Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
Brewers of Hardy Rides.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The road bike

June 30th and it is finally time to yank the road bike out of the garage. I have been so enamoured with the gravel, crossbike riding for too long of a time. Pumped up the tires last night, working out some squeaks, and will attempt to get used to the thin tires and higher gearing. I still think they are cheater bikes.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Crazy June

Wife and I in Chicago

My Morning Jacket in Concert, Chicago, IL.

Jelly Boy on the Fargo

Buffalo in Fermi Lab, Batavia,IL


Do not follow

Turbo Tuesday

Spring flowers

Gumby and the gang

Jelly Boy

Hanging out with the gang

Werewolf's Singular

Werewolf's Black Mountain Cycles

Slender Fungus Ride

Giugi on the trailer bike finishing 35 miles

Now with the Dirty Kanza over I have been staying busy with commuting and riding with the family. Hooked up with my daughter and did a Turbo Tuesday and have been riding with my 18 year that has moved from Germany. Been commuting and working a lot at the shop. Thinking about a long ass ride in July so we will be posting soon as arrangements are made. For the time being I will leave you with some images.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dirty Kanza 200 2011, Emporia, Kansas, USA

At the finish around 3am with unknown missouri man and Phil Ellsworth

Ari and Mark

My BMC after 215 miles of gravel

Some of the long hills in the Flint Hills area

Lots of double track

Early morning before the Sun went nuts

Nebraska crew. I was to finish with Aaron, third from Left. Thank you Aaron

Mark and Ari at 3rd checkpoint. Awesome Jim crewing

Second checkpoint. Very hot, nasty cramps. Turkey and cheese sandwiches, cokes, Tums, and 5 pickles with pickle juice cured it. I was really motivated to not give up. No matter what.

Ari, Jay and Mark at the start

Jay at checkpoint 2. "you are in a lot of pain"

Ari and Mark checkpoint 1

Checkpoint 2 my legs felt like they had been through a meat grinder

I wanted to put up a post sooner but it just became impossible. After completing the ride and having Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to recover it is just today that I am feeling better. I had a lot of muscle pain, my throat was destroyed, bad sunburn, and a real bad rear end.
Our trip there was fantastic. I had the Wife, my 8 year old girl and the 18 boy as my crew. We also met up with riding buddies Mark and Jay and there crew.
Race meeting was on Friday and the race started on Saturday at 6 a.m. We rode all day in the 100 degree heat. Made the first checkpoint at mile 58 and had already gone through about 180 oz of water. Then made it to the halfway at mile 100. I neglected to drink as much and cramped. Then on to mile 160 and I was feeling really good. That's after going through a storm, complete with lightning, hail, strong winds and no place to hide. Made it to checkpoint 3 around 930 pm and then took off to finish the 200 miles. Rode a strong race, and finished up at 215 am with Aaron from the Nebraska crew. Out of 290 starters only 65 finished. I was in 55th position and in the mens open I finished in 36th place. I have so much more to say about all this put it is just not coming out. Maybe in the future I will be able to put it in words. It was truly amazing and I must say that I slayed a lot of demons and rode as hard as a could. Good organization on our part, bikes were perfect, hydration was awesome. Thanks to my family for dealing with this and to good friends Mark, Jay, Jill and Jim for being so awesome. Dirty Kanza was a great event and I hope to participate again.


Link to Dirty Kanza photos on flickr: