Thank You

With about a month left in our 2015 road season, we reflect on what has made this past year so special. While some of our success stems from the efforts of our 8 man roster, there is no way we could do this without the love and support from all of you. In our latest blog we express our gratitude to the businesses and individuals who have made this season possible.


Bill George’s Olathe Subaru

We are a bit biased, but the guys and gals at Olathe Subaru are the best. Subaru’s have always been a great vehicle for anybody living an outdoor lifestyle, but the Olathe Subaru experience takes it to next level.
Where else are you going to find a car dealership that allows you to host roller races for a bunch of crazy cyclists? The Olathe Subaru Cyclefest was a great event that helped us raise money for local junior cyclists.

In the past two years quite a few people have chosen Olathe Subaru to purchase their new vehicles, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of all of you. By choosing Olathe Subaru you’re not only supporting a great community business, but also showing your support of our team and the growth of Kansas cycling.

Thank you!

#ridesubaru #drivesubaru #olathesubarusmash

Rider Kent Woermann and his girlfriend Kelly Skinner (Trek Women's Racing) with their brand new Subaru just before heading off to a race!

Rider Kent Woermann and his girlfriend Kelly Skinner (Trek Women’s Racing) with their brand new Subaru Crosstrek just before heading off to a race!


Trek Bicycle Stores

There are many cycling shops in the Kansas City area, but few that can offer the Trek Bicycle Stores experience. The staff is knowledgeable about everything from high end racing bikes to comfort cruisers and always make us feel at home.

The people working for Trek understand that cycling is more than just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle and a huge part of our daily lives. They understand that when we purchase a bike we’re investing our hard earned cash and expect a product that will perform to our standards. Fortunately, Trek’s standards are high and our Trek bikes have been glorious.

We’ve raced our Emondas’ in the rain, through mountains, around the sketchiest of criterium corners, and even through gravel roads. In every situation the Emonda has delivered us to the podium with confidence – and more importantly – style.

In addition, the Bontrager accessories available at the Trek Store are at the top of their game. In the past few years they made huge improvements in their clothing line and accessory gear. Everything from their socks to their wheels has impressed us this year. The quality is solid and you would never guess by looking at our Bontrager equipment how much hell it’s been through this season. This stuff is made to last!

Thank you!

#trekbikes #trekmidwest

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Most of the team after Garrick wins the overall at Tour of Kansas City aboard his Trek Emonda.


Louis Garneau

The very first time wearing LG clothing – “This is the nicest stuff I’ve ever worn!”

After nearly 6000 miles of wearing LG clothing – “This is the nicest stuff I’ve ever worn!”

Our favorite piece this season was the Course Skinsuit. Skinsuits are infamous for their lack of versatility, usually only ideal for time trials or shorter races like criteriums. The LG skinsuit is a game changer, with the addition of pockets and a new zipper design, you can now comfortably wear the skinsuit in all types of races. The breathability of them is a surprise as well since most skinsuits we’ve worn in the past can feel a bit claustrophobic on a hot/humid day. This piece was ridden to the top step of the podium in a number of long road races this year, a testament to the versatility of the Course.

Next up on our favorites list was the LG Course Helmet. We never verified the aerodynamic claims (although Bike Radar did and it scored very well – check it out here), but the breathability and feel of the helmet was undoubtedly awesome. These helmets were so light with a much small profile that you can barely tell you’re wearing a helmet at all.

Thank you!

#louisgarneau

 Rider Michael Allison wore the LG Course Skinsuit and LG Course Helmet to victory during 110 mile road race at this years Joe Martin Stage Race. Photo: Ethan Glading


Rider Michael Allison wore the LG Course Skinsuit and LG Course Helmet to victory during 110 mile road race at this years Joe Martin Stage Race.
Photo: Ethan Glading


GP Velotek

The Velotek crew has been a great supporter of our endeavors and a huge part of our initial growth as a team. The professional help we’ve received from many of it’s members has been instrumental in our success, and we are very thankful for all they have done.

