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He's ok if he's not the fastest on the block, but that doesn't lead him to treat cycling like an adult kickball league as so many do. Cycling is important. It's ok to train for it. It's ok to want to be faster, because that's actually more fun than sucking completely. At the same time, being fast doesn't make you better than anyone else, and he knows that, too.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

West Chester Cyclocross Classic- I am totally bootylicious

Dear Readers,

I was very happy to toe the line today at the West Chester Cross Classic. The race is promoted by the local Bike Line team, and headed up by Bob Reuther, who long time readers of Fatmarc Vanderbacon know is one those cycling guys I have always looked up to and held in the highest regard.

This year the lap was a much more standard length, and the crew added a super sweet, super hard run up. Remember my friends, technical features in cross races are good. Cross should have challenging features.  Traversing the fields of West Chester Rustin High School, the course was still a power rider's course and featured a number of hard 180 turns, and quick power climbs to sap the legs.  The course raced really fun, and I was stoked with my ride.
In this picture my ASS LOOKS HUGE! 

Traditional Race Report to start now:
Shit my HUGE ASS is still there!

Got a good start. At the end of lap 2 settled into a nice group with Jason, Greg, and Joe (the 55+ race winner). Oddly, they started the 55 plus at the same time as the 35+ behind us. Joe pretty much tail-gunned our group the entire race, which was cool. With 2 to go, I felt like out of the corners, and barriers I could get a little gap and put some pressure on Greg, so I tried to pop him off our group. I failed. He made me pay for my indiscretion.

Group Compacto as we start the final lap. At the run up Joe moved up from his tail gun position and went to the front. Jason and Greg reacted and charged back in front, and I got caught flat footed, and with my pants down a bit. I charged and got back to Joe's wheel, but Jason and Greg were as Richard Fries says, "had the cash, and escaping in the get away car" I settled in a bit and finished up. I was happy with my race.. Greg, who I tried to dislodge from the group, won the group. Well played my friend, well played. Strong legs beat bad tactics every time.
the group I raced in today. Much respect to Greg and Jason who worked me over.
Fun day. Congrats to Bob and all the West Chester Cross Alliance Crew for a great race. This event has quickly become one of my favorite local races, and one I would definitely recommend. The race is also a benefit of the High School Wrestling team, so you know I'm supporting that...

Thanks to Bob Joos for pitting for me. You rock.

thanks for reading.


Thanks to Jen Sears for the awesome pictures.
Yup, even for the one that shows off just how bootylicious I am.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bicycling Magazine Fall Classic...

Dear Readers,

Diane and I did the Bicycling Magazine Fall Classic last weekend. It was an amazing event. The ride was Grand Fondo style with the overall loop being timed, as well as 2 QOM/KOM sections on the course to test the climbers. So a ride, that's not a race, but it's cool to ride with some purpose but no need to turn the pedals in anger. It was my first time. Probably not my last. This was a fun day.

The course was very well marked. I couldn't believe how many moto marshals and corner marshals there were. The star of the show was of course the Leigh Valley. The sceanary was beautiful and the roads were amazing. Great stuff ! 

This would be the longest ride the Monk has done in well over a year- since blowing her knee out at Providence last year. We were both pretty certain that there wouldn't be any issues- with either fitness or the knee, but there were also the KOM/QOM at mile eight that could cause the whole thing to come up done.

Monkey scrummed to the front of the ride, and those that know her are not surprised by this one bit. The ride took off and she proceeded to drop me. My legs were feeling pretty beat up and I was gone. I'll say it was amazing riding near the front of an almost 500 person peloton. I slowly clawed my way back up to Monkey and said "why are you going so hard right now?" She smiled and said, "I want to get to the QOM section near the front, it's gonna get crazy there." Sure enough when we hit the line 2nd/3rd wheel people started attacking all over the place, it was a little nuts, and a little awesome. We hugged the white line and steadily finished out the climb.
That first climb really spread things out. It was amazing to me how we started with so many, and really for almost the rest of the day, Diane and I rode together enjoying the amazing roads. It was an outstanding time.  Mentally, we had budgeted three and a half hours for the ride. But we rode pretty spirited, and at the 3:00 mark just had a little more than 2 miles to go! We were stoked, and had an awesome time.  

We finished up and got to take a couple laps on the track. Such a cool experience.

Afterwards, there was great food and beer (part of the registration). We had a great time catching up with some friends too. Diane's knee was fine, this was the deepest she had to dig in a while, but she was stoked. I would say to her, do you want to back off? She'd just smile and keep going. Stoked by her time, stoked by the route- she slept the entire drive home! What and amazing day. 

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Monkey near the front at the start.

this is my "I've just been dropped by Monkey" face

On the first, and biggest climb

Beautiful Scenery All Day... 

Post ride Recovery

Pastrami truffle fries. NEW FAVORITE THING.


thanks for reading.


Friday, October 10, 2014

It's Friday, I am in Love...

Dear Readers,

It had been a couple of weeks since I heard from my super hot, super cool ex-girlfriend. Frankly, I was completely okay with that. But...Something wasn't right. I was talking to a couple good friends and they told me, "don't be a jackass. you love her. don't let her get away...

"Screw them, they don't know what they are talking about..." I said to myself...

I haven't been sleeping much lately. It's been eating at me. I need to talk to her...

Last night, it was 60 degrees, with a slight mist in the air. The weather was perfect. Perhaps I found some courage in the couple cans of master's recovery drink that I imbibed. I'm going to settle this once and for all... I grabbed my bike with Clement MXP tires, and 35lbs of pressure up front, and 37lbs of pressure in the rear- and charged off as a man on a mission. I'm going to see my super hot, super cool ex-girlfriend.

I got to her house and I knocked on the door. I could hear her on the other side the door. "Go Away!" she said.

"Just hear me out. I've been doing some thinking" I said.

She interrupted, "it sounds like you've been doing some drinking... get the hell out of here. You said you don't want to see me anymore- remember! "

I continued, "Look, things haven't always been easy for us. We've had our rough times, but we also had our good times. We've had great times. But you have hurt me. When we broke up you made me question all the time, energy and love I had given you. You ground me in down. You broke me."

"If you came here to tell me  how mean I have been to you, than just go away.." she said through the door...

"Look, these past weeks, I realized, that I need you. You're my passion. You're my muse. I can't imagine a fall without you. I was scared to be around you, because I know the truth.. the truth is that I love you..."

I heard her unlock the door, and there she stood. She looked me in eye and said, "what did you say?"

I said, " I love you. I can't imagine a fall without you."

She smiled and threw her arms around me embracing me tightly. She whispered into my ear, "what the hell took you so long?"

And then she kissed me.  A warm, wet  kiss and embrace that made my knees buckle just a little. It was a familiar kiss but new at the same time.

I looked into her eyes and I said, "what now?"

"whatever we want" she smiled and said to me...

No cross for me this weekend as Monkey and I will tackle the Bicycling Fall Classic on Sunday. Should be a spectacular adventure... I'll be back at it the next weekend in West Chester...

thanks for reading...