Spring Series Wrap Up (Cat 3 Report)

Team Hungry has proven itself to be a force to reckon with. As illustrated by our Cat 3 squad (Andrew, Michael, and a dash of Scott Pardi) we can, and will, race the shit out of some bikes. Look at us wrong during a race, and we’ll drop you in a quick second (kidding, yes?).

The Spring Series was only ten weeks long and our 3 squad podium’d 9 times! The races varied from extremely flat, fast courses to courses with hills so steep that some people literally decided to walk up.

Andrew and I both finished on the overall podium for the series and are really proud of our Spring results. This is a true attestation that consistent winter work (weather is not a factor) and strong teamwork (finally!) can turn into good results!

Check these photos!

Germantown Race Report, May 15

 

Over 100 years ago, some sick sadistic Belgian decided that the best time of the year to have bike races is when the weather can be the most variable and dramatic.  Ergo the Ohio Spring Series follows this tradition and two sundays ago this was yet again the case.  The race time temperature was about 55 degrees and there was a light rain on and off the entire race.  There are pluses and minuses to this.  You need less water, but your tan lines suffer.  Michael and I were lamenting how we look rather pale yet we’ve been racing consistently for nearly two months.  To the non-spandex clad, tan lines are avoided or just ignored.  For the cyclist, a painted on leg tan and glove/jersey tan lines on the arms are major badges of pride.  Ye,s we look ridiculous when at family picnics and at the pool.  Not nearly as silly though, as when we’re wearing our cycling costumes.

This week’s race course was a very fun one.  Wind was present but tolerable, a few rollers, a beautiful screaming descent through a river valley and a decent hill right at the finish line.  Hungry was well represented by Anne, Zach, Matt, Alex, myself, Michael, and Mr Tee Gambel, making his maiden voyage on his new Felt FC.  Matt H and Zach pack finished in the 4s, Anne got 5th in the women’s 1/2/3, and in his first race of the year, Tee raced in the 5s.

As for our race, we had 8 laps covering 58 miles or so.  We had one guy break off a third of the way and win the race over a minute in front of us.  He has a pretty sweet name, Gabriel Moss Masaquiza.  I’d keep an eye on that one, he’s a junior at OSU and was a cat 5 a few months ago.  Personally, I rode a rather stupid race.  I had a rough couple of days and wasn’t feeling myself. I worked way too hard and chased down pretty much anything that went (minus said Gabe).  Finally Mike Schena from BSM took off and a few of us joined him for a definitive breakaway on the last lap.  We held off the peloton and ended up battling for second.  As a result of aforementioned dumb riding, my legs were zapped on the last hill and I limped over the line in fourth.  Schena rode really strong, a welcome addition to the 3’s.  Michael Chewning was not far behind in 8th place but honestly he could have ridden a mountain bike, for had already won the series overall at that point.  Check out the link below for the Garmin data.

Untitled by asuchocki1 at Garmin Connect – Details.

 

Mobo Bike Build-Off

We’ll pretty much race you at anything. Especially if it has ANYTHING to do with bikes.

Part of Mobo‘s annual fundraiser this year was a bike build where teams were challenged to assemble a bike with the highest integrity the fastest. Each team was given a bucket of parts, a stripped frame, and a few tools to do the job. Lined up against three other teams from bike shops, punk houses, and co-ops, Scott Pardi and I were ready to put our mechanical skills to the test.

We put our heads down, made a bunch of mistakes, took a few whiskey shots, and only twelve minutes later had built a ride that most people would have loved to own. Hot damn that was fast!

We were feeling pretty proud of our teamwork and the bike that we built. Especially when we were awarded this beaut!

St Peters Road Race

This past Saturday, Matt, Anne, Zack, and I all made the trip to the booming metropolis of St Peters, IN for one of the hardest races in the Ohio Spring Series.  It featured a monster climb, tons of headwind, and a smaller, yet somehow rather painful second climb.  By and far the best Hungry outcome was Zack getting a strong 8th place in the 4s race.  The course is an absolute monster, so Zack’s place is definitely is his best of the year.  Matt finished not too far behind Alex and Anne nearly pulled off a monster placing in the women’s 1/2/3 race .

I rode the cat 3 race and the field was super strong.  Lots of mountain goats (climbers) showed up for the race, there were about 10 people in that race that could have won it.  Every race you learn something, and boy this one was a whopper of a lesson.  I was feeling great up over the first time up the monster hill (we did it 5 times) in our 64 mile race, yet somewhere around mile 10 (14 mile loop race), I felt play in my rear wheel and realized I was losing air and fast.  I then stood up for the next three miles (by the way, not a good idea to stand and ride for that long, saps your legs) until I found someone with a pump.  I realized what was loose (http://www.zipp.com/accessories/detail.php?ID=120) on my wheel.  It look about 4-5 minutes to diagnose and re-inflate the tire.  However, by then the field was long gone.  So I then decided, well, I’m here, awake and sober, I might as well do a stupidly hard 50 mile time trial.  I did catch a few guys who got popped off the back and according to a few friends, gained a ton of time on the field.  However, the 5 miles of headwind on every lap after the climb really took their toll.  I really had no time to coast or recover, making it that more difficult.  It’s amazing the level of pain we can self-inflict on ourselves, and as I write this the next day I felt like I got hit by a truck.  The mind is a fascinating thing, normal pain receptors are shut off when you’re competing, yet if you’re on a training ride, they’re there all the time giving you feedback.   The podium wasn’t happening for me today, and all I was going for was to try to catch the back of the group and avoid the “DNF” awarded to those who drop out of races.  Yet for some reason I kept a punishing pace for a very long, lonely 2 hours and 20 minutes.  It builds character?  Maybe I’ll act within 10 years of my age?  Here’s the Garmin output data for my race: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/84113588

A bad day on the bike is better than any good day at the office.

-Andrew

Waaah. I'm lonely.

2011 St Leons Road Race…

this is what i know, all of it. chewning couldn’t go for 3 victories in a row because he got sick this week… get well slumberjack!
zach was in the cat 4 breakaway and said his sprint attack went out a little too early and he died before crossing the line. he got sucked back into 8th place. top 10 zach!


anne felt really strong, but is being plagued by a tight/sore back and hip stuff. she started cramping up and feeling like she was swimming in molasses going up the last hill of the women 1/2/3. she said the grrls she normally hangs with just rode away from her as she limped into the home stretch. luckily at the MOBO event she won a visit to an accupuncturist and masseus!


hardball finished in the teens. best  road race placement this year! much better than last week when he threw up on lap three trying to inhale a cliff bar.


doc flatted… he sure looked good with those random arm-warmers. they’re probably virgin silk $800 rapha warmers, but i know not of these things.

congrats to all. hope to see you guys and gals at the next race!