Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Life is a cycle in which we ride
where stray egos come out to play
A peloton of personalities and pride
All trying to ride away.
Confidence to the front, the unsure to the back
Separating the predator from the prey
But I can't hold back I must attack
And ride them all away.
When desperation pursues and holds my wheel
And misfortune blocks my way
My spear is carbon and the tip is steel
And I ride them all away.
When time attacks my body
With sickness and decay
I grimace my face and double my pace
And ride them all away.
When the clouds of life gather against me
Threatening sorrow and dismay
I face it's wind and dig within
And ride them all away.
As the chaos of life falls behind you
Leave them only one thing they can say
You came to race and set the pace
And rode them all away.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I think it's funny how narrow the average cyclist is willing to experience cycling beyond there comfort zone. From the bmxers snickering at the road bikers shorts, the maverick commuter to passive to compete. The mullet mentality of the down hill mountain bike racers in contrast to the fragile pompous ego's of self perceived elite cyclist . The sabotaging help of shop clerks, the expired info of one time cyclist. The fashion driven single speed bikes ridden by the most unskilled generation ( more Lemmings ). The child trying to find there independence, to the mature trying to hold on to there youth. All with huge blind spots "Pied Piping" the unknowing into there cycling rut. I fear for those earnestly seeking well rounded help.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
After spending 3 great weekends off the bike I looked foreward to some challenging events. Starting with the Ultra- Widowmaker, http://www.sports-am.com/events/index765.htm. Called" ONE OF THE TOUGHEST HILL CLIMBS IN THE COUNTRY " .Combining 2 of the hardest hill climbs of the year ( road & mountain combined) into a single race. Starting with a 3000+ ft road climb in 9 miles. This road climb closely mirrors the profile of the " Alpe d' Huez" climb, the hardest stage of the Tour D France. Then transfering to the MTB bike for an additional 3000+ ft climb in 5 miles, for a total of nearly 6000 ft+ in 15 miles. Starting at 4700 ft elevation and cresting at 11,000 ft.
95% of the competitors (several hundered) competed in the road stage only. Very few (only 41) had the confidence to combine the 2 most difficult climbs of the year into one. Finishing the road section in 7th ( cat-3 ). 7 minutes faster than my 07 time. I transfered to the MTB and finished 8th overall.
P.S Last time I was 147 lbs I was 14 yrs old.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
The " Super D" was full of surprises. First you needed more suspension than I brought and we had to do a running start. After the initial gravel road start you where lucky to be able to see the trail because of the huge hits through out. When the smoked cleared I had 2nd at a National championship. I was pleased, both not to be hurt and to make it on the podium for the second time this weekend.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Got to give a shout to my old school neighborhood friends Tony G. Kurt K and Doug C. Miss you guys and hope to ride together again. Steel sharpened steel in those days and the rest of the cycling world been paying for it ever since. Watch out where I swing this thing.... Many untold miles ?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
After last weeks " State road race " which had a decisive climb that kept me from being in the hunt at the finish, so I was glad to bring the pendulum back the other way and entered the " Super D " mountain bike downhill race at Sundance ski resort. A unique style of racing that must have a finish line lower in elevation than the start. There's still climbing it's just closer to 50-50 climbing versus descending. With beautiful scenery and weather to watch over me I was the first out of the starting gate. It just so happens that the caterpillars are massively hanging in the trail until I cleared them all out with my face. As usual there was no time to test ride because the Ski lift opened at 8:30am and we started going off in one minute intervals at 9am ( me first ). I let gravity and flow mix and focused on control more than risk. It paid off.
This weekend coming up is the national championships at Deer Valley ski resort. Last time I raced this national I finished 7th in the XC and the " Super D ".I would like to do well and maybe get on the podium. My lower back continues to tingle, go numb and stab me with pain. Forcing me to pay attention to my form resulting in improved performance. Same thing happened to me in 1997 when I broke my collar bone and had to learn to pedal without my upper body resulting once again in better performance. It's funny how cycling turns lemons into lemonade!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
On May 17th I raced masters 35+ at the Bear Lake classic road race. With a smashingly strong masters team we blew the field a part in the first few miles resulting in a 5 man brake away. 4 of us where on the same team, leaving one odd rider out. 15 miles into the break we began to attack the odd rider. My main concern was to protect my teammates yellow state points leaders jersey. In the end we let one team member ride away for the win as I remained to lead out our points leader. Everything worked perfectly with our team finishing 1st, 2nd,4th, 5th and 6th.
I'm currently 2nd overall in the Tuesday night worlds training series. From now on it gets significantly hotter and for me faster!
June 1st I entered the Stan Crane Memorial XC expert 40+ hoping to finish. Getting to the main climb in first I went from leader to last in one train of riders. Picking off a few in some single track climbs we entered the main gravel road climb with a mixture of different age groups. Passing or being passed for the next 20 minutes until the single track descent. Hoping for top 10 I was going back and forth with previous race winners. Crossing the finish line I knew I was in front of good racers and in the end I went from from first to last and back to third before finishing 4th. I don't think anyone has occupied every position in the field...twice