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Triathlon continues to grow

USA Triathlon, the governing body of triathlon in the United States, announced on Aug. 12 that its total membership recently surpassed 125,000. Even in this Great Recession, USA Triathlon’s membership increased 14.2% since the end of 2008 when membership stood at 107,231. Additionally, the organization anticipates that it will surpass 3,100 sanctioned events in 2009, about 11% more than last year’s total of about 2,800. Skip Gilbert, USA Triathlon’s CEO offered this bit of philosophy to explain the continued growth of the sport: “The state of the economy has many Americans not only reevaluating their careers, but also their health, relationships and other areas of their lives.” But maybe triathletes aren’t impacted by the downturn simply because they didn’t have much dough to begin with. Citing a study conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, The Wall Street Journal reported recently that off-road triathletes came in dead last of 93 sports in participants’ average household income ($53,719). On-raod triathletes were only five spots higher at $62,375. Snorkelers were found to be the richest of athletes, with a household income of $92,373.

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Chris Carmichael publishes new book

Chris Carmichael, a trainer who worked with Lance Armstrong, has a new book on the market. It’s aimed directly at Masters cyclists who have limited amount of time to train. Here’s a look at the press release announcing the book’s launch…

Boulder, CO, USA – July 24, 2009 – Lance Armstrong’s personal cycling coach, Chris Carmichael, has published a new training book just as 7-time Tour de France winner Armstrong finishes his comeback Tour. The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Fit, Fast, and Powerful in 6 Hours a Week presents a new way to achieve competitive fitness and power without the impossible time demands of traditional training methods. The book is available now in bookstores, bike shops, and online.

The founder of one of the most successful endurance coaching businesses, Carmichael noticed that many busy cyclists are unable to make performance gains using conventional training methods. They simply don’t have enough time to train the way cyclists have for 30 years. Drawing on his 20 years of experience working with Armstrong and busy career professionals, The Time-Crunched Cyclist shows cyclists how to build fitness on a realistic schedule by emphasizing the power of high-intensity interval workouts. In just 6 hours a week, cyclists can develop the snap, endurance, and strength they need to push the pace in the local group ride, have fun and perform well in local races, or tackle challenging century rides.

The Time-Crunched Training Program starts with the CTS Field Test, a proven test for establishing a cyclist’s personal training intensities. Each of the book’s 4 training plans features a complete set of workouts including intervals and instructions. Carmichael also explains how to fuel for high-intensity training and adjust riding to take advantage of new power and speed. The book provides a time-crunched strength training program and supplemental endurance training blocks for cyclists whose schedules unexpectedly clear.

Complete with training plans, case studies, nutritional guidelines, and success stories, The Time-Crunched Cyclist is the new training approach that working professionals and parents have been waiting for. Cycling is more fun when you are fit, and now great fitness is achievable for cyclists who thought their best performances evaporated along with their free time.

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Mountain bike nationals finish up today

The USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships finish up today in Granby, Colo. About 1,200 riders are vying for Stars & Stripes jerseys. Yesterday a number of age-group champions were crowned. You can find the results by clicking here.

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The final day of action for Masters nationals

USA Cycling’s Masters nationals concluded on Saturday. Here’s a story on the last day of criterium racing…

July 4, 2009 (Louisville, Ky.) – The USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships wrapped up with the men’s 30-49 criterium contests on a wet Fourth of July. The final four masters road Stars-and-Stripes jerseys were awarded following fierce battles on the half-mile course around the infamous infield at Churchill Downs. In all nearly 1,000 competitors age 30 and over fought for national titles in the road race, time trial and criterium over the last week in Louisville. Masters racers will now turn their attention to the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships set for Aug. 18-23 in Colorado Springs.
 
The eldest age division of the day, the 45-49 men, set an aggressive tone early with numerous riders trying to make a break in the 50-lap affair. In the end however it came down to a sprint to the line between the top 15 riders. Track and criterium specialist John Walsh (Playa del Ray, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters) proved the strength of his kick, outsprinting the talented group by less than a second. Gregg Betonte (Truckee, Calif./Safeway-Bicycles Plus) and Steven Carroll (Fort Collins, Colo./Texas Roadhouse) followed two and four tenths of a second later to grab the silver and bronze.
 
“I was confident coming in and just told myself I could win,” explained Walsh who secured his first national title. “I just tried to cover every break and I knew I could do it if I were there at the line.”
 
