Sunday, November 23, 2008

Shoulda Coulda Woulda

But didn't. I shoulda coulda woulda been the first guy to finish at my first alleycat (Cranksgiving) on Saturday. Instead, I misread the finish address, or actually I transposed 2 numbers, so I didn’t win like I shoulda coulda woulda. I ended up second in the B category which was still pretty cool. It was a great event for a good cause and they had some great prizes. I snagged an eighth inch frame and a timbuk2 messenger bag and an origin8 handlebar.

Then Sunday I did the 40+ 4 cx state championship race. I woulda coulda shoulda been 2nd but ended up third due to a dropped chain well into the last lap. The guy who got past me was from IL so I ended up 2nd in the state, but 3rd overall. Still not bad.

The season is over and it was a pretty good season. I had more fun racing then I can remember and I finished on a lot of podiums, even though I shoulda coulda woulda won some races, I was never on the top step. It was still a successful year and more importantly a fun year and a good year for the team. Some team news coming soon.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Fight Continues

It's nice to know I'm not alone. I've heard from many people about my efforts, and recently, about the story of my mission for safer roads on

Lately my posts have been about racing and other fun on the bike. I haven't had many problems on the road to report, and that's good. Unfortunately, I think it is more a product of the type of riding I've been doing lately rather than any major change in cyclist/motorist interaction. I've been riding shorter rides often on parkways and paths. When my rides get longer and I spend more time on more rural roads again, I'm guessing my troubles will increase as well.

But until then it's nice to know that there are others out there who are joining in the fight for safer roads for cyclists. I have links to some of them on the blog already and others I've just learned about. I got a comment from this guy today. There are people who are wearing/selling jerseys or have started using cameras on rides and calling the police. Whatever they are doing, the point is they are doing something. I commend anyone who is trying to make the situation better. I would also urge anyone who is doing something to talk to your local media about your efforts. I think educating the public is the key to improving the situation. To all those who've had enough and decided it's time to do something, thanks and keep up the good work.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hard Core

At the Stoughton/Viking Cross race there were three guys who dragged snow by the bucketful from behind the ice arena, (the Zamboni dumped it there), to the skate park about a hundred yards away near the cross race. They wanted to snowboard on it. I shot some video of them and commented that they were hard core snowboarders. Then it dawned on me that we are pretty hard core bike racers too. It's 30 degrees windy and snowing and were all out here riding our bikes. I just wish it had snowed more during the race. I think the snowboarders would argee with that senitment.

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I borrowed a singlespeed (thanks Gus) and did the state championship race for my singlespeed debut. I achieved my goal of not getting lapped by Ronsta who won the race. I guess I did o.k. considering the competition. There were some really fast guys there. It was a blast.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Messenger For a Day

I wasn't exactly a messenger, but I followed a couple of them around for a day or so. You can see the resulting story at:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fly By Night

Aris "I'm faster than you" Peters is also Aris "I can bunny hop higher than you" Peters.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Gus Does Cross

Cyclocross that is. Even though he's recovering from a cold, he toughed it out at Kletzsch park. Nice job Gus.

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