The Annual ABD New Year's Day Ride & Chili Fest!

ABD'er Steve Gage is hosting the 2008 edition of the ABD NYD ride and Chili-fest at his place (please refer to your ABD rosters or contact ABDcycling gmail.com for directions).

Please arrive at 11:30 am to bundle up for the "1 degree=1 mile" ride. That's right, if it's 27 degrees you'll be riding 27 miles!*

If you're not quite up for the ride you're more than welcome to join the group around 2 pm for some of Vicki's famous chili! The chili, fixings and some sides will be provided, and it would be great if others would like to contribute side dishes, desserts and/or beverages!

Please RSVP to ABDcyclinggmail.com and let us know the following:
- Name and how many are in your party
- If you'll be joining the ride
- If you're planning to bring something (and what)

This event is open to all ABD members and their families!

*Well, actually there can be many variations to the 1 degree=1 mile rule, if it's very bad weather it can be altered to "each degree above freezing" or "each degree below freezing"... it's more of a guideline.


ABD Dinner @ Mr. Samurai's

Don't forget the ABD Night Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 7:30 PM at Mr. Samurai Steak and Sushi, 546 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL.

Anyone who is planning on attending, but has not yet RSVP'ed, please contact James Sneddon by Monday, December 17.

The special menu for ABD is:
A: Lobster/Filet Mignon or Lobster/Ribeye: $35
B: NY Steak/Chicken/Shrimp Combo: $27
C: Kids NY Steak/Chicken/Shrimp Combo: $14
D: Vegeterian (Assorted vegetables): $12
E: Sushi Deluxe (10 pcs Sushi & Cali Roll): $25

All options above come with soup, fruit salad and Desert.

One free beer or a glass of wine. Tip is included.


ABD Coaching Now Accepting Athletes for 2008 Season

ABD Announces NEW Coaching Programs!

As the 2007 cycling season draws to a close and riders start to look ahead to next year, Athletes By Design Coaching is excited to announce their 2008 programs.

In addition to FREE seminars and weekly tactics discussions open to all ABD members, Athletes By Design is offering discounted coaching rates to all club members interested in personalized coaching services.

There are two Coaching Levels to choose from:

“Level 1” Coaching includes:
  • An initial one-on-one consultation to determine goals and workloads.
  • An initial 12-week training plan with weight lifting programs (optional). Ensuing training plans will be between 4 and 6 weeks long, depending on your training phase.
  • A “live-update” online training calendar so you can report your progress. Coaches will be able track your workouts and make modifications as necessary.
  • Weekly coaching consultation in person or via phone, e-mail or teleconference. (Coaches are always available via e-mail to help clarify specific workout questions).
“Level 2” Coaching includes all of the above, PLUS:
  • Daily power analysis of your workouts using Cycling Peaks® software.
*PowerTap, Computrainer, SRM or compatible power-measuring device required.

Standard prices for Athletes By Design Coaching are $125/month for Level 1 and $175/month for Level 2.

All ABD members receive Level 1 Coaching for just $100/month, or Level 2 Coaching for $150/month- that’s just a little more than $3 a day for daily, structured workouts or $5 a day including daily power analysis!

Interested athletes should contact Mike Ebert at 630-890-6767, or e-mail ebert@abdcycling.com


ABD/Gear Grinder announce 2008 Pro Development Team

ABD Cycling, based in the Chicago suburbs, and Gear Grinder Cycling, based in Milwaukee are partnering to sponsor a Midwest-based Pro Development Team in 2008. The team will compete in the region's biggest events and target select NRC races with the goal of reclaiming the top spot for an amateur team in the NRC rankings.
The ABD Team, part of the 200 member ABD Cycle Club, finished as the number one amateur team in the NRC rankings two years ago and 10 riders have come out of ABD's Elite squads to move to the professional ranks or the US National team.

Gear Grinder Cycling is the new name of PCW Cycling, one of Wisconsin’s largest cycling organizations, created by cyclists Paul Weaver and Rob Boldt ten years ago to promote all facets of cycling, with an emphasis on mountain biking, road bike, triathlons and cyclocross racing. Nearly 130 athletes strong, PCW has developed and supported top riders such as Megan Monroe (Spot Bikes), Travis Woodruff (Momentum Endurance), Tristan Schouten (Trek VW), Brian Matter (Gear Grinder Cycling), Brian Schaning (Timex Triathlon) and Chad Melis (Spot Bikes).

“Sponsoring and promoting competitive and recreational teams and events enables people of all fitness levels to satisfy their desire for competition, fitness and fun,” says Gear Grinder Cycling team leader Paul Weaver. “ABD is of that same belief, and together we can create greater awareness of the benefits the sport of cycling offers.”

