Thursday, June 30, 2005

342 BUCKS?!

I was reading this interview with JHK awhile back. He was talking about how much more intense UCI races were compared to NORBA. I talk to and read about other local pros who regularly spank me and they say how tough the national circuit is. I'm trying to bust a$$ just to finish in the money in our little state series. I suck but that won't keep me from trying.

My truck needed a new MAF sensor, so i've been local this week. Should have it back for the Eau Claire trip this weekend. Wonder how CR has been? I'll make my comeback next week.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

WEEKEND 6.26

This past weekend has been tough as we mourned the passing of my grandmother. She was a sweet lady who was the glue that held our family together. Her funeral was yesterday and we will dearly miss her.

6Hr. at Levis Trow:
After recieving the news Saturday morning, i considered blowing off the WEMS race altogether, but decided it would still be best to go. The weather was great and the course was epic. I took the lead shortly after the start and won with 6 laps netting me 50 bucks. Butch and Mike from Skinny's won the 12hr. duo with Butch getting some cash for the hotlap of the day.

It will be hard, but slowly and surely things will eventually get back to normal.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

PUNKA$$?

The longest of days granted me 4 hours solo to spin the knots out of my legs from this weeekends debacle of a race. Last night was out to LP and back for a few hot laps. 58.5 inches and still spun out. Mark hooked me up with a 519/XTR front wheel, parts he had lying around. My race bike doubles as my beater, it's ghetto-sheik. Tonight i pounded Kettles. Dry and fast with some new twists and turns. Raced against the sun and won. Another 6hr. is two days away.

Monday, June 20, 2005

WAUSAU

So my season is currently in the gutter. Another race, another blunder. This week's lesson was in prerace hydration, or the results of lack there of. Like cramping on the 2nd lap and then seizing up completly and going from 20th to 35th? in the last 5 miles. The last few races have been huge learning curves though and eventually i'll put all the pieces together. Thanks to Seth Lenss(pictured) for pulling me around for 3 laps. Thanks to Toni for the hand-ups. Thanks to Kevin from Wisconsin for loaning me a wheel on Saturday and Nick from Wheel & Sprocket for a wheel on Sunday. Props to Jeremey, The Baron, Nathan, Ray, Jerry and everyone else who kicked my ass. And good job to Lirette for winning AG in comp.

wheelsuckin' pic:rusty Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 16, 2005

CRAZY WEEK

Cooked after last weekend. Been gettin' fat and slackin'. Seems i've been in my car more than on my bike lately. Track racing is super frickin' cool! Checked that out Tuesday, think it'll be awhile before i try it though. CR was canceled but a few of us rode anyway, trails were fine. Tonight is family stuff. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA!!! The Wausau is this weekend, get my fat a$$ smacked around on another flat course? Hope not. Keep the drama minimal.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

6HR. @ STUMP

Since i'm still wired from the Dew i had on the drive home, i might as well post todays race report.

Did the 6Hr. WEMS race at Stump Farm in Green Bay. It was hot, hot, hot! A long run up to our bikes and i was first out of the chute. Had a duo rider who stayed on my wheel most of the first lap and we opened a large gap early on. The course was about 8 miles and mostly loooong sections of sandy or greasy singletrack, not very fast. Early in the race i realized the rebound in my fork was gone so it was clunking on top-out and working like crap, oh well, annoying but ridable. I didn't want to beat myself up in the heat, just rode a comfortable pace of 40-42min laps and tried to save myself incase anyone came up to challenge (which no one did). The middle of the race was the toughest because of the 90's-ish temps and stagnant humid air in the singletrack. After 5 laps i stopped for a sandwhich and some fruit and talked to Rick from Skinny's for a few minutes before heading out for 3 final laps. I started the last lap at about 5 hours in. The temperature had eased up and i was feeling better, but clouds were moving in and about 10min into my lap the storm siren went off followed by rumbles of thunder. Feeling really motivated, i hammered out the last lap like my life depended on it. Finished up with about 10-15min to spare. The race was called because of the weather at that point, fortunately it missed us anyway. I won with 8 laps, Al Brunner took 2nd, starting on his SS but switching to his geared bike after his crank loosend up. Good job to Butch and Mike from Skinny's taking 2nd in the 12Hr. duo. Rick shot more video which should be up in the next few days.

