Twilight Crit Pictures

Some pictures from the Winfield Twilight Crit are posted.

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Ken Glinka

Final Winfield Criterium Weekend Details

First off, thanks to all the riders that helped make last weekend's
Masters Criterium Weekend a huge success! Results and photos are
posted at www.ABDcycling.com

Less than a week later, ABD is back with the 9th Annual Winfield
Criterium Weekend- featuring over $8,000 in prizes and the 2008 ABR
National Criterium Championship! You can download the latest flyer at www.ABDcycling.com

and here are a few other important details:

public decency laws (i.e. nudity) will be disqualified from the race
and face legal action (i.e. jail!).

SATURDAY PARKING: We have permission to use the parking lot across
Winfield Road from Central DuPage Hospital, or you can park near the
event as long as you park AT LEAST 3 FEET OFF THE ROAD AND INTO THE
GRAVEL on Winfield Road. The road is the primary artery to CDH for
emergency vehicles.
SATURDAY REGISTRATION: Located in the pavilion in the center of the
SATURDAY PRIZE PICK-UP: Will be in the tent near the start finish.
SATURDAY RESTROOMS: Near registration by the tennis courts.

SUNDAY PARKING: Again, we have permission to use the parking lot
across Winfield Rd. from Central DuPage Hospital, and we can also use
the commuter lots on the North side of the tracks. SUNDAY
REGISTRATION: Located in the Winfield School gym directly behind the
announcer's stage.
SUNDAY PRIZE PICK-UP: Also located behind the announcer's stand.
SUNDAY RESTROOMS: Located 80 Yards East of the Announcer's stand on
the far side of Creekside Park.

See you soon!


Winfield Criterium in the Daily Herald

Check out the Daily Herald's article announcing the 9th Annual Winfield Weekend!

Thanks to Scott Ligocki for the tip!

Some props for the ABD Crew from Batavia

Please pass this along.....  You guys put on some great events.  You have your s#*t together and things (apparently to me) go smoothly. If it weren't for your organization, I'd be very bored, or have to travel a lot more.  I really appreciate it.
And, the course in Batavia was great.  Turn #2 tough, bit the rest you could take full out. I hope it returns.
Thanks again.
Mike W

----- Forwarded Message ----
Subject: Thanks

Mike [Farrell],
Just a note to say thanks for all the efforts by ABD. The Masters weekend was the best racing of the season to date. The 40+ races were all very difficult so all prize money had to be earned with good racing tactics, not just power. You have always been a very good racer, but the energy that has emerged because of your initial concept has blossomed into a real race organizing machine. Not to mention all the help you give to the development team. Kudos to you.
Thank you again, and all the volunteers that contributed. 
See you at Winfield
Wayne S  

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LaRue Reports in from the Giro D'Italia

Looks like everyone had a good weekend of racing. Meanwhile Nancy and 
I went to Italy for a days in Venice and 2 days at the Giro. We Spent 
the first day roaming around Venice. Catching all famous sites and the 
tourist traps(souvenir shops). The city was really nice. There were 
lots of sites and the famous canal with the boats for the romantic 
types (not Nancy and I). We had some great pasta and wine on the canal.
Then we hooked up with a tour group and went to the Dolomites for the 
Giro. We rode the finish climb on Saturday when Sella won. That was a 
great climb. It was 9k with 10% average. Half way up I saw the Devil 
and had to stop and get my picture with him. It seems to be my mission 
on these tours to find him and get the pic. I went to the finish and 
looked around. Then I went back down to the 2k banner and watched the 
race. Man there were some faces of pain!! I was waiting for my friend 
Steve Cummings with a Coke and a Mars bar. He was in the last group 
with all the Brits Cavendish, Wiggins, Thomas, Millar and several 
The next day we went to the start and looked around. I found the 
Barloworld team van and talked to Steve. He was telling me how hard 
the stage was and how the next 2 stages were out of control. They were 
climbing about 10,000 ft a day. With an up hill TT the next day with 
23% grades in it. We went about 2k up the first climb from the start 
and watched. They left the start and went up a climb,10k with 8% 
average. The promoters of the Giro were insane this year with hard 
climbs throughout the whole course. We rode up the climb and I was 
going to go the the finish but the weather was bad and the roads could 
have been closed. I decided to ride back to town and get some beers 
and watch the finish.
Italy is one of the most beautiful places we have been in Europe. The 
mountains are fantastic with some really hard climbs. They remind me 
of the climbs at the Tour of Georgia. I added a couple of pics from 
the trip. I will bring all my pics from all the tours when we come in 
town in a couple of weeks.
Nancy and I are planning on riding the Bartlett ride on Thursday the 
12th of June and going to Sushi boys on Saturday after the Carroll 
County race. I am wondering who is going to race and what category?
I sent Ebert some more pics and some videos to post on the ABD website.


