Saturday, April 23, 2016

Quabbin Reservoir Road Race

... sorry folks, too busy, so many alternative channels to publish, follow my regular activities on Strava, photos on Instagram and FB as well ...

However it's a while, but let me focus here on more special events and activities exclusively from now on.

1st race of 2016, finally!

Friday -- leaving work on time once in a while, good to have a schedule and ferry booked, carpooling with Johnny.

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A smooth sailing... but the dark side awaits with thunder and a few heavy downpours at night.

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Checking in at the Hampton Inn in Cheekopee. Room next to the elevator, yay... But not too busy thanks goodness. Easy morning, breakfast part from home (own Muesli mix), milk, yogurt egg from breakfast bar.

Little drive to and up Quabbin hill road. Looking good, sky clearing up, roads drying up.

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Signing in, pinning number, getting ready. So relaxed after years of racing, great atmosphere, just loving it leaving all day thoughts stress behind.

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Slowly the time to staging approaches. Waiting in a friendly pack of about 80+ racers in the CAT4 field, a mix what can hardly be more divers -- from Junior level racers (CCAP), some eager styled up cycling buds of some Columbia team, a few team matching mates here and there and a mixed bunch of individuals including Py.


A little update from the Quabbin CAT4 race itself. This year was all new and a good one as well: this time "all USAC official" and with all support you can ask for, SRAM wheel support, police at every turn, motos, ... :)
A really enforced neutral "slow" start down the hill. And then some awesome racing in a while. Py pretty much stayed in the big pack trying to maintain "upper 1/3 region of the pack most the time" until about 1/2 way little beyond the feed zone. Then Py figured to better roll up to where it was a longer single file pace line. And prompt at the next hill up front the pressure was put on at every hill. A slight stretch out and catching back on with a rider Py knew from ToC -- good to see you. At that point the field got significantly decimated. Happy hanging in with those fast kids. The final climb up the Quabbin Hill Road stretched the left over group further out. Heck managed to drop the chain in a moment of stupidity actions, could not rescue before coming to a stop, but no big deal, staining relaxed, putting it back on at the bottom of the big ring and pedaling backwards -- good to go, passing that few riders just dropped again..., coming in some where ahead of the last few of that leading group/bigger break. Not sure what exact place at this time, waiting for full results, some delays.

Final results are in later -- but some how they could not figure it out right, so what Py does not really care about 32nd or 33rd out of 80 some thing starters. But happy to claim "in-official" 3rd in 40+ within that group.

Seams no race pic this time :(

But magnificent weather, hanging out at the finish hill top enjoying the sun for a while.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas to all my readers!

A quick update and seasons greetings. Blog entries here are lately a little limited to more special bigger events -- too many alternative postings. You can always check out my posts/rides on STRAVA (just request to follow) -- go figure modern social everything WWW! You still know what WWW stands for?

So with record high temperatures on the Eastern Northers Seaboard but also including Europe this Christmas a is cyclists blessing in a special way. If that's good for "us" on long term is very very debatable so. Py's says: "That perfectly falls into the category global extreme weather scenarios" caused by more global on average seemingly small man made changes we can not revert just make more or less faster worse from now on. Just wait for the opposite when the arctic "vortex" [what a word, sounds like sci-fi and time travel to me] hits back and almost every one complains while taking the warms even the lack of snow some may dislike. El Nino is a fact and an old well known and reoccurring temporary shift of air flow pushing the cold back up North. However, this one so is and seam to break records on all scales from it's effect. How long will it last -- I do not know.


Now there we are in December, Christmas 24th/25th -- but also the recent weeks and days to come look unchanged warm with some rain.

This today -- nothing I need to add:

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Merry Christmas!

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and even a notch warmer, but wet from heavy rain 23/24 --20C -- supposed to be more 20F:

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And now judge your self -- some thing is wrong here -- or not?

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Montauk Express with LiCranx -- The Magnificent 7 Ride to Montauk and back.

A last minute little crazy idea for the season to go all the way out towards and on the South Fork - -well almost, we could see the end pretty much at the dedicated point of return, but a warm day thx to El Nino a fast route and a few strong riders pushing it ta warp speed for a near 2pm return.

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Cold Spring Ride -- a Century within the Noise of Hills

On a special occasion, a ride with a Henry and locals starting in Cold Spring, NY.
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Turned into a near century, what a great December day out riding! A few impressions.


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Many Thanks for the ride!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

The 10th TOSREC

It is going to be the 10th annual Tour Of Scenic Rural Eastern Connecticut this year!

Counting this one -- as it's kind of ride -- roots back in 2006:
http://pyzahl.blogspot.com/2006/10/monday-is-national-autumn-century-day.html

Planning was a little doomed and late this year due to Py been sick and Johnny not doing his job this year. Then the Wednesday date rained out. Plus hard to find any riders this year just about in teh same boat as all those bigger races with little participation??? Even this is by far not a race, but a challenging little bigger century road ride with good friends in CT scenic terrain.

The 1st day with EST, Py taking the 7am ferry with Hans, meeting Henry at the ferry dock in New London -- and the three riders Hans, Henry and Py went out for the ride.

Find those below and more photos here:
http://eye.pyzahl.net/thumbnails.php?album=222

At the Orient Point ferry dock getting ready to board. A very quite and fairly empty boat, we were even allowed on before all cars! Smooth ride and quick unusual ahead of time arrival in New London. Waiting for Henry.

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A few drops of rain while landing, wet roads, but radar looking reasonable good, clearing up! And here we go moving along as smooth and efficient as possible, making good progress on the 1st section toward the DD stop. Still some beautiful colored trees.

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Heading on to the most northern very rural and beautiful part of the ride.

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And a long way back.... with a slightly slowing pace and wait-ups for the not yet so road experienced MTB'ler. Finally chasing the sun set to NL.

Epic day out -- thanks for joining one more TOSREC!