2012: The Year in Review

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Written by: Admin

2012 was a good year for the Powerade/IF racing team. We raced 113 times with 37 of them standing atop 3-step podiums. We earned 10 victories, 16 second places and 11 third places included in our 68 Top-10's, overall.

The Top-3 most frequent racers were: Jeff Kluck (25), Bob Greigg (18) and Casey Swenson (17).

Our winners were: Jeff Kluck (6), Cody McCullough (3). Bill Feiges (1).

Most Top-10 results: Jeff (18), Cody (13) and Bill (11).

We represented well at popular national events such as the Dakota 50, Chequamegon 40, Berryman Trail Epic, Cross Vegas, area State Championships and a new Iowa event- the iGranFondo. We competed in road, mountain bike and cyclocross races in most of the bordering states.

Highlights:
Cody McCullough won the Iowa State Criterium Championship in the 40+ category. He also won the non-championship 40+ road race that same weekend at Clear Lake, Iowa.

Jeff Kluck had an all-around excellent year. In cyclocross, he won 3 races, finished 2nd five times and had two 3rd places. He started his cyclocross season off big with a 3rd place finish in the Senior class at Cross Vegas. He also had Top-3 road and mountain bike results.

Powerade/IF swept the Spoke-n-Sport criterium series in Sioux Falls with Jeff winning three and Cody winning one of the 4-race series.

Jay Chesterman finished 6th in the 30-39 age group at the Berryman Trail Epic and 11th in the same category at the Dakota 50 mtb races.

Bob Greigg was 3rd and Jeff 4th in the 103-mile iGranFondo.

Other highlights:
We staged the popular Twin Bing Classic road race in April. The A and B category format attracted 99 racers battling 35 mph gusting winds that day. The 5th annual race is scheduled for April 14th.

Club SC Velo members played a major roll in blazing an excellent single track mountain bike trail at Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City. More work is planned for 2013.

Bill Feiges consulted and we helped to promote the iGrandFondo. It's planned to be an annual kick-off event for Ragbrai that will start in Sioux City and finish in the launch town of the popular Iowa tour.

Our local cross-country skiers Cody, Bill and Jay were major drivers in establishing and grooming the classic and skate ski trails at the Adam's Nature Preserve. Their planning and work has sparked a rapidly growing community interest in the sport over the past two years.

Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors: Powerade, Independent Fabrication, Rudy Project, Mt. Borah, Albrecht Cycle, North Iowa Oral Surgery, Palmer Candy and Crary Huff Attorneys at Law.

We look forward to competing in 2013. We'll see you at the races!