Cortez CX This Sunday

We had a great turnout last weekend in Dolores, 80 racers, and the Todd Wells designed course was great.

Cortez CX is this Sunday at Parque de Vida/Cortez Rec. Center (entering Cortez from the east, turn right at Taco Bell and the Rec. Center will be on your left after 2 blocks).

Sunday, Nov. 15 – Cortez – Parque de Vida – Registration 9 – 11:15am, closes 15 minutes before Start Time
Category                              Start Time   Race Time   
Men’s B/ Women’s Open   10am           45 Minutes   
Kids/MTB                              11am           20 Minutes   
Men’s A/ Men’s 40+           11:30am      50 Minutes  

Check out the series points so far below:

FLCCX Series p/b Animas Orthopedic Associates, Durango Coca-Cola and Rivergate Sports Medicine Standings

See y’all this Sunday,

FLC Cycling Claims 4th straight MTB National Title

FLC Mountain Bike National TeamTRUCKEE, CA – I knew that Fort Lewis College had a good team going into the 2009 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, but I had no idea how good.

The FLC riders led from day one and earned a dominating overall Omnium win with 671 points when all was said and done. The University of Colorado-Boulder came in second with 589 points and North Carolina cycling powerhouse, Lees-McRae College came in a surprising third with 555 points.

It was my first trip to a collegiate bike race and I came away with a whole new appreciation for the athletes. I found myself exhausted just hiking up and down the race courses at the beautiful Northstar-at-Tahoe resort near Truckee, CA. I almost can’t imagine braving the more than 20-mile Cross Country race or the white knuckle 4X Mountain Cross where spectacular crashes were common. For someone who thought he knew about cycling, the MTB National Championships were an education.
Day one of the Championships began with a heavy fog hanging over the Women’s Cross Country course. Each of the Division I and II riders would battle the 7.5-mile course over three laps and more than two hours. Chloe Forsman from the University of Arizona took the win with the University of Nevada-Reno taking second and Lees-McRae earning third.

Putting themselves in a great position for the overall Omnium race, FLC riders Sage Wilderman, Teal Stetson-Lee, and Kristina Dominic crossed the line in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Finishing a particularly gutsy race, Skyhawk Magen Long earned the 23rd spot despite numerous flat tires.

The Men’s Cross Country race kicked off next. The course was the same as the women’s race, but with an extra lap, bringing the total distance to 30 miles of rocky, steep terrain. Earning his first title of the Championships, FLC rider Rotem Ishay blew the competition away, finishing 18 minutes ahead of the University of Utah rider in second place. Colorado State University came in third. Skyhawks Trevor Downing (sixth) and Greg Carpenter (19th) also had strong showings and added all important points to Fort Lewis College’s overall total. Greg also battled mechanical problems and ended up carrying his bike for miles before dragging it across the finish line.

At the end of the first day of racing, Fort Lewis College held a slim, ten-point lead over Lees-McRae College and CU-Boulder.
The second day of competition included two of the most exciting races to watch: Short Track and 4X Mountain Cross.

As before, the women started the day. The Short Track course was (obviously) much shorter than the Cross Country, but with riders bunched so close together and jockeying for position, the race was just as intense. The formidable Carla Swart of Lees-McRae took the top spot and the previous day’s Cross Country winner, Chloe Forsman finished second. Breaking into the top three for FLC was Sage with another impressive showing. The other Skyhawk riders also shined, with Teal finishing fifth, Magen seventh, and Kristina ninth.

Again besting his competitors, Rotem took his second title of the Championships by winning the Men’s Short Track. The crowd watching the race was understandably amazed. Right behind Rotem was Trevor in fourth, Greg in seventh, and Bryce Gordon in fourteenth.

The afternoon of day two brought on the 4X Mountain Cross competition. Four riders taking to the brutal course at the same time made for some fierce racing and spectacular crashes.

FLC’s Emma Millar was amazing as she fought her way to a first place finish in the women’s races. CU-Boulder and Lindsey Wilson College rounded out the top three. Chantel Coleman earned Fort Lewis College more all-important Omnium points with a fifth place finish. The reliable Sage came in ninth and Sabina Kraushaar finished thirteenth.

The Skyhawk men couldn’t quite match the ladies as the University of Nevada-Reno claimed the top spot in 4X Mountain Cross with Lindsey Wilson College and CU-Boulder coming in second and third, respectively. However, FLC rider Miguel Ramos earned a sixth place finish that added more points to the overall total. Taylor Borucki and Evan Elliott of Fort Lewis finished twenty-four and thirty-second, respectively.

When night fell on day two, the top three schools in the Omnium chase remained the same, with FLC holding its lead against Lees-McRae. It would all come down to the Downhill races the next day.
Day Three
The final chance for any of the other schools competing to catch Fort Lewis College in the Omnium was in the Downhill race on day three.

Racers flew down the course, dropping 1,800 feet in about five minutes or less from the summit of Mt. Pluto. Skyhawk Emma Millar qualified in first place for the Downhill, but suffered a crash during her final run. Even so, she was somehow able to recover and finish second, just seconds behind fellow FLC rider, Sage Wilderman. Sabina earned the sixth spot and Chantel came in thirteenth, effectively locking up the overall Omnium title for the team.

Far from taking the Downhill race off, the FLC men competed hard and Taylor finished an impressive sixth place. Not far behind was Miguel in tenth, Evan in fifteenth, and Lucas LeMaire in twenty-second.

And that was it. The racing was over and all the hard work the FLC team had put in during the year had paid off. The remarkable Sage Wilderman capped off her Championships with a trip to the podium as the Division I Women’s Omnium Champion, a fantastic individual accomplishment.

But the loudest cheers came as the entire Fort Lewis College Cycling Team took the stage to accept their stars-and-stripes jerseys and medals for earning their fourth USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in a row.

Congratulations go out to not only the FLC riders, but also their coaches, Matt Shriver and Dave Hagen. Not only did they put together an amazing team, but I know they fixed a ton of flat tires and pushed their riders’ bikes up and down the mountain.

Up next for the team is the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Oregon in December. That event will decide the overall champion of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference. Right now, Fort Lewis College holds the lead in the overall points race.

Go Skyhawks!

by Mitch Davis, Fort Lewis College

FLC CX Series Kicks Off Nov.1


The Fort Lewis College Cyclocross Series presented by Animas Orthopedic Associates, Durango Coca-Cola and Rivergate Sports Medicine begins Sunday Nov. 1 with NightCross up on FLC Campus.

There will be $$ for the top 3 Men’s A and Open Women AND great prizes for the top 3 in each of the other categories at the end of the series – best 6 out of the 7 races count toward final points. Dolores, Cortez and Aztec may have prizes for those individual races



Sunday, Nov. 1– FLC NightCross – FLC Stadium – Registration 4 – 6:15pm, closes 15 minutes before Start Time

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Start Time

Race Time


Men’s B/ Women’s Open


45 Minutes




20 Minutes


Men’s A/ Men’s 40+


50 Minutes






Sunday, Nov. 8 – Dolores – Joe Rowell Park – Registration12:30-2:45pm, closes 15 minutes before start time

Race #


Start Time

Race Time


Men’s B/ Women’s Open


45 Minutes




20 Minutes


Men’s A/ Men’s 40+


60 Minutes







Prizes: 4:30 Dolores River Brewery      For more info:

Sunday, Nov. 15 – Cortez – Parque de Vida – Registration 9 – 11:15am, closes 15 minutes before Start Time

Saturday, Nov. 21 – Aztec – Riverside Park –Registration 9 – 11:15am, closes 15 minutes before Start Time

Sunday, Nov. 22 – Durango – Santa Rita ParkRegistration 9 – 11:15am, closes 15 minutes before Start Time

Saturday, Dec. 5 – Russell the Musclecross – Buckley Park

Sunday, Dec. 6 – Series Finals – FLC Stadium – Registration 9 – 11:15am, closes 15 minutes before Start Time

Final 5 races run at these times:

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Start Time

Race Time


Men’s B/ Women’s Open


45 Minutes




20 Minutes


Men’s A/ Men’s 40+


50 Minutes







Series Prizes: Sunday Dec. 6, 6pm – Irish Embassy Pub, Durango

 $20 per Race – $10 for Kids/MTB

 FLC CX Camp: November 5-7(4pm on Thur./Fri., 10am Saturday) FLC Softball Complex.

