Winfield Pre-Reg Deadline is Sunday! Prize lists, Masters Photos & Results Posted

The pre-registration deadline for the Winfield Twilight Criterium and ABR National Championship is Sunday at midnight! Save $5 per race by pre-registering through Active, just hit the Register Now link at www.ABDcycling.com.

Online registration will be open through Tuesday night. Day of race registration will also be available.

This year’s Winfield Criterium Weekend features over $7500 in prize money!!! Sunday’s race has $800 for the Cat 3’s and $2500 for the 1/2’s!
Full prize list breakdowns are posted at www.ABDcycling.com


A huge thanks to everyone who joined us for last weekend’s Memorial Day Weekend Masters’ Races. We had an awesome time and hope you all enjoyed the new “big course”! A special thanks to the army of volunteers that stepped up to make it a fun and safe event and to our sponsors Prairie Path Cycles, Packey Webb and Serfas.

Full results and photos from the event are posted at www.ABDcycling.com


Voler Clothing, Bontrager & Serfas Goodies!

Hello ABD'ers,

The Voler clothing, Bontrager and Serfas orders are all available for
pick-up at the PPC-Winfield store!

Thanks to Steve Gage, Jim Nowak, Scott Pahl and the PPC employees for
helping to coordinate and sort these orders.


Watson Report from Colorado

[Zach Watson is an ABD Club member and Elite Team rider living in Boulder, Colorado. Zach has been an ABD member since the team’s original inception as a Junior program in the mid 90’s and we are proud to still have him on board]

Hello, ABD Club. Here’s a quick report on some races this past weekend. Next up: the Quad Cities races.

Saturday:  Sunshine Canyon Hillclimb.  Basically a mass start 9 mile climb up one of the nastiest climbs in Boulder, last 3 miles on dirt.  Chilly start, headed off and the smack went down as soon as the gun went off.  Oooh that hurt, watching the watts at 425 or so and we're on the lighter grades in the first mile!  I yo-yo'ed a bit and caught back on about 3 times after getting detached, but I got dropped for good a little over halfway up.  Just couldn't hold the pace and my legs were fairly blown from hanging on during the steep stuff.  So I rode to the finish by myself, with a few others, the race exploded and everyone just came in one-by-one.  I was fairly upset since I had climbed well at Gila, but I am learning that a "sprint" up a climb like that really isn't my niche in the climbing world.  Probably would do a lot better if we did about 80 miles beforehand.  I climbed the course 2 mins faster than I did last year so there is improvement, but 25th out of 41 isn't great!  The wattage numbers were pretty high, 10 min average was 405, overall 329.  Ouch, that hurt. 
Sunday:  Bounced back nicely.  North Boulder Park Crit, apparently a coors classic heyday classic course.  They did like a dozen call ups, everyone showed up today.  Frischkorn and Donald from Slipstream, Baldwin from Rock, Garcia from BMC, Chris Wherry, Scott Moninger, Colby Pearce, Dan Schmatz, Ian MacGregor and another Type 1 guy, a Bissell guy, and the regular Boulder fast guys.  So a pretty stacked field for a local race, a lot of horsepower present.  The race splits due to the narrow roads and dodgy turns so I kept to the front.  Frischkorn took off with about 30 mins to go and I stuck right on his wheel and was joined with Colby Pearce and a couple others.  A good move but alarm bells went off in the field and we got reeled back in.  So it came down to a few laps to go and a couple guys got away, and we almost got them on the line, but Ian MacGregor won.  I kept a good position and launched out of the last corner about 6th wheel.  Sprinted hard and passed a couple, got 4th place.  
So my crit riding is spot-on and tactically I am playing well.  I got pretty down after the drubbing I took in the hillclimb so I was pretty low on morale at the start but I got out of that funk pretty quick and rode a smart race.  Looking forward to memorial weekend!  

Thanks, hope you're well!


ABD Masters Race Saturday, Sunday & Monday! Winfield Crits in just 2.5 Weeks- Volunteer & Race For FREE!

The ABD Memorial Day Weekend Masters’ Races presented by Prairie Path Cycles are this Saturday, Sunday & Monday!

The weekend features racing for 30+ Men and Women with over $4,000 in Daily and Overall Prizes. An event flyer and prize list breakdowns are available at http://www.ABDcycling.com. Day-of-race registration is available for all categories.


The 10th Annual Winfield Criterium Weekend, featuring the Winfield Twilight Criterium and ABR National Championship, will be June 6th & 7th. Full details and registration information are posted at http://www.ABDcycling.com

Be sure to bring the family! New for 2009, the Village of Winfield has added a Parade of Bikes and a Bike Decorating before the race on Saturday, and Sunday features the ever-popular kids’ races!

