Monday, December 31, 2007

Ada Criterium 2007

Happy Birthday Dad!


Tonight, Dad celebrates his 45th birthday. Happy birthday!

New Years Resolutions (Goals for the 2008 racing season)

Considered that most of you are currently blogging about how you'd like to lose weight, be a better person, and all that jazz, but a new year is in front of us. And I know what most of you are really thinking about: Fisk Knob TT, which starts in mid-March. Fisk Knob marks the start of the 2008 Michigan racing.
I have some hefty goals for 2008: first, I'd like to win the C race at the Spring Training Series (STS). At the Willow TT, I want to beat Taylor Birmann's time of 34:34 that he put up when his racing age was fourteen. Beating his time would be huge and definitively would build confidence. I want to survive rollout at the Tour of Kensington Valley (which will only be a road race this year) and drop everyone on the epic Snot Hill. I'd like to race Cat 4 at the Tour of Frankenmuth road race. Allen Park will be my first peak. In the junior race, I might help out my younger teammates, keeping my legs for the Cat 4 race, where I want to attack. I'll go easy at the Dexter Criterium, preparing to storm the state time trial championship on the next day. On the 21st of July, I look to finally compete for the win in the brutal Maillot Jaune road race.
I had to make the Ada Criterium a "B" race in order to peak for the second week of August. On the week is Nationals, and if I don't go to Nationals I can't race the Hines Park TT. I'll just try to not get dropped by the 15-18 juniors at Rockford. And of course we'll make a trip up to Ontario to take on the Canadians at the Tour de Ciocaro, and hopefully there will be much orange on the podium. By then I'll be in my third peak for Debaets/Devos, and the Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic, which will be an NRC(!) race this year.
I know that my readers will make me race 'cross, so maybe I will.
2007 is almost over, people, let's be ready for 2008!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007

New Blog

http://atentwowheels.blogspot.com/
By Chris Aten, a rising Cat 4 rider currently on South Lyon Cycle.
I rode yesterday and I felt really strong. My pedal stroke felt really smooth, and that was because of my new pedals.
And check out this late christmas present. Mom forgot to give it to me for christmas.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Video

I made a video tribute to my old bike Teddy, but I can't post the video on you-tube because the video was made with Windows Movie Maker. Apparently you-tube won't let you post Windows Movie Maker projects. So if you want to watch the video, make a comment on the post saying that you do, or e-mail me. And when everyone has responded, I'll send an e-mail with the video attached. So if you don't have a blogger/google account, e-mail me at boy underscore on underscore bike at yahoo dot com.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Frustration

You-Tube won't let me post a Windows Movie Maker project. What's up with that?

Happy Birthdays!

I wish the following riders happy birthdays: To Alexey Vermeulen, a happy thirteenth. To Rem Vermeulen, a happy eleventh. To Taylor Birmann, a happy fifteenth.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Check out these abs(kidding)



Look at what Grandma and Grandpa Scicluna got me! I'm sure Dad was at work there!
Of course these are not the only things Grandma and Grandpa Scicluna gave me, but the Voler base layer and Kool Kover cleat covers really surprised me!
And how about those lions! They've got seven wins now, and I'm content with that.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The bowls have begun

It's all leading up to Michigan's meeting with the Gators of Florida. The wolverines are going to get spanked like a bad bad boy!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Sweet Victory

It was sweet! We came out flying right from the gun. #13 started off on the bench and we took advantage of his absence. Before long an opponent defender found herself with the ball, and a charging James Anderson headed right toward her. I blocked her pass, made a breakaway and scored.
We contained #13 and he only got two or three goals. The end score was 5-4...Hurricanes! As I looked at the scoreboard, I thought one thought: sweet victory!

Rematch

In an hour I'll be back on the artificial turf, playing the girls'+three boys' team. I'm really looking forward to it. If #13 doesn't play well (or is contained), we'll win, easily. If he plays well and isn't contained, we probably won't win. We'll try to contain him. It probably means that I'll be on defense. I'm emotionally prepared to humiliate myself. Humiliating yourself can be fun, no wait, it can't!
Stay tuned for results.
Read all about last night's extroverted exploits at http://yummyyummypizza.livejournal.com/.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Picking up the pace

I rode a very sweaty ride on the trainer last night. The computrainer wasn't hooked up, so I was staring at a blank monitor and listening to my mp3 player. I did two fifteen minute intervals, just below lactic threshold, because I'm trying to expand my aerobic capacity. Steve Macgregor supports that idea, so my dad told me to do it.

Monday, December 17, 2007

It's the most wonderful time of the year...not

I don't want to seem like a Scrooge but winter doesn't excite me at all. It's not a cyclocross thing where I could potentially like winter. I don't like winter. I don't say hate much because it's a very strong word, but I strongly dislike winter. It's far too cold. There's snow everywhere. All you can do outside is sledding and snowball fights. I miss summer a lot. If only summer lasted longer than winter.
So my sisters guilted me into going outside with them. I felt obligated because I felt bad about sitting at the computer while my siblings played.
I have to finish this post now, because I need to make a trip to the bathroom. I haven't journeyed there since probably this morning.
I'm hungry.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A poem, for Doug

At Nationals we did good and bad
But I know two riders who should of had
A place on the podium, possibly first
But after their mishaps they probably cursed

Drew dropped his chain and rolled his tire
While Tony lost his balance and crashed in the mire
They were both upset
But the situation was not dire