Come join FLC Cycling Head Coach Matt Shriver (part of the 2008 US CX Worlds Team) for a weeks worth of training under a program that will prime for the upcoming CX race season – training program included! Contact – for more details

 CX Practices:

 Wednesdays/12noon/FLC Softball Complex

 Wednesdays/4pm/FLC Softball Complex (Starting Nov. 4th)

 Thursdays/4pm/FLC Softball Complex (Starting Nov. 5th)

 Pre-Race Gatherings: Saturdays, 7pm, Irish Embassy Pub, Drink Specials for Racers/Spectators

 More Info: Email

FLC CX is also proudly supported by Bread, SRAM, Durango Cyclery, Zia Taqueria, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, the Irish Embassy, Mountain Bike Specialists, Bourse Sportswear and King Cage.

Please keep an eye on this site for weekly updates.

FLC Mountain Bike Team Ready for Naitonals in Truckee

The FLC Mountain Bike team has arrived in Truckee, California to participate in the 2009 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships held at North Star Mountain Resort.

The Cross Country women will kick off the race weekend and search for a fourth straight overall national championship title. Race starts at 8:00 a.m and will consist of 3 laps that are 7.5 miles each and 800 feet per lap. The men will take to the course at 12:00 and race 4 laps on the same course.

Saturday is a busy day for the team with the Gravity riders competing in the Four Cross and the Endurance riders tackle the Short Track Cross Country.

Sunday will conclude the racing action with the Downhill as the final event of the weekend. Stay tuned to the website for live up to date Twitter feeds.


Celebrate the team’s 15 year history by ordering a 1994 throwback jersey and an FLC Cycling alumni t-shirt today. With the national championships just around the corner, your purchase will help ensure that team has the resources they need to stand on top of the podium come October.


To mark the 15th anniversary of FLC Cycling’s first national title, the Alumni Club is releasing limited edition throwback jerseys and dry-wicking running tees inspired by the team’s 1994 racing jersey. The art design for the club fit jerseys, race fit jerseys, and running tees are identical.
Alumni T-shirts will proudly display our new FLC Cycling Alumni logo on the front of a 100% cotton, navy blue T-shirt. The Back of the shirt will display FLC Cycling’s 15th anniversary logo, and a listing of the team’s accomplishments throughout our 15 year history.

As previously mentioned, all Jersey and T-shirt sales will now go the the FLC Foundation. The difference between our production cost and the price you pay, is considered a tax deductible donation to the “FLC Cycling Team-Operations Fund” Your total donation amount will provided to you at checkout for tax purposes.

You may pay for your jerseys and tees by credit card or check:

1. Email sizes, styles, quantities and either a shipping address or pick up preference
2. Click the “Purchase Now” link below
3. You will be redirected to the FLC Foundation’s site.
4. Fill in your personal info
5. Click next
6. Under “gift description” select “other” from the pull-down tab
7. In the ” other (please describe)” field, type “Cycling Operations (T-shirts)”
8. Complete transaction


2. Make your check payable to the Fort Lewis College Foundation, and write FLC Cycling Alumni on the memo. 

3. Send payment to:

Fort Lewis College Foundation

1000 Rim Drive

Durango, CO 81301

**YOU MUST FIRST** email sizes, styles, quantities and shipping address as well as pickup or ship preferences to: or the order won’t be processed before the reunion deadline.

*Note adjusted jersey pricing*

Classic 3 pocket cycling jerseys by Pactimo
1994 FLC throwback design available in three types:

“Century Club Fit” in unisex sizes XXS-4XL for a $60 donation.
“Continental Race Fit” in Women’s sizes for a $75 donation.
“Continental Race Fit” in Men’s sizes for a $75 donation.

Running Tee by Pactimo
Dry-wicking jersey fabric, t-shirt shaped cut
1994 FLC Throwback design similar to above
Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes and cuts.

“Strada Running Tee” in Women’s cut and sizing for a $40 donation.
“Strada Running Tee” in Men’s cut and sizing for a $40 donation.

ALUMNI Cotton T-shirts in navy blue:
Available in Men’s, Women’s, and Youth cuts and sizes.

Men’s T-shirts in S-XXXL for a $20 donation.
Women’s T-shirts in XS-XXL for a $20 donation.
Youth T-shirts in M-L for a $15 donation

Sept, 25-27 2009

More information about the FLC Cycling Alumni Reunion and Durango Fall Blaze is available in our first newsletter, which has been archived on our newsletter archive page. Or, you can always email us at

Here are some of the details:
Friday Sept. 25th:

9:00am FLC Cycling Alumni road ride (casual) leaves from the Durango Diner

5-9pm Alumni happy hour
• Ska Brewing World HQ. 225 Girard St. (Bodo Park)
• $15 Includes food from Zia Taqueria, & 2 beer coupons
• Music from Progressive Sound Entertainment, DJ Hovey-D

Saturday Sept. 26

6:30-7:45am On-site packet pickup @ Fall Blaze venue tent

7:30-7:45am Alumni photo on library stairs

8:00am Ride starts

11:00-5:00pm Post ride party on campus
• Food beer and music with Blaze registration wristband
• Additional wristbands for spouses and family available for $10
• Silent auction, jersey and T-shirt sales @ FLC Cycling Alumni tent

Sunday Sept. 27th

9:00 am FLC Cycling Alumni mountain bike ride leaves from the Durango Diner

Fort Lewis cycling coach helps lift Lance Armstrong to top spot in Leadville 100 mountain bike race

FLC Cycling Coach Matt Shriver drives the pace up Sugarloaf Pass.

Third place can be pretty sweet — especially when the winner is among the best in the world, and you helped put him on the top spot on the podium.

That’s the situation Fort Lewis Cycling Team coach Matt Shriver found himself in after helping seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong to a record-setting finish in this year’s grueling Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. Shriver finished third in the race, behind second-place finisher and six-time Leadville 100 winner Dave Wiens, from Gunnison, Colorado.

“I’m beyond wasted!” Shriver wrote on his Twitter site shortly after finishing the race. “Leadville 100 is a true test of your mind and body. So done! Awesome racing with Lance & Wiens. Incredible bike riders!”

Nearly 1,400 riders, mostly amateurs, competed in this year’s event on Saturday, August 15. The race, which started in a freezing rain, starts and finishes at 10,200 feet in downtown Leadville. The course is more than 90 percent dirt, and gains nearly 14,000 feet over its length, including a seven-mile climb to the 50-mile turn-around point at 12,600 feet.

Armstrong accomplished his feat with the help of Shriver and fellow Durango cyclist Travis Brown, who along with Armstrong rode for the Trek Cycling team. The two riders set a blistering pace to start the first uphill portion of the race. Shriver led the way for the first 40 miles or so of the race, until Armstrong hit his record-setting stride.

“Matt was making everyone suffer except Lance,” Wiens said later, calling the early pace the fastest he’d ever seen.

Despite riding the last 10 miles of the race on a flat tire, Armstrong sliced nearly 15 minutes off the race record in his victory over Wiens, who beat Armstrong by two minutes last year. Armstrong finished at 6:28:51, Wiens at 6:57:02, and Shriver at 7:09:48.

“It was a pretty special day for Durango, for Fort Lewis and for myself,” Shriver said after the race.

Lance Armstong Lead's FLC  Cycling Coach Matt Shriver
Lance Armstong leads FLC Cycling Coach Matt Shriver

Racing — and winning — are not new to Shriver. While a Fort Lewis student from 2001 through 2006, Shriver (’06, Exercise Science) competed on the Fort Lewis Cycling Team. In that time, he himself was a two-time national champion and was part of the teams that won nine national championships in those five years. This is his second year as coach of the team.

Since its beginnings as a club sport 15 years ago, the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team has also been on a roll. In 1994, the new team won the inaugural National Collegiate Cycling Association mountain biking national championships. Since then, the team has won another dozen NCCA Division 1 national championships, 10 total in mountain biking and three in cyclocross. The team has also won a Division 2 road championship.

