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 Hits The Podium At Independence Valley

1 04 2014

by Ivy Audrain

Saturday the 29th of March marked the 9th annual Team Group Health Independence Valley road race in Rochester, WA. Spring Classics weather was in full effect and Team Group Health did an incredible job promoting with a prize purse of $1000 between the category 1,2,3 women, our biggest local prize purse for the year!

The course is a 20 mile circuit with two several-minute long climbs and a very exposed windy section between that created little space for rest. I had no KR teammates, but after the first attach from team starbucks went on the flat section between climbs, we were all fairly motivated to bring back the break….until a full-stop neutralization in the middle of the backside climb really killed momentum. By the time we passed through the finish the first time, the gap was up to around a minute, and the larger climb of the course was just a few kilometers afterwards. I pressed on the climb and a selection of four of us formed, one of which was a starbucks racer, so naturally skipped out on our chasing efforts and was getting plenty of rest, making us all quite nervous. We continued on chasing and after another time pressing hard up one of the climbs, our selection was down to three, still with one starbucks rider. The local pro who was also in our group worked well with me to ensure we would at least get second and third after our chase was unsuccessful, so we agreed to attack and counterattack the group to isolate the rested starbucks rider. After my second attack, my surrogate teammate was able to stay away with around one kilometer to go, and soloed in for second while I out-sprinted our final selection member for third.

Overall, incredibly hard day in the saddle with a broad spectrum of weather, but much satisfaction. Thanks for reading!


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!



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