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The end of our second season racing caps a tremendously successful, and exciting 2014 for our team.  The year has been fruitful, rewarding, tragic, and very special for all of our members.  Here’s a look back at the season, including our 2014 team performance award winners, Jacob the Great, and what we accomplished:

Jacob the Great

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On January 16, 2014 we tragically lost one of our own right as the new season was starting.  Jacob Hollings joined our inagural 2013 squad as a mid-season addition at 20 years old, and quickly shined, winning multiple races and finishing the season on a very high note.

While his passing was very sad and difficult, we remember Jacob, not only through our own encounters with him, but also first hand through his father, Phil Hollings.  Phil pledged to his son, posthumously, to race in Jacob’s place.  He had never ridden a mountain bike before, and in his first race, he got 1st place, just like Jacob!  We are so thankful to have Phil on the team, racing for himself and in Jacob’s memory.   Read more about Jacob here.

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 2014 winners:

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Racing by the Numbers

The 2014 racing season saw 34 out of 49 members compete in 43 unique sprint and endurance bike races for a total of 247 individual race entries logged by both racing and riding members, up 65 % from 85 logged in 2013.

By far our most represented Category is CAT2 (SS included) and 2nd most popular is CAT 3. There were 105 XC Races logged, and 62 Endurance type races. BWR was represented at a race in every month of the season in 2014!

Total team membership reached 49 for the season and consisted of 1 life time member, 32 racing members, 12 riding members, and 4 junior boys.  The team became more gender diverse with 7 women on the team, 3 who raced consistently the entire season.  We had 37 men, respectively.

Racing Performance

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

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1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th – 10th
 33  34  17  18  63

That put’s a Bearded Women on the podium 84 times out of 247 individual race entries, a 34% podium achievement rate!

Race Summaries

Click on a race to read each summary (not all races attended were summarized):

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:

Community Service

Aside from racing, our members are expected to participate in various community service events throughout the season.  This past year, 22 members volunteered their time at 26 local events.  Here are some of the events Bearded Women Racing was at:

For the past 2 years, Bearded Women Racing marched in honor of fallen soldiers and their families at Carry the Load.  Here’s recaps from 2013 and 2014.

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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.

This was the first year the team participated in DORBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Three trails celebrated TKMBD on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  Bearded Women Racing (BWR) volunteered at two of those events: Horseshoe (Grapevine, TX), and the NW Community Trail (Frisco, TX).TAKMB2014_05

Horseshoe jointly conducted a DORBA (dorba.org) Beginner’s Clinic on Saturday, and they drew a total of 44 adults and 10 kids to the event.  Eight BWR members were on-hand to assist with set-up, the clinic, leading/sweeping rides, encouraging the kids, and grilling up some grub to wrap up the day’s festivities.

In Frisco, seven BWR members came out to help check fit on the kids’ bikes and helmets, change flats, lead/sweep rides and cheer the kids on.  Frisco drew 15 smiling, happy kids to their event and many laps around the trail were taken by all.

Trail Maintenance

This season, each member was challenged to complete at least 8 hours of trail work for the year.  The team requires members to give back in various ways, and putting in trail time is one of the main activities we do.  We had 36 members work a total of 462 trail hours at 17 different trails!  We hope to double that amount next year.

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Yavor Gerenski, Racing Member, Geared

Posted: November 29, 2014 by greaselightnin in Profiles
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Racing Results

2014

Lone Star XC Series @ Sansom 3rd, Sport Men 0-34
 Lone Star XC Series @ Erwin 2nd, Sport Men 0-34
 Lone Star XC Series @ RCP 2nd, Sport Men 0-34
 Lone Star XC Series @ Big Cedar 1st, Sport Men 0-34
 Lone Star XC Series Overall 1st overall for the series
 Smurfboy at River Legacy  8th, 4 hour solo
 Prayer Moutain Pedal  3rd, Men 19-29
 DORBA Fall Series @ RCP  2nd, Men 19-29
 DORBA Fall Series @ JB  3rd, Men 19-29

 

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Birth Date
June 24, 1987
Birth Place
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Home Town
Coppell, TX
List and describe your bicycles Cannondale Flash29-1 2013
Orbea Onix TPX 2013
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in National Track & Field Championships Winner (Bulgaria) as a junior (2006/2007 indoors and outdoors in decathlon)
Recently:
Lone Star XC MTB Sansom CAT 3 (first race) – 3rd
Lone Star XC MTB Erwin CAT 3 – 2nd
Lone Star XC MTB RCP CAT 3 – 2nd
Lone Star XC MTB Big Ceder CAT 3 – 1st
Lone Star XC Overall CAT 3 – 1st
Smurfboy XC Endurance Race at River Legacy – 8th
Prayer Mountain XC at Big Ceder CAT 3 – 3rd
DORBA XC Fall Series at RCP CAT 2 – 2nd
DORBA XC Fall Series at Johnson Branch CAT 2- 3rd
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
Riding around the neighborhood with my BMX bike.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
To stay fit and to satisfy my competitive nature. To me, training is no fun unless there is a specific purpose behind it. Racing gives me that purpose.
…and, of course, because it’s fun to ride with cool people and explore new places.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
A group of people that share the same interests as me… especially drinking a nice cold beer after a hard ride. 🙂

