Monthly Archives: July 2010

Testing?

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Sometimes life comes very easy and sometimes it seems hard. I think it is the same in cycling. I usually look at the hard times as just a blip, no matter how bad they seem.

I had to start taking antibiotics for strep again a couple days ago. Adding insult to injury, I couldn’t sleep much last night (and it doesn’t seem like tonight is going much better) because my chest hurt, so I went to the clinic this morning and I have 3 broken ribs. I didn’t really believe it when the doctor told me. I’ve broken/cracked/separated cartilage before and it hurt much worse. That is until last night. And riding today. I’m not sure what the delay was. I crashed on my chest over a week ago. I did do some strenuous stuff that probably didn’t help the issue. But, I didn’t know I had an issue then.

So, 4-6 weeks of tenderness. I’ve found you can usually half the time they say, so I’m going with 2 to 3 weeks. Sounds better I think.

So, it’s the middle of the season. The Tour starts on Saturday. I’ve ridden nearly 7,000 miles this season on my road bike and I was riding better in February. Not exactly going to plan. But, in cycling, as in life, things change pretty quickly. Adaptation is the key.

Photos from the Tour – France and Lawrence

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Trudi with the Rihs brothers, owner's of the BMC Team.

Live shot from the finish of today's TT in Holland.

Finish of the street sprints in downtown Lawrence last night.

Flying the July 4th colors.

Banners of the Champions in Rotterdam at the Tour start.


The podium of the street sprints. Josh Carter, San Jose, won over Nick Coil, Tradewind Energy, again this year.

Tour of Lawrence – Mt. Oread Circuit Race

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Back late again. Rained most of the late afternoon/evening. It was wet. And super slick. I’d say more than half the field didn’t make it around the first lap of a 4 mile circuit. Mainly because they were laying on the ground when they should have been going forward.

I sucked. Right from the start. Brian fell about 600 meters into the race. Right in front of me. 1/2 mile from the start, I was in the lead group of 4. I was leading into a left hand corner at about half the speed I would of normally went in the rain and both my wheels went out from under me. I unclipped my inside foot, jammed it into the pavement and propelled myself back upright. This destroyed my ribs for the remainder of the race. If I would of just been a 4 on 1 to 10 scale, I would have maybe won this race. But, I was much closer to a 1. Maybe a 2. I sucked. I rode nearly 1/2 the race. There were only 13 guys left in the front group at that point. I think there were only 28 finishers out of 70 starters.

Chris Hall TT’d the last 3 laps to finish 6th. Bill Stolte made a miraculous recovery from a horrible start to bridge up to a group sprinting for 7th 300 meters from the finish. He jumped them, but was caught on the line to finish 9th.

Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain most of the day. 8 corner criterium downtown at 6:30 pm. Should be a continuation of today. Fun.

Lawrence local, Joseph Schmaltz, winning the sprint for 2nd on the day.

Anyone else notice that Cancellara's number wasn't flat on his skinsuit today. That was just wrong.

Checked out the kittens today over at the Walberg's. They are great.

Tour of Lawrence

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Saturday in Lawrence was kind of a weird day. I’ve ridden a bunch of slick roads and these were the slickest by far. It was hard keeping your rear tire connected to the ground on every climb. I’m not sure what the reason was.

Sunday’s criterium was wet. Everyone was kind of spooked from the previous day. But, the road was just normal wet. Not anything like the previous day. It was a pretty normal criterium in the rain. Normal for most the riders. Not for me. I had 80 psi in Vittoria CX tires. They were good. Didn’t slip once. Bill had the same tires and said they weren’t good. Again, I’m not sure why that would be.

Anyway, I was better physically than the day before, but the course was much different. 8 corners per lap. Lots of time to catch your breathe. We as a team rode pretty great. We never missed a break. I probably made the break with the highest chance of success, but it was only away a couple laps. Jonathan Baker was killing it on the front those laps.

