Just a reminder that tomorrow morning The NCC-Hac 100km GRavel invitational will take place.
The ride will start at 9:00 a.m at the Bike Shop in Dekalb, IL. North Central Cyclery on 534 Lincoln Highway.
Bring a Crossbike or a roadbike with Meaty tires. Bring water, food, and sunscreen if you happen to burn.
There will be some Pitstops with water.
Hope everyone has a great ride.
I will be heading towards the driftless zone to meet up with an old friend and will also be spending some time with the wife and daughter.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
It has been a great week so far. On Sunday we were on the gravel recon out in the Mt. CArroll area. We rode the Slender Fungus ride on Tuesday night and had some adventures with Mr. Skunky. Wednesday was more weedwacking on the trail I am opening to be able to ride to work almost all off road. Thursday was day off an celebrating our 8th anniversary. Went for a 35 mile gravel grinder with the wife and then went out for lunch. Tonight I went to the trail to cut some more weeds and burn off the 2 bacon strips that were laying on my cheeseburger I had for lunch.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Giugi with lots of sand to play with
The Pantani-mobile took us on another adventure in the northwest corner of Il. We headed out to check out Le Aqua Na state park in Lena,Il. A great park with a 40 acre lake with excellent fishing, a beach, trails, and a road that goes all around the lake for running or cycling. The surrounding roads outside the park are rolling hills, gravel, and some really steep hills are to be found also. Upon leaving the park we took Stagecoach rd and ended up in Warren, Il. We then proceeded south on Rte 78 and found some great roads that intersect 78 heading west and also east. This area has huge potential for a gravel ride since the terrain is absolutely amazing. I am working on a video to showcase the area. After an exhausting session of driving we ended up in Lanark, IL and stopped for dinner at a Diner. All in all a very exciting day with the discovery of some great roads. I will be working the maps all week, that's for sure.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
There is still a lot of thoughts going on in my head as to riding on gravel. Yesterday after we had experienced Giugi ride solo for the first time we took a drive in the Pantani-mobile. We discovered some new roads that we had not been on. We were driving in second gear and truly just enjoying the solitude of the roads and the wonderful countryside. There were a ton of birds, deer and animals getting their feed before dark. We parked over a bridge and the Swallows were just fying all over us as if they were hanging out with us. The midwest is a great place to discover. We love to study the Gazzeeeter maps and discover parks and great gravel roads. Those road trips then get tweeked on the google maps and become routes. I have combed the major part of where I live but there is a lot more to do. I have still to go south, southwest, and Northwest. It is never-ending. I hope to come up with a long, difficult, tiring route for the Flandria 100 so I can show-case our area. I cannot wait to get another chance to also run across the big river and do some gravel in Iowa. What an outstanding place for a bike ride.
Friday, May 21, 2010
We later took her out for ice cream and a drive on some cool gravel roads around our area.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This gas station saved me: Water, Coke, M+Ms
Monroe Center, IL. Corner of Mulford and rte 72 just a bit west
Monroe Center, IL. Corner of Mulford and rte 72 just a bit west
Entrance to where the singletrack is off Perryville rd. heading north just after the Kishwaukee River bridge.
I headed home and started to acquire the best headache of a long time. It was literally throbbing and felt my helmet was going to explode. I made it home with 72 miles in the pocket and some pretty burny legs. Had some strong french press coffee and with copious amounts of water it started to go away. I always get headaches when I ride in the wind. Have no idea why.
1 bottle Perpetuem
2 gu gels
1 mms peanuts
1 12oz coke
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The wife, meself and my little daughter have been taking sunday trips out towards the Savannah, Mt Carroll, Hanover, Galena area and scoping out possible routes. There is a lot of riding to be done out there and this past weekend was a memorable ride. The area the we live in is nice but completely flat so we like to head west to find a more challenging terrain. Northwest Illinois offers such roads and we are in the process of finding a route that will be completely gravel. This should keep us entertained and busy for the rest of the summer. Maybe at some point we will invite people over for a long leg breaker.
