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10K Time Trial Results: April 13th

10K Time Trial

The season opener Time Trial gave us perfect weather for testing skills. Our races include a mini-clinic each month to cover various skills and tips. Tonight’s topic covered calming techniques to control energy, particularly pre-race.

A few racers competed Merckx style, including our fastest rider of the night, Kyle Sabatini. “Merckx style” means time-trialing on a regular road bike, no aero bars. Way to kick it, Kyle!

Thank you to Mark Thomas for being our holder and race permiter, Roger Harrison for providing the race numbers, and Jeff Englert for providing the safety signs.

13:17Kyle Sabatini
13:59Justin Heizer - Junior
14:00Jay Raupp
14:03Bob Ades
14:04Kevin Tempel
14:05Craig Henwood
14:44Doug Bayer
15:01Mike Ivancic
15:18John Pickett
15:19Chuck Procner
16:12Kathy Johnson
16:43Jennifer Piko
17:07Mike Smithmier
18:08.51Art Berger
18:08.96Gene Lamb

10K Time Trial Season Opener April 13th

10K Time Trial

The 2017 season opener of the 10K Time Trial series will be Thursday, April 13th. This training series will once again include coaching, tips, and Q&A. Take advantage of learning race day tactics and refreshing your knowledge at each month’s event.

Race Flyer and dates here.

10K Time Trial Results: August 11th

10K Time Trial

Tonight’s Time Trial was a proper August heatwave and we had a few mechanicals to boot. Chris Formen was so fast his Garmin couldn’t keep up, so he went back after it when it fell off his bike. Hannah Goldberg blew a shifter but finished in a single gear like the champ she is. Nice work everyone, thanks for making it a fun night.
Thank you to Mark Thomas of for being our holder and Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing for providing the race bibs.

13:13Dennis Weinbeck
13:30Craig Henwood
13:45Damon Duehring
13:51Bob Ades
16:34Teresa Jarzemkoski
16:49Kathy Johnson
17:51Art Berger
20:23Marcos Slobodnic - Junior Racer
21:37Hannah Goldberg - Junior Racer
25:54Lucas Slobodnic - Junior Racer
DNFChris Formen
DNFNathan Goldberg

View From the Pace Car

Tour of Lawrence at Haskell Indian Nations University, this is a short clip of the Men’s Masters 40+ and 50+ race.

10K Time Trial Results: July 14th

10K Time Trial

Tonight’s 10K TT produced some nice results thanks to 5-7 mph breeze rather than the usual 17+ with gusts. A very good test for our racers. Teresa and Kathy had a close race tonight while Craig cranked it out Merckx style. We finished up the night with tips on starts and negative splits.

Thank you to the racers, you make this event a great one. Thank you to Mark Thomas for holding and to Roger Harrison for supplying the race bibs.

Dennis Weinbeck gets a good jump on his TT start.

Dennis Weinbeck gets a good jump on his TT start. Photo by Craig Henwood.

12:53Damon Duehring
13:08Dennis Weinbeck
13:35Jeff Peters
14:02Bob Ades
14:11Craig Henwood
14:16Jay Raupp
14:43Roger Edgar
14:48Chris Formen
15:30John Pickett
15:42Sarah Davis
16:15.21Kathy Johnson
16:15.87Teresa Jarzemkoski
16:22Chuck Procner
16:45Mike Smithmier
16:49Art Berger
17:21Terry Knowles

10K Time Trial Results: June 9th

10K Time Trial

Tonight’s Time Trial Mini-Clinic covered breathing techniques for racing. With a headwind on the return trip tonight, this technique is especially handy. For more detail, see my article on Pez Cycling News, “Breathplay: Turn Your Breathing Upside Down.”

Riders were also advised on keeping race numbers visible to officials when crossing the finish line. When you wave or sit up, the officials can’t see your number. Simply continue racing across the line so we get your race number and time recorded properly.

Thank you to Mark Thomas for being our holder and to Roger Harrison for supplying the bib numbers.

