So if you raced the second event of the Johnny Cake Lane series, you would swear that a race couldn't be colder. That is unless you raced the Check Your Legs event in New Lisbon, NY on Sunday. Morning in Delhi had snow cover. It was a mix of snow and rain driving to the event. Once there I took extra time to warm up, but even that couldn't prepare me for the wind, rain, and cold that would put us all in the hurt locker. There was a great showing by Team Ommegang, and it was great to meet up again.
The short distance and steep hills makes this one of the harder events of the year. At least for me. This year I was convinced relatively good form and knowing the course would put me in a good place, but when it was all panned out, 19th was the best I could do and that was after a group of 7 sprinting for placements.
If you haven't raced this event, and you live anywhere between Syracuse, Binghamton, or the Hudson Valley, you're really missing out on some great fun. Did I mention it's a laid back scene with giveaways almost for everyone? Don't miss out next year!
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Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
So the clock has been started. Let's see if the Brown & White Sign Sceme intiated for the Catskill Park can be completed within the next 12 years. The park is over 100 years old, and we still don't have an efficient or clear system to direct visitors to basic DEC hiking trails. There have been some real efforts made lately to get the Catskill Park caught up to the 21st Century. Let's see if this modest clock can be beat on the sign sceme intiative.
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Monday, April 12, 2010
Saturday night I tweeted I would be doing a 75mile ride on Sunday and that I would get it on the site. Well, it's done. This was a loop I have been looking to do for some time, but for one reason or another I've never been able to. All week the forecast was projecting cloudy with scattered showers and I was worried my efforts would be shut down once more.
Time -------- 4:43:23
Calories ----- 4213
Avg. Speed --16.5
|Click to view the route|
|Beaverkill Flyfishing Stream|
Time -------- 4:43:23
Calories ----- 4213
Avg. Speed --16.5
|Slide Mt / Frost Valley Road|
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
For those of you who had the opportunity to watch Fabian Cancellara pull a gold charm out of his shirt pocket to show to the cameras just before placing first at yesterday's Ronde van Vlaanderen, one would imagine it was a charm that has to do with his child/children. Paul Liggett suspected as well. And as a parent, I can fully relate to such a moment and it warms my heart to see another parent say "this is for you" with such a gesture. Being a cyclist and a parent is somewhat of an oxymoron, but it's possible. And as they say, "the greater the sacrifice, the greater the reward".
Our first child was pulled around in a cheap / heavy bike carrier that was given to us. We used it well, but not without a lot of hassel and cursing. So when our second daughter was born, I was determined to look into a better quality bike carrier. I came across Chariot Carriers and was sold on the thought of a Cougar1 model. We decided our tax return would go toward it and so we ordered it. Well, I finally had a chance to give it a go, and I must say, it was a delight. My only regret is not buying one the first time to be able to get double the money's worth with our second child.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
If you ride a lot or climb a lot of hills (you know who you are), you should change your chain once per year. If you are a casual rider who avoids hills, you might get away with a replacement every 2-3 years (depending how much you clean and lube the thing). But a rule of thumb is: if your bike is starting to shift funny or is clicking like it never used to, get to your LBS right away!
I have a friend who needs a new bike this year because his chain literally broke his bike. It was during a race, shifting while climbing, chain links split / bent open, couldn't fit through derailleur, then twisted the derailleur backwards up and around the bike. All while twisting the derailleur hanger bolts right out of the frame! Unrepairable.
Go tell it to your momma. And go get that new chain!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
However! Don't let these mountains scare you. The Catskill roads have areas that are a little more novice friendly and there is almost always a safe shoulder to ride on. Luckily, the weather is considerably milder up here than in the regions of cities. Even in the heat of summer, there is always cool shady patches of road naturally air conditioned by a nearby stream usually found along them.
But! If all of this nature talk isn't enough to get you to the big hills even though you want to ride them, then you are left one other choice. You gotta get rid of your city gearing and get some hill gears on that steed.
I can see the "Hill gears?" look on your face now. Yes, hill gears.
Most bikes come / came equipped with city gears (53-39 Chain rings up front, and 12-23 cassette in back). If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go to your bike and count the teeth on each ring the chain can ride on.
Good luck. Keep in mind, hills make you stronger! (so what's my excuse? Um . . . )
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
#1 - Show up on time and be ready. It's not fair to have others waiting for you. We all have obligations outside of group rides, so it's a huge privilege to many of us just to get out there.
#2 - Stay right and single up when there is a "car back". Across the country, communities are growing tired of riders carelessly tying up traffic and are considering laws against group rides. Yes, cyclists need more drivers to be aware of their rights, but on the road on your bike is not an appropriate education forum. Most importantly we need the police on our side when the sh%* really hits the fan with aggressive drivers.
#3 - If your going to ride hard (which you will since 2 or more bikes is a race), be considerate and wait for the rest of the crew at the next crest of hill or intersection. Where they are, you once were. So don't be a jerk.
So that's how we keep it simple here at Catskills Cycling. There are groups out there that will have A LOT more rules, regulations, and requirements, but these are the 3 basic precepts that will keep you in the good graces of any group worth participating in. So be aware that each group ride has a different vibe, and it's best to ride with as many as you can to find what's right for you.
Good luck. Have fun. Be safe.