The men’s 40-44 race played out in dramatically different fashion with a break of five powering away to grab the top-five spots from the massive field. The division’s best all-around rider, Grant Potter (Parkland, Fla./Champion Porsche p/b Racers Edge) scored his first-ever national title outpowering his break partners to win the gold. Michael Johnson (Newport Beach, Calif./Sho-air-Sonace) had to settle for silver by only tenths of a second and last year’s champion Byron Nix (Centennial, Colo./Green Mountain Sports) finished third.
 
“We had to push it the entire time,” explained Johnson, a former NetZero pro racer who is coming back from a severe leg injury. “We were really hoping the rain would start pouring.”
 
In what may have been the most exciting race of the event, three riders, John Puffer (Schaumburg, Ill./Texas Roadhouse), Chris DeMarchi (Chino, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters) and Andrew Clarke (Medina, Ohio/Panther-RGF) held off a talented field in the 30-34 age division. The excitement didn’t end there however, coming down to a photo finish to decide the national championship as Puffer was able to edge Demarchi by only inches for the Stars-and-Stripes.
 
The 30-34 men’s contest ended in another field sprint, but not until Josh Frick (Bethesda, Md./Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo) led a solo attack for the early half of the 66-lap event. In the end it was another photo finish with Mike Olheiser (Huntsville, Ala./Marx and Bensdorf Realtors) edging Marco Aledia (Worthington, Ohio/Kenda Pro Cycling-Spinergy) and David Bozak (Elkridge, Md./Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo) to win another national title.
 
That race wrapped up the week-long event where nearly 1,000 competitors age 30 and over fought for national titles in the road race, time trial and criterium in Louisville. Masters racers will now turn their attention to the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships set for Aug. 18-23 in Colorado Springs.    
 
USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
Louisville, Kentucky
June 28-July 4, 2009
 
Day Seven
 
45-49 Men’s Criterium
1. John Walsh (Playa del Ray, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters) 55:54.2
2. Gregg Betonte (Truckee, Calif./Safeway-Bicycles Plus) 55:54.4
3. Steven Carroll (Fort Collins, Colo./Texas Roadhouse) 55:54.6
4. Joe Baratto (Seattle, Wash./Wines of WA-Bikesale.com) 55:54.8
5. Jack Keiser (Breckenridge, Colo./BBC) 55:55.0
 
40-44 Men’s Criterium
1. Grant Potter (Parkland, Fla./Champion Porsche p/b Racers Edge) 1:07:22.7
2. Michael Johnson (Newport Beach, Calif./Sho-air-Sonace) 1:07:22.9
3. Byron Nix (Centennial, Colo./Green Mountain Sports) 1:07:23.2
4. David Henderson (Columbia, Mo.) 1:07:24.0
5. Mark Light (Hackettstown, N.J./Liberty Cycle) 1:07:25.7
 
35-39 Men’s Criterium
1. John Puffer (Schaumburg, Ill./Texas Roadhouse) 1:09:53.1
2. Chris DeMarchi (Chino, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters) 1:09:53.2
3. Andrew Clarke (Medina, Ohio/Panther-RGF) 1:09:54.2
4. Jason Meidhof (Bethesda, Md./Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo) 1:10:20.1
5. Anthony Galvan (Los Angeles, Calif./NOW-MS Society) 1:10:26.6
 
30-34 Men’s Criterium
1. Mike Olheiser (Huntsville, Ala./Marx and Bensdorf Realtors)
2. Marco Aledia (Worthington, Ohio/Kenda Pro Cycling-Spinergy)
3. David Bozak (Elkridge, Md./Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo)

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More winners from USA Cycling’s Road Nationals

On Tuesday, the final road racing champions were determined in the men’s 35-39, 40-44 and 45-49 age brackets. The time trial and criterium races were to follow through Saturday. Here’s a report from USA Cycling…

June 30, 2009 (Louisville, Ky.) – The road racing portion of the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships wrapped up in Cherokee Park on Tuesday with Stars-and-Stripes awarded in the men’s 35-39, 40-44 and 45-49 age divisions. The time trial competition is set take place on Wednesday in Taylorsville, Ky. followed by three days of criterium racing in Churchill Downs.
 
