Monday, December 22, 2008
arghhh. I am still cold from today. Today is the official start of 2009, sorry you missed the champagne toast at midnight. As part of every season and year, coach and I start off with a Lactate Threshold Testing in the field. This is not like a lab based test, but consists of a 20 minute time trial like effort, usually up a solid climb to keep pressure on the legs and figure out what they have in them. I was not expecting big numbers today, but managed to produce some really great ones anyway. It sets a solid base to work from for the year.
This weeks training focus will be mostly endurance and basic components of on bike fitness: sustainable strength, cardio-vascular fitness, and maybe some cadence work...nothing fancy: no anaerobic intervals, no cool pyramid schemes to over tax the body...just basic base training to get the legs, lungs, and heart ready for what is sure to be a brutal early season of long steady distance, sustained power intervals, and basic hill strength....I look forward to it.
Thank you sir, may I have another!!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Got in about 3.5 hours today. Solid Endurance paced riding. Trying the 29er thing pretty serious, and I think I am starting to dig it. Time will tell. Todays ride was a bunch of dirt gravel roads near Earlysville, Whitehall, and Free Union with the mandatory climb over a mountain or three. Really cold to start with, then warmed a little, rained a little, dried a little, cold a little more.....it was a little kinda ride.
Tomorrow is gonna be another story!!! I was hoping for a good endurance ride of about 4 hours or so...but the weather is making me wonder. Hypothermia is never fun on a bike.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Got this wacky idea to do a cross race yesterday. Nothing like a full hour of "what the hell are you doing to me" for your body during the off season. Man, that was fun!!!
I managed to pull of 4th place in the collegiate category on a Full Suspension 29er. Kind of not a cross rig at all....but you ride what you know and what you are comfortable on....so I loaned the Cross bike to someone else, and rode the mountain bike.
All will revert to normal starting this week though: It is Base Miles Time!!!!! I love this time of year, a reason to hop on a bike, and pedal for hours on hours. During these rides, I have solved such things as world hunger, poverty of third world nations, and the perfect suspension design....alas, by the time I finish I am too tired to remember what the answers were though.
I guess the thing I love the most about being a competitive cyclists is base training.
Let the fun begin!!!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Denelle, Anthony, Chris and myself set out on a Semi-Epic ride today. Only semi because really there was not a doubt of things ending well. We started out on a casual loop, of about 35 miles or so. Ended up with a crash by Anthony into a cactus, 12 or so spines plucked later, we were on the trail again....yes he got them in his chin.
We rode a while longer, some of the crew started to tire....then the weather hit.....including hail. We got home, cold and tired, but made it in safely.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The cool thing about it in retrospect. If it had been any bike other than a ABP equiped Trek, I am not thinking the wheel would have stayed in the dropouts enough to work.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Great Trip so far. Here are some pictures for you to check out.
Yesterday we did a tour of the Pivot Cycles Factory. Pretty Cool.
Totally unexpected....we were taken riding by the owner and lead designer Chris.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
In a week a crew of BFR folk and friends will be hitting Sedona, AZ for a holiday week of awesome riding in the dessert. I'm calling it training for the winter training series.
Considering daytime highs here will be in the mid-40's with low's in the 20s, I'm highly looking forward to some 75's in AZ.
See you all when we get back!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Enduro cat was stacked with VORS contenders looking to maximize their points in the series finale, but we took 2nd (Shawn Tevendale), 3rd (Kevin Murray), and 4th (Dave Tevendale) in the men's, and 1st (Denelle Grant) and 2nd (Christy Tankersley) in the women's fields. We also put three guys into the top 20 in men's sport, and Jeremy Senn slugged it out gearless with the big boys in men's Expert/Pro. Tucker, perennial mascot and alpha dog contender, succesfully got in not one, but two fights, and came away largely unscathed, so that's a win in my book.
If you want some Candlebox, check it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4EPn1FacaQ&feature=related
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Tidewater Challenge came and went two weekends ago, and somehow I ended up at the front after 6 hours. Then the Paranormal went down on Saturday night in all its radicalness. And again, somehow, after 6 hours, I got to the front and hung on.
