Thursday, December 18, 2008

Next Week!

Next weeks training camp. Who wants to join me?



Breeze On

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

RIDING LATELY?

So I woke up yesterday and I as I stumbled around in the morning thinking about how I was going to be able to ride outside I saw my bikes and thought, heck when is the last time I rode them?

Why is that? Well why don't you take a look yourself. By the way this is not, I repeat not a dramatization.

First I saw the Breezer.



Apparently it has currently being used to hang clothes to dry.

But that is right I have a team bike now. So I went to check out the Masi.



Well it seems that it has been turned into an expensive coat rack.

Maybe the weather has been bad and I've been riding the mountain bike.



Well I wouldn't get to far with that flat tire. So with that flat tire which I believe I got three weeks ago and the fact that it is clean, it's probably been a while.

Well at least my faith was restored when I saw the cross bike.



Not only is it dirty, which isn't always a dead give away, but it is in the kitchen drying off in front of the fridge. No way would I keep a bike blocking me from opening the fridge. I'm in that thing like 50 times a day, so I must have been using that. Phew!

Ok I got to get the coats off my bike, pump up the tires and charge the srm so I can get out and ride.

Breeze On

Sunday, December 07, 2008

TOUGH DECISIONS

Yesterday began what will be a decision filled winter. Riding through winter in the midwest consist of two options.

There is option A.



If that looks to hard core there is always option B.



Option B however is brutal, trust me. There is nothing fun about sitting in a pool of your own sweat, going nowhere, as your bottom end goes numb, staring at the tv.

However though, I have to believe and have grown up to believe that option A and B sure in hell beat options C. and D.

Option C.



Option D.




Breeze On

Friday, December 05, 2008

Winter

Indianapolis, Eagle Creek Airpark
Lat: 39.83 Lon: -86.3 Elev: 820
Last Update on Dec 5, 1:53 pm EST

Overcast

19°F
(-7°C)
Humidity: 57 %
Wind Speed: W 12 G 16 MPH
Barometer: 30.34" (1028.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 6°F (-14°C)
Wind Chill: 7°F (-14°C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.
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Breeze On

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cross Failure #2 and a side dish of Football Failure

So my favorite Holiday has come and gone. Nothing beats gorging down a ton of food and not feeling bad about it.

Katie and I headed up to Michigan this year for Thanksgiving to be with my family, and also to accept my brother Jamie's Christmas present; of Detroit Lions tickets for the 69th annual Thanksgiving Day game. Some people like my Uncle call Jamie evil for this present, but I don't know about the others, but I was excited non the less. No matter how bad they appear to be, I'm excited every Sunday for their games, so it was a joy for me to go.



The gang. (from left to right: Kaite, Jamie, Jamie, Josh, and Dad)

The game started off just as you would expect a Lions game to start this year,(especially against arguably the best team in football this year), with a fumble on the second play Two plays later a touchdown for the Titans. The lone highlights for the Lions would come in the next series as my favorite player Jason Hanson tied the record for most field goals in a career over 50 yards.



Jason Hanson's record tying kick. Luckily I got in the stadium with my lens to get this fantastic shot. After being kicked out of one line because my camera lens was a 55mm, which happened to be 5mm over the maximum limit.

After that the Titans ran down the field without being touched and scored some points. The Lions did manage one touchdown, however, before the half to bring the score closer at 35 to 10. From there though, the Titans scored a few more points and the Lions scrambled for a few first downs and the final was 47 to 10. Next time they should play they should actually try. After the first few touchdowns Katie called her dad and asked if they looked as bad on tv as they did in person! Thanks for the wonderful gift Jamie! But in all honesty we had a lot of fun.



Eating Thanksgiving dinner out of bucket! How many wives would do this for their husbands? I'm a lucky guy. Although my mother did have a delicious dinner ready for us upon our return home. So it all worked out. Expect for the part of having the Lions play.

We drove back Friday afternoon so Katie could get some sleep before her 15 hour shift at Helzberg and so I could try to do the Hoosier cup cross race this time. I made it out this time and was ready to go with my fixed cross bike. Too bad someone couldn't fix my cross handling skills.

