Monday, July 30, 2007

MTB

Race Report From Norba National:
Cross Country: I have never been happier in my LIFE to get a flat tire. It put me out of my misery. It was raining and real muddy and impossible for me to steer my bike, and then I got a flat so I dropped out. It was fun though. The guys who rip it are absolutely incredible. Those guys suffer more than anyone else in cycling. I guarantee it. Its inspiring to watch.
Short Track: It was fun and fast, I got pulled with 4 to go, and ended up placing in the low 20s. It was a ton of fun and there is a huge learning curve when doing these, so I was glad to do one.

This weekend was just a bunch of fun. I got to catch up with the old paceline posse:


I also caught up with one of my old friends from college and he emailed me some pics of what I looked like in college. Check IT. That is Mark the musician not the Prissy Roadie!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

i am going to race mtn bikes

Today is the Norba National XC race at Sugar Mountain. I am currently stuffing my face with food, because it is going to be a tough race. It will be my first Norba National and first pro race on top of that. We went and pre rode yesterday and my asshole is still clinched from the decent. It is SO STEEP, and ROCKY, and MUDDY, and DANGEROUS. So I have decided to not even attempt to ride it. The course is 95% gravel road and 5% singletrack. So I plan on going as hard as I can on the road and running the singeltrack. I can't lose that much time can I? Not as much time as a broken wrist or collarbone. HA. I wonder if any of our road sponsors read this.

I almost wet myself descending the mountain. Rich apparantely does that in my car.



Anyway I would like to wish happy thoughts to DANIELLE and Mark Hendershot. Those crazy people are competing in the 24 hour solo mountain bike championships this weekend. Yes they like to see how far they can ride their mtb in 24 hours for no prize money. Good luck GUYS!!!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

WHOS A PRO???

So I finally made it. In Mountain Biking, the equivalent of a category 1 on the road is called "pro" so I finally got my "pro" upgrade on the dirt. Just in time for the short track race at sugar mountain this weekend!!!! So now I guess I am technically a pro bike racer. Wow I should have done it this way years ago. Its much easier than trying to massage egos to get that road contract.

Congrats to A&F manager Chad Thompson and his wife Trudi. They had a baby girl yesterday afternoon. YAY!!!! Chad having a girl is a true testament that there is a such thing as karma.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

finally figured it out

So I haven't been feeling all that comfortable on my bike lately, just off a bit. So I finally checked my saddle height and the place where i have been marking it was a touch low. Just 2 CENTIMETERS!!! So I adjusted it and had the best ride of the year today. I felt so much STRONGER, holy cow i couldn't believe it.

This weekend MA RECORDS and myself were making fun of Rich about his new car, we thought it was kind of an odd choice of car for him. He seems to love it and says it is a "MANS" car. So we took a picture of him with it. The joke was on us though. HOLY SIX PACK BATMAN

Race report here from this weekend.

UH is coming back this weekend so that will be very exciting!!!! Time to break out the boxed wine and hammocks.

Monday, July 23, 2007

home

I don't have to sleep in a hotel for an entire MONTH. One month of sleeping in my own bed EVERY NIGHT. I am super excited. I even went grocery shopping to celebrate. I will still be racing, but all the stuff is within day trips, so life is good. I guess I should probably finally wash my sheets....
I rode my mountain bike for 3 hours today and I thought that my hands were going to fall off by the end. It was a beautiful day here, low 80s with not much humidity.
This is my third post is three days!!! As a result you can see that I have absolutely nothing to talk about, but here are 3 things that are very important to know
1. I have worn the same pair of shorts for the Enitre month of july so far. I have washed them though, so I guess that doesn't really count
2. I realized I was in the south today when I was in line at a gas station today and the person in front of me chatted up the cashier for about 5 minutes. LITERALLY and then took her sweet time writing a check. You ask who writes checks still at gas staions? It seems that everyone in the south does, especially when they are in front of me.
3. My penmanship is horrible. I guess I haven't really written anything with a pen and paper for a really long time, because I was writing something today and I was appalled at what I was seeing. Is it bad when you can't read your own writing?
Check out MA RECORDS blog for a cool write up and some good pics.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

racing

I LOVE RACING MY BIKE. CRITERIUM RACING IS WHERE IT IS AT!!!!!!!!!!
The Boise Twilight was so fast and so exciting, crit racing at its best. We had so much fun. The course was super flat and super fast. We averaged over 29 mph!!!!!
We rocked it kind of. It came down to a bunch sprint and I ended up 7th and marco was 13th. Harper raced his A$$ off but unfortunately ended up flating with 2 to go. Luckily he didn't go down. So I am still leading the series....who would have thought!!!
This race was just so awesome and it was so much fun to race, attacks all the time, super fast corners. It is just so cool to travel to these cities and rock it in the dark. It is especially fun with just a few guys. MA Records, $rich, and myself have such a good time going to these events together.
After the race we went out with one of our favorite sponsors. Tom Coleman of wobblenaught bike fits. That guy fits in with the A&F mentality as we ended up being out with him til the wee hours of the night. It is so much fun racing at night. We didn't get back to the hotel from the race until 1030 which is 1230am est!!! Good stuff.
Anyway I took some pics and I will put them up when I get home as we are in the hotel still waiting to go to the airport.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

boysie

We are hanging out here in boise ID and it is so cool here!!! Downtown is sweet and is surrounded by mountains. We are staying at a very swanky hotel that even has a heated bathroom floor and bathrobes, so $RICH$ MA RECORDS, and Myself are all hanging out in them and watching the E channel.


