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NJ Beach Cycling Route – Philadelphia to Margate City / Atlantic City / Ocean City

22 Jul

Ive been tweaking this beach bike route for a few years.  Its ~70miles from the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia down the shore – Margate City / Ventnor, OCNJ, Atlantic City.  Ive used the 1st part of this route as well to Wildwood/Cape May by dipping south on Tuckahoe Road in Buena instead of continuing on RT40 to Mays Landing.

 

The route takes ~4-5hours depending on riding speed. Its pretty chill with only a few sections of business and a bunch of farm stands/WAWA’s along the way.

STRAVA: https://www.strava.com/activities/645007156

Philly

R – 5th | L – MLK
R – Haddon [2mi]
R – White Horse/RT30 [1.2]
R – after Bridge Lakeview
L – Newton (||’s RT30)
Turns into E Atlantic [9mi]
L – Berlin [1.3mi]
Rfork – New Freedom/691
R|T- Berlin/NewFreedom/720
R – Tauton [0.1mi]
QL (Quick) – New Brooklyn
L|T – CedarBrook
QR (Quick)- Blue Anchor
R|T- Mays Landing/RT73
R–Piney Hollow/Brewster
L- $ Harding Hwy/Rt40 <————(Wawa 40 miles in)
R- $ (after bridge)–River/RT617
QRfork–Atlantic559/Somers [2]
Lfork – Ocean Heights/559Alt
R – Somers Pt Pedestrian Path
L- $ Maryland/152 (bridge)
R- 27th – |   L Atlantic
MARGATE/VENTNOR/AC/ OCNJ

 

 

$=Wawa
~70miles

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L= Left

R = Right

T = T in the road

QR = Quick Right

Lfork = Left at a fork in the road

||’s = parallels

 

 

 

 

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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 🙂

Philly Phyler RR & South Jersey Spring Series #3

17 Mar

Saturday: Philly Phyler cat 3/4 RR

NOTE: Im bummed that my SD card was full pretty much all weekend and like a dum-dum I didn’t notice. I don’t have any sweet GoPro footy from the weekend. #wompwomp

STRAVA: http://www.strava.com/activities/121474808

Avg Speed: 23.4mph
Avg Power: 257W
Max Power: 1067W
Avg HR: 180bmp
Max HR: 202bmp

A bunch of us met up to ride over to the start of the 3/4 Philly Phyler road race. This was my first go at the race and my first RR in ages. I was a bit weary as the pre-reg list looked pretty deep with talent. I think we barely made it past the natural roll out when either Willem or Jack from Bicycle Therapy attacked on West River. This seemed to be the theme of the day. I was feeling pretty good heading up the climb from West River past Strawberry Mansion bridge and was getting into my groove.

On the third lap the pace slowed a bit and myself and a couple went off the front. This only last a very short amount of time but it felt good to give it a go. Going up the climb for the third time I was cross-chaining like a champ trying to keep the legs spinning rather than mashing. Right as we turned right up Greenland Dr I was sitting in the middle at In the top 15 or so when SHHHHHHHH…skiddd…… fuuuuuuuu!!!!!!! When I was out of the saddle stomping the pedals my $150 wheelset had way more flex than I was expecting and tweaked enough to suck in my rear derailleur… this caused my hanger to shear off and bend my chain around causing my rear to skid to a stop immediately. I then was in the center of the pack hoping I didn’t get rear ended with 50+ dudes still needed to get past.

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All I was thinking was stay thin!!!! Paper-THIN! It worked and I didn’t get smashed. Luckily for me Thom Cal was right there and we chatted a bit and I pulled some links out of the chain and took the RD off to kick/push my way back to the start/finish. I was a bit bummed but what can you do. On my way kick/pushing on the West River Dr path I hear a ‘Yo Dream/Greenberg?!’ and I loop back around to find the #messlife dudes doing their thing drinking brews and watching bike racing. I hung with them for a bit watching the rest of the race pounding a couple beers. Food for thought, you will feel loopy after not eating for a couple hours, racing hard, and pounding beers before food.

