DORBA Fall Series – Rowlett Creek Preserve #2

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Team.  Defined as a group of people linked in a common purpose.  Mountain biking isn’t always a team sport.  You perform on an individual level, competing with other athletes in a sprint race to be first to the line.  This past Sunday, our team showed what it means to be linked together in common purpose.

At the DORBA Fall Series race at Rowlett Creek Preserve, our best overall showing of the season comprised of two 1st place finishes, two 2nd place finishes, two 3rd place finishes, and one 5th place finish.  We also fielded the highest number of entries with 14 Adults and 3 Juniors.

Our biggest highlight came with two racing members who didn’t even finish the race.  Brad Wendling, a team officer, was having a fast race when he lost control and crashed.  He was able to pick himself up and begin racing again when it happened a second, much harder, time.  He’s doing better today, but what happened after that crash is something pretty special.  Josh Merkel, an original member of the team, was racing in only his 2nd race of the season when he came upon Brad.  Instead of continuing, and finishing his race, Josh decided to DNF himself to help Brad out and back to the team tent so medics could check on him.  Josh sacrificed his own race for a fellow teammate.  Big kudos to him, and a reminder to us all that we’re pretty lucky to have such great teammates.

Sunday also marked another first for the team, when three junior racers stepped into their first ever mountain bike race!  Aiden Toombs, and brothers Jacob and William Wendling all competed and had lots of fun racing the 3 mile course.

As for those pretty impressive showings, Minh Nguyen and Keith McDonald finished what they couldn’t do the last race because of mechanical breakdowns, and ended up on the podium 1st and 3rd respectively in the Cat 3 40 – 49 division.  The largest division of the event at 49 racers!

In the Cat 3 19 – 29 division, newcomer Jacob Hollings, took 2nd place after a 1st place performance at LB Houston before joining the team.  Jacob’s new teammate, Braden Barnett, showed why he’s poised to grab a top spot soon by continuing to move up the rankings with a 5th place finish.

In a newly created division in Cat 3, Jonathan Braddick and Logan Davis competed in the Clydesdale division taking 1st and 9th respectively.

The results kept coming in the last race of the day in Cat 2.  Brandon Schrader has had quite the season in the SS division, taking multiple top 5 finishes, but in this race he finally saw the results of his hard work, taking a podium spot in 3rd place.  He also holds the top overall team points leader position.  The heat didn’t hold back his divisional teammate, Will Jiron, coming in 11th place.

And finally, the “most races completed this season” leader on the team, and oldest member (of which we like to remind him of this all of the time) superman James Henson completed his seventh race, and is a close 2nd in our overall team points leader competition.  He finished 2nd in the Cat 2 60 plus division.

Here are the overall results from the race:

  • Cat 2 60 plus
  • Cat 2 SS
    • Brandon Schrader, 3rd Place out of 14, 1:48:25
    • Will Jiron, 11th Place out of 14, 2:06:03
  • Cat 3 Juniors, 10 and under
    • Aiden Toombs, 11th Place out of 18, 0:16:36
    • Jacob Wendling, 12th Place out of 18, 0:16:43
    • William Wendling, 16th Place out of 18, 0:20:00
  • Cat 3 19 -29
    • Jacob Hollings, 2nd Place out of 21, 0:49:38 (new member)
    • Braden Barnett, 5th Place out of 21, 0:53:21
  • Cat 3 30 -39
    • Shane Walden, 12th Place out of 40, 0:53:10 (new member)
    • Nathan Delahoussaye, 19th out of 40, 0:55:20
    • Wes Salas, 20th out of 40, 0:55:22 (new member)
    • Brad Wendling, DNF, (crash)
    • Josh Merkel, DNF, (helped a teammate after crash, sacrificed his own race to do this!)
  • Cat 3 40 – 49
    • Keith McDonald, 3rd Place out of 49, 0:50:40
  • Cat 3 Clydesdale
    • Jonathan Braddick, 1st Place out of 9, 0:54:56
    • Logan Davis, 9th Place out of 9, 0:45:29 (new member)

DORBA Fall Series – LB Houston #1

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The first sprint race of the DORBA Fall Series was certainly an exciting race for the team.  We had new riding members who recently joined the team, Shane Walden, Wes Salas, and Logan Davis race along with 8 other racing members.  While we’re still looking for that first podium of the season, our hard work is definitely showing now that the sprint season is back!  All of our racers improved from past sprint races in the standings, and we were only one off the podium in the Cat 2 single speed division with Brandon Schrader’s personal best 4th overall placing.  Braden Barnett also got a personal best 7th place in the Cat 3 19 -29 division.

