Ramping up to CX Nats

Trav, Andrew, K-Rocket and JP are all headed up to Madison next week to rub shoulders with the fastest guys (and gals!) from around the country. Everyone is looking great and coming into peak form at the right time.

Andrew in Hawaii
Andrew has been off getting some quality time in the sun in Hawaii, getting those warm weather miles and smiles.

I have seen a study that says warm weather (or just getting your core really hot doing training) can have as much as a 10% boost to your cold weather racing performance. Seems odd, but hey if he comes back flying faster then he already was then I might just take some vacation time next year and go somewhere warm to ride as well!

The Pain Train out front @ Boxing Day CX
Travis and JP have been setting the grass on fire putting down some fast racing on the local scene. Super cool that we are lucky to have great promoters putting together not 1, not 2, but 3 races between Christmas and New Years so the KC area peeps can fine tune those motors before heading up north.

And the weather, wow, pretty insane, 60's in Dec, yup!

K-Rocket has been mixing is up the the Men's 3/4 races and starting to really get into some hard fought battles. Some guys just don't like getting beat by a girl, but they better get faster quick because next time you are racing and think, man I just got passed by a little dude you better look a little closer because it's probably K-Rocket putting you in her rear view!

Travis 2nd, JP 3rd Mon

JP 4th and Travis 5th Wed (fast freaking race!)
Karen besting 13 3/4 Men on Wed.

Here is some first lap racing from the Boxing Day CX race.



JP and Karen cleaning mud off Travis' bike in the pits at the Missouri State Championship CX race. Travis went on to take a podium spot during the event. This is one of many aspects that makes racing for Ethos great; teamwork!


Missouri State Championship

This past weekend was the wrap up of the Boss Cross Series and the Cyclocross Missouri State Championship. The conditions were like none other, 6 inch deep mud the consistency of peanut butter. Sounds horrible right? Actually it sounds like a recipe for Ethos to come out on top! So it was no surprise that the podiums had plenty of green and black, muddy green and black that is.
Sunday the Masters races and Women's Open kicked off early. Steve showed the mature crowd how it is done with a 3rd place finish. JP took the win in the Masters 35+ and was rewarded with one of the ugliest cycling jerseys ever designed. It should be mentioned that JP took 4th in the Open race on Saturday behind Travis in 3rd. Nice work Rocket! As the old saying goes "like father, like daughter" or something like that. Karen took the win in the CAT 1/2/3 so her and her dad having matching outfits for that "ugly jersey holiday party" that the office has every year. You kill it as always K-Rocket. Sarah celebrated her birthday on Sunday by breaking her chain and running the final 1/2 lap and STILL secured 4th. It must suck to have to line up next to those two ladies (Saturday they dominated Boss Cross 4 with a Sarah, Karen 1-2 finish).
By the time Single Speed started the mud had congealed just a slight amount for added resistance and the course conditions deteriorated. I took 3rd. JDoug conformed to peer pressure and raced SS and Cat3 back to back with good finishes in both (7th in SS, 10th in CAT 3), that hurts my legs just thinking about it. For the record, the people who showed up to race this weekend meant business, there was no fluff in the categories. Sean tested his mettle and toed the line for his first cross race ever on his fixie mountain bike, pulling a Top 10. Is he hooked? Only time will tell.
And finally the Men's Open. You race last, the course is totally destroyed and you race the longest. That's what you get for being the tough guys! Well TDonn is one tough SOB. He rolled across the line in 2nd place in a VERY stacked field. Very impressive sir! A huge shout out to the "ugly jersey" pit crew of Karen and JP. They removed untold amounts of mud allowing a clean bike each lap if needed.


K-Rocket dominates Day 2 of Jingle Cross Rock

Top Step!
Karen faced 40 tough women and even tougher elements and by the end of the race left no doubt who was the fastest on the day.

Big women's CAT 2/3 field.
Way to race girl!
Fist High!


Two Smoking Fast CX racers!

These two are dominating the women's racing scene and if you see them coming your way you better move!


Ruts and Guts

Figured I'd cross post this vid from Andrew's blog. Sounds like he did well taking home a pair of 7's for the weekend. Not sure how JP did, but he makes a short apperance in the below vid. Enjoy!

