Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The camera is on the head of Jeff Bahnson, who is like 12 (probably closer to 17 or 18), in the elite field. He's beat me in the six races where we've been in the same field, winning three outright. He's a superstar.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I have to say I love Phil Diven's photo too. That's a great shot.
Thanks again to all that helped out with the rodeo. I think it says something rather positive that most of the crowd this last time was made of repeat customers. We're doing something right.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
It seems that we had another successful rodeo, thanks to all the dedicated members who came and supported the club. Those of you who did show up (13 in all) will have access to the team gear that is being provided by the school. If you didn't come to the rodeo and still want a kit, you are going to have to pay for it yourself. That ruling was established long before the rodeo took place so there shouldn't be any complaining.
I took a ton of pictures and this one that I am posting first is the one that I am going to ask to be used for the paper. Let me know what you guys think. Also the article that I have written is going to be published in this week’s papers (distribution is every Tuesday) so make sure you look for that.
We are doing a good job of getting our club in the paper. So far this semester we have had an article and the rodeo press release published. Also, I am planning on putting together a feature story about the club.
The chief editor of the paper is a former competitive cyclist and he wants as a much as I can give him about the club and our racing exploits. In the spring I intend to do a weekly race report for the paper that will detail where we are going and how well we do.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Shippensburg University Cycling Team Announces Youth Bike Rodeo
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania -- September 9, 2009 -- On Friday, September 25, 2009, students from the Shippensburg University Cycling Team will host the Second Semi-Annual Spring/Fall Youth Bike Rodeo. Intended for children 12 years of age and younger, the event will include activities such as helmet fitting, minor bicycle maintenance, bicycle fitting, safety tips, and a skills-testing obstiacle course. The event begins at 4:30 pm and will continue until 6:30 pm.
The rodeo will be held on the Shippensburg University campus, in the parking lot between the student recreation fields and the Luhrs Performing Arts Center. While there will be no adult specific activities, parents are encouraged to stay and participate. All participants should bring a bicycle and wear a helmet.
This event builds off the success of the SU Cycling Team's first youth bike rodeo, held in April. Over 30 children particpated. At least two learned how to ride their bikes while at the event. Participation is expected to double at this second event.
About The Shippensburg University Cycling Team: The Shippensburg University Cycling Team is organized as a university club sport. Its members compete in road and mountain bike events in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (http://collegiatecycling.org/eccc/) under the auspices of USA Cycling (http://usacycling.org/). The team is funded by the university student senate as well as the generous support of area businesses including Sunrise Computers and Electronics (http://www.digitalsunrise.com/), Historic Preservation Services (http://www.hps-preservation.com), InGear Cycling and Fitness (http://www.ingearcycling-fitness.com/), and localcyclist.com. The team holds regular training rides, open to all area cyclits, in the rural farmland and mountainous terrain in Cumberland and Franklin Counties.
Dr. Nathan Goates
Yesterday we had six riders come to play. Chop, Brad Q., Brian, Mike, Conroy, and the good doctor goatsauce. Conroy was sporting a new pair of hoops, Mike had his mass-start illegal clip-ons installed, Brian was back after a long hiatus, and Brad back from an even longer one. It was a nice group.
And a group that kept together really well too. This crew knows how to ride!
Things busted apart at the end of the third lap when the good doctor goatsauce laid down a furious attack (I was cranking a 53x12 for a good while, actually) on the gradual incline leading to the front-side sprint line. Having opened a gap, I played all my cards and kept up the effort on the finishing climb and then again on the backside climb. Behind me, Mike blasted away from his riding companions and joined me mid-way up the backside climb just as I was negotiating my way around a confused woman in a white subcompact that couldn't seem to decide where and on what side of the road she was driving.
The chase from Brian and Chop seemed earnest at first, but they must have shortly let off the gas because by the time Mike and I reached backside sprint line I couldn't see them behind us any longer.
