Sunday, September 30, 2007

Amesbury 'Cross

The dust was flying @ Amesbury 'cross today. Peter Bradshaw, Alex Whitmore, Jeremy Dunn and Pete Smith rocked the men's elite race. Pete's wife, Jan, was armed with the camera and taking the pics.

Alex... Needs a cb kit.

Friend Stan.

Pete S. over the barriers

The finishing straight

JD Huppin' it up

...and Alex

of course it hurts... It's 'cross

JDThanks for a great day guys!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hub-On -Wheels report

Rather than race this weekend, Craig and I spent sunday morning volunteering at the Hub-on-Wheels ride. At the risk of sounding like a cheerleaders yearbook, It was the best EVER!

Seriously though, early estimates were 3,000 riders, up over a thousand from last year. the weather was beautiful for a long road ride and the crowd was very positive. Many people seemed to come in from the burbs with bikes on cars and its seemed like a great way to make urban biking less intimidating for that crowd.

Volunteers all met at City Hall plaza at 6am, everyone from total roadies in team kit to bikes not bombs volunteers to bike path cyclist was represented, and of course Team CB/Igleheart. Craig had been volunteering the day before, marking the route and also helped manage volunteer check in before headed off to be a stationary marshall at the Stonybrook reservation. I was a lead ride marshall, myself and 3 other volunteers were to stay at the front of the groups for the two routes. It was hard to tell just how "fast" that group was going to be though, while we were massing up on cambridge street.

Just before the ride left Mayor Menino, warning us at the front "If I catch you your in trouble!" and Senator Kerry, with personal squadron of roadies, appeared at the front of the line. As the ride started, Jeff, the other marshal lead marshal for the 45 mile ride, debated whether it was bad form to pass the mayor in the first half mile. But "Hiz'onah" swung his trek lime and all his grandkids, who were also riding, off the route before we got onto storrow. Riding on storrow was nice. Lots of space at the front and a police escort. The fast people started pushing the pace and I was surprised that Senator Kerry was still with us. The front group kept the pace up and by the arboretum we had established a pretty big gap on the next group. I saw Craig again when we came out of the Stonybrook reservation. I have to say it was pretty nerve wracking following a tandem at speed through the paved wooded path we took. Lots of blind turns and elevation changes made it a bit of a roller coaster. I caught up to the very front group at a red light on blue hill ave and stayed close to them into the rest area at Forrest Hills. Most of the fast crew didnt stop, but I was running low on water and we had re joined the shorter ride so there was no shortage of marshalls ahead of them. I took a couple minutes refilling bottles and when i left the rest area, who should be coming up behind me? The senator from massachusetts!

I rode with his posse for most of the second half. We made small talk and i chickened out on a bet with Dorothy to bust his balls for riding a Serotta rather than a quality MA product like an IF, Seven, ANT or Igleheart. He was treating me like a normal person sharing a bike ride so i didnt want to gush all over him like he owed me something. I will say, Senator Kerry is a VERY conscientious rider. He signaled every intersection, stop sign, pothole and oncoming whatever as well as all the turns. Hes also not just a fairweather rider, judging by the pace he held. I was keeping up with his group fine. But when i had to stop briefly to check on a rider who slid out in a turn, i didnt see him again until the finish.

Everyone at the finish was pretty excited. It turned out that the fastest riders on the 45 miler had finished in less than 2.5 hours, including Kerry! I came in right at 2:30 and was pretty happy with the whole ride. Id been chasing people most of the ride and the pace definately pushed me without killing me way out in Mattapan. And of course i feel pretty good about representing the sponsors at an event like Hub-on-wheels.

Next year im beating Senator Kerry to the finish though!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

There's a new sheriff in town - - - - - - - - - - - - Molly Stark Race Report -

As I sit to write this race report I need to keep reminding myself PMA, PMA, PMA… I had a general lack of energy and power during the race, which didn’t lead to a great race experience. I suffered more than you typically should during a cross race. I hope I’m just sick or had an off day and that the legs feel better tomorrow.

No, I’m not the new sheriff because I won the race or even placed very well, but due to my lucky discovery of a sweet pair of cop style sunglasses (see pic above). While on my warm-up, I ventured down a dirt road next to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections. I stopped to do a peep (urinate for you non-dads ) and to my amazement found myself voiding on or about a moderately worn pair of official New Hampshire state issue sheriff’s sun glasses. These must have been VERY expensive (don’t let the “china” stamped into the ear piece make you think anything different). After I straightened out the nose piece and cleaned off the peep, I envisioned an escaped convict (probably a murderer or rapist) being pursued by one of New Hampshire’s finest. “During the struggle he probably lost them” I thought (more realistically, someone just tossed them from their car window in pure disgust). I returned to the race venue and “raced”. Justin Spinelli, ( formed Saeco euro-pro and Giro de Italia participant, ran away with the race. Close behind, the King brothers (Priority Health Pro Cycling Team) rounded out the podium. By the time I finished, Spinelli had returned to his car and changed back to his sleek street clothes (those Richard Sachs riders always look so good). He was sporting a pair of $200-looking jeans, a slim fitting black Richard Sachs t-shirt and a “real” pair of expensive sheriff’s glasses. I then changed, cleaned up my new sunnys, put them on and started the ford focus. A pimp, black BMW rolled by with Spinelli behind the wheel. He looked over at me, smiled, nodded and mouthed “nice race”. I think he just liked my glasses…

When I got home (still wearing the glasses) Jan started laughing out loud. Yea, they look pretty ridiculous, but they make my happy…

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sucker Brook Report

After arriving at 8am, I was quick to register, set up my bike, and scout out what other racers were wearing to combat the chilly morning air. My warm up laps could not have been more pleasant. I was falling in love with a great course, enjoying the brisk air, and catching up with my friend Dan that I haven’t seen in 2 years (who, coincidentally, turns out to be friends with pretty much everyone on the team). I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Good people.

The course itself consisted of four distinct portions: The start was a short road stretch, followed by a grassy-switchback-spaghetti-bowl portion, followed by a wooded single track section, ending in a double sandbox. The grassy portion of the race was beautifully architected with off kilter turns over deep-rooted grass. A stair set and a couple barriers were thrown in for good measure. The wooded section was fast and straight, but was the fairy of the many flat tires that were sprinkled around (I received one in the C race and one in the B race). The sandbox grabbed a few front wheels, including Dan’s, but almost everyone choose to battle through the deep ruts over dismounting. Craig generously loaned me his Igleheart— I couldn’t have been more comfortable in the ruts, which were 8 inches deep for the B race, and even deeper for the elites.

After my final race I grabbed a cold beverage while I shared stories of catastrophes (and near catastrophes), cheered on the racers in the next race, and soaked up the conclusion of another memorable day of cycling.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Check out the CB boys getting it done in the 1/2/3! Good riding from everyone this weekend.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cambridge Bicycle/Igleheart at Sucker Brook

Perri Mertens leads the chase through the barriers at Sucker Brook Cross.

The Cambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames Cyclocross Team brought the black and white Psy-Ops kit up to Auburn, New Hampshire for the third edition of Sucker Brook Cross. Props to the organizers for stepping it up with a killer website (, awesome flyers and t-shirts, and another beautiful day of racing on a super fun course.

Full race reports and photos to come... In the meantime, enjoy this video posted by Gwen: