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Ashland Spring Thaw Race Report

May 22nd, 2014

Ashland Spring Thaw 2014 Race Report – Jonz Norine 5.20.2014

Where to start?

I think we will begin at 4:oo pm on Friday at Todd Dodds’ house.

In the van were Todd Dodds, Bill Dodds, and Jonz Dodds – on our way to Ashland Spring Thaw 2014.

We met John and the Friesen Clan at Campo del Friesen in Mt. Shasta for a great night of pre-race carbs of the solid and liquid variety. (Thank you Patty).

After a super good night’s sleep, we emerged exceptionally early from our blanket cocoons to a breakfast that of course included bacon. (Thank you again Patty).

John decided to spend the day with the family, so the remainder of the Doddses traveled on to the wilds of Oregon to test their mettle against the hills and dells of the Southern Cascades.

Weather was perfect. Warm but not too warm (of course I would have liked it about 30 degrees hotter, but that’s just me).

Jed Dodds came up from Redding to meet us that morning.

The gun went off.

TDodds was on his 10-pound Lynskey singulator (just an estimate), BDodds on a geared anchor of a 2013 Trance X, JdDodds on the same beast, and JzDodds on his 2014 Trance X (which is just as big as anchor, but has a cooler paint scheme than the previous year). We struggled mightily against the mass and weight of our machines. We were no match.

TDodds left us in the dust on what must have seemed to him to be a witch’s broom flying up the climb without effort! Either that, or he actually trains and is in shape.

That was the last time we saw TDodds – the start line. He shot off like he was the bunny in a greyhound race…and the greyhounds were angry..and the greyhounds were hopped up on ‘ludes.

The rest of us took off at a reasonable rate of speed because it was 12 miles to the top of the climb. No. Seriously. 12 miles up a long fire road.

And there was a pretty steep single track kicker at the top. Once we got there, it was down, down, down. Single track then a little fire-road, then single track again all the way to the end.

I don’t know how he did it on on that fully rigid single speed, but Todd killed it and ended up 4th in a stacked SS category, the first of us Owens boys.

Seven minutes later JzDodds arrived. I wasn’t able to accelerate on the steep parts, but on the more gentle uphills I put it in the big ring and CRANKED for all I was worth and gained a few places as the interminable climb proceeded. It was fun to see people’s faces drop as they were passed on an uphill by a double-boing-bike.

As a surprise to all including myself, I passed a few folks on the downhill. Yay me and I didn’t crash all the way to the finish.

Less than two minutes after I finished, JdDodds came in. He probably made up 10 minutes on the downhill (we all know how fast he descends).

Same thing for BDodds – he arrived only a short time later. Kvetching about a lack of training for the uphill pull. But he more than made up for it on the gravity bomber downhill.

Despite getting killed by most of the field JzDodds placed 1st in the geriatric 45+ Expert field (hence his job to do race report)

TDodds placed 4th in SS (Tim Olsen, yeah, THAT Tim Olsen, won that category).

JdDodds placed 11th in non-elderly expert men and BDodds took the 24th spot in that self-same category.

After the race we checked out the Caldera Brewery and Restaurant in the Ashland outskirts for post-race recovery meat. It was way better than just good.

We got back to Redding at a reasonable hour to spend time with our families on Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to Owens for sponsoring a great team race that turned into a super team weekend.

We missed all that could not make it. Next time we hope to see you too.





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May 22nd, 2014 09:04:59

Lemurian RR Report

April 30th, 2014

Lemurian RR Report – Jordan Anderson 4.26.2014

Let’s just say that today was a perfect day for the race. Yesterday’s rain made the dirt awesome, there wasn’t really any mud, and it wasn’t hot like it usually is. We started out at a good pace, the whole team was within a minute of each other all the way up first climb, and then we started to separate. Dodds and I were going down the gas-can passing a good amount of racers, and then I looked back for second and he was gone. More on that story at the end.

