Monday, May 31, 2010

More 5/29 BTT Pics

Check out "Kona Jim's" (Jim Senska) blog for some great BTT shots.

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

Bloomer XC 5/29

PrecisionMTB had a great showing at Bloomer this past Saturday. The course was tough and the weather was hot but, fantastic. Take a look as some of the pics my wife took.

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

Beat the Train 5-/29

After finishing my 10.5hr shift, which ended at 4:30am, I went home got my bike and my gear and headed down to the Historic Fort Wayne for the Saturday morning Beat the Train ride. I met up with Tom Sterling, Andy S, Andy E, Jim, Dave and his daughter Shelby at 6:30am. All total we had 49 riders. When I was finished I had a total of 30 miles for the ride. It was a beautiful day for a ride and I had a blast meeting up with these guys for the ride. I hope to fit more of the rides in as the year goes on.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sunday Morning Ride-Poto

Day: Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Time: 8 am, clipped in!

Location: Pinckney State Rec Area - Poto

What: Lumberjack Training of course! Adam and I are heading out to see how high our pain tolerance is. We are planning on three laps in a row on the 14 mile loop starting at 8:00 sharp. If you can't ride at 8, look for us between laps in the parking lot at my car. Figure on hour laps. We will be coming through for fresh bottles and sustenance.  

RSVP: please let me know if you will be coming so I can look for you.

Note: I rode there last night and its in great shape!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Memorial Day Ride For the Fallen

Day: Monday, Memorial Day, May 31, 2010

Time: 8 am, wheels down and ready to go

Location: Holdridge Trailhead, I-75 at Grange Hall Road, go west about 1/2 mile and file the signs; more info here:[]=14

What: Memorial Day Ride For The Fallen: dirt roads up to the Great Lakes National Cemetery ( where we will pay respects to the fallen. Then, we will head back to Holdridge for a ride in their honor through the trails at Holdridge.
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

RSVP: please let me know if you will be coming so that I can make sure that I have enough flags

Note: there is a handpump at the trailhead so we can refill water bottles

Monday, May 24, 2010

Maybury Tuesday 5/25 @ 3:30pm

I'll be at Maybury Tuesday afternoon about 3:15. Plan on being on the trail at 3:30 for a couple laps then head back to the car for any 4:30 arrivals, a quick bottle swap, then head back out for more abuse. I can't make it to Bloomer for a pre-ride so this will have to do.


Text or voice mail

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Quad Trail Training Ride

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

GPS Post

Where's Wheeler Part 2

Despite Wheeler's absence, we still managed a good ride on a beautiful day weather-wise. The sun was out and mud was flying on the trail. LOTS of new bling on out there today:
*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 ;)

Where's Wheeler

We had a great turnout for the Maybury ride this morning. We were surprised Adam didn't show though!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Turning it up another notch;

A few months back I posted about my increased Winter training regimen and my commitment to making it to the gym 5 days a week. That went real well and I have witnesses. I lost a little weight and gained a ton of stamina and new strength in my legs. Thats the first winter I have been so dedicated in...., well never mind.

That said, this post is about my commitment to my equipment. Not that equipment Bryan. I'm talking about my new bike. Its a Niner EMD frame that I bought from Bikes in Town last year. Got it just in time. This spring I took it to our new shop sponsor and friends KLM Bikes in Rochester Hills. There through several consultations with Zach, Ryan and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful when ordering parts for this bike. They were able to recommend great parts and compatible components to match the frame. They treated me extremely fair and I really enjoy the casual atmosphere they have in that store.

Its set up as a 1x9 with a Niner Carbon fork(Godzilla Green which I love!), deore XT, Avid BB7 with Nokon cables. MRP chain guide. Race face evolve seat post and stem. I have ridden it a few times. The first time out I had the Stan's ZTR 355's on as tubeless and the bike just wanted to fly. The next few times I put the heavier rims on til I get used to all that down sizing.

Anyway, here is a pick of the bike in its glory.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Group Ride 5/23-Maybury Miles

Time: 8:00am on MTN Bikes
Weather @ ride time: 60+ degrees and sunny
Distance: ~39 miles (no drop)
From: Nankin Mills

Group ride from Nankin Mills (33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
Mi 48185) to Maybury and back on mountain bikes. This is a no drop
ride. Total distance is about 39 miles. That's 13 miles there, two 6.5
mile laps and 13 miles back. Weather will be 60 degrees and sunny when
we roll and about 70+ degrees and sunny when we finish, don't forget the hydration!

