Sunday, December 21, 2008

We pay for this

Sitting in a plane. On a runway. Again.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

For Ed, Scott and the dudes at Bell's MTB

Turns out this blog thing still does work.  As I tell my parents, no news is good news and all is well.  Since the last post and finishing up Utah, I blitzed through the rest of the season.  Uspro RR and Missouri.  Settled into the off season for 3 days and got the last minute call to go to Italy for World's.  Caught some plague while in Belgium before the race, but still a great experience and one I hope to get a crack at again.  From there, it was onto my new home base of Chattanooga, TN.  Plenty of off season adventures, moved into my new dwellings, Jamie time, Halloween, hiking, mtbing and the usual hoodrat things.  Its been swell.  Bout time to get back on the bike.  Hence the update!  You know, blog pictures are better than facebook pics....

From the top.... missouri 

Mike sayers.  doing the pro thing.  completely screwed.  mvp.  retired.  an honor to have been on the same team with him.  
belgium.  again.  plague.
but Italy is niiice
not my day
where i be kickin it
scoping the new area
what?  we can go hiking?!  YESSS
man builds fire
collegic shenanigans
michigan.  lmc.  reppin
I'm her biggest fan

halloween.  no buy costume policy
vo2 intervals
solo hike equals weak pictures
but good views
tis the season

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

If I gotta choose a coast...

A solid 6 weeks on the west side of the country and I'm now back in NC.  Cascade Classic, Acclimating time in Durango, Pre-Utah team camp and Tour of Utah all in the books and all turned out nicely.  The first few weeks at altitude were primarily painful, but it all came together this past week at tour of Utah with Louder taking the overall, the team winning team GC and everyone from the riders to the staff putting together an awesome race.  As always, pics say more than words....

After Cascade, I headed to Durango, CO to get acclimated to the high/dry and hang with coach Rick a bit.  Here's a few of his pets which would greet me on each trip in and out of his place...

I started missing the trees pretty quick.  desert.  with one "s"
Hooked up with Ben Kneller and Shriver of Jittery Jo's for some training and local racing.  Thanks guys!
After a few weeks, transfered into the high mountains of Utah for team acclimating/training camp...
Great times training and hanging with the BMC crew
Everyone on the team had a great week and it showed the last 2 days of the race when we really put things together.  

Louder and his daughter Milana.  You can't coach that

Its just like a mini mawl
Season is winding down.  USPRO RR in a couple weeks.  A few more race days after that, still "TBA"  Heee Hawww

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

get a grip

Good times as of late.  pics tell the story best....

Went straight from Picardie to the homeland for Tour de Leelanau.  Super cool to get a shot to do a hometown race where the entire teams is there.  We need more races like this one in the states. Team rode great and Taylor sealed the deal.  We also snagged the kom prize with the boys lining me up nicely to take top points on every climb.    You can't coach this...

Jamie made her first trip to the mitten and we made good use of the saturday race, spending sunday in authentic northern MI.  

Back to the south.  Unfortunately, no philly week for me this year, but that meant I finally got a shot to hit up the Roan Groan road race and the Settler's Life Omnium which its part of.  Not often you get to finish a local race with a 7 mile climb!!  botched the road race, but snagged a win in the crit and the overall.  former teamate and michigander scott stewart joining me in the post up after we pulled off some nice "unofficial" teamwork. 

Sheedy took a go at his first masters race.  yes, that means 30+.  He handily stormed away for a slick solo win.

Sick nasty heat over the weekend.  Rough for the racing, but perfect for hitting up some of the area's sweet spots....  despite what you see, i'm actually not wearing a white t-shirt in this pic.  and yes, we took a flying leap off the waterfall in the background :)  

Jumped in the truck for the brutal drive to Michigan.  The drive was brutal has usual, but I can happily say I finally have all my junk out of storage in the LMC bike room.  Only took me 18 months after graduating.  Anyone interested in beefing up their collection of garage sale items??

