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Erica Greif currently has nine pages of Strava QOMs. Nearly all Reno locals are familiar with the "Lakeside Sprint" segment. While it isn't the most prestigious QOM she holds, it is definitely the most contested.

Her time of 1:54 probably won't be the fastest forever... but this will always be Erica's QOM.

Erica's QOM Strava Segment

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We will all miss you. So much.

Please attend Erica's memorial this Sunday the 12th at 2pm at The Grove at Southcreek: 95 Foothill Rd, Reno, NV. All are invited. We encourage you to ride your bike there in Erica's honor, don't worry about attending in a sweaty bike kit - Erica certainly wouldn't. There will be some snacks and a cash bar.

It is with extremely heavy hearts that the Herbalife p/b MarcPro-Strava team reports that we lost a member of our extended family last night. Erica Greif passed away as a result of a traffic accident. She had just taken a final exam at UNR and was traveling to Redlands, CA to take part in the Redlands Bicycle Classic. She was the fiancé of our team member Nick Schaffner and a member of the Hedrick Women's Racing p/b Novatec Elite Cycling Team.

Velonews recently wrote an article detailing the accident.

Erica was an amazing and inspirational woman, a great friend and a powerful force on the bike. On behalf of the H24 p/b MPS Cycling Team, our hearts and thoughts go out to Nick, and all of Erica's friends and family. We will all miss you Erica!!!

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Always smiling

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Erica being chased by her fiance Nick Schaffner, at the Reno Wheelmen's Mt. Rose Time Trial

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Reno's Tour de Nez podium

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Erica and her brother David

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Erica, David and Nick

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Erica and Nick

Here are some scenes from Erica's memorial bike ride in Reno April 9th, from Bibo Coffee to Newlands Circle Park, where Erica's ghost bike was locked up. Also, here's the Reno Gazette Journal's coverage of the ride.



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Erica's Ghost Bike


It’s now Monday morning, I’m sipping some coffee in my Redlands, CA Motel 6 room (I’m really excited about their remodels…very nice) and the dust of Copperopolis has settled. My boys, Chris Harland Dunaway and Jared Kessler, and I made Copperopolis more epic by combining it with a drive to SoCal in preparation of this weeks Redlands Bicycle Classic.

Many people have experienced Copperopolis Road Race, but for those that haven’t, it’s a beast of a race. Simple stats of 110 miles and 9000’ vertical are impressive, but when you add the pitchy climb of Rock Creek, the cross winds and most importantly the wrist wrecking, jaw jarring California Pave we have arrived at Epic Status. I was asked the question a few weeks back; other than Nationals, what race would you love to win? Simple answer…COPPEROPOLIS!

Ben Jaques Maynes would not be present at this year

Ben Jaques Maynes would not be present at this year's addition of Copperopolis

Herbalife P/B Marc Pro – Strava brought 7.5 riders for the NorCal classic showdown (Matt Chataloang needed to be at work by 2 so he could only do half the race). Phil Mooney detailed everyone’s job, which consisted of do the early work for Rossi and HD so when the decisive move happens they are ready. From the gun Mike’s Bikes Tyler Brandt and Matt Chataloang got off the front and built a sizable gap while the Peleton headed up Rock Creek Rd at a conversational pace. Then Roman Kulin (Mike’s), who has ridden this course 20 times in his career, showed us a new turn and section of the course never seen by any other rider. Unfortunately, Chris HD took a tumble when everyone locked it up to turn around and go back to the bike race. It was a softball slow pitch crash, but nonetheless he has rash to prove it.

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We got back on track and motored the rest of lap 1. The break was coming back when Nate English (Mike’s) turned the screws on the start of lap 2.

Captain Rossi when Nate English goes up the road

Captain Rossi when Nate English goes up the road

Things got serious really fast and by the top of the climb he and Sean Bennett of Hagens Bergman were off to the races. Not too concerned with the move, seeing they had 85 miles to go, Herbalife took the front to set tempo. Chuck Hutcheson and Matt Chat traded pulls while I floated the group recruiting teams to commit to the chase. After a fast descent you could see the group of 2 about 20 seconds up the road. At the same time we were down to 4 Herbalife riders. Sam Cerruti put in some work going up Rock Creek on lap 3 before calling it a day and the break was reabsorbed.