The 35-39 master men’s race got things off to an exciting start on the final day of road racing in Louisville’s Cherokee Park with an early race break that held for the first five of 12 laps. The stacked young field including two-time, reigning national champion Paul Martin (North Royalton, Ohio/Texas Roadhouse), however reeled back the solo break, after a untimely mechanical. It was then that Martin saw an opportunity to make his move. Recognizing Martin’s strength however the field would not let him get away. Through a fast and furious last few laps it was Michael Onkels (Glendale, Calif./Sho-air-Sonace) who was able to put some distance between him and the pack. After racing for 22-years, the 39-year old secured his first national title, soloing to the gold 42 seconds ahead of the main group.
 
“I tried to make up time on the hills and by not braking in the corners,” said Onkels who was 15th in the road race here last year. “When we got close to the finish I just drilled it. It was perfect for me – that’s the way I like to win.”
 
Just over 100 riders took to the line in the 40-44 men’s road race making it the largest field of the competition. Mid-way through the 10-lap affair four riders, Roger Aspholm (Haworth, N.J./Westwood Velo), Nico Toutenhoofd (Boulder, Colo./Excelsports.com), David Harward (South Jordan, Utah/Porcupine-Specialized Racing) and David Henderson (Columbia, Mo.) were able to gain time on the field. As the contest moved into the final laps, a small group of chasers formed including Craig Romer (St. Helena, Calif./Team Specialized Racing), Stephen Spanbauer (Louisville, Ky./Calistoga Racing), Stephen Ferretti (Crestline, Calif./Sho-air-Sonace) and Daniel Casper (Northfield, Minn./Grandstay Hotels). They began slowly closing the gap but were unable to catch the leaders until some confusion ensued with the front group missing the turn into the finish. Tootenhoofd and Harward were able to quickly get turned around, but the chase group was surging. In the kick to the line Romer, Casper and Ferretti grabbed the medals in one of the event’s most interesting finishes. An officials’ jury was quickly formed and after thorough investigation, the results were deemed to stand as each rider crossed the line.  
 
Janne Hamalainen (Tulsa, Okla./Tulsa Tough), Chris Halverson (Madison, Wisc./Nova Cycle Sports Foundation) and Troy Kimball (Randolph, N.J./Westwood Velo) were the story of the men’s 45-49 contest, breaking away multiple times before making it stick mid-way through the 10-lap affair. The pair slowly built on their lead throughout the final half of the race with Hamalainen kicking it up the hill to take the Stars-and-Stripes eight seconds ahead of Halverson.
 
Racing will continue tomorrow with the time trial for all masters categories and age divisions. The out-and-back course will start and finish at Spencer County High School and, depending on age division, will feature 20 to 26-miles of rolling hills.
 
Click here for a full schedule and here for complete information on the event. 
 
For full results, click here and to view photos from the event, click here.

Check out video from the event on our You Tube page, here.    
 
USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
Louisville, Kentucky
June 28-July 4, 2009
 
Day Three
 
35-39 Men’s 60-mile Road Race
1. Michael Onkels (Glendale, Calif./Sho-air-Sonace) 2:20:12
2. Kevin Kremke (Houston, Texas/Bike Barn) 2:20:54
3. Kevin Attkisson (Louisville, Ky./Texas Roadhouse) 2:20:57
4. Chris Demarchi (Chino, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters) 2:20:57
5. Jonathan Eropkin (Fresno, Calif./Safeway Bicycles) 2:20:58
 
40-44 Men’s 50-mile Road Race
1. Craig Romer (St. Helena, Calif./Team Specialized Racing) 1:53:53
2. Daniel Casper (Northfield, Minn./Grandstay Hotels) 1:53:54
3. Stephen Ferretti (Crestline, Calif./Sho-Air Sonace) 1:53:57
4. Christopher Phipps (San Francisco, Calif./Morgan Stanley-Team Spine) 1:54:01
5. Rick Norton (Towson, Md./LSV-Kelly Benefit Strategies) 1:54:07
 
45-49 Men’s 50-mile Road Race
1. Janne Hamalainen (Tulsa, Okla./Tulsa Tough) 1:53:55
2. Chris Halverson (Madison,Wisc./Nova Cycle Sports Foundation) 1:54:03
3. Troy Kimball (Randolph, N.J./Weswood Velo) 1:54:15
4. Brendan Sullivan (Atlanta, Ga./Iron Data Racing) 1:55:02
5. Robert Dahl (Lafayette, Colo./Excel Sports) 1:55:04

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Masters National Road Championships

Some of the best Masters racers are gathered in Louisville, Ky., right now for the USA Cycling Masters National Championships. Earlier today (Monday, June 29) about 300 riders competed for eight different age-group national titles in the road race. (On Tuesday three more national titles will be decided in the men’s 35-39, 40-44 and 45-49 age groups). Here’s a summary of the racing from USA Cycling…
June 29, 2009 (Louisville, Ky.) – The USA Cycling Masters National Championships continued on Monday with day two of road racing in Louisville’s Cherokee Park where nearly 300 competitors gunned for eight national titles in the older master men’s categories as well as the 30-34 “baby master” division. Racing will continue on Tuesday with the 35-49 men’s age divisions competing for the final three road racing national titles of 2009.
 
