Blue Ridge Parkway #BRP Trip

Blue Ridge Parkway #BRP Trip

The first time i've ever ridden in Virginia along the Blue Ridge Parkway (#BRP) was just the other weekend. A teammate of mine is familiar with the area and has ridden there many times. Since the weather was looking warm, we decided to escape the cold weather and rain and head down. The first day's route totaled 75 miles and 7800ft of climbing. After a quick 5 mile warm-up, we headed up to the #BRP with a 3 mile climb that averaged 7%. We rode by the Peaks of Otter and got a glimpse of how high the peaks are…

What's New

What's New

Another racing season and another year has gone by with lots of great memories. Here is a list of things that stuck out for me... I did a 135 mile ride out to my old stomping grounds in PA. My wife photographed the races for bikerace.pics all season long and I took the month of October off to do that with her. A video posted by bikerace.pics (@bikerace.pics) on Jul 15, 2016 at 11:54am PDT I switched from 172.5 to 167.5 cranks. Yes, shorter is better! Shorter is better #cycling #roadbike #shimano A photo…

Where Has the Time Gone?

Where Has the Time Gone?

It's been two months since my last post. A lot has transpired. Life, family, work, and training have all been in cahoots, keeping me from contributing to the life of this blog. When someone says to me, "I don't have the time to [fill in the blank]", I always respond "make the time". So, i'm heeding my own advice and making the time to put digital ink to digital paper. First off, I've been upgraded to a CAT 3 Road now. The way USA Cycling tallied up my points was unusual but none-the-less, I knew I had enough points after…

Watermelon Criterium 2016

Watermelon Criterium 2016

This was my first time racing the Watermelon crit, which is one of the oldest races held in New Jersey on the Rutgers Livingston Campus in Piscataway, NJ. It's called the Watermelon crit because one year the organizers ran out of money for prizes so they bought some fruit instead and handed them out. Seems the melons were a hit so the idea has stuck since. I have to admit, a nice melon instead of another pair of arm warmers that are two sizes too big is a much better prize so I like this idea. If you happen to…

2016 Tour of Tucker County

2016 Tour of Tucker County

I raced the Tour of Tucker County again on Memorial Day weekend this year. It's a hard, 56 mile race with 6000+ feet of climbing. The first climb is 7 miles long and starts within the first 20 minutes of the race. The race finishes at the top of a 5.6 mile long, 1800 foot vertical climb, known as Sugarlands road. You've heard of the famous Manayunk Wall, right? The Manayunk Wall is only 1/2 mile long, averages an 8% gradient, and at it's steepest gets to 17%. By comparison, Sugarlands averages 7%, but contains a steep 1.…