Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
On racing front of the season I am going to give myself a solid C for Consistently mediocre. I never found my top end speed, I knew it was there I just couldn't seem to access it this year. There are reasons for the mediocrity and I am coming to terms with them and will implement some changes for next year.
This year ended up being more about the experience and less about the results for me and for that I am grateful and give the season an A+ for AWESOMENESS. Each week brought new adventures and friendly faces. I raced in in 5 states on some rad courses and met a ton of fantastic people. It seemed that each week of travel to far away races brought more and more people into the extended cross family. We took the extended family and crashed a post race party in Ohio. Crashed a hotel pool in Iowa. Got crazy on donuts, coffee, and beer in PDX. I am stoked to have gotten to make so many new friendships over the course of the season - I finally got to not only meet but become great friends with my personal working man's hero and his super wife, I was fortunate enough to work the pit for and with some of the best in the business and glean some great insight and tips form them, and share some time with some other rad superhero's of cross. Did I mention the awesome courses, aside from the amazing people on the "Midwest UCI Cross Race Travelling Circus of Good Times and Racing" the courses were a big part of the awesome.
I LOVE MY TEAM! They are a great group that have a passion for cyclocross and I can't wait to see what 2010 will bring for the team. my wife inc has taken off and provided hours of entertainment, competition, training, and new friendships. Next year will bring a new kit design (is that really a surprise) and I am sure we will continue our quest for becoming the most PRO non-PRO team...
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
"Ok, then we can out sprint him at the line."
"Sounds good to me!"
For the non-Twitter folks here is my haiku Tweet re-cap.
Loosing air fast makes slow turns.
Anger fuels fast legs.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
A lot of racing the past couple of weeks.
We took the mwi love down to the USGP in KY, it was Awesome. Green Monsters, face plants, pit problems, first races, new friends, old friends....
I had to overcome some first lap issues both days, but raced my ass off passing as many people as I could. So despite my poor results I am happy with the form that is coming.
Yesterday brought a 4 week home stretch for racing and the Halloween race. I have a serious love hate relationship with this race. I really like the course and it should in theory suit me, but I have never had a good race there. So this year I decided to change my approach and embrace the day.
Roscoe went on up to play with the bike boys in the 1/2 race. He beat 6 guys and didn't get lapped by Tristain Shouten who podiumed in the Toronto UCI a couple of weeks ago. Way to go Roscoe!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Next day was the Blvd Cup in KCK, which had a great turnout and a super course. I skipped the masters and raced the 3s. As I was kitting up I saw a mirage and had to shake myself... it was Crusty in a kit, he actually does ride bikes!!!! I was just getting ready to talk racing when he let me know he was only there for 'warm up laps' and no racing would take place. Bummer, he looked so cute in that Sunday subdue. After another bad start (notice a trend here) I did my best to race and mostly have fun and ended up 9th. Superfan skipped the day-glow jumpsuit and opted for jeans and left THE cowbell crown jewel at home so turned out he played the part of 'just a fan'.
Solid weekend of events and so much fun. Next weekend is the Smithville 'Cross Fest and I'm looking to double up again. You guys have fun at the USGP!
Monday, October 12, 2009
- Sleep Number beds suck, sleeping on an air buble is not fun. Unless you are f*cking with the control, I mean "finding" your sleep number at midnight.
- Holy mudfest batman. I ran more in Friday's race than any other cross race I have ever done.
- Roscoe is just as fast sliding across the finish line as he is staying upright
- We got to pit for Molly and Parbo and hang out with the Super Poppers all weekend and it was AWESOME. It is fun to work the pit when stuff is actually going on. During Friday's mudfest Molly was pitting every half-lap and Parbo bent his rear derailleur hanger and pulled his front brake cable out. Saturday and Sunday were uneventful but still fun in the pits. Lots of fun and jokes to be had
- I love sand pits and technical shit! Makes me feel l faster than I actually am right now.
- I also love hearing peoples reaction to our kit. Both good and bad. I am almost as stoked when someone doesn't get it as I am when they do.
- We ran out of I Heart/Jackalope CX t-shirts this weekend and need to have more printed up
- Got some Super Sweet ultra Euro Pro tips from Molly and Parbo that I am not sharing =)
- Racing was fun I finished solid low 20's everyday. Roscoe was as high as 6th and down in the high teens the other days. Chili, well they screwed Chili in Ohio. He was int he top ten everyday for sure but no one really knows where he finished
- We totally crashed a burritto and beer party Friday after the race. The Half Acre and my wife inc crews were plotting the Half Wife Cramhole Classic or next year - could be interesting.
- There may be pictures of my muddy ass crack, but you will never see them.
- There also may be a new competition for the title of Dr. Crash, but I wouldn't know anything about that either (It wasn't me)
- Breakfast at Big Boy sucks.