Cyclists Pat Peery and Dan Mahlik join Weaver and Boldt to extend the Gear Grinder brand, launching in early 2008 a line of cycling-inspired apparel for consumers’ active lifestyles.

“Cycling is more than a way to stay fit or a means to get to a destination, it’s a feeling that just envelops you…the inspiration for the Gear Grinder brand comes from that bicycling culture,” says Weaver.

Equally important to supporting the club and keeping the team competitive, the Gear Grinder brand extension will donate to organizations that utilize the bicycle to inspire and educate our youth, provide opportunities for underprivileged children, protect the environment and promote health and wellness.

Says Weaver, “ABD shares in Gear Grinder’s philosophy that we each have a responsibility to give back more than we take out. Both teams are focused and goal-oriented so our combined effort will not only develop stronger riders but benefit those in our communities as well.

"Gear Grinder's philosophy of giving back to the cycling community is the perfect extension of ABD goal to make the sport of cycling fun and accessible for all riders", said ABD president Mike Farrell.

Gear Grinder's support insures the team's continued success and extends to adding two strong riders to the roster. The White twins, Rob and Ryan, both bring horsepower and a strong finishing kick to complement team sprinter Josh Carter, who in 2007 took ABD's first Superweek win and a silver medal at the US National Criterium Championship. The team has also added John Meyers from the Turin squad, who at 21 is now the youngest rider on the team. "John reminds me a lot of former ABD'ers Reid Mumford(KBS/MEdifast) and Bryce Mead(Jelly Belly), and not just because he's a foot taller than me!", says team manager Mike Ebert, "The really exciting thing is that he's still so young."

Qdoba Mexican Grill is another new sponsor to the program. "Qdoba is the perfect sponsor for a team that is always on the road and needs quick, healthy food choices," adds Ebert. With 44 locations already in Illinois and Wisconsin the team will never need to look far for refueling.

In 2008 the team will ride LeMond Triomphe Ultimate frames outfitted with Bontrager wheels and components and rolling on Serfas tires. Serfas Optics will also provide eyewear and other returning sponsors include PowerBar, Emergen-C and Voler Team apparel. The team will train on CycleOps PowerTaps under the coaching of Julie Carter.

ABD/Gear Grinder Pro Development Team roster:
Josh Carter Fairview Heights, IL
Mike Ebert Glendale, CA
Rob Jungels Elmhurst, IL
John Meyers Barrington, IL
Jeff Schroetlin Decatur, IL
Alex Sharon Wheaton, IL
Brett Stewart Munster, IN
Rob White Brown Deer, WI
Ryan White Lomira, WI

Team Coach: Julie Carter
Team Manager: Mike Ebert

ABD/Gear Grinder riders stop by Prairie Path Cycles' Batavia location to pick up their 2008 LeMond Victoires. From left to right: Brett Stewart, Rob White, Josh Carter, John Meyers, Ryan White and Rob Jungels. (Not pictured: Alex Sharon, Jeff Schroetlin and Mike Ebert)

The 2008 ABD/Gear Grinder PDT jersey, designed by Dave Hornung at Graphic Center.


ABD's California Training Camp

Attention ABD'ers!

The dates are set, one house is already reserved, now we just need a head count. Check those calendars and make the decision to join us!

Where:   Borrego Springs, California
When:  We will be checking in the house on Sunday January 13th, checking out on Saturday the 19th.
Housing:  Housing will cost approximately  $200 for the week  (give or take no more than $50)
Food: $125.00 for the week.  We have a big, beautiful kitchen, so we will be eating in.

Other details:
Fly into San Diego. Rent cars, two hour drive to Borrego.(I will email everyone that is interested which flights others are booking on so that you can contact each other to share the cost of the car rentals.)

I am certain that some people, including ABD Prez Mike Farrell, will be going at least a day early and staying a day late and staying at a hotel in San Diego for a couple of days on the ocean. If you're interested in that it's up to you to contact other people to book and share the cost of the hotel room.  I will let you know which hotel we start booking at.

I will also look into the cost of shipping your bike directly to the house (versus flying with it).

Please RSVP by Dec. 10th to prairiepathcycle (at) aol.com

Mary Lee


ABD Night at Mr. Samurai

ABD'ers: take a break from Christmas shopping and join the club at Mr. Samurai Steak and Sushi.

ABD’s own Yong Qi will be hosting an ABD Night at his restaurant on Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 7:30 PM. Mr. Samurai is at 546 S. Randall Road in St. Charles. Visit http://mrsamurairestaurant.com/ for an interactive map.

The special menu for members and guests is:

A: Lobster/Filet Mignon or Lobster/Ribeye: $35
B: NY Steak/Chicken/Shrimp Combo: $27
C: Kids NY Steak/Chicken/Shrimp Combo: $14
D: Vegeterian (Assorted vegetables): $12
E: Sushi Deluxe (10 pcs Sushi & Cali Roll): $25

All options above come with soup, fruit salad and Desert.