The reason for the trip?  My first rate homie from high school, Steve, was getting Married to his longtime girlfriend and also good friend of mine, Carrie.  scary, but an event I just couldn't miss.  (mr. groom to my immediate right)

"Mossy oak" Camo vests and ties.  Serious style

Swapped out the truck while in Mich for somthing a bit more comfortable and friendly on the wallet when it comes to the crazy gas prices.  Maybe pics of the new beast to come.  Banner Elk has been in prime time summer mode since I've been back.  quiet, but you can't complain with dreamy temps and sunny skies.

Finally, the big news of the day... Jamie scored a solid top 20 result at the mountain bike world championships today!!!  Started DFL and worked her way up through the field for a very solid ride in the U23 women's race.  Awesome to see it work out well after watching her work so hard to make it there and then be ready to compete with the worlds best.  Congrats Jamie!!

Training, training and more training on the menu with maybe a local race here or there until I meet back up with the team at Cascade in early July.  Quite the change of pace from the race race race routine that i'm used to, but compared to last summer, I am living large and enjoying it! 

comment yo! 

Saturday, May 17, 2008

And another one

No crashing for us today. Whew! Team rode well, and Alex rode like an
alien to lock up the k.o.m. Jersey as long as he finishes tomorrow.
Fighting almost all day in the pack. Not to the death, but enough to
keep it stressful. We got franced on for an hour or so. Danillo
flatted with 15 km to go so I gave him my wheel. Good to work on that
caravan riding stuff. Double day tomorrow. I've never been a fan of
two road races in one day. You tell these dudes they only have to ride
for 100km at a time and its pretty wacky how fast they can go.
Tonight's hotel is a hit so far. Our rooms are big enough for me to
completley open my suitcase!!

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Do you like baseball johny??

Kinda feels like I'm stepping up to the plate in the major leagues,
but have been playing more t-ball than hardball this season. Its
coming along though

Tour of picardie. Not my favorite part of france. Plenty of meat
wagons laying down the power here. Covered over 100 km in the first 2
hrs of racing.

Crashing sucks. Crashing because you hit a teamate who has also just
crashed is double whammy. I think I'm fine though. Guess that's what I
get for trying to help the boys mix it up in the sprint. Sketchy. Knee
is a little sore but other than that, just touched up the road rash
from romandie. Just building character, right?

Looking forward to the mitten next week. Check out...

Overcooked pasta. Mmhhhmmm

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

up to the date

Whoa, comments.  That deserves a bit of an update...

made it through Tour of Romandie.  Plenty of character building during over the week long race, but what an amazing event.   Scenery, competition, and the race in general were all top notch.  A few pics...

Hung out in Grenchen, Switzerland for a few days before the race.  I think this was the flattest road we rode the entire time i was there.  

As I mentioned before, race kicked off with a 2km prologue.  Take it from Nathan, you can in fact smash yourself from a 2km effort.  

Louder perfecting his prologue form on the trainer
Made it to foot of the Alps for the stage 3 tt.  
Amazing views on the big mountain day where we climbed almost 11,000 ft in just over 60 miles.  After full gas for the first couple hours of the race, I transformed into a grupetto superstar.   No easy way up a 20 km climb, but I limped my way to the finish and actually got to soak up some scenery.   

The rest of the epic terrain was taken in during transfers

After finishing up in Lausanne, I jumped in the car and headed to Luxembourg to meet up with my old homies on the national team.  Cool to kick it with them after missing much of last season.  They are tearing it up this year coming off some recent big results at Fleche du Sud.  Luxembourg was not a bad place to hang out.  Amazing weather and some really nice roads to ride.  
Also a few rare moments to relax and play tourist for an afternoon

The city of Viandan was probably one of the coolest euro cities I've checked out.  Check out our accommodations for the week!
Ok, just kidding, but we did take the time to check out this killer castle and force a little culture into our brains.  

Blast from the past, back to Izegem, Belgium for the moment and kicking it at the national team house.  Tour of Picardie is next weekend and then its back to the homeland for Tour de Leelanau.  More when I have it.

Giddy up

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Yea, really

Tour of romandie this week. No small feat, but a great opportunity.
Last year at this time I was on my back dreaming of racing again so
I'm doing my best to soak it up and make the most of the leg crushing
that's being dished out. A brief recap so far...