Last season the team was again one of the top collegiate cycling programs, ranked number two in the country.

After the Leadville race, Shriver and the Fort Lewis team may have another honor yet to come: Armstrong told VeloNews that he is considering coming to Durango to ride with the Fort Lewis Cycling Team as a thanks for Shriver’s help in the race.

written by: Ken Wright

09 Hermosa Off-Road Classic

Fort Lewis College Cycling and Passion Productions has whipped up the 3rd annual Hermosa Creek Off-Road Classic mountain bike race on Saturday August 1st! Come one, come all, to race on the high country trail that made Durango famous. Starting at the Lower Hermosa Trailhead there is a 38 mile course for Pro/Semi Men and Women and Singlespeed A, a choice of either the 38 or 20 mile courses for the Expert Men and Women (3-5 hours), 20 miles for other classes and Singlespeed B. Race sponsors have kicked in some great prizes – cash for the top 3 Pro Men/ Women and top 3 Singlespeed A Men/Women and great products for the other classes! The icing on the cake will be the post-race BBQ/Campout hosted by the Durango Cyclery (Food and entertainment) held at the Upper Hermosa Trailhead. Proceeds go to the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team and Bicycle Lemonade.


Click on the Events Page above for complete info.

Fort Lewis Cycling earns 5th at Road Nationals

Skyler the Skyhawk and Team Manager Dave Hagen
Skyler the Skyhawk and Team Manager Dave Hagen

Day one- Once again Fort Lewis Cycling showed their force at this years road nationals located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Racing got started on Friday, with a 70 mile road race for the men, and a 50 mile road race for the Women. The Women began at 8:00 a.m. with Sabina Kraushaar, Emma Millar, Sarah Sturm, and Tina Dominic, representing the FLC road team. The woman’s race, filled with the top D-1 collegiate women, made for a challenging day! Sturm had a breakthrough ride in her first road nationals, placing 31st for the woman. Krashaar was close behind with a 35th position and Millar and Dominic finished within 50th place.

The men’s race was exciting to watch, with groups quickly breaking up into lead and chase groups. The FLC men’s road team included Allister Ratcliff, Rotem Ishay, Yardin Gazit, Jesse Dekrey, Cody Stephenson and Russell Brown. The guys fought hard, with Ishay, Dekrey and Gazit remaining in the lead group until the end, with an outstanding 5th place podium finish for Ishay, with great finishes for Dekrey and Yardin, with 11th and 15th place finishes. Ratcliff experienced a mechanical at the start, but remarkably rode his way back to finish 21st! Stephenson was close behind, finishing in the top with a 26th position. Brown had a solid race, finishing in the top half of the race with a 54th position.

Tina Dominic rides the front in the Criterium
Tina Dominic rides the front in the Criterium

Day two- Day two was a great spectating event, once again showing collegiate cycling that FLC means business. The ladies started the day off with excellent performances from our criterium team of Missy Erickson, Sabina Krashaar and Emma Millar and Tina Dominic. The woman started fast and showed our competition that FLC woman can do work! Dominic and Erickson finished with the group placing 30th and 42nd. Erickson was a hopeful for a top place finish in the criterium but was unfortunately involved in a crash at the last moment but amazingly managed to jump back in and finish with the group. Krashaar and Millar worked hard during the race and respectively placed 46th and 53rd, with Millar taking prime points home for the team. The men’s crit, with a starting field of 106, was an amazing spectacle. The men’s team of Allister Ratcliff, Ian Burnett, Cody Stephenson and Jesse Dekrey were a huge power house during the men’s race. Ratcliff had a stunning race, and jumped in the break, taking a 5th place podium position. The rest of the FLC men worked together in front to control the race. Stephenson had a remarkable finish, placing 12th, with Dekrey and Burnett finishing their day in 26th and 78th places.

FLC Women's Team Time Trial line up.
FLC Women's Team Time Trial line up.

Day three- The final day was the most intense out of the three events. Much emphasis on this event is placed between teams, as the final marker of rivalry. With a change in weather from the previously two sunny days, our TT teams kitted up in cold weather gear as the rain and wind took affect. The men’s team of DeKrey, Burnett, Ratcliff, and Gordon, worked hard, and respectively landed a podium position of 4th place, with only seconds apart from the top 2nd and 3rd teams. The women’s team composed of Sturm, Erickson, Millar, and Kraushaar gave it their best, with Erickson recovering from her crit crash, to land a 7th place overall. This ended the season with FLC earning a top five team omnium award! Well done FLC nationals riders, you were some fierce competition!

2009 FLC Cycling Gravity Camp Info

By clicking on the Camps page above you can find out all the information you need to know about the FLC Cycling Gravity Camp to be held in Durango, CO on June 13-19, 2009 at Fort Lewis College.

The FLC Gravity Camp is focused on giving developing racers the training tools necessary, both on and off the bike, to reach their full potential.

The camp is open to all 16-23 year old, male and female, gravity racers.

 flcridercodywilderman2On the bike, participants will work on skills, fitness and downhill runs – there fore it is strongly recommended that riders bring both a MX/DS/Trail bike and a Downhill bike. We’ll ride a variety of different slalom courses, local trails, a MX course, the BMX track and a couple downhill courses. Select courses will be timed to come up with the fastest racers. Results will be passed onto USA Cycling to get riders on the radar if they aren’t already.

 Off the bike there will be discussions on nutrition, training plans/techniques, bike repair/maintenance/setup, and also guest speakers talking about mental preparation, race preparation and sponsorship.

 Camp staff includes FLC Alumni/Pro Racers Tommy Tokarczyk (Jamis) and Cody Wilderman (Yeti), Chad Cheeney (Durango DEVO Head Coach) and former world caliber racer, Elke Brutsaert.

 The cost of the camp is $725 and includes room and board.

FLC Women Win Conference Finals Team Time Trial in Utah

FLC Women's A line it up before the TTT
FLC Women's A line it up before the TTT

Showing no mercy in the cold wet rain this past weekend, the FLC Women dominated the Women’s A Team Time Trial. The race was held at Miller Motor Speedway in Toole, Utah as part of the RMCCC Conference Finals hosted by the University of Utah Cycling Team.

Since many of the races that included team time trials have been canceled, this was the first test for all of the teams in attendance. Missy Erickson, Sabina Kraushaar, Emma Millar, and Sarah Sturm worked flawlessly together to win by a staggering margin of nearly two minutes. The FLC Women completed the 15.5 mile out and back course with a time of 39:15 over 2nd place CSU Rams with a time of 41:09. Colorado School of mines placed 3rd with a time of 45: 10 respectively.

The Men’s A team fielded only part of the team that will attend the National Championships in May. Ian Gordon and Ian Burnett lead the TTT with Russ Brown as the third man. Together they rode to a tie for 2nd place that was later decided by officials to be lost by a slim one hundrenth of a second to Air Force Academy. The CSU Rams Men won the TTT on the weekend.

Robbie Jones on his way to a strong 2nd place finish in the C Crit.
Robbie Jones on his way to a strong 2nd place finish in the C Crit.

The Crit followed the team time trial on Saturday afternoon and into the evening in Salt Lake City. With a challenging course and the on and off moisture it made the racing very exciting. Robbie Jones of FLC was in the hunt for the overall C Men conference title and rode a perfect criterium to win the bunch sprint and finish 2nd in the crit. Other notable rides in the crit where Grady James riding away with the his first victory of the season in the B Men. Grady rode perfect position throughout the crit and timed the sprint perfectly for the win.

The Men’s A Criterium was the usual all out slug fest with continuous attacks by all the team. Fort Lewis missed a late race breakaway within the last 7 laps. With two laps to go Ian Burnett and Ian Gordon rode the front in hopes of bringing back the break composed of Caley Fretz, CSU and a University of Utah rider. Both Ian’s gave everything for their teammates and launched Rotem Ishay and Cody Stephenson just a little early. Rotem led Cody out in the finishing sprint. Cody held on to 3rd place with a bike throw at the line and Rotem finished 7th.