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I eventually make it back to the start and felt a bit more bummed about the situation. I caught a ride home and during the trip I had the lady sign me up for the South Jersey Spring Series the following day.

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After eating and hanging out for a bit it was time to replace the RD, hanger, chain, and cable. I like to have things ready so luckily I already had all of these pieces in the tool box ready to go.

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Sunday: South Jersey Spring Series #3 cat 4/5 & 3/4

Cat 4/5

Avg Speed: 23.4mph
Avg Power: 283W
Max Power: 1125W
Avg HR: 190bmp
Max HR: 202bmp

Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/121474801

I wasn’t planning on racing on Sunday… but sometime you need to make moves. I toyed with the idea of doing the Temple Crit but knew the strong field would be tough to get through so I opted for the easier S. Jersey jawn. We got out to the race around 9:20am and got things together. It was cool 32F with a wicked wind.

The race started fast… or I clipped in and made it that way. A few breaks went early and I didn’t a lot of work reeling a couple of them in. I think that was when the field blew apart a bit. I realized the legs didn’t like all the work at the front but honestly no one else was doing any work and it’s a training crit. With about 5 or 6 to go a few faster guys went and I jumped with them. We made it ~2 laps before we were caught and the legs felt it. With 2.5 or so to go Andrew went and I wanted to go… I really did but I didn’t have it. I was sitting on the front and kept the pace the same but didn’t chase. I knew he could take it if I gave him some time. As we rounded the line with 2 to go a couple people went and I jumped on. We kept the pace high for the last two laps. I was feeling alright but not exactly good… we were closing down the gap on Andrew but I was hopefully hed keep it going. As we came out of corner 4 I was sitting right behind Nick (2nd wheel) and got outsprinted at the line and ended up 4th/51 with Nick in 2nd and Andrew in 1st…

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Cat 4/5 Results

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Cat 3/4 Race

Avg Speed: 24.1mph
Avg Power: 255W
Max Power: 996W
Avg HR: 187bmp
Max HR: 205bmp

Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/121474805

I wasn’t feeling it so much but we jumped back out there for the cat3/4 race. As usually Byron went from the gun and the pace picked up but after he got caught things ramped down. The first 15 minutes weren’t bad. A few minutes later I see Justin go and I jump on with another guy or so. We keep the pressure on and the 8 of us slowly start opening up the gap on the field. At first we couldn’t organize so well but eventually everyone start taking pulls and it feels like we are actually in a REAL bike race. Ooooohhhhieie! We all put some serious work in with Nick Cal taking charge and giving some orders. I we then see small packs in front and the carrot in dangled in our face… we scoop a group here, then another there and before we knew it we had lapped the field with most people getting pulled.

Unfortunately for us those last couple riders latched onto our group of 8 (even though they were a lap down) and made things more chaotic than it needed to be. At this point the group of us slowed a bit but kept rotating through. When the lap cards came out people started thinking more stetigec and trying to get some recovery in. With about 2 or 3 to go there were a couple attacks that went off the front with no one wanting to do too too much work. Justin went hard and I didn’t want to see him get away so we put in some work but I think he blew himself up in the wind. Coming into the last lap another guy went off the front and I was sitting 2nd wheel. We came out of the chicane and he had a gap but was looking like he was fading. I was encouraging the guy in front a bit and sat on his wheel going into turn three. As we came out of turn three and up the slight incline I jumped hard, out of the saddle and going for broke. I came into turn 4 hot with no one in front. I gave a glance back and sprinted to the line. On my left I saw the wheel of Paul from Kelly Benefits. I then saw his wheel go slightly past mine, I dug. Dug really hard and could tell I was getting it back! I was all in but the line came up quick and I was inches from victory. I felt great about the performance and would have loved a victory but that will have to wait. I ended up 2nd/34 and was SO siked to get into a winning break/ It has been a goal of mine since I started ‘racing’ on the road.

Cat 3/4 sprint

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We checked the results as the lapped riders had also sprinted making things tougher.

