the sidewall. Riding most of the 2nd six mile lap with a flat tire does not make for efficient racing.
- If you race the longer duration categories, the post race free beer may be gone when you finish.
Bring your own beer in case (see what I did there, "in case"?)
Upcoming Fat Bike Races include:
Snow Crown Fat-Bike Series (last race of 2020)
RACE 04: 1/25 - REGNER PARK (WEST BEND, WI)
Elite Category 3/4:
Brian Davis – 15th
Masters 35+ Category 1/2/3:
Brian Davis – 12th (2nd race)
Brent Rohrs – 17th (2nd race)
Masters 50+ Category 1/2/3:
Jeff Abitz – 13th
Brent Rohrs – 15th
John Lichtenberg – 18th
Take a lap with Brian Davis below:
Is this not the most intense racing there is? It has to be close.
So, unless one of us heads to Chicago in a couple weeks, this wraps up our cyclocross season for 2019.
Now it is time to tear down, inspect, and renew parts as needed on our race bikes.
Chains, tires, bearings, cables, it all takes a thrashing. We'll be coming Recyclist Bicycle Company.
I'm sure we will all be back next year. I'll be all in.
Participating Diablos (top 10 places noted):
Elite Category 3/4:
Masters 50+ Category 1/2/3:
John Lichtenberg – 10th
Full results: https://legacy.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2019-257