Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Afton Results and Pictures Here are the solo results from the 24 Hours of Afton race. Brian-11th, Chuck-15th, Me-40th, Trent-42nd, Sears-68th. Great job everyone! Here are a few more random pictures. Enjoy.

Trent rockin the 4900. We need to get him a jersey : )

Trent after one too many Red Bulls! You the man Trent : )

Mario making friends at Afton. I want a dog.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Afton Aftermath Afton didn't go as well as I hoped it would. Started off trying to beat Kerkove on the run. I'm too slow to be doing that. I'll learn one of these days. Hit the first climb and had no power. That was pretty much the story until I pulled the plug at 3 o'clock in the morn. I had a few falls and one good crash somewhere in there. Brian had a good race with 11 laps. Trent had a stellar performance as well. He got six laps, and managed to shave 40 minutes off of his best lap from last year. Amazing! Sears managed a few laps on his fixed 29er. That couldn't have been easy with all the hills and fast downhills. To each their own I guess : ) Chuck was still going stong with 11 laps when we had packed up camp early. Have to wait till the Afton site posts the results to see where he ended up. Overall a good performance from our camp. Thanks go out to our solo pit crew person Tonia. Thanks to Alane and Dick for the deviled eggs. Mmmmmm. Thank you Chuck for letting us use your RV. That was nice. Congrats go to Team Cannondale with the one two punch of Mr.24 and Bucannondale. It's gotta be the shoes! That's all folks. Here are some photos.

Mario and me getting aquainted on the ride down : ) You fed him, right?

Sears admiring his bike on the left. Trent working on his knot tying skills. Mario on the trail for some bitches. Tonia surveying her support setup. And Brian, well I'm not sure what he is doing.

In other news. The Hummenys' had a great weekend at a 8 hr race in Canada. And Nick Martin pops the question on his blog. That blows my mind. Proposing after three days? It took me nine years! Wow. I'll try and post more pictures later. Blogger is acting up again.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Afton here I come Well after weeks of agonizing over whether or not I would be able to go to 24 Hours of Afton. I am going to be there this weekend. With over 70 solo racers it should be a good one. Brian, Sears, Trent and even Mr. 24 himself are going to be there. Maybe the Lederhosen laden Fox will show up as well. Looks like highs in the 70's and low's in the 50's with a slight chance of rain. Comfortable weather as long as it's not pouring like at Nine Mile. Trent is bringing a secret weapon that I would like to borrow on all the climbs : ) What is this weapon I speak of? Here he is.

Super Mario! I'll be making friends with him on the ride down : )

In other news. I started my new job on Monday. I spent the first day filling out a bunch of paper work. Then I got to watch nine training videos, and that wasn't even all of them. I think it is going to be a great place to work once all of the training is out of the way.

If I don't blog again before the weekend. Have a good one.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Random Post Went to Maplelag with Trent today. It was a great ride. The deer flies have died off and there are still no mosquitoes. Temps were in the 80's, but there was a nice breeze to cool us down. There was almost two miles of new singletrack. That means just over a nine mile course for the Laddies Loppet race in two weeks. It was good to get out there and see all of the new and old stuff. That course never fails to humble me. I had a few close calls on the lake drops. Trent had a nice slow motion Over-the-bars moment. I wish I had remembered my camera : ) Oh well, now Trent can deny it. Brian you need to get up this way with the 9.9 soon. You would love it. How about coming up for the Loppet? In other news. It looks like Dave Nice is looking at putting on a Trans-Iowa style race in Colorado next Fall. That would be a lot of fun. I should have more vacation to work with by that time as well. It also looks like Trans-Iowa V.3 is a go for next year. It is going to be a loop course instead of across the state though. I like that idea very much. Check out this post from Nick Martin's blog. I'd give anything for a Moots snow bike that carries your stove fuel in the fork and downtube. Wow! Speaking of snow bikes. Who wants to go to the Arrowhead 135 race on Feb. 5th? I'll be in GF again this weekend. Maybe it won't rain like last weekend, and I can check out the new trails at Turtle River. Talk to ya later.

Friday, August 11, 2006

New Job Well I can finally quit spending Jen's money. I got a new job yesterday. I just hope that I pass the drug test and physical : ) They don't test for HGH or EPO, do they? : ) At least I don't have to worry about a negative testosterone to epitestosterone ratio like Paddy : ) Anyway I should be starting at FedEx on the 21st. This means I might have to miss 24 Hours of Afton though. We'll see. I'll try and make it work. If you haven't already. Check out Brian's blog for pictures of the Climbs of the Tour de France. Alpe d'Huez! I'm soooo jealous. Heading to GF this weekend. I hope it doesn't rain. I'd like to go and check out the new trails at Turtle River. I'm also contemplating running a 10k on Saturday. A little cross training for CX season. Hope everyone has a great weekend! Later