Wednesday, June 13, 2012

City Of Fountains Tour Father.s day Sunday, June 17th

Come out and Join me on Father's Day Sunday for a nice stroll in the city checking out the Cities Fountains and having some FUN. Look for me I will be in one of the KCBC Racing kits!

City of Fountains Bicycle Tour Register

KCMBC City of Fountains Tour North Short route

KCMBC City of Fountains Tour South long Route

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tulsa Tough 2012

Tulsa Tough

A report by Mark Horn, KCBC Racing member:

Three KCBC Racing members traveled to Tulsa to check out the competition at the Tulsa Tough Criterium. Kyle Guinn, Mark Horn, and Tyler Steele lined up in the Cat 4 races on both Saturday in the downtown Brady District, and on Sunday at the Cry Baby Hill Riverfront course.

Tulsa Tough is not just a catchy name. Those courses, and the competition on them are TOUGH!

The Saturday race downtown was fast, with 6 corners and a long straight to the finish line. It definitely suited the powerhouse racers. Crashes were frequent. The wind was strong. The heat was high, and the competition was top notch. With a field of 100+, it was elbow to elbow for 50 minutes. The KCBC boys managed to steer clear of the crashes, but Tyler got caught behind one, lost the lead pack, suffered in the wind by himself, and eventually got pulled. Mark pulled his regular stunt and went off the front half-way through, only to run out of gas and get absorbed back into the pack. But was able to re-group, and move into position to be with reach during the field sprint. Kyle sat in and rode the wild beast that was the peloton, moving around to stay out of trouble, and stay connected.

Sunday was a completely different story. The infamous Cry Baby Hill was made for the climbers, or at least for the guys who can truly suffer. The rowdy bunches of spectators on the hill gave the feeling of a Tour de France climb. Then there was the fast, off-camber turn onto the straight away which claimed it's more than fair share of casualties. Again, the race was fast, hot, and filled with big bad men. However, the race was won by a 15 year old from Grandview, MO.
The KCBC Racing Team lined up on the front, and were the first ones to hit the hill. The Orange Guys, as a 4 year old Tulsa bicycle racing fan called us, were a dominant force the first half of the race. Mark Horn, again went off the front, working with the eventual winner. Tyler and Kyle got caught up in and behind a crash on the hill, causing Tyler to have to go to the pits, and Kyle to briefly lose contact. Mark, after falling back into the pack, helped to pull Tyler back out of the pit area. Tyler and Kyle were in the second group going into the last turn of the last lap when Tyler clipped his pedal on the pavement and sent him sliding. Kyle continued to finish at the front of the chase group. Mark worked by himself, slowly picking riders off, finishing at the back of the lead lap.

Definitely an event that should be on the yearly calendar. It's a blast, even though its insanely difficult.

Saturday: (104 competitors)
Mark Horn - 22
Kyle Guinn - 51
Tyler Steele - 71

Sunday: (98 competitors)
Kyle Guinn - 26
Mark Horn - 37
Tyler Steele - DNF

Low water crossing!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Olsburg RR - KS State Category Championship

Submitted by: Mark Horn, KCBC Racing

He did it again! Our own Dan "Danimal" Schaeffer won the KS State Category Championship. Last year he did it as a Cat 5 at the Arma RR. This year he did it as a Cat 4 at the hillier and harder Olsburg RR. Congratulations Dan.

The KCBC Team showed up with numbers on Saturday. There were 6 of us in the Cat 4 field of 27. We definitely had the largest team in the peloton, and placed three in the top 10 and 5 in the field sprint.

Dan Schaeffer is now a marked man. The peloton will certainly keep an eye on his location, but whether they will be able to hang with him on a sprint, I doubt it.

Kyle Guinn showed that he can climb, and will be watched by others from now on. Kyle is continuing to get stronger.

Tyler Steele, always known to be a force on the climbs, displayed his increased strength and was there at the end battling for position.

Bret Burgess was chomping at the bit to get off the front and show his TT power. A little more hill work, and Bret will be a Break Away threat.

Mark Horn, after an attack on a downhill section, worked up front to keep the pace high.

Michael Ruder rode a strong race, working up front and guiding the rest of the team. Michael got caught behind some slower riders on the last KOM as the peloton surged, and lost contact. But TT'd his way to the finish.

Overall, very impressive performances from everyone. Each Tam member should be proud of what they accomplished as individuals, and even more proud of what the Team did as a whole. KCBC Racing demonstrated that we are a serious threat, and we have earned a great deal of respect from the other racers for how we handle ourselves before, during and after the race.

Nice work guys. Honored to race with you.