 

 

Chad Recer, Racing Member, Geared

Posted: November 17, 2014 by greaselightnin in Profiles
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Racing Results

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Birth Date
February 19, 1979
Birth Place Garland, TX
Home Town Frisco, TX
List and describe your bicycles Trek Superfly (Gary Fisher Collection)
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in My first ever MTB race was in July 2014.
Looking forward to reaching the podium during the 2015 season!
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
Building BMX ramps in the alley out of plywood and anything else we could find around the neighborhood.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
My wife bought me my first MTB in May of 2014 and I instantly fell in love with riding. Nothing beats hitting the trails first thing in the morning, and once I discovered racing, there was no turning back!
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
It means being part of an amazing team!

 

 

Tony Dinsdale, Racing Member, Geared

Posted: November 16, 2014 by greaselightnin in Profiles
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Racing Results

2014

 06/2014 Smurf Boy Summer Endurance Series
Male 40+ 6th place overall
 

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Birth Date
June 11, 1973
Birth Place
Russellville, Arkansas
Home Town
Cleburne, TX
List and describe your bicycles 2010 Gary Fisher Rig Single Speed (32×18), white
2013 Specialized S-Works Epic (Kulhavy Edition), orange
2011 Specialized Tarmac (roadie)
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
6th place overall, 2014 SmurfBoy Summer Endurance Series, Male 40+ Solo
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
I didn’t use any training wheels.  At 5 years old, I decided I wanted to ride a bike so I just hopped on.  My mom gave me a shove and off I went.  She was a little worried, because I just kept on going – I went all the way around the block!
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I ride first for fitness, second for socializing, and third for mental health (it’s good to get the frustrations out).
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
To me, the Bearded Women Racing Team means a chance to hang out with like-minded individuals that are all willing to help out for the common good of the team.  It’s an opportunity to leverage skills and expertise from someone who’s been through {insert situation here} before.

 

Mark Russell, Riding Member, Geared

Posted: November 11, 2014 by greaselightnin in Profiles
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Birth Date
October 11, 1984
Birth Place
Dallas, TX
Home Town
Rowlett, TX
List and describe your bicycles Santa Cruz tallboy
Trek Wahoo
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in I competed in my first mountain bike race last year. I finished 5th in the Clydesdale group, but I had a blast overall.
I have also been power lifting since high school. I hold numerous records in Texas and have received numerous invitations to national competitions.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
Honestly, I remember learning the power of brakes. I was 11-years-old with no riding experience. I ended up doing an endo, busting my bike up, and walking it home. Luckily, I’ve gotten a tad better.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I started for weight loss. At my heaviest, I weighed 464 pounds. Now, I’m hovering around 290-295 pounds. My end goal is to be in the 240s. I still ride to aid in my weight loss, but I also ride to spend time with family and friends.
What does Bearded Women mean to you? A group of individuals that share a common interest, with the goal of promoting riding and a team atmosphere while giving back to the community.

 

 

Daniel Smith, Racing Member, Geared

Posted: September 25, 2014 by turnerwinstonoc in Profiles
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Racing Results

2014

 4/6/2014 Lone Star XC Series @ Sansom Park
Men Sport, 4th place overall 
 6/21/14 Lone Star XC Series @ LBH Men Sport, 4th place overall
 8/3/14
Lone Star XC at Rowlett Creek Preserve
Men Sport, 6th place overall
 2014 Smurf Boy Endurance Series Team Open, 2nd place overall in series

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Birth Date
August 6 1984
Birth Place
Fort Worth, TX
Home Town
Fort Worth, TX
List and describe your bicycles 2013 Cannondale Scalpel 29er 3
2013 Cannondale Super Six Di2
2014 Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon Comp 29er
2012 26″ GT Performer “Goldie”
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
2nd Place Team Smurf Boy Endurance Series
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
Cruising the block on my Huffy and riding road bikes on off-road trails as a child with my brothers.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I enjoy the peace of mind that come with riding.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
Having fun and getting to hang with some of the coolest people in DFW.

 

Brittany Smith, Racing Member, Geared

Posted: September 16, 2014 by turnerwinstonoc in Profiles
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Racing Results

2014

 6/21/14 Lone Star XC Series @ LBH
Women Sport 2nd place overall 
 8/3/14 Lone Star XC Series @ RCP Women Sport 1st place overall

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Birth Date
February 16 1988
Birth Place
Fort Worth, TX
Home Town
Aledo, TX
List and describe your bicycles 2012 Trek Lush (with touches of pink, of course)
2014 Specialized Fate Comp Carbon 29er
2010 Cannondale CAAD8 (road bike)
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
Lone Star XC Series @ LBH: 2nd place overall (cat 3 women)
Lone Star XC Series @ RCP: 1st place overall (cat 3 women)
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
I remember wanting to be just like my brother and trying to copy his “mad” BMX skills on my purple Huffy.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
Well, the truth is my husband talked me into getting a mountain bike. I thought he was crazy and I really didn’t like it at first (mostly because my husband’s choice of trails for a first-timer). I decided to give it another chance this year and I’ve learned that I’m not all that bad. I also have met a lot of really neat people. What’s better than being decent at something you love and getting to hang out with cool cyclists?
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
A fun, supportive team of people who will, hopefully, push me to become a better rider.

