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Fitzy’s Bike Team News: Bergy Down, But Not Out



Bergy Tears ACL, Down But Not Out

Hello,

Well I don’t have a race report, but rather a DIY project that I thought you’d might enjoy. This project is how I’ve attached my ipad for optimal viewing for trainer workouts. Yes, I’ve been riding my trainer already…..in preparation for the 2014 season. Unfortunately, this summer I blew out my acl, and I’ve been race sidelined for the rest of this year.  This cross season I’ll be the drunk obnoxious cheerleader yelling at you holding out dollar bills, or probably in reality I’ll be more like the mechanic bike pit guy who sips on a warm beer throughout the race.

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Race Reports from Team Fitzy & The Idaho State Cyclocross Championships



Cyclocross season is wrapping up and our team has been busy racing .  Just last weekend, Fitzy team members David Conner, Gabe Klamer and Dave Byers raced at the Idaho State Cyclocross Championships at Sandy Point.  They shared their race reports with us. (more…)

Team Fitzy: Rolling Thunder Race Report



Teton Valley Vikings Plunder and Pillage Rolling Thunder Races!  A Rolling Thunder Race report from Fitzy Team Rider Dan Abraham.

Dave's Butt

Dave's Butt

 

What a weekend put together by the folks at Montana Cyclocross; Rolling Thunder lived up to the hype! Was it the Olympic mountain biker almost taking pro/1/2 race on a singlespeed, all while sporting a long ginger wig (temporary gingervitis) and managing to grab a dollar hand-up on the run up? Or maybe the two fun, fast, and technically challenging courses that were put together by a dedicated team of course tape ninjas? What about the passenger van mounted observation/beer/heckling deck full of rowdy fans all screaming, spraying beer, and causing mayhem during the night races? The list could go on (and could include a pro racer taking a two-dollar butt crack hand-up from the author), but the real highlight for Team Fitzy was the strong representation by Teton Valley folks on the podium all weekend long! (more…)

Team Spotlight: Katie Engleman



Katie Takes on the Victor Cyclocross Course

This week we spoke with Katie Engleman about the upcoming cyclocross season, riding LOTOJA on a tandem and the hardest (and best) ride in Teton Valley.

SKH:   How long have you been on the Fitzgerald’s Bicycles Team?

KE:  This is my third season.

SKH:  Why did you join and what do you like best about being on the team?

KE:  A few years ago I started getting more competitively into biking.  I thought it would be a good way to integrate into the racing scene and meet other racers.  I love the team because its jam-packed full of great people and incredible athletes.  When we all get together we just talk about biking, its dorky, and awesome. (more…)

1st Annual Targhee Super D Race Report



People ask me all the time (literally, all the time), “so are you doing much racing this Summer?”  To which I usually answer, “No, I don’t really race… just ride for fun.”  Of course this statement is mostly true.  But those of you who know me well would say this statement is BS when it comes to cross and the occasional downhill race.  But compared to most “racers”, I really don’t race.

So if that’s the case, why was I so worked up over the 1st Annual Targhee Super D race during the Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival?  Maybe it was the fact that I fancy myself a bit of an all arounder on the bike with a leg up on the downhills.  Maybe it’s because I have a downhill race background so this form of DH lite is appealing.  Maybe it’s because my Pivot Mach 429 is the best bike I’ve ever owned and is perfectly suited for this race.  Or maybe it’s because I bet fellow shop owner Aaron Grutzmacher of the Hub Bicycles that I would be his shop mechanic for a day if I lost to him!

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Team Spotlight: Gabe Klamer



Gabe, AJ and Jason at the Grinder

Up this week is Gabe Klamer, or “Fiddie Cent” as he is called by the team.   Just off a top ten finish (and a Belt Buckle winner) at Pierre’s Hole 100,  Gabe took a few minutes to chat about Big Day socks, how a piece of tape equates to 1.59 Watts of energy and how to STAY CALM!

SKH:  When & why did you join the Fitzgerald’s Bicycles team?

GK:  I joined the Fitzy team back in ’07.  He was still operating out of the small shop in the back of the Brew Pub.  That year the kits were the “sun burst” orange style.  I joined the team for the comradery and for the opportunity to race on a team with friends who already happened to be Fitzy riders.

SKH:  What’s the best part of being on the team?

GK:  The Fitzy team represents cycling on all different kinds of levels.  We are a diverse group who all love to ride and appreciate all cycling disciplines.  What I like about the Fitzy team the most is the friendships I have made.  Most of  my best friendships are a result of this team.

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Team Spotlight: Wes Hamilton



Fitzgerald’s Bicycles Team Member Wes Hamilton just completed the first half of his season racing lots of crits.  While he took a breather before launching into the rest of his race season, Wes took a few minutes to talk about  hot laps on Victor’s cross course, how he got hooked on the Scott Addict CX and why the joker keeps him going:

Wes Hamilton

SKH:  When did you join the team?

WH:  This is my first year with the team.  I rode a bit with the team last year during the cross season, but this is my first official year.

SKH:  Why did you join Fitzgerald’s Team?

WH:  I got to know the team mainly from their support at the cross races.  It didn’t seem to really matter if you were tearing it up, or brand new to the sport, they gave mad props to everyone.  I made a decision then and there that if the opportunity came up, that was the only team I wanted to ride with.  Everyone, regardless of their level, is supported by this team and that is the vibe that keeps us all going. (more…)

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