The Stan’s No Tubes Elite Women’s Team was racing in full stride in May. After a killer April, representing well in the big time events of Sea Otter and Whiskey 50, May was a regional bonanza of racing. By this time, all the ladies have their fitness and equipment dialed in. Our team is so happy and thankful to be sponsored by the best equipment in the biking business. Some of the biggest news is the welcoming of our newest teammate! Jennifer and Brian Smith are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl named Jade Mary Smith. Jenny had an endurance labor marathon of over 45 hours. After realizing the baby was sunny side up, a C-section was in order. The Gunnison Valley Hospital took great care of them and we look forward to hearing about her experiences as a pro mountain biking momma!
Amanda took a chance and lined up for a new race in the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series, the Indian Creek Marathon on May 18. Looking for one last race effort before TSE, she knew any course along the Colorado Trail would be worth the effort. After a busy month of racing and training she erred on the side of caution and chose the 1/2 marathon…and is glad she did! The 34 mile course took her 3:40 and featured over 6,000 feet of climbing. She says ”I went into Indian Creek with an open mind, knowing that I had some fatigue in the legs and head from a big training and racing block. About 30 min in I pulled myself off the leader’s killer pace and settled into a more measured effort knowing that it was far deeper than I wanted to dig so close to TSE. I had a great, great ride! Indian Creek turned out to be one of the best courses I have ever raced on. Huge elevation gain means big elevation loss – it was some of the best singletrack I’ve ever enjoyed. It was my first race on my Scalpel and I really got to know the bike due to the demands of the course.”
Sarah Kauffman made a happy return to racing after a tough summer of 2012. Look for Sarah to get stronger and stronger as the season goes on. She says “I headed to the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde for my first race after 11 months off of racing due to Mono and getting hit by a car. It was a super fun way to get racing again! The course is like a 17-mile pump track! I rode on a 4-person team and we snagged second place…behind my NoTubes teammates, so it didn’t sting too badly. The next day I chased Nina and Kenny around as they hunted STRAVA segments. It felt like another race! Hopefully the two hard days back to back will be good prep for Trans-Sylvania. It seems that my elbow (which was pretty much shattered when I got hit) is holding up. Despite some pain, the hardware is solidly in place and I am cleared to get after it. I’m sure Trans-Sylvania will deliver!”
Sue stayed close to home racing regionally in Virginia and Maryland. She says “I love racing the Middle Mountain Momma at Douthat State Park. There is something so perfect about the mountain biking here with long, long smooth climbs to amazing views and then high speed down hills into switchback after switchback. And my climbing legs finally showed up!” Sue also went up to Raystown Lake, PA to one of the biggest mountain bike festivals in the region called Dirt Fest hosted by Dirt Rag Magazine. “Dirt Fest is such a mountain bike party with tons of riders, superhero trails, a massive lake, houseboat parties and strong industry support. And did I mention hero dirt and beer? Our Stan’s No Tubes family had a wonderful dinner hosted by Cindy, Richie, Rich and Bob. I also got to see other sponsors like Cannondale and Bruce from Pro Gold lubricants. It’s so nice hanging with friends and sponsors when there isn’t the pressure of a race involved. It was also a privilege to lead a women’s ride with some amazing women!”
Vicki has been getting in a slew of different races from local MASS series races with sprint finishes to NUE 100 milers. She says, “I raced the MASS Iron Hill on Sunday. Very close race between me and Kathleen Harding (Team CF), I tried dropping her on the last climb and attacking going into the finishing stages, but it came to a sprint and she got me.”
Then at the Wild Cat Epic NUE #3: “Oh boy, muddy and lost multiple times, actually almost cried, BUT felt strong and finished 2nd!”
Next on the docket for Amanda, Sue, Vicki and Sarah is the Transylvania Mountain Bike Epic. The TSE is a seven-day mountain bike stage race in the rugged mountains near State College, Pennsylvania. Amanda won the race in 2011 and will be looking to regain that title! This race is a perfect showcase and test for all of our sponsors’ equipment. Here’s a link to the first of Amanda’s daily blogs from TSE.
Meanwhile in Canada, team member Mical Dyck crushed the Nimby 50 on her new Cannondale Scalpel 29. Look for her race report on www.notubesracing.com/womenselite as well as http://micaldyck.blogspot.com!
And in Utah, the ROXX Rides (Revolution Off Road Women Only Rides) Basic MTB Skills Clinic took place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. It was held at the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center in Draper, UT and drew in over 60 women riders varying from all ages and all levels. Despite it being her 15th Wedding anniversary, Kathy Sherwin, was there after work to show the girls cornering as well as body position and how to approach slow/fast speed obstacles. The next Roxx Rides MTB Clinic will take place on Wednesday, June 12 School Cycling League. The League was the beneficiary of the Cyclefest event. She will also be leading, along with teammate Sarah Kaufmann, a women’s ride at Press Camp next month in Deer Valley.
And in Colorado, Kaila Hart finished 5th in the Pro Women’s MTB race at Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in her home town Durango, and our tireless caretaker Kenny Wehn came up with a stellar 5th overall, 1st 40+ finish in neighboring Gunnison at Dave Weins’ Growler. Shannon placed 4th in the Iron Horse Road Race 40+ and 19th, midpack in the Pro Women. She says “ Although I’m not a climber, I really look forward every year to the 50 mile ride from Durango to Silverton. It is one of the most spectacular and scenic road rides in the country, crossing two 11000ft passes and climbing around 6000 feet. What a treat to carve the 50 mph plus downhills with the road closed to traffic on my new 2012 Cannondale Super Six Evo Team replica bicycle with Stan’s NoTubes Alpha 340 tubeless road wheels! Unfortunately the summer cold that had been hovering got worse and I sat out the MTB race, but teammate Kaila represented with a solid podium spot. Most of my time is spent running logistics for the team and doing social media and sponsor relations, so any time on the bike is cherished time these days! Please follow us in June!!”
Stan’s NoTubes Beti Bash
Go Pro Games
Blitz to the Barrel Enduro
24 Hour National Championships