Irene Pang Reports in from AZ: March to May Races

Hi Everyone!
Greetings again from the now-sweltering state of Arizona! I was in 
the mountainous northern portion of the state last week where it 
actually snowed 3-5 inches, yet 6 days later, temperatures reached 110 
degrees in Phoenix just 2 hours to the south! The northerly portions 
of the state are where most races here go in the summertime, where the 
7000 ft altitude cools things off just enough to hold a race. This is 
all just in case anyone is curious about the races here. Good luck to 
everyone during this upcoming big Memorial Day racing weekend!
Below, the placings summary is first, followed by a report on mountain 
bike races (4), followed by some road races/events (2) and criteriums 
(3). Although the placings below are in the single digits, often, the 
number of participants in my category were of the same order of 
State Finals mountain bike, Marathon 
Women 3rd
State Series Championship Overall, Marathon Women 2nd
Nova National mountain bike race, Marathon Women 2nd
Gardner Canyon mountain bike race, Women Expert XC 19-39 4th
Prescott mountain bike race, Women Expert XC 19-39 3rd
Colossal Cave Road Race, 35+ 
Women 3rd
Tour of the Tucson Mountains, 
Female 5th
AZ Championship Criterium, 35-39 
Women 1st
AZ Championship Criterium, Cat 3 
Women 5th
5/17/08 – State Finals mountain bike race and Series Championship
So this last weekend was the final race of the State Mountain bike 
series, for which I elected to do theMarathon event once again. It 
was a 30-mile course mostly through pine forest with large rocks and 
roots scattered about to add plenty of challenge. Due to the 7000 – 
8000 ft elevation as well as the lack of familiarity with trails in 
the area, I decided to test out some altitude acclimation since this 
has always puzzled me. People say that for high-altitude racing 
events, it is best to either arrive at least 2 weeks ahead, or if that 
proves impractical, arrive right before the event. I've often found 
that arriving the night before and sleeping there seems to help, but 
that may be just due to the lack of a lengthy drive (and thus 
immobility and stiffness) right beforehand. So I tried to arrive a 
few days ahead, which is theoretically not the greatest thing to do 
due to a dehydration effect that sets in before you actually get fully 
acclimated (according to some info I found on this matter). During 
the middle and latter portions of the race, I did in fact feel rather 
dehydrated and sluggish when out in the sun especially, but this 
turned out to not affect my final placing. Folks typically stronger 
than me were still ahead of me in the end, folks about the same 
ability as me were somewhat stronger initially but due to other issues 
(navigational and other) ended up behind me, and folks typically 
slower were still slower. Much of this race was held in areas 
bordering private property and/or frequented by gremlins. On race day 
and the days leading up to race day the gremlins were out in force - 
directional signs and trail markers indicating the correct route were 
often removed, turned around, or moved to erroneous locations creating 
confusion at possibly 50+ trail and road intersections along the 
route. However, it was not utter confusion so long as one had the 
opportunity to pre-ride the course to make one's way around it despite 
a lack of signage and ignoring incorrect markers. Unfortunately, many 
of the racers apparently did not have an opportunity to do that. I 
would estimate that roughly 50% of the men's field and 100% of the 
women's field made detour(s) along the course due to this (my detour 
was minor), and all throughout the race, folks who were initially 
ahead of me would pass me later following such detour(s). In the end, 
I ended up 3rd female. Interestingly, 1st and 2nd came down to a 
sprint after almost 3.5 hours of racing separated by a mere 0.1 second!
Afterwards, the omnium format series totals were also calculated, 
which determines the State Champion in Marathon. I ended up 2nd by 1 
point (out of about 350 total points) although there was an 'error' 
involving the weights; i.e. - the early-season decided – upon omnium 
calculation in the stated rules was not followed. If it had been 
followed I would have been ahead by 5 points. Although I had mentioned 
this before the race, this was not done in the presence of an official 
and was rejected, and after the race, I was still debating with myself 
whether to protest it or not because in reality the only reason my 
total was higher was due to some 'bonus' points that most participants 
earn by doing trail work. I thought I could perhaps bring it up 
later if so desired (since it's only arithmetic after all!) since 
