Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Me and Mitch were looking for a good road trip so when they put the reschedule date of the Bone Bender as the same weekend as the T de T we were set. Greg was in and even offered to drive, all I had to do was show up at Mitch's house at 5am. On the way up there it poured buckets and I was thinking how much I love mud. If you say it enough maybe you will love mud. It slowed us down but didn't stop us from racing. At the Bone Bender it was the bad mud, The kind that turns your race machine into a slow moving tank. The race started off with a Le Mans run, lucky for me they didn't make us run very far. Okay lucky for everyone cause what they didn't tell us is that we would have plenty of it later! Anyway after getting to the bikes I made it up to the front pretty quick going into the single track in maybe second or third. That was probably the luckiest thing I did. I was riding the Bonty XR 1. They didn't give me much traction but they weren't holding any mud either. I guess about half way through the single speed guy passed me and I passed the guy that was leading. He had flatted and not soon after I flatted. I was getting better traction with the flat than when it had air in it so I kept riding it, at the time I thought we were closer to the end but still had probably half of lap left. So I finished up the first lap in pretty decent time. The awesome Bone Bender crew helped me switch wheels and fixed my flat while I was out on the next lap, cool stuff. Here is the tripped out part going into the next lap it wasn't long and I was already lapping people. I think the trail gods were pissed off and decided to lock the trail down. The stuff I was riding on the first lap was now unrideable, the mud stuck to everything. Most of the second lap was a hike a bike and unfortunately most of the racers were still stuck out there in it on there first lap. I still think of how lucky me and a few others were that we made it through our first lap with out any major mud issues. Going into the third lap I was already focused on it being a hike a bike. It was amazing how trashed the trail was and I definitely felt bad for the promoters. The trail was a little better on the third lap and by the fourth lap everything was pretty rideable again. I think by the time I hit the fourth lap I was already thinking about Sundays race and not trying to destroy myself any more than I already had. At least we were riding again. So the race finished up better than it started at least up until it ended. Once it was over the cleaning begun, normally I would throw the bike in the truck and save the cleaning for another day. But with the Tour de Tick race the next day I had to get it cleaned up and hope nothing was to trashed to keep me from racing the next day. So me Mitch and Greg got everything cleaned up loaded up and headed out for some food and a hotel. Applebees was the choice. Bad choice worst pasta we ever had. You know its bad when you get your appetizer 5 minutes after you finish your meal and actually have to convince the waiter you still want it!! We were hungry..
Results from the race. 1st place 6hr solo male, second place overall. Garmin link. Pretty stoked at everybody that did this race, Big thanks to the promoters for still letting us race when they should of cancelled even if it would of been last minute and we all would of been hacked off. And a big thank you to the neutral support guy that helped me change my tire and fixed my flat that was cool.
So before we knew it me Mitch and Greg were lining up at the Tour de Tick race. I always think I am going to go out a little easy and pace myself, that never happens. Not long after the start I barely snuck into the single track in the lead. I had a guy on my wheels and couldn't shake him for nothing. It didn't take me long and I was wondering who he was so I asked. Jason Stiger was the man. He was real close to me at the Council bluff race for a few laps and I already knew he was pretty fast. So I thought it would be better for him to lead and just see how long I could hang on. Jason took over and hammered my legs into the ground pretty good. At times I was so close to dropping off and it took a lot to stay with him in the first hour. After that things settled down a bit and became a really fun ride. We chatted a lot and he kept a good pace for us. Finishing up the fourth lap we had slowed down a little more than I was wanting to and was thinking Mitch could be gaining on us. When we came through I asked Todd how Mitch was doing and he said he was gaining time on us. What I didn't know is that Mitch had a flat going into the first lap and was not a threat to us but was still having a good race. If I would of known this I would not of had a problem with riding Jasons wheel to the end. So when Todd said Mitch was gaining on us the racer mode kicked in. I was hoping Jason would stick on my wheel and we could put some time back into him. Jason put in a super effort for over half of the race and I felt bad when he dropped off. Once I was off the front I pretty much rode as hard as I could just to see what I had left from both days of racing. The legs felt better as the day went on and I kept the nutrition dialed. good stuff. Results. Garmin link. The T de T guys put on a great race on a very fun course, the trail was very rideable even with all of the rain. Sorry we trashed your car Greg but thanks for driving. Perfect muddy weekend of racing.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Jim had it planned out a couple of weeks ago to do a big road ride from his house. His brother was coming in from Chicago with some of the guys from his old team. Its a amazing story with his brother. Last December he got hit by a car and was in a induced coma for about 4 days with a pretty bad head injury and in the hospital for I think a couple of weeks. All turned out well and its amazing he is already riding strong again. Okay so here is the bummer, last week Jim broke his collar bone at the Tilles park crit. He has been looking forward to riding with his brother since the accident and has been riding stronger than ever. So with Jim out he asked me to take the guys out on our normal route. I invited Mitch down to ride with us and he brought Jeremy and Greg. Mr Pratt the master designer of this route and Ron hooked up with us at the Falls. (usual meeting spot for those guys) We started off pretty fast, which is just how Jim usually does it. We hammered it pretty good to the falls, about 15 miles in. We hooked up with Dave and Ron and kept the pace rolling. We got to Washington state park which is at about 56 miles in pretty decent time. There is a gas station just outside the park for water and of course some Monster! There is two big climbs out of the park and this cool bridge that you have to cross to get to the second big climb.
Usually after these two big climbs everybody is starting to hurt a little. We still kept the pace rolling all the way to De Soto heck I don't think we slowed up much until we got to Strupp rd. a pretty beast of a climb. The funny thing was one of the guys was questioning whether are not Greg would make it through the whole ride. Greg was the one biting at my heels on a couple of the last big climbs coming home. Greg you are doing a 24 with us this year! So the ride went great, Steve rode strong considering everything he has been through since December. I still cant believe he is riding. The ride went perfect, no flats and everybody rode super strong. great day of riding!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
My wife thought it would be fun to go to the zoo on Saturday and I thought it would be fun to bring the bikes and do some riding in Forest park afterwards. After a couple of hours in the Zoo we decided it was time for lunch. We ate lunch in front of the Art Museum. After chill in out for a bit we got in a good bike ride. Its pretty cool they have a lot of bike trails in the park to ride on. We did a loop around the outside. Bettina stopped a few times for some good pics. Lucas never complained at all about the ride. It was cool to see the Highway being rebuilt and I think Lucas would of rather of watched that than going to the zoo!
What a perfect day...
What a perfect day...