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Jobst Brandt died last night at the age of 80. Jobst was a very influential character in the cycling world, and though he may not realize it, he affected me greatly.

Jobst knew how to travel light on multi day tours in Europe, in the Alps and Dolomites, not to mention our local Sierra Nevada. While consulting with Avocet, Jobst met Gary Erickson, who would later found Clif Bar and Company. Jobst taught Gary how to travel light. Gary taught me, using the same method — affix a large seat bag on your bike, bring only the essentials, and then ride all day long, staying in small hotels along the way. Of course we traveled dirt roads and hiking paths all over Europe.

I did have the pleasure of riding with Jobst a few times. He was opinionated, and always spoke his mind. One time, at the Interbike Show, I was walking with Gary and Jobst to go speak with the folks at the Selle Italia booth. Selle Italia made the saddles for Avocet, and Gary had designed the very first Avocet gel saddle a number of years prior, before starting Clif Bar.

By this time, Clif Bar had become quite successful, and Gary was a highly regarded business icon. Jobst leans over to Gary, cups his hand by his mouth, and says to Gary, "I don't see how you sell so many of those damn Clif Bars, they taste like shit." That was Jobst.

Another time, I was riding Mt. Hamilton and stopped at The Junction. Jobst rolls up. I wasn't sure he'd recognize me, so I went up to him, introduced myself again, saying, "Remember me? You, Gary and I rode together in the High Sierra, I work at Clif Bar." Well, I was kitted up in the latest bright red, fancy Clif Barcycling gear. Jobst surveys me with a disapproving look, running his eyes from my head to my toes. He quips, "Yes, I see you there in that Fire Engine Suit."

When I began riding in the 80's, I built my first bike from an old Reynolds 531 frame (I traded my $35 membership at Cal Sailing Club for the frame), and I built the wheels for that bike, my first pair. I rode the piss out of those wheels. All my friends were buying Mt. Bikes but I couldn't afford one. I just put some big tires on that frame and rode it on the dirt. I used Jobst's book on wheel building to build the wheels. The wheels never failed me. Since then, I've built almost every wheel I've ridden. Jobst got me off to a good start.

Jobst had a bicycle accident a few years back on his 76th birthday. It was his last ride, and he never fully recovered. He did, however, live a full life and contributed greatly to the cycling world. Not everyone got along with Jobst, but I am eternally grateful for what he taught me, directly and indirectly.

Thank you, Jobst. May you rest in peace.

A great article by Ray Hosler:


Firstly, lets talk about how awesome it is that Budweiser sponsored a bike race. I have to say, this event felt like the most 'Mercan bike race I've ever been to, and I dig it. Firstly it was a downtown criterium, something we do as 'Mercans that most countries don't have in bike racing, and secondly, there was beer and food EVERYWHERE. Budweiser, 'Merica, food, racing - this is pretty much the Daytona 500.

While the other half of our team was indulging in good European style cycling at the hilly and windy Wente Vineyards Road Race in Livermore, CA, the crit squad decided to journey down to the valley for some tight turns, high speed, and live action at the Budweiser Sequoia Cycling Classic in Visalia, CA. Nate Freed, Willie Myers, Jonathan Teeter, and myself couldn't overlook the fact that the impressive prize purse offered for the Pro 1/2 field was inducing undeniable crit fever. We had to find the cure.

From the gun, the race was fast. Incycle Predator Components Cycling Team riders Sergio Hernandez and Jolian Rodas hit the front together for 2 laps, stringing the field out as they traded pulls at mach one speed.Yes, they made it clear they wanted to come out and pedal hard. Attacks came and went, mostly as a result of the ludicrous amount of $100 and $200 primes that announcer Dave Towle was calling out lap after lap,  but none of them seemed to quite have the right combination of riders to stay away. About 30 minutes into race, and about 20 primes later, I saw my opportunity to get up the road. Jolian Rodas was attacking for the one-hundredth time, and nobody really seemed to follow him, so I did.

Photo Credit: Ron Holman , Visalia Times - Delta

Photo Credit: Ron Holman , Visalia Times - Delta

We rode well together for quite a few laps, establishing a gap over the main field. Teammates Willie, Nate, and Jon helped me keep the gap - covering attacks and chase attempts that threatened our lead. The two of us rode with our gap over the field for about 10 to 12 minutes, and then we were joined by 2 more riders. Sergio Hernandez of Predator Incycle, and Mario Humberto of Vumedi Cycling Team made it across the gap and began working with us right away.

Photo Credit: Brooks Bikes

Photo Credit: Brooks Bikes

Our group knew that we would have to work hard to stay away, even with our teams in the main field working for us, there were still many strong riders who wanted to win. We hit the 60 minute mark of the race with a 20 second lead, and with 15 minutes left on the clock, worked well together to hold that lead. As things came down to the wire on the final lap, we were still clear with our gap, and I had an opportunity to throw down for the win.

Photo Credit: Brooks Bikes

Photo Credit: Brooks Bikes

Exiting the last turn onto the final straight, I smashed on the pedals as hard as I ever could, and managed to hold off the other riders in the break for sweet victory!!

Photo Credit: Ron Holman, Visalia Times - Delta

Photo Credit: Ron Holman, Visalia Times - Delta

Not far behind us, teammate Willie Myers took second in the field sprint behind California State Track Champion Garrett Hankins (Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator) .

Photo Credit: Ron Holman , Visalia Times - Delta

Photo Credit: Ron Holman , Visalia Times - Delta

Full Race Results can be seen here: http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2015-882

Don't forget to check out my race on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/293381731

And for more information about the Budweiser Sequoia Cycling Classic, check out their website at: http://sequoiaclassic.com/

or read about the Classic in the Visalia Times - Delta: http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/local/2015/04/26/sequoia-cycling-classic-returns-strong-community-support/26433901/ Thanks for reading!

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


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!!!


Always smiling


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


Reno's Tour de Nez podium


Erica and her brother David


Erica, David and Nick


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!!