Greig and Edd score 1st and 2nd place at Bruce Edwards/Gelnda Taylor Memorial TT

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On a cooler wet drizzly morning, Greig and Edd ventured to Easton, KS for the Bruce Edwards / Glenda Taylor Memorial 10 TT. While both Greig and Edd had a rough first TT (Masters), Greig nailed 1st place and Edd scrapped enough out of the tank to get 2nd place in their respective AGs. With both Bulls now warmed up and looking forward to the second TT (CAT4) where they would race "together" starting a minute apart, it was not to be for Edd. He flatted shortly after the turn around point.

Greig's faster time in the second TT secured 1st place for him. Edd did finish the TT walking it in and with a time that we can't post here (it's a family site).

Jason Fitzhugh Flys on the Bike at Ironman Texas

Jason Fitzhugh finished Ironman Texas in 9:53:45, placing 19th in his age group.  That included a swim of 1:05:33, a run of 3:57:17 and a bike of 4:41:55.  Of course there were many complaints about drafting due to the limited number of race officials on the course, but we are at least somewhat sure that Jason's bike is legit given that he is not particularly an early riser and often does long training sessions on his own. Nice job in a whacky race!

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Edd Pineda Takes 1st Place - How Bazzar

On a colder day with snow, sleet and rain in the forecast, Edd braved the weather to participate in the Bazaar Road race. The temperature at start time was 36 degrees F with a steady wind speed of 15 mph. This 48 miles race course in a C shape route (meaning a 16 miles head wind, 24 miles tail wind and 8 miles finishing with a head wind). With the conditions as they were, the Masters 50+ group was not in the mood for the typical cat and mouse tactics that normally take place on the first 16 miles of this course. While the riders also enjoyed a light sleet for 1/2 of the race, the popcorn for the show wasn't popped and ready until 10 miles to the finish, when the riders started testing the legs of their fellow riders. While riders tested, the group stayed together. At 1.5 miles to go, the fake sprints started, again testing the other riders readiness. With about 1/2 a mile to go at the moment of a lull of a fake sprint, Edd started his sprint to the finish line. Edd was able to hold off the strong field finishing 1st.

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Greig and Edd Launch the 2018 Season with Podium Finishes at Perry Dam

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While both Greig and Edd missed the 1st week of the 3 race series, they ended up on the podium for Masters 40+ and Masters 50+ for the series overall. The excitement centered around race 3 of the series. Unlike race 2, the officials grouped the Master 40+, 50+ and 60+ together, giving Greig and Edd the opportunity to race together. This grouping turned out to be an advantage for both the Bike Shack Team and the Bulls. The course is a 5 mile circuit race with a 1/2 mile hill at the end of the circuit. Half way up the hill on lap 3, two CAT 2 Bike Shack team members made a break. The rest of the group thought they wouldn't stay away, but we were wrong, so it became a race for 3rd overall. On the final lap coming out of turn two, a Bike Shack rider had a small gap which Edd quickly bridged. Looking back Edd noticed that Greig had quickly moved to the front of the remaining group and had slowed the group down to allow the gap to grow slightly. With this gap, Edd wound it up and dropped the Bike Shack rider giving Edd a clean 3rd place overall race finish and a 2nd place AG finish for that race. Greig ensured that he captured a 2nd place AG finish for the race. When the points for the series were totaled, Greig and Edd had 3rd place for their age groups. Nice riding, boys!

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Malfer and Wilson Torch Each Other at Ironman Arizona

Luke Wilson came out of retirement to participate with Mike Malfer in the 2017 Ironman Arizona.  Meanwhile, the Bulls followed the race from afar with exciting updates from Jim Myers.  What looked to be a possible sprint finish ended a bit prematurely but with strong performances from both Malfer and Wilson.  Malfer took 14th in the division with a swim of 1:01:46, a bike of 4:55:13 and a run of 4:12:54 for a total time of 10:17:15. Wilson had a swim of 1:04:56, a bike of 4:54:39, and a run of 4:26:02 for a total time of 10:31:46. No reason the President can't be the only one to get ahead of himself in a twitter feed.  Myers' coverage below:

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Fitzhugh and Kukyendall Represent the Bulls at Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Every once in a while, one slips through the cracks.  Unfortunately, this was a World Championship.  Belated congratulations to the Raging Bulls triathlon team for their hard work at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Jason Fitzhugh took 27th in his division with a swim of 34:01, a bike of 2:41:14 and a run of 1:34:23 for a total time of 4:55:48.  Sam Kukyendall took 108th in his division with a swim of 26:06, a bike of 2:35:34 and a run of 1:39:16 for a total time of 4:46:57. 

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Fitzhugh and Myers Dominate Louisville - Fitzhugh to Kona in 2018

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Jason Fitzhugh took 2nd place in his division at Ironman Louisville, earning a spot in the Ironman World Championships at Kona in 2018.  He had a nice sub-hour swim at 58:18, a bike of 5:06:24 and a strong run of 3:33:48 for a total time of 9:47:59.  Jim Myers also had a strong performance taking 11th in his division with a swim of 1:02:21, a bike of 5:21:43 and a run of 3:35:25 for a total time of 10:08:27. 

