Summer Break 2013- TMBRA may not like the heat but OMW does. Staying busy during the summer break.

post-summer2013Strange times in Texas. The Texas State MTB Championship series has a new format this year. It has gone from an 8 race series between February and May to a 14 race series between February and October (with no races June-August). The powers that be thought this might be a good idea. I think the Fall series races just got tired of being the red headed step child of the spring series. I also think the decision makers have gone overboard trying to schedule a Marathon series overlapping the Fall series and I hear they wanna add cyclocross in there too. What?? Are we in Canada all of a sudden??!!

I digress. Just because TMBRA thinks its too hot to race OMW says bring the heat. Most of us are still getting our miles in shredding the local trails but others are finding other fun ways to keep the rubber on the trails. Gerad Dambrosia raced the local Dirt Remedy short track race series out at the Emma Long Motorcycle Park in Austin, Texas. Rob Remlinger is off in Golden Lake, California this summer riding his bike in the mountains and will finish his summer off riding in the Downieville Classic. Allen Brady has been working on his place in Crested Butte, Colorado and getting in some quality miles riding the awesome mountain trails with his 2 boys. The rest of us are keeping it real locally with our regular TGIF ride at Walnut Creek or crushing other local trails. Come join us.

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Austin Rattler 100 Race Report: Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville, Tx. 04/14/13. (A Leadville 100 Race Qualifier)

Austin Rattler 100 Race Report

A Rattler will bite if provoked and to borrow a line from one of our favorite bands “It aint gonna suck itself”.  It was a calm and cool morning, sun coming up, perfect day for a 100k race as Don and Gerad were waiting in line for their race packets and timing chips as some dudes from Chicago, IL. complemented us on our kits and asked what does OMW mean?  Well I’m glad you asked …”Outta My Way with my 29 inch wheels and 16oz tall dog in my hand” I cheerfully replied, so if you see us on the trail and we’re coming in hot, you know what to do.  We get our goody bags and then we start setting up our feed zone and talking to some of the other racers including local favorite Tristan Uhl, trying to get some tips from the fastest man in town.  (I can’t tell you what he told me or I have to kill you).  Don and Gerad get on the start line, midway back in a field of 500+ racers with Jimmy Hendrix playing the national anthem over the PA system. It’s go time!  Nice, easy start with Don and Gerad riding together until we hit Fat Chucks climb then it’s enough of the fun and games and time to get on board the pain train.  This year’s course was a 15.5 mile loop of mostly jeep road/double track with a couple sections of prime RHR single track which is where I was able to close small gaps and put a hurtin’ on the others.  Out on the open jeep roads it was pace lines trying to conserve energy and survive.  Fortunately we had Rob and Izzy out in an open field keeping it real with some tunes on 11, drinking beers (at 9am), yelling at all the racers and Izzy almost taking out one of the top pros with a chair. 

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2013 TMBRA Series Update: OMW singlespeeders are saving the day!

It has been a whirlwind of a season to this date. The 2013 Texas State Championship Series began in early February and as of this past weekend we are already 5 races into it. We did 4 weekends in a row before getting a weekend off. First, we went to Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, Tx. for race #1.  The next weekend some of us went to Terlingua, Tx  for the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest and the rest went to race #2 in Waco, Tx. Next, we all showed up in Comfort, Tx. at Flat Rock Ranch for race #3, then we were off to Dripping Springs, Tx. and Flat Creek Crossing for race #4 (and to watch the domestic Pro’s begin the XCT Pro season).  After our first weekend off in a month it was off to Abilene, Tx.  for race #5.  That was a lot of miles on the road but you know how we like to ride our bikes all over the great state of Texas!! And we like to have a good time doing it!! oh yeah! Any way, there’s only 9 more to go!! Lets take this to a whole nutha level!

OMW Singlespeeders are saving the day this season. Nick Carter has moved up to the Singlespeed Open Category this year and is taking some names and kicking some asses!!! Rob Remlinger and Gregg Colvin are riding in the front of the pack in Cat 2/3 Singlespeed as well! The rest of us are scattered about in our various categories about to come in hot for the mid season push to the front.

