2014 Bloomington Criterium

20140823_174902_IMG_2320This weekend I raced in the second annual Bloomington Criterium. This year the event was made the Illinois state championship criterium. I love that Bloomington Normal has a local triathlon race, mountain bike race, cyclocross race, and a criterium! Just thinking about the local awesomeness makes me smile. A big thank you to the race director Brandon Beehner, the volunteers, and all of the sponsors that made it happen!

20140823_161007_IMG_1834When I watched last years local crit from the sideline I was hooked. The speed and tactics made it look like a lot of fun!  Earlier this year I did my first criterium to get my feet wet before the local crit. As I’m new to racing crits I went into the state championship in category 5, something I previously tried to be moved out of but USA Cycling has strict rules about new crit racers. My Bloomington Cycle & Fitness teammates and I worked well together and we had a large presence in my races and most other races as well. In my Cat 5 race, I went into the last lap in fourth behind a very strong teammate and after he pulled me up half of the climb on the back straight I jumped off the front and laid it all on the line. No point to hold anything back, and when I finished my sprint at the finish line, I found I was alone and in first place. It felt amazing. I was and still am a bit shocked. I have to thank my teammates for working for me in the race and helping me be in the shape I am in, Scott & Caryn from Bloomington Cycle & Fitness for being awesome and taking care of everything bike related I need, and especially my wife for allowing me to spend probably too much time on a bike.

My amazing wife and I took a few (164) pictures of the races. Click the link to see them all!

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2014 Morton Criterium

20140628_093655_IMG_0512This weekend I raced at the 2014 Morton Criterium. It was my first crit and I had a lot of fun! It was a completely different animal than the mountain bike races or cyclocross races I’ve done in the past. I’m really happy with my race. I raced in the cat 5 race as this was my first crit. I was in the action for the majority of the race sitting in second or third. My numbers were an average of 25.1 mph for the 30 minute race and a top speed of 33.4. My full Garmin data is here. A big thanks to my teammates for the advice and help with the preparation and Bloomington Cycle & Fitness for making sure my Tarmac was in tip-top shape! I’m looking forward to the next crit!

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2013 Bloomington Jaycee Criterium

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Bloomington held a criterium downtown this weekend. It was the first crit held in the area since May 21, 1995 which was held in Normal. I loved seeing such a fun event held locally. Bloomington Normal has a local triathlon race, mountain bike race, cyclocross race, and now a criterium! Just thinking about the local awesomeness makes me smile. A big thank you to the race director Brandon Beehner, the volunteers, and all of the sponsors that made it happen! I took a few (101) pictures of teammates, friends, and a few friends of friends.

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