Saturday, December 31, 2011
If you have never been to Arches National Park in Moab, and you ride a road bike, I highly recommend you take a full day and ride the entire road system in the park one day, it's a bucket list item for road riders and a spectacular way to see the park and wonders it has to offer. I'll leave it at that and let these images tell the rest of the Park's story. It's the best $5 you can spend on a road bike.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I had never ridden Sovereign Trail in Moab until today. Rolling solo on a soul mission to wind down 2011 let's just say the choice did not suck. I'll be riding this again and there is some good vij floating around I'll get to sometime soon...Cheers, more from the road bike tomorrow.
Simply put, Epic, tomorrow is going to be Epicker.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The weather has been a bit odd this winter here in the Vail Valley. The snow is God awful and the funny thing is that I've skied way more days this season up until this point of the season than I have for many, many years. It's Christmas, New Years week, and there is a freekin 18 inch base at the ski area, maybe. The forecast for the next ten days shows no snow and big round sunshine forever. It's gonna be 53 and sunny in Moab on Thursday and Friday of this week, my days off, so I'm heading west to Moab, and not just to ride dirt. I've ALWAYS wanted to ride the road through Arches National Park, and I'm gonna do that. I'm gonna wrap up this stress filled year with no stress and pedaling my bikes just to send off 2011 with a big ol FUCK YOU, I WIN.
With that said, the annual A2B Douche Bag of the Year will be announced once again on New Year's Day, it's still up for grabs and your last minute nominees will all be considered. I've got plenty of ideas myself, and it may end up being a big surprise, and someone that you all know very well. Douche Bag.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Brian Patrick from OnsightMedia has once again captured in short the essence of the Men's Open Colorado State CX Championships. On a classic day with classic conditions, Yannick Eckmann put on a clinic and destroyed the field.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Huge congrats to all racers at the CX State Championships this weekend. Nicole Duke repeats and Yannick Eckmann destroyed the elite men's field. Most dramatic finish went to two juniors out there. Two National Champions, Mina Anderberg and Ashley Zoerner battled to the line literally, both champions, with Zoerner edging out Anderberg for the victory in 2011.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
There will be some amazing photos and video floating around the internet soon from the Colorado State CX Championships. The "T Wrecks" flyover created some carnage for sure, on both sides, and will be talked about for many years to come. More action from Castle Rock today! Congrats to all racers yesterday who showed, it was a pretty Crossy day for sure.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
As this weekend approaches, which is my third year in a row calling the Colorado State Cyclocross Championships, I must thank all of you for your support and the great feedback I've gotten from so many of you. 2011 is the year that my dream of becoming a professional cycling and event announcer took a really big step, and I am so excited for what the future holds. This is what I love to do. This is what I hope to do for many years to come. I'll still jump on the bike on occasion and compete, but my true passion is calling the day on the mic, and watching every warrior line it up and punish themselves while having that incredibly personalized experience of competition under the most brutal of circumstance. It's just plain and simply the purest form of pain there is, and you all come back to participate every weekend. Cheers to you all and let's make it one hell of a throw down this weekend in Castle Rock, I'd like to race, but I'm tired, and owe all of you the right to a proper call. I'll see you there when we put a wrap on the 2011 season, and do not forget, Monday starts preparation for the 2012 State Championships!
PHOTO CREDIT, TERRY SMITH, I THINK.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Another one bites the dust, this was just one of probably 50 crashes at this spot.
I need to thank Dejan Smaic today for a brief moment yesterday during the Boulder Racing Lyons race. My race was a shit show, from getting caught up in two crashes before we even hit the first run-up, to having the wrong shoes to even contemplate making it up the frozen tundra of Lyons, to ill advisedly bumping my tire pressure up just enough to beat myself into submission for 45 minutes of slobber knocking Cyclocross racing just prior to racing, there was a moment. I can’t say I’ve ever felt sorry for myself while racing cross (all though I was close in KC at Nationals four years ago), but I was on the verge today. The Cyclocross God (does he have a name?) was in the midst of battering me into submission in Lyons, and I felt like Gerry Quarry after fifteen rounds of left jabs from Muhammad Ali, when on the last run-up of the race, on the final lap, I caught three of the Cat 4 women whom were racing at the same time as my group, this also happened at the same spot the lap before with a couple of other women racing, and per order of our ACA race officials I just floundered up the hill behind them until I had a good place to get by. It did not matter anyway, I probably looked like a street bum scrambling for a wind blown dollar bill trying to get up those frozen fucking hills so I could remount my bike and prepare for the next crash. Well there at the top of that last run-up, with his camera in hand, was Dejan, and I looked at him and he was humored and laughing at my circumstance, because it was funny, really funny. I mean I had fucked up so many times previously in the race that I could have been relegated to the Stupid Ward. And when I saw Dejan laughing, all I could do was say “fuck this” and keep on rolling, I was done, but had to finish, and I was miserable, but I did manage to smile at how funny the entire debacle was. When I got back home to Eagle, as I limped to my front door, muddy, scabbed up and bruised, (understand that this was not one big crash, as I did not have one of those, but a 45 minute fist fight with my bike and the course which left me running, dragging my bike in all kinds of strange positions, busting my ass on nearly every run-up and simply having one hell of a grand time) I literally laughed out loudly at the absurdity of this great day. There have got to be some fantastically funny photos or video floating around of all of us from that race, and the Benny Hill theme song would not even do it justice. It’s good to be humbled by the CX Gods as it is inevitable if you race it long enough. Yep, 1000 jabs from Muhammad Ali, and we get to do it again next week at the State Championships. Gimme a day and I’ll be ready. There is no crying in Cyclocross, all though there almost was, kind of.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
And after trying EVERYTHING on and studying every single detail necessary to keep my feet happy and sweet for the next couple of winters, it was a close and tough decision, but the Atomic Hawx 120 was the winner, and after skiing in these bad boyz today it was a fine choice. With DFP custom insoles and Hotronic boot heaters installed, these boots ski BAD ASS. Now just give me some more snow and it's gonna be time to go KILL IT.
Monday, December 5, 2011
A front range junior during a "warm-up" lap at Adrenalin Cross 2011
Inevitably, it happens every year. I personally lose interest as a racer to climb on my bike and punish myself. It usually occurs once ski season starts and I've been distracted by swooshing down the snow covered mountains of Colorado and it's high country, because that shit is fun, really fun. This past weekend on the front range may have been the dagger for me as a racer with just two weeks left until the State Cyclocross Championships which I am once again looking forward to and honored to announce, it's gonna be fun. Remember that word "fun"? Well, I think there is a fine line here, and I personally feel that when we have conditions like we saw on the front range this weekend that there needs to be an age limit requirement, because I saw a lot of kids out there that were not having fun, and that is a shame. I did what I could on the mic to keep them motivated and focused, but when kids finish the "race" crying, that is not a good thing. For the really young juniors, give them the morning off and let them stay home and drink hot chocolate with whip cream and watch cartoons and play Chutes and Ladders, otherwise you may end up on Dr. Phil one day, and that would suck. That's just my two cents from a neutral view. Conditions were hard out there yesterday, really hard, and there is an age and time when it's appropriate to let the 8-9 and 10-12 year olds roll. Just my opinion and I do not expect everyone to agree, but that is what you sometimes get here on A2B.
BTW, I've got some vij from yesterday which should be entertaining when I get a minute to put it together, working 24/7 and burning it all all three ends right now so bare with me....