Rotem Ishay lines up for his first crit in awhile.
Rotem Ishay lines up for his first crit in awhile.
Missy Erickson Attacks the bunch on the first lap.
Missy Erickson Attacks the bunch on the first lap.

Missy Erickson went to work early on the field in the Women’s Criterium with a 1st lap attack and rode away with one CSU rider. Both riders would be brought back to the field eventually and Missy finished 3rd in the crit followed closely by Emma Millar in 5th, Sarah Sturm 11th and Sabina Kraushaar in 12th.

A circuit race capped off the rainy weekend in the Salt Lake area. The most notable rides were Ian Burnett’s sprint finish for a 2nd place. Emma Millar finished 3rd in the Women’s A followed closely by Sarah Sturm in 4th.

Congratualtions to Kenji Fortune for winning the B Men’s Overall conference title. FLC Cycling has an off week to prepare for Collegiate Nationals being held in Fort Collins, Colorado.

DeKrey just nipped at finish line in Air Force RR, Ishay 4th!

Another weekend of Spring weather in the Colorado Rockies kept FLC Cycling from sending a full squad to the racing weekend hosted by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Instead, the riders would train at home with a Team Time Trial and then send a three rider Men’s Squad for the Sunday road race on the Air Force base.

With an expected 4-7 inches of new snow, the Sky Hawks did not load up the truck and trailer with all 20+ riders that had signed up for the weekend. Instead we would complete a team time trial at home in the Durango sunshine and take a small squad of A Men riders that are trying to qualify for Collegiate Nationals in less than three weeks.

Coach Matt Shriver and team manager Dave Hagen left Durango on Saturday afternoon with Men’s A rider’s Jesse DeKrey, Rotem Ishay, and Alister Ratcliff. Both Rotem and Alister are in the hunt for spots on the Nationals Team and needed one more start per collegiate rules.

The road race course at the Air Force Academy is almost identical to the 86′ Road World Championships course. A CSU rider escaped on the first lap and sat out there burning matches all day. FLC rode a very smart race and mad all of the selections. The one FLC attack of the day, by Alister Ratcliff, was a good move but ended quickly when he was forced to cross the yellow line to pass a car in the course before entering a left hand turn. Alister was disqualified by the moto official in a controversial decision. Jesse DeKrey and Rotem Ishay followed moves and coming into the final sprint were in perfect position. Jesse hit out with everything a little early and came up just short of the win, earning a 2nd place finish to CSU rider Caley Fretz. Rotem followed closely with a 4th place.

Overall it was a good showing for the Sky Hawks with the National Championships coming up in just a few weeks. Missy Erickson attended a Criterium in Albuquerque, New Mexico to improve here Crit form and placed 19th in the Cat 3 men and then an impressive 4th place in the Pro 1-2-3 Women’s Race.

Read the Durango Herald Article here.

FLC Men Smash Squawker Home Race

Coach Matt Shriver give's instruction to Men's B riders before the crit.
Coach Matt Shriver gives instruction to Men's B riders before the crit.

This past weekend the FLC Cycling team hosted the annual Squawker Classic Races in Durango. The weekend consisted of a Team Time Trial and Criterium on Saturday, followed by the infamous Front Hill road race on Sunday. Unfortunately the Spring weather on Saturday morning was more than epic with an inch of slushy snow on the roads which resulted in the cancellation of the Team Time Trial.

The criterium would go on however rain, snow, or shine and FLC riders rose above the tortuous cold and wet conditions to post some great results for the weekend. Even with the slick conditions there were no crashes and the course was praised for a great layout and safety!

Once again Nora Richards continued to place consistently in the Women’s B field with another 2nd place finish. In the Women’s A Criterium Missy Erickson was again the top FLC finisher coming in 5th after chasing moves and attacking all day.

Team Manager Dave Hagen and Kenji Fortune have a smile
Team Manager Dave Hagen and Kenji Fortune have a smile

In the Men’s B Criterium, Alex Dossin took advantage of some good form and worked with teammates to ride to a 4th place finish. Alex owes teammates Kenji Fortune and Grady James a thank you for softening the field and working together to get Alex a strong finish.

The Men’s A Criterium brought the most epic conditions of the day. With rain and a wet snow on the starting line, the FLC team quickly went to work launching Ian Burnett up the road. Ian rode solo for the first 20 minutes of the criterium while his teammates sat back and waited in good position. As the race heated up, Jesse DeKrey followed moves and snuck away in a couple unsuccessful breaks. Ben Sonntag, The German, sat in good position and waited until the final lap to make a move. Ben went int the final corner at the front and just got nipped at the line by a CSU rider. A strong team effort by the FLC Men.

Ben Sonntag (Ze German) rides to 2nd place in the wet crit
Ben Sonntag (Ze German) rides to 2nd place in the wet crit

Sunday’s weather offered ideal racing conditions for the collegiate rider’s from four different states and 13 schools in the region. The road race course offers a brutal climb up the front hill of the campus with sections of 13% grade onto Rim Drive that meanders around the Fort Lewis College mesa. The riders take in views of the snow covered La Plata mountains before hitting the rollers and descending down Goegline Gluch road back to the bottom of the front hill climb. In total the A men did 9 laps of a 6 mile circuit and the Women would complete 5 laps.

Sabina Kraushaar made the early move in the Women’s A race that came apart on front hill. After riding as the only FLC rider in the main group, Sabina finally came off and couldn’t cover any more attacks by herself. A strong ride by Sabina in the road race. Tina Dominic would ride consistently all day to finish just behind Sabina.

Ben Sonntag delivered the first win of the road season for the FLC Men’s A riders. The Men’s race turned out to be a race of attrition and there was no hiding on the front hill. After a CSU rider stayed away for 8 out of 9 laps, FLC went to work and brought him back. Yarden Gazit and Jesse DeKrey shredded the field by attacking repeatedly. This set up Ben Sonntag and Russell Brown for a 1st and 3rd place finish in the road race. Jesse DeKrey, although tired from attacking and working the last 2 laps, rode to a very respectable 5th place finish.

DangeRuss (Russell Brown) puts it down and suffers
DangeRuss (Russell Brown) puts it down and suffers

Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this event happen. We couldn’t have done this race without them. Special thanks to Dave Hagen for all of his hard work in putting on the most fun Collegiate Race of the year.

Next up is the Air Force Academy race in Colorado Springs this weekend, April 25-26th. Hopefully the 3-7 inches of snow they are calling for heads North!

Missy Erickson attacking in the crit
Missy Erickson attacking in the crit

The German begins shredding the field on the front hill.
The German begins shredding the field on the front hill.
Men's B, Grady James, Kenji Fortune, and Alex Dossin work on the field on Front Hill.
Men's B, Grady James, Kenji Fortune, and Alex Dossin work on the field on Front Hill.


Ian Gordon chases
Ian Gordon chases
Jesse DeKrey burries himself to chase moves with Ben on his wheel.
Jesse DeKrey burries himself to chase moves with Ben on his wheel.
Jonathon Kranzley takes the final corner in the wet crit
Jonathon Kranzley takes the final corner in the wet crit

Sarah Sturm rides to 4th place in Tierra Del Sol RR

Missy Erickson, Emma Millar, Sarah Sturm and Sabina Kraushaar of the FLC Women's Squad
Missy Erickson, Emma Millar, Sarah Sturm and Sabina Kraushaar of the FLC Women's Squad

With Winter in full force on the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the FLC Cycling team decided to attend a non-Collegiate road race near Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Tierra Del Sol was held South of Albuquerque starting and finishing in Belen, NM.  The Women would complete a 45 mile race over rolling terrain.  The Men would race a longer loop of 62 miles with one larger climbing section that would play a large role in the race outcome.  The spring winds in New Mexico made the race extremely difficult for all categories with steady 20 mph winds and 45 mph gusts.

The FLC Women went to work quickly working for Sarah Sturm.  Sarah has been steadily improving all season and the team decided to work for Sarah in hopes of obtaining a top 5 finish.  Her teammates chased down threatening attacks and kept Sarah protected from the wind all day.  With the help from here teammates Missy Erickson, Tina Dominic, Sabina Kraushaar, Emma Millar, and Nora ,Sarah rode to a strong 4th place.  The three riders that finished in front of Sarah were accomplished pro 1-2 racers .  A great team effort for the FLC Women and a step up for Sarah Sturm who will now be racing in the Collegiate A Womens Category.

