it's finally the first day of summer so it's time to start talking about cyclocross.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Just a few days away and I thought I would give it one last ditch effort to see if anyone else out there wanted to add to my donation/entry fee for the Bailey Hundo. All of the procedes are tax deductable and go to Trips for Kids and the Colorado High School Mountain Bike Association.
See instructions below. If you choose to contribute, please feel free to enter my name (Brian Bergeler) in the text box on Paypal.
Thanks for your support!
The Donation button on our site, powered by PayPal, makes collecting contributions from your network of friends, family and co-workers easy for everyone – no worries about losing and logging contributions by cash or check. The final donation confirmation form includes a text box where your supporters can add a note and give you proper credit for your fundraising efforts. Unfortunately, this text field is not immediately apparent and needs to be opened with a click. Here are step-by-step instructions for people making contributions in honor of your Hundo ride:
1.After clicking the “Donation” button, enter the contribution amount and press the “Up-date Total” button.
2.Either log in to PayPal or click “Continue” under the heading “Don’t have a PayPal account?” to pay by credit card.
3.If using a credit card, enter this information and press “Review Donation and Continue“
4.For people making contrbutions on behalf of racers, click “+I’m supporting a Hundo racer. (Name)” to open the text field.
5.Enter the name of the racer(s) the contribution is supporting.
6.Review the contribution details and click “Donate $XXX US Now” button to complete the transaction.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
As most of my rides are now solo, I spend a lot of time talking to my bike. Sometimes it's as simple as 'go faster' or 'why are you doing this to me?' but other times we reflect on the state of the economy, spitball ideas for capping the Deepwater Horizon well, generally whine about work, or sketch out plans for a concept album set in seventeenth-century New England. You know, the usual.
Sometimes she'll (or 'he'll,' depending on what bike I'm on) talk back, but it's rarely more than a subtle 'speed up,' 'sit and spin b*tches,' or 'easy on the powergel there big guy.' This Sunday, however, my mountain bike had something a little louder, and a little more critical to say:
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
1) He already has his plane ticket
2) Life is stressful and mountain biking reduces stress significantly
2a) Look what the last trip did for me! It changed my life!
3) BCC can team up and pack your house for you
4) Moving is a pain and won't be any better by not mountain biking
5) Nothing is better than July in Colorado....nothing.
6) It has been over a year and a half since he has had to hang out with Hollywood.
7) There is too much fun for Pirate, Wicked and myself to be had....we need to spread the fun around
8) And last, but not least......look how happy SmAli was on the last Colorado Trip:
i tried to put together a short talk on bicycle safety for saturday's Ride For Clive, but got all jumbled up in attempting to settle on a clear message. what can you tell a group of cyclists they don't already know? there are lots of ways to get injured on a bicycle and for each of those ways, there are a multitude of strategies to avoid (or at least reduce) the risk. any generality has various exceptions. obey all traffic laws...except when breaking one makes everyone safer.
Monday, June 7, 2010
thanks to everyone who made it out to the Ride For Clive. it was very nice to see Clive's friends and family--as well as people who never got the chance to know him--get together and do something special. and, once again, it was a showcase for a fine cross-section of the Durham cycling community.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Ok....well I survived. It wasn't pretty at times, but how well can an endurance mountain bike race go for someone who has not raced in two seasons, never in Colorado, never against a Colorado filled field of some of the best mountain bikers around, not for some lazy bike shop employee (me) who hasn't logged a mountain bike ride this year that is even half the race distance......excuses. I'm good at them. But, it always takes something like this to get my ass in gear and get going. A front tire wash out and a faceplant to face to usher in my late start to the season. Luckily the only "real" crashing I did Sunday was in the form of caloric crashing......I did take two minor spills, but both were slow and only left me with a small raspberry to the left hip. Check out the beginning of the race below. Video of the rollout of town to the trails from www.singletrack.com. It gets more action packed as the video rolls.
Also I finally made it to the Interwebs in press!! Check this. Half of me made it into the photo. The far right hand side of the photo. Look for the BCC colors!
Inspired by Korps' Garmin post from the other day.....I give you the Growler Data. Second half.....not so pretty. See excuses below. Off to train more.
Finally some things I learned this weekend:
2) Don't Bonk
3) Bacon is great around mile 50
4) Don't get food poisoning the day before an endurance race
5) Colorado mtn bikers are crazy strong
6) I hate single speed 29er mountain bikers.....or secretly I wish I was one.
7) 75% of the racers were on 29ers
8) I think I won the 140mm Travel full Squish 26" category
9) racing in the desert is odd. 38 degrees at the start and 80+ at the finish
10) Bacon really tastes good aroud mile 50....ummmmm
and last but not least....the Baily Hundo is 2.5 weeks away!!! AHHHHHHH!!!
The Baily Hundo is a 100 Mile Mountain Bike race organized by 4 Colorado State Senators and benefits Trips for Kids and the Colorado High School Mountain Bike Association. My entry is a donation that goes to these two awesome programs for kids and mountain bikes. If anyone would like to donate and add to my entry donation, please let me know or donate directly through the linked Baily Hundo Site. Thanks!!