Sunday, March 30, 2008

Spokepony Showdown

The heartland guys put on another amazing race this past weekend. It was well worth the wait. The trail was extremely dry and supa' fast. Randy and I teamed up together to take on the 6 hour duo class. It was all I could do to match Randy's intensity and we just fell short of the podium with a strong 4th place finish. Stephanie pulled through for the High Gear team as usual with a second place finish in the women's 3hr solo race. Tim faced off against Matt for the first time and held is own in a tough crowd. Matt came in 6th and Tim rounded out the top ten in the 30-39 3hr class. Mike Wise decided to log in some time on the bike and ventured out to do 6hrs solo. He plugged away for a 6th place finish. And finally, there was Jim and Joel. The two DK200 organizers paired up and tag-teamed their way to a second place finish. For the full results click here.

There aren't too many pictures to speak of yet. But, I did find a few on the cowtown blog. You can get a glimpse of the trail here.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Back to the grind...

Spring Break is over. The only thing that keeps me motivated is knowing there are only 7 weeks of school left. At least I got to spend the last couple days relaxing with my mama and gramma. I got some good home cookin' and just laid around on the couch. Plus, I'm gonna get started building up my XO2 frame! Time to crank out some gravel road grinders and see if I can actually finish this 200 mile monster that is only 2 months away.

Friday, March 21, 2008

What's New?

Here's what I've been up to lately. I've been roofing the past few days (What a way to spend Spring Break!) and even managed to squeak in a bike ride with Tim and Shawn which was great. My new XO2 frame came in which is amazing! My cousin Vivian came in town today to pay everyone a visit. Next I'm headed off to Chapman to see my Mama and my Gramma for the weekend. That's my week in a nutshell. Hopefully the Spoke Pony goes as planned next weekend and I'll have some exciting news to post.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Well, thanks for bailing on me everyone. Matt seems to be sick and Steph apparently didn't want to talk to me. Tim went to watch the KU game. (I can't blame ya on that one!). Shawn and Mike didn't answer their phones, Garret had to work, and Bobby had some house cleaning to do. Didn't matter though, after a morning of sleet and hail (Yes, this is officially spring Break) the sun thought he would poke his head out. Even if it was momentarily. It was enough to convince me to go ride. That and all the videos I watched this morning on youtube of mountain bike races, truly amazing. Anyways, the point of all this is that you guys missed out. The trails were PERFECT! I'm not saying they were dry, but they weren't muddy either. Sure, the ol' snot corner was still a mess and there may have been a puddle at the bottom of the open field descent, but that was just for dramatic effect. Nothing like a little mud splashin' in your face. And of course you don't want to ride the ditch. But, everything else was amazing. I think this means the freeze/thaw cycle is over. Not to mention that this is the most packed I've seen the trails in half a year. It's been a long time since the trails felt this good. I also wanted to remind you that there is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow, so at least for now it was short lived. Sure, better weather is coming, but maybe I can wait a little more patiently knowing that I got to rip up a few laps today.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Race Results

Well, this is a bit overdue, but I've been busy dang it. It was a spectacular day for a race last Sunday. Besides all the mud. Anyways, Matt, Steph, Garret, Dusty, and myself each got first place in our age groups and Matt, Steph, Garret, and myself each one our overall class as well. Chuck got on the podium with a third place finish and Mike and Randy finished the day off with a pair of fourth place finishes. Not a bad day when everyone finishes top 5 and you take home 5 first places. there were also some sweet pics from the race. Click here to check them out. We will be easy to identify in our bright new team uniforms.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Ready for the weekend

Well, I am definitely ready for the weekend now. We just put in 40 miles this afternoon and more importantly we did it in style. We got team uniforms for the '08 race season and they are sweet. (See pictures below) Anyways, not too much exciting to report other than Garret the destroyer beat Matt and I out by about two bike lengths on the city limit sprint. The man is a beast. Good thing a mtb race is longer than 100 yards though! (Sorry garret) Anyways, check out the pics of the new jerseys and shorts. Okay, the picture is sideways and I'm not quite figuring out how to turn it right side up. Deal with it.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Monday Morning

It's actually a song that I've been playing every chance I get today, compliments of Student Rick. (No, not Student Driver) Yes, somebody has "a case of the Monday's." (insert frowny face) However, I can't actually say that I'm having a bad day. Things are actually going quite well. The crew got out for some trail riding yesterday and we were able to pack down three good laps before the rain swept in. I guess I'll just keep venting about school. If it weren't for school I could be out on my bike all day long! Talking about bikes, looking at bikes, trying to work on bikes, and anything else you can do with a bike.

But, I did get an unexpected visit from two of my favorite people. Didn't get to chat long, but it did make me quite thirsty for some tea and I found myself missing some good company. It also made me realize that word gets out fast. So, most of the people that happen to read this already know, but I will be headed out of the USA this fall. I wasn't going to mention it yet, because I don't have all the details of where I'm going. But, I got accepted for an internship that will require some traveling. I will update when I have more details.

Saturday, March 1, 2008


Well, tomorrows race was canceled. Apparently the KC area has been hit pretty hard this winter and the trails are still in bad shape. Bobby, Brad, and myself went out and rode Camp Alexander yesterday and it was a mudfest, so I can only imagine how bad it was up there. But, there will be a race next Sunday at Clinton Lake. It should be dry by then and ready to go.