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Wout Van Aert’s Motorized World Cup Bike?

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I saw the video below on Facebook.  It was a from a corner at the World Cup today in Italy of Wout Van Aert running a technical section of the race.  The video is short and it initially looks like the his rear wheel accelerates on its own when it leaves the ground.

Obviously, the left pedal hits the ground and the crank rotates 1/4 of a revolution.  Is that enough to accelerate the wheel so quickly?

There have been something like 70000 views at the Facebook page.  Lots of the comments are in Spanish, but there are over 400 of them.  Plus, 530 people have shared the post.

To me, it doesn’t look like it is an issue, but if you don’t pay attention, or don’t watch the video more than once, it is easy to think the bike has a motor.  The way the dude rides many times, you’d think he has a motor.

You decide for yourself.

 

Winter Weather

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Kansas has pretty great winter weather, usually.  Of course it can be what a person thinks as winter.  Lots of snow and freezing temperatures.  But also there are days that are spring-like.

Today is one of those days.  It is supposed to be 61 degrees this afternoon.  The average high temperatures in January is nearly 38 degrees, so it really isn’t like North Dakota here, normally. And the summers aren’t like Texas or Arizona either.

Anyway, 61 degrees is enough to get me out on my bike.  I’ve been taking it pretty gingerly the past couple weeks.  I’m not going to do anything that gives me a headache.  Like in the real sense of a headache.  That being said, it is going to be 3 months in a few days, since I fractured my skull, and when I exercise, I feel the best, so that is what I’m going to do.

Yesterday I did some auto repair.  Auto repair is more challenging than riding, as of now.  I put on new leaf spring bushings on the AWD minivan.   The first one took an hour.  The second about 15 minutes.  That is how it goes fixing cars.  Once you know how to do it correctly, it is a lot easier.

Okay, spring is here for one day.  Then the temperatures are going to plummet 40 degrees or so.  That is normal for Kansas too.  That means back to the trainer.

I’ve already ridden the trainer more the past month that I would normally in a five year period. And more to come I suppose.    Not such a bad thing, just a thing.  I say that, but I am really looking forward to some wind and scenic views.

Sunset last night. It was pretty great.

 

Cyclocross Nationals – Live Streaming

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Cyclocross Nationals has been going on all week.  I haven’t been there, but from the photos and videos I’ve seen of the previous races, the course is ever changing and technical.  Mud that has turned to snow is now the course.  Right now it is 8 degrees in Hartford, with a high at 3 o’clock of 22.  So, the course is going to stay mostly frozen, depending on how sunny it is.  There might be a certain amount of thin, wet mud where it gets direct sunlight.  Not good for the cleats if this is on a south facing runup.

The schedule today is as follows –

9 a.m. – Junior men 17-18
10 a.m. – U23 women
11:30 a.m. – U23 men
1:15 p.m. – Elite women
3 p.m. – Elite men

I don’t really have any for sure predictions for the results of the Elite races today, since I haven’t been there and seen the course.  I’m sure it is going to be the usual suspects fighting for the jerseys.

I don’t see Katie Compton not winning her 13th straight Nationals Championship, but 13 isn’t a very lucky number.  Even with that, I think she will win.

I’m hoping the best for Amanda Miller. She had put a lot of effort into this season and her results show that.  If the course is right, and the stars were aligned just right, she has a chance to add to her Fatbike National jersey from a couple years ago.  This would be special.

The men’s race, well, depends too.  Of course J-Pow and Stephen Hyde.  They will both be riding at the front if things go good for them.  It is hard imaging a different result than one of them, but it is cross and the course might dictate a different result. Should be a great race to watch. (Thanks to a comment from my friend, Bill Elliston, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Jonathan Page as a contender for the win.  When it is tricky, he excels.)

The live streaming begins a tad before 9 am, east coast time.  I’ll post the video here as soon as they start streaming.    It’s an all day affair.   If you want to watch some of the other Nationals in Europe, click here for the links.   Enjoy.

 

 

 

Craziness, Nature and on the Move

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I can’t even listen to NPR or check out the news nowadays.  This stupid stuff that Donald Trump is tweeting is ridiculous for someone that isn’t a president yet.  And it would be worse for someone that is.   Why would someone in his position tweet, in 140 characters, that we need to “strengthen and expand” our nuclear arsenal?   I think we have a limit of 1550 strategic weapons now. Seems like enough to get rid of nearly all the people on the planet already.   I think he doesn’t understand the job.  Our new world.  We picked him.

