Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dear God, Send Me A Criterium


Yeah, you heard me. Gimme some fast flat racing! Belgian hardman Dave Chambers and I carpooled up to Malabar Farms to race yet another hilly...HILLY race today. Upon arriving we saw the Masters race would have a former pro, Mighty Scott Young (and his 13 pound bike), the 2TallWall - Jeff Blodgett, Chris Grizzards, Blair the Mountain Goat, etc. etc. 
Oh boy. Scheduled for 3 laps or 30 miles of pain we set off. Actually up. From the gun CLIMB CLIMB CLIMB. I hang first lap, Dave hangs, Jeff is eyeballing Scott. Maybe you don't know this, but we live in the flatness of Central Ohio. Freeway overpasses are our cols, our muurs, our collinas, our backen (you get the idea). It's freaking flat around here. Second lap and the big dogs eat, actually climb and it's bye-bye Mark and Dave. I felt like Mark Cavandish at Milan -San Remo. Fat, Fast, and Dropped.


We didn't even stay around for the finish.

Damn you Scott Young!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Scott Young is a DOPER

Maybe better stated, SCOTT YOUNG is Dope. According to the Urban Dictionary it means, "DOPE - a Word also used to describe how good something is." 
When I arrived at the Mid-Ohio Raceway for the Master's race with my bride P90X-Mel , I saw Scott and masters legend Jeff Blodgett aka '2TallWall' already racing in the 3/4 race. They called it a 'warm up' race. Blah, blah blah...Sure sure, they both are way too strong for the masters. Good to see them wasting precious energy with the youngsters.
We met for a pre-race talk (it shoulda been a prayer) while Scott was getting a blood transfusion. 
The Masters race starts, and BOOM a couple youngsters drop the entire field. They included Jeff '2TallWall' Blodgett and the former International Playboy. Marilyn Chambers, Farmer John, and I were left to take a pummeling from The Doper. Every lap, he's accelarating up the hill and someone (...read me) would have to chase his wheel and sit on him until we regrouped. Round and round we go. Scott gets a gap, we close the gap. Ouch OUCH, for the love of God O U C H.  
I'll cut to the end...you don't need all the details. The Int'l Playboy is reeled back, so is the 2TallWall. The course doesn't have enough elevation change to enable THE DOPER to destroy us. The Pig loving Farmer wins the sprint out of our group.

As for me, I set new power meter records for 15, 30, 40, and 60 minutes of effort. Bottom line, producing that power at my racing weight (which I am 6-7 pounds over) would have made me a winner. (at least in my mind)


Sunday, March 4, 2012

2012 We're Back

Sports fans - here we come again, 2012. More racing and even More complaining than last year.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Socks (when will the miracles stop?)

Thanks to Mel at Beehive Books for sponsoring the 2011-2012 foot coverings. Tell your friends to shop at Beehive. Where else can you get 1>an espresso 2>the latest bike mags 3>a protean bar and 4>hip cycling socks?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Best Crash E-V-E-R

Still waiting for a nice snap of Colleen Kingery's boogie night black & blue stuff. 
But, this just in, Keith's smashburger.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Block - OH! Criterium

I was watching the Tour de France this morning before I left for the crit at Ohio State. Maybe it is because his name is so cool to say..."Dah-Veed Mon-Coo-tee-Aaa" that I decided to race like David Moncoutie the Cofidis rider that always rides at the back of the peloton. The World of Pain riders joining me were Cadillac George and Brian 'Lil' Fabian' O'Hara. 
Okay, so maybe it wasn't the best plan to sit on the back today, but the 25+mph speeds were quite sharp. My first crit of the year wasn't a target race, but just a tester. Brian, George, and I were quite comfortable to follow wheels and avoid the occasional accident. 
Nice race set up, ok, next week I'll race it like Phillipe Gilbert...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Just Chillin' On A Thursday Nite

A nice rotating pace line for 40 miles, little trash talk, and no city limit signpost sprints.



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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Weekend

No Need to tell you about the bike race at Mid-Ohio Raceway. I'd rather tell you about the Larry Allen Ride. Actually it's called Larry's Last Ride. Maybe I was thinking about the ride scheduled for Monday morning when I lined up with Cadillac George, K Flintstone, and Jeff Blodgett aka The New Sheriff at the 50+ race Saturday night. Chet Scott got an idea just after Larry passed on to the big Cat. 1 mountain in the sky a few years ago that we should repeat his last bike ride. So, we've been doing it (when the thunder and lightning storms don't stop us) every year since. Well, the race was uneventful for everyone but The Sheriff. Look out for him this year. Keith, Geo, and I got dropped hard in the winds and in the wake of Mighty Scott Young's accelerations. Do I chock it up to too few training miles? Dunno. I'd rather tell you about Larry's ride anyway. 29 turned out, we rode, we chirped, we pledged to do it every year in Larry's honor. 
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