Through a haze of nausea on Sat night, I remember someone saying, "you're on a winning streak." So hell yes, I'm playing the lottery this afternoon, and I plan on being a millionaire by nightfall so I can get down to devoting my life 100% to singletrack. And global marsupial annihilation.
Oh hell yes, a game of inches. Monday night football tonight - Live from D.C. on ESPN. Look for the guy trying to keep his new bride/steelers fan from getting beat up by Redskins fans wearing dresses and pig noses.
Then Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. I need a new tire. http://twistedtirefall.racesonline.com/ Who's coming with me?
Monday, October 27, 2008
I wanted to add results/race report from the Rowdy Dawg mountain bike race that was held on the trails at the Pandapas Pond area/Brush Mountain in Blacksburg, VA. This 20-year old race was hosted this year by Montgomery County Parks and Recreation (in the past has been hosted by East Coasters).
Esther and I went and represented Bike Factory Racing in the Sport Women category (20 mile course). We did really well (we took 1st and 2nd place) and had outstanding conditions for the race, around 50s F to start, warming to around 60s F by the end. Recent rains left the trails tacky and great for riding.
Esther had told me that the course was nice and fun (technically, "easier than O-Hill"... I remember reiterating that phrase in my mind several times during the race with a few expletives added in for good measure). Actually, she was right, this course was fast and twisty and fun... when you weren't trying to make your butt (and hopefully your bike) go up some extended, bumpy rock-ridden climb (kind of like the easier/medium parts of Torrey Ridge). I'm really glad that I went.
Esther rode really strongly for the whole race and had an awesome race. She broke her hand last year on a downhill at this very same race, but said that this year, when she got to that section, she rode down it nearly without her brakes and basically rocked all the downhills, passing people left and right.
For myself, in the first mile, I broke my chain. This was due to some chain replacement error on my part while performing bike maintenance last week. When the chain broke so early, and I remembered that I had forgotten a spare chain, or spare links, or really, much of anything to handle a repair, I started to walk back towards the start/finish. Esther and the rest of the sport pack passed me. I told Esther about my mechanical and wished her luck on the race.
Then, I decided that the weather was too nice not to ride. I'd never ridden these trails before, so why not try to fix my chain and get a ride in, even if I came in last? So, I started working on it. The entire Beginner pack passed me up (started 5 minutes behind the Sport group). Still mucking with fixing the chain...after a couple more minutes, I have the twisted link removed and the chain joined back together. Decided that I'd ride until the chain broke again, then re-evaluate/quit the race. At this point, I was probably 8-10 minutes behind the sport group.
I hopped on my bike and started riding. Eventually caught and passed some of the beginner riders after about 10 minutes, but no sign of any sport riders. By about mile 7, I caught my first sport rider. It was a woman that I knew. She suggested that I try to catch Esther, but then also suggested that Esther was very far ahead (as I expected, since Esther is really strong). I started to wonder if I could catch her, but thought it was highly unlikely. But, maybe I'd see whether I could finish in the middle of the sport pack. I kept riding and occasionally would pass sport riders who were having issues, but no Esther. Good, Esther is kicking butt!!!
At the halfway point (10 miles), there was a water station at the top of some ugly climb. I stop to ask how far into the course we were, have some snacks, decide whether I would keep trying to catch Esther, or keep going for that matter. Decided to see how close to Esther I could finish, but was feeling exhausted. So, got on my bike and tried to keep riding. Damn all this climbing!!!! And, I like climbing... At mile 15, during a road crossing onto singletrack, when I'm about to give up for a while and ride easier, I encounter Esther. We talk and I tell her that I tried to fix my chain and that it hadn't broken again... yet. I decided to pass her and expected that we'd be racing head-to-head at this point, so I started to try to hammer.
I had to fight really hard to stay in front of Esther. Every time I heard bikes behind me I was convinced it was Esther coming to pass. If there had been just half a mile more to the race, Esther would have passed me. We finished very close together, but the official times have not yet been posted.
