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2014 BeardedWomenRacing.org in review

Posted: January 13, 2015 by turnerwinstonoc in Uncategorized
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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The Red River Riot.

As told by Eric “Lacy” Swarvar, Racing Member, SS

After doing a few Spinistry Gravel rides I thought I knew what to expect. Kevin runs a professionally organized promotion like no other. An entry fee of $30 got me an option of 3 distances of 40,72, or 123 miles, I wisely choose the middle for my cross bike and I. Fellow Beards Mike and Greg were also at the race and after exchanging greetings at Muenster High School, we quickly realized the event was off to a start. We started to the back, which is never my favorite place to start. I began to push to get to the front of the group but only made it to the 2nd peloton. The group was led out by Kevin in his vehicle to begin the day. The pace picked up quickly and I settled in to a 17+mph average. At mile 4 a rider went down in a gravel turn. I did not stop to offer assistance as my level of medical training is not good and he already had 4 fellow riders helping. I rode a little cautious for the next few miles until the scenery drew my attention away from my thoughts on the wreck. From mile 8 to 25 I rode with a few individuals I know, but not working a pace line, we were turning the cranks and chewing the cud. At mile 25 a pace line formed and the speed picked back up. There were about 20 riders pushing through and at mile 30 my loins were releaved to feel pavement. I cranked the speed up for a fast mile hitting a 30.8 MPH average just to have a little fun with the guys on the MTB. It was my impression that the first loop was a 35 mile loop before coming back to Muenster High to check in. I was wrong since it was a keen 40 miles. I averaged a nice 17.3 MPH average, far from the guys in the first group with a 19+ mph average.

Loop two will forever be known as the bastard loop to me. It had a lot more elevation changes then the first but the scenery was equally beautiful. For a while I rode with Chaos(for those of you that have meet him you know him). He was rolling a single speed fixed gravel bike and was smiling the entire time. Halfway into the second loop you could break left to the winery or right to stay on course, Chaos went off to the winery with a, “Yhea Man!” as I pushed to stay on course. Thats when trouble occurred at mile 56. The real climbing began. 400+ feet over 4 miles and the peak of the climb was 160 feet over .7 miles….quads cramped and admittedly I became a hiker instead of a biker for about .3 miles. Once the hill leveled I jumped back on the saddle and started to pedal. I took about a mile to settle back in and feel good. Finishing 72 miles in 4 hours 32 minutes with over 4,100+ feet of climbing on gravel felt good. I consumed 3 bottles of Scratch labs, 1 water bottle, and 4 Scratch rice cakes. Next time I will eat a little more on the ride, I believe thats where the cramping came from.

After most Spinistry events Kevin provides BBQ brisket, beans, salsa, to make your own tacos or sandwiches. He also took pictures out on the course, posted the results in less then 24 hours, and emailed each participant their individual results by Monday. This is an event I will keep on my calendar year after year, and highly encourage everyone to hit up a few of his events.

Results here:

Eric Swarvar, Medium Route, 26 of 90, 4:36:23

Mike D’Aurelio, Medium Route, 71 of 90, 5:39:43

Greg Campbell, Short Route, 20 of 80, 2:35:23

-Eric “Lacy” Swarvar

Jesse Bernal, Racing Member, SS

Posted: February 5, 2014 by turnerwinstonoc in Profiles, Uncategorized
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Racing Results

2014

Sansom 66 25th place out of 28, 5:10:50
Rudolph’s Revenge 2nd out of 4, 2:29:26, avg spd: 12.03 mph
Dirty Dozen 12 hr, 3-4 man team, 3rd place out of 8 teams, 18 laps, 11:36:13.52
Ray Porter Memorial 6 hr SS, solo, 7th out of 8th, 3 laps, 4:20:48
Frozen IDB 4 hr SS, solo, 4th out of 7, 3 laps, 3:11:05

 

Profile

Birth Date July 28 1983
Birth Place
Dallas, TX
Home Town
Denton, TX
List and describe your bicycles Niner SIR 9 Single Speed(Blaze Yellow)
Salsa Warbird Gravel Grinder (Orange)
Salsa Spearfish II Endurance Machine (Orange)
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
Most favorite accomplishment is having completed the Ouachita Challenge 3 years in a row, including a 6:09 finish in 2010. My next goal is to complete it on my single speed. Also, 2nd place overall in Cat 3 XC 2012.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? I don’t remember my first bike, I don’t even remember learning to ride a bike. What I do remember however is when my bike was stolen from my backyard when I was a child. That was the first time I remember ever feeling heartache.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I ride bikes to break free from reality. Its my outlet, and without it I would probably go nuts. Riding bikes also lets me enjoy tacos and beer without feeling too much guilt.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
It means I have friends!