See ya there!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Heart & Sole and Brighton Day 1 Recap

Definitely a full day for the PrecisionMTB team.

Racing today started off with our very own Tom Sterling and Lee Shaw mixing it up in the Heart & Sole Bike race in Chelsea, MI. Both Tom and Lee put in a solid effort. Lee, over coming shifting issues, claimed 4th overall. Tom put in a valiant effort, making an attempt at a hole shot, taking the lead early and leaving it all on the course today, finshed 6th overall and 4th in his age group. Being a glutton for punishment, Lee took on the 5k run after the race and crossed the line 6th overall to claim 1st over all in the bike & run combined event.

Full Results Here:
Bike & 5k Run
Bike Results

Lee headed out to Day 1 of Tailwind's Brighton Stage race to provide us with some great pictures of the short track and time trial races. Congrats to Tom Payn, Bryan Deal, our team Captain Brian Brown and Roger Pelky for solid efforts in today's events. Extra thanks to Tammy, Brian's wife and his family. As well as, Lee's son Lucas for moral support throughout the day.

From Brighton Short Course

Beat the Train - 5/15

PrecisionMTB team members were not only hitting the race scene in Chelsea and Brighton this weekend but, banging out another fun filled Beat the Train ride in near perfect weather in D-town. Andy S, Andy E., Jim S. and Adam W. from the team put in a decent effort and fun filled day of riding, taking on another BTT Epic. Which started and ending in the Westland/Dearborn Heights area. Andy S. mixed things up this week and threw in a new route with some interesting landmarks. Such as a flame throwing car. We even spotted some local Detroit wild life. More specifically, a rooster and peacock. The day was a total success with 31 riders safely enjoying and navigating the D.

Some not so professional pictures from my cell phone.
Click on the picture of the flame throwing car below and then the "BTT - 5/15" on the right see all of the pics.
From BTT - 5/15

Garmin Data:

Friday, May 7, 2010

Weekend, baby!! Get your rides in!!

Life is not a journey to the grave
With the intention of
Arriving safely in a pretty
And well preserved body,
But rather to skid in broadside,
Thoroughly used up,
Totally worn out,
And loudly proclaiming,
WOW !!!! What a ride!

-- Anonymous

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fort Custer: Not Another Missed Opportunity

Fort Custer is a wonderful place to ride. My last visit there was phenomenal-- it is just a great trail, period. I missed the chance to race there last year. Last week I bailed on the Pontiac Lake Time Trial Race due to MMBA matters, soccer conflicts and (the final nail in the coffin) rain. So I was determined to make it to Fort Custer for the race.

The Fort Custer Stampede is a benefit race for the Southwestern Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association-- a chapter that I have been working with a great deal over the last year due to the equestrian conflict issues at Fort Custer. It was great to see so many Southwestern Chapter Members and their beautiful tool trailer—a proud display of the importance of supporting the MMBA.

But, then there was rain on Saturday and more rain forecast for Saturday night and Sunday morning. Getting up early to drive 2 and 1/2 hours to slop around a water-logged course was not very attractive.

Dave Smith and I talked that night and I pushed for us to go anyway. Dave's a gamer so he did not take much convincing. Morning came and the weather still looked very iffy. Dave was in my driveway and he said he spoke with a friend that lives near Battle Creek who indicated that they received an inch and a half of rain out there. That gave us pause.

Well, we loaded up and went anyway. We stopped and saw Deal on the way to pick up our new kit. Things were looking up. Then, we stopped in Ann Arbor and sold one of Allie’s old bikes: Princess.

We got to Fort Custer and the sun was shining. You gotta love Michigan!! We talked to Ray Fulkerson who indicated that the experts had dried up the course significantly, as had the sun. Nice. God and cyclists make the world a better place.

Off to the start line and away we go. Well, we were kinda late to the start line so there was no more room in the front line. Dave was able to squeeze in at the end and I told him cool I would just latch on to his wheel and we would be fine. The gun goes off and Dave immediately misses his right pedal and gets dropped. I am pretty sure that this is part of his race tactics, but I bridge to the group and yell to him to grab my wheel instead. (Dave and I are bears of very little brain and only 2 gears between us so this kind of nonsense goes on all the time-- it really is shocking we have not hurt each other more often!!! More on that later).

So we did not quite miss the bus, but we were barely holding on and we were getting dragged by the bumper.