Rut N Guts 2011 from Design Your Ideas on Vimeo.


K-Rocket's USGP Derby Cup Race

USGP Derby Cup Video from Karen's races over the weekend where she took 2nd and 4th. Awesome venue, super fast racing, best CX course we have raced on to date.

It's awesome how she focuses then competes out there, she really gets after it, her ability to dig, then dig deeper, then bury herself leaving nothing, and I mean nothing is amazing to watch. This year she is developing the heart of a fierce competitor, no quit, no backing down. The way she is racing in these big events is fun to watch, she is out gunned by these women at each race being the little skinny girl and yet claws, elbows, digs and cuts her way to the podium. When her physical strength catches up to her heart it's going to be an amazing thing to watch!

She has raced USGP Fort Co and USGP Louisville this year and has a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place finish in her 4 races.

Cross Country is finished so now she can focus on Cross the rest of the season. She will be racing the 3/4 Men locally (watch out boys!) and then 2/3 Women at the big races leading up to CX Nats in Jan where she is gunning for a top 5 finish in the 17/18 Junior's race. Next year she may just be racing with the Elite Women...



That's a wrap!

Well, mountain bike racing is officially done for the season around these parts. On the other hand mountain bike riding is just reaching it's prime. The BT Epic capped it off the season with a bang. A whole mess of Ethos ladies and gents were present. Here are race reports from Sean, Garet and Jesse. Enjoy, and hope to see ya out in the woods with a big sh*t eating grin on your face.

2012 Sponsors?

Yeah its late, but we are finally sitting down and starting to plan some big things.

Drop us an email if you are interested in sponsoring one of the fastest dirt racing teams around these parts.  ethosracers@gmail.com


USGP New Belgium Cup

K-Rocket raced in her first USGP CX race over in Fort Collins with the 2/3 women. Fast Fast Fast group of women and girls. She kicked tail Ethos style and took 3rd on Sat and 5th on Sunday. Sunday was interesting as she posted the 2nd fastest lap splits on the day but getting tangled in an early crash kept her off the podium. As they say you can't win the race in the first lap but you sure can lose it. Way to race K-Rocket!
Fast Field with some factory team racers and national top 5 ranked girls in the 2/3 race.
K-Rocket on the stage with the Big Girls, at this rate she will be racing the Elite ranks soon...


Burning Rubber...

The Flaming Fast Trio of Travis, Garet and Chris Ploch took home top honors with a course record 12 laps at Burning at the Bluff this past weeked. I'm sure we can expect a write up by all three of these fellas in the next few days. Congrats!


Chigger Digger...

Classic Ethos Post Race Photo...
(maybe one of these guys will enlighten us with a race report soon, other than The Kid, who always puts out a good read)


Hermann CX pics and some cool vid + this years best crash

So the story goes... 5 Ethos racers go to Hermann CX... whatever, we kicked it with 5 top 5 finishes and one podium (2nd). Sat night K-Rocket took 4th in the Elite Women's race while JP took 2nd in the Masters 30+ and Coe rocketed to a 4th in the Elite men (Travis 9th, JP 18th, Cam forgot to tighten his cranks). Sun more of the same with K-Rocket in 4th again. Travis took 5th, Coe 6th and Cam 9th while JP pulled something in his ribs and left the race early.

Hermann CX is a freaking great way to start the season off. Jeff Yielding does a killer job putting the event on, it's worth the short drive (or bike ride as G-Wiz did) to the event. It's the closest little big race round these parts next to Jingle Cross Rock. Nuf typing, check the pics and the vids. Oh and one last thing, ETHOS IS GONNA KILL IT IN CX THIS YEAR!

K-Rocket whipping her new sled (15.6lbs!)

Travis with his patented mean face on

Coe and Trav playing in the sand again

Cam the Man wearing green and looking mean
Something was funny, like me leading Schottler on lap 1...

Pretty sweet video shot of the Sat night race.

Best crash of the year, so far that is!

The full results are here, out.


Ethos - the inner drive with a kick of HTFU mixed in...

