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The Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnee aka D2R2 2016

23 Aug

We left the house Wednesday night after work and drove up to South Deerfield Massachusetts to stay in an eclectic hair studio/house AirBnb with the Arrow crew. We left the house a bit after 6:30pm and got in before 11pm, ate some food, crushed a couple beers, and got some rest.

Thursdays Strava route: 66mi | 4,400ft | 4h30m

Thursday morning we grabbed some breakfast at a diner then went to ride. Dan L. had some awesome routes ready and this one didn’t disappoint. 65 miles of totally off the beaten track gravel/dirt roads up into Vermont. At some point we hit the ‘town’ were we had planned to fill up bottles and realized there was nothing there other than a historic sign and a closed post office. We kept trucking but eventually got to the point of rationing that last bit of water until we found a house at the top of a wicked dirt climb with the coldest pump water Ive ever had PLUS a sweet orange cat. We then cruised through Greenfield and hit the Co-op were I finally was able to live out one of my goals of eating an entire pint of coconut ice cream during a ride. It was amazing. We rode home, cleaned up, and went back to Greenfield to crush food at The Peoples Pint. The food and beers were delish.

Friday’s Strava route: 48mi | 2,800ft | 3h10m

Friday morning we woke up a bit earlier and went out for another splorin’ trip. This route had more dirt goodness and a bit more rocky jeep-track through the state parks. Not much to say other than awesome roads, awesome scenery, and cool NOT SUPER HUMID weather. Our lunch stop was at the Leverett Village Co-Op that Dan had hit before and it was amazing. It seems to be kinda in the middle of know where right off the awesome sounding Rattlesnake Gutter Road. I bought way too much food including a loaf of bread and crushed as much as I could and stuck the rest into our various bike bags. We then settled into a good rhythm and cruised the 10miles back home. We hung out outside and drank for the remainder of the day. We cruised to the D2R2 camp ground/start to hang out/drink/grab our numbers before getting to bed before it was too too late.

Saturday D2R2 180k Strava Route: 110mi | 12,800ft | 8h45m

We woke up around 4:45am Saturday morning, got ourselves semi-awake and rode 3ish miles to the start of the ride. We were doing the 180k which went off between 6:00-6:30am. We grabbed some breakfast, used the port-o-potties and cruised out at 6:20am. This was my first pay-event ever… I realized ive never done a supported ride so I didn’t really know what to expect. Im pretty accustomed to riding and planning gas station stops so having water/food stops along the was, well really nice. It made the planning super easy because other than having the route you didn’t have to do anything other than pedal.

There was 6 in our group (Lauren opted for the 100k) and the plan was to ride together all day, take in some nice scenery, and do a good amount of talking/singing/bs-ing up as many hills as possible. In true fashion it was probably 3miles in and we were already crushing up some of the hills faster than my legs wanted that early into the ride. Oooof! The day started off cool with a good amount of shade under the tree canopy. Our spirits were high and the ever popular song from The Merrymen dubbed ‘Feeling Hot Hot Hot’ was blaring at a critical volume from most of our mouths. I also realized at this time that I didn’t know any of the lyrics other than ole ole, ole ole & feeling hot hot hot… it was alright. It was all we needed.

After a short amount of miles we hit the first rocky gravel accent. This is when I realized that unlike most of my other riding this one would be different. There were a good amount of people around us, people on all sorts of bikes with various different skill-sets. On our way up not only did one have to choose a good line through the super steep rocks/loose-stuff but also dodge/swerve/avoid riders who would randomly tip over in front of you. I also quickly realized that people who did stop whether it was from a mechanical or to catch their breath wouldn’t always be super considerate and move from ‘the line’. At many of these moments I was very happy to have my 34×32 granny gear. My knees have been loving me ever since.

The days profile was almost 100% saw-tooth with very few sections of flat. There was also no super long (over 25minute) climbs which makes the amount of climbing for the day even more impressive. Everything was punchy, some more so than others with only once section being 30% gravel for 50ft or so. The rest stops were very well placed and I never felt like I needed to conserve water to make it to the next stop. I will say having lunch right at the base of a semi-long climb was kinda ehhhh BUT im sure it was because that’s where all the different routes were suppose to converge & meet (but didn’t due to a bridge being out this year.)

The rest of the ride just seemed to float along. We all kept each other entertain/potentially annoyed up and over each steep kicker. Everything was a bit of a blur from then on. We then hit the 2nd to last water station on out way to Patten Hill which is road that turns into gravel and is ~2miles long with an avg of 9% grade. Brutal in its own right but way more intense when you are 95miles in and have slews of people trying to figure out a way to get up it in front of you. This was a notable climb and now I understand why people remember it. The good news is there was a stand at the top wish water/food/watermelon!

