Reports 2009


GAS wins again PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexandre Lussier   
Monday, 01 June 2009 22:43

Sunday May 31 was the highly anticipated (dreaded by many) Cow Country Classic.  It takes serious fitness and determination to have a strong finish in the Cow Country Classic and that's what John "Flurry" Curry delivered on Sunday. Brian "Freight Train" Frykman took fifth.  Newcomer Scott "Simmonds" Lipp had a strong top 10 overall finish in his first race as a cat 3 ever.  As usual, GAS had numbers on it's side with 9 riders in the men's 1-2-3 field.  Sebastian and Nate got in an early break which gained a 3 minute advantage on the field before the big difficulties (read: a really BIG hill, and then lots more hills and high winds).  Alex, Scott, Brad, and Tomas worked peloton control in the relatively flat first 30 miles.  As expected the field exploded on the first hill with John and Brian making the hard selection and catching the break with a half dozen other Montana hardmen.  An additional selection occured about 60 miles into the race on one of the long rolling hills of route 200.  This select group included Flurry, Frank Gonzalez (MT Velo), Josh Tack (NRO).  Flurry made the decisive move on the last climb at least 3 miles from the finish, perhaps reasoning that a sprint finish against Josh Tack would be a hard battle to win.  After cresting the top of the hill with a small advantage he was disheartened to find that he would be fighting a screaming headwind to the finish.  Nonetheless, he put his head down and rode solo to the line holding off the three man chase.  John thereby defended (and solidified) his pink jersey as series leader (which he also holds in the mountain bike series after winning the opening race a few weeks ago).  After 86 miles of hot, windy, and hilly terrain I had a splitting headache and felt barely coherent.  Cow Country is a humbling experience, for most of us anyway... ;-)

 

 
Bear Lake Classic Report: Freight Train Frykman PDF Print E-mail
Written by GAS Team   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 11:16

Brian Frykman recently traveled to Bear Lake, UT for the Bear Lake Classic event.  The three stages were uphill TT, 105 mile RR, and 50 mile team time trial.  Brian had a great race, and had good things to say about the event.  Look for GAS/Intrinsik to send a full team in 2010.

Brian's report:

 

What is racing in Utah like?   Well it is downright FUN!    My wife, her teammate, and myself went to scenic Bear Lake, UT for 3 very unique and separate Road Bike events.

The weekend started off at 5pm Friday with a 3.5 mile Hill Climb TT gaining 830ft at 8% grade.

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Unravel the Scratchgravel: JC race report PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Curry   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 11:10
The Montana XC season kicked off last Sunday with a new event: Unravel the Scratchgravel in Helena. The fast and fun course was a mix of punchy climbs, rolling doubletrack, and twisty singletrack located in the Scratchgravel Hills northwest of Helena, an area known for dry early season conditions. When Lisa and I arrived we were surprised by the good turnout (75+ racers) that forced us into overflow parking. Also flying the orange and white of G.A.S./Intrinsik were Guy Mackenzie, Sebastian White, U-23 phenom Alex Shoenfelder, and surfer-dude Alex Lussier.

There were around 15 racers in the Pro/Cat1 field including some stiff competition (Frank from MT Velo, Trek VW pro Josh Bezecny, and the Sportsman clan from the Flathead). They had us line up our bikes for a Lemans start which seem to be quite popular in Montana lately. They had us line up about 10 mins before the start which foiled my plan to get in a few short hard warm up efforts. Josh was the first on his bike and shot up the opening climb at a ridiculous pace. Alex S. was second wheel. I put in a big surge to try to move up to Josh, and was joined by Frank. The next two minutes were anaeorbic hell as Frank and I tried to fight up to Josh's wheel before the top of the climb.
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Belt Omnium 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 May 2009 09:55

The 2nd race of the 2009 Montana racing season was the Belt Omnium.  GAS started the season on a high note, with Brian Frykman taking the overall win at the Rocky Mountain Roubaix a couple weeks earlier.  Could we win again? We have a strong team, and we thought we could.  That was the goal.

The omnium started with a 10 mile time trial, mostly flat with a short climb just before the turn around, and it was a little windy as well.  GAS put up some impressive results, with Amy C winning the womens CAT 4, Brian Frykman winning the mens CAT 3, and myself taking second in the CAT 2.

The weather went from ok to looking bad, to actually getting cold and rainy just before the start of the road race. Racers were scrambling to try and get the right amount of clothing on, which is always tough when the weather is iffy.  Fortunately, the threatening weather passed just as the race got underway, and all we had to contend with was the wind.  The wind was fairly strong for most of the race, most often presenting itself as a cross wind, which is every racer enemy.

The race started as most road races do, not to fast.  In fact, we almost got caught by the CAT 4 racers on the way out to the first turn around.  Once we topped the first climb, former GAS racer and perennial attacker Aaron Johnson threw down the first attack of the day.  It was short lived, as the winds got the best on him.  Another rider went off the front just as Aaron was caught, everyone seemed content to let him go.  Aaron attacked again, bridging to the rider off the front, and establishing a gap that they held until the next climb.  GAS riders John Curry, Sebastion White, and Brian Frykman threw in some random attacks to try and make the other contenders do some work, while I sat in and tried to conserve a little energy for late in the race.  I did notice that whenever Frykman attacked, he had several people chasing his wheel, lesson learned from the Roubaix I guess.
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Rocky Mountain Roubaix Report: Brian Frykman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Freight Train   
Monday, 27 April 2009 22:02
Yesterday was CRAZY AWESOME.....I cant believe my luck, and that I stuck the finish.  

Here is my first feeble attempt at a race report:

The weather forecast for the Roubaix was mixed snow, rain and cold.   The GAS / Intrinsik team was stoked fore sure, and that stoke ouzed across the phone as we talked and made plans during the week prior to the race.   The mood before the race was tense with racers making last minute layering adjustments then changing again a few minutes later....no one had an idea what the weather would do, but everyone expected it to be epic none the less.   Finally it was time to start and there was no more time to adjust and tinker.  The Cat 1/2/3 field reluctantly approached the starting line.
 
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