The first release of WCA road standings came out earlier this week after four race weekends (Whitnall, Muskego, La Crosse, NEW) and BD's are on top of the women's standings and third overall! We've had attendance at each of these races, and have several podium finishes so far. We hope to keep up this momentum through the rest of the season!
The 2018 WCA season officially kicked-off last weekend at the Team Wisconsin/MOSH Whitnall Park Criterium after a few weekends of cancelled races due to lingering winter weather. With a few podiums already in the books for BDs at the Beloit Spring Crit and at Whitnall, the team was anxious to get the season into full swing at the Hampshire Cycling Club (HCC) Muskego Park Race. Over the course of each 1.2 mile lap, riders climb and descend 100 feet, making for a challenging finishing area and fast backstretch. The course is known to sever fields, and this year was no different. In total, 14 team members entered races with four podium finishes. Here are some highlights:
Juniors 15-18: The field of 13 broke up early with the main group fending off several attacks. A late solo breakaway in the 25 minute race appeared to be holding until BD Jamani Bergh single-handedly chased it down on the last lap, with a final attack on the finish hill to open up a sizable gap to take the win! Jamani is in his second year with the Junior Dropouts program, and his serious off-season training is paying off early in the season. Look for him to be a podium contender in every Juniors race this season.
Cat 3/4: Several teams had strong contingents in this race so team tactics were sure to play a role. Around the 15 minute mark, Derek Landwehr and a Team WI/MOSH rider held a strong effort up and over the hill. The two worked well together, continuing to push the pace with hard pulls, and with the help of teammates in the pack, the gap grew from seconds to minutes. Any attacks from non-break teams or unattached riders were kept at bay thanks to BD's Lee Prouty, Kevin Sparks, Craig Billings, and other Team WI/MOSH riders. Thirty minutes later, with just one lap to go, the two-man breakaway caught the field, with Derek taking 2nd place in the end.
Women Cat 4/5: After last week's 2nd place by only inches, first-year BD Kaitlyn Agnew was aggressive to make sure it didn't happen again. With six racers, there wasn't much space to hide from the wind, so what better way to shake things up? Her solo break held and she rolled to her first win!
Masters 35+ 4/5: Matt Bruss hitched a ride with two very strong riders from Belgianwerkx and Diablo Cycling, creating a three-man break mid-way through the race. While Matt couldn't keep pace with the break, he held on for a very respectable third in the strung-out 28 rider field.
Other notable finishes:
Gabriel Skalsky & Jordan Miller: 9th and 10th in Juniors 9-14
Thomas Chaltry & Byrne Dobrient: 6th and 7th in Juniors 15-18
Kevin Sparks: 8th in Cat 4/5
Jason Bentley: 7th in Masters 35+ 4/5
Full results can be found here.
Next race: La Crosse Omnium (May 4th through 6th)
While there's currently snow on the ground in Wisconsin, a few BD's made it down to the Spring Super Criterium in South Beloit, IL on April 8th. In the Cat 4/5 women, Olivia Cope and Kaitlyn Agnew took 1st and 2nd! Olivia recently spent a week training in North Carolina with the UW-Madison Cycling Team, putting her in prime shape for the season ahead. It was Kaitlyn's first race ever, but her dedication to off-season training and attending the team training trip really showed.
In the Cat 3 race, Ben Grabow rode smart to a solid 3rd place. In three appearances at this race since 2014, he's 2 for 3 for podiums so it's apparent he really knows the course and what to expect for the early season.
Check out our new Pearl Izumi kits/racesuits!
Next up: the Whitnall Park Spring Classic Criterium (WCA) in Milwaukee!
March 28th through April 1st, eight members made the trip down to Nashville, Indiana (about 45 minutes east of Bloomington) to get in five solid days of training. Brown County Park brought the best climbing, and with Nashville sitting in a valley, every route had some great variety in terrain. Despite some rough road conditions from the winter and scattered rain storms, the team rode every day of the trip, with total mileage at 250 miles for some of our riders. Staying in a cabin and doing community-style meals really helped distribute costs to make this trip attainable for everyone. This was our second year doing a team trip, and no doubt, we'll continue to do them.
Check out some of our photos on our Facebook page, and hit us up if you're interested in learning more about riding in the Nashville area (there's also great mountain biking). We're definitely excited and prepared for the season ahead!
It's been a hectic last few months with the Sun Prairie Cyclocross race in October, lots of CX racing through December, the BD Bike Swap in January and a bunch of planning for the upcoming year!
Cyclocross - BD's made it known we're just as serious about cyclocross as we are road. We had podiums in every category at one point or another during the season and ended up in the top 5 for team standings when it was all said and done. We had a blast hosting the Sun Prairie Cyclocross race that brought nearly 300 racers to a challenging and unique course.
Bike Swap - We hosted the 27th annual BD Bike Swap on January 13th at the Alliant Energy Center - New Holland Pavilion. This event brings in over 125 vendors and over 700 general attendees every year, and 2018 was no exception. While the purpose of the event is to bring people together to buy/sell bikes, clothes, parts, whatever, it really brings together a community of folks that have a passion for bikes and the friends that this brings. Keep an eye out for announcements for the 2019 Swap!
Wisconsin Women's Fund Award - BD was recently announced as the winner in the 'Bike Club' category for the Wisconsin Women's Fund Fostering Change Award! We've focused on growing our women's contingent over the last few years and have emphasized an inclusive environment for girls and women to grow as individual cyclists and as a team, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. We'll be in attendance at the awards ceremony on March 15. More info on the group and awards can be found here.
