big weekend out for team mandalore!

Maybe it’s because no one was sure how things were going to work out because of covid, but it really felt like this past weekend had TOO MANY events to choose from! We checked in with our friends and they were everywhere from northern Michigan to southern Ohio doing everything from crit races to track tt. Here’s the rundown of where the Heroes of Mandalore could be seen.

Annabel and her fan club…

Joe & Heather spent their weekend with their NICA kids and the Unioto Sherman’s MTB Team. From all accounts they made the family proud at Bailey’s and continue to have fun and spread the stoke at their second race.

sister team foundlings at baileys!

MTB was also on the schedule at the Bedford Cleveland Metropark & Team Mandalore had a great turnout with Ron racing in expert (30 miles), Rae, Ross & Dave in sport (20 miles), Rachelle and Fiona in beginner (10 miles) and Annabel in youth. Annabel beat a few other kids on her 2 mile loop and scored a third place ribbon! Annabel would have beat them all but we thought it was a better idea to start moving her into the big girls category.

the bedford gathering of the mandalores

There’s a ton of photos up on the CAMBA facebook discussion group – Thanks to Timothy Neff for all the effort taking pics and especial thanks from Rae for the verbal “encouragement” on the course while she struggled to finish her second lap on a shoulder injury. No, really, you’re priceless, mate!

Cyclocross season is also upon us and what better way to get off a good start but to drag the foundlings to a second race! Dave and Rae took Fiona and Annabel down to Kings Mill for the Carter Park CX, presented by our friends at K & G Racing and directed by our teammate Allen. No, they didn’t want to go. Yes, they both threw up on the drive down.

Allen represents our partnership with K&G Racing, as we share him as a team racer. This race was partly about getting some of the kids to try CX and also about fulfilling our volunteer obligations. Rae did not race, opting instead to be “director of FUN” for the youth race. Our girls did great and looked to actually be enjoying themselves on a difficult, technical course. Rae, Allen and Dave did donut hole handups, fruit punch handups and finish line ribbon holding for all the kids. Team Mandalore also donated prize bags filled with goodies from our sponsors and, of course, stickers!

Ryan Hotpants spent the weekend at the Mass Ave Crit Races in Indy, but we’re going to dedicate an entire blog post to that as soon as he gets off his pants and writes it!!

Team Mandalore can’t do all this crazy shit without our sponsors and supporters. Every day we wake up thrilled yet slightly confused that people actually want to see us race bikes!

Coming up next, the COMBO FunDuro series continues, but at least we get a week off!

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!