20140925

Blue Sky or Not CX

Kirk Morrison, Ray Sielski, and Mark Briercheck headed into Ohio for the NEOCX (North East Ohio CycloCross) Series Race #1....... The Blue Sky or Not CX.


Here are exerpts from their day:

Mark Writes:
Yes, Blue Sky was a wacky race.
I burped my rear tubless in the singlespeed race. DNF.

I blew my rear tire in the Mastter's 35+ race....but this time had a pit bike, so I could at least finish the race.

At least we have a picture to capture the moment!


Kirk Wrote:
The race day started with an overcast, "not" Blue Sky and ended with a spectacular Blue Sky with temps around 60F.

In the SS Race: Mark burped a tire on his fancy new Spot SS for an unfortunate DNF

In the Masters 35+ Race: Mark again had the misfortune of rolling a tire and popping the tube outside of wheel on one of the early laps.  Fortunately, after a long run, he was able to hop on his re-inflated Spot SS "pit bike" and recovered to finish in 21st place.



In the Masters 55+ Race: Both Ray and I enjoyed the chance to compete in the "race within the race" as Ray finished in 13th place while I ended up in 4th.

The course was fast, dry but twisty through the park with 2 drops into the woods, 2 sets of barriers and a substantial fallen tree to traverse.  We also had the opportunity to "run the sand" on the Lake Erie beach on every lap. 

This was my first 55+ race and I enjoyed the chance to compete with other "mature" riders.  Midway through the first lap, I was able to catch onto the back of a group of 6 riders.  Throughout the remainder of the race I was able to gradually work my way through this group until I passed the final rider within a few minutes of the finish.  Fast pace and very fun !


20140915

Weebles Wobble

...and hopefully don't FALL DOWN (too hard)!!!

video
 
That wheel is gonna need some work :)

20140909

6 Hours in the Valley

Hannah Brewer, Bobby Irwin, Henry DimmickBen Adduru & Sierra Maher headed into the woods near Kittanning, Pa. for the 6 Hours in the Valley mountain bike race.
 
This DUO format race pits two person teams against one and other for "6" hours...unless you cross the finish line at 5:59:59, in which case, you earn the right to go out for ANOTHER LAP!!!
 
Racing Coed-DUO were Hannah & Bobby
Racing Sport-Duo were Henry, and Ben (in his FIRST mountain bike race EVER :)
 
 
I am not sure what it is about this race, but you may recall that LAST YEAR, Mark Briercheck showed up on a BRAND NEW (ridden only in his driveway) Mountain Bike, and raced as partner with Henry.  These kids are CRAZY!
 
 (use the BACK button to get BACK to HERE!!!)
 
So, BACK to the present!
.....before the race, everybody was FRESH and excited... 
 

...and still clean enough to HUG :)

 
...but being "all cleaned up" does not always mean "well dressed"!!!

 
While we were lucky for a sunny and dry day, it was SO HOT that Henry cut the sleeves off his skinsuit...
 

...which was FAR LESS a committment than this poor dog(?) made!

 
Anticipation grew as the START approached...

 
...but once underway, EVERYONE settled in for a LONG day of racing.

 
Back and forth each pair of teammates handed off....

 
...refueling between laps under the dutiful direction of Sierra Maher.

 
...only to head back out for another lap.
 
So it went. Back and Forth. Back and Forth. Back and Forth...
 
 
I'll tell you, it was enough to make a gown man CRY....

 
...but NOT enough to make a WOMAN cry :)

 
Coming out of the woods to finish each lap was a relief...

 
...happy to survive another close encounter with Mother Earth!

 
But, as the day wore on, our rest periods became a little bit more, shall we say, "HORIZONTAL"...
 
 

...even for our BIKES!


Then, as the FINAL LAPS were completed....


 
...the SMILES returned to our faces!

 
After getting cleaned up, we headed over to the Awards Ceremony....

 
...to watch Hannah snag a BIG PIE...


....as reward for she and Bobby taking 1st Place in the Coed-Duo Division...

...and 2nd Place OVERALL, only ~3 minutes back. 

They did AWESOME!


Ben and Henry also got a pie, for finishing in 10th Place of the Men's Sport-Duo Division, but their pie was quite a bit smaller...

...(so I made the picture quite a bit bigger to compensate!)

 
Pies now in hand (and tummy), we headed for home....

 
To a dinner of steamed rice and sugar, courtesy of Sierra & Bobby!

 
 
So, NOW that you have seen the STILLS, you should watch the VIDEO :)
 
Video by Limp Reaper (Brad Dempster & Mary!)
 
 
Henry & Bobby @ 0:38
Hannah @ 1:54
Bobby @ 5:08
Henry Crashing! @ 6:38
Hannah @ 7:38
Ben @9:25
Bobby @9:55
 
 
Results:



20140902

Fixie Track Bike Night

Friday Night Fixed Gear Track Bike Night at the Bud Harris Track.

Short Story by Kirk Morrison:
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Fun night on the track bike at the oval. I felt and rode a bit better as the night went on and I became more accustomed to my track bike, some basic tactics as well as the high cadence.

