Sunday, September 30, 2007

Virginity Lost

For those of you keeping score, I lost my virginity this afternoon on the downhill to the Struble. Tried a new line and washed out violently, shredding my derailleur hanger in the process. The 2 mile walk of shame ensued (that's the virginity part).

Hunting season has started so early morning rides are probably not suggested unless wearing kevlar. So the standard scheduled rides are BOTH NIGHTRIDES:
* Tuesday 830pm depart lower
* Thursday 830pm depart upper

With the race 2 weeks away, my intention is to ride every day for the next 10 days. This means some "ad-hoc-after-work-rides", probably try to shoot out just before or after dinner to grind out a lap or two, figure out the "right" pace, etc. Let me know if interested and we'll try to coordinate.

Any October birthdays? Please chime in if so. If not, then let's see if we can recruit an October rider lickety split!

I think that's all for now. Hope to see you all this week.


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ride report and other business

MORNING RIDE had to break out the head lamps and fleece for this AM's ride, but it was well worth it with some spectacular sunrise scenery. Not much time left to experience these morning rides with hunting season around the corner.

ROADIE responses are in and it looks like Nov 11th with 9 favorable RSVPs. Hopefully we can secure Rob as tour guide and do the bump and grind at French Creek. Block it out on your calendars.

MARSH CREEK STATE PARK FALL CLASSIC RACE is October 13th. Four classes this year (first timer, beginner, sport, elite) and fun kids race before the main race (this is a great family event). You can see the source layout (different than last year) and pre-register online at - just search for "fall classic".

SUNDAY RIDE I will be out of town Saturday through Thursday so cannot be counted on to crack the whip for you guys. Someone needs to take the lead to organize Sunday ride and next week's rides. Tag you're it!

HAPPY HOUR RIDE tomorrow - let me know if interested in something between 4:00 and 5:00.


Monday, September 10, 2007

Leave'm for Dead

Casualties: We bombed the big field and hit the woods at about 30mph - miracle nobody was killed. High speed turn for the quarry, Riley and I rolled right into the climb and Kirk hung back instructing us to wait at the top for 5 minutes, move out if they didn’t turn up. We waited 10min, presumed based on earlier banter that Miller had headed home with hangover and Kirk was not far behind (was apparent early in the ride that he forgot his A game). Turns out that Miller had a double flat, Kirk had a single. So it was a tragic case of leavin’em for dead – not our proudest hour.


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Weekend Attrition

Sunday ride claimed a few casualties. We started two down and lost three more at the halfway mark. We did have Harris-Oates participation which has been too infrequent of late - hope to see more of them this fall. Anyway weekend activities may explain some of the attrition, but remember the Fall Classic is coming next month and we need to be in condition to defend home turf. I don't believe they had a special class for "hangovers" so no excuses! Also remember it is a great family event (kids race last year was a hoot).

Chelsy's birthday ride (Dave "dented helmet" Miller) this Thursday, so we will have two night rides this week:
* Tuesday 830pm depart Lower
* Thursday 830pm depar t Upper

I understand we have a few potential riders considering when to "jump in" on the group rides. I did some arm twisting on one of you Friday night. My contacts at a local bike shop told me about another that recently dropped some coin on a new ride. Time to JUMP IN! Let me know if any questions.

Don't Forget to Keep the Rubber Side Down,