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Devils Kitchen Frozen Over: A Photo Set

Ahead of the Tour of the Battenkill Team Sixcyle-RK&O spent a long Easter weekend training in the Catskills, including the long climb up Devils Kitchen. Photos from a cold and cloudy weekend in the mountains, including plenty of climbing, courtesy of Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Photo Rhetoric.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/04/15/devils-kitchen-frozen-over-a-photo-set/

 

Battenkill Bound…

In the past few years the East Coast one day race has felt somewhat like a dying breed as race after race has vanished from the calendar – the Bear Mountain Spring Classic, Housatonic Hills and now Pawling… all gone. With the end of those classics tri-state area cyclists have that many fewer chance to empty their tank while fighting for a single shot at glory. While logistics and economics have led to the demise of many one day races, one such race has grown in both size and stature – The Tour of the Battenkill.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/04/11/battenkill-bound/

 

Zico: Pure Coconut Water

Team Sixcycle-RK&O is fortunate to be able to partner only with those brands whose philosophies and products we believe in. Whether its Litespeed for our frames, Grimpeur Bros for our coffee or Louis Garneau for our kit we believe we’re working with some of the best companies in their respective industries. For the same same reasons we’re excited to work with Zico Pure Coconut Water for all of our hydration needs. It’s a partnership that we’ll be discussing in much more detail as the season progresses – particularly as the temperatures start to rise with summer’s arrival – but in the interim here is one rider’s view on how Zico Pure Coconut water came to play an important role in his nutrition strategy.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/04/03/zico-pure-coconut-water/

 

Hell of Hunterdon: Ride Report

Team Sixcycle-RK&O was spread far and wide for Easter weekend, with riders taking in some training on the infamous Devil’s Kitchen, others racing at Branchbrook, a few at Brinkerhoff and finally two team members riding at the Hell of Hunterdon ride in New Jersey. Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Michael Nelson filed in this ride report from the Hell of Hunterdon, which covered nearly 80 miles (a significant portion on dirt roads) with some 6,000 ft of climbing.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/04/02/hell-of-hunterdon-ride-recap/

 

Grimpeur Bros Speciality Coffee: the Interview

For 2013 Team Sixcycle-RK&O is proud to partner with Grimpeur Bros Speciality Coffee, one of the most exciting brands in cycling today with a presence split between Brooklyn and Austin (with a temporary presence in Louisville during the Cyclocross World Championships in February). Recently Team Sixcycle-RK&O had the opportunity to interview Dan and Nigel, the two masterminds behind this new brand that is taking the cycling scene by storm.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/03/29/an-interview-with-the-grimpeur-brothers/

 

150 miles: A Weekend Recap

It was a busy weekend of racing for Team Sixcycle-RK&O as some of the team put in over 150 race miles between the Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial Race on Saturday, the CRCA Club Series on Sunday morning and the Bethel Spring Series double on Sunday afternoon. At the end of the weekend Team Sixcycle-RK&O walked away with a number of top 10 finishes and another podium, this time coming from Ben Fackler’s second place finish out of a break at Trooper Brinkerhoff on Saturday. His summary of the race follows.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/03/27/weekend-wrap/

Litespeed Li2 Review

Litespeed Li2 Review: as part of our partnership with Litespeed Bicycles, Team Sixcycle-RK&O is privileged to have spent the past two years racing the Litespeed C1R (reviews here and here) and Litespeed L1R (review here). These have been terrific race machines, but they’re only a small portion of Litespeed’s portfolio of bikes, which also includes the Litespeed CX frameset (check out our photoshoot here). As the 2013 race season gets underway, Team Sixcycle-RK&O is also going to be racing another member of the Litespeed family: the electronic shifting Litespeed Li2. Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s own Tom Mikolinski has spent several months riding and racing this frameset and his Litespeed Li2 review follows.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/03/21/litespeed-li2-review/

 