Garet winning, 'nuf said...
6 crashes at Slaughter Pen Jam... still took the win... way to HTFU G-Wiz!


Spoke Pony 3/6...

Once again the Singlespeed brotherhood takes the podium at the Spoke Pony Showdown at Swope Park over the Weekend. Jesse and Burnsey tested their metal spinning one gear for six hours on a killer course. I can't say enough good things about Jesse's performance, but his nickname being Manimal might give you a bit of a hint. He pretty much slayed the competition. Good ol' Peat Awesome put up a good fight to come in second on some real p.o.s. 90's bike ( he could possibly be Manimal Jr.) and Burnsey...well, lets just say I had a great time and pulled off another podium spot.
Jason Douglas had to climb some stairs too, another podium for the team! Nice work and nice riding on the unfamiliar, rocky, technical and treacherous course! You made us proud.
Then there's Travis. Lets just say he was 'wearing the pant's' and put everyone else to shame with 60+ miles, and two firsts. Way to kill it (as usual bro!)
Garet showed up for a double header weekend. First was this race and then Single Speed Championships the following day (which he won). On a sad note, Garet had a few mechanicals, the final one being a broken frame (that cost more than my car). At least he still has his single speed :)
Sarah (as usual) demonstrated her mad skills with a win in the three hour. I remember her smiling that big smile as she flew by me mid lap, loving every minute in the saddle.
All in all another great day with four podium's for the crew!


Eye Candy...

Until we have the time to get off our bikes and write some words about how Ethos is taking podium after podium this season, here is the first of many photo posts for your viewing pleasure.
If you want to see us in action, come on out to Swope Park and watch as the team competes at the Spoke Pony Showdown this Saturday the 13th, testing our endurance on the best trail system in Kansas City!



OK, so I was feeling a little down from not reaching my goal at the KS State Championships. The 3rd place finish at that race left a bad taste in my mouth, So I spent the following week pounding barley pops (as Burnsey would call them), Double cheeseburgers, and Chocolate Malts. It's amazing how much weight you can put on in a hurry when you self-destruct. On top of that I only put in around 7hrs of training for the two weeks leading up to Omba Caramba, and 6 of those hours were in the 3 days prior to the race.

I knew I needed to get back into the groove so I headed up to Springfield to compete in the OMBA CARAMBA, race #2 of the MWFTS. With my win at Neosho earlier in the season I'm leading the 35+Expert Category in the series.

So I arrive a little late for my standards and pre-ride only a couple miles of the course, man it was hot! 101 degrees to be exact. None of my team is at the race so I just plan on setting up a table with my drinks on it for self-hand ups. I fill my camel back with ice and water and line up with a total of 10 Experts, all but 2 are 35+ so we decide to combine for a better payout.

We line up on the road for a half mile lead up into another half mile of trail that runs parallel to the road, it's pretty open and spectator friendly at this section, with a couple bumps to catch a bit of air. I look around at the field, and I'm feeling a little intimidated seeing Mark Gullett, Cale Mcaninch (MO State SS Champ), and some other fit looking cats that I don't know.

3-2-1 go, and we are off, I have my fork locked for a standing launch and since I was one of the rare 26'Er's, I knew it might be tough to get the hole shot once the big wheels started turning. Mark jumps and takes off like a jet, so I do a monster attack around the entire field to sit on his wheel. We travel the 1/2 mile to the trail and I take a nervous look back to see only Cale near us, and I have a little bit of a gap on him. Going down the trail I stick to Mark like a tick, and he takes a glance back to see who is with him. I think he is surprised to see me on his butt because he beat me by 25 minutes the last time we met, back in November at my first Cat1 race.

Cale is now with us, and the three of us have already dropped the field with only a mile into the race. We hit the twisty stuff and Mark gets away from me, and shortly after that I bobble on a root that I didn't see, because I hadn't pre-rode this section. When I made my dab it was inevitable that Cale goes around me. He gets a 10 second gap on me, but I'm not fretting about it, because I'm getting better at gauging myself for the long haul. He gaped me, but he didn't look that threatening to me when he did it, a couple times I felt like I could catch him fairly easily, but just tried to maintain my core temperature. After 14 years working in a foundry, I know how important it is to keep the body temp down.

