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     Road Races, Crits,                                                          Multi-Sport &                                                           To u r s
     C y c l o c r o s s & T T ’s                                                 Adventure                                                                &
October                                                               October                                                                          Road Rides
3,10,17,24,31    Austin Dirt Derby           Austin, TX               1    Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon        McKinney, TX
                                                                      1    Try Andy's Tri                     Sugar Land, TX             October
5     Sun & Ski,THSJ PURE Austin Crit Austin, TX                      1    Tri Zones Training Winter Training Austin, TX                 7    Autumn In Bonham                    Bonham, TX
6     AMLI Austin Twilight Crit          Austin, TX                   1    DU3                                Canyon Lake, TX            7    Pineywoods Purgatory                Lufkin, TX
7     Power Pedal (Age-Based State RR) Lake Bryan, TX                 7    Tyler Fall Duathlon                Tyler, TX                  7    Tour d' Cotton                      Childress, TX
8     "Dia de la Raza" bike race         Eagle Pass, TX               8    First Annual Benbrook Women's Tri Benbrook, TX                7-8  MS150 Bike To The Beach             San Antonio, TX
14    Mission Waco Road Race             Waco, TX                     8    IronBear Triathlon                 The Woodlands, TX          8    Ride For The Roses                  Austin, TX
15    Copperal Cove Challenge (Skill-based State RR)                  8    South Padre Island Triathlon       South Padre Island,TX      14   Quicksilver Paluxy Pedal            Glen Rose, TX
      Copperas Cove, TX                                               9    Du the Bear Duathlon               Houston, TX                14   First Capital Historical Bike Tour  West Columbia, TX
21    TxTag 50k Tour and 40k TT          Austin, TX                   14   Piney Hills Off-Road Duathlon      Ruston, LA                 14   Power Rally                         Denton, TX
28-29 Camp Eagle Double Cross Weekend TX Hill Country                 14   New Orleans Urban Adventure Race New Orleans, LA              14   Tour d' Trails                      Winnsboro, TX
                                                                      15   The Monster Triathlon              Keller, TX                 14   Tour de Fire Ant                    Marshall, TX
November                                                              15   Tri Texas Wild Sprint Triathlon    Mathis, TX                 14   Climb the Canyon                    Amarillo, TX
7,14 Austin Dirt Derby                       Austin, TX               15   Fall Classic Duathlon              Oklahoma City, OK          21   Kiwanis Crazy Kicker                Mineral Wells, TX
11   WurstCross Vier                         New Braunfels, TX        21   The Wurst Tri                      New Braunfels, TX          21   Mission’s Tour de Goliad            Goliad, TX
18   Cook Children's Cross                   Fort Worth, TX           21   Raid the Rock                      Little Rock, AR            21   Outlaw Trails 100                   Round Rock, TX
18   Austin Dirt Derby                       Austin, TX               22   Run Bi Tri                         Keller, TX                 21   TX Hill Country River Region ClassicConcan, TX
                                                                      22   the J Kids Triathlon               Dallas, TX                 22   Elves & More Texas Cycling Classic Montgomery, TX
December                                                              28   Martindale Triathlon               Martindale, TX             28   Dam to Dam                          Jasper, TX
3    REI Cyclocross                   Richard Moya Park               28   Ghouly Dooly Deaux                 Monroe, LA                 28   Burnt Orange Bike Tour              Blanco, TX
9    GCCA-Bikesport Cycocross Challenge Houston, TX                   29   Iron Star Triathlon                Montgomery, TX
                                                                                                                                         November
                                                                      November                                                           4-5  Tour de Gruene Bicycle Classic       Gruene, TX
                                                                      4    Atchafalaya Adventure Race           St. Martinville, LA      4    Fredericksburg Fall Foliage Frolic   Fredericksburg, TX
    Mountain Bike Races                                               18   Texas Jailbreak Adventure Race       Huntsville, TX           4
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                                                                                                                                              Tour de Habitat
                                                                                                                                              Tour de Doughnut
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mansfield, TX
                                                                                                                                                                                   Katy, TX
                                                                      December                                                           11   NovemberFest Metric Century          San Felipe, TX
                                                                      2    Hel of a Du                          Helotes, TX              19   Bike The Bend                        Richmond, TX
October
                                                                      9    Texas Dare Adventure Race            New Caney, TX
3,10,17,24,31    Austin Dirt Derby           Austin, TX
                                                                      10   Du Boerne                            Boerne, TX               December
1       Sooner Stampede                      Norman, OK                                                                                  2    Santa Ride                           Victoria, TX
1       Bear Creek Challenge                 Daisy State Park, AR
8
7-8
        MLK Short Course
        BTU Power Pedal
                                             Lubbock, TX
                                             Bryan, TX                      With Bicycles From
14-15
16-17
        Piney Hills Classic
        NW Arkansas Championships
                                             Rustin, LA
                                         Devils Den State Park, AR          Trek, Specialized,                                                        Tr a c k R a c e s
21      24 Hours of Rocky Hill               Smithville, TX
22
22
        Chaparrel Challenge
        McMurtry Madness
                                             San Angelo, TX
                                             Stillwater, OK
                                                                            Gary Fisher, Felt,                                           October
                                                                                                                                         6,13 Friday Night Racing                            Houston,TX
29      Womble Classic                       Mount Ida, AR
                                                                            Orbea, Seven and                                             November
November
7,14 Austin Dirt Derby                       Austin, TX                          LeMond,                                                 No Events Found

                                                                                                                                         December
5
5
        Coyote Classic
        Tom Steed Great Escape
                                             Notrees, TX
                                             Snyder, OK
                                                                                  We Can                                                 No Events Found
18
18
        Austin Dirt Derby Championship
        Hub Buster Classic
                                             Austin, TX
                                             Lubbock, TX                     Fill All Of Your
19      Attila the Hun                       Hot Springs, AR
                                                                              Cycling Needs
December
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    Hangin’ On                                                                   By Andy Hollinger


       October is going to be a pivotal month for Texas racing. It’s the        take some time off the bike and do things like: learn the names of all your
heart of the fall Mtb series, the CX season and, will host both the State       children/pets; eat something sinful; spend a weekend with the significant-
Championship Road races. Talk about action! It seems like only yester-          other doing something cultural or maybe simply find a significant other.
day we were worried about freezing rain and snow during the January             It’s good advice – someday I’ll take it.
events.                                                                                Most of us are, really, bicycle people – all 12 months. Every week-
       Yeah, it seems like yesterday, but somehow and in the same fleet-        end seems to revolve around two wheels. If you’ve been in the sport for
ing series of thoughts concerning 2006, January also seems like forever         more than a couple of years, chances are most of your friends are bicy-
ago. Bicycling in Texas not only seems, but does last forever. The sport        cle people. At work you’re the guy/gal people come to with bicycle ques-
and our region don’t allow us to be fair-weather participants. If you train,    tions “I don’t want to spend a gazillion dollars, but ….” At church your min-
if your performance matters – you probably “take some time off,” but it’s       ister always asks you about the bike and, face it, most of your T-shirts
not a “season” off the bike, its probably days or maybe a week or so.           have some sort of reference to two wheels. Think about it; your bikes
       I began riding while I lived in upstate New York. There, winter is       sleep indoors, you know your resting heart-rate and anabolic threshold
real. Yeah, winter in the Southwest is yucky – but, up there it’s really win-   and you can judge hills other people didn’t know were hills. You can nav-
ter. Not only is there snow and but there is also lots of it. I don’t remem-    igate to almost any point within 50 miles of your house using only back-
ber many winters without 300in of snow between November (sometimes              roads, knowing every pothole and hill … and not know a single street
October) and April. That’s winter. So in those days, when the day’s high        name. You can’t escape it. Bicycling’s part of you.
would stop surpassing 40° or there was snow on the ground, I’d ride                    From time to time, you’ll run into people at work or socially or some-
rollers for the first few weeks, make excuses for the middle two months,        where and that person will say to you “I used to race.” Granted, some –
and get back on the rollers on the first of March preparing for the first       maybe most - of that is BS. You know how I spot the people who really
meaningful ride after the snow melted which was probably April. Rarely          did race once upon a time? Look at their eyes. They miss it. It’s an emo-
would I make the middle of October outside.                                     tional, passionate sport. Sure, life gets in the way and many people
       The next move took me to California which means weather doesn’t          leave. It’s too dangerous, too time-consuming, too expensive, too – well
count. How can it? Living in the South Bay meant the winter tempera-            too a lot of things. We have spouses, children, jobs and yards which,
ture hovered around 68° and in the summer, it would get up to 75° or so.        sometimes, and to some of us, take priority. But, we never leave the love
Yeah, yeah, yeah, they had real trees, real hills, bicycle lanes on the         of two wheels behind. You can’t - it’s in you forever.
roads and an activist, athletic culture. But, they also had police patrolling          But, you see, that’s where October comes into play. October, at
the halls of my son’s grammar school, housing costs that were triple            least in modern America, has the built-in answer. It’s Halloween.
those of Texas, over $300 was required to register your car and every           Evolving from various aspects of several cultures in America, it has
once in a while the earth would shake your house to bits like my dog            become an institution of costume, pretend and make-believe. You get to
shedding water after his post-walk dip in the pool. Give me the option          be someone you’re not. It has become so pervasive most businesses
and I’d take Texas in a New York minute. My company did and I came              not only allow but support costumes at work and the like. It allows us to
here.                                                                           be something outside ourselves. Every other day of the year, we’re
       Here in North Texas, we have all four seasons. We have windy but         Moms, Dads, Engineers, Bankers, Teachers or salespeople. On that
nice; (April), we have windy and hot: May through June. We have windy           day, on that night, we’re devils and demons, we’re RoboCop, we’re
and REALLY hot; July and August. We have more-windy, rainy and weird;           ghosts and pirates. I think it’s good for us. Because it proves, at least
September through March. What more could you want? Face it, there               for a short while we can pretend NOT to be people seen by the outside
is no off season and there is no natural break. To be competitive you           world.
really have to train all year long.                                                    At least once a year, we should do Halloween for cyclists. Pretend
       But, it gets hard. You’ve got to take some time to physically rest       you don’t live, eat, dream and think bicycles. Put on the costume of nor-
and do something else. Our sport is one of burn-out. It’s important to          mal life – just for a while. Sleep in on the weekend- say till 8 o’clock. Use
                                                                                real butter. Go bowling. (It’s the “anti-bike” sport. Aren’t you required to
                                                                                drink beer, smoke cigarettes and eat pizza WHILE you’re doing it?)
                                                                                Some of this will be hard. You can’t suddenly get rid of your helmet tan
                                                                                or your glove or shorts, tan – but you can disguise them. Simply ignore
                                                                                cadence and drafting. Wear long pants if you have to – don’t wear ath-
                                                                                letic sunglasses. Whatever it takes, leave reality behind.
                                                                                       Just like November 1st brings All Saints Day to end Halloween, you
                                                                                can resume your normal existence of cadence and heart rate; of know-
                                                                                ing the weight of stuff in grams and go back to the training regimen soon
                                                                                enough. Picture your Halloween and go for it.




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                                                                                                               the shop and tried to figure out how we were


    Sittin’ in                                                                                                 going to pay for a frame. Together we didn’t
                                                                                                               have enough money for a hotel, much less a
                                                                                                               new frame. We pooled our resources, which
                                                                                                               involved calling the parents who knew where we
    By Christian Williams                                                                                      were and why, as one or two of us didn’t have
                                                                                                               permission to be in Boston racing bicycles.
                                                                                                                           From there we hauled tail back to the
       The four of us piled our bikes and gear into    ful that we could actually think now that the car       race hotel, because one of our friends had tools
the car. We were crammed into that car                 wasn’t shaking. We stopped at the first place           to do the rebuild. And right there in the hallway
because we didn’t have a rack. So bikes,               that looked like it could help us. But they had         of a nice hotel at 11:00pm, the night before
wheels, bags and food were stuffed into every          closed 20 minutes earlier. With an absolute             Nationals, we built a bike. Well, it was little bit
corner.                                                absence of obnoxiousness, we pleaded with               after that, actually, because we all wanted to
           Mind you, we were college kids on the       them to help us, and despite their better judg-         take turns riding the frame that worked like an
way to the 1993 Collegiate National                    ment, they did.                                         accordion. But after that, we fixed it. Aside from
Championships, and this was back when we                          None of us had credit cards, and the         the build, we cheered on the couple who were
had one set of wheels each, which served as            place wasn’t going to take a check from kids            loudly enjoying each other’s company in the
our training wheels, our race wheels, our climb-       with Texas ID, so we used what was basically            room next to our work station.
ing wheels, our time trial wheels…they were our        our food and gas money to pay for the spare,                        The next morning we lined up at the
wheels. In fact, two of us were running down           and then we went on our way.                            back of the field (bad move) mostly because we
tube shifters even though STI and Ergo were out                   We made the rest of the trip rather          were running late (it was our first time to see the
for a year or so. Three of the bikes were steel,       uneventfully, aside from the silliness that comes       course, if you’ll recall). The race almost instant-
and one was a giant beer can looking thing. We         from four young guys being up all night and driv-       ly went up a hill that was steeper than anything
heard it could be cold in Boston in May, so we         ing out of state to the most important bike race        we’d race up at that point of the year. And that’s
packed our cold weather gear as well, which            we’d done at that point. After finding the official     when I found out my front derailleur was broken
meant we had to find our arm warmers.                  race hotel and getting through registration, we         and stuck in the big ring.
           Due to classes, jobs, and girlfriends,      put our bikes together to check out the course.                     None of us lasted more than half way
we left at the last possible second of the last                   The course was well within Boston            in the race before being pulled.
possible day that would allow us to get there the      proper, and it was a Friday evening when we                         The next day was the criterium. We all
day before the races. The plan was to leave            went to check it out. On race day the roads             had our bikes sorted out, and none of us want-
from San Marcos and drive straight through to          would be closed, traffic controlled, and signs          ed to go home without at least finishing a race.
Boston.                                                showing us where to turn. But when we were              That criterium was the fastest I’d ever done at
           We were a tight team. The kind of           out there, it was Friday evening city traffic with      that point. Two of us lined up well, so we didn’t
team that teams want to be. We hung out                folks heading home from work and others head-           suffer from the gun, but there was a point about
together, we trained together, and we raced very       ing out for the night. We’re riding in marginal         40 minutes into the race that I realized I wasn’t
well together, sharing the spoils of victory even-     daylight in heavy traffic with one map between          going to make it to the finish with the front group,
ly, which meant, usually, that we got to split a       us and…we were pretty damn lost.                        and my plan quickly became, “Get your school
meal at a fast food restaurant on the way home                    We stopped and asked directions a            mentioned by the announcer.”
from the races.                                        couple of times, but (seriously) neither time                       For the next three laps there were
           Considering that we were basically          could we understand the English they were               primes announced, and for the next three laps I
bike bums and that we were 20-23 years old,            speaking. So we kept riding.                            came in fourth on three place primes. Finally
traveling didn’t take much out of us. It was actu-                Stop light after stop light. Making a        the bell didn’t go off, and I sprinted the next lap
ally a big part of the fun being obnoxious in local    turn, deciding it was wrong, back tracking, taking      as if it did. They got my name wrong, but they
diners and truck stops. It may or may not be a         another wrong turn. More silliness. Frustration         got the school right, and I promptly pulled off the
rumor, but it is said that on the back window of       was mounting. We didn’t care about the course           course and went and sat with two of my team-
one of the cars, the words, “F___ you, we’re           anymore; we just wanted to get out of the traffic       mates who’d already pulled out and changed
from Texas” was written in shoe polish.                and get to Rhode Island, which is where we              clothes.
           Somewhere in middle Tennessee we            were staying because it was free and because                        Some guy named Tyler Hamilton won
heard noises coming from the car I was in.             we couldn’t afford a hotel room anyway.                 the criterium. I don’t know. I suppose it could
Shortly after saying, “what was that?” we began                   Suddenly a street name looked famil-         have been his twin, but I also heard he won the
feeling a vibration. Minutes later it felt like the    iar. My teammate with the map pulls it out of his       omnium. While at the bike shop, all the local
car was shaking all of its bolts loose. It is diffi-   pocket and starts reading it while riding no hand-      newsletters and the local racing magazine had
cult to exaggerate how much that car was shak-         ed. It was mighty skillful right up to the point that   features of this guy I’d never heard about
ing. We had visions of the Twilight Zone when          he rode into the back of a car stopped at a light.      before. It got me thinking, “I sure wish we had a
we pulled over to look at that car, but we could-                 His frame was folded, and we were            magazine like this to build up our racing scene
n’t see anything wrong.                                both horrified and laughing hysterically at the         in Texas.”
           It was 8:00 on a Thursday night, we         same time. He tossed his bike in frustration,                       Flat tire on the car, trashed bike, fast
were on the Interstate going through Tennessee,        which messed up his saddle. Well, actually, it          food, no money, crappy results…and it was one
and we were in the middle of Egypt, and the car        was my saddle, but it was too nice, so I wouldn’t       of my most cherished racing trips, experiences
was shaking apart so violently that I’m still sur-     ride it, and he needed one at the time, and he          and memories.
prised a brake lever or pedal didn’t go through a      won races, so it made sense. But now it was the
back window. But we had to keep going.                 only other thing messed up besides his frame.
           Finally one of the tires on the car blew               Still, it was 8:00p on a Friday night,
out, and the four of us collectively could more or     and we were lost inside of Boston. A motorist
less get the wheel off of the car and the spare        stopped and helped us with directions, we sent
mounted. Maybe the lug nuts were put on cor-           two of our guys on a time trial back to the race
rectly, maybe not, but I do remember that we           hotel to get the car to come back and get us.
were all sweaty and every bit of our stuff had to      While waiting, we used every quarter and
be taken out of the car and put on the side of the     changed ever dollar to make calls to bike shops
road to get to the spare. “Yeehaw, we’re from          from a pay phone.
Texas, and we brought it all with us. See?”                       We found one that was still open, and,
           With the spare mounted, we went as          yes, they would stay open for us since it was col-
fast as we could at 40mph, and we were grate-          legiate nationals and all. We motored over to
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                                                                                   that no stationary bike can replace. Other than a suntan, I mean.
    New to two Wheels                                                                         Riding the trail is a complete multi-sensory experience and you
                                                                                   can’t get that with a stationary bike inside the local gym. The sense of
    By Lacie Morrison                                                              accomplishment, at least for me, isn’t the same either.
                                                                                   Conquering miles of trails after a lot of sweat, water and occasional run-ins
                                                                                   with nature is quite different from conquering that same mileage while sit-
Something was missing when I got on the bike the other day. There I was            ting in the same place and looking at the same scenery. It might be just me
in the early hours of the morning – well, it was 7 a.m. – pedaling away,           since I tend to get bored quickly.
climbing hills and huffing and puffing away like I usually do. The thing that                 Seeing the scenery along the way is half the enjoyment. When I
was different about this ride was that I was riding indoors on a stationary        rode at Fossil Rim in Glen Rose earlier in the summer, the views from some
bike while enjoying the air conditioning with the sounds of CNN blasting           of those hilltops and the animals we encountered were truly memorable. I
away.                                                                              remember that much easier than I can the heat and the sun – and this was
            Let me explain what prompted me to be there in the first place. I      a true Texas summer day!
had read an earlier article in The Racing Post by Lea Grasshoff about                         The other half of enjoyment is managing to finish the ride without
strength training and the benefits it offers – not just for cycling but also for   incident, or at least any serious injuries. I can’t even begin to count how
life in general. I knew endurance was key in riding – especially when talk-        many scratches and scrapes I’ve gotten since I first got on a bike earlier
ing to my road-riding friends who cover miles and miles in a ride and seem         this year. I’m still new enough to this sport to get a kick out of how well I
barely fazed. However, her comments only sharpened the fact that I need-           fare when I get done with a ride.
ed to work on my muscle strength as well.                                                     It’s still too early for me to see any real significant changes in my
            I’m not out of shape, but I’m not in prime-athlete shape. Too many     riding since I began incorporating a regular workout into my regime. I can
Chips Ahoy cookies. To better tackle the trails, I know I needed to boost my       only hope that all the weight lifting and toning I’m doing for my arms helps
fitness level and focus on not just my lower body but the upper body part,         me hang on better when going over rough surfaces like wooden bridges or
too. Plus, if more muscle strength means faster healing times, then I’m all        the myriads of exposed tree roots.
for it! Who wants to stay home nursing torn muscles while the cooler tem-                     While I wait to see improvement in my performance, I’ll keep on
peratures – and possibly the changing colors of foliage – of fall beckon you       huffing and puffing away on the bike – both indoors and out. I’ll just have
to get out and ride?                                                               to imagine the sweaty gym-sock-smell coming from my neighbor on the
            The comment in Grasshoff’s article that really caught my atten-        treadmill is just the passing fragrance of nearby wildlife.
tion, though, was about how building muscle fights Osteoporosis. Even
though I’m 24, a family history of bone and joint issues made that reference
really hit home. When 25 more years have come and gone, where do I