First of all, I started like it was a 100 mile road race so I found myself just about a half lap behind in the first lap. Then I would basically come to almost a complete stop before each barrier as I wasn't sure my feet could keep up with the speed. The first time up the run hill I noticed I still had my saddle bag and two water bottles on my bike making it hard to shoulder my bike. And finally my remounting skills were nonexistent. One time at the top of the run, my bike was on the left and as I went to get it, I ended up on the top tube no feet clipped in starting back down the hill. The guy up there taking photos must have been laughing his butt off at the clown trying to get on his bike. Heck, I was.



Here I am racing.

All and all it was a complete blast and I can't wait for next time. I never had so much fun being horrible. I think I'll do the state championships this weekend and really embarrass myself. I could practice but that might ruin the fun and excitement. To add on to the fun of the day a couple of us went out and rode some trails around the area on the cross bikes. It was a pretty awesome day.

Breeze On

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cross Failure

So all I wanted to do Saturday was a simple and fun cross race. It was the kind where a bunch of guys just show up to a location and race for fun, and even some awesome Zipp products.

Anyways it started Friday when I got the word and decided to do it. The first of many problems I would encounter just to do this one little race was that my cross bike didn't have a bottom bracket in it. Normally not a big deal, but it's a Pinarello with old campy parts, so it requires a squared tapered Italian bottom bracket.

After a few phone calls and an email one of boys from Avon stepped up and said he had one. Not only did he let me have it, he dropped it off at my place for me. Thanks Mark! So by 9pm I had my bike set and ready to go.

The race started at 10am and I was going to meet Joe there a bit early to take a lap or two of the course. All that meant an early start around 8:30. I would encounter my second problem. Whether or not to begin riding when it was only 18 degrees. After some him-hawing I decided to layer up and venture out.

Two miles into the ride there I took off from a stop sign in the drops and realized that some how my carbon bars on the cross bike where cracked and ready to give at any moment. There was so much movement in them. After a brief thought of maybe I'll just ride on the tops which turned into a quick slap to the face after thinking of how stupid that idea was I headed back home.

Still to ignorant to call it a day and just wait later to ride, I made a phone call to Joe to ask about the course. Could I use a road bike? Don't laugh I've done it before and actually finished quite well. He said maybe it's just a lot of grass riding.

Well running low on time I decided to get the mountain bike out and take that. So after clipping off my number plate from Iceman, and putting air in the tires and shock I was once again on my way. Running short on time I had to keep the pace high just to get the race. All was going good and I was going to make it when I was 3 miles away and thump, thump, thump. Flat tire! Seriously? I couldn't even make this all up. Of course on the way out I forgot my spare mountain bike tube.

Luckily for me my wife was only a phone call away and got to me within 20 minutes. Just at the point when I began to freeze in the sub 25 degree temperatures.

Maybe I will try to get to another cross race once I get my bars fixed. I see the Indiana State Championships are on my birthday. Could there be a better way to spend it then suffer hard for an hour?

Breeze On

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

ICEMAN

No better way to end the season, or heck even start a season, with the late November date, then by doing the Iceman Cometh Challenge. My father and I drove up Thursday to Traverse City, more specifically Kalkaska where I would begin my second mountain bike ride of the year getting a look at this years course. So under non seasonal conditions with the partly cloudy skies, and temps in the upper 60's I took off on my adventure that would end Saturday afternoon.

I met my dad on the trail after 17 miles at Williamsburg road and we rode the last 11 miles on the Vasa trail together before heading back to the car. I began to get a bit excited after my first ride after feeling rather comfortable on the course. Especially since there were not to many technical single track sections and of what there was, it was rather short. The other big tactical concern, other then weather related, is the sand.



There are plenty of sandy sections that our marked out along the way. Although this year it seemed to be in really good shape with a good track either threw it, or a 'cheater' line either on the right or left.

Friday morning came along and we pretty much did the same thing as the day before. Expect my dad rode the beginning instead of the end, and I rode the whole thing. Seeing everything twice could only help and make me feel better. The only concerns would be how would I feel going faster or following others? Only time would tell.

I think my father was feeling good after a couple of days of pre riding. Not quite sure though.





I saw this sign while out pre-riding. Something about it seemed familiar. Could it be Wirsing sending me a message like he did all season over hills later in a race? I think so.

