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How much cheating can you live with?



I may be more than a little jaded after the recent Tour de France dopping scandle. But, instead of ranting and raving about the sorry state of our favorite sport I decided to rant a little about the sorry state of our government. If you haven’t read Robert F. Kennedy’s article about the 2004 Presidential election here’s your chance. If you only read one article this year about politics, this should be the one. It’s not be scanned, and don’t look for a “summary”. Settle in for a complete reading. It’s not a happy story, but it might make you less pissed about the Tour!

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted — enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

Suffering Part II: Cascade Cream Puff 100



Continuing the series on suffering Team Member Mike “the Spike” Piker sends us these reflections from Oregon…

Well, I survived my third and toughest Cream Puff 100 Race and thought I would send out some details to my friends and family.

This year was the toughest by far for me. Don Pearson, the race coordinator, told me at the finish line that this race was the toughest since the first CCP100 in 1995 when only 3 of 19 racers finished. This year the enemy was not the approximately 19000 vertical, the high speed descents or bike mechanical issues. The real enemy was the heat.

The race was an exercise in survival for most racers. It was evident to me by mile 40 that I would have to give up my hope of placing in my division and just focus on finishing.

Up to this point I had been feeling well and was pushing a steady strong pace that I felt I could maintain. As I climbed toward aid 3 near the summit loop I could feel the heat sapping my energy. I reached aid 3 and noticed several racers sitting around in shady spots pouring ice water over their heads and looking wasted. Personally, I felt the same as they did but figured that I could feel crappy at the aid station or feel crappy making forward progress. I chose the latter. However, I was almost in disbelief that I felt so bad and was only 40 miles into a 100 mile event.

I descended to Aid station 2 where Meagan and Stacy (my sister) were crewing for me and two other racers from Jackson (Jay and Tracy Petervary). They helped me refill fluids and got me some solid food (i.e. banana and Orange slices) before I took off to complete the descent to Aid 1 to finish the first 65 mile lap.

The volunteers at aid 1 were handing out a hose with a sprinkler head to all racers so they could soak down and lower their core temps. I was very thankful for this because I was sweating profusely and hadn’t been able to cool off even on the descent through shaded areas of the forest. One of the volunteers mentioned that it was 95 in the shade.

The hardest part of the race was ahead. The main climb from Aid 1 to Aid 2 is approximately 2500 vertical over 8 miles of mostly south facing logging road. It was this section of the race where racers were dropping like flies both figuratively and literally. I actually talked to a racer on the climb that cramped so badly that he could not move his legs to clip out of his pedals. His legs seized and he could only watch in despair as he fell off to the side unable to move. I also experienced some cramping but was able to dismount the bike and walk them off.

When I left Aid 1 I took three 20oz water bottles. With still over a mile left to Aid 2 I had about two sips left in my last water bottle and was wishing I had taken a fourth bottle. In 8 miles I had consumed 60 oz of water and about a dozen electrolyte pills. What had been a middle ring easy climb during the morning was now a slow arduous little ring grind. Throughout the climb I kept noticing numerous racers coming down the road in the opposite direction. I knew that all of these racers were DNF’ing (Did Not Finish). In a strange or twisted way this gave me extra will power to keep going. I was not about to join the stream of racers that would have a big DNF next to their name at the finish. I finally reached Aid 2 where Meagan and Stacy were waiting. I decided to go with a camel back so I could carry extra water. After the previous climb I knew that to run out of water was a sure DNF and did not want to take the chance. I also knew that if I made it through the next climb to Aid 3 I would finish the race for sure.

The climb to aid three was almost as bad but by that time I had further slowed my pace and started taking in more water. It was on this climb a couple hours earlier that fellow team mate, Jay, blew up. He vomited twice but was able to pull it together and make it to aid 3 where he was iced down for approximately 45 minutes. He recovered from this and went on to take 8th overall with a finish time of about 11:30. Amazing!

I completed the second top loop and made it down to aid 2 to see my faithful crew again. I was feeling terrible but now knew I would make the finish barring any bad wrecks or mechanicals.

Few words can describe the pain, exhaustion and actual exhilaration I felt on that final push to the finish. Those of you who have done these races or have run marathons or simply have pushed beyond personal physical limits can understand.

I crossed the finish exhausted and in rough shape but with high spirits. My finish time was approximately 13hrs 20minutes. Not near my goal but good enough to earn 5th place in my bracket and 34th overall out of 120 starters.

Special thanks go to Meagan and Stacy. They were my motivation and my means to completing this race. Without them I would not have finished.

