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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.


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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!

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 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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Race Report: Spring Fling Week 4

On Saturday morning I woke up and realized I needed some pancakes and coffee. Kelly and I were headed out to race the Spring Fling that afternoon and word on the street is some tough competition would be making an appearance this weekend. We were out of coffee and milk so I made got in the car to head to the store. As I was driving to Hy-vee I could already feel myself getting pumped. At this point I wasn’t sure whether it was excitement for pancakes and coffee or the race but it doesn’t matter – lightweight babbbbyyyy!!!

Pre-Race:

Before the races we’ve been heading out for an easy 60-90 minute spin. It’s early in the season still and a 60 minute training criterium just isn’t enough time on the bike especially since many of us are gearing up for longer events like Joe Martin. We usually head towards Lone Star Lake but the tailwind on the way out would mean a stiff headwind on the way back. Finishing a warm-up feeling fast is good for the head so a tailwind finish is preferable. We ended up doing a loop through Lawrence and the KU campus. Once we got back we emrbo’d up and put on our race wheels. It was go time.

Perfect day for some @chamoisbuttr embrocation here at the Spring Fling! #buttrmakesitbetter #ridesubaru #pacelineproducts

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The Race:

There are always so many attacks in our races that I can never remember the exact order of what happened. The first few laps were unusually calm with only a few attacks that were getting quickly chased down.

Eventually Benn and Chris Spence from Team Kaos got off the front and built a solid gap. Riders made a few attempts to bridge but nobody was letting anything get away. After maybe 4-5 laps Lee, Michael, and Garrick finally got a separation from the pack and started to pull away.

There were a few attempts to bridge to the newly formed chase group but those 3 riders were on the gas and pulling away quickly. After one of the Kaos riders put in a dig in the finishing straight I used that momentum and jumped with everything I had to make the bridge. As I rounded turn one I saw that I was actually going to make the catch. I sort of surprised myself with that effort and it was a good sign that I’m getting my legs back.

After I connected to the chase group I was still feeling good so I started to pull through. I wanted to make sure we didn’t get reeled back in by the main bunch since Michael was our series leader and there were still a lot of sprint points left in the race even if we didn’t catch Benn and Chris up ahead.

The 4 of us quickly started working together and built a sizeable gap within the next couple laps when they rung the bell for a prime lap. There were still two point spots up for grabs and we wanted Michael to get them. Garrick and I started trading pulls on the front with Michael right behind us for the lead out. Going through the final turn we stayed to the left of the road leaving just enough room for Michael to get by. He got the third point position while Lee got the fourth.

After that we reorganized and continued our rotation. Within the next 1-2 laps we caught Benn and Chris and then that’s when the fun really started. We were only friendly with one another for a short while before the attacks started going off. Even though Benn and Chris were the virtual points leaders of the race there was still one more sprint lap and the final lap (the final is worth the most points). The race win was still up for grabs.

On the next sprint lap Garrick and I did the same thing we did on the previous lap and led out Michael and Benn. Benn ended up getting stuck behind Lee coming into the final turn so Michael took first in the sprint while Garrick was second, I was third, and Lee was fourth.

After that Chris started throwing some attacks. Garrick and I were covering most of these attacks while we attempted to keep Michael and Benn fresh for the final sprint. Chris was on fire, and chasing every one of these down hurt like hell. Fortunately with there being four Olathe Subaru guys and only 2 Kaos riders we had the advantage and splitting the workload to chase him down made it easier.

For the final two laps we wanted to discourage Chris or Lee from attacking off the front so I started to ramp up the pace with about one and a half laps to go. After I put in my dig it was Garrick’s turn and he turned on the throttle, flying by me with Michael, Benn, Lee, and Chris on his wheel (in that order I believe).

As I watched from behind I saw Lee jump ahead at the final turn with a pretty big gap and I thought he had it. Right as I thought Lee was going to get the win Michael found an extra gear and nabbed Lee at the line!

A solid race weekend for Olathe Subaru.

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The following day Michael, Benn, Garrick, and Tom woke before the break of dawn, 4:30am to be exact, and made the drive down to Arkansas for the NWA Classic. Arapahoe Resources had a full squad, and Tulsa Wheelman and Elevate Cycling also were had some heavy hitters, sure to play an active role in the race making for a solid challenge.

