2015 Charm City Cross

13 Oct


UCI Men – Day 1 – Prologue

Strava UCI Men Day 1:

Wildness at the flyover. I had to edit out the bad crash… a bit too wild to post on this blog. Glad everyone was alright from the sounds of it.

Usually we all make the traffic ridden drive Friday night after work to Baltimore for Charm City Cross but this year we opted to wake up at 6am in order to get there before the 8:30am race for Lauren.  6am – 3:15pm is a long day before your race starts.  Im always pretty bad at remembering to eat and drink throughout the day while getting my cheer/heckle on. We got everything setup then lurked around a bit.  We got into a conversation with some parents of the newly developed children’s cyclocross team that had 20+ riders in the new 8:30am juniors field.  It was seriously awesome to see how many kids were racing for the first year and having a blast. Untitled//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsUntitled


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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsPIZZAAA LEGS Gremily and the rest of the philly crew



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Tim Day!



//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWomens B 3/4… wildest start grid ever









//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsMasters 45 plus

Jeff looking barely sick but definitely extra aero





//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsMasters 35 plus



//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsMens 3/4 B race Start: Untitled




//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jswild pass line filson Untitled


//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jswill won the ‘long hair dont care’ competition





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2015 Cooper River Cross – CRCX

13 Oct

We woke up around 6:30am, packed the car and got over to help Jeff getting things ready for race day.  They had trudged around in the wild rain the day before and got the majority of the course done with little to clean up tape wise that morning.

For the amount of wild rain we had just gotten I was seriously amazed how dry the course was.  there was one section that eventually got turned up and slightly ‘sloggy’ but there was almost no mud at all.  It was crazy.

I helped with starts/heckled everyone which is one of my specialties.

start of the Cat4 mens race:

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I was more than siked to see Lucas, one of our juniors from Cadence Cycling racing on a bike I recently built up for him.

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Womens Cat 4 Field


Womens 1/2/3 Elite Field


front of the race:


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I ended up racing later in the day but by the second lap my back hated me and the pressure I had set and we soft pedaled in and out of the saddle for the next +40mins. Ooof! I had a blast at the race but could have done without the racing part. I was so out of it for no reason before the race. I pinned Blakes number upside down and I forgot to take my warm-up pants off before I started racing… All in all a solid day with a solid crew!

I need to upload the GoPro video still!



UCI Road Worlds – Richmond, VA

13 Oct

Since The Pope was comign to Philly and all of us who lived int he city wanted to get out!!! we crammed into the car and drove down to Richmond, VA after work Friday night.

Dinner in Fredericksburg at Sammy T’s on the way down was pretty great!

we had to pick up some booze for the Arrow Racing crew… not sure why they wanted the college dranks but they were supplying the beer

We got in that night and checked out our AirBnB south of the city.  Weird little neighborhood that looked like it was up and coming.  It was rainy and cold but we still managed to muster up some will power and met everyone from philly at the bar(s).  Some of us went a little too hard that night and we went to bed sometime after 4.



The next morning most of us woke up.  We opted out of the ride and hit Harrison St Cafe for some eats.  Then we went to watch the womens road race.



Untitled//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsLibby Hill Untitled//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js




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Sunday – Mens Road Race


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2015 Town Hall Cross

23 Sep

Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/397071983

Time: 1hr 6min = 8 laps

Avg HR = 194bmp

Video Lap 1

Going into the race I was ranked absolutely last 26th/26th, so all signs looked good that I would beat the predictor unless I DNF’d. The bad news was I didn’t race Cross-o-the-Corn so I was staged last only with Day-ofs behind me. Lucky for me there was a gap on the very left side that the official was standing in… the only bad news was you wanted to be far right to miss the giant/only mud hole on the course. The start went pretty well, I was hoping to move up then right but duder next to me wasn’t in the mood for moving to the right so I ended up in the mud puddle :( It pays to have a good start of Town Hall since you got directly into the hoard of switchbacks all the way up the hill where its HARD to pass and everyones looking to chop you in the 1million 180deg turns. I hung in the top 10 with that stupid thought of, ‘Ohhhh maybe I got fast overnight somehow and I can actually hang with these guys?!?’ After that dream faded, I let the gap to the lead pack go and let off the pace a bit trying to get the HR back down away from 200bmp.

For the next lap or so I still was too amped up to corner productively. Willem and Breakaway-Craig passed me during this time with Mikey Green right on my case. I was working much harder than I should have on the straights to fight back to keep them in sight and Mikey from coming around me. After about 4 laps I started actually cornering like a normal person and made my way back to Williem’s wheel. When we hit the start/finish straight I put a huge dig in out of the saddle and got a solid gap heading into the climb. For the next lap or so I worked hard on opening up the gap. I had Breakaway-Craig in front and was trying to keep pushing through the usually death back pain (I just started doing yoga!!). I start picking off 1 or 2 other riders who were fading from the front group. I make it up to Bob Reuther’s wheel at the barriers where he kindly lets me by and I put an effort in to gap him through the twisty turns. No dice. I stomp on it again and come into a corner a bit too hot and have to take a weird line and apologize to him. I do this for the next two minutes continuing to glance back and hes STILL on my wheel. Damn, nice work sir! Eventually on the start/finish going up hill with 2?>!? (1 would have been nicer to see) to go I get a solid gap on him and keep on trucking. I can see Breakaway-Craig not too too far in front of me and keep on pushing the pedals.

