Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Big balls

I'm thinking about building an obstacle course in my backyard. Big balls are a must, not over water but around trees to form a giant human pinball game. And, the course must be completed on a bicycle, of course.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


29ers are slow.
29ers are heavy.
29er don't accelerate well.
29ers aren't for XC racing.
29ers will never win a World Cup XC event.

Jaroslav Kolhavy was the first. Many more will follow.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Don't wave at me!

My (almost) daily training rides have taken me onto the Roanoke River Greenway quite often lately. It's a very easy connection from my house to loops that I like on the other side of town.

I'd have to say that about 40% of the Greenway cyclists that I see are helmetless. If that wasn't bad enough, nearly half of those want to remove one hand from the bars in order to be friendly and wave at me! For the love of Pete keep your hands on the bars! You're making me a nervous wreck!

I've seen too many experienced cyclists crash for no reason at all. So the "I ride within my ability" excuse doesn't cut it when you're riding on a hard surface with tons of unpredictable joggers, dog walkers, stroller pushers, fishermen, rollerbladers and other cyclists.

So if you're on the Greenway without a helmet and you wave to me I will ignore you. I want no parts of you cracking your noggin open.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Finish it!

It's official: I will be racing the 2011 Shenandoah Mountain 100.

I've never done anything like this before, but I will be ready. I have 9 weeks to go and have already put together a pretty solid 2-week training block that has included separate 40 and 50 mile singlespeed training rides. I have a good feeling about this so far. The mileage and hours are passing very smoothly. The surgically repaired knee is strong and pain and swelling free.

Having a big goal ahead is a very good thing. Although my 2011 racing season has not existed, the few races that I will be doing are destined to be a blast!

Here's what I have on the slate:

July 23rd - Six Hours of Rowdy Dawg - Mountain Lake, VA

Sept 4th - Shenandoah Mountain 100 - Stokesville, VA

Sept 17th - Montvale Mayhem - Bedford, VA

We'll see what else comes up...

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


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Here's the deal. I'm riding. A lot. Good bicycle things to come in the future...