Bike Racing

Only as good as your last result

At the end of every UCI 'cross season, I think every US rider (and probably every rider globally) looks at the UCI rankings to see where they finished up. For the US riders who end their season at nationals, we'll gradually drift down a few more spots until the last race at the end of February, but generally, where you are now is where you'll end up. The UCI has ranking archives all the way back to the 2008/2009 season. For me, that starts when my racing age was 37, and goes up until this year, with a racing age of 43.


All God's Children

Neil Bezdek has a new blog entry up on today about how being a bike racer affects how you drive a car. In it, he writes:


Masters Worlds

Admittedly, I've been feeling a little down about not winning 40+ 'cross nationals. And that's only been made worse this week by watching my peers racing at masters worlds. But I reminded myself today that I traded in one race for a whole season of UCI events, with results and press and points every single weekend, all season long. With the exception of Robin Seymour who gets 100 points for winning the Irish championships every year as the only points he scores, I'm the highest ranked guy over 40 on UCI points. I reminded myself that _that_ was my "world championship" goal.


An Open Letter to Verge Series Participants

An Open Letter to Verge Series Participants

Over the next month, you’ll start to see more and more press for the Verge Series (as well as the new Shimano Series). As most of you know, we were forced to make a lot of changes to the structure of the Verge Series for this year, as well as the schedule. The two biggest changes you’ll see are that there is no Verge points series for the Elite men and Women, and that there are 15 races included in the Series this year.


Attention P/1/2 teams in the Southeast - High Point Crit

If your team is going to be in the area for the High Point criterium this Friday night, May 27th, the organizers are working hard to get a strong pro/1/2 men's turnout. Here are the details for teams:
1-Free entry. Team managers can contact Jim Martin at 336-266-9927 or better at to register.
2-Lodging. Host housing and limited hotels are available on a first come first serve basis.
3-Food and drinks Friday pm in sponsor area. Free.

TMK 2011, the mixtape

Been workin' on a mix CD for the team. I think it's almost done.

So I got with a sick-ass clique and went all out...


Hot and overcast. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from the sidewalk cafés. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me.

-The Rider, by Tim Krabbé

Every day, the news is the same.


Archipelagos of Satisfaction

Via Cyclingnews, in turn via the web site of Pasquale Muto, a rider I'd never heard of before, who recently tested positive for EPO:

“An athlete’s career is an archipelago of satisfaction, scattered in a sea of fatigue and sacrifice. You should never let the difficulties get you down and you should never celebrate the victories too much. Staying humble and motivated is and always will be my challenge in sport.”



On Zirbel

Some quick thoughts pulled from comments I made in other places:

My thoughts are that he's a victim of the system, not a doper, and I'm glad he got his ban reduced.



2010 season summary

I just had to update my resume for some press release requests, and realized I hadn't really been tracking it at all last season. Piled up at a glance, it wasn't terrible, huh?

It was a drag to break my wrist while I was 3rd overall in the USA Crit Series, but it only made it that much easier to work for Isaac once I was back, and his victory was a victory for the team. You don't get to put leadouts on your resume like assists in hockey.