CORDIALLY FROM THE "ADDICTED TO BICYCLES" STAFF
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I received a text message from this guy yesterday, Courtney wawawawawuzup Gregory, (mafia racing) regarding his first Xterra World Championship (amateur) effort in Hawaii. This was Court's first year doin the Tri thing and he was 6th in his age classification at nationals...not bad for a freak.
And by the way...the winner of the Xterra world's..Conrad Stoltz..uses SQUIRT lube exclusively!
When you ride bikes with a large group of knuckle heads who are in their mid life faze of refusing to slow down on their bikes because we all believe we are immortal, it is very important to befriend a doc to join your group so he is always available on an as needed basis. Enter into the picture Doc Ed Dent, one of our riding buddies who also happens to be our local general practioner...man has this guy saved the day for us on many occassions. From the road bike pile up on Hwy 6 in Gypsum when he was summonsed to come patch and stitch up Johnny Danger and the boys, to the late night X-rays of Aimen's broken hand when he wrecked on his Mt Bike in the Maze....Doc Ed has saved the day many a time, god bless him.
Having lost sleep last night because my knee felt jacked up while making all of these crazy crackling noises as well as being quite painful when I was going through routine stretching, and fearing the worst, I went to see Doc today and after pulling on and twisting the knee I racked in Sunday's Boulder CX race....he assured me I'm OK...perfect!
Back to Boulder next weekend for Redline and Boulder Cup racing. This time with the Master's crew.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Jeez o moley...I've been trying to upload a JW video all season, uploading in this forum has proven to be quite the challenge, but here it is. Jake' s been killin it all season including the two XC races in Eagle last weekend, where he crushed the pros both days. Checkem out...I'll let ya know when I get his Brecktobercross "SAVE" up and runnin.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sam Brown (252) powering the pedals up the hill like dad Charlie would.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
WHO IS THIS FREAK? Jake Wells (http://www.mafiaracing.com/) on day two, lapped all but three riders in the men's open race. The course became a slopfest as temps rose into the mid 30's later in the day. Earlier the temps were in the high 20's....I literally froze my ass off during my race and left part of a cheek out there which was later used to build the snowman below.
Jake Wells the day before had one of his best victories period as far as I'm concerned. He crushed it right out of the starting gate and beat Jay Henry (in his first CX race), Mike Janelle, and Glen Light out of Steamboat by a substantial gap...Jay Henry came with a brutal chase with two to go and closed the gap down on his Mt Bike...but put himself in the CYCLOCROSS LOCKER OF HURT trying to catch and eventually conceded the very well earned victory to JW. Wife Linda and Daughter Tatum gleamed with joy as dad threw down his big can of woopass. Big win...Jay Henry could race in the Flintstone Mobile and it would be one hell of an effort to beat him...for JW, the future is now.
Courtney Gregory (mafiaracing.com) stands next to the GIANT snowman that showed up to greet racers just before entering "the maze".
IT DUMPED 6 INCHES OF SNOW LAST NIGHT....IT'S GONNA BE EPIC CX CONDITIONS!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
With ACA cyclocross coming to Eagle this Saturday and Sunday thanks to Ken from Independent Fabrications, who put together the Western Slope Cross series, the local boys headed out to the course sight today to start creating the course. With implements in hand we knocked out most of the work and should be ready to go by Saturday A.M. Of course we knocked off at dark with a Guinness and the course will be similar to many of our old courses with a couple of minor tweeks. We don't get the chance to Cross very often here folks, so come out and enjoy and thank the fellas for their hard work......Charlie Brown, PFD, Brian, and Courtney wawawawawazup Gregory...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF THE NOSE DIVE DURING THE 24 HOURS OF MOAB...ONLY A HAND FULL OF RIDERS ACTUALLY RODE DOWN THIS INSANE FACE. UNFORTUNATELY, NONE WHILE I WAS THERE TAKING PICS...DO YOU SEE A NEGOTIABLE LINE ANYWHERE IN THIS VIDEO TO RIDE? I BEG TO DIFFER.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Meanwhile back at the race, locals ripped it up. Mike Janelle (Tokyo's) and Nat Ross (Subu/Gary Fischer) were in the money for the overall as a DUO team but faded during the night hours. Janelle, the sick one pictured here. road the "Nose Dive" clean every lap (that's nine times folks)
!XXX! AND THIS IS THE NOSE DIVE !XXX!
in Men's Vet, Mike Gibbs, Ronan, Bill Mac and Adam Plummer squeaked one out for second over Jono Ridler, Toph Leonard, Zach Bingham and Adam Palmer who drove out to Moab race morning to replace Steve White who came down sick the day prior...a HUGE effort from Palms to get the boys on the Podge (the podium). Nice work guys.
Killin it in Women's Vet, and almost beating every women's team out there was the team of Julie Morrow, Heather Sappenfield, Katie Brazelton, and Michelle Keane. This is where the SQUIRT crew set up camp as we'd rather have hung out with some of the fastest chikas during the race than a bunch of stinky dudes...Great work ladies! We had a blast crashing your camp!
