Archive for August, 2012
Tyler Gauthier of Ishpeming and Cooper Dendel of Marquette captured the men’s and women’s editions of the 2012 Michigan Tech MTB Rondevous this weekend. Contested on the hilly and technical Michigan Tech Trailsunder hot and humid conditions, there was no place to hide. Downhills taxed nerves, uphills seared the lungs and the wide open fields in the lower reaches captured the sun’s midday rays like a giant solar collector, delivering it’s payload of photons onto the lycra clad bodies of the two-wheeled competitors.
By Tyler Gauthier
It has been a week since Subaru Cup. We even had another WORS race since. That is the month of August for mountain biking in the Midwest though. It heats up and goes fast with racing every weekend.
Subaru Cup is quite the event. A large National Series race combined with the largest state series. It brings in a lot of local riders but because of the National tag brings most of the National guys too. It is also one of the only races we do in a year where the separate just us Pro’s to duke it out on a mountain.
Another unique feature of the weekend is it is 2 days of racing. Cross Country on Saturday and Short Track on Sunday.
By Tyler Gauthier
The month of August is always a big one. Not only for me but the Midwest. In other places where the cycling season is rolling to an end ours in the Midwest is hitting its stride. The sprint starts with Ore to Shore which happens to be my home race and a target for the year. Those of you who know me or have talked mountain biking with me know that this race is always on my radar, right in the center.
By Jeni Jewell
Cool days, a few barriers, and a bike is the picture I have of fall cycling. Cyclocross in the Upper Peninsula is just about as good as it gets. I love to watch as riders make their way around the technical courses, looping around several times in the 30 to 45 minutes of racing. Whether it’s passing a feed to my husband or clanging a cowbell for everyone, there’s an energy in cyclocross I find intriguing. After a spring and summer on road or mountain bikes, I see many riders enjoying the fun cat and mouse rides with each other. It’s as if the seriousness of racing is thrown aside for a few weeks, as local riders grab their bikes for some fun competition. Don’t get me wrong, they all want to win. But the relaxed atmosphere creates a party like buzz that seems to follow each race in the UPCROSS calendar.
Tyler Gauthier of Culver’s Racing shares his thoughts on the 2012 Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic. He took sixth place in the 48 mile Hard Rock, the highest finish for any U.P. rider in the 48 Mile Hard Rock.
Cooper Dendal of Culver’s Racing shares her thoughts after winning the 2012 Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic 28 Mile Female Soft Rock.
Congratulations to all the riders who completed the 2012 Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic. Over 2,300 of you crossed the finish line covered in dirt, with a smile on your face. Way to go!
In the men’s 48 mile Hard Rock four men battled the last 50 yards, sprinting for the title of champion. Cole Johnson of Oneida, Wisconsin edged out the group, winning by three tenths of a second, finishing in 2:26:02.4. Last year’s champion Brian Matter of Sheboygan, Wisconsin took second, and Mike Phillips of Chicago rounded out the podium in third.
Professional rider Nathan Guerra from Vision-Wheel and Sprocket in Oconomowac, WI, stopped by the Letsbikemqt.com booth during the 2012 Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic packet pickup and bike expo. Here’s what he had to say about riding in Marquette County.
Check out more Ore to Shore riders as they share why they love to ride in Marquette County, by visiting our video page.