Dana Cobb, Racing Member, Geared

Posted: September 10, 2013 by turnerwinstonoc in Profiles, Uncategorized
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Dana Cobb, Racing Member, Geared

Dana Cobb, Racing Member, Geared

 

Racing Results

2014

6/14/14 Smurf Boy Rowlett Creek Preserve 6th out of 7th, 40 + Solo
6/28/14 Smurf Boy Johnson Branch 9th out of 10th, 40 + Solo
7/12/14 Smurf Boy River Legacy 7th out of 8th, 40 + Solo
7/26/14 Smurf Boy Cedar Hill 8th out of 8th, 40 + Solo

2013

Smurf Boy Endurance Series
Rowlett Creek Preserve
 Solo, 1st place out of 7, 4 laps, 4:06:09
River Legacy  Solo, 5th place out of 8, 4 laps, 4:18:56
Cedar Hill  Solo, 2nd place out of 3, 3 laps, 3:36:22

Awards

2014 Overall Smurf Boy Series, 3rd place Women 40+
2013 Overall Smurf Boy Series, 1st place Women 40+

Profile

Birth Date
August 1969
Birth Place Livonia, MI
Home Town
Allen, TX
List and describe your bicycles 2013 Look 566
2011/12 Giant Anthem X 29er
2011 Specialized Hardrock Disc 26 (retired)
GOAL: Pivot Mach429
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in 1st place Women 40+ 2013 Smurfboy series
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? Very first memory: My uncle Skip teaching me to ride without training wheels. Most vivid memory: building and jumping ramps with the boys in my neighborhood. One bad landing, locking up the coaster brakes, and tearing up my brand new blue satin track suit (and me… didn’t care about me).
Why do you ride a bicycle? Biking saved my life… literally. I was very overweight and on my way to Diabetes. Since buying my bike in July 2011, I’ve lost over 100 pounds and feel GREAT! Biking also allows me to let go of the stress of my job/life. I always say for me it’s 51% mental and 49% physical.
What does Bearded Women mean to you? Camaraderie. People to ride and hang out with, people to push me when I need a nudge (or kick in the a**), someone will always have a bike pump, or banana, or beer, or cheer when needed.
Jonathan Braddick, Racing Member, SS

Jonathan Braddick, Racing Member, SS

Racing Results

2014

 2/1/14 Dirty Dozen 12 hr, 3-4 man, 7th out of 8 teams, 11:25:44
 3/15/14 Frozen IDB  4 hr, solo, 7th out of 7, 2 laps, 2:27:49
 6/14/14 Smurf Boy Rowlett Creek Preserve  Team relay, 4th out of 5th
 6/28/14 Smurf Boy Johnson Branch  Team relay, 3rd out of 6th
 7/12/14 Smurf Boy River Legacy  Team relay, 7th out of 10th
 7/26/14 Smurf Boy Cedar Hill  Team relay, 5th out of 8th
     

2013

Solovaca Cat Claw Classic 30 -39, 23rd, 1:00:39
Smurf Boy Endurance Series
Rowlett Creek Preserve
Team Open, 7th Place out of 8 teams, 5 laps, 4:32:31
River Legacy Team Open, 2nd Place out of 8 teams, 6 laps, 4:37:28
Cedar Hill Team Open, 5th Place out of 8 teams, 6 laps, 4:53:45
DORBA Fall Series
LB Houston
Cat 2 SS, 9th Place out of 16, 1:17:07
Rowlett Creek Preserve Cat 3 Clydes, 1st Place out of 9, 0:54:56
Cedar Hill Cat 2 SS, 5th place out of 7

Awards

2013 DORBA Fall Series, Clydesdale Open Men, 1st place overall
2014  Smurf Boy Team Open, 3rd Overall
   
   
   
