A Perfect Sunday for EOTT

Sunday brought us the first of a three race series here in Deerfield, OH, the Eastern Ohio Time Trial series with Stark Bicycle Club. Team Mandalore loves TT and we had an excellent showing across several categories. Dave and Ryan participated in mens standard (where no aero equipment is allowed so give regular roadies a chance to play), Sherlyn entered womens aero and Rae resumed her regularly scheduled programming in co-ed fixed gear (where you can have some aero gear, but you can’t coast!)

EOTT is a 20k out and back. Volunteers from the Deerfield police department manage the 180 degree turn around at the half way point on a rolling course. There are no stop signs or lights, someone shoves you down a start ramp and you just pedal as hard as you possibly can.

Riders leave at one minute intervals and take anywhere between 30 and 40 minutes to complete the course. Maniacs can choose to enter in 2 cagtegories.

Mens Standard: Ryan’s standard division effort was 42:31 with an average speed of 23.24 miles per hour and placing 4 out of 12. Dave finished 9 out of 12, averaging 18.58 mph with a time of 40:41.


Womens Aero: Sherlyn returned to the bike after some time off and a great time of 40:17 and an average of 18.76 mph for a 3rd place finish.
Fixed Gear: Rae had only one competitor this week, our friend Mike from Team Lake Effect. She was just about a minute behind him with a time of 41:34 and a speed of 18.19mph. She’d like to add that 2 people on the podium is better than one because everything is better with a buddy!


Team Open: Ryan donned his Cycward kit to race with our friend Joe, who bested him in their first race, snagging the third place spot. They finished 2 out of 4 with a time of 31:08 and a speed of 24.28… that’s pretty snazzy for working with tired legs!

Stark Bicycle Club & Summit Freewheelers had a lot of prize giveaways for everyone and the post race parking lot was a love fest, as is customary at this awesomely fun, long running local event. Check out EOTT 2 & 3 coming up in June and August: https://www.bikereg.com/eastern-ohio-time-trial

we’re still working on keeping the boys in their kits for podium photos!

race report: Ryan Does RATL

a little snapshot of RATL1

Saturday saw the first event in the Races at the Lake series, p/b our friends at Summit Freewheelers. Regretfully, the Team Mandalore mens criterium division is suffering from a series of injuries and we only had one entry, but Ryan put up a mighty effort! This early series can be a struggle with the weather, but sunny & warm weather made spectating a delight!

Ryan’s main goal was to stay in the lead pack, which he did, finishing 11th out of 29 starters. In the 4th lap he narrowly missed the prime to our friend Matt!

Rae & Colin wonder if they were loud enough for Ryan to hear their cheers

In the continuing trend of the local women pushing their way into mens 4/5, some of our favourites, the Lady Gnar Shredders of Columbus, were in the pack as well as our old friend Steve, who once swore to Rae he’d “NEVER” race his bike. We’re looking forward to bike-path shaming Steve on to the team in the near future.

The Masters Mens field was even more full than 4/5! Great to see so many people out

The continuing RATL schedule will be April 30, May 7th and May 14th. Expect to see Mandalores at all 3, but we’ll be doing a big push to have as many critidiots on May 7th, with several teammates doing 2 races. Thanks to Summit Freewheelers for continuing this 30+ year event and keeping our local cycling community strong.