Monday, November 30, 2009

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

R3 Summer BBQ and Absolute Bike Race

Happy Summer Red Rock Racing!

The Naughton's are opening up their home for an R3 Summer BBQ Party - and your all invited!! The party is in the evening on the same day as the Absolute Bikes race at Fort Valley - so what could be better than racing in the day and partying at night? Here is the low-down:

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 22nd - Starts at 6pm
WHERE: Amber & Fig's place: 2720 W Creighton Dr. - Flagstaff
WHO: All R3 members and their families and any prospective members you may want to have come with you

*BBQ Food and Drinks will be provided by Red Rock Racing - Keg provided by PaynTake*

WHAT YOU CAN Bring: A Potluck Side dish or a Yummy Dessert!!
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN Bring: Something to sit on

We have lots to Celebrate with great accomplishments and good times racing. This is a NO buisness party, so come and just enjoy and relax after racing or riding!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

USA Cycling MTB National Championships

Congratulations to Deb Martin-Wille!
2009 National Champion
Cat. 1 Cross Country 55+

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Red Rock Racing Women State Champs

(Red Rock Racing Women: Stephanie Hawthorne, Deb Martin-Wille, Sue Rawley, Tammy Begler, Amber Naughton, Isabella Naughton)

The women of Red Rock Racing cleaned up at the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona State Championships in Flagstaff on June 13, 2009!

The following women are the 2009 Arizona State Champions after winning both the final race in Flagstaff and the overall point series in their respective categories:

Isabella Naughton (Junior women, 1-10)
Tammy Begler (Cat. 2, 40+)
Amber Naughton (Cat. 1, 19-39)
Sue Rawley (Cat. 1, 40+)

(Women's Cat. 1 40+ Overall Series Podium: Deb Martin-Wille, 2nd, Sue Rawley, 1st, Stephanie Hawthorne, 3rd)

Additionally, Deb Martin-Wille finished second and Stephanie Hawthorne finished third in both the final race and in the overall point series in the Cat. 1, 40+ category!

What a great MBAA series and season for all the Red Rock Racing team members!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Saturday's Ride and BBQ ;)~

The Beginning: Sunny - 70 - Smiles
(what a cute looking bunch!)

The Ride: R3 was in peak Season form for this ride
(Rocky Ridge -Elden - Red Onion)

Red Onion - Little Bear - Little Elden
(Some went up Elden for the MBAA Race pre-ride)

Right Before the Rain!!
Schultz was FAST and Raining - SWEEET!!!
The BBQ - Seemed a whole different day
(Stormy, Cold, Wet and still a Good Time!!)

Bella, how did you spend the day?
(Bella our U23.. U9... Star... spending time with Dad learning the joys of Big Air!)

Future Red Rock Racing?

Friday, May 29, 2009

2009 IHBC - RRR gets a 4th place in Masters

click pic to enlarge the chi hit...

ilg couldn't imagine a more Happy 47th Birthday than what transpired during my 3 Days Of Fully-Differentiated Pain at last weekend's 38th-annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Omnium in my childhood h(om)e of Durango, Colorado. my own family came (first racing road trip as a New Daddy...phew!) as did my parents, sister, and my little brother's clan, each streaming in from many miles away and from various directions to cheer me on. also, hearing and seeing the support from my old friends along the 3 different courses over the 3 days reinforced the fact that Durango is still crazy over outdoor sports and the townspeople still gather, as in Europe, along the courses to cheer on the cyclists.

in the recently expanded Masters division which had a start list of 175, your feeble yoga teacher/coach managed a:

* 34th in the Road Race to Silverton (time; 2H54" including being stopped by the train on the tracks!)