After the rest stop you enjoy a descent that starts a bit rocky on some jeep track and then descend farther into some more flowy dirt. You end up at the bottom with 100 miles in your legs at 10miles to go. Note to future self: The next 10 miles arent flat. Dont think the climbing is over and you will have a good time. After a few more kickers here and there we finally made it down by the river and rolled into the finish, all 6 of us together and in one piece.

We only had a few mechanical for the day. i think 3 flats, one due to a cut sidewall. and unfortunately Shaina broke 1 spoke on her front wheel and 2on her rear… luckily the super out of true rims were disc.

We grabbed a beer, some food, and a seltzer and bs’d for a while. After we filled our gullets we rode back to the airbnb and crushed a few too many IPAs, and I had a birthday shot cup of Fireball.

Another awesome weekend of buds, beers & bikes!

Bike setup:
Lynksey Cooper CX – Hydro Disc
50/34 x 11/32t gearing
37c Continental Travel Contact Tires
Rock Geist Half Frame Bag

New i9 / velocity wheels built right before this trip:

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Cookmans Creamery…

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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 🙂


13 Dec

SSCXWC13 PHILLY… what a weekend. Im still trying to recover from the madness, which is why this post took so long to come out. Maybe ill backfill with Bilenky photos/video too if I get motivated. One of the best cross weekends ever! Big thanks to Dave Pryor and everyone else who had a hand in getting Single Speed Worlds to Philly! We ALL had a blast.

Youtube Video:



Mayor Nutter!


Everyones a weiner race:






$$ shot


Bal Hatdorf







Stolen photos











First real snow of the year = a fun ride home



Ride to Moshulu that night for the after party


The winners


Fair Hill Cross 2013

11 Nov

I really enjoy the course at Fair Hill Cross (First State Velo Sport Xross) which is the 6th stop on the MAC calendar this year. Last year was my first time racing there and even though I crashed hard at the start ( last years recap ) I still had one of the best races of my carer. My love for the course is probably due to the fact that the venue suits me pretty well. There are a lot of open sections, really fast whoop section that flow, a few steep stand-up kickers, and ridable barriers.

Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/94434381

Mens B 2/3/4 Youtube Race Video:

We got there hella early for the Mens 4/5 race as we gave Bob a ride down.





The start of the Womens 3/4 race had me on edge. They lined them up 9 across, bars were touching bars, and I honestly think I was more scared for the start then they were.









I was told I had to actually write something for the team blog… I hope this is legible!?!

I was lucky enough to get a call-up to the front row based on MAC points and hopped this would keep me out of harm’s way on the start.  After the whistle blew I got off the line quick and wanted to sit in and not take the front.  I slotted in 3rd behind Sean Pasieka and John Dove and let them set the tempo.  After the long start gravel road, the course took a left onto the grass followed by a long sweeping right off-camber turn with a lot of chewed up grass which made it tricky at high-speed.  Right before the wooded section Andrew made a move past me which caught me off guard and I ran directly over a large root and hit rim HARD… pinch flatting ran through the brain.  Coming out of the woods Sean had a slight gap on us and I jumped past Andrew and John to get back to his wheel.

I sat on his wheel through the tricky off-camber up & downs and through the fast whoop flow-y section.  I was feeling good.  You then make a tricky left on a off-camber turn then a fast right followed by a fast downhill to a #GETRAD table top where all the kids were heckling.  After a few tight/odd turns there were two ridable little logs followed by another quick downhill.  They had changed this portion up a bit from the year before and we went through a small mud-bog to into a really tough false flat section of the course.  At this point Andrew crushed past both Sean and I and took to the front.  We got back on the road section and I sat on Seans wheel pacing myself.

Our group of 5 at the front with Eric K and Bernie right behind me had a solid gap on the field with no one really insight.  Everything stayed together until a few turns before the table top when Bernie slid out in a corner which I believe held Eric K up.  Game time.  Once I saw this I knew we had to put a gap in as those two are very strong riders.  Andrew had a small gap on Sean and I by maybe 3 or 4 seconds.  As we got back on the start/finish gravel road to start our 3rd lap Sean gave me the ‘Pull Through’ sign.  I came through and stood up and put some work in trying to make it up to Andrews wheel/make Sean work to sit in.  After a couple turns on the grass I got to Andrew’s wheel and was still feeling like the legs had more.  I knew I could ride the flow-y whoops faster than I had been behind other people and made my move to the front right before the semi-technical wooded/dirt section.  Coming out of the woods I put in another big effort and tried to make a gap.  New game plan, go for broke.

