2016 Cobb Park Criterium

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I raced a back to back crit weekend with Glencoe Grand Prix and Cobb Park Criterium this weekend and had great fun. Glencoe was rainy but awesome while Cobb Park had beautiful weather. Both courses were fun and left me smiling! I’m enjoying racing crits more than any other kind of racing this year!

I took some pictures of the Mens Cat 3 race and the Women Pro 1/2/3 race before heading back home with my family. There’s about sixty pictures of people doing what they love.

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Today On A Bike

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My wife, my amazing wonderful wife, got me a GoPro Hero 4 Black for my birthday It’s been fun learning how to best use it for what I want out of it The mountain bike pictures are from yesterday riding Wildlife MTB trails in Peoria Illinois with friends The trails are rocky and offer both tight tech as well as flow, a great time if you’re in the area.

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Bonus pictures from last week on the road bike I bought a couple of K-Edge GoPro mounts on the advice of a friend I bought a saddle rail camera mount as well as a mount for under my Garmin mount, allowing me to shoot video or take pictures facing forward or backward.

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I’ll post more thoughts about the GoPro and mounts as time goes onFor now, I’m enjoying summer.

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What My Tuesdays Look Like

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Tuesday evenings during spring and summer host one of my favorite weekly rides. It’s a throw down on road bikes that range in mileage from about thirty to over fifty depending on how much daylight we have. We ride the same route every Tuesday which includes several hills and turns. Having twenty people there to ride is commonplace. Everyone knows the sprint points, everyone knows the contented hills. It’s the best kind of friendly race, and it happens every week. It’s great, in a painful kind of way.

Just over a week ago, one of my awesome teammates David decided to skip the ride in favor of resting his legs and also to break out a camera to capture the action. The camera brought out the attacker in all of us it seemed. I’m grateful to have some nice pictures of this weekly ride, it’s nice to have them documented to look back on.

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The full set of pictures from that day are available here.

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2016 Giant City Trip

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This weekend I joined my teammates in southern Illinois for four days of road riding. It’s my fourth year going to annual trip, and it seems to get better every year. The weather was beautiful all weekend with temps ranging from mid 50º’s in the morning and mid 70º’s in the afternoon. The rain stayed away every ride and the winds were manageable.

The roads around Makanda Illinois are great for road riding. Lot’s of elevation to go up and down, what feels like turns and hills every quarter-mile or less make it a roller coaster all weekend.

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The breakfast every morning at the lodge is one of my favorites. Hearing about moves from the previous days rides, tales exaggerated, or stories of shenanigans from the previous night are the perfect complement to the good food.

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Our lodge was great this year and served as the hangout most evenings including the second annual wine tasting party, a favorite of the weekend. The breathalyzer that shows up every year adds some excitement to the evening.

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Friday’s ride had a little extra gasoline added to the fire with the help of eight of us representing our Illinois State Champion jersey’s, something that seems to draw out more fun fierce riding.

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My weekends riding totals tallied to 211.9 miles ridden, 14,101 feet of elevation climbed, in just under 12 hours pedaling. I love cycling trips, I love this team, I love this yearly thing I get to be involved with. It’s the type of weekend for me that I know I’m living in one of those moments that you’ll look back on and tell stories and smile about.

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2015’s Giant City Trip
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My 2016 Fitness Started This Week

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My winter of smile first riding has me good and hungry for 2016. I’m not dreading the trainer, rollers, or outdoor team rides. I’m enjoying them, and looking forward to the fitness they bring. I had a surprise KOM earlier this week on a team ride, wasn’t expecting that.

This is the third year I’ve used a 10 week Sufferfest training plan that outlines both indoors and outdoors rides and other activities. It’s a good kick in the but, but as they preach #IWBMATTKYT.

Time to do work. 2016’s gonna be fast and fun.

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