Monday, August 23, 2010

My VT 30 Saga

Just to keep things interesting, I've posted my race report on one of my other blogs. Why? It's long, and full of speculation and conspiracy theories; and I don't want to bump those track racing photos any further down than need be. I feel a new t-shirt logo coming on... Until then, click here!

Single Speed Impostor!

You know the cliche, "never bring a knife to a gun fight," well that's sort of what I did at the VT30 (aka Pittsfield 666...aka Pittsfield 6 hour endurance bike race) this past weekend! I was a sport level rider, masquerading as an elite racer!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

No Report, Just a Picture

A reminder that it's almost cross season. Tall black socks and all. Because Jean would want it that way. Also this picture bumps that picture of Jamie at the track off the top of the page. Our mountain bike friends were starting to whisper about us.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The X Is More Than Just Two Acute and Two Obtuse Angles Thrown Together! This Weekend It Had An Oval!

Hanging around the super secret Racer X club functions can be disconcerting for a former roadie like myself. All these new terms and phrases make me feel like an outsider. So I've been taking notes to maximize my enjoyment of the Racer X experience. You know, to get in on the group rides and such!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Darkhorse 40- Don't Miss It!

Before the cobwebs set into my brain, I want to give a shout out to the guys at Darkhorse Cycles for such an amazing and truly fun event at the Darkhorse 40. Thankfully, this race was so incredible that it made up for all of my follies on the bike. Here is a run down of just how bad my day went, then I'll move onto more exciting stuff, like how cool this race was.

Monday, August 9, 2010

3 weeks and 3 chances to inflict pain

I'm a bike racing whore. There. I admit it. If someone asks me to race - despite never having done an event - or a whole discipline - I'll likely say yes. Just don't try and get me into triathalon gear... yet. Such was the case a few weeks ago when a friend from the Velo de Mer group asked if I'd do a Team Time Trial. I had toyed with the idea last year, but never could get it on the schedule. This year I could - and did. I thought "hey, bolt on some clip-ons and don an aero helmet - and presto! I'm good to go. Well, our in house TT and Track pro, Mr. Jamie Ryan White would have none of it - and threw his tricked out factory KHS TT bike at me, and a spare set of wheels - as if the deep section front wheel and disk rear wheel with tubulars weren't enough...

Wildcat Epic 100--Day 2

Peppy. Chipper. Zippy. No one would have used those words to describe how I felt on the morning of Day 2 of the Wildcat Epic 100 MTB stage race. I did, however, feel ready. Ready to ride and to squeeze out whatever remaining adenosine triphosphate my little mitochondria could generate.

My morning started by checking out of the Super 8, grabbing some pre-race coffee at Starbucks, and waiting for Pete--A.K.A. "Sprinkles," at the parking lot. Most people looked about the same way I felt, tired, but looking forward to another fun day on the bike.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wildcat Epic 100--Day 1

I'm sitting here at a Starbucks reflecting on my day... Today was Day 1 of the Wildcat Epic 100 mountain bike race, a two day stage race, 50 miles each day, starting and ending in New Paltz, NY. The words that are coming to mind as I reflect are "fast," "fun," "awesome," and "coffee." The last, well, because, that's what I'm drinking.

This is the first year of the race, and while I'm only half done as I write this, I'm pretty confident I'll be back.