Sunday, March 25, 2007
Random Views From the Road
Labels: road trip.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Dying and Going to Heaven
DYING - The Dismal Dash TT
Conditions were forecast to be 36 degrees (at my start time) with 17-20mph WSW winds. YIKES. 32 degrees at wake up w/frost on the car. Yes the saddle has too much forward tilt. Nice to be more forward on a TT bike. Not nice to keep sliding off.
Noticed a flat spot with the casing showing through on the rear tire as I put the bike up on the car. EFF. Must've been from last weeks Crit. Not much time to change it. Luckily it held. Phew.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Back Logged Poser
Props to Steven for riding away from everyone for the win. Sympathy and heal quickly wishes to Rob, who slammed down hard right in front of me with 5 to go, trying to avoid the 3 guys that slammed down in front of him. The AABrt was out in force. Seems the old saying "Cat 5 - Stay Alive" is well founded. I locked up the rear and barely missed center-punching Rob, then the pack was gone, and it was impossible to reconnect.
Fast forward to TT prep. My Ultrabike/Roadbike/Critbike, morphed into a poser TT bike with the addition of some "real" aero bars - all in preparation for the first TT of the year. I took a few days to try and sort out riding position. Probably take a few months to get it totally dialed. Clincher disc looks cool, sounds cool, but due to (deep seeded) psycho-emotional hangups, was not used.
Top secret front wheel from the house of jDiesel WAS used.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Where's the Love?
6 weeks before the start of the Tour de Georgia and the title sponser has not been replaced.
High hopes for the U.S. Cycling Championships here in Virginia next month are waning with lack of title sponsorship and resignation of the race director. More info here.
What's a cycling lover to do?
For one we can all support those corporations that do buck up with the dinero to sponsor these events. AND let them know that we did, and why. We can attend live events (we do), watch the TV coverage (we do), clap our hands, yell and scream, tell our friends .... we do.
I'll admit I'd never been to a pro level (road) race until last year. I found the CapTech in Richmond, and the CSC Invite in DC to be highly entertaining and great spectating for all. Cross Nats were a scream. Why can't we get (or keep) these sponsors?
- Cause Lance retired?
- Cause Greg isn't riding?
- Cause the French haven't settled le stinkin' tour crap yet?
NASCAR sure doesn't have a problem. Maybe we need those nice leather jackets ........?
I dunno. I just want to see some good racin'. and get my
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Messed w/a pic D-Bo took (thanks for the shot Dan)
Found this cool site somewhere clickin' along the net. Just when I think I've finished reading the entire web, they keep putting more stuff up.
Don't forget the fast JB and the USAC MB Team are down in Argentina, w/the help of our master wrench Roberio, gettin' ready to giv'r.
As only Roberio could say - "Very be careful",
and kick some butt.
More racing this weekend if the rain stays away
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Only the Strong Survive
JG, YoungBill, Dag, and me.
Labels: group ride
Monday, March 05, 2007
It's All About the Race
Have to admit I was a more than a bit nervous, but I've been feeling pretty good on my bike(s). Especially considering a 24 hour race just a 14 days ago. I'm writing this stuff down just so I can remember what happened for next time. Not gonna be I story of "I came, I raced, I kicked ass". Just a story of an old fart having a bunch of fun and soakin' up the sensations like a fresh Krispy Kreme in hot coffee. A meteoric rise to my personal level of medioCRITy.
Got there with plenty of time, infield parking was nice. Temps in the 30's with a big wind in your face on the back straight. The ladies - Carol, Susan, Kristan (doing her first Crit too) and Sharon were there trying thier best to warm up in the frigid morning air. Got reg'd and did some laps. Couldn't be a better venue to break me in. 1/3 mile oval, nice and smooth except for the rumble bumps on the inside of the turns - why would anyone ever ride over those anyway?
Saw D-Bo and (new dad) JG pull in. Took some photos of the ladies and got some trainer warmup done. Some more laps after the ladies were done.
The 4/5 Crit
Field of 30, second row start. 40 laps. Heart rate was up just from the excitement, deep breaths.
We're off. Nice smooth clip in. Drifted down to the inside line, middle of the pack. Soon realized that was no man's land. Like being in a box. Even had to feather the brakes on the first few laps. Tucked in behind JG. D-Bo got a good jump off the start and was out in the free space of the front 5. A few more laps till I could work out of the box. Pace was comfortable. Lap 10-12 finally got outside a bit and had some room to breath, was getting claustrophobic on the inside. Was working my position pretty well. Lap 20-25 finally felt settled in to a rythym. Jitters were gone. Time to get the HR up the real way. Worked up around the outside. Was picking up positions on the home straight. Got a few bikes behind D-Bo who was working hard chasing breaks. Actually felt good to be in the wind. Just before lap 30 Dan took off after a solo, I jumped right behind, said to the guy next to me - "Let's bridge this thing". Then realized it was only D-Bo and one other, so I let them go and tried to smooth pedal from the front. That worked for a short while, til the pack wouldn't have it and I got swarmed. Eff - stuck on the inside again. No worries, 8-9 laps left, legs felt good.
Then going into turn 3 - it's all a blur, but I hear that noise - thin wall tubing and graphite slamming the deck hard followed by the thud of lycra wrapped flesh. Right next to me. Grab a few hand fulls of brakes and hit the rumble bumps at 25. Bars rotated down 45 degrees as my hands struggled to hold onto falling brake hoods. Almost went over the top. Put a foot down, got the bars pulled up a bit, and got rolling again. Mad adrenlin rush. The pack was gone. EFF. Got back up to speed, lost 1/2 a lap. Held that gap to the field for 5-6 laps as they were jockying around for the last dash. 3 to go I see D-Bo launch off again. Thought maybe I should sit up and wait to help. Not sure what the rules are about that. The pack swarmed by on the final sprint, I finished 1 lap down. Had a lot more to give, but couldn't stand or sprint with my bars hanging low.
10 lap track event.
Afternoon Track Race.
Another 10 lapper. Another slow roll out. Went to the front on lap 2 turn 3, led the pack around for 3-4 laps, felt really good. Kept trying to let someone pull through but no takers till lap 6 or seven. Much more organized group than the AM. Finally was able to grab a wheel near the back. Was just working my way back up, and the race was over. WTF!? Thought there was 2 laps left, but there was only one. Never even got to sprint. Another rookie move by a rookie racer. But it was a blast, and I can't wait to giv'r again.
The speedway is a perfect place to race. Especially trackies. Met lots of great folks and am looking forward to mixin' it up again next time. Funny that all the carnage was in the road races, none on the track bikes?!!?? Just a coincidence or was it due to much bigger groups? Hmmmmm, makes ya wonder.
Seems like some bikes take a while to "get on with", but not this one :
It fits perfect between me arse and the track .................
Lots of impressive efforts by out team which was drastically outnumbered. We came, we raced, we kicked (some) ass. Made me proud.
Sonny Hutchins Memorial Crit
Check Love2RidePhotos for info on when the pics will be up. No later than Saturday - probably much sooner.
A full day of awesome racing. Props to the Promotors, Sponsors, and Volunteers.
Highlights follow, reports to come.
D-Bo did some hot ridin' - solo break w/3 to go - patience, patience
and some cool chillin' w JG
Young Mark in the C123 workin' hard to bridge to 4th place w/3 to go.
XXX giv'n'r some intensity before going to defend at the world's dahn unda'.
Yes there was minor carnage ........