Thursday, September 29, 2011

The shot heard round the world!

Photo courtesy of Russ Campbell pictured from left to right Shawn Mottram, Curtis Boivin and CJ Congrove

Round 2 of the Zanconato Single-Speed CX Trophy series went off wednesday night in Lancaster at the MindnightCX put on by MRC! It was one of the best cx races I have ever been to. Huge props to Gary David, Russ Campbell and all of MRC for putting on such a great night race. The single-speed race had 50 racers! And it was fast! Big gears were the call for sure. Curtis Boivin and Cathy Rowell both went home with the win! And custom Lantern Trophies courtesy of MRC and beer courtesy of High & Mighty!
Photo courtesy of Russ Campbell pictured from left to right Terris Carilli, Cathy Rowell and Kerry Combs

Hats off to those who doubled up! It was no easy task lining up right after the 3/4 mens race or doing a race right before the women's 1/2/3/! The series is going great. Each race brings new faces out and the racing has been fast but also sooo much fun. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of it and supported single-speed cx!
Cathy and Curtis with the some members of the MRC circa 1776 photo by Russ Campbell

Next race will be Mansfield Hollow on October 15th! That will be a double weekend that will include a trip back to Lancaster for another MRC race! This one during the day! Good luck to all the racers as they contest Holy Week!

Women's Series Points after 2 races

First Name Last Name Team Quad MidnightCX Total
Cathy Rowell NEBC p/b Cycle Loft 24 25 49
Teri Carilli NEBC p/b Cycle Loft 24 24
Kerry Combs Zanconato Racing 23 23 46
Cait Dooley Geekhouse 25 25

Men's Series Points after 2 races

First Name Last Name Team Quad MidnightCX Total
Curtis Boivin 22 25 47
Matthew Myette Zanconato Racing 24 21 45
Cj Congrove Cycle-Smart 19 23 42
Mike Rowell NEBC p/b Cycle Loft 20 22 42
Doug Kennedy Minuteman Road Club 23 19 42
Jerry Chabot 18 15 33
Ian Whittle Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frame 17 13 30
Chandler Delinks 25 25
Shawn Mottram Union Velo / NFG Cycles 24 24
Matt Aumiller Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frame 8 14 22
David Wilcox Cycle-Smart 21 21
Cort Cramer ZANCONATO RACING 20 20
Benjamin Pagano Quad Cycles 18 18
Benjamin Stephens Steel City Endurance 15 3 18
Steve Witkus 17 17
Mark Bernard Zanconato Racing 12 5 17
Matt Giardina Berkshire Cycling 16 16
Scott Rosenthal ZANCONATO RACING 16 16
Seth Davis Cambridge Bicycle/ Igleheart Frames 9 6 15
Connor McKenzie Geekhouse 14 14
William Campbell Newbury Comics 13 13
Gary Jasdzewski Wheelworks Racing 12 12
Abel Tomkinson Minuteman Road Club 11 1 12
Ian Odell Team Gonzo 11 11
Brian Thiel SLIJK Velo 10 10
Michael Good 10 10
Nicholas Czerula 9 9
Scott Brooks NEBC p/b Cycle Loft 8 8
Keith Reynolds NEBC p/b Cycle Loft 7 7
Patrick Twomey Quad 5 5
Jeremy Katz Quad 4 4
Mike Zanconato Zanconato Racing 4 4
Thom Flannagan Newbury Comics 3 3
Rob Bauer MRC 2 2
Matthew Lolli Twin 6 METAL / 2 2
Nicholas Baker Essex County Velo 1 1 2
John Baker Paradise Racing 1 1
Christian Bryan Bikes Not Bombs/Circle A Cycles 1 1
Jason Devarennes NEBC p/b Cycle Loft 1 1
Gles Gollrad 1 1
Derek Griggs Recycled Sports 1 1
Tom Gumbart Minuteman Road Club 1 1
Steven Hopengarten Wheelworks Cyclocross 1 1
David Howland Bikes Not Bombs/Circle A Cycles 1 1
Eli Levine Hup United 1 1
Mark Lovejoy NEBC p/b Cycle Loft 1 1
Nicholas Maggiore Newbury Comics / High&Mighty Beer C 1 1
Michael Maltais 1 1
Robert Mayer Cambridge Bicycle 1 1
John Morin The Kidney Project (TKP) 1 1
Brandon Oniel 1 1
David Palleiko 1 1
Ethan Pearl 1 1
Doug Thorp Olympia Sports 1 1
Mark Vautour BTT 1 1
David Rioux BRC 1 1
Bruce Kaptsten 1 1
Mark Price 1 1

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Series Info

Mike Z at Quad sporting the new kit!

The Zanconato Single-Speed Cyclo-Cross Trophy Series
An eight race single-speed cx series and a chance to win a
Custom Tig Zank frame!

What is the Zanconato Custom Cycles single-speed cx trophy series?

