Worthy Brewing

Month: May 2015

All Hopped Up in Dana Point

Thu, 07 May 2015 18:55:00

Worthy Hydration! (L-R) Tyler Magner (Worthy Hopped Up Rider), Champion Karl Menzies, and Ryan Aitcheson. Bull Goose working the hambone.
* Photo courtesy of 
Resul Kurtbedin

DANA POINT, CA. It’s been said a million times to win big you have to risk losing it all.  In bike racing, the propensity of the pack is towards prudence. Few are willing to take risks.  At Worthy, we want to reward the risk takers – the warriors who don’t sit back, but instead attack, again and again, early and often, in the moment, in search of the zone, glory, endorphins and out of body exhilaration.

This is what the Worthy Most Hopped Up Rider prize is all about – encouraging racers to bust out and go for the gold. We were not disappointed. In the nine years that I’ve been emceeing the Dana Point Grand Prix, I’ve never seen a more hopped up group of Pro Men.

From the gun, Karl Menzies (United Health Care), Tyler Magner (Hincapie), Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas), and David Santos (KHS-Maxis), attacked the 100 man field, which featured a who’s who list of world class sprinters.  They quickly opened up a lead.

Few people thought they would hold off the thirsty peloton over the next 90 minutes. Working together, they opened up and held an 18 second gap. With a few laps remaining, after two more riders joined, all camaraderie was shattered. It was every man for himself. With $12,000 cash on the line, along with the $500 Worthy Hopped Up rider cash prize and jersey, the alliance was dead.

The six man break assumed a jerky, chaotic “cat and mouse” anti-rhythm. Meanwhile, the peloton, sensing cannibalism in the break, mounted a furious chase. At the end, with the charging pack within a keg toss, the wily 38 year old veteran from Tasmania Karl Menzies outsprinted the upstart 24 year old Tyler Magner.

Who was the most Hopped Up? Who electrified the crowd the most? Who enjoyed pounding hard for its own sake the most? Now that was a hard choice. Certainly the break away riders put it all out there. All were deserving, but Tyler stood out as the hard charger with the tireless legs and indomitable spirit. Worthy ride Tyler!

What a great day. We want to thank our friends at Sierra Nevada and Karl Strauss, two outstanding craft breweries with big hearts who have been supplying the DPGP beer tents with cold frothy kegs the last five years.  All proceeds from the sale of SN Nooner and Pale and KS Red Trolley and Tower 10 were donated to the Dana Point Fifth Marine Regiment Support Group and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley.

And a big thank you to the City of Dana Point for a great day of bike racing for all ages from four and under up to age 75.  Worthy cannot wait to begin selling our hop friendly beer made with the best water in the world down in thirsty Southern California!


Roger Worthington


To see the exciting finish of the John Johnson Family Pro Men’s Criterium at the DPGP, click here:


* Photo courtesy of Christy Nicholson

Rock Solid! 50+ Champions, (L-R),Chris Genghis Hahn, John Walsh (Also Worthy Most Hopped Up Rider) and Mike Okano.
* photo courtesy of Dan Munson

All Furred Up! 40+ Champions (L-R), Dan Easter, Phil Tinsman, Big Mike Guy Who Beat Charon. Worthy Most Hopped Up awarded to hammerdawgs Easter and Tinsman.
* photo courtesy of Dan Munson

Pro Women’s Podie, (L-R), Samantha Schneider, Champion Erica Allar, Kendal Ryan.
* photo courtesy of Resul Kurtbedin

* photo courtesy of Resul Kurtbedin