Team Effort

Team Sixcycle-RK&O has enjoyed a successful start to the 2013 Bethel Spring Series, bringing a strong roster of riders to each of the first three races in the series. Racing aggressively the team has put three different riders on the podium in each of the first three races – Ben Fackler taking third in a break in the Ronde de Bethel, Roger Parmelee taking second in the Ris Van Bethel and this weekend Matthew Vandivort taking a solo win in Tour de Kirche. This team effort has put Matthew Vandivort in the leader’s jersey and has put Team Sixcycle-RK&O in the lead of the team competition series.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/03/19/tour-de-kirche/

 

Another Sunday at Bethel

After a successful Grant’s Tomb Criterium, Team Sixcycle-RK&O returned to our Sunday stomping grounds at the Bethel Spring SeriesOur first campaign at Bethel for the Ronde de Bethel was a successful one with Charlie Bird taking home a win, Ben Fackler taking home a podium and several other top ten placings. Going into the second weekend of the Bethel Spring Series for Ris Van Bethel the team aimed to set an aggressive tone. It was a strategy that paid off with Roger Parmelee taking second in a field sprint and then Ben Fackler taking a top ten from a break in the following P/1/2/3 race.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/03/15/ris-van-bethel/

 

Grant’s Tomb Race Recap

Fresh off an opening weekend that included successes at both the CRCA Club Series last Saturday and  the Bethel Spring Series on Sunday, Team Sixcycle-RK&O lined up for the CRCA Grant’s Tomb Criterium, one of the classic events on the New York City race calendar. The team raced aggressively with multiple riders jumping off the front of the peloton, though the racing wasn’t without its pitfalls – with several crashes in the field, including Team Sixcycle’s Matthew Vandivort going down on the last lap (picture below). While a two man break managed to stay away through the finish of the race, the team led Roger Parmelee to the field sprint where he took 4th place overall in another terrific early season result for Team Sixcycle-RK&O.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/03/10/grants-tomb/

 

754 laps of Bethel

This past Sunday Team Sixcycle-RK&O headed up to Bethel Connecticut for the Ronde de Bethel, the first race of the Bethel Spring Series. With most of the roster making the trip north and riders competing in three different fields, the team completed approximately 754 laps around the 0.9 course.  At the end of a day that included snowfall during two of the races, Team Sixcycle walked away with a win in the Cat 4 race and 3rd Place in the Cat 3/4 race out of a break, marking a successful conclusion to the first weekend of racing during the 2013 season.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/03/04/754-laps-of-bethel/

 

CRCA Club Series #1: A Short Recap

It was a successful first outing of the 2013 racing season for Team Sixcycle-RK&O as the team helped animate the first race of the CRCA Club Racing Series. The team toed the line with seven riders, well equipped thanks to Litespeed Bikes and Louis Garneau, and shortly thereafter Ben Fackler rode off the front of the peloton, bringing along two other riders for what would ultimately be a nearly three lap break. When it was finally reeled back in the racing picked up with numerous attacks off the front, though it all came back together on the final lap up Harlem Hill as the pack prepared for a field sprint. Unfortunately there was a crash in the finale though all of Team Sixcycle’s riders came through clean (other than the top tube of one of the team bikes which was cracked) and Matthew Vandivort claimed second in the sprint finish. Tomorrow the team heads to Bethel for another day of racing.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/03/02/crca-club-series-1-a-short-recap/

Team Sixcycle Training in California

In recent weeks most of Team Sixcycle headed west to LA and its surrounds to put in long mileage days outside the chilly confines of New York City. Photos and the training camp report follow.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/02/28/team-sixcycle-training-in-california/

Litespeed CX Bike

Litespeed CX Bike: one of Litespeed’s most recent introductions, the Litespeed CX is a genuine hand made in the USA frameset that goes back to Litespeed’s roots in titanium frame construction. However this frameset is anything but old school – utilizing 3AL-2.5V Ti tubing and a PressFit 30 bottom bracket system this bike also comes ready for the latest in cyclocross stopping technology: post-mount disc brakes.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/02/25/litespeed-cx-bike/

