Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Hopefully pics to come. WEMS Metro Challenge on Saturday(Bling) was first on the list. Brandon and Jordan walked into a victory in the 6hr Duo, which allowed them to get out of town early for WORS Border Battle on Sunday(Bling).
Turned out to be the Bling Bling weekend. Jordan got on the podium with a 4th and Brandon pulled off his best XC to date with a second place.
A, as usual, Mad Props to Aris "I'm Faster Than You" Peters with a 6th COMP Overall at the WORS Border Battle.
Of course John, Jeff and Chris didn't disappoint either at Saturday's WEMS 3hr. Chris(5th) was only 2+ minutes off of someone that lives in the gutter. Nice job Chris.
Feels a little like Fall today so I'll ride like CX and play a little tennis to boot.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Trixie needs the Car for a wedding. B and J are in Door County. Pops and Aris are at Trek World. There just isn't a chance for me to get to LaCrosse before the 8am race start. Watcha gonna do?
EXPO will still be there though, so don't worry.
Saturday is going to be some Trans Iowa like miles on the Roger That. I wanna wear the BD1 too!
Keep Press'n On
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Went out for a short ride this morning. Got home and then immediately went over to the tennis courts for some cross training.
Walmart special, $16 racket gets me hav'n some fun with the better half.
Thinking about how to get to LaCrosse this weekend for some 12hr action.
Watching Olympics the rest of the night.
Monday, August 11, 2008
With halfies at Sunburst and halfsies at MI's Ore to Shore, EXPO covered some ground. After our Sunburst Day, I actually wish we were ALL in MI. I'm a bit jealous. Thanks Sue for the pics.
Barbara, Janet(EXPO guest rider all the way from CO), Kathy, Deanna, Sue
Kathy Gregorski sent me a great write-up, so here are her great words:
It was a great weekend resulting in lots of stories to tell…. The gals did the 28 mile Soft Rock, the guys did the 48 mile hard rock.
Barbara – 3rd in women 45-49 (podium!)(29th Overall)
Kathy – 7th in women 40-44 (30th Overall)
Janet Linn – 11th in women 45-49 (this is Barbara’s sister, she rode for Expo)
Deanna – 24th – in women 45-49
Sue – 30th in women 45-49
John – 13th in men 40-44
Jeff – 15th in men 40-44
Overnight rain packed down the epic sand the event is know for and created a fast course (and lots of chain problems!). The gals started their event in a cold “chunky” rain, almost sleet – brrr. Janet Linn lead the gals on the lead out. Then Barbara took over.
Barbara and I traded positions for most of the race. With about 5 miles to go we were going pretty hard with a few other ladies when we gave them a gift they (and we) will never forget….Barbara crashed in the sand at the bottom of a downhill and I landed right on top of her! Two teammates took each other out! We recovered and tried to make up lost ground. All was well until I T-boned a tree. Barbara waited and we finished together – same time.
Janet Linn (aka a ”summo-racer”), our guest rider from Colorado had a great ride! She’d never done a mountain bike race before. Was thrilled to ride for Expo and plans to be back next year – if we can promise rain the night before the event. Realizing how well she could have done, next time she won’t stop to use the porta-potty or take a photo for somebody…
This was Deanna’s first RIDE on her mountain bike in over a year and her first RACE in many years. She spent time in the “pain cave” and finished strong.
Sue overcame some major “chain-suck” and shifting problems to just finish the event. This girl is no whiner! All those mechanicals are now behind her and she’ll be going for it in the Short ‘n Fat at the Fat Tire Fest.
John and Jeff, with legs still tired from 24-9 had a great race. The rain quit right before their start, so conditions were awesome. Jeff (aka “cupcake”) had wickedly fast start, riding with out with some of the best of the best. He was having the race of his life until chain issues got him too. John passed Jeff right near the end, and the boys finished within seconds of each other. “Cupcake” crossed the line pretty muddy and become “Frosted Cupcake”. After the race, the crazy boys road the 15 uphill miles back to the cabin.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Perhaps, getting to help pit and support the cyclists known as Juniors in their next 24hr adventure would give me the only excuse to finally sit out a solo 24.
After reading the blogs and comments from Jeff, Jay, and Mountaingoat I really have had some time this week to sit and reflect on the JUNIORS. I'm referring to not only the EXPO Juniors but also the juniors from MARS.
Aris, Theo, Brandon, Jordan, Phillip, Kyle, Myles, Mitch, Nate, Caleb, Gage and Griffin - They are all fast. And for some odd reason know just how to act on a National stage. No chicken-like strut, raised eyebrows or obnoxious 'barks' as they roll through the transition tent. Just flat-out put the hammer down riding with a nice and polite "thank you" as they passed everybody with ease.