So towards the end of the first lap we come out of the woods and on a long stretch back to the start/finish I see Cale has extended the gap by probably 20-30 seconds. I pop the Big ring and closed the gap before we hit the single track, I came up on him so fast that I'm pretty sure he had a moment of panic when he seen me coming. I'm having some trouble with my handling skills in a couple sections and he advances a bit more.

I finish up my camel back and coming into the 3rd lap I toss it, but while grabbing for my bottle, some jackass had set a bottle on my table in front of my bottle. My bottle falls off the table and I wasn't about to stop at this point because Cale is just barely in front of me and I didn't want him to get away. Halfway through the 3rd lap Cale gets out of my sight, and I'm super hot and thirsty. So, once again I'm sitting in 3rd place and just like my thoughts at the KS state championships I'm not sure I will make it because I can feel some leg cramping coming on. The cramping was only momentarily when a change of events is about to occur. To my surprise Mark Gullet has blown up! I think he was just too hot, but I never got to talk to him after the race. I blow by him with my new found motivation, and I hear him say he's done. I put all caution in the wind and put the hammer down, just to be sure he was done. I come into the last lap and decide to do something I would never do, and that was to stop at my water table so that I could pick up my dropped bottles. Now I'm feeling really hot and dizzy so I decide to pour one of the two bottles on my head, which happens to be Lime accelerade. It was sticky,but I didn't care at this point because it had some cooling effect. I slammed down the other bottle as I rolled back into the single track for the last lap, this lap was definitely my downfall and I ended up giving up more time to Cale. I lost by 3 minutes to Cale but placed 2nd with a 3 minute gap on 3rd place. So with this placing I'm still leading the MWFTS, and my confidence is booming! I'm pretty pleased with my fitness considering I have had a few mental meltdowns this year and the start of grad school this summer has increased my stress load. Regardless, I'm back on my training plan and I'm setting some new goals for the remainder of the year. I'm really proud to be on this Ethos Team and I'm certain that the quality of the team members has motivated me to work extra hard. CYa all at Shawnee Mayhem.

-- GMapes --


KC Cup Missouri State Championships...

Ethos Racing had another great turn out at the KC Cup race at Landahl this past Sunday with a good amount of green on the podium. Hopefully we can get some of the crew to write up a story for you...

Results are HERE

Mark (2nd) and Jesse (3rd) on the SS podium
The Manimal with the Mo State 2nd in SS
Sarah Worthington Killed it...again!
Travis with the 5 spot after as many pit stops to keep air in his tire...
The Kid takes home the big Numro Uno with the Mo State Champ title in his class


SSUSA11 Race Report...

Just like old times...Ethos Team riders Sean Burns, Jesse Gross and Cameron Chambers had a killer time at the Single Speed USA 2011 event in Boulder Colorado this past weekend.
Ride Rad Report soon to follow.


Dirty Little Secret and Kuat Joplin Fundraiser

Ethos was out in size last weekend over in Manhatten, KS for the UFD Dirty Little Secret race put on by the fine folks of Big Poppi bike shop. It was a great course, and the conditions couldn't have been better. The race was supplied with free BBQ, beer, and tons of swag! Overall it was exactly what every race should be, AWESOME!

At the end of the day we ended up with 4 podiums. Little KRocket raced the Sport Men 19-29 and took a well earned 2nd against the boys. Steve rocked the Sport Old Man class and took 3rd. Travis took 3rd overall in the Expert and 2nd in the 30-39, and I took 2nd overall and 1st in the 19-29 Expert group.

My blow by blow account is here.

Here's some action photos from our boy JP who was unfortunately sidelined with broken shifty bits.

That's JP's bike... Ya, not exactly what it's supposed to look like.

Also, I wan't everyone to go check out on of our fine sponsors and good friends KUAT. They're doing a fundraiser deal in which you buy a Unite t-shirt, and the money goes to the United Way for Joplin. They need all the help they can get, and this is a great way to do it. It's only $20. It's a sweet shirt, and it goes to a great cause. I think it would be awesome to see a huge group of us racers sporting this T-shirt at the next race.

Here's the link...