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Firefighters has revealed a new primary logo, that if you didn't know better, looks nearly identical to the 2011/2013 version. However it has significant changes including moving our mission to the top rocker and a new bolder more modern font.
Along with our logo change comes a new apparel company for 2014, American Voler Premium Cycling apparel.
With the switch to Voler we decided to only make small adjustments to the Firefighters Cycling look. Black Diamond Plate and Yellow Gold remain the dominant colors, but Red has been added back in as a highlight color and we will have a special Red kit for late summer commemoration the anniversary of 9/11.

The New Kit...
Order Your 2014 Kits Here!

Mid-Season Update: Sweden, Philly and the Future
June 24, 2013 Lt Allen Wahlström

Uppsala, Sweden- While our trip was planned to be much different, the first European trip turned out to be special. Barry Miller found himself in the chase group with 10km to go at the UCI 1.2 Scandinavian Race and after making several attempts to escape during the last two laps ended up in the field sprint for a more than respectable 21st, with Victor Ayala coming in a few minutes back. Our two Swedish guest riders were among the more than 50% of the field that DNF'd.

Sunday's Scandic GP (Swedish Cup #1) did not start out great with Barry starting from the rear, far from Victor.

Thanks to Victor's early positioning he was able to give Barry the last bit of help he needed to make the jump across to the dwindling lead group of 15.  Having burned far too many matches in his 4 lap charge to the front Barry was forced to settle in and recover.

By halfway the race was down to less than 30 riders and only 15 in contention. Staffan Arvidsson (Upsala CK) made a late race move to reach the break and further shattered what was left of the bunch leaving the field broken into groups of 3 or 4 riders over the last laps... Barry secured our first European Top 10 with an 8th place finish and a preview of the following weeks race in Halmstad, Sweden.



Halmstad Två-Dager - Oskarström, Hallands, Sweden

Our second week of racing started Saturday morning in Oskarström, about 25km outside of Halmstad on a rolling 2km course with a 9% climb in the middle of it.
For this race we were working with Upsala CK and their 4 riders. With Barry Miller and Victor Ayala we were essentially a 6 rider team and Saturday afternoons technical criterium (The Swedes do not like easy crits!) made that apparent with Barry and Staffan Arvidsson (UCK) making the early selection that would be the race. 

Incredibly the weather was more Texas like than Swedish with temperatures in the low 90's and muggy. This made for a race that again saw over half the field gone by the 50 minute mark. Luck was not on our side early as Victor was held up by a crash in the very tight  turn 6 and despite a valiant effort was not able to bridge back to the field which was pulled about 5 laps later. 

Trek Sweden which had an amazing 12 riders in the field was the morning leader and should have controlled the race, but Barry and Staffan had different ideas and with 2 to go launched an attack on the 300 meter long 6% hill just after the second turn. 

Feeding done Göran Mattsson (UCK Director) and I made our way to the finish line across the course. To our surprise when the bell lap ran those two were away with a 15 second gap and working well. The other 6 lead group riders looked defeated and were just riding along to take the bell.

Staffan drilled it one last time up the hill and at the finish was 5 seconds ahead of Barry, but the race was not over and the mornings leader came through at 40 seconds, losing another 30 seconds in the final lap. 


With Staffan leading Barry by :18 and Barry leading 3rd place by an additional :20, it was on to the final Road stage on Sunday. 

check back later for the rest of the report...







The 2013 Firefighters Racing UCI Elite Team Announc
ement

January 7, 2012 By Allen Wahlström

The 2013 Firefighters Racing UCI Elite Team Announcement

 Richland, Washington—­

Firefighters Cycling uses our Elite team program to spread the word about professional rescuers suffering chronic to terminal illnesses, with the most visible group being the professionals who worked rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, but First Responders everywhere are at risk for health issues that don't go away.  

Firefighters Cycling offers a racing program that while short on amenities is long on opportunity, with a race calendar covering many North and South American UCI events (Vuelta Mexico, etc.) as well as NRC Stage Races and select National Criterium Calendar Races.

Firefighters Cycling p/b Advocare made the most of opportunities offered last season with top 10 stage and category placing’s in all but one UCI race the team was invited to including winning the climbers jersey at Thompson-Bucks County (formerly Univest GP), 10th on GC as Vuelta Independencia National in the Dominican and 10th in the Best Young Rider Competition at Vuelta a Mexico.

A major focus of our program is graduating riders to established programs such as California Giant Berry, and 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda Pro Cycling,

2012 UCI squad member Christian Parrett explains what the program is to him, “It's a team for the 20 year old who didn't get a ride in the National Team. It's a team for the 25 year old, or in my case 22 year old, who needs a second chance. It's a team for the riders who are smart enough to look beyond American Criteriums or amateur teams with fancy bikes. It's a team for the riders with enough heart to race clean against former Euro-Pros in the middle of doping trials.” 

