Monday, May 30, 2011

Thanks

It's Memorial Day. Thank you to everyone who offers/has given their life to protect my freedom. I am thankful.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Giro d' Italia 2011

There were several important headlines from this race. I would like to point out 4 particular things.

1. As we're all aware, we lost Wouter Weylandt. It's sad that the race continued and we basically forgot about Wouter. There's not much that I can say about it. The cycling community grieved.

2. Contador really tore it up. You could just tell that he was never really put into difficulty; he was always so smooth and composed. I'm sure everyone is quite exasperated that he was allowed to start the giro, and I won't lie, I struggled to watch him dance away from Scarponi, Nibali&Co in the mountains.

3. The Sprinters pretty much got rocks in their trick-or-treat bags.
Petacchi and Ventoso took a stage, and Cavendish got two. I don't think they had much fun during the entirety of the race. Lots of hills.

4. The solo break was the preferred means of winning.
Weening, De Clercq, Nieve, Tiralongo, and Kiryienka reaped massive glory from jumping out of the winning breakaway group. They seemed to prove the old slogan "No guts, no glory".



I hope you enjoyed BikeBoy's impressions of the 2011 Giro d'Italia. Catch ya' later.

Pictures: Telegraph, UK. Leopard-Trek. PRB Sports.

Friday, May 27, 2011

First Day of Summer

I'd call it productive.
Pop and I got up at 4:00am for the Brumbys ride (actually my alarm failed to go off after I double checked it three times, so I woke up at 4:35). We arrived at Mcdowell and Recker well early...but the elusive Brumbys didn't show bummer. On the bright side, our teammate Dan met up with us, and we also rode with teammate Phil. We went into Las Sendas and did hill repeats. Dad and I beat the tar out of each other. It was great.
We parted ways with our teammates and rode out to Saguaro Lake and back, totaling just under 60 miles. All in all, a very nice way to start this period of no school.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

School's Out for Summer

As of 5/26 2011, Bike Boy is a high school senior.

Friday, May 20, 2011

What we're all taking about




We're all talking about Lancey. We're all talking about how his world is crumbling on him.
I'm not going to talk about whether or not Lance is guilty. You have already heard what I think about Lance.
This is my problem: I hate to agree with what the American cycling public thinks. The cycling public is fickle.

This is my example. I was thinking about citing Tyler Hamilton, but I cannot recall the name of his website nor public's reaction to it.
Hamilton spent a great amount of time campaigning that he was innocent. What I can't exactly remember is how many people actually believed him. It's quite likely that he had a lot of support.
What happened when he confessed? They tore him to shreds.



The reaction to Floyd Landis is the epitome of ficklism.
So many people believed he was innocent. They cried about the cruelties of the system. They wailed that the French were out to get him. They believed Floyd Landis to be credible, the soul of honesty.
What happened when he confessed? They tore that hapless noob to shreds. "I don't know that man," they said. In their fickleness, they argued that Landis had zero credibility.

Then there's Lance, on his bike busting his --- six hours a day.
In the span of a few months, the American public will deny they ever believed this man. I see it happening already. With that disgusting fickleness, they will tear the Texan to shreds.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Conflict of Interests

I am rapidly losing my credentials as a coverer of pro bike racing. I account this to my inability to watch bike races. I credit that to my involvement in the institution of school.
Don't get me wrong, I like my education. I love the fact that my school gave me a Macbook. What I don't like is the torture I receive from being oh-so-close to watching stages of the Giro. Most stages end at around 7:20-9:10 am (MST), during my first two classes. The school network blocks internet flash players, so my preferred method of watching rarely works. I resign myself to reading the live coverage. That is okay, I guess.



Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mount Lemmon Time Trial: Report

I recommend it. Truly, it is an epic ride.
It was nice taking a family road trip down to Tucson. We got some dinner, tried to pre-register (we couldn't because they left 40 minutes early) and crashed in the hotel.
Dad and I got to the course at 5:00am and registered. From then, we had about 3 hours to wait for our starts. Dad was scheduled to go off 1 minute after me.


