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Happy International Women’s Day

My female comrades this one  is for you. Build a better future for everyone

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cirrem

Before I start off on the report I would like to Thank both Kent and Jed and the feller who own Cummings Tap and Sam Auen. This is pretty well-organized event for 25$ you get beer/food a shirt and some shwag.  They invested  a lot of time into this event and it shows. I will be back next year for sure. Before the race I didn’t know how well I will do. I spend most of the week earlier helping Todd with our wooden floors.  Monday before I couldn’t climb at all I was very tired from arching my back pretty much non stop for a week straight. Looking back the snowstorm probably helped I sat at home and didn’t touch a bike for 2 days.  Morning of; Lowell, Kevin Monty and some other dude got  in Trek van and drover over the to DSM. The night before I agonized over gear choice I really didn’t know how much snow they got so i went one bigger cog  than originally planned. Hindsight I would have been fine with 67 inch gearing, but that is  the nature or riding in winter you never know what can happen when you are out for 4 hours.

I made last-minute clothing change dumping thermal jacket and grabbing the wind vest instead.  That proved to be good call rather being on cold side than sweating.
The race started off pretty mellow. I did kiss the ground on the first corner (glad to get that out-of-the-way) The first 30 miles were marked but steady pace and me sitting in and not doing much of anything.  There were some people trying to be upfront  whole time but with slight headwind why would you be willing to sit up there for no clear reason. But if you want to sit upfront more power to you… The only eventful section was a closed bridge someone wiping out in at that section  and me getting some cx dismounts.  The checkpoint was right ahead. I filled up my water bottle and headed out trying to get a gap on Kent.   The next section was pretty much downhill tail wind, it took me a while to catch most of the people in front of me and we road together for about  20 miles until long straight tailwind section.   Then i got lost somehow. I had to wait  for Kent and rest of the guys.  Kent and I rode in together. I asked him if he want to sprint it out or just cross together. He said lets sprint it out.  I got him at the last corner  and that was the race.

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Free beer and free tacos followed. I also love this handmade trophy by squirrel… pretty  cool… cogs

I spend rest of the weekend cheering on Todd to finish the floors at our house and cleaning up. Needless to say I am pretty wrecked after this weekend. I can’t imagine how Todd feels.    This late winter snow storms are screwing up my plans for riding MTB ins MO/KC in 3 weeks but then again their weather is a lot warmer and  their trails generally drain/dry a lot faster than ours.

 

warmer days

royal

After next week  we should finally get some nicer weather.  Spring is right around the corner.  In my mind gravel racers are Midwest’s spring classics…  I love this picture a lot  fast dudes in this picture for sure…  and a lot of nice people.  Say hello to Mr. May, Joe Meiser.. working on his chest tan …. That was  fun day on bike …

CX worlds

Just got back to Omaha after great weekend in KY. The whole weekend was surreal long and exhausting  but so freaking sweet. Friday Morning we went to set up the Tents and walk the course. If you could have explained the situation I would say cold and windy. I got to watch couple of the races then it was back to getting Mark ready for his race. The weather warmed up and it was getting to be a muddy mess. Tom and I knew we would have our hand busy, especially with no running power washers. We had good system and Tom is awesome to work with; the race was super blurry. Mark started off a bit slower than normal but by second lap he was in 3rd place. Then things go confusing Pete Webber hit a barrier in Pit 2, Mark closed the gap to 5-7 seconds. When they came around and for another lap mark kept going and Pete had to turn around in the pits and get the old bike. We yelled for Mark to go and he quickly got a good gap. This made both of us go even faster on the cleaning we kind of knew unless there was mechanical Mark should keep his advantage. Pretty freaking cool. After last bike swap we just stood in the pits and looked for the finish. The pits had great view f start finish after Mark crossed the line Tom and I hugged each other. Nebraska has World Champion how cool is that…aftermath

This is right after the race…

UCI

Day of first  UCI doping chaperon .  Apparently not a bad job according to him… I will take your word for it dude

Top Step

my people

Couple of PZKOl guys.  PZKOL didn’t send any élite athletes to worlds… bummer. These guys were here for the masters worlds championships.

Saturday was just amazing.  I was rooting for Czech team since they are at least slavic peps :D. IT was long awesome day out there. I saw a lot of friends from around the country. I met Ira Ryan ad trek cxc party , pretty cool .

Rest of the pictures are here.  I was super glad MK came along and had great time.

 

Now is time to refocus and get some miles in Cirrem is right around the corner.

Kom

Usually around 3:45 pm I  start checking out at work, time to tidy up everything up and tied up loose ends and call it good for the day.      Yesterday I just happened to be browsing Strava, then I started looking at various segments of of rides in Omaha.  It was really not a surprise to some (read many ) segments on the mutli-use trails with the KOM/QOM speeds  in high 20’s and low 30’s.   This really gets me the wrong way.  I love competing and i find strava to be pretty cool tool, (i but the chase for KOM on these segments is just stupid.  I would say it’s bad for the community it’s bad for  cyclist, it’s bad for people walking their dogs or pushing their strollers. It’s a bad deal all around it just leaves most of the people pissed off with a bit of an ego strumming for the few shallow people.  Here’s couple of things to ponder

You are sponsored/team rider

Do you really think the club/shop who sold you that jersey would be proud  of the fact you just dominated that flat segment. I’m glad that you sponsors logos are all over your kit; that’s great now public associates all your buddies with being really bunch of douche cyclists, keep justifying the stereotype.

I don’t race I just want to go fast

This is understandable as well. You not a racer  you have some time to blow off steam so you get on your bike and ride hard. Pretty cool yeah? Well you obviously found strava. Did you know there is segment explorer with good amounts of flat secluded road where you can just go as hard as you want. Try it … you will be glad you did.

Anyways, I made a goal for myself this year to flag  each segment of multi-use trail as hazardous if nothing else it will  not  show you your “progress” and maybe non-cyclist will look better upon you and I . Hopefully you join me. I don’t know about world being a better place but at least trails around Omaha will be

2013

Just riding around here most of my buddies went to Nationals. Looks like a mess .


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