13.11Damon Duehring
13.14Paul Fancher
13.47Mike Katzer
14.09Craig Henwood
14.19Jay Raupp
16.02Teresa Jarzemkoski
16.07Chris Formen
16.14Bud Middleton
16.27Sarah Davis
16.31Jon Koeller
18.00Mike Smithmier
18.31Becca Williams

10K Time Trial Results: May 12th

10K Time Trial

A cool breeze and sunshine greeted this evening’s time trial racers. The post-race mini clinic included information on how attaining proper position with a bike fitting session contributes to performance and comfort.

Thank you to Mark Thomas for being our holder, and to Roger Harrison for providing bib numbers.

13:20Dennis Weinbeck
13:39Craig Henwood
13:44Bob Ades
13:47Damon Duehring
14:19Trevor Waggoner
14:26Jay Raupp
14:47Mike Harrison
14:53Rod Hopper
14:59Neil Malone
16:00Kevin Berger
16:02Teresa Jarzemkoski
16:16Kathy Johnson
16:17Roger Edgar
16:17Chris Formen
16:20Jon Koeller
16:42Becca Williams
16:51Chuck Procner
17:10Karen Heath
17:42Mike Smithmier
17:53Art Berger

10K Time Trial Results: April 14th

10K Time Trial

The season opener of the 10K Time Trial was warm, windy, and fun. Thank you to the racers who came out to test themselves. Some had tougher tests than others. George Dias’s cleats were AWOL so he raced in running shoes. Take a look below, he rocked it! Becca Williams ended up with a single gear, no easy task. Kudos!

Tonight’s mini-clinic included pinning a bib number in the correct position, and tips for starting a race with a holder.

Thank you to Mark Thomas of for being our holder, Chuck Procner and Gregg Rupp for being back-up timers, and Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing for providing the bib numbers.

13:01Alex Hoehn
13:53Bob Ades
14:01Jeff Peters
14:46Andy Brown
14:56Neil Malone
15:00Jon Riekenberg
15:14Sam Swearingen
15:19Brendan Sheehan
15:32John Pickett
16:03Teresa Jarzemkoski
16:16Geroge Dias
16:43Donna Stevens
17:14Kathryn Johnson
17:25Karen Heath
17:29Chris Formen
17:47Terry Knowles
17:58Art Berger
18:25Maia Ades
18:44Becca Williams
22.50Dan Pfeiffer - Junior
23:26Declan O'Brien - Junior

10K Time Trial: 2016 Series

10K Time Trial

The Life Balance Sports 10K Time Trial Series kicks off next week in Gardner. The April 14th race will start at 6:30 p.m. Registration is 5:40-6:15 p.m.

For rules and important information regarding registration, location, weather, etc., please read the Race Flyer carefully.

Once again this year’s sponsors are and Lanterne Rouge Racing.

Medicine of Cycling: Head Injuries

Head injuries, compared to upper extremity and skin injuries, occur less frequently in cycling accidents; however they can have more serious consequences for the rider. Helmet improvements in both protection and comfort has vastly improved along with the attitudes of wearing helmets to the point where riders will chastise each other to comply. Sanctioned racing and bicycle events have mandatory rules requiring helmets to participate making the practice routine. Still, injuries do occur and should be ruled out because too often riders are allowed to continue to ride. The professional cyclists we see in the races set the tone for the amateur and recreational cyclists.

From Dr Mark Greve, MD, team doctor for pro cycling team Novo Nordisk: 
Generally, so long as a rider is willing and able to get back on his bike, he is permitted to ride. Even riders rendered unconscious, so long as they wake up, will be allowed back on the bike by many physicians. While this is still permitted, it is likely to change very soon —because it’s crazy. Lacking leadership from organizing bodies, groups tasked with providing medical coverage, such as Medalist Sports, have permitted their physicians to use standardized treatment algorithms for assessing neurologic injuries in cyclists. Of all the injuries one could have, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious, more common, and hardest to diagnose. Loss of consciousness is far from the best test for neurologic injury. Of the most severely injured riders, those with major TBI, it’s unlikely they will be awake and alert for long. For these riders, the clock has started. Every step in their care carries with it the critical outcomes of life and death, disability and recovery.

