EC Devo u-25 team seeks one more rider
EC Devo is a Pennsylvania based Elite U25 team with a focus on developing athletes in an environment which educates them in how to race, and how to use their strengths as individuals, as well as collectively, as a team, to achieve success. More importantly, the team is committed to teaching athletes the value of hard work, team-work, and professionalism both on and off the bike, and in all aspects of life, to help shape not just successful athletes but successful people.
The EC Devo Team schedule will consist of a mix of NRC events (criteriums, road races, and stage races), as well as a mix of local and regional northeast events.
The ideal athlete should be: between the age of 18-22; category 1; live on the east coast or at be willing to be based there from May-Sept; and proficient with social media.
Interested athletes please contact the teams DS, Bill Elliston,
at ellistoncoaching at gmail.com.
Mid Season Here already? CX news!
Cassie M. with her 4th win in 4 races!
Angie F. on her way to another podium!
Eric S. rocking the second step of the podium.
Chuck A. muddin' it up at Nittany.
Dani S. en route to another ChiCrossCup Win
Rebecca B. making the barriers look easy.
Charles K. lay the smack down on the way to a win!
Barron G. has the cornering mojo down.
Joan H. clearly enjoying her ride at Trek.
The Racing is good all over
And we're off! 2o15 Road season has begun
Looking Back at PSIMET Team Camp
All photos by Wil Mathews photography.
USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camp - Mid-Atlantic Region, August 3rd-8th
USA Cycling is once again hosting a Talent ID Camp in the cycling rich region of the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. The camp is one of 13 camps nationally, and will be based in the cycling friendly area of Northampton Community College, in Bethlehem Township, PA. The area offers up friendly and quiet roads, and a rich cycling heritage that one can’t help but draw from.
Coming this February - elliston coaching winter training camp, west lake village, ca!!! join us
Are you looking for an escape from the winter time blues? Want to get in some beautiful base miles in the gorgeous California sunshine while fully supported by professional SAG support and soigneur services? Look no further, join us in West Lake Village, CA from Feb 14th through the 21st and we soak up the sun and get a leg up on the competition. Download flyer here.
All the Latest in client news
So many race reports so little time
The last two weeks in bike racing land
Pre-Easter Race Recap
The Battenkill Edition
Spring is here at last!
USA Cycling Lehigh Valley Talent ID Camp
Have a junior rider in your life looking to take the next step in their cycling development? Join me at the USA Cycling LeHigh Valley Talent ID Camp in Bethlehem, PA this summer. Read all about it here.
Full on Road season!
Spring racing rolling along!
Asheville, NC Training Camp May 11-17
Looking for a early season training camp? Look no further than Asheville, NC. This Begemann Racing Systems Camp will hit all the great regional highlights in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains including Mount Mitchell, the Biltmore Estate and much more. Camp runs May 11th through May 17th. Read all the details here.
And so begins another season.
A lil update to break up the winter monotony..
Elliston Coaching welcomes new athletes
Thank you! Congratulations on making it a great season!
IT'S OVER JOHNNY!
The End is near
The weather was cold but the racing was Hot!
Cold was the word of the weekend as old man winter rumbled through the northeast with frigid temps for racing. Several hearty souls braved the temps for some great racing.
The biggest news of the weekend came from Zack H. In racing hibernation since Town Hall CX in late Sept, Zack cast aside some schoolwork to come race on of his favorite venues at Sussex. His low key training schedule proved to be the magic, as he, nearly literally, owned the race from start to finish. One minor bobble 3/4 of the way through couldn't even stop him as he soloed to the win by a comfortable margin. While Zack's won a few junior races in years past, this one marked his first of the season, and first as a senior level rider. And you can see by the sleepy pic of the drive home, he left it all out there..
Cx Success Continues!
I wonder if other folks get tired of talking about winning, and podiums; I sure don't. Good thing, because clients keep giving me plenty to talk about. This time, the latest round of UCI racing at HPCX helped serve up the good results.
All good Things
Greed Is good!
CX Updates: The Groundhog day edition
Cx Season in Full swing -The wins & weddings edition!
off And Running - early cx season news
Alex R on podium at Town Hall Cx.
Interbike, cross Vegas and More!
LVG on the loose at Charm City. Clearly the days of travel had no negative effect of her near perfect form..
