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29 Oct

Quick photo recap of our Austin trip for Amanda’s wedding…

Photos from Austin:

Thursday Night:
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Bouldin Creek

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Jester King Brewery (good beer and sweet setup)

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Wedding

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Sunday

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Monday

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Whole Foods tacos?!

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Pumpkins and West Chester Cross

20 Oct

Saturday morning we woke up and drove up north to The Golden Nugget Flea right by Lambertville NJ. Like the elderly people that we are these days nothing pumps me up more than a solid flea market and luckily Saturday didn’t disappoint.

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After that we cruised into Lambertville, parked, and walked over the bridge into New Hope to get some grub.

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Lunch was at the epic Sprig & Vine!

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There are a slew of cyclists up and around these parts due to the canal path. On the walk back over to the car I enc0ountered something id never seen before. It might be hard to tell but the cyclist when crusing between cars would unclip his right foot and swing it over his frame…

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Heading out of town – sweet old Bugatti

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Next up was getting out pumpkin picking on.

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At the flea we picked a 1920s era cast iron industrial lamp. It was made by the Manley Mtg Company in Reading, PA and was the 1st ever ‘portable’ gas station light. I was a bit excited so I did a quick re-wire job and got it working. I plan to do a full re-wire job soon to replace the almost 100 year old wiring.

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Sunday morning we packed the car full and shuffled out for West Chest Cross (WCCX)

They had changed the course up a bit this year not using the entire other side where we went over the road before. Still a fun course (minus maybe that SUPER bumpy part right after the start)

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Cat4/5 Cmen Podium – Filson on the podium again crushing it. 1st race as a cat4 and making moves on the SSCX. Cant wait for him to crush the Bs next year

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Masters

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Women

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B race start
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Initially the idea was to get paid in the A-race. After seeing who actually showed up my idea became a stretch goal. There was only 15 people reg’d but you know who you can hang with and who you cant. Even track Olympian Scott Zwizanski was out!!! I had a poor start after picking the wrong wheel to line up behind but was able to dangle at the back of the front pack. I heard a couple ‘hurry up Minturns’ in there coupled byt Myles yelling, ‘keep at that speed Minturn.’ Eventually I couldn’t hang with the 8 leaders and they pulled away. I was in no mans land for a while but was able to pick off a couple people who dropped from that group. I crossed the line and heard the old ‘5 laps to go’ and I thought, REALLY!? No one wants to hear 5 to go after doing a couple laps.

Anyways fast forward a bit and I realize Michael Miller is gaining on me slowly. I keep the pressure on the pedals and am out of the saddle on every climb. With 3 to go hes even closer… I always measure where I am verse where he is when the course doubles back to figure out the time gap and if hes gaining or not. With two to go I still have a good lead and put the pressure on trying to grow the gap. My real goal is to make the gap seem way to big to work for then I can go into ‘safety’ mode in the tougher corners as William was too far in front of me to catch. My plan works and I get to roll in 6th/15. Pay was 7 deep and I felt like I had a solid race. Tons of things to improve on but I did change out my front wheel for a tubeless jawn. I also learned that trying to hop barriers when that’s not your strong suit leads to trouble.

**Note to self, just because you look like Hal, doesn’t mean you have any of his skills.

Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/209967967

Results A race 1/2/3

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Next up with the epic buffet known as Su Tao. So good. So many good buds. Ohhhie!

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We got home. I made some food for the next day and then it was time for SPOOKY GOLF in center city. I didn’t win but I did A LOT of heckling. Fall is way too good of a month!!

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Cooper River Cross (CRCX) 2014

13 Oct

Saturday we set up the course in the drizzle. It ran pretty smoothly once we finally got the stakes… Jeff had marked the course pretty well and we all knew the course more or less from years prior so there wasnt much to mess up. Thom and I ate a bite and checked out the new Whole Foods by Cherry Hill. Its pretty sweet with a gourmet bulk fresh pasta bar!?! Chapeau Mrs. Saxton!

