End of 2013 Team Party, Award Winners, Team Performance, and Community Outreach

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Early this month, the team celebrated completing it’s first inaugural racing season at the Bearded Lady on South Magnolia in Ft. Worth.  It’s a must go kind of place that has one of the most comprehensive craft beer selections in North Texas!

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2013 Board Officers with Geoff

At the party, the team had the pleasure of having pro racer, Geoff Godsey, from Team Giant Southwest and DFW Active Life as a guest speaker, and assisting us in giving out our team performance awards.

Geoff turned PRO in 2000 at the age of 23, and has raced for several teams including TREK-Volkswagen Pro Cycling (Off-road & On-road), Ranch London (On-road), Specialized Factory Team (On-Road), Team Hotel San Jose (On-Road), Kenda-5hr Energy Pro Cycling (On-Road), GIANT Factory ON-ROAD Team (formerly GIANT Bicycles-SOUTH). His career includes both domestic and international experience (primarily Central / South American Tours).  He’s had 25 + Career Victories, Multiple Texas State Championship titles (includes current 2-time Masters State Criterium Championship).  Some highlights – (3) Stages wins at the International Cycling Classic, (4) Stage wins at the Ciclismo Internationale de Brazil, Top 20 Performance at the US National Championship ITT – PR 51min 37sec (40K)

Team Performance Award Winners

Our team supports two types of members, racing and riding.  Our racing members have the opportunity to compete for annual team awards to act as an incentive and motivation to perform well during the season.  We track races completed and placings, and assign a points system to them.  Based on the data, we have a pretty good objective way to award performance without any kind of subjective opinion.  Here are the 2013 winners:

Along with individual performances, we feel our team fared pretty well as a whole.  Here is a breakdown of our team performance from this past year:

Racing by the Numbers

The inaugural racing season saw 23 members compete in 8 USAC sanctioned, sprint and endurance mountain bike races for a total of 85 individual race entries completed.  20 members in Category 3 age group, and 3 in Category 2 single speed classifications. Total team membership reached 29 for the season and consisted of 23 adult males, 3 adult females, and 3 junior racers.

Racing Performance

Several of our racing members placed in the top ten and reached the podium in multiple races.  Here is the breakdown of our best results for the season:

MTB Sprint

MTB Team Endurance

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th – 10th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th – 10th
5 3 5 1 6 1 1 1 8

The team also had several top DORBA Fall Total Series placing’s, including 1st and 4th place for Cat 2 SS, 1st and a tie for 2nd place in the Cat 3 20 -29, and 1st place in Clydesdale

In addition to our racing performances, Bearded Women Racing is 100% focused on community outreach as well.  Here is a summary of what our team accomplished this past season:

Charitable Fundraising

carrrytheloadlogoIn May of 2013, Bearded Women Racing marched 91 miles in 17 hours and raised over $600 in honor of those fallen soldiers and their families at Carry the Load.  The team will make this an annual fundraising event each year!

Carry the Load is a non-profit organization helping people celebrate a meaningful Memorial Day by conducting a 20-hour event that honors veterans and active duty service members, law enforcement officers, firefighters and their families.

PedalPowerThe team was able to provide 20 adult, refurbished bicycles to those in need through this local organization located in Mansfield, TX.  Their mission is to provide low cost transportation options to students, micro-businesspeople, health care workers and others in developing nations and in our local community by recycling and reusing bicycles and their component parts

Pedal-Power is a non-profit 501©3 organization that recovers used bicycles, repairs them to working condition, and donates them to individuals locally and in developing countries.

The team helped to supply 480 NEW BALANCE sport t-shirts to Walnut Ridge Baptist Church for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief for Operation Christmas Child.

Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance

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One of our team principles is giving our time back to the mountain bike community trails.  On Sunday, September 15 our members gave a hefty about of muscle and sweat to preparing Boulder Park for the upcoming but eventually cancelled DORBA Fall Series race.

24 volunteers and 120 man hours later, a new super-berm was erected, miles of trail were trimmed, plant beds were managed, and hundreds of yards of grass were cut!  BWR team members turned out in force alongside many other DORBA and local volunteers to make the effort a memorable one!  Trail Steward Cash Lopper and game day coordinator Todd Brashear led the effort alongside sponsors Bearded Women Racing and B & B Bicycles.

