Canyon Bicycles Team

Canyon Bicycles Team
Canyon Bicycles Tour of Utah Team

Don't sweat the technique

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Race results

5TH XC UFD Leadbelt XC, St.Joe MO 3-13-11
1st XC UFD Greensfelder Challenge, Eureka, MO 6-7-11
2nd XC KC Cup, Blue Springs, MO Cat-1 40-49 6-12-11
1st XC UFD Indian Creek Camp grd 6hr, Foristell, MO 6-22-11
2nd XC UFD Castlewood XC, Wildwood, MO 7-9-11
2nd XC UFD Brommelsiek Challenge, Wentzville, MO 7-17-11
1st XC UFD Spoke and Pony Showdown, KC, MO 8-13-11
1st XC UFD Cyclewerx Crankfest, Cape Girardeau, MO 8-21-11
1st XC MO State Champion, Cat-1 40-49 2011
2nd CX Gateway Cross Cup 40-99 master, U-City, MO 9-21-11
1st XC UFD Chubby Chaser,Eureka,MO 10-2-11
1st CX Bubba Mem Cyclocross series #1 Cat-3/4 10-15-11
1st CX Bubba Mem Cyclocross series #2 Cat-3/4 10-16-11
1st CX Bubba Mem Cyclocross series #3 Cat-3/4 10-23-11
8th CX Bubba Mem Cyclocross series #4 Cat-1/2/3 10-29-11
3rd CX Bubba Mem Cyclocross series #5 Cat-1/2/3 11-12-11
4th CX Bubba Mem Cyclocross series #6 Cat-1/2/3 11-13-11
1st CX MO State Championships KC,MO 12-4-11
8th CX Veldrijden Columbia, Columbia,MO 12-18-11
3rd CX Bubba Mem Cyclocross series overall Cat-1/2/3 2011 1st XC UFD Cat-1 40+ overall winner

Saturday, December 10, 2011

2011 Cat-3 MO State Cyclocross Champion

This would be my second attempt at this race. Having finished 7th with a descent race last year I was hoping to make the podium as it's the last chance at a state title race for 2011. The race promoters put a 12 pack of beer prime for the first lap finisher. There was a lot of peer pressure from local race support to claim that beer. I would do my customary fast start and see if the opportunity would still remain. Sure enough riders stampeded recklessly at the front, over shooting turns and choosing bad lines through the excessive mud. I traded leads with the other lead rider(Stuart Robson),but in the end his line choices relegated him behind me as I got the prime and got ready for the counter move that would surely come. A chase group of 4 formed and played cat and mouse with one another, leaving me dangling off the front by 5 seconds at best. After 2 laps or so the chasers attacked each other in an attempt to bridge across, effectively blowing apart the chase group. One rider from that group (Peter Jensen)would catch me at what was the top of the course and lose contact through the flat section of course. Fortunately for me the finish was at the end of the flat section of course and I would nurse that small lead to a sprint finish separated by a bike length or two. This is my first year securing 2 state jerseys in one year.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ezekiel ( 1:15-21) once had a vision of God. . . .

15 Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, [g]for each of the four of them. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like [h]sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if [i]one wheel were within another. 17 W...henever they [j]moved, they [k]moved in any of their four [l]directions without turning as they [m]moved. 18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about. 19 Whenever the living beings [n]moved, the wheels [o]moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. 20 Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction[p]. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living [q]beings was in the wheels. 21 Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living [r]beings was in the wheels.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011


I'm trying to be something I've never seen and as far as I've seen does not exist!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

1st Cat-1 40+ 2011 UFD East series championships

After missing races and doing well in the others, it came down to the last race and to the last descent to the finish. As second place would chase me all the way to the finish line. Hard series, glad to have been competitive in it!

2nd 2011 Chubby Chaser point 2 point

Chubb Trail point 2 point mountain bike race. One of the most technically demanding courses is back. After several years off the schedule Chubb Trail is back as a point 2 point. A two faced trail that start out friendly enough only to turn into Mr Jeckel on the second half of the trail. I've raced it many times as a time trial and can never remember taking anything less or morethan 2nd place every time. I'm happy with that!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

3rd overall 2011 Geteway Cross Cup Masters 40/50+

2011 Gateway Cross Cup Masters 40/50+ 2 laps to go. After the shake in the first laps Jeff Yeilding and myself took turns pushing the pace until only 3 of us where left to contest the sprint. ( I got 3rd :/ ) It's funny to hear the competitor cry out from back to back attacks on his legs!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

4th overall " Thursday Night Dirt Crits "

With the sheer choas that goes on in these races the only chance you have at being incident free is to be off the front. One rider this year could that ( Eric Pirtle ) as the rest of us tripped over each other as runners up to the throne!