Main highlight of the the weeee hours of night racing was hanging out with the Telluride support crew for Rob P. Lichtenwalner, friends of Dave Griebling from SQUIRT. We brought gifts (Crown Royal) to their tent which the support crew galdly HAMMERED DOWN in record time. We then spent the rest of the evening trying to burn every single goathead weed we could find within a mile of camp. It was a HUGE time as we screamed for everyrider on course and watched select riders jump the "Karma" fire pit where we promised "time primes" for succesful jumpers.the karma fire pit on solo row.
Rob P. Lichtenwalner finished third in men's solo...the dude was sick, he would come into the tent after the lap, eat a grape and go back on course, I'm not sure how the hell he pulled off a third but the guy was an incredibly tough SOB from South Africa
DEREK J. FISH BELOW, HIS FIRST LAP, HENCE THE SMILE
And one of the best freekin stories in the men's solo division was Derek Fish on his single speed, I caught this pic of him on lap one at "the move" on the first climb in the middle of 400 riders. When I finally went to sleep at 2 A.M. Fish was in 19th place in Solo....which I thought was a pretty amazin effort on the single speed. When I woke up and checked the standings that morning he had moved up to 6th. Sick, I stood on the last hill of the course to go scream at his ass and encourage him to do one more lap before cutoff. I waited for a long time, when he finally came buy me he was battered physically and broken mentally, it was 11:30, I jumped his ass with every bit of encouragement I could and he simply looked at me and said "I think I'm done". Just looking at him told me he was indeed done, but I shouted encouragement just the same, he gave it all he had as I put a hand on the small of his back to push him up and over the last climb to the tent on the road and felt the weight of a man who had just left every ounce in his body out on the course. He finished 8th overall in solo. What a warrior.
When you drink and don't race...this is the result. The ignorance of youth.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
As many of you know, last years 24 of Moab experience was miserable for EVERYONE. This year left endless opportunities for someone still pisssed off about last year to not only protest this experience but perhaps show thier displeasure in some way at this years race. Attached is the video which shows how someone decided to protest last years ripoff of the masses. Notice when you stop the video, the orange ski mask, covered by the 1983 Brancale helmet (seen that one before?). This charge to the tent took place 15 seconds before the first racers (Mike Janelle) entered the start tent after the first lap had concluded as the rider shown poached the first lap honors under full camo....orange ski mask, patagonia boxers pulled up to his boobs, no sox, and a Squirt Lube sleeveless mid-drift jersey. Notice the announcer reference to Rosie Ruiz? And notice the Salsa El Santo under foot.......unfortunately the video was taken sideways so you must turn your head to appreciate it....as well as slow it down as I was COMIN IN HOT. yeah....
the "poacher" hits the tent hot on lap one.
AND THEN THE ESCAPE FROM THE START TENT....WITH THE LEADERS COMING IN RIGHT BEHIND ME....
dog with game face on...Moab 2007
ROCKIES 4 DIAMONDBACKS 1
Friday, October 12, 2007
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Monday, October 8, 2007
and on the third lap (or was it the second?) I see this punk come flashing by me on the climb...and it's none other than Mario Chiarani (mario c), 15 years old, and racing with the 45+ crew because he has scared all the other juniors out of the sport. I'm currently running 11th in a pretty good field and as Mario blows by me he looks over as if to say "come on old man, lets go get some." At that point I'm just hanging on for life and trying to hold my place in the race as he disappears into the top ten....my only solace that I was able to ride the short sandy run-up which he had to dismount and run...making more ground on me in reality. At my age I find clutching for straws is the only way to get anything one-up on this kid at this point. MC finshed 8th in a smokin field...and may have finished higher with a better start. Nice job grasshopper. Check out HIS blog at http://racerwrenchkid.blogspot.com/
Larry G himself, either off the front, or off the back, I'll leave that up to you. At least I was not sprinting to the toilet.
Wow...definitely feelin the love of 50 years today. Big time CX racing this weekend in Frisco with plenty of local talent throwin it around. In the middle, Dave Burns of the Mountain Pedaler team on the day two run-up. Burnsy crushed it and finished 6th in the mens Cat 4 race. The top pic is Courtney Gregory (mafiaraing.com) drivin to a top ten in the Mens Cat 3 race (Georgia Gould crushed the men's cat 3 race the day before...amazin). And the lower shot is Charlie Brown, shop owner of Mountain Pedaler, cresting the run-up as he prepares for a run at Nationals in Kansas City this year in December. As for myself, racing the open 45+ cat is becoming an excersize in futility as far a high placement in the standings goes as I'm racing against a bunch of ex pro roadies. When Steve Meyer from summit is placing 6th you know you have your work cut out for you. I mean Meyer is a guy who was regularly beating Peter Davis in our Local Mt Bike scene this summer for the first time, which means he is a VERY fast rider, and he is finishing 6th? Yikes. I placed 19th and 14th respectively and despite getting my ass handed to me realize that at 50, it is a blessing to be out there with these guys and that I still LOVE CXing despite the toll on my body and cycling ego. This may actually be the perfect training for Nationals as I'll be in a group of 50+ guys instead of 45+.......we shall see.
Jake Wells also racing for Mafia, crushed the mens open field on Sunday finishing second, sorry I missed that one JW but CB was drivin and had to get back home......ALL LOCALS COME OUT FOR THE TWO EAGLE CX RACES ON THE 20TH AND 21ST OF OCTOBER.....see u there!