Mike and I had a little cat-and-mouse going on approaching the finish, but once we reached the final climb I couldn't hold his wheel and Mike sprung away for the win. Chop led Brian in for third, followed by Conroy and Brad, but I'm not sure in what order.
Due to the quickly shortening days, next week the start time moves to 5:00 pm.
Also, I think we may run a slightly different course. I've got a just-under-three-mile loop in mind around which we'll do, say, seven laps. But the starting place will remain the same. We'll meet at the usual intersection, then ride to the new course. Give it a try. Then get a yeah or nay from the crew.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Congratulations to first-timer Kevin Melnick. Not only was this is his first Starlight Criterium, riding a newly completed build from the goat cave library, it was also his very first time on a road bike! A baptism by fire. Sweet, man.
Following the reverse Fibonacci sequence point distribution program, seven riders meant 13 points on the line for the winner. If only it were that simple...
In damp, misty conditions our tiger-cat mascot pulled the starting gun trigger and off we went some 10 minutes or so after 10:00 pm (there was a short delay due to my compulsive sweeping effort--which reminds me, I forgot to grab my broom after the race...I wonder if it's still there). I loved going around the sharp corners in those first few laps and looking back over my shoulder at six riders all strung out single-file, each car of the train lit up amusement park roller coaster style with headlights and glow sticks. Nice. We won some priceless expressions from a late-night janitor sweeping the walkways of the intermediate school. It's all just too fun.
Ten or so minutes in things started to heat up and the train derailed. Every few laps I threw down an out-of-the-saddle effort to try to slip away from my riding buddies. Points leader Ciccocioppo fell off the pace, but Jon and Mike were able to hold like gum to my shoe.
The final two or three laps stayed calm. Eerily calm. three frisky kitties eyeing each other, all hesitant to make that first move, or to make their last move too early.
On the final lap, after negotiating the sharp 90-degree turns of the intermediate school drop-off we all more or less openned it up at the same time. With 50 meters to go it looked like anyone's race--we really were almost head-to-head-to-head. But in our haste we (at least I) had neglected to notice how rapidly we were overtaking two lapped riders, and mere feet from the finish I had to brake hard to keep from slamming into one. Jon also had to slow, slamming his hand to the bars (was it their fault?) with a curse as Mike crossed the line first (Jon second, goatsauce third).
Unfortunately for Mike, the race jury had to weigh in on the chaos at the finish. Also unfortunate for Mike, the race jury consists solely of one person--myself.
After a few minutes deliberation, the race jury made an unorthodox ruling, calling for an additional two and a half laps of racing between the top three finishers with the course cleared of lapped riders.
The riding was brisk but the action relatively calm, until goat began spilling his go-fast sauce in the intermediate school nineties, taking corner three fast on the inside, and sprinting all the way to the finish to take the win followed first by Mike, then by Jon. (Apparently a near collision between the two on corner four of the intermediate school nineties helped in this regard.)
The race jury, after further deliberations, choose to average the point outcomes between the first, botched finish and the second.
First finish: (1) Mike Maret, 13 pts; (2) Jon Marshall, 8 pts; (3) goatsauce, 5 pts.
Second finish: (1) goatsauce, 13 pts; (2) Mike Maret, 8 pts; (3) Jon Marshall, 5 pts.
Complete (and possibly final) results:
(1) Mike Maret, 10.5 pts
(2) goatsauce, 9 pts
(3) Jon Marshall, 6.5 pts
(4) Matt C. (Chop), 3 pts
(5) Matt Conroy, 2 pts
(6) Kevin Melnick, 1 pt
(7) Cody Wertz, 1 pt
Sorry, no podium pics. The chief referee and her camera were en route from Philadelphia, but didn't make it in time for the event.
