Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Olympic Training Center Camp, Colorado Springs...

Wonderful week thus far. Working a Para-athlete camp is quite rewarding! Much bike 'skills' work, TT's, track stuff (Kilos, Pursuits), classroom time and esteemed visitors. Been able to contribute quite a bit and the head coach and me are working together well... Here is a picture on the 7Eleven Velodrome 35-degree bank! It's more fun riding a bike up there!
Coach Jim

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Criterium Clinic Tonight!

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Coach Jim

Monday, August 31, 2009

South Carolina State Road Race Weekend Success!

Awesome successes this weekend for JimCunninghamCoaching clients!

Ed McAlister - 1st Place, SC State Road Race, Master's 60+
Kristen Weinacker - 1st Place, SC State Road Race, Women Cat. 4

Honorable mention to those that raced and worked hard for others:

Curtis Jackson, Cat. 4
Scott Ogle, Cat. 4
Andre Vandenberg, Cat. 2
Chris Miller, Cat. 4
the entire Donne Pedala women's team, Cat. 4

Coach Jim

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ed McAlister's awesome JCC plug, ready to rip the SC State Road Race!

Ed McAlister, two-time Top Ten Finisher in the 2009 Master's Nationals Road Race and TT, sent me this today...

Rode the easy 45 min ride and felt great-legs felt strong and I feel ready. The 20 min crit last nite must have been just what I needed. If you ever need a reference about race prep, I will be happy to talk to anyone. Now it is up to me. Thanks, Ed

Thank you Ed!

Coach Jim

Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 South Carolina State Road Race Course!


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Coach Jim

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Last day! Tough crit of 60 laps and about a kilometer in length. 180 degree turn on every lap. Things got off to a fast start with a few attacks that were brought back readily. About 15 laps in, Sean Weddell and Tyler Hawes (Team Globablbike) got away with a Jittery Joe's guy and one other. Within two laps they opened a gap of 24 seconds and managed to lap the field by about 10 to go!

Everything stuck together for the finish and the lapping group sprinted first. Tyler got 2nd and Sean 4th.

Final stats for the 2009 Tour of Ohio:

Tyler Hawes - 1st Collegiate Competition, 5th Overall, three top-10's
Tommy Smith - 3rd Collegiate Competition, 6th place stage 5
David Forkner - WINNER, Stage 1, 3 top-10's
Sean Weddell - WINNER, KOM Jersey, 3 top-10's
Jim Cunningham - 4th Overall, two top-10's
Craig McKinney - 2nd Collegiate Competition, 8th Overall, 2 top-10's

Josh Whitmore, Andre Vandenberg and Hoah Metzger were a tremendous help!

Coach Jim

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Granville, Ohio. Wow, what a tough stage this was! Going into it I thought we were over the hump on hard road races. Mistake. This was only about 50 miles with seven finishing loops in downtown Granville.

We rolled out of town and not more than three miles in a break went up the road with Alder Martz, a Jittery Joe's guy, Andre Vandenberg (Globalbike team mate), Craig McKinney (also a GB team mate) and a few others. They opened about a minute lead. The Specialized-Mercy team decided to pull it back and did so within three or four miles.

Dan Quinlen (Carbon) attacked and Globalbike team mate Sean Weddell went with him for game on! The two opened a gap of roughly two minutes in short order. Jittery Joe's felt threatened by it and put all their guys on the front and pulled for a solid 15 miles, maybe more.

We went over the first KOM (one mile climb) as a group turning many inside out including yours truly... It was H-A-R-D with a serious cross-wind which created at least two echelons traversing the entire road. Much of the time was pulled back but not all of it.

After another seven to eight miles we re-entered Granville and the screws really began turning! Two short steep climbs put us on the seven-lap, mile long finishing circuit. A small group splintered off including Tyler Hawes & Andre Vandenberg (Globalbike team mates) and the rest of us did our best to stay near the front. Each of the one-mile loops had a short 50 meter climb and one steep 400+ meter climb on it followed by a 200 meter ride along a ridge before descending into a hair-pin turn and a couple 90 degree crit corner/straight-away combo's back to the 50 meter climb... Man was this a hard little circuit!

Tommy Smith (Globalbike team mate) managed to sneak away from the group he and I were in and bridged to the secondary group. Sean stayed with the secondary group but climber extraordinaire Dewey Dicky (Specialized Mercy) rallied to bridge across and go ahead of the entire field gaining about 2 minutes on everyone.

Globalbike finished strong with Tyler Hawes in 5th, Tommy Smith 6th, Sean Weddell 9th (after an all-day break!) and myself 11th. Overall, Sean gained the climbers jersey as there were five KOM's in all (three on the final circuits and two on the initial loop) and I dropped a spot to 4th overall due Dewey Dicky's solo finish in the final circuits.

Stage 6, the final day, is tomorrow outside Toledo, Ohio.

Coach Jim