With 'Cross Nationals over
We've finally found out
That Juniors' Nationals will be in California
And that made me shout

Because I wasn't happy

My new goofy, pizza blog

I've got a new blog. I didn't mean to make it but I did.
http://yummyyummypizza.livejournal.com/

2008 USA Cycling National Championships

2008 USA Cycling National Championships
July 4:
Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships
Breckenridge, Colorado

July 17-20: Mountain Bike National Championships
Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, Vermont

August 2-3: 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships
9-Mile County Forest
Wausau, Wisconsin

August 7-11: Elite, U23 and Junior Road National Championships
Orange County, California


August 14-17: Junior Track National Championships ADT Event Center
Carson, California

August 16-17: Professional and Elite Criterium National Championships
Downers Grove, Illinois

August 30-31: USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships
Greenville, South Carolina

September 2-7: USA Cycling Master Track National Championships
Hellyer Park Velodrome
San Jose, California

September 11-13: USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships
7-Eleven Velodrome
Colorado Springs, Colorado

October 1-5: USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
ADT Event Center
Carson, California

October 24-26: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships
Lees-McRae College
Banner Elk, North Carolina

December 11-14: USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
Wyandotte County Park
Kansas City, Kansas

TBA:
USA Cycling BMX National Championships
USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships
USA Cycling Master Road National Championships


Saturday, December 15, 2007

More nothingness

I can't think of anything to blog of, but I felt obligated to make a post. I'm posting about nothing. Nothing in particular. But that makes nothing in particular something in particular.
I think that's ironic.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sweet Victory

I beat the computrainer at 115 watts. I was watching Relient K music videos at the same time. My dad tried another sweatcast and still didn't get viewers. Drew placed twelfth at nationals. Tony got eighteenth!

We lost

But in the battle of psychology, we won. Although we lost by four goals, the Xtreme found out that the Hurricanes have much improved. We play them again on Sunday. I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Defining Moment

Tonight, my team will be defined. We will find out if we can fight through adversity and win against the strongest team in the league: the Saline Xtreme. They are the Saline boy's "A" team.
We're the "B" team. To sum it up, my team is full of players that didn't make the "A" team.
If we lose this game, we'll guaranteed have a losing season. We need a win. We need to drag a colossal performance out of ourselves. We want the victory more then the Xtreme. So let's go out there and take it.

Tour of my house Part 1

For Doug. So you don't have ask any more questions about my house!

Good Ride

I rode the regular trainer for and hour and thirty-five minutes. The San Marco saddle that came with the Look was brutalizing my rear end, so Dad put his old Fizik' Arione on my bike. It worked out and I felt faster.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Allen Park Criterium

Alexey and I lapped Rem and Vince Pugliese, and Rem got into our slipstream, but Vince was dropped. Alexey again took me in a pure sprint.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

WE DID NOT LOSE TO A GIRLS' TEAM!!!

We lost to a team composed of three boys with a bunch of girls on the team just to fill the roster.
If it hadn't of been for the other team's #13, we would have massacred them. #13 was speedy, movy, and good enough to evade our whole defense. He never passed the ball. He didn't have to! He's on another team and he must be doing this league for fun (if you can call fun mercilessly beating the living pizza out an innocent indoor soccer league).
Eight of his goals later he was made goalie. When he was on offense, my coach had to put me on defense, because I was the only defender physically able to keep up with #13's speed. I did okay on defense.
Our offense wasn't shut down, we scored seven goals! I got one near the end. Without #13, the "Sweet Stuff" was[were] [a group of]sitting ducks.
Oh well, we lost, and I have no regrets.
Besides not winning.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Dexter Crit Part 2

Alexey takes the sprint. Maria tries to interview us. Unsuccessfully, of course.

Dexter Criterium Video

Here was an interesting race.
It was the first crit that I did when they split the juniors up into 10-12, 13-14, etc. Tony and Taylor animated the 15-16 race, while Alexey and I broke away from Canadian racer Erik Lalonde.
We eventually caught 15-16 racer Myles Davis. In the 10-12 race, Rem Vermeulen strongly held the wheel of a flying Rudy Peterson.

PIZZA!

We attended the SLC end of year party at Mama Mia's. I ate five slices of pizza. The slices were very skinny though.
Dad has a very good Cat 3 team. They nearly tripled their amount, and they have very good depth. He's got Zack, Dmo, Chris (by midseason), Scott, Eric, Tony, Craig Rice, John Burrows, Dominic Zaccone, Joe Lekovish and himself, of course.
Taylor Birmann has been recruited by Priority Health, leaving Tony as SLC's only junior.

And now for the biggie: I'm keeping the Look 555...for free! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you James (Knight)!

I'm nervous. Tomorrow the Hurricanes will play a girls' team. In a real game, mind you. If my team has any dignity left, it had better win this game.

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Bonk Part 3

Ecstasy!
And then stomach cramps.

The Bonk Part 2

The Bonk

Perhaps you have heard of this. Perhaps you haven't.
I certainly have.
It was a race, titled "The BTR Criterium". The year was 2006, and I was a tiny little eleven-year old (racing age twelve).

Rudy Peterson and I were very evenly matched, making our races very fun to watch. This race was fun to watch. Not for me. Because Rudy has a sister, who is also pretty fast.
They had a great strategy going into the race: Rudy attacked and Jaclin sat on my wheel.
Rudy had a great race. I didn't.