Overall, we had a great race and put in a good showing for Bike Factory Racing.
P.S. - We also saw Alex Stratmann, formerly of Blue Ridge School, now racing for Pfeiffer College. He had a reasonable race and was in second place (sport men) until he had a wipeout which sent him further back in the pack.
what a weekend. With members spread out over 2 states it was a lot to follow.
It all started with a Charlottesville 10K race that our guys were on the front of all day, but not in the "leading the race" sense that we think of, rather, they were the bike escorts for the day. Our local sponsor, Charlottesville Running Company, put on a great event and our guys served as the pace bunnies on bikes to chase. Really cool opportunity for all of us.
The second event was the National Mountain Bike Oktoberfest in Davidson North Carolina. We rallied 2 solo racers, Jason as our mechanic, and a duo coed team for this one, packed a trailer and headed south....into the rain. The conditions were questionable at start with lots of slop and slime to contend with, but we made the most of it all. Jason got to clean bikes and swap tires all day but the combination of Jones ACX and Mud X kept the bikes moving forward under mostly rider power. Erin and Jeremiah Bishop were in our pit as well, so that added to the excitement for everyone when Jeremiah and Harlan decided to ride through together on the next to last lap.....in the End....JB got him though...by 12 seconds!!!
Final for all the BFR riders.
Denelle-2nd in Women's Solo
John and Sheila Scott- "BFR's-Off the Couch" took 3rd in the Coed Duo
Shawn 9th in the Solo Men's field.
Final race for the weekend: Tidewater Challenge on Sunday
We rallied a solid contingent there as well: I don't have all the details, but here are the results as I understand them.
Shannon 2nd place-Beginner women
Christy T. 2nd Place Sport Women
Ken T. 4th Place Sport Vet Men
Dave T. WON!!!! the Enduro cat!!!
Nice job everyone, See ya at the Paranormal this weekend.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The course was everything Ohill is known for, Rocks, Roots, Climbing and Descending.
Category Name Finish Time, Start Time (Wave Format) Final Time
Expert Men Dave Tevendale 2:10:20 0:00:00 2:10:20
Expert Men Rob Cook 2:10:55 0:00:00 2:10:55
Expert Men Michael Hosang 2:15:07 0:00:00 2:15:07
Expert Men Nick Pence 2:17:51 0:00:00 2:17:51
Expert Men Jason Scislowicz 2:26:55 0:00:00 2:26:55
Expert Men Kevin Horvath 2:36:00 0:00:00 2:36:00
Expert Men Dave Wooten 2:44:45 0:00:00 2:44:45
Beginner Men Eric Moore 0:59:10 0:04:00 0:55:10
Beginner Men Renato Perez 1:53:55 0:04:00 1:49:55
Junior 15-18 Will Canup 0:58:14 0:04:00 0:54:14
Junior 15-18 Whit Zirkle 0:59:00 0:04:00 0:55:00
Junior 15-18 Dillon Long 1:07:44 0:04:00 1:03:44
Junior 15-18 Joe Hemphill 1:09:35 0:04:00 1:05:35
Sport Men Daniel Ortiz 1:40:48 0:02:00 1:38:48
Sport Men Cyrus Dreyer 1:44:13 0:02:00 1:42:13
Sport Men Donny Peppard 1:48:15 0:02:00 1:46:15
Sport Men Jason Hiser 1:48:37 0:02:00 1:46:37
Sport Men Dan Becker 1:49:42 0:02:00 1:47:42
Sport Men Jim Seguin 1:54:55 0:02:00 1:52:55
