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LOF socks it to Capitol Crit

July 15, 2010

Photo: © Marco Quezada

LOF.com would like to congratulate Jackie Simes for a tremendous win this past Sun at the Capitol Crit, as well as a great performance for second to Bobby Lea. Jackie and Bobby are both friends of TeamLionOfFlanders.com, and as you can see Bobby was rocking his LOF.com socks to help him power the breakaway that would eventually prove to be the winning move. Bobby attacked a break late in the race as he felt the catch was inevitable, and Jackie responded. They two worked well together to the end when it was Jackie who took the sprint with Bobby right behind, staying clear of the field. Frank Trevieso took the field sprint to round out the podium.

Photo: © Marco Quezada

We have not been able to confirm yet, but we believe that Bobby’s LOF.com socks made the difference for him today giving him the power to drive the break home. Just think what you could do with a pair (or two)!

Photo credit © Todd Leister/www.leisterimages.com

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Bobby, Jackie, and Ommegang

June 29, 2010

Lea and Simes team up for Mike Walter Madison

June 28, 2010

Team LionOfFlanders.com was very proud to be represented by Bobby Lea and Jackie Simes this past Friday night at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA. In addition to solid performances all night long, the team placed 3rd in the main event – The 2nd Annual Mike Walter Madison. Big congrats to Bobby and Jackie for a job well done!

Team LOF helps support Bahati Foundation in Philly

June 7, 2010

Team LionOfFlanders.com was happy to be able to help support Bobby Lea and the rest of the Bahati Foundation team yesterday at the Philadelphia International Championship. Ryan provided the boys with team socks and water bottles to help them in their battle against top international competition in the hardest single-day event in America.

Photo: © MarcoQuezada.com/NYVelocity

Bobby Lea was instrumental in an early break of 16 in helping to set up both Cesar Grajales and Nathan O’Neil to secure the KOM and sprinters competitions, respectively. Congrats to Grajales and O’Neil, as well as the rest of the Bahati Foundation squad on a job well done yesterday.

Photo: © MarcoQuezada.com/NYVelocity

LionOfFLanders.com is proud to be able to help support athletes of the caliber of the Bahati Foundation team. We wish them best of luck the rest of this season and beyond.

Race Report – Tour of Somerville

June 2, 2010

Memorial Day weekend brings with it lots of racing, and if you’re on the East Coast there’s a strong chance that you’ll be racing the Tour of Somerville on Memorial Day. Known as the “Kentucky Derby of Cycling,” the Tour of Somerville is the longest running bike race in the USA. It was first run in 1940 and only ever stopped from ’46-46 due to WWII. The Tour of Somerville is the biggest one day race in the country, and also one of the most prestigious.

In the Category 3 race, Andy Kuklis was the solo representative for Team LOF.com against a field of 135. The racing was knock-down and drag out, including several crash (all of which Kuklis was able to avoid). Being a true sprinter and calling on his track experience, Kuklis was able to put himself into good position for the final sprint and took the team’s first top 10 with an 8th place finish. It was a great performance and Kuklis set the bar for the next race.

Ryan checks the competiton

Onto the Category 2 race, Team LOF.com was represented by Ryan Pomajevich, Rich Uliana, Matt Swiatek, and Lou Devlin. The field was 110+ deep of some of the strongest talent in the region and beyond. The 90 degree heat did little to slow the field down, as racing was fast and aggressive from the start. Everyone rode well together, and late in the race it was evident that it would come down to a field sprint. Coming into the final lap Rich placed himself into good position and held it all the way out of the final turn. No amateur to racing at the Tour of Somerville, Rich played the final sprint well and took a hard fought 6th place.

Matt flies the LOF.com flag

And for a full day of racing for Team LOF.com, Randy Smargiasi took to the line the the Pro/1 race. Randy raced tough and hung in to finish in a field full of the biggest professional teams in the USA along with some internation pro’s and top amateur from around the country. Team LOF.com is very proud to have Randy representing us in the Pro/1 race.

Team LionOfFlanders.com would like to once again congratulate Andy Kuklis and Rich Unliana for their outstanding performance at the Tour of Somerville. Both results certainly put Team LOF.com on the radar and let people know to be on the watch for us. The team would also like to thanks our all of our sponsors, without whom we couldn’t do this nearly as well.

Team LoF.com Spotlight: Mike Cushionbury

May 24, 2010

Mike Cushionbury, Mountain Bike Stud

Mike Cushionbury, or “Cush,” leads the mountain bike contingent of Team LionofFlanders.com. He’s certainly no stranger to the road scene or a cyclocross race, but put this guy on dirt and he turns the competition inside out. Recently, the Team LoF.com editorial staff had a chance to sit down with Cush and find out what really makes him tick… you know, besides carbon frames and PBR.

What’s your background in racing mountain bikes?

I’ve been at it for over 15 years, racing in SoCal at places like Big Bear, Mammoth Mountain and Tahoe. Along the way I won some races and then earned a pro license just before moving to Eastern PA in January ‘08. The trails here are so f’ing tough they made me want to quit racing. But instead of giving up, I’ve sacked up and this year I’m back at it completely.

What’s your current race rig?

Rig? I have a stable: Specialized S-Works Epic, S-Works Stumpjumper Carbon 29 HT and Epic Marathon 29

What are your goals for the season? Who’s ass do you want to kick and why?

My goals are to do well at the Trans-Sylvania stage race and the Shenandoah 100 this year and whatever major stage races I do next year. I pretty much just focus on enduros and stage races now though I would like to kick Ryan Pomajevich’s ass in a crit, that’d be neat because he wouldn’t take it well.

How’s your season going so far? Any high or low points?

Finishing second at the French Creek On The Rocks 6-hour enduro was an absolute high point. It started in the rain, and it was way rocky – the definition of east coast terrain. Exact conditions I’m expected to crumble in. It took two years, but I finally learned how to ride and race here.

What do you think is the most important LoF.com product for any racer and why? The beer coozie?

The coozie is second most important piece of bike gear, it’s what’s inside that coozie that counts. But you do need a quality coozie… so I have about 20 of them.

How do you embody and honor the Lion of Flanders when you race?

I race hard but I don’t take myself too seriously. I like post-race beers and long, filthy dirt paths on road rides don’t scare me.

Recovery

May 17, 2010

We get a lot of questions here at Team LionOfFlanders.com, mostly about how we race so awesomely and what our training habits are, etc. I thought I’d take the time to answer one of the questions we get most often: recovery strategy.

As any good racer will tell you, recovery is key to great performance. One of the most important things you can do immediately following a race is to start hydrating. On a good hot day, Team LOF gets the rehydrating process started with some ice cold High Life’s. The carb ratio is ideal for optimizing glycemic replenishment and is obviously easy to drink. High Life’s are also fortified with lots of stuff like vitamins and amino acids and stuff…

The next step is getting in a real meal within 2 hours of completion of the event. This is how the body will get the essential nutrients it needs from whole foods, such as more carbs to top off the tank plus protein to repair and rebuild the muscles. Again, the Tem LOF.com standard issue is stop at Five Guys burgers. We prefer a well-timed call-ahead order so that its ready when you get there, no waiting in line with the common folk. When you call, tell them you want the LOF:

Bacon double cheeseburger with ketchup, mayo, lettuce, onion, and jalapeño

You’ll want no less than 2 burgers per rider, and somewhere around 6-10 High Life’s (depending on dehydration level and rider weight). If you follow this simple recovery strategy we can guarantee you:

1)you have a delicious meal

2)you’ll have a nice buzz

We can’t guarantee it will make you faster, but here at Team LOF.com it’s all about the lifestyle.