Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ship Cycling... HOT!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Half Worlds Data

Here is the data for the ride Sunday. The elevation graph is of a single lap. We did 9. I took it directly from my garmin. The ride was good but it would have been a lot more fun if more people had been able to come. We should come up with reasons to do rides like this more often.

Things Fall Apart

No... not the book by Chinua Achebe you might have read in school.

The Story:
I was out with Jon for a ride this afternoon. There was nice weather, a slight breeze, and it was sunny. Jon and I decided to sprint to an uphill stop sign and I really wanted to beat him so I thew down all the power I could muster. I'm pretty sure I was putting out about 2000 watts the whole time. Then suddenly, my left crank arm fell right off. I'm surprised with that much power it didn't just break, but instead, it fell right off my bike... shoe and pedal still attached. I crashed into Jon going about 30mph and we both flew about 10 feet into a tree. Luckily, we escaped unscathed.

The Truth:
I went out for a nice ride with Jon. My front derailleur was acting up and I couldn't shift into the large chainring. After some adjusting and persuasion.... it still didn't work and now my rear derailleur wasn't shifting properly. I notice a while later that my crank arms were moving. Left and Right. (Not Good). I managed to get from the TNR course to Queen Street by Sheetz until my left crank arm fell off. Yes. Off.

Picture this: Cody going up the road on his bike with his left crank arm dangling from his shoe while the right side was slowly creeping off the chain and bicycle. AkA: a complete mess.

Luckily Jon was nice enough to pick me up. (He could have rode back and drove to pick me up much earlier, but he was enjoying watching my bike slowly fall apart)

What a day....

the (almost) half world championships!

A photographic review...

The players:






Neutral Support

The first ascent up Horse Killer (if the promoter had had his act together, there would have been some kind of KOM, but there wasn't):

Approaching the finish of the first lap:

Yeah. Only 71 miles and 6000 feet of climbing left.


The spoils:

winner's trophy

the three rubber chickens award, third-to-last finisher

the two rubber chicken award, second-to-last finisher

the one rubber chicken award, last placed finisher



1. Mike Maret, The (Almost) Half Champion of the World
2. Jim Hartnett
3. Rider Big E, three rubber chickens
4. Chop, two rubber chickens
5. Pat Hankins, one rubber chicken
dnf (but a tough son-of-a-gun nonetheless) Kevin Melnick

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Where are the pictures from the final Thursday Night Crit?

I figured I'd post the only image I have from the race that Jonathan Marshall finally tasted victory. It's a picture of my legs on top of the playground podium (don't pretend like your not impressed).

Shippensburg U 10K

I did a little off-season cross training. I ran the 10K on Saturday even with the extra cold and rainy October weather. The last time I ran six miles was last year when I ran this same race. I ran a couple times last week so I had a little bit of form. I probably went out too fast. I stayed in a guys slip stream for about two miles. Unfortunately, drafting does nothing in running, pooey. I ended up running a 41 something, I never got an official time. That was a little faster than last year, maybe a minute or so. I was pleased but boy did I pay for it today. I was sore this morning, I've avoided stairs and may have possibly whined a little. This is another reason cycling is so much better. The pain after a good workout is never as bad. I suppose that's one benefit of doing a sport that costs thousands of dollars instead of only a hundred or so a year.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Very similar to his biking habits, Mike was unable to get his delicate body out into the elements Saturday. Instead, I had two trumpet teammates of mine run the race with me. They did excellent work getting me into the break and then setting a false tempo at the front. It was brilliant. As usual to my style, I believe I got fourth place. If I can get a top three in any race next year I'm going to pee.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cyclocross Vid.....

It's pretty cool.... I was impressed with all the junk and muck they ride through.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Some Hat Designs

Jon and I talked about doing a simpler more classic style and this is what I came up with.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kit Designs

I put together the remaining templates that we didnt have done before (arm and leg warmers, hat, gloves). I also took the Hincapie proof and removed all the Hincapie logos and threw Shippensburg on the sleeve so you have an idea of what the long sleeve jersey and the jacket will look like.
The only design here that is final is the jersey and the bibs so please feel free to give your opinion about this stuff.