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Tour of Franklinton and Beyond

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This post is a few weeks late to be a race report from the Tour of Franklinton but we wanted to write a bit about the race, share our gratitude to Team 614 for putting on a great event and dive into our plans for the rest of the season.  First lets tackle the 2015 Tour of Franklinton.  Wow what an awesome event!  It’s something special to be able to wake up and drive 20 minutes to get to a race and even more special because it is one of Ohio’s premier races.  The atmosphere, crowds, and talented racers made it a day that will go down on the 2015 race calendar as one of the best.

The Cat 1/2/3 race was about as predictable as they come.  A bunch of really fast guys toed the line and hoped to hammer with the best of them but in the end that team from Cleveland wearing the blue, black and pink just worked over the field.  It was no surprise to see Paul Martin from Netherland Rubber take the win.  Doesn’t he do this at most of the crits?  And if it’s not him it’s usually someone wearing the same kit.  Some might find it frustrating but our group sat and watched the tactics of this team play out to perfection wishing we had the ability to ride as smart and as wise as they do.  Jack shot out of the gates giving an over FTP effort to try to lap the field but when that didn’t work he quickly sat up to rejoin the field.  Once back in the group three or four Netherland guys, including Paul and Jack, decided to up the pace a bit and shredded the group leading to a victory by Paul and a Second place by Jack.  Jeremy Grimm was stuck with the two Netherland guys finished in a solid third position.

In the Cat 3/4 race we had Steve racing his second race of the day after competing in the Cat 4/5 hours earlier. He finished a very respectable 21st out of 50 or so racers.  None of the other guys on our squad were willing to take the line for a second time.  Most of this had to do with the cooler full of Elevator Beer that waited for us after the Cat 4/5 race.  Our group stayed right on the course and cheered Steve on as he braved the course.  Mike repeatedly yelling “Move up, Move up” over and over again each time Steve passed the team.  Steve will be the first to admit he isn’t a crit guy but he is quickly becoming more and more comfortable with the high speed turns and the elbow rubbing that takes place at 25+ MPH.  Look out competition.  If Steve commits to crit racing he will be a force to recon with.

The Cat 4/5 race was the main focus for the team at the race this season.  We had five guys in the race this year with hopes of performing well and hopefully grabbing a podium.  The owner of Elevator Brewing Company came down to the race this year so it added a little motivation for a podium spot.  The unexpected part of the race this season was that the Juniors 15-18 were added to the field to complete two races at once.  This is common at crits due to the tight time schedule.  What turned out to be unexpected was that in the Junior field was Nicholas Vorwerk a Cat 2 racer, that is, well, a bit faster than everyone else.  From the moment the go, Nicholas was hammering the pedals forcing the group of nearly 60 racers to be strung out immediately.  With a course like Franklinton that has seven technical corners, if you aren’t at the front of the pack during an increase in speed it’s almost impossible to catch back on.  That’s exactly what happened to 4 of the 5 from our team.  Steve was the only one that was able to navigate the course without being dropped by the Junior’s increase in speed and finished 3rd on the day.  A great podium for Steve and a great result for the team.  The rest of our guys slid back to form a group which was the third group on the course.  Neil, Mike and Dave worked together to keep the pace in their group high with hopes of catching riders that were falling off the lead pack.  Dan was dropped from the group due to the high pace and intensity.  Mike tried a number of times to create a gap from the group to surge forward to catch the lead group but wasn’t successful.  Neil and Dave took turns on the front increasing the speed during the last two laps in hopes to drop riders before the sprint finish.  At the sprint it Mike was nabbed by a rider from the Ghisallo Cycling Team at the line with Neil and Dave finishing right on Mikes wheel.  Mike took 2oth, Neil 21st, and Dave 22nd.  Dan finished with a solid effort in 38th.  When compared to last years results the entire team has improved drastically.  Let’s hope we can continue this momentum into the rest of the remaining races this season.

Tour of Franklinton

 

Speaking of the rest of the season, we are starting to ramp up our training for the State Championship race on July 16th.  It’s another trip to the hills down in hocking for the right to the Cat4 state championship.  Let’s hope our climbers are ready to go in about a month.  The State Crit Championship is this coming weekend and Mike is looking to test his legs at this event up in Sylvania.  Then comes Ohio Cycling’s Triple crown.  June 26th, 27th and 28th with Grandview, Hyde Park, and Madeira.  Let’s hope next weekends weather cooperates and gives Ohio’s cyclists a great three days of racing.

Our team has also decided to volunteer for the Women’s Midwest Road Race Championships held out in Zanesfield on July 12th.  We always look for ways to help the cycling community and this event will attract riders from all over the Midwest.

 


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We Welcome The Feed!

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2015 will mark our third year as a race team and one of the major gaps in our sponsor portfolio has been not having a nutrition sponsor.  It’s been a bit difficult to select and partner with a nutrition sponsor due to the needs of our members.  We have a member of the club that has vegan needs, we The Feed.  Food for Athleteshave guys who hate gels, love blocks, some drink recovery shakes, while others rely on organic products.  There was really only a few nutrition sponsors out there that would make everyone on the team happy.  One of them is an awesome company called The Feed.  They have options for all of our members because they partner with selected companies to offer only the best nutrition products for endurance athletes.  The Feed also has categories for paleo, organic, vegan, nut free, gluten free and other nutrition needs.

We reached out to The Feed about a possible partnership a few months back and we recently got word that they had accepted our application for sponsorship.  This is great news for our team!  This partnership will allow our members to get the right products to help fuel their engines.  We look forward to working with The Feed as we approach our 2015 season!


