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Experience the World’s Premier Gravel Grinder -DK200 Ride Report

Posted by on June 30, 2017 in Race Report | 1 comment

Experience the World’s Premier Gravel Grinder -DK200 Ride Report

An unenviable task: writing a reasonably short blog post about my Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200) experience. Notice that I did not say “ride” – preparing for and doing this event was indeed an experience that changed my body, my mind, and my soul. An event that bills itself as the “World’s Premier Gravel Grinder” with a motto “Find Your Limit” should deliver nothing less than that! I contributed an earlier blog post about the late-March Dirty Kanza training camp, where I got to experience the terrifying, “baby-head” sized...

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Team Belgianwerkx Tour of America’s Dairyland Pro/1/2 Wrap Up

Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Race Report | 0 comments

Team Belgianwerkx Tour of America’s Dairyland Pro/1/2 Wrap Up

  This was my third year racing the entire series. I’ve previously done the Master’s 3 / 4 and Open 2 / 3. I decided months ago that I wanted to give the P/1/2 (also known as the “Pro Race”) a try as I’m not getting younger and the other categories will always be there in the future. I’m glad I made that decision, because it was quite an experience. I won’t go into excruciating detail, but there were certainly highlights.     Kenosha, Day 1. My First ToAD Pro Race. I had no idea what to expect, and was unsure how...

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A New Training Partner

Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Belgianwerkx Updates, Race Report | 0 comments

A New Training Partner

It’s been nearly 4 years since I have done an organized endurance event. Two months ago, I got back on my bike. In the basement. At 11 pm. After washing bottles, folding laundry and cleaning up tiny pieces of mango stuck to the kitchen floor. Life has certainly changed in four years. My new training partner is about 25 pounds and yells out orders such as, “Nana! Mama! Nana!!” She can be pretty demanding and doesn’t accept my excuses. She’s nineteen months old and definitely has a tenacious side to her. Because my schedule no longer...

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Team Belgianwerkx Throwback – Tour of America’s Dairyland 2016

Posted by on June 12, 2017 in Belgianwerkx Updates | 0 comments

Team Belgianwerkx Throwback – Tour of America’s Dairyland 2016

The 2017 Tour of America’s Dairyland starts on Thursday, June 15.  Here are some of the highlights from Team Belgianwerkx at ToAD 2016. 2016 was a big year for the team- 5 teammates took the overall competitions in their categories.       And a special throw back to 2013 when Jadon won Category 4/5 overall with the help of Belgianwerkx teammates. Now racing for Intelligentsia-Allied, he’s got a national title to his name! For the 2017 series, teammates Robert and Ted Pyzyk will be competing in the entire series in the...

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Vittoria Corsa G+ Tire Review

Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Reviews and Tests | 0 comments

Vittoria Corsa G+ Tire Review

After spending a year riding the comfortable but not-particularly-fast Challenge Almanzo’s, I was in need of a new set of tires for my Cannondale SuperX which I use for both cyclocross and road riding. I wanted something a little more practical for mostly-road riding, versus the gravel riding I was doing when I first got the Almanzo’s. Having spent many years riding skinny 700x23s and 25s, I was looking for something faster than the Almanzo’s but definitely more comfortable than the skinnier tires. Since I do not hesitate to take my...

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Team Belgianwerkx Race Report- WEMS #3 9 Hours of Alpine Valley

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Race Report | 0 comments

Team Belgianwerkx Race Report- WEMS #3 9 Hours of Alpine Valley

The Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series, or WEMS, is the off-road alternative to WORS, with races lasting from 3 hours to 12 hours for teams and individuals.  The intermediate to advanced trails at Alpine Valley are relatively new; 2017 is only the fourth year WEMS has held a race at the venue since the current trail system has been developed.  Race organizers opened a new section of trail special to the event this year. Thanks Adam for your report! Let me start by saying that this was my first MTB race so I wasn’t expecting much. My...

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Team Belgianwerkx Race Report- LaCrosse Omnium

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Belgianwerkx Updates, Race Report | 0 comments

Team Belgianwerkx Race Report- LaCrosse Omnium

The LaCrosse Omnium consists of a 2.4 mile uphill time trial on Friday, a road race on Saturday with lung burning climbs a few miles across the Mississippi River in Minnesota, and a criterium in downtown LaCrosse on Sunday to wrap up the weekend.  Congrats to Team members Ross and Robert who both started the weekend with podium finishes after the first stage of racing. Ross F. Category 4 men After taking last year off of road racing, I was extremely excited to head to La Crosse for a weekend of racing (just Friday and Saturday, I skipped...

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Every Day is a Great Day for Cyclocross! Another Dam Cross Race Report

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Belgianwerkx Updates, Cyclocross, Race Report | 0 comments

Every Day is a Great Day for Cyclocross! Another Dam Cross Race Report

Team Belgianwerkx loves cyclocross so it’s no surprise that a few members of the team made the trek down to Rockford, IL on Sunday, May 7 for the third in a trio of spring cyclocross races put on by Rock River Multisport.  The weather was fabulously non-crossy but made for a great early season test of fitness for the diehards that toed the line.  Congrats to Jason, Arlen, and Joe for on their early start to cyclocross season. Check out Joe’s race report from the second race in the series, Return to the Hill.   Jason...

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Team Belgianwerkx Race Report- WORS #1 Englewood Opener

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Belgianwerkx Updates, Race Report | 0 comments

Team Belgianwerkx Race Report- WORS #1 Englewood Opener

Nicki L. Open Women The WORS Englewood opener race goes down as one of my favorite WORS courses – it wasn’t too punishing (like other courses at ski hills) and had lots of flow and a bunch of technical rocky bits. It was on private property at a grass-fed beef farm and before pre-riding on Friday night I wondered how good the trail was going to be, so I was pleasantly surprised with what I found – thoughtful trail design with lots of fun features. My fitness was as to be expected for an early season race. I was coming off an...

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PTCD- Post-Traumatic Cheesehead Disorder

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Race Report | 2 comments

PTCD- Post-Traumatic Cheesehead Disorder

The 2017 Cheesehead Roubaix was all about braving the elements.  Noah Rickun has been a long time Team Belgianwerkx member and was one of only a handful that started the ride to finish the entire route. Thankfully, he survived the harsh conditions to tell his story.  It’s taken me four days to sit down to write this little recap of the 2017 Cheesehead Roubaix. Partially because I just regained feeling in my fingertips, but mostly because I’ve been suffering from PTCD (Post-Traumatic Cheesehead Disorder). Grieving is a process, after...

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