everyone was so busy getting results out at the time. However, after 
looking through the NORBA rulebook, I believe this falls under the 
'protest to an official in writing within 15 minutes of announcement 
of results' rule, so the lesson learned here is that if I think I 
might want to protest, I should do it immediately after verbal 
announcement of results (since results were also not posted in this 
case). So as a result, my overall series finish is 2nd – although it 
would have been nice to be first, I guess it was not to be had this 
time around!
3/15/08, 4/4/08, 4/19/08 – 3 other mountain bike races
A few other mountain bike races prior to this included the Nova 
National race 4/4 in the Phoenixarea, which is part of the National 
series. Amateur age-groupers raced 2 laps for 47 miles while Pro/Open 
raced 3 laps for 70 miles. Since this was a National Series event, 
strong competitors from around the country and occasionally Pros from 
other countries participate. Over half the course was similar to dirt 
road, so there were actually 3 of us pacing together, which is a bit 
unusual in a mountain bike race. On my second lap, I became ill and 
slowed considerably, and had at least one inadvertent attempt to toss 
my stomach contents upon the desert floor in rapid fashion. During 
this second lap, I was actually lapped by 2 of the Pro men, which 
means that they had completed 2.8 laps in the time that it took me to 
complete 1.8 laps!! Translating roughly into road terms (via a 
probably inaccurate calculation due to varying aerodynamic drag), this 
would be like me going 20 mph and them going over 31 mph for 4 
hours!! I ended up 2nd in my age group, but there were only 2 of us 
…. I also did another 2 mountain bike races for which the finishes 
were not particularly notable, but I did manage to fix a broken chain 
and dismantle and reassemble my rear derailleur cage mid-race! You 
see, the official NORBA rule is that you have to carry all necessary 
tools with you and work on any mechanicals yourself, if you intend to 
finish a race. I don't think everyone follows this entirely though 
because it's only enforced if someone protests. I was not able to 
complete the Cross Country series because both the Cross Country and 
Marathon series required a participant to register and at least start 
that particular event at the Finals.
4/6/08 – Colossal Cave Road Race
This race featured a 9-mile circuit with about 300 feet of climbing 
per lap. At this event, there was a tandem category, but there were 
only 2 tandems entered. I had entered the 35+ Women category (5 laps) 
which also raced with the 50+ Women (4 laps) and the Cat 4 Women (5 
laps). This was a mere 2 days (40 hours, to be exact) after the Nova 
National Marathon race. Apparently, this was not enough time for me 
to recover well-enough for a near-ideal race. I got dropped after 
less than 1 lap when the pack was merely climbing up a hill at a 
relatively steady pace! Fortunately, about 40% of the field had 
already been dropped by then, so after being caught by a group 1 lap 
later, I worked with this group from which a few others dropped off, 
and a few others were caught. There were no other 35+ Women in my 
finishing group, and I ended up 3rd, which surprisingly, was still in 
the prize money!
4/27/08 – Tour of the Tucson Mountains
This was actually a benefit ride for scholarship(s) offered by the 
University of Arizona Alumni Association, so it was a mass-start 800- 
person 70-mile road ride. Some of you may be familiar with these 
events held by the Perimeter Bicycling Association of America (PBAA) 
since their flagship event in the Fall, El Tour de Tucson, is attended 
by several thousand cyclists. The leaders of this event ride it like 
a road race, so there is a cordoned-off section in the front where 
those who qualified may stage themselves. Unfortunately, I was not 
qualified because one usually qualifies by finishing under certain 
times at some PBAA events within the past 3 years, which I simply have 
not done recently since I was in the Midwest. One can also qualify by 
being Category Pro, 1, or 2, by winning a local stage race such as the 
Tucson Bicycle Classic or possibly the Tour of the Gila (in New 
Mexico), but those do not describe me either. Thus, I was left to 
fend for myself among all-comers. Due to the large number of people, 
the start was slow and the lead group was long gone by the time I had 
rounded the first couple corners. After chasing for about 10 miles 
without getting much of anywhere and with no idea how many women were 
ahead of me, my new goal was to try to finish under the time cutoff to 
qualify for the condoned-off section in a future event. So for the 