DangeRuss Brown made the break in Tierra Del Sol Road Race.
DangeRuss Brown made the break in Tierra Del Sol Road Race.

The Men’s race was the first to go off at 9:00 and quickly it became apparent that the FLC Men were there to dominate. Being a non-Collegiate race it provided a rare opportinity for the Coach, Matt Shriver, to get some hands on coaching with the Men’s team and direct during the race.  It proved to be invaluable for Matt and the team to understand the tactics and strengths and weaknesses of each team member in a real race setting.

With the race starting into a cross wind the team went to work on the field right away guttering it and shattering the field.  FLC Men had five riders in the break of nine.  Coach Matt Shriver made the break with Russ (Dangeruss) Brown, Rotem Ishay, Alister Ratcliff,  and Yorgos Arambadjis. Quickly the break was riding away from the field.  Coach Shriver would soon get a front flat and come out of the break only to be helped back onto the main group by Ian Gordon.

The game plan was to keep attacking and stack the break.  At 25 miles into the race Coach Matt Shriver took Ian Gordon, and Yarden Gazit and  attacked on the lone climb in an attempt to get across to the break.  While going across they picked up another FLC rider, Alister Ratcliff who had been in the break but came out due to a flat tire.  DengeRuss and Rotem Ishay were still in the break and sitting on.

With 12 miles to go the four FLC riders bridged across to the breakway group and now contained 6 FLC riders.  They quickly went to work in the remaining 10 miles of the race.  Coach Shriver set up his team by attacking first and softening the break for his riders to continue with counter attacks.  After multiple attacks Alister Ratcliff of FLC rode away with Damian Clavert from New Mexico.  These two would take it to the line and Alister would com up just short in a sprint finishing 2nd on the day.  Yarden Gazit, finished 4th followed by Shriver in 5th.

With the FLC Cycling Home Race happening this weekend and the Nationals Champioinships only 3 weeks later, the team is really starting to come together.  The Sky Hawks are looking forward to turning some heads in Durango with impressive fire power and teamwork on their home race courese.  The Squawker Classic will kick off this coming Saturday, April 11th with the Bread Team Time Trial followed by the criterium that afternoon.  Sunday is will be the infamous Squawker Classic Road Race up the front hill and around campus. The front hill climb has an average grade of 8% and sections up to 13%.

Mad Cow Classic Road Race Full Reports!

The second day of racing in Grand Junction was the road race. For our C rider Robbie Jones this would be his first ever road race. It was a seemingly nice morning with moderately warm temperatures and a light breeze. All the groups started about 5 minutes apart from each other with the A men starting first. The C men would take off a few cycles behind them for their one lap of the lollipop course. The total length would be 30 miles. Robbie got off to a great start and held a good position throughout the race. It was a very hard road race with many hills and as each race progressed the wind got stronger and stronger. As Robbie came through the feed zone he was in the lead pack but there were a few riders trying to get off the front on this challenging climb. He kept his cool and began to work to make sure they didn’t get to far up the road. Robbie ended the day in a good placing for his first ever road race, 5th.

The longest race of the day was that of the Men’s A field. They would be doing 72 miles or 4 laps of this hilly course. Fort Lewis started strong with 13 riders rolling off the start. With numbers on our side the A men decided that they would be the main factor in the race. Attacking early and hoping to get someone in a break. It happened. Alister Ratcliff attacked early which helped launch Ian Gordon into a 4 man break away. The break held strong increasing its gap every lap and also doing its part to shatter the field behind it. As this race went on it seemed to be getting the best of 7 of our 13 riders. With many mechanicals and sore bodies from crashes the day before we soon found ourselves with only three riders in the main chase group and one in the break. The main group held Yarden Gazit, Cody Stephenson and Jesse Dekrey. They were doing their best to make sure that Ian Gordon stayed in the break and would have a shot at the win. As the break started to come through on the last lap it was realized that the group had broken apart and Ian Gordon was hanging off the back of it and didn’t have much left. As the chase field came through, Matt Shriver our Men’s coach, informed the 3 FLC riders that the race was up to them and to attack because Ian was off. With this information Yarden laid down an attack which was unsuccessful. He was followed by an attack from Jesse Dekrey which was unsuccessful and finally Cody Stephenson through down an attack that pulled in a 3rd place finish for him and a 4th place finish for Jesse. Yarden followed in 8th. Our other riders followed with Ian Gordon in 12th, Ian Burnett in 18th and Alex Howard in 21st.

As the racing continued the wind began to blow at a steady 30 plus mile an hour wind. This made the already though course even worst, especially if you were alone with no one to share blocking the wind. However that was not true in the case of the Men B race. Our own Levon Kalemkiarian found himself in a break after the first major hill, alone, with 95% of the 3 lap or 58 mile race still ahead of him. With his teammates Grady James and Kenji Fortune in the field he was able to stretch his gap with every peddle stroke. He came through the feed zone the first and second time with over a minute lead. Kenji and Grady sat in nicely at the front of the main group ensuring there teammate as much time and help that he needed to stay away. As they came through the last lap the field was now on the attack and had Lev in their sights. But it was too little too late. Levon stayed off the front of the race, alone, all day for a victory. His teammates followed close with Kenji in 3rd and Grady in 6th. A very impressive ride for Levon but also an impressive show of team work on Kenji and Grady’s part.

Our A women also had a 58 mile or 3 lap race ahead of them. We started 3 girls today, Tina Dominic, Jess Lathrop and Sabina Krashaaur. Missy Erickson would sit out this race due to the injuries suffered in a crash the day before in the criterium. All our girls were a bit tired from their huge effort the day before but looked ready to go at the start of their race. Their race would be one of the windiest of the day which made this race that much more selective. At the first climb all our girls found themselves chasing to stay on to this extremely fast women’s A field. However, none of them made it back on to the group, but they formed their own group in a wise discussion to help each other stay out of the wind and get some good practice riding together in a race pace situation. As each lap when by the wind kept picking up. The women’s A field was the last on the course and suffered the brunt of the wind. By the end there were gusts over 50 mph! It was a great test of team work for these girls and they all came out stronger than they went in.

Our B women were also set and ready for a great performance. Sarah Sturm coming off her first win and Hilary Smallwood with a solid performance both got excited for there go at this demanding course. They too would be doing one lap or 30 miles. There race got underway and became very selective. The hills and the wind played a huge factor in this race and by the time we saw them in the feed zone the race was totally blown apart. One CU rider was up the road and Sarah was in second by herself all day chasing. With no group larger than two people all these girls had a challenging day in the wind. We soon saw Hilary working away up the feed zone hill, she can climb with the best of them, but like Sarah was all alone. At the end Sarah came in a strong 2nd and Hilary followed in 12th. Another great show of how these two girls are improving with every race!

Mesa HCTT and Criterium Full Report

This weekend our team traveled to the fourth race of the season with our largest group yet.  The race was held in Grand Junction, Co by Mesa State College.  The first race on the bill was a 6k hill climb in the Colorado National Monument.  It was a beautiful course with a few tunnels and very smooth road the whole way. The weather was very hospitable as well, very little wind and temperatures in the high 50’s low 60’s.  The team of 26 riders, including two of our coaches Matt Shriver and Dave Hagen, had a block of time reserved for 10:00 with riders taking off every 30 seconds.  We had very strong rides from people in each category.  Our Men C rider Robbie Jones won his race clocking a 16:58. Gathering some more point for an upgrade to Men b.  The girls both B and A also had good results.  The B girls, Sarah Sturm and Hilary Smallwood, finished strong with Sarah placing 2nd with a 20:12 and Hilary in 7th in 22:14 and A woman Jessica Lathrop 5th with a time of 19:59, Tina Dominic 9th in 21:14, Sabina Kraushaar 11th in 21:38 and Missy Erickson in 12th in 22:19.  Our best two race category finishes came in our B men and our A men, however.  The B men have shown much improvement in every race and today was no different.  We had Kenji Fortune in 2nd in 16:50, Alex Dossin in 3rd in 17:06, Levon Kalemkiarian in 17:19 and Grady James in 9th in 18:08.  These excellent results were met by the 13 A men we had racing this weekend.  Each rider had a great race and really showed there strength. Ian Burnett got his first win of the season finishing with a time of 14:57.  He was followed closely by Alister Ratcliff in 3rd with a 15:05, Jesse Dekrey 4th in 15:11, Ian Gordon 5th also in 15:11, Trevor Downing 7th in 15:31, Cody Stephenson 11th in 15:46, yarden Gazit 17th in 16:09, Russel “DangeRuss” Brown 18th in 16:11, Jonathon Kranzley 25th in 16:34,  Brandon Emmert 29th in 16:47, Ben Kraushaar 36th in 18:18 and Alex Howard in 37th in 18:19.  Our A men are a group of very strong men this year and are improving in every race.  Our coaches also proved that they can hang with the best of them with Matt Shriver 4th in the Pro 1, 2 race in a 14:51 and Dave Hagen 12th in the 3,4,5 race in a time of 18:51.  A job well done for all of our riders and a great opener for the criterium which will be held later in the day. 

