Frozen Gnome Fat Tire Challenge

posted Dec 29, 2017, 8:19 PM by Russ Patten   [ updated Dec 29, 2017, 8:21 PM ]

It's time for the Frozen Gnome Fat Tire Challenge

Join us on Saturday, January 13 to have some fun on your fat bike. 3/4 mile course that starts and ends near the doors to one our local and popular new breweries - Barley John's Brewing Company.   Come test your skills on the snow and stay for a free beer after. 

Bob Barabe Memorial TT 2017

posted May 25, 2017, 2:04 PM by Big Ring Flyers   [ updated May 25, 2017, 2:05 PM ]

As many of you already know, we only had 25 riders for the Bob Barabe Memorial Time Trial this past weekend. Of those 25, 8 were club members. In 2016, we had 73 riders and 21 of those were club members. Obviously, the weather was the biggest factor, but we were also scheduled on the same day as the Almanzo 100. 2016 was one of the best weather years ever and this year was one of the worst. Even still, we need to get more riders there, both club and non-club. 

You can see the results here Results

We are planning on hosting an other TT this fall, stay tuned for deals. 

2017 Bob Barabe Memorial Time Trial

posted Apr 21, 2017, 4:54 AM by Chris Wiswell   [ updated May 12, 2017, 3:16 PM ]

Its that time of year again for The Bob Barabe Memorial Time Trial.  

When: Saturday May 20th, 2017  

Onsite Registration: 8:30-9:30  

First Rider: 10:00am  

Where: 5 Miles northeast of Hudson, WI at the intersection of County Road I and Valley View Rd  

Registration From can be found here: Bob Barabe TT Registration Form  

Want to go faster on the TT, why not get at new helmet from Rudy Project, we have a code that will give you 25% off. The code is Barabe  

Need some new shades for that new helmet? We have a 40% off discount for XX2i Optics. The code is Barabe

Frozen Gnome Canceled :-(

posted Feb 28, 2017, 3:50 PM by Chris Wiswell   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 3:51 PM ]

Frozen Gnome Fat Bike Criterium

posted Dec 15, 2016, 6:51 AM by Chris Wiswell   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 3:16 PM ]

Frozen Gnome Fat Bike Criterium

This is a first of its kind crit style race with fat tires on snow. 1/2 mile course that starts and ends near the doors to one our local and popular new breweries - Barley Johns.   Come test your skills on snow and stay for a free beer after.

Over the shoulder 10/10/2016

posted Oct 12, 2016, 9:56 AM by Chris Wiswell   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

As the weather cools off, the BRF Race efforts are heating up. 

On Saturday, Andy, Brian H, new guy Brian Sprague and I represented the BRF at Donkey Cross near St. Croix Falls. New guy Brian spent the day racing, drinking Barley John's, (handing me Barley John's during the race) taking videos and heckling us all. Brian lined up about 51th in the 3/4 race and shredded the field, finishing in 10th place in the 3/4 race and 21st overall. Way to go Brian! (I'll get his intro out soon, he's been riding with us on Tuesday nights and is going to be a great addition to our racing efforts)

On Sunday, Thomas, Troy and Chris Stindt took a shot at the Filthy 50 gravel race. Thomas was the class of the field, finishing 15th overall (out of 800) and 1ST PLACE FAT BIKE. Thomas rode 50 miles, on a fat bike, at ~19mph. Way to go Thomas!

There are a lot more great pictures from the weekend on the BRF Club Facebook page as well as the BRF Off-Road page, if you're not a member, you should be. Yes, that's Thomas leading a 2x2 paceline, on the gravel, on a fat bike. 

In addition to our members running the TC 10 mile and TC marathon, BRF Club members Brad Hallett, Tina Olson, Lori Belz, Dave O and Cheryl Barker were out racing for their respective teams this weekend and also had some solid results.

Congrats to everyone that got out and competed this weekend.

