Monday, April 30, 2007

Recovering

Bisbee didn't go that great for me. I had a stomach bug earlier in the week that was making it so that I couldn't eat, which had a negative effect on my race there. I rode the prologue and got killed, then ended up pulling out of the road race on Saturday when my legs wouldn't put out any power about 30 miles into the race. Definitely have had better weekends! As a team, we got worked a bit. Our best placed rider after the prologue was Dave, but he crashed out in the first road race, good thing I was already out and could take him to the ER in Bisbee. He'll be ok, just some road rash and some deep muscle bruising. As for me, I've been getting my appitite back the past couple days and am eating everything in sight trying to get my strength back. Should be fine in the next couple days, just need to get back on the bike and get some consistent training in again.

On a side note, I did play nine holes yesterday and scored my first ever birdie on the ninth hole. Adios.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

State Crit Champs

We all headed up to the Firebird International Raceway last Saturday for the AZ State Criterium Championships. I was hoping for some good results here for myself, as I had been 11th and 8th the past two years on the technical old town course in downtown Scottsdale. The Firebird course was the total oppisite, with no tecnical aspects at all, just wide open speed. It is designed as an automotive track, so all of the turns are take really wide arcs to allow for cars to get through them at speed, which to a cyclist means that you never really had to stop pedaling at all. Anyway, the race started fast and stayed fast, with no real moves ever getting away until race winner Curtis Gunn of Successful Living launched a solo break with about 6 or 7 laps to go. I'm not sure how he managed to hold off the field, but he did for a pretty impressive win. As for me, I made it into a couple short-lived moves, one halfway through the race and one with 3 to go, but none worked and I think I was around 20-25th in the field sprint for 2nd. Jared was the best placed Eclipse rider, and finished somewhere around 10-15th, but no results have been posted online yet, so I'm guessing at all of these.

Bisbee is this weekend. I think I may have come down with a cold or something as I haven't been feeling super hot the past few days, but I've been trying to get a lot of rest so that I come around by Friday's prologue. Slept for 12 hours last night and woke up this morning feeling a little bit better, but still pretty flat. Cross your fingers for me.

Below is a photo-shopped pic from the race. I'm pretty sure that it is me in the middle of the pic with the dark glasses on. Adios.

Can you guess what race this is?

Sunday, April 15, 2007

TBC Final Results

Well, the 2007 Tucson Bicycle Classic is in the books. Today's 45 mile circuit race was marked by some pretty strong wind gusts that were getting stronger as the race went on. We tried to get Jared the 3rd lap time bonus, and had a pretty sweet leadout going into it, with all five of our riders on the front of the race. Dan and Kendal took some pretty strong turns into the hills and headwind about a km from the sprint line. It almost worked, however we were outgunned by the GC leader and 2nd place rider Mark Aasmundstad, so no time for us, but we did succeed in not letting the two riders closest to Jared pick up any time either. As for the rest of the race, I was mostly trying to sit in and conserve, but I had some more leg cramp issues with two laps to go. Luckily, I was able to fight through it and make it to the line, finishing up in 11th place to move into 12th on the final GC. Jared crossed the line in 7th, solidifying his 5th place GC. Full results can be found here.

The guy that took first place out of a two man breakaway should not have even been racing today, because in yesterday's road race he DNF'd with a mechanical somewhere around the 3rd or 4th lap. Must have been feeling pretty fresh today, huh? Nice call from our chief official on that one. Adios.

TBC Update

Here is a quick update of how things have been going for during the first two stages of the Tucson Bicycle Classic:

Stage 1: McCain Loop Time Trial. I think that I screwed this one up a bit by riding the opening downhill section at to high a cadence. I felt pretty good on the climbing sections, but my plan was to conserve for the first mile until I hit the climbs. Conserve I did, but when I glanced at my computer about a minute in, my cadence was 107, which is way to high for me. Anyway, I clocked a 8:40 and finished in 18th place. Jared Gilyard set the bar for the team with an 8:27, which was good for 8th place, followed by Jeff Hoppert in 13th with 8:30.

Stage 2: Tumacocori Road Race. This race was brutal. Our plan was to try and keep Jared fresh for as long as possible, and hopefully I would be there in the end to help him out in the last couple laps. We finally started the race around 12:30 after a delay of over an hour waiting for the other groups that were on the course to finish up. I think it was the longest delay I've ever experienced, but no one really bitched all that much, which was nice. The pace was fast on the climbs and slow everywhere else for the first 3 or so laps. I covered a move with Chris Wilson from Rideclean, who was trying to bridge to a solo break that had gone up the road on lap 1. We were brought back near the top of the climb on lap 3. The race started to heat up then, as the break had gotten to 2:50 and the Rideclean team was starting to organize a chase. From here on out it was a sufferfest for me, as we were going between 25 - 30 on the flats and hitting the climbs all out each time. I succumbed to leg cramps around lap 7 and that was the last I saw of the main group. The group was down to about 20 riders when I popped off, and once I got my shit back together a bit, I was able to pick some guys off in the last few laps to finish up in 14th place, which moved me up to 12th on GC. Jared rode strongly once again to finish up in 5th, which moved him into 5th on GC.

Today is the circuit race and the finally of the Tucson Bicycle Classic. There is a time bonus sprint on lap 3, and also 3 places at the finish line. We will try and get Jared that first time bonus, because if he can pick it up it will move him up into 4th overall. Wish us luck. Adios.

Friday, April 13, 2007

It's ON

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New Kits Are Here!

Went for a 2.5 hour ride today in the new Eclipse kit, which was really nice. The team decided to go with the full zip for 2007. This was my first time with a full zip jersey and I think that the convenience will be much appreciated during those moments of last-second-pre-race jitters that I'm sure all of us are all to familiar with. Except Kyle of course, since he has nerves of steel. The kits look very similar to last years, with a couple changes to some sponsor logo's and a new material in the jersey. I'll try and get a picture up as soon as I can get one.

On a side note, the Rillito River path is now paved in it's entirety, which makes for a pretty easy and traffic free 25 miles. Now if we can only get some water in there. Adios.

Finally out of Hibernation

Well, as you can easily see, I haven't put an update out in quite some time. Must have been all of the secret training that I've been doing from midnight to 3 am every night that has been leaving me to tired to type during the day. :)-

I did get a chance to impersonate Phil Liggett as I was the race announcer for the U of A/Eclipse Racing criterium last weekend. That was super fun, but a long day to be up there talking about various groups of cyclists racing in circles. It was cool to announce the pro 1,2 race, as I knew just about everyone in the field, and you really can see the difference in speeds between that category and all the rest. My teammate, David Glick, rode a really strong race in a three man breakaway to come in 3rd on the day, with Nick Shrieber taking the win followed by Jake "the Snake" Rubelt in 2nd.

The pic from my previous post came from the 2005 fall version of the Tucson Bicycle Classic. Tomorrow begins the 2007 version, which promises to be a ball-buster as the Gates Pass road race has been replaced with the Tumacocori course down in Rio Rico. They split the pro 1,2 up into separate categories, and I think that we have a pretty strong team of 2's that can contest the overall GC this weekend. More updates to come as the racing develops. Adios.