You can tell it's getting down to that busy part of the season as I start to get a bit slow with the race reports. It had nothing to do with being in Vegas for a few days... really, nothing...
It's Official - Cross is once again Boss!
Hard Work Nets Results over Labor day weekend!
end of summer road successes!
Ladies Week! And welcome To the EC Family!
Fall Kit Orders and All the race news that is fit to print!
Better late than never they say... at least that's what I'll tell myself, as this report comes on the cusp of another weekend. Before we get to the racing news - just a reminder to all clients that our Fall Clothing order has opened. CLICK HERE to get to ordering page. Orders close on August 22nd so we can get our clothing in time for cx season. You'll see that we've added a lot of great cold weather riding options, so order yours today!
Late Summer Racing is here.
Camp, Abitibi Round-up
Wow, what a busy few weeks it's been, with plenty to catch up on..
First up, was heading to Canandaigua, NY, to head coach the USAC Talent ID camp at Finger Lakes Comm College. We had an awesome crew of kids, 13 boys and 3 girls, who we put through the various paces for the week: group rides, short and long power tests, skills sessions, and nightly seminars. An enthusiastic group with some great talent in there; hopefully we'll see some of those names in the headlines in the future. And all was made easier by a great staff who brought a deep pool of knowledge to share with the kids.
From there, it was straight to Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and the 45th Tour de l'Abitibi, North America's only UCI junior stage race. For the fourth year, I directed the Mid Atlantic Development Foundation Team and this was, by far, our most successful trip to Canada . The team was a mostly composite group; client RJ Reisen, local standout Dakota Schaeffer, Reese Levine from CA; 2 NC kids in Dave Duquette and Grayson Brookshire; and VT rider Pete Vollers Jr.
Of note, I grew up racing with Pete's dad, Pete, back in the 80's and early 90's. Which doesn't make me feel old. At all..
Also along for mechanic duties was Nick I. Good timing as he was just coming off a week break, so easing back into things lightly.
The week was highlighted with some exceptional results, great riding, and selfless teamwork by all. Dakota pulled down a HUGE stage win on stage 6, along with a second on stage 4; Pete nailed 3rd in the Sprint Challenge Tournament; Dave racked multiple 4th and 5th placings (including 4th to Dakotas win); Reese and Grayson provided the horsepower and leadership on the road; and RJ kept the boys hydrated most days, serving as bottle boy, along with helping keep guys in position.
It was a hugely rewarding week for me and an honor to help direct the boys and see them achieve these results in a race of this magnitude. And much of it was made possible with the support of many of my affiliates: Verge for the super deal, and quick turnaround, on the team kits; LionOfFlanders.com for some stylish socks to match the kits; Osmo for keeping the crew stocked with generous supplies of Pre Load, Active Hydration, and Acute Recovery drink mixes; PainCave for the case of bottles to put all that in; and Van Dessel for use of the trailer. A BIG thanks goes out to all of them!
Mixed in between all that, the rest of the clients were out nailing down their own great results as well. Huge props to 2 clients who had great rides at the US MTB National Championships: Gary Snyder stepped onto the podium with an awesome 3rd place finish, highlighting the stellar year he;'s had to date. And Matt Morison finished 9th in his Super D event, just 30 some seconds out of the medals. An extremely solid ride for him on home turf.
Zack H is keeping his run of top 10's alive with 8th at the Pheonixville round of the Chesco Crit Series; and 7tgh at the Saucon Valley circuit race.
Also at Chesco, Gui N snagged a 7th at the final round in Kennett Square.
And out in Chicago, the ladies hit the Prairie State Games Series: LVG notched a win at Elmhurst, along with a 4th at Lake Bluff; and Joan H stayed safe to finish 13th overall in the series.
Dakota Schaeffer with the Stage 6 WIN
Dakota on the 2nd step for Stage 4
Pete Vollers started the week off right for the team with 3rd in the Sprint Challenge.
Great staff at Camp! 2013 Camp Staff L-R: Julie McKenzie; me; Todd Scheske, former World Keirin Champion, and Fastest Man on Wheels Gordon Singleton; two time World Championship TTT medalist Leslee Schenk Trzcinski; Bob Beise.
Joan H. gets the front row call up for Lake Bluff.