Saturday morning came and more predominate weather conditions that we would come to expect for Iceman had came across the Kalkaska/Traverse City area, with temperatures in the mid 30's and with the occasional sleet/drizzle. I dropped my dad off for his 9:20 start and watched his race progress from start to finish as it crossed a few of the area roads.

Here he is dodging through the trees near Dockery Rd.



He must have dropped everyone as no one else is in sight. He would come in at a very respectful time, considering only 5 weeks of training, in under 2 hours which was his major goal. He would end up finishing 12th in his group.

So I pick him up along with our friend Forest who also raced and we dashed back to the hotel where they could shower and could get my things ready for my race. We showed up to the race, got my bike out of the car and were putting on my wheels when we noticed one of brake pads had slipped out and we didn't have it. You know how hard it is now adays finding a brake pad for V-brakes? After asking around for 35 minutes and catching up with others we had tracked one down. Who needs a warm-up anyways? Mountain bike races start slow, kind of like when you start a kilo on the track. So yeah...

I had a decent spot on the start line, but by the first corner which was maybe 50o meters away I was 3/4 of the way in the back. I thought I was going hard, but just wasn't absolutely killing it. So I payed for that as I had to spend the first few miles trying to get around everyone else to get back to the front. Then of course as I was trying to squeeze into a spot I shouldn't have I ended up going down and getting run over. So I got up dusted my self off and continued my full on sprint. This was by far the longest kilo of my life.

By now things had stretched out a bit and I would jump from group to group trying to get as far to the front as possible, which unfortunately was long gone.



Trying to get going back to the front, to bad for these fellas I got by them just before this section of single track. I hope I didn't slow them down to much. The fun part of the whole race was as it went on some of the riders I had been with for a longer period had known to dive in front of me in every single track. Two guys in particular put in some sick moves to get in front of me. It was awesome. Wish I had a helmet cam!



Unfortunately I had to much of them. Maybe I should have left the brake pads out.

I finally settled into a group of 5 that was chasing the 8 leaders. At one point we were about 20 seconds away, but never made it. Apparently Mike Simonson was just drilling it like always on the front, who just so happens to be the guy who started in front of me. That was the last time I saw his wheel.

Well anyways there were a few tight single track sections in the last 2 miles and I lost a few spots, gained a few spots back in the two track, and lost one or two again in the last, but gained one back before the end and finished in 11th. Just outside of the top 10, which was my goal. Oh well it was a blast and I can't wait for next year.



Rounding the corner for the finish.

Breeze On

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CONGRADULATIONS

Congrats to the follow riders for the completion of the 2008 Breezer True Hilly Hundred.

Jonathan Swain, Joe Kukolla, David Williams, Zack McBride, Mike Sharp, and Steve Godbey.

It was yet another awesome ride. It started off with a bang by being almost run down by a small herd of sheep in the first 7km. Then back in the middle of nowhere a huge tree branch just about took out everyone as it fell just feet in front of the group.

So after all that along with 5 flats, a loose bottle cage, and a quick lunch stop at Subway it was just under an overall 8hr day total. It was 6 1/2hrs of actually riding, 110 miles, 18 official climbs, and 7,700 ft. of climbing.

Less then a year to go to next years event. Be sure to mark you calendars now. Here are some photos.








Breeze On

Thursday, October 23, 2008

LAST CHANCE

Ok this is your last chance of the season to ride the Breezer True Hilly Hundred. We will plan to meet on SATURDAY at the Starbucks in Martinsville at 9am. Sounds like we should have a good size group! Don't be shy and come out for some fun. Check it out. See you there.

Breeze On

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oh Yeah!



Thanks to my brother we will be going to the Lions game on Thanksgiving. I know everyone of you is just totally jealous. Don't even bother to comment and pretend like your not by stating how terrible they seem.

Breeze On

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

SMASHED

I guess that is one word I could describe my father after the weekend.

It all started out Friday with an innocent 1hr ride. I thought we were rolling easy, but it turns out my dad had spent much of the day in level 3. Whoops. On the good side though I did get to ride his new sweet bike for half the ride. Lucky guy.

Saturday we drove down to the hilly hundred in Ellettesville, IN. Since I had to get back early to meet the wife at a wedding we had to get there and get it done. Well once again it turned into a nice 50 mile tempo ride for my father. We spent most of the day just passing the line of riders from start to finish. It's really amazing the number of riders that take part in this ride. Heck last week on two occasions people were asking me if I was training for the hilly? These weren't even riders. That's how big it is down here.

