Nov 26, 2012

Jingle Cross
Cyclocross Race

Its true what you've read, there are few better things than riding your bike. For those of use who enjoy riding and racing bikes we learn to appreciate the finer details in a given race. So with that may I present the singularly best race I have had the privilege to line up at.

Jingle Cross is a three day cyclocross race in Iowa City, Iowa. What makes Jingle Cross unlike other local races is the size of the fields. The Cat 4 field held no fewer than 50 entrants per race. The other categories held similar sizes with no fewer than 30 entrants per field.

Racing against those numbers makes the race quite competitive. Every move, pedal, and dismount all the more critical. A small misstep and you've dropped five positions. I dropped my chain while attempting to shift my chain from my front little ring to front big ring on a straight gravel section. While I was forced to reapply the chain by hand a top-ten finish whizzed right by me in the form of three or four other riders. 

(It takes a good power washer)

The race atmosphere is another defining quality of Jingle Cross. Anyone familiar with cross knows of the community of other racers hanging out post race for spectating other races and good-natured heckling. Cross racers are known to enjoy a good time and things can get pretty crazy as we try to stay warm in the Iowa late fall.

(The longer it takes to get up the longer we get to heckle)

Large crowds gather to finish their day off with spectating the Pro races. Jingle Cross attracts both top-level men and women. To watch the Pro's in their element is a study not only in technical mastery, physical conditioning, but the beauty of bikes slicing the mud, roots, gravel, grass, and weaving their wave through the course like birds.

(Weave your way through the barn)

(Weave your way through the mud)

(It is a bike race co-located with a dance party)

Sep 23, 2012

Cyclocross for DSC

Dalton State Cycling made its very first foray into the peculiar event known as cyclocross. It is a cross between mountain biking, trail riding, and an obstacle course. DSC was represent by our team president Julian.

 (Photo: Whitney Allison)

In his first cross race ever, on a Panzer tank of a bike (easily 35+lbs bike), he rolled out and proceeded to pick off other racers one by one. JZ finished quite well with a 12th place finish. Post race JZ remarked that racing cross could be tougher than some road-race criteriums.

The race was deceptively straight forward, but allowed the racers no rest or recovery as each fought for position and tackled the undulating course. After the 30 minute race each participant was cooked but all had a blast. 

DSC hopes, time allowing, to participate in more cross events as it provides a fun and very challenging way of racing your bike, maintaining fitness and having blast while doing so. 

Sep 17, 2012

Dalton State Cycling is proud to present our new kit design for 2013. 

If you are interested in receiving a jersey or full kit and helping our club please contact me directly at

Win or lose, we are gonna look good.

Jersey - $65.00
Bibs - $115.00

So where is Dalton State Cycling after last season?

We are here and training hard to be ready for another great road season. The team this year consists of Julian Zehr, Nolan Wehr, and Javier Menjivar.

Julian will be starting out in the top-level A group and vying for the overall win in our conference.

Nolan is slated to start in the B group and hoping for a quick upgrade to the A group to be lieutenant to Julian.

This year we introduce DSC newest member, Javier Menjivar. Javier will start out in the novice, D category, and will likely advance quickly into the C field.

Similar to previous years, we are a small team with very bold goals. This year our team will fight to win the team competition for DIV II schools, and the individual win in the A and D field.

Also new for this year will be a foray into cyclocross. We are planning on using the short but fun cross season to add some spice to our training schedule and get some fall racing our legs.

Apr 28, 2012


The Dalton State Cycling team ended its road season this past weekend in Brevard, NC. 

The Brevard weekend found Nolan Wehr and Ethan Williams in attendance as the Zehr's were not able to race. Wehr and Williams entered the weekend excited and ready to race. Williams raced one of his best TT's of the season and placed 3rd against strong competition on a very challenging, long and hilly course. Wehr also faced the same dreaded course placing an eternal 2nd against his determined competitor. The road race and the criterium were not as successful as injuries and a long-season took its toll. Overall the weekend was great racing fun and beautifully challenging.

The season as a whole was a dramatic success. The team was able not only able to have very fine results but was also has able to foster the growth of its riders.

Ethan “Blackhawk” Williams was a new rider and racing member for this season. Starting from scratch he gained fitness and experience at a remarkable pace. Blackhawk won the early season “D's” races with bold ease allowing a quick upgrade into the “C” category. He convincingly won the conference category D overall. He was also able to secure a top half finish in category “C” after upgrading during the season.

Ethan “Uno” Zehr furthered his racing credentials with ferocious competition for the B conference overall win. Uno's season was one of great results with a slew of top 5's and many top 3 finishes. Although UNO was unable to compete the final weekend he still held enough of an advantage to win 3rd overall in the B category.