Ride On: A Team Ride Photo Series

After enduring absolutely dreadful conditions on yesterday’s Rain Ride, the weather turned and Team Sixcycle hit the roads for one last Sunday ride before the NYC race season begins. A few pictures of the ride from Photo Rhetoric.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/02/24/ride-on-a-team-ride-photo-series/

 

Classics Season / Rain Ride Photo Series

In recent years the professional cycling season has expanded to include an array of sunny early season races in Australia, Qatar, and Oman. However, the traditional European season has always begun in Belgium, the true mecca of cycling. With the start of the NYC racing season looming on the horizon in just week, we were treated to conditions more appropriate to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad – temperatures in the 30′s, snow on the ground and rain.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/02/23/classics-season/

 

Team Sixcycle at Louisville 2013

Witnessing the CX World Championships on US soil was quite possibly a once in a lifetime experience – an experience that is impossible to distill into a few taut paragraphs worthy of online consumption. Instead there are moments in time that stand out from that frantic weekend in Kentucky.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/02/19/louisville-2013/

 

#CPsnowrace

#CPsnowrace

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/02/09/cpsnowrace/

Cabarete: Riding in Paradise

Cabarete – sun, fun…bartender please can I have another one

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/02/07/cabarete-riding-in-paradise/

Sixcycle Training Platform

As with last season, 2013 has title sponsor Sixcycle hard at work providing coaching and technology for the team. Earlier this month they released a major update to the Sixcycle Training Platform, the web-based and mobile training center developed by Sixcycle and used by the team to manage it’s training. This new update brings new training file evaluation features and brand new charting capabilities.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/02/03/sixcycle-training-platform/

Christmas in Belgium

Team Sixcycle spent the holidays spread from Burma to Hawaii to Belgium. In the latter case Bruce Fecheyr-Lippens returned to his home roads of Belgium, posting this brief ride report upon his return.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/01/25/christmas-in-belgium/

2013 Sponsors

Team Sixcycle-RK&O is pleased to announce our 2013 sponsors. We have the privilege of being extremely selective with our partners and we believe we’re working with some of the best brands and companies in each of their respective industries. We look forward to working with each of them over the course of the year.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/01/21/2013-sponsors/

A Final Word on Lance

As Lance/Oprah Part II prepares to hit the airwaves, we’re also preparing to move on from this saga and shift focus back to the sport that we love – the sport of cycling as we know it.

With its early mornings in the park, long training miles with friends and teammates, kids races and charitable fundraising. That is the sport that we love. And no amount of disgust over fallen heros and false idols will change that.

And so tomorrow we’ll get up and hit the road, partaking once again in the joyous experience of riding bikes.

Before doing so, however, we provide a final word from Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Charlie Bird – speaking to Dutch TV – on the topic that the world has spent so much time focused on in recent weeks.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/01/18/a-final-word-on-lance/

Team Sixcycle on TV

As many in the cycling community implausibly found themselves watching Oprah on a Thursday night, Team Sixcycle-RK&O was joined by Belgium’s Greet De Keyser who was covering the story for VRT. The story of the interview about the interview, as well as pictures from an evening of #Doprah, is included below.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/01/18/team-sixcycle-on-belgian-tv/

Zero Visibility

We may not have the climbing of the Western states, or the cobbles of Europe, but on rare occasions New York City delivers conditions that are just as epic – in our own backyard. This past weekend was one such occasion as Team Sixcycle headed into the mist and experienced riding in Zero Visibility. All photos by Photo Rhetoric.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/01/16/zero-visibility/

Rapha Festive 500: 500 kilometers, 8 days, 3 continents

During the holiday season Team Sixcycle’s Ollie Davis embarked on what surely must have been one of the most globetrotting Rapha Festive 500 rides that anyone has experienced – an 8 day voyage that started in India, stopped in England and finished on our home stomping grounds of NYC. His story is included below, complete with all of his Sixcycle Training Platform files. To learn more about the Rapha Festive 500 visit this site: http://www.rapha.cc/the-festive-500–2012

