Friday, October 31, 2008

Cross


Well it has been pretty quiet lately not a hole lot of riding. Gunnar and I went on a short little cross training ride. I borrowed a old road bike with cross tires on to ride. It is a cool bike but if I turn to hard with my pedal forward my foot hits the tire so got to watch out for that. Today I have been watching the Phillies parade and am really really excited we just won the World Series. A few days ago it snowed, Yes snowed! I am an avid skier so I was hoping that when I got home I could ski and ride my dirt bike in the snow. To my disbelief not 1 flake of snow was on my driveway just rain. Up in the Poconos some areas got a foot!! One area tonight is setting up some rails to ski on. I was going to go but I figure its not Worth the drive. It sounds like tomorrow I'm going up to a cross race a Fairhill. My first race and I think it is going to be fun. I have been riding around my house practicing barriers and sprints on the new bike. It should be fun. Did I say I am excited the Phillies won its been 28 years!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Fun Ride

Today me and Gunnar went on a nice Fall ride at Spring Mountain. The last time I road was a week after Bear Creek so 26 days I've basically been resting and dirt biking and plan to be riding throughout the winter as much as I can ,without messing with my skiing schedule of course, with a few weeks off throughout. I brought the camera along and got some nice pictures and got a few of us crashing. We put the camera on burst and got some really cool pictures. I am going to send them to Gunnar so he can photoshop them into a picture. I'll put some other pictures up later this week.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Another Adventure

Last Sunday Mr. Bergey Gunnar and I went up to Jim Thorpe area to go dirtbiking. We usually go to a place called 8 Bees Motorcycle Club and pay $25 which is worth it I think. But we did go there but sneaky us we parked about 10 miles away on the side of a road. All we had to do was ride about 15-20 minutes on the power line trail and get to the rest of 8 Bees and alot more and we don't even have to pay anything. So off we went having a blast riding around finding fun hill climbs and some single track I guess you could call it. We usually go to this really cool valley that has some really interesting hill climbs. We did and it was amazing now instead of leafless trees there were trees with beautiful yellow and red leaves on it. It was really cool to ride through it all day. I don't think it could have been a better day not a cloud in the sky dry but not to dusty and perfect temperature. After lunch we headed back out and went to this cool little coal pit. There we saw one of those side-by-sides. It was doing hill climbs and it looked sooooo much fun. With the sand kind of stuff we were riding in that would have been nice to have. We rode around a little more and decided we should head back to head home. We got a little lost on our way back and had to take a long way we knew would take us back with most of it right next to rail road tracks in these loose rocks not very fun. But after that we went back in the woods and had to go through this puddle that smelled absolutely terrible it was one of the worst things I have ever smells with green algae on top that was on my bike and boots UGH! So we got back to the trailer and loaded up. When we opened up the trailer at my house it smelled horrible with all of our bikes with the algae on it, it just stunk up the whole trailer. Right away I cleaned off my bike and boots and went inside to wash the black off of my face. So the day was absolutely the best and the weekend overall even better then I figured out I had to go to school the next day oh well all good things have to end at some point and so does this. Until next time, Bye.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I love flea markets!!!!

So on Saturday my dad and I headed up to the Trexlertown Velodrome for the fall flea market. I always love this flea market, always getting amazing deals new or old and this year was no different. You can't beat a X-O rear derailleur for $20 bucks I think. I got a Specialized carbon water bottle cage for $5 usually around $65. Then I got the steal of the day, I think at least. A Silence Lotto team edition S-Works Helmet normally $230 I got it for $50!!! What can I say I'm a good flea marketer. I also got some winter tights for $35 not bad but not the best. I just got back from dirt biking with Mr. Bergey and Gunnar from Jim Thorpe area it was super fun and I am really tired more on that later. Bye.

Monday, October 6, 2008

My First Dirtbike Race

Sunday I had a race. Not a usual race not cyclocross or mountain biking but dirtbiking. It was one of the funnest races I have ever done. We got up at around 6:00 to get there at around 7:00. The race was only about 15 minutes from my house and I have wanted to do it for a while. Unfortunately I have been on vacation the past 3 years. But not this year. We set up pit area. Went to register and then just sat around until about 8:45 when I had to start getting ready for my race at 9:30.
These races are a little different instead of warming up your legs you warm up your dirt bike. I rode around for a while and went to the starting line. I went into my Class that we signed up for. But what do you know some angery parent said I had to go into another class. The only reason was that my engine was liquid cooled uing a radiater and not air cooled. So now I had to go to a class that was the best kids intri-state area. Having bikes that cost more than my moms car and going to every race in the series. So now I have to get more stickers on my helmet and bike. They are the worst thing to peel off trust me. So if you don't know your engine is off on the start. So when you hear the horn you start your bike and go. So lucky me It didn't start on the first kick with the guys already out I kicked it again and started up and went. I caught up for a little but with the leaders being amazing I was dropped within the first half lap. Dirtbike racing is alot harded then mountain biking not because of the physical part but the part of just going fast. Usually you can push and get back up to the leaders in mt. biking. Not dirtbiking, if you can't go as fast as them then your done for. I got passed a few more times by some fast kids behind me. I was really strong in the woods but lacked a little on the zig zags in the fields. It was a very demanding course with lots of turns and muddy stuff. I had alot of fun and got 4th overall not bad for my first race.

Did I say that there were only 4 people in my class.
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Different Kind of Racing

So this weekend I have a race. No not a mountain bike race, but a dirt bike race. There is a local motorcycle club that puts on a harescramble every year. Unfortunately I have been away the last 2 years. But not this year. A harescramble is a mix of everything jumps woods and wide open straights, it's about an hour of muscle aching action. It is about a 7 mile lap and you do as many as you can in an hour. It should be fun and can't wait to see what it's like. I will try to get some pictures and tell you how it goes. Wish me luck.