Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Most of us are all about the bike currently and looking forward to the spring/summer, but with lots of new snow, mother nature reminded us that winter is not over! So get out there and enjoy the fresh POW!! Skiing is really good... And we'll be back on the bike soon enough.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Lance Armstrong crashed hard in todays opening stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León and was transported by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Palencia, Spain.
First indications appear that the seven-time Tour de France champion seriously injured his right shoulder and might have broken his collarbone.
Video after the crash:
Video of Doctors Statements after surgery:
Attached is a picture after his fall and one from my broken calvicle last fall (post surgery with metal plate and nine screws). I hope he has not broken it like I did because this will prevent him from racing the Giro and possibly the Tour.
So the weekend started out right with some riding, skinny skiing, fat skiing and some more riding. Followed by some great food courtesy of Carmen Weiland. Then culminated with some Moab-esque (think howling wind) Cult Cross racing on Sunday, thanks for all the support out on course Jeff. I got destroyed by both the Cat 4's and the open field. But it was a great training day and left me thinking that I need to take Monday off of work to recover from my weekend. I hope you all had a great two days as well. Who's up for a rollers crit some time this week!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Jay Henry, Adam Plummer, Rob Stienke (yes this is correct - he is back!), Paul Gorbold, and Bill Mac out for a training ride to Eagle, up Brush Creek and back. 63 degrees blue sky with a nice tail wind on the way back.
Jay Henry had a third place at the 2009 Xterra Winter World Championships in Utah. Looking at the results I see Josiah Middaugh was 4th and Lisa Isom was 3rd in female Pro and 13th overall. See this link for full results: http://www.jtltiming.com/results/x-winter.html
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Pacelines can be either single or double (fat chance of getting a double going on most roads in Eagle County!). In a single paceline, everyone lines up behind the first rider, who maintains a constant speed. The rotation occurs when the front rider pulls off to the side and drifts to the back of the line. The next rider then sets the pace. Riders stay on the front from a few seconds to several minutes. This type of paceline has the advantage of requiring less road space.
A double echelon, also known as a rotating paceline, contains two lines of riders side by side, continuously in motion (when we use to have the Wednesday Worlds out of Colorado Bike Service we got these going on I-70). One line goes slightly faster than the other does. Let's say you're the lead rider in the faster line. You should cross over to the slow line after passing the front wheel of the rider beside you (the front rider in the slower line). Then you drift back with the others in the slow line. When the final position is reached (back of the line), slide onto the back wheel of the last rider in the fast line.
In strong crosswinds, riders become offset like geese flying south for the winter, forming what is known as an echelon. They also overlap wheels, which means a mistake in which wheels touch can take down the whole bunch. The width of this type of paceline also requires a completely traffic-free road (DO NOT RIDE LIKE GEESE ON HIGHWAY 6).
Here are some additional tips for becoming a more efficient paceline rider:
Get used to following closely to the rider in front of you to get the benefit of the draft. You use much less energy following a cyclist than riding out in the wind by yourself. Top riders feel comfortable riding within inches of the wheel in front. In a rotating paceline, stay as close together side to side.
Put weaker riders behind stronger ones. A paceline is a team. It's only as strong as its weakest member is, so help that person.
Ride smoothly and predictably. Never accelerate or brake quickly. If you are running up on the wheel in front, slow down by moving into the wind slightly. Avoid hitting the brakes.
Maintain a constant speed when you get to the front by glancing at your cycle computer. The tendency for new riders is to jump and pick up the pace.
If the rider at the front charges off (we all know a few strong riders who will do this), let that person go and hold your speed. If you're in a double echelon, move over and fill the hole just created.
If you tire, sit out as many turns as necessary at the back. Let riders coming back know that you are resting, and give them space to move in ahead of you.
As the speed increases, gaps may develop because riders can't hold the wheel ahead or miss the last wheel as they try to get back on the end of the paceline. Strong riders need to fill these gaps in order to preserve the flow, even if it means jumping across and moving back up the line early.
Reduce your effort up hills because the draft is less. Conversely, accelerate through more quickly on descents so everyone won't stack up from behind.
Thanks for info - Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D.
Johnny C, owner of Street Swell (www.streetswell.com), on one of his first custom boards in the streets of San Francisco (around 1970)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Team (as many as possible) tried on fit kits from Hincapie and Primal Wear. I think we were focusing on Primal Wear for all items if they make a panel bib short such as we normally have purchased in the past. Whatever company we go with we will be placing an order ASAP so we hoepfully can show up at our first race in full kits. I think we are staying with the same design and colors but will be losing some sponsors which should clean up the jerseys and shorts some what. When we make the final decision I will forward out the order form to all in an excel spreadsheet. Both companies have childrens, womens and mens specific apparel which is nice. We have not finalized all the sponsorship dollars so for now what we all order we will pay individually. So when the e-mail goes out we will put deadlines on the time we need the form returned and a check will need to be provided before any items will be ordered. Both companies would need at least 12 of each item for us to place the order. What I have heard is most want shorts, bib shorts, short sleeve jerseys, long sleeve jerseys, cut off jerseys and vests.
Please comment back if I am missing something or you have any valuable input in this process.
It’s been years since I have worn a heart rate monitor consistently. With the Breck Epic looming in the future I decided to start wearing one again to help monitor my training. I am coming into this season heavier than I have ever been. One of my goals is to get to my weight in check by race time. To accomplish this I need to slow down on the beer drinking (could be difficult) get 5 days a week in on the bike and watch my heart rate zones. I think most of us ride the same all the time, for us here in the valley it’s probably too hard, riding with friends often contributes to this. It is important to have days that are not all in the same zone. Doing so leads to flat heart rates and slow recovery. With a maximum heart rate of 185bps, my maximum weight loss and recovery heart rate is between 123 and 135 which seems ridiculously slow to me. I think I need a monitor to tell me what easy is more so than what hard is. It’s ok to ride easy some days and it’s much better than taking the day off, sitting on the couch does little to help you recover or lose weight. Any way I thought I would contribute something other than photos of me trashing my bikes or the jeep.