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The Dog Days of Summer may be here …

… but not for Team IPA! It’s furnace time in Central Texas, and the team has been out and about, across the US and beyond.

Hoss and Paulette kicked the summer off with a mighty 6,000 mile round trip to Oregon, joined by Karen when they were up there.


Meanwhile Angela and Amy rode 49 miles from Bentonville to Fayetteville AR on the Razorback Greenway, and then caught a bus back to Bentonville.


STB took off and rode the St. Joseph Gran Gravel 500 in East Texas, finishing in 2 days, 23.5 hours.


Earlier in the summer, The Sheilas had headed for Canada to participate in the year’s Tour Divide, making it well into the US before being forced to retire due to illness. A great experience, nonetheless!


Young Carrie headed for Iowa and rode this year’s Ragbrai!


Here’s a video Ed Rivas posted from Keystone … enduro, brah!


Meanwhile, the San Angelo chapter hopped on their gravel bikes and rode the Cactus & Crude MS150, from Midland to Lamesa to Lubbock.

Molly and Don raced the Telluride 100, and Brian was there to course marshal.


Good times — and it’s only the beginning of August! Stay tuned for pictures from Monarch Crest!

2017 Hill Country Bicycle Works ‘Gears and Guns’ Event!

A strong turnout by the Austin and San Angelo chapters of Team IPA Racing for a great weekend of riding, revelry, and range firing at this increasingly popular annual event. Two podium finishes – congrats to Don Smith (competed in both riding and running events) and to Kyle Poole, and also to Marlon Miller for a really strong effort.

2017 Castell Grind!

A strong turnout from the team for this classic Central Texas gravel event, with good placings in the 50 km, 75 km, and 100 km categories – including third place in the 50 km and a first place in the 100 km women’s singlespeed categories.

787 6 Hour Race at Reimers Ranch

Three of us braved the 40-50 mph gusts to enjoy the 6 Hr event at Reimer’s Ranch, put on by our good friends at 787 Racing, the event benefiting 787’s junior racing development community. The good news – all three of us won a 3rd Place podium position in our respective categories!

Men’s 50+ 3rd Place: Don Smith
Women’s Open 3rd Place: Carrie Arnold
Men’s Single Speed 3rd Place: Tony Fryer

Hill Country Marathon

Despite appalling weather, the team and friends pulled off a solid TMBRA event on December 3. 47 racers showed up to ride in the wet, muddy conditions … and most claimed that they had a good time doing so!

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Six Hours of the Dinosaur!

Three of us traveled to the Flatlands of the West this weekend, to hang out with the TIPAR San Angelo Division, meet new people, and get some miles in at the annual 6 hour event. The trail network is fun, with flowing singletrack and some decent climbing considering how flat it is. Two of us retired early due to hear, but young Carrie slogged it out until the end, finishing off in the dark. She took First Place in the Solo Female category!

TIPAR at the Dino

Race Report: Cameron Park Blowout!

This just in from Team IPA racer, Bill Ables – a worthy second place finish:

“I competed in the Men’s Cat 1 50-59 age group, which consisted of approximately 15.5 miles of single track with over 2,200 ft. of elevation. Had a good start and went into single track in 5th place out of 7 riders. Within 5 miles I worked my way to 3rd position but at this point had no idea how far the race leaders were ahead of me. 2nd lap I was pretty much by myself except for the occasional rider from group that started before us. Feeling pretty good at 12 mile mark I started a push to see if I might be able to close the gap on leaders. With less than 2 miles from finish I caught 2nd place rider and made the pass but the leader was nowhere in sight. Finished 2nd with a time of 1:41:55. The course was set up very nice in my opinion with a lot of climbing but with sufficient recovery time between uphill battles. Kudos to race organizers, volunteers and all involved…See you next year!”