Saturday, December 27, 2008
Rode the icy trails between downtown Mpls and Excelsior today with the 318 group. Studded tires were a must. Most didn't have them. People were going down left and right. It was comical at times. There were sections of the trail you could have easily ice skated on. The crazy people included Jordan, P-slim, Painman, Red Lantern, Skibby, Thorlson, Dorr, Frye, and myself.
Update: Several ride participants report being stiff, bruised, and sore. But this is no surprise, given the age of some of them.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
(L-R) 5th - Michael Dessau, Boulder, CO; 3rd - Jordan Cullen, Hudson, WI; 1st - Logan Owen, Bremerton, WA; 2nd - Nate Morse, Cohasset, MA; 4th - Curtis White, Delanson, NY
I did my 81st race of the season today, and my final as a Loon State Cyclist. There were 115 starters in the Masters 40-44 at Cyclocross Nationals in Kansas City. My starting position was about 10th row.
I started easy, as I normally do, letting the more aggressive by, only to pass them 1/2 a lap later when they are totally wasted and going backwards. I continued to move up when on the 2nd lap, my pedal broke off at the axle.
I made my way to the pit, and got a neutral support bike. The only problem was it had flat pedals. To make matters worse, it was way too big, and was rocking on the saddle. I struggled through the course, and entered the pit to get a smaller bike. It fit much better, but without being able to clip-in, my feet just kept slipping off the pedals.
I wanted so badly to just bag it, but trudged on. I felt a sense of duty to LSC to be tenacious and ride proud. I was actually able to pass a couple guys and then I got lapped and pulled with 2 laps to go. I finished 81st (they misplaced me at 3laps down in 92nd, but what's the point of protesting that?).
I've finally reached the off season.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Jordan's first US nationals experience was a successful one, finishing 3rd. Click here for Results. Jordan's field started 30 seconds after the 15-16 year olds. Jordan worked his way through most of that field too, finishing 11th overall, 3rd in the 13-14's. The winner of Jordan's race, Logan Owen, won his 4th national junior cross championship in a row (2 in the 10-12's, 2 in the 13-14's.) Sorry, no pictures yet. Check back Monday.
Planet Bike played a huge role in Jordan reaching the podium, by providing him with a set of Edge carbon wheels mounted with Dughast Rhinos. They stuck like glue the entire race.
The conditions were as muddy as they get. So muddy in fact, he had to run part of the last lap because his front chainring was engulfed in mud, and the chain wouldn't engage. At that point, Jordan was in 2nd place and was forced to run with his bike, which actually turned out to be faster that riding anyway.
He grabbed his backup bike from the pit, still in 2nd place. Unfortunately, his backup bike did not have Rhinos, and Jordan struggled in the last technical section of the course. Jordan slid out in the final corner, and a hard charging Nate Morse snuck by for 2nd. Jordan was disappointed at first, but then put in perspective, and was all smiles.
A huge congratulations to Jordan on a hard fought battle in some extreme conditions.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here's what I have learned about the make-up of the 2009 Minnesota Cat 1/2 racing scene. Nothing official here, just what I have heard. I'm sure there are some names missing here. In particular, I don't know anything about Hoigaards or Revolution Cycle and Ski.
Yorgos Arambadjis (sorry Yorgos, my bad, I missed you in the inital post)
Rich Settergren (sorry Rich, my bad, I missed you in the inital post)
Jim Cullen (from Loon State Cyclists)
Jay Woller (from Bicycle Haus)
Dave Schueller (from Gopher Wheelmen)
Jens Brabbit (from Grand Performance/SPBRC)
Matt Muyres (from Hollywood Cycles)
Joe Lewis (from Grand Performance/SPBRC)
Adam Hanson (from Lake Superior Cycling Club)
Jake Boyce (from Lake Superior Cycling Club)
Pat Lemieux (from Grand Performance/SPBRC)
Nature Valley/Flat City:
Alex Atherton (from Loon State Cyclists)
Ed Alpasa (from Grand Performance/SPBRC)
Dave Muecke (from Birchwood)
James Lockwood (from Birchwood)
Revolution Cycle and Ski:
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
After Jordan's workout, I fine tuned his bike for Nationals, including replacing the chain and adding carbon specific brake pads. His Wilier now weighs a scant 16.6lbs, thanks to superlight EDGE wheels from Planet Bike.
It's not until January 25th, but be sure to mark your calendars for the MCF Awards Party.
This years event will be held at the Park Tavern Bowling Center in St. Louis Park. It will include a full Italian Buffet and FREE BOWLING!
Fabulous awards presented to top 3 in each category MCF ROY, CRY, TROY, KOS, and MWCMR.
Award winners attend for free, only $5/person for everyone else.
RSVP Required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Jordan has done 75 races in 2008. He would have surpassed me, were it not for breaking his wrist and missing most of August, including Jr Road Nationals.
And it's almost time to start training for 2009.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Jordan rocking the black Planet Bike skinsuit on Day 2 in snowy, muddy conditions.
2008 Jingle Cross Day 1 Juniors Podium (L-R):
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
If you cancel a meeting within 5 minutes before it starts, I'll find you and hurt you.
If you cancel a lunch meeting, where I was expecting to be fed, on the day of the meeting, I'll find you and your family, and hurt everyone.
Sending a "Reply to All" e-mail stating "Stop replying to all" in response to an e-mail message string where people keep replying to all, should be grounds for termination.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Jordan's outstanding performance at the WI State Cyclocross Championships this past weekend put him on the radar for the nationally prominent cyclocross team of Planet Bike.
He was graciously released for the remainder of 2008 by Loon State Cyclists, to allow him to race for Planet Bike at the UCI Jingle Cross and Cyclocross Nationals.
Jordan will still be proudly sporting the Flanders/MBRC uniform for the 2009 road season.
Jordan's Dad will continue to represent the Yellow and Blue of LSC at Jingle Cross and Cross Nationals.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Jordan managed to finish 3rd overall out of 100 riders in the "C" race at the MN State Cyclocross Championships. That made him the official NOT MN State Champion in the Juniors 10-14, given that we live in Wisconsin. Our State Championships are this coming weekend near Milwaukee, WI.
Huge props to Hollywood for the best cross race of the season.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Given Jordan's progression in the past 2 years, he and I decided it was time to consider a change that would allow him to continue to grow and learn as a cyclist.
In 2009, we will both be riding for MBRC/Flanders. It was a tough decision for me to make the change. It will provide me with a better opportunity to move up to regular racing in the Cat 1/2's, as well as provide a great learning environment for Jordan.
That being said, the 2008 cyclocross season is not quite over yet. Jordan and I will be flying the LSC colors at WI State next weekend, as well as Jingle Cross, and Cross Nationals.
I look forward to seeing all the LSC faithful at Donimator's year end party to celebrate another successful season for Loon State.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Jordan had another bad experience in the B race. He opted not to wear sunglasses, and got a lot of mud in his eyes. To top it off, the mud kept clogging up his cleats, forcing him to ride unclipped for a while at the top of the run-up each lap. He finished 17th overall, 11th in the Cat 3's. His day will come.
Congrats to Mark Mlinar who soloed away to win the B race.
Linda Sone 2008 Masters 35+ MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Dewey Dickey 2008 Masters 45+ MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Greg Goblirsch 2008 Men Cat 3 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
2008 Women Cat 4 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year
Zach Stilwell 2008 Juniors 10-14 MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year