Monthly Archives: April 2009

University of Virginia Physiological Testing – Charlottesville, Virginia

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I’m doing some blood pressure, leg testing stuff at the University of Virginia. Pretty busy place. Sitting here waiting to see the doctor now. It’s amazing that nearly every hospital I see is under construction in one way or another. Usually they’re adding a whole new wing or something. The money in medicine I guess. Rode an ergometer for awhile. Either the wattage was off or I’m going way too good. I was over 450 watts for the last 4 minutes or so. I’m not too sure about that. It’s raining, so riding outside after this might be out. I should just go back to the lab and play on the ergometer.

Riding until pain.  Sent by iPhone.

Riding until pain. Sent by iPhone.

Old Capitol Criterium – Iowa City, IA

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Driving to Charlottesville, Virginia and stopped at a Panera for dinner. Anyway, a short update. Here’s a link to the Iowa City newspaper for more.

We raced the 2nd day in Iowa City. Old Capitol Criterium. Great criterium course. 6 corners. Steep downhill into technical right hand corner. Pretty hard big ring climb. Good course. It was warm and muggy. Never rained as predicted. Windy though. 40 laps of an .8 mile loop.

This was obviously going to be a much harder race than yesterday. We started racing aggressively right from the gun. Eventually 9 of us got away from the field. TradeWind Energy, us, had 3. Both Brian and I were feeling good. With about 16 laps to go, they announced a prime. I went for it and when I got caught on the next lap I could see everyone was pretty much done. I told Brian to go and he put his head down for a lap and it was over. By the time I took my first pull I couldn’t see the remainder of the break. We got into the field in just a few more laps. Bill and Shad were there and then it became a TTT. Brian took another crazy hard pull with 2 to go and we just about caught the remainder of the break with one to go, but missed them. The field sprinted into them, but they went around for another lap. Nick was 4th on the day. It was pretty picture perfect tactics. But, it’s easy to have good tactics when the course suits your abilities.

I’ve raced this race 3 times and have won twice and finished 2nd once (to Brian). Brian has raced it twice and has won once and finished 2nd, to me, once. I’ve raced in Iowa City, on the road, 6 times and have won 3 times and team mates have won the other 3. Wish they had more races there.

I’m driving to Charlottesville, Virginia to do some testing on my legs. Long story, but it should clear up to questions I have. Joe Martin NRC in 10 days.

Victory shot from the newspaper.

Victory shot from the newspaper.

Podium shot.

Podium shot.


Great venue.  Old Capitol in the background.

Great venue. Old Capitol in the background.

Iowa City Road Race

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Drove up to Iowa with the gang for the Iowa City Road Race and Old Capitol Criterium. Both the races are good. Nice courses. Well promoted. Just a fun bicycle racing weekend. I won the Iowa City Criterium nearly 25 years ago. I think I’ve only raced it twice. A couple years ago, Brian Jensen and myself were 1st & 2nd. Our team, TradeWind Energy/Trek Store have 4 guys here, which is a good number for a regional race. Not too big to overwhelm the field, but enough to take turns and ride a good strategic race.

The road course today was a 13 mile loop with a couple big ring climbs. It historically has been very windy, but the storm that was supposed to pass through midday never came. So, it was relatively calm. Less than 10 mph for the majority of the race. But, the temperatures were in the 50’s and it was damp. Kind of cold standing around for sure.

Anyway, the race was a little negative from my perspective. But, I think that is nearly always the case when the course or conditions don’t help make the selection. We only race offensively. It is way more fun and the results usually reflect the efforts. I wasn’t having a great day, but not horrible either. I got into a couple moves, but didn’t have enough to just ride away from the field. Finally after 50 miles or so, the field started getting a bit tired and the wind picked up a tad. On the last lap of 5, I went pretty hard up a hill with Brian on my wheel. The wind was coming from the left, so I knew there wasn’t going to be much of a field left. Brian jumped over the top with 3 riders in tow. I should of went, but thought that might be too greedy. In retrospect, it was an error, but you can’t kick yourself for making a decision on the road afterwards. Only learn from it.

Brian rode away in a group of 5. The rest of the field seemed pretty done. I rode away virtually at will pretty much the last 6 miles, but never could stay away. I had the wind, but not the power I guess. Brian shelled the break as soon as they started sitting on. 6 miles to go. I got caught the last time with less than a mile to go. Brian won alone. I got a OK leadout from Bill, but ended up getting beat in the field sprint by last years winner, Dan Ajer I believe. It was only for 6th place.

Catherine Walberg, Kenda, who seems to be always getting a mention nowadays, won the women’s event handily. There were nearly 40 women there, so it was a pretty good race for them. We still need to figure out a way to take credit for her results somehow.

So, now I’ve raced the Iowa City weekend 3 times and I’ve either won or a team mate has won every event I’ve entered. That is kind of lucky I’d guess. We’ll see if we can extent the streak for one more year tomorrow. Maybe Iowa City is like Japan for me. I am undefeated in the nation of Japan racing bicycles. 3 times racing MTB and once on the road. I probably shouldn’t go back there to race and just leave well enough alone.

For the tourist in you – The road was held in Kalone, Iowa. 25 miles Southwest of Iowa City. It is Mennonite country. Lots of carriages. Home cooked pastries and bakery items were.75 cents. Huge, homemade cinnamon rolls to die for. I definitely gained weight.

Tomorrow the criterium is next to the University of Iowa around the Old Capitol. It has a pretty good climb in it and lots of corners. It is supposed to rain nearly all day. Should make for an interesting race. It’s raining already. Stay tuned.

"Bag Lady" Catherine trying to stay warm before the race with bike blankets.

Catherine, emulating a bag woman, trying to stay warm before the race with bike blankets.


Mennonite carriage shot from the van on the way to the race.

Mennonite carriage shot from the van on the way to the race.

Earth Day. Not in Kansas today. Burning field rant. Again.

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This is going to be toned down from last year. It is Bullshit how many people burn their grass in the country. It must be nearly the only place in the civilized world that allows this. I read yesterday that the county is issuing burning permits to the end of May. That is way past the point where it is beneficial for the grass for cattle. So, it is for lazy ditch burners. Good way to get rid of the plastic pop bottle rubbish. Anyway, it has been pretty bad the last couple days. Along with all the trees, flower, and grass allergies, it is nearly impossible to breath. At least breathe properly. Some photos (via iPhone) of the evening ride tonight.

Burning the ditches.

Burning the ditches.


Finished product.

Finished product.


Descending into the abyss.

Descending into the abyss.


My cute dog keeping me company between races in Oklahoma last weekend.  He's a great sleeper.

My cute dog keeping me company between races in Oklahoma last weekend. He's a great sleeper.

I just like anything to do with Bicycles I guess

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This guy has unbelievable control of his bike. Back in the day when MTB racing was new, Mt. Snow Vermont was a NORBA National stage race. All the cross country riders had to do the downhill and trials. I did the trials with Rishi Grewal and Thomas Frischnect. It was a joke. We were terrible. After a couple of the “courses”, Thomas and I just took the maximum dabs for the remainder and left. This guy could of done it blindfolded. Check this out.

Tour of Turkey Final Sprint

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This is the reason that guys shouldn’t be taking their hands off of the bars during a bike race to push another rider. Theo Bos (Rabobank Continental) should of been using his hands to pull his brakes instead of whatever he was doing. The officials totally screwed up the ruling with no penalty or sanction. This hand tapping/pushing is occurring constantly now in US racing and is total bullshit. If you click here on YouTube.com and watch one of the videos of the whole last kilo, you’ll see a bunch of riders falling. It isn’t good bike racing.