Auger InAUGERal Cyclocross Race

The Auger is here. I came home from working on Thursday and found a very large QPD box sitting on my porch. Shockingly fast, light, stiff and incredibly nimble through turns. I did a few figure eights in the grass, and immediately fell deeply in love with it. And those Disc brakes…

The Auger is here. I came home from working on Thursday and found a very large QPD box sitting on my porch. (Glad I live in a nice neighborhood!)

The “Dude”, handy guy that he is, put the bike together perfectly in no time flat. A couple runs up and down the street and we had the fit dialed in just right. Rode down to the nearby elementary school soccer field and I did a few hot laps to try it out.

Shockingly fast, light, stiff and incredibly nimble through turns. I did a few figure eights in the grass, and immediately fell deeply in love with it. And those Disc brakes…

A few other first impressions:

Great geometry. I really love the solid, steady feel of the bike. It’s an interesting mixture of lightness and stiffness combined with a really rock solid feel.

It’s quick handling, but not twitchy by any means, so it goes where you want, when you want, how you want. Love that.

It’s fast. The overall stiffness of the bike translates into quick acceleration. It’s gonna be fun to race this bike.

The looks. Beautifully understated. Up close, the frame finish is a gorgeous soft charcoal with some really pretty gradations of gray/silver along the top tube. From far away, it just looks incredibly BADASS.

The ride. Smooth, forgiving, and easy on bumpy terrain. My old bike tended to jar my fillings loose tearing across a bumpy dry CX course, so by the end of the race, I’d feel like I had been beaten up. This smoother ride is going to be great and probably more efficient in the long run–leaving me a little more energy for those last few laps.

And the brakes. The new disc brakes are awesome and will be fantastic in a muddy, wet CX race! A stroke of genius allowing those on a cyclocross bike. Makes it that much more of an all-around great bike.

I even like the stock tires that came on it. They grip uneven surfaces nicely but roll smoothly and easily. Great tires for virtually everything.

But the best way to test out the new Auger…a cyclocross race.

Now it’s not cyclocross season, but it just so happens that Ballwin Days puts on a heckofa fun CX race in the middle of June. It’s a great course–hilly and bumpy, with two sand volleyball pits, a LONG stair run up, some asphalt, some curbs, and tons of really steep, off-camber hills. Not a dull moment, that’s for sure.

I signed up and entered the ‘A’ race, which according to the registration guidelines was for “racers.” However, when I rolled up to the start line, it was me and a bunch of really fast mountain bikers. Ten laps, as opposed to the 5 for the ‘B’ race. Ouch.

Looks like I’m in for some suffering…

Not sure why I like CX so much. I just do.

Maybe it’s that feeling of being totally redlined most of the race, that ‘survival-of-the-fittest’ feeling that you have to go as if your life depends on it. I dunno…I always feel like I’m gonna puke and die about the third lap of every race, but by the 5th lap or so, my heart has finally caught up, I’m breathing in O2 and I’m in the Zone. And when you get done, it’s a buzz like nothing else. (Or is that the post-race beer?)

I was delighted with the Auger’s ability to fly through the sand pits. We are talking about some deep, loose sand here. I hit both sand pits at the highest speed possible without wiping out, and found that the bike floated through on those nice fat tires until I got nearly to the other side. Then it was either pedal hard (weight off the handlebars-thank you, Alison Powers) or steer over to grab a little bit of grass for traction, and it was right on through. Love it.

My slowest spot was the curb back up onto the course after the front straightaway. I can do a decent bunny hop, but not having been on the new bike long, and not being totally used to it, I opted to go the safe route and put a foot out to get over. That slowed me down a little, especially with the guys who had mountain bikes and were just easily hopping over that obstacle.

This hilly runup and turn were a lot of fun…


And you just cannot see how long and steep this hill was, but it was one of those you look at and wonder how the hell you’re gonna make it up there… The Auger carried me through this turn like a champ. Well, except for that second to last lap, when my legs started turning to Jello and my back tire slipped on the very last hard pedal stroke before the turn. Crap. But, one foot down and around and I was back in the game.

The steep off camber hills were no big deal, and actually quite fun. I liked testing the limits of how fast I could go along the edges of those hills and make the turns. The Auger carried me through all of it with ease.

In my fuzzy oxygen deprived state I had a funny realization that I was going steadily uphill at least half of the race, but the uphill sections really felt no different than the level parts of the race course. This bike loves hills! Thank God for that.

Race over, I lived through it, and I did a pretty decent job. The Auger was fantastic. No question about it’s race-worthiness.

And if I were purchasing a new CX bike, this would certainly be at the top of the list. No question about it.

How many more days until CX season starts? Bring on the rain and snow and foul weather. I cannot wait.

We are off to the Farmer’s Market today, my Auger and I.

It’s Over, and…WE DID IT!!!

I saw my name under the list of winners. Utter amazement.
Then that awesome, delightful feeling like a kid on Christmas morning…
OMG!! I just won a Foundry BIKE!!!