After a morning full of time trials the Men’s C & B and Woman’s B had to grab a quick bit to eat for lunch and head off to the Grand Junction Speedway for a criterium.  First on the agenda was the Men C race.  Robbie Jones was our lone racer for the 25 minutes race.  With a large field Robbie was out numbered but it didn’t affect his performance.  Robbie was in perfect position, in the front of the pack, the whole race.  He successfully managed to stay out of early crashes and stayed safe the whole race. Robbie was following every attack and mixing it up himself.  With a few laps to go Robbie was setting up for a sprint finish.  Robbie led the whole last lap and nearly won the sprint finish, just getting out sprinted by an inch.  He has gotten more and more confident and comfortable with every race and earned some more upgrade points. 

The Woman’s B race started right after the Men C race and Sarah Sturm and Hilary Smallwood were ready for their 25 minute race on this fun very technical course.  As soon as this race started Sarah attacked, instantly breaking the field into pieces.  With the field of about 25 now shattered the main group was whittled down to about 10 girls.  Sarah was pulled back into the field after her first attack but it didn’t take long for her to attack again.  This time she was off the front with about a 15 second led leaving the rest of the girls chasing.  With every lap that went by the field became more and more disorganized making it possible for Sarah to stay away for the whole race by herself.  Sarah won the race by about 15 seconds and Hilary had a great race as well.  She road strong the whole way picking off girls with every lap.  She ended up 14th.  It was a great day for both of them and Sarah’s first win of the season.  

The next race on the ticket was the Men B race.  There race would be 45 minutes and with three strong FLC riders a good result was expected.  Kenji Fortune, Grady James and Alex Dossin started the race and it was fast from the gun.  The field wasn’t as large as past races with only 20 starters.  Early in the race Alex Dossin was caught in a crash.  He took a free lap and jumped back in but with serious pain in his shoulder pulled out after a few laps.  This left Kenji and Grady out in the field.  Grady did his work at the beginning and made it possible for Kenji to make it into the break.  He was accompanied by a few teams who had for than one rider in the break, including CSU.  Kenji kept his cool riding with the no teammate and put himself in a great position for the whole race.  His cornering got better with every lap and he kept his face out of the wind to conserve energy for the sprint.  The last lap things began to heat up and Kenji again found himself in good position.  Coming into the last corner a rider went down right behind him and he nearly went down himself.  He made it through the corner and the sprint was on.  Kenji came across the line in third behind two CSU riders.  Kenji has show a lot of improvement over the past couple of weekends and was excited with his result.

The A woman had a late start to their criterium getting to race in the cooler part of the day.  They were scheduled to take off at 6:25 for a 45 minute race.  We had four girls in this race Tina Dominic, Jessica Lathrop, Sabina Kraushaar and Missy Erickson.  Missy also raced the Woman’s open race just an hour before the collegiate race.  During the open race she was railing the corners better than the boys and in the tightest corner of the course  attacked, came in a little too hot and suffered a mishap in the lead of the race and crashed.  She got back into the race but was feeling sore and pulled out to save some for the collegiate race after some wound dressing by Dr. Shriver.  The girls set off for a brutal 45 minute race.  The pass was set by the CSU rams who had a very strong group of girls that day.  There were many attacks and attempted break but Missy, Sabina and Tina made sure that nothing got away so that we could set Jess up for a sprint finish.  All the ladies performed well and avoided some crashes.  With a few laps remaining Jess was our only girl still in contention for a win.  She set herself up nicely and took home 3rd place in a very fast race.  This race was the first of the season for Tina and Sabina and both show much promise for races to come.  The race was a valiant one for Missy Erickson who was a bit banged up after her crash.  It was a great team effort.

The final race of the evening was the Men A race.  This was an interesting on due to the fact that it started at 7:15 and was under the lights.  The men were all very excited coming off a great time trial performance and were stoked to race under the lights.  The course however got shortened, due to the fact that there weren’t enough lights to go around the whole course.  The 60 minute race was kicked off and was certainly the fastest of the day.  The men had things strung out from the gun.  Our team, with 13 racers, took it upon themselves to be very aggressive.  As the race zipped around this short course many riders fell victim to the fast pass and couldn’t stay with the group any longer.  Ben Kraushaar and Trevor Downing mixed it up early and showed the field that FLC was ready to race.  About 15 minutes in our own Russell Brown crashed in a corner and caused the field to split in half.  This split left only about 4 of our riders in the front group and seven in the back.  There were a lot of crashes during this race and Dana Alia also found himself on the ground about halfway through.  The pace maintained its high speeds and Alister Ratcliff went on the attack with a Mesa State rider.  The two were off the front when they realized that the race had been shortened and they were now in great position ahead of the field for the remainder of the race.  Alister got second in a fast sprint and the field came in right behind with Brandon Emmert 4th and Trevor Downing 5th.  Jesse Dekrey who had been in the front pack also suffered a crash in the last lap and lost position.  Cody Stephenson grabbed 11th as the second pack came in.  Ian Gordon, Jesse Dekrey, Ben Kraushaar, Ian Burnett, Yarden Gazit, Alex Howard and Jonathon Kranzley rounded out the field with an impressive effort in this fast race. 

Report by Allie Johnson

Pictures and Mesa Road Race coming soon!

Mad Cow Day 1, Hill Climb and Crit

We are still waiting for the official results from the uphill time trial through the Colorado National Monument. Fort Lewis is expecting to have had a strong showing in the uphill time trial in all of the Men’s and Womens categories.

A quick update with some notable results in the crit while we wait for the remaining races to play out. The Women’s A and Men’s A have yet to race today.

The crit is being held at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway. The wind and tight slick turns are wreaking havoc on the riders.

Robbie Jones raced smart and strong to finish second by less than an inch in a photo finish for the Men’s C crit. Sarah Sturm threw down and shattered the Women’s B field riding away solo for the win and obliterating the field.

In the Men’s B race Grady James went to the front and set up his teammates. Stringing out the field, he launched Kenji Fortune into the break composed of six riders who rode away. Alex Dossin fell victim to a mid race crash. Kenji was in perfect position before having to maneuver around a crash. He finished 3rd on the day taking the sprint over a Mesa State Rider.

Stay tuned for an updated post later.

FLC Cycing heads to Mad Cow Classic

The team will be sending a powerful squad to Grand Junction this weekend for the Mad Cow Classic hosted by Mesa State. The racing weekend consists of an uphill time trial on Saturday morning that climbs through the Colorado National Monument followed by a twilight crit at the local speedway that is very twisty and technical. Sunday will be the conclusion of the Omnium with a challenging Road Race that includes some great climbs and fast descents on the mesas surrounding Grand Junction. Check back for results.

Listed below are the most recent FLC Time Trial Results. Thanks Dave Hagen for putting on the time trail series.


