The opening Michigan NORBA race series sponsored by the FORD motor company and Promoted by Tailwind Ent. was a blast. Held in middle western Michigan east of LK Michigan from Ludington at all sports camping area Whiskey Creek. Saturdays events where a noon time trial (1lap of the 5 mile xc course) and a 4pm 25 minute dirt crit (8laps of a short course), followed by a Sunday 10am 25 mile XC race. BELLS BREWERY / QUIRING CYCLES teammates John Meyers and Jason Lummis attended the race. The TT was won by youngster Scott Stewart of the RBS team, John Meyers rolled in 30 secs later and Jason Lummis another 25 secs back followed by Jimi McMurray for 4th. The afternoon Crit was controlled by John Meyers from the whistle. Jason Lummis tagged along for the ride while little Stewy bridged up. John dropped Jason on the last couple laps trying to shake Stewy from his wheel. Scott stuck on him like glue rolling in for 2nd still stuck to John's wheel. Jason another 30 secs back and gaining time on 4th place. John Meyers again took control of the XC race Sunday morning from the start, gaping the field with Stewy in tow. Jason settled in with a nice gap on 4th place on the GC with (XC race only racers) Pete Ehman, Justin Desilets and Scott Chambers for the 3 of the 5laps. Jason noted that eating breakfast 45minutes before the race start was not making his stomach feel so swell. Feeling the pace and realizing he had 3rd overall on the Stage Race he was dropped and rolled in for 6th place in the XC race. Little Stewy attacked John on the last lap to secure his victory and Johns 2nd place overall on the Stage Race and XC race. Great Race John and Jason taking 2 places on the podium at the 1st race for the FORD NORBA series opener (a dbl points Stage race as well).
The Bells Brewery/ Quiring Cycles MTB team at the start of the Fort Custer Stampede. A special thank you goes out to Matt McCluskey for the Below Fort Custer photos. Matt is 1 Hell of a rider and racer. He also takes some awsome pics (http://www.mattmccluskey.com) weddings, bike races, 1 on 1 photo shoots and much more . Notice the 06 team jersey's----- THEY will be available soon. We are having a small problem with the manufacturer getting the clothing to us. They are about a month behind. They will be available at the Brewery General store (http://www.bellsbeer.com). I will post on here as soon as they are in and available for purchase. Just a quick recap of our season so far: Mike Simonson --- 5 1st place finishes out of 5 races ---- 2 wins at AMBC events John Meyers --- 7th, 3rd and 3rd John is also winning the MMBA CPS (http://mmba.org/cps/results/2006/Rankings_elite_expert.pdf) Scott Quiring --- 5th and 4th Joe Bruszchanski -- 21st, 17th and 6th JOBERN is #3 spot in the MMBA CPS as well Jason Lummis ---- 23rd, 6th and 7th We will see you at a race soon ! JL
The Bells Brewery/ Quiring Cycles team storms the Fort Custer Stampeed. Mike Simonson cruises to a 3+ minute win. John Meyers comes on strong again for the team with a 3rd place finish. Scott "Q" Quiring finished 4th, followed by Joberon Brewchampski 6th and Jason Lummis 7th. The team has finished strong at every Michigan MTB race so far this year and are winding up for the 3rd coast Triple Crown events, Lumberjack and the Michigan Ford NORBA series.
Mike Simonson wins Semi-Pro class at AMBC Greenbriar State Park Maryland as well as State Championship. Great Job again Simonster ! That's 2 AMBC wins this year and 4 for 4 in the WINS catergory. John Meyers and Joberon Brewchampski raced at Cannonsburg ski near Grand Rapids MI this past Sunday as well. John Hung tough with the local Alger teammates and finished a strong 3rd followed in shortly later by Joe Bruszchanski in 6th.
the Simonster says:
I guess I never realized there were mountains in Maryland, but I was soon to find out as we traveled through Pennsylvania and approached the race location on Sunday morning at Greenbriar State Park. The course was nothing>like the typical course in Michigan. The laps were 5.5 miles long and contained 760 ft of climbing. It doesn't sound brutal, but when you make it 4 laps and add in all the steep rocky technical downhills, it turns into one tough course.
The race promoter decided to split the pros and semi-pros, so the 8 pros started one minute ahead of the 10 semi-pros in my class. I was kind of bummed because I wanted to see how well I would do against Treks Chris Eatough. I shot off the start line and took the whole shot right into the first climb. I was able to get a gap and separate myself from the entire semi-pro field. It wasn't long before I started reeling in some of the pros who started 1 minute ahead of me. After the first lap, I had a good gap on my field, and was sitting 6th in the pro field. At this point, I had maintained the 1 minute gap to the pro leader Chris Eatough. During the second and third laps, I was able to reel in another two riders from the pro field. At this point I was beginning to tire and I could feel myself beginning to slow down. The last lap was very tough as I struggled up the long steep 500 ft climb right in the middle of the course, but I managed to finish strong down the last muddy technical downhill and take the semi-pro win and 4th in the pro class.
The Quiring 29er performed awesome and steam rolled right over the rock gardens strewn throughout the steep down hills. Most of the other guys had full suspension bikes, but still couldn't take the rocky down hills as fast as the 29er. It was also nice to have a light efficient hardtail to help me on the long steep climbs. Plus the extra climbing traction of the larger wheel diameter made it easier for the rear tire to hook up in the loose spots.