Sunday we did the Breezer Mini, with Mike Sharp, who incidental wanted to meet up last week but showed up Sunday instead of Saturday. Anyways, of course my dad wouldn't call anything mini about it. It was 80 miles with 13 climbs (my dad would strongly disagree with that number) and it was a total of 5,025 ft of climbing. We definitely took our time on this ride as we just wanted to get it completed.

The silly thing about the ride is that your really never to far from the car. At about 2hrs into I told him the car was only 5 miles away. He said he would have been happy if he just headed that way. But the trooper he was, he continued on. We had our stop in the always crowed Nashville, IN. Not even kidding, there has to be thousands of tourist walking on the streets. Anyways he would have been very satisfied stopping there, but unfortunately I had to be the bear of bad news as the shortest way home just so happened to be the 27 mile route we were taking back. So we hoped on our bikes and just shy of 5hrs of riding for the day we had completed one hell of a weekend of riding.

My dad is completely awesome and we had a complete blast all weekend. Were hoping this weekend turns into a sub 2hr Iceman for him. It couldn't hurt.

On a side note. I spent much of today trying to watch the two hour coverage of the Tour of Lombardi. It only took me 4 times to make it through as ever 20 minutes I would dose off and have to start where I left off. I don't know what it was, but I just couldn't get through it.

Breezer True Hilly Hundred this weekend. Don't forget!

Breeze On

Friday, October 10, 2008

Out Smarting Age

Ok last blog I mentioned old guys and their bag of tricks. Well to you younger guys, if you find yourself getting beat by one of these guys, or even if one of these guys happens to be your father (like mine was), here are a few helpful hints to help you beat them at their own game. These tricks have been tested and performed for myself quite well.

#1 Shift
#2 Lead Out
#3 Dirt Road

#1 Shift. Well time has passed quite awhile since STI first came out, and just about enough time has past for even the old school guys have switched over. But if you happen to find yourself sprinting against one of these guys who refuses to switch over, or for some god aweful reason, such as trying to be a Lance wanna be and they have only the right STI lever, this is the trick for you.

Make sure you line up on their left as you are about to sprint for whatever it is your sprinting for. Once you get out of the saddle and get going, slowly take your right hand from your bars and 'accidentally' slip their downtube level forward. By the time they fiddle with fixing that you will be blowing kisses to the cows.

#2 Lead Out. This one you have to make sure your stronger then the old guy, which takes some time and training. These guys aren't slounchs. But if you are faster and you don't want to get beat by one of their tricks, this one is for you.

About 2km out from something you may sprint for start winding it up. Try to shift down as little as possible. Maybe stand up just before shift down a few gears and slowly wind it up. Making it less obvious the better. Before you know they start drifting back as you are putting them in half wheel hell. Once you get under 1km to go really get it going as by now they are smart enough and have figured out what is happen. If you have going right at their max pull to the side look back with a smile and say "You ready to sprint." If you're lucky you will get a classic response of "I am sprinting!" I love that one.

#3 Dirt Road. This is a new one and comes in as technology has come in. Most old guys and everyone for that matter use to have steel frames and 32 or 36 spoked box rims. Not any more. It seems now adays that old guys now are riding on the fansiest carbon bikes with their deep dish carbon wheels. Here's the kicker. Not only are they riding this equipment, they also bought it with their own money, which they get from having these things called jobs.

Here's what you do. Everytime you see a dirt road signal to go down it. Chances are they won't want to because who would want to crack a $1000 dollar rim, especially when you bought it with your own money. I know I wouldn't, and either would they. Now you can feel like the tough guy and make them feel like less of a man. "I can't believe you didn't want to ride that dirt road."

Remember use these, and others to your advantage. Don't over use them because the old guys will adapt. Remember they have age and experience. Most likely both those numbers double yours. What ever you do though just remember it's all about having fun. Good luck and I'm pulling for you. For now!

Breeze On

Thursday, October 09, 2008

My Posse

Introducing my posse!



Here's most of the gang riding. We were missing our favorite hammer head Scott though.

