Independence Valley Road Race Report from J. Stern

This past Saturday (on my birthday) I attended the Independence Valley Road Race located in Rochester, WA about 90 minutes north of Portland and the same distance south of Seattle. The course consisted of four, 20 mile laps with two, 3-minute punchy climbs per lap and a long, winding, flat cross wind section in the middle. The course was beautiful with rolling green hills, tree lined dairy farm terrain and picturesque vistas in every direction. I didn’t even wear a base layer because it felt like a blue-bird Santa Barbara spring day. There is something unique about entering a race when…

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Stage 3 Recap by Bbakes

Stage 3 – Circuit Race Coolest circuit I have raced thus far. Well done to the organizers for the route on this one. The first few laps were nervous for the group, I had to use my recently sharpened bumping skills from our team training on a few overly anxious riders over the course, but it was all smooth besides that. On lap 3, I noticed @boyhero had moved up the road solo and wanted to get there and work with him. I attacked and got clear to turn what was a 9 minute effort to bridge and got two…

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TDM Stage 2 – DT Crit

Stage 2 – Downtown Criterium. The course was slightly sketchy with turns going straight into rain gutters and fast pave bends before the finish. From the whistle, all I really could think about was the finish and where I would need to start sprinting. My buddy Cameron Bond and I got a decently sized break to go around 20 minutes into the race. He and I had a small gap for a few laps. I enjoy racing like that – feeling like you are being chased and managing to stay clear is exciting, but that didn’t last as we got…

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Race Report: Stage 1 – Tour de Murrieta

A 3 part series on Bbakes’ last 3 races as a Cat 3 – in his own words. I feel I should add some context to my race reports. I am writing from the perspective of my first full season of racing bicycles. I love that I get to travel and race around our state and elsewhere, especially with a quality team like FMBR. Please excuse some slight ignorance on my part as I am growing to love the sport more & more. Tour de Murrieta Stage 1 – 6.7 km TT. If starting a time trial last gives you confidence…

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Brandon Dominates in Murrieta!

FMBR sent a lone rider south to the Inland Empire and the Tour de Murrieta this past weekend seeking & finding his final Cat 2 upgrade points. Bbakes took 2nd in the TT on Day 1, 2nd in the criterium on Saturday and took the win in the road race securing his place on the top step once again in the overall omnium standings. We’ll see you in Santa Clarita this weekend for the Chuck Pontius Omnium! Thanks to our friends at Santa Clarita Velo for hosting this fantastic, local event. A classic and tough road race is expected for Saturday……

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Vlees Huis Ronde Road Race Results

FMBR came out gunning yesterday and left with another slew of results! 4s: David Silverander – 4th 45+: Mark Fennell – 10th 55+: Quentin Sims – 3rd 60+: Owen Thomas – 1st P/1/2: David Priest – 18th, Jeffrey Stern – 20th,  John Echeveste – dnf 3s: Brandon Baker – 1st,  Jason Hannon – 2nd, Bobby Lozoya – 22nd That is 2 wins, 4 podiums, 5 top fives and 6 top tens out of 10 total racers in only 6 races. Thanks Sam Barn for putting on an excellent event with free frites and beers to boot! We’ll definitely be back…#FigFaster

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In Yellow All Weekend Long

Words from the one and only Bbakes about his experience winning FMBR‘s first yellow jersey at the Chico Stage Race… Going to races with a team makes a huge impact on my mental frame of mind, and it is a reassuring feeling. David, Nate and I would be racing closely together for the weekend. Stoked. Stage One – Circuit race The three of us all warmed up in the parking lot, excited and laughing. The first couple of laps around the excellent surface of the Thunderhill Raceway was mostly smooth sailing even with a fairly fast pace. David threw a silent attack…

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