#SystemSix

#SystemSix

So I have a Cannondale SystemSix SRAM Red eTap AXS and it is a mind-blowing blast to ride. It's as if you are strapped onto a little rocket ship. It leans and dives into corners with rail-like speed and stability. Stand-up and every watt you pour into it propels the bike forward. It's surprisingly smooth and comfortable for an aero bike, but don't call it an aero bike says Cannondale. It's an every day, every kind of bike they say. Whatever the case may be, it's my new race bike and this season is going to be a barrel full…

Fast is fast...

Rather than try and recap what i've been up to since my last very long ago post here, instead I'll just begin as if the last two years haven't just wizzed by without anything new to say. Second winter has indeed begun here in the mid-atlantic region Undoubtely this makes it a perfect time to get a new bike, isn't it? This is what happens when you get a new bike but the roads are still snow covered Yes, you ride the trainer for 4 hours while your sparkling clean, new, and very fast bicycle sits in the corner patiently.…

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…

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.…

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…