 (Photo: Tom Reed)
 Julian “Big Diesel” Zehr joined his fellow compatriots halfway through the season due an early season injury. Once the diesel got started he was hard to slow down. Initially Big D helped Blackhawk in the “C” field but soon upgraded to “B's” to help UNO for the conference win. Big D was still able to gain enough points to finish in the top half of the B field. Big D worked hard to help bring the win for UNO and at the same time having great results for himself in the Time Trials. 

 (Photo: Tom Reed)
Nolan “Godfather” Wehr gained much needed guidance from his fellow teammates and learned how to be a better racer and overall bike rider. He started the season in the “C” field still learning the trade and had some decent results. Halfway through the season he joined UNO in the “B” field to gain more experience and help his teammate during the race. Wehr placed in the top ten of the “C” field and in the top half of the “B” field. 

 (Photo: Tom Reed)
The team also includes those who don't race. The team coach Leon Storm was always available to help with specific exercise drills, motor-pacing, and guidance. He put in his time and expertise for us, asking little in return. The faculty adviser Dr. Gonzalez helped us host a first-class race and was a staunch advocate for our success. And of course, all the parents – who likely barely understood this whole bike “thing” but were critical every pedal of the way.

The conference cumulative points results from the season:

Team Division II

Ethan Zehr:
3rd B

Julian Zehr:
31/66 - C
23/54 - B

Ethan Williams:
1/22 - D
24/66 - C

Nolan Wehr:
7/66 - C
17/54 - D

Apr 16, 2012

Clash at Clemson

Clemson weekend was a mixture of the highest delights and crumbling frustrations. The team was fully complimented by all members this weekend – Ethan Zehr, Julian Zehr, Ethan Williams, and Nolan Wehr.

When Saturday dawned early for the time trial it was all out war. Ethan Zehr, Julian, and Nolan all rode the “B” TT. The course graded downhill until the turnaround four miles later, then came the gradual climb back up to the finish. The rollers of the course were unforgiving as it tested and taxed the strongest riders. The TT win stayed elusive as again, the rider from King College took first, relegating Julian, Wehr, and Ethan to second through fourth respectively. Ethan Williams brought out the power and rode a strong TT finishing easily in the top five, although official results are not yet available.

After a brief respite from the TT the “B” racers lined up for their 40 mile road race. We conspired with our pals, Samuel Douglas and Dylan DeGraw from Furman University to help Ethan Zehr in his quest for the “B” conference win. The race started out easily enough with Dalton and Furman in complete control of the peloton. Half way through the race the attacks began and never ceased. The team rode hard to keep the peloton together for the sprint finish. As the finish drew near fatigued riders were shelled out the back. The sprint finish was a flurry of movement as Ethan sliced across the line in 6th.

In the “C” road race Ethan Williams lined up ready for a 20 mile race. Despite great conditioning and form in the recent weeks an old injury flared up to crimp his race before he had a chance to assert his strength. Williams never stopped and rode across the line finishing what he started and with his usual confidence and uplifting attitude.

Sunday brought Furman and Dalton State back together to tag-team the criterium race. The conference rival of Ethan, Drew - Georgia Southern, rode well and tested the team with repetitive attacks. After the previous days work in the road race tired legs could be felt all around. Keeping focused Ethan kept a good position in the final laps and finished 3rd in the sprint.

Williams choose not to risk further injury in the crit race and we look forward to watching his dominance next weekend.

The entire weekend demonstrated what a team is and how great teamwork can pull through on the most challenging courses and demanding competition. Whatever the team may have wanted in results we never lacked in trying our best collectively and unselfishly to reach our goals.

Apr 3, 2012

Battle in Dawg Country - Athens, GA.

The Dalton State Cyling Team went to to Athens, GA this past weekend for the Battle in Dawg Country. The team was represented this weekend by Ethan Zehr, Julian Zehr and Nolan Wehr.

The racing started promptly for Julian early Saturday morning with the "C" circuit race. If there is an award for most aggressive riding it would unquestionably go to Julian who averaged nearly an attack every lap. His attacks shed riders out the back but the strong guys would just not let Julian escape. The field finished in a sprint with Julian picking up a solid 4th.

The "B" circuit race was up next. Ethan Zehr and Nolan Wehr were expecting to ride as a duo but were happily joined by Julian, who after finishing his race upgraded to a "B" rider. The "B" race started fast and stayed fast. Julian and Wehr fought to keep the field in check and chase down any attempts at a breakaway. The hard work paid off as no breakaways were able to keep away. The final lap proved difficult and dangerous. The final turn had a crash in which Julian was slightly involved, cutting off part of another riders helmet with his spokes. Ethan was well ahead of the crash and finished safe.