Chris Stindt made a last minute decision to race the Filthy 50 and his Race Report is below. Thanks for the story Chris and for getting out and representing! (Did I mention we had free beer from Barley John's this weekend at both races?)

Over the shoulder 7/12/2016

posted Jul 21, 2016, 6:35 AM by Chris Wiswell   [ updated Jul 21, 2016, 6:51 AM ]

Thanks to these guys, we're back on the road racing map. Thomas just won a podium spot in the Midwest Flyover Series. See below!!!

Here's Thomas's race report from this weekend:

This past weekend was the series finale for the Midwest Flyover Series in Clear Lake, IA.  Thomas Olek aka "The Train" was the lone BRF racer this weekend.  Thomas was going into the race looking for upgrade points as he's currently just shy of his Cat 3 upgrade.  

The TT was held during a warm and humid morning on a course slightly up out and slightly down back.  The Train held watts and a lot of them and ended up taking first in the TT.  Unfortunately there are no upgrade points awarded in the TT!  It should be noted that the winner of our BRF TT this year, Jameson Ribbens, was only 3 seconds back of former National Professional TT champion Tom Zirbel in the P-1-2 TT.  So yep we get the best of the best at our own TT!  

Later in the day Thomas entered the very technical Crit with many turns and a couple nice kicker hills as part of the course.  Thomas weathered three crashes and ended up slotting into 5th place at the finish.  Unfortunately the Sunday RR was cancelled and Thomas ended up just 2 points short of his Cat 3 upgrade.  He did end up first in General Classification for Cat 4 on the weekend.  

Thomas also ended the Midwest Flyover Series in third place for the series in Cat 4.

Congrats on a great weekend Thomas :)  

Next  year, these guys will be racing Cat 3 and there is some serious cash on the line for the Flyover Series. We should be seeing some more podium pics with Leader's Jerseys next season! We all better start training for LaCrosse so we can get their season started with lots of support. 

Thanks Thomas for kicking as% and thanks Chris S for the reports and organizing this effort. 

Bob Barabe Memorial Time Trial

posted May 23, 2016, 1:22 PM by Russ Patten

Thank you to everyone that made the 2016 Bob Barabe Memorial Time Trial a huge success. We had 74 riders join us for a great race on a beautiful Saturday morning. We'll have to check the official archives, but it looks like a new course record was set yesterday as well. Results are posted on the TT Results page and the rest of the pictures will be uploaded to the Photo Gallery shortly.

Thanks again to everyone that helped support the event. 

Tuesday Night World's

posted May 18, 2016, 7:57 AM by Russ Patten

Congratulations to Chris Stevens and Thomas Olek for finishing first and second overall in Cat 4/5 at the Tuesday Night World's Crit Series at the MN State Fairgrounds. We had a great team turn-out for the finale and look forward to the next one. 

La Crosse Omnium Results

posted May 11, 2016, 12:54 PM by Russ Patten

Big Ring Flyers Chris Stevens and Thomas Olek Finish 1-2 overall General Classification, Cat 5 in the largest 3 day cycling event in the country this past weekend in La Crosse, WI.

The team finished strong overall and had multiple riders competing in each of the 3 stage races. Here's a full rundown of team finishes and full results can be found here: 

La Crosse Omnium - Cat 5

Hill TT up Grandad's Bluff 
Chris Stevens - 1st
Thomas Olek - 5th
Joel Beskar - 8th
Chris Stindt - 11th
Corey Burton - 15th

Road Race
Chris Stevens - 2nd
Thomas Olek - 4th
Joel Beskar - 10th
Brian Burns - 19th
Corey Burton - 20th
Chris Stindt - 25th (crashed, but finished)

Crit Race
Chris Stevens - 1st
Thomas Olek - 2nd
Joel Beskar - 9th
Chris Stindt - 20th

GC Points for the Omnium (Combined points for all 3 stages)
1st - Chris Stevens
2nd - Thomas Olek
7th - Joel Beskar 
17th - Chris Stindt 

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