10K Time Trial: Results for September 10th

We lucked out and escaped the thunderstorm for the final Time Trial of 2015. After results were announced, racers received a mini-clinic on the start sprint, cadence, and bike fitting. There was also a random drawing for prizes.

Many thanks to the racers throughout the season for your hard work, support, and involvement. This season has been especially focused on sharing knowledge and learning from each other.

Thank You to Mark Thomas of LocalCycling.com for being our holder all season, to Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing for supplying bib numbers and spray chalk, and to Jeff Englert for providing the safety signs.

13:02Damon Duehring
13:20Jeff Peters
13:21Luke Hall
13:30Craig Henwood
15:06Lisa Doane
15:21Teresa Jarzemkoski
16:01Mike Smithmier
16:36Gene Lamb
15:00Bud Middleton
15:23Donna Stevens
15:56Jon Koeller
15:59Becca Williams
14:14David Conrad
15:29Roger Edgar

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Medicine of Cycling: Road Rash

By Paul Engler, RN, BSN

Cycling has many health benefits. However, there is always a risk of injury or medical issues. As a cyclist, a nurse and event volunteer, I find myself helping injured cyclists, doing medical assessments and giving treatment. I wanted a new resource to educate myself on injuries, prevention, improving care and educating the public. My solution was to attend the yearly conference in Colorado Springs presented by Medicine of Cycling™. It turned out to be wonderful resource for medical professionals who are involved in the sport. The Medicine of Cycling™ mission is prevention of crashes with injuries and rehabilitation with performance to help cyclists across the country get better care and help them achieve their goals.

This organization is affiliated with USA Cycling and is made up of a panel of sports doctors from around the country and teaching universities. Professional team doctors from Cannondale Garmin and Team Type 1 sit on the panel and were present and ran lab simulation. They were excellent teachers and presenters. If you’re a bicycle racer, USA Cycling would be familiar as the organizing and sanctioning body for bicycle racing in the United States. MOC looks at evidence-based research and methods to treat or prevent cycling related medical problems. This year’s focus covered a number of areas with experts across the nations. If you are wanting to know more, see the MOC website http://www.medicineofcycling.com/.

This is the first of a few articles on what I learned at MOC and I hope you find interesting and useful. I shall keep them brief and to the point and start with the least serious to the most serious injuries to follow in the coming months. Most crashes will have abrasions or lacerations. Studies at the this conference showed around 60-70% of all injuries from the skinned knee of a child to the full body road rash of the back, shoulder, hip and knee of the crit racer. “Road rash” is the common term and the most common injury, and is very painful.

Event planners  such as race directors or large ride leaders can stock up their first aid kits. Clubs and race teams should keep a well-stocked first aid kit in their trailers. It’s a nice service to add to a rider’s membership. Also make sure they are covered under the club’s or USAC insurance policy and get the paperwork filled out. It’s best to buy supplies on online as the selection is greater and the cost is affordable. A formal medical plan should be part of your event to respond and treat injured cyclists.

Road Rash Treatment
This is assuming bumps and bruises with minor swelling, no fractures, lacerations or head injuries which have been well ruled out. If you have more serious injuries, road rash issues are the least of your worries. If any doubts have them driven to urgent care or activate EMS.

1. Dirty wound with possible contamination? Gravel, glass, cow poop (this happened in the Dirty Kanza gravel ride this year leading to secondary infection) or wet, slippery, muddy conditions increase the risk for infections. Elbows and knees are more at risk as the organism will get inside  the bursa of the joint where it can grow and is not easily washed out. Go to step 2 for a dirty wound. If NOT, skip 2. and go to step 3. Hydrogen Peroxide is very good at killing germs but it kills live tissue as well so you need to use good judgment.

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For a cow poop wound while on gravel or trail, scrub the wound bed really well. Mountain Bikers get into dirt and rocks. Goose poop may be found on lake trails. With wet, slippery, or muddy pavement, a cyclist will lose traction and fall down.

2. A. Irrigate with normal saline or store bought bottled water. Normal saline reduces some of the sting while washing out a wound.

B. Use sterile scrub brush with hydrogen peroxide and scrub out wound and remove all foreign bodies.

A medical sterile scrub brush is used to get the grit out.

A medical sterile scrub brush is used to get the grit out.

Hate to say it but it’s going to hurt a lot. However, a $1500.00 day hospital bill while they treat you for infection for not cleaning out the wound properly is going to hurt more. If you cannot get all the crud out, go to the ER as they have tools such as VERSAJET hydro-surgery system which enables a surgeon to precisely select, excise and evacuate nonviable tissue, bacteria and contaminants from wounds and soft tissue injuries. Stronger anti-infectives and antibiotics can be prescribed with sedation to reduce the pain of the procedure.

