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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Climbing Adventures and Some Sun!

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These last two weeks seem to have skated by really quick.  Between the training on the bike I have been getting out quite a bit bouldering.  I have found a few new places which are pretty nice as it is always fun to be the first person to climb new routes.  The best part is that you are always the only climber there or then with your friend.  Thanks to Jody for lending his crash pad to me as now I am able to attempt higher problems with a bit more safety.  Johan and I have gone out climbing quite a bit now as we are training for a trip to Olhava as there will be no races in two weeks.  We have visited Rollarit and led some of my favorite routes there to get used to leading on rock again.  One such route which is my absolute favorite is Spiderman.  It has everything with pretty interesting moves, jams, and dynos.  It also has quite a scare factor although it is very safe.  Feels great to be out on the rock and can't wait for my first Olhava trip!
Shark Fin 6a+ Photo By: Johan Grönroos
On another funny note the snakes have been out like crazy!  I have run into 5 this spring and one on the bike!  It is very unusual as I usually only see one or two snakes a year.  Pretty crazy and even one of my friends had one fly out of the sky next to him!  I guess they must be desperate for sun after the long winter!  Also there was an eclipse of the moon awhile back which I tried to capture but I couldn't really see it.  In any case it may be the last time that it is so dark for awhile since now the daylight is so long!
Last Saturday was also our first wedding anniversary!  It is amazing how fast time flies by and how everything is going.  We have some very exciting times ahead of us and there will be lots of fun things in the future!  On our wedding Anniversary a guy came to renovate our sauna with this beautiful dark wood which is amazing!  Then we decided to go for a walk and the neighborhood had arranged this 'Sun Walk' through our local nature preserve Uutela.  It was fantastic and was really fun to see all the things they had set up.  They we returned home and had a very nice meal and sauna.  A perfect relaxing day thanks to my wonderful wife!
Otherwise Annina and I have really been enjoying the weather and have been able to soak up some sun rays on the rocks next to the sea.  It has been really nice.  On Friday we head to the summer cottage for a week since Annina has a week holiday.  Can't wait although there will be quite a lot of spring work to do!  Overall it seems like summer has finally arrived!  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for updates! =)

Photo By: Johan Grönroos

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tampere Race Weekend


Thanks once again to all of our Sponsors, The Nurmi's, and for Tuomas for making this a great weekend for Team Velocitor.  This last weekend started with a Criterium in Tampere on Saturday called the Killin Kaivin GP on the Criterium National Calendar.  Only Kim and Roope represented our team but they did a very good job.  The course presented many twists and turns and a hard 180' corner just before the finish line.  I didn't see the race for myself but I heard that Kim did a very good job in the race and Roope sprinted to the win.   It is very good since there was only two of them and Roope seems to be on a sprinting streak.  Congrats to both of them and good work! 
Roope Podium  Photo By: Kim Mansner

Elite 60 min + 5 kierr    
1 Nurmi Roope Team Velocitor 1;06;21
2 Hietala Juhana CCH KTM Team  
3 Koski Olli Visillatalot-Continental  
4 Silfver Saku Kruunukatto-Rush Racing  
5 Pökälä Samuel TWD-Länken  
6 Puttonen Max Porvoon Akilles  
7 Järvinen Henri Visillatalot-Continental  
8 Niemi Jarkko Chebici-Isku  
9 Leppänen Petri K. Visillatalot-Continental  
10 Vilen Mika CycleCenterTeam  

20 Mansner  Kim Team Velocitor 1;07;34

The next day the whole team was represented as Marek has won the Fuji GP (Rosendahl) race three times in the past which is part of the National road calendar.  The  course was a very challenging 3.5km loop with about 1km of it uphill.  The hill is sort of split into three sections with false flats between and really saps the legs especially after 20 times.  On top of it the weather was a balmy 23'C and presented fantastic views from the finish line on top of the hill.  The race started off fairly calm and Kim and Kimmo were very active in the front.  It stayed pretty much together until about two thirds of the way through Marek, Samuel, and Tony took off.  Then behind another split of about 10 got away with Kimmo getting in this move.  Samuel and Marek were working very well together until Marek dropped off the pace with 2 laps to go.  Samuel went on to win the race while Marek hung on and powered to third.  The chase group splintered and Kimmo came in a strong 6th place which was also very good.  This race for me has never been a good one in the past and I tried to just get to the finish.  We all finished and despite not winning the race we put a strong performance in.  It was another good day to finish off the weekend.  A big thanks to the Nurmi's for again helping out as they helped with everything and were standing smiling with cold coca-colas at the finish.  Also in the woman's race Jutta managed a very fine 5th place which was also another good result for the team!
Fuji GP Podium  Photo By: TWD-Länken
Elite 70 km