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2013 Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest- OMW Spring Training Excursion.

If you’ve never been out to Big Bend National and State Park for the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest then start making plans for next year people!  OMW just got back from another weekend of riding in the desert, partying with great people, and all around good times.  This year saw a reduced crew but that just meant more for us!  It was Dan, Lance, Jay, Gregg and Gerad cruisin down I-10 in the Green Manalishi toward our yearly pilgrimage.  We broke down just outside of Fort Stockton and had to call in for some emergency mechanic magic.  Thankfully they had all the parts!!!  So we’re back up and running in less than 3 hours and will be setting up camp in the dark again this year.  We roll into the campsite and get burgers grillin and our own zip code 78-OMW with the jammin cooler on 11 !  Then some guy in the campsite next to us comes down and asks us to “tone it down”…doesn’t he know who we are?  We’ve been coming here for years people!  Well we sent him right back up the hill with the assurance that we would not be obliging his request and to have a nice night.
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Fat Chucks Revenge, Smithville, Texas. Why the hell not?!!

OMW was takin it to a whole nutha level, like we always do, when we decided we would do our first marathon race as a team out at the Fat Chucks Revenge Marathon Race at Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, TX.  Race # 3 of the 2012 TMBRA Mountain Bike Marathon Championship Series. We had a handful of marathoners and sprinkled in some half marathoners as well.  Gerad, Jay, Rob and Gregg went the full 46 miles while Allen, Dan n’ Lance put in a solid half.  Lance and Dan headed out late Friday and held down the fort until the rest of us can made it out Saturday morning just in time to roll up to the line.   Gerad was the first one to the pits and to survey the damage of the day before. There he found the usual, strewn, crushed, and half full beer cans at the team site (or half empty depending on how you look at it).  Whenever that happens I know someone got after it and is probably feeling it on the line.  Our close personal friend and OMW Honorary Team member, Paul Uhl,  was busy making last minute race preparations only after baking off all the Paul Uhl Pottery prizes for the lucky few.  Before you know it we’re off and we do a nice little start loop that brings us back around and past the spectators then shoots us out into a little chunk of heaven called Rocky Hill Ranch.  There were steep uphill sections and fast, flowy, singletrack through the pines and some short downhill sections.  A lil somethin for everyone.

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OMW Racing Fall Newsletter 2012: Racing Updates, New Racer News, and Upcoming Events.

Happy Fall everyone!! I hope you all enjoyed your summer. Summer time is typically an off season for many of us, used as time to regroup between race series and to take care of other obligations. But just because I didn’t compete over the summer it doesn’t mean that other OMW teammates sat idle. 2012 Cat 2 State Champ Gerad Dambrosia and teammate Don Schwieters both competed in the Austin Rattler 100k (Leadville Trail 100 qualifier) at Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, Tx. on 04/21/12. Both guys did well enough to qualify for the Official Leadville Trail 100 Race in the Colorado Rockies, otherwise known as The Race Across the Sky!  Mr. Dambrosia also entered the Cranktastic Dirt Fest on 06/23/12 that was promoted by our friend Joseph Lao and won his Cat 1 age group. Is that any good? Hells yes!!

OMW Racing is proud to announce the addition of 2 new teammates. The OMW race team is lucky to snatch up both Nick Carter and Nick Elkins, both from Austin.

Nick Carter comes from Pocatello, Idaho, but grew up in Texas (then Seattle and back to Texas. Not sure if there was a stint in prison somewhere in there), with primarily a downhill riding background but has warmed up to XC racing in Texas by trying out some of the 2012 spring series races. He finished 18th overall in the 2012 State Championship Series in Cat 2 (in his first season of racing). He then went on to get 11th place at the USACycling National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho 07/05/12.  Nick is currently competing in the 2012 Texas Fall Cup. He will also be doing the 24 hours of Rocky Hill  on 10/20/12-10/21/12, SOLO, while you’re bullshittin!

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TMBRA Race #8 (Season finale)- Rocky Hill Ranch Roundup, Smithville, Tx. 05/19/12-05/20/12: Gerad Dambrosia never lets go of the leaders jersey, snatches up OMW-Racings first State Championship!!

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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