TC athlete Andrea Hilderbrand has a busy summer ahead. She is in Leadville, CO going for Leadwoman status - a series of grueling bike and run events at altitude, held just days apart. This photo is from the first day, the trail marathon, taken at 11,000 ft! Andrea never ceases to amaze, and she is still smiling. Stay tuned for more as Andrea continues her adventures!
Summer Swoon. That's what we call. Take it for what its worth but you need some chill time right about now.
Meaning off the bike, off the run, out of the pool. Cya later. I'm outa here!!!
However, if you are good and fresh here's some good tips for training this time of year.....
Big congratulations are in order for TC athlete Cathi Mowrey who placed 3rd in the Masters Women class at the Stoopid 50 mountain bike race in rocky central Pennsylvania! She was one of 12 women to complete the race. The Stoopid 50 contains a 70/30 fantastic mix of the hardest, rockiest singletrack to gravel road trails in the area. Way to go Cathi!
Congratulations to all of the hard working TC athletes who finished the Blood, Sweat and Gears 100 Miler this weekend! These results are a result of hard training and amazing effort:
Melissa McDonald: 6:22
Kristi Ray: 6:26
Kelly Fillnow: 6:35
Susan Airheart: 7:21
Luke Sagur: 4:59
Terry Slifer: 5:25
Chris Steele: 5:50
Mark Hofsn: 5:58
In other TC News, James Barker placed 4th in the Mens 40+ SC Road Race Championship, while Terry Slifer saw 3rd in the men's cat 4 race. Nice job gentlemen!
Winston David has also been hitting the road lately with a 3rd place in the Montgomery, AL SRS 75 minute Crit race. He also won the 75 mile road race from a group of 10 in Montgomery last weekend! The weekend before, Winston placed 10th in the Winston-Salem 86 mile road race in the Pro, 1,2,3 category. He gets great results wherever he goes!
And on the mountain bike, Robert Fish won the Elite Men's category at our own Charlotte Summer Mountain Bike Series race last week at Rennaissance Park. Awesome!
TC Mountain Bikers had a blast last Sunday at the Treeshaker Mountain Bike Challenge, held at the beautiful Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC. The rooty, twisty course was a little wet but provided loads of fun for our athletes who participated in the 4 hour category. Here are the highlights:
Our very own Chad Andrews and Terry Slifer won an excellent 3rd place finish in the Duo Male category. This was Terry's first try at mountain bike racing, and he got a taste of the podium right away:
In the 4hour Solo Female category, Elsa Lee did an amazing 2nd place podium, doing 4 laps in 3:56. Bonnie Kleffman took the top of the podium, making the cutoff for 5 laps and completing them in 4:25. Another podium for team members Kleffman and Lee:
Jay Forgione did a great job in the 4hr Solo Masters 40+ category, pulling out 4 laps in 3:34. Jimmy White also completed 4 laps for a 4th place finish. Way to go guys!
Here is Jimmy, ready to rock and roll:
TotalCyclist athletes have been getting results across all disciplines of cycling in the last two weeks! We have lots to be proud of:
On the Tri scene, Brien Boswell has been at it again with a 3rd place finish in the Over the Mountain Tri, finishing in 2:39 in the men's 40-44 category. Another strong effort, Brien!
Congratulations are also in order for Mary Sansbury, who placed 3rd overall in the Jetton Sprint Tri. This race was especially good for her as she was first out of the water and first on the bike leg of the race. Nice job Mary!
On the road, Spencer Gaddy has been doing great with a 1st place finish in the Gainesville, GA TT. He also achieved a 2nd place in the road race and 2nd in GC. Way to go Spencer!
On the endurance MTB scene, team members Scott and Sherry George recently completed the Pisgah 111K endurance MTB race. This is one of the most difficult races on the east coast, with gnarly singletrack, steep climbs and technical descents. Scott finished 32nd overall, and 6th in the Singlespeed division, with a time of 8hrs, 18mins. Sherry finished 97th overall in 10hrs. and 10mins. To complete a race like this is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. For Scott and Sherry,
Even though the summer heat is in full swing, TC MTB team members Chad Andrews, Casey Bailey and Bonnie Kleffman came out to race in the heat in our very own Charlotte Mountain Bike Wednesday night series. The race this week was at Rennaisance Park in Charlotte. Chad placed 6th in the Sport Men's 45+ category, and Casey pulled out a 2nd place finish in the Sport Women's field. Bonnie, who also races in the Sport Men's class, pulled out a 4th place finish and was the first woman across the line in her category. Fun was had by all! Way to beat the heat!
TC Athletes have been getting some great results this past week! On the mountain bike podium last Sunday was our own MTB Team member Elsa Lee, racking up a 2nd place finish in the Cat 2 Women's category at the Uwharrie XC race in Troy, NC. Finishing in just under 2 hours, Elsa fought hard and earned her podium on this hot race day! Also competing on the XC course that day was our very own coach, owner and chief bottle washer Chad Andrews! Though he hasn't raced on the mountain bike in years, he jumped in and also finished in under 2 hours! Way to go Elsa and Chad!
Here is Chad's expression after the race: Elsa, on the other hand, is always smiling:
On the road scene, Andy Udinsky was at it again on May 30th, winning a 2nd place finish in the Cat 4 Men's race at the Nester Cup in Savannah, GA! Way to go Andy!
Our very own coach Trey Miller had a win at Friday Night Flights, and a 2nd place at the Heart of NC Omnium in Ashboro. He also placed 2nd in the Low Country Race Weekend. Andy races with the Pro 1,2 category, so the competition is fierce!
TotalCyclist MT B team members Casey Bailey and Bonnie Kleffman took a road trip to the SERC XC mtb race in Jackson, GA this weekend to race on a challenging course in thankfully dry conditions! Casey placed 4th in the cat 2 women's field, hanging in there despite rock gardens and climbing challenges on the winding course. Bonnie Kleffman had a great day in the Pro Women's field, with a second place podium finish despite a flat tire near the end of the race. Nice!