2014 Arsenal Crit – Mens 4/5

25 Aug

Sunday morning the lady and I rode down to the Arsenal Crit down at the Philly navy yard to race road bikes. This was going to be the ladys FIRST crit ever and first race after shattering her ankle… I was excited for her but at the same time a bit worried as crits are pure wildness in the lower categories.

Mens 4/5

Video :

Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/185113228

Distance: 18.7mi
Time: 45min
Avg Speed: 25mi/h
Avg HR: 186bmp
Avg Power: 273W

The Arsenal Criterium this year was a traditional 4-corner crit that had ended up selling out in the mens 4/5 field with 75 people. The goal for today was to keep it upright and try to lead Ryan out for the final sprint. I knew a handful of people in the field and had a good time heckling throughout the race.

Things somehow stayed pretty civil in the bunch and I only yelled a couple times. Nothing was really going off the front and I didn’t do too much work at the front either other than for a lap or two when the pace seemed to slow too much. For the most part things stayed together due to the un-technical nature of the flat course.

I won’t spend too much time rambling on but with 3 to go Ryan got up to my wheel and he was feeling good. We stayed to the front as I knew the last lap would be mayhem.

On the last lap on the straight away coming into corner 3 a couple people went flying by on the right side and I knew I had to jump. Coming out of corner 3 I was sitting behind two people who both realized they didn’t want to lead out into the very long drag-line sprint. As they slowed I moved off there wheel to make sure I had a lane. Ryan was one wheel off mine at that point.

Coming into the last corner I stayed to the inside as to not get pushed too far out when a rider came on the inside of my already inside line. I had to push wider than I had wanted tracking out of corner 4 into the sprint but still made sure to leave plenty of room to not force anyone into the corner.

As I came out of the corner I there was one guy in front of me and I charged to get on his wheel. I sat on his wheel for a second and realized there was a chance I could take this. I jumped HARD to the left and went for broke. I heard the cheering and gave a glance backwards to see what kind of gap I had… it was enough and I threw the hands up crossing the line 1st of 60+ people.

I think there was some touching of wheels and foot dabbing that had to get done in the final corner which took fellow teammate Ryan out of contention. I was bummed for him but was more than excited to get my first road win and hopefully be able to upgrade to a cat3.

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Results

Riding down south

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We cruised down early to watch a good friends first ever crit where we cheered/heckled hard giving us a great primer for the upcoming cross season.

Cat5 mens race

Next up was the womens 4 field where the lady was racing along side a bunch of friends/familiar faces. I wasn’t able to cheer as much as I would have liked as I was racing next but was more than happy to have everyone keep the rubber side down.

Womens 4 race

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After doing well I opted out of the mens 3/4 race. Greg was racing but I knew I couldn’t help him anyways nor did he need my help. Greg was doing work up from and went off the front in a group of three. Around 2 to go they getting closer to getting caught when Myles from Cyclismo went hard and blasted by them. It look like Greg went hard to bridge up to Myles and they had a 15second gap to the peloton with 1 to go. As I looked across the course with ½ lap to go I counted 10seconds to a lone chaser and 16second to the peloton… I saw Myles then Greg coming out of corner 4 with a huge gap. I started yelling so loud that I thought my hernia was going to bust. Gregg crushed it and got the win. It was a 2/2 in the winning game for the Sunnybrook Racing crew this weekend. Couldn’t be happier with the results.

Mens 3/4

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Ride for some food

Work And A Trip Down The Shore

20 Jun

Last weekend was a busy one. We had some company in town and got slews of eating/drinking and a tad of house work accomplished.

