Time Trial fun

Willamette was canceled due to lack of riders filling up the fields and the promoters were not able to cover the costs as a result unfortunately.  But Karey and I were going to get our racing in one way or another, anorexia so we decided to head up to do the Deschuttes River Valley TT festival.  It was a lot of cool courses for time trialing.  They had it all-climbs, diagnosis flats, wind, descents.  Good times.  The riding there was nice, and the wind was pretty incredible.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to fly my kite, but I did get pushed around a fair bit from the wind.  I don’t think Ive ever ridden in stronger wind than this weekends.

The 48 mile time trial was a first, it was a lot of fun actually, and kind of has me thinking about doing some other ultra endurance time trials.  Ill have to look into it sometime this year, maybe the ring of fire at the end of the season would be fun.

Team Oregon busts out the Ws!

Eugene roubaix was fun.  Its always nice to race on roads I train on all the time, diagnosis and a little weird, it feels a little more relaxed when you see already know every crack in the road thats coming up.  The Roubaix had a good turn out and some beautiful weather.  Mark Blackwelder was off the front from the get go, staying out of reach of the surging peloton.  There were a few attacks and some moves, but nothing really stuck untill going into the 2nd to last lap, when Rob English made an attack going over the hill.  Bannick, Beardsley, Hosmer and myself chased after him and got the gap.  At the crest of the next hill on crow we had caught blackwelder and were in a smooth running pace line.  That was really the best part of the whole race, that everyone got up the road and started working together immediately.  It seems theres a lot of races where things get up the road, but one or two idiots just sit there, or are clogging up the pace line.  I hate that.  For those that do that, why do you do that?  If your just going to sit on, then dont even bother getting of the front, when theres an attack just go to the back of the pack, its a better place for that sort of  thing.  And dont give me that “Im tired” Business, Blackwelder was off from the getgo, and when we caught up to him he jumped right in and did his share of the work (great ride man).  Any ways, so we all worked together to make a fast and smooth pace line, and it was fun.  It came down to a sprint in the end and I won.  VerNice!

That night after the race we drove down to Ashland to stay with Zach Winters at his moms place, where he cooked up some sweet potatoes and chard.  It was amazing.  We got to sleep in the next day since our race wasn’t until the afternoon, so we took our time in the morning and made a little coffee and pastry stop at a cafe after eating some delicious oats with fruit.  The race was WARM.  Feels good to finally get out and race in just shorts and bibs.  Kennett and I were hoping to go 1,2 in the race, but things didn’t quite work out that way.  In order to establish a break one of us was going to have to put down the hammer to string it out and give the other one of us the chance to get away.  Since I won the day before, it was my turn to do some damage and start swinging the hammer.  I made an attack on a short steep hill counting on some chasing, which happened.  Things were strung out nicely and guys were having to breath a little, but this was just the prelude.  kennett came up and helped me ride a bit of tempo on the flats before the final pitch where our move was to take place.  Going into the short finishing hill I started drilling it again and things were strung out a lot and starting to break apart, then Kennett made the attack near the top, taking Paul Boucier with him.  After he made the attack I sat up a bit to help slow down any chasers and get the gap open.  It worked perfectly, heading into the descent there was a gap and everyone was too tired to chase hard or get organized immediatly and they were able to maintain the gap and catch the lone rider up the road who rode off earlier in the lap.  Kenji and I sat in the pack and blocked a bit, letting Therapeutic Associates do the work on the front.  Eventually Kennett and Paul dropped their 3rd accomplice on the final lap, opening up the final podium spot to the field.  Kenji did a great job of helping me keep the front controlled so we could make sure to take the field sprint, and keep the time gap good for our man in the break.  Meanwhile kennett was riding strong and taking the win off the front.  In the final kilometers leading to the finish kenji was keeping me at the front, until it was the final climb when it was time for me to get the job done.  Mission accomplished.

Rides in Klamath Falls

So someone asked OBRA about some good rides in klamath, this so I figured I would post some of my bread and butter rides when Im training in Klamath Falls, neuropathologist there are some pretty good rides down there, just make sure you bring enough water and food because you will be in the middle of nowhere half the time:
1hr small hill: ride out lake shore drive to hwy 140, turn left, follow to 66, turn left.  Follow under the 97 over pass, turn left onto green springs, follow it back to town.  this stretch of 140 has a really wide shoulder and is pretty good.

2 hrs and flat Follow the bike path out to Olene, its pretty nice.  Go through Olene on 140, and turn right to cross the river, then turn right again onto crystal springs, turn left onto hill rd, follow untill Dehlinger and turn right.  Follow it across the intersection after a few miles when it turns into cross rd, follow this untill Tingley Ln, turn right, follow to 140, turn left onto 140.  It has a wide shoulder and is pretty safe, follow this to greensprings Dr, turn right and go back to town.

3hrs: Head out hwy 66 to keno, when you get to a fork, go left to stay on 66 and go through keno, then you have 2 options:

Lots of climbing (steep): Here you can either turn left on the Hammecker mtn access road (Chase mtn Rd), roads a little rough, but a huge climb up to 6590 ft, 10 miles of climbing and takes around an hr to climb if your chillin.  Then turn around and descend back down to the bottom and turn back. 50 miles.
Or:
Some climbing (mostly not very steep): Ride past hammecker mtn(chase Mtn rd) road after you go through keno and stay on 66 riding along the Klamath river, down the straight descent to topsy reservoir, then turn right onto keno access road after crossing the reservoir.  Follow this untill Spencer creek rd, turn right onto this road, follow this to clover creek and turn right again, follow this back to keno and go straight back to Klamath-loops about 50 miles and takes about 3 hours.

Or ride out and back on 66, a couple of good climbs 2+ hrs

6 hrs: Keno access road goes all the way to howard prarie, if you want a long ride go there and come back to klamath dead indian mem. to clover creek, itll be about 6 hours and 95 miles.

There arent many bad roads to ride on, just stay off of 97 all the time, and 140 most of the time except for the short conectors.

There are some Mtn rides too, but Ive only explored a little bit on my cross bike.  A lot of fun is to take a cross bike and hit up all the forest service roads.  Just don’t get lost…