Garrick found himself in a move with Jacob White (Arapahoe Resources) at the start of the second lap, and with heavy crosswinds, the group wasn’t too eager to ramp it up that early. At the start of the third lap, things began to pick up and the catch was eventually made. Evan Bybee (Arapahoe Resources) and Alberto Covarrubias (Elevate Cycling) were eager to get away from the group and put in serious attacks that had the group single file, and on the backside of the course a group of about 15 got away with Michael in there. With five Arapahoe Resources riders in the mix, they took up majority of the pacemaking to distance the break from the rest of the field. Once the break had about two minutes, the attacks began leading to a group of seven splitting off.Michael was behind in a chase group of three, and despite several attacks to try to distance himself from the three, he ended up 9th. Garrick finished second in the field sprint to take 17th.

Results from NWA Cycling Classic. @michaelallis0n 9th, @garrickvalverde 17th, @twp521 31st. #crosswinds #ridesubaru

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Next Up For Team Olathe Subaru

Next weekend we’ll be racing at the final Spring Fling in the series. We’ve got Michael in the overall lead and a few other riders placed high in the overall. Since there isn’t any racing Sunday most of us will probably be doing some longer rides in preparation for the Velotek GP and Joe Martin at the end of the month!

Welcome to the new Olathe Subaru Cycling Team!

This whole thing started a couple years ago on the way home from Joe Martin Stage Race. That race was the spark that lit an inextinguishable fire to grow a sustainable elite team here in Kansas. Fast-forward hundreds of conversations and emails, a few lessons in business, and two years time, and here we are. The goal these past couple years has been to create something unique that people want to be a part of and support. We believe the Olathe Subaru Cycling team is the start of something big.

Being members of GP Velotek, we’ve had a great support system, and decided to build on the foundation that Jim Whittaker and his crew have created.

Velotek has always focused on junior development, and that was the groundwork that led to multiple national championship appearances by Benn Stover and Garrick Valverde. The development aspect of Velotek is certainly something we have strived to build on, and are still committed to grow. Creating an elite team that will mentor junior riders and be role models to the next generation was the first step in creating the unique framework for our team.

Secondly, we wanted to bridge the gap between racer and recreational cyclist. We partnered with Steve Ashley of Lawrence Bicycle Club to join our shared focus of developing riders that are new to the sport as well as mentoring juniors. LBC hosts some of the best group rides in Lawrence, and we wanted to be a part of that to help keep these rides fun and enjoyable for riders of all ability levels. This is one of many steps towards our long term goal of creating tighter knit cycling community in the Kansas City, Lawrence, and Olathe regions.

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As many of you are aware, Bill George’s Olathe Subaru has been critical to our success in building this team. We approached them last year with a clear vision in mind, and they believed in us and have agreed to support us again next year as the title sponsor of our team. We are excited to represent a company that is geared towards the active, on-the-go lifestyle that outdoor sportsmen and cyclist’s tend to live.

Olathe Subaru Cycling Team

In addition to Olathe Subaru and Lawrence Bike Club, we are happy to continue our partnerships with Trek Bicycle Store of Kansas City and Topeka Ear Nose and Throat, and we welcome Louis Garneau and Chamois Butt’r aboard for 2015. We also want to thank two true artists: David Tsai of Wirken Photography and Chris Ralston of Callahan Creek. David is responsible for the  pictures you see on our website and Facebook Page, and Chris has designed a first class kit for us for next year.

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Building on the successes and lessons from last year, we are coming into 2015 highly motivated. Returning this year are Garrick Valverde, Benn Stover, Michael Allison, Ian Silovsky, and Austin Elser. We’re excited to welcome Scott Williamson and Kent Woermann to the team. Our goal for this upcoming season is to win races, be advocates for the sport, and focus further on community outreach events. Thank you all so much for the continued support of our team, welcome to our website, and we look forward to seeing you all out on the road!

Also… we kicked off our first team camp of the year yesterday. We’ll share some pics and stories as the week goes on. #ridesubaru

Cheers