Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Planet Bike Cup

Jordan Cullen showed up to the first USGP of the season with high hopes in his first race for the CLIF Bar Devo Team. On Saturday Jordan lined up to for the start of the 2/3's race very focused and intent on doing well. When the officials fired the gun he was off the line like a race horse. Jordan got the hole shot and had a gap for a majority of the first lap. But nearing the end of the last lap tragedy struck Jordan's race. He slid out in an off camber turn and the race behind him plowed into not only Jordan but his bike. Jordan got up but his bars were twisted, his back wheel was broken, and he had broken both chain stays. He rode to the pit and lost about 20 spots in the process. Once he switched bikes he slowly but surely started to pick off riders and moved all the way up to fourth. From the start on the second day he was about second or third off the line but got within 3 seconds of the leader but then his hood slipped through a rough section of the course. He had to switch to his bike that he had broken the day before which probably wasn't the best idea but he didn't have a choice. Jordan then got caught by two other riders who later shed Jordan with one lap to go. In the end Jordan ended up fourth both days. Jordan was very pleased with the awesome presence the CLIF Bar Team had at the race and was glad to be part of the experience!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Vegas Baby

Cross Vegas was awesome. Got off to a tough start because there was no PA system at the start. I missed the two minutes to go and was just kinda chilling when the gun went off. Managed to hit the dude in front of me and almost take out Pacho behind me. Got into the swing of things and made it to a group with good friends Travis Livermon and Braden Kapius. I was sitting in the group pretty comfortably for several laps when i looked back and saw a group with Carl Decker and Barry Wicks closing the gap to us. They caught us with about 4 laps to go. The last three laps were extremely hard and really surprised myself with the matches that i had left in the tank, guess I still have some good fitness from MTB season . I got shot off the back with one to go from the group that would contain 18th through 27th place. Still 28th was pretty good considering the strength and size of the field there.

Unfortunately my buddy Travis crashed into a gate in the finishing straight and broke his collar bone. Hopefully it is quick healing one and he will be back form some late season action.

Now i have the annual Colorado College Aspen Bike Trip to look forward to starting on Wednesday. A good friend and myself are leading it so it should be pretty fun. Then it is back to the training plan and a trip to 3 UCI races in Cincinnati Ohio on October 8th.

Cheers and make sure to ride your bike
Mitch Hoke

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