Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Warriors Hustle

Tonight biker gangs were on the loose in Lincoln! The theme for the Hustle was The Warriors and we were grouped into "gangs" of 3. Everyone had to go to one checkpoint, and the other 10 checkpoints could be divided up among the members of your "gang". There were points given at each checkpoint, and they could be taken by another gang in a 'Rumble'. Tonight's Hustle was sponsored in part by Modern Monks.

I even took a picture of Syd and I at Tierra Park to prove we were there. Since we didn't realize the checkpoint was on the asphalt loop in the woods. We were out of time and hoped it would suffice.

My gang rode hard and did a great job, and even though we finished well, our points were low and we came in dead last.

The race started with temps over 100' and a stiff South wind, but there was still and good turnout. I raced around 13.5 miles and including the ride there and back I got 23.3 miles in tonight.

Next months Hustle will be a big one with a big prize!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We will pump *clap* you up!

The other day when I got two flats on the Austro-Diamler I aired them up with the CO2 inflator, but it was old and wore out and dosent work right any more. I decided to get a pump instead and found out it'd come in today. So, on the way home from work I stopped in at MWC to pick it up. I should be set now.

Otherwise it was a rocking ride to the office, and a hot muggy ride into a headwind home. But it still beats driving.

Today's miles on the work commute = 21.15


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hard Rocking Nacho Ride.

I took the Felt to work and back home. Then rode the Austro-Daimler to the Mopac trailhead for the Nacho Ride. Jon was kind enough to fix me up with some new duds from the Biiklops art show. Thanks Jon.

There was another big crowd with a line to order stretching out to the street at the One Eye'd Dog Saloon in Eagle. Lots of Nacho Ride regulars and plenty of newbies too. You can always tell who is new, their the ones who order a full order of nachos before they realize it's more than they can eat.

The highlight of tonight's ride was seeing Councel show up on his Specialized Hard Rock and try to keep up with us on the horse trails while we were on the Mopac with our road bikes. Too bad he got his pretty socks all wet when he under estimated the depth of a mud puddle he called a "lake". Lol!

I'm still struggling to get used to how far it is from the banks of Beal Brook to the Mopac trailhead, but the extra distance helps the miles add up. Today's miles = 57.61

A wheel bad commute.

On yesterday's work commute I got a flat on the Austro-Diemler while riding through the Antelope Valley Project, I fixed it and a mile later... *BANG!* another blow out. I figured the wheel must be bad and had Bike Pedalers retape it. Since I ruined my spare tube I had to get a ride home and ended the day with 7.48 miles.


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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Straight home to end TDN.

That paceline made riding into the wind MUCH faster and easier for everyone. At times it was 20 bikers long. We kept it going, then at Roca Rd. Several of us peeled off and rode home while the others continued to Syracuse for the finish. I had to hurry home for an afternoon party. I hung the bike up with 37 miles for the day. That puts my 3rd TDN in the books. What fun!

As we rode city trails home we came across Mary and the others working one of the Trail Trek event booths. Lincoln Trails were full of cyclists today because of Trail Trek.


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Rocking a paceline into the rain and mist.

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Leaving Wilbur on TDN 2011 day 5.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Twisted Ponies play Bluegrass at the Fox-Hole in Wilbur.

TDN bikers were entertained tonight by The Twisted Ponies at the legendary Fox-Hole Tavern.


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"Just a little famous" TDN 2011's youngest cyclist.

Yes. She pedaled every mile and pushed her father up the hills!


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2011 Tour De Nebraska Annual Banquet.

Rich presents awards and recognizes riders and supporters during tonight's banquet.


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Wilbur Ne. Welcomes 2011 Tour De Nebraska cyclists.

They have free water and authentic Kolaches to help us feel at home. I parked the Felt at the Legion campground with 48.1 miles.


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The last few miles of day 4.

Cruising into Wilbur without the headwind or clouds we had this morning.
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Sloppy Joes at RJ's in Dewitt.

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Homestead National Monument offers rest to weary TDN riders as they cross the plains.

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25 miles into day 4 on TDN cyclists hit Beatrice.

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On day 4 TDN bikers break in Harbine.

Business and gravy is on the menu and red beers are being served. Locals say there was 1 1/2" to 2" of rain early this morning.


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Rain jackets come off in Jansen as we use caution on wet tracks.

A cyclist went down hard when they hit these wet R.R. Tracks outside of Jansen. They were taken into the hospital to get checked over and should be fine.


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Early morning thunderstorm.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Oh yes I did!

I've never got a room before on TDN, but tonight I splurged for a hot shower, A/C and a soft bed. Do I feel guilty? No. Ha!

Today ended with 73.5 miles.


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Fairbury - Tour De Nebraska's day 3 overnight stop.

I pulled into Fairbury feeling proud of myself. Only to find Fixie Bob there without a drop of sweat on his brow. He's hardcore, and the day after TDN is over he's doing the 5 days, 500 miles ride. What an animal!


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Flat as a board and never warps.

While we had some hills, today's ride had some long flat straight-aways. And with the tailwind we had it was easy to maintain speeds around 20 mph making the miles fast and fun.


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A/C, pickled eggs and Mountain Dew!

Some TDN fuel in Endicott Ne. We're nearly done with day 3 and thanks to almost perfect weather it's been a great day to be biking.


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Biking through Odell.

With 48 miles down and around 25 left to go on day 3 of TDN we're applying another coat of sun screen and catching our breath in Odell on our way to Fairbury.


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Hot wings and drinks in Barneston.

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Give me Liberty.

Drinks and sweets are ready for us in beautiful Liberty Ne. Their rolling out the red carpet for TDN cyclists with custom made PB&J sandwiches.
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The breeze and sun at our backs as we pedal west.

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