Lap 3 got a little cagey when everyone started throwing down massive attacks to establish a new break. Chris, Jared and I were left so we followed as much as we could and looked for the right mix. Mike’s Bikes still had 28 riders in the 40 man group so they were insistent on a 3 – 1 ratio in any break (compliment to Mike’s for having such strong group of guys). As we rode through the gnarliest cow excrement covered road on the 2nd climb of the 3rd lap we were neutralized prior to the descent due to Feed Lot Cattle Trailers carting Bovine along their final journey to the slaughterhouse. It’s ok because Johnny “Meat Sweats” America can have another 96oz’r to shove down his facehole.

Johnny "Meat Sweats" America needs his steak...Copperopolis will have to wait!

Johnny "Meat Sweats" America needs his steak...Copperopolis will have to wait!

Lap 4, also known as the shakedown, started with Chris Stastny (IRT Pro) smashing the bottom sections of the climb. Time to pay attention because this was the race. I moved up and found a spot in the top 4 wheels, when Walton Brush (IRT Pro) took over and set a blistering pace to the top. I believe Colin Daw took the new STRAVA KOM, so it was fast, especially for lap 4. We got to towards the top when Chris HD lobbed an attack and splintered the group of 15 into multiple small groups. The dwindling group came back together as Colin Daw rolled off the front. He didn’t look fully committed as a solo artist so Chris and I took turns keeping him within reach.

I went to the back, waited for the perfect moment, and then launched across the gap. I made it clean and we both started to work. Soon after Chris Riekert (Mike’s Bikes) and Sam Bassetti (IRT Pro) came across and our group started to work. I was in a hard place at this point knowing I was outgunned by Mikes and having 3 sprinters who could out kick me. I decided my best option was to work and hope that Chris could come across at some point.

Lap 5 started and I took my final bottle of Herbalife. I downed all my food and a full bottle of mix to stave off any late race cramping or bonking. We hit the climb and it was time to shake things out. I had the legs and knew it. This is a glorious moment that we all think about while training; we often refer to it as “form” in the cycling world. It’s that feeling of invisibility, like you want to rip your own legs off, but they laugh off any attempt.

I started to surge to test our group and let off a big attack towards the top. Riekert hung on my wheel, giving no sign of weakness, while Bassetti and Daw were on the ropes about 20 meters back. Over the top, Riekert was not going to work and the two others were coming back. There were a series of attacks that eventually broke Sam off and then it was three. Colin and Chris traded a few attacks. I decided my best chance was to work and prevent any further surges. IRT Red was in the background so we all started to work. Coming into the final climb I surged pretty hard and heard the pleading word ”Chris!!”. Without needing to look back Colin showed his cards, I sprinted out of the saddle for a good 30 seconds and started coaching myself to give everything up the final 3 minute climb. I took a quick peak and saw daylight. By the top of the climb I was still out of the saddle sprinting and set off on the best leg smashing descent of my life. I kept the throttle pinned and never looked back. I took a peak at 200 meters and had clear roads behind. Crossing the finish line with an emphatic roar as all the effort and emotion culminated…that was so sweet!!

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You will not be able to stay home, racer

