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Local Police love Team Hungry.

On the ride last night, Scott had to pee pretty bad so we pulled over while he took care of his business. Seconds after he had “it” pulled out, a cop came from behind. He stopped his car, rolled down his window, and said “I’d write you a ticket for indecent exposure, but you are already in decent exposure.”

Use that joke in you next stand-up routine and make sure that you’re in your Hungry kit next time you’re in court.

When the tough get going, GO

As you can see below, many of us did our first race of the year yesterday at the Tour da Booze. Pardi, Eric, Starr, K-tizzle and Ben did the Cat 4/5 and I did the Cat 1/2/3.

As we geared up for the race, I was amazed to see how many “serious” racers were there. Of about 16 in my field, 10 or so were probably Cat 1’s. Dino and I were surprised to see that teams worthy of Velo News showed up in full force at a race inspired by alcohol. I guess it goes to show that people don’t need huge pay-outs and prizes to want to race.

My race started very, very slow – The fast guys in the pack would sprint away, get caught, and then whole field would slow down to a crawling pace. This pattern repeated itself several times, allowing the races behind all catch up to us. With virtually every participant in the same pack, the peleton was a mess. Cat 5’s and women were pulling with the 1’s. Sill, the pace crawled and I began to get impatient. I worked my way up to the front and tried to set a faster tempo in hopes of breaking the pack back up.

As soon as I pulled off, a massive effort came from behind. I could have jumped on a wheel, but instead I drifted back thinking that the chase would pull everyone back in. I regretted my choice to sit in as I watched the break distance itself. I knew I should have gone.

I tried working with a few others to bridge the gap. The problem was, that 5’s and masters would mix in the pace line with other intentions. Why would they want to try to bridge up to a break that they weren’t racing against?

My odds of doing well were gone. The group I was in continued play cat and mouse. Anytime someone would pull the pace over 23mph the pack would slow behind him. People seemed more interested in playing tactics in the peleton then focusing on chasing the break. I wanted to work with everyone to catch the break – not race them for 10th, so I made it a training ride for myself. I stayed in the front excessivley (with Tracy), counter attacked the efforts of others and went for the sprint 800m too early.

After the race I wonder: Is it better to try for 10th or should we race to win? Is the risk of wrecking in a sprint worth it when you aren’t in the front? Is there a point where a racer accepts a loss and strategizes for the next best position, or should a racer always aim high?

Photos: http://jjakucyk.exposuremanager.com/p/tour_de_beer_031509/dsc_240626

Oh yea, did I mention the booze? Many libations were enjoyed afterword by all. Thanks to the crew for putting on a fun party.

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Phil Wood Anniversary Track Hubset.

Only one hundred of them are being made, and according to the Phil Wood site there are only about 10 left to pre-order. Notice that the gold is not anodized – they are gold plated.

Screw getting a grill. If I needed some new track wheels, I’d be all over these. If you want to be the hottest thing on Major Taylor this summer, go for it now.

six two let’s go






3v3 (and some 4v4), two days. Finally found a site worth a damn, that which is made of a flat, non pock-marked and paved surface, and has WALLS. Tie that to the most pristine day of pre-spring weather and we are in business. The only thing we needed to have happen is for folks to turn up. In that, we had about ten players, some of which I had never even seen play. If only we could get all of those who have come out intermittently to appear all at once…

Here we are playing within wafting distance of Montgomery Inn’s gaudy post-Soviet structure to the east and the Carl Lindner Tennis complex also hidden behind a concrete wall. It is approximately a circle although I think it is slightly longer than it is wide. With some dilligence, lots of plywood, and the cooperation of the skate rental shed management, we could separate this into one prime court or two tournament style courts. This court has the potential to be just as rewarding and beneficial for play as Dayton’s Walnut Hills court pictured below.

I have already started motions towards reserving this every Saturday so we don’t have to claim it from the children who run around and do donuts in their power assisted wheelchairs (Michael and I saw a brave girl do this for a solid 10 minutes). As always, we will have the goals and mallets available at 5:15 ish and start promptly at 5:30.





On Sunday, Michael and I took our momentum and hangovers to Daytron for some fast paced smashing and it did not disappoint as is shown by Todd’s bloodied mallet. As per usual, big Lee made us look like fools and everyone else exhibited some solid Dayton pride. Good, relatively clean playing from all. Southern Ohio represent!

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