Racing began in the early morning hours and to the delight of Monday morning’s spectators in Louisville’s Cherokee Park, every racer in the 65-69 category went extremely hard the 35-mile contest. In the end it was Tom Weil (Naperville, Ill./ADB) winning the pack finish in a time of 1:37:49 just ahead of Richard Martin (Attleboro, Mass./Masters Velo) who finished just a hair off Weil’s wheel.
 
The 70-74 men’s road race was a much different story with multiple-time national and world champion and Franz Hammer (Seattle, Wash./First Mortgage) along with two others breaking away in the early going. Hammer however quickly went out on his own, riding to the nearly two-minute solo victory. His two early-race break companions Kenneth Rosskopf (Decatur, Ga./FCC Masters-Toyota Forklift) and William Myers (Oak Creek, Colo./Schwab Cycles) went on to win silver and bronze around two and four minutes later.
 
Fredric Schmid (Waco, Texas), Pete Murphy (Glastonbury, Conn.) and David Ellefson (Banner Elk, N.C./Veloproject.com) broke away from the other five riders in the 75-79 men’s road race to take first, second and third in close fashion on the uphill finish. Link Lindquist (Foothill Ranch, Calif./Sho-air) rode the 35-mile race in 1:43:06 to take the 80+ national title.
 
Of the more than 40 starters in the 60-64 men’s road race, three riders quickly set themselves apart. Kenny Fuller (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Simple Green-Cycles Veloce), Ken Louder (Salt Lake City, Utah/FFKR-SBO-Tour of Utah and David Hixson (Knoxville, Tenn./Team Grand Fondo-Bianchi) rode away to finish nearly three minutes up on the rest of the field in the 35-mile affair with Fuller collecting no less than his 36th Stars-and-Stripes.
 
The men’s 55-59 event was a story of four riders, including three Amgen Giant teammates. With the group mostly intact mid-race, Wayne Stetina (Mission Viejo, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters), David LeDuc (N.C./Mercy Cycling Team), Thomas Doughty (Aurora, Ill./Amgen Giant Masters) and Kent Bostick (Knoxville, Tenn./Amgen Giant Masters) made a break. With the horse power of that accomplished group the national title was certain to be decided amongst that lead group. The three Amgen Giant riders worked together with LeDuc, but in the end it was 2007 national champion and former Olympian, Stetina who sprinted to another title.
 
After a mid-race crash took out several of the leaders in the huge 50-54 men’s field, Keith Ketterer (Camarillo, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters) decided to make a break. Terry Duran (Birmingham, Ala./Tri Star-BBC) and Gerald Finken (Moorhead, Minn./Great Plains Cycling Club) also jumped on the opportunity, but one-by-one fell off Ketterer’s torrid pace as another Amgen Giant rider rolled to the gold.
 
“In order to win you have to risk losing,” stated Ketterer of his decision.
 
The longest race of this year’s USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships, the men’s 30-34 road race took just over two and a half hours for the victors to complete the 65-mile affair. It took Joshua Frick (Bethesda, Md./Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer) only seconds however to make an attack, firing out of the gate and turning some heads by holding his lead mid-way through the 13-lap affair. The group did however all soon come back together before the winning break of seven established themselves with six laps remaining. Mathew Davis (Shreveport, La./Team Lasport), Mike Olheiser (Huntsville, Ala./Marx and Bensdorf Realtors), Eneas Freyre (Norwalk, Conn./Target Training), Sam Krieg (Pocatello, Idaho/Ice Rocky Mtn. Surgery), Daniel Quinlan (Salem, Ohio/Carbon Racing), Jonathan Jacob (Evansville, Ind./Texas Roadhouse) and Tom Burke (Kentwood, Mich./Lathrup Industries-Giant Bicycles) got away and, despite an avid chase by a small group of another seven riders, were able to build a four-minute lead. Coming to the line it was Davis who was able to outkick his breakaway comrades and bring home the Stars-and-Stripes by the narrowest of margins.
 