Van Gilder storms dairyland & other EC race news
The EC Summer of Fun rolls on
Strong Weekend For the Ladies.
Hot summer racing is here.
A hot weekend of Racing & remembering Dave Jordan
The news! Last weekend/ this weekend it's all here!
Joan H. mixing it up at the Memorial Day Masters weekend.
Zack H. ignites the winning break.
Spring racing finishes strong!
Things have been a bit quiet for the past two weeks with limited racing on the schedule, but EC clients are still posting some great results. At the By The Whey Crit, Zack H scored the first of his upgrade points towards Cat 2, with a 6th place finish.
More Spring Success!
Another Week of Firsts!
This weekend was another great weekend for clients, with some more wins, and a few personal-bests. In the W column, RJ (pictured) snagged his first of the season, winning the juniors High Point Hill Climb. In the process, he chopped nearly 6 minutes of his time from last year! Mike G also scored a win in the 35+ Hillside Crit, soloing in after dropping the remnants of the break 1/2 way through. Rounding out Saturdays results, Mr Van Dessel himself, Edwin Bull, made the lead break the the New England classic Quabbin RR and came home 8th.
On the road scene Sunday, several clients hit the BLP GP in South Jersey: Both Mike G and Nick I made the winning 6 man break just 2 laps in to the 1/2 race, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the Cat 3, Zack H finished 15th, after the break he drove was caught with just four to go.
Great Going Gary!!
Two Weeks Into the real season....
Two weeks into the real season, and plenty of stuff to report!
It wasn't Flanders but we were Racing bikes...
This week's racing roundup
Week two of the road season in the books, and we're on the board with a win! Mike G again doubled down at Branch Brook Park in the 35+ and 1/2/3. Fighting gusty winds, he soloed the majority of the 35+ to take top honors. He then jumped in with the big boys, making the lead break and coming in 4th. A great showing for getting off to a later start this season.
And...Road season is ON!
Welcome New Clients! Is coaching right for you?
Kits, Kits, Kits!
One of the projects that I've worked on for the past few months has finally come to fruition. With a TON of work from Gabe Lloyd---seriously, a ton---, I finally have EC cycling kits available. I chose to have them done by the crew at Verge Sport, in New York, as they put out great products, and Mike Magur and his staff have been super to work with along the way.
Many have ordered already, and orders are available on a rolling basis. A sampling of what I can get is available on this website, just click the 'riding clothes' tab to check out what it looks like. They can do pretty much any item in their repertoire so if you don't see what you want listed, just contact me and we can make it happen!
Cx is done! Long live road season
Elliston Coaching Kits and Ordering!
Finally! Elliston Coaching kits are designed and we are ready to take orders. The kits are being produced by Verge, from their Elite race collection. I have worked with Mike there in the past and they make great stuff.
The Season is getting short.
For all but six Elliston Coaching clients the 'cross season came to an end this past weekend.
It was a weekend of racing punctuated by yet another dominant display from Laura Van Gilder who took wins on both days of Long Island SuperCup UCI races. Laura's season will continue into the new year when she heads to Madison, WI for Nationals.
Edwin Bull and Jeff Bahnson joined Laura in Long Island in the UCI events where Edwin rode to a strong 7th place finish before heading to Emmaus, PA on Sunday for the Limestone at the Kiln race where he finished third in the elite race. Both Jeff and Edwin will be joining Laura in Madison.
Gary Snyder and Jeff Lau also raced Limestone with Gary hanging up the bike for the rest of the season while Jeff will take a brief break from racing before heading to Masters Worlds in Louisville, KY.
I raced the final stop of the USGP in Bend, OR where two flat tires dashed my hopes for a strong result after getting off to a good start. I then decided to test the waters of the Elite race -- where I suffered like a masters racer among the elites on the technical and fast course. Next up Madison and the Worlds before turning focus back to the road and track.
Wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.
Welcome Osmo Nutrition!
And for details on the exact science behind Dr Sims approach, you can watch and listen to video links for each specific mix at osmonutrition.com/science
EC Clinets Topping The POdium!
Podium, Podium, Wedding!
Racing before the storms hit!
As promised, I'm trying to get back on the update bandwagon on a regular basis, so here goes..
What do you mean it's October already?!
Race Updates! More Success!
WELCOME To the EC Family!
