Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Confused about how the B and A races work when you're racing against others in your age group? The explanation is here, along with the riders sorted by age category. It was nice of Hal to clear me for racing; too bad he's not my Doctor.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I think this video clip proves Brad has mastered the barriers, like a gazelle! You've come a long way, baby. Thanks to Don S for the colour commentary
Dave had to fight off Michelle all day. I guess there really is something to the "AXE EFFECT"
Vic was looking good...but that was already pointed out some time ago.
Charlene: haberdasher, barrier
More photos here.
Sorry Gilles...you DNF'd before I could get a photo of you.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The offical race site has the registration and waiver forms ready for download, so do what you got to do and get in an extra pre-race lap. Be sure to check the race site later today for a map and last-minute updates.
Will Adam be there to finally contest the Belgium 6-pack that's on the line with Brad, or will be be MIA for a 3rd race in a row? The rivalry between Michelle and Charlene is getting more dramatic with each race. Who'll cross the line first? You got to be there to find out.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
"How?" you ask? Well, in one word "volume". More on this in a bit.
FGBC sported 12 riders and one-upped our podium results with 4 top-three finishes. Their earnings for the day towards the FGD Challenge were 216 points—virtually doubling our score.
There is a silver lining for RRR, however. Once again RRR's riders contributed more on average towards the FGD Challenge than our FGBC counterparts. In Sunday's race each RRR rider earned an average of 18.167 points... FGBC only earned an average of 18 points per rider. See? Without their numbers, we'd clearly be putting on the hurt.
It's all good, though. We're still having fun and that's what it's really all about.
On a side note, Artur and Michelle have ponied up to upgrade their citizen licenses for the last few races of the year. How cool is that? It's great to see new racers catch the bug. The race organizers' efforts and the citzen license "promotion" are already paying off.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The quality of this year's cyclocross races has been impressive. FOG seems to be on top of things with their CrossTastic race. They're very organized with their full-fledged poster campaign, website, staging, and prizes (oh, the prizes—those $450 brakes will make someone happy).
Check out all the CrossTastic information here. And just for Larry, a map showing Whittier Park can be found here.
I guess the only remaining question is, "will there be beer?".
I'm not sure if I should give Brad kudos for hijacking 2 seconds of video footage or "2 minutes for looking so good". Probably both.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Yes I was there. Enough said.
With 51 racers in B, I wanted to get away before the technical stuff, so I hammered off the start and actually had a small gap.. So far so good. Coming off the hill at a confusing corner where the course ran parallel to itself, I got screwed up, and took the outside loop again. Apparently several others made the mistake of following me. That's what happens when a guy with concentration problems leads a race...
I knew I had messed up and actually stopped. Johnny G was yelling, and a course marshall looked really confused, mothers covered their children's eyes, grown men wept... That whole thing rattled me a bit. We all got back together when I stopped. I knew I had messed up, but wasn't sure where, or if we were going to be DQ'd, and that stalled me for a bit. It seemed like there was no other choice but to keep going.
I never really got my head back in the race after that. I fell twice. I stayed on the bike last week in that greasy mess, but today had a few stupid little falls. Dropped the chain on a fall after one of the ditch crossings when I was leading and Artur took the lead and Rod got by too. I spent the rest of the race chasing. Oh well. That's all racing. I caught Rod at the end of the 3rd lap, but at the bell he jumped a bit and just had more juice at the end.
Part way through the race Dr H rode onto the course to tell us they had worked something out to balance out our times with the rest of the field. The way it all panned out was Rod in first, I was second and I don't know about third. Artur actually crossed the line ahead of Rod and I, but they split the non licensed guys out, so again, he won without winning. Nice work Artur.
Tanis raced, all of Lorno's kids, two of Mike's kids. Lorne and Mike, you have to fill us in on your races. Tanis didn't seem too thrilled with this cross racing when I talked to her. I'm sure she will be back though. Michelle won the battle with Charlene. Nicely done. So our team total was 6 racers for the points. But the Dark Horde once again had the numbers. Bring on the little Little 500!
In the A race Paul Benson showed up to change the formula we have seen for the last few weeks. It was Paul and Don battling at the front all day, Olli in third and Craig in fourth. Craig looked like he was suffering. I've never seen him suffer, so he is human after all. Paul won, Don second, Olli, Craig and Chris.
I spent some time at the barriers during the A race with the brothers from the Dark Side. We all agreed that Luc was the king of the six pack. He absolutely flew through there every time around. Watch for it on Darryl's video recap. Very impressive.
Post race festivities and awards were at the curling club. By the time I got there, all 48 bottles of Southern Cross IPA were gone. . Bummer. I had to settle for MGD. I won some beer money and a door prize of a Stella glass. Larry, I might give it to you if you ever buy me my TDF beer.
Big thanks to the ABES crew and the FGBC guys for another stellar event. Cross rules.
Full results here.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Also, Tom K of thetrainingcoop.com has put some hours into editing video footage from the Bourkvale kids race and B race. Thanks, Tom, for your efforts in providing us with some free enterainment.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Congrats to RRR's Brad "The Impaler" for his podium finish in the B Race. He's been getting stronger in every race and with the anticipation of a Belgim beer side-bet with FGBC rival Cousin Adam, he was ready to make a statement. The statement was made, but Adam wasn't there to take note. Next week the Imapler will surely make his point once again.
Artur has also gotten stronger with each race...all 2 of them. Artur left enough in his tank to reel in the 1st place rider on the final lap and claim the overall B Race victory by a 10-second margin. It's hard to believe how good Artur looks on that sweet bike of after only his second race.
"El Espanolito" Larry put in another strong ride. With a few cross races under his belt now, and with a previously undiagnosed mechanical issue resolved, we anticipate our favourite weight weenie will continue edging his way up in the standings.
Michelle is another racer putting in the time required for continuous improvement on race day. Her dismounts no longer require brake-screeching stops. They're now a semi-fluid display of speed and agility. I know Michelle was disappointed not to see her long-legged FGBC competitor at SuperCross...we'll have to wait until Southern Cross to see those two square off.
I didn't get to watch Mike "The Bike" represent RRR in the A Race. Mike was sporting a new cyclocross rig. Some might be surprised to see someone who thinks "cross sucks" going out and buying a new frameset, but those of us who know Mike know there's not much that can stand between him and a new bike once he's had a taste of a new race discipline. Unfortunately, Mike flatted. He continued on and finished 16th. A flat tire with caked with sticky mud and cold hands simply isn't condusive to a top 10 finish. Before the flat, Mike looked to be in with some pretty fast company based on the video clips Tom K uploaded to the interweb.
A big thanks go out to Hal and Ian for putting on such a stellar event.
This is the view of Brad that most racers saw
Michelle rolled through to be the first female across the line, top 5 in the citizen class
El Espanolito smiled his was to a 7th place finish...not bad for a guy who doesn't like to get dirty
Artur's second race EVER saw him take the top podium spot.
Brad finished stong in 3rd place...RRR dominated the B Race
Muddy and still happy
That's they way a cx rig should look after a race
Here are a couple of video clops from Saturday's action. Click here for his complete set of SuperCross photos and video clips.
In the FGD Challenge, the FGBC overcame our strong B Race results (81-31 for RRR) with strong showings in the A Race (72-6 for the FGBC). Had Gilles or certain other RRR rider been able to compete, we might have taken the day. Fate, however, smiled again on the Dark Side; for them it was a 103-87 victory. Overall, their lead looks secure as we reach the half-way point in the cyclocross calendar. If RRR contiues its strong showings, however, the individual race results will keep the competition interesting.