Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Me


Satisfaction is an attainable thing for me. I don't need my football team to win the Super Bowl. I don't expect them to go to the playoffs. Heck, I don't expect them to win a third of their games. But I love my football team still, and I don't need them to be good in order to achieve my loyalty. I am not fairweather about sports. I am not fairweather about the Detroit Lions.
Today I got my reward: Redskins 25, Lions 37

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thanks, Soccer

Watch out, here comes another nostalgic post.
Our high school soccer season was shifted from Fall to the Winter this year. Because the cycling season is in the winter, I decided to quite soccer. Cycling obviously is my priority sport, but I fondly look back on what soccer has given me:

Oh Soccer, I've played you for years. You were a great pastime. I spent so many saturdays playing you. I vividly remember games I played in the recreational league. I remember when I actually scored a ton of goals when I was in my tweens. High school soccer was a brutal but beautiful thing. It didn't not so much enjoy the soccer itself, but the camaraderie it brought. I bonded with my teammates.

So I will pedal on, knowing what I've given up, knowing my goal of taking cycling beyond college. I will pedal faster, inspired by those I left behind.
So thanks, soccer.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fantasy Football

I am doing Fantasy Football on Espn.com. I'm in an 8 team league with family. It's pretty intense.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Awards are over

Thanks for reading. That was the last Michigan awards I will ever do, because I live in Arizona.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2010 Man of the Year

I realized now that Lucas Wall has always been deserving of this award since he came to the Michigan Scene in 2008. His selfless efforts in managing the AAVC Junior team show his passion for the sport of cycling. This year, Lucas suffered a blood clots in both lungs. It was a very serious event, confining him to the hospital for several days.
Though he has been forced to take a leave of absence from racing, Lucas Wall remains a vital force in Michigan bicycle racing. You're a good man, Lucas.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Correction

In the "Best Ambassador of Michigan Cycling" award, I said that Zoe Reeves was the first Michigan junior to win a national championship in decades. I was wrong. Daniel Mullis won a National Championship last year.

2010 Rob Pulcipher Award


In the fall of 2007, Rob Pulcipher fell prey to a heart attack. At 51 years, he was expected to stop such a physically exhausting sport like
cycling. He stuck with it though, thus inspiring the Rob Pulcipher Award given to the rider that exemplifies humility, honor, and courage through adversity.


Richard Rainville
Richard's promising season was stopped mid-way through. A crash at track nationals broke his collarbone.. Rainville had to spend the rest of July without racing. However, this only gave the AAVC rider extra motivation. When the Hines TT came around, Rainville was ready to rock, posting a 29:12. As far as my knowledge goes, this is a record for a Michigan 13-14 year old on a 20km course. This has earned him the title "Rocket Rainville".

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2010 Best Ambassador of Michigan Cycling

Zoe Reeves
The 2009 junior of the year travelled much this year. Notably, she raced at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race (Arizona), Tour of the Battenkill (New York), Road Nationals (Oregon), and Track Nationals (Pennsylvania). Reeves racked up 5 National Championship podiums, not to mention a rare stars and stripes jersey for Michigan. National Championships are hard to come by! You done us proud, Zoe!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

4th Annual Bike Boy Awards: Part 2

Best Breakaway: Alexey Vermeulen and Rudy Peterson made an unforgettable move at the West Branch Crit. The two juniors contumaciously attacked from the gun. It was tough work just to get separation, but they managed to slot into a nice gap. Rudy faded 3/4s into the race, while Alexey kept on going. The peleton chased hard but couldn’t close the distance, and Alexey Vermeulen took a very memorable win.

The David and Goliath Award: The AAVC Juniors Eddie Kelly, Richard Rainville, and Rem Vermeulen owned the STS 1 C Race. They took the top 4 spots, with Eddie snagging a long-deserved victory.

Most Disastrous Team Tactics: We’ll give this one to Priority Health at the Cat 3 Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Road Race. They deserve huge credit for Alex Vanias’s amazing solo victory the day prior. Sadly, day 2 just didn’t work out. A failure to communicate led Vanias to chasing down his teammates, Rudy and Alexey. Obviously, it was a learning experience.

Best Website: www.Scottkroske.com. Kroske took on a very important responsibility this year. Every cyclist wants race pictures, and Kroske has race pictures. A match made in heaven.

The Uber-Fannage Award (awarded to the best public display of being a fan) is awarded to Matt George for his unabashed performance at the Milford Criterium. Shirtless and shoeless,and holding a colorful flag. Matt really knocked it out of the park.

The Super Field Fodder Award is given to Jon Card for hanging on to the Pro 1 peleton at the Grand Cycling Classic. He was the best placed amateur member of the Michigan Scene (even though he’s from Toledo), finishing 18th and taking home $205.

Friday, October 15, 2010

4th Annual Bike Boy Awards: Part 1

Juniors

Most Improved: J.J. Paquette. Paquette came into the season virtually unknown, but made a large splash on the scene with several high placings in Cat 5 races.

Most Consistent: Spencer Virtue. The 13 year old WSC member was steady all year long. He took eight podium finishes in a recklessly competitive Boys 13-14 category.

