2011: The Year in Review

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Written by: Admin

2011 was a good year for the Powerade/IF racing team although injuries sidelined two teammates from their typical race schedules. The Missouri River flooding also affected participation opportunities and hampered travel to some events too. We raced 136 times with 49 of them ending atop 3-step podiums. We earned 18 victories, 21 second places, 10 third places and 89 Top 10's overall.

The Top 3 most frequent racers were: Bob Greigg (29), Bill Feiges (17). tie: Jeff Kluck, Rob Livermore, Ulises Salas and Casey Swenson (14).

Top 3 most frequent winners were: Casey Swenson (4), Cody McCullough (3), tie: Jay Chesterman, Jeff Kluck, Rob Livermore and Ulises Salas (2).

Most Top 10 results: Bob (16), Jeff (13) and Bill (12).

We represented well at popular national events such as the Leadville 100, Dakota 50, Chequamegon 40, Berryman Trail Epic and Jingle Cross plus the 150-mile Gravel "World Championship" in Nebraska. We competed in road and cyclocross races in all the bordering states as well.

Highlights:
Despite being stuck by a car and sidelined for much of the spring and summer schedule, Cat 2 Jeff Kluck returned to good form for the cyclocross season and was at the front in every race. He recorded a win in Minnesota and several 2nd and 3rd placements against top-level competition.

Expert (Cat 1) Jay Chesterman recorded some excellent results in endurance MTB races. He finished an outstanding 9th overall out of 500+ starters at the Dakota 50. He notched an impressive 18th place out of 220 starters at the Berryman Epic despite a wrong turn that cost him several places.

Brand new to road racing and cyclocross in 2011, Casey Swenson quickly progressed to Cat 3 in cyclocross and recorded 4 season wins.

Other highlights:
We staged the popular Twin Bing Classic road race in April. The A and B category format attracted 111 racers. The 4th annual race is scheduled for Sunday, April 15th.

We promoted our 20 kilometer road time trial series from June-August for the 5th consecutive year and expanded it to a 4-race series. We plan to continue the series in 2012.

Thank you to our Sponsors: Powerade, Independent Fabrication, Shimano, Rudy Project, Voler, Albrecht Cycle, North Iowa Oral Surgery, Palmer Candy, Crary Huff Attorneys at Law and Two Wheeler Dealer.

We look forward to competing in 2012. We'll see you at the races!