Friday, August 21, 2015

That's a Wrap on the Road Season!

Not much time to write this year, but it was one hell of a road season. After Tulsa, I hit up the Sunday race in Lawrence and got 3rd by a tire length in a sprint finish which was a blast. I really need to work on some sprinting skills by next year. I either start out too soon or run out of gear or something.

Next up headed down to the Tour of Nevada and raced the 4/5's and got in a 3 man break that stuck to the finish. That was awesome!!! But really, really hard. I have always wanted to do that and with about 6 laps to go I saw a fit looking dude half my age take off with another fit looking dude also half my age take off and knew this was it. I about gave up twice getting onto their wheel, but once there we stuck it out to the finish I I got 2nd in the sprint.

Next when back and did the 3/4 race and got dropped but did not care, that was a hot long day of racing. But more importantly, I knew that I had just enough points up upgrade to a Cat 3. Boom!

I am pretty excited about this considering I raced 3 road races last year and the year before was dropped from every race I did. Starting the year, I though that catting up would be out of reach.

So this brings me to Cathedral race with the 3/4's. I still have a lot to learn but I think the fitness is there. It was a much harder race, reminded me more of the races in Tulsa as far as intensity goes.  I almost got dropped due to laziness and following the wrong wheel, but was able to sprint back on, unfortunately I had to burn a lot of matches to do so. Held on with the lead group going into the final lap but was in bad position and never really improved from it and ended up 9th. But hey, I actually threw up for the first time ever after a race!! Must have been a good effort!!

Thanks Roger for the pics!!
Roger H pic

There you have it, short and sweet. And now time to prep for the most wonderful time of year....... Cyclocross!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Found a cheep power meter for the cross bike, so hopefully that in conjunction with coach Kent I can scrap some respectable results racing with the big boys as a Cat 2.


That and riding with this little guy!! I see one hell of a Devo team in the Midwest with Brittons kids, mine, Chris Fanny and Adam Keck!! Probably getting a little ahead of myself on that one.

Another note, I am working on an awesome venue up here for this years Cross race. I am meeting the Parks and Rec people next week to hopefully get the green light. But if I do, I am telling you the topography of this location is tailor made to a cross race.

Owe, one more thing. Head over to KC Swap n Shop and buy my race wheels so I can start another project!!!!

Bontrager Aeolus 3 D3 Carbon Clinchers

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tulsa Tough, Best Experience Ever on a Bike!

What an outstanding event! This has been on my bucket list of races for a while and now that I have experienced it for myself I highly suggest you get your butt down there. I am hooked and will be back for sure!

The races were well organized and a crap ton of people everywhere. The entire environment was incredible. I raced Saturday and Sundays races and actually preformed pretty well for my standards. I even had my family down to see me race the best I ever have on the road!!! Its such a wonderful time to  be able to share that part of my life with my family. I am officially in super hero status with my 4 year old mini me! Nothing can beat that!!!
My Mini Me! 

Trainers! Holy Crap, hit the big time!
Heading down to Tulsa I told my wife that I did not know what to expect and would be happy with a top 10 finish down here. Little did I know that I would be in the top 5 mix! AND on both days! Completely surprised and stoked about it!!!

Saturdays race took place at the Brady Arts District and was really fast. Rode a bunch to try and get warmed up, did a couple sprints in the parking lot only to find out there were rows of trainers at the start finish. Wow! I am not used to this kind of stuff!

Finally got to line up and was mid pack to start, but as luck (for me) would have it a guy just to my right missed his pedal and went down taking some dudes with him. Pedal, pedal, top 10 right off the bat. The pace was fairly high and I was within myself most of the race. Had the usual guys nervous and yelling at other guys in the group. Crit Racing! Yah! I just focused on keeping near the front the best I could minus one lap where I accidentally found myself out front and decided to lead a lap and get my 15 min of fame. It was being live streamed after all! Fast forward to about 3 to go and I made damn sure I was close to the front and come last lap a move went on Soundpony Hill and I got in it. It finally dawned on me on the decent before the final corner that I could not be in better position. Holy Crap!!!!! We had a good enough gap that it was the four of us alone heading to the finish. I hit my sprint or what was left of one and ended up passing only one guy and took a 3rd place finish!!!
Sat Crit, Brady Art District
I was as surprised as Mark Horn is on JDubs video!!! (the decent on my 15 min of fame in the front; 60 seconds in real time)

HERE IS A VIDEO OF THE RACE, START TO FINISH. HOW COOL?!

Afterward it was mini me's turn!! There was a kids race and he could not wait to get in it! More proud of that than anything. He is the dude in the yellow shirt passing everyone on the left! Its a crappy video, but he took off before I could get my phone out.

video

Checked into the hotel and headed back to watch the Cat 3 race to support the Colavita and the KCBC boys in action. Then the Cat 1/2's to watch Kent and his crew.

Saturdays Results Here

Video from Saturdays 1/2 race at the Brady Art District. This is pretty cool, you can see HR, Watts etc.. Watch for Olathe Subaru, local bad arses were strong.