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want to be? The one woman in four who, at 50 years of age, has osteo-
porosis? Or better my chances through exercise of being one of the three
who hasn’t had it? As my mother has often said, “an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.”
            Looking fit wouldn’t be a bad side effect of exercise, either.
            Thus to help increase my overall fitness level and get in my
“ounce of prevention,” I signed up at a gym that offers a vast array of
machinery to bend, flex, challenge and pull my muscles in every direction.
Over in a corner of cardiovascular machinery, stationary bikes reign
supreme (in my estimation). I thought perhaps that by incorporating some
stationary riding into my workout routine that would help my performance
on the trails. I figured, well, it’s indoors and technically I don’t go anywhere
but with modern technology, the stationary bike can present its own chal-
lenges of hills and inclines – which, to be very honest, are my arch neme-
sis. I dislike climbing.
            Give me the roughest downhill in the area with loose rocks, roots,
suicide wildlife, whatever, over climbing any day. I’ll tackle that any time
and with relish. Just make sure no one is front of my since my descents
don’t always appear to be too controlled. But I digress…
            So far, my muscles have ached just as much from the stationary
bike as they do when I hit the trails but something more is missing from the
overall experience. Granted I’m technically still riding but I miss the
ambiance of the outdoors. There’s something you get from riding with the             By John F. Griffiths
sun beating down on you while the dust kicks up from beneath your tires




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 West Texas Wind
 By Richard McLamore
       It's almost the end of the season. Except for those folks looking       dynamics, the speed, and the bike handling made it a great experience.
forward to cyclo-cross, most racers can count the number of interval           It was also a good kind of race for kids to try out, he said. So they were
workouts left to be done on one hand. It's a good time to start reflect-       both excited about heading up to Denton to race another crit.
ing on the 2006 season.                                                              The Denton Downtown criterium of 2006 will go down in the leg-
       Out here in Abilene, it's been a good year. Over 100 people have        ends of Texas cycling, or, at least, it should. An intermittent sprinkle dur-
participated in the shop rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Not all at           ing the P123 race turned into a steady drizzle during the Juniors’ race.
one time, mind you, but that's still an impressive turnout in a town that      Even so, a huge group of juniors raced well in the rain. And while I did
has lacked a focused riding community. The last couple of time trials          see one young man blow up on the downhill back stretch, he stayed in
had over 10 participants. Again that might not seem like much, but I can       the race and finished. The other racers I saw kept at it the whole time.
remember days when only 4 guys would show up. What's even better               And the parents-it's dedication when you hang out in the rain to cheer
is the enthusiasm some of those riders bring.                                  your child on. It's even better when you hang out in the rain to cheer
       Last Tuesday evening, for instance, I planned my ride so I'd be         your child's competitors on. The police officer I talked to briefly was
done with my intervals in time to meet up with the 'slow' group. I saw         impressed by that display of good parental sportsmanship. Soaked
them heading out highway 36, so I turned around and waited for them            though he was, and outsmarted at the end by Noah Williams, Luke still
to catch up. Up front, as per usual, was the most dedicated rider in           had a great time.
Abilene, a guy who bombs around everywhere on a 40-pound Peugeot.                    Two turns into my race in the 3/4s, the dark blue clouds overhead
He could care less about racing, but he absolutely loves riding. He's          absolutely opened and that intermittent drizzle assumed the shape of a
usually off on his own planet, though, so it's not unusual to see him          biblical deluge. Ten minutes in, the 'difficult' third turn had become a
attacking the bunch on a 'slow' day. There was a new guy chasing a lit-        stream crossing. There were slide-outs and wipe-outs every lap. But
tle behind him though-at least, someone I'd never seen on a bike. And          once I got over being afraid I was gonna die, worked my way back to
when he caught up to me, he said, in his wonderful Nigerian accent, "I         the front group, and parked myself at the back, I started having an
knew that had to be you, so I caught you." Yep, it was one of my ex-           absolute blast. Every lap we'd slam through that corner and get
students, who had stopped me in the hall one day to ask questions              drenched. We were wet beyond belief. We'd slalom out of the 4th turn
about what type of bike to get. That happens every once in a while, but        and try not to skid out too much as we sprinted back up the hill. It was
the line between being "interested" in riding and actually showing up for      like being a kid again, and it was the most fun race of the year.
a group ride can be a pretty daunting one to cross, so I was pleased to
see him.
       We started gabbing about riding, and this and that, so I asked him
about his athletic background. He'd played soccer growing up in
Nigeria, ran track and played soccer at college here but got burned out
between training schedules and having to work two jobs. "But I'll get up
at 6 am to ride," he said. He didn't need to say anything more. About
that time an older man I've never seen out before blasted by us (if you
can call 19 mph 'blasting') and opened up a gap. So we decided to reel
him in. We did, and as we made it to the first turn on the loop, I waited
for the rest of the bunch, while my ex-student and the older guy kept on
rolling after the 40-pound Peugeot.
       The bunch rolled up and the shop owner rolled up alongside my
lawyer friend and his 11-year old son. Greg had graciously invited Josh
and I to stay in his trailer with Luke during the Hotter than Hell weekend,
so we caught up on some stories and Luke told us about his most
recent mountain-bike race.
       Just about then we hit the headwind section. Dangling up ahead
were Joseph, the ex-student and the old guy. Slow day or not, we
couldn't resist, so the speed ascended, as did the chains from 39 to 53
(or in Luke's case, from 34 to 50). Two miles later, as we rolled by them
at 22 mph into the wind, it hit me that Luke was still glued to his dad's
rear wheel. Just then, he attacked me. He's eleven.
       After the next turn, we started talking about how much fun the
Hotter than Hell criterium course had been. After the race that day,
Luke had said it was really hard, but he was smiling and spent a lot of
time watching the rest of the races. I'm hoping he didn't see me run
myself over (but that's another story . . .). Wichita Falls was Greg's first
criterium. Granted, getting lapped by Tommy Rushing was not that
much fun, but the rest of the race was a blast, he said. The pack




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                                                                                                    The Velossimo squad did an excellent job of maintaining tempo

  The Yoda of Cotton Patch                                                                          and covering further attacks by the independents; doing every-
                                                                                                    thing they could to ensure a successful break. I was impressed,
                                                                                                    after all, these 3’s in pink were showing us how it’s supposed
  By Anuthee Huffstetter                                                                            to be done.
                                                                                                            We continued to wind over the rough roads and rollers.
       Often times the best bike races are more than just the races them-                           There were some attacks, some lulls, and a long crosswind
selves. The races we remember amongst the many we forget consist of not              section that made everyone hurt and thereby pared down the field. We flirt-
only the race; but the journey to get there, the confusion before the start, the     ed with the yellow line. Eric Benz (Velossimo) crashed. It was a tough week-
intensity of the first few attacks, the excitement of the finish, the after party,   end for him and his Zipp 606’s. As the crosswind ended the break came
and the long drive home. For me, the first USCF sanctioned TXBRA Texas               back, oddly, from the back. We later learned that the breakaway riders
Cup edition of the Cotton Patch Classic was one such event.                          missed a turn, went significantly off course, and were paced back up to the
       Being a relatively poor college student/bike racer meant that I lacked        field. The motor pacing led to the eventual disqualification of the riders after
accommodations in Greenville the night before the 7:30am start. My plan              the end of the race.
was to drive up from Austin that evening and sleep on the courthouse square                 By far the most aggressive rider of the day was Robert Walnofer
in the back of my 1994 ‘Yota pickup in downtown Greenville. I brought a              (Mercy) who attacked constantly until he was away. This was impressive
sleeping bag, pillow, and a couple of cardboard bike boxes to make my slum-          considering it took 60-miles of attacking. Finally, with 25-miles to go he was
ber a bit more peaceful. I told my mom I had host-housing, but I knew it was         successful, gaining a 30-second lead with John Trujillo (Velossimo). I bridged
going to be hobo-tastic. Things didn’t come out exactly as planned. I left           up with Coorg. Trujillo dropped back to the field, and almost immediately, we
home 3 hours late and didn’t have the driving stamina to get all the way to          started putting time into the pack.
the race venue. Maybe it had something to do with pulling an all-nighter to                 As my bottles ran dry and my legs started to tire and ache, I started
study for a physics exam. I slept in a field outside of Dallas on I-30 next to a     looking for that blinking radio tower on the horizon. I’d only have to wait half
bait and tackle shop. Four hours later I woke up, grabbed a coffee, ate some         an hour to see it, but it seemed like an eternity of hard pulls over bumpy
cold leftover pizza, and drove the remaining forty-five miles to the race            roads into the wind. Vansanth was strong. Walnofer was fading and I was
venue.                                                                               fading too. I did what little I could to hide it so that Coorg would keep driving
       Upon arrival, I realized that the race was in conjunction with an annu-       it. Then I saw the tower. Part of the fun of the big loop road races is that you
al town festival. Luckily the hay bales being set up on the streets were for the     never really know where the finish is. You’ve seen it. You remember what FM
go-kart races later that afternoon and not for the finish of the bike race. This     or CR or RR it’s on but often you don’t know you’re there until you’re right on
was going to be a cool event. The Pro 1,2,3 Men’s road race was a big 84-            top of it. Luckily for us, the fore thinking promoter had provided us with a 5K
mile loop that consisted, partially, of this year’s age based TT Championship        to go painted on the road.
course. I found the finish, which was a couple miles from the start, and locat-             Not so luckily, Coorg wasn’t going to tow me to the line and give me an
ed a tall blinking radio tower nearby that would play an encouraging role later      easy sprint. He attacked and left Walnofer and I to fight it out. The field had
in the race. I headed back to town; we staged up, and got underway.                  broken apart too with a group of 6 charging hard to bring us back. Coorg,
       We had a rockin’ tailwind from the start, so we headed out quickly, if        myself, and Walnofer each soloed in, in that order. Justin Wallace (Moritz
not particularly hard. Jaime Arrietta (GSTenzing) started things off - as he         Chevrolet) took the field sprint.
often does. The man doesn’t train, but when he shows up to races, he isn’t                  We rode back to town slowly amidst the rally riders. A live band, a go-
afraid to race. Troy Dunton (Compliance Depot) and Vasanth Coorg                     kart race, and free food and drinks awaited us on the town square. A huge
(Velossimo) were the first two riders to gain an appreciable lead on the field.      thanks goes out to the city of Greenville for embracing such a great event.