A few Race Tidbits and observations:
- Tracy recorded 101F on her bike computer. I believe actual temps were higher on some sections of the exposed climbs.
- Approximately 50 – 60% of the race starters did not finish.
- I consumed 430 oz of fluid during the race and urinated once. It was bright yellow almost orange indicating I high level of dehydration.
- Hammer Products did not work at all. I abandoned them early on in favor of ice water, Ice gu2o, water melon, banana, orange slices and pretzels
- I consumed approximately 40-50 endurolytes
- The Yeti performed flawlessly. My bike set up was spot on.
- An experienced and caring crew is invaluable.
- Tracy was DNF but did not quit. She did not have enough time to the cutoff to complete the top loop. She was strong and without doubt could have finished.
- There are no finer aid stations and volunteers than those at the Cream Puff. Of all races in which I have participated these are the best.
- Temperate Rainforests can at times be more tropical than temperate.
- And finally…Never ever Quit!

Mike

Suffering Part 1: Utah 12hr Solo Mtb Race



The following was submitted by team rider Dave “I should work in a bike shop” Byers…

I thought I would share my experiences from my first 12 hour solo mtb race in Park City over the weekend.
My goal going into this race was to complete 10 laps for a total of 100 miles and 13,000’ of climbing in 12 hours. I made it a point to share this goal with a few of you so that there would nowhere to hide if I didn’t complete 10 laps. In one of the hardest days in my cycling career I did in fact complete 10 laps and now have my first 12 hour solo mtb race under my belt. And there will be more. J

This race looked so simple on paper: Set up an organized pit area, stop every two laps to refill Camelbak with cold water and grab a new Perpetuem bottle, lube chain after lap 6, and keep the heart rate below 160 at all times.

The 4am wake-up was rude but necessary to have time to eat and set up my pit area since I was flying solo in Park City. I scored a great pit location 50 yards past the start/finish line and set up my little home for the next 13 hours. By design, there was no shade, no chair, no tunes, no disco ball, and therefore no reason to spend a lot of time there.

Laps 1-4
7:00am….GO! Woohoo! Mtb bike racing is fun. My legs felt great on the climbs and I was passing a few people on the rocky backside downhill. I was able to keep the heart rate around 160 or less and started taking in calories 30 minutes into the race. My lap times for the first four laps were between :58 and 1:03. The pit stop after lap two was less than two minutes and the bike was working great although the dusty conditions were leaving the drive train pretty squeaky already.

Laps 5-8
The rush of the start and the excitement of the race has worn off by now and little pains in the back, hands, and feet begin to show themselves. By the 6th lap I have settled into a groove and I am consistently seeing the same three other solo male riders around me during my laps. As I left my pit for lap 7 and everything seemed normal. The initial climb is gradual and can be done in the middle ring but as I climbed I felt the twinge of the dreaded INNER THIGH CRAMP…Fa’ck! The inner thigh cramp is my nemesis and I do battle with it every friggin’ time I race a long event. I had been taking 4 Endurolytes per hour and I upped it to 6 when the cramps started. By occasionally jumping off and walking/running next to the bike to stretch things out I was able to prevent the cramps from becoming a full-blown lockdown. When I stopped in my pit area after lap 8 I was feeling very good about achieving my goal of 10 laps. I was tired and beat up but I did not have a doubt that I was going to do 10.

Lap 9
The wheels can come off SO fast. I headed out at 4:05pm for lap 9 in a daze. I only spent about 5 minutes in the pit but at this point it was HOT and I was just not feeling “right”. I had been taking Perpetuem all day and a change sounded good so I took a bottle of Heed for lap 9. I am not sure if it was the heat, overall fatigue, the addition of Heed (which I drink all of the time with no issues), or all of the above, but my stomach revolted. For almost all of lap 9 I couldn’t take in any calories or even sip plain cold water. For the remainder of my painfully slow 9th lap my brain was busy cranking out rationalizations to quit.

Post-Lap 9 Pit Stop
The cutoff to begin your last lap is 6:15pm and when I limped into my pit after lap 9 it was 5:35pm. So, according to the rules, I had plenty of time to head out for my 10th lap. When I dropped my bike next to the pit after lap 9 I thought I was done. As I stood there I was so tired and I had ridden farther than I ever had on a mtn bike but I didn’t feel good about my race yet. I told people my goal was 10 laps. I laid it out there on purpose. I may not be fast like my hero Jay P. but I am stubborn so I prepared for one more lap. I chewed four TUMS, drank some cold water and headed out for one last lap.

Lap 10
Note to self: Just keep the legs turning and do not stop. By the second climb I had caught a single-speeder named Chris who was on his 11th lap and had really emptied his tank as he could barely talk. Seeing this guy pushing himself like this was inspiring. Talking to a fellow rider who has suffered as you have all day is like therapy and I felt a surge of energy. I rode the last 1/3rd of lap 10 on an emotional high knowing that I had achieved my goal. I crossed the finish line at 7:07pm for a middle-of-the-pack overall finish and a personal victory.

A huge thanks to Michelle and all of my friends for their pre-race encouragement and support.