San Jose put all their guys on the front with 7 laps to go. They were doing the stupid inside of the course riding. That is especially effective in the rain. On the next to the last lap, I was going around the outside moving up to the front. There was a small swerve and the next thing I know I’m sliding on my ass along the pavement at 30mph. I had enough time to get my feet in front of me when I was hitting the curb, so I wasn’t too destroyed. I’m missing some skin. My ribs are sore, but they already were. I’m not sure I’ve ever fallen in the rain that close to the finish. I would of loved to of been there, but that is cycling.

San Jose won the race. Josh Carter kept the Colorado riders honest. The race had nearly a 28 mph average. In the rain, with 8 corners a lap, that is going pretty good.

The weirdest thing of the day/week that happened was that within 15 seconds of falling, as I was sitting on the curb, this guy walked up to make sure I was okay. Asking about head injuries ect. I told him I broke a few ribs the previous week and that they were pretty sore. He asked if I needed a Vicodin for the pain. I said sure and he pulled one out of his pocket. I ate it. Kind of took the edge off instantly. Stuff like that doesn’t happen everyday.

1 42 Josh Carter(Team Hotel San Jose/Mellow Joh Wichita Falls,TX
2 18 Chuck Coyle(Groove Subaru Cycling Team) Boulder,CO
3 15 Jonathan Baker(Groove Subaru Cycling Team) Boulder,CO
4 45 Sean Sullivan(Team Hotel San Jose/Mellow J Boulder,CO
5 36 Adam Bergman(Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team) Lino Lakes,MN
6 28 Jason Waddell(Park Place Dealerships) Norman,OK
7 32 Jesse Goodrich(Primal p/b/ 1st Bank) Louisville,CO
8 17 Lance Sulzen(Groove Subaru Cycling Team) Littleton,CO
9 9 Joseph Schmalz(Mercy Elite Cycling Team) Lawrence,KS
10 49 Chad Haga(Super Squadra) McKinney,TX

Lawrence does their fireworks correctly. Right in downtown. The view from the bridge over the Kansas River is great.

Pretty much all the out of state riders stayed around for the after race festivities. Jose, SRAM, and Kate Ross teamed up for some pool.

I'm not sure Kate knew what the chalk was for.

Catherine and Nick. She must of finally made a shot.

Tour Photos from today

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Here are some fun photos that Trudi sent this morning. She is “stationed” at Pave’ Section 6. Should be a interesting day. Like yesterday should have been. I totally disagree with the non-race status yesterday. I wonder if they are going to wait for Andy Schleck if he falls today on the cobbles? I think not.

Pave' Section 6 before the race comes through.

A crane came in just 30 minutes before the riders and hangs the banner.

Some of the publicity vehicles preceeding the riders.

Another.

And another. Old VW's are always cool.

Wink's take from her night hunting exploits. She left her 2 moles out on the carpet for show.

It amazes me that…..

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there are riders in the Tour de France that don’t know how to ride bikes. Actually, by watching all the stupid shit going on, it shouldn’t amaze me.

Case in point. During today’s coverage, I think before they got to the first cobble section, rider #26 on RadioShack, Dmitriy Muravyev, (a guy from KAZ that I’ve never heard of) was holding onto either the medical car or the RadioShack Team car. I couldn’t believe that he had his right hand out on his shift lever hood.

I’ve held onto a bunch of cars just out riding. I’ve probably held onto cars going over 60 mph. Maybe faster. Bob Roll once passed me on a Coor’s Classic stage near Squaw Valley going at least 60 mph holding onto a highway patrol motorcycle.

But, this hand position was so dangerous. It’s something that I learned not to do the first couple years I started riding. He needed to have his hand on top of the bar as close to the stem as possible. He is very lucky he didn’t fall.

If this is any indication of how most of these riders do things that are a little out of the ordinary, then it doesn’t surprise me why so many are so worried about getting hurt. Who wants to be riding around in a field of guys with so little knowledge? Not me.

Even this guy has better hand position than Dmitriy.