next 25 miles or so, I simply got with a group of perhaps 50 that had 
formed. Antsy to go a bit faster after that, I somehow managed to 
initiate a break of 3 from that group, which then turned into 2, but 
then we caught others etc. However, unable to keep up that desired 
pace, I and others were caught by the original group again after 15-20 
miles and simply rode to the finish with them. Unfortunately, my 
finishing time was 3 minutes longer than the desired cutoff time in 
the end, at 3 hours 13 minutes (the cutoff time is 3 hours for men, 
3:10 for women), but I had a good ride anyway, met and chatted with 
some new people, and was the 5th female (on a single bike; there tend 
to be lots of tandems in the lead group especially)
4/12/08 – AZ Criterium Championship
This was a smooth-surfaced 8-corner 0.75-mile course in Phoenix. I 
had entered the Women 35-39 race and the Women 3 race. All Masters 
Women categories started together, so there were a total 14 of us. I 
am sometimes slow about getting clipped in which apparently becomes a 
problem in tight crits when those who get in front of me (which is 
everyone) get gapped rather quickly from a strong group that has 
formed ahead, and when I am too uncertain about others' lines to pass 
effectively on the first few corners. So within the first lap, I was 
in a group of 3 behind the lead group of 3, and the lead group of 3 
was simply stronger and more efficient than my group was. So we 
simply continued, occasionally rotating (but with no real order) until 
the lead group lapped us. Although I was already 1st in 35-39, I 
jumped in anyway as they came by and finished with them. 
Surprisingly, the others I was with did not jump in also. As it 
turned out, this was practice for the Cat 3 race. In the Cat 3 race, 
a similar thing happened, except that this time there was a lead group 
of 4 and a chase group of 6 and unfortunately, the chase group was not 
rotating with a nice logical order, which in my opinion threw off 
efficiency. So after awhile, I simply went to the back. Once again, 
we were lapped by the lead group, at which point I jumped in and no 
one else did. So my placings were 1st Women 35-39, and 5th Women Cat 3.
5/3/08 – San Tan Crit
This was the first-year running of a 7-corner 1.1-mile crit in the 
Phoenix area that consisted of a triangle and a square separated by a 
straight stretch of road linking these two polygons. Therefore, the 
straight stretch carried 2-way criterium traffic separated by vertical 
traffic pylons. I was a bit dubious about this setup at first, but it 
seemed to work as field sizes were not too large and people were 
mostly careful about the pylons. I was late for the Women cat 3 
event, so due to my own tight schedule, I entered the Men 50+ event 
instead. (The officials here use the rule of thumb of adding 20 to 
Master Women's racing ages and concluding that a Master Woman may 
enter whatever category that age man could enter, which would mean 
that next year, I could enter Men 60+, but that seems a bit overkill 
to me – I think I would continue to enter no more than 50+ ) 
According to my Powertap, this turned out to be a good workout for me 
– my average power for 40 minutes was higher than I would normally 
expect if I were to, say, do a TT, but that could just be me ….
5/4/08 – Cyclo de Mayo Crit
I was rather excited to be doing my first Women's 1/2/3 crit of the 
year here. All my other crits had been Masters or Cat 3 or Cat 3/4 
Women. The course was a 0.5-mile almost-rectangle with several brick 
corners, a speedbump (low - not bad), and a roundabout-like structure 
that protruded just enough onto the course that a single paceline 
going through would need to deviate their path by about 1 foot. I 
actually got off to a good start this time, but unfortunately, I 
flatted on the first or second lap and had no wheels in the pit. So I 
promptly pulled out, disgruntled, but managed to convince the 
organizers to allow me to ride in the Men Cat 3 crit (next race) after 
I had fixed my flat with a spare tube. In the Cat 3 race, I seemed to 
be having substantial problems over the brick sections, feeling semi- 
not-in control over those sections, but after speaking with others, I 
concluded that it probably had to do with the characteristics of my 
bike combined with my light weight. After a while I started coasting 
through the entire brick sections, only for a larger gap to form thus 
necessitating a harder sprint after each brick corner. I only lasted 
something like 12 laps before I became extremely tired from the 
sprinting and dropped out. Despite my ride time being much shorter, 
my average power was lower than the previous day, but my peak power 
was much higher.