3/18/09 – 63 degrees, S wind, gusty 5-15mph

1. Brandon Emmert – FLC – 20:31
2. Ian Gordon – FLC – 20:55
3. Michael Carroll – DWC – 20:57
4. Neil Coleman – Swindon – 21:01
5. Yorgos Arambadjis – FLC – 21:36
6. Alister Ratcliff – FLC – 21:51
7. Keith Ashmore – Colavita NM – 22:20
7. Ian Burnett – FLC – 22:20 (Bus)
9. Kenji Fortune – FLC – 23:07
10. Joe Burtoni – DWC – 23:25
11. Walt Axthelm – DWC – 24:47
12. Richard Bagienski – DWC – 25:09
13. Joel Richards – DWC – 25:38
14. Doug Eagle – DWC – 25:56 (Bus)
15. Robbie Jones – FLC – 26:00
16. Gerry Gerghaty – FLC – 27:10

1. Molly Hummel – DWC – 22:53
2. Martha Iverson – DWC – 25:55
3. Missy Erickson – FLC – 26:02
4. Sarah Sturm – FLC – 26:49
5. Nora Richards – FLC – 28:34

CU/UNC Race Report

Luckily the storm that was supposed to drop a foot of snow on Wolf Creek Thursday/Friday stayed south and left us with some wet roads and dirty bikes to deal with. Thanks to Bread for the sandwiches and goodies that keep us from stopping every hour for food along the way.

A clear but cold Saturday morning greeted the men’s C racers at 8am at the cornerless CU Research Park criterium. FLC’s lone representative, Robbie Jones, requisitioned his dad’s road bike, a collector’s item FLC skinsuit and was ready to go before the sun came up. He positioned himself well throughout the short 25 minute race and in the final 400 meters over took about 10 guys to finish in 2nd place – he is showing himself to be one of the strongest riders in the C field and with a little consistency could be a B by season’s end.

Hot on the heels of that race the Women’s Bs lined up for the obligatory 15 minute clinic and 25 minute race. Once again FLC had 1 racer in the bunch, Hilary Smallwood. She dealt with the repeated accelerations dictated by the teams with 5-6 riders and in the end finished with the main bunch very near the top 10.

Kenji Fortune and Levon Kalemkarian were at the helm of the FLC ship for the Men’s B race. Even though they were outnumbered by CU, CSU and Air Force, both were very active through out the race and had a couple strong attacks. Lev tried one with 2 to go that had a prayer but was swallowed by the teams with numbers, meanwhile Kenji positioned himself well for the sprint and ended up 5th.

With it being CUs home race their racers came out in big numbers and the Women’s a race was no different – Missy Erickson and Jess Lathrop had a plan to deal with it though.  Throughout the race they rode like two peas in a pod, staying close together while covering attacks by CU and CSU. With 5 laps to go a CU rider got a good sized gap on the rest of the field but came a little to early and was swallowed by hard charging FLC and CSU. Jess, with Missy in tow, came to the front with 3/4 of a lap to go and opened up a little gap on the rest of the field, but it was a little too early and the CSU train sent their girl by right at the end for the win with Missy a very close 2nd – Jess ended up 6th or 7th.

FLC had 5 riders lined up for the 60 minute Men’s A race but the theme of the weekend continued with CU and CSU having large groups. Alex Howard and newbie A Ian Gordon were in place to cover the early moves, which they did, and Ian even had a couple of goes by himself. The diesel power of Yorgos Arambadjis and Brandon Emmert were there for the middle and end to provide a leadout for Cody Stephenson – Brandon was also shadowing the pesky Keil Reinjen from CU. CU and CSU turned up the heat with 2 laps to go as they were setting up their men for the sprint. Emmert and Cody were weaseling there way around the group with 1 to go when there was a touch of wheels that ripped Cody’s rear spokes out and left Emmert by himself for the gallop, which he did well for a 5th place finish.

There were some great USAC races in the afternoon with the FLC highlight being Jess finishing in the main group of the Women’s Open race that included Mara Abbot, Amy Dombroski and Allison Powers.

After some good food and people watching on the Pearl Street Mall Saturday night, the team bailed Boulder early Sunday morning for the trek to Greeley for the UNC home criterium at Promontory Business Park.  The course is about 1.5 miles long with a fast downhill and a long false flat for the rest. The wind usually howls out here.

Robbie was again the first to go off and was an instigator throughout – that is until he got taken down in the bottom roundabout with two laps to go. He chased back on to the field of about 20 riders with 500 to go and moved himself up to 11th place by the finish.

Next up was Hilary.  She kept an eye on the field and moved up with the main group every time someone got spit out the back and ended up 8th. Nice – there will be a race soon where she goes to the front and rides everyone off her wheel.

The sun had finally begun to warm the air a little when the B men started out on their 45-minute journey – no wind yet. Kenji began the race very active and was at or near the front quite often – it was easy to pick him out because of his pink shoe covers. Lev also had a couple goes and covered a few moves – he chased one back with 2 to go that made it hard to position himself for the finale and ended up 7th. Kenji was right in the mix in 6th.

It was downright warm by the time the A women started. Jess and Missy had the same plan as the day before with Jess keeping Missy safely in the group and leading her out in the sprint. About halfway through the race there was a scare when a flurry of attacks came right after Jess had pulled one in – there was a 5 second gap but Jess had it closed within half a lap.  The rest of the teams were expecting Jess to lead it out and with 300 meters left to go the CSU girl who had won the day before attacked and got a small gap going into the last corner. The gap proved to be the difference as a hard charging Missy got 2nd by a mere 1 foot – Jess kept the speed up to finish 5th.

Still no wind as the Men’s A group started their long 75 minute race. Cu and CSU didn’t have the big numbers as the day before, but each brought their top riders from the day before. The plan was again the same for the 5 FLC racers – Ian and Howie early, Yorgos middle and Brandon leading out Cody in the finale. Ian did a good job of following and countering moves and Howie did many splendid turns at the front. Yorgos brought back a couple and Brandon shadowed Keil in a few forays off the front. With 5 to go things started falling apart – Howie had finally used all his bullets, Ian got a flat and the pit wheel was narrower than his so he had no front brake (dangerous with the fast corners) and Yorgos’ left crank fell off. Cody was an opportunist and got in a strong break with 4 to go that looked like it might have a chance, but was reeled in with 1 to go.  Brandon got boxed in by Cu and CSU in the last turn and ended up 6 while Cody paid for the late race surge and came in 11th.

For complete results see –

FLC Cycling Heads to CU Boulder and UNC Criteriums

Missy Erickson lines up for the crit in Denver City Park.
Missy Erickson lines up for the crit in Denver City Park.

FLC Cycling will be sending a small squad of racers to compete this weekend, March 14-15, in the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Colorado University will host a Criterium on Saturday in Boulder. Keep an eye on these Sky Hawk Cyclists for strong results. Jess Lathrop, fresh off here win last Sunday in the time trial will be hoping to improve on 3rd place crit result last weekend. There will also be some new faces for the  Sky Hawks that have not raced yet this season who are looking to show their form and gain results.

Sunday University of Northern Colorado will host a riterium that is famous for being a technical and exciting course. With four round-a-bouts in the course, positioning will be important for the Sky Hawk cyclists to succeed.

Check back in on Monday for a quick race report and results from the weekend.

Lathrop collects first win of 09′

Missy Erickson and Jess Lathrop warm up before the crit
Missy Erickson and Jess Lathrop warm up before the crit

This past weekend the FLC Cycling Team took a small squad to race in Denver for the weekend.  The races were hosted by Denver University and consisted of a criterium in Denver City Park on Saturday and a Time Trial on Sunday at Bear Creek State Park.

Saturday’s racing called for snow and rain but held off until late afternoon.  Rob Jones kicked off the weekend with a great race in the C Men’s Field. Rob rode a consistent race and stayed out of trouble all day to have a run at the final sprint. Unfortunately he was swarmed in the last corner and fell back a few spots. He learned a valuable lesson about positioning on the final laps.

Nora Richards and Hillary Smallwood continued the domination in the Women’s B race. Nora collected another podium placing and finished second in an exciting sprint finish.  Hillary followed right behind with a 6th place finish.

