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2014 Arsenal Crit – Mens 4/5

25 Aug

Sunday morning the lady and I rode down to the Arsenal Crit down at the Philly navy yard to race road bikes. This was going to be the ladys FIRST crit ever and first race after shattering her ankle… I was excited for her but at the same time a bit worried as crits are pure wildness in the lower categories.

Mens 4/5

Video :

Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/185113228

Distance: 18.7mi
Time: 45min
Avg Speed: 25mi/h
Avg HR: 186bmp
Avg Power: 273W

The Arsenal Criterium this year was a traditional 4-corner crit that had ended up selling out in the mens 4/5 field with 75 people. The goal for today was to keep it upright and try to lead Ryan out for the final sprint. I knew a handful of people in the field and had a good time heckling throughout the race.

Things somehow stayed pretty civil in the bunch and I only yelled a couple times. Nothing was really going off the front and I didn’t do too much work at the front either other than for a lap or two when the pace seemed to slow too much. For the most part things stayed together due to the un-technical nature of the flat course.

I won’t spend too much time rambling on but with 3 to go Ryan got up to my wheel and he was feeling good. We stayed to the front as I knew the last lap would be mayhem.

On the last lap on the straight away coming into corner 3 a couple people went flying by on the right side and I knew I had to jump. Coming out of corner 3 I was sitting behind two people who both realized they didn’t want to lead out into the very long drag-line sprint. As they slowed I moved off there wheel to make sure I had a lane. Ryan was one wheel off mine at that point.

Coming into the last corner I stayed to the inside as to not get pushed too far out when a rider came on the inside of my already inside line. I had to push wider than I had wanted tracking out of corner 4 into the sprint but still made sure to leave plenty of room to not force anyone into the corner.

As I came out of the corner I there was one guy in front of me and I charged to get on his wheel. I sat on his wheel for a second and realized there was a chance I could take this. I jumped HARD to the left and went for broke. I heard the cheering and gave a glance backwards to see what kind of gap I had… it was enough and I threw the hands up crossing the line 1st of 60+ people.

I think there was some touching of wheels and foot dabbing that had to get done in the final corner which took fellow teammate Ryan out of contention. I was bummed for him but was more than excited to get my first road win and hopefully be able to upgrade to a cat3.




Riding down south


We cruised down early to watch a good friends first ever crit where we cheered/heckled hard giving us a great primer for the upcoming cross season.

Cat5 mens race

Next up was the womens 4 field where the lady was racing along side a bunch of friends/familiar faces. I wasn’t able to cheer as much as I would have liked as I was racing next but was more than happy to have everyone keep the rubber side down.

Womens 4 race


After doing well I opted out of the mens 3/4 race. Greg was racing but I knew I couldn’t help him anyways nor did he need my help. Greg was doing work up from and went off the front in a group of three. Around 2 to go they getting closer to getting caught when Myles from Cyclismo went hard and blasted by them. It look like Greg went hard to bridge up to Myles and they had a 15second gap to the peloton with 1 to go. As I looked across the course with ½ lap to go I counted 10seconds to a lone chaser and 16second to the peloton… I saw Myles then Greg coming out of corner 4 with a huge gap. I started yelling so loud that I thought my hernia was going to bust. Gregg crushed it and got the win. It was a 2/2 in the winning game for the Sunnybrook Racing crew this weekend. Couldn’t be happier with the results.

Mens 3/4


Ride for some food


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.


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.






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.


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.


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…




Cat 4/5 Results


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


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

Cat 3/4 Results


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


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



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


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


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


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.


Weekend Wrap Up

19 Mar

Ahh busy weekened for sure with the start of the road race season. I got talked into joining a team for the Philly Phlyer team time trial (TTT). Ive never done a TT before but it was riding distance from our place so I felt I really should. The Philly Phlyer race weekend is mostly collegiate races with a couple USAC open races. It starts off with a TTT saturday morning with a road race saturday afyternoon, and finishes with a crit on Temple’s campus. My real goal was to race not get shelled too too fast in the mens 3/4 road race later in the day.

My two teammates both had slick TT bikes which i learned wernt so easy to draft off of.


A teammate brought my new kit as well. Really liking the 2012 kit design so far.


Living a bits from some of your teammates mean you dont have much to any time riding with them. We took half an hour to warm up together and get a sense of how our rotations would go.


We did alright but for an open field but as always you wish you could dug a little deeper and moved up a spot or two. Oh well.


I was having some drive train issues and as I was heading home i snapped my chain. My fault for not using Shimano’s new special self aligning pins. I learned my lesson. By the time I got home and got the bike back running it was too late to eat then get back out there for the RR. Instead the lady and I rode to Rittenhouse to do some people watching and enjoy the weather.




After dinner we went out to grab a couple drinks. Tried to stay away from the ‘irish’ folk but thats impossible. Did end up having to take some green shot though… but other than that I kept myself hydrated with a coconut water as there was another race in the morning.


Woke up Sunday morning and had a teammate pick me up for the South Jersey Spring Series #2  cat4/5 crit.  It was cool and a bit foggy.


Even got some choice cake afterwards for Jamies birthday.



My teammate’s video up from the race (last couple last at 5:00):

Went to enjoy some beer and arcades games later that day.


Love me some tapper for sure.  So so good.