I caught a draft across the dam and then was able to give a good effort up 5 pound. Made it through the rocky stuff and buckhollow clean, and then was able to power the flats. Amber and my parents helped us with little aid station and then we were ready to hit Satan’s crack. By this time I was starting to get cramps, so I kept it nice and smooth trying not to burn too many matches. Through both creek crossings and then headed up the fire road to the couch, really starting to hurt now. Made it to the last part of the couch and the sheriff was waiting for us to give a little extra motivation. Thanks buddy! The couch DH was the best it has ever been, I’m sure somebody set a new KOM on that today. Got to sheep’s camp and the cramps set it, but I was able to fight them off through the finish. Great day for a race, everybody had a blast, even Todd… Turns out that he front flatted right behind me, fixed it and then about 30 yards after, his front tire blew off the rim, and his tube wrapped around the disc brake and he went head over heals. He still finished though and had fun. John decided to race the short course with Johan, who was riding his bmx bike, good job! Bill may have broken a rib or two, I don’t know the story on that though, he said it involved attempting a back flip or something. Anyhow, great day for a race, thanks Owens for making it happen and we’ll see you guys Wednesday.

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April 30th, 2014 16:23:11

Napa/Sea Otter RR

April 14th, 2014

Napa/Sea Otter RR – Jordan Anderson 4.13.2014

Last Sunday, Todd, Adam, Scott and I raced the Napa Valley dirt classic. 19 miles and around 3000 feet of climbing. Awesome trails, mostly twisting and rolling single track, we found a little mud but managed to steer clear of most of it. Todd and I started at 10:30, with Scott and Adam 10 minutes later. Todd got second in expert SS, we both finished in around 1:40, Scott and Adam were both around 1:50. We all had a blast and chowed down on some good grub in Calistoga on the way out.

Yesterday, I raced the xc and cx races down at Sea Otter. My xc race was 36 miles with 5400 feet elevation gain. I raced the pro class but knew coming into it from last weekend that I’m not in the kind of shape that I would like to be. 92 guys started, 82 finished. They should have ran the loop backwards, because they had us climbing single track and descending on paved/fire roads. I would say it was 2/3rds paved and fire roads. My plan was to save my energy for the second lap, which I’m glad I did or I would have blown up very quickly. Christophe Sauser took first place with a time of 2 hours, I was taking my time behind him and rolled across at 2:30. My goal was under 3 hours.

Later that day at 6pm, I did the Pro/1/2 cx race. It was 40 minutes. Sea otter really knows how to put a fun cx race together though! They had a 50 yard stretch of pea gravel that was about 6 inches deep, I made it through twice without getting off but it was tough. They also put in an S section through wet sand, and then on the opposite end of the course were two sets of barriers, one big roll over, a fly over, and then a section lined with the funniest crowd i’ve ever raced through. I was reaching for money and hit a beer can…found myself a couple feet away from my bike after that. 22 guys, top 10 were pros, I was 15th. Really fun day, awesome support crew thanks to the parents and grandma (and Chain Gang for getting the bikes dialed in).  As always, thanks to Owens for making it happen, it was a solid weekend.

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April 14th, 2014 11:00:57

Chico Stage Race Report 45+ 4-5

March 31st, 2014

Chico Stage Race Report 45+ 4-5 – Scott Asbill 3.24.2014

Last weekend, Adam, Todd and I  made the trek to Chico to represent Owens Healthcare Cycling Team (my first as a member so I was fired up).