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/01/12/rapha-festive-500-8-days-3-continents/

Winter Riding and the Start of the 2013 Season

2013. The start of a new calendar year as preparations for the 2013 race season continue.  While we log long hours on the trainer – rebuilding lost fitness – we’re also working on a vast array of new content for TeamSixcycle.com. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2013 sponsor partners, a Festive 500 ride report, more information on Strength Training and lots of additional equipment reviews. And once the racing resumes we’ll likewise resume posting pictures and videos covering all of the action.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/01/10/winter-riding-and-the-start-of-the-2013-season/

Strength Training for Cyclists: An Introduction to Team Sixcycle’s Training Program

Strength Training for Cyclists: It’s clear we spend a lot of time riding our bikes, but is the secret to getting fast as simple as Eddy Merckx’s legendary advice to ‘ride lots’? On Team Sixcycle we certainly don’t think so. While there are many schools of thought on strength training for endurance athletes, this is the first in a series of posts by Team Sixcycle riders on how we use gym work to stay healthy and get faster. Unfortunately, there is no right or wrong answer and different theories work for different athletes, but for better or worse this is what we do during the fall and winter months. Oh and please seek the advice of a fitness professional if you try any of these exercises. If done improperly they will hurt you (and it’s not our fault if that happens).

http://team.sixcycle.com/2013/01/05/strength-training-for-cyclists-an-introduction/

Holiday Riding, Holiday Partying, Holiday Season

Riding today in 59 degree weather it feels like anything but December in New York City. However with the calendar rapidly filling with holiday festivities, winter is officially here. Despite the change in the calendar though – come warm weather or cold – little has changed on the bike as the Team Ride remains focused on the long and slow miles of base building.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/12/03/holiday-season/

The Lou: Riding in Saint Louis

Bicycling in Saint Louis: Team Sixcycle-RK&O journeyed far and wide for the Thanksgiving weekend with team rider Matthew Vandivort posting this report from his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/29/the-lou-bicycling-in-saint-louis/

Louis Garneau Custom Kit Review

Team Sixcycle-RK&O is proud to be sponsored by Louis Garneau – manufacturer of some of the finest custom kit in the cycling industry today. As part of this sponsorship the team raced and trained in Louis Garneau kit throughout the 2012 season – in temperatures ranging from well below freezing to upwards of 100 degrees. Throughout it all, Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s LG performed spectacularly. Our thoughts on the product fit and finish follows below.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/25/louis-garneau-custom-kit-review/

Mountain Biking in the Hamptons

Mountain Biking in the Hamptons: with the road racing season still several months away, Team Sixcycle-RK&O has spending a lot of time off road.  The team has hit the trails from New Jersey (Six Mile Run) to the Gunks and even California. And now the team can add another destination to that list: the Hamptons, where Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Michael Nelson has been riding in recent weeks.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/22/mountain-biking-in-the-hamptons/

Louis Garneau Diamond Helmet Review

Louis Garneau Diamond Helmet Review: for the 2012 season Team Sixcycle-RK&O is pleased to be sponsored by Louis Garneau. As part of that sponsorship Team Sixcycle-RK&O is wearing LG’s custom kit (stay tuned for a review on the kit and the custom ordering process) as well as LG’s high performance Diamond Helmet. During the course of the season Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s John Buenaventura experienced all of  the performance elements of the LG Diamond helmet – both its light weight and (unfortunately) its safety performance. His full review of the Diamond helmet is below.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/19/louis-garneau-diamond-helmet-review/

Call it an Obsession: Mountain Biking in San Francisco

In recent weeks Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Corey Morenz has managed to mountain bike on both the East and West coasts. His report on Mountain Biking in Minnewaska State Park (also known as the ‘Gunks) is posted here. Now Corey weighs in on his riding on the opposite coast during a trip to San Francisco