All year long, I have raced TTs with power. My Pop speculated that the numbers have been holding me back mentally. I ditched the power today, and reaped the benefits. I got into a nice rhythm. I passed a lot of older riders on the way to finishing the 10 mile time trial. I was convinced it was nine miles, so I was kinda dying at the end. I crossed the line somewhere in the mid 41's. My dad finished around 2 minutes later.
I was satisfied with my ride. My rhythm was as good as I could ask for. I am cautiously optimistic about my result. Nathan Franklin probably pushed me for the win in the 17-18s.


This concludes my Winter/Spring racing campaign. I had so much fun competing. Now that I have accumulated some confidence and fitness, I will focus in on Camp and Nationals.
So far...God has kept me healthy. No bronchitis. So far... so good.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Things are going to get really climby



The Mount Lemmon time trial is on Sunday. It should be killer.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two Week

Then I am out of school.

Monday, May 9, 2011

South Mountain TT: Report

I really love South Mountain and climbing in general. The day was perfect for a race. At 7 am (when everyone started lining up), the temps were under 80 degrees.
I raced the 17-18s in pursuit of Ryan Zupko's record of 19:43. Last year I missed his record of 20:40 by two seconds (then Stephen broke it). My competition was Owen, his teammate Scott, and David Colex.
I decided to ride with my powertap and front Roval. I had put out 254W last year, so my goal was to improve by at least 15 watts. I averaged 269 for the first 9 minutes. I rounded a switchback and looked back to see Owen cutting into my lead. I didn't like that, so I ramped up the power. 15 minutes into the effort, I saw the 1.5 miles to go sign and did the math. That would take about 5 more minutes. I was really dying. I know that I left it all on the course, because I left it on the course somewhat early. I more or less struggled up the last climb and wasn't able to shift into the big ring for the last downhill part. I came in for a time of 20:21. I wanted to go faster, but I was content that I put out 274 watts normative. I bested Owen by 23 seconds. Kenny Polley got the win in the 15-16s. Goran got 4th in that category with a time of 23:36. All the juniors really went fast, especially compared to a lot of the adults.

My dad just smoked it. 19:58 and 6th overall. We achieved a rare Father/Son victory. I give that back to God.
DNA was 2nd in the team category. Tribe won with their massive plethora of women. Tribe also dominated the raffle.
All in all, fun stuff. Next up...Mount Lemmon.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Giro d'Italia: Prediction

Good grief, is it ever mountainous. I don't see any way that Contador loses. He said he wants a victory, so I'm not doubting him. Scarponi and Rodriguez are good decent picks, but they will lose up to 2/3 minutes in the TTT/TT. Anton was my ace-in-the-hole at the Vuelta last year (until he crashed out). I have major confidence in him.


1. Contador
2. Anton
3. Nibali
4. Rodriguez
5. Scarponi
6. Menchov

7. Serpa

8. Sella

9. Pozzovivo

10. Kreuziger


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Never mind that

I am racing juniors at South Mountain. Free entry fee.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cat 3s

This is a personal request from Bike Boy:

I have been your punching bag all year long. I have endured flat crit after flat crit. These are races that require big amounts of power, power that I don't have. I weigh 115 pounds. I have really really suffered just trying to be competitive with you guys. Here's the kicker; I spent a whole season doing crits that I had a 10% chance of placing well in, but you guys are terrified of doing ONE 5 mile uphill time trial.
Could you humor me and enter the South Mountain Time Trial? I would really appreciate it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Busy Week

I made a slight commitment to the spring, play, "Little Women". It was a pretty small commitment (3 lines) but I ended up staying up very late all week long. I immensely enjoyed it. In addition to playing a crippled English boy, I was on stage crew. I really love being involved in theater.

I rode South Mountain yesterday. I am really excited to do some climbing.