Virginia’s Rough Roubaix

Eric Crandell and Tom Vaquera travelled to Harrisonburg, VA for the 2015 Rough Roubaix. 92 Miles of mixed paved/gravel with 7400 ft of climbing. We had a great day, unfortunately the cameras only lasted about 2 hours, while we finished the ride at ~ 5:36 mins. While the roads were great, Clementine, Billy Jack’s and some new place were a ton of fun for pre-race fuel .

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Jerry Hadley takes 1st in Tour of Hampton Roads Cat 3

RVR had a great showing at the 2014 Tour of Hampton Roads, with Jerry Hadley taking 1st place in the Cat 3 Omnium. Jerry scored 7th in the TT, 2nd in the Crit, and 4th in the Road Race to round out a stellar weekend. Full results are posted here.

Other notable great finishes for the weekend include:

  • Jen Pope, 2nd in the Women’s 1/2/3 road race.
  • Brad Gresham, 1st in the Cat 4 crit and 2nd in the road race. Brad was definitely in contention for winning the omnium, but didn’t sign up for it ūüôĀ – although according to the results, he still placed third, even though he didn’t sign up. Yes, Brad is that strong!
Jerry without his wavy locks at the Jefferson Cup earlier this spring.
Cat 3 Crit Podium
Cat 3 Podium, VA State Crit Champs @ the Tour of Hampton Roads


Since Tom is too modest to write about it, he finished 3rd in the Cat 4 Road Race as the Tour of Hampton Roads.

Also, our own Sarah Kozak took the Bronze in the in the Cat 4 Crit State Champs at the Tour of Hampton Roads!

2014 VA State Criterium Cat 4 Champs

Rogue Velo 10-14 Juniors Assault on Virginia Road Race Championships

Rogue Velo Juniors arrived at Miller School ready to race putting 4 riders into the 10-14 road race.  The race like last year was held at Miller School providing a very hilly 16 mile course.  The group was together right up until the first climb of the day.   Adam Croft and Tyler Smith just back from podium finishes at Nationals MTB decided to make a move.  This split the field with the leader group of 4 followed by the first chase group of 2 Dominion Cycling riders and the second chase group of Casey and Elijah.  The rest of the field was split up with Haydn now sitting in 3rd and James sitting in 4th on the road in the 10-12 group.  

Casey and Elijah shared pulls which allowed Elijah to increase his lead in the 10-12 group and help his team mate Casey pull back the riders ahead. ¬†They caught the Dominion boys and soon dropped one of the Dominion riders. ¬†The next hill both Elijah and Casey couldn’t follow as they put too much into the chase and the Dominion rider would later finish the day 3rd on the Podium. ¬†Haydn and James at this point were in time trial mode protecting their position on the road.

Rogue Velo 10-14 Virginia Road Race Championships Podium
Rogue Velo 10-14 Virginia Road Race Championships Podium

When all the suffering was over a new 10-12 State Road Champion emerged, Elijah Shipp stood on the top step of the podium with his team mate Haydn Miller to his left in 3rd.  James Lloyd finished just off the podium in 4th.  Casey Fulton finished 5th in the 13-14 VA field.

Devils Backbone Mountain Cross 2014 2 Day Epic

The 2014 Devils Backbone Mountain Cross promised to be a 2 day epic ride in the Blue Ridge mountains ¬†– and EPIC it was –¬†121 miles of beautiful roads, very little traffic, and about 12,000 ft of climbing. Seven RVR team members headed out Saturday, with DBB first-timer Michelle Adams finishing the one-day by crushing the infamous Cub Creek climb.

RVR pre-race selfie
RVR pre-race pose-down

Day one started out, as usual, at Devils Backbone Brewery, and after a short neutral rollout, took the left up the paved side of Cub Creek (brutal as usual), following the normal DBB route. We were warned about the condition of the dirt roads after the such a harsh winter, but the roads were actually in great shape, with barely any washboard and very few potholes, which made a for a quick descent – though most riders kept it pretty conservative. The next section took us a different way than normal, climbing North Fork, up the back side of Mt. Vesuvius, which was a great climb up a mixture of dirt and paved roads, about 10 miles, with a few short sections in the 20% range, but mostly only mildly tortuous, ending at the rest stop at what is normally the top of the Vesuvius climb.

DBB Day one to Lexington
Click to view course on Garmin

After a few sips of Coke, refills of Heed, a few pickles, and some pretzels with Nutella and raspberry (yummy), we headed down Vesuvius. ¬†What a fantastic descent! It looks scarier than it actually is when you’re climbing it, but it was smooth like butter on the way down. The only difficult part was avoiding the dogs at the bottom – jury is still out whether it’s better to have them chase you up the mountain, or play chicken with them at 30 mph.

From there, we detoured towards Lexington, doing several loops across the river, climbing up, up, up, followed by nice descents down back across the river. Finally, we made it back to the DBB Outpost in Lexington, to collect our beer and munchies. DBB had a great band playing, and we hung out a little while before heading back to our hotel, just down the road. Oh yeah, and Brad Gresham came in 2nd, and would have probably been first except for the fact that he put his head down, went to his special place (where pain does not exist), missed a turn and had to backtrack.

Brad's Happy Place
If you imagine you’re being chased by unicorns and butterflies, there can be no pain.

Day 2 – the Bro’ Tour

Day 1 was hard, so we decided to go easy for day 2. After a few short climbs out of Lexington, we did a nice 10 mile flat section, which was perfect for us Chesapeake, VA locals, where 15 ft of climbing over 40 miles is not unusual. Of course, there was a slight cross-wind, so Brad temporarily threw the Bro’ tour out the window and dropped nearly everyone else with our Belgian-style pace line mastery (it was Paris-Roubaix day after all), but then we dialed it back and got caught by the Rare Disease Cycling team’s smooth double paceline.

DBB Day 2 Lexington to Nelson Cty
DBB Day 2 Lexington to Nelson Cty

Once we turned into the National Forest, the roads became dirt once more and the climbing began again in earnest. We managed to stay with Nikki and (what’s her friend’s name? with the mt bike?) for a good portion of the climb, learned a lot about cycling for a cause (check out their website¬†– our cause is supporting local breweries¬†), and then got dropped before reaching the summit and rest stop, where we fueled up and headed down for a 10 mile descent along the Piney River. Fast, hard, at times sketchy, but a total blast! Definitely worth the climb.

Michelle Adams attacking Cub Creek!
Michelle Adams attacking Cub Creek!

From there, it was smooth sailing (but not flat) to the back side of Cub Creek, for the last brutality of the day, then a 50mph descent back to DBB for some great food and a few nice craft beers. Special thanks to the promoters, who put on a great event – well supported, great roads, nice people, and did we mention beer? A nice cold 6 pack and free growler awaited us at the finish – Nice! We’ll be back for sure next year.

Brad, Jason, Eric (I think that's his name, hard time remembering) and Tom finish DBB
Brad, Jason, Eric (I think that’s his name, hard time remembering) and Tom finish DBB