Monthly Archives: August 2016

Post Tour Schedules

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I wrote a post about what Chris Froome did after the Tour.  A recap, he flew to England, then back to Belgium and raced on Monday, extending the race another day.  Then he did the Ride London 200 km race yesterday and is now flying to Rio to try to win a medal at the Olympics.

Here is a photo of Tejay, showing what he is doing after his disappointing Tour.  Maybe Tejay is going to try to sneak in a start with Peter Sagan in the Olympic MTB race?  Pretty disappointing photo all around.

At least there is some good news as Ryder Hesjedal is retiring.

Tour of Utah is going on live this morning if you need something to do for a bit.

Can you believe it is August already?

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Tucker is a great dog.

Tucker is a great dog.

Whack a Mole / Ivan Stevic

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I’ve written a couple posts on one of my “least favorite people that I don’t really know”, Ivan Stevic.  I don’t like him because when he came to the US, fleeing from Italy, because his apartment had been raided and drugs found, he proceeded to beat up on the domestic peloton in a prickish way.  He took no mercy and was arrogant doing it.  Here is a link to many of Ivan’s antics.  

Last year, at the Richmond Worlds, supposedly Ivan was bowing out of the sport.  He rode the World Championships for Serbia, got into the main break of the day, then did a swan song show, bowing to the crowd before getting caught, then ejected from the field.  I said good riddance.

But no, the dude is still lurking around.  I don’t know how, but somehow the guy is racing the Olympic Road Race in Rio.  WTF?  This guy was caught red handed selling EPO and other drugs in Italy, came to the US and took way over a 100 grand of domestic salary and prize money from our riders, and now he is riding the Olympics, again.

Our sport has no ability to police itself.  That is a fact.  I have to agree with Oleg Tinkov that the double standards that the UCI imposes on a daily routine is a joke.  His latest Instagram below.

Anyway, tune into the Olympics, this Saturday, August 6th to watch Ivan going around in circles with Chris Froome and buddies.  What a farce.

Ivan bowing to the crowds in Richmond last fall.

Ivan bowing to the crowds in Richmond last fall.

One of his better poises.

One of his better poises.

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Oleg's Instagram last week.

Oleg’s Instagram last week.

Tucker has his own good looks.

Tucker has his own good looks.

Ivan is officially in.

Ivan is officially in.

 

 

 

Vandalism – A Learning Experience

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Topeka isn’t the least crime city in America.  Far from it.  I don’t know if it has more crime than the average US city, but it seems like it does.  A couple days ago, some dick threw a concrete statue threw the side quarter glass on the diesel van.  I guess just for fun.

Keith Walberg drove by and texted me that he saw the window blown out.  I thought it was going to be pretty expensive to get it fixed.  As it turned out, it wasn’t too bad.

I bought a replacement window at a local salvage yard for $85.  I called around and it was around $100 to get it installed.  But after looking at the replacement glass, I realized that I could do it myself.

The window attached with a bunch of nuts attached to bolt, connected to the rubber seal around the glass.  I just needed to remove the old piece, clean up the urethane, then reseal the window back on.  I took a couple hours, but it was rewarding.  The urethane is pretty messy.  It stays elastic forever.  The stuff I took off was 17 years old and still sticky.

Of course I don’t like guys throwing stuff threw my car windows, but I did learn something and felt pretty good about doing the project, so maybe it was a wash.   If it happens again, I already know how to do it, so I’d probably not be so content because the learning experience has already occurred?  Hopefully I don’t find out the answer to that dilemma.

Pretty good throw, really.

Pretty good throw, really.

Glass removed.

Glass removed.

New window.

New window.

Statue.

Statue.

3M urethan adhesive.

3M urethane adhesive.

Fixed.

Fixed.

Tucker ate a bowl full of watermelon yesterday.  He dropped the first piece on the floor, then ate the rest and came back for the initial piece.  I've never had a dog that would eat so much weird stuff as he does.

Tucker ate a bowl full of watermelon yesterday. He dropped the first piece on the floor, then ate the rest and came back for the initial piece. I’ve never had a dog that would eat so much weird stuff as he does.

 

Weird Summer Weather

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Summer this year in Kansas has been really strange. I can’t remember a summer, in recent history, that it’s been this muggy. Normally by August, in Kansas, the grass  is dormant and has turned brown. Not this year.

It seems like it’s raining every other day,  which is very unusual for Kansas in July and early August. Plus the temperatures have been very extreme. It’s not that there’s that many days over 100° so far, but with the humidity, every day the heat index of well over 100.

It makes for  stressful riding. Yesterday I went out for two 45 mile rides. Joseph rode over from Lawrence and my brother and I rode him some of the way back. I kind of fell apart after halfway, I had to sit on Kris most the way back.

