MY BUDDY IS A RACE PROMOTER. He doesn't always see eye-to-eye with the highest level competitors. I get it. The top racers are tops because their committed and driven to win... that angst winners often have can spell trouble for a race promoters and the "regular folks" racing and riding at a lower level.
to have fun, ride hard, be respectful...
and be the sheriff when needed.
(It aint easy, it's necessary)
unOFFICIALLY, WE MIGHT BE ONTO SOMETHING. When 20 somethings text each other, Hey, my favorite skate company Welcome just posted this picture... Isn't that your dad's event? And when kids as cool as these two cats ride with us each week I gotta think...
nah, we totally are.
Getting together each Tuesday for our little social ride keeps most of us mostly sane and mostly fit year round. We depend on each other to be there, and we are.
But, making it special once a year with an unOFFICIAL timed ride and unOFFICIAL prizes and unOFFICIAL raffle and unOFFICIAL gear gives a lot riders who otherwise don't officially race a goal for the summer.
And that's really what it's all about... giving ourselves permission to have some fun and celebrate each other's talents and friendship.
This year was the first time a true "regular" has won the unOFFICIAL. We've had pros drop in and win and we've had up and coming high schoolers join us off and on and win the day. But, today Cheyne, with some help from his good friend Kevin in the finishing straight, got the win like he does most weeks.
It's been fun for me to see these two growing up, getting their careers going, buying houses... being men... and being very humble about their talents.
Yeah, we're onto something...
I don't know what it is,
but it is,
and I dig that.
Results for today: https://replaytiming.com/results/2018-tmwc/#1_83769B
Special shout out to Kevin Wayt for getting up early and handling the timing chips, and for Steven and Shelby for handing the swag. Bowl of Heaven was super tasty, Replay Timing got the results up in real time... and we had some great gifts from Monster Energy, a local sunglasses company, Rock N Road, Two Hubs, G2... and cash for the top ladies from PureRide.
The final mile is awesome, can't way to see Jim's entire video.
Big Mike's Video
SUPER DAVE, THE HARDEST WORKING MAN AT THE BIG "S" SLOTTED IN NEXT TO ME.
Todd, I'm taking Tuesday off next week.
Because next Tuesday is the silliest, easiest, socialest ride of the year: The unOFFICIAL Tuesday Morning World Championships. It's just a bunch of clowns, clowning around who want a free t-shirt.
So, of course Dave's taking the day off.
Which is probably what we both should have done vs shattering speed records up Laguna Canyon this morning.
Wind-aided? A touch.
Pack-aided? If you call the few that made it a pack.
Did we KOM? Did a group of men, aided by wind go fast enough to snatch the KOM from...
Even though the research on pack dynamics (that's a very worthy link from Frank there) show the peloton is much more efficient than perviously thought? MUCH! Did we beat Brandon's time?
We are not worthy.
But we are worthy of some fun...
so we're taking Tuesday off.
I'd be the last to help you understand
Don't let me be alone tomorrow
'Cause you can't change the way I ride
MAN, THAT DUDE IS TALL! Wait. No way. That's Reggie Miller. On a mountain bike. Racing!
I was star struck. Here was a guy I loved to watch play basketball. A guy my dad and I cheered for at UCLA. Here he was tonight at Pedal Fest.
Hey Greg, that's Reggie Miller right?
Is he cool about meeting people?
Totally. Super nice guy.
So I strolled over, put my hand out and introduced myself... and we talked about bikes and racing.
Me and Reggie.
Something in common.
I thought about telling Reggie how much we loved to watch him play, especially the greatest 9 seconds I've ever seen... and watching him taunt Spike Lee. But, it's pretty clear he'd rather talk about bikes.
Some days I miss my dad more than others. Today is one of them. He would love this story.
Side Notes: We spent the day in Santa Clarita meeting with city council and facility managers about our next HUNKR and Revolution Bike Fest... I think it's going to be very special. Pedal Fest, Greg Flanagan's weekly MTB race, was our last stop... Greg has been a great help up there. His race course looked really fun... I wish I'd been prepared to race with Reggie.
BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL, LONG-RUNNING GROUP RIDE IS A CORE GROUP OF FRIENDS. There's joy in riding together, in the meet up.
No one asks what they can do for the group, they just do it.
They figure out where they can make their contribution, and make it.
Whether on or off the bike if there's a need, they fill it.
Through life's ups and downs,
week after week,
ride upon ride,
ANYTIME YOU RIDE OVER 100'/MILE YOU'VE HAD A HILL OF A DAY. That's my barometer. 60 miles, 6,000' of elevation gain... that's a heck of a day.
Lots of guys are training right now for Leadville... 100 miles, 12,000' of elevation... 120'/mile. That's tough.
But, tomorrow's stage of the Tour is going to be insane.
I can't wait.
Look at that course. Straight up, straight down, little flat, straight up, straight down, straight up.
That's 3 hours of hell for all but one rider tomorrow.
The winner will have had a hill of a day.
Who will it be?
I had countless drivers safely move on by today and the day before that and and the week before that and the month before that and the year before that and the decade before that.
Just like the driver that scared the crap outta me, they hustled on by never to be seen again. I can't thank them, can't high five 'em, can't thumbs up 'em... Heck, I don't even know if they saw me!
And those drivers that cut it a way too close...
Did I give them the benefit of the doubt?
Was I wearing bright enough clothing?
Were lights flashing on my bike?
Was I obeying the law?
Dehumanizing each other leads to the worst atrocities known to human kind.