High energy crashes such as fast down hills, road races, or with motor vehicles increase the chances of injury. The nature of how the rider crashes such as going over the handle bars is a clear warning sign. Such a collision does not dissipate the energy before the head makes contact with the ground which increases the chance the rider will hit head first before the rest of the body, taking the full force of the energy into the skull.

MIPS helmet impact deflection.

MIPS helmet impact deflection.

In a side collision, the the legs, shoulders, and back will absorb the energy first, before the head makes contact to the ground and lessens the energy transference to the skull and brain. Going over the handle bars or has some say, “doing an endo,” prevents the rider getting arms out taking the brunt of the blow. Spinal injuries of the neck should be a high concern.

A broken helmet, or a laceration and bleeding to the head, and loss of conscious is a clear sign energy transference occurred to the skull which requires further medical assessment. Any complaint of neck tenderness should be taken seriously. These are usually clear to the layman bystanders and fellow riders to either call EMS or get the rider taken to ER as soon as possible.

More studies are showing lower impacts can have an effect on the brain and should be taken into consideration. Attached is a tool the Medicine of Cycling™ medical committee developed. This flow chart helps event organizers know how and when to intervene for medical evaluation or when to let the rider continue the event. The first people on scene of a bicycle accident are usually fellow riders or event volunteers. This flow chart tool works much better than asking the rider how many fingers you’re holding up in front of their face!

Click charts to enlarge:

           MoCtbi MoCsx concussion card

These charts are a good item to keep in first aid kits or as a handout to volunteers for guidance. Do not assume your volunteers will use good judgement. Volunteers are not screened and may have no medical background. Locally, we had a case this year where an 18-year-old male racer crashed on the pavement, with bleeding to the head, his helmet was cracked, and sustaining a shoulder injury. The volunteer of the wheel car ask if he was alright and left him to be picked up by his father from the finish line. Injury always supersedes the duties to provide spare wheels to riders.

Race directors and event planners who do not have a medical plan in place are only giving lip service to providing a safe race for participants. Risks are part of cycling but should be minimized at every level by providing EMS personnel, a plan to call EMS and when to call EMS or transport person to local hospital. The plan will depend on the size of each event.

If an injury occurs during a race or event, it would be good to have it documented to help cover expenses if follow-up is necessary. MRI and CT scans are usually ordered to look for signs

of traumatic head injury. At an event sanctioned by USA Cycling, an injured rider fills out a First Report of Occurrence form, or someone can get it started for them if they are unable or need to be transported quickly. The Chief Referee and/or Race Director will have these forms on hand which should be signed and dated by the Chief Ref or Official. This is the beginning of the documentation process for a sanctioned event.

In any assessment, it would be ideal to know the medical history, look for medical bracelets or interview bystanders or other riders what preceded the accident. Medical condition could be the underlying reason for the crash. Seizure disorder or diabetes leading to hypoglycemia could be the initial cause of the crash as the rider loses cognitive ability.

The MIPS liner in a Lazer brand bicycle helmet. Photo credit: Lazer Sport

The MIPS liner in a Lazer brand bicycle helmet.
Photo credit: Lazer Sport

The technology in helmet design and head injury prevention continues to move forward. A new helmet system emerged in the pro ranks called the MIPS® Brain Protection system which is now available in many brands of helmets. MIPS® is an acronym for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. In a helmet with MIPS®, the shell and the liner are separated by a low friction layer. According to the company, MIPS AB, “When a helmet with MIPS Brain Protection System is subjected to an angled impact, the low friction layer allows the helmet to slide relative to the head.”

The link below provides videos and demos. The MIPS® system is currently offered in ski and bicycling helmets. Wearing correct equipment, a good medical plan, and using effective assessment tools can reduce the severity of head trauma.

About the Authors:
Paul Engler, BSN, RN has been working in medicine for 25 years. A cyclist for more than 30 years, he has enjoyed riding for recreation, racing, and gravel grinding. Paul is a member of the Lawrence Bike Club, Kaw Valley Bike Club, Medicine Of Cycling, and USA Cycling.

Gina Poertner, CHES, is the founder of Life Balance Sports specializing in bike fitting, soft tissue mobility, and adapted sports. Gina has trained athletes from beginner to elite for 25 years and is a USA Cycling official. Find out more at