Moving On

•March 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We’d like to thank Indiana Regional Medical Center for 3 solid years of generous support and sponsorship of the team.  Thanks to all of our sponsors, race promoters, USAC officials, competitors, and other people involved in the sport – your continuing contributions make it possible for us to continue to race and promote cycling as a healthy, positive sport.

We’re happy to be able to announce that the team will be aiming to continue its successes into the 2011 season, albeit under a new name and new sponsorship.  Please visit our new site, Team GPOA, for further updates!


April and May Results. 2010 Racing

•May 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

As we all know, we had a long winter…
Racing season came up on us quickly, and the Indiana Regional Medical Center cycling team has been out getting some results.

Claymont Criterium (Claymont DE)
Mike Stubna took a 5th place in the Claymont Criterium in Delaware.

-Mingo Spring Classic (Pittsburgh PA)

Jake Lifson took a 3rd and a 4th in the early spring races.

Jake riding off the front

-Lower Providence Criterium (West Chester PA)
Jared Babik made a hard split, ending up in a 3 man group with Silver Medal USPRO time trial champion Scotty Zwizanski. Babik took 3rd on the day.

Babik and Zwizanski

-Greenbrier Mountain Bike Race (Boonsboro MD)
Stephen Cummings lined up against some of the best Pro mountain bikers on the East Coast and held his own. He managed 5th on the day in the Pro men category. Greenbrier is a part of the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Series.

Not to shabby for a roadie

Steevo makes the podium

-New Martinsville Road Race (New Martinsville WV)
Stephen Cummings made the trip to wild West Virginia for a brutally hilly and windy road race. He spent most of the day in a two man group and ended up taking second place.

Steevo climbing alone in the final miles of the race

-Aliquippa Circuit Race (Aliquippa PA)
John Rowley braved the 30mph winds and cold weather to make the lead group at the second Aliquippa circuit race. John spent a lot of the race trying to further break up the lead group, and still managed 5th in the final sprint on the day.

John trying to further split up the field

And on to Cyclocross…

•October 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

With the G20 race behind us, a few team members are going to be doing a few months of Cyclocross racing this fall.

The final weekend of September, Grove City hosted a Month of Mud cyclocross race. The Month of Mud series is a Western Pennsylvania legacy, going back over 20 years. Steevo Cummings took home an exciting sprint WIN after battling with Gerry Pflug for the entire race.

This past weekend, Mike Stubna raced “The Iron Cross – Americas longest cross race,” in central PA.
Mike lasted with the lead group for over 3 hours, but cracked pretty hard in the last hour, losing 13 places. Mike dropped back and settled for a respectable 18th against over 250 starters.

Below Mike is in the lead group alongside multiple time national champion and world’s team member Jeremiah Bishop.

Steevo Cummings headed to Cincinnati for one of the only internationally ranked 3 day cyclocross weekends in the world. Steevo battled against the current American and Danish cyclocross national champions. He finished a very respectable 16th, 21st, and 15th over the three days.
Steevo got a good photo on the Velo News website.

Friday was a very muddy day.

The course required multiple runs, and multiple bike switches to keep the bike clean (notice 2 different bikes between the 2 photos.)

Out with a bang

•September 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The team’s road season “officially” ended this weekend with the the G20 Prologue and Criterium, held at Pittsburgh’s North Park.

Jared sped to the the prologue win and Bob, Ed, Chris, and Rob worked together seamlessly in the criterium to secure him the overall GC win as well.   Nice work guys!

The IRMC cycling team would like to thank UPMC Sports Medicine and all the race sponsors, Fred B. and all the organizers, the officials, Andy Baechle and the Allegheny County Parks and police, and all our competitors for making this event a big success.

Full results here, and pictures of the team in action below:

End of the Season Round-up

•September 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The end of the ’09 road racing season is upon us.  There are only one or two road events left in the area, and it seems an appropriate time to recap some of our end-of-season race results.

At the local Pittsburgh training race at the Washington Blvd oval, the team won several awards.  Jake took first place (most points over the entire season of races at the oval), Jared took second place, Steevo took the “most aggressive rider” award, and the the team as a whole won first place in the team award category.  Although the oval is just a local training race, each week the competition is intense.  Fine teamwork, tight cohesiveness, and individuals working together for the benefit of the team were the primary reasons for these great results.

Further afield from our home base of Pittsburgh, Jake won the field sprint at the Chris Thater Memorial Crit Masters 35+ race, finishing 9th, and Mike posted some nice end of season results by finishing 2nd at the Lehigh Valley Winery Circuit Race and 4th at the Deodate Road Race in Lancaster.  Mike and Bob also participated in the PA State Road Race but came home a bit disappointed, getting caught in a crash during the race.

A big thanks goes to all our sponsors, who supported us all year long, and who we are proud to reward with these and other great results this year.  We couldn’t have done it without their continued support, and we are proud to continue to represent them in competitive venues each week.

As fall approaches, most of the team are now either getting geared up for cyclocross, transitioning over to running or another sport for cross-training purposes, or just taking a bit of a break for now.   So, we’ll see you out there sometime soon, either at the races or riding or training, until the snow hits!

Grandview Grand Prix and Liberty Crit

•July 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

This past weekend saw Jake and Mike in action at two races out East.

Saturday was Grandview in Lancaster PA.  Jake and Mike lined up in field of maybe 50 guys including Kyle Wamsley and a few fast track guys in from TTown.  It was a fantastic course in a shady neighborhood and lots of enthusiastic fans and residents lining the streets.  6 corners – and what made them interesting was the fact that potholes and bumps made it difficult to take the best line.  Everybody hit some of the holes at least once I’m sure.  With all the turns and tight corners, it was a great course for a breakaway, and everybody knew it, so the racing was very aggressive.   Jake made what looked to be the race winning break about halfway through the race, but the field still had some energy left and a hard chase ensued.  On the catch, Wamsley attacked immediately and another break rolled off, this time for good.  The rest of the field basically imploded.  Mike got into a small chase group and finished 11th, Jake finished right behind in 16th.  Full results here.

Sunday, Liberty crit in Malvern PA.  Office park crit.  The course is used for a weekly training ride, so lots of local riders were there, including a large contingent from Alliance.  The wind and the non-selective nature of the course made it seem predestined for a field sprint.  Unfortunately, we definitely didn’t play our cards right in the end and ended up empty handed.  Next time!  Full results here.

Some July Racing.

•July 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

On July 11th Mike Stuba finished 7th in the Tour of Mt Nebo. This is one of the hardest road races in Pennsylvania. It is characterized by its brutal hills. The attrition rate of the race was near 50%

Mike on the climb at Mt Nebo.

On July 12, 3 members of the IRMC squad lined up for the Renfrew Ras in Butler county. The 80 mile road race took about four hours to complete. The heat and distance again lead to a 50% attrition rate, leaving few finishers on the day.
Steevo was able to grab 3rd place, and first place King of the Mountain.

Ed racing at Renfrew.

A whittled down pack with Steevo grabbing King of the Mountain points.

3rd man on the podium.

Also, young Nathan Clair managed to ride his way into the emergency room this month with a broken wrist. Our wishes for a speedy recovery Nate!