Sponsor Spotlight: Bar Fly by Tatelabs

For 2014 Tate Labs has come on board as a sponsor for Vumedi Elite Cycling Team . They are the creators of the original Bar Fly computer mount, something that has now sparked an industry standard. The Bar Fly 2.0 is what we are using and is a simple and ingenious way to mount your Garmin in line with your stem and in front of your handlebars, giving you a clean aesthetic and ease of viewing without having to look down and compromise your steering and safety.

The Bar Fly 2.0 works seamlessly with the Edge 510 and 810 computer, and can now mount a wire junction box for di2, EPS underneath, which is a simple “one stop shop” to keep the front end of your bike looking very clean. It is nice to be able to look down at your computer without having to drastically divert your view and compromise steering. You come to appreciate that when you are on the limit in a race or going hard up a climb.

Bar Fly is now offered in several variations working with most common computers, and a mountain bike specific mount that holds the computer more securely over the stem. Mounting only takes seconds and a 3mm Allen key and you are set. It opens easily enough to fit over any standard 31.8mm handlebar. Offered in black, white, blue, and hi-vis yellow, you are able to color coordinate to any bike set up you can think of.

I remember before these came out the guys at Tate Labs gave Nate English a sample piece and asked him to use it and see what he thought. The next time Nate and I went on a ride I was distracted by how clean and effective the Bar Fly mount looked, and I thought, “game changer.”

Few things these days in the cycling industry are considered game changers, but the Bar Fly is right up there. With it’s innovative design, simple and effective construction and the fact that they hail from Mill Valley gives us more pride and great appreciation for them in supporting a local U25 development team.

-Taylor

Barfly 2.0

Barfly 2.0

http://www.barflybike.com/

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Precision Sports Medicine

This year my cycling team has the privilege of being sponsored by Precision Sports Medicine. Over the past few years I have been lucky with avoiding injuries, but coming into this season I knew I needed to take proactive measures to stay loose, work out the kinks, and further prevent injury while gaining a performance advantage. The first time I contacted the office, the reception was incredibly cheery, up beat and you already got a good feeling before you went in. Dr. Mattock was enthusiastic and excited to work with our team, and help get me on track. We talked a bit about what was going on with me and he was quick to come up with a game plan and explain everything along the way. He has worked with a lot of high level cyclists and triathletes which is always good to hear. Dr. Mattock is a very easy going guy, with a positive attitude who truly cares how is patients are doing during and after treatment. You can see the genuine interest in his patients and his knowledge and experience comes through.

Since working with Dr. Mattock I already feel more balanced on and off the bike. My hip discomfort was significantly reduced after the FIRST visit! It is starting to go away completely on the bike. These results do not come without discomfort though, first and foremost Dr. Mattock makes it clear that he will work to find the depth of what you can handle to yield the most effective results, but the temporary pain leads to greater performance in the big picture.

This is my first experience with a chiropractic/ sports medicine center and can definitely see the value in every regard. I definitely recommend anybody to go see him. I look forward to seeing the progression over the next few months and am extremely grateful to have such supportive sponsors.

Every time I step out of the office I feel like a million bucks and look forward to training hard until my next visit!

- Taylor Cody

Pine Flat Race Report

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Hitting the 1km marker, I was drenched with snot and drool hanging off of my face as the moto came up to me and told me to “calm down, you have 4 minutes on the pack.”

I’ve never raced this race before, but I heard that it has a good amount of climbing and I knew that’s where I could do some damage, so I had been targeting it as a race to go to and do well in.  With racing Cantua Creek the day before, my legs were a little heavier than I would have liked for the beginning of the race.

On the out and back section of Pine Flat, I felt like I was dying the entire time.  There were 45 starters in our race, which definitely helped me to just get sucked along the road with the back.  At some points of the out and back, I was actually concerned about getting dropped on the out and back section.  Thankfully, I was able to follow some good wheels to near the front, and hold my position for the downhill parts, and not expend too much energy.  Early on in the race, a break of 3 (a limitless cycling junior, a tru cycling guy, and then one more rider from a team who escapes me at this moment) got up the road, and the pack wasn’t working together to bridge it.

There was a decent amount of surging for a while after the break went, with some teammates of the riders blocking, and countering other attacks to make sure that the pack wouldn’t catch up to the break.  Once the out and back section ended, around 1 hour in, I started to feel so much better, and was watching the riders in the pack to see who I would have to watch for the main climb.  On one of the early descents before the flat section that goes along the river, the group was pretty dangerous while descending.  I was 3rd wheel going onto the downhill, when a Bicycle bob’s rider in front of me slammed on his brakes, and I was caught behind him.