Sport Men Eric Fletcher 2:00:35 0:06:00 1:54:35
Sport Men Dave Welty 2:05:06 0:02:00 2:03:06
SS Sport Nolan Lavoie 2:12:36 0:02:00 2:10:36
Sport Women Lynn Bufke 2:04:00 0:02:00 2:02:00
I am trying to cipher times out for Denelle Grant and Johanna Krause still
CORO Overal Final
Cat, Name, TT, SXC, Meltdown, Cumulative
Beginner Men Eric Moore 0:20:28 0:21:47 0:55:10 1:37:25
Beginner Men Renato Perez 0:35:46 0:40:00 1:49:55 3:05:41
Expert Men Dave Tevendale 0:17:00 0:41:53 2:10:20 3:09:13
Expert Men Kevin Horvath 0:18:17 0:37:32 2:36:00 3:31:49
Expert Men Dave Wooten 0:20:12 0:39:23 2:44:45 3:44:20
Junior 15-18 Whit Zirkle 0:26:21 0:33:47 0:55:00 1:55:08
Junior 15-18 Dillon Long 0:23:47 0:35:04 1:03:44 2:02:35
Junior 15-18 Joe Hemphill 0:24:28 0:36:30 1:05:35 2:06:33
Sport Men Cyrus Dreyer 0:22:15 0:30:09 1:42:13 2:34:37
Sport Men Jason Hiser 0:21:05 0:29:41 1:46:37 2:37:23
Sport Men Dan Becker 0:21:18 0:30:06 1:47:42 2:39:06
Sport Men Daniel Ortiz 0:33:00 0:29:05 1:38:48 2:40:53
Sport Men Eric Fletcher 0:21:52 0:30:58 1:54:35 2:47:25
Sport Men Dave Welty 0:20:55 0:31:31 2:03:06 2:55:32
Sport Women Lyne Bufke 0:25:05 0:31:55 2:02:00 2:59:00
We had many other racers come out and do just one or two events. It kept some fresh legs in the mix and made thing interesting for everyone. Many of the racers had mechanicals along the way as well that dropped some out of contention for the CORO as they did not complete one event.
A huge thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, and racers.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Here are the standings in the CORO after day one.
Name--TT Time, SXC Time, Overall
Junior 15 and Under
Liam Agnew 0:28:40 0:26:08 0:54:48
Dillon Long 0:23:47 0:35:04 0:58:51
Whit Zirkle 0:26:21 0:33:47 1:00:08
Joe Hemphill 0:24:28 0:36:30 1:00:58
Andy Hughes 0:27:59 0:46:21 1:14:20
Bon Jun Koo 0:44:18 0:44:00 1:28:18
Eric Moore 0:20:28 0:21:47 0:42:15
Matt Schmitt 0:27:48 0:28:36 0:56:24
Charlie Gadner 0:38:41 0:32:36 1:11:17
Renato Perez 0:35:46 0:40:00 1:15:46
Sean Agnew 0:19:17 0:29:05 0:48:22
Jason Hiser 0:21:05 0:29:41 0:50:46
Dan Becker 0:21:18 0:30:06 0:51:24
Cyrus Dreyer 0:22:15 0:30:09 0:52:24
Dave Welty 0:20:55 0:31:31 0:52:26
Eric Fletcher 0:21:52 0:30:58 0:52:50
Jonathan Den Hartog 0:23:00 0:34:37 0:57:37
Daniel Ortiz 0:33:00 0:29:05 1:02:05
Lyne Bufke 0:25:05 0:31:55 0:57:00
Caleb Walton 0:17:30 0:35:15 0:52:45
Mike Walling 0:18:28 0:35:10 0:53:38
Kyle 0:18:22 0:36:48 0:55:10
Kevin Horvath 0:18:17 0:37:32 0:55:49
Dave Tevendale 0:17:00 0:41:53 0:58:53
Dave Wooten 0:20:12 0:39:23 0:59:35
Scott Ramsey 0:20:37 0:39:45 1:00:22
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The Fredricksburg Off Road Duathlon Series concluded yesterday with the 3rd race and final race.
Bike Factory Racing placed four riders on the start line for the final event-Christy, Denelle, Cyrus, and Myself.
The course was changed significantly from prior events with a much hillier run course and a bike course that was maybe a bit more challenging before in the number of short steep climbs.
