road ripping, rides and races

OSRS Road Update

Man!! Has MC Chewy been killing it!  2 week back to back podiums at 2 of the windiest races I have ever seen.  Last week was Vandervorts Corner.  A guy from Abundance got away solo with 2 to go and he seem like he was long gone.  Andrew and MC were in about a 12 man chase and what sounded like andrew had completely destroyed every last person in that group.  The solo break worked and MC and Andrew’s chase was coming in.  MC Came from about 6 wheels back and destroyed the sprint.  Good Day for Hungry!

Yesterday was Spring Valley.  A favorite course among many riders.  I had Harbaugh in my field and Anne and Blair had each other.  MC was all alone due to Scott nursing an injury and Andrew out of town.  Needless to say I got shattered in the 2nd lap and faced a hard day in the wind by myself.  With about a half lap to go I hear the Cat 3 Break coming behind me and it was about 6 guys.  Chewning was in it and i was stoked.  With the Climb left to go I was crossing my fingers all the way up to the line hoping to see how mike had done.  Looks like MC ended up third.  2 guys attacked on the climb and chewning was sitting a couple wheels back.  He said he didn’t want to jump and have the other guys just hold his wheel to the top.  He sat in and made up some serious ground again in a sprint.  He nabbed 3rd.  Sounds like someone is working extra hard this year.  We are all proud of that!  MC Hammerfest

OSRS #1 Deer Creek

 

Awesome first race for the hungry men’s and women’s squads.  Anne and Blair both had an excellent showing in the women’s 123.  Definitely going to be on the podium regularly.  The Cat 5 men’s field was dominated early on with a 2 man break.  Adam settled on finishing with the bunch.  Nice work!  The Cat 4 race was a strange race.. many failed break attempts lead to a tired bunch and a the group finally got away on lap 2.  Zach, Matt, and myself remained silent in the rest of the bunch just trying to stay up right through the end.  I’m just happy I finished with the group!  The Cat 3 race sounded brutal from the words of Scott, MC, and Andrew.  Andrew got away with 2 others on the last hill and that group stay away until the finish.  It was really close between the break and the bunch.  Andrew Ended up at 3rd, MC took an 11th place spot, and Scott was tucked in the group somewhere.  Official results to come soon.  All in all it was a great day.  Hungry is definitely going to name associated with fear and pain this year!

edit: james vote for pic of the day

stinky

 

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.

Team Hungry Grows for 2011 Season!

Thats right!  Team Hungry is happy to welcome the addition to 5 new hungarians.  These are all people that we believe live and breathe the Hungry lifestyle.  Words can not explain how excited we are to have all of these wonderful people on our team for 2011 season.  Here are the names.

Anne Mcdonald, Blaire Barter, Jamie Williamson, Matt Harbaugh, and Adam Noderer.

First and foremost I must say how excited I am to have Anne and Blaire on the team.  Anne has been on the “Thursday Night Hungry Buffett All You Can Eat Ride” and absolutely smoked me.  Very strong rider indeed.  I haven’t personally had the chance to meet Blaire yet, but i have heard some great stories about her abilities.

I first met Jamie at Gun Club Cross a few months ago.  I was taken back because a stranger came up to me in the plaid nightmare that is our skin suit and introduced him self.  I could already tell this guy was an absolute kind heart and incredibly strong on the CX course.  He is also very close with James, Anne, and Blair.  Unfortunately that means they are all going to work together on the Thursday Rides now and crush the rest of us!

Where do I begin with Matt Harbaugh.  At the start of CX season I knew I wanted him on Team Hungry.  He never missed the Thursday Night Devou Park Hotlaps and also never missed the opportunity to drop me.  Thankfully he has already been intiated so he is settling in quite nice.  I can’t comment much on the initiation other than there was lots of great beer, bourbon, home cooked dinner, and two Hungry riders almost finishing dead last at the Lexington CX race the next day.  Matt was one of those.  I’m not sure who the other guy was ;) (yes thats an emoticon).

Adam Noderer… I don’t think I went on a single ride all year that Adam wasn’t on.  I was first introduced from Glenn.  At first I thought oh great he is a friend of glenn.. I already know his riding style.. super proper, quiet, rides 150 miles at a time without flinching, excellent goatee and hair grooming before and after riding.  HA  Far from it!  Adam is a great rider who had some serious miles under his belt last season.  He is also radstoked to race next season and we are radstoked to have him.

Ladies and Gents’ prepare your selves for a long season of beer, food, pain, long rides, and jokes.

-radstoked