End of the Road season, Get well wishes and Time in the paincave.
VanGilder Does it again!
Congratulations to long time friend and client, Laura Van Gilder, for winning her 4th Chris Thater Memorial Criterium. The win came 20 years after her first one there in 1992. Laura's won the race a total of four times - 1992, 2002, 2006 and now in 2012. It's testimony to a great professional career that is still going strong!
Last Time This Year......
EC Clients Racing STRONG.
Elliston Coaching clients were on their bikes racing hard this weekend - and getting great results both nationally and locally. Read on!
Competed in, and completed, her first Leadville100 mtb race in 9:41, good for 23rd in women's field. Awesome job for her first attempt, and first race at altitude! Caps off a light summer season of racing as she turns her focus to cross now with Verge New England CX Series and the Shimano New England Pro Cyclocross Series as her main focus.
Did the Millersburg Stage Race in PA, and had solid rides in all 3 stages: 20th in the TT, 11th in the crit, and 20th in the RR, to lock up 10th overall, and a few more points towards his cat 1 upgrade. Hopefully the last few road events of the season provide Nick with the rest of his upgrade points before he turns his focus to cross, and the NJ Cross Cup Series.
Hit up his final mtb race for the season at Bear Creek. Continued his consistent run of results for the year with a 4th place ride. The race also served as the PA State Championships, and Gary was awarded the silver medal for his effort. The real icing on the cake however, and showcasing his solid consistent finishes all year, was his gold medal podium spot for the Mid Atlantic Regional Championship series, in the 40-49 Cat 3 category. Well done, Gary! Like Rebecca, Gary will take a well due break and then start to ramp up for the upcoming cross season in PA.
Keep up the good work all!
Link to original article: http://www.thevelodrome.com/featured/tandemonium-runs-wild-this-friday-in-t-town/
Some Images from Devo Camp
We made IT!!
The 2012 Tour de L'Abitibi is in the books. It was a tough week and I am proud to say that we finished all 6 riders. All of the guys faced down challenges and adverstity - punctures, crashes, bad weather, and tough competition and they all came through it intact -- making us, the MADF team directors, proud.
Pictured: Back Row: (L to R) Bill Elliston, Zach Bender, Brady Barker, Zack Hutchins, and Ray Ignosh. Front Row: Ethan Fedor, Issac Kaplan and Dean Hass.
Congrats boys, nicely done. Look forward to see what comes next! -- Bill
A Double Tough Day on Tap
July 18, 2012. Rouyn-Noranda, QUEBEC.
We made it through Tuesday's stage intact with most of the MADF riders finishing in the group. Zack Hutchins was unlucky and double punctured -- forcing him to attempt to chase back on. Ultimately he was dropped by the caravan but finished on his own safely within the time cut and lives to race another day. Ethan Fedor also flatted, but much closer to the finish, and came in just a few mintes down on the main field. Both worked hard to keep themselves in the race.
Today is a tough, tough day. A double stage that begins with a 9.6km tt. It's technical, twisty and takes place mostly on a bike path. Handling skills will count. Tonight we have a 50k circuit race -- dead flat and fast. Last year it was finished in 1:05. FAST.
Finally, we celebrate Zack Hutchins 18th birthday. Hope he gets birthday present of a puncture free day on the bike!
"Killer Job By All"
July 17, 2012. Rouyn-Noranda, QUEBEC.
The first real road stage - which also happened to be the longest at 117km - is in the books and it's time to get up and do it all over again.
The whole team rode well and all finished more or less in the field. We were not without mishaps. A crash at 10k into the race Brady Barker punctured and had to chase to get back into the race. Ethan Fedor had a crash. Zack Hutchins broke a spoke at an unfortunate time and finished just off the group. All in all, a killer job by all.
Today we race 106km from La Sarre to Rouyn-Noranda with 84.4 of those on the road before the finishing circuits. Wish us luck. -- Bill
Oh CANADA! Youth Development riders take on The Tour of L'Abitibi.
- Having another standout season, Laura is currently crushing it at the Tour of America's Dairyland where she has made a visit to the podium a daily habit.
- Soloed in for third place in the Luzerne Criterium (Jun 10th)
- Recently began racing on the track and has already scored his first win and several other top five finishes
- At the Race Avenue Crit (June 17) was in the break all day and finished 7th overall.
