Reports 2009

Tour of the Bitterroot PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexandre Lussier   
Monday, 20 July 2009 15:12

Four GAS riders showed up in the Men’s 1-2-3 field this weekend. Notably missing were Brad Morgan who is still healing from a broken collar bone and John Curry who was racing at Mountain Bike Nationals. More details will follow in a report but John fought his way up from somewhere in the 50’s on the starting grid to an impressive 25th place finish.

At the starting line for the Tour of the Bitterroot criterium were Brian Frykman (recently upgraded to cat 2), Scott Lipp, Nate Weston, and Alex Lussier. Team NRO from Missoula was equally represented in the peloton with 4 riders also. The pace was fast with Brian initiating the attacks immediately from the gun. The following 20 minutes were a blur of attacks, counter-attacks, and small breakaways in which we managed to always place a rider, and solo flyers which earned us a few primes. Twice, Nate and Brian got in breaks with other strong riders that looked promising but were eventually reeled in by solo riders refusing to give up on a chance to win. Finally, I accelerated across the start/finish line with Mike Longmire (NRO) in my draft and we quickly gained a 5 to 10 second lead on the pack. It was the biggest lead so far, perhaps indicating the chaser’s wavering motivation? So we pressed on. It seems like the peloton was just over our shoulder for countless laps but we persevered and finally increased the gap to about 20 seconds. By then we were methodically swapping leads and working efficiently to stay away. It helped that the two biggest teams in the pack behind us were our own so the chances of a true organized chase were low. I felt confident that I would have a good finishing kick so I waited for the sprint to take the win. Nate strung out the field in preparation for the final bunch sprint and Brian came just a bit short with Josh Tack (NRO) and John Weyhrich (5VV) inching ahead of him at the line.

The TT was a chance for redemption for Brian, who’s TT skills have impressed many this year. He did not disappoint, winning the windy 17 mile TT in about 37 and a half minutes. Willy Zellmer put up an impressive time in the high 37’s, which I believe put him second overall and first in the 3’s by a long shot. Things are looking good for him at Cascades and Junior Nationals.

For the Omnium we did as well as we could have hoped for. Brian won the 1-2’s and Scott, Nate, and I swept the cat 3 podium. A long drive (almost all the way) home ended in Manhattan with a blown wheel bearing but Susan graciously drove out to pick us up so we were home by midnight.

John Curry 25th at Mountain Bike National Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexandre Lussier   
Saturday, 18 July 2009 21:13
Earlier today GAS rider John Curry finished 25th in the Pro field at Mountain Bike Nationals in Granby Colorado.  Junior rider Alex Shoenfelder was just off the podium with a 6th in the Junior men's race.  Lisa Curry competed in the women's Pro field to a 39th place finish.  John reports that he feels like he got "hit by a bulldozer."  We don't doubt that it's true but we're all psyched for his great finish.
Brian Frykman: Montana Road Race State Champion PDF Print E-mail
Written by GAS Team   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 08:27

Before winning the Cat 3 gerneral classification at Elkhorn, Brian had a perfect tuneup at the Montana State Championship road race in Bearmouth.  Below is his report:

Gallatin Alpine Sports / Intrinsik cycling team showed up to Bearmouth for the State RR with superior numbers and a plan for aggressive racing in the 1/2/3 field.    From the Start of the Race, the action was swift, with attack after attack being dished out from the various teams eager to get someone up the road before the big hill climb where there inevitably be a selection.

After BIG attacks on a few rollers it was apparent that none of the teams thought conserving energy before the climb was the best strategy.    On the big hill on the way out to Drummond, there was an attack again starting at the base of the hill which started to fizzle about halfway up.   With 3/4 of the hill behind us I gave a slight push off the front, got a gap and rolled over the top with Scott Herzig and Elliot Bassett.    We were hanging off the front on the descent, so I went to the front and drove knowing I can descend faster than most, which increased our gap.   John Weyrich was able to bridge up solo, and away we went.   This was a great breakaway, all the major teams were here.  None of the teams would chase, so away we hammered towards the big climb.
Report: Summer weekend XC double-header PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Curry   
Monday, 29 June 2009 20:42

Saturday: Early Bird XC

Not many in Montana have even heard of the Early Bird XC race up at Whitefish Mountain Resort.  Though it is a non-USAC sanctioned race, it is an annual event and kicks off the summer season at the resort.  It's a long drive from Bozeman, but great trails, good friends, and rumors of heavy competition drew us north.
Lisa puts down the power on the 29er
We rolled into the parking lot early and were seemingly the first ones there.  Lisa curled up in the Suby for a nap while I fiddled with my cleats.  We took a lap of the course, which featured lots of fast fun singletrack and not much in the way of climbing (surprising for a ski area course!).  Soon enough the competition emerged.  Among the 25 or so in the Pro/expert class were Parsons, Butterfield, Gonzales, Shryock, Grove, Muhlfeld, Kiester, Gue, not to mention a certain Sam Schultz.
Guy Mackenzie wins Cat 2 race at Homestake XC PDF Print E-mail
Written by GAS Team   
Monday, 29 June 2009 20:21

The Homestake mountain bike race was this past Sunday, under a hot sunny sky and on a very fun and improved race course.  Lots of short steep climbs.

It started as any mountain bike race, at a very fast pace.  Guy settled into second place during the climb, and waited for the leader to make a small mistake on the first downhill.  Guy assumed the lead and soon realized that his to companions could not downhill as well as he could.  That is when he decided to go flat out on the following downhill and push hard through the short climbs.  With this, he open up a gap and settled into a comfortable but hard pace.  Unfortunately during the second lap, at the bottom of a steep decent, Guy's front tire poped off the rim momentarily and lost some air, as well as spraying Stan's No-Tubes liquid all over the place.  Luckily, with the use of a CO2 cartridge, the tire was inflated up to operating pressure and it sealed back up.  Just as Guy finished pumping his tire up, second place (Kelley Mattingly) went by, and Guy jumped on his wheel.  Once again, Guy put a big effort on the downhill to re-take first place and pushed hard on the next couple of climbs, to open up a gap.  The race stayed like this, with Guy taking his first MORS series win, and Kelley Mattingly, in only his second Mountain Bike race and his first CAT-2 race, finished second.

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