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Andreas Knickman Benefit

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A friend and former teammate’s son, Andreas Knickman, has been having a hard time the last couple years with cancer. On Wednesday, November 3rd at 9 am, there is a ride in LA to benefit Roy’s family. If you are near Newbury Park, California, please come by and participate. Here is the information. A few of Roy’s old Levi/Raleigh teammates, Andy Hampsten, Steve Hegg and myself are going to be doing the ride. Plus, lot of other friends of Roy and Debbie, including Dave Zabriskie, Chris Horner, and Mari Holden are going to participate. It is going to be a great ride through the Santa Monica Mts. for a worthy cause. For a little more information, Road Bike Action wrote a little piece on this last week.

I know most of you probably aren’t in that vicinity, but you can still help. There is a foundation set up to benefit Roy’s family. Please click here for the link to make a donation to Roy’s family. 100% of the money donated goes directly to Roy. And the donation is tax deductacle It’s important to note that you have to make the donation to the Andreas Knickman Fund. It only takes a couple minutes. It’s easy. Thanks.

Roy's family at the Tour of California.

Levi's team winning the Team Classification at the Coor's Classic, 1986. Andy Hampsten, me, Phil Anderson, Roy Knickman and Thurlow Rogers.

A photo from the 1987 Coor’s Classic. Andy was riding for 7-11. Roy and I were riding for La Vie Claire.

Santa Monica Mt. Ride

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Yesterday I did the benefit ride for Andreas Knickman. Other than it being nearly 100 degrees, it was wonderful. Definitely a life experience. The collection of people and the riding made a great day. I’ve ridden a ton in Southern California, but had never riden the climbs up into the Santa Monica Mts. from the ocean. They are great. And absolutely no traffic. I am pretty sure that only one car passed me the whole day on any of the climbs. And the climbs where climbs. 5-9 miles longs. 2500 feet. I’ve heard the ride had something around 9000 feet of climbing total, but I can’t confirm that. All I know is that I didn’t want it to be any longer. I was starting to cramp the last half hour. And I wasn’t alone.

I’m staying with my buddy, Jimmy Mac, editor of Mt. Bike Action along with my longtime friend and team mate, Andy Hampsten. That has made the trip very enjoyable. I haven’t had an opportunity to spend quality time with either of these guys for a long time. I’ll make sure that isn’t the case after this.

Andy and I got up pretty late yesterday for the 9 am start. We stopped at a small hole-in-the wall Mexican grocery and had grabbed some breakfast burritos to go. We got to the ride 1/2 an hour before the start. I was kind of in a rush and it was weird because I was running around nervous, like I was doing a race. “I kept thinking to myself, calm down Steve, it’s just a ride.” Anyway, I got over to the start and was amazed how many riders showed up on a Wednesday. Maybe around 300. I dropped some money into the kitty and just then they took off. Not 100 meters from the start I had a flat. And no pump. I’d borrowed a floor pump and put nearly 100 psi into my tires at the start. I usually ride around with whatever pressure is in them. It was 60 psi. I figured with all the descending, I should probably have more pressure. Anyway, I guess my cheap Chinese tubes aren’t used to that, so they ripped open at a seam.

I was changing my tube and thinking that I had no idea where the ride went, when a couple stopped and asked me if I needed a floor pump. I did. They gave me a old Silca pump, which is the best floor pump ever made. I had no idea where the ride went and I was way behind, so I threw my bike into their van and they drove me a couple miles up the road until we caught the tail end of the group. I jumped out of the van and started chasing, because I knew I was a pretty far back of the front. I came over the top of a hill and there was a crazy descent. Switch backs, tight. I was riding my Eriksen cross bike and had cork pads in the front. I grabbed a bunch of front brake and got a ton of chatter. It occurred to me that this was only the start of the day and I probably wasn’t going to enjoy the descending in groups as much as I should.

I caught up a few miles down the road after chasing way too hard. Then the ride became super enjoyable. I had a chance to ride with Roy for a few miles and catch up. We started the first climb up Deer Creek and it was super steep. Roy said that the longest ride he’d done in a year was 40 miles and that he was going to be destroyed at the finish. I agreed with him. I climbed at a decent pace and there was a support stop at the top. It was super well supported. Cold bottled water, energy drink and stuff, coke, etc. Better than nearly any race I’ve done the past 5 years. I started riding in the front group from here on.

The front group was about 30 guys, + or – 10. Chris Horner, Dave Zabriskie, Andy, myself and a lot of pretty fit local guys. Mari Holden stayed up front all day too. She descend like a banshee.

The ride was super scenic. The view from the mountains was awesome. The little time we spent on the coast was cool. The surf was up so there were a ton of surfers dotting the ocean. Never not something to look at.