1 Pökälä Samuel TWD-Länken 1;46;21
2 Stoor Tony NCK 1;46;54
3 Salermo Marek Team Velocitor 1;47;38
4 Torpo Timo CCH KTM Team 1;47;59
5 Leppänen Petri K. Visillatalot-Continental 1;48;02
6 Kananen Kimmo Team Velocitor 1;48;30
7 Koski Olli Visillatalot-Continental
8 Hietala Juhana CCH KTM Team
9 Meriläinen  Niko Porvoon Akilles 1;48;35
10 Järvinen Henri Visillatalot-Continental 1;48;42

28 Fingerson Eärendel Team Velocitor 1;49;04
42 Mansner Kim  Team Velocitor 1;51;23
43 Nurmi Roope Team Velocitor


1 Savolainen Sini CCH Racing Woman Team
2 Kansikas Jasmin Team Medilaser/P-P
3 Väinölä Kirsi Team Probike
4 Sten Emma Focus Ladies/IK-32
5 Nieminen Jutta Team Velocitor
It was a great weekend and hopefully we can continue our good team success!  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for updates!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

20. Satakunnan Ajot, Stage Race 4.-5.5.2013

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Team Velocitor  Photo By: Jari Birling
This last weekend we had another race near Pori which was a two day stage race.  First of all I would like to thank all of our sponsors  and Tuomas for everything they have provided.  I would also like to give a big thanks to Roope's father for being such a good team helper and always having a big smile on his face.  We couldn't have done it without him.  Saturday morning started off with a short 1.7km prologue.  The course was pretty flat until about 500meters to go with a small rise and then a false flat to the finish.  With a small drizzle in the air we took off each at our own times.  I felt terrible again and I felt like I was going very slow which I was.  Marek and Kimmo managed to put in respectable times while Roope and Kim managed to keep a fighting distance with their times.  Samuel Pökälä TWD motored to the win.


1 Pökälä Samuel TWD-Länken 02:25,5
2 Saarinen Juho Lahden Pyöräilijät 02:27,3
3 Rissanen Jarmo KuSo Team Scorpion 02:29,3
4 Järvinen Henri Visillatalot-Continental 02:31,0
5 Salermo Marek Team Velocitor 02:31,5
6 Priha Matti Cycle Center Team 02:31,9
7 Kananen Kimmo Team Velocitor 02:33,8
8 Loukkola Joni Porin Pyörä-Karhut 02:34,3
9 Kahila Ilari TWD-Länken 02:35,0
9 Niemi Jarkko Chebici-Isku Team 02:35,0
9 Aaltio Risto TWD-Länken 02:35,0
15 Nurmi Roope (U23) Team Velocitor 02:36,8
19 Mansner Kim Team Velocitor 02:37,6
43 Fingerson Eärendel Team Velocitor 02:48,2

After some good food and some laughing we were ready to start the next stage a 96km road race.  The race which was 6 laps had two time bonuses on offer which we were going to try to get.  The first time bonus Roope managed to get 2nd place which was very good and he gained 2 seconds.  In the meanwhile we were all very active at the front getting in the moves and then or chasing.  The next time a time bonus came around we had the full team lead out.  It was really great and we did a pretty good lead out as Roope had no problem to get the time bonus.  The race continued like the until a few km's from the end.  Visalot Continental started their lead out train but we blasted past theirs with ours.  It was a great feeling although we may have started a little early but it still worked out as Roope sprinted to the win.  It was a great team day out as everyone contributed and did work and we won the race.  On top of it with the time bonuses now Roope was leading the overall.

