Thursday, June 30, 2011

Subaru Cup-Jamestown Epic-Wheelhouse Classic

Last weekend of June saw riders spread out among three states! Jake, Casey and Corey raced in the Subaru Cup with Jake pulling out a top five finish among top Jr riders in the country and Casey posting a solid race at 10th place. Corey had one of her best placed finishes coming in 5th in her class and only 4 minutes off first. Nice job to the Subaru Cup racers!

Steve and Matt Wenzel along with Matt Engen raced in the Jamestown Epic enduring sweet muddy conditions.

Racing in the Minnesota series saw riders hitting the sweet course at Memorial Park.

Dan DeRoma recorded a 58th place overall in his first year of racing.

Denny Barry sent a report from his race:
I was really feeling like I was flying first lap , passing a few here and there , and being at my almost out of control limits . I was sliding out a little every so often, staying out of trouble though , just having exciting moments of back end catching front , or front heading towards trees on sharp turns , all the time thinking it's roots , rocks and all that other stuff that gives bike twitchy feelings . Midway through second lap , clouds cover sun , sweat dripping , sunglasses come off , and that's when I see the the wet trail , that I couldn't see with my sunglasess on ..... bike slipped less on remainder of second as well as third lap . And it also went slower . The Spin Cycle had lots of riders strewn all over in the brush as I went by them on first lap , I should of figured out something , other than '' thinking'' I was fast

Read Steve's recap along with Jake's recap from the Subaru Cup and the Wheelhouse classic on skinnyski

Corey leading the field off the start at Subaru Cup.

Eric Oftedahl leading a group of riders in the Expert field on the sweet course in Red Wing as Jake catches some air. The Elite class led the team once again with 4 riders in the top 16 en route to a 2nd place team finish. Nicely done Sam and Eric Oftedahl, Mason Basco, and Jake.

Team Riders: If you have pictures from your races, please pass along so I can post on the team blog!

Keep the wheels moving!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Afton Avalanche

Racing action this past weekend saw a good portion of team riders hitting the steep slopes of Afton Alps for one of the tougher climbing races of the season. First off...big CONGRATS to Devon Horner for taking the win in the Kids Comp race. His brother Wyatt also posted a solid result coming in 7th overall. Nice job kids!

The Horner family continued solid representation with Andrea Horner taking second overall in Sport female and daughter Jordan coming in 10th overall among females.

Mason Bacso did his first Expert race flying the Maplelag colors and posted an impressive 22nd place overall.
Denny Barry after the Sport race finishing 2nd in his age group and 88th overall.

Matt Horner flying down the slopes before hitting a rock and flatting out.
Jake Richards slicing through the singletrack en route to a fifth place finish overall among the Expert field and his top placing as a expert. The top result should move him in to second overall in the standings. Keep up the great work Jake!

Matt Wenzel competed in a triathlon in Bismarck, ND in preparation for the EXTERRA in Jamestown this weekend. Thanks again to everyone out representing!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Race to Sunset-Lutsen 99er-Woolly Race-Big Ring Classic

A busy weekend for the team with riders moving the wheels in ND at the Race to Sunset, Matt Engen racing the Lutsen 99er in MN and the Woolly Race and Big Ring Classic as part of WORS, in WI.

Two teams represented at the Race to Sunset at Sleepy Hollow Park in Bismarck. Matt and Steve Wenzel, Jeremy Dirk, Tony Schmitz represented the two teams with the "ChainWhippers" team taking third place among the mixed teams.

Matt Wenzel, Tony Schmitz and Jeremy Dirk ready for a day of racing at Race to Sunset.

Steve Wenzel taking a break in between laps. Check out Steve's blog for a nice recap of the day.
Matt Wenzel riding strong throughout.
Michael and Corey Coogan Cisek upon completion of the Woolly race in St. Croix WI. Corey was the second female overall and Michael rode a solid race (results not posted)

Matt Engen rode in the inaugural Lutsen 99er and recorded a 30th place overall among the 40 starters. Matt reported a long day in the saddle but super sweet trails in the north shore area of MN.

Denny Barry was in the Crosby area, checking out the new Cuyuna trails on Saturday and reports: "Cuyuna is as difficult as you desire to make it: rideable by most and challenging to all if so desired"

Casey Hildenbrandt hit up WORS#3 in hometown of Wausau. Casey reported having "the race of his life" until a mechanical ended his day. Casey fired up for the upcoming Subaru Cup. Way to keep the head up Casey and..... keep the wheels moving!

Midwest MTB Recap on

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bluff Riders Charge- MNMBS MT Kato

(Jeremey Dirk before training on the Laddies Loppet course last weekend, in preparation for the Race to Sunset event in Bismarck, ND this weekend with other Maplelag team riders)

Race #2 in the MNMBS saw a good portion of the team hitting the slopes and trails at Mt Kato ski area outside of Mankato, MN.

The Horner bro's kicked things off in the Kids Comp race with both Devon and Wyatt pulling out top 10 finishes. Devon finished 4th overall and won his age class and Wyatt finished 6th overall and also won his age group.
Devon and Wyatt in Kids Comp

In the Sport race, Andrea Horner raced to a 2nd place overall in the female class and 57th overall. New member Michael Cisek placed 65th and 6th in his age class. Denny Barry raced to a 90th place overall and 3rd in his age class. Jordan Horner climbed to a 10th place overall among Sport women and first in her age group.

Andrea and Jordan climbing in the Sport race

In the Comp class, Matt Horner rode to a 52nd place overall and 12th place in his age group and Dan DeRoma was 69th overall.
Matt Horner keeping cool in the Comp race

In Elite class racing, Corey Coogan-Cisek recorded a top five finish among a small but strong field including Allison DeRoma who was a starter on the day.

The Elite men had two top 10 finishes with Sam Oftedahl in 5th and Jake Richards in 6th. Other placings in the Elite race was Eric Oftedahl in 22nd place and Wausau, WI based rider Casey Hildenbrandt in 46th place. Sam and Jake upon completion of the Elite race.

Great job to all the racers and good luck to everyone this weekend!