Archive for March, 2012

Forest Park and Tuscaloosa!

March 29, 2012

trp r960....

Well, the season finally got off to a bang in Forest Park. I was unlucky in the breaks and too aggressive given my development, but I was pretty happy about my overall fitness.  What I wasn’t happy about was my brakes on the Stainless Steel Waterford. Indeed, I wound up racing on the old trusty R-33, as the Campy Skeleton’s had developed an inability to control the spring adjustment in back. I’m not happy about that, and that isn’t the first incident we’ve had down here in So. Ill of later generation Campy brakes going to shit (Molteni fried a pair as well). There is simply no excuse for that. Of course, in a drunken rage I ordered a pair of TRP r960s. So far, I have one race on them and they’re good….Still, Forest Park was fun, and it was good to race with Frank Brummer (I totally fucked up the finish, I should have chased harder and gotten Frank up to Gary Dyer and Chuck Pass…..as it was, Frank was 4th in the 50+). And, totally awesome to see Kurt Russell hanging out on the sidelines! Tracy managed to get off with Mikey Weiss, Tim Hall, and Andy Hunsaker, and Big Shark and Gateway did an awesome job making that stick.

I went down solo to the Tour of Tuscaloosa, feigning participation at a professional conference in New Orleans. Lots of driving, but worth it, even just to do the crit. What an awesome event! You should really get this one on your calendar if you can possibly manage it. Huge money in this, and the 35+ category meant that we had three or four guys on the line with Pro licenses….I didn’t really realize that….I raced quite aggressively until I blew up! Still, it was good to be racing at the front in a huge and superfast race. I’m not totally back, but I’m inching upward…

Ready to Race?

March 1, 2012

I will probably be racing these when I'm 60+

Ah, I missed Froze Toes. I was hoping to line up for the 1-2-3, but then my son’s sleepover got in the way. At least he made the girls go home before 10pm, but it was still a bit much to sneak off for a race. I’ll be in action at Forest Park and maybe also at Carondolet. After that, I hope to hit the Tuscaloosa crit (I can’t stay for the road race), and then we’ll see what I can do before Hillsboro.

Uncle Gary has us on track for another great year at Team Mack, and I’m really excited about the new American Classic Wheels. I’ve been running the 58 tubulars for four years, and it was time to upgrade to the new model—which looks totally cool! Those have been awesome wheels, and I plan to race them as spares for the next decade or so, or maybe move them to cross if one of my cross wheels breaks. The thing about high end tubular wheels is that they have to be thought of as a long-term good. Don’t get all bound up in the hype about new shit. It’s all the fucking same. My 2004 Mavic Cosmic Carbone Tubulars remain a raceworthy wheel at any level, and I run them as my primary cyclocross wheel. I don’t expect that to change for at least another four years.

I’m also experimenting with some off road frankenstein stuff in the cross-off-season. I just rebodied one of my Mavic Cosmos to Shimano, and have a 10-speed 11-36 SRAM cassette on the way. I’m going to try to see how this does with a Campy rear Triple derailleur. I’ve run that with a 53-29 in the triple, but this will stretch to 50-36…..I think it can handle it…..maybe. Maybe I should have gone 34…..I’ll report back later….