Tour of Walla Walla – A Stage Win and More!

22 04 2014

by Ivy Audrain                             photo: Chris Shepley Photography


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!

Vance Creek — A hard fought 2nd place

11 04 2014

Vance Creek! 6 laps of a 13-mile course with a ~3-4 minute-long finishing hill.  Colin Gibson (KR) and Carson Miller (Jamis) attacked the first time up the hill, had a 6-man chase group about 15 seconds behind the two of them for a few miles until they got caught by the bunch.  It rained a lot and we pedaled hard for two-and-a-half hours while our gap grew to 4:00.  We passed a bunch of HSP guys who had either flatted, mechanicled, or been dropped, which explained the lack of chase behind.  Colin G attack Carson through a farm road corner on the last lap and got a little gap, then he flatted.  Carson soloed in for the win while Colin rode a mis-matched wheel, but held off the heavily diminished field for 2nd.
After the race, Colin and Galen got Taco Time and Ginger Ale and watched a dad spill a liter of orange soda on his family.  Galen was immune to Colin’s peer pressure and bought two choco chip cookies like a good American.  

KR takes 2nd at Mason Lake #3

24 03 2014

Amidst clear skies and balmy temps befitting the first weekend of spring, an impressive KR squadron pinned up for the third and final Mason Lake RR. With Colin, Galen and Kyle hunting the break, Ian and nick eyeing a sprint finish, Rad, Doug and Jamie adding some serious horsepower, and Ivy classing up the whole affair, the team was intent on a podium finish, despite the presence of a deep field of 50+.

Riding was aggressive from the gun, with Colin forging the early break with representatives from HSP and Garage. Despite a concerted chase from Audi and Bike Sale, Colin managed to keep his grouppo away until lap 4 of 6, allowing the rest of the team to comfortably tuck in and await the counter attacks.

Following the early catch, a brief but painful period of fireworks ensued on the tailwind rollers, with those fresh eager to re-establish a break. A lull going into the start finish for the final two laps saw Steve Fischer (Jelly Belly) and Dave Richter (HSP) slip off the front. They quickly built up a lead of 1:30 that held going into the final 12-mile loop.

Kyle and Galen, along with a dozen or so others, put in strong digs on the final accent of the course’s relatively shallow climb, though a stiff headwind effectively neutralized their efforts. Going into the final few Ks along the backside rollers, a few small groups get some daylight, though a monster turn from Kyle brought Nick and Colin back to the front of the peloton and in sight of the two leaders. Fischer and Richter were caught 2K from the line, and The sprint revved up down the final sweepers leading to the uphill dash to the line. Nick found himself well-positione, but an erratic finish and numerous fading efforts from those who misjudged the distance and grade resulted in a few non-optimal maneuvers in the closing meters. Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly) took the honors, with Nick finding enough daylight to take 2nd. Ian and Colin came through a dodgy sprint in the top 15 or so.

The team will look to go one better next week at the Independence Valley Road Race, the first official WSBA road race of the season.

Thanks for reading !


Georgetown Crit Results

30 07 2013

Thanks for coming out and making the race a success. We raised over $2300 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Thank you!

Results: georgetown-criterium-2013-results5


19 06 2013

We are pleased to announce that we will be putting on the first edition of the Georgetown Criterium on JULY 28,  2013.

WHERE?  Right in front of the Georgetown Brewing Company.  5200 Denver St. South, Seattle, WA 98108.

WHEN?  Sunday July 28, 2013.  Racing starts at 11:00.

WHY? Well, for bike racing and, more importantly, to DRINK BEER TO RAISE MONEY FOR KIDS WITH CANCER. 

HOW?  Thanks to Georgetown Brewing and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska, we will have a beer garden open to the public from 1pm to 9pm.  All proceeds of the sales of beer will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.  We will have one keg of the famed Bob’s Brown Ale from Georgetown.  We will have a raffle and great prizes to win as you help raise money for kids battling cancer–those who the Ronald McDonald House serves.  So race with purpose and drink (responsibly) with purpose.

Race Flyer: FL_2013-799

Race Registration:
Pre-Register and get a $5 discount. Day of is $35 plus tax; Pre-Reg is $30 plus tax.

Race Schedule

Category Start Time Race Time Prize
Women Cat. 4 11:00 am 30 min Merchandise Prizes to top 5
Men Cat. 4-5 11:40 am 30 min Merchandise Prizes to top 5
Master Men 50+ 12:20 pm 30 min Merchandise Prizes to top 5
Master Men 35+ 1:00 pm 45 min Merchandise Prizes to top 5
Kids Races 1:55 pm 30 min (multiple races) Medals
Mens Cat. 3 2:35 pm 50 min $250 cash to top 5
Womens Cat. Pro 1-2-3 3:35 pm 60 min $500 cash to top 5
 Mens Cat. Pro 1-2 4:45 pm 70 min $500 cash to top 5

Ice Breaker

3 03 2012

The Keller Rohrback women take 1, 2, 3, 5 in the 1/2 race, and 1st in the juniors race. Jamie wins the 1/2 men. Great start to March. Off to Mason Lake tomorrow morning.

KR Road Race Video

27 02 2012

Many thanks for the town of Eatonville for being gracious hosts to the KR Road Race this past sunday.  Len Throop, owner of the terrific outdoor and bicycle shop Eatonville Outdoor, shot this great video of the Cat 4-5 field swooping through corner four.  Thanks Len!


KR Road Race Results

27 02 2012

Big thanks to the USA Cycling Officials and Rob @ GC Racing for the accurate and fast results.  Congrats to our winners!

Results click here

KR Road Race: Victory Report

27 02 2012

First, thank you to everyone who came down to Eatonville to brave the elements and race our race.  It is an early race and we were happy to see so many of you.  There was sunshine for most of the races and great course to test the early season legs. Results will be posted soon.

Second, big ups to to our sponsors at Eltana Bagels for hooking us up with load of delicious bagels (the best in Seattle) and their spreads, as well as coffee from BioWilly’s Beans, Seattle’s finest nanoroaster.  Special thanks also go out to FSA for providing wheel support.

Third, congrats to our first team victors and podium owners of the year!  Ryan Perlman took 2nd in the Masters race in the morning, after Randy pushed the pace for nearly all of the race.  Jocelyn and Jamie won their respective Cat 1-2 races, and Nick B rode hard in the snow for 12th.  Not a shabby way to start the year.  And of course Jamie couldn’t have won it without his RALEIGH! equipped with FSA parts built up by Recycled Cycles.

Here is a video of what 4 months of nonstop high-tempo winter training yields:

Victoire (and below)

Jamie’s First Victory of 2012

27 02 2012


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