ABD Women shine at the Monsters

Several ABD Women were also out in force at the Monsters at the Midway
this weekend and turned in some mighty impressive results.
Jessi Prinner took 4th in the Womens 1/2 and Sue Semaszczuk took 4th 
in the inagural Cat 3 womans race. Sue was lead out by her teammate 
Marilyn Powell, who was doing her second race of the day after taking 
3rd in the Masters 40+!

Keeley Report: Monsters of the Midway & Wheels on Willy

cat 3
Lined up with 60 riders, 6 of which were ABD, so it was nice to ride
with a crew today. Our plan was to stay out of the wind and move up
at the end for the inevitable field sprint. We did a good job of
being aggressive a few times early in the race. David Reyes and his
father Al jumping off the front on several occasions. I found myself
way back with one to go, found Jay Corgiat's wheel on the backside and
took the express to the front of the pack. Jumped on Al's wheel going
into turn 3, took a decent line through turn 4 and sprinted to a
respectable 7th. Fast race, fun race, easy race when you could stay
tucked behind the big guys. I believe Ben was top 20 as well with the
rest of the guys finishing in the top 30 or thereabouts. Not bad for
our first stab at teamwork, it is only going to get better. There is
something to be said for having so many friendly dudes in the race
with you.

Wheels on Willy
master 3/4 race
We lined up, seemed like about 50 or so in the field. The official 
held us at the line for an extra minute as they cleared a car from the 
course. They then called the Chrono-metro team up to the front of the 
line en-masse for what I thought was a photo-op. It turned out to be 
an impromptu call-up to thank them for putting the race on. I'm not 
usually one to cry foul, but it was a little iffy that they had them 
start pretty much across the road about 5 feet in front of the line. 
The whistle went off and we took off at a leisurely pace being the 
chrono-wall. One of their riders took off and had about a 100 meter 
gap by the time we cleared the tricky downhill turn 2. Coming through 
turn four he had about the same, so I decided to join him, seeing as 
how he had about 15 teammates in the field and the move might actually 
work. I looked back and saw that I had a nice gap, with Jeff Watt 
from Vitamin Water glued to my wheel. We joined the Chrono-metro guy 
on the backside of the course going into turn three and began trading 
pulls. My memory is bad, but I think we were up there for a lap or 
two and the gap grew no bigger than about 100 meters. I felt like we 
were probably in good hands with VW and Chrono in a break, but it was 
not to be. We were reeled in about 10 mins. into the race and a few 
more attempts would be made to create a break, I was in several of 
them, but none had much chance. About 20 mins. into the race I found 
myself up the road with CBR's "editor" and Jeff Watt. "We need a 
Chrono-Metro rider to make this work" shouts the editor as I am 
thinking much the same. Within a few turns up screams a Chrono-Metro 
guy, we trade a few pulls, but the pack is right back on us. Now we 
are past halfway, so time to sit in for the field sprint unless 
