Monday, March 30, 2009
Woops, that's a Downer!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Well, whatever it was that kept last week's crowd away, we still had a great ride with a select group of six. Including two first-timers...David & Luke Bateman. A hearty welcome to the Bateman boys.
A few shots from the 03.24.09 tnr action:
A few more pics of wunderkid Luke B.:
I gotta say, I had a great time working together with Luke, putting distance on Dad and chasing down Ryan. Such fun. And this kid was born the last year Miguel Indurain won his last Tour de France...
Monday, March 23, 2009
If there are 10 or more again (there will be) we'll do an A group, B group thing. Probably a three-minute handicap for the A group. The goal for B groupers is to stay away...or to hang on to the A groupers when they come by.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The racing today was brutal with some serious climbing. Around mile seven a long climb through the woods really took its tool on my legs. They didn't split the mens C field today so I was up against some new D1 opponents. I wasn't feeling that hot after the first lap so I raced as smart as possible the second lap because I was hurting. The group didn't really break up the first 17 mile lap but seven miles into the second lap in the hills I pulled up to the front and got in a 10 man break. We actually did some serious pace lining and it kicked my butt. I had a close call when someone flew out wide for some unknown reason taking my front wheel out, I locked the back wheel up and slid around for a little and unclipping it the process. I recovered pretty quickly and was able to catch back up to the break. I didn't have much for the finish but was respectable and pulled out fifth.
Matt and Cody's field was split into D1 and D2 categories like normal and Matt had his best finish of the year. Finishing in the lead pack and pulling out a seventh and scoring Ship some D2 points.
Our hotel is a fun Ramada and smells a little like sweat and greasy chicken. We just have the crit tomorrow. Cody and Matt race at 10:30 and I race around noon. Should be another dandy day.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Count 'em...15 riders converged on Cleversburg for the biggest Tuesday Night Race yet.
(Actually, don't count heads in those pictures. We're missing a few heads...and we had three that showed up a little late.)
Shout outs to:
joe (had to bail early for class...darn professors)
josef (both gettysburg college profs)
rider big e
Thanks y'all for coming out to ride. It was beautiful weather and a great time. Next week...same time, same place.
Be there or get slower!
You know the drill. Ride starts at 5:30 pm at the corner of Airport and High...
(links to interactive map and map with explanation)
...four laps = 20 miles. Plus two sprint lines per lap. Five points for first, three points for second, one point for third. Awards (congratulatory fist bumps and SU Cycling blog bragging rights) for both the overall and points podiums.
If you're driving, you can park at Southhampton township park, about one mile directly west of the starting point on Airport Rd, at the corner of Airport and Neil. Easy access to the park from the Walnut Bottom Rd/north Shippensburg exit.
Please comment below if you've questions.
I expect 6-8 of the regular Shippensburg crew. Also, first timers Dan and Dr. Tom have confirmed for tomorrow. The Bateman boys should be there (I hope). M. Laser, M. Gallagher, and C. Woltemade have all been threatening to attend. And will this be the week that the Gettysburg College folks accept our invitation? If YOU (you, the person reading this) come, we could easily have a crew of upwards of 15 riders. Which would be great.
Come support the SU crew. They need to train with you to get fast. (And training with them will make you fast.)
Monday, March 16, 2009
It starts from Earl Street (Old Main) and follows King to Queen, Up South Mountain (Big Flat), Down the other side, ~ to Big E's crib, then back the same way.
So if anyone climbs and comes back up the other side, this is what you do.... if anyone cares.
Have Fun, Can't wait to see the crew tomorrow night at the Tues. Night Races!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The rest of us went for a ride.
The weather wasn't as awesome as I'd hoped, but no rain and no wind, so it's hard to complain.
The crew, posing for their individual photo shoots.
(The cameraman will remain annoynomous...he may or many not have been there. Nothing can be proved.)