You will not be able to clip in, turn on and break out

You will not be able to lose yourself on skaggs

And skip out for beer during commercials

Because Copperopolis will not be televised

Copperopolis will not be televised

Copperopolis will not be won by VuMedi or Mikes Bikes

In 4 parts without attacking interruptions

Copperopolis will not show you pictures of Hutcheson

Blowing a bugle and leading a charge by Matt Chatlaong

Justin Rossi and Chris HD to eat protein bars

Confiscated from a Nor Cal officials

Copperopolis will not be televised

Copperopolis be brought to you by Herbalife 24

Kali protectives, Marc Pro, and Jakaroo

And Mavic or Spy Optics and Ritchie

Copperopolis will give your Giant bike sex appeal

Copperopolis will not give you Strava KOMs

Copperopolis will make you look five pounds thinner

Because Copperopolis will not be televised, Racer

There are pictures of you by Alex Chiu

Pushing that pace down the block on the dead race

Or trying to slide that color Giant into a stolen draft

NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32

Or report from NCNCA district

Copperopolis will not be televised

There will be pictures of Mike’s looking down

H24 winning on the instant replay

There will be Mike’s looking down

Rossi winning on the instant replay

Fast forward pictures of lap 5

Being run out of Milton Rossi with a new process

There will be no slow motion or still life of Reikert, or Daw s

Strolling through watts in a red, black and Bassetti

Rossi attacked with that energy he saving

For just the proper occasion

Reikert hung, Bassetti dropped before the final hill Junction

Which became so damned relevant

And the field not care that Bassetti could not hang

On search for a Rossi attack people

Will be in the street looking for a brighter day

Copperopolis will not be televised

There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock news

And no pictures of shaved legged men liberationists

And Nate English blowing his nose

The theme song will not be written by Mackenzie Champlin

Walton Brush, nor sung by Tyler Brandt, Christopher Phipps

Chris Stastny, Roman Kilun or Max Korus

Copperopolis will not be televised

Copperopolis will not be right back after a message

About a white tornado, white lightning, or white people

You will not have to worry about a trophy in your room

Chris HD, Nate E and Walton caught

Copperopolis will not go better with Coke

Copperopolis will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath

Copperopolis will put you in the winner’s seat

Copperopolis will not be televised, will not be televised

Will not be televised, will not be televised

Copperopolis will be no re-run brothers

Copperopolis will be live
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Photo: Alex Chiu


Criterium can be pretty fun. I really like the Santa Cruz criterium because, it's in my home town, the course is fun (and not flat), and the crowds are always pretty great. I remember when the race was the Sunday after the Sea Otter Classic. The race was done by laps then, and I want to say that it was on the order of 40-50 laps - which made for almost 2 hours of crit racing. These days the race is only 75 minutes, which has become more common for P/1/2 criterium, but the race is still challenging.

This years edition started like all races on our team do, with a pre-race meeting. We all gathered to decide how we thought the race would unfold and how to implement a strategy that played to our strengths. We decided that the beginning of the race would be hard but no significant break aways would go, then around 30-45 minutes in we should start looking to set up a couple guys in a promising move. If the race came to a sprint, we were working for Willie and Josh who have both been doing well in crits lately.

Our predictions about the beginning of the race proved to be correct, with lots of guys looking strong. We covered all the significant ones and generally kept the race fast.

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The race started out fast with lots of little break aways. Photo: Jeff Vander Stucken

Coming past half way though the race something we hadn't planned on happened, a solo rider from another team got a good gap. This time it was Chris Reikert (Mike's Bikes - Toyota) going up the road. The end of the race was approaching quickly, so we amassed at the front to bring him back.

Chasing near the end of the race

Chasing near the end of the race. Photo: Jeff Vander Stucken

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Photo: Jeff Vander Stucken

I would normally not say that a team chasing one guy wouldn't be a fair fight, but Reikert was riding like a man possessed and it took a lot of our strength to bring him back into range.

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Pulling Reikert back into view. Photo: Jeff Vander Stucken

This is probably where we made a mistake, we slowed down just enough before the catch that the front of the race with 4 laps to go lit up and we lost control. With most of our workers used up it was up to Chuck, Josh, and Willie to make some magic happen. Going into the final corner of the final lap, the pace slowed allowing for too many guys to mushroom to the front. The worst case happened and someone clipped a pedal in front of Willie forcing him out of position for the spring. Eamon Lucan (IRT racing) opened up the sprint and held it to the like with local Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant) taking second and Colin Daw (Mike's Bikes - Toyota) rounding out the podium.

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Photo: Jeff Vander Stucken

Thanks for reading.