* 11th in the Downtown Durango Crit (photo above by

* 14th in the East Animas Time Trial (time; 41:32 from Durango to Shalona Lake)

that effort was good enough for 4th place (in the money!) and right behind my wonderful student and friend, Andrew Ferguson, with whom i stayed for part of the weekend.

i'd like to thank both John and Terry down at Cosmic for dialing in my bikes so quick and lovingly and to all my yoga and fitness students for inspiring ol' coach ilg to still get out there, toe the Start Line, throw down your best effort, and see deeper sides of yourself out there where every second counts; racing!

hope to see you in yoga soon and i'm gonna do my best to get for our club MTB ride tomorrow!

head bowed,
coach ilg

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

2009 Tour of the Gila

Holly ass whooping! I was so out of place at the Gila. Don't get me wrong. I did enjoy myself. During the first stage I hung with the pack just fine until the last feed zone at about 62 miles. I was out of water and b-lined it to the neutral support. When I did a couple of guys attacked off the front. I never recovered to catch back on before the last climb. I rode to within 50 feet of the pack but they took the turn to the Mogollon and I just ended up picking up a few stragglers before the top. I finished 59th out of 73, 12:28 down.

Stage two had me worried. I was hoping to get to the top of the first climb with the group but I fell off with about 600 meters to go. I had questionable tactics. I rode at the back of the pack and was sawed off twice. I sprinted back on both times. This cost me at the end of the climb. I couldn't cover the last surge and fell off the back. I rode the next 63 miles by myself. I felt fine riding by myself. I made it to the finish before the 120% cut off. I finished 59th out of 68, 37:28 down.

Stage three was more rewarding. I finished 47 out of 68 in the TT, 5:55 down. I watched Lance, Levi, and others during their TT. That was cool. Man! They are fast.

Stage four was the crit. I ended up flatting with 3 laps to go. Enough said!

Stage five was great. On the way out we had 3 rollers. I tried my best to stay on with each roller. I was shelled on each. I had flashbacks of day two and I wanted to ride with the group. After each climb I put my head down and motored back on. The last roller was a categorized climb. It was a category four which was easy for the slender guys. I knew there was a 2 1/2 mile decent after the climb. This helped with my stress level because I knew I could descend faster than the group even if they were pedaling all out. I ended up hitting 55.7 MPH. We rode together until the final set of climbs and as soon as it went up I was shelled. There was 18 miles to go and I took a piss and then settle into a rhythm up the climbs. I end up finishing 59 out 62, 18:10 down. I was 57 out 62 on the final GC.

Here is what I learned. I need to be lighter, how, I don't know. I know that almost everyone in this CAT3 race raced and trains with a power meter. I need to be more attentive to my position in the group. I want to go back and try to be more competitive.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Club Ride Time Change; next weekend!

Spring has seemingly sprung on the Saturday Morning Club Rides!
pov camera pic by ilg. yup, dat would be my thumb in lower left...

Hey Teammates!

just letting you know that the Saturday morning club ride has just blossomed to over 22 riders this morning
and that we're gonna switch the Start Up time at Pay n Take to 9:00 am starting next weekend...that would be Saturday, March 28.

head bowed and lets get some more RRR jerseys out there!!

coach steve ilg

Thursday, March 12, 2009

R3 and the MBAA Series is Crankin'

I'd like to give a shout out to Red Rock Racing - Our team is in 3rd place after three races!! Cheers to Red Rock Racing!!

Some highlights of our winning team in action:

White Tanks: Cat-1 (women) Amber Naughton 2nd; Deb Martin-Wille 1st; Sue Rawley 2nd; Stephanie Hawthorne 7th -- Cat-2 (women) Tammy Begler 5th -- Cat-2 (Men) Todd Lang 2nd; Jeremy Wilson 4th -- Juniors Bella Naughton 2nd

McDowell: Junior Bella Naughton 1st -- Cat-1 (Women) Amber Naughton 2nd; Sue Rawley 1st, Deb Martin-Wille 2nd; Stephanie Hawthorne 3rd -- Cat -1 (Male) Robert Gooch 8th -- Cat- 2 (Women) Tammy Begler 3rd -- Cat-2 (Male) Todd Lang 6th -- Marathon Ben Sullivan 3rd

Estrella: Cat-1 (Male) Robert Gooch 6th -- Junior Bella Naughton 1st -- Cat-2 (Women) Tammy Begler 2nd -- Cat-1 (Women) Amber Naughton 2nd; Sue Rawley 1st; Deb Martin-Wille 3rd; Stephanie Hawthorn 5th - with a special shout out to Stephanie for her supporting the injuried rider who was heli-vac off the course!!

other MBAA racers flying R3 colors: Chris Bossellman, Alex Alvarez, Mark Wille, Robert Naughton, Corey Coplea, Patrick and me - please let me know if I have accidentally missed some of you out there!