It's not about the who's right.
It's about us.
All of us.
Hey man, thanks for giving me plenty of space.
I really appreciate your driving.
ON A STUNNING CLIMB HIGH ABOVE LAGUNA BEACH, ONE OF THE CREW COMMENTED: I'd have to win the lottery to buy a house up here.
Silently, I doubted anyone with a million dollar view up here had actually won the lottery.
Another commented: Want a million dollar view? Buy a bike.
I guess that's what is so addicting about the bike. The simple pleasure of pushing up a climb and the satisfaction at the summit.
We get there.
It takes work.
DAD, I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH YOU SPEND ON YOUR BIKING CLOTHES!
Well, if you're going to a big dance how much is a dress?
Uh... a few hundred dollars... I guess.
And the shoes?, And the hairdo?, And the nails?
Well, see here kid... This is what I wear to my dance:
And these fine I-Tal-ian shoes...
These are my BOOGIE SHOES!
MY FRIEND KIM PUTS ON A HUGE ROLLING PARTY EVERY YEAR CALLED BIKE VIRGINIA. She's just a plain fun person, plus she rides and she surfs... so yeah, we're friends. But, the thing that really sticks out to me is the way she's arranged her life. It's unlike mine, probably unlike yours.
Is it doable?
Yes, she's doing it.
Could you do it? Could I?
Check it out.
She and her husband live in an RV at a top surf spot on the East Coast. In the winters they come west and live in a smaller RV - tiny, really - and surf and ride in our sunny warmth. He just needs a laptop, she just needs a phone. It's a lean lifestyle, and it's also very liberating. They rented their house out years ago, with the idea they'd try it for a while. It's been a while. And they love it.
That gives her plenty of time to think of new, fresh ways to Bike Virginia. It's not a race at all. Everyday is fully supported with riders choosing multiple routes - long and short, spunky and leisurely. Lots of food trucks to fill 'em up. Great camping or lodging. Sounds like a customizable party to me.
Could I do that lifestyle?
I think so, my lady not so much. Maybe one day I'll husband up and try it out.
How 'bout you?
WHAT'S IN YOUR GARAGE COULD CONVICT YOU. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
A few that might shrug the evidence of their life.
It's bikes and boards,
helmets and wetsuits
shoes and fins,
lube and wax...
That's our garage above. It's tiny and packed.
Sometimes I get garage envy.
Some of my friends, oh man. Their garage floors you could eat off. Their toolsets match the best bike shops. And their quiver of rides... exquisite. One friend has a walk-in washing bay for his bikes.
It's not coveting so much as admiration for my friends' creativity in building out their garages. It's also admiration for their contributions to society; each one has done something amazing in the marketplace. I truly appreciate what they've accomplished as I struggle along building my own dreams.
How do you plea?
Guilty your Honor: of playing, of staying active and strong, of maximizing our body's potential.
... and the best part?
It's that you're my peers, and I couldn't think of a finer jury to go through life with.
LOOK IT'S GIRLS, ON BIKES, IT'S PRISCILLA AND URSULA! Yes, the girls are starting to do TMWC again. I don't know if these are shake down runs for the unOFFICIAL that's coming up in two weeks or just coincidence.
Maybe it's because PureRide Cycles is putting up cash for the top 3 ladies?
But who cares?...
It's just great to have them join us for our little social ride. They bring balance to the World.
We're gonna have some fun in 2 weeks.
CeeDub will be using his active chips to time us,
Bowl of Heaven will be feeding us,
and the winners will be getting new awards this year.
Ya never know... maybe you'll make it to Peter's video.
I DON'T HAVE MUCH, SO IT'S NOT SAYING MUCH WHEN I SAY IT TOOK EVERYTHING I HAD... but, It took everything I had to leave it in the small ring this morning.
I had to.
My legs felt great.
4 days on Catalina left 'em fresh,
but I wanted to save that feeling for tomorrow's TMWC.
Leaving it in the small ring is a great reminder to take it easy. You start shifting that chain down in the lower cogs and it takes a lot of shifts to go fast. Which is when the reminding comes in.
It's funny how I really can't get away from the bike even when I don't have a bike. We were off on a family reunion with water and snorkeling and paddling and sailing on our minds.
On the way out of Peedro (localspeak) the domes atop PV reminded me how fun the Donut Ride can be and that I need to get back up there.
On the Island you can rent bikes to get around. You can also ride on all the fire roads, going from one end to the other... but, bring your own bike would be my recommendation.
On the way back, the lady across the row started talking about Brian and Joy McCulloch and the Redlands bike race. We're doing some gear for their Big Wheel Coaching... small world.
So, we're back.
I'm rested, and fatter.
It'll still hurt tomorrow.
PS It was my first time camping on Catalina, it won't be the last.
PSS if you're planning on doing the unOFFICIAL TMWC please sign up now or we'll have to pull the plug.
JOIN US ON 7/31/18 FOR YOUR CHANCE TO BECOME AN unOFFICIAL Tuesday Morning World Champion!
Most weeks "it's just a social ride" Once a year, it's a fundraiser... and a chance to have some fun before work.
We have a 4 rules:
1. Have fun!
2. Obey the law.
3. Make a friend.
4. Have fun.
... if you can abide by that, then come on out.
Entry and details are here: https://pedalindustries.com/collections/tmwc-registration (kids are free)
Meet us at the park on the corner of Oaktree and Antonio in Rancho Santa Margarita.
We ALWAYS leave on time, 6:30AM