Sunday, December 4, 2016

Neither-Snow-nor-Rain-nor-Sleet-nor-Gloom #NEOH

Living up to its name the the first group ride of the season offered a little bit of everything. Overall about 15 riders showed up for the inaugural edition. We started in snow, then it was dry, and then is rained. Temperatures hovered in the high 30’s but it felt colder. Save a minor mis-route the "route" was followed to a T and I think we even got away with only one horn honk! Quite a few town sprints were contested… least by a portion of the group, and I think we even resealed a tubless tire without issue. As usual, I overdressed and was sweating like an MMA fighter trying to make weight. Check out Instagram for the single picture I managed to snap.....I'll do better next time. Sadly beer was not involved, at least not as a group, but there are more rides to come. I made sure to have a few (+/- 1/2 x # of riders?).

Thanks again to everyone who came out to suffer together. It certainly was better than the rollers/trainer/smart-trainer/egoski. Hopefully we will have a little bit better weather for the ride on the 17th. Till then, stay warm and keep rolling those winter miles.

Friday, December 2, 2016

To Ride or Not to Ride

As indicated earlier in the week the weather appears to be manageable. While temperatures will be close to 40F, a nice westerly breeze and some high humidity will work to drive the real feel down into the upper 20’s. Make sure to bring the right gloves!! Looks like it going to shape up to be a real winter ride complete with beardcicles. 

I am working on recovering from a minor head cold, so I might just sit at the back and let you all tow me around….but I promise I will be there. 

See you all at 10AM sharp!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter Group Ride #1

So wait, is there beer involve? The answer is no, well not initially at least. 

This Saturday (12/3) marks installment #1 of the Winter Group Ride. I stared at Strava/Google Maps for at least an afternoon to come up with this route. It probably isn’t perfect but it provides both some bail out points as well as some add on points. 

Again, to recap the essential information!!!

3-ish hour, 50-ish miles, Endurance/Conversation Pace

Leaves at 10am from Botzum Trail Head

This is a “no-drop” ride but stuff happens. 

Know the route, bring a buddy, or have a cell phone

Pending traffic there will be a final sprint, awards (sort of )

If the weather is unmanageable we will opt for a group riding via Zwift. I will make the call Friday night….check twitter @atc134 for updates.  I am a little new at creating a group ride, but I at least put together a quick info sheet about what jersey to wear, where to meet and what not. Fingers crossed it doesn’t come to this, and looking at the forecast today I don't think it will. 

Thanks for everyone who shows up, or is planning to on any of the next few rides. Let’s make this a thing! Oh and the intro…..not click bait. I am sure there will be beer involved AFTER more than 1 of these rides, but IF this really does become a thing we might put together a “party” where beer and other carbonated or fermented beverages will be served to wrap things up in March

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2016/17 NEOH Winter Group Rides

Winter is coming, and for some of us the off-season is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean it is too early to look ahead to 2017! It has been a few years, at least as far back as 2012 from what I can remember, since we had an organized, recurring group ride during the bitter cold months. I blame all of you, Strava, Zwift, and Facebook, but mainly I blame the frigidly cold winter we had 2 years ago. Looking back I didn’t ride outside much that winter, and last year, while there was ample opportunity I don’t think I hit up 1 big group ride. So after too much explaining here is the plan. 
  • Two-ish Saturday group rides per month starting in December 2016 and running through March 2017.

  • If the weather is too bad we will opt to do our group ride indoors via Zwift (maybe). Check Twitter (@atc134) for updates. 

