December 30, 2007

Peak Season Cyclocross #2–Harbor High School, CA
5th, Andi Mackie, Women A
5th, Beth Welliver, Women B
6th, Katrina Loera, Women B

December 29, 2007

LARPD Cyclocross #7, CA
1st, Amy Abele, Women 35+
3rd, Yvette Crockell, Women C
1st, Andi Mackie, Women A

LARPD Cyclocross Overall Series Results, CA
3rd, Amy Abele, Women 35+
2nd, Nicole Bumbaca, Women B
2nd, Andi Mackie, Women A

Socks for Amy

December 28, 2007

Help send Amy Dombroski to Worlds in Italy, and donate to Breast Cancer research and look stylie as a bonus.
Thanks to the generous support of DeFeet, Velo Bella is pleased to offer these special wooly warm calf length socks.
Price is $12/pair and 25% of proceeds go to Breast Cancer research, while 75% will help send Amy to CX Worlds.
Contact Alex if interested, but hurry!!
More info HERE

December 22, 2007

LARPD Cyclocross #6, CA
1st, Amy Abele, Women 35+
2nd, Andi Mackie, Women A

December 22, 2007

Scheldecross #3, Belgium
9th, Barbara Howe, Women

Bella Italia!

December 20, 2007

Amy Dombroski nominated for US Worlds Team!


USA Cycling has announced the first round of nominations to the U.S. national team for the 2008 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Treviso, Italy, January 26-27. Sixteen athletes were nominated to the squad in the elite women’s, U23 men’s and junior men’s categories based on their competitive performance over the course of the last year.

Discretionary nominations to the elite women’s team went to Rachel Lloyd (Proman-Paradigm), Kerry Barnholt (Tokyo Joe’s-Van Dessel), Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) and Amy Dombroski (Velo Bella-Kona). See Velonews for the full story.

Update: Velo Bella-Kona is raising money to help send Amy to Worlds and you can help! Visit the Velo Bella-Kona forum for more information.

Crazy in Kansas

December 20, 2007

By Kari Studley
Bothell, Washington

It was hard to believe how fast the season flew by and that it was finally time for nationals. I have been the joke of my friends and family for the last month with my ambitions to go race my bike in circles…in Kansas…in the middle of December. My mom took it a step further in telling me the night before I traveled east, “ I thought it was funny until this week, but now I think you’re crazy!” (especially in light of the ice storm Kansas City experienced earlier that week – my game plan: bring a lot of knitting to be prepared for any flight delays). Always good to have parental support in such endeavors. I also remained undeterred in my national quest when my host family asked, “why Kansas in December?” You know it’s a good sign when even locals think you’re crazy….

Our flight to Kansas was unremarkable other than I woke up that morning with a faucet for a nose and congested sinuses – not fun, especially on a plane. We even managed to navigate correctly to our host family and discovered in unpacking the bikes that my seat clamp bolt had gone MIA in flight (I really did tighten it, but lesson learned in the importance of taping bolts as well). The time change suited me well because even though it was 6:30 in Seattle, I could still justify going to bed since it was now 8:30 in Kansas.

My head cold remained persistent through the weekend, but fortunately, I felt good on the bike. I had THE BEST start EVER for me. Going into the first slippery turn, I was right where I wanted to be and even stayed upright as everyone else went down around me. Since there was no space to ride around them effectively, I was forced to dismount and run up the slight hill. At the top, I remounted and pushed down the pedal only to have the other side smack me in the back of the calf with no resistance and no momentum gained – my chain had dropped! Always a first for everything, but what an unfortunate time & place – especially in this race. I really think I would have placed 20-30 had it happened anywhere else other than the first half lap, but that’s the way it goes. So back to working up from almost dead last…

This was my first (and only) experience of riding/racing on FROZEN mud. It wasn’t quite as bad as I anticipated, but certainly the most challenging technical riding I’ve done (I quickly figured out the concept of “tripoding” I overhead before the start of the race, now it made sense). I actually felt quite good once I got racing – I think I’m like Shannon Holden in that I do better the more adverse the conditions. I only took out one course barrier stick (with a spectacular summersault to accompany it) on lap two and slid down the last mud hill on the last lap (had to run back up the hill to get my bike!). With my season of mechanicals and crashes, it really could have been much worse, so I’m pleased with my 40th place. I know I can achieve better, but with all things considered with a dropped chain and head cold, that’s the way it goes. If anything, it has me super motivated to get next season started. My season of “experience” is completed and now I’m ready to RACE in 2008 & I can’t wait!!!!!

Thanks again to all our sponsors – especially Donn with Challenge Tires (who went out of his way to ship me a new tire just in time for this race and graciously helped us in the pits – that’s sponsorship!). I really have appreciated everything our combined sponsorship has helped me achieve this season. I also want to thank our gracious host family who had never heard of cross before our stay but are now hooked. Plus it’s great to see someone get as excited as I do in having their OWN cowbell. And HUGE thanks to Alex for all his coordination for this and throughout the season and our great crew of mechanics. I really appreciate it and look forward to crossin’ in 08 with everyone.

Podium Finish for Junior Bella!

December 20, 2007

Alicia Styer finished 3rd place in the Junior Women 10-12. Her race started at 9:00 am on Friday morning. It was about 21 degrees with the wind it felt alot colder than that. The ground was frozen and very rutty. Some sections were still muddy with just a layer of ice that made the course very different from the previous days pre-ride. Alicia said she felt like she was mountain biking on parts of the course.

They removed the barriers the second lap. Alicia was the first one to ride right through that section. She had the help of alot of people cheering for her. She was battling it out with Julia that was from Farm Team Cycling for most of the race. Finally they were on their final lap. Once Alicia got on the road after gaining ground on the stairs she hammered it to the finish line.

We are very proud on her!

back from not blogging

December 18, 2007

Something about racing makes me not blog. Which is totally counter to why this blog exists, I guess. But. really…. this author’s race blog is ALL the same. 1. Got there. 2. Mostly on time. 3. (this happens only most of the time) pre-ride. hey that wasn’t so bad. 4. race. ouch. that hurt. Didn’t DNF.

But… when you rock at racing.. you have kick ass stories to tell and pictures to show. And that is just one of the reasons why Maria rules.

Check out her adventures in her first season racing with the CX big girls…

December 13-16th

December 16, 2007

Cyclocross National Championships, KS

3rd, Alicia Styer, Women 10-12
1st, Shannon Gibson, Women 40-44
7th, Jennifer Tilley, Women 30-34
19th, Melody Chase, Women 30-34
1st, Amy Dombroski, Women U23
4th, Natasha Cowie, Women U23
2nd, Stephanie White, Collegiate Women
16th, Kathy Sherwin, Elite Women
17th, Barbara Howe, Elite Women
18th, Amy Dombroski, Elite Women
22nd, Stephanie White, Elite Women
25th, Melanie Swartz, Elite Women
28th, Shannon Gibson, Elite Women
33rd, Anna Milkowski, Elite Women
35th, Natasha Cowie, Elite Women
37th, Maria Stewart, Elite Women
39th, Jennifer Tilley, Elite Women
40th, Kari Studley, Elite Women

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