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Chicago Cross Cup #1

21 Sep

Sunday started early for me.  7:00 a.m. at Caribou Coffee picking up 5 gallons of coffee for the race, I drank my share and gave away the rest.

Did I mention that Carborocket is sponsoring the Chicago Cross Cup? As if there weren’t reason enough to stop by the CarboRocket tent on race day I present one more, live ukulele music.  Oh, and coffee from Caribou.  Make that 2 reasons.

having heard tales of the professional heckling at cross races in Chicago I expected hecklers for the later racers but Adam was up at the crack of dawn setting up his heckling station and didn’t disappoint.  The Masters 40+ is the first race of the day at 8:45 a.m.  and it’s never too early to heckle in Chicago.  I actually looked forward to his derisive comments each lap and got a much needed morale boost, akin to boot camp I guess.

After my race I thought I’d try my hand at heckling.  I suck at it.  Do not put a microphone in front of me and expect anything but words of encouragement.

Pulling off the spectacle that is the Chicago Cross Cup is no easy feat and requires many people and many hours.  I’m glad I’m not married to Jason, the director, that’s him with the megaphone.  I bet his wife hates him.  Thanks for pulling off a kick-ass season opener though! Oh, and he races in the Cat 1,2,3’s as well. Sounds like someone else I know.

What is the best way to judge the local cross scene or any cycling scene for that matter, the women’s race.  Here are 50+ racers in the Women’s 4’s. Awesome!

Back to the most important race of the day, the Masters 40+.  I paid close attention to J-Pow and it paid off, I got the hole shot on 70+ racers. Yeah. Really.

OK, it might have been the skinsuit from Stupidbike.  I loved how that thing slides off and on the seat so effortlessly.  I’m still wearing it as a matter of fact. Or it might have been the luck of the call-up draw, either way I’ve made to the call-ups for race #2 and that’s what matters.

I may have gone out a wee bit hard as I started to fade a bit on the last lap, ended up 7th. Very pleased with the result and can’t wait to go after team Verdigris that swept the podium.  Speaking of ChiCross, it’s a pretty big deal out here in Flatlandia, next race is 2 weeks out and already over 300 pre-registered with several classes sold out.

Utahhh!

20 Sep

It’s been just over 2 weeks now and I’ve finally cone to grips with the fact that I pedaled the PCP2P 2 hours slower than last year. 2 freaking hours!  Yeah it was hard but last year was even harder.  Enough about the race you already know it’s a bitch.

On to the PCP2P ride.  The first 3 hours were complete single track bliss.  I spent the whole time riding with Dave Harris and Fatty.  Just tooling along having a good time singing songs and possibly irritating fellow racers.  What could be better than Utah single track with friends for 3 hours? Pretty much nothing and certainly not the next 7 hours.

This is what I do in a feed zone, get on my bike and ride.

This is what Elden does, looks for sympathy.  For what? His hands hurt. Whatever, sac up!

I really wish I would have felt better at the finish so I could mingle and schmooze with everyone that I haven’t seen for several months but I was too busy curled up in a ball trying to recover.  It took me almost 10 and one half hours to finish.  I’ve become a soft and pale city boy.  It is what it is.

The weekend came and went too fast.  I did manage to squeeze in some Corner Canyon dirt, Bayou and a visit to the lab.

Mountain bike racing is OVER! I am pretty excited about that since no matter how hard I look there just aren’t any mountains to be found in Chicago.  I am hereby declaring my official new cycling discipline to be cyclocross.  I even have the first race of the Chicago Cross Cup under my belt and I couldn’t be more pleased.  More on that tomorrow.

May Mashup

20 May

I’m working May backwards.  Today I’m looking for a ride to Soldier Hollow, if you’re leaving from the Sandy, Draper area and want to carpool let me know.

Monday was Gooseberry LLC planning day at the Bayou.  It’s amazing what can be accomplished after a good bike ride and over sweet potato fries and Epics.

I’ve also been working hard all month on getting the Raspberrylemonade CR back in stock and it looks like it should be available next week. Let’s just say somebody is hording raspberries or there was a Spring freeze.

May has been so busy I had to choose between the Sundance ICUP Saturday or the Cycle Salt Lake Century.  I chose peddling over pedaling.  I’ve never seen so many wrinkly old men in lycra in one place in my life.  Tasha has no idea that 2,000 cyclists are about to descend upon us and drain nearly 100 gallons of CR:

I had to start doing the weekly mountain bike races to get my racing fix.  The weekly races hurt at level that is almost indescribable.  Way higher intensity than an ICUP XC race but a lot more fun than doing intervals or some other stupid workout.

At the Sundance weekly I broke my chain towards the top of the first climb and for a brief moment was really happy because I was on the verge of vomit and caught a nice break. Race over, vomit avoided.  The weekly race series rock for a number of reasons not the least of which is the raffle.  Had you been there you to could have won some biscuits:

I also paid a visit to BikeFix a new shop that is opening this weekend in beautiful downtown Bountiful.  Not only is BikeFix shaping up to be the coolest shop in Bountiful it will also be the only place in bountiful to get your CR fix.  Mr. Day wondering how many more 18 hour days he’s going to have to put in to be ready:

And what is May without our annual Mother’s Day picnic at Red Butte Gardens?  Hands down my favorite day of the year, chillin on the grass with a variety of dried meats, stinky cheeses, red wine and Tasha and  the girls.
Last and least of all, 5-Mile Pass.  It sucked.

I’m A Roadie Now

5 Apr

Screw all you poseur mountain bikers out there, you have no idea what racing bikes is all about. Let me tell you.

