Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Snot, Beer, Jiffy John . . . Obviously a Must Read

I did the VT50 mtb race last weekend. I should have had a snot rocket going like some of our past teammates have done in photos.

Course was great, super dry. In fact, it was a little dusty. This was the fourth year in a row I have done this event. My wife and I make it a weekend away. I ride, she runs, but only the 50 k this year.

Monday, September 27, 2010

My English Teacher Said "Sucker Brook" but My Ebonics Teacher Said "Sucka Brook". Cyclocross Is Confusing.

I have no race report of any interest. Just read Glen's below and trade out "faded" for "accelerated", "got dropped" for "passed", and "locked up my lower back" for "settled into a good tempo."

Much like G-Roll I also have a two variant method for the pass:
1. When riders go by me I try to latch on as inconspicuously as possible. Often when the passing rider looks back I turn my head and whistle a dainty tune pretending I'm just taking in the landscape. Then when there's a straight away or climb I pass them back. Racers love that.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sucker Brook 'Cross Double Header

When one hot, hard, fast race ain't enough...
Week 3 of the 2010 'Cross season saw the Racer-X duo of Jamie and I headed for southern NH, Destination Sucker Brook. Not sure if there was a brook - or if it sucked. There was a LOT of dust, and it was a good fast power course that suited Jamie and I well. We lined up for the 35+ Masters race at 11am and took off with a tight group of 35 or so fast effin racers. I had a decent start (I'll let Jamie fill in the details of his race with his report) and settled in mid-pack somewhere, waiting for the first lap jitters to calm down. The frontside was open, grassy, and all power. Found some decent lines and rode them pretty well most laps, and once through this grassy frontside, the race headed out into the woods on a nasty gravelly road section into a moon dust hard left. Somewhere in here I whacked a rock and felt the tell-tale squirmy rear end.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bradbury 12

I can't believe it's been a year since the Bradbury '09, my first race. With 2 races under my belt, I had less fear about passing and getting passed (mostly the later). I was ready to move beyond survival mode and decided to set some goals.

Kingdom Trails

Skip on over to my bloggity blog for pics and words regarding yesterday's journey to Kingdom Trails. We laughed, we cried, we rode, and I, as usually, took lots of pictures. Go now!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Double Duty 'Cross Race Weekend

In a better late than never attempt to get ready, somehow, for 'cross season, I'm piling on as much volume and racing as I can early on here. First up was an odd-ball course in a fun race down in Brockton on Saturday - the Travis City Cycles CX race. Mixed bag of terrain, in that there were paved sections - both park trails and roads. There were flowy single track sections in the woods.
Then there was one grassy chicane type section. This race

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Well, since both Jamie and Glen have posted their perspectives on their leisurely ride which was my lactic acid bath, I figured I might as well tell my story too.

Yeah, TTT. On the road. I'm not a "road rider" per se, and have never raced on the road. I think this was pretty evident when I was pinning my number on (right Jamie?).

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Cottage of Wattage

Well, Velo de Mer ring-leader, Mr. Shawn Gavin got me hooked on this bizarre TT / TTT thing. I mean, who wouldn't fall in love with a discipline that has you on an almost entirely uncomfortable bike locked down in an aero position and pedaling as hard as is possible for as long as one can?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

'Cross in August - who me? (confessions of a racer junkie)

You'd never catch me dead in a 'cross race so early in in the season - but I had the unique chance to show my little sister, and her daughter (12 years old) what this odd discipline is all about. Why would they even care? They live in the middle east, as my brother in law is Saudi. They currently reside in Cairo, Egypt - and yes, from their house they can see the pyramids. Yes, those famous pyramids.