road ripping, rides and races

Weekend Fun!

This weekend we were luck to have unseasonably warm weather with the highs in the 60s both Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday was finally a time to get the Hungry* road guys together for a very solid ride.  We set off in Kentucky for a 90 mile ride to butler with relentless hills and even more attacks! The ride proved to be very hard and is just what I wanted.   Some people worry about going too hard this time of year but i never see anything wrong with an occasional hammer fest even if during the winter.

Sunday was supposed to rain but overnight the chance of rain disappeared. So Jamie and I joined the whole Hungry* crew for an awesome ride.  This ride turned out to be great after the hard 90 miles of Saturday.  Lots of great company made the miles fly by and its always great to get in a bigger group ride.

The Butler market stop and the ride with a million small hills

 

 

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Sundays ride with the whole hungry crew

Lactate Threshold Day on Campus


Every couple months the guys at the UC cycling club host a fundraising day where clients pay only $50 for lactate threshold test. Being a a recent grad I still know how to administer a test so I volunteered to help out on the day.  Administering a blood lactate test is no easy task. Getting a non sweat diluted blood sample from a rider that is redlining it every 3min is no easy task, and there is no room for error once the ride starts. Its a busy and stressful day and I tried to ride the trainer after but could feel how tired my legs were from standing all day so decided to take it easy and just do my harder ride on Sunday. Anyone interested in a test should contact Bruce Jayne (bruce.jayne@uc.edu), or just enjoy a time laps of the day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew7V9eUdx2M

Cipo Flashback

Mario Cipollini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarjo tʃipolˈlini]; born 22 March 1967), often abbreviated to “Cipo”, is a retired Italian professional road cyclist most noted for his sprinting ability, the longevity of his dominance (his first pro win came in 1989, his last in 2005; 191 victories in all) and his colourful personality. His nicknames include Il Re Leone (The Lion King) and Super Mario. He is regarded as one of the best sprinters of his generation.

Sagan, the new Mario Cipollini

Sagan is boss!

 

sagan get'n sum!

sagan get’n sum!

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan crossed the finish line on one wheel as he won Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem one-day classic.

Sagan, who finished 23 seconds ahead of Slovenia’s Borut Bozic, celebrated his victory by pulling a wheelie as he crossed the line.

Mark Cavendish was the best-placed Briton, crossing the line in a group 40 seconds adrift, in a race shortened by 50km because of the cold weather.

 

 

Read More Here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21919397

and HEre (with video): http://road.cc/content/news/79705-video-cannondale-give-insiders-view-peter-sagans-gent-wevelgem-win

 

 

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.

 

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!