Monday, December 31, 2007
CHECK OUT THE SELF PROCLAIMED "WORLDS TOUGHEST CHICK" ON ATTEMPT NUMBER TWO...BRUTAL SLAP DOWN!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
This is Uma K. Super cool roadie snow kitty who resides in Portland, Oregon, home to world class cyclocross freeks and also now the home of Eagle County transplant Ryan McFarling, who most definitely was born with the mentally deficient Cyclocross Gene.
Anyway, Uma let me in on this triple top secret Portland hydration program, head to the mountains outside Portland on a day when it is DUMPING snow and consume as many snowflakes before they hit the ground as you possibly can, this in turn will turn you into mega strong fast barrier hopping cross racer person. Funny, I thought the program was to consume as many Guinness as possible during the week and show up at the race with your eyes looking like piss holes in the snow to be successful, maybe it's time for a new program? Thanks Uma, you da bomb!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
THE VIEW OF THE ELK HEARD BEHIND HEAVY EQUIPMENT
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
and everything in Kansas was covered with half inch of ice all weekend, including my ass...
So we get to our hotel, and the next exit has a Cabela's super store. Charlie and Burnsy have never been so I force feed a little good old boy, mid-american shopping on them. My favorite item in the 10,000 square foot store was this "kids toy" complete with a buck whose head moved when the jeep moved forward....notice the classy license plate. Pretty cool eh? So while the perfect little kids in the Vail Valley are playing video games, soccer and having there bed time stories read to them, the kiddies in Kansas are learning how to tie down and drive a half dead deer around on the hood of their Jeep CJ and learning how to grow corn and shoot pheasants, Kansas Rocks.
FIND THE THREE TURKEYS IN THIS PICTURE
(kind of like "where's waldo")
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
WELCOME TO THE ICE BOWL OF CYCLOCROSS IN KC
MORNING OF DAY 1....PRE RACE.
BURNSY PINNING THE JERSEY
FREEZIN ASS BEFORE THE U23 RACE
AND SINGLESPEED MAYHEM WITH THE REDCOATS.....the reference to the "pile up"...is none other than the boys, CB and Burnsy.
BURNSY TALKS ABOUT THE CRASH
Monday, December 17, 2007
"Game on like Donkey Kong"
"Flogging himself like a rented mule"
The sprint to the line, dropping the pretenders.
Hopper, Wells and Wells...Jake Wells that is
PHOTO MIA SULLIVAN
happy endings are awesome...
CHARLIE BROWN START, CHAMPIONSHIP AGE GROUP RACE.
This was the typical chaos at the start of every race coming into this corner off the pavement as riders battled for the "hole shot" to the dirt...fun stuff ladies and gentleman, bring out your extra large balls if you are gonna line it up, and be sure to have good health insurance.
And David Burn's Start in his National Championship bid, the start.
AND EVEN THE PRO FIELD STACKED IT....
JEREMY POWERS STACKS IT BELOW INTO THE SRAM FENCE
(HE WAS ABOUT 5TH WHEEL WHEN HE ATE IT)
And then there is my start on the frozen tundra of Kansas City, a solid start, followed by a series of linked disasters on the two miles of frozen mud ruts. And for the record, NED KICKED MY ASS.
Here are the results
And then there is this, my struggle along with everyone else in the 50+ group around the course after I ate shit HARD twice, in 12 degress and 20 knot winds on a course that was 2 miles of rock hard frozen ruts from the mudfest the day before...it aint pretty. It was only a matter of time before Ned Overend lapped me ending mine and alot of other rider's day.
Just seconds from disaster...
Katie Compton scrambling up the "big turd" run-up.
And local legend (Colo Springs) gone great, Katie Compton won her fourth National Championship in a row by soundly defeating Georgia Gould (third) and Rachel Lloyd (second) by crashing less than the other riders in her field. Katie had a couple of nasty spills during the race but was able to stay collected and gather herself better than the other women when she had difficulties. Katie's superior handling skills were the difference on this day as she dropped the field half way through the opening lap never to be contested over the next forty five minutes.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I thought it appropriate to lay this post down prior to heading to Kansas City Wednesday morning with Charlie Brown and David Burns to race the Cyclocross Nationals this week. How do yoy qualify for Nationals you probably are asking? You pay your entry fees...now that is smart race promoting...allowing everyone who pays to show up and think they actually have a shot to finish even close to the leaders in their age group. In my case this means I'm lining up against Ned Overend, last year's National Champion in my age group, as well as Karl Kiester who has been taking the 35+ open field this year to the wood shed everytime he lines up and won a National Championship in 2003. Karl is 51, a year older than me. When Ned Overend enters the last night possible, everything else is a moot point. The last time I actually lined up against Ned was in 1984 at the Crested Butte Fat Tire Bike week, there were a total of 50 guys racing Mountain Bikes back then, I think I finished just behind the midway point of the field, Ned kicked my ass then, and he will kick my ass Saturday, Ned has kicked everyone's ass at some point. Suddenly my goal becomes to not get lapped TWICE in the 45 minute race. I must admit, it will be nice to see him a couple of times during the race. The reality of it all is truly to just go have a great time with the guys, race hard on Thursday and Saturday, and perhaps finish in th top half of my age group at a Nationals race. There will be lots of pics and videos to come hopefully. I just hope we survive the dreadful ice storm that is preparing to grip that part of the country...should be quite interesting.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Curt Nash, try keeping up with this guy on tele's...forgetta bout it
Jah-no Bra!! surfs up browski.
Alex....I think we made the guy late for his engagement party.
THE TELE SHREDDERS RIIIIIPPIN IT. GANGUS , NOBODY ON THE HILL BUT US CHICKENS...