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Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Scratch the Alleycat, cause most of y'all can't handle that portion of the words above. It wouldn't hurt to get out on that bike today or tomorrow to do your own little version of Cranksgiving. I mean, today IS Thanksgiving. Enjoy the family and friends this weekend.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Three EXPO faithful made the trip out to compete in the Wisconsin Cyclocross State Championships in Hales Corners, WI(Who would have guessed WI?) this past Sunday:
Aris "I'm Faster Than You" Peters competed in the Junior State race. He had to fight off Mitch Bogardus(get used to that name), who was hot on his heels the entire race, for a second place.
Jeff Frings capped off his super weekend with a second place in the Cat 4, 40+ race. It was actually a third place, however actual second was from IL. So, jeff got to stand on the second highest box for awards, due to the title of the race.
Kyle Warras (2009 EXPO Junior) took 22nd in the Cat 4's. This was his second time on the bike in months(High school CC) and his second ever cross race. I think he is hooked on Cross.
The commute home was an absolute blast. I was lit up like a Xmass tree thanks to the new blinky acquisitions. Snow was falling, streets were shining, air was crisp, the bike was flawless and I was dressed perfect. All smiles as I type. This pic, or this Bender, should put you in the mood. Get out there.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
A very nice crowd showed for Milwaukee's first annual Cranksgiving. As the dude running the race started to hand out the manifests, I asked Jeff, "A or B?". Now my alleycat skills run right up there with the best of all the local messengers. I always manage to finish near the top, no matter what style alleycat is thrown my way. However, Jeff was attempting his first ever alleycat, wearing a "messenger bag" for his first time and was fresh off of a cold. I also make a pact to ride together with whomever decides to do an alleycat with me. So there you have it. We rode in class B cause Jeff said "B".
Oh yeah! I totally forgot about Ranchito Ride on Friday. Check it out here. We were at Sprizzo's and the cat at the counter was telling Ronsta about tomorrow's(Sat.) Cranksgiving. I was like Wa-wa-what?!?! Alleycat?! In my own backyard?! Awesome Friday lead to news about Cranksgiving lead to winning some sweet SWAG lead to wanting to end my 2008 season on a good note - lead to passing up WI CX Championships.
Race led us to 5 different local food stores. Our Manifest had four sections with two addresses in each. Each of the sections also had a different food item that we were required to purchase. We were to hit at least one store from each part and buy the required item. We also had to hit up any one of the remaining stops for a total of 5 stops and 5 food items.
Last stop - I got in the checkout line without any food. Jeff ran to get the required cans of corn. He brought it up to the register just in time. Cashier rang up first item(receipt was required for each). Done. Jeff grabbed and headed out the door. Second item rang up and I was out the door 30 seconds later. Jeff had started to roll to what he thought was the correct direction. He saw something in the corner of his eye as he made a right turn. I saw him turn and then saw the same thing he saw, in the corner of my eye. It was the finish! Jeff turned right passed it. Finish address was 2491. Jeff said he read 2941 instead(which would explain he quick turn right). I screamed his name twice over. More riders were coming, so I turned my goods into the finish. 1st Overall.
Jeff strolled in after 3 more guy turned in. He saw the finish! He was one left turn from first overall. Instead he made the dreadful right. 2nd in group B. 5th Overall. Not bad Jeff, not bad at all for your first alleycat. Great goods to boot.
Bikesafer checking his camera. He rode the whole race with the helmet cam. Should be some sweet vid.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Don't ever leave home without your pit juice(This week's lesson). I always manage to at least once per month forget to slap on the pit juice before I leave home. In any normal circumstance one might be able to get through the day without it. However, in my case I wouldn't survive. Everyday I have at least a 45min ride at the start and a 45min ride back home. Randomly sprinkle shorter commutes in between depending on the day, and you can bet on some proper stink.
In the case of yesterday, I forgot. So I decided to pull to the side of the road and apply the advertised stick in the pic above(they had better send me something for this).
UWM Bike Parking. If someone out there could do me the favor and hit me up via firstname.lastname@example.org on November 30th that would be great. I will need a reminder - I have to renew my monthly parking permit before December hits...hehehe.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Commute home was a nice 27 degrees with some blizzard like snow for the first mile or two(East Side of Milwaukee). I was smiling all the way home folks. Smiling because the bike rode perfectly, I spun the tire twice leaving stop lights, passed car after car on 27th street and I stayed comfortable the whole way home. The first snow has fallen. The first snow has fallen.
Get your groove on, and enjoy the winter riding.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Russell created an awesome day on the bike. Scavenger hunt/alleycat was the platform. Teams of six with at least one Wauwatosa local MoFo(Pat, you were the MoFo of MoFo's!). Follow a mapped course that was perfectly marked on the real course with properly placed arrows. While in route look for "Have You Seen Me?" posters. Once found, take one picture with at least three team members in frame. Also, look for bonus opportunities.
Bonus - Find the tombstone, a dog pooping, a golfer, Big man with a little dog, roadkill, city bus, white dog, owner carrying poop... Make a human pyramid at the 50 yard line on the High School's football field, moon the Amtrak train, get a pic of a po-po's citation book and so on... I think you get the idea. Each bonus item needed at least two team members in the frame.
The Fab Six - Tour of 'Tosa Champions - Kyle, Yours truly, Jay, Pat, Nate, Aris.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The night after the race, The "O" knocked on our hotel door. He'd strike a pose and Trixie would fall to the ground laughing as she closed the door. Repeat. Two poses later I got the idea to grab the camera. The "O" turned it up a notch once the flash started flickering. Little did he know it would show up on the blog and get emailed to GQ.
Tomorrow becomes a super fun time on the Fixie for the Tour of 'Tosa.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Snagged this just after Dar and The "O" crossed the line.
We wait for Bishop, then Bishop flies by.