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The Winner’s Circle - Stefan Rothe                                                                      TRP: What led       TRP: Who seemed the strongest in
                                                                                                        up to the suc-      the break?
By TRP Staff                                                                                            cessful break?      SR: Good Question! I didn’t know
                                                                                                        SR: I found         until the finish line. We were riding
Stefan Rothe, Mercy Cycling Team          SR: I warmed up for like 20 min-         myself in a break of eight incl. some    both at our best and I wasn’t sure at
pb FUZE, Downtown Denton Crit,            utes, tried to find a good line          strong guys like Fawley with 30 min-     all how much energy Veggie had
9/17/06                                   through the turns at race speed and      utes to go and everyone was going        left.
                                          caught up with the latest Texas          100% (I think they did?). It looked
TRP: Why did you go to the event?         cycling gossip with the other rid-       like the move of the day but             TRP: How did the finish go down?
SR: I try to attend most TXBRA            ers…Oh, yeah, and I let some air         CompDepot wasn’t happy with it           SR: We came out of turn four and in
races and this one sounded like fun.      out of my tires because those dark       and chased it down. Right when           the past I’ve been usually the first
Also, two of my teammates (Brian          clouds wouldn’t go away and I didn’t     they caught up to us I went hard on      loser in a two-man sprint - I had no
Wyrick & Scott Walnofer), were            want to go through turn 3 with           the backstretch and only Scott           clue if I could beat him or not. We
coming down for it.                       125psi in the rain.                      Veggeberg a.k.a. Veggie followed         looked at each other, started out in
                                                                                   me.                                      53x16, looked again, got faster,
TRP: What had you heard about             TRP: Who did you watch for?                                                       rubbed our handlebars and shoul-
the event?                                SR: The usual suspects: Nick             TRP: What happened inside the            ders a bit, and I got him a couple of
SR: Not so much since it was the          Kiernan (a.k.a. Surfer Nick), the        break?                                   yards before the line.
first time they had it. But I saw that    CompDepot squad and Edgar                SR: The two of us were giving it all.
Christian Williams was organizing it,     Ibarra who just won the HHH crit.        He was in a solo-move earlier and I      TRP: Words of wisdom?
so I knew he was going to pull off        Brian Fawley is a horse on a bicy-       knew he would be the best guy to         SR: I’m not the guy of big words but
something good.                           cle, too.                                have in a two-man break – he really      I remember a quote by Tony
                                                                                   wanted to succeed and had a good         Rominger who said he trained
TRP: How did you prepare?                 TRP: What were the early miles           reason for it. We exchanged pulls        +35hrs/week in his first year as a
SR: I had no special preparation for      like?                                    equally; none of us was able to          pro and figured out later on it was
this crit except that I was very recov-   SR: First lap, third corner, sliding     make it to the line solo.                too much. Recovery is the key to (at
ered going into it. After four week-      crash-fest! My teammate Brian goes                                                least) my success.
ends of straight racing I took it easy    down and had to DNF. Second lap,         TRP: Where there any moments of
during the week and actually spent        third corner, crash again. After that    real risk or questions of your sur-      TRP: Anybody you’d like to thank?
only 5 hours on the bike including a      the field was spread apart and I         vival?                                   The GSTz crew around Chris
16mph group-ride with a few recre-        found myself in a group of 10 guys       SR: Going through some of the            Williams for their work, my team, my
ational riders in Wichita Falls where     who had a good gap because of the        turns - which felt like soapy tile -     girlfriend Sheri for here motopacing
I live…                                   crashes, but knew the race was not       were probably my biggest concern,        skills, and all the racers who come
                                          over yet. I tried to stay at the front   especially the last 5 laps where you     out every weekend and have fun at
TRP: Tell me about getting to the         and upright – without wasting too        wouldn’t get a free lap if you hit the   races like the Downtown Denton
start line …                              much energy.                             ground.                                  Criterium.




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  CRUSHED!
  Chappell Hill’s Chickens Run Amuck in the Street
     By TRP Staff

       Although not quite a strongman’s race,            cle. Willis began having problems and quit               pursuit of the break.          Scott Veggeberg
such as Mineral Wells or the East Texas Hills            pulling through in hopes that he’d recover. For          (Specialized/Morgan Stanley) caught Vargas’
Classic, the annual Chappell Hill road race pre-         an entire lap, the San Jose rider sat on the back,       wheel and the two eventually reached the break-
sented by the Northwest Cycling Club comes               sucking down GU’s and eating energy bars, but            away. Turning off the course and heading in on
close. In fact, it’s darn hard. Unlike the afore-        alas, it was to no avail, as he finally let go, watch-   the final thirteen-mile straight back to Chappell
mentioned races, where the course is so hard             ing the break roll away. Naturally, this put             Hill, Minturn, Huffstetter, and Veggeberg had
that the early break succeeds because the field          Robbinette in a predicament, for now the odds            succumbed to the pace and dropped back to the
behind shatters, Chappell Hill is quite the oppo-        were against San Jose should the break be suc-           pack.
site. It’s rolling hills and humid atmosphere            cessful.                                                            Therein, the chess game began.
destroy those who “go” too early. It’s a true race,             Regardless of the odds, it didn’t really mat-     Vargas and Robbinette, Frost, Winkleman, and
in the sense that whoever wins doesn’t neces-            ter, for just as Willis watched Frost’s group disap-     Veggeberg prepared to do battle on, arguably,
sarily do so on brute strength, but rather must          pear over the next rise, a hard charging San Jose        the hardest part of the course. Frost started the
play their teamwork, fitness, and timing cards in        led chase group caught him. Vargas, Ross, and            fire works, only to be pomp and circumstanced
just the right order, at just the right time to garner   Wenger led a nine-man group in pursuit of the            by former Master’s National Road Race
success.                                                 lead sextet. Willis hung on for a few minutes            Champion, Robbinette. Robbinette powered up
       Just ask the Northwest Cycling’s Alkek            before having to let go. Less than a minute later,       the road, gaining thirty seconds on a tiring Frost
Velodrome junior squad. Teamwork, strength,              the remainder of the field, led by a frantic Team        and Winkleman while Robbinette’s teammate,
and timing their moves allowed Parker Craddock           Brain and Spine, who’d missed the chase group,           Vargas sat on. With ten miles to go, Vargas
to lead his team across the line as they gobbled         caught and dropped Willis.                               jumped a fatigued Frost and Winkleman, easily
up the top five spots. Craddock and Co. dis-                         Over the next few miles, Scott Henry         bridging across to Robbinette, and it seemed that
played the kind of domination rarely seen in a           (Brain & Spine) managed to pull the field to with-       all systems were go for Team Hotel San Jose.
diverse sport open to a multitude of unpre-              in striking distance of the Vargas led chase                        Although San Jose would win the day,
dictable variables. So, seeing such a phenome-           group. Just as Henry could realistically visualize       behind the leading duo, the race was far from
na occur twice in one day made the 2006 edition          catching the group ahead, a pair of San Jose rid-        over. Almost a minute and a half back, San
of the Chappell Hill Bank Classic one for the            ers, Wheeler and Uhl, jumped the field and suc-          Jose’s very own Wheeler decided he wanted a
record books.                                            cessfully bridged across to Vargas’ group.               piece of the winner’s pie and attacked over the
            Team Hotel San Jose did something            Several miles later, the Vargas and company              top of a hill with only six miles remaining. His
truly special in the 86 mile Pro 1, 2 Men’s race,        made contact with the now tiring Frost fueled            teammate, Ross, hopped aboard, the two railed
they dominated. Former team Monex profes-                breakaway.                                               it, passing a bewildered Frost and Winkleman
sional, Carlos Vargas led home his San Jose                          Unfortunately, for San Jose, everyone        with three miles to go, and catching a surprised
teammates, Steven Wheeler, Robbie Robbinette,            else in the newly formed breakaway had no                yet pleased at the situation, Robbinette and
and Will Ross. A minute and a half later, young-         intention of working for the next forty-five miles       Vargas.
ster and member of the world’s mountain bike             towards the group’s success with six San Jose                       Wheeler would later say, “I’ve never
team, Tristan Uhl scored a fine fifth place for the      riders present. Likewise, San Jose wasn’t willing        gone so fast on a bike. That was unbelievable. I
hotel sponsored team. Thirty seconds in arrears,         to tow everyone else around until the finish.            was spun out in the eleven (cog) the whole way.”
current reigning Texas State Road Race                   Without cohesion, the group dawdled out on the                      As the lead San Jose group of four
Champion and former GoMart/West Virginia pro-            course, and Henry finally realized his vision, as        neared the finish line and dodged a group of
fessional, Dave Wenger made it a first through           with forty miles to go, the break and field came         clucking chickens, Vargas pulled ahead, making
sixth place sweep. All in all, when the results          back together.                                           it three years and three wins in a row for the
were tallied, Team Hotel San Jose took seven of                      The situation changed rapidly however,       Houston based rider at Chappell Hill.
the top 10 spots and 90% of the prize money.             as Frost, Robbinette,
       The Whole Giblet: Shortly after 7:30 in the       and Winkleman saw fit
morning, nearly 60 Pro 1, 2 riders rolled past a         the launching of another
flock of free range chickens and one confused            offensive. They were
goat on their way out of Chappell Hill. Almost           shortly       joined      by
immediately, Sol Frost (Team Brain & Spine)              Anuhtee          Huffstetter
unleashed an offensive strike that, after several        (Compliance Depot) and
attempts, saw him flee the coop successfully in          John Minturn (San
what would later be considered; the early move.          Jose). The five powered
Frost took with him teammate Nathan Miller,              on for the next fifteen
Nathan Winkleman (Woodlands), Erick Benz,                miles while the field
Adam Gaubert (Velossimo), Robbinette and                 scrambled to chase.
Andrew Willis (San Jose).                                With the most represen-
       With an equal pecking order established           tation in the break, San
amongst the three largest teams in the race, the         Jose sat in the pack,
field seemed content to let this move have it’s          content to let others
moment in the spotlight, and the lucky seven,            burn their matches up
likewise, seemed to work well together. Because          slowly over the undulat-
everyone in Frost’s group kept rotating smoothly,        ing and now, heating up,
the leaders’ gap increased quickly, from thirty to       parcours.
fifty seconds in just six miles, to almost two min-                  With twenty-
utes at the thirty mile mark.                            five miles to go, Vargas
       It was at this point, with roughly fifty miles    sensed        the     field’s
to go that the breakaway ran into its first obsta-       fatigue and attacked in

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  Turn Left -
  Yesterday’s Memories, Today’s Struggle, and Tomorrow’s Future
  By Michelle Joseph
       “Pick up the pace! Stay together! Faster!”        geared up to save the Velodrome. They formed        made sacrifices of time, energy and finances to
Coach Leigh Barczewski.bellows from the side-            a non-profit organization, the Greater Houston      allow them to chase their dreams. Parents are
lines of the Alkek Velodrome.                            Cycling Foundation (GHCF) to start raising          there to support their races during the spring and
       As head of the Junior Development team,           money to keep it open. GHCF started the Adopt-      fall racing seasons.
Barczewski trains young riders to be the best at         a-Meter Campaign for people who want to con-               Lori Walker is a veteran rider at the
the highly competitive sport of bicycle racing. His      tribute money. The group also plans a charity       Velodrome, and her children Cristin and Daniel
shouts - combined with the whir of wheels from           Ebay auction in October. (A pdf file of the         have grown up there. “I have videos of the two
adult riders training and exchanging riding tips -       Fundraising Campaign can be found at the web        of them racing Pee Wee races when they were
make the Alkek Velodrome a place of move-                page:      http://www.houstontx.gov/alkekvelo-      about 4 years old and 6 years old,” says Walker.
ment, noise and big dreams.                              drome/GHCF.htm.)                                    Cristin is now 18 and training for the Elite World
        All of these sights, sounds and great times             The Alkek Velodrome has a rich history in    Team, and Daniel is 16 and won the National jer-
are in jeopardy. The City of Houston plans to            Houston. Several cycling greats have either         sey earlier this year.
close the facility October 31 because of funding         trained on or competed at the Houston track,               Their dreams continue to grow and broad-
problems and a change of philosophy by the               including Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie,         en over time. Many young people have benefited
Parks and Recreation Department.                         Shane Kelly and Freddie Rodriquez. Al Whaley,       from the training they received at the Velodrome.
       For the last 20 years, the Velodrome has          who serves on the GHCF board, is a Gold             Some have gone on to compete not only across
been Houston’s only outdoor riding venue, a cir-         medalist from the 2006 Masters World Track          the United States but at various levels around
cular concrete elevated track for cyclists of all tal-   Competition.                                        the world. The dream of competing in the 2012
ents. It is one of only 22 such facilities in the               Many cyclists now training at the            Olympics in London is not out of reach.
United States.                                           Velodrome are considered the future of track rac-
       Houston’s       Parks     and    Recreation       ing in the United States. They include Eric                 Those wishing to contribute money to keep
Department announced the closure to the                  Rasche,      2006     13-14-year-old     National   the Alkek Velodrome open can go directly to the
cycling community in August, and according to            Champion; Daniel Walker, 2006 15-16-year-old        Houston Parks Board web site and use paypal:
the city’s web site, Mayor Bill White supports the       National Champion; Alan Ting, 2005 13-14-year-      http://www.houstonparksboard.org. Click on the
plan. Houston does not have funds to re-surface          old National Champion; and Ryan Nelman, 2004        link that says, "Click here to use your credit card
the track, and Parks and Recreation is moving            16-18-year-old Keirin National Champion.            to support your favorite project! Fill out form, hit
away from competitive facilities to a “more recre-              These young men have spent countless         continue; click the Alkek Velodrome button and
ational philosophy,” according to the web site.          hours traveling the Houston area to make it to      fill out the rest.
       Cyclists reacted with disbelief, and then         the Alkek track for practice. Their families have




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                                                                                      of 5 or so attack before      Definitely time to go. At the same time, others are

 My HHH                                                                               we even crest the bridge.
                                                                                      This is going to be fun.
                                                                                      The     30+mph       chase
                                                                                                                    attacking to my left. The guy in front of me isn’t
                                                                                                                    committed and decides it would be a good idea to
                                                                                                                    look back over his right shoulder….he drifts left…..
  Story and Photos By Rhyne Rundell                                                   begins.                               7:40a The next few minutes are surreal. The
                                                                                            6:53a Wow, there        rider bounces off of Shaun and lays it down cross-
        It was time for my annual trek to Hotter N         are WAY too many rally riders out here. Luckily,         ways in front of me. His real wheel swings around
Hell. Two years ago I did the race as a Cat5, last         most of them pull over and get out of the way. An        and knocks my bike out from under me as I’m try-
year as a Cat4, and this year will be my first road        occasional one will try to jump in. Those are the        ing to go around to the right. I go down hard…head
race as a Cat3. Here’s how it unfolded.                    ones that are fun to drop. Peace out!                    first. I curl up in the fetal position waiting to get run
        Monday – 8/21                                             7:00a The pace settles in a bit and I try to      over since more than two-thirds of the pack was
        Time to start hydrating. No matter how many        find out who is in the break. Not a lot of info. I see   behind me. The blood is starting to come out of the
times I look at the extended forecast, it never cools      Shaun Dean, Erick Benz and Kirk Winters. Three           cut in my head, across my forehead and onto my
off. At one time, weather.com said there was a             motors that won’t let that break go.                     loose shade lenses and the road. I look at my left
60% chance of rain. Yeah, right.                                  7:03a Kyle Russell and I launch a small           hand and notice that my pinky is pointed towards
        Tuesday – 8/22                                     attack but the pack reacts. I settle back in while       the base of my thumb and I instinctually grab it and
        Well, there’s my chance of rain. A slight          Kyle regroups and launches another that draws            put it back into place. At the same time, I notice
downpour decides to join us for the Plano A race. I        Shaun out of the pack.                                   that the same finger has a cut through which I can
go on what ends up being a suicide break attempt,                 7:13a The group is back together as we            see the bone. I sit up and feel the blood from my
get brought back in and promptly get dropped. At           enter Iowa Park. Some knuckleheads obviously             forehead run down my face and nose and onto my
least it kept me from getting tangled up in the            didn’t read the Race Bible as some of them are           jersey. This is definitely going to look worse than it
crashes going across the bricks. Not feeling the           determined to follow the rally riders south across       really is. Thank God for my helmet.
best. This weekend isn’t looking so promising.             the tracks instead of going straight. Slight disaster            I will say that I am somewhat disappointed
        Friday – 8/25                                      averted. READ YOUR RACE BIBLE!                           that the guy that caused it got in a pickup and left
        After dinner at Olive Garden, it’s time to turn           7:30a Multiple small attack attempts are          without an apology or asking how I was doing. I’ll
in. We check out the weather and find                                                                               get over it.
out it was 108 degrees today with a                                                                                         2:15p My bike finally shows back up at the
promise of 104 for Saturday. The                                                                                    start/finish area and I’m able to leave. The tally: 5
wheels start turning….can I possibly                                                                                stitches in the head, dislocated pinky in two places
carry 10 bottles? The Camelbak is                                                                                   with 4 stitches, massive shiner, road rash on just
definitely a “go”.                                                                                                  about every part of the left side of my body. I’m
        Saturday – 8/26                                                                                             more disappointed that I didn’t finish the race. But
        4:30a The alarm is set for 4:45                                                                             from reports that came in about the Cat3 race, I’m
but a buddy decides that we need to                                                                                 not sure I would’ve wanted to go 125 miles.
be up because he is. I REALLY want-                                                                                         Not exactly the way I envisioned it. I was still
ed those extra 15 minutes.                                                                                          able to enjoy taking some pictures of the following
        5:42a We’re out the door and                                                                                day’s crit. Thanks to everyone that helped out and
on the road. It’s a short drive to the                                                                              expressed your sympathies. I’ll be back out soon.
start area and we continue to pour as                                                                                       Please exercise pack awareness and
much liquid as possible down our                                                                                    ALWAYS wear your helmet.
throats.
        5:53a We found a parking spot!
4 or 5 bottles, 4 or 5 bottles, 4 or 5
bottles? Well, if I’m going to be able
to take my two mini-bagels, I’ll have to
forgo one bottle. I’ve got the Camelbak…bagels             quashed by the group as
win. Bottles, check; gel shots, check; gel gummies,        we make a right curve to
check; jelly beans, check; endurolytes, check. I’m         the east. Crosswind will
going to roll off the line at 200lbs and return at         definitely alter the tactics.
175lbs.                                                           7:39a Sitting second
        6:15a Time for my favorite part. Carrying          wheel starting to go up a
back-up wheels in hand while weaving through the           small rise, the guy in front
rally riders. Evasive maneuvering at 3mph. Fun!            of me moves over to the left
        6:35a With wheels in the truck, it’s time to sit   side of the road trying to
and chat with buddies while P/1/2 guys bust their          force someone else to shel-
butt running into the median because it’s dark and         ter him from the wind. The
it’s not clearly marked. Note to self: remember            break is well within reach
where that median is.                                      now. Major attack. Benz,
        6:52a Time to roll out. Immediately a group        Winters       and      others.




