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Abandon Your Car is not a slogan or ideology so much as a reminder to all of us to get away from our petro-mobiles as often as we possibly can and embark on life as an adventure by bicycle.
We'll keep you current on the important road and trail beta from our home base in Palisade, Colorado and shower you with our .02 cents about the ongoings of bicycle tribes the world over.
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Monday, October 26, 2009
got it from the guy across the alley, he bought it new back in the day from La Habra Schwinn in SoCal. i will get the serial # and post up the build date and more photos in future installments as this exciting new project develops.
the 24" frame is a bit on the tall side for me, probably only an inch of seatpost will be showing when i get the fit all done up... perfect.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
hard to believe, but true
Mack Ridge is best ridden from west to east. nice singletrack with some challenging technical sections and a couple of short (for me- i'm old) dismounts. the views from the top are well worth the effort expended to climb up there.
this is also an invitation for our friend Dave (or any of our other family/friends for that matter) to come and ride with us. be sure to bring both your road bike and mountain bike.
Friday, September 11, 2009
she has never participated in a bike race until this year, but she came out winning right from the start. it could be argued that her new, 650b wheeled Eriksen had a lot to do with her success (it did). but in all honesty, natural talent and determination conspiring with a high strenth-to-weight ratio and some good old-fashioned aggression mixed in as well are what really did it.
truth be told, she'd still be winning races on a wal-mart bike
just a few months ago, this technical section of Mack Ridge would likely have caused a frustrating get-off-and-walk situation followed immediately by a couple of miles worth of bitter complaints about going back to flat pedals.
now she just stays clipped in and punches it.
honorable mention goes to: Danny Rietz, AKA "the young apprentice".
he's going to have to work really hard to steal the title from his aunt, though. hopefully, he rides some this winter before coming back to Colorado for his second year at Bike Master's Death March Training Camp.
mu-huhuhu bwaaa ha ha hahaha ha
Thursday, September 10, 2009
i was actually feeling pretty good after all of the chasing the day before.
image credit: one fly
the peloton stretches out while descending at about 80 kilometers per hour
the numbers don't seem like much for such a short race, but the whole thing was pretty much sorted out today.
like i said before; these almost-old-guys are fast.
i'm doing my best to stay out of the wind and still not get shagged off the back. the three guys at the front looking comfortable while driving the pace are the top three on G.C.
Friday, September 4, 2009
now i'm sittin pretty in 18th overall, i should be able to improve on that in the next two days.
if not, get the broom wagon.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
the video appears to be from one of the warm-up sessions before the actual racing started, showing riders desending* from near the top of the climb. during this weekend's circuit race on the same parcours, i predict that the faster categories will be winding out at better than 75 kilometers/hour on this same section.
for those of you who haven't seen top level road racing before, this 4-day stage race will present many great opportunities to do so.
the chicane through the gate looks kind of sketchy to me, hopefully the promoters put up a few strategically placed hay bales for safety's sake.
*note to aspiring young or novice riders: observe the rider in the blue kit in front of the camera... not holding a steady line on the wheel of the rider in front of her, is she? several unpredictable, side-to-side movements going on there.
the rider in front of her is ready for Moto GP with his knees hanging out in the wind like that, exaggerating just a little too much for the corners being negotiated and how fast (or slow, rather) they are actually going.
photo of Sete Gibernau from Superbyke Magazine UK
Monday, August 31, 2009
please see the official race website for details. be sure to volunteer if possible or just turn out to support your favorite local riders.
Place Name City Bib No Age Overall Time
1 Dave Fisher 518 46 46:49
2 Danny Armstrong 517 27 47:23
3 Ben Clark 406 50:40
4 Jp Pougiales 218 52:14
WOMEN'S NOVICE 35+
Place Name City Bib No Age Overall Time
1 Jennifer Sliney 725 44 28:07
2 Heidi Nunninkoven 315 47 30:14
3 Heather Craigen 313 39 33:17
4 Lane Malone 308 45 36:33
here's how the season overall tallied for the South Routt Velosport racing team:
2009 Men's Singlespeed
Dave Fisher 120
JP Pougailes 92
Jonthan Wheby 56
Ben Clark 49
Dereck Fish 33
Danny Armstrong 17
Clint Ball 15
Kevin Kopischke 11
2009 Novice Women 35+
Jennifer Sliney 117
Heather Craigen 92
Heidi Nunninkoven 92
Lane Malone 78
Kelly Stamp 20
Lisa Owen 20
Julie Hagenbuch 19
Kim Hornsby 15
Karen Goedert 13
kelly McCreary 13
Jenn Warren 11
Thursday, August 20, 2009
the road above Dry Lake campground was pretty rough, to say the least. there was also a good bit of wind, so there was no new record time for the event this year.
on the way up i was working with Jon Freckleton and Jamie Morgan, riding a good tempo and pulling away form a lot of chasers. Jamie was dropping off the pace right about when Jennifer took this photo (about half way up). both of those guys were on geared bikes, so i struggled to hang on for the flat and downhill sections but still managed to contribute to the pacemaking on the steeper parts.
