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for all my friends ·

New Wheels.

Better photos of the new wheels:

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See full specs on Velospace.

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Dailies

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Lil Debbie at F8.

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3.5 hours of dj sets.  Lame.

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Opener…1am.

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New Walgreens on Powell, expansive.

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Fred Falke at the Mezzanine.

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Chrome Sparks opening at the Mezzanine.

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Justin Herman Plaza.

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Looking down Mason.

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Looking up Stockton.

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I rolled out from the city with my boy J and made it down to San Jose in record time, 1:25.  I forgot that because we were rolling 2 deep, I could cruise in the carpool lane on 85, which cut the time down like crazy.  Anyway, after registering and getting situated, I chilled out in the middle of the velodrome, waiting for Larry Nolan to open up the track for warm up.  They were doing Miss and Out drills, I think.  I probably should’ve done them, just to get the legs going a bit since I hadn’t had any aerobic since last Thursday because of my leg.

After warming up for a bit, riding kind of slow, the first race of the night was starting.  There were only 3 groups racing tonight, juniors were racing with the 5’s, and women rode with the men in their equivalent category.  Our field was 12 deep.  Let’s race.

Scratch: 10 laps, first across the line takes points.  I vaguely remember riding in the back before the pace started ramping up.  Not too much happened in this one, and I pretty much had bad positioning and a mediocre pace.  Ugh.

Win and Out: 7 laps, 3 bell laps, placing for 1st place on the 1st bell, then 2nd place on the 2nd bell, and then 3, 4, and 5 on the final bell lap.  The pace started ramping up pretty soon after the start.  After the juniors were dropped, we started rolling around pretty quick.  I was watching it all happen from the back, yet don’t really recall anything crazy happening.

Miss and Out: Last rider gets pulled every lap, when there’s 3 riders left, 1 more neutral lap before a sprint to the line.  Josh motored us along for the majority of the laps, I sat second wheel just waiting to see riders coming over the top.  There was about 7 of us left when guys started pressing the pace, moving forward.  I was 3 riders back from the front, and kept sprinting on the outside to make sure I wasn’t the last one.  After 3 or 4 laps of that, I was pretty burnt out, but one of the remaining riders in the trio, along with Josh and the chick.  Josh peeled off and rode next to me on the bell lap, and I was right behind the chick.  By this time, I was pretty zooted, and told Josh on turn 3 to just gun it for the win.  I came over the top and passed her right before the line, taking 2nd place.  Progress.

Points: 36 laps, points every 6.  This was by far the most grueling endurance event.  Last week it was 25 laps, points every 5.  We kept a pretty mellow pace for the first couple laps, but once the bell lap hit, it was on.  I was off the back but maintained a steady pace and caught back up for the first 2 sprints.  Guys started falling off the back, and by time I looked up, there were only 4 of us at the front, exchanging pulls.  And that’s pretty much how it went for the rest of the time, we were passing guys that had been dropped, and for a while, I was getting confused on who was off the front and who was getting lapped.  I think I was 4th wheel back for the rest of the race, so hopefully I scored some points.  Oh, and halfway through, the chick rolling with us in our group unclipped on turn 1 on accident and threw everyone into a panic for a quick second.  I was last in the pack and somehow rode next to the rail to avoid her.  Damn…scary.

On the drive back, we were driving on the highway, about to exit in San Francisco.  This Mini Cooper half a car ahead of us on the left side started merging about a second after they tapped their blinkers, and started driving right into our car.  I peaked to the right lane just before it started going down, and knew I was in the clear.  When the car started moving over, I flicked the wheel to the right and kept going.  The other car didn’t even get behind to exit, so what the hell was that?  Situational awareness was on point tonight.

Thanks for rolling with, J.

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New rims on the bike.  Not ideally how I want to debut them, so expect better photos shortly.

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Dailies.

What’s been happening?

Not much of anything.  Been slowly recovering from a minor leg muscle injury, but it’s been getting better everyday.  I’m still planning on racing on Wednesday, but I’m not sure when I’ll be back running.  Possibly as soon as tomorrow afternoon.  Either way, I’ve been enjoying my time outside of work, trying not to spend too much time on the computer, since I look into one all week long.  You guys know what’s up.  I’ll probably be posting more dailies than anything else over the next couple weeks.  I think it’s good to have some kind of progression or change in how the blog posts present themselves.  I also think it’s more interesting to post what I’ve been up to, and where I’ve been, rather than loads of cycling, sometimes.  We’ll see where it goes, but change is good.  Stick around, yea?

