Saturday, September 20, 2008

cutest mouse pad and coolest cross race

Bad Brad thinks he has the cutest mouse pad, but Team Sam has him beat!

Lynn, Wild Bill, Lyons, Judge(we call him jay now, it just fits better)and myself, left for The New England Velo-Cross Challenge in NH at 5:ish this am. We were among the first to arrive, which gave us a chance to pre-ride the course. Lynn had a real good warm up and a good feeling abount the course. She got a very good start, the second woman into the woods, quickly picking off the lead rider. She held on for a few strong laps, but, alas one rider got by. She place second in her first cyclocross race of the year!

My race was next, I got the holeshot into the woods, only to fall while trying to ride up the first run up. Lost 5 places during my momentary loss of judgment. The next laps were spent fighting for spots. With three to go I was in second place and could see the leader. I fought hard in the power sections but I could not reel him in. I finished second with a severe case of lung burn.

Wild Bill? He's racing Sucker brook tomorrow, so he took it easy on the competion, no reason to show all your cards this early in the season.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lynn's race results and california pics

Lynn won her class at the Domnarski Farm mtb race , the last Root 66 event for the season. M1 teammate Scott S placed second in the Single speed sport class, his first ever mtb race!

Salvation at Newark

This is the only REAL beer they had on tap...

Huntington...the only surfer I saw


oil rigs on the coast

Thursday night activities

New York city viewed from above the clouds

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"Boring" and "Bored"

I am writing this blog out of pure boredom. I has been a truly long time since I've been this bored.Why? I'm trapped in a hotel, in Anaheim California, without a car or bicycle. Walk or take the bus? Any point of interest is over ten miles in any direction. I've take two epic journeys via public transportation in Orange County. One to Huntington beach and the other trip was to Long beach.

Huntington beach was nice to see in person, I saw the pier, got my feet wet, tasted the Pacific ocean (oddly, it tastes like the atlantic),had a bad slice of New York style pizza and had a beer while sitting on the beach, watching the sun set over the offshore oil rigs. It's a tourist trap, just like Daytona, Virginia beach and Myrtle beach. It was not worth the $5.00 in bus fees and the FOUR hour round trip. Yes, it took TWO hours each way to travel twelve miles. I can say this; the locals (that I met on the bus) were super polite, helpful and kind.

Long beach? Yeah, it's like Warwick, only they have the Queen Mary, BFD! A complete waste of time.

I was planning to go to Newport beach tonight, but my travel schedule tommow is going to suck, ---public bus trip to the airport:2hrs. sitting in the airport before my flight :1hr. leave Ca at 9:30 pm pst arrive in Newark at 5:30 am est-- sit in the airport for 3hrs-- leave Newark at 8:30 am and arrive in Warwick at 9:30 am-- take public bus to Providence, 1 hr, so Im thinking 14-15 hours of being at the mercy of public transportaion will be enough.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

California or bust!

I'm off to California, Monday, for work. I won't return until mid-morning Saturday. I'll miss the NBX training race(Lynn will be there) and the Bob Beal weekend. I've never been to southern California, so I have a few questions; I'm taking my fixed gear bicycle to get around, is orange county C.A. bike friendly? Will I survive the mean streets of socal on a brakless fixed gear? Do they have real beer in the land of make-believe?

*Edit- $100 each way to take my bike in a thule box! F*%k that! The box must be less than 62 linear inches (h+l+w) and weigh in less than 50lbs. Hmm, need a folding bike. I don't want to be held captive in a hotel for 5 days.....I WILL go out of my mind...public transportation in CA is notoriously bad.

*Edit Bicycle Licenses?
"Did you know that every bicycle that is ridden on Anaheim City streets must be licensed? The Anaheim Fire Department issues bicycle licenses at all of its Fire Stations.
Bicycle licenses are $3.00 and are good for two years. All fire stations issue licensing seven days a week between the hours of 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p." - WTF?! I already hate California!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Pink cup cakes

Wells ave Sunday, "A" and "B" combined groups, high winds and some heavy hitters conspired to make this race hard. Millwork One big dogs; Murat, Adam and Matt worked the race like the seasoned vets they are. Murat took the first prime, ONE pink frosted cup cake, way to go boss! I did my best to ride in a supportive roll, Murat and I provided a lead out, for Matt who won the field sprint! It was fun to ride as a team! My good friend Wild Bill put in a stellar effort, he was able to bridge gaps in a single bound! "B" masters 'cross racers you have been warned!