Also, a few team members spent 9 man hours at another trial maintenance day at Cedar Hill State Park.  A huge berm was repaired as well as a creek crossing.  The team will continue to work with local trail stewards and schedule work days as a part of our membership requirements, and obligations to our community trails.

The Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association is a 501c3 non-profit and its primary mission is providing access to great local trails.

Get 10% off a Re-Geared Purchase with Bearded Women!

At Bearded Women Racing, we’re always excited to hear how our sponsors are doing, and participating in building their community.  Well, the ladies at Re-Geared are helping us build our racing community by offering up to our fans a “you can’t miss this” kind of deal!

regearedAny sales that go through ReGeared.com and use the coupon code BEARDEDWOMEN2014 will receive 10% off their total purchase, and we will give an additional 10% to the club.

2013 Team Awards made by ReGeared
2013 Team Awards made by ReGeared

Here’s the kind of awesome hand made furnishings and other products they make right here in North Texas:

Brigitte Metcalf, Riding Member

Profile

Birth Date
July 1967
Birth Place
Miami, FL
Home Town
Plano, TX
List and describe your bicycles 2011 Specialized Hardrock Sport 29er, no frills, all factory…I call him Bruce, and I am not clipped in (yet).
2013 Felt Z85 road bike (the she-beast) purchased specifically for the 2013 HHH.
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
I don’t race (yet) but I DID ride the HHH 50 miles (2013). I am very proud that in both my age group and the overall standings I ranked solidly in the middle.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
I don’t remember my first bike but I have great memories of my little brother’s banana yellow “Swing Bike”; we beat the crap out of it! The other odd bike was from college. I wanted a 10-speed to get around campus but Dad bought me a Honda “People” bike. I was mortified and refused to ride it.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
It clears my head and makes me feel free. Plus I like the challenge, and the feeling of accomplishment when I have pushed myself.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
This team is very encouraging. I feel like I am part of a family and I have a bunch of brothers (and a very pushy sister, haha) looking out for me.

DORBA Fall Series – Cedar Hill Reschedule

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What a spectacular inaugural season we’ve had!  The last race in what became a make up race ended our 2013 season with a bang.  We brought 10 racers and all did a great job finishing this fast course.

A couple of highlights include Braden Barnett ending his season with his first 1st place showing!

 

Brandon Schrader finished his year with 2 5th place, 2 4th place, and 2 3rd place finishes and the lead in the team overall points competition.  In addition, Nathan Delahoussaye and Wes Salas both finished in the top ten of the normally packed and competitive Cat 3 30 -39 category

With the majority of our racing members agreeing to comeback for the 2014 season, and the team looking to expand it’s racing roster, we can hope to see more successes in the future!  If you’re interested in applying for 2014 racing membership, we will open up the application process on November 11th.  For more information on team membership, read here!  *We have a limited number of spots available

Here are the overall results from the race:

Joshua Merkel, Racing Member

Racing Results

2013

Solovaca Cat Claw Cat 3 30 – 39, 20th place, 0:51:54
DORBA Fall SeriesRowlett Creek Preserve DNF due to helping a fallen teammate

Profile

Birth Date June 1979
Birth Place
Fairfax, Va
Home Town
Dallas,TX
List and describe your bicycles 2011 Orbea Alma 29″. Sun Ringle black flag pro wheels, Ikon tires and mainly sram xo components
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
I never raced any one on a wrestling mat and as a running back I raced past a number of offensive lineman before being destroyed by a defensive lineman
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
my dad letting go of my bike and me falling down
Why do you ride a bicycle?
There is a moment during every ride where I feel completely free, its all about a search for complete freedom and being present in the moment
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
camaraderie

Keith McDonald, Racing Member, Geared

Racing Results

2013

Big Cedar Cat 3 40 -49, 15th place, 0:51:24
Smurf Boy SeriesRiver Legacy Team Open, 2nd out of 8th place, 6 laps, 4:37:28
Cedar Hill Team Open, 1st out of 8th place, 6 laps, 4:14:59
DORBA Fall SeriesLB Houston Cat 40 -49, 40th out of 43rd place, 0:45:28 (mechanical)
Rowlett Creek Preserve Cat 40 -49, 3rd out of 49th place, 0:50:40