I worked hard that next lap increasing the gap on Andrew as it looked like Sean had fallen back.  With 3 to go (even though the announcer kept saying 2) I had a 30+ second gap on the chasing group of 3 and the legs/lungs were in good shape to keep this pace.  I kept pushing as hard as I could on straights and about 90% on corners trying to not make a big mistake.  Even though I watched the leader of the womens race burp her front on the table top I continued to get rad on the ‘jump’ doing some sweet style airs as to NOT get heckled by my teammates.

With 2 to go I gave a quick look and saw someone else had bridged up to Andrew and Eric but the gap was sizable.  All that was running through my head was ‘Don’t mess this up dummy.’  So with that in my head I took even less risks and went a lot slower through any of the tricky sections while still pushing as hard as I could on the straights.  After the table top I got distracted by a spectator talking to me, fumbled, then had to get off the bike and run…Fuuuuuuu?!@  I actually said/yelled this then proceeded to apologize for expletive language in front of his child.  This rattled me a bit as I had too much going on in my head other than the normal pain and ‘just keep pedaling.’

With one to go I could tell the gap had got cut in half by me playing it safe but I felt I could easily keep it as long as I didn’t do something stupid.  The thought of dropping a chain, getting a flat, or some other random mechanical continued to play in my brain.  I played it safe over the tabletop the last lap and didn’t #GETRAD.  I made my way past some lapped traffic, and made the turn back towards the barriers where I got a glimpse of the chase group. Still good.  Only a few corners to go and this is mine…  I took those corners more gingerly than I have taken anything in a race, turned onto the gravel section with Larry waving his MAC leaders jersey in my face, took one last look over my shoulder and gave it a little effort to get to the line.  I sat up, zipped up the skin-suit and gave a little hands up over the line (I didn’t want to take the hand off too far as the gravel was deep and falling as you win a race would be the absolute pits).  I turned around and watched the sprint for 2nd and then it hit me, I finally got a win in a 2/3/4 MAC race. Hell Yah!






Podium Action


Crossasaurus Awesome 2013

28 Oct

Crossasaurus Awesome is has been one of my favorite races for the last couple years. Not because the course is amazing but because of the single speed cross races they have at the end of the day. Both of our start times were in the afternoon so we actually go to sleep in Sunday morning which was amazing. We got up there and watched the end of the Mens B race.




Lauren crushed a few souls and ended up 3rd in the Cat 3/4 Women’s felid and her first time on the podium. Woo!



Main goal for the day was to not get lapped as we were doing 10 laps or something crazy due to the short/fast course. For another week in a row I scrambled to get myself together before the race and get warmed-up. I did spin on a trainer for 15min beforehand periodically jumping off to scream on the ladies. I went off easy in the Men’s A 1/2/3 race and sat in behind Ryan on his SSCX rig. Eventually I made my way past riders (most who were off their bikes after crashing) and was trying to get the legs warmed-up.

I think during the 2nd lap I slid out and braaaap, snapped off my front brand new shifter,fuuuuuuu!!! Good thing I had just tightened it before the race… For the remaining 8 laps I was either in the drops or doing some weird crab move with my left hand as there was no hood to hold onto. I did learn I suck at riding tight corners in the drops, or I just cant corner well in things like that. I also learned not to try out new tubeless tires for the first time in a race. Meh. I didn’t even check my results and I think I lost my Garmin somewhere. Luckily there was a SSCX race to cheer me up.

No reason to talk about the goodness. Awesome costumes, beer in pumpkins, hardcore heckling, grain alcohol, and great people.

Youtube video of the SSCX race(s):






























Townhall Cross 2013

30 Sep

I woke up a bit before 6:30 to catch a ride up to Townhall . The lady was out crushing Freds at the MS150 ride/race so I was running solo today. I got my stuff together and pedaled down to south philly to meet up with Shaina and Jack & Willem from Bicycle Therapy.


We got there a bit before the Cmen so I was able to get my lungs warmed up for all the heckling that was about to go down.  As usual it was fun to watch friends race the 4/5 race and get to cheer/heckle.

Mens C 4/5 Photos:










Next up were the women.



#MikoMiko going all typerwriter on that thing!


Shaina was crushing souls and sitting on the wheel of Robin in 1st when she dropped a chain on the insude under her catcher and couldn’t get it back running for a while.






