Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Where to start....... My last post was Saturday night right after this picture was taken. Jill, Adam, and Joe from our crew are pictured as well as Meridith and Cody from the Cal Giant/Specialized team. It didn't take long for the crowd in the hall to grow and there were some beverages being consumed, pretty soon it was getting loud. This is where I bailed out but the story is that the hotel manager came up and said they were too loud. You would think that would be the end of the story but the manager told them to follow her down to the 2nd floor where they could make all the noise they wanted. Pretty smart manager if you ask me. The stories of the evenings events came out all day Sunday and you might be surprised by the names of those involved but I won't mention any to protect the not so innocent.
So back to Sunday. I knew we were in trouble when we woke up and the lake outside the hotel had a layer of ice on it. Brrrrrrrrr, it was cold. That means there would be frozen ruts on the course. Sure enough, he course changes included a new downhill that was part of Fridays course. When I tried to ride it it was so slick I just stopped at the top because of all of the bodies on the ground. When I tried to walk down it and the hill was so slick I about killed myself. It didn't take long for the officials to decide to take out the dangerous part of the course until later in the day and let the Pro's ride it when it thawed.
Matt and I on the flyover in Saturdays race. Yea, it's that steep. The stairs on the other side are just as steep.
In the 35+/45+ race Matt and Bill rode hard in the 35+ race. It sounds like Matt could of had it won if he hadn't had a tangle with the course tape and had a high speed crash. He recovered to pullout a stellar 3rd place. Bill suffered the same fate as Matt with the course tape and went down hard. He still got up to finish 6th and was pretty bruised and battered in the end. In the 45+ race I also ran into a few patches of bad gravity and hit the deck. The darn course tape got the best of me as well and at one point grabbed my bike and wouldn't let go. I heard that a number of people went down due to the wind blowing the course tape into their bikes. The darn stuff wouldn't break and down you go. Anyway, in my race I got into the lead, got caught up in the tape, took down about 30ft of the course tape, poles, ect. and had to stop and get untangled. Once I got going I managed to get crash in the mud one turn later and take down the tape and poles in another corner. After that I decided that I had enough of the crashes and it was time to settle down and focus. In the end I had to chase down Andy Lucas from the 360 team in KC who was leading. Once I caught him we rode together until he bobbled in a corner and crashed. That gave me a gap and I manage to win for the 3rd day in a row.
So that leads in to the last round of the USGP series where I'm currently 2nd overall and then Nationals. I'm repeating the results from last year with 4 wins in the last 4 races so I'm hoping the the form is going to hold for the next 2 weeks. Considering my coach Adam from Source Endurace has been on damage control for the past 2 months due to all of my injuries I'm going to consider myself lucky at this point.
The KCCX crew hit's the road tomorrow so look for posts from the road both here and on face book, I'll try to update as often as I can. I leave you with this from Jingle Cross. For more just go to U-Tube and type in Jingle Cross 2010. Just imagine the carnage if the hooligans from Lincoln met up with this crew!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
2ND group in the Elite race about half way in.
Pretty nice day today in Iowa City. Started out pretty cold but was sunny and nice for most of the day. The 35+/45+ was the 2ND race so course conditions were pretty sketchy with frozen ruts with a little bit of slime on top. Pretty slippery but overall not too bad. Today also featured the addition of a few long straightaways and the long run up Mt Krumpet.
Chris Jones taking a bike in the pit. He suffered a rolled tire that caused a crash. Seems like I saw more than a few rolled tires this weekend. My guess is that it's cause is more the course than the glue job. It seems like the ruts from last years mud fest races didn't disappear over the winter/summer. It looks like riders are going through corners, catch a rut, and off pops the tire. The KCCX crew has been pretty lucky we had 1 tire come loose but didn't roll off the rim.
Friday, November 26, 2010
The final push begins. On the road to Jingle Cross.
Day one @ Jingle cross: Got to make this a short one, it's late. We are just settling in for the night and it's 11:00pm. The Elite race started @ 7:30pm under the lights so it was a late night at the races. Joe has recovered from the crash in Ft Collins for a 18th place finish. Results for the 35+/45+ race were screwed up for a long time but I think Matt and Bill were both top 10. After crashing and dropping my chain a few times I managed to get back to the front of the race with 2 laps to go and win. Definitely a rough way to start the weekend but at least I didn't make any of my injuries worse.
Got to get to bed. I'll have a better report tomorrow when I have more time.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Took the family up to Lincoln and had a great time hanging out with some old friends. Decided to take the weeknd off from racing so it was a good time just hanging out with the family and visiting Lincoln. It had been exactly one year since we were last in town and it was like we never left when we came back. Good times!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Right now we are in Lincoln to hang out with some friends and check out the cross races. I'm taking the weekend off from racing to let my body heal, on top of the head issues I've got a slight AC joint separation and a slight tear in a tendon behind my knee. Right now it's cold and I'm working up the motivation to get out and ride on the road. More from the races later.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
What would a trip across Western Kansas be without a picture of the wind turbine farm. The fact that when the blade went to the top it would be obscured by the low cloud deck gave us a clue as to what the weather would be like for the trip. Hit a little rain on the way but the real clue was the falling temps.
