Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by jakemaedke 1 Comment
After a 3 month hiatus the Vicious Cycle Gran Fondo series resumed on Sept 26th for the respect-demanding Winthrop finale in the beautiful North Cascades. I was wondering if some of the legitimate series contenders had lost focus in those 12 weeks and perhaps had even gotten a little soft and blowsy in anticipation of the impending Holiday Season so a pretender might be able to sneak himself into the mix. And because my training regimen is 95% comprised of a daily 35 mile commute my conditioning doesn’t really have any peaks or tapers over the course of the entire year. Maybe, just maybe some of us minnows could ambush the big guns on an off day. (more…)
The Bavarian Bike and Brew Festival has always been one of my favorite events. Since my first time in 07 I think I have only missed one. It tends to suit my style, a long grind to the top, then a long bomber downhill… that finishes in a beer garden, told you it fit my style. (more…)
Last Wednesday we rallied our local weds night group ride for a road trip to check out the new trail at Freund Canyon and for a little Bike and Brews preview. It was sooo good, hope you can make it to the race on June 6!
I haven’t participated in a road race for years. Not because I have anything against them, or because I feel bitter because I get my ass handed to me everytime, well maybe a little bit of that. Mostly because I’m busy with other stuff (and I suck at them). (more…)
Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by jakemaedke 2 Comments
This was a first for me. I’ve participated in our mtb races before, and I’ve ridden many a gf course in my time, but always solo, I have yet to ever participate in any of our Gran Fondo rides. It was not something I had planned on doing either. (more…)
Beacon and Legs has become a favorite for good reason, it has the funnest course on the circuit. There, I said it. So much flow, just can’t help but to almost enjoy a xc race. But lest you get too comfortable it’s shaping up to have some pretty awesome racing action too. In the Pro field the target is on KBP who is running the #1 plate and fresh off a win at the Burn. But with names like Sam Schultz, Cole Patton, Ben Parsons, and a host of others, it’s anyone’s game. The Cat 1 45+ is another stacked field and one to watch. Greg Turpin took the W at Beezley, but don’t think that Doug Graver or Mike Rolcik are going to roll over. But quite possible the best racing of the day looks to be the Cat 3 Juniors which have a bunch pre-registered. So awesome to see, this is the future of our sport! See you Saturday!
We gave a nod to the very first Beezley Burn race that started it all back in 2005 with a throw back to that course for the 10 year edition of the Beezley Burn. We also had a record turn out and fun with the Iron Horse Brewery beer garden and bbq. There was lots of great racing action with KBP taking the win in the pro division, and Mafia coming out strong in the team competition. As much fun as 2005 was with 46 racers and the bbq at my parents 2015 was even better, can’t wait for 2025!