Blood, Sweat, and Beers…
What an amazing Spring season of racing our bikes all over the Great State of Texas!! Another Spring season of great adventures and epic stories! OMW-Racing sent more racers to more events than ever before! We averaged 10 racers at each of the 8 Series races this Spring. Not only was it fun but it was REWARDING!! That’s right people, OMW-Racing had a very successful 2012 Texas State Championship Season culminating in a State Championship!! Gerad Dambrosia took control of the Cat 2 30-39 group and never let go of 1st place once it was his. Congratulations on a great season, Gerad!! If that’s not good enough, consider the fact that Lance “Bam Bam” Hyde crushed it and finished 2nd Overall just behind Gerad!! Oh my goodness!!! Don Schwieters finished on the podium in 3rd place Overall in the Cat 3 50+ group. Rob Remlinger and Gregg Colvin finished 5th and 6th respectively in the Cat 2/3 Singlespeed group. Jay Lopez finished 6th Overall in the Cat 3 20-29 age group. Nice set of Top Ten Overall finishes here and don’t forget Don, Gregg, and Jay just started racing this Spring!!
Dan “The Man” Hickman always likes to say, “You’ll miss it when it’s over” and it is ohh so true! So we have to put some extra Oomph into it for the season finale at Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, TX. Some just took a victory lap, reminiscing on all the great times we had this year and others took no prisoners fighting for podium spots and top ten finishes in the season standings. After all the dust settled, after all the blood, sweat, beers, and Steel Panther on 11, OMW got its first ever STATE CHAMPION, a record number of podium finishes for the Overalls and 7th Overall in the Team Challenge!
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That’s right folks, another race is in the books. It was another great weekend of racing our bikes all over this great state of Texas! There was a lot to celebrate this weekend and some things that didn’t turn out so well. Its taken four 2nd place finishes and two 3rd place finishes but Gerad Dambrosia made it happen, 1st place!! Not only did he finally get his win but he locked up the overall State Championship in his division!! Way to go Gerad and congratulations on an awesome race season!
The course over at Big Cedar Wilderness is a brutal one, I don’t care what anyone says or how easy Gerad makes it look. The whole course traverses a natural bluff on the property of Mountain Creek Church and Prayer Mountain (I said a few prayers out there, believe you me!). There are crazy switchback climbs that turn into crazy switchback descents. There is hardly a chance for any recovery in between. Don’t get me wrong, the course is fun and exciting but it will also rip your F’ing legs off! We usually make fun of this race because they make us race on Saturday (instead of the usual Sunday race) because Sunday is Gods day. They also have a great disclaimer for the weekend- Absolutely no alcohol, no firearms, and no profanity!! But I have to say, we have done this ride a few times now, and we have met some really great people that allow us to come in and ride on their property. They take good care of us and they take the time to stop and talk to us. Thanks again Mountain Creek Church for the invite and the hospitality. But we still love the disclaimer! Do they know who we are???
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What a great weekend for TMBRA race #6 of the Texas State Championship Series! Its always nice to have a race in your own back yard where you can sleep in your own bed the night before. These are some familiar trails and we have raced here on a number of occasions. OMW Racing likes this course. There are lots of fast sections, great singletrack and plenty of rocks, ledges, and rock gardens to keep people honest. I saw plenty of blood, bandages, and even a few arm slings over the weekend. Nothing wrong in getting down and dirty with a great trail. Makes you wanna mount back up and show the trail who’s boss. Get some of that-ahhh!!
Thanks to Gerad, OMW Racing got a FRONT ROW, reserved spot in the expo area. They put us in the dead center! So we set up our 2 giant Canopy tents, threw up the OMW Racing banner, set up the stable for our race steeds, and put the jammin roller cooler on 11!! Oh you could hear it all over. We had 50 yard line seats for the unicycle football game, heck they even turned down the PA system so they could play the game to some OMW Racing jams from the roller cooler. Is that any good?! Hells yes it is!! It was a spectacle as usual. Some times you just have to reel ole Bam Bam in when you get a little Steele Panther on 11!! Oooohhhh, get some!!
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Race # 5 of the Texas State Championship Series took us to the majestic Sam Houston National Forest just outside of Coldspring, Tx. with plenty of fast, flowy, rip your legs off single track on tap for the weekend. There is little elevation change there but they make up for it with a nonstop hammering distance of 12.5 miles per lap. OMW had 10 racers on the line including Deanne Moehn back from injured reserve!!
So we roll out of Austin a little behind schedule and in true OMW style, tall dogs fallin, takin the scenic route. We arrive and set up shop right in front of the finish line, right in the middle of all the action, jammin rollin cooler set to 11. Lance, you got anything in that playlist that is family appropriate? Doesn’t look like it so had to skip the Steel Panther (for the most part). At this point, we’re having a good time taking it all in (cuz you’ll miss it when it’s gone) some fellow racers come by, one thing leads to another and some of us can barely get up the biggest climb out there, gettin on the bike!! But we have to pre ride this beast. So off we go, Dan playing pin ball with the trees, Lance looking for a way out, and somehow, with only 3 miles left in Gerad’s pre ride, here comes Dan!!! BACKWARDS! If you know this course you would ask yourself, how did he even manage that? I was like, “I not even mad… that’s amazing! ”
The sun has set in Crunk City and Lance is trying to find the bad ass A-frame on Lake Livingston in the dark with Deanne and Don following behind wondering why we’re going in circles for about an hour now. We’re on the phone trying to get directions with the owner but that is getting us nowhere so he says, “alright, you boys just stay put; I’ve got shit to do so I’ll come get you.” Well alright then. And how’s about a pitcher of Margaritas as a welcome gift from the owners? Talk about some hospitality!!! Now we’re getting settled in setting up the Flatscreen for OMW movie night under the stars with Full Metal Jacket as the feature, Sweet dreams Maggots!!
