I love the fact that my 2nd most viewed nation of Mud and Cowbells is Belgium. I'll need to start translating this into Flemish!
If you have not seen this guy's blog, please do. This guy keeps me in stitches. He's either got mad time on his hands or his site is an uber-passion. I constantly laugh because of the nuances that only a true bike geek can get a cross. I am a also happy to see someone who has the gift of articulation, not just dribble, and he's got crap to talk about in spades.
Check out the post on Matt Kelly from Poprad in '99. Awesome.
Ah the warmth of the sun over the last few weeks. Shorts on and the reactivation of my pathetic Belgian tans coming right back after a few long road rides....only to be a teaser. The classic Boulder pattern is back. snow's came back today with 30 degree weather. This'll snowfall and the forthcoming weather will make it nice and crappy for Sunday at the Kopp. I'm going to bring the cross bike. It's got no business being a in a road race with teh 42 x 12/25 but I am not motivated to f up my road bike in what will be a mud bath.
Finally got through the Red Zinger/Coors Classic DVDs. It is rad to see Boulder in the 70's and 80's and I am training on all those epic courses. Sortof looks the same which is cool. I do not think there was a cooler time to be a cyclist. These guys were the sub culture of sub cultures with a boat load of style. If you haven;t checked out these DVD's, you have to.
The Koppenberg was reccon'd today. Sorry, no pics. I need to get me a camera phone. Anywhoo, for those of you racing this weekend and are interested, this was my observation to the team this AM after the recon:
The net:net on the course: It B-L-O-W-S
What you all want to hear about is the dirt. So here goes:
- The front section of dirt is perfect. No issues. Same as always with flat smooth surfaces and little need to find lines.
- Making the first left apex the section to the wooden bridge is fair with some potting and dried up tracks from trucks. Line selection here becomes more interesting.
- Over the wooden bridge and past the apex by the tree, still fair.
- The run in to the Kopp gets shittier. It is here that construction trucks have done their damage haven made erratic turns etc when muddy and now it is dry. Line selection key (if you can find the lines).
- The Kopp: Horrible. The initial turn up the Kopp now has a nice new ‘feature’: A rain gulch. About a 1.5 feet wide chasm that you can wheelie through if you are good at that.
- The Kopp climb itself is in fairly crappy condition. Certainly not like in years past where it has been fairly OK with good lines up the right and left. When we were there this AM, we did a run up first which was crappy but ride able. By our 2nd pass, a road grater showed up and started to do some nice damage. Overturning ruts (while trying to smooth them) that actually made things muddier.
With the rains this Thursday and Friday, this is going to be a mess folks IMHO.
For those of you who are just DYING to know what Colorado racing is like. Behold the luster and grandeur of racing on the dirt....in the rain. Epic. GREAT photos of the DBC Events Cateye Road Race though by "D Moynihan":
Ah, the Koppenberg. Not the epic cobbled climb of some of the most famous Belgian one day classics....but a slab of crappy dirt road in lovely Superior CO. That's right! The one by the Target strip mall!
The Koppenberg Circuit Race , put on by Boulder Racing, is this coming weekend. The race goes something like this:
a) Line up.
b) Gun goes off
c) 90 dudes tear ass onto dirt roads after about 100 feet of perfectly good pavement.
d) 1/4 mile later you are elbowing to get into one of the top 15 positions funnelling into the Kopp Climb. Line selection up the world's crappiest 125 foot dirt road is key. Choose wrong and you're humped and hiking it with all those other dudes scrambling to get up the first lap.
e) Assuming step d) was successful, put out 1200 + watts on the climb and get heart rate up to, oh say, 185 bpm.
f) Crest the 150 foot climb with your intestines coming out of your butt and your heart coming out of your throat. Recover? Hell now. Dig infinitely deeper and get on the rivets to gun it and get the gap and get a group going.
g) Repeat steps a-f 6.5 to 8.5 times depending upon your category.
We should have a good showing this weekend. Not sure if I am in 3's or 35 A's. Probably 3's as we need to get Longman to the line and protect his winning streak. I should be racing so this will be fun with the boys. The training's semi-there but nothing super sharp. I know where I am though which is cool. Last year we got Corey to the line. Can't say that we all played some huge role escorting him around the course. Corey was on another level that day....his breakthrough race if there was one before upgrading to 1-2.
GOD I sound like a wuss. I must be getting old and crotchety.
I am 6'2" and have some pretty big quads from racing for quite a few years. All back patting aside, I am a 98 pound weekling wuss next to MAGNUS (he should always capitalize his name going forward as it is the raddest name ever). Maggie Backstedt's cannons are gi-fricken-normous. Unbelievable. If donated, he could feed a populous of a small nation for at least a week. Or maybe a long weekend.
One of our RM'ers Scottie W is over in Belgium at the Cycling Center. MAGNUS is spending time there while he reccies the pave' before the classic week comes full on. Some words about the meeting from Scottie:
"By far, the coolest experience so far in
I am an admitted geek and slave to fashion. The white is too good. Had to true-up my overwhelming Sidi collection with the 07 Dragon's for this coming CX season (can't ever be too early, girls). I rocked these last year and 'dem shitis dope, yo.' Translation: the white makes you go faster or so you can tell yourself. Bought that sheeit online from a store in Germany. where i got 'em last year. Not a bad price, either. No, you sluts. I am not telling you which store. Ha!
The weather blows but I am gonna throw fenders and a plastic cape on tomorrow and have some fun for a few hours. Lots of craziness in my life looming. Best to just put the head down and go forward in the rain. The thoughts will be there so I won't notice the cold. I can't deal with who'll be in my way. You'll just have to get run over as the spaces between my synapses are so thin, everything is firing at once these days. The sleep is bad and twitchy. F-ing Mol. How many months? Mol appears then disappears over my bow with every surge the waves coming in trying to sink me.
Whoa. White shoes to life waves trying to sink me. Transcending man. Whoa. I will now stop working aand being a total shit doink and go pop open a 1554 so I can chill the F out.
My lady is on the Left Coast with her fam and I am wrangling the boys Thursday to Sunday. Let's just say that while I consider my self a great dad, my wife's job is thankless. It's akin to riding into the wind all day with rain blowing sideways, never getting a break until those guys chill out. We refuse to put them in front of the dumb box though as I don't want them retarded or salivating over McDonald's commercials.
So since I am on a 'day off', I dropped the kids off at school and head out for a quick and very low impact ride. "Ding ding ding ding ding" <-- that's the T-Mobile cell phone ring tone....you knowhati'mtalkinabout). "Mr. K, ah, your little guy has a fairly giant sized poop and we are not allowed to change it due to regulations. You need to come back" Genius. 5 minutes the kid is there and his plumbing leaks. Joy.
The non-racing weekend for me ended up being great. 3 1/2 hours on the 1 x 1 looping Hall was absolutely what the body needed. OK, maybe not needed but the grins were there while turning the 32 x 16...sort of like Chris Horner grins in a poker face sort of way no matter if he's soft pedaling or winning stages in the T d Suisse.
Sunday my wife and I rolled for 3. She is a capital 'A' animal. The gears she turns are stupid. Retarded big. "Honey, you're in the 53 14. Knock it back." Wife: "Oh, shoot, sorry."
Lunchtime ride today with my office mate down in Littleton on the paths. Brought out the new Rock Lobster and it is so dialed. When's cross. Where's Mol?
Horner pic courtesy of Roadcycling.com