(1) Mike Maret, 16.5 pts
(2) goatsauce, 16 pts
(3) Jon Marshall, 13.5 pts
(4) Matt C. (Chop), 11 pts
(5) Matt Conroy, 3 pts
(6) Cody Wertz, 3 pts
(7) Alex Krayo, 1 pt
(8) Kevin Melnick, 1 pt
Wow. Going into week four it's anyone's game. And if we happen to get eight riders? Oh yes. You know what that means. A whopping 21 points on the line for the winner!
Thanks to everyone for coming out to ride. Good times.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
A relatively calm affair, really. No one seemed too interested in risking time alone off the front. Except Chop. Going into the last lap.
While the rest of us looked at each other--playing out the cat-and-mouse, who's-going-to-chase drama, the cyclist's version of the prisoner's dilemma--Chop slowly pulled away. Jon's half-hearted chase on the back stretch and a three-up full-on sprint to the line on the finishing bit wasn't enough to reel him in. Chop won by less than a bike length.
Here's your 9/10 podium:
1. Matt Ciccioppicci (8 pts)
2. Jon Marshall (5 pts)
3. Mike Maret (3 pts)
4. goatsause (2 pts)
5. Matt Conroy (1 pt)
6. Cody Wertz (1 pt)
The overall is now wide open--anyone's game with a two-way tie for second and just two points separating the four point leaders.
The series leader podium shot:
1. Matt Ciccioppicci (8 pts)
2. goatsauce (7 pts)
3. Jon Marshall (7 pts)
4. Mike Maret (6 pts)
5. Cody Wertz (2 pts)
6. Matt Conroy (1 pt)
6. Alex Krayo (1 pt)
The picture shows Jon in second, however a post-race review of the rulebook reveals that goatsause, by virtue of his one first place finish, actually owns the tie breaker.
Will the weight of the yellow (reflective leader's vest) be too much for Chop? Will Mike get rid of that dag gone argyle? Will the yellow cat live to meow again?
The first place officials look for tie breaking purposes is fractions of a second from a time trial stage, but there [aren't any time trials in the Starlight Criterium Series]. The next method of making general classification ranking falls on the aggregation of stage placings. [Jon has one second and one third, goatsauce one first and one fourth, each of which totals five.]
The third criteria falls to total of stage wins, of which the [professor tops the Pennsyltuckian with one]. The fourth method of distinguishing general classification placement is the highest placing in the most recently completed stage. (Source).
The answers, next week. Same race time. Same race place.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
And not just because I won (and I don't feel one bit bad about winning over a bunch of college students--seeing as two them can now regularly dispatch me with ease on the TNR course).
It's the perfect course. Fast, lots of turns, well-lit (considering), and absolutely no traffic. There's not even really houses around. It's perfect.
Anyway, your results from the inaugural run, September 3:
2. Mike Maret
3. Jon Marshall
4. Cody Wertz
5. Alex Krayo
And the point standings to date:
1. goatsauce (5 pts)
2. Mike Maret (3 pts)
3. Jon Marshall (2 pts)
4. Cody Wertz (1 pt)
5. Alex Krayo (1 pt)
Remember, points are awarded in reverse Fibonacci sequence (starting with 1) based on how many riders finish. So winning a race with a lot of people is worth way more than winning a race with just a few, but everybody who shows up gets a point.
It should also be mentioned that this was Alex's first ever road ride, on a borrowed bike, riding old-fashioned toe-clips. He did awesome.
The podium shot:
(Notice I'm wearing the yellow series leader's jersey. It's a yellow reflective vest, apropos for the venue, methinks. And it has a star on it, because the promoters are just that cool.)
A special thanks to Ms. Valerie for playing race official and keeping us honest.
And to our adoring fans:
And a final shot of the whole crew:
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Brian Hopkins and Pat Hankins - 41:09
Rich Shaffer, Jim Hartnett, Tim Rohrbaugh, Joe Kaehler - 42:55
Wargins, Long and Neslund - 46:00
I'm not sure, but it looks to me like all SMVC guys and one YBR. I guess we know who won. Next year we're going to get this done before school starts. And next year SU is going to get serious.