Monday, July 26, 2010

Tree Farm Relay

On Saturday I headed to the Novi Tree Farm for the Tree Farm Relay. We had three teams that were competing in this event. The day was filled with a mix of sun, clouds and lots of rain. The course was good at the start and got kinda muddy as the race went on. My team managed a 6th place finish in the sport men class despite a crash on had 2 miles into my lap. I was going down a hill a clipped a pedal that tossed me over the bars. I like to thank Jason Sparks from MTB Patrol for fixing me up while I waited for the Novi EMT's to check me out. I also found that I cracked my helmet in the crash too. I am glad it did its job. The other teams finished 3rd in sport men and 5th in the advanced men. All in all it was a good day. I can't wait for this event to come next year.

I also want to give the guys at Stan's Notubes a big thanks for getting me my new set of wheels for my 29er so that I could race my new bike this weekend.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Group Ride 7-18 Maybury to Tree Farm Epic

Time: 7-18 @ 8:00am on MTN Bikes
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

One Helluva of a Ride - July 10

Jim Senska and I headed out to Chelsea this past Saturday morning for the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society 'One Helluva Ride', with intentions of doing the century ride.  Spent some time the evening before getting the Kenda Kontender 700 x 26 tires on my bike... had worked on them Thursday evening, but didn't have any rim tape.

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

Boyne Marathon

It was a hot day in July and a another challenge arrived. It was the Boyne Marathon. After I fixed my front tire after it blew it off the front rim during a crash on lap 1, I managed to get a 3rd place finish. Tammy kept us hydrated between laps handing us bottles and food as we needed it. Bryan finish 4th, Tom finished 8th and Andy also finished up solid with a 8th place finish. On to the next race......

Stony Creek Marathon

It was a beautiful day for racing. We had a good showing for the PrecisionMTB crew. I am starting to see the training that I am doing show up at the races. After a long afternoon I finished 4th at a very tough race. We also had great finishes by Bryan, Andy, Nick, Joe, John, Paul and Melissa.