Tuesday night we got our second big snow storm of the year, and the weird part of it was that is was EXACTLY one week after our first big snow storm of the year. I can only hope that NEXT Wednesday we’ll have another big snow storm, but I won’t count on it.
We got out for a snow ride yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t the best time of day to go because as first it was slushy and kinda warm, and then the temp dropped making everything that had gotten a little wet freeze, including my appendages. We rolled from the coffee shop and it ended up only being three of us; Matt, Zack and myself.
We rolled into City Park and witnessed this… A Trailblazer towing snow boarders into a ramp made from a tilted picnic table. It was a pretty high jump with VERY little down ramp. The driver offered me some skis and boots, but I saw my cross season flash before my eyes for the 2nd (or 3rd) time this year and passed.
We did some of the David Cross course down by the Poudre River Trail in Old Town and then rolled home. I love riding in the snow, especially when I know its probably good practice for what we could be seeing at Nationals in Madison or this weekend in the Springs.
Race Coming Up
- 11/6 Fall Back Cross – Colorado Springs
- 11/12 USGP #5 – Louisville, KY
- 11/13 USGP #6 – Louisville, KY
- 11/20 Bubba CX – St. Louis, MO
Its been over a week since my last post about the USGP in Fort Collins, and now I’m sitting in a snow covered condo trying to figure out if I should get the XC team ready for pre-ride this afternoon or go to the store and get some sleds.
I’m in Angel Fire, NM with the CSU Rams Cycling team. This time for collegiate mountain bike nationals, which I had originally thought would be an awesome warm trip in New Mexico. Instead, we’re in the middle of the first big snow storm of the year. There’s a few inches on the ground now, but everything should be melted by the time racing starts tomorrow morning. At least, we’ve got an X-Box and Call of Duty.
Our view off the deck at our condo.
This afternoon the Bike Park is open for XC pre-ride, but with all this snow on the ground and the course conditions changing by the half-hour I doubt riding today will be worth the effort of kitting up and then having to worry about the damage being done to bikes.
I anticipate that most guys will on trainers in the garage today instead. Which makes my job of maintaining the bikes much much easier.
Besides cleaning bikes and making sure no one misses their start this weekend, I’ll be keeping our fb page updated and taking a bunch of video so that we can make another kick-ass Rams Cycling film….
Cross is hard work for a lot of people. Every team on he circuit has a whole clan of workers and groupies. Almost, a Cross Circus, if you will. I’m lucky enough to be on a team where we may not have the largest team of mechanics but we have a big team of riders who are all willing to help one another. Which, is awesome because we’re all better friends because of it, but it makes the days at the races that much longer.
Bill looking on from the pit during Day 2.
Tom Price and Bill work their tails off from the beginning of the weekend to the end. Plus they both raced and pretty well at that! My body’s still a bit worn down from the weekend myself, and I didn’t work as much as either of the those boys.
I don’t think I’ll be racing for a week or two now. My back is still not 100% from the herniated disc and stress fractures. I was still supposed to be resting last weekend, but I had been training for a week and half and felt great. Not the best test, but I didn’t care. The race was in Fort Collins, and I couldn’t miss it.
Now, I’ll get some real time on my new Fuji Bikes and be flying by the time the Louisville USGP rolls around. Can’t be more excited to be back doing some real CX training!
Images credited to Mountain Moon Photography
The second day of the New Belgium Cup here in Ft. Collins promised to be TOTALLY different course conditions for every field throughout the day. For the races early in the morning we had mud in the corners and fast straight-aways, a huge change from our bone-dry and bumpy course the day before.
I got to the course and Tom had both bikes dialed and ready to rip the course. For the first time I was able to race on the new Challenge Limus mud tire. I had a front row start again today, pretty awesome being able to get clipped in and ride my own race from start-to-finish.