In 2016 we’ll be taking on many new ventures. Our strength as a team can be used to benefit the greater cycling community and help out in many aspects, ranging from junior development, supporting women’s cycling, and performing community service with various other organizations. In 2016 we will no longer have a formal partnership with VeloTek, but we will continue to be active with the cycling community as a whole with the goal of growing the sport.

Thank you!

#gpvelotek

The Olathe Subaru guys riding with some of the Velotek juniors to help teach them some riding/racing skills.

The Olathe Subaru guys riding with some of the Velotek juniors to help teach them some riding/racing skills.


Chamois Butt’r

What can we say… Butt’r makes it better! We put in a lot of hard miles every season and for years Chamois Butt’r has been there to ensure our butts are comfortable on the saddle.

In recent years the Butt’r brand has expanded their product line to include some other great products that we’ve used regularly throughout the season. Skin Wash, Kit Wash, and even embrocation for winter training and spring racing!

Rider Kent Woermann applying some embrocation before a chilly spring race.

Rider Kent Woermann applying some embrocation before a chilly spring race. He also has the Skin Wash ready for his post race shower.

One of the team favorites has been the Skin Wash. After a hard race we usually (always) smell horrible and feel gross from all the sweat, sports drink, road grime, and whatever else we managed to get ourselves into. This isn’t good when you need to grab some food and drive a few hours home. To help resolve the issue we developed the “Skin Wash Shower”. This involves dousing ourselves with Skin Wash then rinsing off with a little water and finishing with a quick towel dry. The water and towel aren’t necessary, and you might argue the Skin Wash isn’t either, but the combo of the three leaves you feeling fresh enough that you might forget you need a shower when you finally get home.

Thank you!

#buttrmakesitbetter

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Lawrence Bicycle Club

This was our second year working with Lawrence Bicycle Club. They are a huge staple within the Lawrence cycling community, hosting some of some of the best weekly group rides and events such as Lizard Under the Skillet and Octaginta. They are great advocates for the sport and our partnership with them is an effort to bridge the gap between recreational cyclists and racers.

Thank you!

#LBC #lawrencebikeclub

The team joined the fun at the Lawrence Community bike ride.

The team joined the fun at the Lawrence Community bike ride.


Move Up Endurance Coaching

Kent Woermann of Move Up Endurance Coaching came on this year as a rider for our team, and sponsor for our team’s coaching needs. Kent has a true passion to help athletes achieve their goals. This is apparent not only through his work with the team, but with his involvement with other cyclists in the community. We’re happy to be a part of Move Up Endurance Coaching and excited to see Kent’s impact on cyclist’s development in the future!

Thanks Kent!

#moveupcoaching

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Topeka Ear, Nose, and Throat / Callahan Creek / Wirken Photography

Doug Barnes of Topeka, Ear, Nose, and Throat has been a tremendous help in getting our team off the ground. He is a local cyclist in Topeka and has been so generous to our team the past two seasons. Thanks Doug!

If you have ridden with us, or seen us out at races, chances are you have noticed our stripey kits and possibly even commented on them. Frankie Andreu coined us the “Striped-Boys” at this year’s Tulsa Tough. Chris Ralston was the artist behind our look this season, and we have received nothing but positive feedback. At Joe Martin, one team commented saying they were the coolest kits they had ever seen. We agree. You’re a true artist Chris. Thank you!

If you ride bikes in Kansas, you probably know David Tjiptogarsono. He is one of the friendliest guys in the sport, and is the best cycling photographer we know- not to mention he is a nationally ranked wedding photographer. Many of the photos you see on our website, social media, and promotional items are because of this awesome dude. You’re a wizard behind the camera lens, David. Thank you!


Our Friends and Family in the Community

There are plenty of folks not named in this list who have played a huge role in what we are doing. We are fortunate to have so many supportive friends and family members who have been so important in our team’s progression this season. From January to September we spend hundreds of hours riding and racing our bikes, traveling across the country eating Chipotle, all in the name of this sport, and we are continually amazed by the love and encouragement that we receive from so many of you. Thank you so much, and we can’t wait to see what is possible next year.