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TMBRA Race #4 is in the books. Another great weekend of racing our bikes all over the great state of Texas. If youre not in on this then youre missing out. Aways remember the rules of the road when road trippin’. Rule #1- ALWAYS take the scenic route. Lance and the Green Manalishi grabbed the uber-large pop-up camper and herded up some regulators for the 3 hour journey up north. Of course, the Godfather was late as usual and had to catch us on the road. We rolled into the Solvaca Ranch in Glen Rose, Tx. early Saturday afternoon to set up shop and establish the OMW ZIP CODE! Once we got settled a preride was in order. Great trails with plenty of creek crossings, like 50, or maybe just seemed like that since they were all full of water. Who doesnt like getting wet!? Chuck?? Later we settled in for team dinner with Gerad on the grill with a lil help from Chef Brian. Go ahead and throw some SKRIMPS in my spaghetti, only if theyre from Corpus Chrispy though! Good times all around and plenty of tall dawgs falling.
OMW racing had 8 racers on the line this weekend. We had beautiful 8.4 mile laps with all the terrain you could want. A fan friendly venue. Our Cat 2′s went off first with Gerad nailing down a solid 2nd place, Lance in 7th, Rob in 13th, and Dan in 14th and Gregg in 16th. Then our Cat 3′s were off. Don peddles out a 6th place finish, Brian takes 10th, and Jay brings home 12th. Great weekend of racing and good times with good friends. Gerad Dambrosia takes a firm grasp on 1st place overall in Cat 2 30-34, Lance Hyde moves up to 4th overall, Jay Lopez moves to 1st overall in the Cat 3 19-29 group as well!! Is that any good??? Hells yes!! Other notable overalls are Don Schwieters in 3rd Cat 3 50+ and Rob Remlinger in 6th Cat 2/3 SS. OMW racing moved up to 6th in the Team Challenge Competition. Look out people, here we come!! Next race is The GHORBA Big Ring Challenge in Coldspring, Tx. 03/31/12-04/01/12. Hope they dont screw the racers again, like the last 2 years. More on that later. See you there!!
The 2012 Mellow Johnnys Classic was a USA Cycling Pro XCT race (season opener) and was designated as a UCI Category 1 race!! With all that fanfare you get ALL the continental pro’s and a great weekend of mountain bike racing. We started it off with the Happy hour get together and question and answer session at Mellow Johnnys Bike Shop in Downtown Austin,Tx. Friday night. Who doesnt like free beer, music, and mingling?? But lets get serious, we had a very early day Saturday. Lance, Dan, and Gerad head out early with the popup camper out to Hickmans Hideout to drop the camper off and get back over to the race venue at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch for the Cat 3 race at 9:30, the Pro women at 11 am, and then the Pro Men at 1 pm. Max Plaxton (Specialized) won the pro mens race and Catharine Pendrel(Luna) won the pro womens race. There were alot of big names on hand such as Geoff Kabush (Scott-3 Rox), Jeremy Horgan-Kabelski (Subaru-Trek), Adam Craig (Giant), Todd Wells (Specialized), Sam Schultz (Trek-Subaru), and Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale). On the womens side there also were Georgia Gould (Luna), Katie Compton (Giant-Rabobank), Pua Mata (Sho-air-Specialized), Kelli Emmett (Giant), and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek).
After the pro’s finished up we did a lil buzzed pre-ride and headed on back to Hickmans Hideout for some R and R til Sunday morning. The Cat 2 racers had a super early morning with the first group going off at 8:45 am! All in all it was a successful weekend of racing for OMW. Gerad Dambrosia pulled down another 2nd place finish, Don Scwieters got 5th place, Rob Remlinger got 8th, Lance Hyde got 9th, Jay 12th, and Gregg 15th place. After the Overall rankings were tallied, OMW-Racing had 6 racers in the top 10 Overall!! Is that any good??? Hells yes and its just gonna get better. OMW moved up to 7th in the Team competition as well! Another great weekend of racing our bikes all over the great states of Texas. Now we are off to Glen Rose, Tx. for TMBRA race #4, The Solvaca Cat Claw Classic 03/17/12-03/18/12. See you all there!!
Race #2 comes along after back to back weekends of great mountain bike racing and riding. One weekend we’re in Warda, Tx. racing and the next weekend we’re inthe Big Bend National and State Parks area in Lajitas, Tx. knocking out 90 miles of sweet desert trail riding. Well, no time for sitting around because this weekend we’re at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, Tx. for the STORM Hill Country Challenge for the 2nd race of the TMBRA State Championship Series. OMW put 10 racers on the line this weekend. Now that we got the training wheels off our first time racers, its time for them to get some results. It was a beautiful weekend for racing and who doesnt like the great trails they have out there. Theyre known to break your legs off, or even break your collar bone, just ask Big Joe Love bout that one. The OMW crew got a nice spot on the hill just above the starting line for our weekend camping spot. Of course we flew the NEW OMW Team logo banner all weekend long and you could see it from ERYWHERE!!! We had another weekend of good results to start the season out. We had 4 top 10′s this weekend and 8 in the top 20. Gerad had another podium finish and it looks like its gonna be a streak (No, he kept his clothes on). With Gerad’s solid 3rd place finish at this race he takes over 1st place overall in his Cat 2 age group. Is that any good?? Hells yes!!! The results are listed below:
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