Hey kids! If you've got some free time for riding and watching movies this week, check out these events:
This Thursday, come to the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Film Nite. You'll get to see a couple of short films plus the feature premier of "Red Bull Rampage: The Evolution." (Dude!!) But possibly best of all, you'll get to see Blue Sky's own Rob Love star in a short film made by yours truly. Beer is served and the ticket proceeds benefit kids' mtb group SMBA.
Second, and even more fun, is the Mavic Wheel Demo Ride on Saturday. Demo a pimp set of Mavic wheels, get free coffee and BBQ, and put the hammer down on your friends. Please come ride with the group, even if you don't want to demo wheels. Consider it Saturday's group ride.
Mavic Wheel Demo Ride
when: Saturday May 2nd, 2009 10am (arrive by 9:30 to begin fitting wheels)
where: Blue Sky Cycles, 600 S. Airport, Longmont (located at airport and nelson) www.blueskycyclesonline.com
what: Demo new the new Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR and R-Sys wheels on your favorite roads in Boulder County. The ride will start and finish at Blue Sky Cycles, making a stop mid-way at The Stone Cup in Lyons where drinks will be provided. Expect the ride to be about 2.5 hours, with some spirited efforts and regrouping happening. This is a social ride, not a race. Afterward, a full-on BBQ will be provided by Two Dog Diner, with carnivorous and vegetarian options. Oscar Blues will provide the beer, and Mavic representatives will be on hand for technical Q+A. Additionally, wheels will be available for individual test rides after the group ride.
how: RSVP to reserve your set of wheels to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ride rolls at 10 am, so plan on showing up by 9:30 to get your wheels fitted. first come, first served. We will be swapping wheels out at The Stone Cup, eg. if you have a demo set of wheels for the first half of the ride, you will be on your own wheels for the second half, and vice versa.
Questions? e-mail Rob at email@example.com
.....there you have it! Come out and join us!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Hey kids! If you've got some free time for riding and watching movies this week, check out these events:
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This was my first weekend racing this year, and first races for Blue Sky Velo. They were filled with fun, agony, lessons learned (WWKD) and a sense of accomplishment.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This picture shows the extreme topography of the course, and is pretty much exactly when i broke my pedal
As always, the pics were snapped by Marty... more updates tomorrow. or maybe not, who knows?
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thankfully, the weather cooperated enough for the Air Force Academy Road Race today. It was a cold start at 7:50AM, but the roads were clear with only a few puddles to splash through. Lucky for the other riders, Dave, Austin, and were so hot in our new kits that it warmed up the rest of the group.
There was a neutral rollout for the beginning of the race since they've had problems in the past with people getting out safely. The race was neutralized all the way until you turn onto Stadium. It was really nice to not have to hammer it right from the gun.
For the first lap, I sat on the front. Not a great idea from an energy saving standpoint, but it was nice to keep a reasonable tempo up there and prevent people from getting too worked up about any early escape attempts.
On the second lap, I settled in near the back of our shrunken group. It was more sketchy back there, but it was also easier not being out front. On the long climb up Pine Dr, people made some surges. I was able to stay with the group, but I could tell I was getting tired and that new chamois under me wasnt going to sustain my hopes and dreams for much longer. Apparently some other people were getting tired too, because there was 1 crash and another near crash on this lap.
As expected, things really heated up on the last lap. On the downhill sections, people were throwing in attacks and I had to work hard to stay with them. It certainly softened me up. I had to laugh a bit when one person launched a counter attack only to be chased down by his teammate.
We turned on to Pine, and there was a calm before the storm. I knew the attacks were coming and I knew I didn't have the legs. I stayed with the first few, and then I finally popped and rode to the finish solo for 12th place. Dave finished in the 20's and Austin in the 30's.
The winner was from the Front Rangers team. Those kids are no doubt strong climbers, but they're also a little scary to ride around. The same person was involved in a crash (I think), nearly went down later by rubbing wheels, and knocked into my bars at 30+ MPH for no reason (plenty of room to come around me). I don't mean to call anyone out, but damn, take it easy out there. It's a cat 4 race for crying out loud.
The Air Force Academy does a great job of putting on this race. The course is great, they have a ton of helpers (almost an army of people, I guess), and this year they even set up an enclosed structure for registration. Nice work.
Labels: Road Races
Friday, April 17, 2009
for those of you lucky enough to be reading this blog from Sea Otter, and for the rest of us that need to live vicariously through pictures showing a little VitaminD, check it out: Mike Eubank of the Valmont Bike Park crew is out at Sea Otter doing his thing along with IMBA getting the word out about the park. Mike is spending his own time and money out there, spreading the gospel! This will definitely get some national attention to the park, and help speed along fundraising and construction.