We're also looking for a few course marshals to help us out with the weekend, and anyone who volunteers for a shift (2 to 3 hours) will receive a voucher good for FREE entry in any upcoming 2009 ABD event. We also provide a snack or lunch for our volunteers. (Sign up for multiple shifts and receive multiple vouchers!)

Below are the following time slots available to help out, and you can check each day's event schedule at www.ABDcycling.com if you need to know when you're racing. SPOTS ARE LIMITED and this offer is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Winfield Criterium Weekend: email abdvols@gmail.com w/ name, cell #, and 1st & 2nd preferred shift
(All Winfield volunteers are invited to a post-event BBQ on Sunday in the middle of the course)
Saturday: 2:30-4:45om
Saturday: 4:45-7pm
Sunday: 7:45am - 10:30am
Sunday: 10:30am - 1pm
Sunday: 1pm - 3:30pm
Sunday: 3:30pm - 6pm


Freund Report: Vernon Hills

Sorry I know this is a little delayed but I figured better late then never. 

Well I really wasn't sure what to expect in this race when I showed up, but I was pretty pumped for the opportunity to wear my skin suit.  There weren't too many guys in the our field and this was really only my second race so I'm still not too sure who to watch for.  Also to my surprise in the pre-race team meeting I was elected as the main guy for the race.  How was this decided you may ask... well Ebert said he's not in shape, Spencer was old, and John was still upset about his TT the day before.  So it was like I drew the short straw.  

So the race started out pretty fast with some attacks but nothing really sticking.  About 20 minutes gone by and the race had been pretty fast so I figured the next time there was a lull in the race the attack to follow would stick.  This is what happened Brian Java (not how you spell his last name) of Mercy attacked and immediately had a big gap.  I thought if I could get to him we might be able to stay away.  Then a group of 3 got off the front and were chasing.  I thought that this group would catch Brain and that would be the decisive break.  However the pack chased and as we reeled in the 3 I knew I had to go.  I jumped off the front and the pack was content with letting me go.  I bridged up to Brian and we got to work.  We were working together pretty good and then I realized there was a group that was trying to bridge up and that group had a teammate of mine.  Brian knew that I could sit up and wait for my teammate however he didn't want that to happen so it was lets make a deal time.  He proposed if we were to stay away then he would not sprint.  I thought that was a great idea.  However in the back of my mind I was thinking "is he just saying that?".  Well despite my doubts I started taking long pulls into the wind and trying to make sure we didn't get caught.  In the end he stayed true to his word and I got to roll in solo.  However if your going to re-tell this story it will sound better if you say I attacked him on the last lap and he simply couldn't hold my wheel.


CANCELLED: PPC-Batavia Wednesday Ride

Unfortunately tonight's regularly scheduled Wednesday Night ride from
PPC-Batavia is cancelled due to the rain.


Psst... we have a few great ABD events coming up, please spread the word!

Flyers are posted for the Memorial Day Masters Weekend on May 23rd, 24th & 25th- featuring over $4,000 in overall prizes- and the 10th Annual Winfield Criterium on June 6th and 7th- the 2009 ABR National Criterium Championship! This year's Winfield Weekend also includes two days of Kids' Events: a "Parade of Bikes" on Saturday and the always popular Kids' Races on Sunday.

Please print out flyers to distribute at your local shops, health clubs, running stores and just about anywhere you can think of. Just click on the links above or head on over to www.ABDcycling.com



Course Map is Posted for Saturday's 40k TTT

The updated course map for Saturday’s 40k Two Person Time Trial is posted!

Download the map here


40k TTT Start Times Posted; Day of Race Registration Still Available; PPC Ladies' Night Tonight!

Preliminary start times for Saturday’s 40k Two Person Time Trial are posted at http://www.ABDcycling.com. Day-of-race registration is available for start times at 11:30 a.m. and later.

We are still in need of a couple course marshals and anyone who can help out gets lunch and an Entry Voucher for FREE entry into any 2009 ABD event, including: the Memorial Day Weekend Masters Races, the Winfield Criterium Weekend, the Fall Fling Races & the Sunrise Park ‘Cross Race. If you’re not racing and can volunteer for two shifts (8:45-10:45/10:45-1) you’ll receive two vouchers! (vouchers are completely transferable to family, friends and teammates). If you’d like to help out please shoot us an e-mail at abdcycling@gmail.com


ABD’s primary sponsor, Prairie Path Cycles, is hosting a Ladies’ Night this evening (Thursday) at their Batavia location at 7 p.m. A representative from Trek's WSD line will be on hand, a local vendor will have wine tasting and there will be a variety of freebies and door prizes. So far 57 women have already signed up!

