Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Monday, November 04, 2013
It has been awhile since you and I have been able to take time out of your work day and waste time on the crap I may write. It is not that I have layed down and let the world get me, more like I have too busy having fun with the family, Proto, making selfies on facebook, and future plans.
Last things first. The last several years I have come to realize that my fat bike and winter races garner most of my excitement. This year I have been all fatbike. The biggest goal for the coming winter is getting into the ITI, Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Well, I am in. That is about the biggest cycling news I got. This winter I'll be starting an endeavor that hopefully end 350 miles later in the heart of Alaska. Lots of things to stress about with this race, lots.
I am riding Proto and having fun all the way. You can go buy Proto's offspring now. 9zero7 with a 190mm rear is hot stuff. I patiently wait for Proto's replacement as every needs a healthy dose of fiber!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
|New trails are do not make themselves:|
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Now, the often asked question is "how much does it weigh?". Honestly I do not know. I assume it is under 30 pounds, but I do not know by how much. Either way, I am fully loving my warm weather riding with proto.
That being said, I have been spending time dreaming of winter adventures....
Thursday, June 06, 2013
From Matt Kurke:
I will be coordinating a trailwork session at Gamehaven this Friday evening. I know it’s not the best day for it but it was the only time that worked with my work schedule and didn’t look like rain this week. We will only work for about 2 hours. The work will mostly consist of completely clearing the trail that was rough cut last fall so that the ditch witch can be used in shaping. So we will be pulling out stumps and further clearing overhang and undergrowth. If you have a chain saw and know how to use it please bring it along. Otherwise axe’s and loppers will be the tools to use. I will have some tools with me as well. Meeting in the scout parking lot. Bring gloves and water with as well. Any questions please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know anyone interested please pass on this info and have them email me to be added to the contact list. Thanks.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
|I ride, my bike gets dirty.|
Well, after the deposit of the usual amount to my Swiss bank account I got my chain ring and proceeded to thrash it as best I could to prove it was worthy of the Charly stamp of awesomeness. I now have several races, plus hours and hours of bashing including slamming the thing into downed logs as I got my trusty Proto up and over. I have this to report...nothing. With my X9 clutch derailleur I cannot get the chain to move off the chain ring unintentionally. The product just plain works. After many frustrating moments with my MRP and other systems, I am super happy that I cannot not only ride with confidence in my drive train, but I can now remodel my guest house with the checks that are now rolling in. So, if you want a 1x system without shelling out the Sram XX1 costs, I highly recommend taking your business to Wolf Tooth. Also, I am excited for their future products that are to come out, but we'll have to wait for those....
This last 10 days I have been extruding gallons of glop out of my nose and lungs. I think I am dealing with allergies, and some days are definitely worse than others. No matter, my rides have suffered.
Also, is it premature for me to hope that my name will be added to this list? I mean, can I expect people to already be dropping out so that I am no longer wait listed?
Friday, May 31, 2013
I'll tell you, the 20ish person start we had was SOOOOOO much nicer than the huge mess of the advanced start. I led out and couldn't help but notice the 20 person line waiting to get in the singletrack STANDING at the top of the switchback climb as we hit the bottom. The line cleared out just in time for us to start the process of picking through the back end of the advanced field that started 2 minutes ahead of us. Hitting the the singletrack it was me in first, some advanced rider, and then Larry. Not wanting to take advantage of the rider between us, I didn't try to move up until Larry got right on my wheel, then we started passing riders in the singletrack as they moved over to let us by. At some point I heard some tangling behind me and realized Larry had some trouble. Finished out the lap with Larry 10 seconds or so back. After that it was a quagmire of riders that I would do my best to beat up the climb, coerce to let me by in the singletrack, and sprint by on the hill traverses. I never saw Larry again, I rolled in for first, collecting beer vouchers in the process. FYI, my breathing was not perfect, but quite a bit better.
And yes, I did go out for a 4th lap. I did not race it as I was not racing, but I did keep pace with those around me. The oddest thing was dabbing slightly in a corner towards the end and having my upper calf completely lock up for 10 seconds. My calf is in a decent amount of pain still, I limp everywhere I go. Such an odd thing to happen as I have not cramped since last year, much less in such a short race.
After the finish I think there is a new Tri Family tradition. I roll through the parking lot cooling down with Abi my 4 year old on her Strider next to me, and me holding Seely in one arm.
|Abi crushing it right at the start. There were maybe 10 kids total, most out of view.|
Abi would then go on to DOMINATE her kid's heat once again, finishing with second place out of view. Brendan was a no show this week. Probably because we had $5 riding on last weeks kid's race and my daughter whooped on his. Will he hide from me all year trying to avoid paying me my money???