Other Team Updates - Team leadership has been hard at work in the background to make 2018 even better than 2017.
- We will now be representing BD with Pearl Izumi custom clothing
- We're working with our awesome sponsor Machinery Row Bicycles to have some of the best bikes, components, helmets and sunglasses around
- We've partnered with Wisconsin Indoor Cycling (WIC) and Klinke Cleaners as two new sponsors for 2018
- The team is currently planning a training trip in March, permitting for a revamped Madison practice crits series, and are focusing on improving our member experience with indoor training at WIC, a more consistent outdoor ride schedule once weather improves, and being a more organized team with race and other event attendance/travel/teamwork.
Our first clothing order was just submitted, but if you're interested in joining BD for 2018, contact us to get in touch with our membership coordinator! The next few months will have several great opportunities to get to know us through our indoor rides, outdoor rides when the weather improves, and our team meetings.
We're proud to announce that BD earned 3rd place overall in team standings for the 2017 WCA Road Series! We were 1 of 2 teams to score points in every WCA race this season. This is a testament to our strong membership numbers across men's, women's, and junior race categories, and the dedication of our members to developing and challenging themselves as racers. A few highlights:
Olivia Cope - 1st overall, Cat 3/4 Women
Adler Kennedy - 1st overall, Juniors 17-18
Sam Naggatz - 2nd overall, Juniors 17-18
Peter Armstrong - 2nd overall, Master's 35+ 3/4
Ben Grabow - 2nd overall, Cat 3 Men
Caitlin Neuman - 3rd overall, Cat 1/2/3 Women
Craig Billings - 4th overall, Cat 4 Men
Dennis Smith - 4th overall, Juniors 17-18
Jamani Bergh - 5th overall, Juniors 15-16
5 of the top 10 Cat 3 Men were BDs (Ben, Derek Landwehr, Kyle Russ, Josh Fangman, Eric Staats)
Well done, BDs! Let's keep it going into cyclocross!
Thanks to all that came out to the Tour of Little Switzerland! It was a smooth weekend with a lot of great racing action in the time trial, road race, and criterium. We hope everyone had an enjoyable omnium and trip to the New Glarus area. We will be sending out surveys to racers shortly to gain valuable feedback on the courses, race structure, and event organization.
With the conclusion of the ToLS, the 2017 WCA road calendar is now complete. We're anxiously awaiting final WCA team standings, but it's likely we'll be in the top 3 overall! Many of our racers have had solid race seasons, and BD continues to grow as a respected name in midwest racing.
Cyclocross season is up next and many BDs can't wait to get to the start line. Don't worry - go ahead and heckle the BDs you see out in the fields, they can take that and turn it into race motivation (and execute a perfect hand-ups). The Brazen Dropouts will host the Sun Prairie Cup on Sunday October 29th.
There has been a lot of road racing since the WCA scheduled kicked-off in April, but some of the most exciting racing has occurred over the last month with Tour of America's Dairyland and the Wisconsin State Road/Crit Championships. Most notably, we saw Cat 4/5 racer Lee Prouty win Stage 1 of ToAD in Kenosha and Peter Armstrong take home the State Championship Crit for Master's 3/4 age 35-44 in Green Bay on July 8th.
There have been many consistent BD road racers throughout the season including Ben Grabow, Lee Prouty, Craig Billings, Olivia Cope, Lee Pier, Derek Landwehr, Collin Saino, Sam Naggatz, Jason Bentley, and Eric Staats. We've also been happy to gain some new UW-Madison collegiate riders after the conclusion of their season in May, many who have represented BD well right out of the gate. Our Juniors team has continued to expand, and the level of riding has improved right along with that thanks to a dedicated coach in Andrew Hellpap. The Junior Dropouts focused on three early season criteriums in Madison and Muskego, producing some of the largest Junior's representation in recent memory in the WCA. You can check out a bunch of road race season photos on our Facebook page.
While we're not known for mountain bike racing, we've had a small BD contingent represent well at WORS. Austin Peterson has been consistent all season long in the Sport Class, finishing top 10 overall (all age groups) numerous times at just age 15. Expect to see him in the Comp class next year!
The largest BD-hosted race is coming up on July 29-30th - The Tour of Little Switerzerland! The two-day omnium will include an individual time trial, road race, and criterium in the New Glarus, WI area. Planned payouts exceed $7,000 so if you can make it to the podium, you'll be rewarded nicely! New Glarus has much to offer for racers with plenty of local restaurants, cheese and gift shops, and of course the New Glarus Brewery just a few minutes from each race start line. Help us spread the word about this great event! Last year's road race was very memorable, and we hope to step it up even more this year!
It feels like just yesterday was the Bike Swap at the Alliant Energy Center, but it's already mid-April and the WCA road schedule is getting into full-swing. Although there has only been a few weeks of racing, BDs have taken podiums in several men's, women's, and junior's races. Many BDs are looking forward to the La Crosse Omnium taking place May 5th-7th, ToAD in June, and the new State Championship weekend in Green Bay in mid-July.
Planning is underway for the BD-led Madison Practice Crits, a new Omnium to take place in New Glarus at the end of July, and the Sun Prairie CX race in October.
Stay up-to-date through this website as well as our public team Facebook page.
Keep the rubber side down, friends.
Eleven BDs made the 10 hour trek to the Ozark National Forest area in Arkansas to get in training miles before the WCA road schedule starts in April. With plenty of elevation, riders were challenged with long climbs and technical descents. Although the third day brought temperatures in the low 30's with rain and sleet, the trip was very worthwhile and all those who attended had a good time. The team will likely continue trips like this into the future!