On that day I learned that the morning of a race is not the time to carbo-load on Red Bull and doughnuts. I found out too late.

It was an epic race.

For Tony and Drew

Good luck at Cyclocross Nationals.
Show all of those other Americans how hard we Michigan/Ohio racers race.
Drop them, attack them, make them suffer! You guys could both win your categories.
Make them fear your names, make them fear you!

(All of this is metaphorical)
Kick them to the curb, make them cry, and win! Teach them the meaning of pain.
And then send me a race report.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

So you guys don't think I'm extroverted? Okay, do you think I'm introverted?

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, how plastic are your branches!

Having a tree sit in our living room and rot doesn't really interest me that much. It interests my sisters though!
So we got a fake Christmas Tree.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Spiker hair gel is a wonderful invention.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A very very decent day

Monday was a decent day. As most of you know, it is the day of the infamous Connection of Homeschoolers, otherwise known as Homeschool Connection. But it would be a good day of connecting, because my sixth hour girl-infested Grammar and Composition Boot Camp was canceled. It's not that I don't like the class, it's just not fun because...you know.
It was also the last connecting for the semester. My debate class went very well. I'm fairly extroverted in that class but still could be more. I had prepared all week for my team debate: Resolved: Sugar is not bad for you. I was for sugar. Everyone continually doubted that my team could pull out a victory, and they were wrong.
Then came my next debate: Organic Pest Control vs. Pesticides. I was for pesticides. And my team won.
This debate class won't be happening next semester, so I'll be taking other classes.
Next on the list was Drama. In this class, you see me get nearly as charismatic as I can get. I was happy, for I asked my teacher (who is the director) if my character, Edmund, could be stabbed in the final battle scene of our play. The answer to my question: "Yes he can."
That made my day!

Lunch came next. I ate pizza, which is usually always normally probable to probably be always normally delicious, usually sometimes always.
After lunch I gathered my four fellow car-mates and we got in my dad's expedition (driven by my dad, of course) and drove to Wide World Sports Arena.
The team I was on was relatively balanced, with only one scary good player. I played goal for the first half and surrendered only one goal, while our scary good player netted a breakaway goal. In the second half I took to offense and was pleased to see that one of my fellow offenders (or forwards) was Barak Howell, another eighth grader at my youth group. From the start of the half to its end, Barak and I carved up the unfortunate defense that stood helplessly in our determined way. I got the game-winning goal, and moments later, Barak got the next.
Our next game wasn't so easy. I played goal again for the first half, and again I surrendered one goal, while our scary good player netted another goal. I switched up to offense. This time, Barak and I had difficulty. The other team's freakishly good player scored on our scary good player, who was now a scary good goaltender. But in the last minute, I found myself with the ball in the offensive end. I made a move and got separation, and then sent the ball into the box, yelling "Barak, that's you!"
It was. We tied the game 3-3 after a terrifying, catastrophical, desensitizing breakaway by the other team's freakishly good player, that fortunately did not result in a goal.
Soccer was over for the semester, and I was going home.

Part II: Flu Shots

In a vague way, I like to suffer. I sort of like to show my disdain for pain, because it's fun. I hope that wasn't the reason for having to get Flu Shots. Maria was hysterical about it but survived. Abby was shocked when the needle was injected into her shoulder, and her face of un-expectancy and betrayed-ness communicated her feelings. I was next.
It seemed like my sisters were hoping that I'd cry. I looked at the wall as the needle went in. I looked at the wall as the needle went out. Everyone laughed.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Confusion

Okay, this is my fault. When I said (or rather blogged) "My mom's tired of us conversing back and forth, so I'm finishing the discussion right now", I meant that my mom was sort of looking over my shoulder as I was comment back and forth with Doug about my extroverted-ness around the opposite gender. She wanted that conversation to end because, I don't know. She's fine with all of our other conversations via my blog, your blog and whatnot. I guess it's just that subject that we had been touching on as of late that has her a bit on edge.
Doug, I need you commenting on my blog. You're definitely one of my top readers. I know that I confused a lot of people, so this is my apology.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Big Update

There's been a lot going on that I haven't blogged about. I had an echo-cardiogram on Tuesday, nothing urgent, they were just checking my heart for the sake of checking my heart. I passed.
I had my picture taken at sears on Thursday (after Home School Central) and it went well.
And now for the important news. On Thursday night, James Knight (or Mr. Knight), dropped off a Look 555 Road Bike, for ME! It's sickly cool. It's black, the same color as Alexey's, and the same frame as his! Only his is a Scott. There's a good chance that we might keep it. It's a little big, but I'll be grown into it by the time that I've grown out of my Blue. I'm excited.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Other Side of Me

Today, I returned to Home School Central. Two weeks ago I missed it because I had strep throat, last week it was Thanksgiving so it didn't happen. So today I returned. And my enthusiastic sarcasm returned to Home School Central.
I can't wait for when my "Mime and Improv" class starts, I know just about everyone in the class.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Clarifying (for Doug)

My mom's tired of us conversing back and forth, so I'm finishing the discussion right now. I'm new to Homeschool Connection. My first class is almost all boys, my second class is mostly boys, my third class is just about all boys, and my fourth class is all girls. Except for one unfortunate male being: ME! At first there was one other boy registered for this class (and this boy is in two of my current classes), but he dropped the class. Instead, he took a Dance class, where he is the only boy. He doesn't mind the girls, but he minded the homework.
I am the youngest in my class, by a few weeks but the ages in the class range for 13-15 years old. Because I am new to Homeschool Connection, I am quiet in the class. But that class is pretty much the only class that I am quiet in.
The interesting thing is that my teacher in this class has heard of my extroverted exploits at Homeschool Central. She isn't sure if it's true.

