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Cyclocross UCI3 Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival

UCI3 Cincy3 Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival will bill be here in less than 2 weeks! Get ready, get rad, get stoked! Top pros will be in town raging through our local CX courses in Covington KY, Middletown and Fairfield OH.

sdenek stybar catching air

Sdenek Stybar Rad Air Power

This pic of Stybar just makes me want to go out and get rad. So much power!

Hungarians have been out representing at all of the OVCX race series… The racing is intense and the fields are bigger than ever. Although none of us have been on the podium, we’ve had really great results. Chewning’s been top 20 most Elite Races, Jamie and Billy have broken into the top 10 for Cat 4 35+Races. Tall Tom, Medium Tom and Starr have been battling it out against each other for Cat 4 top 20 finishes. James has had two top 5 finishes in Cat 3 35+. Hardball has been layin’ it down with a few top 10 spots in Cat 3. Hardball has made it to every OVCX race and is in 3rd place overall!!! Stinky is gettin’ rad on SS racing and I think has a 4th place finish in there. I believe Blair has gotten her share of top 10’s. Unfortunately, powerhouse Pardi has been out all season with his naggin’ knee and Lesbi-Anne has a new cross bike but is still out from her broken collarbone from the Mainstrasse Crit.

 

West Side Cold Ride

WOW it was cold this weekend.  Almost too cold to ride.  Almost.  This past week we have been crushed with snow.  I mean crushed for cincinnati.  We had like 6 inches!!  Anyways the white death had kept most of us off the bike outside for a couple days and I was beginning to grow tired of my intense trainer work outs.  Saturday night I went out to party with the likes of the BSM crew, well maybe only Max.  It was a fun night of bowling, beers, and too many beers.  I woke up sunday morning around 9 a.m. to max’s whining cats.  I could hear it out side of the office couch where I was sleeping.  MEOW ME ME MEOOOW.   Damn cats… don’t you realize I’m hung over.  At this point I am moving around and having coffee with max.  I looked outside and it looked like a beautiful sunday.  Sun was out snow was white and it was about 8 degrees.  At 10:13 a.m. I sent Chewning that motivating text that read “Quick Ride? Out Side?”  The only reply I received after that was “K”… oh michael, such enthusiasm.  It was on!!  We had planned a team trainer ride for about 3 p.m. but i just wasn’t feeling it.

Chewning and i met around 11:30 and we were on our way to scoop up Scott to ride some west side.  Scott always wants to ride outside.  So this was it.  We were really going to ride outside in this 15 degree day.   Scott took us on some sketchy, windy, downhill, slushy, decents and some hairy climbs.  We had a nice pace until this pretty short but very steep climb.  I could tell Mike and Scott were turning it up about half way up the climb.  Let me first mention how weak of  climber I am to both of these two.  The pace seemed to get harder with each foot but very steady.  I was on Mikes wheel and I wasn’t moving.  Wow!? It’s over?  I’m finishing with Scott and Michael??  How could it be??  Congratulations were coming from both parties unfortunately followed by Scott mentioning that we took it pretty easy.  G’ Dangit!  I’m still slow.

We started the crawl back into Northside from West Fork Road.  We came up to another steep climb off of Montana Avenue.  I was on the front and had no intentions of riding off the front.  I was seated in a nice grove trying to keep my heart rate some what low.  I noticed I had put a bit of a gap on those two fools.  With out any warning I hear Michael drop like 5 gears and he was in his drops crushing a sprint up the hill.  Of course Scott followed after Chewning and I followed Scott.  Michael peeled off and I was still trying to hold onto Scott.  G’ Dangit!  I blew up about 50 feet from the top.  I looked at my HR Monitor and i said Oops!  New Max HR.  183 BPM.   At the top we were all laughing about how dumb that was and michael said… ” I don’t know why I did that… I instantly regretted it.”  Yep all smiles and head nods all around.  We finished the ride with the cruise through Mt. Airy forest.  Michael and I chatted about the ride over burritos from one of my favorite sponsors… The Comet.  Michael said we have the best lives.  I couldn’t agree more.  There is nothing better than that small intimate group on a terrible day to make riding the bike that much better.  Followed by that awesome jerk tofu burrito and a nice Bell’s Winter Lager.  Here are some pics from the ride.