4. Pat the wound dry and use triple antibiotic cream, then a
non-stick bandage such as Tegaderm. This provides a good barrier and healing environment. You can buy BSN Tegaderm on the internet in rolls to place in club or first aid bags.

5. For the second layer, apply a tegaderm4×4 gauze over Tegaderm as padding and base for final compression layer.

6. Compression bandages are used to hold the bandage in place. Shoulders, elbows and knees are hard areas to hold the bandage in place. Cover-Roll® Stretch is good product to use on shoulders as well as general areas of the forearm. Coban can be used as well. These products come in rolls to be cut to length and can be kept in first aid bags. Cover-Roll® Stretch runs about $10-$14 dollars a roll. The sock or tube bandages are very nice too. Either place over the CoverRoll or over the gauze as shown below.

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Removal is done in the shower. The bandage will fall off easier with minimal sticking to the wound causing less discomfort. Wash the wound out gently and with shower water and then allow drying and re-bandaging starting with step 4 above.

Signs of infection include increased pain with swelling redness or streaking, yellow or white drainage, or not healing. Go to urgent care or doctor for assessment. Crashing in wet conditions increase the risk for secondary infection on knees and elbows. Infection may lead to hospital admission so it’s good to catch early. If you are a race or event director, send extra bandages in a plastic bag with the person to take home till they can get to the drug store or their doctor.

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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.

Peer review by Gina Poertner, CHES.

10K Time Trial: Results for August 13th

10K Time Trial

On the course tonight were several athletes at their first time trial, some coming from the sport of triathlon and some from other cycling disciplines. Welcome to the Race of Truth!

A short clinic was given by Gina Poertner on a few key skills of time trial racing, and a bit of coaching by Gina and holder Mark Thomas was provided at the start line. This event is focused on training, honing skills, and learning rules for all levels of ability. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and try new things. Thank you to all of the racers, new and experienced, for putting your best out there and making this another great night!

Thank you to Mark Thomas of LocalCycling.com for being our holder and to Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing for providing the bib numbers.

Results

13:21Trevor Waggoner
13:25Robert Cornes
13:32Bob Ades
13:35Mike Piet
13:37Damon Duehring
14:05Brendan Sheehan
14:35David Conrad
14:53Ben Koeller
15:19John Pickett
15:37Donavon Hottman
15:41Roger Edgar
15:50John Brown
15:52Mike Smithmier
15:54Teresa Jarzemkoski
16:02Becca Williams
16:13Jason McKinney
15:48Donna Stevens
16:20Gene Lamb
16:31Jon Koeller
16:39Art Berger
16:58.25Terry Knowles
16:58.31Will Kirste

10K Time Trial: Results for July 9th

The forecast for T-storms gave way to a perfect night for a time trial. Thank you to all the riders who made the evening fun and competitive. Mark Thomas of LocalCycling.com returned as our holder, and Sarah Anderson as our official. Bib numbers were supplied by Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing. A few of our “regulars” were missed on the course, they are competing this week at the National Senior Games in Minnesota, we wish them the best of luck!

11:57   Alex Hoehn
12:57   Craig Henwood
13:23   Luke Hall  (non-aero Merckx style – nice work!)
13:38   Bob Ades
13:41   Lane Johnson
13:51   Jeff Peters
14:20   Brendan Sheehan
14:22   Jeff Jensen
15:39   Roger Edgar
15:40   Teresa Jarzemkoski
16:06   Donna Stevens
16:08   Jon Koeller
16:27   Gene Lamb
21:30   Seth Wisdom

10K TT Tonight

Time Trial in Gardner tonight, first rider takes off at 6:30pm.
Weather looks good for race time. Allez!
See the Race Flyer for details:

10K Time Trial: Results for June 11th

These racers rocked it! Facing a 30 mph headwind on the return leg of this month’s “race of truth” took a good bit of mental fortitude. Well done! Thank you to everyone who came out to race, watch, and cheer on the riders. Thank you to Mark Thomas of LocalCycling.com for being our holder and to Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing for supplying the bib numbers. Thank you to Donna Stevens for the safety pins for those bibs!

