Dirty Dozen at Warda

Posted: March 15, 2016 by greaselightnin in Races, Uncategorized

Terra Firma Racing puts on an amazing race and this is one you need to consider for next year. The Dirty Dozen is a 12-Hr or 6-Hr mountain bike race for solo riders and relay teams on a 7ish mile single track course (Bluff Creek Ranch in Warda, TX). The vibe, the company of great people, and the Fireball makes this one totally worth it!

Warda is about 3 1/2 hours away from DFW, so most of our members showed up Friday, Feb. 5th. It was a chilly evening spent around the fire, drinking beverages, and chowing down on some of Mr. Castro’s finest foods. After a good night’s rest, we were charged up and ready to throw down on Saturday morning. With 30+, that’s right – THIRTY PLUS, members in attendance, we were prepared to dominate. Everywhere you looked, there was a red jersey in sight.

Everyone gathered for the pre-race meeting and then the race quickly started with a Le Mans start. Racers dashed into the woods twisting through the pines and over the roots. Team members as well as other racers cheered and supported one another as the day continued. One of the best parts of this race was approaching the BWR heckle corner where teammates cheered on racers (er – something like that), handed up shots of Fireball, and jammed out to some sweet tunes.

Just as we had hoped, many of our BWR members finished strong. James Beas placed 4th in the 12-Hr Solo Open Male category. Marcus Gillespie placed 4th and Brad Wendling placed 7th in the 12-Hr Single Speed Male category. Marcus Mendoza placed 4th, Randy Davis placed 6th, David Deery placed 8th, Nathan Delahoussaye placed 10th, and Greg Campbell placed 13th in the 12-Hr Solo Sport Male category. James Henson placed 2nd in the 12-Hr Solo Grand Poobah category. The Richard Gears, Mark Thompson and Braden Barnett, placed 5th and the Dirt Dudes, Wes Salas and Mike D’Aurelio, placed 7th in the 12-Hr 2 Person Male category. In the 12-Hr 4 Person Male category, Jonathan Braddick, Mando Zermeno, Logan Davis, and Dennis Vollmer placed 5th. Moreece placed 6th with his team in the same category. Bearded Women Racing Rockstars – Melissa Dalton, Brittany Smith, Reba Becker, and Lauren Lay – placed 1st in the 12-Hr 4 Person Female category. Kelly Hart, Judge Rucker, and Kate Castro placed 2nd in the 12-Hr 4 Person Coed category. Sadly, Dylan Garrigan didn’t get to race with them as he injured his finger right before the race began. In the 12-Hr 4 Person Masters category, Minh Nguyen, Daniel Johnson, Eric Swarvar, and Blake york took home 3rd place. Nick Castro, Mike Carroll, Shane Woodhall, Riley Moore, and Clint Fenske earned 2nd placed in the 12-Hr 5 Person Grande category. Last but not least, Brad McDaniel placed 18th in the 6-Hr Solo Sport Male category.

Exciting Announcement!

Posted: March 7, 2016 by greaselightnin in Uncategorized

Our club is now active with USA Cycling!

What does this mean?

Members may now race TMBRA, XC, CX, and road and select BWR as their team when registering for a race. Members will be able to collect points for each race to qualify for the opportunity to CAT up and become very competitive. Some of our members have requested this to further their cycling careers. In addition, our team will be able to host events and/or races and be covered by USAC insurance. This is a long term team goal that we are looking forward to achieving.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Texas Chainring Massacre

Posted: February 21, 2016 by greaselightnin in Races, Uncategorized

“Giddy up, y’all!” was the feeling at Texas Chainring Massacre. The brisk 30 degree temps didn’t keep the Bearded Women away. We had a showing of over 7 members getting out and riding the gravel. Spinistry put on the best route and had a huge turnout of people.

Big shout out to Raul, Brad McDaniel, and Brad Wendling. New member, Russell Scott went out to accomplish 50 miles on his MTB. At mile 20, Russell’s derailleur blew up and was found stranded. Teammates, Raul and Brad, stopped and fixed him up as a single speed. Russell pushed on and completed the whole route with the badass support of Brad who reserved his ride to help out a fellow teammate.

