Friday, February 19, 2010

Pre Hopper Meal

I hear there will be quite the gathering for the 'hopper tomorrow. So tonight we have a vitamin packed dinner. The burger is a mix of buffalo meat and beef liver with a slice of bacon. Top that with some fresh mozzarella, avocado, and tomato. Salad is zucchini, tomato, lettuce, with Newman's raspberry vinagrette. Wash it down with a little vino from Healdsburg a voila, dinner is served.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ready to Rumble?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day: Heaven or Heartbreak?

This day comes once every year. For some it is looked forward to like opening Christmas presents Christmas morning (say the female in the relationship). For others, it is as painful as... getting ready for Christmas (let's just say, the dude). It is quite the pressure to:

1. Remember what you did last year
2. Think of what you can do better, after all you DID go all out LAST YEAR!!!
3. Remember all those good ideas you had the prior week while you were driving / riding your bike / or whatever mindless thing that lets your mind wander.

Those who have are trying to figure out how to make the day special for somebody else. Those who have not are constantly reminded that they... have not.

So for all those of you have's, lets be thankful for what we have. For those have-nots, hang in there. At least there was no pressure ;-)

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Drapes: Smith Pivlock V90

It is that time of year again. All of the teams are getting their new sponsored equipment in and it is time to test it out.

Here we have the Smith Optics Pivlock V90. It has an innovative design which eliminates the need for a traditional frame. The nose piece and ear arms attach directly to the lens.

It comes in a really nice package that is quite sturdy and does a good job of making sure if your case gets sat on that you aren't out a pair of sunglasses.

Out of the box there are three types of lenses. The clear one is great for rainy days, the tinted is good for cloudy, and the dark ones are good for sunny days.

It is quite simple to change lenses. All you really need to do is rotate the ear arms up 45 degrees and replace on another lense. Nose piece comes off by pinching it just a bit.

In the end, I think they are a great set of racing glasses. I had them on for a while and the lens quality was so good and the weight was so minimal that I forgot I even had them on. Oh yeah, and they make me look like a bad ass.

Good work Smith!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Tomorrow afternoon at 2:30(ish) we will be heading out from the corner of Guerneville and Fulton. should be back by 5.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fresh Prinz Recovery Ride

Fritz Prinz - Mechanic Extraordinaire and king of roller riding

Philip Snodgrass - USA Cycling's newest Category 1 rider

Check out this interview with Fritz about our ride today.

Pneumatically Charged Day

All in all, it was another beautiful day in Sonoma County. No rain. 60 degrees. 5 flats. But none of them were Maxxis tires or tubes.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cherry Pie Recap and Leopard DC1 Bike Review

Adam Carr and Me

Hello Paul!

Leopard DC1 = PIMP

First race of the season is down for the count. Going into the race, we knew the race would be dictated by the areas two biggest and fastest teams. Cal Giant and Yahoo! showed up and took charge right away. Since the race is so sort, it typically comes down to a bunch kick. However 3 laps into it about a dozen guys slipped away. No other teams seemed interested in having an organized chase so all it ended up being was a solo attack with wheels suckers destroying the chase. (Here is a hint... If you don't want the break to work and you don't have the legs to bring it back, don't muddy up the chase by sitting 2nd wheel and not pulling trough. Just sit back about 10 wheels and let us bring it back). At about the 30 minute mark, Adam Carr and I just kept attacking. Mike Sayers also played with us along with a couple other folks. In the end, no pie :-( BUT... I am leading the Cycles Gladiator Uninhibited Rider Series (most aggressive rider).

So, I have had quite a few questions about THE BIKE!!! Well, it is a Leopard DC1 equipped with American Classic 420's, American Classic Seatpost, Selle Italia Max Flight saddle, Exustar PR101 pedals and carbon cages, and Maxxis Cormet Tires. I am not sure if the bike even touches 15 pounds. Fortunately for us they did not do a bike weigh in before the race :-D As far has handling goes, I am very impressed. Coming from a very popular $5500 Italian frame last year, the bar is set quite high. But amazingly enough, this frame is less then half the cost is every bit as much of a race machine as I have ever been on. Not only does it pass the stiffness and handling test, it also looks HOT! So lemme think... Light weight, sprinter stiff, and affordable?!?! Well done Leopard!

I will have more preports on the rest of the equipment later. But I got to get some rest.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Training with friends

Had a good training day today. I met up with Roger, Rob, and Barry. Geysers and Pine flat. Hope my legs will recover in time to get me some pie tomorrow.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Good news for Procrastonators!

Apparently the Super Clothing sale is extended for 1 day. So, Tuesday will be the last day to order clothing and become a member of the Club.

Here is a short list of good reasons to get one.

1. A portion of every sale will go to the Red Cross as part of a Haiti Benefit
2. This is California's Pro team!
a. If you are from California, support your home team.
b. If you are not from California and are reading this blog, you probably know me. So show me some love!
3. The kits look AMAZING!
4. See previous post about club member benefits.


Back from camp!

Before you read the rest of this long winded blog, go buy an Adageo Jersey!

OK... Thank you for buying an Adageo Energy Pro Cycling Team Jersey. As you just read from the site, purchasing a jersey entitles you to be a part of the Adageo Energy Cycling Club! Why is that so cool you might ask??? Well, our generous sponsors have agreed to offer to club members team pricing. (Really?!? you mean if I buy a $75 jersey I can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on cycling equipment?) YES... it does!

Anyway, here is a link to our sponsor page.

I had the opportunity to test out all of our sponsors products this weekend. All I can say is that I am very impressed. Over the next month or so I will try to give you my feedback on these products.

Pictures to come.

P.S. The free membership to the Adageo Energy Cycling Club with Jersey purchase ends tonight. If you rudely skipped the jersey order and went straight to the rest of this post, you are running out of time!