Sunday, March 13, 2011

It's a Wrap!

The "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop winter season and the final rounds of the "Top Dog" Time Trial Competition came to a close today. It was an amazing season of indoor training.  It truly felt like each class was a little family gathering.  This week confirmed it with all the celebrating. 

The "Top Dog" Time Trial sponsored by Wheel Base Bikes, Raw Revolution, Justin's Nut Butter and of course "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop had close to 70 riders participating this Winter Session.  
In the Men's Overall Category Lucas M. of Team Snapple, held his 1 sec.lead over Nate W, member of the US National U23 team and California Giant Cycling Team. This is his 4th consecutive time being "Top Dog".  In the Women's Overall it was a true battle of some fast ladies. First Michele T. of the Frederick Tri Club comes out of the blocks early and cracks the 17min. mark to set the standard for the ladies. It was a shop record.  Fast Hannah H. runner extraordinare sponsored by Brooks ,was quite motivated at this point and blows out a 16:47. A new shop record. Then there is Princess Cheryl of Team CF. Training for the early season,  Absa Cape Epic, Cheryl has been dialing in her form each week and blistered out yet another shop record and became the Overall Women's Champ AND the Women's 40+ Category winner with a time of 16:38.  Phew!!...the ladies are really fast this year.
In the Men's 40+ Category, Ray T. of NCVC, saved his best run for last and held on for the win. The Men's 50+ Category was hotly contested this season.  Greg L., winner of the last fall's competition was in island mode for the first half of the winter session. Who can blame him, it was dark and cold.  Then he decided it was time to get to work and rode a personal best 16:32 and got the heads turning.  Curt S. of NCVC decided to pay a visit to the Shop for a go and bested Greg's time by 7 sec.  Then along comes Lumpy of AVC. He rides over to the Speed Shop for the last class of the season and conquers the TT to defend his ride from last winter in 16:13.  Impressive.

On to the fun Combined 80+ Categories.  Riders combined ages must equal 80 or more.  Steve W. of ABRT and Ray T. of NCVC took the top spot in the Men's Category in fine fashion over Lucas M. and Curt S.   Patty C. and Michele T. of the Frederick Tri Club edged out Vicki B. and Cheryl S. for the Women's Category. Cheryl S. and Ray T. hammered the Mixed Category winning by almost 1 min. My favorite category of all was the Parent/Junior's.  New to the TT categories we had a little family feud in play. Mike S. and Nathan C. came out on top over Patty C. and brother Matt C.  Great riding by all!!

Full Results are at
Here are a few pictures from the past week

The Thursday Night Family with a few house guests missing Tsahai, Catie, and Jim

Fast Hannah getting ready to take a run at defending her TT championship
Combined Age TT Partners Bob and Hannah! Bob just finished a personal best TT!!
This is Lumpy doing the I beat Curt in the TT chair dance.  He's all smiles now but he will be paying dearly soon on the road.  Great ride Lumpy!
Princess Cheryl S. of the Wednesday Night Family and "Top Dog" Winter Session Women's Overall TT Champ and holds the course record
Matt C. with his Championship of the World Belt.  16yrs. old and finishes 8th in the Men's Overall TT
Lucas M of Team Snapple. Overal "Top Dog" Men's TT Champ
Thanks to everyone for such a fantastic indoor season. See you on the road. It's a wrap!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

The times are going down and the watts are going up in the last couple weeks of CompuTrainer classes.  We just ended a few more runs of the "Top Dog" Time Trial this week.
I'm going to give the "Holy Smokes" Award to Cheryl S. this week.  She left the building a few hours ago and it's still steaming!  Cheryl is on top in the Women's Overall AND the 40+ category.  In the process she set a new Shop record going 16:38!  Well done!  In the Women's 50+ category Vicki B. has a firm hold on the top spot with her personal best from last week. 

Cheryl happy to have her breath back
Lucas M. remains "Top Dog" by :01 over Nate W. in the Men's Overall Category.  Ray T. fought hard to get back on top of the Men's 40+ and is now in the lead by just 4 seconds over Jim J.  Curt S. made a rare appearance and laid down the best Men's 50+ run so far this season.  Judging from his reaction I suspect he may come back again before the winter session ends.

In the Combined Age 80+ categories, Patty C. and Michele T. are leading the the ladies.  Steve W. and Ray T. are holding steay on top in the Men's.  And Cheryl S. and Ray T. have a solid lead in the Mixed.  In the Parent/Junior (Family Feud) category on 11 seconds separate Patty C. and Matt C. from Mike S. and Nathan C. 

A shout out to 16yr old Matt C. who got his hair cut and knocked another 30 seconds off his TT to be 8th in the Men's Overall.  His younger brother Nathan is on his heels. After only about 5 classes he almost cracked 17 minutes.
Full results at

What's next?
It has been asked many times the last few weeks about what to do when classes end.  The answer:  Ride Your Bike!  Get an event on the calendar.  Find a regular group ride with friends, head out on the C & O Canal, do a triathlon, road or mountain bike race, go ride your bike.  We live in one of the most beautiful areas to ride.  After all the hard work this winter you will be able to reap the benefits of better fitness. Ride! Ride! Ride!

The Speed Shop will still be here for you.  Random inclement weather classes will be held through the spring. Make sure you join the google group for upcoming events. Send an email to  to be in the loop.

Here are a few resources to help out:
USA Triathlon
Frederick Triathlon Club  is a support and social group for triathletes and multisport athletes of various abilities and ages in and around the Frederick area
Racine MultiSports Many of the local multi-sport athletes participate in Racine Multisport events. These well organized, quality events are family focused offering youth and adult categories while committed to supporting local non-profit organizations and local charities.
Frederick Pedalers  a non-profit organization run by volunteers. We offer rides of all classes in and around the area. The Pedalers are primarily a road cycling club, but we occasionally have rides on the C&O towpath or other trails around the area.
Wheel Base Bikes offering a variety of rides from the shop in Downtown Frederick
Potomac Pedalers
Frederick Bike Rats - a friendly group of people that can ride together in a challenging group send an email to to get on their ride list~but ya gotta be friendly.
On the road, mt. bike and cyclocross racing scene check out:
Mid Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) for regional racing information
USA Cycling   

Get Involved:
Frederick Bicycle Coalition  a member driven non-profit organization devoted to making Frederick City and County a better place to bicycle.

A special thanks to Coach Ray for inflicting pain AND all the behind the scenes help in keeping the Speed Shop running smooth.