My mom wants me off the computer, so bye. For now.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tamed Hurricane(s)

When I was at Wide World (Sports Arena), for my homeschool soccer class, I looked at the standings for my division. The hurricanes are tied for last with one win and three losses. I've missed the past three games and I don't know what is the matter with my team. Because guess who my team was ROUTED by TWICE? An UNDER-TWELVE boys soccer team! And then the Firebolts, whom we beat soundly on game one, beat us in game four. I need to get back and play. My team needs new life. They're falling apart. And on top of that they're losing. What did they lose? Does it matter to them any more? We're going to find out, because we're going to play Saline's U13 "A" team. My team is the "B" team. Grit your teeth.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Misery

In my sixth hour class, my teacher was about fifteen minutes late, so I had to listen to the incessant chatter of SEVEN girls for a long time. It was horrible.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

And in addition to my misery

I spilled a container containing gravy. Mom wasn't happy. Neither was dad. In fact they were both upset. Spilling thick warm gravy across the kitchen floor does that to you.

Disaster(s)

Yes my friends, calamity has struck. When I went to clean my bathroom (FYI, Doug, it's right outside my room) I wasn't excited. My interest was sparked when I noticed that the paper towels that I was tossing into the toilet were seeming to clog the toilet. I called to mom, and, upon hearing what I had done, she wigged out. Fortunately, a major flooding did not occur. A minor one did though. And I took a shower. Now I also go to the bathroom (not the bathroom literally, you know what I'm saying) before showering and I made no exception. I flushed the toilet and stood up, singing "Up-side Down Frown" by They Might Be Giants. And then I realized that I had flushed the toilet. And I yelped. I wildly stop the flooding (a little too late) just as my mom started to enter. I managed to get a towel on and hop in the shower. Dad was riding his bike, inside, fortunately and came and "fixed" the damage. Well, I messed up a lot of stuff that I don't care to go into detail with.
It wasn't really good, at all.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Impending Doom

I have to clean my bathroom when I'm done eating breakfast.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Seperated At Birth?















Joe Buck of Fox Sports




Rich Stark of Two Wheel Tango/Morgan and York

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Six and Five!

When they won their sixth victor,I figured that the Lions would at least win ten games. And I posted about their greatness. Ithink I jinxed them. If I only stayed quiet and had given the Lions less attention maybe they'd have done better. I don't know, but I know this: we'll never know.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? I'm thankful for pizza.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Twas The Day Before Thanksgiving

And I was upset
Because I'd nothing to write of
And if I did I'd forget

It's the day before Thanksgiving, so all of you should be thankful!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Much Better

I'm feeling good now.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I think it's almost gone.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

I woke up...with strep throat.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Agony...and more Agony

I missed two soccer games tonight. The reason: I have strep throat. In the morning I suffered like a dog. I am usually a good sick kid, but this made me whimper. Truly, it was suffering, but not a fun suffering, as in biking. But now I've got the meds for it, so I'll probably only have one more miserable, agonizing night of torment until I wake up with strep throat any more.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ever still burning (and chilling)

In the middle of the day, I thought the fever had ceased. But it came roaring back. Not as bad of course, but it's still a fever. My parents are going to a They Might Be Giants concert, and I'll be at home with my sisters. A family member got Shrek the Third from Blockbuster. I haven't watched Shrek 2, and I hear from everyone that StT is bad, full of toots and burps. I'll grin and bear it though. Or wince and bear it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Burnin' up

I am burning up as my title stated. At least I was burning. Now I'm shivering. I think I've got a fever. Who knows who I passed it onto?
I like pizza, and I've had it three times in two days. Dominoes for Monday lunch (at homeschool connection), Hot'n Ready for Monday dinner. And warmed up Hot'n Ready for Tuesday lunch. I guess that would be cold'n unready.

Monday, November 12, 2007

JK Sighting

Yes my friends, James Knight was spotted today riding in an unidentified black kit near Oak Valley Road. Funny, I haven't seen any of YOU guys riding lately.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Did anyone go to Iceman? If so, mind giving me a report? Comment, or email me at boy_on_bike_ at blogspot dot com.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Fierce Battle

The computrainer's fun when you race on it.
Since Dad pleads with me not make hilly courses, I made a course that never exceded a 0.1% grade. It was 7.64 miles and my competetor was pacing me at eighty watts. He(or she) was faster than I thought he (or she) would be. My course was awesome: in its beginning it had multiple switchbacks (on a flat course), and I mean a lot of switchbacks, a lot. I stuck with that guy until about 2.5 miles left and I decided to leave him. I sprinted away from him, and immediately I was far ahead of him. But that wasn't fun so I let him catch up, and readied myself. Upon the last "hill" which had a maximum grade of 0.1%, I charged away for the win.
I then decided upon racing shorter with more intensity. I made a short three mile course and put the pacer at 135. I stuck with him and stormed away from him upon the final "hill", which had a max grade of 0.4%.

