Sunday, November 7, 2010
Scott Simspon 2:00 7th Men 35
Ray Fulkerson 2:00 6th Men 51-52
Adam Wheeler 2:02 5th Men 32-33
Roger Pelky 2:10 4th Men 58-60
Brian Brown 2:13 20th Men 32-33
Bryan Deal 2:13 21st Men 32-33
Jason Weida 2:17 24th Men 35
Brandon Bailey 2:18 26th Men 35
Lee Shaw 2:20 28th Men 36
Tom Sterling 2:20 39th Men 41
Andy Staub 2:29 85th Pro Men
John Schram 2:32 65th Men 41
Melissa Mabry 2:37 7th Women 30-34
Phil York 2:47 65th Men 37
Dave & Shelby Smith 3:35 25th Tandem
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Roger, Lee, Jim, Andy S., Jason, Brandon and I from the team made it out for a couple of fun filled laps at IRLA this morning. Lee managed to stay upright for most part but, Roger had an unfortunate run in with a rider who moved to the side of the trail to let our group pass and then cut directly behind me and in front of him resulting is both of them going down. Jimmy who we know from LA Fitness and BTT basically tacoed a wheel but, some how it survived lap two. Although it had a heck of a wobble. Our first lap started off and remained pretty quick. Luckily things settled down for most of the second lap. It was also fun to have 3 singlespeeds in the group. Man is Roger fast out there. Especially, when you run out of gear and watch him pedal away in the big ring in the flats.
Great weather and it felt really good to get out on the bike. I am definitely not 100% after being sick all week but, the weather was just too great to pass up the chance to get out for a ride.
A quick snapshot of the group from my phone.
My mostly creak free steed post ride.
Jimmy and Roger surveying the damage to Jimmy's front wheel. I think the count was 16 spokes with little to no tension on them.
Monday, September 27, 2010
It was as chilly start to the first Ronde Van Stony dirt/gravel road race in and around Stony Merto Park. Approx. 130 riders left the mass, rolling start. Body temps rose and numb fingers thawed as the race left the two tracks of the park and the never ending, relentless climbs begain. The course was in interesting mix of gravel two track, pavement, hills, hills and more hills. But, mostly consisted of pothole & washboard dotted, hard packed, dirt, roads with a handful of fun filled 30+ mph decents. The terrain gave MTB's the advantage is some areas and CX bikes in others. Pace lines crucial to success which had formed after the two track near the start, melted away once the groups hit the two track near then end of the race. Resulting in an "every man for himself" sprint to the finish. Overall, it was a great way to spend the morning. Hope to be back again next year.
Age Group Results:
Tom Payne 6th Expert 30-39 1:44
Adam Wheeler 10th Expert 30-39 1:49
John Gonway 14th Expert 30-39 1:59
Jim Senska 3rd Sport 30-39 1:51
Brian Brown 9th Sport 30-39 2:06
Paul Mann 4th Sport 40-49 1:56
Tom Sterling 9th Sport 40-49 2:05
Garmin Data at My Blog
Sunday, August 22, 2010
First ever road race. I figured this would be a good introduction to road racing since there would be an extremely low likelihood of crashing. This format of racing is simple but tough. Probably the best way to judge cycling fitness short of doing a VO2max test. You basically race the clock and attempt to reel in a couple of riders and get passed by a couple (at least in my experience).
Result 15/30 Time 34:07 (3mins 16 seconds off first place pace)
Ore to Shore
My first time in the UP of Michigan was to run this 48 mile mountain bike race. I heard that a lot of roadies liked to race this course since it was not real technical. I also heard some people call this race "Sand to Sand" due to the large amounts of sand on the course.
Race day JohnS, AndyE, Jimmy and I did a warmup ride through the streets of Negaunee. I guess we got carried away and rode too long, we lined up almost dead last. Fortunately Jimmy is big and strong, the first two miles were on the road. The three of us formed a draft line behind our horse and passed LOADS of people. About a half mile into the dirt I made my move and broke away from the gang. I continued to pass riders left, right, in between, and completely off the trail. This was a fair amount of work, especially so early in the race. But I knew eventually I would be with riders of similar ability. Unfortunately this did not happen before the course ran over some very climbable hills that EVERYONE was walking. Not what you want to see on a singlespeed.
After ~12 miles I was surrounded with riders of a more reasonable ability level. This was a huge help. At some point before mile 20 we rode through a section of trail that was underwater. Its hard for me to say how deep but I think it was close to the level of my bottom bracket. I actually laughed at this point since I would never ride through such nonsense except in a race. My feet were drenched, the lenses on my shades were trashed from the rider ahead of me spraying me, and I could not see the end of the water pit. I was happy when this part ended although the cool water felt wonderful on this hot day.