i finished in 1:09:16, 10th overall, 1st men's singlspeed.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Women’s Novice 35+
1. Jennifer Sliney, 36:01
2. Heidi Nunninkoven, 41:52
3. Lane Malone, 44:08
as you all can see, Jennifer schooled 'em again. here's how things sorted out in the men's singlespeed division:
Men’s Single speed
1. Dave Fisher, 1:03:11
2. Ben Clark, 1:05:34
3. JP Pougiales, 1:06:37
after the race, Fisher was quoted as saying: "i had good sensations in my legs, plenty of souplesse and held off other riders on the downhill to finish high in the overall classification. i didn't puncture this time... that really helped as well"
here's the story as told by the local fishwrapper. be sure to scroll waaaay down past the kids 7 to 12 division or you may just miss the results for the singlespeed categories.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
here's the story from Velonews
Sunday, August 2, 2009
definitely one of the best comments from this year's Tour.
during saturday's Classica San Sebastian in Spain, Andy went off the road and crashed- quite a ways down a hillside. now it appears that his participation in the Vuelta a Espana has been ruined. i would be surprised if he is able to race again until the Giro di Lombardia.
crashing sucks. crashing sucks even worse when you get hurt while at the top of the game. at least he's still young and fit and was still able to get back on the bike for a few kilometers before (sensibly) abandoning.
he wasn't the only one to crash out, by the way.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
today, OC local guy Allen rode along with the Velosport team for the sunday group ride. he has recently taken delivery of a new Eriksen road bike, resplendent in crabon fibre and it's an 11 speed, too.
just a few miles later, disaster strikes. not many things send a rider home in the broom wagon faster than losing a pulley wheel into the weeds along the roadside. sometimes having a cell phone isn't so bad after all. fortunately, there was no real damage inflicted upon the componentry or frame.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Jen (on right) and a fellow competitor just about to launch.
he's also pretty darn fit for an older guy who spends all day in the shop building some of the finest bikes anywhere
at the east summit of the passage d'oreilles de lapin (rabbit ears pass for y'all in English). nothing like 1000 meters straight up a 1st category climb right after morning coffee. i was the first chaser of a solo rider at this point.
ditch the warm clothes with the support team (Danny and Jen) and take off in pursuit of the leader.
i rode with my friend Ian Pritchard for the last 90 kilometers, from the top of the Passage de Fuseau (Gore Pass). he's an old bro from back in the more serious racing days and he was a solid top 10 to 20 rider in pretty much all of the races he entered. i was usually a bit further down the pile being as i am sized too small to produce a lot of power in the time trial. we're approaching Toponas (in the distance) on S.H. 134 and about to turn north towards a 25 to 30 kilometer per hour headwind for the last 70 kilometers of the ride. the altitude here is right at about 3000 meters and it's a long, long way to anything that even remotely looks like a tree. Ian was a good person to be riding with at this point.
it feels good to head for the barn after 6 hour ride.
images courtesy of Danny Rietz (with the exception of the image of Ian Pritchard)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
le Blaireau in action after last year's stage that finished in Nantes (image: Bettiniphoto)
back at it again this year in Besancon (image: cyclingnews.com)
just another reason why i love le Tour.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Kent Eriksen's Tour de Steamboat
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
the primary reason for importing the young feller all the way from California was, of course, to put him to hard labor of the most menial, mindless sort imaginable- helping with the restoration of a 100 year old building in rural Colorado... the painting in particular.
learning the fine art of stripping old paint from a seasoned veteran.
so, enough of the boring stuff, then...
when the work is done, it's time to ride. here Danny gets neck deep in some overgrown Oak Creek singletrack.
today we uploaded him on the gondola at the Steamboat ski area. the next Town Challenge race is on the mountain and Jen and i wanted to evaluate the parcours prior to race day. we rode up the hill and met Danny at the top of the gondola and then all rode together for a couple of miles on one of the non-technical, non-steep sections of the race course. we split up and i rode the remaining climb and uppermost singletrack section of the pro course by myself and caught up with them as they were about to descend the steepest sections of the trail just below the gondola.
Danny was more than a good sport about the whole thing, being as he hasn't spent a ton of hours riding a mountain bike, much less in an alpine environment.
what i am really trying to say here is that we pretty much tossed him off the deep end and he survived.
dave (in thick Belgian accent): "ride wiss me, lad. vee vill have you climbing zee high mountains in no time..."
taking a break from the action on the way down: Jen reminds Danny to relax once in a while and to take in the view... and that we all have taken our share of scuffers.
judging from the smile on his face (and the fact that he's still on his bike), you couldn't tell that this kid has hit the deck 2 or 3 times already today. my friend Andy Gregg tells me that the Finlanders would say that Danny has sisu
most of all, we were thankful that none of us had to download in this conveyance, and that our day was going a whole lot better than the person's inside.
then we went for some calamari, cheeseburgers and cold, refreshing beverages.