EOTT 3

The rain came in like mad for our local time trial series wrap-up. Rider leaving the start line before 8:20am reported getting smacked by hail on their outbound leg. By 8:45 gusty winds were blowing and the team was divided on which weather event was worse. Many of us use the painted white line on the edge of SR14 as a guide we we can keep our heads down, but not this time. Too slick.

We heard many mutters of, “mother nature always gets a podium.”

We second that. Third and fourth it, in fact. Jeff & Rae played bikes in the fixed gear division (4 riders this time!!), Shez biked aero age group and Ry went in mens standard.

Even though the sun didn’t come out until we were all done, it was still a great wrap up to our TT series and we are eternally grateful to our friends at Summit Freewheelers and Stark bicycle Club for keeping us rolling and always giving us more bananas than we can eat!

EOTT #2 – report from Rae

Sunday, June 19th was the second of the 3 part EOTT series. We’ve been plagued with crazy weather here in the Mahoning Valley for the past month or so. Race opener workouts on Saturday came with many comments of, “I hope the 30mph winds die down before start time at EOTT.” But it was not to be!

The Deerfield course is one of our favourite spots to test ourselves against the clock. The 20k rolling course runs NW-SE through mostly farms & fields.

For the most part if there’s a steady breeze in this part of Ohio, it’s due west, so EOTT usually ends up having a light cross breeze on both the outward and return legs. Unfortunately, on Sunday the wind was railing down at us from the northwest. Dead headwind all the way out – mega bummer!

I can only speak for myself, but the noise of the wind is worse on me than the actual force of it. It took me more than 1/4 mile to get my cadence under control and find my pace, which was greatly diminished compared to my usual speeds… my outbound leg took 23:03, which is more than 2 1/2 minutes slower than my average speed on this course. The return trip was just as noisy with the wind, but at least gave ma a push and kept my time within 45 seconds of my fastest time at EOTT.

So my overall time for Sunday was 41:46, which is was 2 seconds slower than my result at EOTT 1. I guess things averaged out in the end?!

We had a full podium with both Mike and Jeff in attendance this week. Our fine organisers put us 1-2-3 in line, too, so we could all see eachother. Fixed gear has become something of a circus since Team Mandalore started racing in the category. Jeff railed it, despite the tricky conditions, passing Mike about 2/3s of the way through the course to finish just about 1 minute ahead.

Always nice to see more than one fixed gear in the mix!

The weather even had Ryan, our happiest happy warrior, a little down. He gave his team spot with Joe to fellow Cycwarder Amanda and just did solo standard. He finished 2:22 off of Joe’s time for second place overall in a field of 6 for standard. Not too bad Ry Guy!!!

There won’t be an EOTT next month in Deerfield, instead we will be racing the Masters State Championship TT out in West Salem, if you wanna chance to go head to head with the madlads of Mandalore!

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!

we’re not trying to brag, but it’s huge. our team, that is. there’s a whole bunch of us.

this weekend saw a happy reunion between the northeast and south branches of team mandalore. 7 of us converged on the second eastern ohio time trial race of 2021 and even managed a few podiums. results are available at http://sfwtiming.com and yield the following insights:

mandalore supreme, joe lawhorn continues to crush the fixie twins with an over all time of 29:24 (25.71 mph) compared to jeff’s time of 37:57 (19.92 mph) and rae’s 40:21 (18.73 mph). the interesting news is rae seems to be gaining on jeff.

for their first time trial brian, ryan and dave all entered a very competitive field in men’s standard. no age groups or aero equipment in this category, just 11 dudes on roadbikes vomiting at the end of the course.

brian finished an impressive 4th with a time of 31:35 (23.73 mph)
ryan was 7th with a time of 33:35 (22.50 mph)
and dave continued his new tradition of not finishing last (10th!) with a time of 43:31 (17.37 mph)

heather came to support but did not race, which meant rae had to be the sacrificial mando for joe’s secondary run: a team effort. she reports being completely destroyed by 2 back to back 20k efforts, but at least showed some consistency, finishing 5th with joe on a 39:15 run (19.26) in the open team / tandem cat. joe’s a fine leader though and she’d do it again!

another great day of racing and spreading the stoke. we can’t complain.

well, we COULD complain about the weather (HOT with thunderstorms), the hills (one gear!), the roadkill (why are so many skunks on rt 14?), the political yard flags that won’t go away (y’all know who you are. no one cares, get on with your life), be we’re not that kind of team.

on deck next week are time trials at the velodrome and parkside crit. or maybe we’ll just ride to the brewery!