Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pics From Flag Cross Series; Race #2 - Thorpe Park

text and pics by coach ilg...lemme know if i messed up anybody's name or something...
enjoy and keep crankin'!! click to enlarge the Chi Hit...if you'd like me to email you the pic, hit me:

you didn't realize how big Cross is in Flag, did you?
kidding...this is USA's Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) on the run-up.
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini/www.bettiniphoto.net
Superprestige #4 - Hamme Zogge, C1, Belgium, November 23, 2008
Elite Men

i just wanted to get you in the mood...

my old training partner from New Mexico; Mike Longmire paid Flag a visit for some altitude intensity before competing at Cross Natz, in Kansas City. even at 55 years young, ML can still dial up the Hurt Factor like few can! great riding and seeing you ML!

the "Run Up" in detail...

RRR Board Member Chris Wilkens NOT contemplating RRR Business...far away...and

...down to the business end of the Run Up!

...about 20 minutes into it...Ben Sullivan (behind Joth) leads Chase #3

one of my faithful HP Yoga warriors, Ben "Patki Dass" Sullivan looking strong on the "Run Up"...

...Tim "The Future" is one of the miniscule handful of creatures that can actually RIDE a cross bike all the way up the "Run Up"...consecutively!

Dewachen, my 14 month-old helped ring the Nordic Bell to inspire the tiring riders and of course, needed to inspect the "Run Up" transition...her report? "Ain't so baaad!" That's Joy, my partner and Dewa's mom, helping out.

RRR Member, Joth Jacobson, getting it done in the cold sun!

How 'bout you?!

hope to see more and more of you start coming to my classes at 5:30 pm each Tuesday and Thursday for IDEAL off season training for you at Northern Arizona Yoga Center!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Free Fall Flagstaff Cyclocross + 2009 MBAA + cosmic deal

Hey all,

Flagstaff's finally getting its act together this year, thanks to the efforts and coordination of Chris Latham and a few other cyclocross addicts. We've had 2 races already this fall, with 2 more to go. Weekly practice sessions are happening on Wednesdays too.

Last weekend i organized a cyclocross race on the lower Jump trails behind buffalo park. There was a good RRR turnout and i think it was a success. Here's a little synopsis from CL himself:

Good times were once again had this past Saturday at the "Upper Greenlaw" Cyclocross course that Ben pulled together. Tim felt a little pressure from Art and in the process of putting some lead in got a flat (and broke his bike), but ended up changing it and only loosing the one spot! I think everybody except the top 5 got lapped (self included) but enjoyed the pain fest none the less. Thanks to everybody that showed up and to Dennis at the Coffee Peddler for kicking down some schwag with on short notice to support the cause, everybody has had the opportunity to walk away with something at both races.
i didn't cheat this time and did better than the week before. go figure.

i'm giving you notice: Wednesday, 4:30, cross practice at Thorpe Park.
And then Saturday:

Linden and Art will be hosting next weekends race at Thorpe Park sponsored by Absolute Bikes and New Belgium Brewing. She suggests meeting at the Basketball courts by 11:30, racing by 12. Probably a group leaving Pay n Take around 11:15. Come with some layers so you can stick around for BBQ and beverages afterwards (I heard something about "skinny tire ale" debuting at our race). Linden asks that some folks bring grillable items, I will bring some extra for those of you that would rather put a few bills in their pocket than some raw meat.
That's right, beer, meat, and bike racing. Can this be for real?

Also, for an at-your-desk adrenaline kick, check out mbaa.net, as they've posted a tentative 2009 race schedule. 2 Flagstaff races and a "Mogollon Rim" race? Looks like MBAA's figured out that there's mountain biking outside of PHX. Badass.

John at Cosmic told me to spread the word - 20-25% off Rocky Mountains right now. dang! they're a steal at that rate. And one squishy fun trailbike "Slayer" is going for 2K. The holidays are coming...treat yourself to a little sump'in-sump'in. Feeling generous? There's a 18" gray Element in there that fits me just great and is lighter than my current hardtail. 5, 10, 500 $ donations accepted to support a fast 2009. thanks y'all.

It's still riding time. get out and flog it.