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2013 Cyclo-cross Club of the Year! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 16 December 2013 20:20

Western Howard County Cycling is proud to announce being named 2013 Cyclo-cross Club of the Year by USA Cycling.  Many thanks to all the team members that make this club what it is and to our awesome sponsors for providing us with most excellent support.

 

http://www.usacycling.org/congratulations-to-our-2013-club-of-the-year-winners.htm

 
7/1/12 SOFA Ride Recap PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike N.   
Sunday, 01 July 2012 14:37

Well the blog has been dead of late so I figured I add some content regarding the WHCC/Sportif/BPB/NutraSport sub-team, Team SOFA (king pathetic) (SAY IT!).  If you are unaware, SOFA stands for "Slow, Old, Fat Asses" and the sub-team consists primarily of Tom P and myself.  Generally we gather on Saturdays with other non-SOFA members of the team and ride with them until we are dropped (approximately 17 seconds) and then proceed to ride at a SOFA pace until we are tired, hungry, hear our couches calling or a some combination of the three.

 

This weekend we elected to ride on Sunday, and as usual a message was sent to the team list inviting others to join/drop/humilate us, just because we are social creatures...and slow, did I mention slow?  The plan was to roll out from the Glenwood Community Center, our normal starting spot, at 7:30am and ride for two to three hours.  To our surprise four other WHCC members showed up to join in the ride and laughing at us.  Three of them were immediately identified as being in blatant violation of the team SOFA requirements: Jay M (too fast), Allyson T (too fast, too young) and Kevin M (too fast and possibly still nursing).  Randy N also showed up but has steadily ridden his way into SOFA requirements violation in 2012 (too fast).

 

We headed out on time with no real route in mind.  Jay and Allyson led the group on a nice ride with varied terrain and the non-SOFA folks did a good job of adhering to an acceptable SOFA pace with a few exceptions, most of which involved climbing.  The group rode for ~40 miles over two and a half hours and in the end the SOFA guys were exhausted and the non-SOFA folks were asking when the ride was going to start.  A good, if not warm day and a good ride with good people.

 

In closing, enjoy this quote (I sure did) which was voiced near the end of the ride:

 

"Tom, you'd be much more cool if you shaved off all your chest hair." - Allyson

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 July 2012 14:56
 
WHCC 2012 Press Release PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Neary   
Monday, 26 March 2012 17:36

 

Ellicott City, MD – March 24, 2012 – The Western Howard County Cycling team (WHCC) enters into its fourth season with the support of both new and previous sponsors.

 

Originating sponsor Ben Schaeffer, owner of Ben’s Performance Bicycles and Daisy Import Auto Care, a long time supporter of the team returns for another season. BPB is Howard County, MD’s only studio bike shop providing customized builds and service. Daisy Import Auto Care, located next door to BPB, services all types of imported autos from their Woodbine location.

 

The Sportif Coaching Group returns for it’s second year of sponsorship. SCG provides coaching, training, team management and bike fittings for an international array of competitive cyclists.

 

New sponsor NutraSport Sports Pharmacy and Nutrition Center arrives to WHCC armed with a wealth of information to make its athletes faster. NutraSport specializes in sports medicine, sports nutrition, pain management and nutritional consultations.

 

Additional sponsor, Hunt’s End Remodeling, with over 20 years of experience, is Howard County’s leading design build remodeler – providing all types of home improvements including additions, kitchens, bathrooms and basements.

 

Another additional sponsor for the 2012 season is Shulman Rogers, one of the largest and most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan area. Founded in 1972, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members provide sound advice to help you meet your goals.

 

Western Howard County Cycling (WHCC) is a Howard County based cycling team that supports competitive athletes in all disciplines of the sport including road, cyclocross and mountain bike racing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 19:38
 
ON THE RIGHT TRACK - Sports Nutrition Seminar Kicks Off 2012 Sponsorship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Neary   
Monday, 20 February 2012 20:46

 

“How to improve your cycling performance, health & fitness level through sports nutrition”, was the hot topic last Thursday at Sportif Coaching Group and NutraSport’s February 9th seminar. Sportif cycling team members learned how to optimize their training and reduce the incidence of pain and injuries through an anti-inflammatory diet; the proper mix of protein, fats, and carbs for competition; and nutritional supplements that factor into a performance diet.

 

“This is the educational information our riders need to better understand the importance of sports nutrition so they can get the most out of their training. I’m looking forward to more interaction with NutraSport,” commented Sportif team president, Mike Birner, who coordinated the meeting.

 

NutraSport, the new sports medicine and nutrition division of Blue Mountain Pharmacy, hosted the meeting at their Columbia, MD facilities. Presenters included Dr. Lynn Shumake, Pharmacist, Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutrition Specialist; Nutritionist Jennifer Sima, RN; and Bryan Miller, Health Education and Nutrition Products Specialist.

 

NutraSport is excited to continue the Sportif sponsorship and welcomes the opportunity to continue educating cyclists on the health and performance benefits of proper sports nutrition. NutraSport offers comprehensive sports medicine and nutritional consultation designed to safely and effectively optimize training and performance. Our 360 degree approach includes an Athletic Assessment, Bio Impedance Analysis, and Training Program Development. NutraSport carries a complete line of top quality nutritional supplement products, approved by and dispensed through Dr. Shumake and his pharmacy staff.

 

For more information, visit www.NutraSportPharmacy.com or call 888-248-3266.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 20:47
 
Race Recaps: Catching Up, Hillbilly to Kinder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Team Scribe   
Monday, 31 October 2011 20:44

Well your team scribe has been has been busier than a one-armed wall paper hanger lately, so I am really behind on race recaps.  Never fear though, I will attempt to catch up quickly, but this will be a tad on the long side.