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Double D Crit
 By Chris Williams                                                                                            Photo by Matt McCullough

                                                                                                                             county. We weren’t planning to
                                                                                                                             use any of the courthouse or lawn,
                                                                                                                             so we hadn’t concerned ourselves
                                                                                                                             with that permit. The folks who
                                                                                                                             were using the courthouse and
                                                                                                                             lawn weren’t going to use the city’s
                                                                                                                             streets or facitilites, so they hadn’t
                                                                                                                             bothered permitting with the city.
                                                                                                                             Roadblock for a bike race.
                                                                                                                                    The next two days were
                                                                                                                             mostly spent on the phone or walk-
                                                                                                                             ing the streets of downtown trying
                                                                                                                             to think of a way to alter the course
                                                                                                                             so as to not conflict with the court-
                                                                                                                             house event, all the while trying to
                                                                                                                             figure out how to get those affect-
                                                                                                                             ed businesses on board, which
                                                                                                                             was stressful, to say the least, as it
                                                                                                                             took a year of meetings to get the
                                                                                                                             previous course good to go.
                                                                                                                                    A quick meeting was called
                                                                                                                             by the city council, and it was
                                                                                                                             determined that we should hold
                                                                                                                             our race on the city streets where
                                                                                                                             we intended in the first place, and
                                                                                                                             the Parks and Recreation depart-
                                                                                                                             ment helped the group with the
                                                                                                                             event planned at the courthouse to
                                                                                                                             move to another facility.
                                                                                                                                    During that process it was
                                                                                                                             discovered that we didn’t have a
                                                                                                                             Noise Permit. Since our race was
                                                                                                                             on a Sunday, it required a Noise
More than a year of planning went into pulling off    with just over a month’s notice, a weekend did        Permit. I had to attend a City Council meeting on
the Downtown Denton Criterium. This included          open up for mid-September.                            the Tuesday evening before the race to have one
regular meetings with city council members, the                  We quickly put together permits (USAC      granted us, as it required a variance on an estab-
Chamber of Commerce, the Denton Sports                and many with the City), a race flyer, and we         lished city ordinance. I sat through three hours of
Commission, the Denton Police Department, the         made sure that our team put it down on their cal-     discussions regarding zoning, budgeting and so
Fire Department, the Main Street Association, the     endar so we’d have some volunteers. Then we           forth that had absolutely everything to do with
Denton Parks and Recreation, the Mayor, and so        crossed our fingers.                                  Denton and nothing at all to do with the race. But
forth. Making it happen became a job.                            It took a fair amount of luck, because     at 9:30p, our item came up on the agenda, and I
           We had an original date in the Fall of     though we’d been planning the event for some          was genuinely nervous that a Noise Permit, or,
2005 to race on the streets around the square in      time, we hadn’t planned for a specific date. To       not having one, was going to stop our race with
downtown Denton. Plans were made that took            secure financial sponsors and so forth, you need      only days until numbers were to be pinned on to
into consideration what races were on the calen-      to be able to give them a race date, at least. We     jerseys.
dar, what festivals were being held, UNT’s            decided to fund the thing out of our own pockets                 Though we didn’t fully realize it until
Homecoming…it was considerably involved and           to make sure the race happened at all, and            then, the city was and is very supportive of the
required a tremendous amount of work, diploma-        because we wanted to pull it off this first time to   race. The dour conversations about widths of
cy, and determination. Unfortunately for this         establish a building point for the future..           streets through neighborhoods and 20 year plans
race, a late announcement of another ride and                    Making it more difficult to promote was    was replaced with “Thank you’s” from the Mayor
race on the intended date down in Austin, com-        that we only had a small window of time allowed       and the members of the City Council. It was very
plete with “Lance” attached to it, meant that the     us, and at that, it was a Sunday afternoon, which     much like I remember Christmas feeling when I
Denton race had to be put on hold. Knowing            was deemed the less likely to upset the locals        was 6 years old.
when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em is a big        and conflict with church traffic and the like.                   From that point on, things were rela-
part of the gamble of putting on a bike race, par-    Knowing that all of these things would affect         tively smooth until race day. The morning
ticularly when it involves shutting down a town to    turnout adversely, we went forward anyway. At         brought rain, and while rain isn’t enough to can-
do so.                                                this point it was worth the effort simply to make     cel a bike race in most cases, it did make my
           So we regrouped and planned again          something come of all the time and energy spent       phone ring. A lot. Throughout the morning and
for the next year. Unfortunately, there just didn’t   on the race.                                          all during the races, I received call after call ask-
seem to be a weekend that worked very well. If                   With only 10 days until the event, we      ing if the races were still being held or if it was
there was a weekend available on the Texas rac-       received word that the race was in conflict with      raining in Denton. “We’re racing. Please come
ing calendar, invariably there was something          another event happening at the courthouse on          on out,” was my standard reply.
going on in Denton that prevented us from using       the square. The streets and surrounding area is                  However, when I first arrived to the
the downtown area, or it just didn’t work due to a    the City of Denton’s responsibility, but the court-   course, about 3 hours before the race was to
family reunion or somesuch. But we stuck with it,     house and lawn itself if the property of the coun-    start, my first trip around the course provided me
and the Chamber of Commerce, the City and the         ty. As such, to use the lawn (to set up tents,
Mayor stuck with it as well, and lo and behold,       booths, etc), one has to have a permit from the                                      (continued on page 29)
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  Yeah Baby. Yeah. Zipp my Bag!
  Zipp Wheel Bag Review ~ by Andrew Willis
        Wheel bag wise, this has been the                the Hotter ‘n Hell criterium and receive a wheel          pockets for skewers, but still a bit tight, and of
strangest year for me ever. Back as a junior and         bag capable of holding two wheels at once, and            course, no padding. It also seemed to me that a
espoir, I generally raced on hand-me-downs.              then, for the purpose of this review, I receive, via      bag capable of holding two wheels would make
Senior elite guys gave me their old tires, their old     mail, a Zipp wheel bag, also capable of holding           use of some of the inevitable gaps between the
shorts and jerseys, their old race wheels.               two wheels.                                               wheels for storage space.
Needless to say, the perpetual use of second                   Amazing.                                                   Enter Zipp’s wheel bag. This is a bag built
hand equipment sometimes produced reliability                                               But if you’ve          by champions for champions. Just as I was
problems on my end. That said, when an                                                                 ever        about to throw in the towel on wheels and wheel
already worn tire blew, or a seemingly good                                                                        bags all together and take up web-surfing as a
wheel suddenly morphed into some-                                                                                    sport, the most perfectly engineered bestest of
thing resembling a taco I would end                                                                                     the bestest wheel bags ever showed up on
up standing on the sidelines,                                                                                              my door. I’ll always remember the day. I
watching other racers finish, rid-                                                                                           was sitting in my living room, surly and
ing in on up to date, sleek look-                                                                                              disgruntled over the wheel bags in my
ing, and reliable equipment.                                                                                                    life when there was a knock on the
Thus, I… Dare I say? Dare.                                                                                                        door. I opened it, looked down, and
Dare. Okay, I’ll admit it… I                                                                                                       there, cradled between several
had… I had… I had equip-                                                                                                            pieces of corrugated cardboard
ment envy.                                                                                                                          was a baby Zipp wheel bag with no
        That’s right, I’d see                                                                                                       one to care for it.
other racers, and I envied                                                                                                                Being a bit of a humanitarian,
their equipment. I pined                                                                                                           I took the wheel bag in, removed it
away for time trial helmets                                                                                                       from its dirty packaging and fulfilled
and for a pair of those                                                                                                             its every whim by putting it to use.
green       dual     treaded                                                                                                         If you’ve ever considered adopt-
Vittoria all weather tires.                                                                                                           ing something left neglected,
I     thumbed        through                                                                                                          whether it be a child or a pet, I
Nashbar                   and                                                                                                         strongly suggest doing so. Use
Performance         catalogs                                                                                                          my Zipp wheel bag as an exam-
with “ohs” and “ahs” over                                                                                                             ple. In the past few weeks that
the thought of having a                                                                                                               I’ve cared for this bag, it has
lighter bike or a pair of clip                                                                                                       opened up and shown me all the
on aero bars that didn’t have                                                                                                     wonderful potential it has. The bag
to be shimmed into place with a                                                                                                is padded. It has two individual pock-
cut up coke can. But, the one thing I lusted for         been disappointed after going to see a movie              ets for skewers. It has a black vinyl indention in
more than anything, the one thing I thought was          that everyone else said rocked, then you would            the lining to cradle a gear cluster and help keep
cooler than anything were wheels. Now, I’m not           know how I felt this spring once the Willis wheel         the bag free of grease marks. It offers zippered
talking about any kind of wheel here, I’m talking        bag fetish came to fruition. Yeah, that’s right, I        pockets, a key clip, removable/adjustable shoul-
about the sexiest of sexy wheels. What I’m talk-         said it in the third person. I was disappointed, let      der strap, and even a built in stuff sack for good-
ing about, are the kind of wheels that come with         down, left stranded, if you will, by the shoddy           ies.
their own wheel bags.                                    craftsmanship and lack of ingenuity displayed in                 Everything fits into the wheel bag as one
        That’s right, wheel bags. Back when I did-       my first few sets of wheel bags.                          would expect. There’s no letting the air out of
n’t have any of this stuff, there was something                 What blew me away about the wheel bags             your tires, yanking on the zipper and hoping for
about getting ready for a race in the parking lot,       that came with my time trial wheels was that,             the best. There’s no let down at all. I use the
while making sure all the boots in my tires were         here I am, I’ve just dropped well over $1500 on           stuff sack in my bag to hold my valve extenders,
still holding and maybe applying a little Locktite       a pair of carbon wheels and you send me, basi-            the tools I’d need to change out my cog set, an
to the standard loose spoke nipple or two (“gee,         cally, a nylon sheath to carry them in? I mean,           extra chain, chain tool, and two cog sets. I use
I hope this holds till the finish, cause I need to at    such wheels are an investment, and these bags             the zippered side pockets to hold my sports drink
least win my entry fee back”), and looking up just       offered no protection at all. The bags were for           mix packets, gels, and energy bars. I even carry
in time to see someone else donning a wheel              show only, for sex appeal, quite simply, a ruse.          my clean bike clothes, wrapped in a plastic gro-
bag. Slowly they’d unzip. Gingerly, they’d reach                Something else that bothered me was that           cery bag in it. After races, I throw my dripping,
in. Almost caressingly, they’d pull it out for all the   there was no place to put the skewers. This was           salty, smelly bike clothes and my shoes in the
world to see. I’d stand there, drooling, wishing I       remedied in the set of wheel bags that came with          bag with the wheels. I clip my helmet pod to the
had a pair as well.                                      my bike as they had little pockets inside to hold         short strap carrying handles. All in all, I’ve
        So imagine my euphoria this year when I          your skewers. Still though, these bags were               replaced my gianormous race backpack with the
went from having zero wheel bags, ever, to hav-          annoying because they were fitted a bit tight for         Zipp wheel bag. I get it all in one. My expensive
ing eight. That’s right, eight. I didn’t plan it this    the wheels. Basically, it all boiled down to the          wheels are safely stowed away, and everything I
way, it just happened. It all started back in            fact that if you wanted to zip these wheel bags           need for the weekend is there as well.
January, when I ordered a set of wheels for my           up, you had to let all the air out of the tires so that          So now, I feel comfortable with my wheel
time trial rig. They showed up in wheel bags,            you could mash it down a bit and force the zip-           bags at races, knowing that somewhere in the
and while most people probably would have                per across the top.                                       parking lot, someone is watching me, looking at
been super stoked about the wheels, for me, it                  Such is the disappointment of life some-           my wheel bags and dreaming that they too will
was the wheel bags. Then a month later, my               times. For months, I felt like a stranger in a            someday own such a bag. I’d hate to set some-
team bike arrived, and it too came with a set of         strange land. Had the entire dream been a                 one up for the disillusionment that I’ve experi-
wheels that were ensconced with wheel bags. I            farce? Then came the double bag I won at the              enced, and fortunately, I don’t have to, as the
almost didn’t know what to do with myself.               Hotter ‘n Hell criterium. Not bad. I liked this bag.      Zipp wheel bag, might actually be, the best
        Fast forward to August. I win a prime at         I could put two wheels in at once. There were             wheel bag ever.
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 Feed Zone Chick
 Team Travel 101: The Bike Racing Adventure
       Let’s face it…traveling is wonderful. Going new places, seeing            bad karma to mess with a bike the night before a race. If it ain’t broke,
new things, spending time with friends and people you care about.                don’t fix it! Most cyclists, however, are naturally born tinkerers; they
Sounds great, huh? Well, there is one type of travel you may not have            can’t help themselves. So, the project begins. A few hours and cuss
experienced yet—cycling team travel. Not unlike “regular” travel, you            words later, the bike is back in one piece, and everyone goes to bed
go new places, see new things, and spend time with friends and peo-              with visions of race day dancing in their heads…the room is at last
ple you care about. There is one major difference, however.                      peaceful.
Depending on the week-end, you may be shacking up with four—or                          The peace is only fleeting though as the alarm jolts you out of bed
more—cyclists…                                                                   at 5:30 a.m. Why are P, 1, 2 road races scheduled for 7:00 a.m.???
       Shacking up with cyclists is not a bad deal really. You just need         Time to eat and head for the race. If you’ve been invited to travel with
to realize up front that you will not be staying in five-star hotels with turn   the team, chances are you’ve been around a while. You’re used to tak-
down service and a chocolate on the pillow. Rather than crawling into            ing care of your significant other in the feed zone. Guess what! By
a neatly made bed, you’ll likely be throwing race numbers and water              default, your job has now quadrupled. Now, you have four mouths to
bottles out from under the rumpled sheets. And don’t even think about            feed. Make sure to take orders before you get to the race…feeding four
being able to go through your normal morning routine. Following are              people simultaneously can be pretty chaotic. No problem though. You
some aspects of team travel with which you may want to familiarize               can handle it! The race goes great for the team. Two of the guys are
yourself before embarking on that journey.                                       in the money. It’s a happy return to the hotel…
        When you arrive at the hotel (after going to race headquarters to               Open door, return to clutter! Housekeeping has left a few new
pick up the Race Bible, of course), get the lay of the land. Hopefully,          towels, but there wasn’t much else they could do. The place is a disas-
the hotel got your reservations right, and there are actually two beds           ter area! So maybe all the clutter doesn’t bother you or maybe you’ll
instead of one. That way, only one person will be “odd man out.” With            eventually get used to it. What you’ll never get used to, however, is the
five people in the room—four cyclists and you—someone gets floor                 smell!! Worn chamois stink. No matter how well they get rinsed out,
time. Luckily, no one has ever suggested that I be that person; guess            the room will still take on a distinctive chamois funk. Those of us who
there’s at least one advantage to being the only female in the room. I’ve        are a little more resourceful have figured ways around the smell and an
seen the sleeping arrangements decided in a variety of ways. The eas-            escape from the clutter. Sweetly offer to wash the guys’ race clothes;
iest is to go by seniority…youngest in the room gets the floor. The sit-         then disappear to the laundry room. Voila! Escape from the clutter and
uation may also be determined by team pecking order with the lowest              from the funk all at once. I know what you’re thinking. “You wash their
man on the totem pole being bumped from a bed. You can flip a coin               chamois? Are you nuts?” Trust me, chamois washing may become
or play rock, paper, scissors even. The bottom line is someone’s hitting         your favorite past time during race week-ends, and the cyclists REAL-
the floor, which for many people is no big deal, except…                         LY do appreciate it…
       There’s hardly any floor space. Let’s do the math. Four cyclists                 Which brings me to the moral of this story. Yes, there’s clutter.
for a week-end stage race. That’s at least 4 road bikes with 4 extra sets        Yes, boys—and sweaty chamois—stink. Yes, your personal space will
of wheels for the wheel vehicle and 4 time trial bikes. Every where you          be invaded all week-end. Yes, you have a lot of responsibility to get the
turn, you’ll find bike stuff…bikes leaning on the walls, shoes and hel-          team fed and to support them during the race. Yes, they appreciate it.
mets on every dresser and table, sweaty chamois drying on every door             Yes, they will thank you. Yes, your significant other will be the envy of
frame and towel rack and hanging off the occasional shower head.                 the team because he has a girlfriend who cares enough to support both
There’s no escape! Your best bet may be to say good night and crawl              him and his team. Yes, your team will be the talk of the peloton as other
in bed.                                                                          teams elbow each other wondering what they have to do to get one of
       Not so fast! It’s 11:00 p.m., and one of the cyclists has decided         their team member’s girlfriends to do everything you do. Yes, it’s worth
that he needs to change his cables. Now, every cyclist knows that it’s           every minute! Enjoy the adventure!
                                                                                        See you in the feed zone!




