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A Real Off Season

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Another Velo luncher on Wednesday, but this time, in shorts and sunshine.

It’s been too long. All of my writing has been focused on VN.com, and alas, this has fallen to the wayside.

Been taking some serious time away from the racing scene, namely the CX crowd. I don’t even plan to contemplate racing for a couple more months. Training has been loosely structured by design, a design that has me wanting to get on the bike every time I do. Once weather starts to take a turn I’ll be riding more and more.

This weekend, there’s no riding, at least not bikes. Skied Breckenridge all day yesterday with my friend from school, Joe. Was an awesome day on the mountain that found us enjoying the sun and beers on the lodge patio as much as the actual mountain, and it’s lackluster snow conditions.

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USGP – Louisville

Well that was a quick little trip, with very little to show for the whole thing except some time with my team and family.

I flew into Louisville on Friday afternoon, went straight to the course, built my “B” bike and headed out for a couple of laps with Joseph. The course was ripping FAST! Lots of open straights to rev the throttle up, and lots of fun, twisty, pump-tracky sections too.

My race was early Saturday, and thanks to a lack of rain or bad weather I didn’t have to deal with the added stress of rebuilding everything on my bikes in a hotel room. I was able to get up Saturday morning and take my time getting ready as Behind the Barriers played in the background. The course was essentially the same as it was the day before. No change in the moisture levels or anything. I took the start in 3rd row, about 20 riders back in a 140 riderfield. I got a bad start and came off the pavement further back than where I started… Not how I usually roll. I started moving up a few riders at a time, but came to a complete stop at the bottom of the Stanley Fly-Over. Then I flew, passing several riders going through the sand as I used my bike as a wrecking ball. I jumped around 5 more guys in the stretch on the backside of the course, and was posed in 2nd. Then a rider attacked, I let him go, and he proceeded to ride away and take the win… DOH!

Mills and I tag-teaming it with 1 to go. Alder leading Colton in chase.

Meanwhile, I was in the first chase-group. 2nd through 6th place all throwing bows in every corner. I was firmly attached to the back, and still feeling confident in my sprint even though I’d been losing speed all day. Teammate Adam Mills was just a bit further up in the group and pushing the pace in a lot of spots on course. Going into the final run/ride up I rode full speed in hopes of dismounting at speed or making it over the top without dismounting at all. Instead, my front wheel hit the bottom of the incline, dug into a softer dirt spot, and I flipped over the bars landing squarely on my back. Alder Martz (Marian University) had been dangling in 7th and capitalized on my crash moving me out of the group chasing a podium spot and into 7th. Not a great end to the day.

Sunday should have been better, but after spending a ton of time trying to limber up after my race, my body was wrecked Sunday morning. My back had been spasm’ing all night, and I was debating what I was even thinking getting kitted up in the hotel room. Once I got on my bike and turned a couple of laps on the course, my back started to feel better and  began to think that I could stick it out for the 40 minute race. I got a great start, moved up 20+ spots in the 200m before the first turn, and was sitting in 2nd or 3rd for all of the first lap. Then hell broke loose. I had to dismount twice and get my chain back on, and my back locked up in the process. Pain was shooting down my legs, and I dropped anchor. I probably got passed by 30 people in the last 2 laps. Miserable.

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jumping off, or in?

The last week has been a blast of work from school. I didn’t get down to Colorado Springs for the USAC cross race on Sunday. Partially because my back wasn’t feeling awesome after a long ride with the CSU hoodlums Saturday and partially because I wanted to get some homework done and hang out with Dylan for his 21st b-day.

So, now I’m trying to get ahead on my HW before I head to Louisville, KY for the third round of the USGP of CX. This should be a great weekend. The weather is looking warm and dry for this weekend, a big change from my last race, which was 4 weeks ago here in Fort Collins. Training has been good, but with the racing here not really lining up with my school work and training I haven’t been able to take a start in a race. It isn’t an all badthing either since I will be spending much of the next 2 months living out of my suitcase and my double-bike-box.

After this weekend in KY, I’ll have 5 days in Fort Collins. Then home for family time and I’m doing a Bubba Memorial CX race, a race series that was formed as “the only cyclocross series in memorial of a not-yet-dead-dog.” After the Thanksgiving festivities I’m heading to Iowa City for the Jingle Cross races. Then back to Fort Collins for a few weeks of school and racing. I still need to make sure I get in a Collegiate CX race after Jingle Cross so that I am eligible for Nationals. Then wrapping up school, and flying back home.

Hopefully, I remember to take some good video from this weekend. Then over the Thanksgiving break I’ll get around to editing everything I took from Collegiate MTB Nats too and I’ll get some more entertaining material on here.

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a week off

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….

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