Tuesday, August 25, 2009

final westlake of 09

I arrive and get a different colored jersey and shorts thrown in my face. I decide to put them on and get comfortable. I was part of a 4 man break for a few laps with Brian Batke, Zak D, and Bob Martin. We were caught with 5 laps to go. With 3 laps to go another break formed. I bridged up to it. It dwindled down a bit on the last lap. I of course had the worst sprint of the 7 guys left. But, I'm happy with a 7th at that race.

Afterwards was food and drink and merryness. Fun times were had by all.

So now we have cross, and also soon to be Rays season. I just had my good old buddy Steve throw on this RockShox Argyle 409 mint colored fork on since the RST crap that came with it blew a sea,l and is impossible to contact the company.

I would like to do one last hoorah on the road bike at the long street tour if possible.

See ya'll round

Saturday, August 22, 2009


I went down with Gary B, to meet up with Jim N, Ray H, Derek W, Dave S, and Dave's friend Mike. We broke up in a few groups. I rode with Derek for most of the ride. That is until mile 21 or so when I just endoed on the rock garden. I got up again and tried to haul ass to catch up. Bad idea, 30 seconds later my back end slips out. Now I am so out of the ryhtem, I am just crawling along.

The worst injury i have is my knee is swollen, cut, and brusied from nailing it on my stem. I also have some good dirt rash, and a rip in my nice giordana bibs. Hope the knee can move tomorrow- going for a nice ride with some co-workers

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

not pro

I have decided my wheel set up for cross. I will be running clinchers. I know; not pro. But a very wallet friendly setup.

Pit wheels: Xero XSR-3
Pit tires: Bontrager CX jones 34mm
Pit cassette: something cheap or lightly used

Race wheels: Bontrager Race X lite
Race tires: Michelin Mud 2 w/ challenge latex cross tubes
Race cassette: 11-26 sram og-1070

see you at westlake, unless its pouring.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

road ends here

This was my introduction to racing last year. Its what got me hooked. I had to make it down to this one. The Dr. always puts on a good show. Only gripe was I wish I knew that there were KOMs. I would have gone for one(now it makes sense why dan quinlin kept looking back). I'm sure i am not the only one who didn't know about these.

The race had 41 starters including the 11 1/2's that joined us. The hill was tougher than a lot of people thought. The road of gravel made for a lot of stones to the face. 5 laps went by, and then it was the finish. That long false flat finish was tough. I felt good heading up, and was in good position, but slowly the legs were pleading for it to stop. I ended up 8th in the cat 3 category, not sure how far back overall.

Road season is pretty much coming to an end. I have gotten a lot stronger than I was last year. I plan on continuing to grow with my riding, and have a stellar 2010 season. I already have some goals in mind. Also shopping around for a new kit.

With the end of road, comes cross.

Our attempt at no-tubeing my cross wheels was a failure. I have bontrager race X lites which are super nice wheels $900 msrp, dt 240 hubs, etc. But, do I purchase a tubular wheelset?? Like a williams cycling cross wheelset. I need a pair of pit wheels regardless. Maybe I could make the race X lites pit wheels, and run williams tubulars. But running 370 wheels and having 900 wheels sit on the grass seems odd. I need some direction here.

2 more westlakes, and maybe marion.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

anyone notice?

Did anyone else notice the Freakin' SLR 722 Roadster today that was half in the street at westlake??!

Shoot, the most expensive cars i have seen while riding have been just 2 different Maybach 57s. I won't go into the boring sub 200k gallardos, db9s, GTC's etc. that have passed my eye while peddaling around.

According to wikipedia that is a $711,000 car. The little area called ranney park that we have ridden through have only netted me a Bentley GTC, and a 997 TT 911 until tonight. I made a mess in my shorts.

Monday, August 10, 2009

hot milk

It was hot at the milk race. 2 bottles wasn't quite enough for me. I struggled to stay with the field at times, but didn't get dropped. Finished 29/5x. And I was toward the back of the main group, so it looks as if there were quite a few that dropped out. Not too happy with my performance, but it could have been worse i guess. Yea. Hot. and windy! I'll remember this one.

See you all at shreve next week! Last year, shreve was my first race. Seems like ages ago. Pizza party afterwards too!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I have an $84 chain

So apparently my chain was 'completely wasted'. So I replaced my pc-1030 with a 1090r. I think it will make me faster.

Work was boring, so I came up with a list. Before next season I plan on adding:

White bar tape to replace my mummywrap
New white SLR to replace my ragged SLR
thomson stem and new bars to replace my oem giant garbage
Red crankset(standard) to replace my compact truvativ
Carbon wheels if I find a money tree.

I have a taste for milk. And by milk I mean victory at the milk race. And by victory, I mean I plan on going and having a good time, and maybe race decent.