The 2013 season has been made possible due to the gracious support of our sponsors; Jakroo, microSHIFT, Kenda, iRT Wheels, Advocare, Wahlström Custom Apparel Design, Rudy Project, Albabici, Selle SMP, Thomson, PerformTex, Tete dela Course Coaching, Allegro Cyclery, and local District sponsors across the US.

 

Returning riders to the team for this season are Rider/DS Leo Frayre a career firefighter/paramedic with Dallas Fire Rescue, former Florida Elite Series Champion Garrett White, multi-time Mexican National Championships Medalist Armando Pagaza, along with 2012 UCI Squad members Coulton Hartrich (top Amateur 2012 Nature Valley Grand Prix) and Former Mexican National Champion Victor Ayala for UCI events only.

 New riders joining the team for the 2013 season are Nate King (Competitive Cyclist), Sergio Zamudio Rocha (Canel’s Turbo), Iggy Silva (Wonderful Pistachio), Barry Miller (Pure Energy Cycling), and former Professional and 8 time National Champion Jack Benoit who moves from our Master’s Program to the Elite squad as a mentor/rider.

 The addition of former Professionals Iggy Silva, Nate King and Jack Benoit along with Young Rider top 10 (Vuelta Mexico) Sergio Rocha and set up man Barry Miller we are set to improve upon our UCI record from 2012.

Our UCI squad includes two non-roster members who carry over from 2012. Coulton Hartrich brings a proven GC rider, along with consummate professional Victor Ayala who brings a wealth of knowledge on the road to mentor our younger riders.

2013 Firefighters Racing UCI Elite Cycling Team Roster:

FF Leo Frayre (Dallas Fire Rescue)

Garrett White

Iggy Silva

Barry Miller

Nate King

Sergio Zamudio Rocha

Armando Pagaza 

Coulton Hartrich*

Victor Ayala*

For more information on both our Elite team and Mission to get Firefighters Healthy through cycling please go to our Twitter feed @ffcapdt, and Facebook updates, visit: firefighterscycling.com

 

For Inquiries about Firefighters Cycling Contact:

Lt. Allen Wahlstrom FF/EMT (Ret)

Managing Director

Firefighters Cycling

a.wahlstrom@firefighterscycling.com

361.945.0665

What is Firefighters Cycling?

We are both an Elite Race Program and a Grass Roots Cycling Team with Districts across the US as well as having a chapter in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Mission

FFR uses cycling to spread the word about our professional rescuers suffering chronic to terminal illnesses, with the most glaring group being the rescue and recovery professionals who spent days, weeks and even months working to recover our rescuers lost at Ground Zero. 

First Responders everywhere are at risk for health issues that don't go away.  For many it’s a chronic cough or allergies that can be traced to toxins we encountered everyday on the job. For others is is chronic overuse and catastrophic injuries suffered in the decades spent being there when others were in need, with little regard for their own safety. 

Originally, Firefighers Cyclins Association was a shop based club in St Petersburg, FL, with a mix of Firefighters and friends wearing Red and White kits that we thought were pretty cool.

After we got into careers it took the attacks of September 11th, 2001 to restart the fire and put in motion what would become Firefighters Racing. Originally a benefit ride was planned, but after it started to come apart, that the idea of a U23 team began to take shape.  And once it started nothing could stop it, including the loss of our title sponsor.

The Team

2011 saw the team start as a fully funded Elite program with plans to contest the NRC calendar, and after a sponsor failed to follow through became a regional squad that fought through adversity, some interesting living arrangement's, cramped travels and less than ideal support to win 10 races, Pan American and National Medals, and over 50 Top 10 placings. 


Diego Yepez wins Capitol Crit in Salem, Oregon

2012

For 2012 the team has stitched gears and is now focused on UCI events. 


Photo Journal of our 2012 UCI 2.2 Vuelta TELMEX Vuelta a Mexico

  Photo Credit to Luis Garcia

Please take a few minutes and check out our incredible friend and team photographer Luis Garcia's Website. Amazing photos from portraits, to Bull Fighting, and of course a section on Firefighters Racing at the Vuelta. We can not say thank you enough to Luis for his incredible work and friendship. 


For 2012 we were excited to have Leo Frayre has come on board as DS and with him invites to the UCI 2.2 Vuelta Independencia National in the Dominican Republic, the reborn UCI 2.2 TELMEX Vuelta Mexico, as well as UCI 1.2 Thompson Bucks County Classic in Pennsylvania and the season ending Tour of Sao Paolo in Brazil.

His leadership has been a huge part of our great leap forward. 

2013

Exciting times here at Firefighters Racing and plans for '13 are underway...

Back are Rudy Project, Jakroo, Advocare, Wahlström Custom Apparel Design, and many of our 2012 Team. 

We will be announcing 2013 Sponsors shortly as  well as the revamped roster with a few surprises!  

For now welcome to our home, and when you finish here, go ride your bike!


TCSS,

LT Allen Wahlström - FF/EMT (RET)
Managing Director
Firefighters Racing
Email: a.wahlstrom@firefighterscycling.com



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