Wednesday, January 30, 2013

OAK HILLS TIME TRIAL RESULTS JANUARY 27, 2013


Place * License * Name * Time
Pro 1/2
1 256481 James Wingers 16:42
2 55077 Norm Carter 17:27
3 253770 Diego Binatena 18:35
Cat 3
1 269508 Nick Gillock 19:20
2 256517 Henry Valenzula III 20:20
3 210000 Adrian Olson 21:20
Cat 4/5
1 256423 Ed Velalzquez 18:28
2 212605 Ernest Lohman 18:35
3 275234 Dusty Holland 19:30
4 347602 Andrew Penksaw 19:39
5 374774 Attila Fruttus 19:56
6 393588 Rocky Ehrich 25:38
35+
1 37777 Joshua West 19:24
2 338182 Eric Ward 22:39
45+
1 69591 James Nelms 16:47
2 219611 Kurt Bickel 19:17
3 347496 James O'Connell 21:33
50+
1 296814 Robert Lowe 20:32
2 254749 Scott McDade 22:05
3 48613 Wayne Cottell 23:0055+
1 215578 Dean Swank 19:04
2 65590 Ed Kissee 20:55
3 392183 Craig Kimble 21:36
60+
1 189814 Leo Longo 21:16
2 50013 Ray Moreno 26:27
Women
1 368306 Sara Steawn 29:53
Jr. 15-18
1 377835 Alexander Romanenko 19:20
2 352888 Wyatt Myers 19:57
3 328030 Aubruy Smisntkowski 20:08
4 377839 Mikhael Romanenko 22:51
5 308588 Samuel Krut 30:59
Jr. 10-14
1 336612 Thomas Quimzon 21:45
Public 41-49
1 Public Paul Zamoyta 18:42

Race Day-Episode 1 Trailer 2013

This is an elite racing team based out of SoCal. They are rapidly growing and last year had many accomplishments including National Championship wins! This kind of stuff motivates me to work harder and get stronger on the bike!



7 Health Benefits of Cycling


Cyclists are a diverse group. Some of us ride fat tires down rocky trails, some of us ride road bikes up burly hills, some of us ride for sport and some of us ride just for fun. Some ride for the adrenaline rush and some ride their bikes for basic transportation. But all of us can take advantage of the healthy benefits of cycling, even if we never ever buy a single item made from spandex.
Bicycling, along with being the most efficient mode of human locomotion, is also one of the best all-around activities for improving our health. From head to toes, cycling’s health benefits are hard to beat.

7 Health Benefits of Cycling

1. Cycling is good for your heart: Cycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness, as well as a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease.
2. Cycling is good for your muscles: Riding a bike is great for toning and building your muscles, especially in the lower half of the body – your calves, your thighs, and your rear end. It’s also a great low-impact mode of exercise for those with joint conditions or injuries to the legs or hips, which might keep them from being active.
3. Cycling is good for your waistline: You can burn a lot of calories while biking, especially when you cycle faster than a leisurely pace, and cycling has been associated with helping to keep weight gain down. And cycling has the added benefit of ramping up your metabolism, even after the ride is over.
4. Cycling is good for your lifespan: Bicycling is a great way to increase your longevity, as cycling regularly has been associated with increased ‘life-years’, even when adjusted for risks of injury through cycling.
5. Cycling is good for your coordination: Moving both feet around in circles while steering with both your hands and your body’s own weight is good practice for your coordination skills.
6. Cycling is good for your mental health: Riding a bike has been linked to improved mental health.
7. Cycling is good for your immune system: Cycling can strengthen your immune system, and could protect against certain kinds of cancers.
Even with all of these health benefits to cycling, some of us may ride them just for fun. I know I do. Why do you ride a bike? Let us know in the comments below.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gotta wear the right socks

I often ride with two guys Bob and Dave. Ever ride we roast each other, but its usually aimed towards Bob because he's a fireman. They're also my senior by a couple decades, but very strong riders none the less. They hold their own just fine with the best on the Canyon Velo rides. I had broken the chain on my race bike the day before and so today I didn't want to ride my TT bike and have an unfair advantage, so I rode my 30 year old Univega Steel bike. Its heavy, but rides wonderfully. When they saw, it they laughed and asked where it came from and then proceeded to tease me about giving myself a handicap so I don't ride too hard. Anyway, we had a lot of laughs over that.
When we got to the turnaround point on our ride Bob informed us he had new socks. Apparently he had been wearing normal socks on rides before, and now he had a Pair of black Pearl Izumi Cycling socks. Then someone noticed I was wearing standard low cut white socks from Wal Mart. I've realized now that I am not allowed to get on my bike without wearing 100% matching Simple Green clothing, and I certainly won't do it around Dave again! I took all the razzing in good Humor and decided I'd lay down the hammer for it. A rider on a TT bike had passed us a few minutes before when we were still jesting. I went to the front and raised the pace. I probably had us going 25 MPH, and not just for a block, but about 3 miles. I passed the TT rider before long. As we passed Angel stadium Bob went to the front, and I like a smart racer sucked his wheel, planning an attack. The adrenaline was high. I felt like I was in a race. We were riding over 25 MPH down the underpass, and I was eagerly planning my move. After we went up the hill under the train tracks I started my sprint and Bob and Dave died, and fell behind as I sprinted off. When I slowed down and they caught up I said, now are my socks still gay? Dave said, "you're fast on that bike, but the socks are still gay." So I took off again, and hammered for another two miles. This time they didn't hang on long. I set a time only second to my PR on my Time Trial bike.
After that show we took a mellow pace the rest of the way and joked some more.
At the end of the day, my socks may not match, but I'm fast on the bike!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