I finally ran down teammate Melissa shortly after "Misery Hill". And when I say ran down, I mean I was running my bike up a hill and passed her riding her rig. It was great to see a familiar face out there, I was going to try and ride a bit with her but this section was tough. I decided I better focus on safely getting myself through and did not see her again on the course.
My next big concern was that I was going through my water bottles much faster than I had anticipated. I made the decision that I would burn through all my fluid and make a pit-stop at the next aid station and fill up. When I came across the aid station, volunteers were out in force with cups of water and sports drink. I weaved in between a couple of them and stopped under the tent. A woman ran up to me and I asked if I could please fill up my bottles. She grabbed the bottles from my hands and said to wait there. What service! I then noticed some cut up orange slices, they looked good so I ate one. One became two and then my bottles were back in my possession. Damn - these oranges were awesome. I decided at the finish I would eat my fill of these tasty things.
So onward we went, many miles on the streets. The geared folk would pass me on the flats and downhills, I would reel em in on the hills. It became comical after a time because it was the same people I would keep trading positions with. I actually took to trying to draft them on the flats but it was a big effort. Hearing that there were more hills up ahead from spectators simply became words of encouragement to me at this point.
The rest of the race passed by in a blur, there was a great singletrack section that was a blast. I had 4 or 5 guys lined up behind me at one point. When I asked if they wanted to pass they said, "NO, you're carrying the best lines we have seen all day". A rare compliment on my technical skills but I'll take it.
Sometime later it is almost time to finish. I am working pretty hard with a couple miles to go when this big dude passes me on a singlespeed. I make an attempt to go with him but the tank is running low. Not enough explosive strength left to fend off this guy - not even enough to try and hang with him. I finally cross the finish and hear a, "Let's go Senska" and am all confused. Who the hell do I know in the UP? Everyone I know should be on the course still? Then I see them and it's BTTers Dearborn Don and JayB with big smiles on their faces. Very cool, and then it was over.
Bring on the orange slices... ;)
Result 15/43 Time 3hrs 21mins (that big dude beat me by 45 seconds)
Lessons learned: I need to be able to push more gear inches and not start so far back to improve my time at this event. The gear inches is tough; there are lots of steep hills here but there seem to be even more flats and downhills where I would be less likely to spin out and perhaps make up more time.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Weather: surface of the sun
Distance: ~32 miles (no drop)
From: parking lot across from northville downs
Its about 8 miles from northville to the 12mile road 'entrance' to tree farm. Well ride out do the 10 mile loop, ride to Maybury and call it a day. bring the water, gonna be a scorcher!
See ya there!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
They rolled sweet for the ride. The weather Saturday was great, and stayed nice (unlike the past two years with rain at some point in the day), though it did get a bit warm as the day went on. So far so good at the first stop:
Not to long after the first stop, we joined a group of triathletes out getting some miles for their training. Working with them, we were able to scorch through the first 52 miles in 2 hours and 20 minutes (of riding time).
Paul (orange & red shirt), Ben (light green shirt), and John (red shirt) Warning: Riding with JimS and serious triathletes can put the hurt on your legs (though to Ben's credit he never drafted).
The second half went pretty well for me, eventually Jim, Paul and John dropped me a ways after the 75 mile food and drink station. I tried to keep my 5 hour of riding time goal within reach and kept at it, but my legs were feeling it. The span between 85 and 90 miles was a slog... on the last jog north I was able to hook up with a crew who had passed me and that bit of drafting helped immensely. Pulled into the fairgrounds with 101.4 miles in 5 hours 9 minutes... hit 100 miles in 5 hours and 5 minutes.
Virtually a flawless day of great riding... thanks to Jim, Paul and John for a great group effort. No mechanicals, good company and food, great weather.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
th place performance in the Expert Men 30-39 group.
