Granogue Weekend (Fun Stuff)

On the way home from the race on saturday I witnessed 20111017-103749.jpg The domino’s pizza delivery guy went for it right into a black SUV. It was a scary accident and since I was right behind the blue Camry we stayed around until the cops came to give a statement. (Waste of time but you never know). The guy directing traffic lived across the street and said it was the 40’th accident he had seen on this corner. It seemed as if he strives on the accidents. He was directing traffic until the police showed up an hour later. Some good people watching @ the scene. One guy driving by tossed out flairs on the go. Another vehicle was right out of the jersey shore with a guy hanging out the sun roof and pissed off when the guy directing traffic stopped him. Also another domino’s delivery guy came and took the lighted sign off the car. He also had a dent in his car.

Big thanks to Tom McDaniel for setting us up with a place to stay. It is almost like going to bike camp since he puts up with about 10 to 15 riders in his house for the race weekend. It was a fun time getting to know a lot of the up and coming juniors.

Checkandfor a complete recap of the race weekend

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Granogue Weekend

Solid weekend for the crew.  On saturday Mitch held it down with a 3rd place.  Troy had some issues going on and had to finish up on mitch’s bike for 8th.  On sunday Troy sprinted with Justin Lindine for the win but came up short finishing 2nd.  Looks like Troy needs to get to sector 16 and do some bay rides.  Mitch took 7th on day two.  Look back tomorrow for a more in depth blog on the weekend.

Mitch’s Secret Morning Training

Fort Collins Day 1

Mitch Fort Collins Interview

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Fort Collins Pre Ride

Madison Photo

Madison race Recap

We put together a solid weekend @ the first set of USGP’s in Madison. Here is my cyclingdirt interview from day 1 where I ended up 12th after a bad start. http://www.cyclingdirt.org/embed/MzMxNTA3Njk2?related=1

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Mitch had a solid 15th and got his 1 uci point which matches his nickname #1.

Sunday was a totally different race with the sky opening up and heavy stuff coming down. I had a great start but then proceeded to lay it down hard and gave myself a self inflicted mechanical. With not having my B bike dialed in which was just built this weekend I nursed the issue for a couple laps before I pitted. I did my first lap on my new Cannondale superX(thanks Troy @ Cannondale) in the race. The bike was working awesome looking forward to putting it to use in fort Collins. I ended up racing with Kabush and Powers for 8th. Unfortunately for me I ran out of gas and ended up 10th. All said I’m psyched with the first weekend of USGP’s with a couple of Belgians in the top 10.


Mitch didn’t end up having a great day. He was having some issues with the mud. He ended up rolling in for 25th. With that said the first mud race can be a shock to the system. It definitely takes a few time to get your mud legs and bike handling down.

Thanks to Myron, Zak, and Waldek for all the help this weekend. Hopefully Myron won’t have to glue any tires or do a bike build in Fort Collins.  The guy has been busy in the rush to get everything setup in the beginning of the season.

Next up for us is Fort Collins in two weeks. Im hoping today’s weather is the trend for the season.

Troy

Clif Bar Kids Clinic at USGP Madison

Troy and I hosted the first USGP Clif Bar Kids Clinic of the year at Madison. We had a good turn out from some experienced juniors and some kids getting ready for the first cross race ever. Some pretty talented kids with a knack for learning new skills on the bike.

The course has a little bit of everything with a sometimes ridable run up, tight turns and, a couple of quick descents and fast straight aways. Check out our course preview below and watch the race live at http://live.flocasts.org/planetbikecup.html. “Hello and welcome to Movie Phone” .

 

Mitch

Madison Pre Ride