- Please someone tell me why it is so hard to keep the races scored properly? I would gladly pay $5 extra to race with a timing chip if it meant I could find out where I placed before I left at the end of the day!
I had a sluggish start, worked the course with a couple others, had a minor sprint finish (personal victory), ended up 7th, and had a great time.
Who knows, maybe next time Crusty will blow his nose and actually toe the line. Next weekend is Capital Cross (Topeka, KS) on Saturday and Blvd Cup (Bonner Springs, KS) on Sunday. Crusty - have my bed ready.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So, after a great weekend of racing my first cat 2/3 race, where on Saturday after "testicle surfing" the start as Crusty put it and fighting my way back to 20th. Followed by Sunday, where I had a good start and finished 5th. To the fact that we hung with some pros for most of the weekend and had a great time with the MWI crew. It all came crashing down, literally.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
And the My Wife Inc. crew was a huge part of it, cheering me on, supporting me, congratulating me for not getting lapped (until today!) and not finishing last (both days!).
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. It's an honor.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
All that being said it was awesome just being back in the racing/atmosphere and I was soaking it in all night. Glad to hear everyone is out there rolling the 'lope.
The kits look sweet and my CX Christmas comes Tuesday (complete bike showing up). Giddy'up!!!!
Not only did I finish, I managed probably a top 30, maybe even 25 - the results were seriously FUBAR'd - and no one from the 40s lapped me!
I had little speed, little acceleration, and I felt pretty wobbly going over the barriers. My legs were tired, but not my lungs.
But damn, it's good to be back racing. It was good to travel in the BAV with Chad, He-Man, and the Sponsor with Cupcakes.
Now that one race is in the books, I'm ready to actually try to race. Well, there's two races next weekend, and given how I feel right now, maybe I should just go within my limit a few more times!
It's raining! I hope it rains all week.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Second, I may be pushing a little hard for the recovery, but damn that was a good ride. First two hour plus ride since the crash in March. Did three threshold intervals that felt good, and I actually felt strong, able to push some kind of gear. Still not much speed, but the power is coming back.
Plus, it is sunny and warm today, which means - at least I hope it means - that it's going to rain and snow and sleet and all sorts of nasty weather by next weekend for the first cross race of the year in Jackson Park.
Maybe I'll do two races next Sunday; maybe I'll try the hole shot in the 3s, fall over at an appointed time, and let my boys ride away free.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Well, racing it is a bit of an overstatement from the wobbly old man, but damn. Seriously. Damn.
I read my training program correctly this week and showed up at the miss and out at Estabrook along with Mike. Roscoe is apparently studying for his boards or some such fool thing. Not sure that matters more than a cross race, even a practice one.
The Norcross is a thing of beauty. It's light, nimble, handles superbly, even by me! It's stiff as hell so when I curled into a corner, the bike was incredibly stable. I can't do much standing up and thrashing the gears, but it was very responsive when I did. It's light for the shouldering, although Crusty was right in that our long arms have a bit of a challenge getting through the triangle. Not a big deal at all, though.
As for the wobbly-legged, one-shouldered old man, though, the race went decently. I started very tentatively, powering as best I could along the flats and railing the corners more and more as the race went on.
I wasn't the first pulled, as I expected. I wasn't lapped. And I crashed once, trying to run over a barrier up the short steep little hill as I shouldered the bike. The left leg just wasn't strong enough to jump up by itself! Boom! Got the first boo-boo of the season on my leg. Shoulder hurt a bit from falling, but I got up and was pissed. So I rode harder, passed the guy in front, and rode harder through the corners.
All in all a successful evening. The bike is awesome, incredible. The legs and body are okay, the mind a little weak! (No comments necessary, gentlemen!) Next week, I'll push the start and the aggression a bit more to see what I can do.
I'm grateful Jackson Park is a relatively flat grass crit. Hill run-ups are going to be a challenge for a bit. I just hope they're better by Jingle Cross!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
*CROSS SERIES. Yes, there is a 2009 CENTRAL IOWA CROSS SERIES. 8 races. 6 in the metro. 2 within 40 minutes of the metro. There will be overall prizes, leaders jerseys, great competition, consistent classes and more fun than you can shake a stick at. I promise. We have an unreal group of promoters with a common bond. That is to GROW the sport…….If you add the STATE cross race (not part of the series), you will have NINE (!!!) cross races in and around the metro. How rad is that???
*CROSS WEBSITE. You got it. Next week Mr. Scott Sumpter (of BIKEIOWA.com fame) will unveil a cross website. Blog updates. Race calendar. Race flyers. Results. Series information. Series results. Renegade info. Anything you could ever want or need on an awesome one-stop-shop.