Slightly Longer Story by Oscar Swan!
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A really nice and congenial "crowd" of participants, very evenly matched, contested events up until the end of daylight.


Threatened thunderstorms never materialized. Nobody complained about not getting enough exercise.

Most events had 3-2-1 scoring. If it had been 5-4-3-2-1, the final results might have been different.

The best events, including the unknown-distance race, and the team race using a plastic scouring pad for a baton, never materialized for lack of time. Maybe next year.

Thanks to both participants and to Stephanie Swan for registering, scoring, timing, and flagging.

200-meter flying start
8th Place - Kirk Morrison 17.88

Chariot Sprints
0 points

10-Lap Handicap
0 Points

4-LAP PURSUIT
(SPEED SKATE FORMAT)
7th Place - Morrison 5.29

Danish Sprint
(Win and Out)
7th Place - Morrison

Omnium Points Results:
7th Place - Kirk Morrison (2)

20140820

Two Mile Run Ride

So which is it?  ...a RUN or a RIDE?

As it turns out, it was BOTH!

"Two Mile Run" is a creek....


...and "Two Mile Run" is a race, located just north of Franklin, Pa, part of the Ride the Wilds (RTW) Summer Series.

Got it? 

Good!

Anyway, on this perfect day, we had SIX riders entered:


24 mile Expert Division:
Hannah Brewer, Kirk Morrison and Henry Dimmick

16 Mile RTW Series Course:
Mike Maher, Rich Allen and
 
NEW Ag3r rider BOBBY IRWIN!

"Selfie" by Sierra Maher
So the RUN part of the race was a LeMans style start, where Mike dreamed that ALL the bikes placed at the start were HIS.....(insert sinister laugh here!)

Image by Sierra Maher
At the sound of the HORN, we were OFF...although this picture reveals that Henry and Kirk were not in much of a hurry!  Hey boys, this IS a race, you know(?)!!!

Image by Sierra Maher

Meanwhile, at the FRONT, this picture shows BOBBY is at his bike long before anyone else, demonstrating yet again, that there is no better adrenaline booster that racing in NEW KIT :)

Image by Sierra Maher
With the riders disappearing into the woods for the first of their 8 mile laps...

Hannah's Strava Trace

....Sierra Maher set up camp in the LAP CHUTE area to do hand-ups of water and food for the team as they passed.


Meanwhile, the day's first casualty was Henry, with a part in his gears CRACKING even before HE did...!!!
 
The result was the same, however, as he could put NO POWER to the rear wheel.  The result?  Following the THEME of the day, a TWO MILE RIDE into the woods, followed by a TWO MILE WALK back out!   = DNF

 
First through the LAP CHUTE was Bobby ...riding so fast that Sierra could not get a picture of him from the front!
 
Image by Sierra Maher
Next (through the chute?) was Hannah ...although, she was "caught" here taking the LONG WAY down the paved path, rather than through the grass and Lap Chute.  (check her Stravas trace above!)

Looks like she may prefer the PAVEMENT after all...(???)

Image by Sierra Maher

Next up, was Mike....placing massive expectations upon poor Sierra to deliver him this PERFECT TECHNIQUE hand-up!

She WILL be invited back :)
 


Then came Richy, who using his outside manners, made quite a mess of his water hand-up!


As Kirk came through, he was jealous to learn that Henry was the first to come up with a "mechanical" excuse ...to avoid riding the 24 woodsy miles!

Image by Sierra Maher

Back on course now, Bobby found himself in a two way battle for the win.....


...while Mike defied gravity with his turning style...


...Hannah played SHADOW games with the cameraman...


...with Richy finally "seeing the light"....

 
...and the better course markings (this year).... to NOT get lost (like he usually did on this course!)
 

On the other hand, as Hannah headed (into?) the LAP CHUTE after her second lap, she AGAIN took the pavement back into the woods.

"ROADIE"

Image by Sierra Maher

As the Sport race drew to a close, Bobby stayed tough into a two-up sprint to the line... getting outgeared by just a few feet to take a WELL DESERVED 2nd Place!

Look how BLOWN he looks! 


Image by Sierra Maher
Next into the FINISH CHUTE was Mike....to take 10th Place...  

 
Image by Sierra Maher


....clearly (distorted) from his massive efforts!


After Richy finished in 14th Place......

....Hannah came through at 2:59:07, beating the 3 hour mark for 1st Place Expert Woman (12th Place Expert Overall).

 
At this point, we all just sat around making fun of Mike...


...and Hannah's (dirty) new socks!


...until BOOM, Kirk came blasting onto the scene....crossing the final bridge heading into the finish.


Unfortunately, the race promoters made a VERY TIGHT time cutoff for all Expert finishers...and Kirk missed the Closing Horn by...



...placing him in 16th Place for his efforts.

This is Kirk saying "What the Heck"....

...while Mike acts the dutiful teammate, replying "I know, right?!!!

 
Guess Kirk's wheels were not synchronized THIS TIME :)

 
Another DIRTY Ag3r adventure now in the books! 
 


Last up in the Series, the Peanut Butter Festival Finale!