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Later that night I made it out to the official grand opening to ReAnimator Coffee where they had 3 firkings (1 was a coffee colab they did with Tired Hands NOOOM!!) and tons of food. It was good to slam a couple back.

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The next morning I needed to get some house work done before heading back out to CRCX. Im almost like an electrician these days. Keyword is almost

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I had the pleasure of watching Filson crush it and get his 1st win.

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Men Cat3

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Men Cat4

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Womens B race

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The lady crushed it and got on the podium!!

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Blake got Lucas (one of our NBW kids) out for his first cross race ever. I think he had more fun out there than anyone else. Loved seeing him crushing it!

Jeff was having too much fun during the elite race and forgot not to get lapped :)

We helped tear everything down and we all went out to grab some dinner at The Pop Shop in NJ.

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2014 KMC Cyclo-Cross Festival Providence

13 Oct

Whoops… forgot to post anything last week. It was our first time up to the NE for cross. Unfortunately it was my weekend and I had 2 poor races in a row. Oh well. Going to try to heal and get back to it sooner than later. The good news was I got some antiquing in and picked up some cast iron legs for my kitchen table project.

House we rented

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Madison Friday night

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Saturday womens ¾

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Pro Women

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Saturday night drinks

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Sunday driving home we stopped at the Shoreline diner right of I-95 to get some really good food. The spegetti squash and ‘meatballs’ were dialed!

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2014 Charm City Cross

22 Sep

Charm City CX…. Usually a great weekend hanging out in Baltimore living and breathing bicycles. We all packed in the car and drove down Friday after work, Lauren, Balake, Thom, and myself in the jetta. We headed straight downtown to grab some food at Sticky Rice (www.bmoresticky.com/) before heading to the hotel. He shoveled down slews of food and drove down by the airport to the hotel. We got settled, rolled out our camping pads and got comfortable. A bit after midnight Emily & Anna got to the hotel after a traffic-y ride down. We heckled each other a bit then went to bed.

The next morning we were up at 7am to get to the race for the mens C & womens 3/4 events. I went out and pre-rode a bit with them. I had forgotten I put on filetreads on (ones I had never used before) and proceeded to com in to a corner hot, grab some front brake, hit a little bump, and scorpion straight onto my face in front of Shaina… luckily my face took the brunt as I didn’t even get the hands out. Welp lesson learned. Always remember what tires you have on the bike… It was good to see a bunch or people, root on Thom and the rest of the Cmen.

Next up were the ladies with Shaina wearing the MAC leaders jersey. Unfortunately for the first day they took out the flyover for the ladies but it looked like everyone was having a good time other than in the 4 sand pits they made for some reason…

At some point I finally got my act together, kitted up, and cruised the course. I warmed up around the lake for a while before the race and got to talk/ride with Cam Dodge for a bit. Super nice guy whos been crushing it lately. We line up and it bogs hard once we turn onto the grass, then again at the first set of stairs, then again at the next set. I try to stay calm and do my thing… not trying to get a mechanical doing something stupid.

The rest of the race is kinda a blur. I raced harder than I ever had in a legit A race. I was able to track down a few people that are always faster than me and pick them off by the end. I even had the pleasure of having a my teammate Thom pit for me and give me 2x water hand-ups in the pit. Much appreciated bud! Even though I still ended up in the very back, I felt like I gave it my all without having to lay off the throttle. Ended up AVG a heart rate = 198BMP for 54minutes which is the highest average ive had for an A race. I was really happy with my performance even thought that meant I was still a lap down. Plenty of work to do but I ended up 42nd (err results) / 53 starters

Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/197799423

The prologue + full lap of the Mens UCI DAY 1 Video:

PHOTO DUMP:

Friday night was dinner at Sticky Rice and a hotel party

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Brendie v Balake

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Warmup

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Mens UCI results (couple mistakes but oh well)

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Pizza + Beer time

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Lost City Diner

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Another solid weekend. Next up… some New England action.

Granogue Cross 2014

18 Sep

Granogue Cross 2014 – Men’s 1/2

I hadn’t planned on racing this weekend at all but a bit of FOMO happened and I remembered how much I loved the venue/course. The last time they held this race was in 2011 and it was my 4th / 5th ever race, I was in the beginner Cmen race, and it was my first double weekend ever. I remember having a blast.