LANCE ARMSTRONG : AN ATHLETES PERSPECTIVE

The Lance Armstrong case has unfolded rather rapidly in the past few weeks with the climax coming in his doping admittance on the Oprah interview. He came under fire in the past year when he was sued by several Federal agencies and the USADA.
I wanted to believe Lance all along. His life story all the way from his tough childhood upbringing, to his amazing achievements as a professional athlete including his second comeback. There were two parts to Lance. The athlete, and the person. As a person hes not someone to imitate. He is a jerk, doesn't make many friends and lots of enemies, and bullies people around. Obviously he hurt many people along the way, both financially and emotionally, and ruined their lives along the way. As an athlete he was one to look up to. Nobody training as hard or meticulously as he did! In the off season he trained in the European mountains to acclimate and do reconnaissance for races.
He has admitted to doping by his own mouth. He was an amazing athlete and had above average performance, but he wanted just a little more to get himself over the top. At the time, many or most pro tour cyclists were doping so its controversial to say wether it was unfair advantage. I didn't follow pro Cycling enough during that era to make an solid, informed opinion. What's not however is that it was dishonest and unethical. Doping is cheating, and that's not right. So if everybody was doing it, then they all were cheaters. How he covered it up is still unknown, and would be interesting to find out. Some say he paid off the UCI to cover up for him. He also had the best, most advanced doctors working for him.( Perhaps we will know, if the UCI cuts him a deal.
I'm not convinced he's really sorry for what he did. I think he is a win at all costs athlete. What is somewhat downplayed by the mainstream media, or simply not understood by non athletics is his reasoning for admitting to doping. He has been banned from all sanctioned sports for life! To put that into your light, competition is something that is priceless to him. By confessing and perhaps getting a deal with the UCI and USAC he MAY have his lifetime ban reduced to 4-8 years after which he could compete again. But obviously he has opened himself up to many nightmares including lawsuits which may cost him millions of dollars, plus a possibility of going to jail for perjury. His pride is his downfall. He wants to compete, that's why he confessed. I hope that there is some good motivation behind this though. Hopefully he truly does want to heal his family, his friends, and broken relationships.
International Pro Cycling has cleaned up its image tremendously over the past several years and hopefully will continue. And I hope that a new American star will arise to the Pro Tour ranks and win again, but this time clean.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

PCH New Years Day Ride


I’m sure many folks slept in late today after a late night of ringing in the New Year. When my alarm went off at 6:30 am I didn’t want to wake up either, I never do, but I always am glad I did later. I’ve been putting in a lot of long miles this Christmas break, so I made sure to eat a good helping of oatmeal to start off my ride.

It was cold, but not unbearable and the sky was nice. The ride officially starts in Long Beach, but I always ride down the Santa Ana River trail and meet up in Huntington Beach. Who wants to drive to a ride they can ride to anyway? I think it’s ironic. As I got off the SART and on PCH a group from our shop sponsor, Bike Religion was passing north to meet up with the BIG group in Huntington Beach. I got in with them and we continued riding along until about just after Beach Blvd. We saw the group and made our U turn to then be swallowed up into the peloton. The beauty of this ride is that it is big, and fast. This may be the closest feeling any Fred or even most amateur racer has to riding in the Pro Peloton.

Today there were probably over 600 riders. Its nearly impossible to count. The peloton swells to two lanes wide and hundreds of feet back. There were many Pro and elite racers present today. Rahsaan Bahati was out there with what seemed like his entire team; Monster Media Racing, including Chris DeMarchi; a handful of Surf City racers, including Charon Smith; 2 racers from Pro Team United Healthcare, and of course, over a dozen of our own Cycles Veloce/Simple Green racers along with Ryan Schneider.  

The key to this ride, as well as any race is to stay at the front. Many recreation riders get in the group and hold on for a while, but then get dropped on the hills or cause crashes due to their lack of bike handling skills. I stayed up front where all the team jerseys were. We were probably topping 30 mph on the flat parts of PCH and even more on the long downhills. The leaders hammered pretty hard all the way to Dana Point. We stopped by the beach for restrooms and then went inland along a tiny bike trail into San Juan Capistrano. We got off that for a short time and then onto another trail even smaller. Its not a great way to move hundreds of cyclists, but it gave everyone an opportunity to slow down and recover a bit. The second half of the ride is slower, but hard because it’s a lot of climbing. We worked our way back up to Irvine Blvd and shortly after stopped at a 7-11 for food and water. The next stretch along Irvine Blvd was as fast or faster than PCH. The group went down Jamboree and I stayed on for several miles, until I exited at Barranca Parkway and headed home. The ride was fast and yet safe. I didn’t see any crashes this year. I started my year off right with a 100 mile ride. Happy New Years!