Wednesday, May 31, 2006

jed, dorthy and the cats

we made it back to Richmond, VA for the second year in a row for the Captech classic which takes place on the hilly downtown streets tomorrow night. The drive out was long and i did my best to help out our mechanic BenO by sleeping a good bit so he could focus on all the driving. Good work Ben!!!

Jake and i are staying in the same host house as last year which is working out well. Jed and Dorty are a great young couple who have taken us in this year and last. tonight they let me borrow the keys to one of their cars to roll over to a neighboring suberb to see Clara! its only a been a week since she left MI but i gotta say i've been missin her a bunch and it was great to see her and get to spend a little time together before we get crackin at the racing tomorrow.

rode today with a few of the guys. not a bad one, just bloody hot! I'm workin on my new state of the art weather machine so we should be seeing pleasant temps and sunny skies in no time.

once again i've gone lame with the pics. no new ones bu t here's a shot from the last school assembly we did while i was back home.

captech tomorrow evening. probably one of the hardest crits all season. a dandy of a hill which provides for some solid selection. last year it was sorta a breakout race for our teamm as far as how we went about getting a result so hopefully we can pick up where we left off. the boys are lookin fit and everyone is psyched to get rollin!

oh! check out and watch the "shop talk" clip from collegiate nats. some good recognition for collegiate cycling and some kind words from the best announcer in the buisiness, Dave Towle.

enough for now. if your lookin for more updates, be sure to head over to Jake the Snake's website. he's been doing daily updates on the happenings around here.

over and out


Tuesday, May 23, 2006


There's no way to recap all that has happened since my last update. I've had quite the break fromt he blogging world, but for good reason. since my last post i've raced collegiate nationals and made it back to MI. I'm sure you've all seen the report from nationals so i'll spare you the reading.

MI has been A ok. "A" ok beacuse i convinced my main squeeze Clara to come back with me. i think she was a little overwhelmed at the thought of venturing to the amazing state of Michigan since she had never been there, but she's takin to it quite well and it has been GREAT to be with her after the mayham of finals and collegiate racing has subsided.

aside from catching up on sleep and getting a bit of rest, i'm doing a few gigs with Priority Health. last week Wed. and tomorrow.... school assemblies. we get to talk to little kids about being active, eating healthy and all that good stuff. after our school time tomorrow its straight back to GR for some Grattan racing action.

pics and more updates to come

ciao for now

Sunday, May 07, 2006

signed, sealed, delivered

finally done with my 8th and hopefully 2nd to last semester of college. the exam week was a bit rough but i'm done and one step closer to getting that rad piece of paper which will declare me an "educated" and potentially contributing member to society. whoo hoo!

I've been celebrating in fine fassion. sleeping in till 11 and going about the day with nothing that even comes close to resembling a schedule. I dig it. riding has been mellow to help the body recover from the school stress and the hectic race schedule the past few weeks. here's a few training action shots.

No racing this weekend, but I did race Friday night in Spartenburg, SC at a criterium which is part of the US crit series. It was great to see the crit crew on our team that didn't do shanendoah. the course was a narrow, .5 mile action packed rectangle which meant we were treated to a mind numbing 70 laps. To top things off, it was raining and very wet! not the kinda race i get really psyched for, but i was looking forward to opening the legs up a bit after a few easy days after shanendoah. Once we got rolling, it wasn't all that bad. the wet roads actually served to keep things interesting and a little more singled out. my legs felt fairly peachy and i gave a go at a few moves early on, soon realizing that a couple of the other big teams weren't into the breakaway thing. from there i just tried to keep it safe and in good position. had a fun front flat tire with about 12 to go, but got back in there and did my best to get back up front to help Rich in the sprint. we couldn't quite latch onto eachother among the chaos of the final laps but we both punched it in for top 10's. me in 8th and rich right there in 10th.

All of boys seem to be riding good and are getting their race legs back after not doing any racing since the cali stint. We're still working the details out on getting organized in these flat and fast bunch kicks, but i'm sure we'll put it together before too long. I think we're in good shape heading into the next block of races. we're a bit behind on the actual racing this year since we didn't get to do tour of cali or tour of georgia, but eventually its gonna pay off as i'm sure many of the teams are starting to get a bit tired this time of year. We have a full book of matches and we're going to lightin them up very very soon!!

the LMC crew is heading out to Kansas on Tuesday for collegiate road nationals. my last collegiate road nats so hopefully they turn out to be a rockin time with some swell racing. Our team is looking great and i think everyone is ready to rip it. You never know what is gonna happen at collegiate nats. its probably one of the weirdest races ever. 100 or so riders and hardly any of them have ever raced against eachother, especially in a situation where each team only is allowed to race 4 riders per event. makes for an interesting and somewhat challanging dynamic where some pretty odd things can happen, but we're all excited and ready to give it a go. TTT on friday, RR sat and Crit on Sun. Wish us luck!

ciao for now

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

One more day

2 exams, 1 research paper and 4 smaller papers to finish. then i'm done, for the semester.

still i thought i needed and little more procastination to allow for another update. the guys at blackbird images were kind enough to let me know i could use any of their shenandoah pics for the blog, and we all know how fun pictures of very very good looking people are. they're probably a bit heavy on the "brent" but hey, this is my blog.