Route: Shippensburg to King's Gap via Walnut Bottom and Pine Roads. From King's Gap to Mt. Holly Springs, around the northeast corner of Michaux and then back again on Pine Grove Furnace Road. Over Big Flat on Shippensburg Road then back into town.
Around 60 miles total. Three plus hours ride time.
Next Saturday, University of Delware's Blue Hen Dual State Showdown in Newark, Delaware.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I just spent the last 20 minutes playing around in Photoshop. Joe I will get one of you tomorrow but I'm to tired right now. I'll be putting up all my shots on the yahoo group folder thingy like Cody did. Sometimes I feel like doing a good solo ride, I busted down Queen Street today and climbed that mountain, Big Flat, South Mountain or whatever. I love climbing it, the ride down is always the worst part, due to the cold. I was pretty buzzed at the top but it was good. I tore down and back to ship all in time to make dinner with my girlfriend. I'll be in West Virginia this weekend doing some hiking and tennis so my next ride won't be until Monday.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Ride a bike. Ride a good one. Pick your route to work, school, or to the grocery store. Skim quietly past the bored multitudes stuck inside tin coffins on the expressway during rush hour. Ride along the street, waving to pedestrians and grinning wildly with the pleasure of riding a bicycle. Remember that Einstein thought of the Theory of Relativity while riding his bicycle. Get on a bike instead of sitting on a sofa at home, stuffing your face with fried foods and farting while watching soul-killing shows about amateurs singing badly. Ride your bicycle for the good of the planet, using it for transportation and recreation. Ride your way to freedom from high oil prices. Ride for self-reliance. Ride Your Bike.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
And here is the true riders from tonights TNR, I took the picture so I wasnt in it.
Here's the crew (Joe showed up for the photo shoot then flew the coop):
Congrats to first-timer Ryan (horn-diggity-dog).
I think we've had a total of nine (maybe 10?) riders at the tuesday night races. Now, if we can just get them all out on the same day. But what's up with all the no-shows? The time changed, but your attendance status didn't... I had verbal commitments from SEVEN riders that didn't show. You know who you are...
Somehow it turns out Jon and I are the only ones to finish the four laps each week (well, Cody usually does, but today had bad luck with a cleat, so had to throw in the towel early). Here's a couple of shots of Jon coming in with a strong finish:
(Jon, too fast for the camera...)
Sunday, March 8, 2009
We had four strong riders attend the opening of the ECCC race season, we had Jon, Matt, Cody, and Joe. First off I want to say how impressed I was with our accomplishments this weekend, I for one didn't think I had it in myself to complete 3 races in 2 days. For the ITT Men's D race with 122 riders we had Matt with 82nd, Joe with 84th, and Cody with 88th. For Men's C, sorry Jon I forget what exactly you placed but I think it was 40-something. The next race on Saturday, the Men's Crit: Jon raced the Men's C2 (45 racers) pulling in 4th place!!!, for Men's D2 (64 racers) , we had Matt with 14th, Joe with 40th, and Cody 46th. Then finally for the last day the road race circuit, for Men's D2 (52 racers) we had Matt at 28th, Joe at 35th and Cody at 39th. I think we can all walk away this weekend happy with what we did. We can also be glad that no one wrecked, even though we saw our fair share of them for one weekend, and the bikes held up with no problems during the races, except Cody right before the Crit with a wheel/spoke failure. I am excited for the rest of the season to see how we all do and cant wait to get some more time in the saddle....Dr. Goats, you where right...I got hooked.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Pictures will be posted as soon as I get my photo uploading stuff that I left at Ship.
I did learn something today, don't get the Strawberry-Banana Gel Packs. They taste like bad melted rock candy. Chop said the Vanilla isn't to bad, I might invest.
Also, I have a bad habit of coming home after a ride, not stretching, getting a shower, and not eating anything for a long while (Jon yells at me, a lot). Well today I had a protein bar, pork, Chocolate Milk, and Oatmeal and Stretched out well. Also just had a Peanut Butter Milkshake and Steak For dinner. Feeling Good!
Hope everyone is having a good break! See ya'll soon.