“We worked really well together until about the last 10 miles and then you could tell it was going to come down to a sprint finish,” explained Olheiser.
 
The final day of road racing will take place on Tuesday beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Louisville’s Cherokee Park featuring the 35-39, 40-44 and 45-49 men. Click here for a full schedule.
 
For full results, click here and to view photos from the event, click here.

Check out video from the event on our You Tube page, here.    
 
USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
Louisville, Kentucky
June 28-July 4, 2009
 
Day Two
 
30-34 Men’s Road Race
1. Mathew Davis (Shreveport, La./Team Lasport) 2:31:59.3
2. Mike Olheiser (Huntsville, Ala./Marx and Bensdorf Realtors) 2:31:59.6
3. Eneas Freyre (Norwalk, Conn./Target Training) 2:32:01
4. Sam Krieg (Pocatello, Idaho/Ice Rocky Mtn. Surgery) 2:32:02
5. Daniel Quinlan (Salem, Ohio/Carbon Racing) 2:32:02
 
50-54 Men’s Road Race
1. Keith Ketterer (Camarillo, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters) 1:34:48
2. Terry Duran (Birmingham, Ala./Tri Star-BBC) 1:35:19
3. Gerald Finken (Moorhead, Minn./Great Plains Cycling Club) 1:35:23
4. Paul VanKooten (Chattanooga, Tenn./SCV) 1:35:51
5. Henry Schnepf (Newport Beach, Calif.) 1:35:51
 
55-59 Men’s Road Race
1. Wayne Stetina (Mission Viejo, Calif./Amgen Giant Masters) 1:37:15
2. David LeDuc (N.C./Mercy Cycling Team) 1:37:25
3. Thomas Doughty (Aurora, Ill./Amgen Giant Masters) 1:37:29
4. Kent Bostick (Knoxville, Tenn./Amgen Giant Masters) 1:37:29
5. Stan Watkins (Bloomington, Ill./Vision Quest Coaching) 1:39:10
 
60-64 Men’s Road Race
1. Kenny Fuller (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Simple Green-Cycles Veloce) 1:29:28
2. Ken Louder (Salt Lake City, Utah/FFKR-SBO-Tour of Utah) 1:29:59
3. David Hixson (Knoxville, Tenn./Team Grand Fondo-Bianchi) 1:30:35
4. Horacio Ahumada (White Plains, N.Y.) 1:33:00
5. Butch Holt (Matthews, N.C./Carolina Bicycle Company) 1:33:01
 
65-69 Men’s Road Race
1. Tom Weil (Naperville, Ill./ABD) 1:37:49
2. Richard Martin (Attleboro, Mass./Masters Velo) 1:37:49
3. Barry Free (Lebanon,Pa./Era Cycling) 1:37:50
4. David Burnett (Norwich, Conn./Mystic Velo-MCRA) 1:37:50
5. Gary Carr (Mascoutah, Ill./Michelob Ultra-Big Shark Racing) 1:37:52
 
70-74 Men’s Road Race
1. Franz Hammer (Seattle, Wash./First Mortgage) 1:20:25
2. Kenneth Rosskopf (Decatur, Ga./FCC Masters-Toyota Forklift) 1:22:21
3. William Myers (Oak Creek, Colo./Schwab Cycles) 1:24:44
4. Joe Douglas (Lawrence, Kan./Free State Racing ) 1:28:08
5. Robert Burns (Marengo, Ill./Team Mack) 1:28:20
 
75-79 Men’s Road Race
1. Fredric Schmid (Waco, Texas) 1:28:23
2. Pete Murphy (Glastonbury, Conn.) 1:28:30
3. David Ellefson (Banner Elk, N.C./Veloproject.com) 1:28:39
4. Antoon Huyghe (Detroit, Mich./Cadieux BC Team) 1:37:37
5. Thomas Orourke (W. Bloomfield, Mich.) 1:43:39
 
80+ Men’s Road Race
1. Link Lindquist (Foothill Ranch, Calif./Sho-air)1:43:06

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So you think you can blog

If you’re a cyclist who’s over 30, who rides seriously, and who can write clearly, we’d love to consider you as one of our regular bloggers for this site. To apply, send me an email explaining why you’d like to write a blog on cycling and why you’d be good at it. My email address: scallahan@masters-athlete.com.

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