Saturday, April 28, 2012
another whiskey 50 fat tire crit video
see my mad steeze at 1:05=1:15 in video
For Saturday I got in an easy spin in the morning and got the 'poo' feeling out of the legs. Go for another spin later after reviewing the course logs/blogs/video/photos to get ready for Sundays 8:30 am start for 50mile race
- Kerkove's 2010 and 2011 AND Whiskey 50 Garmin Connect File for race day 50mile course
- The Teaser Video from EpicRides for Whiskey 50 (see 1:15-1:20 for my leadout or look below)
Superfly setup (roughly) for the 50miler, basically will run same xc setup as usual. I have moved to a -17 stem as seem to feel better there. 2 bottle cages, tube with 2 co2s, the new bontrager 29-1(xr1) tires, and a large novelty number plate for extra drag.
Old School Mountain Biking does provide good loot bag, A lot of paper but between a magazine, 2 newspapers, 2 wallets for riding( 1 from strava, 1 from blackburn), a raw food bar, a hammer gel, there is some good loot.
Spin out to Glassford Hill Road ... not really a hill it seems ?
Best of luck to those taking on a chilly, challenging Ontario World Cup # 1 on Sunday !
*Crossfit Orangeville / Steve Neal went through a good pre race routine at www.crossfitorangeville.com
Friday, April 27, 2012
Interesting Fact from the 20min+3lap crit race
- Total climbing was around 700meters the xc race on sunday (50mi) is ~2286m so we should be able to finish the xc race in 90min if we stop screwing around ;)
2286 / 750 = 3.04800
Photo of the start, which featured a front line about 4 lanes wide narrowing in 20 feet to 1 lane wide with right hander and hay. In old school mtb fashion no call-ups, so many of the 'big guns' (including Peter 'short tracker' Glassford) were on the 2nd row (link to photo). Rubbed elbows with Kabush through the right hander then as you can see above was up in the big bubble the first time up the climb. Some huge efforts to keep closing the gap each lap. Each lap 1-4 guys would pop and then I'd have to close the gap up to the lead group again. By about lap 4 or 5 the group was pretty whittled down but I was at my limit of 1min on / 1min off and took a granny gear break before resuming my chasing. I think I ended up somewhere in top 10-15 but who knows!?!?!
Watch Video of 2012 Whiskey 50 coverage with nice looking Australian (?) lady talking about 'racing elbow to elbow' with appropriate arm movement
Superfly Set up for Crit Racing with -17 Stem from Bontrager, and Huge Novelty Number plate for extra aerodynamics
White wall Bongrager 38C Tires for the Whiskey 50 Fat Tire Crit 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
so many good men (trails?) out there. (Spoiled with Single Track - Sea Otter - Sedona - Prescott 2012)
So Post Sea Otter ... (watch for more photos / videos / stories at www.trekcanada.ca)
Sunday TayNeezy broke a chain racing cat 3, I went for Strava Points at Toro Park across the road from Sea Otter. Norco tried to sell taylor a 29er. 2nd Place P2A cyclocross start Schooler sat waiting for a 30degree cyclocross race at Sea Otter (in kit) .
3 Rox goons heckled kids to do tricks so they could get 3rox Beer can cooling devices, I did a trick for them but did not agree with the beer can covers. While Emily socialized in the foreground, perhaps with Cory Hancock of 'oneupped' fame (needs updating).
After extensive packing, I went into Salinas for one last In and Out with DJ TayNeezy before he left into the night, back to the promise land. I hope the details of his journey home and still impending border crossing/dirtbike import will become public at some point. Surely some great adventures to finish off a super 2012 Winter in Cali.
So all on my lonesome, with a micro mini van stuffed with super awesome bikes, sweet potatoes, coconut and 4 methods of coffee production I headed to Sedona. (*possibly crying , in the car, while listening to John Mayor, with the departure of Tayneezy after our 4 month bro-down.)the tech tuesdays series, your pretty safe for the most part here, definitely some challenges to be found and I am sure I missed some but the Superfly ate up whatever it saw.
Then a big climb up MUNDS WAGON TRAIL the **Garmin Connect course** I used neglected to tell me I was following the route backwards so some nice bumpy, step up climbing practice and then double track on downhill ... still pretty nice views and awesome workout.
So Basically very lucky to have ridden so many awesome mtb trails in the last 7 days ... this might be close to the best 7 day streak of riding I have had ... ever ! Sea Otter - Toro Canyon - Sedona 2x - Whiskey 50/Prescott ...
If your going anywhere and have a Garmin/GPS definitely try searching Garmin Connect ... It let me come into Sedona Alone and ride basically 5-6 hours of GOOD single track without getting lost or feeling uncomfortable.
Here are my Hacked Gpx routes for Sedona ... Hope you get to use them someday !
1) http://connect.garmin.com/activity/167458746 = Slim Shady - HT - Little Horse
2) http://connect.garmin.com/activity/57197204 = Munds Wagon
3) http://connect.garmin.com/activity/127822416 = Highline Trail
Ergon folks including Jeff Kerkove (also see Sonya Looney and Yuki Saito blogs are great info sources) to ride me back into Prescott !
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Watch more video of 2012 Sea Otter Classic on cyclingdirt.org
Great Pedal News Summary with Photos:
http://pedalmag.com/?p=155044 The Canadian XC pro men took seven of the first 21 places, dominating the field with Sheppard crossing the line alone in sixth place followed by Kris Sneddon (Kona) in 12th with Adam Morka (Trek Canada) eventually fading to 33rd place, after riding strong most of the day.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Electric KTM ... Need a Euro Container fo Sho
On Route to Sedona/Flagstaff today !
Check out www.trekcanada.ca for info/photos from the weekend at Sea Otter