Monday, August 31, 2009
Amidst a thunderous ovation from his partisan Greenville, South Carolina crowd massed along the finishing straight, George Hincapie (Team Columbia-HTC) sprinted to his third US professional road championship on Sunday, besting breakaway companions Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Jeff Louder (BMC Racing Team).
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The chasers try to minimize damage...
Scotty Borkmansk was in the bad place all day....
The Kopp takes a victim
Somewhat organized chaos...
One of the Lead groups keeps the pressure on...
Mafia's Spencer Paulus charging up the loose climb
Another Kopp victim...
Saturday, August 29, 2009
A quick "suggestion" about breakfast in MoabRed Cliffs Lodge, Moab, Utah....sweet eve for a party with friends
And of course with temps above 100 degrees during the day, I needed a quick morning ride before heading out of town, so I opted for my pre-ride of the 24 hour course at 7am to beat the heat. Alot of surprises out there. The early season rain has scoured the course, it's fast and firm most of the way now, and there are big signs of erosion in spots you did not have them previously. Almost the entire descent back into the start area on the road is down to the hard pack due to all the sand having washed away, it's bizarre, and it's fast. Keep your fingers crossed for low winds between now and race day, not likely.....
Slip your rear tire climbing this and you will pay
Things look alot different out there being scoured by rain, The Nose Dive
If you've raced the course, you probably have never looked up to see this archway in the bluff rock, there is another on the back side as well.
Prepping the room for hot laps...
A New Olympic Record, it was just a matter of time...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Special to the Vail Daily/www.dickdime.info
Dick Dime likes to say that he is a man-child and that he will never grow up.
His athletic accomplishments include 3rd in 40-44 AG in 5430 Long Course Triathlon in Boulder Colorado, a 2:52 marathon, a 1:17 half marathon, placing overall in many local races. You can find more details about his race results on his Athlinks Page
On August 22, 2009, during a training ride for Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Richard was involved in a really bad car-bike accident. He suffered a serious head injury. The road to recovery will be long. Richard doesn't have health insurance or close family to take care of him but his awesome group of friends are by his side. Their care as well as the support of the triathlon community has been remarkable so far, but he will need a lot more help and support going forward and making his way back to a full recovery.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Eagle County 9000, a first of its kind bike race, will allow cyclists to compete in a 9,000 foot, straight-line speed dash along the newly finished runway, before it’s grooved and put into service. The race will be capped at 32 riders per category and includes two flights in each category, one female and one male flight. There will be a youth category for those ages 10 to 14, an open category, a vet category for ages 35 and older and an open cruiser bike category. The race will include a semi-final flight in each category followed by a final flight where the top four from each semi-final flight will race against each other. The youth bike race will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed the open, vet and cruiser bike categories at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I did learn a few new words today watching these fine TV programs, Many people had to Ax the judge a question, and the new term for an Acura is Akra
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The latest edition to our singletrack network was completed this week, a trail I call "Rose Garden" after the person who took the initiative to get er done, Kent Rose. Many people busted knuckles to get this one done and it's a great addition to the network. Killer views over Brush Creek from the Bluff top are the highlight with more classic Eagle windy twisty trail through sage fields. The track is VERY loose right now until we get some rain, watch the speed in the corners until then as washing out is easy to do in the soft corners...Thanks to all that helped, INCLUDING the jail prisoners (for real) that came out and did an awesome job. Community Service served well!
Burmed corners with drainage
Cattle guards and fencing all complete
Rock and dirt work done...go rip it
Thursday, August 20, 2009
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
3/4 of Team Mafia, Courtmansk on course
T Wells gets ready to burn a hot lap like dad
Sunset in Gunny was a monster
Dark hours arrive
Dubber talks about the next lap
Jeff Thompson heads out just seconds in front of Jdubs on lap five as the battle continues
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wiens chuckles at the thought of actually chasing Armstrong, then it's Shriver who was the lead out for Lance, Grant, who says "man he is going fast" at mention fo the four minute gap, and Lance's 12 Hours of Snowmass partner Zanni.
Travis Brown (Squirt Lube and Trek athlete) comes by in sixth place and gives Squirt the call out, "my drivetrain's like butter" 45 miles into the rain soaked mudfest at the Leadville 100.
Lance descending off of Columbine, now with at least 15 minutes on Wiens. This descent is on one of the most bizarre course layouts I've ever seen in a race, with 1300 riders coming UP the hill while Lance is flying DOWN the hill, fast. The road was muddy and riders climbing were three abreast in places. VERY dangerous descending.
This was not the only storm brewing at 7am on Saturday morning in Leadville, Lance Armstrong was the other.
The climb up Columbine was contested in very difficult conditions
The morning of, with monster storm rollin in.
1300 Racers tackled the Columbine climb in very variable weather conditions...
Pardon the shit camera work when I saw this bear cub climb a tree while driving to Leadville...
Special guest appearance by Mario C. Senior
And of course a Lance souvenir from his first Leadville 100 victory, this got tossed right after the vijeo I shot of Lance as he went by, notice the "X" on top of the bottle, must be some triple top secret stuff in there.