Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The system is currently 2 for 3 at races. I rode it all day yesterday @ Bradbury without any issues.
The deal with these tires is in order to set them up tubeless, you need to add a sealant. When I first seated them on the rim, I tried to inflate with just a pump. The bead seated, but the tires lost pressure quickly. So, I went with the manufacturer's recommendation of the Hutchinson FastAir that combines air and sealant. Right away, I could see the sealant spreading leaving a white tint all along the sidewalls meaning they are thin and where most of the air would undoubtedly escape.
On Saturday @ Gloucester, I felt like I ran a little too much pressure @ 40psi and wanted the luxury of a bit smoother ride on Sunday. I went down to 38. My pre-race was similar to the day before, so I don't believe I lost any any prior to the start. However, in the last techy section on an off-camber turn, the front rolled off the rim no doubt due to too little air pressure.
I ran the pair again @ Pinelands last weekend @ 40psi and had no problems. I think that's the key. I wish I could run lower pressure for improved handling and comfort. But I would prefer to finish a race a bit slower possibly then to not finish at all. We'll see how it goes from there. Just wanted to relay my experience. Keep the rubber side down!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tied for 1st
Fantastic photos again courtesy of Dana!I know you're saying: Huh? Tied? That can't be. In short, Kurt Perham and I called a truce and decided to cross the line together. Since he's my coach, I threatened to demand a refund if he beat me because he must be training me to go slowly. In response, he said he would fire me if I didn't win. Thus, a tie and we both come out OK!
In brief, I hit the Masters' race because I had a high school series race to host back at KHS later that afternoon. John Grenier at the line summed it up best, this was for Maine bragging rights amongst us oldies!
Onto the action. The smallish field lined up on a slight paved incline that then threw us down the road onto grass a 90 degree left and there were the barriers. The remainder of the course was fairly punishing. There was lots of elevation changes and you were on the gas quite a bit. They flattened out a traditionally challenging off-camber section and the run-up ended up being rideable, although it was a thigh buster to maintain traction and a stiff open climb followed shortly thereafter. I was solid in the techy stuff, but redlined the entire race.
I was basically the lettuce in a BIKEMAN sammich from the gun. Ryan Rumsey was the rabbit at the start and led the 1st lap. Then KP took control and was solo about 20-50 yards ahead of me
and Big Al was gnawing at my rear tire offerring no help at all to catch Kurt.
Eventually, Kurt slowed with 4 to go and allowed Al and I to gain contact. KP was chillin' for the finish I knew so I just let the race play out. Al led for a spell than had a random stick in the derailleur distract him. Kurt attacked, I responded, Al was dropped, and Kurt and I played it out to the end.
It was fun to race with those guys. They are MAD fast! I think it must be the 45 minutes, they are all out the whole time. Not to mention, they're some talented!
Babs really helped make the race possible as she shuffled from parent conferences to soccer and back. The winnings will be spent on her, I promise. Just not more boots!
Next up is Noho in a couple weeks.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I love using the shorty brake levers in turns. Definitely a comfort zone stemming from years of mountain bike riding.
I always have this painful look on my face!
I got to ride the sand later in the race when traffic thinned out
Dragging wheel-suckers to the finish
The start was fast, Drake overcooked the first corner and had to play catch-up for 2 laps:
He falls just short of a podium finish, rolling across 4th.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Rolled my front tire off the rim 100 yards after the pit on the first lap.
Race over. Whatevs. I'm over it. Had some fun. Cheered my boy on in the 7-8 year-old race. Hung out with my dad. Weather was crazy nice. The crowds were epic and I loved hearing folks cheering for me.
I officially hate Gloucester.
Looking forward to racing locally at Pinelands next weekend!
Pics and stuff may be forthcoming.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
"The New England Worlds!" The biggest CX races in the region are half over. This course has not been too kind to me over the years and today did not dissappoint.
I had a 4th row spot at the start, not too shabby. But, I was involved with a rider at the start who seemed like stuck his foot in his front spokes and was riding a nose wheelie on the top tube right into my line. We made side contact, but I stayed upright and watched at least 85% of the field ride ahead without me.
My goal for the day was top 50% and my hope was top 25. I was painfully close to accomplishing them both! Oh well. No crying here. Just saying what coulda/shoulda. I was happy with my performance despite the incidents and am looking forward to tomorrow, hoping I have some legs to accomplish those goals. The boys and Papa and Auntie Kat will be there to cheer me on so I'm willing to dig DEEP!