M-elite 91 km
1 Nurmi Roope Team Velocitor 02:09:25
2 Järvinen Henri Visillatalot-Continental 02:09:25
3 Koski Olli Visillatalot-Continental 02:09:25
4 Pökälä Samuel TWD-Länken 02:09:25
5 Puttonen Max Porvoon Akilles 02:09:25
6 Lehtimäki Toni Visillatalot-Continental 02:09:25
7 Laukkala Mikko Turun Urheiluliitto 02:09:25
8 Leppänen Petri K Visillatalot-Continental 02:09:25
9 Arvo Tapio Turun Urheiluliitto 02:09:25
10 Vilen Mika Cycle Center Team 02:09:25
26 Mansner Kim Team Velocitor 02:09:25
29 Kananen Kimmo Team Velocitor 02:09:25
31 Salermo Marek Team Velocitor 02:09:25
51 Fingerson Eärendel Team Velocitor

After a relaxed evening we awoke to some very cold weather and light rain.  It was absolutely freezing!  The course was a pretty flat one that was five laps and 120km.  The race started off and Kimmo, Kim, and Marek doing a lot of work for Roope to keep the race together.  I was completely useless and disappointed in myself as I couldn't do much.  I was just freezing.  After three out of the five laps Marek and I turned it in and hoped for the best.  Luckily Roope had good legs and won the day even in a field sprint which earned him the overall victory.  Really great to see and it felt like a team victory as well!
Roope Sprinting to Victory   Photo By: Unknown

125 km
1 Nurmi Roope Team Velocitor 03:11:04
2 Järvinen Henri Visillatalot-Continental 03:11:04
3 Hämäläinen Teemu Kouvolan Pyöräilijät 03:11:04
4 Nurminen Janne Idrottsklubben -32 03:11:04
5 Arvo Tapio Turun Urheiluliitto 03:11:04
6 Hietala Juhana CCH KTM-Team 03:11:04
7 Toppari Jaakko N. Cykelklub/Rose 03:11:04
8 Puttonen Max Porvoon Akilles 03:11:04
9 Laukkala Mikko Turun Urheiluliitto 03:11:04
10 Pökälä Samuel TWD-Länken 03:11:04
33 Mansner Kim Team Velocitor 03:11:04
38 Kananen Kimmo Team Velocitor 03:14:00

1 Nurmi Roope Team Velocitor
2 Järvinen Henri Visillatalot-Continental
3 Pökälä Samuel TWD-Länken
12 Mansner Kim Team Velocitor
37 Kananen Kimmo Team Velocitor

Hopefully we can keep this kind of racing up!  If we can we should be able to win a lot of races!  This next weekend there are no races so we will be just training and then there will be some races in Tampere.  Thanks to all my teammates for a nice weekend!  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for updates!
Close Finish!    Photo By: Sininen Bussi
Roope on the podium  Photo By: Eärendel Fingerson

Friday, May 3, 2013

A Race, Vappu, and a Cruise to Stockholm

Greetings!                        (Click on pictures for slideshow)

Our new team page is now updated here.
Last weekend was the AHH Stage Race in Rihimäki. Unfortunately I have no pictures of our riders from the race... Only pictures from Vappu and Stockholm.  Thanks again for all of our team sponsors!  On Saturday the weather was cold and drizzly as the 2km prologue started off. The prologue was a straight drag with the last 500meters going up this hill. Marek powered away to get 2nd and Kimmo and Kim also did a very good time. As for me I was clear at the back of the field with a pretty slow time and I felt terrible. It was really great that we had 3 guys in the top 10 for the prologue though!

1     Rissanen Jarmo     KuSo                        03:21,14
2     Salermo Marek     Team Velocitor          03:27,08
3     Mattsson Petter     NCK / Rose             03:29,18
4     Torpo Lasse          CCH                         03:31,92
5     Kananen Kimmo   Team Velocitor          03:32,21
6     Kuuranne Jori-Pekka CCH                     03:32,32
7     Järvinen Timo        Lahden Pyöräilijät     03:33,51
8     Onnela Hannu       V.CONTINENTAL    03:34,08
9     Mansner Kim        Team Velocitor           03:34,53
57   Fingerson Eärendel Team Velocitor         04:00,32

