Well, we’re certainly in the dead of winter. Days and weeks at a time of single digit or sub zero temperatures. This does make training a bit challenging. Riding the exercise bike indoors isn’t nearly as efficient as an outdoor bike ride, but at least it’s something. Getting outside is hard, but I do brave the bitter cold once in a while. I really can’t wait until we have temperatures in the 30’s again…or warmer. But in the mean time, this is what my on the bike training looks like…
- Red Rock Canyon Fat Tire Festival 50k – Las Vegas, NV
- Singlespeed-a-Palooza – Montgomery, NY
- Fat Tire Classic – Farmington, CT
- USA Cycling Marathon National Championships – Appling, GA
- Wilmington-Whiteface 50K – Lake Placid, NY
- Blackfly Challenge – Indian Lake, NY
- Tahoe Trail 50k – Truckee, CA
- Race The World-World cup Weekend – Windham, NY
- HRRT Easter MTB Race – Schenectady, NY
- Vermont Senior Games Mountain Bike Championship – Rutland, VT
- Capital District Endurance MTB Race – Schenectady, NY
- Wildcat 50K MTB Race – Warwarsing, NY
- Hardcore 24 – Napels, NY
- ADK 80K – Lake Placid, NY
- Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo 22 – Cambridge, NY
- Kirkland CX – Clinton, NY
- Adirondack Cyclocross – Johnstown, NY
- Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix #1 – Troy, NY
- Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix #2 – Troy, NY
- Saratoga Spa:CX – Saratoga Springs, NY
- Wicked Creepy Cyclocross – Bennington, VT
- Bethlehem Cup – Delmar, NY
**Planned races are subject to change as schedules permit**
With 2014 coming to an end, I look back at what I accomplished. I race some races that I haven’t before. I raced some categories that I haven’t before. And I had some results that I could only imagine before. 2014 was a very successful season for me. Here is a brief statistical rundown of my season…2014 totals: 26 mtb/cx/road races, 13 top 5 finishes, 9 podiums and 5 wins! And the wins…were something special too. I won the 50k singlespeed races at both the Wilmington-Whiteface and Cedar City UT Fire Road Cycling Leadville Quilifying Searies races, and I won my category race at the USA Cycling Cross Country National Championships. Although the Nationals race was not for a National Championship, it’s still possible my proudest I’ve ever been about a race.
Another accomplishments that that I didn’t really expect were a road race win at the Vermont Senior Games. It was a day of racing that qualified me for the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis/St Paul, in road race and time trial. No, I don’t plan on participating, but it’s still a pretty big deal to me that I did qualify.
2014 included a few more ultra-endurance mountain bike races than I have done in the past, and more singlespeed racing too. As I get older, I enjoy the longer races more than a cross country race, and singlespeed is just plain fun. However, I did race the full New York State MTB Series, finishing 7th overall Cat 2 50+. Those races, for me, were more for the love of mountain bike than anything else. I finished up the mountain bike season with a 40k singlespeed win at the Vermont Cycling Challenge.
In 2015, I will continue to race for Hammer Nutrition, with Duro Tire, Rudy Project, ProGold and AXO also returning with support. I am still putting together a race schedule, but I do have some pretty big plans for 2015. The biggest race that I am planning is the May 2, 2015 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships in Appling, GA. I will be racing other events before that, but everything that I do through the winter and spring will be for that event.
Highlights of my planned 2015 schedule: Red Rocks Canyon MTB Festival 50k – Las Vegas (tentative), NV, USA Cycling Marathon National Championships – Appling, GA, Wilmington-Whiteface 50K – Lake Placid, NY, Tahoe Trail 50k – Truckee, CA, Hardcore 24 – Napels, NY. There will, of course, be other mountain bike races and the NYCROSS Cyclocross Series in the fall. Overall, I’ll be racing fewer races, but more ultra-endurance races.
So, here’s to a successful 2014 season and looking ahead at another successful season in 2015!
Remember Fat City Cycles? Yep, they have been gone for a while. Well, great news, they’re back! Here is the statement from Fat Chance Bicycles founder, Chris Chance:
It has been a long time coming, but Fat Chance Bicycles is back. We have been in hibernation for a while, but the day has come for the rebirth of Fat.
Words can not express how much I appreciate the encouragement of Fat fans all over the world. You have been a huge influence and continue to be an inspiration to me. Thank you to each and everyone of you for keeping Fat alive.
My creative juices are flowing and I couldn’t be more excited about launching FAT 2.0. My plan is to pick up where we left off and build from what has been before taking Fat to new levels. My commitment to the legacy of the Fat brand is unwavering and I intend to continue with the Fat you love and expect.
So don’t say goodbye to your classic Yo Eddy or Wicked, just make room in your herd for a new and updated Fat!
I’ve probably have put in more laps at Windham Mountain than any other place that I have ever mountain biked.
I’ve been riding and racing there since 2008 when they held the old NMBS East Coast National. That race made Windham my favorite place to race. I have raced there every year since 2008, and have put in countless laps on the same very challenging race course. I’ve had some great races and results at Windham and some not so great. In 2014, a 15th place result isn’t want I was looking for, but I rode strong with what I call the really fast old guys (Cat 2 50+ Masters). For me, better than the result, was that I turned in a personal best on the same course that I’ve been riding and racing on since 2008.
As always, thanks to Hammer Nutrition for keeping me fueled, to Duro Tire for the awesome tires that were flawless on this course, and to both Rudy Project and AXO Cycling for keeping my head, my feet and my hands protected.