The Mike/Butch hand-off. Posted by Hello

Session 77:
At the race, Trek had a bunch of demo bikes there to try. I checked out one of their Session freeride bikes and rode it around the parking lot a bit. WOW! That stuff is crazy burly. The 1.5 headtube is the size of a soda can and the tires are pure moto.

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I tried to bunny-hop and could barely get the wheels off the ground, its all travel. Riding over parking blocks you could hardly feel a thing. I was getting tired just pedaling the 50lb. mass around on the pavement. Cool, but definetly for a different culture of riding.

Friday, June 10, 2005

NEW MEMBER


T's new old/ride Posted by Hello
Stopped to see Tbone today, he just converted his old 7k to SS. Said he's getting a rigid fork for it too(that fork sucks anyway). We bombed around Delafield for a little while, he was diggin' it. Yeah, SS' in the LC, sweet. Sunday we might go to Camrock, he's never been there so that might be interesting.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

CRAM

Summertime. Long days. Work till 4, ride till dark. Monday and Tuesday were spent on the road. Last night was a double-header at Crystal Ridge, won both races. Today all i could muster was an hour at Lapham Peak. Figured i'd better pack it in and start resting for the WEMS race this weekend. Bike prep and groceries tomorrow, head to Green Bay Saturday AM.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

RAPIDS


pic: rusty Posted by Hello
I hate flat courses. Like usual i gun it on the start and blow my dumbass up on the first lap. By the second lap my legs are shot and i'm ready to quit. So i tell my dumbass "Look, you started like a dumbass now suffer the consequenses and grind this race out". Tons of people were passing me, it sucked. The third lap i rode with Jonathan Kay and felt a little better, the fourth lap i rode with Justin Salzmann and felt alot better. We thought we were home free but a pack of like 4 dudes snuck up on us as we were heading into the last section of singletrack, so i hammered out the last couple miles and held all but one of them off before the finish. Ended up 19th, which ain't great but is better than two flat tires. Good job to Jeremey for finishing a few spots ahead of me and in the money, again. Tony is steadily improving in Comp so good job to him too. Thanks to Tom and Wendy for letting us stay at their place again. I don't know how everyone else did but i hope it went well. Later.

Friday, June 03, 2005

COOL FRIDAY

Some days are just worth getting up on. Like this morning i found $30 that survived the wash in the pocket of my pants. At work i had to bust a$$ for the first 2 hours to finish two units for my bosses to take to the track, then they left for the day and i got to chill and get my bike ready for the weekend. After work i stopped at the gas station to get some milk, there was this dude there with a nice early 90's Gary Fisher converted to SS with some new Bonty parts, he had on a Surly shirt and dug my ride. His name is Chris and his site is onegear.com. He hooked me up with a water bottle so i'll post his site. Sounds like T's got the bug too, guess he's resurecting an old ride into a single. I'm sure once he gets the hang of it he'll be racing it sooner than later. That's all for now, tomorrow we leave for WI Rapids and hopefully the weather is better than last year. See y'all up there!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

CR 6.1

Largest crowd yet and a few fast riders to keep my eyes on. Missed my pedal like 5 times on the start but still pulled the holeshot over the hill, then as usual, i get spun out in the field and stack everyone up behind me going into the singletrack. I know the ST pretty well and was able to open up a small gap. I was pretty tired from the night before and the start took a bit out of me so i just rode it out and maintained a steady gap for the win. Aaron Brandt took 2nd also on a singlespeed, Nathan G. wasn't riding well and finished like 4th and it was good to see the Labecki's there tonight. And of course, we hit Qdoba after.