As we drove to the start of the Paskenta road race, we commented on the strong north wind which had the pro field completely shattered and in multiple groups of 5-6 riders.  We all speculated our races might be similar with early break attempts.  However, by the time we started our race, the wind had died down significantly so all attempts were easily covered.  At the beginning of the race, Adam was very attentive at the front and was carefully covering mini attacks while I sat back further in the peloton discussing the race with Tom Dillard.  After several miles of negative racing, the pace started to pick up a little and with the gravel section coming up in about 3-4 miles, I found Adam and myself pinned near the back of the peloton (not the place to be!).  I could see Adam was agitated as both he and I were unable to move up on such a narrow road.  Since I had already been warned by centerline rules, I decided to shift into cx mode.  I gingerly navigated off the paved shoulder, laced with potholes and debris, with Adam in tow.  We moved up on the far right side, one rider at a time, until we found ourselves at the front with about a mile before the gravel.   From there I ramped up the pace and hit the gravel road at mach 1 with only a few riders slightly in front of me on the left.  One of those riders slid and drifted abruptly into my line and forced me into the soft gravel and ditch.  Adrenaline pumping, I unfortunately lost all momentum, I found myself back about 25 or more spots (very similar to what Bill had told me what happened to him last year).  As I navigated through the gravel and carnage of riders on the ground (multiple riders with the rubber side up),  I found myself just back from the front group of about 12 riders, which fortunately included Adam and Tom.  When we left the gravel the front break was broken into several groups.  I bridged up to Adam which was nice as we were able to work together to the finish.  I crossed in 13th and Adam14th out of about 50 starters. (Tom flatted but finished)

The next morning at 8am was our scheduled Crit and I was nervous as a cat since I hadn’t raced one in a very long time.  I could tell Adam was a bit nervous too, as we both probed Todd the night before for advice.   After the first couple of laps I felt comfortable and in fact, about the middle of the race I felt good enough to bridge up halfway to a two man break but fell back wisely since I could see the break getting caught.  Adam and I stayed pretty close together (sure is nice having a teammate and wheel next to you you can trust) and in the top 10 most of the race.  With 1 lap to go, I think I was confused that it was the last lap.    I was sitting about 10th and was ready to start moving up, however when we hit the last turn I saw everyone starting to sprint and realized my mistake.  Too late to sprint, I rode in and managed 13th place and Adam finished safely back in the bulk of the field.

After a brief rest and sitting 13th and 14th overall, Adam and I were gearing up for the TT.  Having recently purchased  basic TT helmets from Chainlove, we both were feeling very aero (yet a bit goofy).   Since Adam and I were only about a minute back (GC), I thought our chances were good moving up and maybe even podium.  However, when we pulled up to the start and noticed every single rider – other than ourselves – had TT bikes with disc rear wheels we thought, “Uh Oh.”  I thought I had a decent TT but was 19th and Adam said it wasn’t his best TT and ended up a little farther back.

Overall, I ended up 15th and Adam 22nd GC.

A great weekend of racing, Sierra Nevada beer, camaraderie, learning, team representation, weather and friendship.  Thank you Owens for the opportunity to be on the team.  I am proud to be a member and look forward to many more experiences such as this in the future.

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March 31st, 2014 12:19:37

Chico Stage Race 45+ 1/2/3 Race Report

March 31st, 2014

Chico Stage Race 45+ 1/2/3 Race Report – Todd Dodds 3.24.2014

It was very nice leaving Redding at 11:30 Saturday morning heading to a road race.  Certainly more relaxing than heading out at 5:30 in the morning.  Scott, Adam and I had nice drive down to the big town of Paskenta.  As we got closer to town, we started seeing carnage from the races that started earlier that day.  Each field we passed, albeit, each shattered field, was heading out for their second lap; we commented on how the wind was going to be hard and that we were glad we only had only lap to ride.

Even though my road race was 45 miles long I knew it was going to be hard.  All the usual suspects were lined up with winning strategies discussed with their teammates.  My plan was to stay fresh and not chase anything.  I knew there would be a break that would form and could stick but I was not going to be the one trying to make that happen.  Sure enough, about mile 7 some guys started attacking and about mile 10 there were about 6 guys in a break.  All of the big teams had a guy in the break with the exception of Specialized.  We rolled along for the next 28 miles at a pretty steady pace.  It seemed like there were some big efforts every couple of miles or so but for the most part the peloton remained in tack.  After the water feed the pace picked up a little and continued to increase as we got closer to the dirt.  At one point the break had a 2 minute gap however once we reached the dirt, we clawed back all but 20 seconds.  I was happy because I stayed out of the wind and felt pretty good once we neared the dirt.  Of course once the pave turned to dirt, the peloton splintered.  I managed to stay with the main chase group for the first mile which was rapidly catching the break but that was before Larry Nolan decided to drill it.  Once he got in the front I could not hold on any longer.  By the time I rolled across the finish line, Larry had crossed two minutes earlier in 1st place.  That guy is an animal and he his 56 years old.  I managed 19th place and 2 minutes down on GC.  Had  a great day and the wind was not bad at all.