One free beer or a glass of wine. Tip is included.

James Sneddon will be coordinating the R.S.V.P. list. Send an email to jpsneddon@comcast.net to let him know how many are in your party.


ABD Club Thursday Night Workouts Set to Start Spinning

ABD's Thursday Night workouts, led by Rich "the Sarge" Mstowski, kick off Thursday, November 29th @ 7 p.m. in the Winfield Middle School cafeteria. The Sarge puts riders through a heart-pounding, lung-busting and leg burning 60 to 75 minute workout.

The workouts are free and open to all ABD club members. Riders just need to bring their own bikes and trainers, but if you don't have a trainer one can be provided. Please contact Terry or Jenny Cerwin for more information.

Riders, please arrive at 6:45 p.m. to set-up. The Warm-Up starts at 7pm.

2007/2008 Thursday Night Workout Dates:
Nov 29; Dec 6,13,20; Jan 10,17,24,31; Feb 7,14,21,28; Mar 6


ABD Calendar Meeting is Sunday @ 5pm

The 2008 ABD Calendar meeting is this Sunday, November 25th at 5pm at Prairie Path Cycles-Batavia.

The meeting will cover the 2008 event calendar for road, multisport and recreational athletes and ABD President and Coach Mike Farrell will go over some recommended events and long term training for them.

After a large group meeting we'll break out into different categories (Women, Juniors, Cat 4, Cat 3, etc.) so riders can begin planning their seasons.

JUNIORS: Please bring your parents early @ 4pm for a focused discussion with Coach Farrell regarding your '08 seasons.


Ebert interview on ChicagoBikeRacing.com

Chicago Bike Racing's Luke Seemann and ABD's Mike Ebert chatted it up last week about the club's new direction, what it takes to be a rider on the Elite team, and Belgian bacteria.

Check out the full interview.


ABD's Sunrise Park Cyclocross Results are Posted!

Thanks to the 170+ riders who came out to help make ABD's first foray into 'cross a resounding success!

Results are posted at: http://chicrosscup.com/results07/ABD_Oct_29_2007.htm

Thanks also to everyone at the Chicago 'Cross Cup for letting us in on the fun!


ABD Club Roll the Tollway Update: SOLD OUT!!!

Here is a list of ABD'ers that I know will be doing this ride.
If anyone else is planning on joining us, please let me know.

Ken Glinka
Sandy Glinka
Joe Glinka
Sharon Comstock
Lori Miller
Rich Mstowski
Mary Lee
Mike Farrell
Joe and Theresa
Paul Zelewsky
Brian Hildreth
Amy and Keith Halsall
Mike Januszewski, his wife and both kids
Rob Jungels
Mona Kuna
Josh Christensen
Allison Moe
Terry Cerwin
Jenny Cerwin (support)
Jessi Prinner
Chris Karsten, his wife and 3 year old
Steve Bielski
Cathy Webb
Gary Rulo
Jim Flechsig
Scott, Sue, Konrad and Dani Witt
Dave Clark, Rebecca Clark, ABDer Graham Clark and little sister (age
7), Annika Clark.

Jim Flechsig informed me that he tried to sign up and the web site
states that the ride is "sold out".

That's 5000 people !!!!

I will let everyone know more information when I see it.

Ken,Sandy & Joseph Glinka
ABD Cycling Team



Cook's Carpenter Cross Pics

Ron Cook took a lot of great photos at last weekend's round of the Chicago Cross Cup.

Jump to his 30+ album and 40+ album.


Cycling through Vietnam Documentary Screening this Saturday!

Award winning Documentary film maker
Gordon Quinn brings master class
to Geneva in honor of Geneva 's 1st annual film festival

You are invited to a preview event

Saturday, October 27th

*At the History Center on 3rd Street
1pm – 6pm

Sponsored by The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission

Kartemquin films will present
Their award winning documentary


After the viewing Gordon Quinn Co-Founder and President of Kartemquin Films will hold an open question and answer session followed by a master class
addressing the process of making documentaries

$5 Donation per person

Space is limited! To reserve tickets visit our web site at www.genevarts.org
Or call 630-232-8171
[Advance tickets can be purchased at the History Center]

*Location may change depending ticket sales

Background on the documentary:
In 1998, World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) organized a 16-day, 1,200 mile bicycle ride through once war-torn Vietnam . Able-bodied and disabled veterans, from the U.S. and Vietnam , travel across a landscape where they once killed to stay alive. The former enemies ride as one team, joined by well-known rider Greg LaMonde and Senator John Kerry, in an emotional journey of peace, reconciliation, and athletic achievement. The biggest handicaps turn out to be the ghosts of the past, with their nagging reminders of conflict, injury and loss. Narrated by Actor and Chicago Native Joe Mantegna

