Wednesday, June 28, 2006

chillin in Cbus

The annual tour of ohio is in progress right now and the a&f cycling team is in full throttle. The race is going great and it is awesome to be back in columbus. I am staying with my old roomate-teamate-friend nate z. Nate is a bike messenger in downtown columbus and decided to do the race as well. This is his first race of the year and he is doing great. He has this awesome apartment on the south side and it has been awesome staying here.
The race is good. Yesterday was a super tough circuit race where the field was whittled down to about 40 people (started with 80) The course consisted of continuous rollers followed by super tight turns--it was great. Andy A got in the second group and finished 7th GO ANDY. Abe, myself and apparently Jered all finished in the main group (15th-30ish) The team worked their butts off all day--I mean they worked so hard it was ridiculous and awesome. There are some really fast guys here, so I hope the team can pull out a top ten--that would be great.
Today we did the hardest race I have done all year--by far. 6 huge climbs within 60 miles, actually within 45 because the first 15 miles were flat. Our team had a wonderfully tactical race and EVERYONE contributed--it was great. Abe and Andy both ended up in the top ten and I finished 18th. I realized that i don't go up hill as fast as a lot of people. I was at the front of the race until the last climb, which is only 2 miles from the finish, but I couldn't do that last climb, it was aweful. I thought I might have to walk, but I made it in. Abe and Andy are both in a great position for good overall finishes so our focus is going to shift to them for the remainder of the race. Good stuff. Tommorow is a circuit race, friday is a time trial and saturday is the worlds hardest criterium. I think I have done three of those this year.

Monday, June 12, 2006

big win in louisville

The Abercrombie and Fitch racing team won a regional criterium this weekend. It was awesome. Rich Harper sprinted out of a 8 man breakaway for the win. It was a great race and the team raced awesome together--taking home 1600 in prize money. Thanks Texas Roadhouse (race sponsor) for the money.

I am in MI right now for a day and then off to the Nature Valley Grand Prix. I am super stoked to race because they have an overall amateur category--although there will be a lot of good amateurs there. So stay tuned and we will see how it goes.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Training camp #327

So trainging camp #327 starting on sunday and was supposed to continue until thursday came to a close on monday night. We (ryan gamm and I) did our weekly hour goal in two days--so we are done training for the week. On sunday afternoon we did the infamous triple hump which took 6 hours and then we ate, went straight to bed, got up and rode 8 hours and 45 minutes. Training camp is over, ryan went home and I am going to work. Actually Ryan found out last night that he had to work last night and tonight, so he left this morning--I am so sad now.
We did RIDE for 8 1/2 hours yesterday we were gone for 9 1/4. I was the most epic ride of my stay here in nc yet. We rode north to the blue ridge parkway (60 miles away) and then rode on the parkway north for 25 miles before turning right and heading home (another 60 miles) the ride totaled 240k with massive amount of climbing. We followed the ride up with grande burritos, grande dos equis, grande milkshakes, and a bunch of sleep. It was AWESOME. At the time, yesterday around the 6 hour marker when we stil have 60 miles to go I was questioning my intelligence and continued to question it until I was sleeping last night. This morning however LIFE IS GOOD. Mainly because I did that ride and I never have to do it again.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I'm bAaack

I am back at the library, back to this booger covered keyboard. The keyboard is black so you can't see all the dirty snot on it--what you don't know can't hurt you.

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have been racing my bike all over the place and I don't have a laptop or internet acess when I am on the road--at least that is my excuse. So I will pick things up from where I left off which was in Louisiana.

I left Louisiana and went the the Tri-Peaks stage race which was back in Arkansas. It was a 3 day stage race with an opening day crit and two hilly road races. The crit was awesome, it started real fast and the field split in half, luckily I made the front half. I ended up sprinting and getting second in the field sprint, but at the time, I didn't realize there was a breakaway up the road, so I really thought I got second. Good thing I didn't win because I would have done a victory salute and that would have been a bit embarrissing.
The road races were fine, the last day ended on a 3 mile climb at 22% and I gave up within 100 meteres of starting the climb. I can't hang with those skinny little boys. So as a result, my overall placing wasn't too high--oh well.

After getting back from arkansas I was home for a few days and then left for a four day criterium bender. The first stop was raleigh nc which is an NRC crit and was at night. It started raining shortly into the race and then it started pouring. At one point there was at least 1 foot of standing water in a corner--no exageration. The field splintered and I was at the front of the race with only 21 people left in the field. With two laps to go two guys in front of me crashed and I hit the pavement ripping my bottle cage right off my bike and taking some very nice dedachi tubing with it. :( That bike was awesome and now it has a hole in it and there aren't anymore in that size. I am devastated, never has my bike fit me so well felt so good underneath me. Those days are over, I am afaid. I am not giving up, I have a tube of jb weld just waiting to solve the problem.
Anyway I got back on my bike and got 21st place. Still in the money, but had the potential to be a good result. Mad props to my teamate rich who got gapped off in a corner and rode 15 laps (miles) solo and didn't get lapped--now that is an accomplishment. He ended up 25th.

The next morning Rich Harper and myself left early and drove up to batlimore MD for stop #2, another crit called the BikeJam. We met Todd Shaker and Jeremy Grimm (both teamates) up there. I broke my cleat in half on the second lap. Luckily I wasn't pulling up hard on it so I didn't crash. There was neutral support at the race so I got a toeclip put on and took a free lap and ended up finishing in the field. We do get the team of the day award because I jammed on my brakes and took a bad line through a corner which resulted in me taking out my teamate Jeremy Grimm. SORRY GRIMM--Hope your ribs feel better soon. JK he is ok...I think.

After the race we drove to round #3 which was in Bound Brook NJ. This was the only stop that was Not NRC. I ended up getting a break and rich blocked like no one has blocked before--I am surprised he didn't get punched, but he took it for the team. I ended up getting pimped in the sprint so I got second. It is funny, you can race so perftectly all day, but if you screw up the last 10 seconds, you don't win. I'll take the second place.

Round #4 was the Tour of Sommerville which is a very big race. All the hitters were there. Rich got two primes, which is no small feat and all of us stayed in the field. I attacked on the last lap and got about 10 meters on the field, maybe it was feet, but ended up 28th, Rich also got in the money with 32nd. I love big money crits because the prize money for 28th place is still $240. Not bad for an hour of being packfill.
Mad props to Todd Shaker for finishing sommerville on his first try. That is no easy feat, especially when you can count on one hand the number of crits you have done in the last decade. Good job Todd.

I am home now for some much needed recovery time and then off to the Nature Valley Grand Prix in minnesota on June 15. Now that I am home, I should be able to update more regularly from this wonderful high tech library.

Congrats to Danielle Musto and Mark Hendershot for coming down to North Carolina and showing the rednecks how yankees race ultras. SWEET!!!!