Jul 11, 2011

Weekend Recap (7/11/2011)

This weekend was another big one for Bloomington cycling. Numerous riders from the area came away with victories at various races, most notably Eric Young (BISSELL) took his second NRC victory of the year when he won the Stage 3 criterium of the Tour de Toona. Bissell also won the team classification, but missed out on the GC victory, which was taken by Pure Black Racing.

At this rate, Young's going to have to come up with more creative victory salutes. Photo from cyclingnews.com

Next up we have another Cutters alumnus, Erik Hamilton (Panther p/b Competitive Cyclist), who won the GC at Tour of the Valley over in Youngstown, OH. After a 3rd place in the opening TT, Hamilton, who is likely benefiting from the fitness he gained at the Nature Valley Grand Prix and Elite Nationals, took the final overall victory.

That bottle looks very appealing...

Meanwhile, up at Superweek yet another Cutter Kevin Depasse (Scholars Inn Bakehouse p/b Team Tortuga) won the Cat 3 race at the Homewood Cycling Classic. This young man will have to keep his points tally handy to make sure he doesn't get upgraded to a Cat 2 before April 2012!

This sums it up for the results I'm privy to, if anyone is left out, leave a comment!

50 comments:

midschro said...

I feel a little left out. I took a glorious win at the Dan Daly eagle creek traditional race. JEEZ homeboy where is my shout out.
-Patches
jk :)

adamrodkey said...

I had a killer training ride. Nobody even asked about it...sob.

Hank said...

I won an eating contest which has nothing to do with cycling; but come this weekend this 2 week rest period and the legs will be there and then at Nick's afterwards! Thanks to Upland Brewery ahead of time. THis weekend is going to be great! Good luck to all involved

Anonymous said...

this blog has always had a cutter bias

Erik Hamilton said...

Sorry Cutters riders are better cyclists. Deal with it.

Anonymous said...

@Hamilton Chill with that.

Anonymous said...

It's summer time, can we give L5 a rest until the fall and just cheer on our local cyclists?

Anonymous said...

The Cutter's cycling ability is only overshadowed by their humility...

And I'm pretty sure that Kevin is not a Cutter alumnus, he's still on the team.

Erik Hamilton said...

Hey anonymous, chill with what? Post under your name if your are going to call me out. Better yet send me a message and we will deal with it on the road. Up for a bike race?

RJ said...

umm...I said "yet another Cutter Kevin Depasse" where does it say "alumnus" in there?

Anonymous said...

geraint certainly was a cutters fan but renjai talking up the cutters certainly is new

Anonymous said...

the cutters bring controversy wherever they go. deal with it. i'm sure if some other riders had results to speak of they would be posted too

Todd said...

4 wins in a weekend is pretty good, but it's nothing compared to the bragging rights of the Bloomington Crit. Cutters sweep?

Anonymous said...

just like the cutters little 5 streak

Anonymous said...

The current Cutters are doing well, but so are others. The sun will set on the King and rise on the Prince.

Anonymous said...

i think young is riding a Dogma, not a Prince...but both pinarellos

Anonymous said...

"rise on the prince" haha, what - beta? they might figure out how to not crash next year

Todd said...

AP 1:58AM - Miles Johnson and RJ are the only one's in last year's ITT top 10 that have had any significant results. Looks like everyone else pretty much quit racing in May.

Geraint Parry said...

There is definitely a Little 500 issue here. I haven't been keeping up too close to the lower category results but as I see less than 10 guys other than the Cutters are racing and doing 'Ok' (Hoosier C, Phi Psi, PDT, RexR). The chances are that 'Patches' will be back on the team next year with Kevin, Sam and Thomas maybe? Clearly there is no superduper star as was Eric in recent years but all these guys are turning into bike racers and not just L5-riders. It's the same usual debate- is it better to be a bike-racer or a L5-racer?

If there are 20max 'bike-racers' in the L5 field and the Cutters have 4 of them then I'd give them the edge. As usual.

Todd said...

Thoughts on this weekend anyone?

Chris said...

I've never seen so many Cutters racing after college or in college and being in such major races. It's a whole new culture. They are like the D-Chi's from the 70's. How long can they keep this up? Or until a new rule is in place again.

Anonymous said...

what about the phi delts? all 4 are returning and west has been racing. without young cutters will have their hands full with them

RJ said...

Jeez, even in July, Little 500 is still a hot topic!

Todd- at first I thought you meant me when you said "RJ" but then I remembered there was another RJ and he's actually still riding L5

Anonymous said...

West crashed this weekend at Geneva at superweek and is out with a fractured his shoulder blade.

Anonymous said...

**fractured shoulder blade

Anonymous said...

pretty soon the new race director will just ban cutters altogether for being too P-R-O

Frederick said...

Ren J,

You couldn't be bothered to post the results for your team mates this weekend? (including the race you were AWOL from)?

RJ said...

