Wednesday, November 28, 2007

2 races to go...

Only 2 races to go in the season. I'm not heading to Kansas City for Nationals so my last races will be Reston this weekend and the VACX finals in Charlottesville on the 9th. It's a good thing as my motivaton is waning. Ten races so far this cyclocross season, on top of 13 multisport and mountain bike races over the spring and summer has made this season quite long. Not that I'm complaining, I've had a great time at each one. Especially rolling in the green of Team IF.

Does anyone else have trouble getting in hard training efforts in the dark? I love mountain biking in the dark, but I can't seem to turn on juice when I'm on the Planet Cross at night.

Parker has a blog.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


First of all, a well deserved thank you to Michael aka Crazy and everyone at TriPower for hosting the VA State Championships at Mt Trashmore. Helluva job. It's a great course and very spectator friendly from atop the "mount".

My race was not what I had hoped for coming off of my previous 3 events. I can tell how my race will be within the first minute of starting. If I'm on top of the pedals putting power into the bulldogs and in the top 2 or 3 spots, then I should do well. Yesterday, I lined up on the front row next Kevin, Bill G, and Ed D (the New England Patriots of Masters racing), right where I should be to watch these fast men. At the word go, I stood on the pedals and by the first turn, 200 meters into the race I was hanging on in sixth place. I knew right away the legs weren't working. Through the first lap I clung to the back end of the lead group and lost my grip on the second lap. Bill G and I traded pulls for a bunch of laps, I didn't want to lose his wheel. Crazy was on the mic, doing his thing with the race commentary at the top of the run up. With about 5 laps to go, I started feeling like I had some power in the legs so I pushed the pace and Bill yelled some encouragement but the lead trio was long gone. I ended up in fourth place, out of the money. that's racing. I had a lot of fun riding and racing with the 757 crowd as always.
I spun around after my race and gave a Patrick M a few pointers on the course layout before his Junior race. He lined up with 2 others, one of which was Mark E of TriPower. Mark got a gap on the first lap but Patrick battled back to Mark's wheel. Patrick threw a few attacks and created a few gaps but never found one that stuck. With about 3 laps to go, Patrick had problem with his chain and Mark kept going, and the selection had been made. Patrick did a great job riding with Mark and ended taking second behind him.

Marco was officiating at the second pit and took enjoyment in heckling me, such as "suck it up buttercup" and the like. He even had Holly calling me buttercup. funny guy. It's all good.

I wasn't sure what happened to Kevin after the second lap of my race as I didn't see him ahead of me. I finally caught sight of someone in a TriPower skinsuit piloting a go-fast machine. Here's the dawg himself, showing everyone how's done. He traded turns on Sally's pink go fast machine with Rob D since both of them were out with mechanicals. That's core.

After the race I met Jimmy M, and he said he had something for me. He gave me a bottle of his Speedy's #44 Hot Sauce and some 2Drunk2Shift stickers. The stickers will go on my Queen City Brewing growler, and the hot sauce was excellent on my black beans and rice. Thanks Jimmy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Share The Road...

Went to the Shenandoah Bike-Pedestrian Committee meeting this afternoon, a lot of good things are happening.

Local trail projects have been receiving monies through grants. The Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center STAR trail will soon see the final bridge connector constructed this winter. Eleven trails in the North River Ranger district of the GW National Forest will be using grant money to rebuild; to make good trails even better. Now we need to find grant money for the Berry Farm Trail System.

VDOT will be posting "Share The Road" signs between Waynesboro and the top of Afton mountain where the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway both begin. This stretch of Route 250 sees between 15-20 cyclists and pedestrians during the week and 40-45 during the weekend. Not sure if that was a daily count. It's good to see signs posted on this important entrance to the Shenandoah Valley.

Speaking of Bike Committees, Fritz over at cyclelicious isn't too happy to see someone gripe about the Denver Bicycle Advisory Committee. I understand Fritz's concern and in later comments he states he was having a bad day. It would be good if the quasi-governmental committees had more power and wherewithal to exact changes per theboyonthebicycle's comments. However, the people in power have to be reminded and shown that cycling has to be included in transportation decisions. This can only be accomplished by having people show up to each and every meeting. Involvement. That's what it takes. I see what other communities have accomplished and it's from the involvement of people who want change and are focused on seeing good things happen. Involvement with Tenacity.

It's a Boy, x2

Congratulations Matt and Katie on the arrival of Mason Carter.

And Happy First Birthday to Owen.

Matt and I have been riding since pre-Judy days. Looking forward to seeing all the boys riding bikes soon.

Be well.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge

Clif Bar has created the 2 Mile Challenge to help fight global warming one pedal stroke at a time. 40% of urban trips are 2 miles or less and by riding your bike for these trips you can reduce pollution, reduce traffic, and just ride a bike. Input a starting location and let them map out a 2 mile radius for you. Clif Bar is rolling through college campuses in the west taking the 2 Mile idea to college via a biodiesel fueled bus. Why not the East Coast???

The image above shows the 2 mile radius for my 'urban' rides. Here are some of the things/places within my 2 miles:
-Coffee Shop
-Bike Shop, downtown stores
-Grocery, Pharmacy, Doctor
-Restaurants, Bars
-Post office, baby sitter

Couple of things that are outside of my 2 miles:
Wal-Mart, Mall No real loss there, huh?

Try it, map your location and see where 2 miles can take you. Then check out the 2 Mile Challenge blog.

Take the challenge.