Progue: a whoppin 2km and I think the shortest race I've ever done. It
still hurt a plenty but was good for opening the legs and getting
easing into the racing from all the pre race hype.

Stage 1: ouch and brrrrrrr. Rain off and on all day and temps
dropping to near freezing at one point in the stage. I learned right
away that there are few flat roads in swiss land, felt like we were
goin up or down all day. But mostly up. Carried a few 30 lb. Rain
soaked jackets for the big dogs on the team and did what I could to
help. Limped in with the grupetto.

Stage 2: super ouch. A bit more flattish meaning we were only
climbing for 5 or 10 km at a time. Went alright until abou 60 km to go
when the pace started to pick up. I got tangled in a wreck and did my
first real pavement surfing of the year. Chased my brains out in the
caravan for about 20km but never could latch onto the pack. Went into
tt mode to make the time cut and finished 13 min. Down shatered.
Luckily the body seems to check out ok so far. Soreness and scrapes.
Props to ian for making the early break and scoring the team some tv

About halfway through but the hardest is still to come. Ill be
accepting donations in the form of leg power for the rest of the week
so send it on over.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Have I quit blogging??

No, but for anyone who still checks here for updates, I know, I am way overdue.

As usual, no news is good news and I am now on my way to switzerland
for my first dose of euro racing in over a year. Made it through my
first few races back while spending the month of march in cali. There
are still plans for logging a few pics and maybe even a detail here or
there. I'm sure the racing life will allow time for that!!


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Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Mobile test... Check 1 check 2

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

been a looong time...

and just like that, I'm back in the blogging world. Plenty of good excuses for my absence. All kinds of exciting developments in my world since my last post. Walking, standing, riding, new team. Boom shaka-lacka Here's a few of the highlights, in attempted chronological order...

Even though i wasn't quite cleared to do so, I started dabbling in the bike riding thing towards the end of September. Also kicked things off with an amazing new lady in my life, Ms. Jamie Dinkins :)

Headed to Indianapolis to take part in the rockin wedding of Jake the Snake.
We all broke it down "freestyle" but were no match for the slithering of the snake on the dance floor. check those guns!

Made it back to NC just in time to celebrate Mr. Sheedy's /the roomates bday. He got a singing reindeer and won't stop raving about the thing that it does with its tail.It was supposed to be a surprise party so we hid out in the kitchen. 30 minutes later and we were still waiting for him to walk inside.

Not too shabby of a place to be once the colors start changing

boo ya
made a trip back to the mitten. Was actually kinda stoke for my first road trip since my crash, but the novelty wore off about an hour in.

celebrated a bday with my bro taylor. yea, he's 17 and rockin a sweet stash.

Even grandma made it back to kick it. Wow, it feel s good to be standing on two feet!!!

Back to Banner Elk to spectate and cheer on the LMC crew at Collegiate MTB nats. MI boy and LMC freshman Mike Anderson stormed to the Mens D1 STXC title. Shizam!!

Sunglasses were mandatory after dark. Teamin up with former roomate "Balls Hayes" for a wicked pasta feed at the banquet.

Carved a couple Pumpkins with Jamie. Mine is the tough looking one. you know, because I'm... ok, whatever. Sheedy didn't have a pumpkin so we set up a golf ball and candle for him. At least it was round, right? Back on a road bike and loving every minute of it.

Riding + Jamie = Smiles

My first summit of Roan Mtn. since March.

Back to the great lakes and the mitten for Christmas

Did I really train here a few years ago???

more solid times with the fam.

Then out to Cali for a way overdue week of hanging with former roomate, current teamate and first rate homie Taylor T.
Diggin the west side.Ok Taylor, you win. the riding out there is rad.

Finally the long awaited kickoff to the '08 season with Team BMC at training camp. We look good eh?

Black is the new white

Super stoked to be part of such a great team. The full sha bang!
fortunately, i think my tt setup will be a bit faster than Taylor's.

That's all for now. more to come if there are still people reading it???