We got back around 4, so we had an hour and a half till the next ride.   I drank a ton, but still started the next ride 3 pounds light. I wasn’t planning on going the whole way, but felt okay and decided to keep going. The pace was pretty brisk, and we finished hard. We had nearly 21 mile an hour average at the finish sprint. It’s funny, then I’d feel better after 90 miles in the heat than I did after 20. But I never really felt good.

Enough of this heat training. I’m bugging out for Colorado today. The highs in the mountains are supposed to be only in the upper 60’s with the lows in the 50’s and upper 40’s.  I bet it seems cold.  I’m OK with that.

 

The Flint Hills are still green.

The Flint Hills are still green.

The cats, who normally live heat, have been hanging out inside in the air conditioning.

The cats, who normally love heat, have been hanging out inside in the air conditioning.

Tucker in another weird sleeping/driving position.

Tucker in another weird sleeping/driving position.

 

 

 

 

 

Blow Out – Near Disaster

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I was driving out to Colorado yesterday and had a blowout in the front tire in my diesel van.  It was pretty scary.

Let me go back to the beginning.  On Tuesday, I had finished putting the window back in the van and noticed that the left front tire was a little low in pressure.  I put on a pressure gage and it was at 30psi, which is about 25psi low.  I got out a floor jack and jacked it up and looked at the tire to see if there was anything sticking in it or I could see where it might be leaking.  I didn’t find anything.  I filled it back up and drove it.

Then Wednesday, before the ride, I took the pressure and it was low again.  I didn’t have time to get it patched, so I thought I’d try Fix-a-Flat.  I had a can in my garage for some reason.  I’d never really used it in a car tire, but couldn’t see why it would be any different than using latex in a MTB or road tire.  So I put the can in, took the van out for a couple mile drive and then got back in time to ride.

Yesterday morning, when we were leaving, the tire had full pressure, so I thought it was good.  I was still planning on taking it off in Colorado and having someone patch it.  I stopped for coffee after an hour and checked it again.  Full pressure, so I thought I was good to go.

A couple hours later, I was driving in Western Kansas and it seemed like the tires were making a bunch of road noise.  Then a second later, boom and the tire was on the rim.

I was going 85, which is 10mph over the speed limit, which is just about the speed I’m always going.  It was pretty scary for a few seconds.  I swerved a little to the left and then back to the right.  I didn’t jam on the brakes, just let the van coast down to a controllable speed.  For an instant I thought I was going to crash, sort of like when you initially have a flat on a bike going pretty quick.

I got to the shoulder and pulled way over so my right tires were nearly in the grass.  I’ve seen too many of those horrible videos where people get destroyed while doing something on the side of the road, so I wanted a lot of room to change the tire.   Even then, I wasn’t that into cars coming by me at 80 mph.

So I went to the back and unpacked the jack, etc.  The spare is hanging from underneath the van and you have to lower it down with a cable.  It was the original spare, pretty much never used.  I was wondering if it was still good?  The inside of the rim was full or stones.

So I jacked up the cars as the trucks were blowing by and causing a ton of wind.  I’d already loosened the lug nuts when the wheel was still on the ground.  So I changed the wheel and lowered the car.  I was going to tighten the lug nuts when the wheel was back on the ground, so it didn’t spin.

I pulled the jack out and was looking down and a semi didn’t change lanes and came by me super close to the white line.  It scared the shit out of me.  I don’t know if the guy was texting or what, but I don’t think he even saw me.  I dropped the jack and flipped him off with both hands.

So I took the destroyed tire and put it back under the car and started driving.  When I got back up to speed, I thought the spare was lumpy.  I was thinking that I was going to have to stop and buy and new tire at the next town.  Then I remembered I didn’t tighten the lug nuts.  How dumb.

I pulled over again and sure enough, all 8 lug nuts were backed off just a few threads.  So I got the lug wrench and started tightening.  Just when I was about done, a sheriff pulled up behind me and asked if I needed any help.  I told him I was just finishing up, embarrassed to say I had changed the tire a few miles earlier and had forgotten to tighten the nuts.

He noticed that there was a new brake rotor on the wheel, which was observant.  Then he took off.

Anyway, needless to say. the van drove way, way better with the lug nuts tight.

I’m wondering if the Fix-a-Flat stuff had something to do with the tire going bad so quickly?  I’ve really never had a blowout in a car tire.  I’ve never used the stuff before, but know that guys that mess with patching tires hate the stuff.

I’m trying decide about whether I should get a new tire or just cross my fingers I don’t flat again. Since flatting in a car is such a rare occurrence, I’ll probably just risk it.  I have more wheels and tires at home that fit this van, so I really don’t want to buy one odd tire.

 

Tire when I got out of the van.

Tire when I got out of the van.