Friday, November 9, 2007

I'll go downstairs and break in my speedplays some more.

Computer


That's right, a new computer, well it's actually an old computer but its new to my room. It doesn't have internet so I'll still be posting via the living room computer. I like my computer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Insanity (But cool insanity)

You guys have probably heard of team time trials in the state of Michigan, but probably not 165 mile team time trials. Jamie Smith has some serious connections, and is thinking about ressurrecting this former race. Read all about it here .

Monday, November 5, 2007

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Pedals

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For my birthday, I received Speedplay(TM) Zero(TM) pedals, which I am almost used to. In a few days I'll completely have the hang of it.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Six and Two!

Look at us now, at 6-2. The lions are second in their division! This is why I didn't give up on them. Right now they've won the most wins in a season since before Matt Millen became their owner! Might I add, that the season is half over.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Veteran's Park

I was itching to at least spectate a 'cross race, and I finally got to today. A large amount of the riders there were affiliated with AAVC. I saw a lot of familiar faces. I chatted with the Wieczoreks, Zack and Mr. Lekovish, and saw Dmo, Giff, Rich and Mr. Lovejoy. Tony said that earlier on he had read a sign (hand-held) reading "Yea, Bike Boy".
I left in the middle of the "A" race. Thankfully Mom could take me to the race and I'm thankful for that.

More VP Video

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V.P. Video

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Friday, November 2, 2007

I deserve this

After posting that embarrassing video of my Dad, I feel bad about it, so this should make me feel better. Short story even quicker, I am posting this video to embarrass myself.
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Doug, if you comment on this post, I am so going to post the video of you at the last crit practice.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Rolling

Today we rolled. We won the (indoor) game 5-3. The game was easier than the score says. We were playing a U12 team, so we were the favorites to win. A lot of our players that don't usually score much scored. I almost scored when I found myself with the ball at the middle of the field. An opponent came charging at me, so I let loose a long rising shot. The shot nearly beat the goaltender, but it was one foot too high. Oh well, I sense that more chances to score are coming.

Ready for anything

I've got new indoor shoes, and two new balls, (we will decide who gets which ball, me or Maria).
Keep on voting on that poll (about victory salutes), because if the majority of the people vote yes for it, I may consider doing a victory salute after I win a race. I will never do a victory salute for a junior race. Maybe for a cat 4 race, if I hang on.

Here goes

Last night I was trying to post video, so I'll try it again.

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Finally

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The...silly computer won't do what I'm asking it to do (blogger's fault). Good night everyone.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I go now, to design a course on the compu-trainer.

Wooh!

Hurrah for Tony Wieczorek, who placed 2nd place at the Louisville Grand Prix of Cyclocross. The winner was Matthew Spinks, who placed on the podium at 13-14 nationals. Drew (Bercaw), placed first(!) for 10-14.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Back In Action (Again)

The Vermeulens arrived at our house to do some indoor riding in our awesome bike room. Alexey's Specialized has been passed on to Rem, and now Alexey rides an all carbon Scott CR1, which is sweet. Alexey rode the compu-trainer, and suffered like a dog (the way I did). Rem got a flat course. It was pretty cool, the way that we fit five bikes onto trainers, (Mine, Alexey's, Rem's, Dad's, Mr. Vermeulen's). We expect to do this more often, and for the junior team.\
Dad and I went to the Michigan (Football [not soccer]) game, where we pounded Minnesota 34-10.
Who thinks the Lions will push their record to 5-2?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Yes!

Relient K has a new album out; a christmas album that has seven new songs and nine old songs
This album isn't so alternative sounding, but Relient K's songs are so catchy.

Ironman Performance of the Year

Zack Maino
Maino's performance at the Tour de Kensington awed spectators and sickened them in a way. On the last lap of the criterium, a crash befell Maino. After avoiding several bodies and equipment, Maino was taken out by a bike. Road rash all over. Maino's shorts were done for.
Amazingly, Maino leapt back onto his bike and finished the criterium. Now the biggest question was, could Maino start the next day's road race; thirty-one miles of hills up the legendary Kensington Valley course. Maino started the road race and finished with the main field. Absolute guts.

Best Ambassador of Michigan Cycling

Julie Bellerose

Julie began this year with AAVC, but moved up in ranks as she always does. She was noticed by a Canadian team and rode with them at Canadian Nationals. She also competed in the Tour de Toona, a pro race. Finally, in the Tour de Leelanau, Julie attacked, and could only be followed by Tina Pic and Laura Van Guilder! If you guys haven't heard of them, you should have.
Trust me, in 2008, Julie will definitely be on a pro team next year.

Rider of the Year

Alexey Vermeulen


I am hardly biased. Alexey, to me, trained the hardest, raced the hardest, and had the most heart. To get his first road bike just this year and be racing Cat 4 in August is incredible! Alexey has so much talent and discipline that I couldn't see how he could possibly not win this award!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

First Annual Bike Boy Awards Part Two

Best Breakaway: A group consisting of Zack Mcbride, Bart Carlson, Darrell Anderson, Vincent Francescotti and Peter Ehmann at the Maillot Jaune Road Race's Cat 3 race. The escapees began their escapade less then twenty miles into the race, and held their lead for the remaining thirty or so miles.