Meanwhile, I have to say, I met some of the coolest people hanging out watching. I was asking around where I might find an ATM and got to talking to one of the board members and she ended up taking me over to a cool restaurant and bought me an IPA. How cool is that!!

Bought Bobkie a beer at Soundpony!
Sorry I forgot your name, but thank you so much for the hospitality!!
I am so impressed with the TTough people!














Sunday was the race everyone talks about because of the atmosphere on Cry Baby Hill. (just google it or search #crybabyhill on FB, Instagram). I haven't raced back to back days since cross and never seem to do well on day two, So I did not really know how my body was going to respond. But I decided I was going to get started right and staged pretty early and got a nice second row start. This race was a little less stressful. With the hill looming every lap there were fewer people trying to keep in the front. The only sketchy section was after a steep(ish) decent there was a over 90 degree turn into the final straight. One lap two guys over shot into the grass and almost came and took me out when they were trying to get back on the pavement. Thank goodness it wasn't raining. That would have changed the race completely.

Not much of a poker face on Crybaby Hill Thanks @samuelsmith (Instagram) for the pic!
The hill did not take its toll on me util we had about 3 laps to go. I could tell my legs were getting tired, but at this point there were not many of us left that were still climbing pretty strong. There was a break of one or two guys at one point but got pulled back with one to go. Now I have to say, what you read about cry baby hill is absolutely correct. It is flipping awesome!!! I am a Cat 4 and felt like I was in the Tour!!! No joke, it was amazing.

Last lap I made sure I was only about 3 to 5 guys deep because I knew what was coming. Once up the first part of the climb (the steeper part) I got to about 3 position and covered all the moves the remainder of the climb. One last dig to catch one more wheel got me over the hill and we caught the remainder of the guys in front. Down the hill in 5th position, sharp right and sprinted with what I had left which was just enough to keep my position. 5th place. Just had my two best road racing results in the toughest race I have ever entered.

VIDEO OF THIS RACE ON VIMEO


John at the Start of Saturdays Crit. 
Video on Cry Baby Hill from Sunday. This is our group, Cat 4's, guy in front is Prologue's Mark D. Probably about half way though the race at this point. Speaking of Mark D from Prologue, he was right on my heels both days had a great weekend as well!

Another Video from Sunday.  Gives you a good idea of the atmosphere.

Sundays Results Here

Still can't get over how awesome this experience was!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tour of Kansas City

First race of 2015 is in the books! I forgot how fun this is!!!

I drove down to Kauffman/Arrowhead to race in Sundays Crit in the Tour of Kansas City. I wanted to race Cliff Drive as that course suits me a little bit more, but had a wedding to attend, so that was that.

The course basically was around Kaffman Stadium Parking lot with a handful of corners, one small incline and a long sprint finish. I arrived early to watch the big boys in Cat 1/2. That seemed to be the only race of the day that a break actually stuck (but real close). They had a nasty looking crash 200m from the finish that could have helped the break, but I don't really know.

There is a couple videos out of some of the action on FB: Here,

After watching that excitement I really started to second guess getting there so early, the Cat 4 race was the last one so I about took a nap waiting for the next two races to finish. One thing was clear, does not look like a good day/course for a break to stick.

Just before the start Kent basically told me the same thing, so I took a front row start and we were off. A stiff headwind on the longest stretch of the course kept things in check and most of the race was actually fairly easy to manage. It was really easy to stay in the front minus our group apparently felt the need to bomb the last corner and sprint to the start/finish every single lap.

Thanks for the pick JDub!
I tired to chat up some guys and joke around a bit, but dude, some of these roadies take themselves way to seriously. There is definitely a multitude of personalities out there, some of whom need to chill out. Cool dudes, stay cool man and get a cross bike and come play. Anyway, I digress...

About 2 to go my ADHD started getting the better of me, in addition to getting frustrated with the dive bombers in the last corner I stretched my legs out a bit after the short incline to see what would happen. Well, nothing, I got a small gap with a Prolouge guy but we were not getting anywhere with a headwind so I choked my motor and sat back in to recover a little.

Now that I wasted that energy it was the bell lap and my main goal was not to get boxed in and try to get some good positioning into the last corner. All went well minus I was about 5 to 8 guys too far back and probably about 20 of us ended up in a group sprint. I was way too far back to have a shot at it, but for my first group sprint ever, it was some good experience. Still being new to the road race scene I still have a ton to learn.

Man I love racing bikes, this was so much fun! It was also great seeing some race buddies I haven't seen since cross season.

Results for the weekend here.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gearin Up!!

Its been a while! Spending a bunch of time on the skinny tires and gearing up for a go for some road racing this year.

I haven't raced yet but it is shaping up that the Tour of KC will be my first of the year. Years past I have had about 2 to 5 races under my belt at this time. Better late than never!

Already registered for Tulsa Tuff as well. I have never done a road race that large, so it is going to be pretty exciting.

