Sterling Mud: a long way from the top

Thanksgiving Sunset, Concord NH Baystate. Sterling, Massachusetts. In 2013 I was happy to FINISH this race. It is a tough course that Tom Stevens designs, featuring off-cambers (adverse cambers???), punchy climbs and tricky descents. The only two years I got to race this course (’13, ’14), the weather was the insult to injury, the icing on the cake, the gingerbread …

Supercross Cup, Superstar Show

What a weekend! So many ups and downs. Rockland County Supercross. Flash back to 2013, the year of the BITTER COLD!! Last year this was the coldest race of the year by far. Temperatures were in the single digits at night and the wind chill didn’t help. Early races featured parkas. I wore bare legs day 1 to make day …

Shedd Park, add layers

I would like you all to know that I was in extreme pain all week. Derby City Cup really took it out of me. Like I said, I wasn’t exactly peaking in fitness at that point, but, the pain is proof that I left it all out there, at least physically. So, after resting quite a bit this week, I …

Winter Weather Woes, a list for cyclists.

I am relatively new to cycling, which means (likely) that I am even newer to winter cycling (who in their right mind would start cycling IN THE WINTER and continue on to see another?). I remember my first winter riding experience. I was a triathlete, in college, and knew no cyclists. The first 30 (F) degree day in January, not …

chop n drop, KY edition

My Focus bike, outstanding in its field. Phillipsburg, OH This weekend, the Derby City Cup cyclocross race in Louisville, Kentucky was on the race calendar. That is approximately a 19 hour drive from my home, but only a 3 hour drive from my parents’ in Dayton, OH. The most logical conclusion: fly to mommy and daddy’s, drive to race. Best …

Sausage Fest

What is the actual point of a “Moose Crossing” sign? Moose crossing, deer crossing, blind driveway? Are we supposed to be more cautious when we see these signs on the side of the road? Is it to remove all liability from the animal? “You hear about ole George? Hit a moose last night. Car totaled, ripped his face off.” “Yea, …