One of the many reasons that I love Hammer Nutrition products is the great flavors that they offer. And they just keep getting better. Introducing their latest gel flavor: Peanut Butter-Chocolate!
I have finished my Breezer Thunder One singlespeed build. Here is the finished bike.
Well, I’m at it again. It’s time to build a new bike. One of the brands that has always made me drool a bit is Breezer. When Breezer came back to the market a few years ago, of course I thought, “I want one”. Unfortunately, the right bike just wan’t there for me…that is until now. The Breezer Thunder One singlespeed. The Thunder One uses Breezer D’Fusion tubing, Apex Disc Mount and Breeze-In dropouts, with 29er geometry identical to the Cloud 9, all in durable and light aluminum. The Thunder frame uses a custom Breeze tapered head tube for additional stiffness and weight savings. And the Thunder One is the first ever Breezer singlespeed. I’ll be building it with a carbon fork on it. Yep, fully rigid.
Here is a tease of what I’ll be building…
The USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships are over and head back to the west coast for the next two years. It was great having the event in the northeast at Bear Creek Resort in PA. MTB Nats are one of those events that, if close enough, I have to race. Even though I’m not racing in a National Championship category, it’s still a big deal, to me, to race at such a high profile event. Ever since I started racing, so many years ago, I have always enjoyed racing at national events. Whether it be a national series like the old NMBS and the original Kenda Cup, or at the Mountain Bike National Championships. I love the atmosphere of the whole event. I love watching the best riders in the country and the world, sharing the mountain with them, riding in places that I don’t typically ride and catching up with old friends that I might only see occasionally. And of course I love competing.
This year I moved up in age and now race masters 50+. At MTB Nationals, the age group for me is 50-54 and then broken down to categories 1, 2 and 3. Cat 1 races for a National Championship while Cat 2 and Cat 3 races are “National Competition” races…what I call racing for bragging rites. When registering, I was undecided whether I should upgrade before the event and race Cat 2 or wait until after and just go ahead and race the Cat 3 race. When I look back, I probably should have upgraded, but when it comes down to it, I wanted give myself the best chance to have a good result…the best chance to win. I decided that I would race the Cat 3 race and then upgrade after the race. So that’s what I did.
The course was the same 6.2 mile, tough, rocky “Northeast” course that was used in 2013. I rode much better technically and much stronger physically. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of a race. Not because of the competitors, but because of the lack of competitors. There were only two of us age 50-54 at the start line, while the other age groups and categories had 10+ riders in each. There’s not anything that I can do about that except just go out and race and still try to do the best I can. So I rode and I rode well. I enjoyed myself and I reach one of my season goals of a podium spot at Nationals. My winning time of 0:54:16 bettered last years time, on the same course, by 7+ minutes, and I also bettered my results over last year from 10th in age 40-49 to 1st in age 50-54. As I promised myself, when I got home, the first thing that I did was submit my upgrade to USA Cycling.
Regardless of the race, the category, or the other riders, I’m still better prepared and riding better than I ever have…and at 50 yrs old! I have some great results so far this season…in a good mix of races. Some USAC Cat 3, some unsanctioned Cat 2 and some in “Open” category races. I’ll continue to race hard for the remainder of the season. I have a few more cross country races (more singlespeed maybe?) and an 80k ultra-endurance race before cyclocross season starts in September.
Thanks to Hammer Nutrition for keeping me fueled, to Duro Tire for the awesome tires that were flawless on this course, and to both Rudy Project and AXO Cycling for keeping my head, my feet and my hands protected.
So this may not have been the toughest race I’ve done, but it certainly was the toughest climb that I have ever done. And on a singlespeed. The Fire Road Cycling Cedar City 100k, 60k, 25k is a Leadville qualifier for the 100k event. I raced the 60k in the singlepeed class. I wasn’t quite sure what my biggest obsticle would be for this race…the altitude, 6000′ to 9500′ or the “climb” on a singlespeed. It turns out that I was well prepare for the altitude and the major climb would be quite the challenge. after a good warm up of 9 or 10 miles of rolling road and dirt road, the course then turned left to a ~8 mile climb that averaged 18% for the first half of the climb. For me, some was rideable some was not (walking is okay).Once I worked my way through the hardest part of the climb, the next half of the climb I was able to ride. I had decided to gear a bit higher than I should have for a climb like this, but I felt that the higher gearing would better benefit me for the rest of the race. That was the right decision.
the 60k singlespeed field was very small with only 3 rider at the start of the race. But, it was a race…for the whole 60k. the second place rider and I were back and forth the entire race. His gearing was faster on the uphills and my gearing was faster on the flats and rolling flats. at the “3k to go” sign, we were again side by side. A 60k race and it came down to the last 3 kilometers. I am glad that i chose the gearing that I did, I was able to pull away in the last 3k for the victory.
I felt good for the entire race. Pacing myself in the altitude, making sure I recovered after a harder effort and having my Hammer Nutrition fueling dialed in were key for this race. I had no cramping at all. I used a Heed/Perpetuem mix in my hydration pack and bottles, a flask of Peanut Butter Gel and every hour Endurolyte Extreme/Anti Fatigue Caps/Race Caps Supreme.
As always, I thank Hammer Nutrition for keeping my engine fueled, Duro Tire for the awesome tires, Rudy Project for protecting my head and eyes and AXO Cycling for keeping my hands and feet protected.
All results can be seen here.