At the gun, the pace started pretty reasonable for the first pass through the timing area. No one sprinted off on the run portion like in the past. As the pace started to settle in on the dirt paths, Justin Riddle started to pull off the front of the run pack. Knowing that I would not hold his pace on this first run, I watched as he slowly spaced off the front of us all. A number of the actual runner types, and super strong guys went after him shortly. In this group of maybe five or six runners was Cyrus. He looked very comfortable at the high pace on the run and seemed to be sizing up who in the group he was gonna pummel later on the bike....awesome!!!
I let the runners go off and as they passed beyond sight line on the trails, I settled into a rhythm that was sustainable, but tough. I came into the transition area from the run with screaming quads, mostly owing to the final descent on the run.....a "climb" DOWN the "wall" as Konrad loves to call it....evil man!!
I kicked on my shoes and placed my helmet on my head to head out on the bike portion. I sipped some energy drink and ate a Clif block or two. As I exited the transition I knew I was about 1.5 minutes off of the 2nd place racer from last time....someone I needed to mark for the series overall placing, Steven Viers. (We will call him Pedal Shop-his jersey and sponsor) As I jumped on the bike and started to pedal, I could REALLY feel the hillier run course in my legs, for the first 10 minutes on the bike all I could do was spin. Luckily I managed to rev it up pretty quick on the early double track and entered the single track with most of the strong runner types in my sights to pull in on the single track. As soon as the trail got technical, many of them slowed down. I went into the no brakes, hope for traction and hop over whatever is in the way mode. It was working well. I quickly saw Cyrus and gave him some words of encouragement as I skidded by on some rooty stuff. The beginners field was now all mixed in with us as they had done a much shorter run and were on the bike course early. This made it a bit harder to know which racers were in your category and which were beginner racers....but it was AWESOME to see so many people getting out here and trying this sport...and especially on mountain bikes. The other good thing about lots of riders on the course- Targets!! Not in a bad or evil way, but every time you saw someone up the trail, it was that little kick that you needed to hammer to catch and pass them. In the tight single track, it became tough to get around some of them, but it all was working out OK. Still no Pedal Stop though....I hit it harder. The last two times we had raced, he had taken the early lead on the run and I had pulled him back on the bike, once to hold him off and take the win, and once he had pulled me back on the final run and beaten me solidly. I wanted to at least catch him on the bike and try to get in front of him for the final run. I plowed on...out of the saddle a lot, hitting it with great power and staying clean and quick on the downhills. I had set the Top Fuel up with Bontrager Jones ACX tires front and back for the day, and they were digging in perfectly and holding tight in the corners. The oversized 2.35 tire on the back was set at about 25 PSI was working great with the rear suspension keeping it tight on the ground for traction control.
As I was approaching the turn off point for the advanced distance, I caught a rider on a Fuel EX from last year. He had placed in the top three at every one of the races so far in the beginner category, so I knew that I was toward the front of the beginner field now. As we came to the final short rooted wet descent before the course split, it was cool to encourage him to open off the brakes and let the bike work....down the hill he went, soaking up everything and making it look easy!!! Cool!!
I made the left onto the advanced course and quickly the course went up hill, I punched it, energized to find Pedal Shop.....where was he!!! I crested the short leg breaker climb and grabbing a handful of gears, popped it hard to try and find him. Finally I saw what I wanted....black and red jersey, glimpsed through the trees...or was it...no, early leaves for the year...but wait...yes, there he was!! That was the final encouragement I needed. Quickly the distance was closed and I was on his whell. As at every other race he encouragingly let me by with a courteous passing lane and cheered me as I cheered him....what a great sportsman!! A true example that we can all learn from. By this point I had worked really hard to find him, but my legs still felt strong, unfortunately the course was no longer to my strength, it was now log jumping and twists, nothing really technical, and nothing with momentum and flow or steep climbs to really work....I was gonna have trouble getting a gap on this terrain. I knew that within 3/4 of a mile, we would be on flat double track, and if he managed to catch me on that, he would be able to draft in to the transition. I worked hard but was only able to open maybe a 30 yard gap in this terrain. When we hit the double track, he was quickly back on me, and rode my wheel to the pit only to pimp me at the line for the "sprint" into the pit.....dammit....he deserved it though...what a ride!