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                                                        2006 Texas Fall Cup Mountain Bike Series Presents:


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                                          Huntsville State Park –November 4 and 5, 2006
                                                                                       November 4
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                                                                       1:00 PM – TMBRA Fall Cup XC Race Registration Opens
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                                                                                                                                                                                                mi
                                                                                                                                                                                            150 mi
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                  Houston                                                                                                                   at race site.
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                                                                                                                                                                                            60 miles
                                                                                                                                                                                   I-45
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                                              the park!                                                                                    and Conroe




                                                                                                                                                                                            20 mi
                                                                             BEGINNER AND SPORT CLASSES

                                                                                                                                                                                    Houston




                                 Race course is CLOSED to pre-rides October 28th and Race Day.
                                               All FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.. Early entry fee.. $30                                        On-site..$35

       Mail In registration Postmark deadline: Oct. 25th                            Mail In Pre-registration Form                                                      Permit Pending


             Last Name:___________________________ First Name: ______________________ Phone: _________________________
             Address: _________________________________________ City: ________________ State: ___________                                                      Zip: _________
             NORBA Lic: ______________________ (one day NORBA license, $5.00 may be purchased at the race site)
             Gender M ___ F ____ Age: _______ (As of December 31, 2006) Category: Beg ____ Sport: _____ Exp: ______ P/S/E: ______
             Shirt Size: S ____ M ____ L ____ XL ____ Emergency contact Name and Number: _____________________________________


                         Huntsville State Park fees:
                   Per person park entrance fee: $4.00                                                                                6     s    l   p        n    e
                                                                                                                                   2006 Texas Fall Cup Mountain Bike Series
                                    Camping
                        Per night with water: $12.00                                                                                      For more information about this race
                  Per night with water/electricity: $16.00                                                                              Contact Ken at Bike Lane: 281.440.6100
                          Per night shelter: $20.00                                                                                  For more information about the series and links
                   Reservations: 512.389.8900 or online                                                                                       to events and NORBA rules:
           http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/huntsville/                                                                           www.tmbra.org
              DO NOT INCLUDE THESE FEES WITH RACE ENTRY



                         d         y      r
                  Standard Liability Waiver must be signed at the event.
                                               t e       d t e         .                                     r t
                                                                                                  Pre-register at www.BikeReg.com
                                                   n o      s        e        n        _ r     A
                                            Donation to Texas Bicycle Coalition $_______ or IMBA $________



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Zipp Gear Bag Review
 By TRP Staff

                                                                                bottom of the bag. Caves told me that this was designed so that triath-
                                                                                letes would have a place to stash their wetsuits, but it also keeps your
                                                                                dirty stuff away from your clean stuff, while still keeping everything
                                                                                organized. (And this also means that your off-the-bike clothes won’t
                                                                                pick up that raced-in jersey funk, which is essential if you want to take
                                                                                your soigneur out for dinner during a race weekend. . .). And, ven-
                                                                                turing clearly into the overkill department, the bag has zip-out shoulder
                                                                                straps so that you—or your middle-schooler—could conceivably wear
                                                                                it as a backpack. Wheww . . . did I forget anything? Oh, yeah, the
                                                                                bag also has Velcro straps so that you can secure your floor pump to
                                                                                it. And . . . the nice folks at Zipp include a camp towel—which is actu-
                                                                                ally big enough to dry you off, and, unlike, several of these towels,
                                                                                doesn’t pill up within two uses. In short, I fit everything for a full race
                                                                                weekend—including a notebook computer into this bag, and thus only
                                                                                had to carry one bag instead of two or three.
                                                                                        The main draw-back I see involves the height of this bag com-
                                                                                pared to other gear bags. This bag is more square than rectangular.
                                                                                While that makes it easier to carry slung across your back, it also puts
                                                                                it at the outer limits of carry-on baggage—especially with a helmet
                                                                                stowed on top. If the more restrictive airline baggage policies contin-
                                                                                ue, however, this might be something of a moot point.
       Zipp Gear Bag (including nifty towel):                                           If “a place for everything, and everything in its place” crosses
       (w)14.5" x (l)20.0" x (h)13", but 18" with mounted helmet                your mind as you start to pack for your race weekends, or, if eliminat-
       Retail: $124.95
                                                                                ing the race-day stress caused by misplaced necessities is important
                                                                                to you, this Zipp bag will make your race-day preparation faster. Plus,
       Everyone reading The Racing Post knows that Zipp products               the Zipp gear bag is a really good item to sneak onto Christmas lists.
share one main design philosophy: an obsessive pursuit of speed and            Just don’t give it to your personal soigneur, unless you want to see how
efficiency. So does a gear bag fit into that design philosophy, or is it a     fast it can be swung.
branding ploy like socks and caps? Josh Caves, a Zipp spokesperson,
bristled a bit at the thought of characterizing the gear bag as driven by
branding. According to Caves, the bag came about because Zipp want-
ed to provide riders with a “do-it-all bag that had a place for everything
a racer might need for race day.”
       But can a gear bag—even one with a place for everything—make
you faster? Possibly. There seem to be three basic approaches to
packing for races. Some low-stress racers can just toss stuff into their
bag when packing, and, uncannily, pull out just the stuff they need when
they need it. If you are one of those racers, you don’t need this bag
because the organizational features would just mess up your zen-effi-
ciency.
       Another group of racers relies on someone else to find all of their
stuff. There’s not much to said about this bunch (at least not in a mag-
azine with under-age readers), but if you are this sort of racer, hand this
review to your soigneur—because they’ll probably want this bag.
       The last type of racer lacks either soigneurs or the zen knack to
reach into the magic bag and pull out socks, safety-pins, or whatever.
If you fall into this last category of racer, this bag makes race day less
stressful. As you can see from the illustration, the top will hold your hel-
met in well-ventilated security, and has exterior pockets for up to four
water bottles. What you can’t see, though, is the multitude of storage
options inside the bag: underneath the top-flap/helmet storage are two
pockets sized just right for wallets or ipods and a key-clip is sewn in
beside them.
       Interior and exterior construction is solid and well-thought out.
Every compartment is ventilated with a combination of mesh cordura
and ventilator devices. The outside panels are sewn out of two-layers
of cordura fabric, with rubber reinforcements in ding-likely locations.
Two sides of the bag have zip pockets big enough to carry shoes and
spare tires and tubes or a first-aid kit. There’s plenty of space inside the
main compartment for a full weekend’s worth of race clothing and gear.
What’s more, there are three zip pockets in the main compartment: one
running the full length of one side, the other two nestled into the other.
       But wait, there really is more—and more than just the nifty Zipp
logos, too: there’s a separate ventilated sipper compartment on the
22    THE RACING POST     Vol.6, No.10                                                                                            WWW.THERACINGPOST.US
 Catching A Break ~ Nine Rockin' Rides
 by Ian Dille
       Bikes can and will be ridden        good.                                   Francisco is a veritable playground       store stop has pecan pies. Plus, the
anywhere and everywhere. Below                    Gila National Forest, New        for cyclists. I rode up Mount Tam         nicest days for riding these roads
are the nine best places I’ve ridden       Mexico – To those that have done        and along US 101, otherwise               come during the peak of the winter,
mine. Why not ten? Because ten is          this epic stage race, you know what     known as the Redwood Highway.             January and February, while the
still out there . . . waiting to be rid-   I’m talking about. Just up the moun-    On a lung searing climb that              rest of the country is snowed in.
den.                                       tain from the quant town of Silver      ascended the side of a gleaming
       Garden of the Gods,                 City is a road that made me feel like   yellow hill, the Pacific Ocean was               The Ozarks, Arkansas – The
Colorado Springs – This could              I was floating. It might've been the    visible below, way below, crashing        locals, who’ll pull up along side you
very well be what cycling on Mars is       awesome beauty of the tightly clus-     against the rocky shore. Who says         simply to cheer, are almost as
like. The twisting, undulating pave-       tered pines, the granite cliffs, and    California is overrated?                  entertaining as the abundance of
ment that loops through the                switchback descents that gave me                                                  winding mountain roads. In this set-
National Park is some of the most          a sense of euphoria or it could've              Skyline Drive, Front Royal,       ting, backwoods is a good thing. I
scenic I’ve ever experienced.              been the thin air at 6,000-feet of      Virginia – The first five-miles, all up   thought Devil's Den was a curious
Towering rock formations will leave        elevation.                              hill, is just an appetizer to 115-miles   name while descending down into
you in jaw-dropping amazement.                                                     of completely uninterrupted beauty.       it. Then I had to climb back out.
That is until you hit one of the many             Western Pennsylvania –           The road follows the jagged contour
steep climbs and remember to start         Thank god for Penn DOT, they pave       of the Blue Ridge section of the                 Cataluyna Region, Spain – I
breathing again.                           roads all over the middle of            Appalachian Mountains. There isn’t        was sent to race along this moun-
                                           nowhere. It’s hard to say exactly       one stretch of flat pavement the          tainous coast near Barcelona with
      Housatonic            Valley,        why I like riding them so much,         whole way. In 2003 it took me and         the National Team in 2002.
Connecticut – Even as the pack             other than - hey, it’s Western PA,      ten top amateurs from Team Snow           Unfortunately I was dropped on the
sped over the smooth black top,            the blue collar heartland of the        Valley six and half hours to com-         first climb everyday. Fortunately,
through the lush, green valley at          state. The roads wind through           plete. How long will it take you?         the groupetto was just as into relax-
over 30-miles per hour, somehow I          rolling hills, past sprawling horse                                               ing, chewing on a foil wrapped
still had the presence to look             farms, and into dingy little towns             The Texas Hill Country –           sandwich, and enjoying the epic
around and think – this is heaven.         where the locals mingle outside the     Okay, I’m biased, but isn’t that what     views, as I was.
Wooden bridges over rambling               corner pub.                             favorite rides are all about – riding            Got a rockin’ ride for the dirt
brooks, roads completely enclosed                                                  in your front door at the end of the      or road? Send it to me and I’ll put it
by leafy, leaning trees, and quaint              Marin Headlands, Northern         day. The roads dip right through the      into     a   future     column      –
towns where everyone comes out             California – Just across the            creeks, the hills are just big enough     Ian.Dille@Gmail.com.
to cheer, yes, these Yankees got it        Golden Gate Bridge from San             not to be mountains, and every




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                                          J u n i o r S p o t l i g h t : Luke Allen
            Presents
                                           by TRP Staff                                                                  Photo by Jere Arnold

                                                      found some trails          future … what would you like to do
                                                                                                                         LA: My worst race was at Tapatio
                                                      close to our house and     after graduating from school?
                                                                                                                         last Spring. That was my first time
                                                      we decided to try them     LA: I want to go to Fort Lewis
                                                                                                                         to race 12 and under. I was doing
                                                      out. It was a blast so     College in Durango, Colorado. I
                                                                                                                         pretty good and probably could
                                                      we started riding more     want to be on their cycling team and
                                                                                                                         have gotten first place when I ran
                                                      and more. Eventually,      eventually work my way up to pro.
                                                                                                                         over a log and ripped the stem off
                                                      we (my Dad and I)
                                                                                                                         my tubeless wheelset. I had to walk
                                                      began to race.             TRP: How many days a week do
                                                                                                                         a long way and was very frustrated.
                                                                                 you ride and how many hours do
                                                      TRP: What kind of          you put in?
                                                                                                                         TRP: Tell us about your favorite
                                                      bike do you ride? Any      LA: My training time varies,
                                                                                                                         Race?
                                                      interesting equipment      depending on other activities like
                                                                                                                         LA: My favorite race was the
                                                      on it?                     soccer. I’m on the bike about 5 days
                                                                                                                         NORBA National Championships in
                                                      LA: My race bike is a      a week. I usually put in around 50
                                                                                                                         Sonoma, California. We got to meet
                                                      modified Trek 6700         minutes to two hours each time I
                                                                                                                         all the pros and get their auto-
                                                      with an FSA wheel set      ride.
                                                                                                                         graphs. I started out in last place
                                                      and      Hayes    disc
                                                                                                                         and worked my way up to first. I
                                                      brakes.     It weighs      TRP: Do you have a formal coach?
                                                                                                                         ended up winning and was really
                                                      approximately      23      If so, who is it and why do you have
                                                                                                                         happy.
                                                      pounds. My jumping         one?
                                                      bike is a Santa Cruz       LA: I don’t have a formal coach,
                                                                                                                         TRP: Favorite food?
                                                      Superlite. It weighs       but my Dad teaches me a lot. Gary
                                                                                                                         LA: Eggrolls.
                                                      28 pounds. Both of my      Fraser, who works at Biketown here
                                                      bikes have Platform        in Abilene, is a rider who has awe-
                                                                                                                         TRP: Training food?
                                                      Eggbeater pedals.          some technique. He rides with me a
                                                                                                                         LA: Pasta.
                                                                                 lot and tells me what I’m doing
                                                     TRP: Have you tried         wrong or right. He drove my bike
Luke Allen lives in Abilene with his                                                                                     TRP: Other than that?
                                         other two-wheeled sports?               all the way to Sonoma, California
parents and four sisters. He is                                                                                          LA: Any type of Mexican food.
                                         LA: I also do road biking if that       for Nationals while we flew. I didn’t
eleven years old and a fifth grader      counts, which is a lot of fun – but     know he was coming, so it was a
at Wylie Middle School, where he is                                                                                      TRP: Okay. Xbox or PS2?
                                         right now I like mountain biking        surprise for me. It gave me confi-
involved in the Gifted and Talented                                                                                      LA: Xbox
                                         better.                                 dence to have him there.
program. In addition to cycling, he
participates in soccer, basketball                                                                                       TRP: Campy or Shimano?
                                         TRP: Do you participate in other        TRP: As a Junior Racer, what do
and baseball, and is an altar server                                                                                     LA: Shimano
                                         sports?                                 you think could be done to increase
at Holy Family Catholic Church.          LA: I play baseball, basketball and     the sport’s popularity among young
                                                                                                                         TRP: Favorite pro bike racer?
                                         soccer. Sometimes I have to miss        people?
This past July, he won the NORBA                                                                                         LA: Adam Craig and Jeremy
                                         games for bike races, but I still       LA: Make it a school sport. That
Junior 11-12 cross country national                                                                                      Horgan-Kobelski
                                         enjoy the other sports.                 would get a lot more kids involved.
championship       in     Sonoma,
                                                                                 Many people don’t even know what
California.                                                                                                              TRP: Anybody you’d like to thank
                                         TRP: Where do you go to school?         mountain biking is, and that would
                                                                                                                         or mention?
                                         LA: I go to Wylie Middle School.        make them want to try it.
TRP: When did you start riding?                                                                                          LA: In addition to my Mom and
Can you tell the story?                                                                                                  Dad, all the guys at Biketown, espe-
                                         TRP: What grade are you in and          TRP: Tell us about your first Race?
LA: I started riding when I was 4.                                                                                       cially Gary, and Don Pittman.
                                         what’s your favorite subject.           LA: My first race was a time trial at
My first bike was a yellow Giant                                                                                         They’ve all supported me and
                                         LA: I am in the fifth grade, and my     the Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred. Those
with training wheels. I remember                                                                                         helped me when I needed it. I
                                         favorite subject is Math.               were probably the muddiest trails
picking it because it was black with                                                                                     would also like to thank all the peo-
                                                                                 that I’ve ever ridden, even to this
yellow flames.                                                                                                           ple that put on the TMBRA races
                                         TRP: What do you think of school?       day. I got fourth out of four, but I
                                                                                                                         and give kids my age a chance to
                                         LA: School’s okay. It’s good to be      was just glad to finish. It was 10
TRP: When did you start racing?                                                                                          get started in racing. I hope to keep
                                         educated and it’s great to see all my   miles, which was a long way for me.
Why?                                                                                                                     riding until I can’t grind my bike
                                         friends.
LA: I started racing mountain bikes                                                                                      down the trail anymore.
                                                                                 TRP: Tell us about your worst
when I was eight years old. My dad       TRP:    What do you see as your         Race?