The Time Trial featured the same box-style course as the circuit race. The 2.5 mile TT was a punishing all out effort for the riders. Julian found a smooth groove in the course and rode a very strong and smart TT placing 2nd. The TT was one of the most competitive of the year with the difference between 2nd and 7th being a mere TWO seconds.

Sunday brought the team to a new course for the final circuit race. The team worked well together and despite it's small size worked to control the peloton during the race. Julian dominated the front keeping everything in control for Ethan. Wehr worked to bring back a breakaway attempt by Ethan's nearest rival in the overall points competition. The fast and competitive race went well for the team. Julian picked up a preme lap for points and Ethan came across the line placing fourth.

The late season battle for conference points in the "B" category is becoming very competitive. After this weekend Ethan is down a handful of points to his nearest competitor. However the whole team is confident and serious about bringing the "B" win for Ethan and the team. Racing continues at Clemson in two weeks where the team will be in better form and ready for battle.

Mar 22, 2012

BATTLE FOR DALTON Weekend Wrap Up and Thank You

The Dalton State Cycling Team is thrilled to have hosted the “Battle for Dalton” weekend. The weather cleared just in time Saturday morning for a great ITT/TTT. Later that afternoon we had beautiful sun with warm but not too warm temperatures. Sunday's road race went just as well with great weather and happy racers.

(Mars Hill looking happy)
The team itself had one of its best weekends. Home field advantage or just dedicated riding and training? We think the later. All team members rolled out Sunday on the Team Time Trial. The TTT went well and the team placed 2nd.
(Lees McRae Women TTT start)
The challenging, rolling circuit race was a test of every rider. We may have designed the course but it certainly did not make it any easier to race on. In the “C” group Julian Zehr and Ethan Williams raced well. Zehr came in 3rd. Williams rode well but fell off after not feeling well. In the “B” race Nolan Wehr set out to help Ethan Zehr solidify his lead in the overall yearly rankings for “B”. Zehr raced very smart, fought for positions against more dominate teams. Zehr kept his position and finished very well in 3rd. Wehr tried his best to help Zehr, bringing back a breakaway, and finished 9th.
(Lees McRae leading an attack)
Sunday's road race treated everyone well. Williams and Zehr played the team card dominating the entire race. Williams returned well from his previous injury and finished top ten, in 8th. In the “B” road race Zehr and Wehr focused on team tactics again. Zehr was again riding a fine race with Wehr helping out when he could to protect the team leader. In the sprint finish Zehr flew to the finish just barely missing 1st and claiming impressive 2nd.

(The invaluable: Jack Tomassetti, Offical John Karr, and David Randolph)
The Team was so pleased with the turn out of this weekend. We had so much help from out fantastic Officials: Anthony Carrel, Leon Storm, and John Karr. The super-professional duo from Florida State, Jack Tomassetti and Gabriel Suarez, who ran a great chip-timing system that made race results so easy.
The team's faculty adviser Dr. Gonzalez went above and beyond his duty to help out in every possible fashion this weekend. We simply could not have done it without his help.
The parents of the Zehr's and Williams' were also vital to the success of the weekend. From getting toilet paper to driving the wheel truck to being our best cheering section there was no task they weren't eager to help with.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out - Dr. Gonzalez math class, Matt Smith, Nick Frazier, David Randolph, Lt. Rollins and the Whitfield Co. Sheriff Dept; Sgt. Lopez and the Cohutta Police Dept.
There are so many people vital to helping run a cycling race. We appreciate each person who volunteered – we were successful because of you. Thank You.
(Dr. Gonzalez, Wehr, Williams, E. Zehr, J. Zehr, Coach & Offical Leon Storm)

Mar 15, 2012

Battle for Dalton Info


This weekend for Chip timing, we will have one point of contact per team (president, team captain, etc.) to use their credit card as collateral for the chips each team will rent.  So, bring your card to registration. 

We will be selling T-Shirts for $3 each and locally made coffee for 50 cents a cup.

Saturday and Sunday according to are ~80 F for the high and in the mid-50s for the low with 20% chance of rain.  Perfect weather for racing.

So, if you haven't preregistered yet, do so here:
to avoid the late fee.

Mar 5, 2012

"Battle for Dalton" Article

A great newspaper article about the upcoming "Battle for Dalton" race.

Mar 4, 2012


(Riders on the storm)

The Cumberland weekend was a weekend of adventure for the Dalton State Cycling Team. The trip up to Cumberland was interrupted once by reports of a nearby tornado. Arriving later that afternoon at the hotel the team went for an easy ride. The ride soon turned ominous as yet another storm was tracking straight for the team's location. The team arrived back and hotel in time to huddle in the stairwell as the day's second tornado sent wind and hail but thankfully no damage.

