The Squad Rules in 2012

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This year, the Hagerty-TOLaw U-25 team put a dozen kids in over 60 bike races from March to November. It was an absolutely amazing season.

The first of its kind in the state, the squad gathered together twelve riders under the age of 25 to compete in road races, mountain bike events and ‘cross races around Michigan, taking more than a few podiums along the way. Bryan Carps emerged as a solid CAT 5 leader and one of the best climbers in the state. Jake Ellis was the top rider for the CAT 4 team, culminating an impressive season with a 6th place at the Cherry-Roubaix State Championship Road Race.

The younger riders also came on strong. Nathaniel made his debut not in the Junior race, but in the CAT 5 field at Mount Pleasant. A 56 mile wind-fest is no easy way to start your racing career, and he finished in style after slogging alone for most of the race, even after a number of other racers called it quits. Ian and Sean were huge riders for the team, and young Ryan rode his 24″ wheels in some of the big races of the year.

Ethan Koronka joined the squad an immediately proved his worth in the CAT 5 ranks as a top leadout man and a useful climber as well. With Bryan and Ethan both slated to move up to the 4s alongside their Hagerty teammates, the 4s will have a full 9-man team for the now terrifyingly tough June line-up for West Branch, Mount Pleasant and Cherry-Roubaix.

A huge thanks goes out to Hagerty and Thompson O’Neil Law, and check back to this blog for more updates throughout the winter and next season.

TOLaw Future Uncertain, One Rider Retires From Sport

Wes taking the win at the 2011 Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic

TOLaw Management received the following email this morning from star rider Wes Sovis, announcing his plans to end his competitive racing career. The team’s future, Wes’ involvement in the team and the sport, and other considerations, are still uncertain. Continue reading

2011 Iceman Cometh Challenge Photo Gallery

Brian Matter!

TOLaw’s Joe Sovis contributed many of these rockin’ pics of the 2011 Iceman Cometh Challenge. After Wes finished 90th and Cody 94th in their first races with the Pros, TOLaw will end it’s season on a high note, racing with the likes of JHK, the super-classy Jeremiah Bishop and many, many others. Below is the photo gallery, which can also be accessed in the Photo Gallery tab above. Be sure to check out our Iceman Videos here and the Race Recap when you have finally caught your breath!

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2011 Iceman Cometh Challenge Ice Cycle Expo Gallery

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The 2011 Iceman Cometh kicked off today with the Ice Cycle Expo. The 4,500 racers and more than a few thousand fans will trickle through the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa to see vendors from around the country. TREK, Specialized, … Continue reading

Iceman Cometh Will Conclude One TOLaw Rider’s Season

Cody will end 2011 season with the Iceman. Contract negotiations will start in December.

Even with the prospect of a handful of cyclocross races in the weeks after, Cody Sovis has announced the Iceman Cometh will be his final competition of the 2011 Continue reading

TOLaw Takes Win After Course-Cutting Scandal Is Revealed! Intrigue! Surprise!

Wes secures the bikes after the Lowell 50.

Late last evening, Wes Sovis was notified by Lowell 50 officials that the provisional winner of the 18-29 Men’s 50 mile category was confirmed to have cut significant portions of the course.

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