Monday, August 27, 2012

weekly update

Great week of riding, the warm weather is back. I managed to get in up to 4 rides with some of the athletes I coach last week.

Capped off with riding the provincials course yesterday up in Duntroon. Great course, Sudbury is naturally awesome and still my favourite course of the year, but The amount of work that the Duntroon builders put in is impressive and it shows with a great hard course.

I got a few good road rides in as well, hope to get a few more road miles in this week.

Lance Armstrong ....whatever, im more done with it more than he is.

Yeah I know exciting, one thing I am started to get excited about is Crank the Shield, reading the course descriptions were giving me butterflies.

Monday, August 20, 2012

"How many Crits do you do a year?"

A question Scott Bentley asked as we did our F1 style parade lap last night, but Ill back up to another great event the Mountainview 9 hour. AKA the best kept non-secret on the mountainbike calender. Thomas puts on a great event every year (at least the two ive done) 

I never give up a chance to ride mountainview site of my 4th favourite O-cup course of all time behind Calabogie
Elliot Lake

We had a great time up there, ended up 3rd behind the total sports team in second and Bikeland taking the big W. The main battle came down to Bretton and I going for the fastest lap and the big giant cheque that went with it. In the end Bretton got me by 10 seconds, but we were able to stay friends.

Another great event by the Mountainview CC

Getting home late and knowing what lay ahead Sunday night I slept in and opted out of Epping. To be honest the way the interclubs have been going im starting to lose a bit of interest in them. Starting to feel like free for alls instead of an Aussie Pursuit.

Back to the Georgian 200, it started off with a flying 420meter lap, my specialty,  I wowed the fans with my 10th place in that. which I figure is about 50kph, well short of the 56kph the fastest lap did.

The flying lap was our staging spot, where I was lined up beside Scott, he didnt like the answer I gave him. Thinking back the last crit i did was probably in the 90's. But Short tracks are crits kinda right?

The track at Sunset is very unique its tough to call it an actual road crit, with the banked corners it felt more like riding a Velodrome.

We did a lap behind a corvette pace car, Ed called it a F1 formation lap, but really it was more like Nascar as we were lined up two abreast. just details though

Pace car pulled off and we were off, the pace was pretty high right from the gun, of course me being the stupid MTber I got my nose right in the mix right away. Actually setting up the first lapping by Anton and a few others, again me being the dumb Mtber thought it was going to get caught so I let off, only to see the big group ease up and allow the small group to lap the field, Doh.

But a few laps later I hit the gas again a few other joined me and put a lap back into the field. So there were about 10 or so on the lead lap. That was the last time id put any ground on anyone.

Jeff Moote and I tried another lapping, we were actually getting close till Anton said NO!! and just dragged the field back to us. This was close the halfway mark. And marks when I started to lose a little steam. The rest is blur but after two more groups putting laps into the group I was down a lap.

With fading legs I was happy to just still be in the field. I was starting to have trouble catching wheels on accelerations and after the 50 to go mark a gap opened up and two of us were left in the wind. Thats always been my weak point in Road, going from 40kph to 50kph, its whole other kind of acceleration.

**After 100 laps if a rider was 4 laps down we would be asked to retire(from the race not in general). Also we were allowed to mix back into the group, we didnt have to stay separate which was good

I did about 10 or so laps with another rider before the group came back by, it was an effort but I was able to get back into the group. At this point i was just staring at the riders infront of me, as long as the pace was steady it was easy to stay on, lasted till 3 to go, when another acceleration went, but with only a couple laps i was able to just ride it in without losing another lap.

finished up 11th 2 laps down. It was tough, but a ton of fun, really exciting racing, everyone was attacking chasing, working,

In the end Anton the Destroyer won it,

Big thanks to the real deal crew for another unique and awesome event, if your looking for something a little different I definitely recommend this event and their Hell of the North in April.