Rim of the spare from being under the car for so long.

Rim of the spare from being under the car for so long.

TIre pretty much destroyed.

TIre pretty much destroyed.

 

Tucker was super glad to see Nichola.  They are like peas and carrots.

Tucker was super glad to see Nichola. They are like peas and carrots.

 

Copper Triangle Ride Today

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I guess I’m doing the Copper Triangle RIde this morning.  I say I guess because it is cold out and it looks like it might be raining some or most of the time. I like to race in those conditions, but I’m not much into just riding at those conditions.   Especially at 8000 + feet altitude.  I might rather just be loungin’ watching the Olympic Road Race this morning.

If you didn’t click on the link above, here is the description of the ride from the website. A spectacular 78-mile loop cresting three Colorado Mountain passes – Fremont Pass (elevation 11,318’), Tennessee Pass (elevation 10,424’) and Vail Pass (elevation 10,666’). The course passes three ski areas and is littered with historic mining outposts and camp Hale, the training ground for the famous 10th Mountain Division.

There are lots of guys I know out here, from all over, doing lots of different things.  A few guys are training for Leadville, so are heading over there to pre-ride some of the course.  Vincent is going up to Laramie to do the Laramie Enduro on a tandem.  It is 70 miles, so not that much shorter than the ride today I’m doing.

Last year I rode from Silverthorne to Copper Mtn., but today I’m driving.  I’m still just mediocre and am just doing the ride because I’m entered and a bunch of friends are riding it.  Last year, Vincent and I rode pretty hard.  Like the 7th fastest time on the Strava KOM for the loop.  And if you subtract the 20 + minutes I stopped, then it was the fastest the loop has been ridden by someone with that uses Strava.

That isn’t going to be the speed today.  I’m a little worried about getting too cold.  We got caught in a storm coming back from Breckenridge yesterday and the temperature on my Garmin was 49 degrees.  And it was raining hard.  That is over 50 degrees cooler than I’ve been riding in at home and it felt cold. The ride benefits The Davis Phinney Parkinson’s Foundation, so it is for a good cause

Anyway, I’m going to keep optimistic and cross my fingers it stays dry.  I’d better get a move on.  We’ll already be the last ones starting.  Some guys take off before sunrise.

This is Sue, Laura Peycke, and Bill Lehman. Friends from way, way back. Team mates and support. Laura and Bill are riding the loop on a tandem. Laura had wrist surgery and is going to ride on the back.

This is Sue, Laura Peycke, and Bill Lehman. Friends from way, way back. Team mates and support. Laura and Bill are riding the loop on a tandem. Laura had wrist surgery and is going to ride on the back.

Trent Newcomer in the Velofix van. He has two of these doing repairs in the Fort Collins and Boulder area.

Trent Newcomer in the Velofix van.  It is a mobile bike shop. He has two of these doing repairs in the Fort Collins and Boulder area.

Tucker, Trent and I.

Tucker, Trent and I.

 

 

Busy Sunday

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It is nice out today compare to yesterday’s raining day.  We’re all going already this morning, so I’m going to make this just pretty much a picturitorial.  We’re heading out to ride to Vail from Silverthorne to meet up with Kart, who just drove there from Louisville yesterday.  Anyway, the women’s road race is on right now, but I’d rather be out watching than watching TV.  How about GvA winning the men’s Olympic Gold yesterday?  You think Peter Sagan is kicking himself for not racing on the road, instead doing the MTB event.  If GvA can make it to the finish, then I assume PS could have.  Bad decision.   Hope you have a good Sunday.

We came up upon these guys early yesterday climing up Fremont Pass.  He was going pretty well.

We came up upon these guys early yesterday climing up Fremont Pass. He was going pretty well.

Sue, Bill and Laura climbin up towards Minturn in the rain.

Sue, Bill and Laura climbin up towards Minturn in the rain.

The rest stops were crowded yesterday.  We only stopped once.

The rest stops were crowded yesterday. We only stopped once.

Vincent won the Laramie Enduro on a tandem yesterday.  They finished 22nd overall, which is stellar.

Vincent won the Laramie Enduro on a tandem yesterday. They finished 22nd overall, which is stellar.

This state trooper was on the bike path down from Vail Pass trying to control the downhill speed.  The problem was he was going around 14 mph, which was ridiculously slow. I didn't get it.  We'd ridden 80 miles in the rain already.

This state trooper was on the bike path down from Vail Pass trying to control the downhill speed. The problem was he was going around 14 mph, which was ridiculously slow. I didn’t get it. We’d ridden 80 miles in the rain already.

The Olympics is on right now.

The Olympics is on right now.

Tucker hanging out with the bicycles after the Copper Triangle ride.

Tucker hanging out with the bicycles after the Copper Triangle ride.