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2015 Headwind Cycling Planning

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Most folks this time of year are prepping for Holiday Parties, shopping for presents, and getting ready for end of the year events.  Most of the member of Headwind Cycling are doing the same.  We all have parties and things going on for the Holidays as well but we also run a cycling team.  So what does a cycling team do this time of year?  We are spending a lot of time getting ready for our 2015 cycling campaign.  What does this exactly mean?  Let’s take a few minutes to get into it.

2015 Planning & Announcements

The first big item we would like to share with everyone is that we have new sponsors for 2015 !  This is exciting for our team as we take great pride in supporting our sponsors.  New for 2015 is Rockwood Dry Cleaners and Proficio Mortgage Ventures.

  • The owners of Rockwood Dry Cleaners have come on as our Level 2 sponsor.   You will see their logo on the side panels of our new jerseys.  Their business is driven by offering dry cleaning and textile restoration services to consumers from Westerville to Canal Winchester.  Their specialty is delivering your cleaned or repaired goods directly to your home or office for no additional cost.  Everyone has Dry Cleaning needs so if your a fan of Headwind Cycling we expect you to give our partners Rockwood Dry Cleaners a try.  You can even book your pick up and delivery on their website! If you prefer using the phone you can call 614-353-2700 to schedule a pick up or delivery.
  • So what’s happening with Elevator Brewing Company for 2015?  Don’t worry folks, they are back as our Level 1 or primary sponsor for 2015!  We couldn’t be happier to have Dick Steven’s and the wonderful folks at Elevator back with us for a second year.  Check our site frequently to make sure you don’t miss out on events we attend with Elevator throughout the year.
  • Our bike shop sponsor won’t be changing for 2015 and we couldn’t be happier.  Mason and the folks at Westerville Bike Shop have done a great job making sure our bikes and equipment are ready for the road.  Mason has some of the best wrench skills in the city and we couldn’t feel more comfortable with our gear after a tune up from Mason and his crew.

As you can tell we are busy.  We forgot to mention that you are on a website right now that looks a bit different.  Well yes!  You figured it out!  Our website has a completely new look and feel for 2015.  We felt we needed a better way to reach our followers, represent our sponsors, and keep you updated on our efforts.  With this new website we will be able to post more frequently and add pictures to our Headwind Cycling flickr page so you can stay updated on our high speed antics.

Our team couldn’t be more excited for 2015.  New sponsors, new logo’s on our kits, new website, and possibly a few new members.  Now, it’s time to quit writing and get on the bike.  Cheers!

 


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Our Friend at Start Confident

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Cycling is truly amazing.  It allows us to smile, laugh, compete, stay fit, and the list could go on and on.  One of the major things that cycling has done for every member of our club is it has allowed us to meet great people.  The 2015 season will be the third for Headwind Cycling and we have had the opportunity to compete and meet great people from all walks of life.  Last season we met a great group of guys from Cincinnati on the Element Cycling Club.  At first we weren’t sure quite how to interact with the guys from Element.  They all rode these fancy Italian made Colnago bikes, they look about as pro as a team can look (outside of ours of course) so we were a bit intimidated.  Not to mention they were all very solid cyclists with podium representation starting at the first Spring race.  After a few weekends of racing and an invite to enjoy a post race beverage or two we all became friends.

Start Confident

One of the guys from Element that we really bonded with was Sam Lowe.  Sam always wanted to talk race tactics, race positioning, and he always approached the races with a heavy dose of analysis which we enjoyed.  We continued our relationship with the Element guys throughout the season even doing some pre-race recon rides together prior to the State Championships.  When the season ended we got an invite on our team Facebook Page from something called Start Confident.

Start Confident?  What is this?  After reviewing the site we found it had a plethora of awesome cycling content.  Come to find out a few days later that this project was started by Saw Lowe from the Element Cycling Team.  Sam’s goal with Start Confident is to provide cyclists with the information needed to get into and be competitive in racing.  The Start Confident site includes information about what gear you will need for racing, nutrition for racing, testing different cycling data, and much more.  The site is one of the best resources we have found for cycle racing.  If you are thinking of getting into racing or if you are a racer you should jump over to Start Confident and start checking out the content that Sam is putting together.  It’s great to see our friend create such a great resource for cyclists.

Keep up the great work Sam and we can’t wait to see where you take Start Confident!

 


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Ohio Spring Racing Series News

It looks like Team 614 is the first group to announce a date for one of the races in the OSRS in 2015.  This article claims the Zanesfield Road Race will take place on April 12th and encourages local vendors to participate in the days events.  The folks at Firehouse Pizza have always opened their doors for this event and is a frequent post race stop for our squad and many others.

We look forward to other teams announcing their race dates for the spring series.  It’s always a little easier to train when the calendar starts filling up with race dates.


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Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to our followers, sponsors, friends and family!


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Heading Cycling Commuters

The day before thanksgiving and one of our guys had the chance to commute to the office.  As we approach the holiday season there are many things our team is thankful for…our health, being able to ride bikes, family, friends, teammates, sponsors, and having bada** looking kits!


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Help Spencer Petrov get to Europe!

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Elite Junior Spencer Petrov from Cincinnati is trying to make his way to Europe so he can compete with the best of the best. How about giving a few bucks to help him achieve his goal!

https://www.rallyme.com/rallies/1164/spencer-petrov


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Elevator 15 Year Anniversary Celebration

Elevator Brewing Company had their 15 year anniversary celebration this past Saturday.  A few of the guys met in Worthington and rode downtown to attend.  It was a blast hanging out with the crew from Elevator and celebrating their success.  Cheers to many more years!


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Another Podium for Headwind Cycling

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Another Saturday and another podium for @HeadwindCycling. This time it’s our dude Andy Eastman pulling a beast mode move in the Masters 35+ at the cap city cyclocross race to take 2nd. Is the a bleeding buckeye beer in his hand from Elevator Brewing?