Well, the craziness has died down and the Foundry Cycles Tradesman Voting contest is over. I must say it was long and intense. It sort of took over my whole month, and I became obsessed. On Monday night the 30th of April, I resigned myself to the realization that the new bike was going to Gus Hemingway, a fierce competitor up in Michigan. Oh well, I did give it my best shot, short of making enemies of everyone and we all tried.

Tuesday morning dawned bright and early and I was up frantically finishing book edits for Mike Geary and my new book due out on Amazon Kindle soon, The Flat Belly Kitchen Diet. I took a quick look at Foundry’s Facebook page and saw they had posted the final results–just like I thought. No big surprises here. Well, back to work.

I snuck a glance at my own FB page, thinking I should write some sort of nice comment thanking everyone for all the incredible support and encouragement. Nothing like fellow cyclists supporting a cause, that fierce competitiveness shows up and–I love this–my friends did not want to give up. I had people sending me messages at the 11th hour trying to figure out ways we could overcome that 400 vote advantage.

Nice post on my FB wall from my fellow Momentum teammate. Wait! What??? He said, “Cat, looks like you got a Foundry bike after all!” Huh?? I hadn’t had enough coffee to fully process this…

I took a look again at Foundry’s FB page. The little “see more” under the winner’s announcement was something I missed the first time.

I clicked.

I saw my name under the list of winners. Utter amazement.

Then that awesome delightful feeling like a kid on Christmas morning…

OMG!! I just won a Foundry BIKE!!!


Most fun was telling all those folks who really helped me out. Nothing like putting your heart and soul into something and then realizing all that work brought forth the results you wanted. WOW!!

I just gotta say, I have some totally awesome friends and I am a bit blown away by that. In the grand scheme of things, it was just a contest, but I really found out how supportive everyone can be.

You guys all rock. Totally.

So, a Foundry Auger will soon be making its appearance in a venue near you. I will be doing a lot of riding on it as soon as it comes. I can’t wait! I also can’t wait for CX season, because I am really going to put this new tool to work.

Stay tuned for the Auger Adventure here. We DID IT! You rock. Thank you!


Foundry Cycles, Team Awesome

Catherine (Cat) Ebeling RN BSN, is a back to basics diet and nutrition specialist. In addition to her advanced degree in nursing from a major medical school, she has spent the last 30 years intensely studying diet, health and nutrition. She also has a book titled “The Fat Burning Kitchen, Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation” that has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide, and has helped thousands of people transform their lives, lose weight and improve their health.

Her mission is to help others prevent disease and live their best life ever.

Nutrition made Easy. Simple.Smart.Nutrition.

Why the Heck Would Foundry Want This Racing Chick Riding a Foundry Bike?

The Foundry Cycles Tradesperson contest is over and Foundry has awarded me one of their awesome bikes!! Soon a beautiful Auger will be here, and I can’t wait to start riding it and sharing it’s awesomeness with everyone. I will be writing and posting more about the Auger here, please stay tuned! The Auger Adventure is just starting!!

Why would Foundry want me riding their bike?

Who would have thought that mother of three teenagers would end up not only riding, but racing—and winning, and beating 20, 30, and 40 year olds—on a road bike, Cyclocross bike, and a mountain bike in the short span of 3 years?


Buying a nice road bike to get out, have fun, and meet cool people after a divorce is what inspired me to start riding, and frankly, I was really bored with working out at the local gym.

Being the competitive athlete at heart that I knew I was, I decided to try my hand at racing.  


In my first year…  

…as a Cat 4, I dabbled at racing, trying some road races, a few crits here and there, and–I did pretty dang well.

So the next year, I decided to get serious about racing, and started winning some bigger cat 3/4 races.

        Indiana State Crit Championship, 2010. I won that one. 🙂

2010 St. Louis Gateway Cup Series, Giro Della Montagne. Last lap. (I’m on far right)

The Gateway Cup race series in St. Louis was a big deal…

2010 St. Louis Gateway Cup Series, Second place Omnium cat 3/4 . Women from 12 or more states across the US competed in this series.

On to Cat 3 as a road racer for me…

Based on my road racing success, I decided to try my hand at a few cyclocross races.

Well, cyclocross is a whole different animal to a sprinter like me, and certainly not easy for someone who likes short, intense, fast races.

It hurt, it was grueling, and for some strange reason, I liked it and I had a lot of fun.

I loved the exhilaration of finishing a race and knowing I had gone as hard as I possibly could.

And yes, I felt like puking sometimes, but then doesn’t everyone?

I knew I’d be back next season for more of this…

I enlisted the help of one of the country’s top-ranked female pro cyclists to coach and train me and I got a little more focused on training, racing and hitting the podium a time or two, or three or four.

And… I did.

St. Louis Gateway Cup Series, Giro Della Montagne, 2011–me in front on the last lap–and that’s the finish line.

