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200 on 100 in 9hrs : some dudes from mass

200 on 100 – The Fall of Ryan T Kelly from cycloWHAT? on Vimeo.

These are the dudes from Mass’ that ride some of the same roads as Matt. They are super legit, doing the darn thang on the national and international stage(s).

I like this video because it paints them as normal humans. I can’t wait ’till the snow melts and the days lengthen a bit. 200mi rides are where it’s at.

Can’t wait ’til my favorite CNY holiday… Dante’s Day!!

roller racing in syracuse 2/4/15

The Wednesday evening of February 4th at Eastwood Brewing Company is the first go at a new level of bicycle silliness for the bicycling scene in Syracuse!

 

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I first ever experienced roller sprints like these at SSCXWC in Philly.. They are super fun.

Word to the wise: Don’t try and coast… (haha!) My limited sphere of bicycle influence has very little fixed gear bicycle presence.. I don’t know if bicycle aficionados in the area, especially the average road racer, will be more aware of their surroundings than I… But if you go sprint hard on a fixie and start to think about coasting… It is a very very bad idea.

Information provided on their FB Event page (as of 1/9/15):

Wednesday, February 4 at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Eastwood Brewing Company
108 Walter Dr, Syracuse, New York 13206

Welcome to Vagabond Cycling’s, Emerald City Roller Sprints – Syracuse’s first ever roller-racing event! This is the ultimate bike party and February just got a whole lot more fun in Syracuse.

No, you don’t have to ride – although you may feel left out – and no, you don’t have to drink – but YES you will have fun cheering on your friends and heckling your foes, and YES you can help us support a local organization dedicated to getting kids off the streets and on bikes.

Categories:
Men/Women (fork-mounted riders)
Feature Event: Men/Women roller riders (limited to 10 total)
Best dress-up / costume (please make sure your costumes won’t get caught in the rear wheel)

Cost: $15 to ride. No cover for spectators. Proceeds go to support a local youth bike organization.

Event Format:
Qualification rides followed by single-elimination format

Questions you may have:

Q: So what are roller sprints anyways?
A: Two participants duel it out on a pair of custom equipped bike-rollers, connected to a digital timing system, over a distance of 500 meters. The first person to complete the distance win. And between rides you can can go drink a beer and hang out and have fun – it’s that cool!

Anyone can join in on the friendly competition. The important thing is that when the crowd counts down “three, two, one” and yells “GO!” whoever’s on those bikes better be darn ready to sprint as hard as they can approximately 20 seconds! Emerald City Roller Sprints are meant to be fun and not serious training or racing.

Q: Do I need to know how to ride rollers?
A: NO. ABSOLUTELY NOT. Our bikes are connected to the rollers via a fork-mounted system, thus making it possible for anyone to ride.

Q: What do I wear to ride
A: Wear whatever you want

They also posted a little video of the typical scenario of Roller Races to getchya up to speed…

Back in December there was a similar event launched by Bike Loft East which I am bummed that I missed. I haven’t heard how it went but they too posted fun videos to give folks the idea of what it’s all about like this one from Velo Cult…

giro of otisco lake 2012

Saturday was the Giro of Otisco Lake where all the crazy, strong, fun, hardworking cyclists of the area came out to battle for 30ish miles of some beautiful country roads dashed with a solid sprinkling of intense hill climbing.

The race was broken down into 3 fields and was the first year being an official USAC santioned race of it 11 years as a fund raiser for the Spafford Area Historical Society, which benefits the School House where the race starts and finishes, midway up the Stanton road hill.

The attendance was good as lots of strong area riders and several of the local teams were represented; Corning, Bike Loft East, Swan’s Cookies, Max Power Cycling, Paceline,  Ruud, Ommegangsters, and the Mello Velo team with all three of the Hadzors,  Nilsson and several other rogue individuals came out of seclusion to stretch their sinewy muscles. The race went off swiftly with the blow of a whistle and the long grind began up the top half of Stanton road. With a handful of attacks on the top ridge between Otisco and Skaneateles Lakes where  if you had time to peak left or right either side had picturesque views.

I was particularly excited for this race since witnessing the pain on peoples faces as we heckled riders on the final climb last year. Though I’ve been babying some injury stuff and working with the scientifically trained voodoo medicine men at Morehouse HFC and Dr. John Castle to remedy a compensation kind of injury that’s been bothering the knee and attempting to correct some glute hamstring hip flexor quad muscle imbalances and as I’ve put my wisdom and patience to the limit I finally gave to in to typical endurance athlete urge to just get the hell back out there, and there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to race on stanton, route 20, coon hill and church hill/stanton.  The day prior to the race Brent (M-HFC) dialed Celeste back in to reasonable position to alleviate a lot of discomfort from the position I had messed up moving things around in random response to pain through the duathlons earlier on. I was very happy to have minimal to no pain through the race… I’m very excited to get back at it and it felt great to ride again!

