Back from Colorado and at your service!
Colorado was very nice in all respects; the weather was much cooler than here with an average riding temp of about 50 degrees. However, always sunny and only one windy day.
Now that I'm retired from racing, all of my rides are just fat-burn or scouting missions. I was close to the Front Range so some of the rides were a bit hilly but most very moderate, extremely relaxing, and very therapeutic. In a sick sort of way, if you know what I mean.
The highlight ride was from the central-east side of Loveland up over Rist Canyon and then north a ways and back down the Poudre River Canyon. If you're ever in the area this is a highly recommended route. Of course, you can do it in the opposite direction. I'm an idiot and did it the hard way. Rist Canyon is a fairly moderate climb but very long with a couple of steep sections that make you wonder why you'd ever do it more than once.
But, as is typical of cycling, when you get to the summit, you remember why you do silly things like that. In either direction bombing down is very cool and quite scenic.
The highlight of the ride was two-fold:
1) I think I got passed on the Rist Canyon ascent by the very same guy that passed me the last time I did it a couple of years ago. Very strange, but I swear it was the same guy.
2) I stopped to get a shot of a couple of huge Longhorn steer that were off the side of the road behind a barbed-wire fence. As I was taking the shot here another steer (with big horns) started running up the side of road towards me. He was outside of the fence and approaching rapidly. Needless to say, I stuffed the iPhone and hammered away up the 5 to 6% grade and dropped the big hammerhead. No, I wasn't wearing red. Well, I guess my helmet was, but I think the All-American beast just didn't like the French Look KG586 rig I was riding. Whew, close one!
The sunburst road shot here is the steepest part of the "first step" of Rist Canyon. And, no, I wasn't trying to make it look steep...it is! The second and final step is even worse. This climb is harsh, trust me. (Strava Segment)
The last shot here is pretty amazing. Most of my rides were to scout out the recent flood damage on the two major rivers in the area. This one here is of the Big Thompson River, which runs right through Loveland. The shot was taken west of town about three miles up into the Front Range foothills. The devastation was amazing. I've never seen flood damage up close and personal so this was quite a scouting mission. Of course, I was there well after the fact and luckily not witness to the true terror and loss that many who lived near the river suffered. It was quite amazing to see houses, boats, sheds, trees, and cars upside down or worse. The shot here is a road that I used to ride on that--prior to the flood--went safely alongside the Big Thompson river.
Anyway, Colorado is really a great place to ride bikes. The dirt roads are better than most of our paved roads and the weather is very nice when it's nice. I'll try and remember to post all of the pictures and Strava links next week.
I'm placing orders again Thurs afternoon. Please let me know if you need anything not currently available via Parts Express.
I don't know, probably cyclocross and Low-Key Hillclimb action. I'm going to be doing some long and slow rides Saturday and Sunday to burm off some of the great food and wine I enjoyed while traveling the last couple of months. Man, I think I've gained 10-lbs since I quit doing the fast group rides. :(
Here's the NCNCA schedule. Good luck to all you racing or participating in the coming weekend's events.
Race Results: NCNCA, Blog Coverage
Wahoo!! Just a reminder that MyTeamCar.net is an authorized Wahoo Fitness dealer. Those of you looking for the latest in indoor trainer technology, the Wahoo KICKR is amazing.
Oh, and if you don't want the iPhone on your handlebar or stem, Wahoo offers a cool little computer called the "RFLKT" (Reflect), much smaller than the Garmin or iBike and displays all the pertinent info wireless from your iPhone.
Wahoo Fitness, located in Atlanta, GA., connects iOS devices and smartphones to your favorite fitness activities-running, biking, and gym going. Wahoo Fitness’ award winning products also include its Wahoo Run/Gym Pack, which adds heart rate training to your iPhone, and its Wahoo Bike Case, which simultaneously protects your phone and connects it to the sensors on your bike. For more information on Wahoo Fitness, please visit www.wahoofitness.com. The KICKR currently supports the iPhone4S and iPhone 5 using Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+ protocols. Though, I'm told there are other options for the iPhone4.
I'll match or beat any reputable offer you can find out there. In addition, I'll stock parts and accessories to provide the industry's best local support for Wahoo products. And, no, you won't find the KICKR on Amazon or eBay.
Some of you have asked about my new monthly services. I've finally posted some details about these new service on my site. These services are intended for the serious "working" cyclist that needs their bike(s) ready for action, all the time.
Using this new service means you won't have to worry about the readiness or mechanical condition of your bike(s). I will keep everything in top working order; rotate tires, perform basic tuning and adjustments, and keep you abreast of the status of all preventative and remedial maintenance that may be required.
The main purpose of the service is to make sure that your bikes are always in good working order and all preventative maintenance occurs--regularly--before expensive remedial maintenance is necessary and you can't ride or fail to finish an important event.
Of course, the fee will only cover service and does not include items like tubes, tires, chains, brake pads, bar tape, etc. No, I don't just replace items at my whim, I replace stuff, if required, based on your service intervals and expected riding activity in between.
The way that I work this service now is with Strava. My current monthly customers log all their activity on Strava and I follow them to see what they are doing on the bike, etc. This allows me to better judge preventative maintenance needs and make sure the bike is always ready when you are.
There's a lot more to this new service than I've highlighted above. Please click here for pricing and details. More to come soon! If this type of service sounds interesting and seems like a good fit for you, please let me know and we'll get a service plan and schedule together for you.
Check out the new FC50T-2. A very versatile aero tubular configuration at a weight low enough to be quite effective even in more hilly events. If you can't afford a complete quiver of wheels, a 50mm set like the FC50T-2 is a great choice. The FC50T-2 provides an extremely lite wheelset (1380kg) with outstanding aerodynamic benefits. And, of course, they're tubular rims, which means comfort and maximum handling confidence.
I'm also in the process of building a couple of test wheels for some planned new products in 2013. I didn't get much interest in the new carbon/alloy rims that are now available. However, I intend to build a front 38mm wheel to evaluate. So look for that wheel on some of the local group rides in the coming weeks. The second test wheel will be a new full carbon clincher rear utilizing Basalt braking surfaces. I'll likely build this test wheel in a 38mm configuration also and test the two together.
A reminder that I stock many items you all use everyday and every week. If you need tires, tubes, sealant, liners, bar tape, cleats, brake pads, etc., please let me know. I will deliver to you at home, workplace, or wherever you are while I'm out and about on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I also attend most of the road race events around here and can deliver product and accessories to you there.
Again, don't forget about my Spot Tune-up Service. This is a cheap and convenient way to keep your bike rolling smoothly and efficiently. I find you and dial-in brake and shift cables and take care of any minor issues that can be resolved onsite. Only $30 and extremely convenient.
REMEMBER: I have many items on-hand and I can deliver very quickly. I tend to carry tubes, tires, chains, cassettes, bar tape, bearings, brake pads, and other common consumable items in my vehicles. So that kind of stuff is always available extremely quickly. Just let me know what you need and I'll get it to you ASAP.
PLEASE NOTE: MyTeamCar.net customers enjoy competitive pricing from all my suppliers. The list prices are not necessarily what you'll pay. If you know that the price is higher than your local dealer or favorite online retailer, just shoot me the link or let me know. I will match any reputable price out there.
I can usually get just about anything. If you need things quickly, just mention the specifics. I can get most things in my hands overnight, next-day, or two-day, it just costs more for shipping. And, yes, you will receive tracking info as soon as I receive it.
Okay, shut-up and ride!