Broadcast nationally on NBC
Directors Guild Awards, 1998 ­ Outstanding Directorial Achievement National Society of Television Arts and Sciences- Emmy for Outstanding Program Achievement, 1998 National Society of Film Critics, 1998 ­ Nominee, Best Documentary Aspen Film Festival, 1998 ­ Audience Award CINE, Golden Eagle Award, 1999

Chicago International Film Festival, 1998 ­ Official Selection Denver Film Festival, 1998 ­ Official Selection Cleveland International Film Festival, 1998 ­ Official Selection Temecula Valley International Film Festival, 1998 ­ Jury Award, Best Documentary

Here's what the Critics said:


A heroic and essential piece of filmmaking…the film is irreplaceable.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Wonderful, deeply humane.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Covers as much emotional terrain as it does beautiful rural Vietnam .
The LA Times

Vietnam Long Time Coming proves more powerful than other films about the country precisely because it is not a war movie.
Hannah Beech, Time Magazine


ABD'ers "Rolling the Tollway": 11/11/07!

Thanks to Lori Miller for the tip!

Several ABD members have expressed interest in the November 11th Roll
The Tollway event on the new section of I-355. (Farrell, Mary Lee and
Joe are even talking about closing the store for this one!)

We'd love to organize groups of the "orange and blue" out there, but
pre-registration is a must!!!

Head on over to their site and sign up now if you'd like to join in:


More details on ABD's official meeting places as the event draws near.


ABD's BIG '08 News Party & Voler Try-On: 11/3/07

Attention ABD'ers!
Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, November 3rd. We're holding an ABD soiree starting at 5pm at the Prairie Path Cycles-Batavia store!

What's behind Curtain #1?
The 2008 Voler Clothing Try-On
Voler has an all new material for their bibs, and Larry Lorenz is bringing all his samples to try out. We'll start taking orders at the party with a final due date a couple of weeks later. The design is getting an update for '08, but will use the same colors to maintain retro-compatibility (...unless you're sporting the super-retro ABD gear, but then you're not really concerned with style!)

Curtain #2?
ABD's New Athlete Programs
What's that? ...even more Farrell sightings? ...ABD Coaching? ...Tactical "Happy Hours"? ...a "Traveling" 3's team? ... the ABD Cycling College 2.0? Oh my, you better not miss this!

Curtain #3?
ABD "Event Crews"
There are a lot of you out there that are chomping at the bit to share your ideas and become more involved with running ABD events. We know that your ownership and great ideas will make our events even better- so here's your chance! We'll have an overview of the 2008 events, dates, and different roles available within the event crews.
(Thanks to Ligocki for the great idea!)

A Curtain 4 too?
The 2008 ABD Elite Team
Who could it be???

Ohmigosh, and a Curtain 5!
2008 ABD Club member BIKE DEALS
El Presidente will announce all the models and prices!

We will have hor's douvres and beverages, so please RSVP for the November 3rd meeting by sending us an e-mail.
The November 3rd ABD meeting is also a great opportunity for anyone interested in ABD to get an idea of what we're all about.

Fall Fling Results, Photos & Prizes

Thanks again for everyone who participated in this year's event, and a special thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who helped make it happen!

Daily and Overall Prizes will be mailed out this week.

Daily & Overall Results
Podium Photos

Overall Winners:
Men 1/2: Rob White, PCW
Women 1/2/3: Jessi Prinner, ABD
Men 3: Tom Boba, WDT
Men 4: Ryan Cooper, ABD
Women 4: Lynne Arrigoni, Skypoint Chiropractic
Masters 40+: Wayne Simon, Colavita
Masters 50+: Tom Doughty, AMD/Discovery Channel
Masters 60+: Dennis Novak, MadCity Velo
Masters 70+: Bob Beck, Midwest Masters
Masters 80+: Ray Putnam, Midwest Masters
Women 40+: Donna Maday, ABD
Women 50+: Mimi Fagan, Team RVO
Women 60+: Marianne Kron, Midwest Masters
Women 70+: Pat Beam, Team RVO
Citizen Men: Eric Christiansen
Citizen Women: Kim Malmquist, ABD

And congrats to Robert Ruggles, who won the Land Rover LR2 for a weekend of his choice courtesy of Bill Jacobs Land Rover!


[UPDATE]ABD Results: Masters RR, Kenosha Crit, Cross Cup, TdStG

ABR Westlake Village Masters Road Race
ABD's Marilyn Powell "did the double" this weekend as she won the Women's 30/40/50 road race at Westlake Village on Saturday and then went on to take the same title at the Kenosha Criterium Sunday!