I’ve now missed 2 out of 2 ICUP’s this year and not sure when I’ll get out for a proper mountain bike race so what’s a boy to do? Road race. Not counting a hill climb and maybe a crit many years ago, it might have been a cross race, I have never raced in a road race. Hell of the North on Saturday was my very first taste of road racing. I didn’t spit it out.

I was shocked, absolutely shocked at how slow these things start. Compared to a mountain bike race where you pin it from the get go we all soft pedaled for the first 5 miles or so. I was so tempted to just go but being the newbie felt like I needed to take cues from the group.

About 18 started with our Master’s B group. With a one day license you can only sign up for a couple different categories. 7 of us got a bit of a gap pretty quick and remained together for the rest of the race.

Since this was my first road race I’ll assume all races are going to be like this; start easy, push the pace for a couple minutes, recover for a while, repeat.

I just couldn’t stand it any longer. I had to keep jumping to the front and doing some work to make it feel like a race and then I’d think, “wait a minute, someone else should do some work so I’m not fried for the last lap.” I’d then sit up and wait for someone to take over. turns out there were only 3 of us that were willing to do any work.

In the end, 2 riders out of our group of 7 that had NEVER taken a turn at the front took off with 1/3 of a lap to go. None of the worker bees could really answer so they finished 1,2. I think I rolled across 5th or 6th. I’m not complaining, not too much anyway. I got a better workout than the guy that won and that is why I was there.

Here I am telling the peloton, can I use that word, how to pitch a proper knuckle ball.

One thing I noticed from these pictures is that you don’t really need two hands to road race.

I’m sure I’ll be back for more, if nothing more than to speak out of turn at the start to piss off the race official. What is it with the officials? Is it just Utah or road racing in general? I’m bringing them some moan to go with their bitch next time.

A Big Effin Day

25 Mar

It’s been too long. I don’t remember the last really big effin day I had on a bike. Saturday will be that day. What makes a big effin day? For me it means the following things will be different from, say, a small effin day.

  • Suspension, It’s been a few years but I think I remember how to use it
  • GPS, don’t want to get lost
  • 260 oz. of CR, never carried that much before
  • 4800 calories, never ate that much before
  • Space blanket, just in case
  • Almost forgot, 22t cog

Check back Monday or Tuesday for details. I hope I’m able to post details. I’m so excite, high five!

ICUP, Dealers and Pushers

22 Mar

First, a glimpse of the secret weapon I’ll be debuting at the ICUP in the very near future. It’s been built specifically to kick some ass on a couple of the ICUP courses, so specialized I may never ride it any other time. Thanks to Sabrosa Cycles for the artwork passing as a stem and Ritchey for the uber white and light bar and lastly Vassago for the White Devil Jabberwocky. I’m not showing any other cards til race day, you’ll just have to come on out to see the whole package.

Keep your eyes peeled and browsers browsing for the Black Devil, coming soon.

CarboRocket is starting to turn into a real job. Tasha may say otherwise but that’s what I’m saying. Online orders have been growing every day and new shops in Utah and other states, yes, other states, are starting to stock product. There is even a CarboRocket Team for crying out loud. I almost can’t keep up and am temporarily out of stock on a couple flavors, back in stock soon though.

Here are the shops that currently stock CarboRocket:

Utah

Washington State

Montana

Huge thanks to all the loyal customers, pushers and dealers! I’d still be mixing it in my bathtub if not for you.

Team CarboRocket

28 Feb

Do you ever start something and then ask yourself, “what the hell was I thinking?” Well, that’s what I’ve asking myself about team CarboRocket . Truth be told I had no idea what I was getting into. After reading over 150 stories from people all over the world I feel very tiny, as in muy miniscule. Definitely NOT worthy of being the repository for so many compelling stories from such amazing people.

It’s been incredibly difficult trying to decide on just 10 team members. I’ve read and re-read every submission multiple times and eventually narrowed down the finalists to 30. My wife, Tasha, told me I needed to have a system in place to make the final selection as fair as possible since all the stories were so good. Fair, in the loosest sense of the word as the results are still pretty subjective but at least I can say I used some sort of “system” in the process.

Here’s my system: I wanted potential team members to submit to me in 150 words or less 3 things; a story, a goal and challenges or obstacles. I then assigned a point value for each of those 3 things 1, 2 or 3 with 3 being the highest. I tallied the scores of each submission to determine the top 10.

Yes, it is possible to have a good story and a good goal and be weak on the obstacle or challenge score and still do well. So, a seemingly more deserving individual may fall short if they didn’t have a good goal or a good story score. This system helped, sort of. I still had over 12 men with equal qualifying scores so it came down to a dart throw on my part for the men.

Here is Team CarboRocket for 2010 in no particular order and 5 men and 5 women:

  1. Drew Darnel
  2. Christine McBride
  3. David Visschedyk
  4. Lisa Serao
  5. Jeremiah Prater
  6. Mary Reynolds
  7. Rob Thompson
  8. Jen Joy
  9. Brett Ringger
  10. Sheryl Sturgess

If you applied and your name isn’t listed above don’t be too put out. It really did come down to a dart throw. Also, spots may open if riders are unable to be contributing team members.

Wow, I’m exhausted. I will get team bios and blog up later this week. If your name isn’t on the list and you applied shoot me an email and I’ll send you details on how you can still be involved, It’ll be worth your while.

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to share their story. It’s been an honor to read them all.

I’ll be emailing the team in a day or two with details, right now I need some breakfast.

Lastly, huge thanks to Fatcyclist, Ibis Cycles, Ritchey and Bingham Cyclery for hopping on board and helping sponsor the team!