May 6, 2009
Catching Up with MonaVie-Cannondale
The MonaVie-Cannondale team recently secured four wins in four different states. In addition to Alex Grant's victory at the Intermountain Cup in Logan, Utah, MonaVie-Cannondale riders Jeremiah Bishop, Bryan Alders, and Sue Butler turned in terrific performances. Congratulations, MonaVie-Cannondale!
Dirt, Sweat, and Gears—Fayetteville, Tennessee
The fourth of eight stops on the U.S. Mountain Bike National Calendar, the Dirt, Sweat, and Gears race is a test of "ultra endurance." MonaVie-Cannondale racer Jeremiah Bishop passed that test with flying colors, overcoming more than 110 miles and massive competition in the men's elite field. Fayetteville received seven inches of rain in the week prior to the race, and downpours began at the starting gun. Jeremiah said the course was the worst conditions he's ever raced in.
"No strategy could prepare a man for what we underwent," he said. "It was hard to ride, even downhill. It was a test of survival."
Front Range 50-Miler—Boulder, Colorado
Going into his first 50-mile mountain bike race, Bryan Alders didn't know what to expect. As it turned out, Alders had nothing to fear. He finished the race, which consisted of five laps of 10-mile loop, in three hours and three minutes for a rare mountain bike racing average of 16 mph. Alders competed at the top with two other opponents for much of the race. Halfway through the final lap he made a successful run at first place.
"I decided to give it a little gas and see what the other two riders had left," Bryan said. "I could see them start to struggle, so I kept the gas on, which was all I needed to take the win."
Cascade Chainbreaker—Bend, Oregon
Sue Butler cruised to a victory at the Cascade Chainbreaker, crossing the finish line nearly eight minutes before her closest competitor. After charging out early, Butler steadily built upon her lead over a course that featured short, power climbs, one long ascent, and a traipse along a winding dry creek bed.
"It's just a fun course," Butler said. "It's one of my favorite courses. Chainbreaker was my very first race ever in 2003 as a beginner."
For updates on the MonaVie-Cannondale team, visit www.monavie-cannondale.com.