Kenosha Fall Criterium:
ABD'er Bob Marshall is no longer a dark horse in the Masters 50+! Bob launched a late attack in the closing laps of Sunday's race and quickly built up a 250 meter lead by burying himself in the headwind section. Unfortunately, on the final lap he let up just enough for LOT rider Richard Adamczyk to catch him on the line- but Bob still hung on for 2nd!
In the Men's 3 race Steve Parrish and Theo Quednau raced aggressively all day in the hopes of putting a rider in the breakaway, but after six or seven hard attacks the elastic between the groups snapped and the pair were caught back in the field. Fortunately, the two were able to conserve enough energy to take 3rd and 4th in the field sprint and 6th and 7th overall.

Chicago Cross Cup: Round 1
Props to Sue Semaszczuk and Gina Kenny, who placed 5th and 7th in the first round of the Chicago Cross Cup at Jackson Park. The pair are off to a great start with six events total in the series this year, including ABD race at Sunrise Park on October 28th!
ABD Cross Captain Jim Nowak placed a very respectable 11th place in an absolutely HUGE Masters 40+ field- almost 40 riders!
Next up: Carpentar Park on October 21st.

Tour de St. Genevieve:
That Josh Carter sure heals quickly. Just three weeks after suffering a Class 2 shoulder separation, Carter took the win at the TdStG Road Race this past Saturday. And rather than take it easy and just wait for the sprint, he spent almost 70 miles off the front with two other riders!


ABD Results Roundup: ABD'ers crowned State Champs! Carter 2nd overall en route to DL

ABD Labor Day Weekend Results Round-Up

Illinois State Time Trial Championship:

Several ABD'ers traveled to Harvard, IL this past weekend to welcome back Illinois' very own USCF State Championship Time Trial. Rob Jungels, Irene Pang and Graham Clark all showed fantastic late season form en route to State Championship titles!
Congratulations also goes out James Sneddon, Bob Marhsall and Rich "the Sarge" Mstowski- who all made the top 5 in their respective categories.

Gateway Cup:
Josh Carter continued to prove himself as one of the Midwest's top riders at the '07 Gateway Cup, garnering two 2nd place finishes and a 3rd finish in the first three stages of the Gateway Cup.
Unfortunately, in the final stage on the U City Loop, Carter crashed hard through the tricky first section of the course. He managed to get up and finish the race in order to maintain his second overall standing, but a trip to the doctor Monday night revealed a Class 2 separation in his shoulder. Carter plans to start winding down his season a little early and focus on coming back even stronger in '08.


ABD & PPC "End of Season" Blowout Frame & Bike Deals

Hello ABD'ers,

PPC has some screaming deals on Treks, LeMonds and Griffens for ABD'ers. Below is the complete list, just stop in the store, shoot "the Prez" (Farrell) an e-mail at himself54@sbcglobal.net or call 690-9749 if you're interested.


* FRAMESET: Large Trek OCLV Team TT Frame!!! Brand New/Never Ridden. (@PPC-Winfield)

* BIKE: 60cm Gray OCLV Trek 5500 with 10 speed Ultegra (double). Puffer's bike from '05, but mostly brand new componentry. Note: bike has "Trek Genuine Remanufactured" sticker because they replaced the rear brake post mount. (@PPC-Winfield Tech Center)

* FRAMESET: 55cm Red/White Maillot Jaune OCLV/Steel frameset w/ carbon Bontrager fork & headset. (@ warehouse)


* BIKE: 55cm Yellow '07 LeMond VIctoire w/ 10sp Campy Chorus. This is one of Farrell's other personal bikes, but now he's upgraded to the Tete de Course. As I said, "It's good to be the King"!


* FRAMESET: 60cm Gold TT  w/Reynolds Carbon Aero Fork, headset & seatpost. This was Reid Mumford's speed machine last year! Bontrager Aerobars NOT included (@ the Warehouse)

* FRAME: 58cm Blue/White/Orange TT frame w/Reynolds Carbon Aero Fork. Brand New/Never Ridden. (@ PPC-Winfield)

* BIKE: 50cm Orange/Purple Compact Frame w/ Reynolds Carbon Aero Fork & Ultegra 10sp Triple gruppo. Originally MaryLee's bike but I commandeered it to my '05 Fling victory. (@ PPC-Winfield Tech Center)

* BIKE: 56cm Silver traditional frame w/Alpha Q Full Carbon Fork & 10 speed Ultegra (double). Brand New/Never Ridden. (@ PPC-Winfield)

* BIKE: 58cm Orange "sloping top-tube" frame w/ Reynolds Carbon Aero Fork and full Campy Chorus 10speed gruppo. This was Farrell's personal ride."It's good to be the king..." (@PPC-Batavia)


Downer's Grove: Keeley takes 4/5 Win, Carter 2nd in Elite Nats

Congratulations to ABD'ers Tim Keeley and Josh Carter for their trips to the podium at the Downer's Grove Cycling Classic.