Riders, Judge Rucker and Mando Mex, took on the feat with one gear! They took on climbs and distance and battled the grueling temperatures to take 2nd and 3rd place in the category. What a great day for Bearded Women Racing!12509845_10153324198600267_1949530791311619813_n



Overdose @ OCNP

Posted: February 15, 2016 by greaselightnin in Races, Uncategorized

Several beards took advantage of the beautiful weather on January 31st and raced at the Overdose @ OCNP endurance event put on by Lonestar XC. What made this day extra special was that it was the first race for Nicolas Gauring, James Beas and Marcus Mendoza as BWR members.

overdoseOverdose offered several racing options 1 lap dash, 2 lap sprint, 4 lap marathon, and the ultimate test of an 8 lap ultra-marathon. Blake York put in an amazing performance and took 2nd place in the ultra-marathon finishing in 5:35:34. James Beas battled severe cramping by the 4th lap, but he persevered and finished strong, finishing 8th. Randy Davis was feeling great throughout the race and took 13th.

The competition for the 4 lap marathon was intense as 4 riders fought for the top spot, one of which was our very own Nicolas Gaurin. The leader attempted to lose him throughout the race and Nicolas would reel him in every time, getting within 1 second on the 2nd and 3rd lap. Nicolas ultimately took 2nd with a time of 2:26:13. Marcus Mendoza took advantage of his day off from being a bike cop by riding his bike 32 miles and placing 53rd. David Deery put in a stellar performance and finished 90th overall and 7th for the mature gentleman division of 50+.

Our very own team captain, Nick Castro, competed in the 2 lap sprint and came in 107th overall and as the only Clydesdale he dominated that category, taking home a 3rd place flask for the sub-categories. He reported receiving several slaps to his bottom from teammates and may be permanently scarred.

A special thank you goes out to Minh Nguyen and his family. They showed up to offer moral support and the use of their cooler.overdose2

Marcus Mendoza, Racing Member, Geared

Posted: January 23, 2016 by greaselightnin in Profiles, Uncategorized

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Birth Date
July 10, 1980
Birth Place
Hopewell, VA
Home Town
Anchorage, AK
List and describe your bicycles 2012 BMC Te29
2012 Spec Crux
1980 Raleghi fixie
2012 Scott Scale 960 (work bike)
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in Raced MTB.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
Down a hill too fast and ending up under a car at age 10 (still have the scar).
Why do you ride a bicycle?
Just because…
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
Rogaine to the face, attempting to grow a beard.

Eric Colquette, Racing Member, Geared

Posted: January 23, 2016 by greaselightnin in Profiles, Uncategorized

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Birth Date
July 11, 1969
Birth Place
Austin, TX
Home Town
Grand Prairie, TX
List and describe your bicycles 2012 Cannondale SuperX Carbon Ultegra (CX)
2015 Devinci Atlas Carbon SL (F/S)
Hope to add a cheap SS to this list and later a Tri/TT bike
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in Competed in several sprint, olympic, and 1/2 Ironmans; IMAZ 2010 finisher (12:33:21); 2nd place for my AG at Palo Dura 12 hour race; participated in 2015 Leadville Trail MTB 100 by qualifying in 2015 Austin Rattler (due to cramps only got to 73 miles)
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
About 3 years old when I learned to ride my bike and I wanted the training wheels on. While I wasn’t paying attention (at that age, imagine that), she took them off and I rode all day with a big grin on my face.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I like the feeling it gives me when I get on my bike and just put all my daily problems on the back burner for several hours. Also, I have met some really great friends through cycling and triathlons. This sport has brought my dad and little brother closer than ever before.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
Camaraderie and friendly people. Every BWR I have met is nice as can be. They just want to ride and have fun and obviously be first to cross the finish line. They have been a very welcoming group and I am honored to now be a part of this team.

HanzYa, this iz Hans from ze Motha’ land ya!  I’ve journe’d all ze vay from my home of Hamburg to invite you to ze Bearded Vemon Vacing’s Zecond Annual Biktoberfest ya!  I had zuch a great time last year I dezided to return in zearch of zis mountainz you zpeak of. It’z a Nagelschlagen guaranteed to be ze best time you’ll have on a mountain bike!

What iz zis mountain bike, ya?  Ve have real mountainz back in Duetschland!  Ver are ze mountains in Texas, ya? No matter!  Vear your most favorite Duetsch costume to vin a prize, or try to beat me at ze arm wrestling or bike throwing contests, and other bike games, ya!

