Castell Grind 2019!

A huge storm system rolling through in the morning meant a 2 1/2 hour delayed start, and the 50 km route for all riders, but boy – with that headwind, it sure felt like the 100!

[Photo credit to Pam LeBlanc and Mike Drost]

John R
Carrie, the youngest racer on the team
Barbara and the chase car
Ben sporting the new team kit
Dawn S enjoying herself
Reverse arrow formation!
John S looking pretty cheerful
That sand — the notorious Keyserville Road sandy eight-miler
Lucie and Don – Lucie went on to take the Women’s Hammer!
Tom F busting it on a sandy uphill stretch
Hoss crosses the line
Padre crosses the line on his singlespeed
Mike, Race Director

GranGravel 500!

Good luck to our Team IPA racers on the GranGravel 500 this year. Keep it up, Hoss and the Sheilas!

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Gears and Guns!

A few of the team were able to attend the 2018 Gears and Guns biathlon, held at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, TX. No podium finishes, but several top ten in both the male and female categories.

 

Kansas Gravel!

Two of the team took a road trip to Emporia, Kansas, to participate in the inaugural La Grind two day stage race. It was hilly, windy, dusty and hot – everything you’d want a gravel event to be!

There’s a lot of empty out there!

The best-stocked hydration stop we’d ever seen – down to someone holding your bike while a second person fills your bottles, and a third person hands you ice cold pickle juice!

The road goes on … forever?

Adding a tube in the middle of nowhere – that flint gravel is sharp.

Stockdale Gravel Roundup

Another fine gravel grinder put on by the folks at Capital City Racing. Jani and John managed the full 66 miles, while Gary and Tony cut the course to put in 45 miles on this hot day.

2018 Castell Grind

475 riders registered for this legendary event, one of the longest-running Central Texas gravel grinders, and also the team’s Fifth birthday. Many bailed after the first loop due to temperatures just above freezing, but a good time was had by (mostly) everyone.

Come and Grind It!

Gravel season is well under way in Central Texas, and a handful of us made an early start to get down to Leesville, Texas. The first 33 mile lap was fun, but it really got hot out there – over 90 F bouncing off the caliche! Jani went on to do the second 33 mile lap, and reported back that it was brutal. John and I met Mike and Deb under the beer tent, and enjoyed a couple of cold ones.

2018 Miles of Discomfort!

TIPAR racers from Austin and San Angelo joined up for a solid weekend of racing and merry-making. Two podium positions, and congrats to Lucie for taking the #2 spot in the State Champs!

Keyserville Rd ITT!

The organizers of the Castell Grind have set up an Individual Time Trial along the sandy Keyserville Rd portion of the Castell Grind 50km and 100km routes. Three of us stopped off on the way to Comfort to give it a shot. Dry conditions, loose sand, and a decent headwind made it challenging but still a lot of fun. As always, the post-ride burgers at the General Store were excellent!