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Birth Date January 1971
Birth Place
Arlington,TX
Home Town
Arlington,TX
List and describe your bicycles Niner Jet9 RDO
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
I raced motocross from 6-14 years old. Made it up to 125cc Expert, then got interested in other things. Have been racing Mtn Bikes off and on for several years.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? It was exciting and scary at the same time. It felt like pure freedom and flying! Oh,, the bike was a huffy with a cool sparkly colored seat.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I ride to keep from getting overweight (I like to eat) and for the challenge. I find when I’m riding the stresses of everyday life seem to melt away, it clears my head.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
Making new friends, Riding and Racing. A quote from Aristotle comes to mind…
” The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”

Wes Salas, Racing Member, Geared

Racing Results

2013

Cedar Hill Team Open, 5th out of 8th place, 6 laps, 4:40:22
DORBA Fall SeriesLB Houston Cat 30 -39, 15th out of 41st place, 0:39:06
Rowlett Creek Preserve Cat 30 -39, 20th out of 40th place, 0:55:22

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Birth Date April 1977
Birth Place
Arkansas
Home Town
Denton, Texas
List and describe your bicycles Orbea Occam 29’er – Full Suspension
Specialized Allez Road bike
GT Avalanche Hard Tail
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
Dorba Fall XC – LBH 15th place
Smurfboy CHSP team 4th place
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? Complete freedom… and always racing my friends… and the above still holds true today…
Why do you ride a bicycle?
Why not ride a bike??? It is a stress relief and dang it I look good doing it.. haha
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
“A group of dedicated athletes who celebrate life by riding our bikes for fun and competition.”
The website says it all…. and these friends are just a blast to hang with …

Logan Davis, Racing Member, Geared

Logan Davis, Racing Member
Logan Davis, Racing Member

Racing Results

2014

Dirty Dozen 12 hr, 3-4 man, 7th out of 8 teams, 11:25:44
 Smurf Boy – RCP  Solo SS, 11th out of 11th
 Smurf Boy – JB  Solo SS,
 Smurf Boy – RL  Solo SS,
 Smurf Boy – CH  Solo SS,

2013

Smurf Boy Endurance Series
Rowlett Creek Preserve
Solo, 33rd out of 41st place, 4 laps, 4:18:38
River Legacy Solo, 29th out of 40th place, 4 laps, 4:34:10
Cedar Hill Solo, 31st out of 38th place, 4 laps, 4:59:59
DORBA Fall SeriesLB Houston Cat 3 19 -29, 24th out of 25th place, 0:45:29
Rowlett Creek Preserve Clyde, 9th out of 9th place, 1:04:35

Profile

Birth Date March 1987
Birth Place
Murray, Utah
Home Town
Arlington, Texas
List and describe your bicycles Fuji Tahoe 29er 1.0 Hardtail
Van Dessel Country Road Bob Cross Bike
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
2012 – Smurf-boy summer endurance race at River Legacy (first race)
2013 – Smurf-boy summer endurance complete series (27th over-all series)
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? My earliest bike related memory is thinking it would be a good idea to “play” Road Rash (the violent sega racing game) with our bikes. Needless to say, I ended up bloody in a gutter.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I don’t ride for fitness, competition, or transportation. I ride for pure enjoyment!
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
I’ve got the Beard. I’ve got the boobs. It’s time to ride!

Jason Toombs, Racing Member, Geared

Racing Results

2014

2013

Smurf Boy Endurance Series
River Legacy
Team Open, 5th Place out of 8 teams, 5 laps, 4:22:16
Cedar Hill Team Open, 8th Place out of 8 teams, 3 laps, 3:54:35

Awards

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Birth Date January 1971
Birth Place
Warner Robins, Georgia
Home Town
Mansfield, Texas
List and describe your bicycles Specialized Stumpy 29er, that’s all I need.
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
Completed the SPARTAN RACE Trifecta in 2013.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? My first memory of riding a bike was when I was about 5yrs old and went down a big hill by myself. I returned to that spot years later to find out the big hill was barely a bump.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I ride for fun, for exercise and because it is the biggest stress reliever.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
Friends, fun and competition.

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