Nice job closing out the triathlon season for the Raging Bulls!

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Edd Pineda Closes Out 2017 Road Racing Season

On August 5th, Scott Bolen and Edd Pineda ventured to Centralia, MO for the MO State TT Championships which is a 40K event. Scott finished 3rd in his age group with a 1:03:14.410 time. Edd finished 4th in his age group with a 1:02:42.410 time. Edd won the friendly bet by beating Scott by 28 seconds.

On August 13th, Edd attended the Kansas State Category/Age Road Race in Salina KS. Edd rode in Masters 40-59. Team 360 dictated the cat and mouse pace throughout the 72 mile race, but had no desire to chase down a 3 man break at the start of the second lap making it a race for 4th place for the rest of the racers. While Edd waited until the second half of the second lap to move to the front, he didn't drive the uphill sprint finish to his advantage (doh). Edd finished 12th overall in Masters 40 - 59 and 4th in his age group.

On August 27th, Edd ventured to Hutchinson KS for the Kansas State TT Championship. While Hutch was on the edge of the storm, the wind pushed the storm over the event causing a 45 minute rain delay and "scared" away several people from the event. Edd's goal for this event was to finish this 40K TT in 60 minutes or less. Racing in Masters 35-49, Edd finished the 40K in 59:00.31 beating his goal by a minute and taking 3rd overall for Masters 35-49 and 3rd in his age group.

 Photo courtesy of Craig Henwood of the Foody's team.  Edd blames lack of kit on rain.  Opts for In&Out Burger shirt instead.  

Photo courtesy of Craig Henwood of the Foody's team.  Edd blames lack of kit on rain.  Opts for In&Out Burger shirt instead.  

Montalto Brothers Conquer Pikes Peak

A half marathon is nothing for the Montalto Brothers who often pace marathon events.  However this one had a twist, a 13.1 mile ascent up Pike's Peak in Colorado.  This is kind of the Super Jamestown of running and the Montalto brothers fared well.  Jimmy took 9th in his age group with a time of 3:08:58.  Mark was close behind with a time of 3:38:25.  They spared themselves the knee pain of the descent.

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Jason Fitzhugh Gets a Northern Win at Ironman 70.3 Ohio

We usually find Jason honing his triathlon skills at races in Florida and Texas.  He seems to excel in the South.  This time, he branched out of his comfort zone to Ohio and the results were excellent.  Jason took 1st place in his age group and 20th overall.  Jason had a swim of 32:54, a bike of 2:23:24 and a run of 1:33:25 for an overall time of 4:34:11.  Jason said, "After a mental breakdown and DNF at Boulder IM I came back and won my AG at 70.3 Ohio...ran down first place in last mile..."   Great to see Jason running down someone for a victory.  We wondered whether Jason was too old to read the age numbers on his opponents calves, but it sounds like his eyesight is holding up.   Nice work, Jason!

Bob Schloegel Takes 1st at Ironman 70.3 Muncie

Bob Schloegel snuck out of town on July 16 to participate in Ironman 70.3 Racine.  He took 1st in his division with a time of 3:54:51.   While I am sure Bob would be fine with just leaving it at that, it is worthy of note that the swim was cancelled due to dangerous weather on Lake Michigan.  Seems like the Great Lakes can get a bit more choppy than good old Loch Malfer.

Bulls Support WIN For KC Triathlon

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Coz volunteers at WIN For KC Triathlon

The Raging Bulls love to give back to the triathlon and cycling communities.  They recently supported the WIN for KC Women's Triathlon in Smithville, Missouri.  This awesome event, sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission,  brings female competitors from around the area for an inspiring event that includes beginners and seasoned athletes.  Congratulations to Mia Schloegel, niece of Bob Schloegel, who took 5th in her division with a time of 1:14:14.

Bob Schloegel Wins Shawnee Mission Triathlon

Bob Schloegel once again showed his dominance in local races with a first place overall victory in the Long Course at Shawnee Mission Triathlon.  He had an overall time of 1:36:56.  Although the weather looked bad early in the week for this thunderstorm plagued race, the sun was out and all went as planned.  While Bob did not wear the requisite Bulls kit, he had a good reason saying that SMT is one of his favorite races because you can go shirtless.  Coz also participated in the race and won a finisher medal.

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Edd Pineda and Greig DeBow Take Double 2nds at Jesse Blancarte Time Trial

Edd Pineda took a break from his usual ribbing of the "tri guys" to hop on fellow Bull, Jim Myers' time trial bike for the Jesse Blancarte 10k Time Trial at the New Century Air Center in Gardner, Kansas.  After tearing off all the Gu packets and salt tabs to cut down on drag, Edd found his home on the flat and fast Gardner course taking 2nd place in the Cat 5 Race with a time of 14:55:31.  Greig DeBow took 2nd in the Cat 4 Race with a time of 14:58:55.   In the Masters Category, Edd took 5th place with a time of 15:10:81 and Greig took 6th with a time of 15:31:24

 Photos by Roger Harrison and Carol from Grip-n-Rip

Photos by Roger Harrison and Carol from Grip-n-Rip

Annual Cycling Trip to Boulder Has it All

The Bulls took their annual cycling adventure to Boulder, Colorado on June 15.  This year, the guys combined mountain biking with the usual road cycling for a new Colorado adventure.  Groups chose between mountain biking at Hall Ranch near Lyons and the usual grueling road climbs up the various canyons in Boulder.  The group had an outstanding few days of training which would have been incident free had Mike Summers not been taken out by a local rider trying to avoid roadside weeds.  Mike was recovering from a recent hip surgery and went down hard just 2 miles from the hotel on the last day.  Alas, Mike is ok.  The strong will survive.