NYE CX PIE (New Years Eve Cyclocross Pie Recycled Tape)

Pretty much everyone had hung up their CX bikes for the season about a month ago. Then, those wiseguys at QCW thought they’d give us one more punch to the stomach, leg, shoulder, etc… Some of us suckers had our arms bent and twisted to get out to Kingswood for some mud slinging in near 60 degree December 31 weather!

Category C:
Jamie was holding 2nd place for 95% of the race. Not sure Jamie ever had a chance for 1st against a CAT 2 rider in his first CX race. In all fairness, the CAT 2 rider got his first cross bike 2 weeks before the race. Jamie hammered out strong laps until the last creek crossing / bunny hop over the handlebar excursion. He regained composure only to find his brakes were locked up. He managed to bring home a respectable 4th considering.

Anne and Blair showed up to represent all the ladies in the house. This was Anne’s first CX race and she finished in a promising 2nd place while racing her mid-90’s steel mountain bike, which somehow has similar geometry to a modern CX bike. Apparently Blair won the “Biff of the Day” award! Not sure were Blair ended at the end of the race.

Category B:
James, Ben (still flying THC colors), Matt and Scott were in the B race. I think Ben hooked up a 2nd place overall with pure mud sliding skills and James won a bag of donuts for the first lap prime. James was trying to avoid a “downed rider” and bunny hop the creek only to TACO his rim on the other side. Taco’s are much better with salsa and guacomole. James kicked his rim into shape and rode for a while without back brakes. The tire eventually popped, he grabbed a replacement and somehow kept out of DFL. Scott had something up his sleeves and looked like he was out for a cruise to FHK. I believe Hardball / Hairball had a top ten finish on the day as well. He has some helmet cam footage I hope he shares with the interwebs.

Category A:
CX thoroughbred mudders Chewning, Ben, Matt, Scott and Alex were all ready to terrorize the “A” race with a fury of hungry*
Chewning went out solid and strong with Scott pushing him around the fun track. I had to leave early but I do know Chewning (slumberjack) grabbed a podium spot with a solid 2nd behind Ryan Gamm. Slumberjack says he’s never beat Ryan. Well son, this is your year to get one on him! Pardi was definitely pre-race’n the course with the “B” crowd and ended up just off of the podium with a 4th! The only other result I know is that Stinker got lapped while riding a borrowed bike and wearing borrowed shoes. I would’ve liked to hear that he grabbed a top 5 while on a borrowed road bike with down tube shifters and cages. sadly, that’s not the case.

What a great muddy time!

Again thanks to QCW Lionhearts for organizing this race. The Lionhearts are creating a slew of fast racers that have no plans on watching your rear wheel for too long!

pieonic

slumberjack

this hurts

hardball!

lesbianne out for a cruise

old man hubbard

kentucky j

bionic b

big ben hay

still hhhhurts...

pardi train

Portland USGP

A few weeks ago Alex called me – “Wanna go to Portland USGP?” – of course I did!

I barely have a job, and my bank account is diminishing since my high roller days in an office, but it doesn’t matter. When a buddy ask you to go race in Portland, you just have to make it work. The opportunity to race through the infamous mud and roaring crowds is something that a cyclocross racer cannot turn down.

We arrived in Portland Friday and stayed with an original Hungarian – Brentus Momentus. He hooked us up with his single speeds to race with so that we didn’t have to pay the exorbitant shipping fees for our own bikes. We went to the veloshop to build up the bikes. This is Molly Cameron’s shop so we got to drool over her indy fab bike with DI2. This was real Portland, and the reality that bike racing is a way of life here was quickly evident. The air stunk of embrocation. The sound of roller intervals filled the hallways. I am immediately intimidated – how are we going to size up to these die hards?