I was second on the hole-shot and held position for the first climb before dropping the leader and then looking back to see him picking himself up off the ground. I rode solo for for the next couple of laps, but my back started to seize when I saw 3 laps to go. The winner from yesterday was gaining quickly and took 10 seconds out of my lead in one lap.
Chasing in 2nd
I suffered to hold the leaders wheel when he came past, but managed to at least get a bit of a pull from him. The next person to come by was the Boulder Cycle Sport rider and him and I battled until 1/2 lap to go and I fell apart at the seams.
I punched it to hold 3rd from a hard-charging 4th place. My parents said that I won the popularity contest for people screaming my name on the tape. The MidWest Trek guys, the FCCT guys, and the smattering of Rams Cycling Guys were a huge support out there.
I’m wrecked after today. I was the earliest race for the team at 9:30 this morning. So I woke up at 7, got embro’d up and rode down to the course. You can’t beat having a UCI weekend in your backyard. I can literally go out my back door and ride bike path all the way to the venue. It was a long day working for the KCCX / Fuji presented by Challenge crew. Did lots of powerwashing.
The course didn’t get any moisture before my race so it was just as bumpy as ever. Luckily I didn’t have to deal with the dust, but I’m sure our 60+ person field churned it up. I started front row. I was 2nd into the hole shot and then took over for the descent, only to slam my saddle on the run-up and have to pit. Not an ideal start but in less than a lap I was back to the front and attacked our group of 4. Our small lead group would let a rider go then we’d close it down and this went on for a while. I ate it into the barriers on lap 3 of 5. Picked myself up and ran over the railroad ties, only to hear people yelling “your pedal!”
Not the time I lost my pedal, but it was at this run-up on the course.
My pedal had pulled out of my crank arm, which is what caused my crash too. I had a temporary slip of composure but I put myself back together and ran it up to the pit from the bottom of the hill. Got back on my A bike and finished out the race. Mostly just stayed in control but with 1 to go I ran into Brian Holcombe (VeloNews) and it was game on again. We took it to the line swapping blows the entire lap. I ended up edging him out by a wheel. 17th on the day. Better tomorrow.
The battle between Brian and myself during the final lap was AWESOME.
There’s a lot going on right now in the land of LVB. Well I should say that there is as much going on as possible without any actual cyclocross racing taking place, yet. Though I’ve learned plenty of times that the preparation and lead into ‘cross is much more stressful than actually racing. Luckily,running the CSU Rams Cycling team is much less stressful than it was 3 weeks ago, and that’s all thanks to the help I have with the team. I’m lucky enough to have about 4 people on the email list that I can count on to get all these little projects done. So, that I can handle “Big Picture issues,” insert Michael Scott voice here.
This weekend will be my racing debut (finally) with KCCX/Fuji 2011. Which is awesome, but I’ve yet to finish building either of my Fuji race bikes. Luckily, I think that teammate (and temporary roommate) Joseph is going to try and get my back-up bike running today so that I can take it out to the AIC Cross Ride tonight. Its kind of a scramble, but when your physical therapist says your spine is healed enough that you can race, you hurry and up get READY TO RACE. On top of the bike building shenanigans I’m also trying to coordinate our CSU Cycling Team Sock fundraiser. We’re selling a pair of CSU team issue socks and a raffle ticket for $10!!! The ticket will be worth some great prizes down the road as we continue to sell them leading into our Spring Fling Fundraiser. Which means I need to get a Silent Auction / Fundraiser organized by then… I shouldn’t let people know what I’m thinking, then noone would know what to expect.
O, and I just volunteered to get a tattoo reading, “Ram It!” if the team sells all 120 pairs of socks. Again, I shouldn’t be allowed to speak. Stay tuned for updates from the USGP of CX races here in Fort Collins, and I’ll try to get a video going too.
Thanks to everyone for coming out. Especially, CSU MTB Coordinator Aaron Cholewa, C. Hall Designs for the photographs, all the alumni who came up to volunteer, and all of our sponsors especially Jett MTB and Declare Custom.