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The lady was doing a ride to get people ready for the Women’s 100 so I ventured out with my buddy Filson down the shore. The route isn’t perfect quite yet (note to self: next time stay on Piney Hollow Rd past Black Horse Pike/322 all the way to Harding Hwy/40 in order to bypass 54/12th street which is a bit busy)

Strava Route: http://www.strava.com/activities/154629175

It was slow in Camden with not many people out and about at 8am. Eventually we made it to the farmland and enjoyed the scenery. We stopped to slam some food and crush beers before heading to the beach for some Mang-O-Rita’s. we headed to grab the NJ transit home from Atlantic City to find the train we were hoping to take wasn’t leaving at that time anymore. The next train was 2 hours later so we cruised over to the casino for a couple rounds and to hit the slots.

About how we were feeling atmo

Train sign in the bathroom

Got back and did some lazy day hangs with the cats and took in the newly planted herbs.

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Philly Beer Week 2014

10 Jun

I had grand plans of actually racing on the road this weekend as there were two very close by crits in NJ. Unfortunately I got a bit sick and ended up doing exactly 0 miles the last 6days. OOF! The most productive thing I did was make it to a beer week event.

Luckily for me there is plenty of house work to do so I got on that full half force.

I got the front door finished… New hardware, new color, trim painted, and of course a sweet eBay find… cat doorbell!

Fixed a chair that has been on the agenda for a while since our cat loves to steal the rocking chair…

Finished up the back gate.

And finally bike storage in the basement>!!

After all the hard work we took a break and did some serious damage at Standard Tap’s Sour Brunch event during beer week. Ohhie I was seriously impressed. Even though its hard to swallow and Im still trying to recover, I couldn’t pass up a slew of sours. The Allagash Golden Brett colab with Victory, Free Will Kriek Lambic, and Funk Brewing Savage Sour Saison where my favorites in the sour game. The Naked Aigre Canon (saison) was excellent but not sour by any means. I think Fegley’s BrewWorks Framboise was the worst offender of the night… it reminded me of Nighttrain bum wine.

The 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic & Velothon

4 Jun

Last week/end we finally moved all of our crap out of our old apartment and did the whole clean/paint/hate life trying to get our security deposit back. Fingers crossed.

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Saturday was a bit of house work and a little karaoke action (don’t worry I only heckled)

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Sunday was BRIGHT and early with a few hours of sleep for what some may say ‘The best day of the year’… the big philly pro race now dubbed ‘The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic’ I cruised down to the art muesuem around 6:30am to meet up with the NBW/Cadence kids for the first Velothon in philly using Philly Classic course plus some dips into Fairmount Park PLUS down through the city somehow. I still don’t understand the hows or why but riding down the parkway and around city hall blocked off from traffic with the kids was amazing!

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The 5 of us started at the back and crushed past plenty of people and Id like to say all three young-guns made it up the wall passing slews of people. I didn’t know how theyd do but walking wasn’t even close to an option. I was seriously impressed.

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After the ~30mile ride we made it back to lemon hill to watch the women then men race the rest of the afternoon. I sometimes forget how many people there are in the tight-knit philly cycling scene until everyone gets together for days like this. And as usual, another great weekend.

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May 2014 – A Summation

29 May

Oh boy… Ive neglected this blog of late. Quick post of the last month or so to get me back on track.

I ‘raced’ MTBs at Fairhill XC… was hoping to do a bit better but didn’t put any miles on my MTB before

 

 

At some point in this time frame the lady and I FINALLY closed on the foreclosure home we’ve been trying to buy. Ever since its been slews of moving, painting, everything else in the world minus real training.

Some pump track action with the kids

 

The first race of the season for the Neighborhood Bike Works kids that I help ‘coach’

Then up was Dirtfest 2014 at Raystown lake. Always a great time

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The parents came up for the long weekend to help out with the slews of house work that need to be accomplished.

Memorial day came and went and we ended up at some sort of dance rave jawn after a fun day of beers/cycling/pool parties/ and brewery stops.

