Friday, June 30, 2006
The highlight of the evening for me was listening to all Paul Hanson's stories of his World Cup adventures.
I am leaving this afternoon for Colorado, and I will try to update with some pics if I have internet access out there. I am sure my brother and I will be doing just a little bit of climbing=)
Can you believe that Basso and Ullrich are OUT OF THE TOUR?
Monday, June 26, 2006
Anyway, Mont Du Lac is a fun course and the weather was great so I went. The start was really hard up the steep hill and it was reaffirmed to me that my legs weren't there. I followed Chris for a while and then he crashed leaving me in front, I was going so slow that I had to let Jay Richards, Luke Nelson and Chris Peariso by. I caught Chris P. soon after and followed Luke and Jay at a 10-30 second distance for the rest of the race. About mid race, Chris Fisher bridged up to me and then the 10 seconds to Luke and Jay. Going into the last lap, the group of 3 was still only 20 seconds up and I could see them on the climb...even that wasn't enough motivation for my darn legs to get going! Either way, I rolled it down the hill for 4th about only 1 minute back...what would have been if I would have even been feeling moderate or decent, who knows? Oh well, I was glad to see my teammate, Chris, out-sprinted Luke and Jay for the win. He is in a super peak right now. Hopefully he can keep it rolling!
I am headed out to Colorado on Friday for a family vacation and will try to do some updates from there...I am sure Ben and I will sneak a few rides in=) I hear Mt Evans calling...
Friday, June 23, 2006
In other news, I got in a head on collision down at the River Bottoms trail Wednesday night. It wasn't either person's fault other than neither of us had a bell. It happened around one of the many corners that become blind as the weeds grow higher. The result of the crash for me was a tire and bruised body with a small chunk missing from the bottom of my chin. The other guy, besides falling in stinging nettles, didn' t sustain any injuries but his front wheel went Mexican on him (Taco'd for those of you who didn't catch it).
Sunday, June 18, 2006
The race started off with a typical Hollywood lead out and eventually with Chris Fisher and I off the front. After the first big climb, Chris was hurting so I jumped in front and took a flier. My legs were ok, but not great and I figured that building a lead early might help my chances. At the start of the second lap, I had about 30-45 seconds on Jeff Hall and Sam O.
At that point, I was looking for fresh water bottle but never found one=( Jen was helping a woman that had a really nasty crash and was unable to get me some libation. I did the first 2 laps on one bottle which is a HORRIBLE way to start off a hot race. Jeff passed me at the end of the second lap and dropped me like a bad habit. He said afterwards that after he warmed up he was feeling pretty good dispite having raced a national race in W. Virginia the day before. What can I say? The guy is at a different level! Here is a pic of the pass/drop....
I put it in cruise control, and began to cramp. Finally, the water bottles started coming, and as I would put them down the cramps would subside only to return after a few minutes. I was left doing damage control up the hot slopes for almost 3 laps. My legs started feeling more and more dead as the 4th and 5th laps went by. Luckily, I was descending pretty fast, and was able to hold of Brian Narum, a past Trek pro, for second. I crossed the finish line with a finish time around 2:15, 6 minutes behind Jeff. I don't feel too bad about that given that he is ranked top 10 in the national series. What at hot long ride! Results here: http://www.mnscs.com/html/raceresults.asp
The Nasty Surprise: What is wrong with this picture???
When I got home, I discovered a nasty but pertinent surprise regarding my lackluster 4th and 5th laps....I had been riding with a broken spoke and my rear wheel had been rubbing for both laps! Crap! I heard it break right before the start of the fourth lap...actually I heard that loud "ting" sound and figured that is what it was. I didn't stop to check it because that wouldn't have done any good. I not only need to replace the spoke but I burned off most of the break pad. The only good to come of this was that I can explain laps 4 and 5.
After the race we had a great picnic over at Afton State Park with my family and Jen's family. I wasn't able to eat much, but I did take a nice dip in the St. Croix=)
Happy Father's Day Dad! and Bob!
This week's plan includes Buck Hill on Thursday and Mont Du Lac on Sunday.
Friday, June 16, 2006
On to the action....
I put it down from the gun and was feeling pretty descent. I had been resting a lot since the weekend because my legs were fried on Monday and Tuesday. Chris and I had a good gap right away, but on a fast corner, I laid the bike over a bit to far and went down. I lost my chain, and quickly Sam 0 and Luke N were on our tail for the traverse of the hill. I never got my groove back after that. Chris and I managed to pull away again, and I followed him for 3 laps. The only really exciting thing that happened in the 3 laps was when a Sport class rider fell on Chris=) He called out a pass way early, but the guy didn't want to let us by so we went on his left in one of the many wide "sandboxes." It ended up not being a big deal, but the little snaffu did significantly reduce the gap back to Sam and Luke. When it came down to the end, it was a sprint up the hill to the finish and I was in back. Chris went hard and took it home for the win. Velo Rochester 1-2 again=)
They gave out series awards last night for the first of the 2 six-race series. I ended up with the series win with Chris in second and Sam O in third.