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/15/call-it-an-obsession-mountain-biking-in-san-francisco/

Team Ride

The one constant, each weekend, from the end of one race season, until the beginning of the next? The Team Ride. Video from a mid-November team ride across the George Washington Bridge.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/11/team-ride/

Bike MS Ride Report

Bike MS Report: Team Sixcycle-RK&O isn’t just about racing bikes. Charity is at the heart of the Team Sixcycle-RK&O mission. It’s why the team was a major fundraiser for the Tour of Litchfield Hillsdonated funds to Hurricane Sandy Recovery and participated in a number of other 2012 charitable events. One such event was the 2012 Bike MS Ride that Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Dan Cleiman rode in on October 21st.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/08/bike-ms-team-sixcycle-rko-ride-report/

Fall Riding in Connecticut and a Return to the Litchfield Hills

Tour of Litchfield Hills: One of the highlights of Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s 2012 season was participating in the Tour of Litchfield Hills where the team took home the Mayor’s Cup for its fundraising efforts. Read more about this terrific event in our prior report: 2012 Tour of Litchfield Hills Report. Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Charlie Bird recently returned to the same roads that are featured in the Tour of Litchfield Hills for some fall base training.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/06/a-return-to-tour-of-litchfield-hills/

Team Sixcycle-RK&O Contributes to Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Charity is an essential element to Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s mission with the Tour of Litchfield Hills serving as the team’s official 2012 charity. However with New York City still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Team Sixcycle-RK&O is pleased to contribute $750 to the relief efforts. This is our small contribution helping our city recover – we’ll also be making trips to the Rockaways with supplies this week.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/11/04/team-sixcycle-rko-contributes-to-hurricane-sandy-relief/

Racing Hurricane Sandy

As fall gives way to winter our riding assumes an increasingly steady rhythm. Gone are the long drives to races across the Northeast, the max effort intervals and the pain cave of racing bikes – replaced instead with long, consistant base miles with teammates. Against this backdrop weekend rides can take on a certain a form of monotony – the usual trip across the GWB, through River Road (perhaps with a few reps up Alpine) and then out to Inland Hills and beyond.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/10/28/racing-hurricane-sandy/

The Most Classic of Rides: L’Eroica Ride Report

Over the course of the 2012 season Team Sixcycle-RK&O has participated in races and rides from Italy to California. However earlier this month Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Ben Fackler participated in perhaps the most epic ride of the year: the 16th edition of L’Eroica. His report from this most classic of rides, covering 125 miles – much of it dirt – and over 12,000 feet of climbing, is included below.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/10/24/leroica-ride-report/

The Time of the Falling Leaves

After the road racing season draws to a close and before the depths of winter hit we’re reminded of one of the joys of being a New York cyclist: the time of the falling leaves – when the temperatures begin to drop, the leaves begin to turn and the pace slows as rides get longer. This is the time of team barbecues and muffin rides with teammates and non-teammates alike. And for a few brief weeks, before winter hits in all its might, its a terrific time to be a cyclist in New York City.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/10/22/the-time-of-the-falling-leaves/

Litespeed C1R Review: A Second Opinion

With the full 2013 Litespeed lineup now published on Litespeed.com we wanted to provide a another collection of thoughts on the Litespeed C1R. For our prior review on the Litespeed C1R click here and for our review on the Litespeed L1R click here. For more information on the entire 2013 Litespeed lineup please visitLitespeed.com

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/10/21/2012-litespeed-c1r-a-second-opinion-review/

The Art of Stage Racing: Recovery

With the race schedule coming to a close (at least for road races) and the off-season in full swing we’re finally catching up on a lot of content from the 2012 racing season that we weren’t able to get published this summer. Stay tuned for a wide assortment of material over the next few weeks – product reviews, race reports and a few miscellaneous posts. This post falls under the latter category. Team Sixcycle-RK&O prides itself on appropriate off the bike recovery, often in the form of a post-ride beverage. However when it comes to the four day monster that is the Green Mountain Stage Race, the team kicks recovery up to another level. Check out Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Corey Morenz’ report on recovery techniques from GMSR, which ran the gamut from mountain streams to Ben and Jerry’s and Magic Hat Ale.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/10/20/the-art-of-stage-racing-recovery/