All in all it was a great race, probably one of the most honest field efforts I’ve seen in a while with lots of riders doing work and keeping it interesting.

2012 results

update and some inspiration

 

It’s been a while since we’ve posted… we’ve been busy getting in as many miles as possible. I’m going to write this post backwards because I think that the Lopez Video needs to be at the top. I recently wrote a bio for the cnytriathlon.org athlete profile of the month and I mentioned Lopez among people I think about in the hero/role model category.. I found this youtube video today that shows him telling a little bit of his story. I got to race against him in highschool and not only was he a super athlete but also a great person, and now he’s doing all kinds of great things that I can’t even do justice writing about; see lopezlomong.com .. again he is a monster athlete and a great person so that’s why his video is at the top on the post.

Today was actually a great ride. It was rainy, awful, and the radar only promised it would get worse.

I had said I would meet up to ride with some folks and I didn’t want to be the one to bail or confuse the rendez-vous.. looking at the radar I was wondering whether it was intelligent to heed the warning or was it best to just get out there before the rain started coming down and get used to it as it escalated…

I chose the later, it probably had something to do with just reading this post, and picturing glorified mental images of belgian country roads and difficult weather that harden cyclists into greatness, that caused me to toss on my woolsports merino longsleeve, a jersey and long finger gloves to mount up and roll out just as the first heavy drops started to splatter.

It was pretty fun riding with the impending armageddon of weather coming, they were chills and warms bursts every now and then and the rain just came and went, all in all it was a wet ride but quite enjoyable, didn’t end up meeting up with anyone but got to stop into a couple shops and see cool shiny toys, the first time to ask directions because north and east of syracuse is still confusing in the land of SUVs and lots of traffic..

so any who. unexpectedly great ride.. despite the flat on colvin street on the way home..

I’ve even learned my lesson that you can’t just, out of hope, assign the giant pile of crystals to be road salt when you’re in the hood.. because as much as you wish it’s salt, it is glass. Even though this time I didn’t even see any of these debatable piles.. rear flat, giving birth to the new segment on strava ‘the flat tire colvin street climb’.. I feel like winner at the end of 2012 or each year should get a pair of gatorskins. I’ll have to talk to our sponsors, see if we can’t pull some strings with variety studios or mello velo to make that happen. Indicate in the comments of the segment when you have a flat.. I don’t wish this on anyone intentionally; at certain times of the day this could be life or death.. spandex is rival apparel in a region that largely favors red colored clothing and accessories.

I was happy that @davemoore was at home a couple minutes away, finishing up some delicious smelling foods when I replaced the tube but failed to get the CO2 to work and very courteously let me drip water all over his house and use his pump to roll the last little bit home.

very good. now, I know this post is backwards.. but I recommend if you haven’t already watched the Lopez video at the top.. do that and then google him and support his causes, because he’s awesome.

I also just recently saw the 5k video where I don’t want to ruin the surprise if you haven’t seen it already but let’s just say he looks like a grown — man among kids on the track… there is another flo track video with a little interview too.

work hard, do good, have fun!

 

Battenkill 2012

This past weekend my dad and I set out to the Albany area to race the Tour of the Battenkill on Saturday.

The Battenkill is a 62 mile race through the hills of Cambridge, NY that always has a large turn out of super competitive riders eager to test their legs and chance against each other and the challenging terrain. While it is a road cycling race; the course has at least 6 dirt sections, most of which include some decently steep climbs as well as some gnarly high speed descents on mixed dirt and gravel. Some of the dirt was amazingly slick and smooth and fast, while just off that 8inch wide portion and for random sections of the entire road was a loose sandy-gravel-consistency which did a good job of keeping most riders in the saddle on the climbs and eyes peeled and focused on the descents.

Battenkill 2012 pro/am Results

I raced last year as a 4 and finished pretty well. This year I didn’t have too many expectations as I tweaked my hamstring a bit about 3 weeks prior and since I had signed up long in advanced I had planned to come out to at least watch my dad, Bob Hadzor, in his first Battenkill adventure. The week leading up to it I was able to get on the bike and feel good a handful of times so my plan switched to entering the race, get through the 1 lane covered bridge in a decent position and try to hang with the lead pack and see what happens. My race was cat 3 yellow, and we went off at 10:10am; it was great to see a lot of  Central New York / Syracuse area riders there; mostly of the cyclocross persuasion which may be why most of them did quite well!

