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Hopped Up

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

Cascade Cycling Race Fans: Get Hopped Up!

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:55:00

Normally, Worthy’s all about balance. But when it comes to the imperials, Worthy likes its big beers like it likes a criterium bike race: totally hopped up!

We really don’t want to watch a bunch of grown men in tights casually riding around in a circle. We want to see big, bold action: lung-busting attacks, epic bridges, out-of-body solo efforts, and crowd-energizing desperate breakaways.

In short, we want to see hopped up racers.  Athletes who throw caution to wind. Redliners who give more than they got, who go to failure, but seem to find a way to replenish the tanks. We want to see animated racers-cum-super heroes who attempt the impossible.

In that hard-charging spirit, as a sponsor of the 2014 Cascade Cycling Classic, Worthy is pleased to introduce the Most Hopped Up Racer award.  We’ll be giving out a customized Worthy jersey along with cold cash at the Downtown Twilight Criterium on July 19th.

We’ve selected three categories: the Category 2 race, the 35/45+ race, and the marquis event, the Men’s Pro 1 race, which begins at 7 pm in downtown Bend.

Now choosing the most hopped up rider, which is basically the same as “most aggressive,” or in my lexicon, “most combative,” is a subjective thing. I’ll be on the announcer’s stand with Splinter Wren to help pick the winner. But our panel of judges will include a few guys who know a thing or two about high-testosterone, smash mouth, stuff-the-punks-in-the-hole competition.

We are pleased to include on our Hopped Hop Expert Panel two home-grown Superbowl Champions, Mike Walter, who won three rings with the San Francisco 49’ers, and Kevin Boss, who won a ring with the New York Giants. It takes a gladiator to know one, and these guys know what it’s like to win in the Biggest of the Big Games, against the Baddest of the Bad. C’mon down during the event, get an autograph and selfie. They won’t bite!

Also, Worthy will be sponsoring the prologue, which kicks off the 35th Annual CCC on July 15th. The prologue is a 2.5 mile race against the clock on a twisty, turny course that will require raw power and deft bike handling. The prologue begins at 6 pm at the Tetherow Golf Club.

Worthy will have a tent at the start/finish line with plenty of Easy Day, IPA and Imperial Eruption on tap. Whether you want to talk Big Rings or Big Beers, there will be plenty of like-minded sports enthusiasts to bench race with, from whippet thin endurance dogs to burly, bar banging field sprinters.

Come on down.  The CCC is the best and oldest stage race in America. Every year it attracts the top racers in the country. Worthy is pleased to help support the race that laid the foundation for Bend’s national reputation as a cycling mecca. And beertopia.

For more about the race, or to register, click HERE.

Drink Up. Dream on.

Roger Worthington


Hit Fit! Oregon’s very own Mike Walter, one tough mutha. Three Super Bowl rings. And one of the nicest guys you’ll ever want to share a foxhole with.

Kevin Boss, another Oregon standout. Won a Superbowl ring with the New York Giants. He’s still fit enough to play. A bona fide bell ringer. Had to hang it up on the advice of his docs in his prime.