- Has been racing on the track a lot and has scored several wins in the past few weeks, showing consistently good form with top 4 placings.
- Has earned half the upgrade points needed for Cat 3 upgrade
- Has also been racing strong on the road - earning his most recent Cat 3 points with a 7th place finish in the New Bethlehem Crit, 2nd at the Augusta Crit and 5th at the Giro di Cielo Crit.
- Preparing to compete at Junior Track Nationals and the Tour de L'Abitibi in Quebec
- Winner (P 1/2) , Norristown Criterium
- 2nd Tour de Pittman Circuit Race
- Winner Norristown Criterium (A Nelessen domination of the podiums that day, Zeb won the Cat 3)
- Earning final points needed for Cat 2 upgrade
- Fresh off being instrumental in helping teammate WIN Elite Criterium Nationals
- 11th Place, Collegiate Crit Nationals (D1) in May
- Earning points towards his Cat 1 upgrade!
- Achieved season goals of completing both the NYC Gran Fondo and Colorado's Ride the Rockies - congratulations!
- Earned his Cat 3 upgrade in May
- Had a strong weekend of racing at the Memorial Day Masters Omnuim with 4th, 2nd and 3rd place finishes to secure second overall on the weekend.
- 6th place finish in the Elite Women's race at the Illinois State Road Race / O'Fallon GP
- Despite being a Junior, Forrest has been logging consistent top ten finishes regionally in the Pro and Elite fields
- Traveled to California to compete at the Sea Otter Classic in April
- Competing at the Windham World Cup MTB Race this weekend (June 30/July1)
- Has been consistently finishing top 5 throughout the spring in local and regional events
- Targeting the 2013 National qualifiers to be eligible to race National Championships
Van Dessel Cycling Team / Elliston Coaching Partner with Enzo’s Cycling Products
Easton, PA (May 7, 2012) The Van Dessel Factory Team and Elliston Coaching announced a new partnership with Enzo’s Cycling Products for the 2012 Road and Cyclocross Season.
“The Van Dessel Elite team is a comprised of a small number of riders who are as passionate about their racing as they are about enjoying themselves. They put great stock into smart, aggressive racing across all the disciplines they compete in: road, track and cyclocross.” Said Enzo’s Cycling Products founder Wayne Simon. “Enzo’s sees them as a perfect partner for us. They represent the same qualities as our brand - we are small, quality, serious about making a great product but at the same time we want to enjoy ourselves and maintain of sense of humor and balance even when competing at a very high level.”
Bill Elliston, member of the VD Elite Team and owner of Elliston Coaching, expressed his excitement about the new partnership by saying, “When I was introduced to Wayne and I got to know more about the Enzo’s philosophy of ‘for cyclists, by cyclists’ and learned about his product line I knew this was the right fit for both the team and my clients. A product like Enzo’s chamois cream, that makes my clients time on the bike more comfortable is fantastic. Personally, I’m already looking ahead to cyclocross season and trying out the Red Embro Stick. With the Cyclocross Masters World Championships a huge priority for our team and my clients -we’re going to need it!”
The Van Dessel Cycling Team will be bringing samples of Enzo’s products to races throughout the season and encourage fellow racers who want to try Enzo’s for themselves to come say hello and ask for a sample.
Excerpted from the Valley Preferred Cycling Center Season Recap:
8/5/11 - TANDEMONIUM! Presented by RLB Accountants
The VPCC was proud to host its 2nd National Championship this summer, as TANDEMONIUM! also doubled as USA Cycling's National Tandem Sprint Championship. Two tandem events, the sprint championship and a 15 lap scratch race were the featured events of the evening. Giddeon Massie and Andy Lakatosh rode away to a convincing victory in the Nation al Championship, to make it their second in a row. The 15 lap scratch was a thrilling contest. With a handful of laps left, the Kiwi/Aussie duo of Tom Ashley and Doug Repacholi tore away from the field and opened up a significant gap. Bill Elliston and Ray Ignosh bridged from the field, caught the leaders and passed them on the final lap with an incredible burst of speed and power to take home the TANDEMONIUM win! The night's electric atmosphere was fueled with some fan entertainment by SWOOP, the Philadelphia Eagle's mascot, and the Lehigh Valley Roller Girls.