Monday, August 27, 2007
The race was close to perfect also except for those darn crickets. Jesse and I kept hearing these crickets out on the course. It was a little weird....he said something about his brakes...I really couldn't hear him...after the race my rear wheel/brake would explain those funny noises.
I thought I was going to have a rough race after 5 racing weekends in a row. Last weekend at WORS cup I was coming unraveled right before I flatted. The fatigue of 24-9, WORS, then Ore To Shore had set in...then my dog got in a fight and got his ass kicked, Andrea was out of town, and I was busy at work. More than anything I was freaking about the dog. I didn't want him to die while Andrea was on vacation and I had to sign the death waiver as he went under for his stitches and he had to get a drain for the puncture wound on his chest.
Anyway it was a crazy week...after WORS Cup it was time for some relaxation and prep for the marathon. One long ride with Tristan, Spiro, and Erich Ponath and lots of rest and good sleep was the ticket. Plus it was nice to have Andrea back home.
The race started fast with Mike Phillips killing the lead out. I knew I had 3 miles to the singletrack so I just sat in on the road leadout. I went into the 1st singletrack about 7th or 8th. Slowly moved up to Lalondo's wheel where I remained the majority of the race. We settled in with Mike in charge and Marko dangling in 4th. By the end of the lap Marko made contact and the 4 of us rolled out for lap 2. Jesse took the lead in the singletrack and he thought we were laughing at him while watching him bounce off all the bumps. Really we were dropping Mike who may have started way too hard. Then it was 3...Jesse continued to pull on lap 3 through the majority of the lapped traffic. Lap 4 it was on...I thought I had a chance to win, but the lack of fluids had my legs in full cramp starting the last lap. I pushed through the pain, but had no water the entire last lap. I went to the front as much as possible, but Jesse seemed to feel no pain. In some spots I felt I could ride faster, but I think his fitness was superior at the end of the day. I finished 13 seconds back and Marko was another 20 behind me...with his hands torn back. I hope he can recover enough to hold the bars for SSWC. 2nd place was enough to win the inaugaral WORS Marathon Point Series.
Today I am feeling some good pain from the cramping of the legs. My back is hurting and I woke up at 5:00am this morning because I couldn't lay still anymore. I Love this stuff...Thanks to all the sponsors...PCW, TREK, Oakley, Crank Bros, Hyundai, and thanks to WORS and the Rhineland crew for a great race. ps....gotta love the Steelers hyperlink
Monday, August 20, 2007
I figured it would climb better and handle the mud a little better. I had a good start and filed into the woods just ahead of T. Brown. 1/4 of the way into the lap the lead group of 5 was set with Chris P. dangling on and off.
The 9.9 was a good choice in the end but a flat tire derailed my efforts in the middle of the 3rd lap. I was starting to feel the pain and Jesse was already out of sight when it happened. The tire change was smooth except for the nut on the tubeless valve core. The thing was impossible to get off in the mud. Soon I was chasing solo and caught Jesrin with 1 lap to go. I ran out of juice and finished 9th on the day.
No racing on Sunday which bummed me out after staying in Wautoma Super 8 Saturday night. It seemed that everyone was bailing on day 2 and I might have had a shot at the top 5 in the GC and was looking forward to some redemption from the flat. The race was cancelled though and might be rescheduled at a later date.
At least I got to go home and hang out with Andrea who had just arrived home from a week long back pack trip in Cali.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
One little bobble 8 miles into the race on the power line climb was enough to let Simonson get a gap. After running a few feet I was back on my bike and Simonson was drilling it...I got by Doug and slowly bridged back to Simonson it took a while and it was painful, but I made it. Then I was attcked by a mtn lion. It was crazy. The thing flew at my from a cliff ten feet above my head. It was silent and all the sudden I was on the ground. I could feel its breath, but my helmet saved me. I remembered the Tarzan books I read a few years back and went for the jugular. After a 2 minute struggle it ran off and I was back on the bike jacked with adrenalin and started to chase again. Then there was this huge bear... Anyway that would have been cool but here is what really happened. Less than two seconds after contact Simonson was on the power and I was gone....from then on it was a 35 or 40 mile individual time trial. I would have tried harder to bridge to Mike again, but his wife kept telling me whoppers out on the course...like he wasn't even trying and he is 15 minutes ahead of you!!! At least she made me laugh out there when I was scared about being attacked by another wild animal. It was a little lonely out there, but I was happy to finish 2nd. Here I am telling the reporter from the Mining Journal about the Mtn Lion...for some reason he didn't print it in the story.
Each ten miles Mike was putting 1 minute on me and finished around 4 minutes up. Mike Anderson was 3rd. He is the guy who I battled with in the mtb race of SuperiorBF last year. Russ Tiles finished 4th and the Tandem was a non factor with another flat. Full Results here. Sara KJ won the womens race. Good job again Sara. Here is the GPS and here is the map in motion....it screwed up a little in the beginning for some reason. For more pictures check out mqtphoto or here. Then there was the after party...but that's another story and another post for another day....yes it's true Simonson can play the drums...
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Here are some impressive Triple Crown Stats...
4 x consecutive Iceman winner Cecilia Potts
3 x consecutive Iceman winner Elise Harrington
3 x consecutive Chequamegon winner Steve Tilford
3 x consecutive Ore To Shore winner Derek Prechtl
4 x Iceman winner Kelli Emmet
3 x Iceman winner Scott Quiring
3 x Iceman winner Steve Tilford
Here are the few elite riders who have managed to pull victories in 2 out of the 3 races
2006 Mike Simonson - Ore To Shore & Iceman
1999 Scott Quiring - Chequamegon & Iceman
1993 Gene Oberpillar - Chequamegon & Iceman
2001 Steve Tilford - Chequamegon & Iceman
2002 Steve Tilford - Chequamegon & Iceman
1995 Jeff Hall Chequamegon & 2003 Ore To Shore
1999 Kyia Malenkovich Chequamegon & 2002 Ore To Shore
2006 Sara Kylander Johnson Ore To Shore & Chequamegon
side note - Sara Kylander Johnson was the first rider who had a chance to win the Triple Crown since I won all three races in 2004 and the Triple Crown was born....she finished 2nd at the Iceman.
Does anyone have the legs to pull it off in 07?
Monday, August 06, 2007
Starting lap 2 Jesse powered up the climb with his singlespeed and I thought to myself...I should go with him...no it's too early and too hot. Looking back I should have done it as Jesse killed it the rest of the race and won by 2:00 minutes. After Lap 2 I decided to go and dropped Mike and Marko. I was feeling good. Marko was back with me starting lap 4 and I knew it was going to be hard to shake him. I tried on the slight downhill, but then got some crap stuck in my rear der.
I tried again in the last singletrack, but too many lapped riders. Marko brought the pain on the last climb. I was watching him go harder and harder and was smiling to myself thinking wow that must hurt. I hopefully saved enough gas for the big one this weekend up in Marquette. Still blown away that Creepy and Darkness go so fast with 1 gear. Imagine if Darkness cut a mullet...he might even then have the power to beat Jesse.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
One other thing that was pretty sweet. There was this mysterious Pizza in the Trek Team tent when I arrived to the race. 24 hours later John Poz ran over with that frantic look on his face. He said, "Does anyone know where I can get some pizza, Chris Eatough is dying for some pizza?" We gave him the box and he ran away pumped as a kid in a candy store.