Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stage 8: Rapid Posting

Although I could not get on the podium tonight I have defeated the forces of procrastination and intertia, posting results and a report on the very night of Stage 8's ride. Stage 8 saw some new friends and old joining the herd which was 25 strong! Dan the nutrionist is killing it old school riding with clips on a steel bike.  New herd members Dean and Nick C rode strong.  Everyone had a great time and a  smooth ride except for Reverend Lenny who is still upset that he wasn't raptured last Saturday. Jack "Bad 2 the" Bone got tired of whipping up on the Bostwick  Monday nighters and finally made a ride. Jack has been terrorizing the Cat 5 Crit circuit. Not just with great riding, but he sneaks up on people wearing masks.

With spring turning to summer the Elder Mill breakaway has suddently gotten fast and brutal. My days of wheelsucking the lead group on Elder Mill appear to be over. These dudes are in shape.  Blasting off on the steepest part of the hill the select group is putting a serious gap on everyone. The usual suspects: Ben, Dan, and Mark were joined by  Tim J.  Ben started the aggression but looked like he might be out of it when dropped his chain.  Thin Daddy recovered, though, speeding past me and Dean, flying across the gap, joining the lead group and crushing them at the finish line. Now I'm not saying that the fact that Ben's wife is in Europe is leading to pent up or perhaps extra energy on the bike, but that boy was flying. Dan took second followed by Tim. 

Bishop was fast and fun with a big group jockeying for position and filling gaps towards the end. It  looked like Roberto and Dan had a small gap on Tony whose wheel I was following. I am trying to chase down the gap when Jonesy comes spinning by, winks, and says, "I got this one." Beat Roberto at the line by a wheel length. Dan took third.

With another dominating performance Dan forges into the leader's jersey with 28 points.

There are 2 stages left. We will take the best 8 stages to crown the king. Plan on hanging around after the ride on Wed, June 8th for a beer at chops and hops and the coronation of Antelope World Cup King of the Herd.

Stage 7: Dan Duz De Double

They said it couldn't be done. No Antelope could possibly take both the Elder Mill and Bishop sprint zones. They were wrong.

Big Dan Hall, got the message, be the guy in front at the line, not a mile before. Following Dan up vomitron hill were Mark then Jeff.  Mike Kempf and Ben took second and third at Bishop.

Unfortunately we had to award a Purple Hoof point to Bethany who decided to have some asphalt for supper. She was a nimble trooper, though, elegantly rolling with her bike to avoid too much damage. This goes to show that the years she spent alligator wrestling were not wasted on her current bike career. She went down on Astondale due to a wheel overlap but popped back up with a look of grm determination, It looked something like this:

That didn't hurt, let's keep riding!
Although Bethany was a trooper, Joe Fox couldn't stop crying. The sound of aluminum on asphalt just has that effect on him, 20 feet in front of the crash, Tony also had a sympathy pang and decided launch into a nearby ditch. Both Joe and Tony were alright thought.

With Dan's stunning double he forges into a tie with the King for the GC lead. Unfortunately the King has some tough family business to attend to and may not be able to defend his title. Our best to you King!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stage 6!

Elder Mill: JeffY, Dan, Chris
--watch out for Dan on the day he realizes that pulling people in sprint zones may sap just a little bit of his energy for the finish

Bishop: Tony, Mark, ChrisH

GC: The King is King---All hail JeffY

Friday, May 6, 2011

Stage 5: A cheetah festival

Stage 5 saw a host of Cheetahs joining the herd to play. Bill Bray, Matty "Ice" Karzen, Doc Moye, joined our token cheetah lil' Cappy to give the Antelope Elite something to think about for the future and made sure the pace was blistering despite a stiff head wind.

For the first time, we have actual footage of the carnage on Elder Mill Hill. Please make sure you are sitting down cause this is exciting.

Thin Daddy was the only antelope not to get ridden off of Matty Ice and Lil Cappy's wheels to take the line by a mile. 8 seconds later...

Marky huffed and puffed his way to second just as my hot wife's camera died. so I don't have footage of JeffY taking third.

My pictures didn't turn out so well at the Bishop sprint. The Cheetahs had a little sprint of their own as I saw several Hub kits flashing by first followed by the Antelope podium: Jonesy, Jeff, and Ben.

Ride was speed was just over 20 (23.4 on MarkY's computer). Extra points to the Reverend for coming in with the group despite a torrid pace, Val for the queen of the day, Matty Ice and Lil Cappy for pace setting, and Doc Moye for being a force of nature.

The King holds onto the series lead followed by Thin Daddy and Jonesy.

Tomorrow don't forget to Tame the Lion, the Oconee Metric Century. I'll be on the trail in a 6 hour death duel with my arch nemesis,  Yao, the computer programmer from ATL. Only one of us will survive.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Antelope World Cup, the King is King

Two ride reports behind. What a lousy blog! What has happened to it? I sat the blog down at the kitchen table over some general  mills international coffee to really get at its inner feelings

Me: so blog, what is going with you? You just haven’t been productive lately?
Blog: I don’t know man, its just hard to get started? Once I start I ‘m OK but sometimes I just can’t going?
Me: Hmmmm, it sounds like you are depressed.
Blog: Not really, I feel as cheerful as ever, the rides are great, I have ideas,  even pictures to caption….
Me: You were really going strong this winter “
Blog: I was, ride reporting was just awesome, I had a web presence and everything
Me: You know maybe with all of the winter blogs you peaked too early in the season
Blog: You think so?
Me: Definitely, you are just over trained, you need to relax and take the pressure off of yourself
Blog: Wow,  that sounds gtreat
Me: Ok , so for the rest of the spring, just brief reports and update the stats, save your  lame  attempts at humor
Blog: What do you mean lame?

April 20--20+average (22 on Mark's computer)
Elder Mill: Ben, Jeff, Mark
Bishop: Jonesy, Dan, Jeff
KenS-personal record, 20+ average!
Bethany "being Bethany"

April 27--20+average (22.5 on Mark's computer)
Elder Mill: Jeff, mark, Ben
Bishop: Jonesy, Dan, Jeff
Lil'Cappy--monstrous pulls into the wind, cracked 5 strong riders on one long pull

JeffY-"The King" leads the series with 15 points.