Women’s 3/4 podium


Ellis getting ready as usual




After another race it was the 3/4 B men.  It was a bit weird watching this race as I was battling it out with a bunch of those guys last year.  I wasn’t able to give this race quite the attention I wanted to by cheering people on, since I was next up to race.  I didn’t realize there is a good time difference between the end of their race and start of ours but either way maybe ill bring a trainer next to heckle from.

Mens 3/4 B Race pictures:


















Mens Elite 1/2/3 Race:

After riding a hot lap around the course after the B race I went to the start grid to line up.  I was at the back but there were only 3 or 4 rows.  Either way I didn’t want to be too too in the mix at the start as this was my first A race and I had no idea what to expect.  Plus 60 minutes is A LOT longer than 45 minutes when you are deep in the red.

My game plan was to A) not die and B) take in the race dynamics a bit and make moves eventually with the end goal of not blowing up mid way through.  I tried to keep the HR a bit lower than I would usually and follow wheels.  The start was more hectic than I was anticipating and I moved up a few spots off the whistle.  Right after the straight away it goes into 7 or 8  switchbacks that lended itself nicely to everyone chopping every wheel imaginable.  On top of that I wasn’t expecting some seriously slopping riding this early on from a few people but oh well.   The front group was already quite a bit ahead of me before the start of St. Luke’s Staircase and the gaps were starting to form.

I was sitting in a group of 4 with a Hudson furniture guy, Garrett Olsen, and Hal from Lone Wolf Cycling.  Unlike the B race where one can either be very good technically or just have good legs, in the A-race you need both.  Everyone lining up has good legs and most people are somewhat good at cornering.  I know I cant outclass a Cat1 roadie out there so my only move was to stay efficient in the corners and not waste energy.  On lap 3 or so Hal got to the front of the group and formed a bit of a gap.  I made a move in the technical section and got back to his wheel.  Coming into of of the zig-zags up the hill he slipped up and I ran into him a bit as he was regaining himself.  I surged hard and tried to form the gap that I knew I needed to fend the rest of them off.  For the next 2 laps I was creating more and more of a gap on them.

At some point at the start/finish I looked over to see 4 to go… Oh shit seriously?!? Ive been doing this for 30minutes and I have 4 more to go? The slog past the finish line wasn’t as bad as last year but it was still brutal.  The cheering helped but I was in no mans land with Jack and Willem pretty far out of my reach.  The trouble was you could see competitors infront/behind in the switchbacks which made them seem close, but in actuality they wern’t.

With about 2 to go I kept the legs churning but was just trying to keep my position and not do anything stupid.  Nothing really wild happened.  No mechanicals.  No falling. No wild sprint at the end BUT I had one of my more memorable races ever.  Something about doing 8 laps made me feel like I knew what was coming next and could rail the down hill turns that much faster each lap.  I ended up 9th/21 and was pretty happy with how everything shook out.  1st elite race in the books and hopefully many more to come.  I think the highlight of the heckling from the SSCW pit was Dave Pryor yelling at me to blog something with my GoPro… it made me chuckle everytime even when I was in the red!

Strava Jawn: http://www.strava.com/activities/85967766


After that it was the SS event.  I was cooked and just watched it all take place.










We ate and drank way too much afterwards.  It was another solid day.


Charm City Cross 2013

24 Sep


I rode my race rig down to work Friday morning and got picked up along the way down south to the lovely city of Baltimore. After slews of traffic we eventually made it to our Holiday in by the Inner Harbor. We ate, had a couple beers, and stayed up way to late doing nothing productive.





Day 1 (Saturday)

We got a great parking spot on day one right by the finish.


Mens C















Andrew taking the win!



Masters 45+



Womens 3/4 photos














After race = Wine Time



Women 3/4 Results


Mens B  2/3/4 race.

I lined up 1st row due to a couple people not showing up for Saturdays race who are in head of me points wise in the MAC series. I like lining up in the front row, like most people do. I cant say I have too much skill when it comes to cross but id like to think I have a good start. Charm city’s start this year was fast as usual on pavement until a slight right into the grass.

This years course was much different than last years. It was the same idea but there was a lot more tight turns and nib-jibs that kept it from being a total roadie course in the dry like it felt last year. The course itself is always fun with tall barriers, large run-up steps, a weird planter box 180 turn around a tree, and 2 ridable sand pits.

Things got a little stressful about 5 minutes before we lined up I was warming-up doing starts and broke my chain. I had to run over and borrow a buddies bike then proceed to do a quick ‘fit’. Big thanks to Blake for hustling HARD to the SRAM guy who got him a quick link and got my bike back to me on the start line! Seriously made my day what it was as his bike felt more than foreign to me.