On Saturday Tim took the "W" in a rainy, Masters 30+, 4/5 event and wrote up a great report on his and Jay Corgiat's well-laid plans for the race.

In Sunday's Men's Elite National Crit Championships, Carter rode tough in a 2-hour crashfest to sprint to within a half-wheel of the win. Unfortunately, a tangle with veteran Steve Tilford in the final turn slowed Carter down just enough that Dan Halloway was just able to get by him.
Carter was smart to never drift further back than 15th place in the race, and stayed in the top 10 the entire last 5 laps.

Props go out to two other ABD Top 10's finishes this weekend: Theo Quednau placed 8th in the Junior Men's race and Jeff Schroetlin finished 10th in the Masters 1/2/3 on Saturday.


MATTS Medals Available For Pick Up at Future Events

Any participants who've won a Mid America Time Trial Series medal this year can pick up those medals at the next MATTS events. Please see Carl Wilkins.

ABR State Champs Thanks from the Cerwins

A huge THANKS goes out to all of the ABDer's and Spin Doctors who volunteered at the ABR State Championship race and made it a huge success!!!!

With only 10 days to pull it together (totally, permits and all), Terry and I couldn't have made it possible without the support of the two clubs. The numbers of people who stepped up and offered to volunteer, some even changing their weekend plans, was overwhelming. We had more then enough volunteers, which is very nice in a situation like this, and people took control of their duties, and sometimes even created a job that was found to be needed and not on the volunteer sked.

A special thanks to those who spent the entire day in Lombard and didn't even race!

We hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed the weather and racing. Results will be posted as soon as Bob Lundberg gives the OK.
Thanks again, Jenny and Terry Cerwin


Carter and Schroetlin Continue Superweek Success

ABD Elite Team riders Josh Carter and Jeff Schroetlin continued the squad's success at Superweek this weekend hot on the heels of Carter's win at Bensenville last Sunday.

In Saturday's Carl Zach Challenge in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Schroetlin maneuvered himself into the winning break of seven riders late in the race and then attacked with just two laps remaining to isolate himself and one other rider. "I attacked just after a $100 prime and immediately the Rock guy [Rock Racing Pro Sergio Hernandez] and I had about 15 seconds," explained Schroetlin. Unfortunately, his shot at the win slipped away when he skipped his tire through a turn with enough force to unseat his tire. "I wanted to keep all the momentum I could so was pedaling through every turn when I caught one [a pedal] and jumped the tire." Schroetlin rode his hobbled machine as best he could to the line and his gap was big enough that he almost held on for a podium spot, only to be passed in the final meters and eventually finishing 4th.

On Sunday it was teammate Carter's turn to make the break, and with just 12 laps remaining in the 100 kilometer criterium he bridged across to the two leaders with a group of five other riders. The final eight escapees included Navigators pro Viktor Rapinski, Colavita rider Adam Bergman, 2004 Olympic gold Medalist Peter Dawson, New Zealander Josh England and fellow amateurs Tom Holladay, Marco Rios and Chicago rider John Meyers. In the final lap Bergman took the flyer to force the sprinters to chase and the move paid off as he stayed away for the win. Carter just missed second place in a very tight finish with Josh England that saw the pair neck and neck the last 150 meters.

With seven races remaining in the series the team is very excited about the upcoming events, especially Saturday night's Downer Avenue stage.


[UPDATE]: August Racing is NEXT!

Dear Cyclist,

The International Cycling Classic is now well underway and August is just around the corner. August is the hottest month of cycling for USA Cycling and here is what's in store. Pass this info on to your teammates:

The first race in August is on the August 4 and is the Second Annual Grayslake Cycling Classic with over $4,000 in cash and prizes.

Then The $15,000 Elgin Cycling Classic happening the next day on August 5 to round out the first weekend with $19,000 in racing.

The following weekend comes The Tour of Elk Grove with a $200,000 purse! And then the National Criterium Championships in Downers Grove the week after that.  

Wrapping up the month are two other races:

August 25--Sherman Park Criterium (Chicago, IL)
August 26--Glencoe Grand Prix (Glencoe, IL)

See you at the races.

Steve Hansen, Vice President
Illinois Cycling Association


Bird & Maday Place 3rd Overall at Lake in the Hills Triathlon!

Congratulations to Jeff Bird and Donna Maday, who won their respective age categories and placed 3rd overall for men and women in the inaugural Lake in the Hills Triathlon.  Jeff finished with a time of 1:19.31, less than two minutes behind the winner and only 12 seconds out of second place!


Prinner's Medal Tally

Jessica Prinner took home a total of four National Championship medals from the recent USA Cycling Junior Track and Road Nationals. 

The whirlwind trip took her from home in South Elgin to Colorado Springs back to home to Seven Springs, Pennsylvannia and back in less than three weeks. 