I then geared up and headed to the start line. It was starting to rain just as we were staging. Just sprinkles I thought. About 2.5mi in it started to pour. I finished lap 1 thinking it has to stop some time. Covered in mud I decided just to finish the race. It stopped raining at the end of lap 2. Lap 3 was better, but it was a struggle just to finish. I managed to make my way to 5th place and was very happy I made it to the end.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Recentley my family and I went up north to Marquette for my daughters orientation at Northern Michigan University. We are certainly proud of her and excited for her and I was excited to have the opportunity to ride in such a beautiful area. Doing some research I decided that riding from campus where we were staying in the dorms south through Marquette to Mt. Marquette ski hill was my best opportunity. I had to be creative when I took this window away from the family and also had to reschedule due to rain. Need less to say I found the window and weather was very cooperative around 11am Tuesday. Once at the trail head you basically have 4-5 options. Blue, red, yellow, green and strategic mixtures of all four. I heard that the blue was the most difficult and of course had to see for myself. It did not disappoint. As you can see by the pic what kind of work I had to do on the blue and that was only one place I had to get off. The climbs were not so bad but the jagged rocks were somewhat daunting. The pic is only a small taste of what else is up there. It was a fun trail but highly suggest full(front and rear)suspension. After finishing the blue and reading the map trying to make my decision another rider rolled up doing the same thing. He was a local named Brian and also rode from home closer to the lake. Since he had also just finished the blue he offered to show me the red. It was across the highway and had a steep climb up a jeep trail as a welcome statement. Once at the top of that climb there is a great view of Mt Marquette. Looks like that's the bonfire party area from clues left behind. Note to self. Brian and I continued to climb the Benson Grade and he pointed out where the trail took a fork to the right were all the Free Ride stunts. We were not really equipped for that so we continued left on some awesome single track climbing. For about a half mile I was following Brian's line when we came to an opening. That's when he said "Go ahead, have at it.". So I took the lead and shot down this ultra smooth rail of hard pack with the occasional rock and root at a turn with slight up hills that just sucked you into a few pedals and down again through another rail with a little moisture to create a two wheel slide that makes you wake up real quick. I think I had the most fun on this trail because of spots like that to keep me honest. The red had awesome flow and still challenging climbs. After rolling out of the woods, across the freeway and back to the map, Brian said he had to show me "Gorgeous" which is part of the yellow. We went a slightly different rte that he knew and were able to circumvent most of the yellow and get to that area. This was the most beautiful area I had seen all day and and the name did not disappoint. At some points you are riding on a bench cut made into the side of the ravine and looking down 30-50 feet at the rapids of the Carp River. That was incredible and only regret not stopping to take a picture if not for having so much fun during the ride. I knew Brian the local was excited just by my reactions. It felt great to be the one to be shown around a new area and I understand how he felt by being the guide. I hope to get some more time in that area in August and October. Let me know if anyone else wants to go. Also for anyone doing the Ore2Shore you should check this out after if you have time. I will be there a few days after the event.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Hopefully we can continue to have a good turnout for these training rides. Here is my Garmin Activity showing a map of the route!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Here she is folks! After patiently waiting 3 months my new friend finally arrived. She sure is pretty but don't let that fool you. This bike is fast! After one ride I decided that I didn't have room for another so I have broken up with my Epic.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
AndyS and I took her for a spin on Sunday. We planned on hitting Hines but realized that it would be more appropriate to swim due to flooding. We enjoyed a nice relaxing ride down Outer Drive. I am looking forward to stretching the legs on this Thursday night with the team and seeing what it can do.
Thanks to KLM and sales associate Paul Mann. He was very helpful and offered some good insight into the purchase. Now I just need to figure out what to do with all these G-E-A-R-S ;)
Here is the GPS
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
It was a rainy day at Hanson Hills. The expert and elite riders a slight drizzle at the start with a finish under the rain drops. The sport riders left and finished in the rain. The course was very fast with a lot of mud in the turns.
Bryan, Joe, Ray, Nick, and had a great day. I managed a 2nd place finish in the Sport Men 30-34. My best finish of the year. Maybe one the times we can ride Hanson Hills in some dry conditions.
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Saturday, June 5, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Looks like a real blast. I need to hit another BTT ride just to see Henry Ford's house. Another piece of history, I've yet to see. Maybe this coming weekend.
This is a good one to follow on Blogger. Jim gets some great shots of the D.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
|From Bloomer XC|
Once you click on the picture above, click on "Bloomer XC" under "Belongs to" on the right-hand side of the screen to see the whole album.
More pictures, info and results to come.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Stuff to bring: patriotism; a good story of a veteran, known or unknown to you; I will be bringing flags to attach to the sky
Monday, May 24, 2010
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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Had a blast today in north country. John S, John G, Melissa, Jimmy, Paul, and I hit the dirt, and a bunch of Mud. Good Fun & 48 Miles. Big Thanks to Melissa & Jimmy for making the hour haul up here!
Here is a link to some mud pictures
*Jason rockin his new Specialized
*AndyS rockin his new Niner
*AndyE sporting a rolloff hub
Singlespeeding on the road can be boring but today was not one of them, I was hanging on for dear life trying my best to not let the peloton drop me. Thanks to all those who let me draft! I had 37.1 miles on the day with a solid effort.
Wheeler, should you need any muscle to help move BIG things let me know. I can help you out so we can once again enjoy your company on the trail. You know how to get a hold of me. This cross-training of moving will not yield dividends come Lumberjack but you will be used to suffering ;)