Later in the afternoon we had a short 65km road race. The weather had gotten slightly warmer and we were ready to go. Kimmo and I were very active in the front and contributed to pull back an early break. I was almost getting shelled every time we hit the hill that came every lap but then I managed to recover and go back to the front. Our plan was to have a lead out train but it didn't quite work out that way. Kim managed to get away just at the end of the race. Victory was almost in his grasp but a late charge from the field closed the gap dramatically. I was trying to keep Kimmo and Marek in the front which in the end worked out. A few riders jumped and then Marek started a superman sprint from about 500meters out. He just powered away and at the last second passed Kim and we got the victory! A really great result and day out! Seems like my form is slowly coming around. The average speed was about 41kph. Then with the time bonus Marek was leading the race!
1     Salermo Marek                Team Velocitor     1:24:28
2     Silfver Saku    Kruunukatto-Rush Racing     1:24:28
3     Pusa Tero                 Kouvolan Pyöräilijät     1:24:28
4     Toppari Jaakko                    NCK / Rose      1:24:28
5     Kuuranne Jori-PekkaCycle Club Helsinki     1:24:28
6     Eklund Erik               Cycle Club Helsinki     1:24:28
7     Laanterä KalleKruunukatto-Rush Racing     1:24:28
8     Siukola Lauri                                 HyPy      1:24:28
9     Lehtimäki Toni            VCONTINENTAL     1:24:28
10     Mattila Sami         Team Velo Cycling ry     1:24:28
18     Kananen Kimmo            Team Velocitor     1:24:28
45     Fingerson Eärendel         Team Velocitor     1:24:28
48     Mansner Kim                 Team Velocitor     1:24:28

I had to leave to Sweden the next day but the guys had a pretty rough day as many riders were riding against them. A early break of 5 got away and Kimmo and Marek came tantalizing close to bridging but didn't manage. In the end they finished in the main pack. Still though Marek ended up 5th overall which is also very respectable!  It was a pretty successful weekend for our team and looks promising! 

1     Kejo Mikko                       Kruunukatto-Rush Racing     2:19:52
2     Onnela Hannu         VISILLATALOT-CONTINENTAL     2:19:52
3     Koski Olli                VISILLATALOT-CONTINENTAL     2:19:52
4     Kuuranne Jori-Pekka                 Cycle Club Helsinki     2:19:52
5     Nummikko Jussi                            Lahden Pyöräilijät     2:20:54
6     Silfver Saku                      Kruunukatto-Rush Racing     2:20:58
7     Nieminen Tommi                                              IK-32      2:21:00
8     Leppänen Petri.      VISILLATALOT-CONTINENTAL     2:21:00
9     Häkkinen Timo                  Kruunukatto-Rush Racing     2:21:00
10     Lahti Juho                                  Cycle Club Helsinki     2:21:00
35    Kim Mansner                                       Team Velocitor   2:21:00
40    Kimmo Kananen                                  Team Velocitor   2:21:00
49    Marek Salermo                                    Team Velocitor   2:21:00

 1     Kuuranne Jori-Pekka     Cycle Club Helsinki
 3     Kejo Mikko     Kruunukatto-Rush Racing
 5     Marek Salermo       Team Velocitor  
11     Kimmo Kaananen  Team Velocitor
13     Kim Mansner         Team Velocitor
While they were racing Annina and I headed on the boat to Stockholm. We had been planning this trip for quite some time and it coincided with each other.  We really enjoyed ourselves as we went to the Sauna on the boat and just relaxed and ate good food. We were really lucky with the weather in Stockholm as it was sunny but brisk. We did a bit of shopping and some looking around. Then on the way back we had this wonderful roast duck which was awesome! Overall two nights on the boat was very nice as there was an Irish theme at the time which was also very amusing. A really pleasant cruise.
Then as the week resumed after the cruise I got some good training in. The one training ride with Marek on Vappu was pretty tough. He actually dropped me at one point! I don't know what really happened but I all of a sudden imploded...Also Marek is going pretty quick at the moment!  Thanks again to Marek though we had a really nice training ride. Afterward we had a nice Vappu picnic at home on the beach with Annina. It was again fantastic sunny but brisk weather.

Then to finish off the week I ended up finding a new bouldering place close to home! Awesome as it is always nice to make first ascents and have a quiet place to climb for yourself! =)

It sure has been a busy week! Tomorrow we head to Pori for another small stage race! I hope it goes well! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for updates!