Sorry for the boring post with no pics...I will post them if I find some.
Next up will be Afton this weekend. Should be hot and fast.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Both Fisher and I had a bad start, as we got caught in some loose gravel. I stayed on the gas though and ended up following him up the hill with Ben, Sam, and Luke right behind. By the second lap we had a fairly good gap on the chase group (Ben, Sam, Luke). Laps only were taking about 12 minutes, so we started lapping people on the second time around....definitely a test of handling/passing skills!
Fisher was attacking at the pavement climb each lap because he new that if he didn't, I would=) On the third lap, he actaully heard me move over for the attack (I found this out after) which prompted him to stand up and go full throttle...funny. On the forth lap, I lead him up the hill and attacked, but he was right there...until he crashed in the singletrack. From there I gapped him and rode it home. Sam put the hurt on Ben in the last lap to take third.
A clothing note: I did represent Velo Rochester with the new bibs, but I couldn't deviate from wearing a t-shirt...it just wouldn't be right.
Race results at PennCycle.com
No race this weekend, but you won't find me laying around on the couch=)
Sunday, June 04, 2006
We stayed together until the end of the lap when Jeff put in an attack. Unfortunately, I was out of position, and I couldn’t chase…a little further along and one rock to the pedal later, I was in the superman pose (going over my handlebars)…DOH! My front brake lever was bent down making brake modulation quite a challenge. I chased back and spent too much effort doing so. In the 4th lap, Paul and Justin went off the front. When Paul went, I was again out of position. After a quick pass in the single track, I was able to run down Justin with Ben on my wheel, but I couldn’t see Paul. Ben was riding super strong until he held a big yardsale putting him in his words “15 feet into the woods.” Justin and I traded punches and I started to cramp really bad. I sat up, let him by and drank most of my bottle. About 5 minutes later the cramps subsided. I was able to chase Justin down and put in an attack on the final climb to take 3rd place. Jeff and Paul were 1 and 2. Ben and Fisher rolled in 5th and 6th.
The ugly-pain-face Award goes to Ben as usual ...
I am not displeased with the result, but I did make two big mistakes, hydration and positioning. I will do my best to fix those two issues next time!
Results here http://www.mnscs.com/html/raceresults.asp
See www.skinnyski.com for some of these pics and more.
Next up is Buck Hill on Thursday.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Last night at Buck could be described as perfect weather, tough course, and even tougher competition.
Weather: 80 and sunny cooling to 75 and perfect for the awards
Course: loose, sandy, bumpy, and one super steep climb like “The Wall” at Welch. Buck is putting in another chair lift, so the bottom corner is like a sandbox…sketchy at 25+mph. The fuel would have been better than the Niner-niner….
Competition: Doug, Jay, Luke, Chris, Paul, Sam..etc; probably and equivalent field to the MNSCS races
The race started out with a sprint traversing the bumpy, hay-covered side of Buck. Paul leading me, Chris, and Doug. It was the 4 of us for the first lap with a pretty immediate gap. By the start of the second lap, Doug had blown Paul and I. Fisher had caught us, and Paul told me directly “Dude Doug totally blew me up.” I could tell he was hurting to so on “The Wall” climb and the final backside climb I punched it. I got a good gap right away. In the singletrack I caught Doug who ended up being not that far off the front and had gotten a stick stuck in his wheel. I lead Doug until about ½ way through the third lap. He passed me in the woods, as I was gassed not riding the singletrack very well, which is disappointing. Here is a pic right after he passed me
The gap to Chris and Paul was about 30-45 seconds, so I had to stay on it. I could see Doug most of the time so I never really let up too much until I knew I wasn’t catching him and Paul and Chris weren’t catching me. I rolled home 30 seconds behind and about a minute later, Chris out-sprinted Paul for third. The sprint was pretty sweet because it included the high speed sandbox corner=)
Afterwards, Paul and I agreed that, all things considered, the race was one of the tougher Thursday night we have done. I thanks goes out to Paul's dad for taking a bunch of super sweet pics!
Next up is Rochester Steeple Chase on Sunday. The bike choice will probably be the fuel, but I will be bringing both just to be safe=)
Until next time…later.