Even more impressive is the fact this is just Jessi's first year competing in the Women's 15-16 category.

The final tally:
TRACK Scratch Race - 1st
TRACK Points Race - 3rd
TRACK Omnium - 2nd
ROAD Time Trial - 2nd
ROAD Road Race - 3rd

Congratulations Jessi!


Prinner Takes the Silver at Junior National Time Trial

Seven Springs, PA

Jessi Prinner took 2nd place in the Women's 15-16 Time Trial at the USA Cycling Junior National Championships. Be sure to check the ABD reports blog for Jessi's complete update.


The "Voice of ABD" Gets Picked for the Superweek Team!

ABD'er Todd Busteed has been recruited for the Superweek announcing team for the races swing through Chicagoland this weekend, so be sure to give him a wave when you're out at the races and hear that friendly, familiar set of pipes!

ST at the Giro!

For those of us following along at home, Sarah Tillotson is riding in her first Giro d'Italia Femminile! CyclingNews is posting daily results and reports, and there's a photo of ST soaking up the Italian sun here:


Tour Time=Party Time! ABD Tour Party on Saturday, July 21st

All ABD'ers and their families are invited to the 2007 ABD Tour Party at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21st at Prairie Path Cycles-Batavia. 

We'll have food & beverages, a replay of the day's TT stage (as well as some from of the Alps), and lots of fun prizes up for grabs!

If you'd like to attend, please RSVP by Monday, July 16th to ebert@abdcycling.com with the number in your party. Feel free to bring any snack, beverage or dessert to share.

And if you'd like your shot at the prizes, please fill in the attached spreadsheet with your answers to the following questions:
- Who will win stage 9 on Tuesday, July 17th?
- Who will win stage 10?
- Who will win stage 11?
- Who will win stage 12?
- Who will win stage 13?
- Who will be in yellow after the stage on July 21st?
- Who will be in the green jersey after the stage on July 21st?
- Who will be in the polka dot jersey after the stage on July 21st?
- What's the real name of "El Diablo" who cheers on Tour riders?
- Who's finished more Tour's than any other rider?


School's Out ... and ABD Jr's ramp it up!

School is out and ABD's Junior riders are off to a blazing start. After recent podium finishes at the ABR National Championship by Jessi Prinner, Savannah Underwood, Konrad Witt, MJ Redlich and Graham Clark, the riders continued their winning ways at the Wheaton Criterium and Junior Track Championships at Northbrook.

Konrad Witt and MJ Redlich stormed to a 1-2 finish in Wheaton, and later in the day Jessi Prinner decided to do the same as she and teammate Susan Peithman lapped all but one rider in the Women's Open race - just one day after turning the screws to the Junior Men at the velodrome in Northbrook!

Next up, the ABD MaJORS event, where riders will race to bring home a prize for Dad!


Riding at the Morton Arboretum

A bit of interesting information from former ABD'er Pete Hill:

"I don't know if you have heard this, but the Morton Arboretum has
opened their roads (7 miles) to bikes when ever they are open. The
only time bikes were allowed to ride in the past was on Fri nights
and Sat mornings, for members only. They would shut down half the
roads to bikes only at this time. Friday nights and Sat mornings
are still part of the bike plan, but now open to everyone. The
Morton Arboretum under the new leadership has become very bike
friendly; I'm thinking time trial in about 2 years!"

- Pete

Liz Omen goes Pro - Discounts for ABD'ers!

Liz Omen, who's now traveling as a massage therapist with the Men's Elite Team, has started working in Elmhurst doing massages at the Body and Soul Spa Retreat on Mondays and Wednesdays. She's offering all ABD club members a discount on her services. There are still a few opening for this coming Monday, June 11th. 

For more information give her a call or email lizoehmen@yahoo.com

Body & Soul Spa Retreat
381 N. York Road, Suite 1 & 2
Elmhurst, IL 60126
cell: 773-484-8969


Winfield Criterium Weekend Warriors

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event happen. I would dare to say that this was the best Winfield Criterium Weekend yet! It was certainly a year to remember:

- We had our most riders ever with 200 riders on Saturday and 400 on Sunday!

- We had our first dose of rain at the criterium weekend, and the volunteer crew was totally prepared.

- After our initial 6-year drought, the Elite Men not only pulled off a repeat but went two for two: thanks to Jeff and Josh for two exciting "W's" (of course, made possible from all-around strong team efforts)

- We had no less than four national champions yesterday: Konrad Witt in the Boys 10-12
Savannah Underwood in the Girls 13-14
Jessi Prinner in the Girls 15-16
Josh Carter in the Men's 1/2

- On a sad note, this was our last event (for a while at least) with Dave and Nancy LaRue around. They will be moving to England on Thursday for an indefinite amount of time and will be sorely missed. Best of luck, Dave & Nancy!

