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Coach Jon's 34 year history with cycling and competition has given him the passionate understanding that certain events provide a fertile environment for increased participation in cycling and competition. As a young athlete who grew up on a farm & ranch on the western plains of Nebraska in the 70's & 80's, Jon's access to information, social groups, rides and yes, even roads, were very limited. Grass roots competition and Nebraska's only state long bike tour was his first taste and experience of riding with other cyclists. And it wasn't until attending college at the University of Wyoming that Jon's consistent exposure to competitive cycling began which eventually resulted in him winning many state championships (Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming), his representing the USA at several elite international level competitions, finishing on the podium at national championships 7 times as well as winning his own national road racing championship. Coach Jon now serves USA Cycling with many other coaches to help find USA's next international cycling champion at the Olympic and professional world stage. With over 3 decades of cycling experience, Coach Jon's belief is cemented in knowing that low pressured, encouraging and welcoming events such as community bike rides, cycling clubs and grass roots style events provide significant steps toward growing a deep and full talent pool of future elite level competitive cyclists. This is the reason Coach Jon picks certain events he believes may help to fill that talent pool.
Located in the very first town that Coach Jon had the opportunity to race in, Gering Nebraska's local Western Nebraska Bicycling Club in conjunction with Sonny's Bike Shop (where Coach Jon's first bike was purchased), Panhandle Mental Health Center and Peak to Peak Training Systems is hosting the inaugural Robidoux Quick and Dirty bike race.
The Robidoux Quick and Dirty will be held on May 22, 2016. This is a 75 mile gravel race held in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, and is run through the heart of the Wildcat Hills. You can race it and gather a cash prize, or you can take your time and make it an adventure ride. Either way, the route takes you through piney woods and high plains grasslands nestled in a bluff system left behind by a retreating sea 70 million years ago. Look for fossils and cows; this is open range country. You won’t be the first to test your mettle through these parts. You’ll be riding on the Oregon Trail for much of the route, retracing the very steps of the Western immigrants. The race is named after Antione Robidoux, who built a trading post during the 1840s, selling tack and grog to immigrants as they crossed over Robidoux Pass on the way to their demise or Oregon, which ever came first. In later years, immigrants struggled over the more direct Mitchell Pass. You’ll be riding over both.
The route is run primarily on excellent, fast gravel roads. Route finding will be straightforward to allow riders to focus on putting power to the pedals. It’s a hilly course though, with over 4,000 feet of climbing in 75 miles. The course is 88% gravel and 12% asphalt, with the final 5 miles climbing up over Mitchell Pass and through the Scotts Bluff National Monument.
Cash prizes will be awarded for top 3 women finishers and top 3 men finishers.
First place $300
Second place $200
Third place $100
Nearly 25 years ago, this race series began on a car race track off I-25 north of Denver in Erie, Colorado. It offered competitive cyclists the ability to work on handling skills, race tactics and fitness in the middle of the week to beginners and experienced riders in two race categories (cat 4/5's and cat 1/2/3's). Many cat 3's of the era improved their skills and speed quickly to become some of America's fastest racers. Eventually, that track was sold and the race series moved to the Colorado State Patrol's training track on top of South Table Mesa in Golden, CO. The location of this track gives the competitor excellent view of Denver to the east along with sights of deer, sounds of coyote and the occasional rattle snake crossing. This triangular 1.3 mile track has three 90* turns, a chicane (left, right, right, left, or opposite if you are going the other direction), no car traffic, smooth and generally clean pavement.
The basis for the series has not changed: training race series. Prizes are kept to a minimum and cyclists are encouraged to develop their skills, strategy and strengths. Ask our consistent racers and they all say the same thing: "This race is incredibly fun!"Mens 4/5 & 1/2/3's - Wednesdays: June 1,8,15,22; July 6,13,20,27; Aug 10,17,24,31 (12 planned - we will NOT be making up rain cancellations this year)
Womens 3/4 & Juniors - Thursdays: June 9, 23; July 7, 28; Aug 4