Alright, that's about it for right now--so if you or someone you know is out in Monterrey, give'em a text, tweet, e-mail, or smoke signal and tell 'em to get over to the booth and give Mike and the crew some props!
Rob Love, over&out.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Okay, I have to admit it. I snuck out when nobody was looking last weekend and rode at Moab. I know, I feel like I'm Tom Cruise finally coming out of the closet to his fans or something, because I didn't go on the trip last weekend with the team, but I have to say, it was SWEET and we didn't get snowed on!
Of what I miss from California, this is one of the biggest. Oh ye who does not like the beef flesh, sorry for thine grossed-outed ness! To others, lo, the Fred Steak! Four lbs of meat for four people (my coach is probably cringing), Fred Steaks are black before they are cooked due to the secret marinate from Schaub's Meats in Stanford, CA. Cooked as giant roasts, these beasts fueled our trip for the rest of the weekend! My wife used to be a vegetarian until the time she smelled one of these things cookin' on the barbie. That's how good they are.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
With varying degrees of visibility, we cut through snowy mists and raced across icy roads that tempted us to turn and flee back home, reaching for our snowboards and skis, and giving way to the temptations of the ocean of white fluff and all that is promises. But, our bikes looked down on us from above and pushed us from behind, whispering and inviting us to join in on endless hours of freedom, joy, and everything that mountain biking stands for. We moved on with attention and intention balanced precisely on our purpose, steadfast on our journey to a place we all seek and too infrequently experience. 18 warriors in all, we faced light and life, our peaceful weapons held by handlebars and knobbed wheels.
Thursday was an incredible day. It was the kind of day that makes you feel invigorated, alive, joyful, present, and fulfilled all at the same time. Knowing we faced a dance with the weather, we harnessed the golden, life-sustaining rays of sun and sent three groups toward the Book Cliffs for a waltz with wonderful, flowing singletrack - the thin kind, the kind we dream about, talk about, aspire to ride, and can never quite capture with words. But, our spirits knowits true name and that is all we need. Snapshots from our cameras chase the experience, but the true pictures lie etched in our minds, in our very being, transcending all stills, melding into who we are, and becoming part of the breathe we breathe from that point forward, never quite leaving us the same, but better. A bright red Indian Paintbrush flower, my favorite, greets us at the top of our first climb, lets us know spring is here, and blesses our day as we pass. We allow ourselves to be breathed…..as we shoot down Zippety Do, back up PrimeCut, tipping our hats to our four-legged brethren that move and moo to a slower beat, then down Joe's Ridge, then Kessel's Run, then up Prime-Cut again, over Chutes and Ladders, and perhaps a bit of Western Zippety with a hint of the Edge. Ridgelines of epic – absolutely and phenomenally epic singletrack - allow us to pass on the brim of the knife-edge ridges and our consciousness, givingway to the depth of the valleys below that call us back home, and at the same time offering up the breadth of naked bliss, of raw experience, and of the unparalleled joy that rolling, undulating, tight singletrack, cutting into infinity on the desert horizon, brings us. We choose to live the story, and we end the day stronger for it.
Chris M ran the Practice Loop, spotting he and Jessica's daughter, Sage, and occasionally giving her a boost up a steep climb while the other three riders joined in the fancy and fun of that wondrous place, and everyone whooped and hollered above the insane wind that carried their glee for all lucky enough to hear it and wise enough to listen, for humor and laughter are forces beyond all measure. As if another exclamation point wanted to sneak onto the end of a sentence that closes out a good poem, but is not really welcome, Susan P's van decided to pull another fast one and welcomed us back from SR with a dead battery. After Susan enrolled and completed a brief refresher course on how to push start a vehicle, all 3 adult child wannabes and one child raced after an 87 VW van that screeched and screamed toward the bottom corner of the parking lot on a diagonal that would either graduate us or park us, a fate that rested in one ironic pop of the clutch. As the engine chattered to a start and therider-now-pushers lost their grips of the bumper, we noticed a lone BMXer acrossthe parking lot who had stopped and was looking on, almost hoping we would fail,s o that he may partake in the action that resurrected past-time memories from high school and college and cheap cars and no cares…..we waved to him as we jumped into the open side of the van and drove off, laughing and sharing high fives.
Saturday night invited everyone for malts and ice cream at the Moab Diner, a modernized, nostalgic 50's diner with a mojo that appropriately honors its historical time. We celebrated our dances with the weather, our tributes and triumphs, and our companionship by a warm fire built in the hotel outdoor firepit. The latecomers grilled salmon, veggie burgers, beans, onions and veggies on camp stoves that were just as at home within the Moab city limits as they werein the dirt. A few good ales brought jolly to the party, and we celebrated with so much more than good food and drink that evening.