#midwestcycling #thankyou

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Olathe Subaru Wednesday Evening Junior Ride!

What

A junior development ride led by the riders from the Olathe Subaru cycling team. All levels of junior riders are welcome to attend.

More experienced riders will practice race tactics around Clinton Dam, while younger riders will ride the out-and-back path that goes towards Clinton lake (approximately 4-5 miles).

Where

The Lawrence Rotary Arboretum in Lawrence, KS. (next to the YSI Sports Complex)

When

Wednesday, June 24th @ 6:30 pm

Let us know if you have any questions!

 

Olathe Subaru Cycle Fest Tomorrow

The first ever Olathe Subaru Cycle Fest is tomorrow afternoon from 3-6pm at the Olathe Subaru dealership. This event takes place a week before local road racing kicks off here in the KC area and is an opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy some good food and friendly competition before our weekends are filled with traveling to races.

For those who aren’t familiar with roller racing, there will be two single speed bikes set up on stationary rollers with the front of the bike fixed in place. Two people will battle head-to-head over a distance of 300m in a true test of leg speed.

The event will be set up as a tournament. Signups will begin at 3pm and the tournament will go from 4pm-6pm. There will be a qualifying round, with the knock out rounds following. Consolation and open rounds will take place between knock out rounds as the competition nears the end, to provide everyone adequate time to recover.

In addition to the roller racing, we will have some delicious food provided by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit! We’ll also have a donation jar out that will go towards the GP VeloTek junior’s team to help out with entry fees at select races this season!

A link to the event page can be found here. Come meet the folks at Olathe Subaru who are making this upcoming season possible for us, test your roller racing skills against your friends, and eat some delicious BBQ!

We hope to see you all there!

Rider Bio: Kent Woermann

I started road cycling when I was around 10. My dad and I would ‘train’ each summer by putting in 20-30 mile rides on the weekends along with the occasional fun ride like Wheel to Weston or the Lenexa Night ride. Our big goal was to complete the MS150 each fall. Back then it was 100 miles on Saturday then 50 miles on Sunday – which in my 10 year old mind was massive. I can’t say I loved nor hated it but cycling wasn’t nearly as high on the priority list as baseball or basketball which made for year round competition.

Around 19 my dad took me to a group ride and I’m fairly sure I got dropped before it even started. I didn’t know what had just happened but it peaked my interest with endurance sports and I started looking into triathlon. I’m not sure why I thought triathlon would be fun but I got the idea in my head that an Ironman would be a solid challenge. After a fall/winter of bike, run, swim (read: weeeee, thud, sink) I realized my happy place was on the bike. In the Spring I attempted to hang on to another group ride and hung on just a little longer (maybe 5 minutes). I was getting better but still had a long ways to go.

As I started doing more group rides I started to get a little faster and guys started talking to me about racing. I had no clue what bicycle racing was or how to get started, but I wanted to give it a shot.

One thing that I found weird about bike racing – if you don’t know somebody to help you get started this sport can be intimidating and there isn’t any clear cut way to get started. Eventually somebody convinced me all I had to do was show up, pay the entry fee, and race. Sounded simple enough but it still took a couple months before I finally just went for it.

My first race was the Baldwin City road race in 2008. I made it about half-way through before getting dropped from the group and finished 13th. My next race was the Cliff Drive circuit at TKC where I crashed on a wet downhill shortly after completing my first lap (120 psi is not good in rain I later learned). My last race for my grueling 2008 campaign was the Sedalia Criterium. I got caught behind a crash on lap 2 and couldn’t catch back on. From the few laps I actually got to be apart of the racing I was hooked.