Providence Cyclocross Festival

This past weekend Matthew Vandivort of Team Sixcycle-RK&O headed north for the second week of the Holy Week of New England Cyclocross at the Providence Cyclocross Festival. While a recent back injury kept him from racing, he spent Saturday documenting the race with video from two different fields and over 1,000 photographs of the racing. The highlight of the day however was definitely spending a few minutes with Jeremy Powers before the Elite Mens race – check out pictures from all of the action below.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/10/08/providence-cyclocross-festival/

Multiple Disciplines: Mountain Biking in the Gunks

Many riders on Team Sixcycle-RK&O race across a variety of cycling disciplines: everything from Road Racing, Track, Mountain Biking, Cyclocross and occasionally dropping hipsters over the Williamsburg bridge. But it is not every day you get to practice multiple disciplines on the same day. Check out Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Corey Morenz ride report from just such a day.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/10/07/multiple-disciplines-mountain-biking-in-the-gunks/

2012 Litespeed C1R Review

Following up on our review of the 2012 Litespeed L1R (available here), Team Sixcycle-RK&O is following up with our thoughts on Litespeeds high-end aerodynamic frame offering, the C1R.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/10/05/2012-litespeed-c1r-review/

GMSR: Race Report

Bruce Fecheyr-Lippens’ Race Report from the Green Mountain Stage Race where he captured an 8th place in the GC in his first Cat 3 race.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/09/30/gmsr-race-report/

Paolo Zenoni Memorial Cyclocross Race

This past weekend Team Sixcycle-RK&O headed up to Harriman State Park for the always terrific Paolo Zenoni Memorial Cyclocross Race – the perfect opportunity for CX racers to test their legs ahead of Gloucester this coming weekend.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/09/23/paolo-zenoni-memorial-cyclocross-race/

Off-Road: Mountain Biking (and CX) in New Jersey

With the road racing season winding down and the cyclocross season just picking up, its officially the season of the muffin ride. While most of Team Sixcycle-RK&O headed towards the Orchards for a long road ride, a few of the team’s riders instead packed up mountain and cyclocross bikes and headed for the mountain biking trails at Six Mile Run in New Jersey for a little bit of change of pace.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/09/18/off-road-mountain-biking-and-cx-in-new-jersey/

The Art of the Team Ride: Beach Cruising

There are many escapes from the confines of cycling in New York City – from the convenience of a quick journey across the George Washington Bridge to slightly more distant trips to Northwest Connecticut – a region that is very familiar to Team Sixcycle-RK&O thanks to the Tour of Litchfield Hills – or the rural roads of upstate New York.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/09/12/the-art-of-the-team-ride-beach-cruising/

Mt Washington Hillclimb Race Report

On August 18 Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Tom Mikolinski competed in “The Toughest Hillclimb in the World” – The Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb. In addition to capturing the entire race on video, he posted his report on the race below.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/09/04/mt-washington-hillclimb-race-report/

The Art of the Team Ride

With a light race calendar Team Sixcycle-RK&O had the opportunity to return to the art of the team ride, with the entire team partaking in relatively brief muffin rides to Piermont.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/08/26/the-art-of-the-team-ride/

2012 Litespeed L1R Review

Team Sixcycle-RK&O is proud to have Litespeed as its 2012 bike sponsor. While most of the team is riding the 2012 Litespeed C1R, the team is also a big fan of the 2012 Litespeed L1R. Check out a full review of the bike from Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Roger Parmelee.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/08/21/2012-litespeed-l1r-review/

Masters Throwdown Race Recap

The weather was brutal for the 2012 CRCA Masters Throwdown, but Team Sixcycle-RK&O had team members on hand – both racing as well as assisting with the race as part of CRCA marshaling obligations.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/08/19/crca-masters-throwdown-race-recap/