Best Team Tactics: The tactics of Ann Arbor Velo Club, at the Tour de Ciocario. Alexey and I swarmed the canadian juniors, pounding them with relentless attack after attack. After dropping all but one, Alexey and I sat our opponent's wheel and relay attacked. In the end, there was orange on the podium.

Best Lone Breakaway: The solo effort of Nate Williams Ada criterium. Breaking away with Zack Mcbride, Williams soon attacked Mcbride and rode all by his lonesome, nearly lapping a weary peleton.

Most Disastrous Team Tactics: The strategy of Ann Arbor Velo Club's Cat 4 Team Debaets Devos. With five riders, AAVC's plan was to get Scott Gifford into the top 5, ensuring him the win in the Michigan Points Challenge Series. AAVC attacked countless times, wasting nearly all of their riders. At the finish, Dan Simundza, Zack Maino, and David Morrissey were all at the back and as Scott Gifford sprinted, his teammate Ben Penner sprinted ahead of him, claiming fifth place. As a result, Gifford finished seventh, 2.5 points behind MPCS winner Peter Beels.

The "What in the name of all that is like pizza where you thinking?!?" Award (awarded to the Dumbest Attack) is awarded to The solo effort of Me up what I didn't know to be Denton Hill. Safely tucked away in the pack of 55+ masters and -17 juniors at the Maillot Jaune road race, for some reason I felt obligated to attack less than two miles into the twenty six mile race, littered with hills. As I attacked, I didn't know why I had attacked, I just felt like it. Then the realization struck me. Of all the hills to attack on, I had unknowingly picked Denton Hill, one of the Michigan Scene's most legendary and difficult climbs. And then the group caught me, and I fell off the back, and rode the next 24 miles on my own.

The David and Goliath Award is awarded to Alexey Vermeulen at the Maillot Jaune road race. After watching his teammate's bonehead attack, Alexey fought to stay in contention with the pack. Dropped a couple times, Alexey fought his way back. The only junior left was fifteen year old Noah Veltkamp. What were the odds? Who expected that when the sprint to the line came, Alexey Vermeulen would beat Noah Veltkamp in a photo-finish sprint.

The Holy Socks Award (awarded to the best public display of pain) is awarded to
Darrell Anderson for his smack-down at the Dexter Criterium. Boxed off by riders that will not be mentioned, my dad smacked the ground, causing a smack that I heard from the other side of the street. He ended up against the side of the building, in pain.

The Most Wanted Man Award is awarded to Doug Gatto. After avoiding comments and criticism about not updating his website, Gatto also avoided the fact that almost every website has a link to his website. Gatto finally got his act together and took many pictures at the Ada Criterium. Thanks to his impatient viewers, the Eye of Gatto is back in business.

The Award for the Biggest Sandbagger is awarded to Rodney Eaton,who won several Cat 5 races this year, and never upgraded to Cat 4. What was he thinking? Cat5 is a bad category to be in, a very dangerous one.

The "Hope for Women's cycling" Award is awarded to Abby Anderson. At ten years old, and in her first year of racing, Abby is definitely going to be something.

The "Future of Michigan Cycling" Award is awarded to the Vermeulen family. With two kids (Alexey and Rem) already in the sport of cycling, Vincent (Maas) is already being developed at age seven (almost seven), and he likes to bike.

Best Website: The Michigan Road Racing Index. This is a great site to keep you updated on the state of Michigan cycling.

Most Connected: Jamie Smith. He wrote a book, yeah he's connected.

Best Cheering Squad: The combined volume of the Anderson family, the Vermeulen family, AAVC coaches and riders, and SLC riders. This makes me ride faster!

Best Food: PIZZA!


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The First Annual Bike Boy Awards

Okay, I've got a lot to cover, so give yourself at least ten minutes to read this post.

Juniors

Most Improved: Dan Ritter
New to the sport in 2006, Dan drastically improved in 2007, cutting off nearly eight minutes on his 20km TT. Even as I type, Dan is probably continuing his training in Colorado, readying to storm the MI-scene in '08.

Best Beginning 15-18 : Noah Veltkamp
From the start of the 2007 season, Noah was always in the mix. It surprised me how he could be so competitive in Junior races when he was only fifteen.





Best Beginning 10-14:
Alexey Vermeulen
Duh, this is a no-brainer. Generally the winner in the 10-14 races, Alexey usually stayed with the main group in the 10-18 races.

Most Consistent: Tony Wieczorek
Lacking a powerful sprint, Tony has showed extreme resilience to bigger and older competitors. But on time trials, Tony rolls.

Toughest: Rem Vermeulen
At ten years old (almost eleven), Rem has fought physical and mental struggles. The physical struggle of being smaller than all of the 15-18 racers, and the mental struggle of watching those 15-18 year olds ride away from him. Rem has weathered the storm.

Most Dominant: Zach Mcbride
Not only a force in the Junior category, Zach is a fierce competitor in the Cat 3 races, and has racked up wins in both categories.

Most Unfortunate: Tony Wieczorek
Poor Tony has suffered much this year, at the hands of the pavement and the Cat 3 field.

Best 15-18 Team: Saturn of Toledo Shell. With Dan Ritter, Brinkman and many others, Saturn has rocked this year.

Best Duo: James Anderson and Alexey Vermeulen
After riding together in practically every race, we work great together, and did I mention that we did a team time trial.


Best Development Club:
Ann Arbor Velo Club
In a year when Junior cycling struggled AAVC still did what they do best. Find juniors and develop them.