Oh yah and some more painting…

2014 Naval Yard Crit (Men’s Cat 4/5 & 3/4)

21 Apr

I cruised down to the 8miles down to the naval yard to get some racing in. Game plan was to do well in the 4/5 and double up on the 3/4 to get some miles in. I thought roughly a week off the bike would be a good thing but it wasn’t. My game plan was to start the race off fast and break it apart. The 6 corner technical course had me weary of riding with 50+ cat4/5 riders.

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Womens:

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Men’s 4/5 Video:

Strava cat 4/5: http://www.strava.com/activities/132213586

20 miles
0:47 moving time
Avg speed = 25.3mph
Max speed = 33.1mph
Avg power = 296W
Max power = 1,318W
Avg HR = 192bmp
Max HR = 205bmp

I cyclocross-started from the gun and led out the first lap and worked at the front for the next whiles. Not too long after there was maybe half the starters or so. I was feeling good and the pace felt pretty high. We tried a couple breaks but nothing stuck. Fast forward to 3 laps to go and 1 rider was off the front. I was sitting in trying to conserve. Coming into 1 to go I was somehow on the front with a really strong rider trying to go bridge the gap. I didn’t want to chase but had to put some effort in. Bad decision number 1. After it came back I sat in back in but jumped in the pack a bit too far back, mistake #2. Coming out of corner 1 on the last lap I was sitting on Justin’s wheels (from Tuckahoe) and let his teammate jump in in front of me. I knew they would have a good lead out and I wanted in.

Thing slowed coming into turn 3 which I wasn’t a fan of and got worried. We took the right through corner 3 and I crept up the right hand side before the left hand turn of corner 4 and a rider on a blue bike got wild and bumped me enough that I thought we were going down. I yelled a bit and told him to keep it up. Im glad he did. We slowed a bit coming into the left turn of corner 4 and with 2 more corners to go I JUMPED on it. Unfortunately for me there was no tension at all in my chain and I looked down to see WTF happened. Turns out the bump-age had dropped my chain to the inside (I think the little chainring). FUUUUUUUUUU I hurried to shift back to the big chainring and get back on it. A gap had formed and my plan at being in the top 3 was not a reality. I sat on a wheel and got outsprinted as usual. Not how I planned on ending that race at all and finished up 10th/70+ starters

Cat 4/5 Results:
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Strava cat 3/4 (Pulled the plug): http://www.strava.com/activities/132213577

14.5 of 25 miles
0:35 moving time
Avg speed = 24.6mph
Max speed = 32.7mph
Avg power = 277W
Max power = 1,122W
Avg HR = 188bmp
Max HR = 201bmp

I was cooked from the race before. The 3/4 race was not good for me at all. It entailed a lot of coming to a rolling stop of 10mph to a violent sprint back to 30mph 4-6 times a lap. It was brutal. My legs were too cooked to move up off the back and I couldn’t hang anymore. Before I got caught up in a stupid crash at the back I pulled the plug and called it a day. Pretty shitty day of racing to be honest. It was good to see the guy who won the 4/5 race also win the 3/4 as well as the Bicycle Therapy train do some damage in the field sprint. Luckily the philly cycling crew are solid group of people and we headed to Cantina to eat&drink.

RecoveRITAS

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The damage done
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And a little of this was happening to the crew
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After that we headed over to a buddies to help on some car modifications
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Sunday we crushed MTBs and I remembered how much fun single track is. Lots of work needs to get done but who knows when that will happen. All I know is its about to be nice out and I cant wait.

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Austin, TX – An Eating Vacation

17 Apr

Friday night the lady and I flew down to Austin, TX for a wedding and a bit of a vacation. Theme of this vacation was eat a lot and excise zero. We got in late but got a pickup from Chase & Ashley and b-lined it for a Tex-Mex dinner at Matt’s el Rancho. I was so siked for legit chips y salsa and some Loney’s!!!! OOOOOOOOOOHIE!