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                                                                                      the same parent compa-          Additional sponsorships and a race and events
  ConexTrain & travelgirl maga-                                                       ny, and as such                 calendar will be announced in the coming
  zine Elite Women’s Cycling                                                          ConexTrain will stay on-        months.
                                                                                      board, too.                            HealthCoach (www.healthcoach.net) is
  Teams Combine - SLH Communications                                                        “I am very excited        dedicated to the pursuit of healthy lifestyle and
                                                                                      about the prospects for         long, happy, active lives. It helps clients turn
       Austin, Tex. (September 20, 2006)                    2007 and the opportunity to bring the travelgirl          intentions into actions, creating lasting lifestyle
Austin’s Team ConexTrain and Atlanta-based                  squad into our camp. We’ve put together a group           changes, improved health, and enhanced well-
travelgirl magazine women’s professional cycling            of athletes who will strengthen our national pres-        being, keying on disease risk assessment, nutri-
teams consolidated last week, forming a top-tier            ence, particularly at criterium and time trial            tional analysis and diet, goal setting, exercise
National Racing Calendar (NRC) squad for                    events. Having travelgirl magazine on board also          plans and performance tracking for success.
2007.                                                       brings considerably more marketability for                HealthCoath managers and advisors have back-
       The new team, Team HealthCoach pre-                  women’s pro cycling and this top-tier squad of            grounds ranging from Big 5 consultants to pro-
sented by travelgirl magazine, will be managed              athlete-role models,” said Tim Pletcher, execu-           fessional athletes and investment bankers who
out      of     Austin     by      AG       Cycling         tive director of AG Cycling.                              know and understand balanced, healthy living.
(www.agcycling.com),        which      ran    Team                 Sawyer, who was also the travelgirl team                  travelgirl magazine (travelgirlinc.com) is
ConexTrain in 2006. The former squads bring                 manager, was also pleased. “I couldn’t be happi-          a magazine for women on the go and the men
together champion criterium riders and time trial-          er with the outcome. The AG Cycling folks have            and families who travel with them. It is the pre-
ists, two disciplines which will make up the 2007           great depth of experience, access to top-tier             mier resource for women looking to improve their
team’s focus. ConexTrain leader Jen McRae and               resources and most importantly strive for a team          lives by finding and integrating the “escape fac-
teammate Allyson Brandt will join forces with               culture we find very attractive. In looking for a         tor” into every day journeys as well as exotic
travelgirl’s Kim Sawyer, Leigh Valletti, Tiffany            partner for 2007, we were concerned about find-           vacations. Targeting women in the 30’s to 50’s
Ballew, and Kim Foland.                                     ing the right fit and were fortunate through a            age range, travelgirl magazine is savvy, sexy &
       HealthCoach        (www.healthcoach.net)             series of coincidences to connect with the riders         sophisticated. It was the first national travel pub-
gears up as the new title sponsor of the property           and managers at Team ConexTrain.”                         lication launched after September 11, 2001, and
for the next three years, with travelgirl (www.trav-               The new HeathCoach-travelgirl magazine             was named “one of the most notable launches of
elgirlinc.com) gathered in as presenting sponsor.           team will debut in October at the AMLI                    2003” by industry guru Mr. Magazine.
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  Old School Racing in Downtown Denton
  By Fred “Tripp” Smitham                              Photos by Lauren Hollinger
      The roads were quickly drying after the
morning showers as the pro 1/2/3 field rolled up
to the start line. Homey restaurants and shops
lined the wide open race course, with the old
courthouse enclosed by the first two turns.
People may wonder, “How exciting can a
course with only four left turns be?” Well the
Downtown Denton Crit was out to show them
just how exhilarating and technical four corners
are.
      The start finish line was located at the top
of a long gentle incline in front of the court-
house. Two brick turns at the top of the course
led into a downward sloping back straightaway,
at the bottom of which was the technical third
corner. This narrow corner turned into a rough
road, the inside track broken up by manhole
covers. When combined with the rain slicked
road this corner proved to be a worthy test of
the racers bike handling abilities, which is what
good crits should strive for. After this tricky sec-
tion the course made one last turn onto the
                                                            incline to the finish.
                                                                   The course showed its teeth early on in
                                                            the day, with a pileup in the first lap of the pro
                                                            1/2/3 race. Its bite proved to be as fierce as its
                                                            bark, shredding the field almost from the gun.
                                                            Along with the tough course several early
                                                            attacks helped to further breakup the peleton. It
                                                            was a fast race that took its toll on many of the
                                                            racers.
                                                                   Toward the end of the first race the rain
                                                            started to move in, but it was not about to put a
                                                            damper on the days events. Plenty of cover-
                                                            ings provided by store fronts allowed the large
                                                            crowed of spectators to stay dry while enjoying
                                                            the racing. There was a large turnout of sup-
                                                            porters who lined the entire top half of the race
                                                            course, an impressive showing for a new race.
                                                            If one looked around it would be hard to realize
                                                            this was the first ever Downtown Denton Crit,
                                                            from the amount of people and racers present.
                                                                   The First annual Denton Crit was a great
                                                            success, bringing fast and exciting racing, to
                                                            historic downtown Denton. Hopefully this race
                                                            will continue to bring this same level of success
                                                            for years to come.




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 CYCLE LOGIC ~ “A Theory on Cycling Community”
 By Diana North
       A spontaneous road trip to Arizona last July as temperatures hovered               Politicians would be required to ride touring bikes with constituents
in the low 100s contributed to the formation of my newest theory on cycling;      while running for election. You can tell a lot about a candidate’s character
There really is such a thing as a cycling community and it should take over       on a group ride. Stops would be called “sags” and everyone on the cam-
the planet because it has the power to create a more peaceful, beautiful, fit,    paign trail would get a t-shirt.
and environmentally-sound world.                                                          In my perfect world, if two people or two presidents disagreed they
       I arrived in Mesa on a Friday evening and by early Saturday morning        would have to do a century ride together. If they did not resolve their differ-
I was at a local group road ride. It was hot. I had my bike and two water bot-    ences they would be required to do a weeklong tour across Texas together,
tles and no idea what was ahead so I smiled to hide my mini panic attack          unsupported. For disagreements that required quick resolutions, criteriums
and was welcomed anyway. Panic dissolved into glee on the prettiest little        or short road races would decide who got to talk first and who had to listen
climb of my entire life. Sprinting was candy for my travel-cramped legs.          until it was their turn. Race officials would act as mediators. Citizens could
       By the end of the next morning’s group ride, I was ready to move to        line the streets wearing devil costumes or draped in colorful flags. Screams
Arizona where every street has a bike path and the scenery includes               of encouragement, loud music and hay sculptures would be welcomed; the
rugged, red mountains and funky cactus. But most of all I was ready to            more ridiculous the better.
admit that no matter where I ride, I am part of a community which allows me               All that cycling would reverse soaring obesity rates. Less air pollution
to show up in a place a thousand miles from home and feel like I belong           would mean healthier lungs for everyone. Since exercise lowers stress lev-
there in a matter of hours. The new theory began to take shape in my mind.        els, blood pressures all over the world would rejoice. Health care premiums
       During that the same time, the Tour de France was going on. For            would hit an all-time low. The decrease in traffic congestion alone just might
weeks I watched those riders, men of different skinny shapes, sizes and col-      put an end to road rage, which when you think about it would look pretty silly
ors, who spoke different languages. They came, with their own mini panic          on a bike anyway. As would drunk riding. Seeing the scenery, slowing the
attacks, from all over the world. They got along. They worked together and        pace and getting to know the neighbors sounds pretty sane to me so I won-
they competed against each other never knowing what would happen next.            der if we would need so much Prozac? Volunteer work, so good for the body
By the end, rivalries aside, there were weary smiles and congratulations all      and mind, would be the new way to help others while helping yourself by
around, and every cyclist watching could relate. They were an elite and spe-      providing the pedal power for sidecars and carts for those unable to ride.
cialized cycling community but a community just the same. If they could do                With all that peace and love and joy and exercise, maybe weapons of
it and I could do it then there was something to this new theory of mine.         mass destruction could be melted down and turned into bike frames for
       What good is a theory if you can’t just go wild with it? In my perfect     those less fortunate. Sharing bicycles and the sport of cycling might foster
world, all kinds of people from all walks of life would own bikes. They would     diplomacy between nations just like it does between people. And maybe,
work together and observe the rules of the road. Even in competition there        just maybe, showing up with a bicycle would earn each one of us the same
would be honor and respect. In my perfect cycling world, not only would           warm welcome the cycling community extends every day.
every person own a bike or two but in my perfect world, they would ride
them. Everywhere. Cars would be used for hauling bikes someplace new.
Riders showing up at new places with their bikes, water bottles and panic
attacks could join that community and feel right at home.
       If I ran the world, cities and towns would sprout small, local, friendly
places to shop that didn’t take up three acres. Local shops run by cycling
employees, cycling managers and cycling stockholders would spring up
overnight. Would that be a bad thing?
       Whole communities would be built around cycling. Trails, closed
courses, bike parks, bike lanes, bike racks, bike ramps, bike shops and rov-
                                                                                                 October




ing wrenches would be interspersed with cozy coffee shops and juice bars
and restaurants. Owned and run by fellow cyclists, of course. Every village,
                                                                                                                  October 6th & 13th
city and country would have its own bike teams for road, mountain,                                                Friday Night Racing
cyclocross and track racing.
       Tour de France time would be a three-week-long sabbatical.
       With more bikes than cars on the road, air pollution, global warming
and serious bicycle accidents would be things we wouldn’t fear anymore.
And with all that cycling, going places would be more enjoyable because
everywhere you looked you’d see beautiful, shapely cycling legs and would                            Contact Kathy Volski at 281-578-0693
that be a bad thing?                                                                                   www.houstonalkekvelodrome.org




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                                                                                                                            the professional thing," Leipheimer


IL PATRON WRITES
BY IL PATRON (OF COURSE)
                                                                                                                            said. "If I was going to go back and
                                                                                                                            get bottles for myself, it doesn't cost
                                                                                                                            me any more energy to bring two
                                                                                                                            more bottles to him, so it's just a pro-
                                                                                                                            fessional courtesy. They took care of
                                                                                                                            me, and they didn't have to. That's
       “Hey there, how you doing, can we talk??”                                                                            about it."
       “Do remember that fateful day in the 2003 Tour de France when                       -VeloNews.com”
Lance got caught up on the muzette and came crashing down on the                          “So where I am coming from? I am seeing less and less sportsman-
asphalt? And do you remember Tyler Hamilton taking control of the pelaton          ship or good sporting behavior exhibited in the club rides and the rallies that
and reminding them of the professional courtesy extended to the maillot            I participate in around the Dallas area. Yes, we point out the potholes and
joune when an unpredictable event occurs in a race of such magnitude?              the ever-expanding cracks in the roads. We call out the oncoming vehicles,
There are many stories like this ….. Lance waiting for Ullrich after he left the   but we compete with each other as if every ride was the US
road on a high speed descent, you know them, you have suffered with the            Championships. We take unnecessary risks with the traffic and with each
participants as if you were there.”                                                other, not looking before we pull out of the group to take off and prove we
       “So tell me, how come, we, the club cyclist, the amateur, the week-         can ride up a hill faster than the group. We take advantage of our fellow rid-
end road warrior, how come we do not exhibit the same attributes as the            ers who are improving their fitness and in some cases feel good about beat-
pros do on our rides! We have so little at stake; they have their livelihoods      ing riders who are recovering from injuries or illness.”
to consider when an advantage can be taken. Don’t get me wrong, there                     “Now that I have opened this can of worms, let me add insult to injury.
are many stories about bad behavior on the Pro Tour. In the Tour Of Britain        Since when did we become such snobs ….. I’m sorry did I offend you? The
last month, we saw a slow speed protest and the forcing of a rider into the        more money you have to spend on stuff does not make you or I a better
gutter just because he wanted to race.”                                            rider. We look good, but I will show you a dozen better riders on less fash-
       “To make my point, let me share a quote with you from Levy                  ionable bikes who have the HEART but must live on a less extravagant
Leipheimer after he finished second to George Hincapie in the US Pro               budget. And when it comes to equipment and our gear, why is a rider on a
Championships help in Greenville, NC. last month. Both Levy and George             ten-year-old steel frame bicycle less worthy than I am because I ride a car-
were the sole representatives of their professional teams at this event, and       bon bicycle? And why is a rider with a mountain bike helmet, you know the
as you know George, won it in compelling fashion, but the two riders dis-          helmet with a peak upfront, not as cool as you or I with our peakless head-
played true professionalism in the race. Quote, “I felt obligated since they       gear? Don’t get me started on our opinions of hydration backpacks on a
were feeding me, and that was giving me a huge advantage, so I just did            road rider. And while I am on the subject, who said that imported European
                                                                                                        riding kits are the only stuff to ride in? Now, I am guilty of
                                                                                                        liking my gear to match socks to jersey, but why do some
                                                                                                        of us look down on the folks who ride in their 5-year-old
                                                                                                        jerseys? I’m not talking about “old school” here. If you
                                                                                                        want “old school”, Di Marchi has a wool jersey should
                                                                                                        you be interested in acquiring one. No, I’m talking about
                                                                                                        older stuff. Not having the latest gear and being cool, I
                                                                                                        think, is alienating many a rider.”
                                                                                                               “Our sport is one where men and women at many
                                                                                                        levels can ride together and if given the opportunity,
                                                                                                        compete head to head. So why are we males so intimat-
                                                                                                        ed by the presence of women in our rides? Why do we
                                                                                                        react so strongly when they push the pace? What are we
                                                                                                        attempting to prove to them, or for that matter, to our-
                                                                                                        selves? Let me tell you about a woman I met on the two-
                                                                                                        day charity ride this year who was belittled by the men
                                                                                                        whom she caught up with on the more hilly section of the
                                                                                                        ride. When they became aware of her presence, they
                                                                                                        promptly attempted to drop her and made it obvious to
                                                                                                        her in their remarks. She was very disillusioned and
                                                                                                        could not understand their behavior; the truth is neither
                                                                                                        can I.”
                                                                                                               “I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to ride with a
                                                                                                        mixed group on a training ride, a club ride, and especial-
                                                                                                        ly in rallies. Couples who are training together, along
                                                                                                        with women who are excited to participate in this sport
                                                                                                        and take on the guys, make for fun and invigorating
                                                                                                        times on the road. I ride with a number of women, and
                                                                                                        many are way better than I am and some are not, but
                                                                                                        cycling is one of the few sports where we are remarkably
                                                                                                        equal athletically. You know I ride with a four foot some-
                                                                                                        thing lady on a 650cc wheeled bike who continues to
                                                                                                        smoke me on a regular basis. Not too many sports
                                                                                                        where that can happen, are there? How cool is that?
                                                                                                        Unfortunately, not all of us see it this way. Is it perhaps
                                                                                                        time to reassess our view of the sport and make more
                                                                                                        folks welcome, sharing our cycling knowledge, expertise
                                                                                                        and skills with them as we carve our path across the
                                                                                                        countryside? Is it time many of us get off our high horse
                                                                                                        and just ride for the sheer enjoyment of it, and stop judg-
                                                                                                        ing, and become less selective and cliquish?”
                                                                                                               “Remember, we are just talking here …. You and
                                                                                                        me, one on one.”