My TT was 10:46am so I had a nice leisurely morning.  I decided to ride the road bike versus mooching the Blazes TT bike so all I had to do was pin the numbers on a clean kit, suit up and roll to the start.  I had a good TT considering the bike I rode.  I finished in 25 minutes 16 seconds which was 1 minute slower than last year riding a TT bike.

My crit was at 4:20 so I had a lot of relaxing time in between races.  I raced the crit safely like the road race.  There was a break that formed with 3 guys and I thought it would stick for the entire race.  With 5 laps to go the gap remained at 24 seconds.  I manage to stay in top ten or so up to that point.  I saw Larry Nolan make a move with 4 laps to go and I was able to jump on a wheel just behind his.  He rolled around the course for about a lap and half and nearly brought the break back…I thought I was going to die trying not to lose the wheel.  With two laps to go some others got on the front and continued to drill it.  I managed to stay near the front as we rolled for one more lap.  We were nearly to the 3 guys who lead nearly the entire race as we headed toward the last turn and I was positioned about 8th wheel which was out of sprint contention.  I finished 15th and had a ton of fun.  I later heard that our lap times were not much slower than the P 1/2 lap times which explained why I was so gassed at the end of the race.

We had a great time at the race.  The promoters did a fantastic job and it is right in our back yard.  As always, thanks Owens for helping make this happen.  We have a great team with tons of support and I really appreciate it.

Thanks, Todd

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March 31st, 2014 12:13:03

Final BASP CX Race

December 16th, 2013

Final BASP CX Race Report – Jordan Anderson 12.8.2013

Paul, Scott, and I just finished up racing down here in the bay at Coyote Point Park. This was the best race down here, there was a nice steep little climb, a fast fun dh, some sand, and it was a pretty smooth course for the most part. It started on the climb and then bottle necked into the dh. So, Scott was the first one to race this morning with the singlespeed B’s. He had a good, fun race and ended up 9th without issues. Paul was next in the 45+ A’s. He was going strong the whole race and held his spot, ended up around 25th, he had a good flow going. After his race he gave me a few pointers on where the good lines are, and then sent me on my way. I was in the third row on the start, by the top of the hill I might have gained a spot or two, and then washed out on the first dh corner. I recovered fine and kept it going. I was in the top 15 for the majority of the race, made a few mistakes, dropped the chain twice, and I ended up 10th or 11th. Overall it good day, a little cold, but nothing compared to the sub-zero racing up in Bend yesterday and today! Ouch…

Thanks Owens, see everybody Wednesday.

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December 16th, 2013 11:03:34

BASP #4 Candlestick Triple CX

November 26th, 2013

BASP #4 Candlestick Triple CX Race Report – Jordan Anderson 11.24.13

Just finished racing at candlestick for the second to last race down here in the bay. I started in the 4th row back because they did call ups by candlestick cup points, not the previous race’s finishing place. I made a plan to sweep the right side and pass as many guys before the first turn, which I did and made it to about 15th. The top 3 separated from the whole field by the end of the first lap. I got on Jim Huit’s wheel for most of the race, he pulled us to 9th and 10th, with a lap and a half to go and my hanger broke. The mechanics tried to make a single speed set up for me but didn’t have enough time. I ran the bike in, just to at least get finishing points. Oh well I still had a good time and collected some cross-cash while running in. Thanks Owens, the last race is December 9th, if anybody wants to race it let me know so we can car pool.