Darrin and Kevin on Sovereign
Susan on Sovereign
Blue sky and sun, albeit crisp temperatures, invited us all out of bed early Sunday morning. An early morning group of 5 riders headed out and shared a few hours together on Sovereign, warming up their quads for another day that a few were privy too, or capping off the trip with a nice cool down. The Madden clan and one of Sage's friends tried to hit the trail, but one of the kids could not muster her legs or emotional strength that morning, so all bid farewell at thetrail head as both groups crossed paths at different points on their journeys that day. Kevin VP and Phil M were lucky to spend another day riding, hoping tofind dry trails in Fruita Monday on their trek homeward. Susan P, Darrin S, and Andy W ventured back to Moab to pick up a new battery for Susan's van that once again moaned and groaned and was unwilling to start in the hotel parking lot. I think they headed home after that [Turns out the battery wasn't the problem. But, after another push-start in the motel parking lot, we made a dash to Boulder being careful not to turn the engine off the entire way. -Darrin] The Maddens were out too, returning to Fruita to collect their tent and memories of that day on the Book Cliffs and Loma. Roger had departed Saturday evening, yearning for a brief snow experience Sunday at his place in Winter Park, and Howard and the rest of the Blue Sky folks droveback from rain in Fruita on Saturday, sending us all good tidings and a thoughtful road report via cyberspace. The Gerbivores, Liz nursing a cold, and Brianne M bid farewell to all after a Sunday morning rendezvous at Red Rocksbakery again, our entry and exit portal to and from Moab.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I was at the Boulder track earlier tonight, Tuesday evening, watching some of the men's A/B racing leagues. By the way, I saw Charlie there at 7pm finishing up a track workout as well. For the race night, they had 4 racers for the A races, and 5 racers for the B races. The racing was pretty informal, and the track official called the race event type right before it started. The races alternated between the A and the B group, and included a combination of points and scratch races, with 3 races each for both A and B fields. During the 2nd B race, a rider lapped the field, and the other B riders forced him to cat up into the next A race right afterwards. Not only did this B rider hang with the other A racers, he won the 90 lap point race. Impressive (Sandbagger). Overall, the racing was exciting and inspiring to say the least. I'll have to try some B races some time myself.
Between races, I was chatting with a guy who works at the track, (Allen?), about the postponed Koppenberg race. Most of us now have probably heard from ACA and Boulder Racing that the Kopp is tentatively scheduled for this Sunday, April 5th, OR possibly to have the race as part of a Memorial Day omnium.
Allen said he heard that the second option is now more likely with the upcoming snow on Friday/Saturday of this week, causing Sunday the 5th to be thrown out too. That makes sense. Allen also told me he heard the race promoters are trying to enhance the Koppenberg race given the extra time for planning. While the Koppenberg is a pretty infamous local Spring race in of itself, rumor has it they're trying to make this race even bigger by adding in the classic Morgul-Bismarck loop as well.
You heard me right. M-B-K! Can you imagine a Morgul-Bismarck-Koppenberg race!?! What could be more awesome than riding the Morgul-Bismarck course from the Coors Classic AND the Koppenberg circuit in a single race!?!? The proposed course supposedly will still start behind CostCo/Target, then head out South on McCaslin to tackle the Hump (8%), then the Wall (12%), followed by the FeedHill on 128 (6.5%), head north on 93, then cruise up Marshall road back to Superior. After crossing the start line, riders will still have to face the Koppenberg circuit(s) including the crazy 18% dirt climb before finishing at the original start line.
The tentative plan supposedly has Cat 3/4 Men and all Women ride one lap of the Morgul Bismarck Loop followed by 1 or more laps of the Koppenberg course, depending on category. Pro 1-2 Men would have to do 2 full laps on the MB loop plus 4 circuits of the Koppenberg. Sweet. Here's a google maps link (see screenshot below) I mocked up (unofficial) to get an idea of the course mileage and elevation profiles:
To make this MBK race even more special, the Boulder Racing promoters are close to getting Davis Phinney, the last winner of the Coors Classic in 1988, to be there as race marshall. If Davis Phinney wasn't cool enough, the word is his son, Taylor "Mini" Phinney, recent World Champ in 4k Pursuit, will also be making an appearance. Taylor is planned to be there signing autographs before the Pro 1-2 race. And last but not least, all podium placers in each race category will be awarded a collectible "Mini" Phinney World Champion bobblehead in addition to the original prize list:
Sooo, if you missed the Koppenberg registration the first time around, here's your chance to be part of local cycling history for years to come. Don't miss it. M-B-frickin-K. I can't wait to hear more info from Boulder Racing / ACA as the race date gets closer!