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.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
|me and my brother|
|enjoying the bike races|
|riding with Diane is still my favorite|
|a new bike I won't ride for 3 months|
|Laurie gives it full gas in everything she does.|
Monday, September 26, 2011
So as we remembered that Sunday was our 12th wedding anniversary as we were pulling out of Bryn Athyn College, I opened the glove box and was Johnny on the Spot with a funny, yet sentimental card. We laughed about going out to diner for our anniversary as we ate Breakfast Burritos from Sonic at 4:40 on a Sunday evening.
Despite rides that neither of us were particularly happy with, I gotta call the day a win.
The 80 degree, 90% humidity was like kryptonite to me.
Cheers to the Guys Guys, a really nice course, fun day....
Crossresults.com beat me by 3 spots today. (that's 4-1-1 vs crossresults this season)
best to you all.
photos from Dennisbike.com
Monday, September 19, 2011
The combination of the team putting on a great event, great tight racing, my brother coming into town and working exhaustedly to pull it all off makes this one of my favorite weekends ever.
|you know what those F's stand for...|
While my contributions to the race to the race are small in scope, I am really proud of my team, and the event was amazing. Great job to everyone. I am proud to be amongst your ranks. Auer and Nystrom have a great vision, and the course is always one of my favorites. This year had a little mud for the first time ever. As is normal, it was a great driver's course. Which usually suits my strength. This weekend was no different. Totally good stuff.
As for racing both of my days were good. I was pleased with my rides, and recognize that a year ago it wouldn't have been conceivable for me to have the rides I had this weekend... But.. But both days I crashed with less than 2 laps to go and let chasers, and my groups slip by me. 4-5 guys both days.... That'll stick in the crawl a little. Still, very fun, great racing, and I feel like my cross is good right now. I just gotta stop laying it down at crunch time. How do you figure that out? Any ideas?
|Skinny Craig Vanderbacon...|
My brother and the kids came into town late Friday, Craig raced the cat4 race, and had top 10 finishes from near the back both days. Good on him...(He's not even a cat 1 mtber or a cat 3 roadie... I care remember). My niece and nephew were ripping it up in the kids race too... so rad... I love that we are racing together...
Saturday after I threw myself on the ground, Fergie, who is frankly one of my racing heroes, rode up behind me and gave me a little push, as I had knocked the wind out of myself and struggled to get going... He kept me moving and got going again... Total class act...
|61 and 62 are young vanderbacons|
Sunday, after laying it down my teammate Chris Nystrom rode up to me, and paced me into the finish. He was talking to me, and keeping my head together as I struggled a bit. Not the first time Sven and I have rode across the line together, and I venture a guess, it won't be the last. Love being teammates with that guy... Again total Class....
In the I almost fell over laughing category, someone yelled, " There's no shakin' the bacon!" as I came through with with 2 to go. The comment kinda broke my mask of pain for a second. Totally awesome.
Monkey is still a bit beat up. She gutted it out for a solid ride Sunday, and is happily on the mend... good on her...
Rode a couple of laps with Benny The Jewlar on Sunday. It was good, we were working together really well trading pulls. It was nice. The annoucer called us, "the delaware duo!"
Perhaps after all of this, the highlight of the weekend was when we put the sandpit back in for the 2/3/4 race.
They may have not been riding it as part of their pre-ride as it was taken out for the UCI elite races.
The leader (still with pack), turned the corner and says with a smile on his face, "sand, oh fuck..." Nystrom, Seibold, Tom, JHIII, Auer, Monkey and I were laughing... It was awesome...
we were doing some serious caring.
thanks to JoeMallis.com; Evie and Dennisbike.com for photos
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I have a big announcement to make. For the 2012 season I am going to race the beginner (cat 3) class for mountain biking. I have decided that mountainbiking is not really my thing. I mean I do a couple of races each year in the spring, but it’s not really on my radar. The skills I have honed as a Mid pack Cat 2 masters cross rider or a Cat 3 road racer that only does training crits, clearly do not translate to difficult conditions, and completion I’ll face in the beginner class.
|My ass is racing beginner.|
As cross is my true love, I find the shorter distances of the beginner mountainbike races will better suit my training needs. Plus, the bulk of early mountain bike races have start times early in the morning, so I can really enjoy my off season. Thank you for all supporting me in my decision. It was a tough call for me to come to, but watching how things have unfolded this year, I think this is best for me. Thank you all for your support.