The Women’s A and Men’s A racing action finished the day off Saturday. Missy Erickson, coming off a broken rist, collected sprint premes and Jess Lathrop steamrolled the competition to finish 3rd in another exciting sprint finish.  Cody Stephenson outnumbered finished 10th on the day.  Unfortunately the A Men missed the break and had to settle for the bunch sprint with the remainder of the riders in the field that whittled down each lap because of the fast pace.

Jessica Lathrop warms up on her Trek TTX before winning the time trial.
Jessica Lathrop warms up on her Trek TTX before winning the time trial.

FLC showed their strength in the Individual Time Trial on Sunday at the Bear Creek State Park.  The most notable rides were Nora Richards in the B Women’s Race with a 3rd place finish on her Cross Bike! WOW! This was her first time trial of the season.

Jessica Lathrop has shown continuos improvements over the last year.  He dedication and training paid off this winter with her first A-Win of her collegiate career. Jessica blew away the competition on her Trek TTX time trial bike.  This was her first major test of the season in a time trial and she appears to be right on track to keep the podiums rolling.

This coming weekend the team will head to Boulder to compete in the CU Boulder Crit and the University of Northern Colorado Criterium in the Front Range.

Alex Howard takes the line on his FLC provided Trek TTX.
Alex Howard takes the line on his FLC provided Trek TTX.

CSU Race Report

FLC Cycling A Team member all smiles before his first crit of the year at CSU in Fort Collins.
FLC Cycling A Team member Cody Stephenson all smiles before his first crit of the year at CSU in Fort Collins.

The first collegiate road race of the season got kicked off this morning in Fort Collins Colorado as the CSU Rams hosted their famous Oval Criterium. The First race on the menu for the Fort Lewis squad was the C men’s race. The race started this morning on the CSU campus at 8:00. It was a bright sunny and a tad chilly morning. The men started off with a fifteen-minute introduction to criterium racing clinic and then they were off for their 25 minute race. Our lone C race, freshman Robbie Jones of Boulder, CO got quickly integrated into his first ever crit race. Robbie was in excellent position all morning. Making moves countering moves and keeping his head up. With near perfect position coming into the last lap of the race Robbie got caught up in some bad luck. A few other racers crashed in front of him and with nowhere to go Robbie ended up on the ground. Not hurt, he picked himself up and finished the race. Despite the nasty bit of luck at the end it was a superb first showing for this promising young freshman rider. The race was won by the hosting team, CSU and was a great start to the day of racing.

The next race on the line up for the Oval crit was the Woman’s B field. Our only two woman racers this weekend Sarah Sturm and Nora Richards got warmed up and ready to race at 8:45. After their introductory racing clinic the Woman kicked off for their 25 minutes on this windy course. Nora and Sarah are both freshman riders for the Fort Lewis squad and both new to the world of criterium racing. The woman’s B field was one of the largest races of the day. University of Colorado and Colorado State University were very well represented. From the gun the race selection was made. The lead group consisted of the two Fort Lewis women, Nora and Sarah, and a mix of CU, CSU, USAF and Mines racers. The pace was kept steady and safe through the race and there were a number of attacks by CU and CSU. Nora and Sarah both held their own and made sure nothing got away from them. Sarah, not afraid to stick her nose out, won a prime lap and Nora maintained her spot at the front of the race. By the end of the race it was clear that the Sky hawk women were a force in the field. With one lap to go and our girls in perfect position we were confident. Coming into the last corner Nora was sitting second wheel and charging. With come lapped traffic interference this got a bit sketch however. Nora held strong none-the-less and brought home second place with Sarah Sturm right on her tail in fourth. It was a great introduction to crit racing for both of our young freshman. We see much promise in these women.

Nora Richards races shows promise as she dominates the B Women's racing.
Nora Richards races shows promise as she dominates the B Women's racing.

As we moved through the day in Fort Collins the racing began to heat up along with the weather. It was turning out to be a beautiful spring like day of racing. The B men’s race was the next on the agenda and this race always guarantees to have some fast and exciting action. Our B men this year show much promise and many of them will upgrade to the A race in no time. Our racers today consisted of two newbies, Ian Gordon and Kenji Fortune, and two of our seasoned racers Alex Dossin and Dylan Stucki. Their race was a 45-minute and would be one of the longer races of the day. This race was also fast from the gun and before halfway through our very own Ian Gordon found himself well off the front. Ian was putting in a valiant effort on the front and maintained around a fifteen second gap for majority of the race. Our other men were doing a great job keeping the field from catching Ian for as long as possible. All three were sitting comfortably in perfect position. With only about 4 laps to go Ian was reeled back into the field. As this happened Kenji Fortune attempted a move off the front but the field, now antsy for the finish, didn’t let him go. Now, all the Fort Lewis men in the field in good position began to set up for the last 2 laps. As they were about to cross the line with 1 lap to go there was a large pill up in the field. Sadly our own Dylan Stucki was in the mix and ended up with a broken clavicle. The race still was on though and with 3 men remaining in great position all cheering rallied around them. As they came through the last corner Ian Gordon was in third and charging strong. With the win in his hands another unfortunate event occurred, he came up clipped from his pedal. While it is hard enough to stay rubber side down when something like that happens Ian managed continue to sprint and lunged his bike with one leg over the line for third place! It was a bittersweet race for many involved but all these men had a very solid race.

Dylan Stucki after his crash in the B Mens Field.
Dylan Stucki after his crash in the B Men's Field.

In the Men’s A race, the action was from the gun as usual and a strong break of 5 riders got away, but FLC missed it. Ian Burnett, Trevor Downing, Cody Stephenson, Dana Alia, Ben Kraushaar, Brandon Emmert and Russell Brown were fighting for position in the bunch. With representatives from most of the other teams in the group the break quickly built a 30 second advantage and were on the verge of being out-of-sight, that is until, DangeRuss came to the front. He brought back all but 5 seconds of the advantage at about 30 minutes of the 60 minute race. Once status quo was established the usual spat of attacks came but all were doomed to fail as the sprinters were licking their chops and FLC had 2 different options with Dana Alia and Brandon Emmert. With 5 to go Brandon bumped bikes with some one and jammed his computer sensor into his wheel, he hung with the group to the pit and attempted to fix it, hoping for a free lap, but the official was unsympathetic and told Brandon to chase back on, ending his chances. Cody S., Ian B. and Dana did a good job of positioning themselves near the front with 3 to go and TDown got slow-mo flipped over the bars trying to avoid a crash. Ian B. came to the front with 2 to go and kept the whole field at bay, raising hopes for Cody and Dana in the finale. With all the prime bells ringing in his head and lack of announcing help Ian B. got confused on the laps and came through as the winner of the penultimate lap, this allowed CU and CSU to storm the front coming into the sprint. Cody’s good position and solid kick gave him 6th place and Dana got boxed on the outside of the oval so could not unleash and ended up 11th.

For Complete Official results check out the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference web site at:

Men’s Road Coach Announced


wrhc233_1We are ecstatic to announce that Matt Shriver has accepted the position of Men’s Road Coach for FLC Cycling. Matt is a great fit for the program having raced MTB, CX and Road for FLC, winning 2 individual titles in 2004, STXC and CX, 2 TTT wins at Road Nats in ‘05 and ‘06 and was a part of 9, yes 9, National Championship Teams. Matt has raced for the Jittery Joe’s team the past few years and has also raced professionally as a MTBer and CXer – he has just returned from 2009 CX Worlds where he was the 2nd American. Matt has an exercise science degree from FLC and has spent many years coaching within and outside the program. He will be working closely with Bruce Hendler, the author of the training program sent out recently, to custom fit training for each of you. He will also work with Ruthie on programs and on tactics at conference races with the goal of being dialed for Road Nats. From being part of the program he knows the idiosyncrasies of collegiate athletes and collegiate racing and combined with the knowledge gained from riding in the pro peleton and being a part of two TTT champion teams should help us with our major goal of winning Road Nats this year.

Matt is now at your service and is available to every FLC Cycling Team member for coaching and other questions. He will have office hours of 8am-12noon M-Th at Berndt 233 (hopefully we’ll have a coaches office soon) and is also planning on doing the 1pm Bread rides daily. If the office hours don’t work for you then you can contact him to set up a time to meet – 970-946-5570 or

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