Sprint action

Man, pilule its been a while since Ive written.   This is due to the workload that the end of the term brought, more info where it became eat, sleep ride, school do homework…Which really isn’t much different than what I do the rest of the term, but there was less snippets of time to waste.  I have to say, it was really nice being able to come home from a race and not have to do homework in the evening.  Anyways to the action:
-banana 1, it was dry to start with, but raining at the end and cold.  I also missed the break.  oops.  Took 3rd in the field sprint, wasn’t quite positioned well enough, Aaron Sanders took a well deserved win when he attacked the break and destroyed it.

Banana 2-postponed a week due to snow, which was good for me because I was sick so I wasn’t going anyways, so I didn’t waste a race fee.  This race was wet and cold start to finish.  Once again, missed the break.  took 9th in the race…again… two weeks in row.  Even Elken took the win today, when he attacked his only break away mate Paul Boucier a little ways towards the finish.

Banana3-After working the UO race all day the day before, it was nice to be able to race my bike, and was a good reminder as to how much work goes into putting one of these on, I haven’t worked a race for a while, so working it was good in that it reminded me how much promoters and volunteers put into putting on an event-make sure you thank them, and don’t be a jerk when talking to them about something you may be unhappy about during the race.  Anyways, woke up early, and was happy to see it wasn’t  raining for once during the race.  The race had a lot of attacks and was pretty aggressive most of the time.  At about 3 k away from the finish, I went off with Paul Boucier and some other dude, Paul and I tried to stay away, but it didnt work, and the pack caught us with 50 meters to the line.  To the person sitting me and Pauls wheel – would have been nice if you could have pulled (at least once) rather than just sitting on and attacking at 250 meters, maybe we could have stuck it…   >:-(    thats an angry face…Jacob Rathe took the win from the field, and his team mates took 2nd and 3rd, nice job, although I gotta admit, I wasn’t happy to see you coming around me so close to the finish.

And now with the term over, Ill have some good time to train this week, hopefully the weather is nice!!
Heres a little video of Derek and I having some fun at the crit course, visit
filmed and edited by Ivar.

Enjoy!

Banana Belts

Man, public health its been a while since Ive written.   This is due to the workload that the end of the term brought, discount where it became eat, sleep ride, school do homework…Which really isn’t much different than what I do the rest of the term, but there was less snippets of time to waste.  I have to say, it was really nice being able to come home from a race and not have to do homework in the evening.  Anyways to the action:
-banana 1, it was dry to start with, but raining at the end and cold.  I also missed the break.  oops.  Took 3rd in the field sprint, wasn’t quite positioned well enough, Aaron Sanders took a well deserved win when he attacked the break and destroyed it.

Banana 2-postponed a week due to snow, which was good for me because I was sick so I wasn’t going to race this weekend anyways, and my race fee didn’t go to waste.  The next week, when the race took place, was wet and cold from start to finish.  Once again, missed the break.  took 9th in the race…again… two weeks in row.  Evan Elken took the win today, when he attacked his only break away mate Paul Boucier a bit from the finish, good work Evan.

Banana3-After working the UO race all day the day before, it was nice to be able to race my bike, and was a good reminder as to how much work goes into putting one of these on, I haven’t worked a race for a while, so working it was good in that it reminded me how much promoters and volunteers put into putting on an event-make sure you thank them, and don’t be a jerk when talking to them about something you may be unhappy about during the race.  Anyways, woke up early, and was happy to see it wasn’t  raining for once during the race.  The race had a lot of attacks and was pretty aggressive most of the time.  At about 3 k away from the finish, I went off with Paul Boucier and some other dude, Paul and I tried to stay away, but it didnt work, and the pack caught us with 50 meters to the line.  To the person sitting me and Pauls wheel – would have been nice if you could have pulled (at least once) rather than just sitting on and attacking at 250 meters, maybe we could have stuck it…   >:-(    thats an angry face…Jacob Rathe took the win from the field, and his team mates took 2nd and 3rd, nice job, although I gotta admit, I wasn’t happy to see you coming around me so close to the finish.

And now with the term over, Ill have some good time to train this week, hopefully the weather is nice!!

Sublimity and Jack Frost weekend…a little late post.

So its been about a week since Sublime Sublimity Circuit and Jack Frost.  Sublime was a great course, visit some good short climbs and an always changing terrain.  It quickly turned into a race of attrition, hygiene with going hard on the climbs, epilepsy but whenever it wasn’t up hill, I found myself on the front doing about 75 watts with no one wanting to work(or in the pack, doing 45 watts) Definitely a race of pain and recover.  Even Plews wanted non of that, and eventually went off on his own to keep a steady pain through out the course doing a solo break away that stuck until the end, great job man.  The final few miles into the finish for the pack were pretty slow, with no one wanting to do the work for the other 8 or so that were left in the lead group.  I was on the front keeping an easy pace waiting for someone to move or until we hit the final sprint distance up the short steep hill.  As soon as we got to the final hill I hit the gas, and the hill seemed to disappear beneath me.  nearing the line, I didn’t see anyone in my peripherals, so I looked around and had a good lead on the other guys, looks like trainings been paying off.

The next day was Jack Frost TT.  I thought this would be an especially good race for me now to test my steady state power and see what kind of improvements Ive made over the winter.  Last year my TT seemed to be my Achilles heal, so I made sure to train to make it faster.  Before the TT we drove up and warmed up, when I ran into Quinn and rode around with him a little before the race started.  The weather wasn’t too bad, pretty dry for the most part, looks like I lucked out the whole weekend as far as weather.  Once I got to the line, I saw that I had Josh Liberles in front of me, and Aaron Sander in front of him, so I knew Id have some good carrots to hold my attention.  I think I went out just a little to fast, and gained some time on Josh, but in the second half he really threw down the hammer and I gave it all back, but all in all I put down a good time and felt a lot better than the in TTs from last year, so I passed the Test.  As usual, Super TT beast Seth Hosmer threw down an unbreakable time for the day…except for a fully covered recumbent, but Id like to see what Seth could do in one of those…actually, you better not try it Seth, it might break apart due to the air friction caused by the high speed as a satellite does as it enters the earths atmosphere…But in all seriousness, great ride Seth.