Friday, August 21, 2009
September 19- Swope Park CX, Herman Under the Lights leaning towards HUL!
September 26/27- USGP Planet Bike Cup CX Sun Prarie WI
October 8-11 –UCI 3 Ohio??? the man might force me to sit this one out! The man sucks!
October 11- Chris CX
October 17- Capital CX
October 18-Boulevard CX
October 24/25- USGP Derby Cup CX, LouVull KY
October 31- Boss Cross #1
November 1- Sunflower CX
November 7- GP HPT CX
November 8- Veterans CX
November 15 DeStad Cross Cup
November 21 Boss Cross #2
November 27/29- Jingle Cross Rock CX, Iowa City IA
December 6- Boss Cross #4
Sept 13th - Bearcat 'Cross @ Hermann, MO
Sept 19th - Hermann Under the Lights @ Hermann, MO
Sept 27th - Diamond Blackfan 'Cross @ KC Area
Oct 11th - Chris Cross @ KC Area
Oct 17th - Capital Cup @ Topeka, KS
Oct 17th - Bubba Cross (At Night) @ STL
Oct 18th - Blvd Cup @ KC Area
Oct 18th - Bubba Cross @ STL
Oct 25th - Smithville 'Cross Festival @ KC Area
Oct 31st - Boss Cross #1 @ KC Area
Nov 1st - Sunflower Cross @ Lawrence, KS or KC Area
Nov 7th - Grand Prix Cross @ Topeka, KS
Nov 8th - Veteran's Cross @ KC Area
Nov 8th - Bubba Cross @ STL
Nov 15th - De Stad Cup @ Leavenworth, KS
Nov 21st - Boss Cross #2 @ KC Area
Nov 29th - Boss Cross #3 @ KC Area
Dec 6th - MO State Cross Championship
A couple other races lasting into 2010, but not on calendar. KC is a couple hour drive and STL is 3 1/2hr so I tend to stick to the west side of the state (better racing also). I plan to race primarily Cat III and a handful of Masters (that's right Crusty, there is someone older than you...).
Looking forward to packing away the kits to the right and busting out the pink, orange, and green this year!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
2009 Cyclocross Races
Sept. 20 Jackson Park (Chicago Cup) (xXx Racing)
Sept. 26 Sat USGP-Planet Bike Cup #1 Madison/Sun Prairie, WI
Sept. 27 Sun USGP Planet Bike Cup #2 Madison/Sun Prairie, WI
Oct. 4 Sun Lapham Peak S.P. Delafield
Oct. 9-11 Fri-Sun. Cincinnati Races
Oct. 10 Sat Grafton Fall Festival CX, Downtown Grafton
Oct. 17 Sat Badger Prairie Park Verona (HTFU/CVC)
Oct. 18 Sun Cam Rock County Park, Rockdale (Brazen D/Os)
Oct. 24, 25 USGP-Derby Cup, Louisville, KY
Oct. 24 Sat Gibbs Lake Park Fulton (Janesville Velo)
Oct. 25 Sun Tripp Lake Park (UW Whitewater)
Oct. 31 Sat Washington Park Halloween CX, Milwaukee
Nov. 1 St. Charles/Campton Chicago (Chicago Cup)
Nov. 8 Sun Estabrook Park Milwaukee (Hampshire) Flyer
Nov. 14 Sat Kletsch Park "Regional" CX Champs - Milwaukee (Team Polska)
Nov. 22 Sun State Wisconsin CX Champs Hales Corners (Hampshire)
Nov. 27-29 Jingle Cross, Iowa City
Dec. 6 Montrose Harbor – Illinois State CX Championship (Chicago Cup) (Turin)
Dec. 10-13 U.S. National Championships, Bend, OR
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
But fearless coach Crusty, he of many excuses already, is trying to keep me on track for at least a little affirmation during the cross season. So I did my workout, rode home, and looked at the map of the roads I used to ride for hours hp here.
After the accident, finishing will be goal #1 at the first cross races.
But for now, it's all about the spirit of cross, having more fun than legally allowed on two wheels. Season starts in how many days, Mike?
By the way, when I rode this morning, it felt chilly, like fall was coming. All I could think: cross is coming, cross is coming...
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
- ► 2011 (32)
- ► 2010 (64)
- ▼ December (4)
- ► November (6)
- ► October (5)
- Working Out the Bugs
- In All Seriousness,
- Not Exactly the Kind of Publicity We Want
- My New Rig!
- Let's Put That Behind Us
- First Race!
- Sunday Suits
- I am all Green...
- That, Good Sirs and Ladies, was Awesome
- Coming Soon....
- It's a Beauty, Eh?
- Super Fun!
- Elk Don't Like Jackalope!
- Cross Christmas has begun...
- Estabrook Miss and Out...