Floyd....I just read his book a month ago or so. Guess that entire thing was one big lie. Sweet. Not sure why he is dragging all these other cyclists into his mess. If by some chance he is actually telling the truth, it would be nice if he had some evidence. He is making an awful lot of accusations, Hincapie, Leipheimer, Zabriski, Armstrong, basically all the best American cyclists. If all he wanted was to come clean, then he wouldnt need to bring up all these other guys. Armstrong's name is always in these doping stories, but its the first time ive heard anything about any of the others. My favorite part of Floyds story is that he says that although he did every drug he could find during his career, he raced completely clean in the Tour de France that he thinks he won. Hope he has a backup plan to bike racing, because I would say that his career just ended.
Heartland Park Topeka for NHRA drag racing this weekend. No performance enhancing drugs out there.
Rhetts Run is done. I almost didnt race, but decided I had driven that far, I might as well. It was complete mud fest. rained most of the race. it was a blast. At the start Davey Breslin took the lead and I followed, thinking we were going awfully fast on the slick mud. He went around a corner and next thing I know he is basically spun around looking straight at me. I take to the lead, but havent ridden the trail and dont know anything about it. I get to the top of a climb and there are no arrows to tell which way to go, Breslin gets close and sees me standing and points the way. A little later Im getting frustrated with the long mud bog and thinking its not worth it when Schottler goes cruising by. i jump on his wheel and we ride together for awhile. he leads, goes off the trail, I lead, then go off the trail. Eventually he gets a gap and gets away by a few seconds which is nice because we arent screwing each other up. Halfway through the second lap I pass him on the side of the trail trying to get stans to seal back up his tire. Its muddy so I decide to just continue on at my current pace until he catches back up... he never does and the current pace was enough to win by a few minutes.
Brakes are toast. Chain is looking rough. Gripshifters in complete mud are a bit of a challenge. Ive still got mud in my eyes.
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Next was reading Joe Parkin's latest book "come and gone". Its interesting, I think I like it better than the first book "a dog in a hat". Mainly because he talks about MTB racing.
Somewhere in there was riding in the rain. I tried to ride the trainer during the thunderstorm yesterday, but after 45 minutes I decided I would rather be wet from rain than sweat, so I headed outside. I dont know how Katie can ride the trainer when its not winter, I just cant do it.
With all this rain im sure the Rhetts Run in Columbia will be cancelled. Im thinking of finding a backup plan...
The race started at the bottom of the park, which meant a long road climb up to the trail head. Travis took the lead as nobody really wanted to pull the whole group up the climb. Halfway up Jeffrey Winkler went to the front and picked up the tempo a bit. I slid in behind and went by closer to the top. I turned around close to the top to see a long string of single file riders, so we must have been going hard enough. Entering the trail I had a bit of a gap. The trail was a series of short steep climbs and short descents. Non-stop either going up or down. It was in perfect shape. The course kept doing U-turns and switchbacks so you could always gauge the riders behind, and it was hard to get completely out of sight. Halfway through the first lap I had opened up a nice gap, but wasnt feeling great and wasnt able to really get away. The second half the lap saw some longer climbs which meant I had to switch out of the big ring. When I did this I found the rear derailleur not to be working quite right. It was bugging me more than really affecting the riding but I stopped to try and work it out. Winkler came by pretty quickly and I didnt want to mess with it too long. I jumped back on and tried to ride back up to Jeff but I must have been stopped longer than I thought as he was out of sight. Plus he's fast. At the end of the first lap I was getting closer and put in a bigger effort to catch back up. My second lap went well as I passed Winkler and put some time on him. I got out of sight which was nice, but I kept getting distacted and not really focusing until I would hear him creaping back up again. Towards the end of the last lap some motivation came back, mainly from not wanting a sprint finish and I cruised in with maybe a minute lead.
All and all it was a fun day of trail riding. It was about a two hour race but didnt seem that long which was good because Im starting to get tired. The last 3 weeks have been my biggest weeks of the year and ive got the biggest one yet and a race in Columbia before some well deserved rest. Im hoping I dont get completely exhausted before then.
Racing close to home is great. Slept in, raced, ate dinner, motorcycle ride, and now watching a movie. Plus tomorrow is Sunday which is perfect for a long bicycle ride and a mother's day. Once again thanks to Matt Brown and High Gear for being out in full force, especially for doing some bike adjustments for the second week in a row for me.
Because I cant figure out how to get the video directly on the blog, you will have to click on the picture to go to watch it. Video courtesy of Bob Arnold who made the trip from St. Louis and according to the USA cycling official seemed to be breaking some USA cycling rule by wearing a helmet cam.
After some preriding it was time to line up for the uphill TT. It was a little over 2 minute climb to the top of one of the higher hills around the lake. I was the 4th starter and put in a time of 2:10, which turned out to be the fastest of the day. My lungs were burning by the end, but it was time for some more trailriding fun. Cam led a group of us around another part of the loop and it was obvious that keeping up with him on the technical rocky sections was going to be a challenge.
Sunday was the main race. It was sure to be a long XC race, well over 2 hrs. Pretty much the entire HighGear team was on the starting line which was cool to see. At the start I slotted in behind Cameron Chambers and the two of us quickly got a gap on the rest of the field. Then I found myself falling further and further behind as my feet seemed to be on the ground as much as on the pedals through the rocky slickrock sections and the loose turns. After regrouping I started to get the handle of things and began working my way back up. About 2/3 of the way around the first of two laps I caught Cam and followed him for awhile. I was thinking that I needed to get a gap on him before the slickrock sections on the next lap when he let me by. I picked up the pace and rode the rest of the way by myself. Cameron would suffer cramping and his Ethos team would have to be picked up by Travis Donn who finished second. The race was around 2:15 but it didnt seem like we were out there nearly that long. Great day of riding.