Sunday, November 27, 2011

KPCX №1 + CX MTB bike ride to North Port ↷ Turkey Takeoff

KPCX №1. Last day of the Rapha Turkey Takeoff. Py sigend up for the Kreb Cycle  Kings Park "Psychic" CX series which started this Sunday, held at Nissequogue River Park, NY. Not that he did not know that riding nearly 250 miles in 3 days and attempting to race CX on day 4 is pretty much incompatible, but did it either way -- well, kind off. Warming up, already suffering a bit, but after three laps the legs felt a bit better and flushed clear, warm now. 10 minutes to take off. A mixed field raced out of a grassy wide open run way like area. Some what in a reasonable matching position. Just out of the grass one rider managed to run into the tape on the right edge of some shoulder/curb and tumbled over his bike -- not sure why -- hope he is alright. Next up to the 1st barrier, a few slick areas and turns to watch out for as he scouted out at warm up. No problem so far. Moving on good, passing a few riders on the fast back stretch -- that's where Py's MTB-CX Cobalt excels -- need to be fast. Some back and forth on the energy absorbing grass... Flying on the short road part and them at the U-turn a GAB/team mate rider down, not looking alright. Race got stopped. Ambulance....

Later the just started race was started again for a little shortened time or about one lap less. Py decided not tot start racing again today -- period.

So that's why you got now some photos of the "2nd" race:


Now this race finished without further complications -- good. Congratulations to our two strongest riders Bob and Brian of the days in a major break away!

Some small talk after the race, helping rolling up a section of tape. BTW, I loved seeing the dedication the one young rider put into very neatly rolling up some tape, not many would do so ;-) Having a banana... and heading out for a post "race" ride to complete this Rapha Turkey Takeoff thing as the few CX laps did not really did the trick. A pretty much quite and enjoyable ride on his MTB-CX bike out to North Port and a little sight seeing of some places he had never been so far -- just following his "nose" and a few simple instructions by Mark.... Biggest motivation of the day to find a good Cappuccino and some snack at this Coffee Shop in North Port.

No race, but a few more good miles and climbs for Karl -- he pointed this whole thing out to me, feel better soon! -- and hey, finished the 9,000 kcal Turkey Takeoff  about here -- the return was bonus.

You did it!

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9,417 calories burned
Rapha Thanksgiving Challenge Results

Saturday, November 26, 2011

RP2IPBP-JP recovery spin

IMG_4153.JPG61 miles for recovery today. This amazing long weekend is getting even nicer day by day. Back to Py's RP2IPBP ride in a little new modified version ramped to 61miles. Already 12°C at 8:45am and expecting near 20°C towards noon! At the Tildas back lot a few riders already preparing as Py rolled in one new face in Leopard Trek outfit - Ryan. The pan was to manage a high efficient spin and team ride. Rolling out, gentle warmup on NC, easy spin on the hills. Little reminding the group to work together -- from then one great smooth work. JL been late catching up on the fly cutting of and meet us right on time as we merged onto Sound Ave -- team of 7 riders now. Even managed a tight group all the way down and up on Boy-Scout Hill -- very good boys! With little cross/tail wind flying out to the Iron Pear Beach Park.

IMG_4156.JPGMoving on. Cutting over via James Port to Early Birds North Route. Very smooth work again and moving along good and easy. Little work on a few wind exposed sections. And little back North back on Middle Rd for the usual return. Minor issue of one riders loose cleat -- fixed and move on. Just curios if we would still have "Batten Kill Road".... as we got around the "Swan" pond. Well, we do. A mess of small holes in town, then pretty smooth to ride. Proceeding our ride on the nice smooth rolling part of Mill Rd. Again good work and do not over do -- save it. For the return to Wading River a little scenic variation around Lake Panamoka and finishing the ride as usual on North Country.

Well done -- excellent team work today, gentleman! Like to see this soon again.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wicked ride

Post Turkey Day Ride. Nothing better to do than to ride early out to Kreb Cycle for the Friday Kreb ride. A little chilly at 7:30 with 4..5C but the sun was already feeling great. A shorty of ride. Basically a figure 8 ride, big group, partially fast with a lot of stopping. Short fun. Back at Kreb's a visit of the shop and a little snack -- Pancakes :-)

Then making up a little extra loop for the return with John. What a nice day -- warmed up to 18C!