Early winter training

Early winter training

Tour of Hermann 2009 – Cat 5

Tour of Hermann 2009 – Cat 5

Tour of Hermann 2010 – Cat 3

Tour of Hermann 2010 – Cat 3

I started training hard through the winter by lifting weights and riding my bike inside and outside as much as I could. The next season I started winning in the 5’s, then the 4’s, and by the end of 2009 I was getting my ass kicked in the 3’s. Once again I trained hard through the winter and came out guns blazing in 2010 by taking a handful of early podiums then really hitting my stride during the middle of the season and racking up a handful of wins. At the end of 2010 I upgraded to category 2. My first category 1/2 race was the Friday twilight race at Gateway Cup. It was a scary, awesome, and an adrenaline packed experience. The speeds and intensity were much higher than anything I had experienced before. It was great motivation to train hard once again through the winter.

MO State Criterium 2011

MO State Criterium 2011

Recovering from my broken clavicle in 2011

Recovering from my broken clavicle in 2011

First Cat 1/2 Weekend at Gateway Cup

First Cat 1/2 Weekend at Gateway Cup

Racing CX in 2011.

Racing CX in 2011.

In 2011 I was ready to rock but a hard early season crash at Hillsboro Roubaix shattered my clavicle and gave me my first real challenge in cycling. Racing was always challenging but learning to turn left again and get over the fear of crashing was much harder. I still had some great performances later in the season which opened up the opportunity to ride with the Tradewind Energy squad in 2012. Riding with Tradewind in 2012 and 2013 was full of learning experiences and challenges alike.

In 2014 I had another gnarly crash that knocked me out and put me the hospital for a couple days. I  cracked a rib and punctured a lung but otherwise wasn’t too bad. When I got home and started looking at my shoulder I realized it looked really weird. I went to my chiropractor for x-rays and sure enough I had a full AC-seperation. I went in for surgery to have it repaired a few weeks later and pretty much ended my 2014 road season. I got back on the bike in July with strict orders not to crash. I got some decent fitness back around October so I decided to start riding my MTB again and even raced a few CX races.

It was rough taking a year off from racing but there is always positive to be found in any situation. I took the time to focus on some nagging overuse injuries and got those under control. I also was able to spend some extra time growing my business, Move Up Endurance Coaching. I’m stronger, healthier, and more motivated to race than I’ve been in quite some time. I’m super pumped to be racing with the Olathe Subaru crew in 2015. It’s going to be a great year!

Tour of Hermann 2012.

Tour of Hermann 2012.

Tour of KC 2012

Tour of KC 2012

Colorado w/Kelly

Colorado w/Kelly

 

Performance Testing at Truman State University

This past weekend 5 members of the Olathe Subaru Cycling team headed up to Truman State University in Kirksville, MO for some performance testing. We also got to do some exploring around the local roads and eat a lot of awesome food.

Friday – Pre Test Day Hammerfest

The weekend kicked off Friday afternoon with a little bike ride. Grant, Scott, and myself all headed over to Michael’s house for a 4 hour ride at what we thought would be a casual pace. Knowing there was performance testing to be done the next day this seemed logical. As we were getting ready for the ride Michael informed us he had some threshold intervals on his schedule – because why not?

During the initial few minutes of the first interval I was hurting and really wanted to quit, but once we found our flow it was too much fun to worry about the pain in my legs or tomorrow’s test. Michael didn’t have his power meter so my job was to sit in his draft help him keep the wattage in the right zone, adding a fun dynamic to each effort. There isn’t much draft in the tailwind sections so Scott, Grant, and I all got plenty of work staying on Michaels wheel.

We were all a little cooked after the ride but it was totally worth it even if it impacted our results the following day. Riding bikes is all about having fun and we did a good job of that. After cleaning up and pounding some Chipotle we loaded up the car and started the 3+ hour drive northeast to Kirksville. We ended up getting into Kirksville around 10:30 which wasn’t too bad. We meant to leave a lot earlier but Ian…

Saturday – Part 1: Performance Testing

Our host for the weekend was Dr. Brian Snyder, a member of our sister team GP VeloTek and exercise science professor at the University. In the morning Brian and his wife, Carrie, cooked an awesome breakfast. They made pancakes, some sort of magically delicious sweet potato hash, sausage, muffins, eggs, and coffee. This was the perfect fuel we needed to crush the tests.