• It is a series made up of 8 of the coolest grassroots races in the NECX with a dedicated single-speed category. Men and women will be scored separately but race at the same time

• Every racer will be in the running to win a custom tig welded frame made by the master himself. To be eligible to win the frame you need to race obviously. For each race you enter you get a "raffle ticket" and a chance at winning the frame that will be raffled off at the end of the series at Ice Weasels. The more you race the more chances you have at winning!

• Rules are simple. Race a ss cx bike. You could use a ss mtn bike as long as you stick to USAC rules ie no bar end. Ice Weasels hack ss conversions are ok. Our technical director will be at the start line with zip ties in hand to help you if you are confused. As long as you make it one speed and aren't shifting its cool with us

• Points and a series leader will be tabulated by

• And above everything else the series is all about fun!!! Getting muddy and bloody with your friends on ss cx bikes. Is there any greater joy? No I didn't think so.

• The drawing for the frame giveaway will be at the grand finale Ice Weasels! Racers need to be present at Ice Weasel to win.

• Series winners will be awarded custom trophies. Prize lists and beer will be on tap as well.

What races are a part of the Zanconato SSCX Trophy Series?

• 9/11 Quad CX

• 9/28 Midnight Ride of Cyclo-cross

• 10/15 Mansfield Hollow

• 10/16 MRC CX

• 10/30 Orchard CX

• 11/19 NE Velo CX

• 11/19 Cheshire CX

• 12/10 Ice Weasels

Each race is run by each individual promoter and may be staged according to their discretion.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

An open letter to the Women of the NECX

The women's fields in CX are blowing up right now. Its incredible really. I am sooo stoked about it its not even funny. But we only had 3 ladies racing at Quad in the SS division.

The race at Quad was a ton of fun. The series is just a cool way to add in a bit of no pressure racing to what can be a really intense season. But make no mistake the SS series is competitive. And Zank and I are taking it seriously. We have really great prizes planned for each race. We are going to have a HUGE raffle at the end of the series at Ice Weasels. And there is the grand prize a chance to win a custom Zank TIG welded frame! We will be raffling off a frame at Ice Weasels. All you have to do to be eligible is race. For each race you do you get a chance to enter the raffle. The more you race the more your chances of winning!

Each race is being handled by each individual promoter. Zank and I are working close with them but they dictate when and how the race fits into their schedule. The next race is MRC's Midnight Ride Cross

It looks like in their reg page it is one open event. We will stage the women separately and score you separate.

What if for this race the women's prize list was bigger than the men's? Would that be a good incentive? At Quad both men and women winners both won Ipods. I could up the ante if it would entice some of you to give it a try.

What if the women got prizes 5 deep as opposed to the men going 3? And what if the top prize for the ladies was a Wii? 2nd an ipod? And I will get creative with the other 3 prizes. We will also have barrier beer primes and a ton of other fun things going on that night.

What if there were say a start contract for all the women who lined up at series race #2 at MRC? What would that contract include? What if each women who registered for Midnight Ride Cross got a jar of Mad Alchemy CrossVegas embrocation. Just for lining up and racing.

You can use the same geared bike you raced on in the other race that evening. Especially if you have sram. Its super easy all you do is zip tie the shift and brake levers together. We helped a lot of people with this right before their race at Quad.

If you have any questions please email me or Zank. We really want to support women's racing any way we can. Please pass this info on to anyone who you think might be interested.

Monday, September 12, 2011

And so it begins

Mark Bernard shredding QUADCX in his new Zank Team kit! Photo by Russ Campbell

QUADCX was the kick off of the Zank Single-Speed CX Trophy Series! We had 40 men and 3 women line up for the first race of the series! Quad and Ted Packard and a whole legion of cross fanatics turned the Maynard Rod and Gun club into a course worthy of a GVA series. Crazy bermy woods sections. An awesome little barrier that everyone was hopping that carried you up a sketchy little up. It had sooo much going for it. Literally one of my favorite courses of all times.

But back to the series. The Zanconato Single-Speed Series is a ss cx race series made up of 6 of the coolest grassroots cross races in New England. The whole idea of this series is to have fun and get rad on ss cx bikes. At the season finale at Ice Weasels a tig welded Zank frame will be raffled off to one lucky winner! To be eligible for the frame you need to race at least one race and you have to be present at Ice Weasels to win.

At Quad we had a super competitive field. So serious firepower lined up. With about half the racers on zip tied modified machines. There were also some really nice dedicated single speeds. Racing was really fast. Chandler Delinks won straight up. With Matt Myette in 2nd and Doug Kennedy in 3rd. In the women's field it was Cait Dooley with the win, Cathy Rowell 2nd and Kerry Combs in 3rd. Fun was had by all. Although the pain faces at the end were pretty awesome. Full results are here

We will be tracking points and crowning champions of SSCX in the NECX at Ice Weasels. Points will go from 25-1. Every racer gets a point after 25th. So 1st gets you 25 points and so on...

Next race up is the Midnight Ride Cross on Weds night on 9/28 right before Gloucester!

Thank you to everyone who came out and raced and to our great sponsors: Zanconato Custom Cycles, High & Might Beer Co, Mad Alchemy, Bikereg, and All Hail The Blackmarket.