Kinda of counter intuitive isn't it. A little unrational. But yet, it's happening.
From the USA Cycling Rule Book:
1D5. Cyclocross Conversion
Cyclocross categories may also be upgraded by conversion from a rider’s earned road or cross country category. If during the season, a rider upgrades his or her road category or XC category, the cyclocross category can be upgraded to match
the road or XC category shown below by request of the rider or by request of the administrator.
all we have is our honor.
Please note this is not directed at one person, and I want everyone to join in and race cross. Just do it in the appropriate class. At some level bike racing is bike racing and I refuse to believe that cat 1 mtbers can't handle the technical demands of a cyclocross course. I refuse to believe that experienced bike racers road or mountain ... well you get the point. Sandbagger blast of 2012 officially over.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
|doing what I do best: standing around and yelling non-sense|
Heavy rains and wet weather in the Mid-Atlantic resulted in a muddy and super fun Nittany cross. This weekend's wet weather made for a course that was much different that what was offered the past few years.
Mr. Yozell did a great job with course design, as he always does,adding the new wooded section with the log, (Sunday's course) was genius. The conditions turned what I would normally describe as a drag race, into an awesome, hard, fun cross weekend. Let me say that while the past few years conditions may not have been my favorite, the promoters did a great job and the course is always fun...
Saturday was more of a classic mud race, Sunday was much faster with a few big mud bogs - 2 that were good runs, 2 that were good rides. Both days were super fun.
My races went well. I had fun, and battled with my groups. My results weren't stellar, but shit in that master's group I'm pleased . I'm happy to battle in the groups. Last year I came out of Nittany feeling completely defeated, demoralized and unprepared. This year, I feel considerably better, and most importantly I beat crossresults.com race predictor both days which is a total win.
In other new, my long lost cousin: Joyce VanderBeken had a good weekend on the results front.
It's good to be racing cross...
thanks to heather, joe mallis, and scott for the pictures and videos
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Gunnar came down and car pooled with Monkey and to the C3 cross training camp:
|a couple of uniform violations (barry and melissa were not pictured, taking extra laps)|
|melissa through the barriers|
|My left side is my best for pictures!|
|Moe's Bike shop= No Uniform Violation.|
|Andre was a rocket all day at camp. He's looking good for this season|
was the JBV /Fulcrum Camp With JEREMY POWERS:
As always working the camp is a lot of fun, and lot of work. I am honored for the opportunity to share what has been taught to me with folks at the camp. It was a good day... Mayhew and Tille are very good coaches, and I always learn something from them at camp.
Two years ago, during our corning, body position and off camber section, very serendipitously I started chasing J-Pow around our little course. He left the corner open and I dove in. He slammed the door shut on me, much the pleasure of the camp. ( a big time pro, picking on a mid pack masters guy-that's cool)
Since then each year during this part of camp it a tradition that we chase each other around the off camber section, and J-Pow shuts the door on me. He's pretty good at cross if you get a chance to see him race, you should. This 30 minute section of camp ends up being one of the highlights of my season each year.
|Tille, Mayhew and J Pow lay out the plan for the day|
|I had the pleasure of working Rusty again this year. Great Guy.|
|Peter was filming the excitement. Gunnar with a uniform violation|
|Me goofing when I probably shouldn't|
|J-Pow display the pro way to stage for a race...|
|First Gathering of the DCCoD 2011- Why is CZ looking at my wife's boobs?|
|Rob Brown was like butter through the barriers|
|Chappy is gonna do some cross this year.|