The Portland USGP is a two day event. Both days Alex and I woke up at six am so that we could ride to the course on time for his 8am start. The course was at the Portland International Speedway (PIR), which was about 5 miles from where we stayed.

The course was the craziest I have ever seen. Part of PIR is a motocross venue, which means that we were getting rad on those huge jumps you see on the X games. The event organizers had us tearing up and down these things in every direction imaginable. Going down at speed was scary because of the deep mud you hit at the bottom of every flat, going up was impossible because of the steep ankle deep mud. Check it:

Apparently this was dry for Portland. But unseasonably cold and windy made for a long day of being outside. Finishing the OVCX season with little no no mud, this was still a swamp fest through our eyes.

Single Speed Cyclocross in Portland is way different than in the ovcx series. Guys here live for sscx. Looking at everyones bikes at the line, I was shocked to see how many custom frames with carbon wheels I saw. I somehow landed a front row call up but knew that the 60+ people behind me were there for blood. In ovcx, I am usually 3-4 minutes behind the winner in the elite field, but here I was 6 minutes from winning, how fast is that?!

Despite our dusty midwest roots, We got RAD! Alex raced the Category four race with about 100 other guys and had two really good results. 11th on Saturday and 4th on Sunday. He crushed dudes on his single speed! I on the other hand had two OK results. 31st on Sunday and 22nd on Saturday. My goal was to break into the top twenty, but I was still happy with my result after I realized how effing fast single speed dudes are in Portland.

What a great way to end the 2010 racing season. Now for those lovely winter base miles.

Thankful for CX

I need a good morning of pre-gaming (moonshine & bikes) before closing myself indoors for a few hours with the family during the holidays. Many people share this sentiment. Team Hungry usually heads for the mountain bike trails every Thanksgiving, but Corey Green’s rain dance brought mud and an impromptu cyclocross race that we couldn’t resist.

The race began with a track-influenced qualifier – Miss-N-Outs – where groups of five weaved around a small bunch of trees. The last person around on each lap was removed until you had a winner. The catch: if you were first on any lap, you had to take the mandatory desert hand-up (see below).

Starting order of the main event was determined by the qualifier and Corey Green’s discretion. Racers were released in heats based on some six-sigma algorithm that was worked out in seconds before the race.

The course was full of flying candy corn, mandatory pit stops, challenging short-cuts and of course, MUD. Finally we have soft ground! With all of the desert hand-ups, I’m pretty sure I had a net calorie gain by the end of the race. It was Thanksgiving, after all.

Hours later I am meeting my future in-laws…Dreaming of getting rad and thankful to have the momentum of an early morning cx race to get me through the day.

Thanks Corey!

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It was a warm November day for Lexington Cross… Even warmer were Doc, Stinker, Party and Hairball’s guts after a night of good ol Kentucky Bourbon. I almost got a buz smelling Stinker’s early morning breath. O.k., it wasn’t that bad. But some of the aforementioned struggled to get moving. The late November temp was pushing towards 70. Gotta love climate change.

Before I got to the race everyone was telling me how the course was “flat.” Well, that flat course kicked my sorry ass. Lots of off-camber hold on tight turns with mega-watt requiring hill bursts… huh?!

On to the action:

Cat 4’s heated it up with Jamie, Harbaugh, Doc and James. Doc took second for Cat 4’s overall!

2nd overall Cat 4 - 3 is the new 2

Jamie working the tape

Stinker Blowin' KY Bourbon like a Job

James O - 6th or 22nd for Old Man Cat 4

I had to get back early so I missed the 3’s and 1/2/3 Elite Action. Apparently Pardi Took Cat 3 – 35+ age group and 2nd overall in the 3’s. Way to charge Pardi! Especially when you start about 40-50 back in old man’s land

pardi for the win - cat 3 35+

Michael ‘Lumber Jack’ Chewning says he had a rough time gettin’ rad in the 1/2/3’s and almost got into the top ten with an 11th-ish…

Lumber Jack

*All results unofficial and unreliable…

**Thanks to Debbie Baker for all the rad photos!

***Promotion Cross Website for Results and Good Stuff