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 Pedricktown Cat 3/4 Road Race

2016 Pedricktown Cat 3/4 Road Race

After a week of training in Tucson Arizona with my teammates and a week of recovering from some illness out of the blue, I was ready to test out my legs with my first race of the 2016 season. Pedricktown is a 50 mile, 8 lap, circuit with 5 turns in a flat and rural section of South Jersey. I entered the Cat 3/4 race. I was in this race without any teammates. Most of my team rode in either the Masters 35+ or the Cat 4/5 races. Without teammates and some wind to battle, I had to…

3 Down, 7 To Go

3 Down, 7 To Go

The warm days of late spring have arrived with a sprinkling of the familiar hot and humid summer weather typical of the East coast; like it or not. I like it. By now, the drawn-out winter that that seemed to crawl slowly from its cold icy depths towards better days are long forgotten as we all look forward to mid-season bike racing on the road. With that, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on how the season has gone so far. I started the season and my training back in January. My goals for the season…

Our Team

Our Team

Our team, Summit Cycling, had a great start to the racing season this past weekend. Ten of us went racing in the unseasonably cold temperatures and gusting winds through blueberry country in South Jersey for the Pedal Power Road Race Series. We had two podiums for first and third, and a total of four guys making the top ten across Cat 4 and Cat 5 races. With a total of ten jerseys across a couple of races, the team had a great presence that helped its success. I heard mumurs and other rumblings throughout the field about Summit. Tactically and…

In the beginning...

In the beginning...

There is always an identifiable beginning to everything. The end or goal, that's usually a bit more fuzzy. Especially when we start talking about training as a road cyclist and racer. Sure, you may have an "A" priority race here and there or some other lofty goal but once you achieve them, what's next? Is this the "end" of your training? If you are like me then you know the answer to this; there is no end. Ever. Well, that is until you give up completely. But i'm not here to talk about giving up. I'm here to talk about…