Men Cat 4

Most Lethal:
Cody Brown
Out of the four races he's done, he's got three wins.

Most Underrated:
Dan Simundza
Starting off as a Cat 5er, Dan quickly upgraded to the Cat 4 ranks and did extremely well. He deserves a lot of credit.

Most Improved: Zack Maino
Zack definitely improved this year, and it showed.

Best Time Trialer: David Morrissey
Turning in 27 minutes on 20km is...really good.

Best Sprinter: Brent DelRosario
When it comes down to a time trial, don't expect Brent to win, but in a sprint, put your money on Brent.

Most Consistent: Scott Gifford
So consistent, so very consistent.

Best Team: Ann Arbor Velo Club
I think that that was an obvious answer. With Dan, Zack, David, Scott, Eric, Chris and many other weapons, AAVC's Cat 4 team ROCKS!


Men Cat 3

Best Racer:
Nate Williams
Well, when you're 20-something, and you've been racing Cat 3 for two years, you get pretty good.

Most Consistent: Darell Anderson
This isn't favoritism, Dad was consistently in the right break and even though he didn't win all the sprints, his consistency helped him.

Best Team: South Lyon Cycle
They have (had) many weapons.

Men Cat 1/2

Best Racer:
Greg Christian
He won races, and he consistently defended his lead in the Michigan Points Challenge Series.

Most Improved: Rob Iser.
Rob used his wiliness to get himself into good breaks and Time Trialed well.

Best Team: West Michigan Coast Riders
They dominated this year.


Women

Best Racer:
Mackenzie Woodring
I ponder whether it was really fair for Woodring to absolutely school the poor amateur riders that stood it in her path, day in and day out.

Best Cat 4 Racer: Heather Mitchell
In all honesty, I don't know much about Heather Mitchell.

Best Team: Wolverine Sports Club
I like pizza?


Masters

Best Racer:
Ray Dybowski
"Big Ray" was lights out this year, winning four races!

Best 35-44 Racer: Rob Iser
Rob was good this year, as I said before.

Most Consistent:
Ray Barbehenn



Part two of my awards will follow in a day or two. I feel kind of bad because there are so many people that deserve awards.

Back in Action

My dad's blog has been miraculously raised to life.

http://midlifebikecrisis.blogspot.com/

Watch his sweet slideshow of the 2007 season.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Oh Yeah

http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d803780e6

And I get to eat pizza.

The end of a dynasty

Yes, my friends, a dynasty(if you could call it that) ended today. My game today marked the last game of the season for my team. Furthermore, it marked my last outdoor soccer game affiliated with the Saline Area Soccer Association (SASA). I began playing soccer at around six years of age. At about nine years into my life, I started to play much better. I've been on okay teams, mediocre teams, great teams, horrible teams, and now, in the twelfth year of my life, a travel team. SASA was fun, regardless of whether the league was travel or house, but today it came to a close for me.
Regarding the game, I got precious few touches on the ball. We let in one goal in the first half and then another at the beginning of the second. And then, you know who (David "Beckham" Tesoriero) netted a high, curving shot into the right (our right) side of the net.
From then on, we continued to play better than Dearborn. On the sidelines, I sensed my SASA career coming to a close. With a couple of minutes left in the match, there was no chance of me going back into the game. There I stood, watching my team struggle to score. The struggle was in vain.

Of course I'll do indoor with my team in a week, but that isn't travel, and isn't associated with SASA. And you guys know what I do in the spring: race bike(s). And in the fall of 2008, I'll be in ninth grade and most like likely on the Washtenaw Christian Academy Varsity team.
I'll use my cliche` phrase, "time will tell".

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A "V"

Yes we gained a victory, a 5-0 victory. Ann Arbor United is last in the league, but our opponent on Sunday, Dearborn is first in the league. It will be the last game of the season. I desperately want a goal, I'm tired of secondary assists that don't even count as points!

Today

We visit Ann Arbor United, for what should be an easy game. My goal is to beat them by at least four goals. I'm really itching to score.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Sad

It is with regret, that I announce to you that my size five soccer ball is done. Today I pumped it up, and when I did I put the needle in too far, piercing the bladder. Schucks.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Clarifying

In my poll "Do you know me personally?", answering yes means that you have at least once had a conversation with me, excluding via internet.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Disaster

The toilet overflowed today. I was about to shower after mowing the lawn, when I realized that the water level in the toilet was low. So I flushed the toilet and the water level rose to almost top. So, naturally I flushed it again. And I regretted that.

The Compu-Trainer

Oh yes, I rode the compu-trainer, I rode the compu-trainer. Could I tell that I loved it? No. Could I tell you how I suffered? Yes. Could I tell how I regretted riding the nationals 20km TT course? Could I tell you how I screamed at my chain when it fell off the chain ring? Could I tell how I went 15 miles an hour down a 5% downhill? Could I tell you how I crawled up one of the many hills at five miles an hour? Could I tell you how I pedaled at 60 RPM while in my easiest gear? Could I tell you how I doggedly pedaled over the last hill, on a 12% grade? Yes, I certainly could, but a simple "I didn't really enjoy the compu-trainer" should suffice.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dentist

I was just in the dentist's office for under two hours.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

This is not what it seems...

Mindlessly throwing myself in front of the ball, for my team.