Urban CX

Even when when NYC precludes engaging in traditional cyclocross, there is always the opportunity for urban cyclocross, in this instance heading up the West Side of Manhattan and then back along the Harlem River.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/08/18/urban-cx/

2012 CRCA Mengoni Grand Prix Race Report

It was a thoroughly successful edition of the Mengoni Grand Prix where Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s team strategy played out to near perfection and Roger Parmelee captured 2nd place on the Cat 3 podium.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/08/12/mengoni-grand-prix-race-report/

Tour of Litchfield Hills: 2012 Ride Report

The full and complete recap of the 2012 Tour of Litchfield Hills where Team Sixcycle-RK&O was presented with the Mayor’s Cup for raising the most funds of any team in the ride.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/08/10/2012-tour-of-litchfield-hills-report/

Tour of Litchfield Hills: And They’re Off

After raising nearly $7,000 Team Sixcycle-RK&O headed for the start line of the 2012 Tour of Litchfield Hills. The team’s own Charlie Bird started the event by leading riders in an opening prayer before the whole team led the field across the line in Torrington, CT.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/08/05/tolh-and-theyre-off/

Litchfield County Roads

Following the conclusion of the Green and Gold Criterium, Team Sixcycle-RK&O headed West to Sharon, Connecticut where the team partook in home made lasagna, various bottles of wine and an extended ride in the rain on Sunday. Check out pictures from a long but somewhat soggy ride in a beautiful stretch of the Northeast.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/08/02/litchfield-county-roads/

Green and Gold Criterium

Pictures and video from Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s excursion to New London, CT on Saturday July 28, 2012 for the Green and Gold Criterium.  The team took 7th place in the Men’s Cat 3 field.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/07/31/green-and-gold-crit-new-london-ct/

CRCA Lou Maltese Memorial

A brief selection of video of photographs from the 2012 edition of this classic NYC race hosted by the Century Road Club Association (CRCA) and sponsored by Lucarelli and Castaldi.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/07/20/lou-maltese-memorial/

Tour of Litchfield Hills Fundraising Details

Details on fundraising for the Tour of Litchfield Hills as well as an invite for riders to participate in this terrific event.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/07/17/tour-of-litchfield-hills-fundraising-details/

When it rains…shit luck racing in Prospect Park

Shit luck. Not much other way to sum up Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s race at the Lucarelli & Castaldi Cup Series in Prospect Park on July 7 2012.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/07/13/when-it-rains/

Fireworks & Thursday night at the Rockleigh Crit

With the Fourth of July holiday and associated fireworks giving way to a slow Thursday at the office three members of Team Sixcycle-RK&O headed across the GWB to partake in the Thursday evening Rockleigh Crit Series. In the extremely hot and humid conditions the racing was clean and highly strategic, with the two biggest teams in attendance saving the fireworks for the final two laps of the race.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/07/07/fireworks-rockleigh/

Rain Ride

For most people a holiday – with its brief respite from the workplace – presumably represents an opportunity to sleep in. However for those that of us that define ourselves as cyclists, a holiday also represents a rare opportunity to get in a long mid-week ride. With that goal in mind several Team Sixcycle-RK&O riders found themselves departing the comfort of their homes before 7AM this morning and heading out into the rain in the general direction of Grant’s Tomb and ultimately the GWB.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/07/04/rain-ride/

BBQ and Beverages

While Team Sixcycle-RK&O spends most summer weekends racing somewhere on the East Coast, the team still finds time for all important recovery.  After a full weekend of racing in Central Park – nearly 100 miles worth – the team and significant others gathered together Sunday afternoon to partake in barbecue and beverages.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/07/02/recovery-bbq-and-beverages/

Central Park Classic Recap

A full weekend of racing started on Saturday with an early 5:30 race start for the Century Road Club Association (CRCA) Central Park Classic presented by Accelerade and 2nd Surge that featured brutally humid conditions.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/06/30/central-park-classic-race-recap/

