Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
So here's whats been going on. Cyclo-Cross is in full swing here in New England. My second weekend of cross racing brought me to the New England Velo Cross and the Sucker Brook cross. Both of these races were great, and although they were both small in terms or field size, offered great courses and gave me the chance to do a double race weekend before Verge round 1 and 2 in VT, and I was able to put a little money in my poecket...5 for 5 this cross season in terms of getting paid by the way.
This past weekend Hannah and I made the trip to VT for the verge weekend. Eric was kind enouh to let us stay at his house, which was literally 10 minutes from the race. The racing was great, and it was a good chance to test myself against a UCI field early in the season. I was 16th both days, which is funny, because the courses were totally different each day. But hey, thats still well inside the Verge points, so the rest of the series should be a little easier with at least a reasonable start position in the UCI races.
On a much more lame note, I still havn't worked out anything concrete for next season. If anyone knows about any openings...let me know.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The race was fun. I started off too fast and led the race for the first three laps or so, then totally imploded, and faded...then faded some more...then faded yet again, and wound up 5th. I was a little let down about how bad the wheels came off 30min into the race, but was equally pumped to walk away with a little cash in my pocket and covered with mud.
See you at some cross races!
Friday, September 5, 2008
More importantly, my return on sunday effectivly marks the end of the road racing season and the switch to cross, which is sweet as well.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
There is only one more hurdle to clear before I can hang up the tenspeed in favor of the knobbly tires however. Univest. This friday I'm headed out to PA for the univest grand prix, one of the biggest one day races in the country. Teams from all over the world are coming in for a throw down of epic proportions. It's going to be a tall order, but I'd like to have a solid ride. Who knows, maybe even a good result? I'm sure the field will be star studded, fast, and full of dopers as well, so it's gaurenteed to be a quick one. In fact, I believe that some recent Tour de France'ers are going to be in the house.
After univest, it't time for cross. In fact I've already started getting my bikes all squared away, and the race bike is going to be sweet. I've got the big rims on it...700c's with the deep dish carbon. Whut. Lemme check out them bikes son.
Monday, August 25, 2008
There are indeed stories to share, and updates to write about. Can't do it all now, but you can be sure, I'm back.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The training this week however has been anything but. I've been really killing it lately in preperation for some of the bigger upcoming races. Hopefully my plan to be fast this year in june and july rather than april and may last year is working. We'll see. Today I'm going to ride to the Mystic Velo Crit at Ninnigret, race the crit, and ride home. Should be close to 6 hours by the time im done. Sweet. I'm also planning on making the Wells ave trip tomorrow. Hopefully I'll see some folks there, be able to get my fix of weekend bike race schmoozing, and a good workout all at the same time.
Signing off for now, it's too nice. I'm going to sit in the yard and drink 16 more cups of coffee before I hit the road.
Friday, May 30, 2008
The digs were plush, although quite crowded with 6 Kenda Raleighs and six Raleighs piles into one hotel suite. We managed to find everyone something soft to sleep on, and settled in for the night with the Hills of Somerset Road Race in the morning.
The Hills of Somerset is a great race, with full road to race on the entire time, full rolling enclosure, and one big 80 mile loop. The team was smart, and I personally felt great. I was saving my matches for the last half of the race when the climbing started to throw down some attacks. However, it was not to be. At mile 42, just over half way, and just before the days first big climb, i pinch flatted. Normally a swift wheel change would have had me back in the race, but the support car was busy as a result of the rough roads, and the change was about 4 minutes too late. Oh well. I took a short (long) cut back to town. There I ran into Colin, who had made minced meat out of both his bike and his thigh, and Sean who had flatted. We hung out, and watched the guys finish up. They allhad great rides, and I'm bunned I couldn't have been there in the final.
After a sweet BBQ dinner and a great nights sleep we had a relaxing day and headed over for the bound brook criterium. The racing was fast, and we got Sean in what we thought was the winning move. The move came back much to everyones surprise, and we came away with nothing more than a hard workout.
Monday was the Big Show. The Tour of Somerville. The Kentucky Derby of Bike Racing. Tremble stomped the cat 2 race in grand style with a late race solo attack. Beerman Smooshed his collar bone. I crashed twice. Sean and I finished the race. 5 year old kids handed us beers on the cool down lap. It was a scene. I have never seen a race with spectators who are so fired up to watch bike racing. And, to cap off an eventful weekend. I made the drive home in even better time than the drive down. I'm taking this weekend off from racing. Time to recharge with some good training, and nights in my own bed, and maybe even some fun, you know, fun, it's what normal people do on the weekends.