Triumph

Yes, we triumphed. We played the same team, Tri-County, only this time at home. We started extremely sloppy and unenergized, giving up the first goal. But then we surged back, and I sent a pass to Matt Hable, who fired the ball into over the goalie's head. Near the end of the first half, Tri-County got a penalty kick; they were denied. It was a beautiful save, and gave us momentum. We absolutely unloaded in the second half, scoring four more goals and winning the game 5-2.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Victory

We won 4-2 in a decisive victory.

Redemption

We drive to Fenton to take on the Tri-County Titanz. They're below us in the standings so apparently we're bettter than them. I'm not taking chances though.

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Long Time

I miss racing. And I've got half a year to think about it.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Empty

In all seriousness, I can't think of any thing to blog about. But in a few weeks, expect an end-of-year awards post. It's gonna be awesome.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bike

I'd better get some type of bike that is cyclocross-related. Everyone says it's fun, so I expect it to be.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Warning

Don't expect a lot of posts in the next few days. But I will be back, eventually.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

I forgot to mention

This

This is what I have to show for, a ripped cleat. It ripped near the end of the first half, we taped it up and I played on it for the rest of the second half. It wasn't bad.

I'm cross

So after driving up to Huron Valley, we lose 2-0. We didn't fall apart, Huron Valley just had a great game, and we had nothing on them. We all struggled because of our inability to keep the ball in the offensive end. I played defense for awhile. Our defense seemed really tired, but that can be expected on an 80+ degree day, with a game the day before.

But, no excuses. We lost. And I don't like losing.















Jamie gives it a boot

Saturday, October 6, 2007

I'm back

The mouse died today so the computer was on standby for a long time.

As for my game, we lost 2-1. In the absence of one of our defensemen, I played center-defense for most of the time and didn't do badly. Our stud, David, scored on a free kick, curving the ball into the corner of the goal. The goals that were scored on us were from a long way's away and shouldn't have gone in, but they did.

We dominated the second half, after fighting to stay alive in the first.

Michigan definitely had trouble putting away EMU.

Friday, October 5, 2007

She's back

Maria's back from High School Retreat. The house was very different without her around.

Tomorrow I go to Dearborn to take on the Dearborn soccer team. Apparently they're good.

And now for the daunting question of the day: will Michigan beat Eastern Michigan???

A ride in the day in the life of James

video video


Then I go out and ride in the same boring neighborhood for forty-five minutes, and then the sun comes down.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

But

I like pizza.

Cyclocross

I just can't get excited about it. I miss road racing. A lot.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I installed Foxy Tunes. I don't really know what it does but I think that it posts music, so here goes.
It didn't work.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Scratch That

Results are up, and Alexey (and Rem) were not there.

Alexey Part VI

How was the Tour of University Heights, if you did it?

A long day

Today was a tough day. I get in the car, drive to Homeschool Connection (I didn't drive, my mom did) and walk over to my debate class. The time is 9:40. We debate. I debate bike racing vs. Nascar. I don't know who won, but it was close. The bell (not really a bell) rings. We head out of the class. The time is 10:45. I walk down the stairs, turn right, walk, then turn right again, and then turn right, into my drama class. The time is 10:50. We look at the script, change it a bit, an d continue to get used to each other. The bell rings. We walk out of the room. The time is 12:00 P.M.. I turn left out of the room, left down the hall, then left and up the stairs. I pick up my pizza. I sit down. I eat my pizza. The time is 12:15. I eat other stuff. I get my shin guards and and soccer socks on and head out of the lunch room (which is a gymnasium). I walk over to where the other guys going to soccer class are standing. My dad shows up. The time is 12:35. My dad drives myself and some other guys to Wide World sports arena, a soccer arena. We warm up. We kick balls. We stretch. We split up. My group does some drills. Then we play a game(a match). We tie 1-1. We get back in the car and drive back. I walk back in and set myself up in Study Hall. I read. I answer questions. I read other stuff. I read books. The bell rings. The time is 3:00. I head into the room for Grammar and Composition Boot Cam (GCBC). I sit down at the table and look around, with six girls in my peripheral vision. The time is 3:05. The teacher (Mrs. Kazanjian) talks. I listen. Lots of other stuff happens that I don't remember. The bell rings. The time is 4:15. I pick my stuff up, then remember that I am on cleanup duty. I clean up. Mrs. Wong comes in and tells Mrs. K. that I have soccer practice at 4:45. I am done cleaning up. I leave the room. I leave the building. I jump in Mrs. Wong's car and squeeze in the back next to Josiah (Josiah Wong, not Josiah Humphrey). I pull my shoes off and slip my shin guards back on and slip my soccer socks over them. The time is around 4:35. We reach my house. Mrs. Conzelman is there because Claire has been playing with Abby. One of Mrs. Conzelman's kids is on my team. Mrs. C drives me to soccer practice. It's not a long drive, in fact it's short. When I arrive they're doing corner kicks. We do some running. We race. I win. We do drills. We do 4v4. I make a mistake. Jake yells at me. I silently tell Jake to be quiet or I will blow him out the next time there is an endurance-related competition. I get over it though. We win. We lose. We win again. We all go home relatively happy. The time is 6:30. We're having tacos for dinner. I eat a taco. I clean up. I eat ice cream. I watch Maria watch TV while she rides the trainer. I go upstairs. Abby's finally off the computer. I get on it. The time is 8:15.
And then I started blogging.