Georgetown Criterium 2014 – UPDATED

30 07 2014

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Home turf throwdown! The Georgetown Criterium doubled as the Washington State Championship Criterium this year. And the Green Machine of Keller Rohrback won the Womens 4 race and both Pro 1/2 Mens and Womens races! A strong showing by the team.

PRO WOMEN (by Ivy Audrain)
The Women’s Pro 1/2 race had a full squad of myself, Kele Murdin, and Jocelyn Setter. I could not have been happier to have such capable teammates during this race. As a team, we were constantly on the offense by initiating attacks, or on the defense by going with/responding to attacks. Georgetown is the longest women’s criterium in Washington State, a full 60 minutes, in which I would have spent way too much energy without Jocelyn and Kele, and wouldn’t have been able to finish the way I would have liked…which is with a big gap, first across the line, after a stellar leadout from Kele, who went full gas for the entire last lap!!! Success! A State Championship and a win at our own race. Great way to top off the season. Here’s to 2015!

PRO MEN (by Nick Bennette)
Having just watched the ladies own their race, the boys felt obligated to put on a equivalently strong showing. From the gun, Ian, Pete and i set a nice little tempo, eager to show the field how to handle the somewhat technical course and setup the early move. Rather unexpectedly, the three of us found ourselves with a significant gap less than a lap into the race. I pulled through and upped the pace, with Pete and Ian dropping back to the field to let the escape happen (no way three KR jerseys would be given much leash). Surprised by my unplanned solo breakaway, I was fortunately joined in a few laps by Russell (voler) and Brian Hitchcock (HSP), and our new trio built a sizable advantage, with Ian, Pete, Kyle, and Jamie keep the field at bay behind. After some antics mid-race, we realized with ~20 minutes to go that we would make up the podium, but worked together more or less until three-to-go. Russell tried his hand first but couldn’t get much separation and we coasted into the last lap, no one willing to lead out the sprint. Having 20+ pounds on both my companions, I ultimately decoyed to take the sprint from the front and hope my jump would get me up to speed quickly if anyone went early. Hitchcock dove for the final corner, but I beat him to it and kept the advantage to the line. Meanwhile, Jamie executed a perfect attach in the closing circuits to escape the field and take 4th, nearly catching our group at the line. Two riders in the top five and Another state championship – hard to have a better home race that that!

Thanks for reading!





Redmond Derby Days 2014

30 07 2014

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Redmond Derby Days! A race with a huge prize purse, giant checks, and bubbles. Derby Days has always brought out a really tough field and a solid field size. Jocelyn Setter was my teammate for this one, and was a crucial part of my success. Considering this is a prestigious one to win, the attacks came early and often, and Jocelyn kept everything together. Having won Derby Days in the past, I wanted to re-familiarize myself with my timing for the finish, so I sprinted for an early preme; the Motofish Coffee preme, in fact! (These guys do a lot to support the local cycling scene).  However, my timing for the actual finish was thrown off when a Recycled Cycles rider got a late race preme and found herself with a gap from 4 laps to go. With one lap to go, she still had around 50 meters on the group, and was losing momentum, but I decided to take matters into my own hands and close it up. I caught her right before the second to last corner, and knew I had to just keep going. Slowing down would have given others a chance to jump around me for the sprint, so I kept on the gas, was first through the last corner, and finished first after a solid sprint!

So glad I got to wear that sweet ‘Derby Days Champion’ Jersey and pop bottles on the top step. Awesome day for Jocelyn and I.

by: Ivy Audrain





KR Women Win 2014 Ballard Criterium!

10 06 2014

KR Women Win 2014 Ballard Criterium!

By: Ivy Audrain

On Saturday, June 7th, I won the Ballard Criterium, a hometown favorite that always brings out a lot of tough competition. With an incredible number of premes offered and a larger field size than usual, my teammates Kele Murdin, and former Ballard Crit Winner Jocelyn Setter, were eager and ready to animate the race and protect me for the finish. Kele’s shifter broke half-way through the race, leaving her in a monstrous gear, which she was happy to stay in and motor on the front to keep the pace high, while Jocelyn covered and responded to countless attacks. Complete chaos ensued in the last lap, and with one lap to go, but I surprisingly found my way to the front by the last corner, where the field sprint started and I was able to come away with the win, and ‘clean wheels’. Cheers to another successful Ballard Criterium, followed by an even more successful after party at our annual post-race Ballard Pizza Co food-smashing.