For those who’d like to attend please RSVP to Joe at 630-406-9749


CANCELLED: tonight's PPC-Batavia Wed ride

Due to the weather forecast the Prez is pulling the plug on tonight's ride.


40k TTT Pre-Reg Closes Tonight; John Fraser Memorial TT & Overall Results Posted!

Pre-Registration for the ABD 40k Two Person Time Trial (Part of the 2009 MATTS Series), closes tonight at midnight! Day of race registration will be available, but if you want a pre-assigned start time you MUST pre-register by tonight. Full details and the online registration link is available at www.ABDcycling.com

We’ve also ADDED a “Mixed Male/Female” category to the event, however please note that Male/Female teams will receive medals but no ABR MATTS or ROTY of the year points. If you’ve already registered in a separate category but would like to compete in the Male/Female category just shoot us an email at abdcycling-at-gmail-dot-com

We also still have some riders still looking for teammates. If you’d like to get in touch with any of these riders please email abdcycling-at-gmail-dot-com for their contact info. (Note that teams must compete in the same jersey).

Todd Busteed, AM40+
Yuki Iwama, AM4
Jeff Kossla, AM40+
Donna Maday, AW40+ or AW4
Greg Iverson, AM55+


A HUGE round of applause to the riders, volunteers, officials, sponsors and weather(!) that made Saturday’s John Fraser Memorial Time Trial a success. 201 participants took to the course with Mark Swartzendruber & Debbie Dust posting the fastest Men’s and Women’s times of the day. Preliminary results for the JFMTT & ABD TT Series are posted at www.ABDcycling.com.

Congratulations to our Overall ABD TT Series winners:

AM1/2: Dan Verner - PACT/DishNetwork
AWO: Jessi Prinner - ABD
AM3: Michael Stodden - North Branch Cycling Club
AM15: Konrad Witt - ABD
AW15: Marie Scanlan - Multisport Madness Triathlon Team
AM15-5k: Joshua Schilling-Team Mack
AM16: Stephen Miwa - South Chicago Wheelmen
AM30+: Mark Swartzendruber - Scarletfire/Verizon Racing
AM4: Kevin McDowell - Multisport Madness Triathlon Team
AW4: Nicole Voelkel - Multisport Madness Triathlon Team
AM40+: Mark Swartzendruber - Scarletfire/Verizon Racing
AW40+: Agnieszka Motyka - Experience Triathlon
AM50+: James Host - PACT/DishNetwork
AW50+: Heidi Schmidt
AM55+: Dan Madsen - ABD
AM60+: Tom Egan - ABD
AW60+: Nancy Beck - Midwest Masters
AM65+: Rich Vichotka - Midwest Masters
AM70+: Jack Patterson - Midwest Masters
AW70+: Patricia Beam - Team RVO
AM75+: Pat Murphy - ABD
AM80+: Robert McKeague
CM19-29: Antonio Zamora - Team Jocelyns
CM30-39: Michael Platzke
CM40-49: Brian Comiskey - Multisport Madness Triathlon Team
CM50+: Gary Kula - Downers Grove Bicycle Club
CW15: Alexandra Lorenz - Multisport Madness Triathlon Team
CW40-49: Kim Gialdini - Downers Grove Bicycle Club


Final Notes for SATURDAY's JFMTT

Hello riders- just a few quick notes and reminders about tomorrow’s race:

- The event is tomorrow- Saturday! Start Times are posted at http://www.ABDcycling.com and day-of-race registration is available for start times after 10:15.

- Registration is at a NEW location: the downstairs kitchen of the Maple Park Civic Center: 348 Willow Street, 60151 (Located by the ball field to the East of County Line Road and a two blocks south of Main Street)

- First rider off at 8:01 a.m. and then at 30 second intervals. Please show up no earlier than 2 hours before your start. With 30 second intervals we’ll need to move riders through registration at twice the pace so please be considerate of those racing earlier.

- We request that all racers park near the Civic Center. Please do NOT use the lot at the American Legion lot although parking in the gravel lot along the tracks behind the building is o.k. A Parking Map is available at http://www.ABDcycling.com

- The area around the civic center is a residential area so please be respectful of our slumbering hosts and respect public decency laws. NUDITY will lead to disqualification, fines and other things. Please don’t help us find out what other things are.

- There will be port-a-potties at the Civic Center and the restrooms in the park near the Start line will also be open.

- There is no snow in tomorrow’s forecast!!!

See you tomorrow,
The ABD Cycle Club