 

Benjamin Leach, Riding Member, SS

Posted: September 12, 2014 by turnerwinstonoc in Profiles
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Racing Results

2014

24 Hours in the Canyon
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Birth Date
January 6 1983
Birth Place
Plano, Tx
Home Town
Lantana, Tx
List and describe your bicycles
Full Rigid Misfit Psycles Dissent SS (Donkey Kong)
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
Endurance racing is new to me this year.  The past two years I had shown up and supported the Big Pigs fundraiser six hour race in Tyler, Tx but never actually pushed myself.  It wasn’t until 24 Hours in the Canyon that I put everything I had into a race and at that point everything changed.  Next came racing 3 out of 4 of the Smurf Boy’s which still pushing myself learning more and more about actual bike setup and positioning but with all of that said the most important thing is the goals that I have for next year.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
Camping with the family and taking my Huffy down hill on a jeep road and putting full trust into her. As a kid the adrenaline rush that I received at that moment has never left me.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I ride bicycles for two reasons.  First, I have a addictive personality and with mountain biking being a healthy bad habit it keeps me out of trouble for the most part. Second, its all about the people and doing things that isn’t the norm.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
For the past year I have watched and abserved what Bearded Women Racing  was about.  Which with a name Bearded Women who wouldn’t.  So is it a race team? Yes … Is it a bunch of dudes/dudettes racing with negativity? No … Its a group of amazing people all after the same goal which to me is to lift each other up to make everyone even those that aren’t on their team the best that they could be.  And as a young team that I see growing and going places I just knew that I had to be apart of it.

 

Melissa Dalton, Riding Member, Geared

Posted: September 9, 2014 by turnerwinstonoc in Profiles
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Racing Results

2014

 9/6/2014 DORBA Fall Series – Boulder Park
1st place, Women 40 +

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Birth Date
January 25 1974
Birth Place
San Angelo TX
Home Town
Columbia, MO
List and describe your bicycles
I have a specialized 29er
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
I participated in the smurf boy summer series. I ranked 2nd overall for the series in my age category.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle?
Riding with my brother Matthew, around the age of 10 or so. We use to ride every wooded area in Columbia, Missouri. I can remember jumping over creek beds on our bikes. The smell of honeysuckle always takes me there.
Why do you ride a bicycle?
The freedom. The smell. The sun. The wind. The heat. The trails. I enjoy the comradery with other riders as well as being comfortable with myself to ride alone. The memories of riding as a kid are with me every time I ride.  Overall, I ride because I feel completely free on a bike.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
Honestly, I don’t really know yet. I do know that Bearded Women is a group of riders with a shared interest in riding and racing. They also have awesome looking riding attire! I look forward to knowing what it means to be a part of the Bearded Women in the near future.

 

Ken McClure, Riding Member, Geared

Posted: August 28, 2014 by turnerwinstonoc in Profiles
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Birth Date September 26 1958
Birth Place
St. Louis, Missouri
Home Town
Garland
List and describe your bicycles I have one bicycle today, that being a Giant Talon, 29’er……..  Love riding the wheels off this thing.  My other bike is a Harley, and don’t think it qualifies……
List past racing accomplishments in any sport you’ve competed in
This was my first year, on a mountain bike, thusly, have been getting my feet wet, arms scraped, knees and legs, banged up, but steadily improving my skill set.
What is your first memory of riding a bicycle? My first bicycle, was a gift as a 6 or 7 year old.  Only thing I remember, was being the wrench that I was at the time, took my front wheel off, played with the bearings, and reassembled.  Took it down a long hill, one street over, did a wheelie, and then realized I had not tightened the axle nuts.  I was then catapulted over the handlebars, as the forks stabbed the pavement, landing on my chin.  I then ran screaming down the street, bleeding profusely, from said chin.  A neighbor heard me, tossed me in his car, and drove me to my grandparents house, and grandpa proceeded to take my to the hospital.  7 stitches later, my first ER visit, stitches, massive bandage, kinda shocked my parents, as they came to get me, that night…..Then it began….
Why do you ride a bicycle?
I decided to start riding a bike again, because I wanted to get back in shape, play outside, and stay out of traffic.  I know, ROUND IS a shape, but I wanted a ‘different’ shape, again.
It has awoken the kid in this old guy, and am having a blast doing it.
What does Bearded Women mean to you?
I know I’ve only been around you folks, once or twice.  My connection to you, is James Henson.  We used to do Boy Scout stuff, a long time ago.
I did help out at the last RCP Race, and hung with you guys, and you seem to have a blast, ride, and welcome others.  James asked if I’d be interested, and at that time, with my skills/ competence, was uncertain of my abilities to contribute to the team.  BUT, would like to support your efforts, hang out, ride, play, and maybe I can be a contribution to the team, down the trail.
Thanks for the opportunity……
BigKen (aka Santa)