Thursday, June 25, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009


A hat trick of 9ths gave me a strong a GC and made for a profitable weekend! Highlights included riding sunrise laps, drinking with the Don and my Polish brethren on Saturday night, hanging out with the Bluedog crew, cheering Kelli on to a 4th place in her 2nd WORS race, and there was some pretty good racin' done in there too. Thanks to Don for putting on one of the best run events in the midwest- and continues to get better every year! Thanks to Kelli for being out there with the handups (even though i passed on them each lap), and Team Polska for pulling for me.

I think a Ranchito ride is in order this Friday- 6:30! Its been awhile.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Woke up to rain early Saturday as I headed down to the southern Kettles for a long day of riding. Register, set up, get ready, still raining. Don't really recognize anyone at the start so i'm not sure what I'm in for. 8Am we're off. 3rd wheel into the singletrack, downhill switchbacks claim the front 2 and I've got a gap. Keep it chill as i loosen up on the slick course. Brake pads were cashed after 2 laps. Had to pee 3 times in the first 4 laps. Rode unchallenged but being a one man band i kept the stops minimal. The epic 11 mile course Kenny had set up went from slick to peanut butter to eventually dry & fast later in the day. Lap times around an hour made it easy to count down. After noon the sun broke. Good to see Tbone, Pirate and many others out for the later races and support. 7.5 hours in I stopped for a sandwich and checked results- 25min lead. Cruise control. 11th lap was on the bonk. Cookies and Mountain Dew would get me one more. The AM muck drained the legs and made the 36:19 a chore on the hills, but the packed course and setting sun made it the sweetest lap of the day. Thanks to Kenny for an awesome event, Dave and the Worba volunteers for coming out and making sure everyone stayed safe, Zach and Ty for helping me tear down after and everyone who cheered me on out there. It was a great day!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Is winning an epic 12 hour with a bike you made on trails you helped build. Report to follow..

Thursday, June 11, 2009


..the Paramount I won at MMI?


Kelli and I rode Crystal Ridge last night. Didn't feel like racing so we took pictures instead. Enjoy!

Monday, June 08, 2009


Forget excuses, I just wasn't on it.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Still not sure exactly what happened. Not ten seconds into the race, we're flat out and setting up for the first turn. I notice someone take a hero shot to the inside and before I know it, Periso's forced into me and I'm sliding on my side in a cloud of dust and carnage. Get up, bloody elbow, wheels don't turn, fork is tweeked, crooked bars, seat is jacked. Due to the epicness of the course I happened to pack a multi tool just for survival reasons. Spend a good 5 mins adjusting brake pads, checking things over and pounding the saddle back into a ridable position. If I can finish one lap, i'm in it for the long haul. Lap 1 & 2 are spent working through traffic, by the 3rd lap I'm into the back of the Elite field. Salvaged what I could. Finish, first-aid, Culvers, home.

The weekend was by no means a loss. In fact, Sunday morning was as good as it could get after seeing Kelli finish 2nd in her first WORS race ever! Couple that with a fun weekend of hanging out with good friends and teammates and an epic course, there was plenty to smile about after.