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The next morning we picked up some food for the next day at one of Austin’s sweet grocery co-ops, Wheatsville. I seriously love that place, and can’t wait for the kenzo/fishtown co-op to open. We smashed some breakfast tacos and other nonsense then made a quick beer stop at some wild man artisanal gas station for choice Belgium/Texas brews before headed out to Horseshoe bay for a wedding.

We had a few beers and got dressed up for the wedding. The open bar was flowing and some dance moves were thrown before passing out back at the lake house.

The next morning the lady and I watched Paris-Roubaix on an iPhone… Not optimal but it worked. We then said some goodbyes and headed back to Austin. 1st stop was to check out the new Austin Beer Garden Brewing (ABGB) in order to relax and take it all in.

Parking lot find…

After a pitcher or so we made our way to Whisler on the east side for some fancy dranks/cocktails. After hanging for a bit we cruised back north to Titiyas for some legit Thai food. I couldn’t decide so I opted to order and app and 2x dinners. Both were dialed. Next up was an ice cream stop at one of the more artisanal stops on the trip, Sweet Ritual where they share the space with a juice bar & record shop/ They had the best vegan ice cream lineup I’ve ever seen to date.

The next morning Ashley flew back to hotlanta and we headed to Whole Foods. The weather yielded temps in the 40s and monsoon type rains. Lucky for us the flagship Whole Foods is huge for optimal food/beer nerd-ing out. We opted to her made-to-order (think Wawa but healthy) breakfast tacos there as well which were super delish.

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One of the only things on my agenda was making it to Mellow Johnny’s. Back when we lived in Texas 5some years ago I hadn’t gotten into road bikes yet, so I figured I should make it happen. It definitely didn’t disappoint and was impressive to see some of the old race rigs.

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Next up we cruised to Pinthouse for some microbrews and personal pizzas. Best beers of the weekend may have been consumed here with some La terroir & La Folie on tap from New Belgium. Ohhie! $6 For a 12oz pour of +7% sours!? Count me in. Seriously can’t wait till they distribute to Philly one day. The margarita pizza and pretzel were good toboot.

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To keep on the microbrew roll we drove over to Blackstar Coop for more of same, good beer and some legit homemade garlic fries/chips. We headed home for a catnap.

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Later that night we met up with some old Texas friends at Liberty. I hadn’t been there in many of years but it was about the same. $1.50 PBR pounders and food from the East Side King trailer did not disappoint. We order slews of beers and some beet fries, cilantro rice, and fried brussels sprouts. Very jealous of their new-to-me food trailers scene. We ran into a few philly friends as well, laughed too much, and I had one of the better nights out in quite a while.

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The next morning we woke up knowing we had a flight out around 3pm so we needed to make moves. 1st up was lunch at Bouldin Creek. Id never been to their new storefront but that place still has amazing veg food and a solid vibe. I crushed way too much food before walking across the street to get some after lunch desserts at Sugar Mama’s.

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This bike had it all… aero bars AND a 2×4 attached to a rear rack?! ooooohhhie

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We had to be at the airport in 30mins or so but I had one last stop I needed to make. I had read about a veg Jewish food truck called, Schhmaltz. How could I NOT go?! I ordered a Reuben for the plane ride and we giddied up to the airport.

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This brings me to now, Wednesday night typing on my super delayed flight home. I just ate said Ruben a second ago and wish I had ordered 3x instead of only 2x… the 2nd is for a fairly-Jewish-but-will-bend-the-Passover-rules-for-artisanal-vegan-Austin-Jewish-power-food, teammate Blake. It took me a bit of self control not to pound through his as well… Anyways I digress like always. Austin keeps kicking ass and I had another amazing weekend with slews of food, tons of friends, and a dab of sleep. Viva la Texas!

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Editors note: the child directly behind me started to throw up a few minutes later which caused his sister sitting next to him to start spewing up as well… Picture one of those chain reaction vomiting scenes just like in the movies. I got zero hours of sleep on the super delayed flight home. Nonetheless, Viva la Texas!

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