February 6, 2021
Elkhart Lake, WI
Race #3 fully captured the spirit of fat bike racing in Wisconsin. A few hearty Diablos braved the temperatures hovering around 0 degrees F. Bike handling skills were a priority as a fresh snowfall turned parts the course into a trenched (but ridable) challenge. Margins could be gained by maintaining perfect line selection on the many twists and turns in the woods and careful navigation of the long, rutted decent.
Diablo Racing Results (Top 10 Noted):
Elite (23 riders)
Advanced (23 riders)
Jeff Abitz - 4th
Intermediate (53 riders)
For full results see: results.itsracetime.com/results.aspx?CId=17095&RId=4243
Brian Davis made a video that I learned from, and you can too! See below:
The last race of the Snow Crown Fat-Bike Series is February 20th at the
Reforestation Camp in Suamico, WI.
Register at: runsignup.com/Race/WI/GreenBay/SnowCrown
January 23, 2021
Hilly Haven Golf Course
De Pere, WI
Race #2 from our buddy George, of Broken Spoke Bike Studio, brought us the rolling grasses and fairways of Hilly Haven Golf Course.
With few tight turns, the course emphasized big, sustained power. It felt like a one hour time trial!
Yes "power"... which brings us to Jon Lester who earned himself a 3rd place podium in Men's Elite.
Diablo Racing Results (Top 10 Noted):
Elite (19 riders)
Jon Lester - 3rd
Advanced (29 riders)
Jeff Abitz - 10th
Intermediate (78 riders)
For full results see: results.itsracetime.com/results.aspx?CId=17095&RId=4241
Below images purchased from: www.xtrphoto.com/
The course in the summer (riding is only allowed when permitted, when like, there's snow) :
True to form, Brian Davis made a video below: Warning: He shares his feelings which is good.
A production of The 906 Adventure Team 906adventureteam.com/
January 15 - March 15, 2021
Marquette - Nequanee - Ishpeming MI
Monday, January 18, 2021:
This "race" was different. After experiencing the insanity of the last two years of mass start racing, Jeff Abitz welcomed the opportunity to just ride. Ride in the woods, take in the scenery, and witness the joy and appreciation of Adam Koenig as he discovered the best snow bike trails on the planet.
Diablo Cycling's Jeff Abitz and Adam Koenig took on the "30" (actually about 37) miles of the Polar Roll Long course thepolarroll.com/2021-polar-roll-ex/ consisting of a lap around Presque Isle, the North Trails and the South Trails.
There was no finish line pageantry, just a cold Barbaric YAWP Burly Scotch Ale from local brewery Blackrocks, and lots of post ride banter in the parking lot.
Saturday, January 16, 2021:
A couple days earlier, Diablo John Bessey (below) also completed the Long course.
Adventure lives on. Adapt, ride, adventure and live!
Race your fat bike for 15k, then follow with a cornhole toss to reduce your time.
Jon and Sally Lester took part in this crazy, one of a kind free event hosted by
the Lakeland Area Mountain Biking Organization, Inc (LAMBO) lamboriders.org/.
Congratulations to Jon for racing/tossing to a 1st in age and a 2nd place overall finish!
After almost a year of mostly cancelled races, a few Diablos eagerly took the opportunity to race
their fat bikes in Race #1 of the Snow Crown four race series.
Course conditions were very fast, and reminiscent of the all out intensity of cyclocross racing.
Results are provided, but remember for most riders, fat bike racing is not something taken too seriously. The focus is riding fun courses, with the excitement of "real" racing outdoors.
Diablo Racing Results (Top 10 Noted)
Elite (18 riders)
Brian Davis - 9th
Advanced (49 riders)
Jeff Abitz - 5th overall (1st in 50+)
Intermediate (69 riders)
For full results see: results.itsracetime.com/results.aspx?CId=17095&RId=4240
Brian Davis (Races) crafted this fine video on his YouTube channel:
As my finishers T-shirt reads "We're not in Kansas anymore". As a past finisher of a few 200 miles mixed terrain races, including DK200 and Michigan's "Coast to Coast", I can vouch for that claim.
Diablo's Tim Patterson and Jeff Abitz accompanied Marc Salm and the Loaded group, in conquering one, if not the hardest, "one day" mixed terrain rides (races?..no rides...let's go with experiences) in the country. Was it a challenge? Well, yeah. Was it stressful? Yep. Was it scenic and fun? Absolutely.
Over 32 hours and 247 miles of riding "in the middle of nowhere" left us all, lets just say, quite satisfied.
I had to include many images to do this ride justice.
The "225"Mile Bike:
For 2020, Jeff Abitz had a goal of completing (stretch goal of buckling) the Marji Gesick marjigesick.com/ in the duathlon (ride then run) category. After investing most the year running trails he received the disappointed news that the race was postponed to 2021.
However there was an opportunity to adapt and he eagerly directed his hard work to a new challenge.
The Crusher FIST! This required completion of the 225, 100, and 40 mile bike events and the 50 mile run.
So Jeff completed them, thus joining a group of 26 who earned themselves the hand forged FIST.
The "40"Mile Bike:
The "100" Mile Bike:
The "50" Mile Run:
Although these did not feature Diablos I thought I'd tack this swell video produced by The Lumpy Rim.
Watch below and check out there podcast at: www.thelumpyrim.com/
Tour the Trace
Natchez Trace Parkway in Nashville, TN
to Natchez, Mississippi.
November 19th thru 23, 2020
THIS IS A BIG DEAL...
The Tour the Trace is a four day time trial race, covering 444 miles along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway. Starting at 60 second intervals, cyclists rode alone, encountering beautiful scenery, great pavement, armadillos, wild turkeys, white tail deer, no stop signs, and no traffic lights.
Diablo Cycling's Jon Lester smartly rationed his power and endurance, securing a thrilling, come from behind victory in the last stage. Congratulations to Jon for taking the overall win!
Here is the overall (scroll down for individual stage) results:
November 7, 2020
Wern Valley Sportsmen's Club
Presented by the Hampshire Cycle Club
Adam Koenig gave it his all at the only cyclocross race in Wisconsin this year.
Without the cyclocross specific fitness, I know I lacked the courage (JA).
Masters 35+ Cat 1,2,3: 4th
Men's Cat 3: 6th
Sunday, November 1
Brown County Reforestation Camp in Suamico, WI
Presented by the Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team
Several Diablos celebrated the fast, leave blown single track of the last, and one of the only,
mountain bike races of 2020.
20 Mile Results:
Jon Lester - 2nd in 40-40 Male, 3rd overall
Megan Lester - 2nd in Under 19 Female
Macy Lester - 3rd in Under 19 Female
10 Mile Results:
Adam Koenig - 4th in Fat Bike
Sally Lester - 2nd in 40-29 Female
Scot Rajsich - Fat Bike
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