Cat 3/4 Results

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I was excited as it was and to get paid on top?! Cant complain about that.

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Once back in the city it was margaritaaaa time (editor’s note: I drank a Tecate instead)

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And a shot of tequila with candles for Brendan’s 30th

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I then proceeded to cry and sweat all over the place eating some Thai food

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Then headed over to the surprise party to hang with a choice crew… It was another solid weekend.

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Ridley X-Night / #crossiscoming

28 Aug

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of someone making our car a bit more aero… and by more aero I mean someone using a pry bar to take off the roof rack. Life in the city. Fast forward a bit and I needed to figure out a way to get multiple bikes to races, especially since cyclocross season starts in less than two weeks. I opted to go the hitch route as I didn’t want to get another rack stolen and fuel efficiency. I picked up a class 1 1 ¼” hitch for the car for ~$125. The install on these things aren’t super easy but waaaaay easier than they use to be 10 years ago. There is no drilling needed as they use very cleaver fishing wire to route the bolts through the subframe which will most likely take up the majority of the time depending on the setup. I will say I had to dremel a few under-carriage plastic parts to fit around the hitch itself. Either way I was able to get it done in an hour or so, by myself, on the side of our street.

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Next up was actually finding a rack.  I live for finding ‘deals’ on forums/craigslist/what-have-you and was able to find a new Thule 4 bike rack for under $100. I scooped it up on the way home a night and strapped it on my bag trying not to take out any pedestrians/side mirrors.  They claim 2 bikes only but when your bikes are ~20lbs, its not a worry as youre way under the max 200lb tongue allowable.

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Now that I got the transportation of bikes dialed in again, next was buying another bike of course… Like usual, a deal popped up I couldn’t pass and now I own a plastic cross bike.  it’s a 2012 Ridley X-Night and its stupid stiff.  It seriously sprints better than my carbon roadie, its amazing.  I’ve been putting as many road miles on her to get use to the geometry.

 

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Unfortunately theres been a lot of conflict in the city cross scene and we lost our old cx course.  A slew of people went out and put in some work to create a new course.  Unfortunately it’s a little late to start practicing but either way it needs to get built for Single Speed Cyclocross Worlds (#SSCXWC13 if you will) which will be here at the end of the year.

 

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Down the shore

5 Aug

This weekend the lady, Blake and myself rode down to Ventnor City, NJ (right south of Atlantic City) for some fun and sun at the beach. We left late afternoon Friday and started the 70+ mile ride ‘down the shore.’ Traffic was definitely a lot heavier on the back roads on a Friday around 5pm unfortunately but nothing too too bad. About half way in we stopped at one of the many NJ farm stands and destroyed a thing of blueberries and basket of peaches. The farmstand stops make the beach ride so so good. We got to the beach a bit after dark and went straight to dinner for some tomato pies. After slews of food and a couple brews we hit the sack.

Beach route Strava

Philly to Ventnor City, NJ

Ventnor City, NJ to Philly

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The next day it was a bit dreary out but we had lots to get done.  We relaxed a bit and eventually rode to grab some food.  Next on the agenda was hitting the beach up even though it was pretty overcast.  Eventually we rode down to Ocean City, NJ to grab some food and take a walk on the board walk.  The original place we were going was closed but we made it to the The Bashful Banana Cafe for some food and a banana whip.  After 1 dessert we headed back over the bridge to Ventnor City and grabbed a secondary dessert before going to the bar for a quick brew.

 

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The next morning we grabbed a bagel and hit the road.  It was a bit slow going as I got sick Saturday somehow and felt super achy plus the added 10-15mph constant headwind.  We made a stop at a farm stand for more fruit and one at Wawa to refill water bottles and eventually made it back to the city.  It was the first time the lady had ever ridden to the beach (or even more than 60 miles) let alone ridding there and back.  She crushed it putting in 160mi over the weekend.

 

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Even though we were a bit exhausted we made some quick food then walked around the 2nd St festival to meet up with friends and get some food.  Another solid weekend!  Just need to get over this cold now.

 

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