I’ll also be opening my personal Beirgarten with mama’s traditional bratz and ze cold root beer, free for everyone to enjoy.

*First come, first zerve.  Limited supply. Donations accepted.

Also, to check out my swag bag full of excellent Bearded Vemon Vacing merch, and listen to ze excellent sounds of ze Polka and Deutsch rock and roll! Can’t wait to meet all of you there!

Auf Wiedersehen!

HERE ARE ZE DETAILS: XC Mountain Bike Race

DORBA – 2015 North Texas XC Series will take place on September 26th, 2015 from 8:30 am – 4:30:00 pm at Boulder Park in Dallas, TX. Register to race

Root – Biergarten – Our sponsors provided great prizes!

Listen to Hans and visit his Biktoberfest Biergarten featuring free brats and cold root beers, one per person, first come first serve.  Hang out with fellow racers, take your hand at the arm wrestling or bike tossing contests, or buy a BWR tee shirt, kozy or water bottle to help support the team!  Prizes from our sponsors ESIgrips.com, Rudyproject, Kind Snacks, Oskar Blues Brewery, Cadence Cyclery Highland Village and Regeared.

Cash at the race or Paypal donations to treasurer@beardedwomenracing.com are generously accepted.


It’s not a race without more competition, and this won’t be USAC regulated!  Hans loves’ to win so try to beat him at the caber bike toss, arm wrestling, pogo competition, Dance off and more!  Festivities get underway once Cat 1 racers have finished the race.


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OAKFIT-logo_bwOne of our many wonderful sponsors, OakFit, is having it’s grand opening celebration all this week.  On Saturday, April 11th, at 8:00 AM, Bearded Women Racing and Dallas Bike Works Oak Cliff will be co-hosting a paced ride along the Trinity levees.

All are welcome to join us for the no-drop, intermediate pace, training ride, starting and ending at OakFit’s West Dallas location at 2318 Beatrice Street, Dallas, TX 75208.  After the ride OakFit will be open to check out!

OakFit provides our team with monthly team strength and conditioning workouts fit for specifically for athletic cyclists.

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Here’s a look at their Grand Opening week schedule:




Racing member, Brad Wendling

The Frozen Series is an endurance series with the option of 6 hours (solo or relay team) or 4 hours (solo only). The series kicked off at a chilling 28 degrees at Erwin Park in McKinney, Texas. We started off the morning with a small group of high performance, dedicated endurance athletes. First things first, cheers to the 2015 season! To start things off on the right foot, we slammed a few shots of spiced Jägermeister (super gross) and stood around for half an hour for a delayed race start. Luckily, we had some team members hook it up with the propane heaters and 2 gallons of smoking hot apple cider. It was helpful, but still very cold. The race start was your typical endurance Le Mans dash with your typical group of dude-bro racers sprinting to their bikes and the “Too Cool for School” crowd casually jogging behind. I’m not so sure the Le Mans start was very helpful in spacing out the crowd, because many of us got stuck behind the parade on the first lap with a major bottleneck at every turn. It’s all good though. This is endurance racing, you’ve got all day to catch up.  I saw some more Jägermeister shots going down and cheeseburgers being eaten between laps. Nothing sets the tone for endurance mountain bike racing like a party in the pit! It was a good time!

The good times continued at the second race at Northshore with a not-so-frozen day! The temperatures could not have been better. Hey, 70 degrees in the middle of winter? No complaining here. As we waited for the start, there were more shots being taken and blueberry pancakes were being devoured as BWR got ready to take on the day. After the usual racer’s meeting, everyone sat their bikes down and found their spot on the rail for the usual Le Mans start. The signal was given and the racers were off. The first part of the course was a lot of fun with some fast, flowing sections followed by a few switchbacks here and there. As we got to the second part of the course, let’s just say the more “technically-savvy” excelled as there were multiple rock gardens, some rocky climbs, and one tough cliff face climb. All in all, it was a great day for racing and we walked away with only one small injury (Sorry, Michael).🙂


Racing member, Mike D’Aurelio

The third and final race was at Rowlett Creek Preserve. Rowlett Creek Preserve is a trail that most of us have ridden numerous times.  It’s where a lot of events, races, and group rides take place due to its reputation for being more of a beginner trail.  This is the mindset that many had going into this portion of the Frozen Series.  Then, it was announced that the course was to be ran backwards!  BWR still had several members that were up for the challenge.The course was much more challenging and interesting than expected.  Since it was backwards, even those very familiar with the course got disoriented.  The beginning was full of good drops, steep climbs, and some fun dips while the middle had a couple of longer climbs that kept the heart rate going, while the end had some interesting obstacles to keep things exciting.  A wonderful course combined with perfect weather made for a great day!