Thanks to Mark Wille for a great racin' buddy at Estrella - that was good fun Man - thank you!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

"There Is No Pain Like Mt. Taylor Top 20 Pain..."

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"There Is No Pain Like Mt. Taylor Top 20 Pain..." - a sacredly withered coach moments after posting a 4:47, 16th Overall Finish at Saturday's Mt.Taylor Winter Quadrathlon.
photo by Craig Ilg.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009

NEWSFLASH - Coach Bludgeons To Victory; Flagstaff 10k Classic Nordic Race

Flagstaff Nordic Center - Sunday, February 1, 2009

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After 3 consecutive weekends of racing in three different winter sports, covering race distances from 10k to 42k, and canvassing 700 miles of travel, Coach cashed in on his final event before the Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon by repeating as Champion in the Flagstaff 10k Nordic Ski Race held today. "It must be a day for the Arizona underdogs! What next? Wait, don't tell me," said Ilg, "The Cards win the SuperBowl?" the 46 year-young Ilg smiled, shortly after collapsing on the Finish Line from his effort. Coach's effort put him 3.5 minutes in the Series lead for the Arizona Nordic State Ski Championship, the final race, a 10k Skate Race, will be held February 22nd.

"I dedicate my training for and effort of today's top step of the podium to New "old daddy's" Everywhere...and to my Beloved Partner Ananda, who might just be the most amazingly conscious new mother during the Kali daughter sure knew which Human Being to pick as her m(om)!...this one is for New Daddies and New M(om)mies everywhere; May we choose to accept our chi-ldren for the Gurus that they are...and use our Training wisely to keep up with their Teachings!"
- Coach Ilg, m(om)ents after tearing the lungs and legs off the field by nearly 4 minutes at the Flagstaff 10k Nordic Ski Race, event number one of two to defend Coach's hold on the Arizona State Nordic Championship title. Ilg won the race in wire-to-wire fashion, repeating his Overall Victory at the same race last year. photo of Coach and 16 month-old Dewachen by Ananda.

"I pretty much double-poled the entire course in 42 minutes of a flagellant disorder ," Ilg said, "I have a lot of domestication-of-selfish-ilg issues in my tissues right now. i needed an old fashioned self-bludgeoning. Nordic Classic is an endurance sport where i can finally unleash my upper body aggression. Today was a perfect purge."
above photo: Coach and Teresa Hunt, who also repeated as Champion. photo by Tim Allen

Coach will return to some bike riding as soon as his lats de-pump allowing his hands to fit onto the handlebars.

Monday, January 05, 2009

2009 MBAA Series


The Red Rock Racing Team will compete in the 2009 MBAA MTB Team Competition. This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy mountain biking together. The racing season starts in January and gives us all good reason to go to warmer weather and enjoy our bikes when there are feet of snow here:

RRR needs to form a 2009 MBAA team and all you need to do is:

1. Purchase your MBAA Membership online at (membership $20.00 per year)

2. email me (Mark Wille) your MBAA membership # My email

3. Review the MBAA 2009 Team Competition Rules.

4. Review the MBAA 2009 Race Competition Rules.

5. Optional: Purchase a 2009 USA Cycling License (this will save you 5$ at each Race)

As soon as I receive everyone's MBAA membership #'s I will submit our RRR team to the board at the MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION OF ARIZONA.

That's it......MORE LATER

Happy New Year!!!

Mark and Deb Wille

Schedule Below:

#1 - DNA CYCLES Whitetanks Whirlwind Saturday, January 17, 2009 White Tanks Regional
#2 -McDowell Meltdown Saturday, February 7, 2009 McDowell Regional Park
#3 - Hedgehog Hustle Saturday, February 21, 2009 Estrella Regional Park
#4 - CTS Gardner Grind Saturday, Mar. 14, 2009 Gardner Canyon
#5 - Prescott Punisher Saturday, April 4, 2009 Prescott
#6 - Mogollon Masher Saturday, May 2, 2009 Mogollon Rim
#7- Flagstaff Frenzy Sunday, May 17, 2009 Flagstaff
#8 -Flagstaff Finale Saturday, June 6, 2009 Flagstaff