Monday, December 31, 2007

Sunday, December 30, 2007

I DON'T SKI.

LC loop, 3 hours on the fixie beater. Had cheese & sausage at the 'rents. As good as it gets for now.

Friday, December 28, 2007

TRACE RIDGE, RAIN & HOME.

The inevitable came down shortly after we started our brief(1.5hr) Trace Ridge-Spencer Branch loop in the morning. Soaked, we weren't up for attempting Laurel Mt. So we packed it in and headed home early. Didn't get to hit everything we wanted but that's just the more reason to come back. *Iguana's pics*.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

DAY 2: REDEMPTION

Is it April already? Woke up to beautiful spring like weather and dry trails! Got lost on the sketchy Big Creek loop in the morning. After some locals told us our directions didn't jive with reality we moved up the road to Pilot Cove/Slate Rock loop. This trail kicked ass! Long climbs, awesome views and just as long descents. The big wheels were rollin' smooth and I think it was the first time I really put some heat into the Strokers. They didn't seem to mind. Betting against rain for one more day. I'll take that over snow.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

LIVE FROM NC!

In a covert Christmas night dash for sweet southern single track, Iguana and I were foiled when we met up with 2 inches of slush dumped on Asheville and Brevard in the early morning. Mills River was out and Dupont only dampened our wired from the drive AM ambitions. Thanks to cool guys John and Beach for showing us around Bent Creek in the afternoon, thus making some lemonade of the day. Tomorrow, we shoot for revenge.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

SHIFT>

Lately, uploading is easier than typing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

ICEMAN COME(BACK)ETH!

Third time doing this. 25-29X is always in the first wave off. Started 2nd row and worked my way into the front early on. Frost covered leaves kept everyone on there toes. I took the lead before the first singletrack and started setting tempo. With a light 34:16 I knew I wasn't going anywhere for a while. Plan was to ride smart until the end. Plans went out the window when we hit a fast road section about halfway through. I drifted back to third wheel to let some big ringers do the heavy lifting. Keeping tight and following blind the rider in front of me hits a pothole which I instantly hit, simultaneously tagging his rear wheel. Bars are out of my hands and I know the race is over before I hit the ground and barrel roll/slide off nearly 30mph of momentum. Someone from behind runs over my bike and goes down, thankfully I'm spared. By time we untangle the mess the lead group is gone. Get back on, bike seems fine but my left knee feels jacked, ankles sore and right calf is bruised like a mother. Being in the middle of nowhere, riding it off is the only option. A few miles and pretty sore, pedaling octagons I pick off a few stragglers. Still grinding through at Williamsburg road, shortly after a group appears in the distance. If I play my cards right maybe I can gain a moneyspot or two in the hills. Chip away. On the flats it seems like they're sitting up, so I'm not sure if its the lead or a chase group. If I can make contact... let's not get too optimistic. All it takes are a few 29r friendly inclines and I'm thrust back into the group. Game on! I feel it out for a mile or 2 before going up to the front. After what happened earlier, thats where I was most confident. 6 to go, too early. The 4stroke enduro ahead confirms our lead status! 3 to go. The group is widdled down from 15 to 8. Legs are still dull from the chase. 2 to go, still covered, hold off a challenge for the last singletrack. Final mile, I know the last climb and make it hurt for all its worth, opening a 4-5sec gap coming into the campground. Block out the pain and bring it home!! Really has to be about the sweetest $350 I ever made!

Immediately afterwards I started to tighten up as the midrace drama was settling back into my legs. Took the first bus back to get the car and returned in time to catch Claire roll in for a nice 6th place and hear about Russell's clydesdale domination. Actually, Wisco faired quite well all around. Matter killed the the pro race with Tristan 4th and Jesse and Marko 5th and 7th. I look forward to an ass kicking next year.

This race topped off an extraordinary year for me. WORS top 5 overall, 24 Hour Duo National Championship with Jerry Daanen, Beechwood Blaster win and Iceman. Couldn't be better! Thanks Don for the entry, Hayes Bicycle Group for everything, Voodoo, Ergon, all the great people I've met this year and everyone whose supported me. Thanks a ton!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007

TORONTO.

Thats all you need to know.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

BLASTER TIME!

Now that all the little state races are over the best kept secret in the midwest unfolds this Saturday! The boys from BigRingRacing are packing the shotgun and putting the wool on the line for the 3rd annual Beechwood Blaster. Ride, eat, drink, kick it. What else is there? See ya there!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

SHEBOYGAN- DNF (FLAT)

Atleast I made the Equalizer my bitch. photo:rusty

Thanks to Barb for huckin' bottles. Thanks to the Smokin' Guy for $5. Thanks to Don for an awesome series. Thanks to Hayes Bicycle Group for everything!

some photos

Sunday, September 30, 2007

LPX

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As expected, the legs felt pretty flat today. After the start I settled into about 8th place in nomans land and stayed there the entire race. At one point I was reeling in Bender and another rider but they took off with about 3 to go. Otherwise, it was pretty uneventful. Thanks to Sonia for the handups, Chris for putting on a good event and everyone who hung out and cheered for me while I rode myself crosseyed. It was a fun weekend of killing myself on my home trails.

