Archive | September, 2015

2015 Town Hall Cross

23 Sep


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