I can learn so much from these guys such as never give up and always attack no matter what. When we get going hard, and no matter how hard, or even if they just fell off the pace and caught back up as we slowed they will always, always attack! It's the coolest thing I've seen. They'll even pull out the 'old' guy tactics. Such as yelling car back, making you sit on the front way longer then you should, or wait for you to grab a water bottle. Luckily the master of 'old' guy tricks, my dad, has taught me most of them and I feel well prepared.

Of course now as fall is settling upon us and the racing season is over, it doesn't mean that we have to slow down at all Tuesday or Thursday night, not by a long shot. Now instead of racing each other, we are racing the night. It's all about getting everyone back fast and before darkness.

However if were not careful the night will pull the biggest trick on us and leave us pedaling home in dark.

Breeze On

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

NEW BREEZER ROAD BIKE!!

Breezer gets a buyer

Joe Breeze, mountain bike pioneer
Photo ©: Gary Boulanger
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Breezer bikes is set to expand its reach and range following the announcement Advanced Sports Inc. will buy the bike brand. ASI's purchase includes all assets and trademarks of the Breezer brand and the company also retains Joe Breeze for consulting services on new projects and designs.

One of Breeze's projects within ASI will be to re-introduce a range of mountain bikes. The bike designer was involved in the formation of modern day mountain biking during the 1970s and will now have the opportunity to make a mountain bike that carries his name once more.

"Joe is a pioneer - he introduced great mountain bike products in a market that wasn't ready - and, for the last ten years, he has again been creating a new market in the U.S. for transportation bikes," ASI president Patrick Cunnane said. "Like Joe, I know this is the most important segment of the market to continue to develop.

"Between gas prices, obesity issues and traffic congestion, transportation bikes - Breezer transportation bikes - are the right products for now and in the future," he added.

Breezer joins ASI's existing stable of bike brands which include Fuji, SE and Kestrel, which it acquired last year.

"I'm very excited to join Advanced Sports," said Breeze. "Our agreement will allow me to focus on design and advocacy. Riding bicycles for transportation creates a wonderful path to a better world. As popular as mountain biking has become, I see everyday bicycling as having exponentially greater potential."

From: cyclingnews.com

Kind of sad that another little bike manufacture is being sold to a bigger company. On the other hand maybe having a new road bike, made with the latest technology just like the Breezer road bike I have, and still baring the Breezer name could be pretty awesome. We will see how this pans out.

I do need to get one of his cruisers for cruising the strip here in the burg. It's pretty silly to be riding around on a fancy race bike.

Breeze On

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Breezer Hilly Hundred

Did the recon ride with Swain yesterday. And is was more awesome then last time. Check out the video and pics.

I do have some bad news to pass on though. Team Rite Aid will no longer be continuing. I would like to thank everyone that was involved with the program from Jamie and Jon, to Karen, Steph, and the riders ladies for their help and support, and to all the riders I raced with. It was an awesome two years of racing and I will have many memories for the previous two years. I'm sure I will see you all around. It's just one of the bad sides of the sport.

Well with bad news fortunately enough for me comes a brighter spot. I have signed a new deal with a team I am very excited about racing with. It will be a new contintal team that is based out of the midwest which will be very nice. It is the KENDA PRO CYCLING p/b SPINERGY. Check out the website. More info on this to come later. Can you believe this will be my fifth 'pro' season? I'm getting to be an old man.

Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to for the following year,
Breeze On

Monday, September 29, 2008

Swain is Back

Swain is back to Indy and back to riding. Just in time as well. Nothing is better this time of year then cruising the back dirt roads in the area on our road bikes. Like he said as well nobody is as stupid as him to do that with me, so it is nice to have him along for that.

We did a doosy of a ride yesterday out in the country. We did a good stretch of 30km without hitting a paved rode. It was awesome. Expect for the roads that were more gravel, then dirt, but what are you going to do when you can only go left or right and it's much of the same either way.

Next week we are going to do a recon ride of the Breezer Hilly Hundred to make sure every road is ridable and is passable. Should be fun. I'll probably take some video/pictures to get everyone amped up.

I may or may not have some good news to report in the coming week or two. Which means I may be excited.

Time to go watch MNF with my father in law.