Saturday morning began with clear skies and great weather for the Individual Time-Trail. Ethan Zehr and Nolan Wehr participated in the "B" Category TT. Zehr placed 3rd and Wehr placed 2nd. Later in the day the challenging Road Race began. Zehr rode well on a course with undulating terrain and a series of vicious attacks to place in the top ten.

Sunday was more racing with a challenging yet fun crit course. A brisk wind out the north blasted riders on the back stretch. The "B's" raced off the line for 45 minutes. Zehr, again, had another great top-ten finish with 6th place in the sprint.

Later that afternoon, a bonus-round, training crit was offered to all riders. Zehr, on his fourth race of the weekend, played it smart, stayed safe, and again(!) had an excellent top-ten finish in the 1/2/3 race with 8th overall and 2nd in the Cat 3 group. Wehr rode the Cat 4 group and held a solo break-away for multiple laps until the peloton reeled him back in. Wehr finished 7th.

(Warm-up ride with a friendly neighborhood dog)

Feb 27, 2012

Georgia Southern Recap

Bike racing can be a hard knock life. The Dalton State Team found this out this past weekend at Georgia Southern. Ethan Williams performed with excellence in the morning Time Trial placing 2nd. It was the next day at the criterium race where Williams was involved in an accident. The accident has put Williams out for racing for the next few races to play it safe. The whole team looks forward to the return of Williams. Ethan Zehr had a challenging weekend as well. Zehr placed well in the TT, with a 2nd place. The road race and criterium were not as favorable. Zehr used the opportunity to recover from minor injury and as training for future races.

Julian Zehr is officially back riding this week! Zehr will take the next few weeks to regain strength and should return with vigor to racing.

Next up is Cumberland!

Feb 23, 2012

"Battle for Dalton"

The Dalton State Cycling Team will host the "Battle for Dalton" collegiate cycling race. We have created a special page (see above menu) with the race flyer and other information for the race. We will update the page continuously to provide up to date information for those attending the race.

We welcome all teams and look forward to providing a great race for all. We are going to try and present the best possible race experience for all involved.

If there is anything you would like to see or suggest we will gladly entertain ideas - as this is your race.

We are looking forward to hosting and having a great race.

Georgia Southern Preview

The Dalton State Cycling Team will travel to Statesboro Georgia this weekend (2/25-26) for the race hosted by Georgia Southern.

The team is sending Ethan Zehr and Ethan Williams to compete this weekend. We are looking forward to Zehr continuing his strong finishes and fighting for a podium spot in the "B" category. While Williams will face new competition with his fresh upgrade to "C's". Williams should be able to finish solid and place well as he as been recently riding strongly.

The team is also eagerly anticipating the return of Julian Zehr. Zehr has been out with injury and playing it safe. We expect he could return to riding as early as next week.

Feb 13, 2012

Early Season Success.

The Dalton State Cycling team is having a very successful early 2012 season.

The teams first race was in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida Swamp Classic. Ethan Williams, in his first collegiate race, placed 4th in the technical circuit race, 4th in the time trial, and 1st in the criterium. Ethan Zehr racing category "B" was well placed for a 3rd place sprint finish in the circuit race. Nolan Wehr won the time trial for the "C" catergory.

The team's recent weekend was in Tallahassee, Florida for the Seminole Cycling Classic. It was the teams strongest weekend to date. Williams won the time trail and road race with commanding margins. Williams' strength allowed him for a quick upgrade into the "C" category. Wehr placed first in the time trail and placed 5th in the road race sprint finish. Ethan Zehr broke away in the "B" road race and fought to keep a hold ahead of the peloton but was caught and finished in the sprint. Zehr also fought numbness in freezing temperatures to fight for 8th place in the "B" crit race.

The team is looking forward to their upcoming races. The early season is very promising and more top finishes and wins are anticipated. The team will also look forward to the return of Julian Zehr, who will hopefully return soon from injury. The team is excited for the next race at Georgia Southern.

Jan 11, 2012

2012 Road Race Calendar

2012 SECCC Road Race Calendar

*notice the Dalton State weekend!

Hosting School
Feb 4-5
University of Florida

Feb 11-12
Florida State

Feb 25-26
Georgia Southern

Mar 3-4
Cumberland University

Mar 10-11
Central Florida

Mar 17-18
Dalton State

Mar 31-1

Apr 14-15

Apr 21-22
Brevard (Conference)

May 4-6
Ogden (Nationals)