85 miles  [[(9000-5964)cal / 36 (cal/mi)]] to go.

November 23-27th

Rapha Turkey Takeoff Challenge

5,964 calories burned
Rapha Thanksgiving Challenge Results

Thursday, November 24, 2011

2 Ron's Wild Turkey Hill Ride

Turkey day ride!!

Last minute redeciding to join Ron's Wild Turkey Ride and cancel his own ride -- good plan. Adding extra miles riding to the start. Good. Picture perfect day! Also Good. A good group, decent pace, little pushing on the climbs with Mark, Doug and others -- fun -- and reassembly on top. Just a great day and ride :-) Turkey KUDOs to all!


Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Day 1+2 of Withmore Super Cyclocross Cup in Eisenhaur Park. Py again raced both days, little tiered from some long hours working, just made it Saturday morning. Finishing both races Sat+Sun and not get'n lapped and no issues -- so far so good, good training, fun days. Looks like a real CX bike would be really good for better handling of that kind of course. East Ender racers doing pretty good!

Enjoy assorted photos...


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few random photos of the womens and masters races:


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trevors #2? - no, no Trevor. Bagel ride? - no, no bagel :-( GAB ride? 7/8!

Trevor ride on Sunday. Getting up, getting ready, getting there. The early B group just came up the road as Py rolled into town to the start. Meting more or less only his team mates, Ryan and two RPC guys. Starting on time. Working good on NC... C had some issue with a loose screw on his cleats and we all stopped. RPC guys went ahead... Ryan came up the road on Boyscouts hill passed by.... We meet him later at this light. Cut off 1/2 of "LI Battenkill Road" and pulled back home -- virtually a GAB ride only -- seven out of eight -- good  showing. One more stop for Chris to work on his cleat -- fix that up right at home -- use a torque wrench and forget about trouble a like for ever!



Saturday, November 12, 2011

SICX 4.0

NYC's only CycloCross event SICX -- happened just this Saturday -- the 4th event so far like this at Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island. The first CX of 2011 for Py to kick off the CX season. Signed in at the Masters race starting 8:45am he had to get up a little early to get there in time but easy driving that time. Stopping at some random Dunk'in Donats on Staten Island to grab a coffee and find a convenient bathroom before the race.

Arriving at the race, signing in and getting this special edition classic hat :-) Talking to Paul&Carol and a few others. Getting ready and checking out this years race layout. Same great features, seamed they needed to re-routed a bit and added a few turns in the woods -- mostly because of massive recent storm damages and fallen big trees. Also a gigantic pile of wood on one of the parking lots.
Staging. Some where at the end due to lack of CX points...  and off they go around the first turns and over the barriers heading to the beach section running fast and passing art least one. Exiting and passing more riders already moving up one by one just at the start. Must have taken a turn from pavement onto dirt little too hot with possibly some sand in the threads plus not the newest tire either. His bike just slid away under him turning starting still on pavement sliding/skidding part sideways onto the dirt. Getting up -- finding this damn chain jammed at the bottom braked having a little hard time to get it free and back on. Back on, now chasing back on again hard giving all at the technical dirt section... and picking up riders again, alright -- let the fun begin again. Lap 2. Lap 3... about 1/2 way or little more -- at 25 minutes into the 40min race his front tire went flat. With no spares -- DNF. Little disappointed leaving the race putting the bike away. Well, it's a great day out here and he planned to stay all day either way to watch and few of his team mates were expected for the later races. Cleaning up himself -- collected a little dust at the spill. Taking the camera out. But hey, two East Enders placed well in the masters -- congratulations! See here for photos by Anthony S. of the Masters race!


East End Women at the Women's race -- congratulations to Tori for taking 2nd!


More fun, kids race...

Single speed, tandem race with some acrobatic finish celebration, Pro races, etc...


Later on the CAT4 race... a huge bunch of 100 racers -- generating a massive "traffic jam" at the first run over the barriers:


Congratulations to GAB Karl for his great job passing up to 4th place from far behind!

ACTION GO... enjoy:

Great event again! Thanks to all for making it happen again! Free waffles next time?????

PS: HR Movie