You read all the stories of how the Chris/Josh battle was one for the ages. It was. However, the Junior race was a dog fight till the end that most certainly would make it into the same chapter. EXPO led lap one only to lose it the next lap with a flat and a taco'd wheel. From lap 2 thru 14 they would see the deficit expand to as much as 22 minutes.
Folks, A cloud of concern had begun to roll in.
And before anybody had a chance to throw in the towel, the lead and leader had completely swapped by lap 17. What better way to spend your 4:30am lap than to have your littlest Bro make the pass for the Junior Title Lead and then zoom by his biggest bro to get to break the news. Who needs energy drinks, when a solo rider can get that kind of an adrenalin boost.
Lap 18 - The lead changed back to the Sharks.
Lap 19 - EXPO got it right back.
Lap 20 - Theo went out with the lead. He was caught just before Twinkie Hill (half way point of lap). Most kids would crack, but Theo kept the deficit to only 45 seconds.
Lap 21 - Aris leaves the transition tent 45 seconds after the sharks. On any other day or any other lap, Aris overtakes a 45second lead within a few miles and gets to roll through the finish line with his usual smile. But, when someone from a four-person 24hr team is asked to produce a 7th lap, all bets are off. It was just too much for even Aris "I'm Faster Than You" Peters.
He rolled through the Red Bed Checkpoint 1min30sec back. At that point, his legs had started to give. The EXPO Junior team lost by less than 5minutes. They lost by less than 5 minutes in a 24 HOUR race that included a flat and a taco'd wheel. However, as Jeff would say, that's Racin'.
And now that I can look back at the most amazing span of 24hours I have spent(seriously, what better way is there to spend 24hours than riding your bike non-stop). It's not the result or the swag that makes the competitor. It is the performance. It is the performance under pressure.
If there ever was a time or reason for Family, Friends and Sponsors to truly appreciate why they support us as athletes, this is it. These kids are why we do what we do.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Aris "I Got The Fastest Junior Lap at 24-9" Peters just made a Dirtrag blog post...Maybe it gets to print
Well, yesterday I took B and J to WNR for some work-out-the-legs work. I got in one lap while everyone raced. Saw the bro Theo too.
Today was a fixie commute to work.
I may not be totally ready to race XC this weekend, I'm gonna do it anyways. Cause I want to.
I have to BIGGEST itch to race for 24 again.
I have to dig deep and get a new roof. (how do you say roof?)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Not too many changes were made to my bikes before this year's 24-9. However, of the few, was one huge change that changed my race. Just weeks before the start we received a shipment of some ERGON GR2 grips. Those grips kept me on the bike for 24 straight hours. All be it sometimes slow, I rode every climb to the end.
Nutrition on the cycling side was exclusively Clif Shots and Clif Shot Bloks. On the human side: Peter Balistreri. He is the head chef at my favorite Italian restaurant, Sala Da Pranzo, near the UWM campus in Milwaukee. He whipped up the most amazing Bolainez sause w/pasta that truly gave me the night energy I needed. So, now add in his natural pit man instincts and he becomes a man you will do anything for in order to keep pitting for you in the future. He helped run and organize the entire race. He met me at Red Bud every single lap and never showed defeat in his face. THANK YOU Pete! You rocked.
We were still 5 or so minutes from the start. My nerves still hadn't hit me.
The countdown was on. If finally was able to elbow Aris to tell him "It finally hit me".
John G heading out for lap one.
Aris double checked my light set-up one last time. The fastest junior still finds time to help out his bro. (note: Theo already did in the pic above) The bros were always on the lookout for me.
It is races like these that have me just marvel at what the body can do. I have never felt such lows AND so many highs in the same race. Anything truly can happen in 24hours.
SPONSORS again gave me the tools. Thank you ERGON, Clif Bar, Trek, Oakley, Lazer, Endura, Expedition Supply, Light & Motion, WTB and last but not least, my crew!
Trixie, For weeks you deal with my ornery ass, only to forget it all and support me like no other.
Oh, yeah. Muddy Cup - even when they are closed, they make me three Strawberry smoothies for some post race goodies.
Monday, August 4, 2008
First and foremost! Congratulations to Scott Cole for owning 5th place in the Men's Solo Championship.
EXPO Juniors were within 5 minutes of the Stars and Stripes. An amazingly hard fought battle was put forth. They didn't disappoint.
John G and Jeff fought hard to earn a spot on the Men's Duo Championship Podium.
I had a nice lap one only to fall all the way into 8th by my fifth lap. As they say, the race doesn't start till night. 2nd place.