Breeze On

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The time is approaching. No messing around this time. I want this years Breezer's True Hilly Hundred to be a complete success. I figured the best way to do this, is to do it either the weekend before the really Hilly Hundred or the weekend after. The plan would be to have it on the Saturday, but save the date after as a possible bad weather date. Any one interested? Let's get some plans laid down so it happens successfully this year. I guarentee you will have a good time. Remember it's not a race and nobody will be left behind. It's just going to be a fun group ride in the country side.

Breeze On

Monday, September 15, 2008










I wonder if racing in the rain, at times over 150mph faster, is any more fun. I some how doubt it.

Breeze On

Saturday, September 06, 2008

It's Game Time.


Maybe the 75th year will be the lucky year for the Lions to make it to the SuperBowl. They looked good in preseason, but that counts for nothing. No matter how many games you winn or loose in the preseason everyone gets to start the season 0-0.

Besides it seemed like every time the starters got a few good plays in they would pull them. I know they get pulled early in preseason, but I'm pretty sure the starters played way less then any others. I believe they were trying to go out on top while they could. Like when a soon to be hall of famer retires while playing just as good as ever, that is of course till they decide to come back. Let's just hope that they don't come out like that someone that is past their prime. I am getting tired of rooting for a loosing team and having to explain it all the time.

"Forward down the field. A Lions team that will not yield. And when the blue and silver wave stand and cheer the brave 'RAH!, RAH!, RAH!' Go hard and win the game, with honor you will keep your fame. Down the field a gain. A Lions victory! Go Lions!"

Breeze On

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My wife with her favorite cyclist.



Breeze On

Monday, September 01, 2008

Season over? But it's only September 1st. It seems to be earlier and earlier. I may race next weekend but that is up in the air.

Currently just driving back from Greenville. Race was going perfect and I was feeling good going into the last accent up Paris Mountain. That was until I ended up going over the top of a pile of riders who crashed right in front of me at the base of the climb. However I got up checked the bike and started to chase. I thought if I could stay in the cars I'd have a fighting chance. I was doing it until halfway up when like a punch to my stomach my front tire lost all it's air. Game over. See you next time. That's bike racing for you.

Let the most nerve racking part of the year begin!

Breeze On

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Just sitting in the hotel watching Michigan football in Greenville. One more day till the big event of the year. It will be interesting to see how tomorrow unfolds. All I know is my fitness is where I'd like it be and all I can do is go out there and lay it on the line. Fortunately I will have a few good teammates in the race and I know we can get the job down. You don't need 13 teammates when you have Clayton, Robbie, and Jon.

So I've been riding around Greenville with my dad and he's been enjoying his time following me around. If you could have only seen him yesterday climbing up Caesars head after 40 miles of riding. He's never looked better! After he made the 7 mile climb in an astonishing time of 52 minutes it was time for our picnic lunch on top with the wives.



A nice set of rapids coming down the river. Very tempting in the hot weather down here to jump in.



The family at the top of Caesars Head. I really don't have a mohawk.



The view is spectacular. I so want to live down here.

Wish me luck!

Breeze On

Monday, August 18, 2008

It's been a whirlwind the past few weeks as I have been coming and going constantly. 3 out of 4 times was just up to the Chicago area, but still it's been crazy. It feels good though to be out racing every weekend and getting some racing legs in just in time for one of the biggest goals of the year, the US Pro Road Race. Only two weeks to go!



Geronimo and I heading up in the van to Chicago. We made the trip 3 times in the past 4 weeks. In between he headed off to Portland for vacation and while there won the Portland Twilight Crit and I headed to Rochester and well.... at least I felt good and am reading to go for USPRO.



I don't think I've ever posted a picture of my team bike for this season. So here it is out for a morning ride in good ole Bay City.



I also have been keeping busy by babysitting. Of course to tell you the truth I think Lucy and Spongebob Squarepants do most of the work.

Breeze On

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Currently at the Rochester Omnium sitting in the hotel room with the old man and Billy. That's right Billy is actually not the old man in the room.

Just like last week I'm trying to find things to occupy my time and pass the day away as I wait for a race to begin later in the day. It's even worse this time with the criterium not starting till 8:30 tonight. Billy and I will be heading out for a spin as soon as my personal mechanic or dad as I like to call him changes some tires around for me. What a great guy.

