pedal RACING just finished our 4th year and it was by any measure a huge success. Just a quick reminder that our team was started by a bunch of guys that wanted to race, but had just about zero experience. With some great help and mentoring from guys like Mike Catterall, Taylor Jung and Jason Short, as well as amazing support from Bill Nagel and everyone at pedal, we all started to get our feet wet. A quick 4 seasons later, I must say, we’ve become a force to be reckoned with at start lines across multiple categories. I want to thank each and every team member who came out to train and race with us in 2017. Below are some of our season highlights from the road side.
First off, our Women’s Team was fantastic. In just one year, we seemingly tripled (if not more) the number of race days by our wonderful women. Not only did our presence in the women’s categories explode, but we also had excellent results. There were just too many podiums to list. Our MW 40+ got a well-deserved 2nd place with the SW 4-5 team getting 3rd in the Rocky Mountain Team Cup. Dawnya Gebhard and Julie Fisher both got Top 10s in the Rocky Mountain Cup. Jessica McWhirt, with her many podium places, rode to 3rd overall in the Rocky Mountain Cup competition for the SW 4-5 category. Jessica will soon be fighting it out in the 3s next year. Congratulations to all the pedal Women who came out to race (sometimes with the men at CSP) all season. The teamwork and support for each other you all demonstrated is an inspiration and what racing on a team is all about. We are all looking forward to even more success in 2018.
On the men’s side, this was our first year being able to field a full Senior Men’s Cat 3 Team. We started the year with three of us – Aaron Hugen, David McNeill, and Will Pirkey, but ended with a team of five as Nate Pitzer and Steven Lykens both cat’d up during the year. Let’s not forget the amazingDan Schrad who raced with the Senior Men many times as well (many times racing two crits a day). With a combination of strong riders, team tactics both at races and a plan for the season, and excellent teamwork and sacrificing individual results for the sake of others pedal claimed 1st place in SM 3-4 Rocky Mountain Team Cup competition. We beat much more established teams with much larger rosters in our very first year racing in this category. Great work all around by everyone and thanks for some of our Cat 4s for racing up to help us get some points.
Speaking of the SM4-5 team, they put on clinics almost every Wednesday this summer at the CSP Crit Series. They got the pedal leadout train rolling and delivered a string of wins and 2nd places, with a few podium sweeps. TJ Logue, Steven Lyknes, Paul “Hess” Hesselgrave, Sam Selfridge, Andrew Pierce, and some of ourMasters racers Jon Dury, Dave Martinez and Mark Stookesberry were common fixtures all putting the hurt on the competition (apologizes if I missed any one). The 4-5 team were strengthened by the arrival of many new strong riders including Patrick Repasky, Matthew Robinson, Hess, Tom Lawlor and Sam Selfridge. These riders all jumped into racing with no fear and continued throughout the season. We have a pipeline of strong riders that will be winning races in 2018. pedal RACING started as a team with a focus of encouraging and cultivating new racers and I’m happy that that remains our focus as we mature. I’m hoping we see another great crop of newcomers next year as well as all of our new racers in 2017 continue to improve.
2017 also saw many remarkable individual performances (too many to list them all here), but I wanted to call out two specifically: Dan Stoddard and Aaron Hugen. First, Dan Stoddard rolled through the MM 50+ 4-5 category all year with a smooth consistency and his season cumulated with a 2nd place in the GC at the Steamboat Springs Stage Race. This was enough to propel him into 1st in the Rocky Mountain Cup competition. Dan showed his ability in TTs, Crits, and Road Races to prove his all-around talent. Then there’s Aaron Hugen. Aaron had a remarkable season getting 3rd in the State Championship TT and then winning the State Championship Road Race in the SM 3 category. He capped off the season with the overall win at Steamboat and won the Rocky Mountain Cup going away. Aaron has been a mentor to many of us since pedal RACING was founded and it is so cool to see him have some much success and continue to get stronger as a rider. I’m sure Aaron will be leading our way into the P-1-2 category in the near future.
Finally, I want to thank all 2017 sponsors. There wouldn’t be a team if it wasn’t for their support.
Congratulations to everyone on our best season yet! Can’t wait for 2018.
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