Giro Del Cielo Race Recap

Team Sixcycle-RK&O enjoyed great success at the 2012 edition of the Giro del Cielo, taking 2nd place in the crit and top ten in the road race. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event and the team posted lots of pictures and videos on facebook and teamsixcycle.com

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/06/24/giro-del-cielo-race-recap/

Harlem Crit Race Recap

The Harlem Crit (aka the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic) is probably the biggest race on the New York City racing calendar. Team Sixcycle-RK&O was in attendance for a superb day of racing – during which Michael Nelson scored a 2nd place finish in the Men’s Cat 4 field.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/06/17/harlem-crit/

Power Points

When it comes to the CRCA Accelerade Club Series one of our favorite race formats is the Power Points – which insures a challenging day of racing for all involved. Check out the details from a beautiful morning of racing as well as pictures from the CRCA Women’s Clinic for new riders.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/06/16/power-points/

Team Charity: Tour of Litchfield Hills

Team Sixcycle-RK&O is pleased to announce our support of the Tour of Litchfield Hills, a charitable cause that is very close to one of our racers. Team Sixcycle-RK&O is putting together a fundraising team for the event – if you’d like to support this great cause or perhaps participate in the Tour, check out the post.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/06/11/team-charity-tour-of-litchfield-hills/

Watermelon Crit Race Recap

Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Michael Nelson files a race report on the Watermelon Criterium where he managed a strong second place finish in the Men’s Cat 4/5 field.  We also have video from the Women’s field with Sixcycle athlete Lisa Kennish (CRCA/Asphalt Green) managed to get in a four rider break that lapped the field.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/06/06/watermelon-race-recap/

FBF Classic Race Recap

One of the most enjoyable races we’ve been to this year, the FBF Classic had it all: fast-paced racing, a positive atmosphere and a Big Wheels competition.  We have race reports from multiple fields, including the Big Wheels Competition where Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Matthew Vandivort suffered a mechanical that took him out of the competition.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/06/04/fbf-classic-race-recap/

Central Park in the Rain

Team Sixcycle-RK&O reports on a wet and wild morning in Central Park as part of CRCA’s Accelerade Club Series that also featured another race in the CRCA Women’s Development 3/4 Series presented by Bike Doctor NYC.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/06/02/central-park-in-the-rain/

A Storm on the Horizon

After a the sky darkened during a weekday ride across the GWB to River Road, pictures and video capture two members of Team Sixcycle-RK&O racing a storm back across the GWB and into the city.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/05/30/a-storm-on-the-horizon/

Holiday Weekend Recap

Following a weekend where Team Sixcycle-RK&O was split between the beach and racing at one of the larger crit series on the East Coast, the team checks in with race reports and pictures from a long weekend away from New York City.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/05/29/holiday-weekend-recap/

To the Beach

Team Sixcycle-RK&O heads far and wide for Memorial Day weekend, with several riders venturing to the Tour of Sommerville while the rest of the team gets in a little rest and recovery.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/05/25/to-the-beach/

Battenkill

A selection of pictures and video from what is probably the most unique race on the calendar in the New York tri-state area. Check out video that captures the entire Men’s Cat 3 race (from two different perspectives) in less than fifteen minutes.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/05/24/battenkill-videos/

Building A Litespeed

Thanks to 2012 team sponsors Litespeed and ifixbyx we are pleased to present a full gallery of Mark Purdy of ifixbyx building one of Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s 2012 Litespeed C1R’s.  This specific bike went to Team Sixcycle-RK&O’s Dan Cleiman who rode it to victory a few weeks later at Colts Neck.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/03/17/building-a-litespeed/

New York City Bike Racing

As we prepare for the start of the 2012 racing season, we provide our thoughts on what it means to be a bike racer in New York City. Short version: it’s not easy, but we love it.

http://team.sixcycle.com/2012/01/01/nyc-bike-racing/