Marji Gesick 100
September 23rd, 2017
100 mile ultra mountain bike race featuring 90% singletrack and 12,000 feet of elevation.
"This race is absolutely ridiculous"
"likely the hardest single day mountain bike race in the U.S."
- Race winner Jeremiah Bishop on facebook live
107 finishers out 340 (31%)!
As I was thinking about what to write, Jon Lester summed it up nicely in a facebook post.
“We had quite a few Diablos line up for the Marji Gesick 100 Saturday. It was absolutely brutal. A very tough course in record heat and humidity, phew! Honestly, my 330 mile day across West Kansas was "easier". We also had three juniors take on the 100 and Corbin finished it!! (unofficial Diablo who rode with Nick and William. All great kids!!!) Here are the contenders:
Jason Gibson. Two time finisher!!! 41st (two flat tires)
Jeff Abitz. Finished 35th like a rockstar!
Schaff Drive. Finished 55th with Mark Desjardin and Sean Bee!!
Corbin Hodgeman. Suited up as a Diablo. Finished!!
I think the youngest Marji100 Finisher ever??!! (16yo) - confirmed. He was - JA
Tim Patterson(on tired tour divide legs!!!)
Jon Lester. DNF
Special thanks to the following:
- Recyclist Bicycle Company for their advice, ace mechanics, bikes parts, and gear
- Pete Frank, Rhonda and Ed Kolka, and BIKE TEAM, who offered fantastic finish line support.
- Todd Poquette and Danny Hill for this "Fantastic" event .
Thanks for the painful, yet fun memories.”
As I sit here doing this blog, still too sore (don’t ask where) to ride,
I ponder if I will ever attempt (yes attempt, not necessarily do) this race again.
It was the Nuge that once quoted: "You're born at point A, you die at point B.
Kick maximum ass in between".
I already have next years registration date of Friday, October 13th,
"post-it noted" on my screen.
- Jabitz out.
Trek CX Cup / World Cup
Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
September 23, 2017
John Lichtenberg took the ultimate challenge, lining up with the best
55+ Masters in the nation, finishing 26th out of 46.
September 16, 2017
Cross country mountain bike race from Hayward to Cable, WI
All racers improved on their prior years results.
40 mile "Chequamegon 40" full course - 1827 finishers
Jon Lester: 02:16:58, 5th in division, 39th overall
Todd Mertz 02:28:06, 25th in division, 147th overall
Scott Barclay 03:52:48 252 in division, 1494th overall
Rod W Janssen 04:31:46 240 in division 1709th overall
16 mile "Short and Fat" - 948 finishers
Ethan Janssen 01:00:03, 16th in division, 46th overall
Cross-Shooshko Cyclocross Race
September 10, 2017 in Milwaukee WI:
John Lichtenberg braved the warm temperatures, and bumpy course, finishing 13th out of 26 in M50+ Cat 123.
See press release from Cyclocross Magazine:
Humbolt Park Cyclocross Race
September 10, 2017 in Milwaukee WI:
The course was a violent mix of vicious bumps and out of the saddle uphill "kickers". There was no rest in this 45 minute circuit of pain. Score a Team Win for Diablo Cycling in M35-50 Cat 123! Jeff Abitz's 2nd and John Robertson's 7th made it official. John Lichtenberg represented well in a stacked 24 man field of 50 plus Cat 123's by finishing solidly in the middle. Jabitz and The Two Johns wish to give thanks to the various kit provided by the Recyclist Bicycle Company.
Diablo Cycling in the news
Thanks to the Lesters for getting interviewed and on TV. Showing what we are all about.
36 Mile Road Race in Park Falls, WI on September 2, 2017
As I sat watching a high school football game last Friday night, I got a text from
(THEE) Jon Lester. He showed me an image of his handlebars with skateboard grip tape on top. It was clearly evident he was planning a solo breakaway.
Sure enough, with eight miles in, he left the peloton behind and
soloed in for the win!
Jon Lester, 1st in division, 1st overall
Jason Potrykus 4th in division, 16th overall
Sally Lester 1st in division, 2nd woman overall.
12 Mile Individual Time Trial in Park Falls, WI
on September 3, 2017
Jon Lester’s 27.3 mph average proved him to be the strongest rider.
1st in division, 1st overall
Sally Lester 3rd in division, 4th woman overall
Megan Lester 1st in Junior girls
Macy Lester 2nd in Junior girls
Trisha Moore “Diablo for the Day” 1st in division, 2nd woman overall