Yesterday was the tt and that went alright, but of course I finished just outside of the top 20 by a second. So I didn't score any points towards the overall, since it's a stage race based on points. Isn't that how it just seems to workout sometimes. Of course someone had to finish 23rd, and why not me.

Ok I better go my ace mechanic has lost his touch along with two tubes in transition of the tires so I better go and help before I have nothing.

Breeze On

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

It's August and that could only mean one thing, it's Crit season. Ahh crit season, time to find some fast twitch muscles for sprinting barred underneath a season's worth of slow twitch muscle build up. Good thing there is plenty of green to go for to make it all worth it.

This past weekend Geronimo and I flew the Rite Aid p/b Shebell & Shebell colors again up to the Chicago area for a weekend of racing around Elk Grove Village. With thousands upon thousands of dollars up for grabs we were hoping to get a slice of the pie along with some good ole racing fun.

First up was the time trial that was 4 miles long with a few 180's in it to boot. I had a horrible time trial as I was on a borrowed tt bike that I rode once and was basically just walking around the corners. No biggie, no matter how comfortable I was I would have never came close to the winning time.

The next day was officially called a road race, but more or less was the longest crit I've ever down, which was made even longer by the officials making us do an extra 8 mile lap. What's the difference between 100 and a 108 miles, especially when you are averaging over 26mph. No biggy. The big surprise was that with all the money up for grabs there were only 57 starters, which I believe made the racing tougher. It seemed more aggressive and there were more gaps to fill. I was able to be get in the front split of the race and go for the win, but unfortunelty 15 others beat me to the line. A crash in the last 500 meters that took out Horner really changed up the sprint.

The following day was a sprint training workout. As the break went on lap two Toyota went straight to the front and kept the pace quick. I tried to keep up front to keep the according effect to a minimial, but after Toyota, it was Bissell, then Kelly, then Jelly Belly, then Successfull Living, and before you knew it you were at the back sprinting pretty good out of ever corner. I did this for half the race before deciding to go to the front and work a bit to bring back the break, get some really good training in and to stop sprinting so hard for a bit. Geronimo was set up in a good position for the sprint, but a gap opened in the last corner and with a bit of crampy in the sprint he was just out of a really good finish.

Well all in all it was a good weekend of racing and it should set us up for the next couple of weeks of more crit racing. Although next weekend from what I hear the Rochester road race should actually be a very challenging road race. Should be another solid weekend of racing.

I wonder if Geronimo likes Portland, Oregan or Brownsburg, Indiana better?

Breeze On

Monday, July 28, 2008


Doe's this look familiar to anyone? I was racing in Chicago this weekend, if that helps.

Well Geronimo and I went up to Chicago with the Mrs. and her Friend. G and I went into the race with a game plan and unfortunately that plan absolutely did not work and it was basically just a real bummer for the both of us. It was good to be out racing again and it just made me alot more excited about the next 4 solid weeks of racing leading into the big race of the year.

Breeze On

Saturday, July 26, 2008



The season started off quite nicely for these fellas, but who would have thought a 5th place ride in the Tour de France would have be a few months away for one. Congrats VdV.

Breeze On

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jake track racing?

Yes it happened. Last night was the first time in nearly 3 years that I took part in track racing. Not only that, but it not only felt like it, from the outside it probably looked like that as well. So after a half an hour of putting the good ole clown bike together it was time to get on the track and do some warming up. Right from the first moment on the track I knew the night would be interesting.

The first event was most suited to my strength, a 1km scratch race. To be honest I felt just lucky enough to advance into the final. After that was one race I never got the hang of before and that was the elimination. This is where the last rider across the line each lap is eliminated. Some how each time I have done this in the past I have been the first rider eliminated. So I felt like anything after second rider eliminated would be an improvement and something I could build on in the future. I was able to hang around long enough to be the last one eliminated before the sprint for the top 3. I thought there were only 3 of us, but there was 4 and I was gone.

The last event was the 10mile scratch race. Nothing really exciting here except for the end when after 2 riders had lapped the field we were sprinting in for 3rd. In the last two corners I found myself racing my friend/housemate/athlete as he had the sprinters lane and I was coming over the top. It was neck and neck to the line as all I could think about is how I got to beat the protozoa. It was all in good fun as I narrowly took 3rd. Nice job Paddy on that one and your big "W" in the 1km scratch race.