- Last but not least, a totally new date meant we conflicted with a lot of other things and had to run with a smaller staff, but so many people stepped up and almost literally pulled dawn to dusk shifts: The Witt family, the Cerwin/Prinner gang, Dan & Pat Tillotson, the Ozguc's, the Stewart family (with Tim on the results until midnight!), the Redlich family, the LaRue's, Vicki, Mom (Mary Lee), Dad (Greg), Farrell, Scott Ligocki, Jimmy C., Mark Y., Paul Z, Robert Fortelka, the Hempe's, "the kid" Ryan Baumann, "the voice" Todd Busteed, my "medical attendant/assistant/minion" Jeff Hansen and my Main Street counterpart: Gary Gall.

... and to everyone else that worked a corner, made rounds on the course, helped set-up, or just jumped in wherever needed: Keith B, Mike Maravilla, the Billingsley's, Dave & Sherri, Dan Reilly, Ben App, Irene Pang, Sue S., Kevin Kelly, Jim Lund, Bill Michaux, Mel Macasu, the Grotto family, Rob Hawco, James Sneddon, Gary Rulo, Coop (Ryan), Jim Flechsig, the Elite Team guys and their families, Ken Fry, Chris Karsten, Brandon Skweres, the Bowden family, Jay Corgiat, Brian McRae, Bill Kallas, Dave Trotter, Sue and Steve Gage, Leitha Walling, Cathy Webb, the Glinka family, Dave and Graham Clark, my little brother Sean and my Dad Ray for hosting the party!

I had a lot of fun this weekend and am very proud of what we all accomplished together.

Hopefully, I'll see you all at the pancake breakfast on Saturday! -Ebert


John Fraser Memorial TT Results Are Posted!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the 300+ riders and army of ABD volunteers who braved epic conditions to help wrap up the 2007 Time Trial Series. ABD loves organizing events for such a great group of people, and as an event director, I couldn't ask for a better crew of folks to work with. It's a pleasure from start to finish. Thanks again -Ebert

A huge thanks also goes out to the residents of Maple Park and American Legion for hosting us!

JFMTT medals will be available for pick up at Prairie Path Cycles Winfield next week as well as at the next MATTS event: the 20k Single Bong on April 15th. Overall Winners will have their prize checks mailed to them within two weeks.

JFMTT Profile Design Raffle Winner: Devon Dickson
JFMTT Sigma Sport Raffle Winner: Kelly Lathrop
Please contact Prairie Path Cycles to receive your prize! 630-690-9749

Congratulations to our Fastest Men's & Women's Times of the day!
1. Reid Mumford Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast 20:35.19
1. Francis Manfred M.O.B-U Build IT 21:05.58
3. Michael Zellman Team MACK 21:55.93

1. Jennifer Harrison Planet X 25:21.13
2. Diane Roanhaus Team Wisconsin 26:36.28
3. Susan Peithman ABD 27:07.13

1. Alex Bowden ABD 25:39.84
2. Theo Quednau ABD 26:13.82
2. James Bird ISCorp 26:43.56

1. Devon Dickson Multisport Madness Kids 31:02.89
2. Kelsey Clawson Unattached 32:31.49
3. Maggie Scanlon Multisport Madness Kids 33:11.18

The 2007 Indoor TT Series was made possible through the efforts of: Alex Billingsley, Alex Bowden, Ben App, Bill Kallas, Bob Marshall, Brandon Skweres, Brian Hildreth, Cathy Richmond, Dan Reilly, Dan Tillotson, Dave Clark, Dave LaRue, David Trotter, Don Janes, Doug George, Fred Yoder, Gina Kenny, Irene Pang, James Hibbler, James Sneddon, Jeff Bloomfield, Jenny Busch, Jenny Cerwin, Jessi Prinner, Jim Cannella, Jim Flechsig, Joel Molitor, Ken Fry, Ken Glinka, Kent Billingsley, Laurel Salvador, Liz Oehmen, Lori Miller, Mark Yurcheshen, Mary Lee Geraghty, Matt Wenc, Maya Tubic, Mike Farrell, Mike Redlich, Nancy LaRue, Oz Ozguc, Pat Murphy, Paul Zelewsky, Rob Fortelka, Robert Hawco, Sandy Glinka, Scott Bowden, Sean Geraghty, Steve Bielski, Steve Gage, Steve Parrish, Susan Peithman, Ted Quednau, Terry Cerwin, Theo Quednau, Tim Keeley, Tim Stewart, Todd Busteed, Todd Underwood, Tom Egan, Tom Pedrick, Tom Pedrick, Valerie Redlich, Vicki Heck, Wendell Richmond, the Village of Maple Park, the Maple Park American Legion and the Winfield Public Schools.