As we hit the flat section, another break of 3 got off the front, and they all had teammates who were in the pack.  So 3 or 4 guys would start to get a paceline together, and start to chase, then it would get disrupted by the teammates, and then there would be an attack.  That pretty much went on the entire flat section.  I contributed to the chase a decent amount, but the breakaway had still put a good amount of time into us.  By that point in the race, most of the pack “forgot” about the 1st break away that was farther up the road, including myself who only thought there was 1 group up the road, not 2.

After the right turn from the flat section, the rollers started, and near the end of the rollers, about 15 ½ miles from the finish, an Integrity Cycling rider attacked on a steeper roller.  I was near the front, and on his wheel when he launched his attack, so I followed him, thinking that I could get a free ride up to the break away.  At that point, the break that was closest to the pack was about 30” in front of us.  A Davis rider had already solo bridged up to them, so there was 4 riders now.  I followed the Integrity Cycling rider, and when he pulled off, I looked back to the pack, and we were already about halfway to the break.  I pulled at a pretty hard pace, and by the time I bridged to the break of 4, the integrity cycling rider had fallen off of my wheel, and was back in the pack.  The pack had started to charge now, and I wasn’t sure if pressing the pace would be pressing my luck after the race the day before, but I decided to push on.

I went straight to the front, and set the pace which caused all the riders except for the Davis rider to fall off.  I flicked my arm for him to pull, and he said he couldn’t.  I looked back to see how far the pack was, and we still had a 30” gap, so I essentially said to him that he needs to work if he wants me to contribute. As soon as he went to the front, I realized that the speed wasn’t going to fly, and I told him to move left and to just hang on.  After that, I didn’t look back for a good 5 minutes, it was just me and the road.  The Davis rider had gotten dropped, so I thought I was in the front.

I started the main climb, and the pack was not in sight.  Later, I learned that once I got out of sight, the pack put up little to no fight at all, and I was in the clear.  Halfway into the main climb, I was dying, but kept pressing on, when I caught the 3 riders from the first break of the day, and they were completely broken.  I passed them and they weren’t able to react whatsoever.

I hit the top of the main climb, and there was 7 miles to go.  I bombed the descent, and hit the final climb, and was just giving it all I could.  The last 2km of the race, I felt absolutely exhausted, and the only thing that kept me pushing on was the pure adrenaline of being off the front solo, hoping that I was far enough off to take the win.

Hitting the 1km marker, I was drenched with snot and drool hanging off of my face as the moto came up to me and told me to “calm down, you have 4 minutes on the pack.” Confused with disbelief, I re-asked him what he said, and he confirmed the first statement, and told me to clean my face up for the finish. A huge wave of relief washed over me, as I began to ease up, and get ready for the finish. I crossed the line, and practically fell off of my bike in exhaustion from the break.  I had given it all, and was in a bit of disbelief. Grabbing the win two days in a row, securing myself enough points to be able to upgrade to the 2’s, have probably been the sweetest victories I’ve tasted, and what’s even better is now I can really start the season with everyone here at VuMedi!!

- Andrew

Cantua Creek Road Race

                 Another early season road race out in the middle of California; a race that I’ve often confused with Snelling, or the Madera RR course, because after a while, they all mix together as one race in my head.   There were 37 guys preregistered, and for me, that was a great opportunity to go grab some points for my upgrade.  
                  It was a cold start, and the pack started out not going very hard at all.  As one of the first road races of the season, a lot of the 3’s had a lot of nervous energy, and the pack was a little sketchy, so knowing that we had 76 miles in the race, I was hanging out near the back of the pack, letting things start to settle in, and once we really start to get going, then I’ll move up.  Around 2 miles before the first turn around, I followed Jason Kent’s wheel up the pack in order to be near the front for the turn around. There were some attacks here and there, but the first lap and a half was decently mellow, with some surges and hard points, but nothing too bad.

                 As we hit the finishing climb the 2nd time, before the 3rd and final lap, the pack was starting to surge and slow over and over, causing chaos in the group, so I decided to go to the front and ride at threshold in order to make things harder and put a dent into the guys who don’t do so well on the climbs.  As the climb went on, I looked back and saw that I only one other rider stayed with me, and we had around 20 seconds on the pack.  I decided that I would give the break a go, and as we hit the start of the 3rd lap, we had a decent gap over the pack, and the other rider and I agreed to work together.   We decided that if we still had a gap larger than 30” on the pack by the final turn around, then we would give it a go. 

