So this video’s been passing through Iceman racers like wildfire, mostly because it’s awesome. Mostly consists of on bike footage from Jeremiah Bishop:

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My own Iceman did not go all that hot. I went for the hole shot, which as dirty as that sounds really just means the first one in….the single track. Unfortunately 2 months of no training doesn’t properly prepare one for a 30+ mph MTB sprint.

After about 5 miles of recovering from my early race sprint, I settled into a really good pace (as in not DFL). Things were going great until about the halfway point where the trail got muddier than…well….it was pretty muddy. I started getting all kinds of chain-suck, probably due to the lack of chain lube, and broke my chain with about 12 miles to go. Without a power-link I preceded to run exactly 1.34 miles with my now 40 pound bike, until a very nice racer gave me his power link, and was able to finish the race.
Here’s another vid from earlier in the day to contrast the conditions from 9 am to 2:30 pm (forgive the terrible music)

( Iceman Cometh 2010 from VeloEpic on Vimeo.


Mountain Biking?

Yup built up the ole mountain bike this past week and hit up the trails for the fist time since Iceman. It was pretty embarrassing let me tell you.

Luckily I have my own custom head badge to remind me why I ride.

Tour of the Gaslight was this weekend also in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is something to get used to coming back to Michigan racing, it’s pretty defensive racing. Vince and I were the only Panther representatives at the race. There was a promising move midway through after a prime, but was brought back. A counter attack of just two riders got away and stayed clear through the end of the race. I played the sprint a little wrong and ended up 6th place.

Any way it’s the end of the season, I’m in about my 8th stage of being over cooked from racing, and I leave tomorrow morning for Maui, Hawaii.
It’s definitely time for a bit of a break, besides I need to be fresh to win some cash money at Tour di Via Italia on Labor Day weekend.