After breakfast we sat around to talk shop and let our food digest before loading up the cars and driving over to the Truman State University performance lab.

@scottryanw playing around in the lab before VO2 max testing at Truman State University

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DXA Scan

The first phase in all the testing was to do the DXA scans. For those of you not familiar, DXA is a full body x-ray that gives a very accurate breakdown of your body composition and bone density. We all learned a couple of interesting things during this:

  1. We all have good bone density – not something any of us were too concerned about but still nice to know.
  2. We are all a little ‘fatter’ then we initially thought. This isn’t to say that we have a ton of fat to lose, just that commonly available forms of measurement (calipers, bioelectrical impedance, bod pods, etc) all tend to under-estimate body fat %. For example, my skin caliper measurements have always shown 5-6% body-fat and my bioelectrical impedance scale (Tanita) has always shown 8-9%. The DEXA scan put me at 12.4%. The plus side to knowing this data is that I can safely lose more weight body-fat and get faster uphill without compromising performance – assuming I lose that fat in a smart way.

VO2max Test

The second phase of testing was the VO2max test. We were all a little nervous about this one, in part because the entire team is watching but mostly because we wanted to do well.

Basically how it works is you strap on some head gear that has a tube connected to a machine and your mouth. This tube measures every ounce of air that goes in or out of your lungs, more formally known as the respiratory exchange ratio. We used a 3 minute step protocol that gradually ramps up the intensity.

To start the test you begin around your tempo wattage. At first being forced to breath through a tube is really uncomfortable and gave a couple of us a little anxiety, but once you get past the first 30-60 seconds that goes away. Then, every 3 minutes you kick up the intensity until your exertion level and numbers start to indicate the end is near. Once you start getting close to the end the person running the test tells you to hit it hard like the final lap of a race and then hang on as long as you can. We all made it around 9-10 minutes before hitting the wall.

I won’t share any of our top secret numbers – just trust me when I say we all have the potential to go very fast.

@iansilovsky making his VO2 max test look easy #OSCmetabolictesting

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Wingate Test

The final test was the Wingate. This is a measure of our anaerobic ability, both in terms of maximal power and fatigue resistance. It’s only 30 seconds of sprinting but it feels like 4 times that length. You begin by spinning up your cadence as fast as possible (175+ rpm for most of us) then hitting a button to apply the resistance. Once you apply the resistance it starts hurting almost immediately – then you find out you’re only 10 seconds in. Around the 15 second mark you think it should be over. With 10 seconds to go you think you’re barely putting out any power and with 5 seconds to go you’re barely getting the pedals to turn.

@michaelallis0n crying out for help #OSCmetabolictesting

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Saturday – Part 2: Exploring Kirksville

After testing was complete we went back to Brian’s house. We were met with a huge lunch spread that Carrie put together for us while we were testing. We needed to get on the road before it got too late so we ate a ton of food as quickly as possible then kitted up and started riding.

On the way out we met up with some of the local riders who would be joining us. It was good to have some company especially since the flats heading south out of town were all into a headwind. After an hour or so our riding partners turned back and we continued on.

The next section of road heading south then turning west is definitely on my top 10 list of awesome roads. Super scenic, winding, flowing rolling that were never crazy steep, and just enough rough pavement to keep me on my toes. I couldn’t help but ride fast so we ended up getting a little pace-line action going that turned into a breakaway/chase style effort with Michael, Ian, and myself off the front and Garrick, Scott, and Brian chasing. So much fun!

After the fun rolling section the roads started to get really hilly. Non-stop big rollers that started to really hurt after a while. A couple of us where feeling the days events so we calmed it down a bit from here and kept it steady the remainder of the ride into town.

