Monday, June 18, 2012

Dear Weather Man

Dear Weather Man,
You told me Saturday night that the fathers day weather was going to be sunny with a few high level cirrus clouds.  How then did this happen:

I finished because I hate quitting more than I dislike dragging my bike sideways through sticky clay-filled mud because the wheels won't roll.  The results were screwed up last I checked, but I know Paul Hanson was second,Owen Thoelle third, Doug fourth, Jesse fifth.  I was told that I had the same gap at the end of the race that I had after 2 laps... I guess I need to work on my running and semi-slick tire mud skills!  Getting less frustrated would have helped too.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


I HATE it when people cheat!!!

Unfortunately at the last MNMBS in Mankato a local rider in the elite class got caught receiving outside assistance AND cutting the course.  I am actually ok w/ minimal outside or other rider assistance like air or a tube even though it is technically not allowed.  However,  intentionally cutting the course is NOT ok under any circumstances.

Summary: After getting outside assistance to fix your broken chain, you rejoined the race, cut the course (multiple times probably given your placing), got caught doing it by one of my friends/racers, told that friend of mine were dropping out, then proceeded to finish.  We know who you are, we know you cheated, and you should not come back to any MNMBS events until next year.  If we (myself or any of the others 5-10 people that saw and know you cheated) see you at any future events, USA cycling, the MNMBS, and better yet the socal media mountain biking community will know your name...

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Racing, Racing, Racing

Thursday night:  Dadddy bike race, Tegan bike race, Wawa (Casey's nickname given by Tegan) bike race, Tegan running race.
Saturday: Mommy 5k race, Tegan 1/4 mile running race, Wawa/Mommy (mommy carrying Wawa) 1/4 mile running
Sunday: Daddy and Tegan bike race (MNMBS#2 Mt Kato and the "USA Cycling State Championship Race")


Sunday went well and the weather was perfecto.  The course was tacky and in great shape too.  I stand my claim that Mankota is one of the best pure race courses in the series (technical enough to keep me entertained, ample passing, hard climbs to separate things, and some of the best XC descending in the state).   Regarding the actual racing action, I followed wheels, Doug and Jesse's to be specific, for the first lap and then made my move.  From there I suffered up the climbs, passed a lot of lapped traffic (inherent in a 5 lap race), and smiled as I rocked the downhills.  Riding the Luge downhill is about as much fun as you can have on 2 wheels!  I rolled across the line for the win a few minutes ahead of Jesse who was followed by none other than Mr Hinkens.

Next up is Buck Hill (hopefully, need to find kid care) and a team Duathlon w/ Jen Sunday.  Also, Tegan starts Baseball "Rookie Camp" Saturday.  I am putting the head coach hat on for the Rookie Brewer's team=)  My passion growing up was baseball and I want to be sure Tegan is exposed to as many different activity options as possible (not just racing!).
Life will slow down soon right?

Buck Hill #1 for Tegan

Buck Hill #1 for Casey.  This was her first bike race and I think she may have been the only 2 year old racing...  I am surprised there aren't more in the 2 year old category ;)

What we race for..candy

Mixing running races in (after mom's 5k)