Nobody told me about any SIB victories this weekend... and I didn't know I had to go through the request mast for leave, that must not be in the team bylaws.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Depasse on SIB? I see his results posted. Relax Frederick, Eagle Creek is not exactly newsworthy, especially when the best result is Catanzaro's 3rd place. Nice to be on a podium for sure, but calling Ren-Jay out for failing to mention a 3rd at a small local race is a bit ridiculous, Give the guy a break, I am sure he did not mean to hurt anyone's feelings. Relax, I am sure the people omitted were not offended. Did you want your 11th place mentioned or your no show in support of your teammates at the second race? I mean as long as we are calling people out.

Anonymous said...

i haven't seen rj in many results lately he was doing all the collegiate stuff and then dropped off the scene. his tt times have been sub par lately too

Anonymous said...

Ren-Jay's never really impressed my with his bike racing. he's been doing it forever but hasn't gotten any big results or even made it to Cat 1. he races a lot sometimes and takes long breaks, you'd think with guys like Hamilton around him he'd be better

Erik Hamilton said...

Anonymous,

Couldn't the same be said for you? I would bet money that Ren Jay is more capable of riding with me than you are. (Whoever you may be) Back off, the guy is doing his best to update people about the good things going on in Bloomington's Cycling Community and you have nothing better to do than rip on him? Grow up.

Anonymous said...

relax, don't do it (Mugatu...)

Anonymous said...

Wait hasn't West already done 4 years of Little 5? That should make him ineligible if the rule book is followed. But this is Little 5 so that probably won't happen.

Anonymous said...

One *big* result that was omitted was former L5-er Big John Grant winning a Superweek stage. Sure he doesn't live in Bloomington any more but that is a big result. He's been close to a btown victory before, but this result will surely give him some momentum going into Saturday. (not to mention TRH will be the strongest team there).

Who cares about the L5 talk - it's summer, enjoy it. PDT in 2012 though

Anonymous said...

PDT will be strong and surely the favorite but the case against West is interesting. He rode his freshmen year, not sophmore and then the past two years. If he competed in quals or any series event that makes him ineligible I would think? With that said I wouldn't count out the Cutters. Surely the streak has to end some time or another because of the nature of the race but they will be there at the end and I'd say Depasse has a better shot at winning a sprint against Sharp anyday of the week

Anonymous said...

it's time for FIJI to rise from the ashes!

Anonymous said...

thats funny Ellis isn't riding this year so FIJI will be lucky to make the race

Todd said...

"PDT will be strong and surely the favorite...."

I think this has been said 5 years running. Even without the summer results, the Cutters are the favorites. Add in the recent results and it's not even close.

Anonymous said...

mullet > depasse

Anonymous said...

While cutters are definitely a strong team, I wouldn't consider them to be the favorites based solely on past performances. Given that patches doesn't return, depasse and harbison only have a combined 45-60 laps TOPS of experience including a crash. I'm sure they will do well, but it's hard to say they are the favorites.

Anonymous said...

What's you're opinion if patches does return?

Anonymous said...

having a 2x winner return to your team always boosts your chances...kinda like having luke skywalker bring the jedi back

Anonymous said...

Dear anonymous @ 2:51p.m.

I would imagine that most people who actually raced at Eagle Creek would consider that "small local race" "newsworthy"; it was hot as sin and alot of great racing took place in quaint ol' Indianapolis. Furthermore, this blog is called Bloomington Velonews and if i may paraphrase the mission statement, it is to communicate what is going on in cycling in this area.

Anonymous posters, if you race a bike it is likely the same way you post on this blog, as cowards.

Nice job on you podium, Scott! Graham Dewart also turned himself inside out to get two SIB riders in the top 5 on Sunday. Good job also to Shanahan, Rose, and Walsh for keeping the pack away from their teammates up the road.

Cheers,
Liz Cobb

Anonymous said...

Aww how cute Liz, sticking up for your boyfriend like that. The race is not newsworthy, no matter how much you want it to be.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

Well its obviously newsworthy if you care enough to come back and reply anonymously again. You just putting negative comments about cycling and people makes me question why your even posting on this blog let alone why you ride. Newsworthy or not, I had a blast and although it was just some local race everyone got to experience the thrill of racing their bike which is what its all about. You sound like you do some pretty big races so congratulations but don't forget every race has a story whether its cat 5 or pro race.. maybe then you can connect with people in a more positive way instead of sounding so condescending.

Graham Dewart

Anonymous said...

touche mr. dewart
-hank

Anonymous said...

well said Graham!

Anonymous said...

such wise words from such a young fellow. perhaps some standards for "bvn newsworthiness" should be put forth by ms cobb and mr rose so as to avoid further confusion on the matter?

Anonymous said...

Standards for "bvn newsworthiness"? Shouldn't that be up to GP and the other blog administrators (but mainly GP since it's his pièce de résistance)? Frankly I'm surprised he hasn't chimed in on the issue yet