Monthly Archives: November 2016

PVC Race Team 2017 Program Announced

On Wednesday, November 16,  PVC announced its new race program for 2017. Approximately 30 members of the club were in attendance, as race organizers Ted Darling, Linda Braley, Paul Weiss, Kevin Woodhouse, and David Brink outlined the program.

Interested members will need to (a) renew/become a member for 2017 and (b) complete the online form indicating the races in which you will compete by January 31, 2017. (Note that there is a 5 race per discipline minimum for each discipline in which you intend to race).

The program objectives are identified as follows:

  • Support PVC racing across 3 disciplines
  • Promote local racing and races
  • Build comradery among team members

To participate, the following requirement are indicated:

  • PVC Member in good standing
  • Commit to 5-race minimum in each discipline in which you wish to compete as a PVC team member and take advantage of team member benefits (below)
  • Race exclusively for PVC during for 2017, including wearing the PVC team kit while racing.

Team member benefits discussed included the following

  • Reimburse for committed races at 100% (limited to priority races identified by the team (see lists to follow)
  • All other races reimbursed at club rate ($20/race)
  • Group training
  • CycleMania Equipment sponsor benefits
    • Priority Service @ CycleMania
    • %30 Off 1 Bike*
    • %50 Off Team Helmet TBA
    • %50 Off Stages Power Meter
    • 2 Free Tires (up to $75ea)
    • 10 Free Tubes
    • All Bikes and Helmets will need to be submitted and Paid in full by January 31st (and cannot be ordered during the season) to assure delivery in time for the season. It would be great to get the Stages order in at that time as well but we can do Stages orders in-season.
    • *Bikes will be Trek and capped @ a 10 bike total for the Team

The Mountain Biking program was identified as follows:

Leader: Kevin Woodhouse, kevin_woodhouse1@yahoo.com

  • Fat Tire Classic, CT (April)
  • Weeping Willow, MA (May)
  • The Pinnacle, NH (June)
  • Bond Brook, ME (June)
  • Statham Hill Festival Race Series, NH
  • Carrabassett Backcountry Challenge, ME (July)
  • Boston Pro XT, MA (July)
  • Titcomb Mtn, ME (August)
  • NECS #6 – Treasure Valley Rally (August)
  • Bradbury 12 hour Challenge, ME (August)

 2017 PVC Mountain Bike team

 There are about 35 trail races in New England each year starting in April and ending in October.  These races range in both difficulty and length and are great for beginners as well as experts.  The PVC Mtn bike race is targeting these 10 races in New England that represent the full range and level of difficulty offered.   With the importance of supporting local races, this list emphasizes those races held in Maine.

 The Road Racing program was outlined as follows:

Leaders:

Linda Braley lsbraley@yahoo.com
Jane Monaghan wojanedesign@yahoo.com
Ted Darling tdarling@vontweb.com

The following races will be prioritized based upon rider interest:

  • *Scarborough Crit series, Scarborough, ME (April-May)
  • **Maine TT series, TBD (maybe a PVC TT ?)
  • Quabbin, Ware, MA (April)
  • Myles Standish, Plymouth, MA (May)
  • Tour of the Battenkill, Greenwich, NY (May 7)
  • Ken Herrod, Harvard, MA (June)
  • Purgatory, Sutton, MA (June)
  • Fitchburg Criterium, Fitchburg, MA (June)
  • Yarmouth Clam Festival, Yarmouth, ME (July)
  • Tour of the Hilltowns, Windsor, MA (July)
  • Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Club Criterium, Lewiston, ME (August)
  • Concord Criterium, Concord, NH (August)
  • Witches Cup, Salem, MA (August)

*You may use two (2) Scarborough Crit Races against your minimum race commitment.
**You may use two (2) Maine Time Trial races against your minimum race commitment.

The CycloCross program was outlined as follows:

Leader: Paul Weiss, weissp@me.com

  • White Park, CX, NH (September)
  • Suckerbrook CX, NH (September)
  • Gloucester VERGE CX MA, 2 Day (October)
  • Downeast CX, ME (October)
  • Casco Bay CX, ME (October)
  • Orchard CX, NH (October)
  • KCX VERGE, CT  2 Day (October)
  • Northampton VERGE MA, 2 Day (November)
  • NBX RI, Day 2  (December)
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PVC Cyclocross 2016-2017 Update

The season started at Blunt Park in Springfield MA in August and is now at the heart of the season in November. Working towards the US National Championships this January in Harford CT. PVC has had some great races, some good races and a few really bad ones, but it has been really fun and great to get to see so many courses across New England.

PVC has been floating some racers over the season and most show up at our local races at Pinelands, Casco Bay, and Orchard Cross. It has been fun to run our weekly cyclocross camps and also race with those folks on the weekend. We had 2 Juniors train and race with us, women, as well as some old masters.  We even have some new folks trying cyclocross for the first time. PVC Racers include: Brian Cole, Chris Darling, George Bennington, Paul Neihoff, , Eric Larsson, Adam Lampton, David Beneman, Jeff Doughty, Greg Bartick, and Paul Weiss.

To see the results from all our team members click on this link for PVC Results.

It has been a long season, 22 races thus far. One fun weekend was at the Verge series races in Northampton MA. Two days of full on racing with the best racers from throughout the northeast. This race has grown so much over the 23 plus years of existence. It was the largest race in North America this past weekend.

The field Paul Weiss normally races in, the Masters 45+ was full with over 100 racers. Crazy start each day with a sprint from the gun and a giant field funneling into the serpentine course. First laps culminating in an arduous run-up with a bike over your shoulder and other riders stepping on your feet.

He had a really good race and moved up from somewhere in the last row to the top 1/3 of the field. Sunday He felt a bit slower but still a good race despite losing a lot of time to 2 crashes off the start line, one after another. Good to not go down in either. Also great to have a technically flawless race, this despite some really tricky technical sections of difficult descents and steep run-ups.

PVC is looking forward to the colder races and to race the season out to the end. The season is long and fun and we want to congratulate those that have given it their best. It has been impressive to see some of the best racers in New England right here from Maine.

What is left on the menu for this season?

PVC Double loop
Shed Park CX Lowell MA
New England CX Championships, Fitchberg, MA
NBX Verge, Cranston, RI
Ice Weasels CX, RI
March Farm CX, Bethleham, CT
Elm City CX, New Haven CT
US National CX Championships, Harford, CT

Brian Cole Ready to race at Northampton Cycle-Smart International, CX Verge Race 11/13/16.

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Chris Darling is in the same peloton as Brian, and ready to race!

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Paul Weiss Racing Hard

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Jeff Doughty at Quad Cross

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Paul Neihoff at White Park

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Brian Cole, Chris Darling, George Bennington and Paul Weiss at Craft Gran Prix of Gloucester

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Adam Lampton at Casco Bay Cyclocross

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Here are some photos from Casco Bay of Chris Darling, Paul Weiss, and George P Theall taken by Jennifer Battis

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Here are a few of Eric Larsson, Paul Neihoff, and Greg Bartick from Orchard Cross at Applefest Farm taken by Katie Busick

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