Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last day of 2014

So done for 2014? -- no, not quite yet -- this needed to be done to finished up the #Festive500.

* Rapha Festive 500 wrap up *
Now that was a little tricky to get done under some boundary conditions as a late start on December 25th, noon for the first counting kilometers due a total wash out until the sky in a hurry cleared up on 25th by about 11am after a few days of pouring rain with high winds.

Dec 25th:  132.7km solo ride.

Dec 26th: 139.3km solo+Kreb Shop ride+solo-stop at work-solo ride home.

 Dec 27/28th:  CX race weekend at Sunken Meadow 19.7+24.7km (incl. warmup).

Dec. 29th: -/- due to work obligations not even the planned on lunch ride happened :(

Dec. 30th: morning commute with extra loop 34.4km + commute into night with lights 46.2km + Zwift Island test lap after fixing up power tap 8.1km

Dec. 31st: fishing it up 102.8km.

About 100km to go. So let's roll.
A brisk sunny but fairly chilly day -- but hey, with the right jacket, and extra booties just fine for a great solo ride. Not in any hurry, just finish it up and on the last miles rolling back into town get some local shopping done for a great dinner!

Total: 508km

But please also see previous posts for key rides of the past festive days.


Check out my 2014 Strava Story #stravastory

Saturday, December 27, 2014

CXing at Sunken Meadow Saturday + Sunday

One more Long Island CX weekend, this time a new venue at Sunken Meadow.

#Festive500 -- not the most ideal way to get in miles... but had to participate this local fun organized by out club. So finishing the season with 10 CX races done.

Saturday, a beautiful December day, Sunday -- looking like a rainy day, but lucked out with some rain before the races, then just fine CX conditions.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Krebs Boxing Day Ride or was it a race?

So Py got this announced as a social ride...but weeeeeell -- won't call extended repeats at 30+mph social. Anyway, beyond too much stopping some failed meeting.... a great day out there.

However, the post (Kreb ride) get together at the Bellport cafe was nice, thanks for the coffee :) 

And a Happy New year -- or see you tomorrow for the Li CX weekend #2!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas -- what a present by mother nature!

A little little new here, but don't worry -- still riding on, just a little shifted priorities :-)

After almost a week of dull, foggy, wet and heavy rain... all sudden in a snap with the help of good sustained winds the Island seaming "dived out of the mess" within an hour and the sun popped up on a blue sky and on top of it still temperatures unusual high topping out at 10 degrees C! Almost not even thinking about a ride in the morning a quick decision and rolling out just before noon with still partially wet roads, but just fine. About 4 hours to go until sun down -- so estimating to get about 120km in heading out East on proven roads extending a little East.... What a fun flight out Easy with some NW tail wind! At about 45min into the ride already at Iron Pear Beach... Woa! Continuing planning on returning via Cutchogue after a little furthe out East loop -- turning around about about 1h45. Well -- the return will take a little longer.

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Merry Christmas!!!
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Long Island CX @ Kings Park #2

Sunday, day 2 of the 1st two day KP CX weekend! Alomst dryed up and sunny :)
One more great day!

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Long Island CX @ Kings Park #1

1st aft Long Island Kings Park CX of the season kicked off with some well worth Cross weather... pouring rain, wind and a muddy sloppy course.

Fun times beyond the "after math" clean ups!

BIG thumbs up to all the photographers and volunteers braving the day out there with support!!!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014


LI CranX ride done. Meeting with a bigger bunch of riders around at the Rocky point Market/Lumbar place. Looping around Wading River and heading West, far West.
Only about 10 riders proceeded for the long haul. A ripped chain could have meant "end of the ride" for Marcos at one of the first steeper climbs... but lucky he was Py had a matching KMC 10 Speed quick link at hand so that was a quick fix!
No more issues from then on, just a whole lot of punny LI North Shore bumps and findings of a few steeps here and there.
Picking up one random rider X who was joining us for a good time, fun riding with you!
Time is moving fast, stops/wait-ups here and there... and finally back a PJ Station Py left the group heading strait back to CH and made a final effort of NC/Landing back t RP.

Ticking in 10'000 ft - 366 ft a little after sun set arriving back home at near dark.

Thanks to Brian & Doug for making this one happen!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GAB on alternative mission: Post Turkey Day Ride Planning and Fund Raising

Let's try some thing different once in a while. Please follow this link and read about our local riders incentive to help local families in need. Asking for just a very little contribution. Many thanks already!

thank you

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hop Brook CX

One more CX Sunday at Hop Brook Lake.

Short summary -- Two races -- no good warm up -- some what little motivated until last race 2nd half... -- cold day -- flurries later. Good get away, just kinda expensive.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

GAB ride

No CX. Team ride is on for Py. Just a fun ride with part of the team.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Rockaway Township, New Jersey - CXMeurs

More CX! A windy, rainy, wet cold day... good day for some fun on slick and slippery grounds at CXMeurs. Fun day :) Kudos to the organizers of this well done small but good event and the free hot chocolate!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Monroe Township, New Jersey -- HP CX

Little more CX last minute on site sign up, testing new CX1 drive train, last in the row start.... meeting Karl&Tori. Love it, nice day :) ............ if only the effn traffic won;t be so bad the the way home.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

EECT CX training session

Riding to a local club activity -- East End Cycling Team CX training. Fun workout, thanks all.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


It is going to be the 9th annual Tour OScenic Rural Eastern Connecticut this year.

Py  was a little more than usual watching this all crazy from day to day changing forcasts, but looking good from 9..10am and then very nice -- so don't be scared

Get the latest forecast for weather in New London CT along with updates about temperature, humidity, weather radar and more on Weather Underground.
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  • Percy Zahl As of NOW by NOAA: for We: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9am, then a chance of showers between 9am and 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 74. West wind 14 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Percy Zahl All will be fine and we all have those Star-Treck and beyond Smart-toys to check on rain radar (look for rain alarm osd app) -- and in case it should happen there is a remaining thunder cell we can always wait a few more minutes at the NL Dock for the sun to come out!

** TOSREC 2014 report **

 Getting up in time to car pool with Kim to the Orient Point ferry. Warm morning, wet, but no rain any more. One the drive out East a few heavy and dark looking clouds towards South-East, a few drops -- but stopped dripping at the Ferry dock already! A smooth sail over to New London. And a clearing up sky :)

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Ready to go, looking all good -- just a little dark clouds here and there high up and not looking like rain any more!  Let's go!

A little detour towards 49 as a bridge was missing... then finally on the scenic route :) Getting really warm now -- nice!

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Quick final water refill and heading back towards New London for the 5pm ferry to sail back over to LI -- a with a beautiful sun set to end the day.

Great day, thanks to all who joined this year!