Then I broke loose in some of the tight twistys. They were a little slick and the Racing Ralph on the front started to drift, then it caught a root or something and checked up violently-- as in rubber separating from rim, John looks tired let's lay down in the mud and send the handlebars every which way but loose.

At this point, Dave is still on my wheel and he musta checked up on his brakes nicely cuz he navigated on by without running me over. All sarcasm aside: thanks, Dave!! Dave asked if I was ok and I was and told him to keep on going.

I called for the team car but no one showed up-- slackers!!!!! I gotta get better people. Quick check: don't flip the bike over to work on the tire until you pull the Garmin off the stem-- right, Pauly? So I assess the damage. Tire off rim, Stan's fluid everywhere, cats sleeping with dogs and my hair was mussed!! It was anarchy.

I took a second to enjoy the nice mud sandwich formed between my tire and rim. I panicked and hit it with he inflator. Doh!!! Too much mud. The tire won't seal. And there goes one inflator cartridge. So now I am cleaning out the mud. Fun stuff. Hit it with the inflator again and it starts to seal. I am a god. I am gonna be rolling…but what is that hissing sound? Now we are doing the Stan's dance to get the fluid in the right places. Air leaking and I know I have one inflator cartridge left. After a recent episode like this I learned that my only chance to get this tire sealed is to get it back up to pressure asap. So I fumble around for my last cartridge and bam!!! We are in business.

I am back in the saddle and trying to make up ground. But things are moving slowly and my rear brake housing decided to go out for a walk or something-- the damn thing is hanging way off the bike and my leg is rubbing on it. And the front brake is dragging…and some of the adrenaline from the crash is wearing off and I can start to feel the injuries from the crash.

Well, I gotta figure out the brakes first. Brake housing is hanging 10 cuz I broke the housing stay. Nice. Nothing to do there unless my team car catches up with a welding torch. Not likely to happen.

I already lost 4 minutes so I need to get moving and I need to figure out why my front brake is dragging. Ha-ha!! The cable and ferrule got pulled out of the lever housing. Easy fix. Pull and plug it back in.

Now I am really rolling and I am catching people.

This is my first race up in Single Speed Expert. I just gave up 4 minutes so I figure I am going to finish last, but I also knew that I was not going to take a DNF. So I kept turning the cranks and enjoyed a pretty good race.

I finished strong and thanks to the help of Tom Payne and Bryan Deal (they recommended some electrolyte supplements) I was able to finish hard without even a slight hint of cramping. That was enough of a victory in light of the crash and past cramping problems.

I was resigned to calling Leslie after the race to tell her that I must have finished last. But I checked the race results on my phone on the way home and was happy to find out that I had actually finished 12 out of 14. Race results are here:

When I got home and told Leslie, Gabe and Allie that I had not finished last Gabe asked if I was 1st. I said no and Gabe put on his best Southern accent and said: "If you ain't first, you're last." A victory for child-rearing—a son of mine that can quote Will Ferrell movies with aplomb!! (Leslie, if you’re reading this, it was not me that let Gabe watch Talladega Nights—it was Uncle Don.)

All photos have been suppressed to protect the innocent and to spare my QBall the embarrassment of exposing the damage to the frame.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gu Is Here

We would like to thank Gu Sports for helping us with our nutritional needs for the 2010 race season.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mud, Sweat & Beers - 5/1

Quick recap from Mud, Sweat and Beers this past Saturday.

Despite some serious rain the night prior, the weather turned out great and the course actually benefited from it.  The venue was fanastic and could be considered a Spring Iceman, only harder. Mostly because much of the course was run on the Vasa in the reverse direction of the Iceman. Including a climb up the Wall, opposed  to down it. Which now sports notches in the trees that were so narrow it was nearly impossible to clear with your bars. The Vasa presents an interesting challenge with relentless climbs, sand, plenty of all out flats, more climbs, more sand, climbs and more sand. The course as well as, the beer tent easily accomidated the 500 participants before and after the race. All said and done, it was a very tough course, ultra competitive racing and an all around great time. Definitely worth putting on your calendar for next year.

While we didn't a have a large team showing , we took two top 5 places. No age categories here. Just an all out battle.
Melissa Mabry - 4th - Expert Women - Stout 20 Miler
Adam Wheeler - 5th - Single Speed - Stout 20 Miler

From Mud, Sweat & Beers

From Mud, Sweat & Beers
Garmin Data


My race recap at my blog.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

2010 Team Kits are Here

We want to thank Kimiko and Melanie at Louis Garneau USA for helping make our 2010 team kits a success. Please look for the crew at the next event near you.