...or the Jalabert brothers, or the Hadeo brothers, or the Super Mario Brothers, for that matter? While there was no racing to be had in NC this weekend, Eric, my li'l brother (aka, Associate Professor--not to be mistaken for Full Professor) worked a 17th out of 52 in the Sussex County CX race in New Jersey. Cracking the top 20 is solid for a guy whose primary sport is fishing and who hates running. To be fair, he does do fly fishing (the cyclocross of fishing), and telemark skiing (the cyclocross of skiing), and lives in New Jersey (the cyclocross of mobster states), so cyclocross (the cyclocross of cycling) seems to be make sense. The extra cool thing was that he was less than a minute out of the top 10. He's been heavily recruited to ride for BCC in 2010 and he's promised to try to visit for a NC Winter Cup race, so watch out. In the meantime, we'll try to find him a better nickname.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
News update on the Radio Shack team roster: it appears that they have signed fan favorite Fumiyuki Beppu. While this is probably good news for Beppu's bank account, but I wonder how it will affect his overall visibility, both professionally and from a fan's standpoint. Sure, he's on Lance's team. But this team is loaded with some fairly-obscure international domestiques. Will Beppu be allowed to launch crazy-ass attacks and contest sprints in the Tour, or will he need to shepherd protected Shack riders in third-teir races? More importantly, can Bontrager wheels withstand extreme bunnyhopping?
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
As reported by the Professor last week, Bull City Cycling lost one of its long running team cars. Sadness. The photos below just appeared and it looks like the Professor is pulling out all of the stops for his new personal team rig.
Will the Professor have two new vehicles or is one simply a decoy? And do we now call him Professor Fate? What is up with that? Also it looks like the vehicle below might be a joint project between Professor Fate and Dr. Pirate?
So many questions. Perhaps the most important though.......is where are you gonna put the roof rack?
No not some sort of pharmaceutical grade Mountain Dew inspired trip......but wind cheating, internally cable routed, OCLV, integrated brake, Kamm Tail aerodynamically equipped, wicked ass bicycle speed.
This not in production 2011 Trek Speed Concept paid me a visit at work this week at Wheat Ridge Cyclery. This bike is just like the bike that Lance and Contador rode at Le Tour 2009 and that Chris Lieto set the Kona Ironman record bike spilt on. Basically, it sounds like this bike alone will take like an hour off my Ironman bike split time....haha.
More details on why this bike is so important coming shortly.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The racing was dry and fast for two consecutive days and proved to be a real contrast to the last weekend of racing in the mud and grass. I regained my consistency but place consistenly lower than my opening weekend slotting into 17th both days for midpack results. Charlotte was a tougher course than I anticipated with an uphill road sprint to a nasty little rise to enter the course. Once on course riders immediately rode into a 2 section sand pit. I was able to ride the first section but making the second section was tough and I only made it through both on one lap. Barriers right after this section made for no rest and the course kept it coming with off-camber hilly turns into a hilly run up and short climb. All this was dished out in the first 1/3 of the course. The remaining was fast road and grass terrain with little time for recovery.
Linus had a break out weekend placing in the top 1o in Charlotte and landing on the podium in 3rd in Salisbury. I am looking forward to having him join me in the 3's. By the way OG you need to contact NCCX and replace the ? mark under the Charlotte results with your name.
Linus burning through the second sand pit in Charlotte and running the barriers like a pro.
No photos from Salisbury but the sun was shining and the temps were in the upper 70's. The course was in excellent condition and everyone was smiling. The Sandhills are ahead of us next week.
Monday, November 9, 2009
History lesson: Twenty years ago today the Berlin Wall fell...reuniting families, friends and foes. This was perhaps the most momentous event in Europe to that date since the close of World War 2.
Well this last weekend the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) were once again held in Portland for one last time. Followers of the event will remember that last year, the start involved blasting through a large bubbly foam wall. Perhaps as the SSCXWC looks for a new venue in upcoming years......they might consider Berlin. If only their wall had been made of foam, perhaps the Germans would have all been much happier years ago.....
No reports yet from the Professor or Linus O-G about their results from SSCXWC this year....most likely they are still passed out in a Portland gutter in foam wearing a modified Bull City Cycling bikini or something similar...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Check out the trailer for Brian Vernor's new documentary, "The Cyclocross Meeting" which follows Barry Wicks and Adam McGrath as the compete in Japan. With cyclocross + Japan, this film's target demographic is clearly The Professor.
NB: Watching Barry Wick's extra-tall profile among the Japanese racers, I'd guess that I'm something like average height for a bike racer in Japan which is kinda cool.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
|Photo by Ken Conley|
In his announcement today confirming rumors that he plans form his own pro-team for the 2010 season, Rashaan Bahati's hinted that he would be signing other "big name" riders. Perhaps fellow Rock Racing alumnus Hollywood?
NCCX-3 Boone, NC = MUD
As we rolled West through downpours in the piedmont toward the High Country we began to see some breaks in the clouds. And while the temperatures were hovering in the mid-40's we held some hope that we might see semi-clear skies, although with heavy rain there was bound to be mud. I mentioned the strangeness of micro-climates up in these hills that I remembered from living here some time ago. Sure enough once we headed out of Boone on the way up to Hawksnest all blue skies were shrouded in low hanging fog. But sometimes it is most interesting to start at the end so....
I think those photos say alot already and since I am less eloquent than the professor I will let the race photos speak most about the rest of the day.
Still moving kinda smoothly through the off camber section.
Monday, November 2, 2009
when you combine heavy mud and thick grass, you get a solid, matted clump. in many places, people build houses out of this stuff. so, in a way, we built little houses in our cyclocross bikes' brakes and drivetrains yesterday in Boone. however, bikes are not Monopoly boards and should not have houses built on them. more on this later. in the meantime, if you get the chance, stop by the shop and you can see how our bikes ended up. Linus' post-race bicycle weight increased by 5 pounds (which was actually a partially dried weight--wet weight would have added at least another pound). look for his ads around town: I gained 5 pounds in 30 minutes--ask me how!