Mutual of Enumclaw Success!

19 05 2014

Mutual of Enumclaw Success!

A rainy and slippery criterium and road race at the Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race still resulted in two podiums for Ivy Audrain! A strong showing from several Canadian teams made for an aggressive and fast criterium, averaging almost 27mph in spite of the rainy conditions. The race leader soloed away with one lap to go, and Ivy won the field sprint for 2nd, coming very close to the leader at the line.
The road race brought countless attacks to form a selection each time up Mud Mountain. Ivy stayed active towards the front, making the selection each time, and finished 3rd in the field sprint. KR withstood a true race of attrition!





Volunteer Park 2014!

29 04 2014

by Colin Gibson

Volunteer Park is a classic.  It’s marked the start of crit season for years and somehow always seems to fall on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  It’s literally impossible that it will ever rain on Volunteer Park. KR showed up full flex with Nick, Rad, Galen, Jamie, Karl, Pete, Ian, and me.

Despite Galen almost jinxing the weather and Benny Swedburg standing me up for our annual coffee date, we decided to race anyway.

The plan was to ride selfishly and make sure one of us won.  We decided that the danger men were Joe Holmes and the sketchy guy wearing the CWU kit.  Pete marked Joe and waited for the right time to put him into the curb while Ian shouted at the CWU guy to pull until he ran out of energy.

With the two main threats neutralized, Ian and I found ourselves off the front in a strong group of 7 with about 30 minutes remaining.  With us were Dave Richter, Will Teal, and Aaron Shaw (HSP), Steve Wilssens (Audi), and Ryan Short (WWU).  The group was hesitant to commit because of its size but had a good gap thanks to a snack break in the pack.  After some odd gaps opened up, things were whittled down to just me, Richter, Wilssens, and Short.  Threat level: midnight.  The four of us rolled through and it quickly became apparent that the bunch behind was mostly content with us staying away.

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Group of seven whittling down to four. All photos from https://www.facebook.com/NWBikeRacingPhotos. Thank you thank you!

I was weary of Richter in the sprint, but the up-down nature of the course meant that attacking never seemed like a great idea, so we kept rolling through, and came to the bell lap looking at each other. Ryan Short was the first to jump going into the water tower curve, followed at a few bike lengths by Richter, me, and then Wilssens.  We all coasted on the descent, and right at the bottom, Wilssens had built up a head of Belgian steam and made his move, flying by the three of us.  Short immediately responded with Richter and me in tow, but Wilssens’ gap was growing.  Nearing the final right-hander onto the finishing straight, he had ~10 meters on us.

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Short accelerating with one to go

As Short faded, Richter jumped and took the outside line through the turn.  Wilssens still had a gap but was hurting from his initial acceleration, and Richter and I squeezed by between him and the left-hand curb.  With the wind coming from the right, Richter hugged the barriers.  I came out of his draft with 100m to the finish and was able to eke out the win by about 3 inches.

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Pop bottles! It was also Jamie’s birthday, and his dad Tom, who lived like 8 feet from the course, made us a feast.  Now THAT’S #professionalism.





Tour of Walla Walla – A Stage Win and More!

22 04 2014

by Ivy Audrain                             photo: Chris Shepley Photography

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The Tour of Walla Walla! One of the best attended and toughest stage races in the Pacific Northwest! Although the Women’s field did not race the Friday Waitsburg road race this year, myself and stellar guest-rider Tamara Bessette were eager to make the most of our three stages.