People ask me why $RICH$ is $RICH$, well here is his licence plate:

Speaking of cars, here is Marco's. If you have HORRIBLE credit and need that motorcycle which probably costs more than you make in 8 months AND need it TODAY!! call marco--here is is driving to a race making deals:

We flew in last night and got here about 1130 pm Mountain Time, cranked the ac down to 45 degrees in the room and slept forever. The flight was ok, actually it was absolutely miserable. NW airlines has THE LEAST amount of legroom out of all airlines. Ouch. Nothing like not even being able to put your tray down flat.


So we race tonight. There is a rumor that there is a least a $100 dollar prime EVERY lap. We don't race until 9pm Moutain time which is 11pm est, for those of you who can't do math.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

quick update

So Elite TT and NATS were fine. They were fine. I didn't dig deep enough in the TT and got 23rd and I made the final selection in the RR which I was very happy with for 14th. I was happy with that result considering that everyone lining up for that race looked very hungry--they looked like they wanted a cheeseburger or just any food for that matter. Lots of skinny dudes looking like the death squad. Anyway being full figured, I think it is harder to go uphill.
I am home for two days and tomorrow we are flying to boise ID for the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium which is also the USA CRIT series #6. I am so looking forward to the rest of the season as I have NO MORE road races or TIME TRIALS to do anymore. YAY.
I didn't get any good pictures this weekend, things were too tame. Although I did hang out with Jack Ham of the 80 somthing Pittsburg steelers who evidently is a big deal in PA.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

48 hours

So only 48 hours from now until we compete in the Elite Time Trial Nationals in Seven Springs PA.
I guess I should build my TT bike up finally.
Here it is:

After the TT on friday we hang out until monday when we do the Elite Road Race. Yay for 39 miles of continuous climbing in the race without counting the rollers...
We shall see how that goes...
If anyone sees scott chambers tell him that Sirius Satellite Radio is launching a grateful dead channel...he will be very pleased to hear that I am sure...HA!!!!

Monday, July 09, 2007

iron hill

Gotta love bicycle racing. Never a dull moment at least.
Good Race Report Here
and here(scroll down for a bit to see it)
This is all I am going to say.
Saturday evening was the iron hill twilight criterium. The race took place smack dab in downtown West Chester PA, which is an awesome city. The course was terrific, 4 corners with two real tight corners. The corners were so tight that I managed to roll a tire, well actually the base tape seperated from the tire and had to get a free lap. They wanted to dq me right there for having a tire roll, which is in accordance with usa cycling rules. They did decide to let me back into the race.
I managed to finish up in 6th place. Yay!!! Apparently the officials thought I made a dangerous move in the final sprint which is weird because I didn't feel like I did at all. Regardless they relegated me to 30th. NOBODY COMPLAINED!
Enough of that. At this Point it is all water under the bridge, the race was AWESOME, the city is sweet, no broken collarbones, had a fantastic time at the after party, had a great time at the race and I am still leading the series--BARELY. Lets move on!!!
I am home now for a few days until tt and road nats.

Here is the story of the weekend: POLISH WARRIOR NATAHNIEL ZICCARDI WINS "JUMPIN SHIPS" ALLEYCAT BICYCLE RACE.
Yes it is true Nate, bicycle courier extroadinare finally won the diffcult race. After years of getting schooled and finishing second to local rock star Davey Rocket, Nate finally pulled this one out of his ass. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that davey seemed to pull a muscle in his back during one of the many difficult transitions and had to pull out of the race. We have faith that nate would have won anyway...or would he have. We will have to wait until next year to find out.

Congratulations Nato!!!!! I can't believe you are riding gears AND a helmet...what a dork.
For those of you who don't know what an alleycat race is, it is a courier race, you have to navigate through the city and do pick up and deliveries. It is quite the experience and would recomend doing at least one in your life. I did one and saw 2 racers get arrested and got hit by a car, so i figured one was enough. Good times though.

Friday, July 06, 2007

halfway there

I am currently checking my email for the first time in a week. WoW it was a great week.
I am in Newark at sir Rish's house waiting for the playas to get ready to go to west chester.
We should be there by 9 or so tonight and we don't race until 8pm tomorrow.
Grand Rapids was fabulous, got to see ALL my friends and family. I literally saw everyone of my friends who still live in town except this joker:

Tomorrow is going to be sweet, everyone is super pumped, so hopefully we can pull out a podium. We are sure going to try that is for sure.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

On my was to MI!

YAY I am leaving in an hour to drive to ohio tonight and then on to MI in the morning. I will be up there all week.
I haven't been home since christmas and i am looking forward to hanging out up there for a week and seeing these guys:

I am also happy to be able to ride in anything but 95 degrees and intense humidity. Although it does get hot up there.
I rode 5 1/2 hours today and drank 230oz of fluid since waking up this morning and am still waiting to go to the bathroom. I should adopt $RICH$s method for rehydrating. He ate an ENITRE watermelon yesterday. Yes one whole watermelon. That guy is crazy.