Monday, January 31, 2011

Hot! Hot! Hot!

We survived another busy week at the Speed Shop. The 2011 Winter "Top Dog" Time Trial Competition is underway. 

One of the top rides this week goes to Michele T. She came back for a visit after a long break.  Sporting her Pittsburgh Steeler kit she was all smiles during the warm up before the Time Trial.

Oh Yeah! Look at that time! And if you look closer you can see her average watts!  She set a Shop record for the ladies and now leads the overall and the 40+ category. And perhaps turning a few heads in the Men's Categories. Go Michele!

Erica and Eric joined us for the maiden voyage of Eric's new Trek from Wheel Base Bikes, sponsor of the "Top Dog" Time Trial.

Leading the way in the "Top Dog" Men's Overeall category is Jim W. of Whole Wheel Velo Club.  After being edged out by 1" by Lucas M. in the Fall TT, Jim is coming into the Winter with additional motivation.
Jim J. of ABRT is back and on top of the Men's 40+ Standings with a solid 15" lead over Kevin C.  Jim took on the TT Saturday after a good warm up at the Snotcycle Race in the morning.
The Men's 50+ category has a new leader, Harry Slife.  Harry just started classes this winter at the Speed Shop and is getting stronger every ride! Way to go!
On the ladies side, Vicki B is back on top of the Women's 50+ standings. Pretty impressive after a couple months off the bike to recover from an Ironman. 
While most of the combined age categories are still getting organized, the Parent/Junior combined category gave it a go on Saturday.  Harry and Jacob Slife came out on top this week with a strong ride but only 20" separates the top 3 teams.  This could get interesting.  The juniors are training hard and growing strong fast!
There is a lot of room for more combined 80+ teams.  Remember you do not have to ride the TT at the same time. And only your best time is used. 
Look for more updates and check out the results at

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Full Tilt

The Winter Session at the Speed Shop is full tilt with packed classes.  There are lots of exciting updates coming your way so read on...

Armed with Functional Threshold Power (FTP) information, riders are training smarter!  The FTP class started out as an experimental class to find out if anyone would like to learn more about how training with power effects their workouts.  Everyone embraced the information and are now using it to train more specifically to the data obtained from the FTP Testing Class.  

Junior Riders Nathan C., Ken J., Nathan T. and Jacob S.

The Speed Shop is very excited to announce the addition of the first Junior/Parent Class. Led by Coach Ray on Saturdays these guys are getting in some great workouts but more importantly developing good riding habits.  Look for these kids on the road this spring.

Navy Collegiate Cycling Team led by Jim W.

With temperatures in the single digits the Navy Collegiate Cycling Team paid a visit to the Speed Shop this weekend. Race season is only a couple weeks away for these guys and  Coach Jim W. wanted to fine tune their fitness. 

Announcing the 2011 "Top Dog" Winter Time Trial Competition

After a very exciting "Top Dog" Fall TT Competition 0ur wonderful sponsors are once again on board again for the winter session. Wheel Base Bikes, Justin's Nut Butter, Raw Revolution and "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop have all returned with some great prizes for our "Top Dog's" in each category.   We have added a  new combined category, the Parent/ Junior (18 & under).  NOW is the time to get your team together and start planning your strategy because the Time Trial will be run randomly starting this week in the Winter Session classes. Also,  look for other added classes.   Check out the new flyer on the website.

Speed Shop Housekeeping
There has been overwhelming response to classes this winter. We have created a Google Group to help with communication.  This is a great way to find out about last minute class openings and random classes that are added. Also, if you would like to find a substitute, in lieu of a make up,  for a class post it on the Group. If you are going to get reimbursed for your spot it must be handled directly with the rider.  The Speed Shop will not handle funds between riders.  Please let Chris know of any changes.  If you are not in the group yet send an email and you will be added.  

Thanks to everyone for all your support this year.  The Shop is feeling the love and we hope you will be feeling it on the road this spring! 

Please read carefully our policy on cancellations. 
Pre-Registered and Punch Card riders must give 24 hrs. notice if unable to attend a class in order to qualify for a make up.  The rider not attending must give the notice directly to Chris.  Riders can find a substitute to pay them directly in which case the rider missing the class will not qualify for a make up.  The Speed Shop will not handle payments between riders.  Classes can be made up in any class with available space. If no notice is received, the rider does not qualify for a make up class.  In the event of holidays or inclement weather classes every effort will be made to reschedule or offer a make up. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

And The Winners Are....

The 2010 Fall "Top Dog" Time Trial Competition sponsored by Wheel Base Bikes, Justin's Nut Butter, Raw Revolution, and "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop  came to a close last weekend but not without a little last minute excitement for the Men's Overall defending champ Lucas M! Triathlete Lucas of  Snapple Tri Team  had one shot to take down the strong man roadster Jim W. of Whole Wheel Velo Club.  And that he did by a mere second on the last day to defend his title. 

"Top Dog" Lucas M. takes the win!
On the women's side, relatively new to riding and new to the Speed Shop this year,  Hannah H. smoked the course like a veteran nearly breaking the 17 minute mark to come out on top of the Women's Overall. Hannah, an accomplished runner sponsored by Brooks , will hopefully be back to defend her title in the Winter TT.  Also new to riding and the Speed Shop,  Erica S., coming from a strong rowing background had a fantastic ride to hold on to second place. 

Hannah tearing up the road

In the more mature categories... Strong and steady Ray T. of NCVC managed to stay on top of the Men's 40+ Category from day one.  Edging out Frederick Tri Club's George C. by 3 just seconds and taking a significant chunk of time out of last year's performance.  Patty C. came out on top over Christine M. by only 16 seconds in the 40+ Women's category, both are from the  Frederick Tri Club

Ray T with his swag from the 40+ Win

In Ray T. style, Greg L.smacked down in the Men's 50+ from the first go and held the lead to the end! 

Vicki B. of the Frederick Tri Club came off a two month post Ironman Florida break to loosen her legs up and win the Women's 50+ .

Greg rolling in for the Early Bird Tuesday class

Vicki B's welcome back to training!
In the combined 80+ age categories  Patty C. and Vicki B. teamed up to win the combined women's category. And Hannah H. teamed up with new to the Shop this season Bob G. to win the combined mixed category by 18 seconds over Lucas M. and Vicki B.

A few shout outs to most improved go to a couple more Frederick Tri Club members Amazing Margaret N. and Fireball Karen H. who managed to knock off minutes from their first TT.  And in the spirit of starting our junior class 14yr. old  Ken J. made significant improvements to knock a couple minutes off of his TT.

We are finalizing the details of the Winter TT. We will be adding a new Junior/Parent category.  Check the web for the final standings and soon to be added details on the "Top Dog" Winter Time Trial Competition.

In other news the Speed Shop has added a new Google Group to the communications center. This is a great way for all the Speed Shop riders to stay in touch without blasting the entire email distribution list .  Many have already been added to the list. If you aren't sure you can go to the "Google Group" link above and check membership to see if you are on it. If not it is very easy to join.

The Winter Session has begun so check back for lots of news and updates