something worthwhile forms up the road. I was just chilling about 4th 
wheel and another rider screams full blast directly into my ear at 
another rider to get off his ^$%^#^# bike. My CAT5 reflexes 
immediately kick in and I turn my head 180 (as the guy next to me does 
the same). His skewer slices through one of my spokes and I am off to 
the wheel pit. I was blessed with a good sendoff from the pit man (he 
must work out) and got back into the mix. Bad line into and out of 
turn 4 and no sprint for somewhere in the late 20's, what a bugger.
Cat 3 race
Bad clip in, faded wayyy back and took until about 30 mins. into the 
race to make it to the front. The race was fast from the gun and did 
not let up. I felt very shaky still from my earlier mishap and made a 
few mental errors that almost resulted in me being on the deck. 
Stayed in the top 10 for the final few laps and did not follow a good 
wheel into turn 4, resulting in a good hard sprint for 11th.
P1,2,3 race
Was literally shaking as I sat at the line with Tim H from Vitamin 
Water. "What are we supposed to do here," I ask. "Strap in and enjoy 
the ride, corners should be smooth. There will be a lull and then all 
Hell will break loose," was his response. Well, it was breaking loose 
from the start. I began near the back, clawed past a few people in 
the first few laps (there were 125 in the race according to the 
announcer), kept clawing, began finding myself being gapped riders, 
became a gapped rider and sat up 6 laps into the fray. Glad I was in 
it, wish I could have hung out longer. Our elite team lit it up 
pretty nicely, taking 2nd in a 5 man break and 2nd in the field spring 
along with some primes. A.S. showed some huge nuts again and finished 
top 3o with the big boys.


Multisport Results: Graham Clark Takes His Age Group!

In beautiful Effingham, Illinois on Sunday, ABD club member,Junior Graham Clark placed 1st in his age group in the May Madness Sprint Triathlon (1/4 swim, 13 mile bike and 3.1 mile run) while ABD member and Graham's Dad, Dave Clark, placed 4th in the "big man" group.

Weekend Race Results: Monsters & Galena Duathlon

Some early reports are in from this weekend's racing:

At the Galena Duathlon ABD'er Paul Cook won his age division!

Meanwhile, on the other end of the state at the Monsters of the Midway Criterium, new ABD-ABD/GEARGRINDER rider Steve Spencer braved the ride in from his home in Lombard to the city and was warmed up enough to take 2nd place in the Masters race!

The ABD Cat 3 Men are also warming up with the weather as Tim Keeley cracked the top 10 in a bunch sprint.

In the Pro 1/2 event the ABD/GEARGRINDER men played out their tactics perfectly with John Meyers solo'ing away to the victory and Josh Carter taking the field sprint for second! It was 1-2 in the 1/2's!

Thanks to Todd Busteed and Ben Demong for contributing to this report.


Photos Posted from the 40K TTT

Click on this link to view: http://www.abdcycling.com/gallery.htm

Prinner Report: Vernon Hills Grand Prix

Hello Everybody,

I was a little crestfallen to not be able to make it to the Baraboo Sharks RR on Saturday, so I instead turned my sights to the Vernon Hills Grand Prix on Sunday.