I haven’t been riding the trainer, or outside, since Arizona.  I haven’t been feeling so  well. Actually, I’m just sick.  When I got back, Kris was sick, which means normally, I was going to get sick.  But being sick is secondary to all the other stuff, so it seems sort of minor.  Head cold symptoms don’t seem so bad compared to a TBI.  Weird how that is.

Tucker loves it cold.  He can’t run enough.  And he likes the snow.  We’ve been taking him to a park nearby and he goes crazy.  I like walking.  It seems to be replacing riding, sort of.  I don’t want to make that the norm, but it is a nice change.  The geese are migrating south and now that it is officially winter, it all seem normal.

We driving up to Chicago today for Christmas.  I’m a little apprehensive about spending 10 hours in a car, but it should be okay hopefully.  It is supposed to start raining in a hour or less, so that means snow in Iowa and Illinois.  It is what it is.

Okay, I need to pack some still.  Hope you are having a stress free pre-holiday.

Enough said.

 

I love geese. Especially when they are flying.

Someone built this at the park. It looks so primal.

I know who made all three of these melted tracks.

Tucker was bummed the snow was melting. He can’t get enough of it.

 

 

 

Sunday – Day 7

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Today is the last day of this week.  That is a good thing I guess.  Nothing like a fresh start of the week tomorrow.  For me, it is the same old, same old.  I think I’m getting better, but it is by such small amounts that it really is hard being anything but demoralized.  That is probably my general mindset as of now.

Yesterday there was the beer mile held here in Topeka.  My bike group started doing this maybe 3 years ago and it is growing, not by much, but by a tad.  Yesterday there were 14 runners total.  Two groups of 7.  About 1/2 the people are straight up cyclists, the other half runners and such.

I actually drove the mile over to the race.  I’m not driving any better than walking, so it was slow going.

It was fun.  Watching at least.  4 beers, 4, 1/4 mile laps.  Pretty hot for October, mid 80’s. Breezy, wind blowing over 20.

There was a fair amount of puking.  Puke and you have to run an extra lap.  I haven’t puked since I was realeased from the hospital.  Mainly, most likely, I haven’t been eating that much.  Plus, I haven’t had any alcohol, beer, wine or anything, so I’m missing that stimulus.   Also, no coffee either.  I’m not sure what that is all about, but for some reason, I have no desire for any coffee.  I’ve been drinking a bunch of hot chocolate, but no coffee.

Okay, a bunch of photos below.  About done here.  I only have about 10 minutes of computer time in me before I go into a tail spin.  I did slept 2 hours tonight, but the problem is it is 1 am, so the night is going to be pretty long.  I might try sleeping again, once this pain killer kicks in a tad more.

Pre-race talk. Golden running shoes as 1st place awards.

Pre-race talk. Golden running shoes as 1st place awards.

1st group starts.

1st group starts.

I had just about 30 minutes of energy in me before I had to go home and sit in the dark.

I had just about 30 minutes of energy in me before I had to go home and sit in the dark.

Eric awarding the prizes.

Eric awarding the prizes.

Charles won overall, running 7:12 I think. Pretty good considering.

Charles won overall, running 7:12 I think. Pretty good considering.

Two years in a row women's champion.

Two years in a row women’s champion.

Fall is just getting under the way here in Eastern Kansas.

Fall is just getting under the way here in Eastern Kansas.

 

 

 

Missing Sleeping

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Gonna be a short one today.  Last night wasn’t much sleep.  Like virtually none.  I’m not exactly sure what I need to be doing right now.  Seems like I need to go see a neurosurgeon but I don’t have an appointment under next Wednesday.  Maybe I can move that appointment up some. Seems like I should be feeling better as time goes on, not worse.   It will be two weeks tomorrow. It is the longest two weeks of recent memory, even though my memory is not the best nowadays.

Okay, if I get feeling better, then maybe I can come up with something better to write about, but this headache thing is overwhelming right now.  I don’t quite get it.  I’ve wacked my head multiple times during my lifetime and have never felt anything such as this.  It is mildly depressing.  If this goes on much longer, I might have to consider start wearing a helmet training.

Kula followed me around most of the day yesterday. He slept here as I watched my legs shrink. It really has been super nice weather the last two weeks. Not a very good time to be down and out.

Kula followed me around most of the day yesterday. He slept here as I watched my legs shrink. It really has been super nice weather the last two weeks. Not a very good time to be down and out.