All in all, we would like to thank DORBA for organizing the Frozen Series. We know this would not be possible without your hard work and dedication. We are looking forward to next year!


Racing member, Brittany Smith

Here are the final results from Erwin:

6 hr Male Team

Minh Nguyen and Phil Hollings, 4th

6 hr SS Open

Jesse Bernal, 17th

Brad Wendling, 18th

6 hr Men (Solo)

Mike D’Aurelio, 18th

4 hr Men (Solo)

Yavor Gerenski, 9th

Evan McGinley, 7th

Dan Johnson, 29th

Dan Smith, 48th

James Henson, 49th

David Foster, 51st

4 hr Women (Solo)

Brittany Smith, 8th

Jenny Griffin, 9th

Melissa Dalton, 11th


Here are the final results from North Shore:

6 hr Male Team

Dan Smith and Phil Hollings, 6th

Michael Shannon and Ryan Nanayakkara, 12th

6 hr Men (Solo)

Mike D’Aurelio, 21st

4 hr Men (Solo)

Eric Swarvar, 10th

Yavor Gerenski, 11th

Dan Johnson, 49th

David Deery, 82nd

James Henson, 91st

4 hr SS Open

Brad Wendling, 8th

4 hr Female (Solo)

Melissa Dalton, 10th

Brittany Smith, 11th


Here are the final results from Rowlett Creelk Preserve:

6 hr Male (Solo)

Mike D’Aurelio, 9th

Shane Walden, 17th

4 hr SS Open

Brad Wendling, 5th

Jenny Griffin, 6th

4 hr Male (Solo)

Nathan Delahoussaye, 42nd

David Foster, 52nd

James Henson, 55th

4 hr Female (Solo)

Melissa Dalton, 2nd






oskar-blues-logoBack to where it all began, the team amassed the largest showing at this annual Terra Firma event to date.  Two 3-4 person co-ed teams, one 2-man 12 hour team, one 4 man team, one 6 hour solo, and two 12 hour SS solo made for the largest team at the event. Period.

The forecast the entire week was well, rain.  Fortunately, the rain held off until the afternoon, and the pit tent was active with the best support a team can have!  Hot soup, snacks, and food and water throughout the day made our racers feel invincible.


Solo Superman!

The two man team of Jonathan Braddick and Marcus Gillespie already won their category the second the race started, because know one else signed up for that category.  That didn’t change anything, as they end up with 11 laps due to weather.

The two co-ed teams battled for the top spot all day together, along with another team.  One was a three person team, Brad Wendling, Melissa Dalton, and Mike D’Aurelio end up in third behind Judge Rucker, Kate Castro, Micheal Shannon, and Corey Fawcett who ended up in second place.

The solo troopers were the big highlight of this 12 hour endurance race!  Jesse Bernal (12 hr SS, Nick Castro (12 hr SS) and Brad McDaniel (6 hr) all did an amazing job.  Nick completed 5 laps on a broken bicycle and is first solo 12 hour, Brad also completed his first solo endurance race, and Jesse was the superman on the team for the weekend.  He completed 10 solo single speed laps, and finished in 2nd place overall!

Here are the final results and pictures from the fun!

12 hr Solo SS

Jesse Bernal, 2nd place

Nick Castro, 5th place

6 hr Solo

Brad McDaniel, 16th place

12 hr Co-ed team

Judge Rucker, Micheal Shannon, Kate Castro, Corey Fawcett, 2nd place

Brad Wendling, Melissa Dalton, Mike D’Aurelio, 3rd place

12 hr Four Man

Minh Nguyen, Evan McGinely, Nathan Delahoussaye, Moreece Griffin, 6th place

12 hr Two Man

Marcus Gillespie, Jonathan Braddick, 1st place



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