A glimpse of reality!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

4th Overall " Castlewood Adventure Race " 7-09-11

With smothering humidity the pro/experts toed the line. We race in our age group, yet the payout is for the overall. Tim Kakouris took charge of the stampede leading to the first climb. Approaching the base of the climb I positioned myself in the front of a rocky creek bed style climb known as " Lone Wolf " . A second attacked occurred half way up the climb as some wanted to open up a gap before the long descent back down. Slipping backwards to 5th in the initial climb I re-accelerated at the top and followed 4th place down the first climb. Passing 4th at the bottom I was left with a gap to 3rd place that I would not close. I was 2nd in the 40+ age group and 4th overall. It was nice to see Castlewood Park again and the new trails that have been added!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

1st MO State Championships 2011

The ultimatum. . . . The race organizers decided to host both the road and mountain bike state championships on the same day. Effectively cutting into attendance of both. Leaving the few with dual potential in both disciplines to make a decision. I chose off road to avoid team tactics that occure in road racing.
Eyes where on radar during the 24hrs leading up to the race. Current and predicted rain forecast drowned out the enthusiasm of many. The treacherously technical course would scare off the remainder of the unsure.
Arriving to a drizzling course insured no test ride or warm up would happen. Knowingly racing on fast tires with NO traction is not smart. Riding them on rocks and mud is really asking for it. I got the whole shot, led to the single track and for half of the first lap when a group of 6 passed me in a field crossing. I chased them into the the single track where I lost track of who's who as we began to pass lap riders. The course dried up slightly before the finish but many elbows and knees suffered the consequences.
I came out of my pedals many times and with plastic bottom cycling shoes wasn't anymore graceful when pushing the bike. Happy to have stayed off the ground I finished once again in a shell shocked daze of flash back close calls that happened through out the race. Hoping I stayed in the top 3 I was shocked to find I had won.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ist overall, Indian Creek Campground 6hr, 6/22/11

Where to start. With very few mountain bike rides this year and fewer mountain bike races. No test ride, no warm up etc. There's no reason I should have won other than I always swing for the fences in any challenge regardless of the odds or chances. Suffocate anxiety, chin check doubt and bring all your experience to the table. From my bikes set up to the supplements propelling me ( CR carborocket ) , all your ducks have to be in a row. 5 hrs of suffocating heat ended in cold hypothermic rain and the deadliest weekend in tornado history as the loud speaker at the award ceremony attempted to speak over the tornado sirens. I am humbled by every successful event!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Ist overall Greensfelder Challenge 2011

After being plagued with poor tire choices in 29ers I was FINALLY able to get my favorites in the 29r version. This course had received many days of rain turning the rocky condition treacherous. Many riders sitting this one out. I had never seen or ridden the new trails at Greenfelder and had no warm up. The starts are crucial here as I struggled to hold the front on the way to the single track. Entering the single track in second was fine but dictated my pace to the bottom of the first climb where all my gaps happen in racing. First place left me in no mans land for the next hour, till third pulled up and later pulled away. More scared of the treacherous course I refused to be distracted with a chase or pursuit. With 5 miles left second place was coming back quickly as his legs where cramping. Coming to the finish line I was happy with second. Only to find out first had broke his wrist and I had won the race. Still shell shocked from riding/ramping/sliding through muddy rocks for 2+hrs I could only stare ground and thank the Lord for letting me come through healthy( Thank You )!!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011


Life is a cycle in which we ride
where stray egos come out to play
A peloton of personalities and pride
All trying to ride away.

Assertive to the front, the passive to the back
Separating the predator from the prey
But I can't hold back I must attack
Until I ride them all away.

When desperation pursues and holds my wheel
And misfortune blocks my way
My spear is carbon, the tip is steel
So to ride them all away.

When time attacks my body
With sickness and decay
I grimace my face and double my pace
When I ride them all away.

When the clouds of life gather against me
Threatening sorrow and dismay
I face it's wind and dig within
I will ride them all away.

As the chaos of life fails to contain you
Leave them only one thing they can say
You came to race and set the pace
When you rode them all away.

Sam Moore

Monday, March 7, 2011

2011 has started

Froze toes 2-27-11

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Throttle twisted with the clutch inclined,
Hundreds of horses and all redlined.
Leaning foreword and straddled high,
Embracing with passion and ready to fly.

Dropping the clutch without hesitation,
Brings life to the beast and riders relation.
As the fractions pass in a blurry seen,
When the roosters fly and the engines scream.

Lighting fast, reflex or decision,
Is it a breakaway or curtain collision.
From hills high to valleys low ,
The better your time the faster you go.

Fatigue is gaining as muscle tire,
The engine grow hot as the pistons fire.
Body and bike melt as one,
Call it a hobby in the name of fun.

Just a weekend like all the rest,
Taking for granted what some do best !

Samuel F Moore