Indeed, it was a grand race. 40 percent of the field consisted of just Alberto riders. Now, I know what you’re all thinking. “Gosh, that sure is an unfair advantage!”, you might say. Well then, let’s rephrase the statement; there were two Alberto’s ladies. Yeah, you don’t even have to do the math.

Anyway, the race started out tricky seeing as though the road was wall to wall with cyclists. Sue and I sat on the back of the pack, but we didn’t worry because we knew we had the super-awesome bike-handling skills and experience required to move up when we deemed necessary. A lady in blue (a.k.a 20 percent of the field) pulled us around for about two laps, and I was starting to get a little antsy. So I attempted my first attack of the race. It was to no avail, though, because the mighty power of the colossal field was on my wheel in an instant. No worries, though, it was only one of about 8,000 attacks I was going to attempt in the race. In fact, I think I may have attacked just about every lap. So much for surprise; every time we rounded turn three everyone started sprinting because they knew I was going to attack.

Anyway, eventually one of my attacks worked, and luckily I had Sue there to block the front of the field for me. I soon found myself in a meager group off the front consisting of the two Alberto’s ladies and me. Both of them worked together and kept me sandwiched between them at all times. So what did I do to counter this move? I attacked! Eventually one of the women got dropped and it was just two of us working together. So then what did I do? In unison now….I attacked! And what do you know? It worked! I gained almost a third of a lap on the lady and rode across the finish line pumping my fists in the air like I just won the Tour de France. Close enough.

So then, of course, I had to stand on the podium and claim my victory. And that is when my worst nightmare came true. The announcer guy decided it would be a great idea to interview the top three riders, but little did he know that Jessi Prinner has this severe disease called Stage-Fright. Definition of Stage-Fright: a huge, vicious monster lurking in the dark that only strikes when one is plopped on a stage (or other elevated area) in front of a large crowd.

Announcer man, “So, Jessi, it must feel great to have claimed the overall victory. I noticed how you attacked with just three laps to go when you were with only one other rider…what compelled you to make this decision instead of waiting it out to the end to sprint?”

Jessi (speaking to brain), “Okay Brain, time to kick it into high gear. Make Jessi’s mouth say something interesting!”

Brain, “……….”

Jessi, “C’mon, don’t fail me now!”

Brain, “……….” (a soft ocean breeze and the sound of crickets chirping can be heard in the backround)

Jessi, “Dang it! Recall something from past experience…..I must have learned something useful in school that can be applied now.”

Brain, “The Law of Embryology states that ontology recapitulates phylogeny. The product of the reciprocals of two positive numbers is equal to the reciprocal of their product. Desertification contributed to the migration of the Bantus in Africa.”

Jessi, “This isn’t helping.”

Mouth, “********************” (This quote has been hidden to protect the identity of…..well…me. It shall forever be forgotten because if it isn’t, there is a large possibility that it will forever go down in history as the worst sentence ever put together by a human being, much less spoken in front of a vast crowd.)

And so that ends my tale of Vernon Hills. Next time I will be prepared for my speech, and when my moment comes, I will say, “hold on a sec Mr. Announcer Man, I gotta get my notecard out…”

Until Next time,



ABD Cat 3 Men Grab Two Podiums in One Weekend!

ABD’s revamped Cat 3 Men’s program took two second places this past weekend as the squad went civil and split into their “North” and “South” divisions.

The North brigade tackled the Whitnall Park Criterium and a strong team effort by riders Jay Corgiat and Ben DeMong helped Tim Keeley to second in the field sprint.

To the South riders Ron Bridal and Gabe Looker fended off the big St. Louis squads to narrowly miss the “W” in a close field sprint. Check out the pics below as Gabe sprints for the line.

Ron leading Gabe through the field:

Gabe sprints for second!