Slender Fungus Cycling Association
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Hellmut was on a 29er, Gumby on his Fisher and I on the 1x1x29 fixed. I figured it would be a good chance to see how I can do. I did not make two hills all day which were excessively steep. Hellmut made them using the 32x34 gearing on the 29er. We made it all the way to Hanover then headed south to Savannah, took a break at the gas station and then made the long trek back to Lanark. The hills were relentless and the wind was getting stronger and stronger. The ride turned out to be good, and with some refining will be even better. There are many good roads to discover in this area. We will save time and drive to mt carroll instead of Lanark so we can hit the hills quicker.
We ended up riding a total of 72 miles, 20 more than planned. We were tired but had no flats, no mechanicals and nobody had any cramps. Riding time was around 5 hours 20 minutes.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
What a weird sensation to be out on a road bike. The Cannondale weighs around 18lbs and the only fancy thing on it is the bb30 sram force cranks. It rides really well and it was no problem dealing with the wicked wind. I also wore my new Rapha Swift Jersey since I am kinda done with all the loud ones I enjoyed back in the 90's. I will still wear them since they never wear out but I truly enjoy the Rapha Jerseys for their style, construction, and durability. Did about 50 on the cannondale and did not feel a thing. I am hoping the weather will cooperate so we can get out on Sunday to do the Mt.Carroll area loop. I think we will need to bring the crossbikes to handle the gravel and dirt. Just getting back in the groove of things for the time being. Want to do a lot of riding this season but also spend tons of time with the girls since the bulk of my riding takes place in the dark of the winter. Whatever you are doing, have fun doing it.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
White industries disc front, eno fixed rear, Race face cranks, look quartz pedals, thomson post, Rolls saddle, Titec h-bars. 29er wheels on a 26er platform. How does it ride? Fantastic.
Hurried home from the bike shop and changed into my Waiter Suit. Rode hard to the restaurant trying not to break a sweat. Arrived to be told that I was being called off. Came home and felt restless and figured the one good thing to do was change again and go ride in the stormy weather. It was really dark and rain threatening and I thought how perfect it would be to ride in it. Another Weekend of foul weather. I saddled up on the 1x1x29 fixed and rode the shoulder all the way to Genoa and back. It felt good to feel the burn in the legs and the pellet water on my face. I got in a solid 25 miles of gravel by the time I got home. This morning the stormy weather continues and I will be out there on the Surly again. I want to add at least 3k on this bike before years end.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
We thought about the road bike but it just did not materialize.
Hellmut: Surly Crosscheck Singlespeed
Gumby: Gary Fisher Presidio
Straight Shot: Surly 1x1 29er fixed gear
As Charlie would say: "Can't teach an old dog new tricks"
Tonights ride took us to Kirkland,IL via Motel rd, then grove west , to Church, to Aldrich , to Johnson, to Baseline, to Ault, to Maple, to Pearl and then into Downtown. We had a wicked headwind all the way. My Asthma started to complain so I shot it down with some albuterol and donned the everpresent Craft Balaclava. Gumby was aero-dynamik with his shiny jacket. We left Kirkland after hanging out at the closed gas station and took 72 straight shooting all the way to Genoa. We hit top speeds of over 28mph on the fixed gear. We then took 23 north to lloyd to Brickville back. 3 hours + of saddle time and legs felt great.
have a good one,
63cm Caad 9, with dura Ace 9spd, sram crankarms, King wheels, Michelin Pro Race tires, Salsa Skewers, San Marco Saddle, Nitto Bars, Dura Ace pedals, and yes STI shifting.I am going to leave the dirt bikes alone for a while, maybe a couple of weeks at the most and start riding my new road bike. Built this up with all used parts except the Force BB30 cranks, the bearings and and 34.9mm front der clamp. It weighs around 18lbs with no gimicky stuff on it. Hellmut and I will attempt some assault rides on road bikes around the Galena area and into Iowa. More to come soon.