 

Cliff Notes: The team is kicking ass and taking names.

 

Hillbilly Hustle

 

The Saunders clan represented the Sportif Coaching Group/Ben's Performance Bikes team at Hillbilly Huslte v6 on October 2nd in Delaware.  Blair was feeling cheeky and raced in the 1/2/3 Open race finishing 8th, while Brett found his way onto the podium for the second time this year, improving on his 3rd place at Tacchino with a 2nd place finish.

 

 

BCA Cyclocross

 

October 1st kicked off the Sportif 'Cross Cup series with the Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross race in Ft. Ritchie, MD.  The team had good representation with 12 members over three races.  Wet, cold and muddy conditions were paired with a brand new course design for this year and the word "epic" was heard over and over again.

 

In the Elite Masters race Chris Harshman stood on the podium with a 2nd place finish while Mike Birner narrowly missed the top-10, finishing in 11th.  In the B-Masters the team had four members in the top ten.  Cory Smith podiumed with a 2nd place finish while John Ludicke, Chris Zangmeister and Guilherme Roschke were 8th, 9th and 10th respectively with Paul Anglin close behind in 12th (2nd in the 45+ age graded race).  Last but certainly not least, Sam Monaco found the podium in the Junior 10-14 race with his second, 2nd place finish in as many races.

 

 

Winchester Apple Cross

 

Also on October 2nd was the Winchester Apple Cross in Winchester, VA.  This is a great race in its third year which was started by our own Jon Hicks back in 2009.  The team had 15 members representing us in various races.  In the Elite Masters race we had three guys in the top 10 with Jay Morali leading the way in 6th.  Chris Harshman and Mike Birner were not far behind finishing 8th and 9th respectively.  In the B-Masters Jon Hicks and Cory Smith found podium positions with 2nd and 3rd respectively while Paul Anglin (18th) and Guilherme Roschke (22nd) also had solid finishes.  In the Elite Women's race Allyson Tufano continued to impress with a 2nd place podium finish.

 

Psycho Cross

 

This was the race our team promoted and organized so more on it, including team results, in another post soon.

 

Richmond Festival of Cross

 

Barry Hindman stayed home and doubled up at the Richmond Festival of Cross in Richmond, VA on October 8th, narrowly missing the top 10 with 11th place finishes in both the B-Mens' and B-Masters' races.

 

Hyattsville Cyclocross

 

October 9th saw the return of the Hyattsville Cyclocross in Hyattsville, Maryland. Mike Birner repeated his 2009 success at this race, winning the Elite Masters' race.  Jay Morali (7th) and Chris Harshman (9th with some mechanical issues) also had solid performances in the top 10.  In the B-Masters', Jon Hicks had a great race, adding to his podium appearances this year with a 2nd place and Guilherme Roschke (30th) had a solid finish in the top third of the field.  Representing the youth of the club, Sam Monaco also found the podium with his third consecutive 2nd place finish.

 

Granogue CX

 

Only a few members ventured over to the DuPont estate in Delaware to face the always tough competition and course at Granogue CX.  Jon Hicks had solid finishes both days with a 15th and 14th, while Allyson Tufano brought home a 16th and 18th.

 

DCCX

 

14 team members visited the nation's capitol for DCCX on October 23rd.  In the B-Masters race, Cory Smith made it way onto the podium again after finishing 3rd, while Jon Hicks, who looked to be headed towards his first win of the year, flatted on the last lap and managed to hang onto 4th.  Guilherme Roschke continued to show his improved form with a 17th place finish in the 105-deep field.  In the 55+ Elite Men's race, the recently upgraded Terry Harrigan had a solid 7th place finish.  In the Elite Men 35+/45+ race Jay Morali finished 7th with Mike Birner and Chris Harshman just outside the top-10 in 11th and 12th respectively.  In the Elite Women, Allyson Tufano continued her streak of podium finishes with a 3rd.

Beacon Cross

 

The Delaware contingent of WHCC headed to Beacon Cross and the Amphitheater of Pain and it was a good, muddy day.  Blair Saunders took the win in the Masters 45+ race and son Brett mimicked his dad, winning the Juniors race.

 

Kinder Kross

 

October 30th saw the return of Kinder Kross in Severna Park, MD and a good contingent of WHCC members made an appearance.  The day was cold and wet and the kind folks promoting the event managed to find every inch of mud and slop available to them to run the course through.

 

In the 10-14 Juniors race, Sam Monaco continued his streak of 2nd place finishes; your day is coming soon Sam!  In the B-Masters race Jon Hicks got the win that had been alluding him and finally got to stand on that top step of the podium.  Cory Smith also found the podium in 4th with John Ludicke (17th), Guilherme Roschke (19th) and Paul Anglin (20th) all finishing in the top-20.  In the 55+ Masters race, Terry Harrigan had another solid performance finishing in 4th, having lost 3rd place after taking a spill with 1000 feet left to go on the last lap.  In the Elite Masters race Mike Birner sprinted to narrowly take 7th place and Jay Morali fought his way from dead last at the start to finish in 10th.  And finally, in the Elite Womens' race, Allyson Tufano brought home her first victory of 2011.

 

Congrats to Mike, Blair, Brett, Jon and Allyson for their wins and to all the team members who fought the good fight!  Next up is Patapsco Cross and Ed Sanders where we anticipate the team will have more successes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:41
 
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