Monthly Archives: April 2010

Iowa City Bound

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I’ve been up in Cable Wisconsin for the last few days. Bromont is very appreciative. I rode Dennis’ Eriksen 650B bike a couple days ago to the high point of the Chequamegon course and then did the last 10 miles. I know the buzz is all about the 29’r, but that bike rolls along good.

Yesterday, before going out for a road ride, I took Bromont out for a loop behind Dennis’ house. He was being pretty good and came back to check on me a couple times within the first 10 minutes. I caught up with him at a trail junction and he peeled off towards the ridge we hike to on New Year’s Eve the last couple years. So, I decided to follow. Long story short, I got way lost. Really lost. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been lost in my entire life and at least half of those times it’s been up here. If it wasn’t sunny, I might still be out there. I didn’t see Bromont for 30 minutes and then he just appeared. I decided the best course was to try to head East and South. After about an hour, Bromont quit running and just walked. That slowed the process down dramatically. I eventually came out on to a road about 6 miles North. Behind the house it is nearly 30 miles North and 30 miles West where there aren’t any paved roads. If it had been cloudy and I had headed those directions, it could have been a long night. I considered picking up Bromont and riding with him back. He would only walk. About a mile from Dennis’ house, he was walking behind me on the road and the first car I had seen all day came by. Bromont walked out into the middle of the road and just stopped and stared at the car pleading to be picked up. I couldn’t believe it.

Last night I went to the to the Rivery Eatery in Cable for a Birkie volunteer appreciation dinner. We ended up staying there pretty late talking to Mick and Co. I ended up drinking 3 pints of beer and now have a mild hangover. The conversation was good though.

I’m off to Iowa City in a couple hours for a road race tomorrow and then the Old Capitol Criterium on Sunday. Bromont is out in the woods. I’m driving to Davenport to stay with Jeff Bradley tonight and then over to Iowa City Saturday morning. It’s nearly 400 miles there, so I need to get going pretty soon. I’m going to ride up here because it is supposed to be raining there for the next three days. I’m not looking forward to that. The criterium on Sunday would be pretty tricky in the rain. But, it’s 3 days off, so you know how that goes.

Camba Trail map. Even with these maps, it is easy to get turned around out there.

That last hilly section of the Birkie course at the end of the Chequamegon MTB Race.

Happy photo after the finish of Battenkill.

Bromont eyeing race food before the start of Battenkill. (6 cost the same as 3).

No Time Trial bikes at Nature Valley

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I received the email below this evening. I think it is a great idea and hopefully precedent setting.

Greetings:

We’ve received requests from a number of teams over the past couple of years to restrict the time trial to mass start-legal bicycles. This simplifies the logistics and levels the playing field. We had the option to do that before, but now there’s an actual rule that addresses this issue:

1M1(h) Time trial events may restrict the competitors to mass-start bicycles in one or more classes, provided that the restriction is stated in the race announcement and technical guide. This includes time trials in stage races.

After consultation with the Chief Referees, the Nature Valley Grand Prix has decided to adopt this rule. We wanted to give you a “heads up” so that you could take this into account as you plan your season.

Looking forward to seeing you all in June!

David

David LaPorte
Executive Director
Nature Valley Bicycle Festival
(612) 625-4983 office
(651) 398-3235 cell
http://www.NatureValleyGrandPrix.com

Iowa City Road Race

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A update from Iowa. 65 mile road race today in Iowa City. I was pretty mediocre. A little flat from driving I think. 5 laps of a 13 mile rolly course. Hardly any wind.

15 guys got away about half way through. All 3 of my guys made it. I was trying to get feeling better the next hour. I felt a little better, but nothing like the previous two weekends. On the last lap, on the hardest hill, it split apart. I was in a small group of 4 going over the top and Nick (Coil-team mate) came up with Adam Bergman (Texas Roadhouse). Bill was shelled.

Guys started jumping, as it was only 5 miles to the finish. I was pretty marked and not going well enough to overcome that.

Eventually, some guy I don’t know rode away. Nick jumped alone. I thought that was the move, but it didn’t look like he was closing the gap. I didn’t chase a Mercy/Specialized guy when he jumped. Nick and him got together, but ran out a real estate before the finish.

So, Nick was 2nd and I was 6th. Not such a stellar result, but it is bike racing.

Old Capitol Criterium is tomorrow afternoon. It is in downtown Iowa City next to the University and around the Old Capitol It is a super technical course with a pretty good hill on it. I won the race last year. The weather man says a 70% chance or rain. That would make it crazy technical. I’m not sure how I feel about that just this minute.

I brought a ton of tubulars along for last weekend. I just glued two new CX’s on for tomorrow. I need to try some of the new Challenge Tubulars in the rain, but this isn’t the time. I have a couple CG All Weather 24 Pave tires too, which would be perfect, but they would only be good for this one race and I don’t feel like peeling them off before Joe Martin.

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L-B-L

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Anyone watch the end of Liege-Bastongne-Liege? That race was over verbally way before the finish line. It was obvious the way those guys were pulling at the end that Vinokourov was going to win. I’m not complaining. It all part of the sport. Maybe it is only obvious to other riders. I don’t know.

Old Capitol Criterium – Iowa City, IA

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The race was hard. 40 laps of less than a mile with a pretty descent hill. It drizzled before the start and then dried up. I knew the field was going to shatter early. I didn’t know how early. Less than 3 laps in there were only 8 of us left. The problem was that there were four guys from the Texas Roadhouse Team there.

In retrospect, I probably should of just attacked the break right then. At least two of the Roadhouse guys were on the ropes then, but I must of not been feeling that well either or I would of done it. Nick was with me, but he wasn’t having his best day either.

Long story short, the Roadhouse guys keep doing soft attacks. Eventually Pat Lemieux was off by himself. 4 of us rotated while the other 3 Roadhouse guys sat. I knew I wasn’t good from that point on. We eventually caught Pat, but I knew it was all going to start all over. I got off the front once with Adam Bergman and another Roadhouse guy. I probably should of just pulled then too. But, I didn’t.

So, with 10 laps to go we were all together. Pat jumped again and I figure if somebody was going to win, it might as well be him. He stayed with me a few weeks ago while racing a collegiate race in Kansas. He has been getting better and better the last couple years and has been paying his dues. So, Pat was gone and we all just rode slow. Towards the end, two Mercy/Specialized guys came up.

I tried to lead Nick out, but he lost my wheel and so I ended up just pulling Bergman and Co. off the front. They ended up 1st, 2nd and 3rd. I was 4th and Nick 5th. It didn’t really matter to me after 1st, so it was fine. Pat was pretty glad to have won. He deserved the win. He was riding pretty well.

I wasn’t going that bad. It just felt bad. It was the first criterium I’ve done this season and that is always hard. Probably close to more jumps than I’ve done the whole season combined. It’s hard to get into that mindset so quickly.

So, finally back home. There nothing this weekend and then Joe Martin starts the end of the next week. That should be enlightening.

Trudi had a week between the end of the Giro del Trentino and the Giro d’Italia, so she bought a plane ticket on Sunday and is getting back this afternoon. I’m sure she is going to sleep most of the week. That job is hard.

Mobile bike repair in the middle of nowhere in Southern Wisconsin.

I'm sure they get a lot of business here. Location, location, location.

Post road race, pre-criterium, dinner courtesy of Jeff Bradley. He stood out in the pouring rain to grill this. The night before we had pasta with venison that Jeff personally attained hunting with a bow. He's a meat and potatoes type guy for sure.