After finishing 6th in the time trial and 47 second down from the leader, there was a ten second bonus for a stage two win up for grabs, which would put me into fifth overall. And how convenient, stage two was the fast and technical downtown criterium, right up Tam and I’s alley! I have had experience leading out superstar KR sprinter Jocelyn on this course before, so Tam and I knew that it needed to be fast with at least one lap to go…. and man did she make it fast. With one lap to go, when Tam hit the front, it was so unbelievably fast that only three other riders were able to match the acceleration, creating a gap to the rest of the field. It was perfectly executed, I won the sprint with plenty of room, and nabbed that ten second time bonus while Tamara was able to hold of the field and finish 4th. Did I mention she is my Mother? At 52 years old she produced an effort that shattered a category 1/2 field. A very emotional day and win for me, and for my own Mom to play such an integral role in such a huge win was an incredible feeling.

On to the road race! My mind is still numb from being in a 40 mile break that began on one of the steepest climbs on course. Six other riders, including the overall leader, worked hard to establish a gap that put us six minutes ahead of the field. I finished 5th on the day, and moved into 4th overall! Tamara attacked the chase group and after an astonishing solo 28 mile effort, finished just over a minute behind us, moving into 7th overall. Such an incredible effort.

A very successful Tour of Walla Walla in which KR showed depth in a really strong field! Thanks for reading!





Tour of Walla Walla M.1.2 Wrap-Up

22 04 2014

by Colin Gibson

KR sent a small men’s delegation to the Tour of Walla Walla this year.   This is their (our [my]) story.

Jake and I got to stay in a child’s bedroom with two beds like this:

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Adorable!

Racing festivities were scheduled to begin on Friday with a 62-mile road race for the men and a bag full of anti-race-development incentives for the women.  That went well until the stage was canceled due to lack of course marshals.  All those snacks for nothing. Next!

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The TT was a TT.  I beat Jake’s triathlon bike, which is the only thing that matters. After team nap time, team coffee time, team pillow talk, team fight club, team shower time, team nail-polish application, and team snacks, we rolled out to the crit.  We parked where we always parked and listened to some kind of country music.

Jake and I wore fluo orange socks for the crit. Flying squirrel tactics defined the first 20minutes of racing. I was astonished at the tremendous sprinting ability that some racers demonstrated out of turn 1 early in the race. Also out of turn 2, 3, 4, 5, and every other point in the race (except for the sprint at like, the end of the race). After coasting with Jake and eating more snacks, I countered a Jacob Rathe/Benny Swedburg/HB move and got away with Dylan Davies of Russ Hays and Darren Goff of Live Well. The three of us were all pretty high on the BMI chart, so we motored and were holding at 15-20s, splitting primes and trying to get some time. Eventually shit heated up behind and we were caught with 1.5 to go. Jake got knocked out of good position due to a last lap crash, but received many congratulations for his strong riding in the breakaway, that popular rascal!

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The road race was the usual 90 miles of tailwind climbing. Jake was hurting from the burger I force fed him the night before, so he was in conservation mode. I was feeling good and wanted to find a way to try and win like a #professional instead of defending my 12th place GC, which would have been a #bitchmove. Ian Crane was leading GC, but his main man Carson Miller was momentarily sleepy from pulling like a champ with 35mi to go, so I attacked with Jordan Cheyne (2nd GC) on the more selective tailwind climb, and we had a gap until every other team realized that I might leapfrog them into 9th and started chasing.

Moment of seriousness:  the willingness of people to do the race leader’s work for him never ceases to amaze me.  Congrats to everyone who chased us and then missed the actual selection on the last lap:  good job.  Actual quote from the race:

“So where are you in GC?”

“Oh, like Xth place.” (not 1st)

“So are you going to try and attack?”

“Nah, I’ll probably defend.”

Heads up: no one is trying to take your top-10 GC spot, which besides is a result that zero people care about.  Going into a race with the mentality that you’re not going to challenge the race leader, but that you will challenge other racers who are trying to attack the race leader in order to save the small scraps that you’ve managed to secure is a pretty lame way to spend a weekend and a couple hundred dollars if you ask me.  Plus it makes Ian Crane’s life easier, which no one should ever support.

The real selection came the last time up the same hill, and Jake and I were both too sleepy to go with it. 8 guys including Crane bridged to the small break and went to the line with ~0:45 on our group, which means we dropped way down in team GC, individual GC, and ego size :(((((

Jake gave me San Pellegrino Orange Juice after, which made everything better.  Overall, a great weekend for snacks.








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