While the actual pavement isn’t the best – the scenic roads, unique terrain, and low traffic makes it totally worth exploring if you’re ever up that direction. We were all on the same page thinking it would be a wicked place for a road race.

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
03:24:35 03:14:48 57.77 17.79 44.29 3,402.23
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Wrapping up

After our ride we got back to Brian’s for one final feast. Carrie made a Chipotle style buffet that was absolutely amazing. After dinner we had to get packed up and head home before it got too late.

A huge thanks to Brian Snyder and his students for taking us through the performance testing and showing us your local stomping grounds. A second huge thanks to Brian and his wife Carrie for hosting us for the weekend and feeding a team of hungry bike racers. That’s no easy feat!

Rider Bio: Ian Silovsky

IAN SILOVSKY

Hometown- Milford, Kansas

Residence-Topeka, Kansas

Birthday- 08/06/1988

Strengths- All-rounder

Height- 5’10”

Weight-147 lbs

Ian has been competitively racing bikes for 5 years. Coming from a collegiate running background, he thought Triathlons’ would be his next adventure, until he bought his first road bike for $200. Soon after riding the open roads he decided to participate in his first Crit in Arkansas and the rest was history.

For Ian cycling offers him the ability to stay active, while still keeping his competitive edge. “The combination of technology, camaraderie of teammates, and the opportunity to challenge oneself, makes this sport the best in the world!”

Ian’s goal for 2015 is to earn his upgrade points to a Category 1 level rider, and to continue the growth of a regional elite team based out of Kansas. When Ian is not working or riding, he is spending his time with his wife, Caitlin and his two labs.

 

Team Camp Recap

Well, we wrapped up our first Olathe Subaru team camp on Sunday. The 5 day weekend was a blast, although the weather could have been about 30 degrees warmer. But overall, great team building experience and some great riding! As mentioned in the previous post, we started the team camp on New Year’s Eve and did a two hour ride over to the cross race to watch Garrick. We didn’t stick around too long because it was cold and we wanted to get back before dark. Thursday and Friday we did longer days getting in 72 and 87 mile days.

On Saturday we did the Joel Dyke Memorial Ride, which was a phenomenal tribute to Joel. The ride left from the shop, and despite it being a 30 degree morning and wet roads there were about 200+ riders that came out and another 100 or so that met at the hotel where there was a memorial service. It was extremely sad the circumstances in which this event were held, but incredibly inspiring the way the cycling community came together to support Joel’s family. After the Memorial Ride, we rode back to the house and got in another hour on the trainers since it was dark out.

Sunday, we were already planning on doing a gym day since snow was in the forecast and it was going to be one of the colder days. Sure enough, it was cold and there was a sprinkling of snow, so we went to the gym for some cross training. We did some plyo work, core, stretching, basketball, and hit up the climbing wall. After the morning gym session, we headed back to the house for a short trainer ride to wrap up the weekend.

Next weekend we will be in Arkansas with the GP Velotek crew for their training camp. We’re hopeful for some warmer weather and looking forward to Nebo and Magazine.

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Olathe Subaru Cycling Team Camp 2015

We decided to kick off the new year by doing an OSC team camp here in Kansas. Originally the plan was to head somewhere warm, like Texas, but we decided we’d get more of the guys to come out if we stayed local. The weather hasn’t exactly cooperated, but it’s still been a lot of fun. We kicked things off with a nice and cold 2 hr, 20 degree ride and a NYE party on Wednesday, and a 72 mile ride yesterday to kick off 2015. Today the weather looked promising and we were thinking we would take advantage and get in 100 miles. It started off decently warm and sunny, however, about the time we were unzipping our vests and commenting on how nice of a day it was, the clouds rolled in, the headwind picked up, and the temperature dropped. After about 3 hours we finally were able to enjoy a nice tailwind, and ended up with 87 miles.

Tomorrow we are planning on doing the Joel Dyke Memorial Ride. More info on that can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/707390492702196/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming. IMG_1612IMG_1614



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