Team CF’s Rob Spreng and Gerry Pflug Earn Tuscarora Gold

The Mid-Atlantic Super Series (MASS) kicked off it’s first race of the 2013 season this past weekend with the Tuscarora venue.  Known for it’s early season mud and it’s always rocky technical terrain, the trails in the Tuscarora state park of Pennsylvania present a steep challenge for those brave enough to take them on. The blue train of Team CF showed up in force.

Robbie Spreng of Team CF took home the gold in the Men’s open against a strong field of perennial favorites including Jeremiah Bishop, Brandon Draugelis, Ryan Heerschap and Team CF rider Jim Mayuric.

The race started at a pretty fast pace with Robbie, Jeremiah, Brandon, and one other rider breaking away. At some point, the mystery forth rider had a mechanical, so it was down to three. Eventually Jeremiah picked up the pace and Brandon stuggled, dangling off the back. Robbie rode behind Jeremiah for a good while, until JB picked it up again and started gapping Robbie. Shortly after the Jeremiah breakaway JB caught his helmet on something and the buckle broke forcing him to ride back to the start for a replacement. Robbie passed him and finished the remaining 2 1/2 laps in a solo time trial, not knowing who was chasing. Brandon hung on to finish second. Team CF rider Jim Mayuric took over third place from Zack Morrey on the last lap after Zack was forced to fix a late race flat. Jim was able to hold off a late-charging Jeremiah to hang onto third.

One week after winning the single speed event in the NUE opener “True Grit Epic”, Team CF rider Gerry Pflug notched another early season single speed win.

After doing one loop of the technical Tuscarora race loop for the Team CF charity ride on Saturday, “The Pflug” was having second thoughts about doing the Sunday endurance race. He knew the nasty rocks on the course and cold temperatures forcasted would make for a very long day in the saddle. Deciding to do the race anyway, he lined up at the start and started the race fast to see who might want to go hard. Mike Montalbano and Stephan Kinkaid were able to stay with Gerry for the first couple of laps, but eventually he was able to ride away on his own. Once away, Gerry rode the climbs and fast trail hard to maintain the gap and rode the technical stuff cautiously to prevent any mishaps from occurring. According to Gerry, Tuscarora ended up being a really “Pfun” day on the bike!

Congratulations to all who dared this difficult event.

Big thanks go out to Zachary David Adams for putting together a great early season endurance race.

Team CF riders Robbie Spreng and Jim Mayuric finished first and third in the Tuscarora Men’s Open
Team CF rider Gerry Pflug wins the Tuscarora Single Speed

Team CF solid in “True Grit” NUE Opener

With four riders earning spots on four podiums in the 2013 NUE opener, Team CF has set the early standard.

The National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE) kicked off the 2013 season early with a new race. The “True Grit Epic”, starting in Saint George Utah, covers 89 miles with 70% of it single track and slightly over 13,000 ft. of elevation gain.

Team CF elite rider and 2012 NUE champion Cheryl Sornson dominated the open woman besting 2nd place Alice Drobna (Webcyclery) by over 28 minutes.

Single speed phenom, 2012 NUE single speed champion, and new Team CF elite team member Gerry Pflug battled Aj Linnell (Fitzgerald’s Bicycles) for much of the day but in the end it was “The Pflug” capturing the win by a less than 2 minutes.

Team CF “west-coast local” rider Cary Smith turned in a great ride with an incredible time of 6:54:40, good enough for 2nd place overall in the open men. Finishing behind only Sho-Air/Cannondale rider Alex Grant, Cary edged out rivals Josh Tostado (Santa Cruz, Maxxis, Shimano) and Evan Plews (Ibis Cycles).

Shaking off some pre-season doubts, Team CF rider Charles Buki turned in a solid performance in the Masters division with a third place finish behind David Jolin (Stark Velo) and Jody Bailey (4Life / Mad Dog).

Congratulations to all!

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Team CF members Gerry Pflug, Cary Smith and Cheryl Sornson warm up before the True Grit Epic
Cheryl Sornson Wins the True Grit Open Woman
Gerry Pflug wins the True Grit Single Speed
Cary Smith finishes second overall at True Grit
Charles Buki finishes third Master at True Grit
Cheryl Sornson pilots her S-Works Epic on the way to Victory at the True Grit Epic
Cheryl Sornson pilots her S-Works Epic on the way to Victory at the True Grit Epic

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