For the next 1.5laps I keep the pace high sprinting up the top of the climb each time trying to bridge the gap. With 1 to go I keep on the pace on the way up to the climb trying to see if theres a chance. After hitting the first switchback I realize the effort is futile. I back off on the pace a little. Coming down the hill I go into conserve mode and take the corners a bit more gingerly, and putting out more work in the straights to keep it upright.

I rolled in 13th behind my new nemesis/frienemy Breakaway-Craig.

Womens 1/2/3 & 3/4 & Masters

Mens 1/2/3

SSCX Winner & Champ


Womens 3/4


Mens A 1/2/3

Long hair competition

2015 Nittany Cross – Day 1 & 2

14 Sep

Ahhh Nittany Cross. The 1st real race of the season for most. Always fun seeing old friends and catching up while at the same time realizing A) you didn’t actually train that hard and B) you really are not sure if you ‘like’ racing

Day 1s race went well for me. Lined up 2nd to last row. Got into a group with Jack and rode with him until we got pulled w 2 to go. Somehow the officials never placed me but o well.

Day 2s race didnt go as well. Was in about the same range then the back acted up and I soft pedaled until Bossmans got close enough to get pulled w 3 to go.


Day 1

Day 2

Day 1 Video – 1st lap Mens UCI race

Bossmans hoping the barriers!!


Bike work

Day 1

Cat 4-5 Men

Womens 3/4 + Masters + Juniors

Podium picssssss

Masters 35+

1st time in the UCI race! The bessssttttt!

Mens UCI

Mens B 3/4

Little VT action

Then Blackbird dinner pickup

Day 2

Womens 3/4



back of the pack = happy face

UCI mens 2 day winner Bosmans!

Mens 3/4


Philly to NYC Ride / Bike Route

14 Sep

Its been on my agenda to do a Philly to NYC ride for a while. Blake and myself finally made it happen 2 weeks ago. We took off work Friday, left late morning and got up to Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge.

Strava Bike Route:

It was ~105miles to the GW bridge ~7.5hrs

It was ~115miles to Manhattan ~ 8hrs

Philadelphia to New York City


New York City to Philadelphia:


Route Notes:

• The section leaving Philly through the North East isn’t very nice on State Rd. This is potentially the worst stretch of riding you will have to do. Staying on Torresdale Ave is also another option, but theres no ‘fun’ way through especially with all the construction going on.

• The first section of trail dumps off and I think you can go through a salvage yard to skip a weird section where you have to jump onto a hwy type road that had no real traffic on it then get off at the 1st exit a ~1/4mi down.

• The 1st section of trail where you get on in Trenton could be a bit sketch depending on the time of day. We had no issues but I would use a bit of caution especially if by yourself at night. Ive seen where people instead of going into Trenton (via Bridge St) continue on the Canal Path to Washington Crossing then up to avoid that section.

• The trail itself is pretty nice with signage the entire way. Get ready to have red legs and bikes from the dirt.

• Most of the road riding was very nice. There is one section where on the way there we rode the wrong way up a 1 way street. Ill try and pinpoint where that was… but it was only for a short distance so we could get off the major road that much sooner.

I will add the cue sheet when I get home!!!!!!!!!

ride up


1st flat


Night time ride to




Monk’s Meats


Superiority Burger


Back to Brooklyn for the Pickle Shack

Sunday = heading home


Things got kinda wild at WaWa

Dirt legsssss

2015 Arsenal Crit – Men’s 3/4 & 1/2/3

24 Aug

Mens 3/4 race = 60min
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/376393021/analysis
Avg Speed: 26.2mph
Avg Power = 278w
Avg HR = 190bpm

Mens 1/2/3 race = 70min of which I only did a few laps
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/376393000/analysis
Avg Speed: 25.3mph
Avg Power = 286w
Avg HR = 188bpm

After a pizza filled evening at Taconelli’s celebrating I went home and purchased my 2015 license… I feel a bit ashamed to say it but I havnt raced a bike since the last post. Even worse I havnt blogged in that long either… ooof! So much to go back to and add to the blog. Anyways I decided with the help of Jack and Greg (arrow racings finest) that I should do some racing before crit season was over. I signed up for the Mens 3/4 and 1/2/3 races. My goal was to hang with the lead in the 3/4 and see how many laps I could do in the 1/2/3

I got down early to watch our Cadence kids do the Mens 5 race along with Stevie-Snax doing his first ever crit #roadie. Unfortunately they were a few crashes taking some of them out.

The 3/4 felt fast to me. I haven’t done speed work in a very long time so it makes sense. I did end up hanging out in the back more than I should but I also secretly wanted to work on some intervals for the upcoming cross season. I took a turn or two at the front but didn’t feel like I could make many moves with my current fitness so I sat back in towards the blunt end. I didn’t contenst the sprint but rolled though ~15-20 with the field starting with about 70-80people. Mission accomplished.

There was an hour between the 3/4 and the 1/2/3 and I slurped down a coke and walked around with my skin suit tied around my waist debating the next race. Jack #arrowiseverything talked me into racing and even gave me a bottle since I was all out. So I lined up and did what I knew not to do… started at the back and played that game. Obviously this isn’t a good move but I was tired and knew that I wasn’t hanging long and honestly didn’t ewant to me in anyones way. But as we all know once people start falling off the back you have to close down gap after gap. I only had a couple of these in me and I popped… oh well. I gave the tent the ‘im done sign’ and pulled off to slug a beer. It was fun jumping into my first 1/2/3 and Im looking forward to getting in the mix again.

1/2/3 solo break win

1/2/3 field spring

Next up is Nittany Cross :)


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