I changed shoes as quick as I could....my hands did not want to work, but I got them on and started the run. I could see Pedal Shop ahead....but he is such a strong runner. I tried to push, but was not closing, he was holding a steady gap...but he was not pulling away. Heartened by this, I tried harder....things were getting tough, the course was hilly now and I was working really hard...when was the pressure seal gonna go on the legs?!
As we scrambled down the final "wall" I could see him just finishing up. I had pulled him back a little, but not enough to take 2nd place from him. What a race, things went well. My ease into the first run seemed to have played out well for the final run, and I felt strong about it. I found out later that Pedal Shop (Steven) had started to cramp up when he saw me on the bike. He knew he was the stronger runner and had tried to work doubly hard on the bike portion to stay ahead of me, and then to hold me to the line. But he paid for by having to go really deep into his suitcase of pain!!!
He seemed really happy about this....I was impressed at how he did on the bike...Strong dude all around!!!
He ended up taking 1st in the series, a really well deserved title for him.
The final results for the day had Justin Riddle off the front all by himself....nicely done Justin!!
I finished 3rd in the Men's Overall.
The rest of our team did GREAT!!!
Denelle won the women's race with Christy taking 2nd place.
Cyrus took 4th in his age group owing to some derailleur misfortunes early on the bike leg, way to stick it out man!!
For the series that put Denelle in 1st place with Christy in 2nd place (I believe.)
I was third in the series for the men.
Other local racers and friends that I sort of remember placings on:
Scott Ramsey took 1st in his age group and was probably top 10 in the overall.
The Old Man, Dave Kelnberger was in the top 6 I think.
Paul Leeger rode and ran well and I think was right near Denelle at the finish...not sure who won this time though
Francine Rapp took 3rd in the women's overall for the event and was very high up in the series as well.
Nice job everyone, and a huge thanks to Konrad Heller for putting this event on, what a great series and race,
Thursday, September 4, 2008
5 laps of pain felt great. Some of our normal fast guys and gals were not on top form after that SM100 thing this weekend.
Place Name Lap 1, Lap 2, Lap 3, Lap 4, Lap 5/Final
1 Bucky, 3:25, 7:12, 11:11, 15:07, 18:54
2 Shawn 3:38, 7:22, 11:15, 15:06, 19:07
3 Dave T3:37, 7:32, 11:32, 15:36, 19:51
4 Kevin 3:42, 7:58, 11:26, 16:56, 21:36
5 Dan O 3:50, 8:42, 13:36, 18:40, 23:34
6 Dan.....4:51, 9:36, 14:34, 19:42, 24:48
7 Denelle 4:44, 9:50, 14:58, 20:12, 25:20
8 Bridge 4:55, 10:08, 15:38, 21:23, 27:00
9 Kyle R. 4:45, 10:06, 15:12, 21:59 DNF
10 Jim .. 6:09, 11:20, 16:33, 22:33, DNF
11 Will S. 5:36, 11:22, 17:43, 24:19 DNF
12 Elaine DNF
13 Jeff H DNF
Timed by Jason...so he gets a DNS. Thanks man!!
She's a melancholy tropical storm, tried to be a full-on Hurricane and got the snub. It's tough to go pro these days. Too much competition from guys like Ike packing 135 mph winds and staying South where he can get big.
That guy Ike, the real deal. Look the hell out, Miami.
Nonetheless, if all it took to make Poor Farm look like THIS was a couple of spring thunderstorms, Hanna should feel pretty good about her chances of at least cancelling the Twisted Tire. It's all about knowing your role, seeing the big picture. Regionally, Hanna, you're pretty tough, so keep your chin up.
Rainout date now appears to be November 9th, which just might score an ice storm for the second attempt. At least the ground will be solid.