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.
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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 LocalCycling.com for being our holder and Roger Harrison of Lanterne Rouge Racing for providing the race bibs.
|20:23||Marcos Slobodnic - Junior Racer|
|21:37||Hannah Goldberg - Junior Racer|
|25:54||Lucas Slobodnic - Junior Racer|
Tour of Lawrence at Haskell Indian Nations University, this is a short clip of the Men’s Masters 40+ and 50+ race.
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.
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.
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.
|22.50||Dan Pfeiffer - Junior|
|23:26||Declan O'Brien - Junior|
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.
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.
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 4×4 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
|13:11||Drew Atkins||Posting the fastest time of the evening, Drew serves in the U.S. Army at Ft. Leavenworth.|
|13:50||Bob Ades||Always riding, always racing. always found near the top of this list.|
|14:06.45||Luke Hall||Road racer who experienced his first TT this evening. Welcome to the Race of Truth!|
|14:06.66||Shawn Morelli||Current member of the U.S. Paracycling team, 2014 Road World Champion.|
|14:27||Brendan Sheehan||Caffeinating cyclists one cup at a time, he's the Owner of Santa Fe Trails Bicycle and Coffee Shop in Leavenworth.|
|14:30||Neil Malone||Had the bravery to be tonight's lead-off man, racing for Team BRBC.|
|15:23||John Pickett||Also riding for Team BRBC, he'll drop you like a hot rock on a finishing climb.|
|15:29||Mike Smithmier||Our resident fashion model, he's tough as nails on the race course.|
|15:52||Frank Quinlan||A fierce competitor and wise adviser, Frank is prepping for another trip to the National Senior Games in July.|
|16:07||Teresa Jarzemkoski||A creative and multi-faceted competitor who knows how to have fun.|
|16:13||Janet Schmidt||Triathlete and personal trainer, she is gearing up for National Senior Games competition this summer.|
|17:39||Art Berger||Masters racer and USA Cycling Official; hesitant to put a bike rack on his really cool sports car.|
|18:44||Delaney McPherson||Junior triathlete and enthusiastic member of the U-20 racing team.|