Ellison CX recap

This past weekend involved some pretty good showings on the part of BTB with Randy exploring the world of multiple geared Bicycles and coming in a solid 23rd out of a field of 71. Wes brought up the rear of the upper 75% of the field at around 51st.

The course offered some excellent downhill bombing in addition to some burbles in the ground that could have and may have made some very good launch points, in addition the pavement sections provided some nice recovery periods, and there was also a switchback climb up a climb that felt alot more difficult than it looked capped with a slippery run-up.
Over all a really fun course and we are likely competing in the entire Rochester series next year.

On a slightly more disturbing note we have had to place prospective member Daniel Fitzgibbons on double secret probation for a decidedly uncool no-call no-show, please feel free to heckle and ring cowbells as he goes about his day-to-day life, at least until the sanctions have been removed.

Saratoga Cyclocross Races

This past weekend was pretty awesome. A bit exhausting… as we made that short almost 3 hr drive over to Saratoga to ride some bicycles.

Never have I broken so many bicycle wheels in such short time… I hear they call it ‘tacoing’ as when the wheel no longer rotates straight but wiggles its entire way around. Thanks to the dude who trued my rear wheel between races! I have observed your ways and I will soon be repairing the front in the same manner.
the michelin man attacks the mud
Anyhow. It was a blast check out the Results on the side, Riding for BTB was Daniel Fitzgibbons, Wes Hadzor, and my new hurried alias ‘Randy Hadzer’ that’s what happens when fitz sleeps in and you have negative 3 minutes to register for the race.

any how, it was a blast and i googled the race looking for pictures and found :
Some pictures on a blog!

Check out that blog link to see pictures, there are some good falls at the steep down hill hard right turn spot… and one of eric making his own path, and one of me suitcasing like the michelin man.



Once again we have an enticing weekend activity for your enjoyment this weekend.

This weekend the Syracuse Grand Prix Cyclocross in Memory of James Konski will be held at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, NY.

If you have any interest in finding out more about what Cyclocross is, heckling the riders, or just having a good time out of doors you should prolly be there.

Racing starts at 11am (schedule).

(there is no admission fee)

LaFayette Apple Run

This past weekend was the applefest in LaFayette, where all of central new york converges on the small town of LaFayette, technically just west a bit nearing the town called Cardiff.. infamous for a hoax you can probably find in your history books if you care to look for it. That hoax would be known as the Cardiff Giant. Some crazy man who inhabited the valley years and years ago claimed to have found the skeletal remains of big foot… pretty cool actually…

Read more about the Cardiff Giant: applefest; wiki; hoax museum

Anyhow, there is a festival of apples, the lands were settled and planted with apple orchards due to the hillsides which were optimal for growing of apples. Some of the best orchards are out there and everyone from the area has a fond place in their hearts for the apple fruit. So naturally they should host a festival every year.

At this festival there is the apple run. A bunch of years ago, around ten or fifteen they used to hold the race but had since had stopped. Last year, 2008, they brought the race back and teamed up with the Syracuse Track Club and the Apple Fest, offering a 1mile fun run, a 5k (3.1miles) and a 15k (9.3miles).

I grew up in Syracuse and I can remember wayy back to the great fall days when we would travel south out of the city up and over the hills down through the colorful valleys through what seemed to be a bit of a trip back up on the hills to this area to pick apples at the Beak n’ Skiff orchard.
Then mid-way through highschool the Hadzor family moved out of Syracuse and down to LaFayette… where I ran XC and started the mini make shift track programs and stuff at LaFatte Jr. Sr. Highschool… so I call this my hometown race.

My dad and I did the 15k this year:

I ran last year and got second to some Navy SEAL guy who was rediculously fit, and was using the race as a tempo run… but this year I won with a time of 55:25.

It was exciting and I got one of the awesome hand carved apple trophies!

My dad also did well in the 15k, using the race as a decent uptempo run as part of his marathon training awarding him 33rd place with a time of 1:11:30.

Check out the Apple Fest& the Apple Run:15k Results,5k Results

Work hard, have fun!