Pineda and Debow Kick off 2017 Cycling Season in Stealth Mode

After a nasty early season injury, no one thought Edd Pineda would factor in to the early 2017 race season.  Not so.  Edd and fellow bull, Greig Debow have taken on the 2017 season by force.  A recap of recent races is below.

March 26th, 2017 Perry Dam Road Race

On a cool Spring morning at Perry Lake Dam the air was heavy and the wind was brisk. Greig Debow and Edd Pineda were starting their 2017 race season. The Masters 40+ group was descent sized relative to the total race attendees. The course presented to Greig and Edd was a circuit of 5 miles with 6 laps. The finish was a two stage up hill that seemed more gravel than pavement. After an early solo break away on lap 2 and a solo chase on lap 3, the rest of the group realized that for them it was a race for 3rd. The rest of the laps the group settled into a groove waiting for the last climb to the finish line. As the group rounded the last corner to the final climb, the group as a whole seemed to have a half hearten "sprint" to the finish. Greig placed 7th and Edd placed 10th.

April 9th, 2017 Bazaar Road Race

Bazaar Kansas is a patch of dirt somewhere between Cottonwood Falls and Cassoday on Highway 177. If you recognize those names you know that it's DK (Dirty Kanza) country. Both Cottonwood Falls and Cassoday have been stops for the DK. Since this is DK country wind is also a huge factor. While the temperatures were mild that early afternoon, the wind started out at 22 mph and increased to 26 mph by the end of the race. The course for this race was an out and back on highway 177 with mild rollers. The first 16 miles were into the wind, then 24 miles of tail wind and the final 8 miles were back into the wind. Edd knew that this would be a challenging race as team play would be present and Edd was without Greig for this event. At the starting gun the group started out at a blistering 10 mph. The group was trying to size each other up and trying to figure out who would take that first pull into the wind. About 12 miles into the race there was a break from the team that had two team members that no one covered. Edd collaborated with the team that had three riders to have the group work on pulling the break away rider back in to the fold. About 1 mile after the turn around point the group caught the break away rider. Half way into the 24 miles into the tail wind there was another break attempt. Three riders from the group including Edd were able to cover the break. That was the last time the break away group saw the rest of the riders. Five miles before the turn around for the 8 mile death march back into the wind there was a break attempt that Edd and another rider could not cover. Leaving 2 and 2 ahead of the main group. Edd ended up with 4th place.

April 22nd, 2017 Bruce Edwards Time Trial

This 10K TT was in Easton Kansas which is just outside Leavenworth Kansas. The course for this event was an out and back with 6K into the wind and 4K with a tail wind. Edd raced this event in the Merckx class. Despite having a couple of CAT1 racers in the Merckx class Edd was able to get a 5th place finish.

May 28th, 2017 Jesse Blancarte Time Trial

This 10K TT was at the Gardner air park. The course for this event was an out and back. Greig joined Edd for this event. For this event Greig and Edd borrowed team members' rockets (TT bikes). Both Greig and Edd raced two 10Ks back to back. For Greig the first 10K was CAT4 where he placed 2nd on Bob's TT bike. While Edd's first 10K was CAT5 where he placed 2nd on Jim's TT bike. Edd's loss to 1st was by .09 seconds. For the second TT both Greig and Edd raced in Masters 40-49 where Greig had a finishing time good enough for 6th place while Edd had a finishing time good enough for 5th place. Greig and Edd now understand how the Tri guys can cruse along so quickly on the TT bikes.

Fitzhugh and Myers Open the 2017 Ironman Season at Texas

Jason Fitzhugh and Jim Myers got an early start to the Ironman season at the Ironman North American Championship in the Woodlands, Texas.  Jason took 7th in his division with a swim of 1:10:07, a bike of 5:07:19 and a run of 3:23:50 for a total time of 9:49:51.  Myers took 14th in is division with a swim of 1:14:24, a bike of 5:05:47 and a run of 3:23:59 for a total time of 9:52:26.  Notwithstanding an awesome sub-10 hour performance, Myers announced his retirement from long course triathlon.  We will see how long that holds . . . .

Myers and Malfer Qualify for World Championships at Ironman 70.3 Texas

Myers and Malfer started the season big and early with impressive results at Ironman 70.3 in Galveston, Texas.  Malfer took 5th in his division with a swim of 30:46, a bike of 2:20:26 and a run of 1:43.18.  Myers took 7th place in his division with a swim of 36:38, a bike of 2:17:30 and a run of 1:44:18 for a total time of 4:42:16.