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My Favorite Training Partner

Check out the article recently written by the team’s race captain Mark Alden for local cycling site NYVelocity.View the article here.

My Favorite Training Partner

The following article I wrote in the spring of 2010. All seemed good in the world around me. I was having a great time towing my 4 year old daughter around in the bike trailer, my wife was pregnant with our 2nd daughter and I was enjoying some of the best early season fitness that I ever experienced (I managed to win a Spring Series race and the CRCA power points race against a few AXA guys in Central Park). However, the weekend after that Power Points race my family was shocked by the news that my father in-law had terminal cancer. It was hard to believe. He was super energetic (think Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack). Just about everything in our lives was put on hold as we tried to cope with this devastating news.

My father in-law ultimately lost his battle with cancer a little over a year ago. I miss him dearly. If it wasn’t for the countless hours that he came over to watch my daughter so I could go out and ride my bike I would have never achieved the fitness necessary to manage some of the racing success that I had. He loved spending time with his granddaughter and was proud whenever I did well in a race. With that in mind I dedicate this article about riding with my daughter to him.

My Favorite Training Partner: By Mark Alden

Big John

“Big John” Raheb, has been a one man wrecking crew this season, but nothing solidified it like winning the New Jersey Cat 3 Crit Championships and then going 5 for 5 in Campmor H2H series. John has also amassed a series of results in other races this year; a few of which from the Spring […]

Zach’s First Team Win

New team member Zach Koop wasted no time in getting on the team score sheet winning the CRCA A race on Sunday in what was a very well ridden team effort. The race started with extreme aggression and on the 1st lap a group of about 15 slipped off the front, which Mark Alden bridged […]

Epic day at Harriman

Mark Alden: Today was a day to remember at Bear. When I was driving up the Palisades I was happy that it wasn’t raining. However, when I got off the exit and drove into the mountains a think blanket of fog was obscuring the countryside. When I pulled into the Lake Welch parking lot visibility was down to about 20’. At first there wasn’t a soul to be seen and I was half expecting that there would be someone sitting by registration telling me that the race was off. But when I got close to the building cars started to come into view. I walked over to registration thinking that the race might be cancelled. I was told it was game on so I suited up and tried to mentally prepare for battle.

Final Spring Series Race

The team was in action again this weekend in Prospect Park, this time with Mark Alden, Thomas Pennell, and Jason Parkin, to contest the last NYC spring series race of the season. The team was heavily out gunned with Brauer having their usual 10+ guys and Axis with about 7 guys. Thomas and Mark had […]

First Podium of 2011

Mark Alden took the team’s first podium of the season taking 3rd in the 35+ Master’s race in Central Park today; part of the New York City Spring Series. The race, typical of many Spring Series races, became somewhat chaotic as three different fields became one large group on the course. The large mass of […]

The 2011 Season Starts Now

BlueRibbon kicked the 2011 season in fine style at the Central Park Spring Series race on March 13th. Less than halfway into the first lap the break of the day was established. BlueRibbon was well represented in the 10 man move with Xavier, John and Eddie. Thomas and Mark patrolled the front of the field […]

1,2,3…

Results keep pouring in for the team. Eddie Espitia hasn’t been the only rider to win races lately as Paul Levis also won the Harriman ITT, in the P/1/2/3 category, as well as the Team Time Trial with Espitita. Also continuing his fury of results, a very youthful looking John Raheb took 2nd place in […]