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November 26th, 2013 10:07:03

Southern Oregon CX Race Report

November 18th, 2013

Southern Oregon CX Race Report – Jordan Anderson 11.16.13

Hey everyone, John, Scott, and I raced in Medford today, we finally escaped the dust! About 25 guys in the A’s, lots of grass, lots of gopher holes, and pavement straights made for an interesting but fun course. All three of us were fairly close on the start, I went down a few times but was able to recover. Fun day of racing though, a guy from the bay won it, I was second, John and Scott were top 10 I think. Next weekend the series goes back to Grants Pass for the final race, the same place John raced last weekend, he said it is a really fun one. Anyhow, thanks Owens and we’ll see y’all on Wednesday.

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November 18th, 2013 17:43:21

Race on the Rogue

November 15th, 2013

Race on the Rouge Race Report – John Friesen 11.14.13

Over the years of racing I appreciate a good venue vs. just a race…  Sunny day, tacky dirt, off camber turn into barriers, sand pit, beautiful park and racing along the Rogue (also great group of guys to race against)…  13 guys in the field, bad start, made up some spots, finished 5th.

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November 15th, 2013 15:26:25

Kapusta Ranch Race Report

November 12th, 2013

Kapusta Ranch Race Report – Jonz Norine 11.12.13

Race report from Jarret’s Sunday Funnies Cross Race:

This one was out at Kapusta Ranch, a flat venue with a couple long straightaways and a bit of river rock (where isn’t there river rock on his courses?) The big problem was the goat heads which sidelined a number of racers.

I figured this could be a good training day so I decided I’d ride out there from church, race, then ride home.  It was about 10 miles out and 15 miles back. Unfortunately, I flatted on the way there – and that was my one and only tube. Hope I don’t flat during the race. Or on the ride home.

Unlike Jordan’s races where there are 50 hard-charging studs out for blood, we had about 8 mellow dudes in the A race, including me, Jason, Scott, and Dooley (who was really sick). Jed was there but decided not to race. Isaac rode the kid’s race and I think Jed said that riding around the course with the tyke made him winded (or maybe it was that he was taking care of his back – not sure, I wasn’t listening too closely). 

Anyway, I thought that I heard that the plan was to just ride it and not kill it. Except when the gun went off Asbill shot to the front. Think he was mad about yesterday’s flat in SF.  I drifted to the back. I wanted none of that action.  Asbill pulled out at some point later, probably tired from the previous day, but Jason was going strong.

In the first lap my rear tire began going soft. Crap. I’m a goat head victim.  Maybe it’ll hold, maybe not. Let’s see how far I can go until it goes totally flat and I have to quit the race. I pick up the pace on the straightaways and after a few laps I’m catching folks and am nearly up to these 2 leaders on hard tail mountain bikes (cheaters), when on the 4th or 5th lap, the tire totally gives out.  Oh well. I’m done. No wheels, no tubes. I’ll just pull out when I get back up to the start/finish. I’ll need to borrow a tube to get home.  That’s all I’m thinking about.  Everyone passes me back because I just don’t care. Then I see Jed near the start/finish and I half-jokingly ask to borrow his Trance to finish up. He agrees. Oh no! I guess I’m committed now to ride some more.

So I make the bike change and decide I better do Jed’s bike some justice and I stomp on it. Of course “stomping” on a bike  with 2 feet of of travel front and back is a lot different than stomping on a cross bike. It is cushy!  For example, whereas jumping the barriers on the cross bike was not too hard, jumping on the Trance took Herculean effort because it sucked up all the bounce.  I laid waste to those barriers on several laps because I had a heck of a time getting air.  Just demolished them.  I ought to reimburse Jarret for the repairs he’s going to have to make. 

It was really fun railing Jed’s bike on the bumps and through the corners.  But I was in the red zone on the straightaways.  In the end I got everyone back except one and that’s ok. I wasn’t there to win.  (But if I had another lap, maybe I’d have gotten him too. If my legs didn’t give out first.)  That was challenging to see how far I could move up from the back. 

So after the race, I bummed a tube and a repair kit from Shane Swanson, repaired my flat, and rode home.Thanks teammate for agreeing to lend me your bike.  I had a good time.

The end.


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November 12th, 2013 18:15:34