I can't wait till next time.

Breeze On

Friday, July 11, 2008



I saw this giant soft shell turtle while out riding yesterday and it made me think of Clayton because of it's size. This picture does no justice as you can't compare it to anything. But trust me it was huge. Kind of a lot like this photo, if you could compare it to another turtle.



Good thing he had me to lead him out so that I could give his lower half a draft.


Climbing up the final climb at Fitchburg. The only thing I take away from this photo is that for the first time I actually see how sweet the 'stache was!


Wish I didn't have pink eye and a sinus infection during one of the most important races for myself and the team. Luckily everyone else on the team was rippin it and we were definitely a present in the race being represented in breaks and with Clayton taking a hard fought second in the NERW series. It was awesome seeing him sprint all the time in races that were fairly fast.

Well doing an NRC criterium tomorrow in Louisville. It is actaully kind of nice having a race of this caliber close.

Breeze On

Monday, July 07, 2008

Race Food


Race Food, originally uploaded by breezermerckx.

I wish the back of our team car was this stacked. Of course with this
type of food you'd have to keep it going before the sugar rush was over.

Breeze On

Monday, June 30, 2008

Back to Racing, ye yaw!

This weekend included two local races including the Eagle Creek Fast Crit and the Zionsville GP, each of which have their special flare. Eagle Creek is a course that is basically a perfect circle. Then Zionsville has it's famous bricked street home stretch. I'm finally starting to feel a part of the Indiana racing scene as much as I feel a part of the Michigan scene. I'm starting to know more of the guys as I am making it to a few more races now then in the past. Basically a great group of guys. Well the racing went well and I was able to get in a couple of good days of riding with riding to and from the races. I love being able to do that.

Up next of course is Fitchburg. I'm feeling pretty good and I see that my teammates are posting some good results out east, so we are ready to go. Only a few more days.

So I have a bit of free time here and there and I one thing I do is spend sometime on ebay looking at different things. Well one interesting thing I found out with two auctions is that I have a headbadge and a saddle on the breezer that are worth more then the bike frame itself.

The headbadge that goes on the Breezer that I have went for $75. The white flite saddle that I have a few of went for $182. So if I ever were to sell it, which I never will, I would at least know to sell everything separate. Good to know.

Breeze On

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Kids meal anyone?


Kids meal anyone?, originally uploaded by breezermerckx.

Went to a wedding this past weekend. We all were served a delicious chicken, mashed potato, and veggie dinner. Well that is everyone, but children under 12 and Vanessa's husband who opted for the chicken fingers and chips.

Do what taste right.

Breeze On

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I don't know how long it's been since I went somewhere which either 'A' it didn't include something to do with cycling or 'B' did I even bring my bike. Even though it only lasted one brief morning/afternoon it was a fun relaxing time, and I can't wait till the next time.

Katie, her sister and myself headed up this morning to northern Indiana for a fun time at her Aunt/Uncle's cabin on a lake. Once we arrived we jumped right onto the boat with them, her cousins and their kids and headed out to a local sand bar for some sand castle building, laying out in the sun and swimming. I even took my shirt off which of course prompted to some much anticipated and much deserved teasing and laughing at my farmers tan. Once the laughing came down to more of a dull roar I smartly had Katie help me lather up with the highest SPF I could find and help me put it on nice and thick.

After a few hours it was time to get down to business for some good ole tubing. First Jeff and I had to flex our muscles to get the boat off the sand. After the first heave which didn't move the boat an inch we waited for the laughter to stop before we could gain our composer and show them what we were made of on our second and successful attempt.

Check out the sweet air my wife and Krista got. Good grief. To bad we ran out of time before I could get out there.





Even though I didn't want to ride my bike up north some others wanted to.

After that it was time for a good up north barbecue lunch before we had to head back and get back to business. For me that included a ride with Paddy which actually was quite enjoyable, especially with the awesome lightning show off in the too close for comfort distance.

Let's see, Fitchburg is approaching a little to fast for me, but I feel like I'm as ready as I will ever be to defend. A few tune up races this weekend near by should get me back to a racing mindset. I know this is old news, but congrats to my teammate Bobby Lea who will be apart of the US Olympic team this August. Awesome!

Breeze On

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Some habits are so hard to break!



Breeze On