13:10Scott Sifferman
13:14Dennis Weinbeck
13:31Craig Henwood
14:04Michael Morriss
14:06.06Bob Ades
14:06.81Mark Burns
14:07Jeff Peters
14:22Carl Fischer
14:47Andy Brown
14:50Jay Raupp
14:55Kevin Tempel
15:01Niel Malone
15:41Tim Claire
16:01Lisa Doane
16:35Frank Quinlan
16:37Teresa Jarzemkoski
15:58Donavon Hottman
16:36Roger Edgar
16:38Mike Smithmier
17:17Donna Stevens
17:57Terry Knowles
18:12Gene Lamb
18:57Art Berger
19:07Damien Hobbs

 

10K Time Trial: Results for May 14th

A rainy day turned into a perfect season opener as the sun made its appearance. Thank you to Mark Thomas of LocalCycling.com for being our holder at the start line, and to Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing for supplying the bib numbers.

Staging: Photo by Mark Thomas/LocalCycling.com

Staging: Photo by Mark Thomas/LocalCycling.com

Each time trial brings a mix of interesting people that make this event a joy to look forward to, so I’ve included racer bios this month along with results. Enjoy!

13:11Drew AtkinsPosting the fastest time of the evening, Drew serves in the U.S. Army at Ft. Leavenworth.
13:50Bob AdesAlways riding, always racing. always found near the top of this list.
14:06.45Luke HallRoad racer who experienced his first TT this evening. Welcome to the Race of Truth!
14:06.66Shawn MorelliCurrent member of the U.S. Paracycling team, 2014 Road World Champion.
14:27Brendan SheehanCaffeinating cyclists one cup at a time, he's the Owner of Santa Fe Trails Bicycle and Coffee Shop in Leavenworth.
14:30Neil MaloneHad the bravery to be tonight's lead-off man, racing for Team BRBC.
15:23John PickettAlso riding for Team BRBC, he'll drop you like a hot rock on a finishing climb.
15:29Mike SmithmierOur resident fashion model, he's tough as nails on the race course.
15:52Frank QuinlanA fierce competitor and wise adviser, Frank is prepping for another trip to the National Senior Games in July.
16:07Teresa JarzemkoskiA creative and multi-faceted competitor who knows how to have fun.
16:13Janet SchmidtTriathlete and personal trainer, she is gearing up for National Senior Games competition this summer.
17:39Art BergerMasters racer and USA Cycling Official; hesitant to put a bike rack on his really cool sports car.
18:44Delaney McPhersonJunior triathlete and enthusiastic member of the U-20 racing team.

 

 

KC’s Tuesday Night Worlds On Hiatus

By Mark Thomas

Tuesday night racing has been a staple of the metro road scene for many years. Penn Valley, Downtown Airport, Airworld Center, Kansas Commerce Center (Lenexa), Honeywell and an Overland Park Church lot have been host venues for a ‘training’ criterium or circuit.

Alas, 2015 will likely be a year without. Current promoters Mark Thomas of Localcycling.com and Gina Poertner of Life Balance Sports have decided to put the event on hiatus until Spring of 2016. Working since last year’s racing at Church of the Resurrection to secure an appropriate venue has not produced a location that offers an optimum event.

Both promoters searched out numerous possible course locations, logging plenty of miles by bike and car. Input by other racers and promoters also produced leads. Unfortunately none of the venues met the fairly substantial requirements to produce a weekly event; course location and length, parking, corner security and cost are key factors.

Some excellent venues where considered, but costs up to $1000 per evening for usage made them prohibitive. A return to Honeywell was considered, but the location was deemed to far from the central cycling population to be sustainable (attendence was often very low).

There are numerous locations that would support a small field ‘show and go’ style event, but the requirements of USAC Insurance and potential liability rule this option out for an organized event.

Mark and Gina are continuing to seek a solution for 2016. Thoughts and suggested venues can be addressed to mark@localcycling.com.

10K Time Trial: Results for September 18th

Thank you to all of the racers for coming out for the final 10K Time Trial. Racers received swag and prizes courtesy of USA Cycling and Life Balance Sports. We’ve had a solid crew throughout the season with holder Mark Thomas and USAC official Sarah Anderson. Thank you!

Races don’t happen without sponsors. Thank you Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing and Mark Thomas of LocalCycling.com.

13:07   Andrew Atkins
13:45   Bob Ades
14:03   Jeff Peters
14:14   Andy Brown
14:32   Jay Raupp
14:33   David Conrad
14:53   Neil Malone
15:31   Roger Edgar
15:42   Mike Smithmier
15:54   Becca Williams
15:57   Teresa Jarzemkoski
15:59   Mike Hake
16:24   Gene Lamb
16:39   Corey Lowry
16:45   Art Berger

10K Time Trial September 18th

10K Time Trial

Not sure what happened but there has been some confusion about the date of September’s Time Trial. It will be held Thursday, September 18th, the race flyer is posted on the Events page. If you have questions or need more information, feel free to give me a shout. Spread the word and I’ll look forward to seeing you on September 18th in Gardner.