And the Commisaires for staying up late and scoring what was probably a tough event to keep track of. 

off to guide a MTB ride in the Copeland, hope my legs work

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Buckwallow re-cap

After 24 years of racing in the elite category the Buckwallow win remained elusive, now its just Albion. But with sundays race in the books Im able to put that puppy to bed.

The first two laps were pretty exciting, I was lined up a couple rows back, got started immediately riding through a ditch, opting to try and ride it out. Then quickly realized Matt P was right my 34 single ring wasn't going to be enough. In the first couple KM all I could do is spin at 120 and hold onto wheels. But when we did eventually hit singletrack or climbs I was ready to go.

The leaders were long gone, I was in the high teens for the first half lap, but when gaps started forming I was able to start picking off riders. I wasnt sure if i would ever see the lead group again, Buckwallow can be tough to close gaps, and open gaps.

But with the 1st lap at an end I realized I did put some time into them. Lap 2 my 34-12 was acuatlly pretty good, forced me to spin it out on the double track and recover a bit, so I could punch all the short singletrack climbs.  By mid-lap I was on the back of the lead group of 5, passing was another story, again the single didnt really allow a whole lot of "go" so i had to wait for climbs, and even then on some of the double track theres really only one good line.

By West denile I was third wheel, then before the last piece of singletrack I was able to move into the lead. Going into Loam Rider. I remembered pre-riding it was faster to go around the rock over's, and even thinking they should tape them off. The first ride-around being blind, I turned hard into it, got about 5 feet down the trail where the tape started, bam, then noticed two ladies standing on the course(well off the course), they both screamed but I missed them, another piece of tape and I was back on course. So i guess they taped it off after pre-riding...... they should have post pre-riding sessions. (dont worry I let Sean know all this)(then he made fun of me saying ill probably blog about it.....)

Pete protested but I sighted the new rule, and the windham DH and Zandstra Blue mountain off course "no gain"  precedents. He withdrew and we carried on, and thats pretty much all the excitement, I was able to eek out small gains in the singletrail, riding my Phaser probably gave me a slight edge over Pete and Ryan on hardtails. Then spin it to win it on the long pieces of doubletrack where the fully was also awesome on all the roots I was able to sit and pedal.

Lap 3 was fairly open so I was able to push it, lap 4 was neutral as it usually is, then lap 5 I was able to push it again.

Rocked out the Real Deal Podium Protocol, I hear it may be banned next year.

Big thanks to Kevin and Norco for setting the Phaser up for the weekend, prefect buckwallow bike,

Up next 9 hour at Mountainview, Its going to be a blast, Kevin, Sue, Bretton and myself, Brett and I will probably just try to each get the fastest lap and end up killing each other.

Epping sunday, love that course, then possibly maybe, thinking about doing the triple with the Real Deal Georgian 200 at Sunset Speedway,  nighttime crit under the lights on a race track, closest thing to Nascar Ill ever get a chance to do.  

Sunday, August 5, 2012

more riding less bloggin

General fitness is coming along, got in three big rides this week 130km on wednesday up and around big chute, 160km yesterday no real destination just rode around alot, from Lake simcoe to Georgian bay and lots in between. Capped the week off with 120km to Creemore and back with some guys(yup got to ride with actual human beings) The guys went easy on me, attempted a Fairgrounds road climb strava cold after a coffee, no dice. Ill need to plan another trip over there. On the way back we got hit hard with rain, thankfully unlike southern california it was very pleasant and warm and had us smiling all the way home. 

Geek out stuff, I think I've hit my aerodynamic limit on my road bike and position, busted out a new cp20 (at least for the past few years) 8% more than a month ago, but my 15km TT time only dropped by about 10 seconds. Same setup, clothes, weather. 42.6kph avg may be where wattage to time goes exponential with my current TT setup (getting in the drops)

 Im hitting the couch for the next 24 hours I think.

....or going to ride buckwallow tomorrow