First Ever ‘Gentlemen’s Cup’ Results, also known as “Tour of the Falling Leaves”

Mike Okma!

The results from the first-ever TC competition that rewards strong teams, strong riders, and strong people. It’s not about the prize, it’s about the race. The best award possible is the distinction of being good Gentlemen and Gentlewomen.

(For the TOLaw Recap, click here)
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TOLaw Outraged At ‘Mechanical Doping’ Scandal, Interested In “How that would work”

Wes, probably not on a mechanically altered bike.

Top man Dan O’Neil was furious after various media outlets made claims that TOLaw was using systematic ‘mechanical doping’ for its riders. “That is a blatant and outrageous lie,” Dan said to cameras early this afternoon after eating a grilled cheese sandwich. “There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by our team. Besides, we can’t even change a flat tire, let alone install an electric engine.”

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Training Close-Up: Cody Sovis

Cody suffering, but in the lead, at Big M.

All this week, TOLaw Cycling has been showing off their training routes leading up to the KissCross Cyclocross race at Plaster Creek Park, Grand Rapids. Today’s route is from team climber Cody Sovis, who now resides in the unbearably flat tundra of Allendale, Michigan. On this flat turf, he has turned to the mountain bike to work on his power, which will be crucial heading into the Fall Classics which demand well-rounded performances from racers hoping to finish high. While a strong climber, Cody has suffered on the flatter courses this year, which means he’ll need all the work he can get heading into Pando.

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Training Close-Up: Joe Sovis

Joe working on skinny tires at the Cherry-Roubaix. It's all fat tires from here on out...

Joe is the wily veteran of the TOLaw Cycling team and he knows better than anyone how to be ready to roll on race day. Joe let us check out his Strava account to see a normal training ride as he prepares for this Sunday’s cyclocross race at Plaster Creek Park, and even more importantly, for the Fall Classics.

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Training Close-Up: Wes Sovis

Wes powers away at Big M

The power puncheur of the TOLaw squad offered up his Strava account so we could take a look at a typical training ride for the fast man from Interlochen. Wes is currently working on his form for the KissCross Cyclocross Series which begins the very Sunday at Plaster Creek Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Already known for his impressive and powerful style of riding, Wes is fine-tuning his pedal-mashing ahead of the CX and Fall Classics sneaking up on racers, beginning September 11th.

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TOLaw Ready For Fall Classics

TOLaw. 4Lyfe.

Now nearly a month removed from the glory of the Cherry-Roubaix, the slender and light road bikes have been rudely tossed aside in favor of the thicker-tired mountain bikes that will see profuse enjoyment this fall. As a part of the mid-season debut of Thompson O’Neil Law Cycling, the main targets of the 2011 season are now on the the front boiler, beginning with a cyclocross tune-up race September 11th.

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Wes Sovis’ Mission To Achieve 1,000 Watts

Wes. Probably cruising along at 1,000 Watts right here.

This afternoon, the younger Sovis portion of the team, Cody and Wes, embarked on a journey of unbelievably awesome potential. Setting aside their road bikes and hopping astride the mountain bikes that have been ignored over the past weeks, the Gents took off to Suttons Bay on the TART trail, which has a few miles of deliciously unpaved gravel paths and two tracks. The mission was simple: Have Wes break 1,000 Watts.

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TOLaw Adopts Wind Tunnel Training By Riding In Windy Conditions

Cody. Get Back Down.

TOLaw, perhaps the most well-known cycling team to debut last month in the middle of the season, has always used technology and research to improve its riders. The “Czech Tech” snippets on Twitter have received raving, almost creepily enthusiastic reviews and have given fans a chance to try out cutting edge technology on their own. (Sample: Need a singlespeed bike? Pick a gear and don’t shift. Voila.)

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TOLaw’s Joe Sovis To Ride MNR

Joe. Monday Night. Match made by his schedule at work.

The weekly Monday Night Ride, put on by the Cherry Capital Cycling Club, has been a favorite training ride for the TOLaw Gents throughout the summer. Cody, Wes, Dan and Joe have all joined up with some fast riders to enjoy the challenging roads and sparkling waters of Old Mission Peninsula. With the Sovis Bros training for climbing and Dan recovering from a very intense weekend of mountain biking, Joe Sovis will be the lone TOLaw man at the MNR this evening.

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