Friday, May 23, 2008
In other news, I've been sick. In fact, the whole team got sick at Bear Mountain. Some sort of respritory thing or another had us down and out the following weekend, but Toby managed to not get sick, and kept it real for the team.
Look for us at the races soon in our new casual wear.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
At Palmer we raced hard again, with countless attacks we tried to break the field. We were once again represented in every move of the day, and at the final had Colin and Beerman in the move. After Josh Dillon from FiordiFrutta Made the winning effort, our guys were solid with a couple more top ten finishes for the team. We're racing well, and are always there and thereabouts, can't be long now until we grab some wins.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday was Myles Standish. Our plan was simple. Be aggressive and get in all the moves. Which we did. Jason was in the main break of the day again, and wound up third. I got in a long chase group and took 8th at the finish. Not bad, two guys in the money. Can't wait for this weekend, I think we'll win one of these.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
So I know it's been a while...but not for good reason. The reason being that I've been busy as hell, and tired as hell. Training has been taking its toll on me lately with a ton of structured work on the trainer in my living room. It's pretty tiring, but on the plus side it's making me fast, as you can see from my picture, and I'm catching up on a ton of early morning (think 6:00am) television. There really isn't much on at this time of day either. Typically I choose between sports center, which is great for the first 30 minutes of my ride, but then repeats itself, and gets boring, and old movies on AMC. I watched a kick ass movie about moonshining with John Wayne the other day, all before 9am. He's pretty badass. I think he could take care of Chuck Norris no problem, although, it would be a good fight. But in my mind, sixguns beat karate any day.
On another note, I've been eating a ton lately and still loosing weight, which means I'm either going to be really fast this year, or I have a family of tapeworms living in my stomach. Either way, I'll be fast, you wait and see. This weekend racing comes to the ocean state with the chris hinds crit on saturday, and then heads to NH for turtle pond on sunday. Team Kenda Raleigh plans of representing with a full squad at both races, so watch out.
One more not of importance. If you ever had a raleigh when you were a kid, like a million years ago, and wondered where they went, and why they're not still making good tenspeeds, the are. But now they have twenty speeds.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Time to get out on the bike.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
In bigger news...Chris Dale has decided to use clincher tires this upcoming season. Although he says only on his training bike, we'll have to wait and see. For now it's off to the shop. I'll touch base later on.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
So all week St. Germain has been talking about how he's been practicing his "rock solids" into the foam pit. Not to be outdone, I was quick to lay down the gauntlet, as I've been working on some sick tailwhips myself. The task was simple, an all out, no holds barred, every man for himself throwdown on the dirt.
We've been doing some pretty epic rides out here and this one was to be no exception. The plan was simple, leave the house, ride some paceline tempo to madera, climb the base of madera canyon and then the battle would begin. At box canyon road, we were to turn left and commence throwing down whatever we had, in the battle of the century.
The ride started out as planned, but thats about as far as the planning went. On the way out of town, things got a bit wild. After stopping for a pee break in an alley, I decided that if I we're to beat St. Germain in the fight, I was gonna nead a little help. Knowing that Tucson is as shady as it is, help would not be far away. In fact, all I had to do was look down, and I found not only a very large kitchen knife, but an un-used .38 caliber bullet. Now all I needed was a gun, and victory would surely be mine, and failing that I could always use the knife for tire slashing or stabbing.
The pace-lining was good, and it was clear that the pace was on, as each pull to the front was harder than the last. After topping up the bottles at the lone gas station we passed, some more tempo was ridden up madera to the turn. This is where things got really hectic. In final preperations for the thrown down on the dirt, we all checked our gear one last time, let some air out of the tenspeed tires, drank some PBR, put on our NASCAR jackets, smoked some marlboro's and packed big old lippers. It was on like donkey kong from this point on.
Box canyon road is really more of a mountain bike trail, or at best a jeep trail, than an actual road, and it certainly never intented to be used as a speed biking course. With caution thrown to the wind we set out. Masing the big gears in an attempt to glide over the washboard surfaces. Bombs were going off left and right with gaps forming and attacks being launched. St. Germain got the gap first, and despite me closing it down a few times, would eventually switch to a mountain bike, and ride away. I settled for second place and enjoyed the view of the surrounding landscapes as well as the giant cows I almost plowed into. Once off the dirt, St. Germain stowed the rogue mountain bike, grabbed his tenspeed, and took all the glory and accolaids that come along with doing it best in the dirt.
After a snack and some BS'ing about how fast we eash rode certain sections of the dirt, and how many of the turns were taken "mo-tard" style, we set off for home, which turned out to be about 30 miles further than anticipated. No harm done though, we got there. It was rad. Remember that nintendo game with the dirt bikes, excite bike, where you made your own courses, the day was like that, but with cows.
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