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Double D Crit
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the first opportunity to see what happens in turn three when it rains. No, I
didn’t fall (I was walking), but I did see about a foot of water standing on the
course in the turn.
            I spent the next hour sweeping out the water down to the drain
and gutter. Just as I finished, it began to rain again. At that point we had
to get the barricades and cones set up, and the police, the folks from the
Denton Sports Commission, and racers were arriving, so the corner was left
to fend for itself.
            When I got back to the start/finish area, I heard that a store owner
of a place on the square was extremely displeased about the event being
there, and she claimed to have not known we were coming. While this is
hard to believe, considering I’d been to her store twice to talk about the race
in the preceding month, as well as making a decent-sized purchase, she
was also notified twice by letter. The race was going to happen anyway at
that point, but someone from the chamber of commerce took the brunt of it
while she vented her frustration. We were told that this type of thing is one
of the prices to pay for holding an event downtown.
            The rain was intermittent through the first race, which was the
P,1,2 event, making the streets slicker than if it would have outright rained      Service • Selection • Solutions
hard. And that it did during the following junior race and the rest of the day.
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awnings. That is, until they were soaked, and at that point everyone simply
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hammer out of them to get back up to speed. This was especially evident
coming out of turn four, and it made the races fit for the hard men and
women. There were no lucky winners at the Downtown Denton Criterium.
Those who placed well did so by riding at the front and keeping the pace
hard so that they could stay there.
            In the P,1,2 race, there were several strong moves containing rid-
ers who could be expected to win. Scott Veggeberg (Morgan Stanley/
Specialized) was out front in one move or another most of the day, but the
one to stick was a closing laps move with Stefan Rothe (Mercy), who took
the win of the first race ever in Downtown Denton.
            The 3,4 race was led by an early move with Troy Owens (GS
Tenzing/ Wheels in Motion) and Clay Hobson (Wheels in Motion), though it
was ultimately Owens who stayed away alone until the last turn when
Jonathan Reeder (Matrix) jumped from the chase group to overtake Owens
before the line.
            In the Women’s Open, newly minted category 3 racer, Christina
Smith (Orthopedic Store) stayed with the 40+ break in the combined field to
earn a solo win, despite falling on the first lap.
            With over 30 Juniors racing, we felt the race was a success with
that one race alone. The juniors raced together, but they were actually rac-
ing in boy’s and girl’s age groups of 10-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. Parker
Craddock (NWCC/Alkek) led all to the line, proving that he is one of the
strongest juniors in Texas and will be for the next two years, as he is only
16 years old. In the 10-12 field, there were 12 racers battling for the win
with Noah Williams (GS Tenzing/Wheels in Motion) powering away from
Luke Allen (Countrywide), the 11-12yr old US National XC Champion, on
the last lap. In the 13-14 group, Megan Baab (TBi) took the win for the girls
and Royce Strange (GS Tenzing/Wheels in Motion) led the way for the
boys. Sean Smith won the 17-18 age group.
            The 4,5 race was slugfest with Josh Brown ending the day of the
races and the category with the win. Jesus Chaparro and Roddie Haley
(Simpson’s) rounded out the podium for the 4,5’s.
            All told, feedback has been positive, and we look forward to put-
ting on the Denton Downtown Criterium again. One of the most interesting
comments came from a high ranking member from the city, and he said,
“Had we known so many racers were going to be here, we would have
repaved Piner (the road between turns three and four).”


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   Surf’n in Hell                                                     - All the Usual Suspects Escape
    By Andrew Willis                                                                   Photo by Lauen Hollinger
        While the 2006 version of the Hotter N’ Hell road race wasn’t without       miles later suspects, Kirk Winters (Austin Tri-Cyclist) and Dan Madru (REI
its hiccups, it wasn’t without its champions either. What draws people to a         Austin Cycling Team) bridged across, and the race was on.
late August event, in one of the windiest, flattest, and hottest spots in the              Fast-forward forty miles to a point where luck, wind, and heat had all
Southwest seems like a mystery, but I believe the allure must be in the             taken their toll on a number of the break, as well as created a powerful
name, “Hotter ‘n Hell.” It’s simple, it’s catchy, and most likely, the root         drama. Although, some could say that bad luck got the better of Brandt,
behind the rising success that’s grown what started back in 1982 as a rally,        who flatted out of the break, others would say that the worst of luck shroud-
and, in it’s heyday, a National Racing Calendar stage race. I can say that          ed the chasing field. Mislead by their lead vehicle, the remaining 3’s field
it must be the name, because it was Hotter ‘n Hell where I completed my             ended up miles from anywhere, knocking on the doors of ranchers and
second century ride ever, at the age of 14. There were plenty of rally style        farmers, begging for water. Luck aside, hell eventually devoured Madru,
rides to choose from back in 1991, but only one Hotter ‘n Hell.                     which left Benz without a shoulder to lean on.
             Seven years later, I returned to compete in the National Calendar             Considering his options, Benz noticed that everyone except Winters
stage race wearing Matrix, Richardson Bike Mart clothing. Somehow, the              appeared to be in difficulty, so he attacked. Of the fateful attack, Benz
seven-year hiatus from hell had changed my perspective on things, and               would later say, “Hamre had been looking strong all day, and caught the tail
even though the event is one of the few that offers a coveted winner’s jer-         end of my slip stream but not my wheel with Wilkerson on his wheel.
sey, I vowed to never enter the event again. So, I chuckled at being on the         Continued steady power, the hill, and the heavy head/crosswind conspired
road to hell again, another fifteen years later.                                    to snap the string and I was free. A few moments later I looked back and
             Every year, somewhere between eight and twelve thousand peo-           Kirk (Winters) was under full power, bridging up to me. Near the top of the
ple descend upon Wichita Falls, TX for what a local horseback riding cow-           hill, he got to me. I started to ramp it up again to keep our speed high over
boy described on the evening news in 1991 as looking like, “space aliens            the top of the rise and we were away.”
(spit) in neon.” This cowboy sat there, in his saddle, with a pair of huge irid-           With less than ten miles to go, Winters began having trouble.
ium lens Oakley goggles the reporter gave him to wear while answering               Calculating that second place was better than potentially being dropped, he
questions. Although he couldn’t reckon why anyone would spend money                 cut a deal with Benz, agreeing to pull through, helping when possible, and
to ride a bike in the middle of August, in one of “them get-ups,” he did admit      not sprint for the win, if only Benz would not drop him.
that the goggles made his eyes feel better in the sun.                                     I’d long since showered and eaten lunch by the time any of the races
             Much like returning to something I said I’d never do again,            finished, which allowed me the rare privilege of watching the Open Junior’s
remembering that interview has always made me chuckle, and I thought                race finish. Constant attacks in addition to the omni-present heat and wind
about it as I rode shotgun in the Team Hotel San Jose RV on the road to             whittled 100-kilometer junior race down to a select group of rising stars.
hell. What I didn’t chuckle about though, was getting dropped 30 miles into         Although the up-and-coming powerhouse that is Matrix/Richardson Bike
the 100-mile Pro 1,2 Men’s road race sponsored by Michelob Ultra the next           Mart champion, Broday Walker tried to shake his rivals in the closing miles,
morning. Rolling out of town before sun-up, with extra bottles in our pock-         he was overshadowed by the flawless teamwork of the Northwest
ets the seventy rider strong peleton led the way for all the other categories.      Cycling/Alkek Velodrome’s Craddock brothers. Time trialing maniac, four-
A series of early attacks saw Rory McAdams (Matrix) roll out of sight with          teen-year-old Lawson Craddock, who recently won one of the Category 4
Team Hotel San Jose riders, Barry Lee and Steven Wheeler.                           Men’s Wednesday Night Memorial Park Criteriums in Houston, put his own
             Twenty miles later, a “Surfer” Nick Kiernan (Morgan                    ambitions aside and led out his older more fast twitch muscle blessed
Stanley/Specialized) and Stefan Rothe (Mercy) charged chase group rode              brother, Parker. As the lead group approached the line, the Craddocks'
a rip tide across to the break with Edgar Ibarra and Jaime Gandara                  strategy proved fruitful.
(Richardson Bike Mart), Janne Hamalainen (Tulsa Wheelmen), and myself.                     Of the win, Parker summed up a day in hell better than anyone else,
Kiernan was clearly on a different planet, and although the breakaway’s             saying, “The Hotter ‘n Hell road race was VERY long, vigorous, and ardu-
and chase group’s efforts were all in vain as the field gobbled them up at          ous. It all came down to the finish line. I love the new jersey.”
the thirty mile mark, it did have the ultimate effect of stringing the now effort
weary field out.
        Turning into a gusting 20 mph crosswind saw Rothe’s Mercy team-             In T he W inner’ s Cir c le
mate, Alex Welch counter attack. Welch slowly pulled away from the field.
While most would be reluctant to give it a go with some 70 miles left till the
finish, Kiernan saw opportunity knocking, saying, “The distance didn’t both-
                                                                                    with “Surf er” Nic k Kier nan
er me. I felt good, that’s probably the most important part. That and Mercy
                                                                                    “Surfer” Nick Kiernan, rides for Morgan Stanley/24 hour fitness/SPECIAL-
was controlling everything, so I knew with Alex up there we could sneak
                                                                                    IZED. He began racing in 1998 for Mid-Cities Wheelman (Team Bicycles inc.)
away.”
                                                                                    and since has racked up over 100 victories. Nick rode for the top amateur
        In the final few miles Gandara and Hamalainen caught the surprised          team Mathis Brothers Elite Cycling and then as a professional in '04 for the
breakaway duo, but the bridging effort proved too much for the pair, as             Sharper Image Professional Cycling Team. His travels have taken him to
Kiernan still had enough gas in the tank to muster one final push for the           close to 20 countries and 4 continents. His list of top victories include:
line.
        As local reporters mobbed Kiernan for quotes, a battle had erupted          2003 Michelin Classic - Greenville, SC
in what turned out to be a dramatic Category 3 Men’s race. The final break-         2003 Grand Prix de Anapolis - Anapolis, Brazil
away came together at the same point where Welch attacked in the Pro 1,             2 x Texas State Criterium Champion ('03 & '06)
2 Men’s race, just after the first feed zone, in the midst of a horrid cross        2003 Texas Cup Champion
wind. Unlike the Pro 1, 2 Men’s event, the Category 3’s saw the early               Clasica de las Constituciones ('02 & '04) - Monterrey, Mexico
break, containing Velossimo’s Steve Brandt and Team Hotel San Jose jun-             2006 Texas State Criterium Championship
ior strong man, Marcus Torres, joined later by all the usual suspects. One
such suspect, rising Texas legend, Erick Benz (REI Austin Cycling Team)             TRP: This is getting repetitive, isn’t it?
could see the break dangling ahead of the reluctant pack about twenty               NK: (smiles that Surfer smile)
miles into the race.
        Benz, tired of being a marked man, ramped it up and strung it out,          TRP: Why did you go to the event?
eventually breaking the string that had tethered him to the field all morning.      NK: This was a big event for the Specialized team. The Specialized Regional
Not concerned with towing across strongmen, Francis Hamre (Northwest                Sales Manager was in town and this would be his first time to see us race.
Cycling) and Gordy Wilkerson (Woodlands), Benz powered along, closing
                                              the gap seemingly at will. A few      TRP: What had you heard about the event?
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NK: I had done the event several times in the past and always
enjoyed it.

TRP: How did you prepare?
NK: This time of year there isn’t very much “race preparation”. I
had been racing every week for the month prior so it was just a mat-
ter of being rested and hydrated.

TRP: Who did you watch for?
NK: In a race that’s 106 miles in the heat, you have to watch every-
body, but I mainly kept a close watch on Chad Cagle.

TRP: What were the early miles like?
NK: The race was aggressive from the word go. Less than 10 miles
into it a move of about 10 riders were trying to establish itself and
had a pretty descent gap. As the gap grew and the wind picked up,
I thought it might be a dangerous move and began my trek across.
I was joined by six others and the gap came down quickly. My
teammate, Josh Kerkhof, put his head on the chopping block and
drove himself into the ground to close the last 20 seconds.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and this break was caught a few miles
before the feed zone.

TRP: What led up to the successful break?
NK: To be quite honest, I’m not really sure. As we came out of the
first feed zone Alex Welch (Mercy Cycling Team) attacked and
quickly rode away. There was a small group of four in between Alex
and the field. At mile 27 I attacked up a small rise and buried the
needle. I soon caught the group of four and went right by them and
didn’t look back. I kept my head down and the needle pegged.
After a few miles I made contact with Alex and it was off to the races.
I knew deep down inside, baring a mishap, if we rode hard we
wouldn’t see the field again.

TRP: What happened inside the break?
NK: For the first hour the gap was never over a minute.. I think Alex
was a little discouraged, but I knew if we stayed with it, the gap
would soon increase. As the miles ticked away our advantage grew
slightly larger. When we hit the 60 mile mark, we had close to three
minutes on the field and 1:30 on a nine man chase group. As we
approached mile 70, the time split was down to 45 seconds and the
chase group had splintered. The lead motorcycle told us that we
both had teammates coming up so we decided to back off and wait
for some reinforcements. A few miles later it was only Jaime
Gandara and Janne Hamalainen that made the bridge (my team-
mate,Bret Crosby had flatted).

TRP: Where there any moments of real risk or questions of your
survival?
NK: It was hit or miss there for a while. My right leg started to
cramp pretty bad so I had to try and conserve as much as possible.
I didn’t have anybody in the feed zones so I had to rely completely
on neutral water.

TRP: Who seemed the strongest in the break?
NK: I think it was all pretty even.. Alex and I had be out there for
over 75mi’s. By the time Jaime and Janne had reached us, they
were MUCH fresher than we were.

TRP: How did the finish go down?
NK: Alex attacked about a mile from the finish. He had a good gap
and the other two looked cooked so I decided to jump across. As I
made contact my right leg started to cramp again and I wasn’t able
to put pressure on it. A few seconds later Jaime joined us and we
just decided to fight it out in a sprint. Alex led it out and I had just
enough left in the tank to jump about 300 meters out and stay away
for the win.

TRP: Words of wisdom?
NK: Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your mamma proud..