Best Team: Priority Health really seems to have gotten its act together and developed an elite program. Many of their riders are getting national recognition now.

Hope for Juniors Racing: The entrance of the Rapid Wheelmen Junior team into Michigan cycling. Thanks to Dennis Hamel, Dr. David Durkee, and Nick Christiansen for coaching the team and developing junior cycling in Michigan.

Women

Best Junior Girl: Danielle Mullis did not get a great deal of recognition this year, but she certainly deserved it. She podiumed at Track Nationals and scored a victory in the Womens Cat 4 at Debaets Devos.


Best Cat 4: Kimberly Thomas ran away with the points series. She was consistent with seven podiums and a win at Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Crit.

Best Cat 1-3: Amy Stauffer was lethal. She won the last 6 races she entered this year, which is inconceivable.

Most Consistent: Sarah Demerly could always be seen in the race pictures. She had six podiums and won the Hines Park and Willow Time Trials. She motored her way to fourth in the Womens’ 1-2 MPCS. Well done.

Hope for Women's Racing: Ann Arbor Velo Club developed several junior ladies this year. It really shows that our sport is growing in every way possible. Bravo.

Men Cat 4

Best:
Sascha Berger raced 10 times this year and in 8 of those races he finished top ten. The Road Race Specialist placed 3rd at West Branch and Maillot Jaune, two of the most grueling road races on the calendar. He always won Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Road Race and won the MPCS by 56 points.

Best Time Trialer: Tim Best. After years of watching him dominating Michigan TTs, I have to give him credit. The Triathlete time trialed very fast, winning Willow and taking second at the State Championships.

Best Sprinter: Kevin Dittmer. Dittmer was lethal in crits this year. Seven of his eight top tens were top fives , and those seven were all criteriums. The highlight of his season was nabbing a win at the prestigious Grand Cycling Classic.

Most Consistent: Ben Cox quietly moved himself into third place in the points series. In a vast majority of his races the rider from Team Giant placed in the top 15. He just edged out Dennis Hamel to receive this award.


Best Team: The Rapid Wheelmen score another award. They won the team challenge quite handily and had two riders in the top 4.


Men Cat 3

Best:
Martin Vecchio was the man to beat all year long. He won the points series by over 100 points and took 5 wins in dominating fashion.

Best Sprinter: Randy Rodd. For the early parts of the season we had all thought the Male Model had left the sport of cycling. He returned to racing in July, and owned the sprints.

The Dark Horse: Peter Beels was always there. Five podiums. Second in the series.


Best Team: MCG-Trails Edge. I realize that SC Racing won the Team Series, but having riders that place top 15 a lot of times does not necessarily make you the best team. The reason I picked MCG is because they built themselves around a team leader (Martin) and worked as a cohesive unit. That’s what that’s all about.

Men Cat 1/2
Best Racer:
Nathan Williams broke the Hines TT record with a time of 24:56. He subsequently won the points series. This one’s going somewhere.


Best Sprinter: Ryan Cross showed his prowess at Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Criterium, taking the V and earning a lot of respect.

Most Consistent: Dan Lam did a smashing job. He had eight top fives. In the Pro 1-2 that’s hard to do.

Best Team: Bissell takes it. For goodness sake, when you’ve got Derek Graham, Derek Witte, Ben Whitehead, Jason Swiatslowski, and the Williams brothers working together, what do you expect?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2010 Michigan Rider of the Year



Houston Peterson
Mr. Peterson has always been renowned for his wiliness on the bicycle, but it has been a few years since he laid such a massive beatdown on the peleton. 16 top tens. 9 podiums. In any masters field the 45 year old K-zoo native could lay hands on. At the Tour de Mont Pleasant weekend, he won the 35+ and 45+ crits and wrapped it all up with a win in the 35+ road race! The force is strong with the Peterson clan.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Crierium at DC Ranch


Here's a shout-out to my teammate Jake Spelman, who took the V at the DC Ranch Crit two weeks ago. G'job, Jake!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lions Win

That is all that needs to be said.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sports teams I do not like

These teams have given me such pain over the course of my life. In light of the recent UM-MSU game, I thought it might be entertaining to post my top 10 most disliked sports teams:


10. New York Yankees
9. Colorado Avalanche (for old time's sake)
8. Chicago Bears
7. Minnesota Twins
6. Chicago Blackhawks
5. Minnesota Vikings
4. Green Bay Packers
3. Michigan State Spartans
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
1. Ohio State Buckeyes

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Post #1000

Bike Boy would like to say thank you to all of his loyal readers, who never gave up hope. Thank you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Play

I have to say that it went great. We pulled off a pretty technical play in The Importance of Being Earnest. We mastered the English accents and numerous amount of props and furniture. The audience reviews were quite good, and I had some fun with it. The cast and crew really bonded over the last week, and I am quite nostalgic. Definitely, I am looking forward to next year's production. We are rapidly running out of high school productions.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Dressing Room

We have 3 hours until showtime. We're relaxing right now, but I would rather be doing something productive. The play should be good tonight.