                  As we took our pulls, I soon realized that the other rider didn’t have as much gas as I did, and the pulls were beginning to become uneven, and his power was just not there.  I was taking longer pulls, and when he would pull, it was just long enough for me to recover a bit and then I would go to the front again.  At the turn around, we had a good sized gap, and the other rider in the breakaway (who was from the Tru Cycling team, from Southern California), said to me that he will pull as much as he could, but that when it came to the final climb to just go at my own pace, and that If we stay off the front, that I’ll take the win.  That was that; in my head there was no other way the race was going to end up.  I was counting down the final kilometers, and was so relieved to hit the final climb with the pack out of sight. 

                  We climbed up the finishing climb, and about halfway up I dropped my breakaway partner, and got a little gap over him by the time I crossed the line.  It was one of the hardest breakaways I’ve ever had because I usually don’t try to make any deciding moves on a race with so many flat sections.  I was extremely glad that the hard work from the break paid off, and we were able to stay away for the last lap and that both of us were able to finish off the front from the pack.   

                  I really have to thank Jason Kent for protecting me on the first lap, pulling me to the front before the turn around, covering attacks, and dragging me near the front on the flat section before the finishing climb, all before he broke his wheel.

- Andrew

Cherry Pie Race Report E3

Cherry Pie has always made me a little uneasy due to the chaos that comes with so many people being nervous and jumpy in the field during the first big crit of the year.  This year started out different, because I had arrived to cherry pie with only thought going through my mind, ‘How can I use this course to my benefit?’  I’ve done this race 4 or 5 times before, and have never really been a factor in the race, and this year was the year I wanted to become a determining factor on it.

There were about 25-30 3’s on the startline, and I had made sure to get a good position at the start.  Once the whistle was blown and we were off, I punched it out to start and got within the first 5 spots before the first right turn.  It was raining at the start, and progressed eventually to a full-on downpour by the end.  This didn’t bother me at all, but knew it could influence what happens in the race. In the middle of the 2nd lap, some attacks were already flying, and by the time we were about to hit the 3rd lap, a SJBC junior had a little gap to the field.  I knew he was a decently strong rider, so as we went up the hill, I pulled the group and bridged the gap on the turn around.  With such a short race, small field, and the rainy conditions, I didn’t want to let anything off the front, because it might just get away.

 

As we went up the hill the next lap, there was a small gap to a break of 2 riders (Jonathon Christenson, and another Bear Dev rider).  I’ve raced with Jon before, and know he is a strong rider, so I decided to pull hard on the hill, and to bomb the u-turn so I could bridge up to them, hopefully not dragging anyone else across.   I was successful in bridging, and the 3 of us were working together, however none of us were 100% committed.  As a couple laps went by, with me pullingl pretty hard on the hill, and after the 2nd lap with the break, the 2nd bear rider had dropped from us, and it was just Jonathan and I. 

An unspoken agreement formed between us, as we soon realized who was stronger in what areas, and who would take a pull, for how long, and where.  I would pull from the chicane until the right hand turn right off of the downhill, and he would pull on the other half of the lap.  As the laps passed, our gap grew from 15” to 30”, and we both thought we had a fighting chance to make it.  A few more laps passed by, and the gap had grown to about 45″, and it just seemed as if the pack was not going to fight back. Jon and I had agreed to each take ½ of the primes, and he said to me, as long as I would ease up a bit for him so that he wouldn’t get dropped, he would not sprint against me, and that I had the win. 

                  As the laps went from 3 to 2 to 1, it became more and more real that I was actually going to win my first race of the season, and crossing the line with my hands in the air had to be the most surreal moment of it all.  It was a great way to start off the season, learning that I can push myself much farther than even my own expectations, and gaining confidence that will set me up for the rest of the season!

-Andrew Biscardi

VuMedi in public

For the past 5 years VuMedi has focused on the market it serves, physician education in orthopedics, cardiovascular, radiology, neurosurgery and more recently dental and oral maxillofacial surgical specialties.  We’ve focused on delivering a quality product to the physician community of VuMedi.

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As the world of social media and healthtech has exploded we focused on understanding the needs of our physician community, building a methodology that enables us to keep at the forefront of delivering quality content and valued educational programs.  We focused on innovation that serves the needs of the community avoiding the buzzwords and hype.

This deep focus comes with an upside, an understanding of how physicians like to consume information, how they navigate and what they’re interested in.  This enables us to provide better solutions and more effective ways to learn.

As we’ve grown and added new capabilities our community has provided us  feedback to improve, totally unsolicited and really high-value.  Not everyone provides unsolicited feedback, so we’re opening up this channel to allow you to post your thoughts and feedback.  To engage us in this discussion and share your vision and direction to help shape ours.

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