Imported:

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Storm clouds up ahead:

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Polk, overlooking the Presidio:

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Million Thai:

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14 hours of energy, danger:

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Daly City:

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Snagged a pair at Ruby Skye:

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Chilling at Ruby:

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First Fridays out in Oakland:

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Jack London Square:

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Nob Hill:

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Nob Hill view:

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Smaller fields at the track tonight.  The 4/5 field was only 11 deep, I think.  I left work 15 minutes earlier since all my projects were in a good spot and was on the road by 4pm.  Took me an hour 45 to drive all the way down to track in 89*F weather in a black on black car with no a/c.  Needless to say, it felt awesome to step out of the car by the end of the drive.  There were 3 events tonight.  Our favorite keirin nemesis was also out and about.  The overarching goal between a couple of us was to ensure his failure.  Let’s race.

Scratch: 10 laps (or 12, I forgot).  Josh spent a lot of time on the front putting down the pace for the rest of us.  I was a couple wheels back watching and waiting for keirin king to come over the top and put the pain down on us.  He seemed dissatisfied with the pace a couple laps in, and went off the front with 8 left to go.  Do it, man.  After 2 laps, he rolled up the side of the velodrome, basically giving up his effort.  So after a couple more laps, we started ramping up for the sprint.  I was a couple wheels back, and I think the wheels in front of me started peeling off.  On the bell, the young kid came over the top – Al was close behind but was unable to make up the gap before the line popped.

Snowball: 10 laps.  I kind of forgot what happen in the beginning of this race.  I vaguely remember that Josh was on the front pacing us.  A small break of 3 guys went off the front after a couple laps.  I was at the front of the second group and began reeling them in from 2 turns down.  Eventually we caught back up to them and I maintained pace for a lap more.  I pulled off and saw Al putting down the hammer with Mr. Keirin in tow.  Al took all the remaining points in the race.  On the second to last lap, I think nemesis had given up fully – he was slowly floating back to us.

Points: 25 laps (!), points ever 5.  Damn.  I don’t think I’ve ever put that much time in a single race.  That was a lot of laps.  My recollection of the race is a bit hazy, but I remember the beginning of the race starting off kind of chill.  With the first sprint coming, a small group started attacking off the front, I was watching it all from the second group.  A small gap formed, and I started getting a bit worried that we’d never bridge back up to them.  A couple laps later with some shared pulls from the boys, we caught back up to the front.  I think it was 13 laps left to go when I put an effort in.  Nemesis was in the group behind, and I was hoping everyone would just let him sit out in the wind while I stayed off the front.  I kept looking back thinking he was going to be coming over the top to steal my measly 5 points, but he never did.  I pulled off after lap 10 to see a small group of guys coming through.  I loosely raced around for the remaining laps, and didn’t see a whole lot of the finish.  I don’t think nemesis was up there with them.  Haha, excellent.

We did good, boys.  We did good.

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Local.

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Marc out there.

Originally from Daniel.

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CAAD5 Track.

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I like seeing other Cannondales in the wild.

Originally from Velospace.

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Master X Light.

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I didn’t know those H+Son Archetype rims had machined braking surfaces…Clean build.  I just wish it wasn’t cross-chained!

Tipped from Tae, originally from Flickr.

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Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) won the individual time trial on the opening stage at the Tour de Romandie, completing the 7.4km course in 13:15.  Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) took 2nd place, 6 seconds down.  Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack Leopard) finished in 3rd, 13 seconds down.

Photo from Cycling Weekly, profile from SteepHill.

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Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) took the win in Liège, crossing the line 3 second ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and 9 ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team).

Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Bart De Clercq (Lotto), Vincent Jérôme (Europcar), Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling), Frederik Veucheulen (Vacansoleil) and Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling) formed the day’s break after 10km of racing – after 44km of racing, their gap was at 14 minutes.  By the time the break hit the Côte de Stockeu, their gap had dropped to 5:29 with 90km left to race.  With 50km left to race, their gap was down to 1:28.  They were eventually caught on the Côte de la Redoute – Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) attacked with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alberto Losada (Katusha), Mathias Frank (BMC) and Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ).  They gained a maximum gap of 18 seconds.  Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) was the next to attack.  Ryder Hesjedal, Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale), Rigoberto Uran (Sky), Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) and Rui Costa (Movistar) bridged.  A group of favorites soon made their way to the front.

Photo from SteepHill.

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