  • Will post GPS/Map of the upcoming ride on Tuesdays

  • Swag items on par with any good MTB race will be awarded to the winner of the final town sprint (think used tires, useless pump, or worn out single speed cog)

Tentative Schedule (subject to modification due to foul weather)

Dec 3, 2016-Season Opener ------- 3 hours/50 miles
Note: Chill first ride of the season, let’s be friends J

Dec 17, 2016-Brecky ------- 4 hours /70 miles
Note: Group will meet Northerners at corner of Riverview Rd  and Chippewa Creek Dr 

Dec 31, 2016-Festive Finish---------- 4 hours (or more)/Amount needed to finish F500

Jan 14, 2017------ More info to follow

Jan 28, 2017

Feb 11, 2017

Feb 25, 2017

Mar 11, 2017

Mar 18, 2017

Probably not necessary, but I am going to say the following anyway.  These rides a meant to be a non-drop ride, but be prepared in case you are having a bad day, or the group is in a foul mood.  If you follow these simple guidelines, all should be well J

  • Ride two abreast at all times, especially when first departing. This is one of the most important guidelines. Obey all rules of the road. (Red lights and stop signs).

  • Bring money, food, drink, spare tubes, adequate clothing, a cell phone, and fenders if ya got em. Load the map into your GPS, know the route or buddy-up. 

  •  We are NOT out in hunt of KOM’s or QOM’s, so don’t attack the group on the hill or downhill. The point is to ride together at a nice tempo, and save the race efforts for…….the race

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Training Race Problem

Training…..not every local has one. In fact during my time in State College instead of a training race, there was the “Speed Ride”.  The group ride followed the same route every week, annoyed the same drivers with its side by side riding style, and was a DROP ride. Essentially each pair took turns on the front as the pace was slowly increased. As the pace increased, riders were dropped until the sprint point. In many ways it is similar to the Shootout in Tucson, except there really isn’t attacking… least as I remember it.

State College Speed Ride

Now that I have lived the big city for a couple of years the Speed Ride has been replaced by Westlake or Westlake Worlds. This pay to play event is somewhat like a criterium, pancake flat, and can vary in length from 20-50 miles. Now in years past I have made an attempt to make it to every week’s edition and compete for the overall.  In other words I was treating it almost like a race. In more recent years, I have shifted to treating this more like training. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nursery to learn how to race. The tactics can be somewhat off the wall at times, but the point being is that there is a finish line and money on the line every week. 

Westlake Worlds

 There are of course a number of factors why one should or should not attend an organized training event, but how do you decide. I know for one, the back and forth emails between teammates, girlfriends, wives, and friends with radar updates, training requirements, and “how I am feeling” can be nearly as exhausting as the ride itself SO I have gone to  the trouble to putting together a nice calculator for you. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ding Dong it might be Dead

Source: Ben Thompson

Blogs are dead! Blogs are dead! In a lot of ways I sort of believe this. The time investment required in order to create user-engaging content on a somewhat outdated platform such as a blog pales in comparison to modern day social media. It is somewhat ironic to think that most of my day is spend reading either digital or print media, yet somehow the a quick Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram post is more engaging? Perhaps it is the cellphone phenomenon, or the fact that on average we all have about 30 seconds to make an impression on a reader before they swipe right, scroll down, or otherwise move on. Now I am a bit of a slow reader, so in my world my time might already be up, BUT as I have said many times before I am going to make an effort to recreate the blog if nothing else for the cathartic benefit. Looking back over some of the posts from my beginnings in riding bikes still make me smile just a bit, and while the seasons, races, race reports, and beer drinking is repetitive at best, the continued story of highs and lows are always worth reflecting on.

We have a few important races coming up. Dash for Cash and Hyde Park, not to mention Nationals. 

What to EXPECT: 
Less race report, and more of the “fun” of being a working bike racer, beer drinker, dog owner, cat tolerator…….

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tucson....Again Really??

It is that time of year again. You know when I pretend to maintain this blog and you pretend to be a reader. Anyways Tucson again. You all know the story by now. If not read some posts from 2014. Essentially the same thing minus our fearless leader SA. I am going to take a little different approach this year to keep things fresh. More pictures and video less typing, because let’s be honest…..also make sure to checkout the team page. Updates there will also be happening starting Saturday (Shootout)