I finished up a successful crit racing season with a sprint down a long straightaway to win one of the the Midwest region’s biggest races– something I had been working on, visualizing, and planning on all season.

Rolling across the finish line…what a great feeling!

A sweet victory for sure!  I beat the reigning Jr. National Crit and Road Racing champion, along with some very tough women from 10 or 12 states. 

We even got a podium guy to present the awards.

Not bad for an old chick, eh?   🙂

Cyclocross last season as a cat 3 racing in the ‘opens’ went very well, coming off a successful road racing season.

I learned how to suffer, how to race against some really tough ladies, and how to do well. 

I learned how to sprint for the hole shot…

Yeah, I got that one!

I also learned to maneuver through the tricky turns…


hilly, off camber trails…

Me, on left.

and sprint like crazy for the finish line.

Dust, heat, rain, cold, snow, sleet, mud–no matter what the weather, I loved it!

And, oh yeah, did I mention, I have FUN!!???

Halloween CX, 2011

The annual top secret, team Seagal, CX-mas ‘non race’, December, 2011. I won. 🙂

I love those gnarly, technical trails and the maneuvering it takes to stay on the bike and navigate a tricky course. And mud–what can I say about mud? 

I love the challenge of trying to stay upright and pedal through the mud, when everyone else is slipping and sliding all around me.

But then I race mountain bikes and do pretty well, so it seems natural to me.

My goal this year is to KILL IT in Cyclocross and I am training to peak at just the right time so I can race in the National CX Championships and the World CX Championships as well.

Not just to race, but to stand on the podium!

But if I am going ‘up’ my game, I need to upgrade my CX bike. Most definitely!  My old bike isn’t bad but it’s time for a major upgrade to top of the line, carbon fiber, better components, and disc brakes.    

The Foundry Auger is the bike that I’ve been looking for! With that incredibly badass, understated design, plus SRAM components, a light, stiff, responsive carbon fiber frame and a state-of-the-art disc braking system, there is nothing better. This is the bike for me–and the bike that I will ride to the podium in CX races this year.

Who am I and why would anyone pay attention to me?

Well, I am the author of two very successful online (and soon to be available on Amazon Kindle) books on diet and nutrition, with a successful website/blog and following. I write, research and study about diet, fitness, health and nutrition. My first book has already sold about 100,000 copies worldwide.

When I started winning races, people started paying attention to what I was eating, how I was training, what I was riding, etc.

And, by the way, my bike racing team is sponsored by Momentum Bicycles, a proud Foundry bike dealer.

I will happily talk up my awesome Foundry CX bike, the cutting edge design, its badass speed, and amazing disc brakes, and I will ride it proudly!

My Foundry bike will get it’s own tab on my website, where I will be blogging about my racing, my bike and my training. I know I would love showing off my Auger, blogging about, talking about it, and riding it like crazy!

(Btw, did I mention I have over 1,000 ‘friends’ on Facebook–many who are cycling fanatics themselves–who follow my posts?)

I think my new Foundry Auger and I will look very good crossing finish lines in first place, don’t you?  I am already in love with it…


“I’ve been working with Cat for over 2 years and she continues to be one of the most motivated athletes I coach. Cat desires improvement each year and won’t settle for anything less.

This past CX season, I was very impressed with her CX success each race. She has worked hard to dial in her bike handling skills and it has paid off. She made dramatic improvement and wants to do even better this year.

With her sights set on National and World Championships, this is the perfect carrot she needs to raise her game up to another level. Lastly, Cat is a good person. She is friendly, thoughtful, and great to work with.

-Coach, Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching, NOW-Novartis Cycling Team

“I can’t think of anyone who would represent Foundry Cycles better than Cat Ebeling.  Cat has raced for Momentum for the past three years and is one of the few riders I know that excels in road, mountain and cross racing. 

No matter what the conditions or venue Cat always represents us well and with enthusiasm.  She’s always pushing everyone who rides with her to aim for a higher level and no matter whether she wins, which she often does, or just finishes with the pack she does it with class and humility. 

Those are the traits that make Cat the perfect choice to race the Auger and proudly represent Foundry and Momentum Cycles.”

-Steven Maas, Momentum Racing & Momentum Cycles, St. Peters, MO

“I have been a teammate of Cat’s since the fall of 2011. She has been such an inspiration to me. Cat welcomed me to the team and has been great about giving advice and even working with me on new skills.

Being new to racing, I could not ask for a better teammate. Her bike handling skills during the CX season were amazing! She puts forth 100% effort in everything that she does and would be a great spokesperson for Foundry. I don’t know anyone else who is as friendly and willing to help as Cat is. She truly is role model for women and men alike.

-K.P., Momentum Racing Teammate

“Cat is an inspiration on the bike, she trains hard, races hard and welcomes all with her Joie de Vivre. She has quite a big fan club and we all watch what she does–with interest!” 

-L.V.N., One of her biggest fans