After Nittany CX you kind of know how you’re going to fit in place wise. I felt less pressure because of this and knew I cant hang with the top 5-fast guys and was looking for a top10. I went off hard and slotted 2nd to not use too much energy pulling everyone around. I was able to hang with the lead pack for the first lap but they slowly pulled away after that. Nothing too wild happened through the race. I dropped my chain being a dum-dum running up the steps and lost a bit of time trying to crank it around while running, then failing… then jumping on it on the downhill and trying to get it on while pedaling. Around lap 2 or 3 a couple fast guys from the back, Sean O’Donnell and Greg Capelle blew by me and I was good with that as they were already on my list of people I wasn’t beating 🙂 I was able to make my first pass of the season and got in front of the guy who lead from the hole shot. It felt good. Ended up 9th/115 and was happy with the performance. Avg heart rate was a little on the low side of 197bmp but I hadn’t seen a max of 210bmp in a while! That was nice to see.

STRAVA JAWN: http://www.strava.com/activities/84351308







Mens B 2/3/4 results




Getting ready to watch the Mens Elite Race


There were some heavy hitters out at Charm City CX this past weekend including Page


At some point it started to rain pretty hard…







After the race we drove straight over to Johny Rads for the second year in a row for some legit pizza and beer.  That place is definitely a good time.



Next up was the hotel party



6 people + 6 bikes was easier than expected.  im glad it wasnt too muddy on day1


I also learned why Ellis has a ‘No’ tv symbol stitched into his messenger bag… i think hes an addict. After watching one of the crappy Fast in the Furious movies we all passed out.


Day 2 (Sunday):

We loaded up and packed everything back into the car.



We got there early-o-clock for the start of the Mens C race,


Hans leading it out






















Andrew with a 2nd win in a row  and a cat up to the 3s.


Blake came in 3rd after starting 80 some back.  super impressive!!


Mens C Cat 4/5 Podium


Shadow was the winning dog for the weekend as well!


Womens 3/4 Race Pictures









Cat 4/5 Mens Results:


Cat 3/4 Womens Results:


Cat 2/3/4 Mens Race

Sunday I got pushed back to the 2nd row and had to remember what it was like waiting for someone else to move before I could. Cooper was in front of me and I had to route around him at the start to move up. John Dove led the pack for almost a full lap and I was on the tail end of the group for that time. Eventually a few of them blew-up and fell off the brutal front group pace. I could tell my legs were fatigued from the day before and I couldn’t get my heart rate up at all and averaged a heart rate of 189bmp almost 10bmp less than the day before… I let a few people past me early on that I knew would get up to the front, but with 3 more to go a group of 3 went past me and I wasn’t in a good place.

Later that lap or in the next lap I was able to reel them back in. With 1 to go I was on the back of the pack conserving energy. I was sitting in 3rd of the 4 man group with Cooper & Wilis from King Kog and another guy in a red/white kit who seemed to like to fall a lot. I could tell our group was slowing a bit as racers from behind were closing in. After the steps/whoops there was 2 up hills and I tried to make my move on the 2nd and got shut-down, so I went for it again on the fast sweeping left downhill and mad it by Wilis and sat on Coopers wheel on the downhill past the 2nd pit. I was thinking of going for it around the planter box but didn’t want to tweak my ankle like last year in the rooty inside section. I sat and waited trying to hold his wheel as long as I could. Coming into the weird off camber muddy turn (2 turns before the sand) I tried ot make a move and couldn’t. Coming into the straight away before the 1st sand pit I went for it hard and was able to nudge him out of the good like through the sand. This saved me a slew of energy and I was able to make the pass and hold it through the next sand pit. I pushed with everything I had through the next straight and tried to keep it safe through the next few corners. As I got on the road I threw in a quick sprint and looked back and realized I didn’t have to sprint-sprint it out. Came in 12th/ 117 and even though I wasn’t all that fast, I felt like I accomplished way more today than the day before. It was really fun towards the end battling it out with the King Kog dudes!

STRAVA JAWN: http://www.strava.com/activities/84351306



Cat 2/3/4 Mens B Results



Afterwards the lady was able to get an autographed copy of Bill’s new book




Then it was time to watch the Elite races again.  Look at that bike lean…!





















After the race we realized someone had a bit too much wine… luckily she could sleep it off on the way back to Philly.


It was good to be back home after a long weekend of racing bikes and


Video (day 2 Mens B 2/3/4 Full):