I know its still kinda early but I am light and motivated, so we will see how it goes!!!

Till next time... Hope to see my race buddies pretty soon.

SC Style Random Pics

Out on an "adventure" with mini me
I see some MTB racing is in my future. My little man LOVES the trails!
Baller!
My MTB front chairing made the shop hall of shame!

Madone ready to go. Out of excuses for sure!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 

― Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Boss Cross ~ Missouri State Championship CX


Sooooo Freekin Close!!!! Yet so far....

Last weekend was Missouri State Cyclocross Championships (Boss Cross) put on by Joe Fox (Cycle City). I have wanted to win a state jersey ever since I knew they existed. I knew this year was one of my best opportunities I am going to have in a while.

I ended up taking 2nd with a really stacked field with guys coming over from St. Louis and Columbia. I would be pretty bummed missing out on winning that jersey, but... The kid (literally) that won it was 17 (I think) and that's kinda awesome! I thought it was pretty impressive for a kid that age to come out and put a whoopen on us old fellas. Great job kid!!!

Race started okay at best, I slipped out of my pedal and ended up a bit further back than I would have. But the course was pretty wide and wasn't too difficult to jump on my boy Chris's wheel and by the end of lap one we were sitting 2nd and 3rd. We kept Botts within striking range if it weren't for we were at 100% and by lap 3 or 4 I knew the race for 1st was over unless he had a mechanical.
Saw a bunch of people running this. Not sure why, it was pretty easy to ride over. Pic Jesse Miguels
Chris was pulling us around like a man possessed on lap two and blew himself up a little. I do the same thing, its why I don't care to be off the front much in a cross race. Fast forward a couple more laps and Tim's and his big engine caught us after his usual start too far back.
Once Tim took the lead I jumped on his wheel for a while. We stayed that way until the last lap and a half. Tim was running a section of sand on the back half of the course that I was able to ride. I ended up getting a small gap on him at that point and it was now or never, so I just hammered it with what I had left.
Chasing Tim around! Pic Jesse Miguels
I buried myself on the last lap and was still not able to shake Tim now sitting 3rd and Chris was coming on strong as well just behind him. Tim was right on me coming into the same sand section (there is a video of this section I took of the 1/2's on Instagram) riding this section again crated another 2 second (ish) gap and I ended up winning by the same margin. Tim and Chris fought to the last second. Great race!!!

RESULTS

ROGER'S PICS

JESSE'S PICS

Owe yah, and this happened on Monday as well!!! Here is to a new cx journey about to begin!!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fast and Furriest CX

Picked up my boy Chris  Farney (No link, he still has a flip phone if you can believe it)  and headed down south to race at a new venue at the Grater KC Humane Society. 

The course was well laid out with some long sections (hurt me bad) and then had a run up and some off camber, turns, and some elevation gain on the back side. 

Cat 3's had a little better turn out than the last couple races exceeding 10 racers. Got a front row start and hit the hole shot about 4 back. Some of these U23 kids take off like little rocketships. 


Immediately I saw a guy who looked like a gazelle (Rocky Remy) make a move and knew I had better get up with him. So here I am red lined already and not even a minute into the race, well that's cross for you. I have a hard time pacing myself, so I just settled in behind him for a couple laps, making sure I had his wheel on the pavement and some of the other longer flat sections. 

Each time during these flat sections we would drop Chris a little but he would be right back rubbing my back tire on the back half of the course. 

One more lap of Chris catching back up. "rubbin is racin"!!
ALL PICS ARE ROGERS. THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO!!!
About 3-4 laps into it, I was unable to get clipped back in and bobbled a bit on one section. That gave Rocky enough room to get me out of his draft and he maintained the gap for the duration of the race. Good work man!

Next problem is I am fading rather quick. Second to last lap was my slowest and one of Chris's fastest. Bad combo for me. He caught me and quickly opened up about a 2 second (ish) gap that I found rather hard to close. Coming in last lap, the game plan was attempt to catch Chris by the final pavement section to the finish, hopefully draft and out sprint him. 
This is the way it wen't for the majority of the race. Rocky, me and then Chris. Patrick Orrick was close to joining our group on a couple occasions but never quite made it.  
Coming into the last section of 180's Chris had a laps of focus and did this little endo/bobble/almost fall but catch himself/but lost his chain thing and took himself out of the finish. He had that same 2 seconds on me and I doubt I would have been able to close it if he had a clean lap. He was hitting that particular section of the course pretty well all race.  

So there you have it! RESULTS HERE


Hug out and watched the Cat 1/2's again. Another great race. Evan Fast I thought had a great race with a strong second behind a stupid fast Jensen. 

Next up, Boss Cross and it will be my last as a Cat 3. Going to request an upgrade to Cat 2 and start getting my butt handed to me.  

I hope I have some more Cat 3s do the same, I know its late season, but its time. I know several that have enough points to do so. 

Lets make it a huge field and race to not get lapped!!!