The race went well. It was a beautiful day, the sunny dry weather was cause for lots of dust to fill the nostrils, corners of the eyes and end up as a nice coating on bicycles, drive train, and any exposed skin alike. I was able to survive with no wrecks, or flats, and hang with the lead pack for just about the whole race. It got a little confusing at the second feed zone where our field over took another race field and our pack splintered a little. I got what commonly happens when you’re towards the back half of the pack and the little splinters of attackers disappear and you think you’re much closer to the front than actuality. We did some good honest work with a little 3 pack that ended up collecting a couple more riders as we chased and eventually with 1000meters to go I put in a surge in attempt to get to the 90degree turn for the finish stretch first (last year I was  stuck at the back of a pace line and the last portion was only 200meters or less so there was no gaining spots) this year the finish stretch was longer, but I went for it any how, and my legs had already started to cramp a tiny bit in the quads about a mile prior so I didn’t have enough to separate solidly and ended up only beating a couple people in our finishing pack and ending up 46th which felt like at the time like about 17th. Disappointing as it was to see the place much worse than I had thought, I am overall happy with the race as my hamstring stayed intact; in fact felt strong… I may be in the market for a new front derailleur for my ol’ 9 speed aluminum trek which I was racing against all the fancy carbon 10 speed new fangled bicycles, as Wes pointed out derailleurs are just springs and after 4 years of punishing riding you can’t really expect reliable shifting.. which I suppose is decent enough reasoning why my chain didn’t want to come down on to the little ring even if I asked it either politely or sternly. It only went on the first and last hill for some reason… perhaps it has a mind of it’s own and wanted me to get a good training effort in even though it thought the back of the pack was a lame spot to be.

So yes. No flats, no wrecks, no injuries, just a nice challenging long ride.. good for training and motivation to keep training… harder!

Bob Hadzor Battenkill 2012

Dads race reportedly had a similar bottom line recap. He let the pack go at mile 7 or around the first climb to race within his own heart rate range, wisely not wanting to ‘burn too many matches’ early on and be out of juice mid race. A good choice indeed as his pack too splintered as you can see in the finishing results. Bob Hadzor ended up finishing a solid 19th in his 55+ cat 5 race after basically TT’ing the rest of the windy dusty 55miles since the first climb. Remarkably maintaining almost 17mph on the hilly challenging terrain with out really working with anyone the entire way.

The later-in-the-day races rumor had it were even windier … I find it hard to imagine dustier but that’s what they said.. as the announcer explained the heat from the day and the sun is absorbed into the road and then eventually given off as the cool air from the mountains finds it way down and then causes the winds to pick up thus making solo riding even more challenging. So, Dad/Bob was definitely happy with his race for training as he got a very solid TT effort at a higher pace than any training ride as of late at a very solid distance. All while staying up right, keeping the air inside his tires, and beating some fast ol’ dudes along the way!

All and all good effort everyone out at the Battenkill! Notably Joe Mag had a solid ride for his first Battenkill adventure [recapped here], Nate Molinari had a solid top ten (in the money) finish in his first Battenkill in the cat 5 u35 yellow race, Fred Harle after flatting was able to TT his ass off for a 13th place finish in the cat4 pink, Ray Williard also finishing 13th in the cat4 yellow race staying right in the mix the whole way. Cliff Six, busting it out with an 8th place finish in the masters 60+ race!

It was great to see all the other CNY / Syracuse / Onondaga County Cycling folks who each had their own adventure, some sticking to their plans and racing great races, others more unfortunately having mechanicals and wheel cars choosing to let the other wheel car bring them what they needed to stay competitive 15minutes after… such is the misadventure of crazy-terrained-bicycle-races. You never know what can happen…

I’m pretty sure I saw a lead pack dude changing his own tube about 70% complete before the first wheel car came up… not sure if he was our field or not but even though I debated down to the last minute before setting off for the start line whether to carry CO2 and a tube. I think next year I will take it.. as I’ve gotten pretty quick at the repairs and worst case you can watch and hand the half changed tire off to the car if it gets to you before the swap is made. The weight is so little and it’s early in the season even if it goes unused it’s no big loss I think.

That’s all for this recap for now, as I start to ramble on.

Great job to all at the 2012 Battenkill! Good luck with your training moving forward!

Race Support at Battenkill 2012