We arrived at the venue in plenty of time to get our spot for the trailer and get the tents up before the course opened up. We had a prime spot where the course went right by the tent and the pit was just on the other side. Sure makes shuttling bikes much easier. The pre -ride had me a little worried. With a bit of snow on the course and a prediction of above freezing temps it was going to get muddy. The other issue was the climbing, lots of climbing. We got out on the course and got some laps in and then a few of us decided to ride back to our host house. Pretty amusing ride. With sunlight fading we rode off with sketchy directions...........and each one of us thought the other had a phone, DUH! Naturally we got lost and ended up begging a high school girl to use her phone to call Logan for directions.
Saturday arrived and we found the course to be loaded with frozen ruts and with the rising temps, a bit of slimy mud on top. Just like the Louisville USGP I was going into the weekend hoping for a miracle. The knee was better but a bout with vertigo/head pain the past week had kept me off the bike and on the bed/couch for a week. Warming up I was pretty flat and just had a hard time getting the legs going. After a good start I was running in the top 5 when I got cross rutted and went sailing over the bars and through the tape. Hit my head and was pretty dazed but I also jacked up my knee and shoulder......again. It took a lap to get back up to speed but I worked my way back into the top 5 before crashing again. Trying to make up time on the leaders when the course is muddy, rutted, and frozen is rough and I think I fell 6 times, hard to tell, it's difficult to keep count after a while. By the last lap I had worked my way back to the front of the race and passed 3 guys at once to slide into 3rd, only to fall near the end of the lap and give the positions back. Ended up 6th and feeling pretty rough. A little fuzzy in the head, a knee that wouldn't straighten, and another shoulder injury. Then it was time to get to work for the rest of team in the pits and prepping bikes.
Shadd on the course Sunday.
Sunday, for me the day dawned with a killer headache, a really sore shoulder, and a improving knee. The organizers had made some changes to the course and as I pre-rode it seemed to suit my riding style a little better than Saturdays course. More of a bike handlers course that rewarded line selection. Off the start I slotted in 6th or 7th coming off the pavement. In the first turn the the leader crashed and took out 2nd place. A few turns later the new leader fell and slowed the other riders ahead of me so I jumped and got into the lead. From there on out I just focused on riding smooth as I knew I couldn't afford to fall on my shoulder. With just one slow speed crash and consistent lap times I managed to pull away for the win. It's nice to win and I needed it. I had dropped to 3rd in the overall series after Saturdays race and the win put me back in 2nd.
After my race it was time to get to work and get the guys ready for the 35+ race. We had 5 riders in the race I figured it was going to busy in the pits. As it turned out we didn't have much action as the race as course conditions had improved. The race itself was pretty fun to watch. From the pits we could see that Shadd was battling for a spot in the top five for most of the race and in the last 2 laps was catching 3rd place. In the last lap the battle was on for 3rd place and with a well planned attack Shadd rode away to take the place!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Poor Andy Schleck, this is the 2nd time he's been caught looking. Oh to be young and dumb!
USGP this weekend in Ft Collins. At this point I'm still going but I'm not sure why. Good news is it's not the knee, bad news is that it's something else. Hope to find out more today.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Another day, another doctor! The way this weeks been going for me you would of thought it was me in the doctors office. Instead it was JoBro's turn. The kid got pinkeye that just would not go away, then the incident with the door, then he had a vision test at school that showed something wrong in his eye. After a few tests we found out that there was no major damage but a viral infection that is clouding his vision. Should be easy to cure and that's quite a relief to us.
Other than that it's been a boring week, still injured this week so no racing this weekend. Looks like I'll be hanging out at the Cub Scout picnic tomorrow. At least it's at Swope so maybe JoBro and I can can get a lap or two during the day.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Check that out! Yes, you can ride this flyover and hang out Ft Collins. In 2 weeks the rolling road show that is the USGP comes to Ft Collins CO. Don't miss you chance to check it out!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Got to the venue, got set up, and pre rode the course. Once again Jeremy and Joe produced a very balanced course that was going to be pretty fun. Only problem for me was the 2 long sand pit runs, that was going to be hard on the knee. I made my way over to the start area along with all the other Open and cat 3 riders and eventually got on the narrow start line in the front row. That is until a group of riders rolled up and placed themselves in front of the front row. Now I'm in the 2nd row behind a known slow starter. Time for a could of/should of......... I think I was tied for 3rd in the series so I could of parked myself in front row and moved somebody back but that's not how I work. So the start goes and as expected I'm way back in the field. I can see the fast guys at the front and if I can't get there quick they will be gone. I tried a few aggressive moves(sorry Doug), but all that did was bring on a crash in a corner. So with the chain off and the shifter broken it was time to call it a day. Frustrating.
I saw a quote in a magazine from Cadel Evans that made me think. Talking about what he learned in his last season with Davitamon-Lotto he said,"Be a little more selfish, and look after myself. I wouldn't apply that to life itself but when there are people around you trying to take advantage of you, it's how you have to be." The past 2 weeks have sucked and it's time to take care of myself.
On a better note I've got some cyclocross equipment to sell at a great price! Actually I have one road bike in there as well but it's all like new stuff.
Bontrager Carbon Aero Wheelset. Barely ridden, I got these from a buddy and only rode them once. Here's the specs; Bontrager Carbon Aero wheelset, Challenge Grifo Tubular tires, SRAM 12-26 cassette. Ready to roll, $650.00
Two matching X-O2's
The only difference between the two is the updated Bontrager fork on one.