Sunday, April 28, 2013

East Cup #1 Kingston

Sunday April 21st was the inaugral East Cup Series stop in Kingston. The   East Ontario Cup
is being put on by Dan Marshall who organizes the Ontario Marathon Series .

 Spent the evening on Saturday getting all the gear ready to go for the morning.  And of course deciding 10pm the night before is the night to mount a new rear tire in the 26x2.2 flavour.In hopes of it maybe making up a bit for lack of training. Bike doping if you will.

 And woke up to minus 4 and there having been a frost. Hmm... maybe the mud will be less. After a quick load of gear and a bit of dawdling it was of to the Sangers Silo to see if I recall how to race or should just go back to slacking again like Dicky.The only thing of the day was expectations.

After the mandatory stop at Tim's for the usual pre race Breakfast sandwich and Ice Capp..large of course. Everything that would have the pre race nutritionist Stasi having fits about it causing some form of weakness. Though I let myself down a bit as had no Guinness for post race rehydration. It was park and get the race number while catching up with Dan of Substance Projects. And kind of meander around a bit and make some half assed effort at getting ready. Because when you aren't taking it seriously it can be difficult choosing vest or no vest for racing in.

 Keep in mind Team NFI Racing is not of the Sausage Suit wearing fraternity or is that cult??

 So after much delay it was finally to the line and off we where sent by Dan. Since I wasn't really race ready this was more of a good hard ride that eventually evolved.  Evolved thanks to the conditions. Because with it warming up the frost thawed and everything turned to mud. So the no race plan or expectations became the plan as the claggy's more like what one finds in the UK. Or so I have been told.  So the whole plan of trying to be smooth and keep the flow became the way to go.

 As 5 riders in my age group on the first lap where taken out simply by the mud. So while I admit I was worried that running a 2.2 instead of a 2.3 as I had made an error in ordering turned out to be the right choice. As being slightly smaller gave the rear wheel more mud room to function. 

Unfortunately no podium pic of me on the 3rd step. Maybe it is for the best as I wasn't exactly following the Dicky podium rules.  Due to the failure to plan there was no Guinness for the podium.

In the end the Mistress V2.0 did well. I was impressed at every turn how it rode. The tires did their jobs despite the conditions.

The only thing that let me down on the day was the Shimano SPD's which no matter what could never really be unclagged. SO the only equipment change will be switching to Time clipless pedals as everyone I know who uses them has no problems in this type of mud.

 Now to begin actual training for East Cup #2 in Cornwall on May 11th.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Thaw Gravel

Last sunday planned a ride via the K&P rail trail to Harrowsmith and back. Put it out on FB on a whim to see if others wanted to come. Only one came out for the little ride. Kurt came down from Verona to join in. So after a bit of waiting. Well, more like waiting for me to finish breakfast at Starbuck's which was the start point and I admit I do dawdle a bit.

 We headed out. I decided to skip the gravel section that goes behind the Crappy Tire which makes the Dalton ride time about half. You know, less time for Arsehat drivers to try see if they can clip you without spilling their Double Double.

 The trail surface was good. Not to soft with the only areas with issues was closer to Harrowsmith on the new addition. Run off had cut mini ditches in the trail. Unfortunately Kurt had his rear wheel pop out of the rear drop outs when be bunny hopped one.

  I was thinking that maybe this would make for a little Gravel Grinder in the future. Maybe something in Spring. Not like the Tour De Buttertart my buddy Marc puts on in Dundas.  Which while I would much rather be doing the reality is that this early in the year it's hard to plan to travel to events unlike later say in the fall. So this was more of an experiment this year to get an idea. I think next year with a bit more planning we can have a little Gravel Grinder in the spring..........kind of a Test of the First Gravel.  The cycling version of the first ski race of the FIS World Cup.

 Since I don't have a GPS or a bike computer right now it was the old school timing system of the wrist watch stop watch. So the time was ,

To Harrowsmith turnaround...1:49:49
Back to Stabuck's on Division...1:32:29

 Really I think it is doable as a event. now I think I'll make a go of trying to do this next spring.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring A Delic

With 2 weeks out from the race here in Kingston headed out to CB to refresh myself with riding trail. Don't want to show up on the 21st still rusty as that would decrease the fun factor.

                 Sheesh.. You think it would have melted by now.

 Bridges are showing their age and starting to come apart.  It will need to rebuilt so the line can continue to be enjoyed.  Another project of course.

 After much delay and putting of. Finally got around to rebuilding my front Hope Mini. New master cylinder piston seals, a modded Hope Moto lever to fit, and a nice cleansing bleed with my Epic Bleed Solutions kit. And the Mistress has the Hope's returned to her.

And have something new ans well as being something old on the way. Hopefully Canada Post won't feel like dawdling excessively.