We were also leading the Cat 3, 40 – 49 division with two of our racers, but the mountain bike racing gods weren’t very kind to us with a flat tire of our leader, Minh Nguyen, and a crash out from Keith McDonald who was in a close second at the time.  We’re happy he’s ok, and know he’s going to use it as motivation for the next race in the series.

Furthermore, James Henson did his 6th race this season, the most of any team member, by entering the Cat 1 60 + division.  He finished 3rd out of 3 entries, but what’s interesting is he showed up a bit late for the Cat 3 race.  We’re very glad too, because he burned through 2 fast laps to finish the race with a little extra coin in his pocket!

Here are the overall results from the race:

  • Cat 1 60 plus
  • Cat 2 SS
  • Cat 3 19 -29
    • Braden Barnett, 7th Place out of 25, 0:38:33
    • Logan Davis, 24th Place out of 25, 0:45:29
  • Cat 3 30 -39
    • Brad Wendling, 13th Place out of 41, 0:38:49
    • Shane Walden, 14th Place out of 41, 0:38:53
    • Wes Salas, 15th Place out of 41, 0:39:06
  • Cat 3 40 – 49
    • Keith McDonald, 40th Place out of 43, 0:45:28 (mechanical)
    • Minh Nguyen, 43rd Place out of 43, 0:53:59 (mechanical)

DORBA LB Houston Workday, July 13th

DORBABearded Women always give back to their communities.  It’s part of our mission and equally important to our racing.  Here’s a great opportunity to give back to the sport of mountain biking in North Texas this coming Saturday, July 13th from 8:00 AM – Noon!

From the Dallas Off Road Biking Associations Facebook event:


It’s a GO!
Let’s make this the best trail day ever! Racers you need your pay dirt, so come on.

With the help of our lovely Elva Esparza and her love for DORBA, Progressive Insurance wants to help DORBA out at one of our trails. 🙂

Progressive will have 20+ helpers with us and will be providing lunch (food and drinks) for all volunteers.

Please come join hands with Progressive in helping our trails be that much more awesome. Bring gloves and any loppers or trimmers that you might have, eye protection and dress appropriately (you might want to wear light long sleeves or pants for the overgrowth scrapes)
We will be trimming back the spring growth to keep the trail safe and enjoyable for all.

ALSO-there will be a fun ride from 2-4pm, the Progressive crew has been encouraged to bring bikes and helmets to be introduced into the fun that is mt biking 🙂 RSVP Here!

Prayer Mountain Pedal, May 1, 2013

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There are races that everyone gets really excited about, and know they’re going to go really, really fast.  The Prayer Mountain Pedal, is NOT that race.  This is a grueling, climbing course in the escarpments of southwest Dallas County overlooking the rest of the state to the west.  It’s truly the one place in all of North Texas where you feel a bit like you’re in the Hill Country of Central Texas.

The fellas that raced definitely made their marks and performed really well!  We took another 5th place overall in Cat 2 SS from Brandon Schrader, and ratcheted up the Cat 3 division to gain some racing credibility.  Also, we met two new guys we invited on the team, Randy Davis and Braden Barnett.

Here are the results from the race:

  • Category 2, SS (single speed)
    • Brandon Schrader, 5th Place, 1:37:05
  • Category 2, 20 – 29
  • Category 3, 30 -39
  • Category 3, 40 – 49
    • Keith McDonald, 15th Place, 0:51:24
  • Category 3, 50 – 99

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