Some 3's pics here.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

FALL COLOR '07

Not my best day, but still a good time. D-Money was gone from the gun. I rolled the connector with Tristan, B.Matter, Landon and Nathan G. Sometime in the final blue lap I began to pop, grinding it in for 6th. Hung out with Lori and the Klugs post race. Tomorrows really gonna hurt.

Monday, September 24, 2007

IOLA II- 10TH

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Thanks to Chops and CK for pinning it all race, Barb for keepin the bottles flowing and Hayes Bicycle Group for all their great stuff. Some Sport pics here.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

KEWASKUM- 9TH

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Consistency
. Thanks to Kevin & the PM crew for rockin' bottles. Some sport pics here. Legit.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

STROKED.

FYI: These are niiiiiiiice!

Monday, September 03, 2007

SOLD.

Skeptical at first, but after last week had to try something different. 50 miles of Kettles, 4+ hrs and peachy palms. Never have my hands felt spry enough to say "lets hit a 2nd round!" Carlos you ain't gettin' these back! Unless someone out there can hook a brotha up?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

SUBARU CUP- 7TH! $$

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Thanks Don for all the effort and a rad course!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sunday, August 05, 2007

FRANKLIN- 4TH! $$

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Thanks to Jeremey for rockin bottles, all the Hayes dudes all over the course and everyone else who cheered me on. It helped a ton!!

Monday, July 30, 2007

24/9!

Saturday morning is always hectic. Arrive, get ready, pick up chips, riders meeting, no warmup, pick a good spot in staging and hang out with everyone until the start. At 10am we're off. The run goes well. I'm one of the first to the corral as T hands my bike off to me and I file in with the lead group. Marko's up front setting a nice tempo so I move up behind him knowing if he can pull me for a few miles I'll be in good position. Eventually he pulls away, shortly after Nat Ross attacks and pulls away as well. I settle in with Dallas Fowler, Chris Eatough and a Stinger(?) rider. First lap, I'm 4th rider in and hand off to Jerry. Jerry rides awesome and we both begin putting time into 2nd place. My 2nd, 3rd and 4th laps felt OK, then miserable(cramping), then super! Somehow all the times were still within 20seconds!? I figured my diet out, alternating between ramen and oatmeal along with grapes, bananas, OJ, Amp, Pringles, water and a variety of Little Debbie snack products. Night laps we continued strong and somewhere along the way we eventually put a lap on 2nd. We dialed down to a conservative pace as I got to ride the sunrise lap. After riding strong all day and night, Jerry is a little leery about his last lap. Upon finishing mine, I hand off to him, pull my chip and shadow him for half a lap for support. After we get over Twinkie hill he's feelin' good and waves me off. He rolls in just before 10 where we wait for the race to officially end.

Thanks a ton to Jerry for riding awesome and doing this again this year, Barb for everything- time management, cooking, organization, hydration- we couldn't have done this without her! Tbone, keeping our rides dialed, assisting Barb and driving home. Eric Petersen for a great spaghetti dinner Friday night. Everyone who stopped by/hung out for support, Jeremey, John, Rachael, Kim(Great job Chris!), and Hayes Bicycle Group for all their great products.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Last minute goodies. See y'all in Wausau!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

TdF?

Really, I could care less. If I was gonna waste any time in front of the TV I'd rather watch legit sports like NASCAR or baseball. 24/9? I got a blinky light and some fig bars, I'm good to go Jerry!

In real news, props to Mike P and Bender kickin' it at the Nat'l Champs.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

SUAMICO- 5TH! $$

Surreal race. Flawless goods.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sunday, July 08, 2007

RONSTA RIDE!

Waukesha> Wales> Hartland> Monches> Plat> Hubertus> Holy Hill> Erin> Ashippun> Stone Bank> Nashotah> Waterville> Dousman> Genesee> Waukesha. Attendees: Jay, *Russell, Pat, Setter, Lirette, Tbone, Kevin, Lori, Jeff, Carlos & Sonia. With temps eclipsing the mileage in the 90+ range, the mindset of leisurely turned more towards survival after highnoon broke. Claiming a few victims, the latter half of the ride consisted of a steady, conservative pace and hitting every water stop available. Still, nothing a few burritos and some lemonade can't cure at the end of the day. All in all, a good ride. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a fun day in the sun! Photos here.

*Bonus props to the Tool Shed riding in from 'Tosa and back!

Friday, July 06, 2007

THE 4TH.

Hosted by The Rusty Tool Shed




















Sunday its on! Road bikes, 8AM, Here.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Sunday, July 01, 2007

EAU CLAIRE- 8TH! $$

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Thanks to,
Tbone's Nichole for spot-on handups
Hayes Bicycle Group
Superfans!!

Friday, June 29, 2007

WORD UP!!


Tell your friends! Tell your teammates! Tell your girlfriends! Next Sunday its goin' down! The 2nd annual Ronsta Ride! Plan for a leisurely tour around Lake Country, Holy Hill and Western Waukesha Co. Distance looks to be 95-100, finishing out with some fine Mexican dining at the trendy El Ranchito. The route is set, the meeting spot is tentative. Currently, plan on meeting at the Chase Bank on Wisconsin & Broadway. Apparently unrestricted parking is hard to come by around here. Last resort I'll put everyone on my front lawn. Ride leaves at 8AM! Check back for Updates. Email me if ???

Monday, June 25, 2007

WISSSC07- 4TH!

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Thanks to the HPT and Muddy Cup crews on an outstanding event!