TRP: Anybody you’d like to thank?
NK: My great specialized teammates: Geoff Godsey, Bret Crosby,
Scotty Veggeberg, and Josh Kerkhof. I’d also like to take Pierre
Kerkhof for pointing me in the right direction to get ready for the
race, and as always, my main man Don Merritt – for just being him..
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                                                                       Rally Report
                                                                                                 By David Berman
       August was truly hotter than hell in North         rest stop at the end was obscured by a semi                     I enjoyed and supported only two rest
Texas. This may have been the warmest month               parked on the roadside.                                  stops this year. The fabulous affair at 50 miles
for riding that I can remember in my 28 years in                 I arrived at rest stop four to find the lone      was well stocked with everything, including
Texas. I have two HOT rallies to comment on this          volunteer setting things up. I got there early           enthusiasm and riding buddies. Not one for
month. The Red Hot Chili Pepper, held on                  because I left the 60-mile riders at the 40-mile         hanging around at rest stops, I took two riding
Saturday August 19th, and the now world                   turn (I needed to get to my daughter’s soccer            partners from my original group of two dozen and
famous HHH (celebrating its 25th anniversary)             game). Once there I helped him dilute the sports         hammered to the 80 mile “redirect”, passing the
which was held on August 26th in Wichita Falls.           drink. The initial shot of 100% proof PowerAde           well attended rest stop at 70 something miles. All
       This is going to be a difficult report to write.   sent shockwaves through my bladder. I grabbed            seemed under control, with folks attempting to
Here is my dilemma. I don’t have very good                a cookie and said “hasta la vista” as I headed           recover under the shade tree and everyone’s
things to say about either rally this year. In bal-       onto the dam wall road.                                  needs being taken care of.
ance my Hotter n Hell report will be less critical               I can’t complain about the hills because                 We caught our missed turn at 80, “gained”
than my review, more specifically my concerns             they were fun to ride, but they left destruction in      only 400 yards, hooked up with a suffering team-
about the Red Hot Chili Pepper. So here goes.             their wake as the day heated up and the folks            mate, who took off at 25 miles and did my share
       Let me tell you what was good about the            made their way back up Davis struggling with the         of the work into the scorching headwind. I then
Red Hot Chili Pepper rally. Great T-shirt - well          gradient, the now oppressive heat, and the               dropped off the dwindling group at the 95-mile
designed, with minimal hype. In fact, it is the best      uncontrolled traffic. My suggestion: Do a club           rest stop. I am a pickle juice junky! Where can I
shirt I have received this year. This ride has a          ride or lap the lake next August and pass on the         find that stuff? 7-11, I know. Downed an undilut-
great location midway between most cities in the          Red Hot Chili Pepper.                                    ed pint, grabbed on the back of two Cat. 4 riders
Metroplex. The rally supports a very worthy and                  Hotter n Hell, you truly lived up to your         (out of contention because of a flat and no sag
deserving cause. The late registration was very           billing this year!! Reports say it was the hottest in    assistance), and we blasted our way home.
easy. No lines or problems, and staggering the            the past 25 years and definitely the hottest in the      Great finish as usual. Cool activities after the
start is a good idea. A challenging hill or two to        past three years. As fate would have it, the local       ride, plenty of friends to talk to at the finish and
climb and a few wonderful drops back to sea               temperature in Wichita Falls on Sunday was 84            reminisce, but the heat was the story of the day.
level added excitement to this rally. The dragon-         degrees. You win some, you lose some. And boy            By mid-week the final riding mate had recovered
flies over the Joe Pool dam wall were cool to see         did we lose body fluids this year.                       and was back on his bike….. this was a HHH for
and pry lose from my helmet vents, one dead,                     (Firstly, on behalf of the staff, contributors,   the record books.
one wounded, sorry little guys, but you can fly           employees of the Texas Racing Post,                             You can’t beat a ride with big crowds, big
and I can’t!! Great after ride activities and food.       Richardson Bikemart and all the members of the           heat, and big egos. Upon reflection I believe
       Now, for the not so good stuff. The worst          cycling community, may I extend my sincere con-          changes are appropriate and necessary to keep
comments first. It is my opinion that this event          dolences to Roby Christie, HHH director, on the          this the event safe and exciting, I have three sug-
should be significantly revised – very revised.           loss of Jason Christie and 6 other family mem-           gestions.
Perhaps it could be held in a different location or       bers who perished in a plane crash in Jackson,                  Firstly, information published in the pre-
on a different route. I believe this was the most         Ky. on September 6, 2006. Our thoughts and               race flier is not read. Solution: make ride
dangerous rally I have ever ridden. We had a              prayers are with you. God bless you.)                    announcements during the radio broadcast as
long wait at the light onto Davis, and had to run                My report: I totally agree with the medical       we line up; repeatedly announce changes, such
three red lights as we sped down Davis toward             staff in closing the course at 11am. Don’t whine         as the potential closing of Hellsgate. Secondly,
Loop 12 and out onto the course. Quote from a             that you trained all year and now must ride short,       please have the senior course marshal check the
rider as we crossed over the left lane of oncom-          that’s nonsense. I trained all year, made it past        course early in the morning for vandalism and
ing traffic for a third time in 15 miles, “I will never   Hellsgate in plenty of time but won’t ride the 102       thirdly, eliminate the road race on Saturday.
ride this again, I fear for my safety!” He had good       miles again if the temperature is over 100               Here’s to the next 25 years of cycling history in
reason for his fear as we crossed in front of the         degrees. It’s not good for one’s health. Good call       the town without a real falls, but a Wichita river,
oncoming vehicles that could have cared less              medics!! Bad call by the route marshal at the 80-        Wichita Falls Texas …. Cheers.
about our presence on the road. Road construc-            mile turn. Been there, missed it, turned
tion narrowed Belt Line Road down to one lane,            back with minor disruption. Hats
near the lake. The rest stops were very far apart         off to the folks that rode the
for such a brutally hot day. The roads were poor-         extra 10 plus miles and to
ly marked and route signage was way too close             the volunteers that were
to the intersection and turns to be of any value.         able to get water and flu-
A few intersections were not patrolled and one            ids to those riders.


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       Ironman - Race Day Epilogue
       By Bill Parmelee
      Race Day!                                       backside of the course had the added challenge          really cold! I start to realize I’m in trouble. My
                                                      of hitting you with some fairly choppy water. It        mental preparation for the race (and equipment,
       [This is the final chapter on my preparation   was not a huge deal, but this just presents more        etc) never really comprehended “cold.” The
and participation in the 2006 Ironman Wisconsin       things to deal with. For example, it gets harder        summer had been so hot. This race saw temper-
triathlon race in Madison on Sunday, September        to sight ahead to stay on course. Instead of just       atures in the 90’s the past two years. So, men-
10th, 2006.]                                          barely lifting my head to sight, occasionally I had     tally whenever I heard “cool temperatures, some
       I had set my alarm to go off at 4:00a, but     to lift my chest out of the water to see, dropping      showers” I thought great, we’ll avoid the heat. I
woke up at 2:00a. This is clearly the largest ath-    my legs and almost coming to a stop. Of course,         never considered the flip side – cold and wet!
letic undertaking I’ve ever tackled, and sleep is     when I would do that, people would run me over                 Well, that is exactly what I found myself in
no longer in the equation. I lie in bed staring at    from behind.                                            – very cold, wet, miserable conditions. By 25mi
the ceiling until 3:00a and figure I might as well            Finally, I rounded the next to last buoy on     into the bike I was beginning to worry about
get up. The race starts at 7:00a. First order of      the second lap and started the final 200 yards to       hypothermia. All I was wearing was bike shorts,
business is sunblock, getting dressed and hav-        the swim finish. What a sense of relief! Swim           a sleeveless bike shirt and arm warmers. (I
ing my ritual 2 slices of French Toast.               time – 1:19. (My target was 1:15)                       should have had an underlayer below the bike
       We’re heading over to the transition area              T1. I exited the water feeling pretty           shirt, plus a vest.) I was shaking so much on the
at 5:00a. I have traveled up to the race with two     decent, considering I just finished a 2.4mi swim.       downhills I had to slow on some of them, worried
other athletes and their families.           Steve    “Strippers” greeted me and helped to quickly            I might crash. I was praying for a break in the
Plamondon, who has been my training partner all       remove my wetsuit. At this point it’s a “hillclimb”     rain.
year, and Liesl Inglish, who both Steve and I         up to the transition bags and changing room.                   The rain let up some as I progressed
have worked and raced with for several years.         Monona Terrace has spiral parking ramps at              through loop 1. I made it in relatively good shape
Liesl’s husband, Rob, will be driving us over. So,    each end. We had to run up three levels on the          through the three significant hills on the backside
I have about an hour to sit and think. Lots of        ramp to get to transition. I managed to jog up the      of loop 1 and headed into loop 2. The rain con-
thoughts are swirling in my head: mentally run-       ramp, quickly get my transition bag, and head           tinued on and off and I stayed very cold. Just
ning through my equipment; mentally stepping          into the changing room.                                 before reaching the hills in loop 2, the cold start-
through each transition. I think about all the                The changing room is packed. I found an         ed to have its affect. I bonked. I came to the first
training and preparation leading up to this day.      open chair and got paired up with a “helper.” The       of the three hills and almost had to walk.
Since January, my training has totaled just under     helper basically hands you each item you need                  At the time I didn’t have the clarity of
400 hours!                                            to put on and helps as required. This was my            thought to fully understand what was happening.
       We head over to transition. For this race      first of several very positive experiences with         The cold conditions and my reaction (shivering
all the elements of transition (changing rooms,       how great the volunteers and supporters are in          constantly) greatly increased my calorie con-
bike racks) are housed in a convention center in      this race. I’m all dressed and geared up and            sumption. My usual nutrition regimen that
Madison called Monona Terrace. Next steps are         head out to my bike.                                    worked so well in Texas heat couldn’t keep up
basically some quiet time lying down and then                 The Bike. Now I’m feeling better. That ter-     with the calorie demands. My gas tank was
changing into the wetsuit for the swim. I get         rifying swim is behind me, and I’m about to set-        empty. But, all I knew was my legs were shot.
through all this, handoff the dry clothes I was       tle into what should be a long, relaxed bike ride.      This with 30mi to go on the bike and a marathon
wearing to Steve’s wife, Lori, and head into the      I mount the bike at the top of the spiral parking       ahead.
water around 6:40a.                                   ramp at the other end of Monona Terrace and                    Those last 30mi saw my mental resolve go
       The Swim. The swim start in an Ironman         coast to the bottom. I’m hardly out of the parking      down the drain. With the cold and wet, and now
is a mass start. Everyone starts at the same          ramp when near disaster strikes. A woman drifts         apparently shot legs, I had no will to try and tack-
time. So, there will be 2,400 bodies all heading      into my line. She reacts poorly, grabs my arm           le a marathon. Rolling at a now reduced speed
for the same corner buoy! The thought has ter-        and looses balance. She crashes as I barely             (15-16mph instead of 20), I mentally threw in the
rified me for months. I actually had some anxi-       stay upright. I look over my shoulder and               towel. I decided to call it quits at the end of the
ety problems with open water swims in my first        glimpse bike and rider down on the ground. That         bike.
few years doing triathlons. Steve has helped me       was close!                                                     I rode a somewhat modified bike course
with the anxiety, teaching me to relax and realize            Now I begin to settle into my strategy for      home. Rather than making a left turn when the
I’m not going to drown. So, I try to think of calm,   the bike. I check my heartrate, and concentrate         course was one mile from the finish, I made a
relaxing things as the start approaches.              on slowing and relaxing until it is down below my       right turn and a beeline to my hotel. All I could
       The course is a long, narrow rectangle,        target maximum for the bike – 120 beats per             think about was a hot bath. My race was over.
roughly .5mi on the long sides and .1mi on the        minute. I start to notice how cold it is. It is rain-          Epilogue. Three in our group went up to
two short ends. You swim the loop twice. We’re        ing; the streets are very wet; and the spray of         Madison to be an Ironman that day. Liesl had a
swimming counterclockwise, so the buoys that          water spinning out from the tires keeps me very         fantastic race. She placed second in her 35-
are spaced about every 100 yards and corner           drenched. The temps are in the low 50’s.                39age group and is going to Hawaii for the world
buoys will be on my right. I have positioned                  The bike course is made up of a 14mi leg        championship next year. Steve finished in a
myself on the far left, or inside. Its 7:00a and      that is the “out and back” portion of the course.       respectable 11:16, 22nd or so in his age group. I
we’re off!                                            This leg then leads into a 42mi loop that is ridden     failed to finish. I’m left with a lot to think about.
       The experience was pretty much the same        twice (for a total of 112mi). Although cold, the        Am I cut out to do an Ironman? What would
throughout the swim. You are swimming in very         14mi leg going out has a nice wind at our backs.        have happened if I had left my swim top on (worn
close quarters. People are constantly bumping         So, this goes pretty smoothly. I do have more           under the wetsuit) to provide a second layer
you on the sides, hitting your feet, even swim-       time to think how cold it is and how miserable the      under my bike shirt? Would that have made the
ming up onto your legs. And, you are running          riding conditions are. I think how great the sup-       difference and kept me warm? I owe so much to
into folks ahead that have paused or slowed           porters are to be out, along the bike route in this     my wife and friends and employer who tolerated
down to sight the course. I had the added irrita-     awful weather.                                          all the training. Now I let them down. It goes on
tion that my goggles kept taking on water. I was              I start the first loop and head north. Now I    and on.
having to briefly stop every 100 yards or so to       have a cross wind (it is out of the ENE). I hit the            I think I’ll let the disappointment of this
empty them out and try to tighten them to a           first big downhill and just freeze. There is wind       attempt wear off some before wrestling with the
water-tight seal.                                     and rain and I’m rolling 35+mph. After a couple         biggest question of all. Will I attempt another
       It was a bit windy that morning and the        of hills I’m shaking as I roll down each hill. It is    Ironman?

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The Herd Mentality:                                    Are Group Rides Bad for Your Fitness?
By Art Exum
        A couple of months ago I was on a group ride chatting with a friend        group to join, the camaraderie can help pass the time and miles.
who was bemoaning the trend of structured training and working with coach-                 Attending the wrong group ride on the wrong day, depending exces-
es, citing that it has decimated the hard group rides that were once thriving      sively on group rides for your fitness, or not knowing when to part ways with
in our area. Now, it seems that everyone trains alone because group rides          the group and do your own ride can all be a liability. However, for keeping
are too unstructured for their training programs. Conversely, he observed          the fun in your training, sharpening your skills and reaching beyond what
that when he first returned to racing 5-6 years ago we had hard group rides        your body can do or tolerate, a measured dose of group riding is indispen-
from Fort Worth every Tuesday and Thursday and that he correspondingly             sable. The most important factors for incorporating group rides into your
made large fitness gains. What I neglected to propose to him was the prob-         training are:
ability that since he had just returned to the sport, any intense training would           1) Knowing the nature of local group rides and choosing one based
have brought significant progress.                                                 on whether it can be compatible with your training needs.
        He may have been correct that structured training and coaching has                 Do your homework by asking those whom you know are regulars on
had a hand in reducing attendance on group rides, because coaches often            certain rides and find out which ones might fit particular training needs.
discourage clients from them. In order to address a particular client’s                    2) Knowing when to part ways with the group if their ride is not pro-
needs, a coach must control as many variables as possible in the athlete’s         viding the workout you need.
training. The most significant variable in a group ride is the whims or agen-              If, for example, you’re needing a long, slow distance ride and the
das of individuals within the group and the way in which the group responds        group ride deteriorates into a brawl on wheels, you will need all of your dis-
to these individuals. The simple reality is that almost any group ride is unof-    cipline to withdraw from the fight and let the others abuse each other, but
ficially a race. Sometimes it may be two or three short races—the race over        that is the wisest way to handle the situation. You’ll thank yourself later in
the hilly section, the race to the convenience store, or the race to the city      the season when the others are either burned out or have no more fitness
limit sign. Each “race” may have different features that favor different rid-      than they had in January. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a good
ers. As a result, the climbers, time trialists and sprinters might all get their   flogging and the group is doing a cheesecake ride, you can politely excuse
opportunity to shine. In this case, individuals will tend to train their           yourself, citing that your time is limited by your obligation to help the S.O.
strengths, ignore their weaknesses and as a result risk becoming a “one            with some housework, split off and do intervals on your own. This also takes
trick pony”. On the other hand, it may be one long time trial as the local cat     discipline if you’re enjoying the company and conversation.
1 disappears up the road and the group gets decimated in the pursuit, mak-                 So, what’s the answer? Are group rides bad for your fitness or good?
ing it no longer a group ride. Some group rides are predictable; some are          The answer is yes, sometimes, to both questions. You just have to know
not. You may meet up with one of these rides expecting a death match, only         how to use them judiciously and in moderation, much like most other things
to find that today it was a stroll in the park, or the reverse could happen.       in life.
        The unpredictability and the tendency for testosterone to override
intelligence on group rides can make them very difficult to incorporate into
a structured training plan. This is why many coaches tend not to like them.
Highly structured training carefully sequences specific workouts, many of
which do not tolerate variables well. It is meant to improve the athlete’s
weaknesses while allowing them to capitalize on their strengths. To do this
perfectly, however, would require the athlete to do the vast majority of their
workouts on an indoor trainer, where resistance can be controlled without
the intervention of wind, hills and bad pavement. This doesn’t sound like an
appealing proposal to most cyclists, because it would eliminate everything
that brought them to the sport in the first place. If we wanted to train in a
sterile environment, we would have chosen an indoor sport.
        Another problem with controlling all variables is that when race day
arrives, the conditions aren’t likely to be perfect. We must consider that a
major part of bike racing involves adapting to unfavorable conditions. The
variables are usually a deciding factor in who wins a race. If it’s 100
degrees and you’re not adapted to the heat, you’ll melt like a Popsicle. If it’s
windy and you’ve been only training indoors, you might just get blown off of
your bike. I can say that just in the last few years, I’ve experienced both of
these problems in spite of training in the elements.
        Training alone outdoors, according to your structured plan, may seem
like the best option at this point. You adapt to the environment while getting
your structured workout. Something would still be missing. The fittest
cyclist rarely wins the race. The variable of pack dynamics is still the most
common deciding factor in races. The best way to capitalize on it is to prac-
tice. The chaos of riding in a group of individuals, each with their own agen-
da will undo even the strongest riders if they haven’t learned to thrive in this
environment. Additionally, for many, there is a limit on how far you can push
your own body while training alone that can easily be exceeded with the
motivation of a group. Unless you’re by far the strongest rider in a group,
the others can collectively push you beyond your known limits. Even for
those days when you need a long, easy ride, if you can find a disciplined




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