   
   

Profile

Birth Date
October 1976
Birth Place Dallas, TX
Home Town
Oak Cliff
List and describe your bicycles SS Kona Unit 29’er full ridged hardtail
Classic Red Peugeot retro steel road bike
Classic Peugeot road converted townie
Classic Raliegh Record touring bike
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in 1st place clydesdale – 2004 Metroplex Sprint TriathlonSeveral other top 3 finishes in various sprint triathlons and duathlonsBeen racing mountain bikes since 2000
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? Riding my yellow and blue Schwinn bmx bike with a moto-sport #. Remember that first, glorious feeling of freedom from the training wheels; still feel it every time I ride a bicycle. Never forget that feeling!
Why do you ride a bicycle? For utility, for pleasure, for community, for me; sold our second vehicle 3 years ago and have been a one car family living in Dallas
What does Bearded Women mean to you? That we ride and we race together, as a team; no one gets left behind, no one is judged, and we all have fun!

Braden Barnett, Racing Member, SS

Posted: July 16, 2013 by turnerwinstonoc in Profiles, Uncategorized
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Braden Barnett, Racing Member, SS

Braden Barnett, Racing Member, SS

Racing Results

2014

Sansom 66 17th place out of 28th, 3:57:07
   
   
   

2013

DORBA Prayer Mountain Pedal Cat 3, 20 – 29, 15th Place, 0:57:29
Smurf Boy Endurance Series
River Legacy
Solo, 39th out of 40, 2 laps, DNF due to a mechanical
DORBA Fall Series
LB Houston
Cat 3 19 -29, 7th Place out of 25, 0:38:33
Rowlett Creek Preserve Cat 3 19 -29, 5th Place out of 21, 0:53:21
Cedar Hill Cat 3 19 -29, 1st Place out of 4

Awards

2013 DORBA Fall Series, Cat 3 19-29, 1st Place Overall, 143 pts
2013 BWR Team Most Improved Rider
   
   
   

Profile

Birth Date December 11 1984
Birth Place Fort Worth
Home Town Aledo
List and describe your bicycles Lynskey Ridgeline SL 29er and Trek Earl fixed gear
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in Just a few races under my belt. I’m working on more…. No podium spots yet!!
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? Tearing up my garage when I was a wee lad with my little BMXer in some fashionable pajamas.
Why do you ride a bicycle? I want to stay in excellent shape and there is no other escape I have found that compares…. Except for LSD, but that’s illegal and bad for you.
What does Bearded Women mean to you? A bunch of dudes who love to ride bikes and have fun.

 

Marcus Gillespie, Racing Member, SS

Marcus Gillespie, Racing Member, SS

 

Racing Results

2014

2/1/2014 Dirty Dozen
3rd out of 8th, 12 hr 4 man open
6/14/14 Smurf Boy – RCP 4th out of 5th, Team Open
6/28/14 Smurf Boy – Johnson Branch 3rd out of 6th, Team Open
7/12/14 Smurf Boy – River Legacy 7th out of 10th, Team Open
7/26/14 Smurf Boy – Cedar Hill 5th out of 8th, Team Open

2013

5/04/13 Prayer Mountain Pedal
35th, Cat 3 30 -39
6/29/13 Smurf Boy – RCP 5th, Team Relay
7/13/13 Smurf Boy – RL 15th, Solo
7/27/13 Smurf Boy – CH 5th, Team Relay

Awards

2014 Smurf Boy Team Open, 3rd Overall

Profile

Birth Date January 26, 1981
Birth Place Irving
Home Town Grand Prairie
List and describe your bicycles 2010 soul cycles Dillinger rigid SS. XO brakes, truvativ noir carbon crankset, carbon fork. 21 lbs, 1982 schwinn letour steel lugged frame. Fixed gear 48/15 gear ratio. Hand built wheels with custom spoke pattern.
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in Only just recently started racing but each event has been a fun, learning experience. It has made me want to strive to be better and stronger and faster.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? No one memory in particular. I just remember riding everywhere I went. I lived on my bike as a kid.
Why do you ride a bicycle? Because not riding bicycles sucks hard.
What does Bearded Women mean to you? It means……BEARDED WOMEN!!!!!!