Anyway, the ride started getting pretty long. No one was really killin’ it at the front, but it usually got down to 10 by the top of the climbs. There was luckily a rest stop at nearly every top. It was hot. I’m not sure it was 100, but it was crazy hot climbing. Andy and I both were pretty happy to be back at the park without seizing up.

Afterward, there was a great outside buffet and silent auction fund raiser. We hung around and talked with friends for a couple hours, stopped by Trader Joe’s and bought some stuff for dinner and headed back to Mac’s to have salmon and too much wine.

Andy and I are going to take out a couple of the MTB test bikes from Jimmy’s garage out for a ride this morning. Andy is flying out of Santa Barbara this afternoon back to Boulder. I’m hanging out until early Monday out here. There are two UCI cross races on the weekend, but I’m up in the air about that……

Ride map.

Chris provide alittle of assistance to Mari going up some of the climbs.

She held her own on the descents though.

Two cross bikes on the ride, mine and Chris Horner's. He is doing the cross races in LA this weekend.

Andy and Dave Zabriskie riding along the coast.

Roy's family after the ride.

Roy's mom wanted a photo of Roy, Andy and I.

Hanging in California

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I’m 90% sure I’m not racing cyclo-x this weekend in LA. I just drove down to La Jolla to stay with some friends and ride today. I’ll decide tomorrow whether I want to drive back up North, but I’m thinking not. It is so hot out here now. Record temperatures. It’s supposed to cool down by the weekend though. Yesterday I just hung out with Andy and Mac. Andy was flying out of Santa Barbara later in the afternoon, so we went over and had lunch at La Super-Rica Taqueria. Great Mexican food. I had eaten there once before with Jimmy Mac, but Steve Boehmke was the first guy to tell me to go by. If you’re near Santa Barbara, you should make it a point to eat there.

I road on Mulholland Drive yesterday. It amazes me that there is a place that is surrounded by so many humans and there is no one driving there. I was passed by maybe 20 cars yesterday and 8 of them were pairs of Porsches driving crazy fast. I guess it is out of control on the weekends with motorcycles though.

Okay, I’d better get out on my bike. Down Torrey Pines to ride on the coast for abit.

Jimmy Mac has his own pump track in his yard. Andy and I spent a good portion of the morning learning the fine skills involved. We were wasted afterwards.

Andy started with a helmet and shirt, but it was already in the mid 80's mid morning.

Jake, Mac and Gail's dog is officially a ratter.

Behind the scenes at the MT. Bike Action office.

Mac's personal tiki room.

Jimmy Mac's engagement ring, this year's Leadville 100 MTB finisher medal. Photo taken over Andy's Gavia Pass poster.

My lunch from La Super-Rica Taqueria.

Jimmy Mac, Andy and I at lunch.

Riding in Southern California

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I’m staying in La Jolla, Ca with some good friends, Don and Sue Sutton. I’ve known both of them for a long time. Sue for nearly 30 years and Don just a bit shorter. Sue finished 2nd overall at the Coor’s Classic one year and won the North Boulder Park final stage. She was 2nd at the World’s TTT also. Don rode on the Levis Team with me at the Coor’s Classic and is an all around super fit guy that does more sports than anyone else I know. They live nearly at the top of Mt. Soledad. It’s always an effort trying to keep up with Sue on the weekends.

I decided to skip cyclocross racing and just ride here this weekend. We didn’t get out the door until nearly 9 am, which is a couple hours later than normal. We did a 60 mile loop through Rancho Santa Fe. It is pretty much one of the nicest places to ride in the world. Bar none. Super scenic and awesome roads.

I’m heading up to LA. I’ll probably go by the UCI cross race to check out it out.

Coast riding.

Sue and Catherine climbing back up Mt. Soledad. It is quite the climb.

Pastry selection at the bakery in Rancho Santa Fe.

Planes flying over the top of Mt. Soledad.

Wine cabinet that Don handmade. It is full of lots and lots of unique wine.

Sue and Catherine toasting during afternoon snack in La Jolla.

I saw this bike parked in front of Trader Joe's in Pacific Beach. I wasn't familiar with the brand.

The GMC Denali shifter postion.

I found this iPhone 4 out dog walking on Fiesta Island. I left a couple messages and the rightful owner called. Boo!

Ranger on his bed after his jaunt to Fiesta Island.


LA UCI Race Live

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Here are some shots from the UCI cross race in LA.

Final Results- 1st Adam Craig, Giant, 2nd Ryan Trebon, Kona , and 3rd Chris Jones, Ralpha. Chris Horner, RadioShack, had some technical issues and dropped out of the top ten.

1/2 through. Trebon, Taberly & Craig. 4 seconds between them. I’m betting on Adam Craig.

They measured every starters tires. They have no idea what rules to enforce. The course didn’t adhere to any current UCI standards and they worry about 2 mm in tire width. Stupid.

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