Been in the GoPro game for a while… video from 2011 Day 1 – laps 1 – Mens 4 race:

 

 

Anyways after a late night I woke up later than usual with nothing packed at all. I got the bike ready, packed the car, and we hit the road to catch the start of the Men’s B race. Unfortunately I forgot a bunch of stuff… sunglasses, Garmin, gloves, yada, yada… Right before everyone was lining up I used the restroom right next to the starting grid. When I got back out everyone was lined up and I was the last person (ie 4th row). My last race didn’t go so hot so I wanted to try something new. Game plan don’t go as nuts from the start and see how that works. I kept it calm on the prologue up the short steep climb and let things take there course. I didn’t make any wild moves and tried not to spike the HR too early. Im having a blast on the course but things aren’t there mentally. I cant push myself at all. My HR is low everytime I look down but I cant seem to tell myself to push harder.

Hal catches up to me and we catch up to Michael Miller – then we all cruise together for a lap. A couple times I wanted to make a move out of the group but I thought, just sit in and reduce your workload. OK smart Eric, lets try this out. Fast forward to the barriers that they both rode and disappeared after my ‘run’ attempt. I need to replace my right cleat as hoping wasn’t an option. They keep opening the gap as time ticks on. Im eventually in no mans land until I see Cam Dodge crushing it towards me. He closes the gap very quickly and I pull to the side as he laps me and give him encouragement (not that its needed at all) and he tells me thanks. I then then pick up my pace to ride behind him for a bit, JUST to watch his lines and try to pick up a thing or two. This last for all of 10seconds and hes gone. I pedal around a bit more, still having fun on the course but im done. A bit of a disappointment. I didn’t check results.

As usually lots to work on. I need to get more excited to race but its tough when youre not really fighting for anything. Ive never had to deal with the mental part of it, its something that im very weak at right now. Oh yah and cornering… I really need to practice that part. Charm city is up next! Well see how if I can make it with 1 to go before getting pulled!

Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/194838166/analysis

Video:

Pictures:

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Mens B

womens A

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2014 Nittany Lion Cross – UCI Men

8 Sep

— Saturday at Nittany Lion Cross —

This is the first big race of the season, the first race we were doing, and my first UCI race ever. I was excited to see a slew of cross buds but was more than a bit weary of doing the A-race. We got there before the 9:00am C-men race so the lady could pre-ride before her race, ie we were going to be there all day. The course was pretty much the same as always, with some of the roots covered in a small amount of loose dirt which meant that section was a cloud of dust if you were towards the back.

Ill keep my race recap short. I roll up to get my tire width checked and my front barely fits… guess tubes-n-clinchers really aren’t pro!? Im probably 3rd to last row with 45 starters. Im usually really nervous staring a cross race but I wasn’t nervous at all. Honestly I didn’t even know we were ready to start and was barely clipped in and focused before they blew the whistle. I lined up all the way to the left like a dum-dum and kept it civil during the start. I was told before the race to ride aggressive and make moves when I could. I tried to rail turns and pump out all the power these legs could handle…

That approach worked pretty well for the first 2 laps then BAM. I blew up sooooooo hard. My legs seemed alright my but lungs… my lungs did NOT like what I was doing at all. In a short section I think 10 riders went around me. Bleeeeh. The rest of my race was me riding by myself thinking, ‘Why am I doing this again?!’ I made it 45minuntes being 2 laps down before getting pulled. Not sure why they give people DNF’s now for getting pulled but oh well. I ended up 3rd to last, exactly where cross-results had placed me.

I have so much to work on in order to actually get in the mix. Im never going to be towards the front, but id like to make it through a full UCI race without getting pulled one day.

Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/191061860

Youtube Video:

Photos:

4/5 C Men

Womens 3/4

Hole shot

Podium

Men’s 35+

35+ Results

2/3/4 mens B race

2/3/4 Results

Men’s UCI

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Men’s UCI results

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