Some random thoughts & observations
1) There were a LOT of fast riders on 29” hardtails. Hmmm.
2) TUMS will be with me every time I race from now on.
3) Inner thigh cramps suck.

Take care,
Dave

TURN IT OFF ALREADY



OK, enough already. Fitzgerald’s Bicycles is ready to stop going easy on our customers. There are certain behaivors you can get away with elsewhere… but not here! TURN OFF YOUR BIG ASS TRUCK (or any other vehicle you drive) when you come to our shop. I don’t care if you’re just “running in”. When have you ever been able to get in and out of Fitzgerald’s all that quickly anyway? What do you think this is, Starbucks? And if we see you leaving your car running while you “just run in” for your heartless, corporate, killing the local coffee shop orange moca frappachino half caf we’ll give you a hard time too! Get off your high horse and read the Quiz below…

Car Idling Quiz
Q1. Idling is good for your vehicle because it warms up the engine and keeps it warm. True or false?

FALSE: Idling can actually be hard on an engine because fuel doesn’t undergo complete combustion, and some fuel residues condense on cylinder walls.

Q2. Idling is needed on cold winter days to ensure that all of the vehicle’s parts are warm. True or false?

FALSE: Many components of the vehicle – including the wheel bearings, tires and suspension system – will warm up only when the vehicle is moving. You need to idle no more than 30 seconds to get the oil circulating through the engine.

Q3. Using a block heater helps an engine warm up quickly, which means less fuel consumption and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. True or false?

TRUE: Block heaters can be a fuel-saving device because they heat the engine block and lubricants. This means that the engine will start more easily and reach its peak operating temperature faster. A block heater needs to be plugged in for only a couple of hours (instead of overnight) to do its job.

Q4. It’s a good practice to shut off the engine (except when in traffic) when your vehicle is going to be stopped for more than:
10 seconds
3 minutes
8 minutes

More than 10 seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.

Q5. Restarting my car many times, rather than letting it idle, is hard on the starter and other parts. True or false?

FALSE: Studies show that restarting the engine many times has little impact on components such as the battery and the starter motor

What are you doing for Bike Week?



Yeah, Bike Week! Isn’t every week? OK, lets give the masses a chance to dive a little deeper into bike culture by marketing our lifestyle a little harder this week. There’s a lot going on and I suggest checking out the Friends of Pathways website for more details www.jhpathways.com. But, there are a couple of events that are most important. Thursday is Bike to work day and we’ll be fielding a team from Victor if anyone wants to join on. Then Thursday night we’ll be heading to Sidewinder’s for the premier of B.I.K.E (don’t ask me what it stands for). Of course that is after the Pedals and Pints ride starting at 6pm from Fitzgerald’s! Check out the review below:

B.I.K.E.
USA 2006 | DV 89 min.
Jacob Septimus and Anthony Howard
Jacob Septimus has directed videos for KRS-one and Mos Def, among many others. Anthony Howard is an award-winning director of fine art films recognized by audiences at festivals and media such as Art Forum. Howard began to make a film about New York’s chapter of the Black Label Bicycle Club and found himself vying to become a member of the group. Black Label is known for living a lifestyle centered on building bikes together, riding together, eating together, and sometimes living together. Black Label is more than just a bike club or a lifestyle – it is life. This is a rare look at a way of life that may challenge your own. Producer Fredric King of
Fountainhead Films presents B.I.K.E. as the first in a series of intimate portraits of New York City’s subcultures, past and present.

Finally, if you ride a mountain bike you should come to the Phillips parking lot on the pass for a morning, afternoon, or whole day of trail building. Yes, it’s your duty.

Sweet – Bike week!
- Fitz

Ride a Mile in Basso’s Shoes!



Ok, ok, you’re psyched for the Tour but sick of the hype about who will replace “he who must not be named”, right? Well we’ve got an awesome way for you to prep for the best Tour since ’99. Fitzgerald’s Bicycles is the exclusive source for the much coveted white, Team CSC, Ivan Basso signature Sidi Genuis 5.5 carbon shoes. The limited edition Genius 5.5 HT Carbon Team CSC shoe will only be available for a short time This is the actual Sidi shoe ridden by Ivan Basso, Bobby Julich, Stuart O’Grady and the rest of Team CSC. Now available for the first time in the USA. To retain the value of this special collectors’ edition, Sidi will not offer this Genius shoe again in 2006. Besides, next to Chris King headsets, nothing is more boring in black than your shoes…

Time to Dig in!



There are a lot of things tha tcome with being a mountain biker: muddy legs, a love for reckless abandon, the urgent need to crack a beer when your done riding. Oh yeah, and the obligation to swing a tool now and again to maintain and grow your trail network. Mountain bikers are the number one trail user group that volunteers the most time protecting the trails they love in our mountains. The besst time to put in a little trrail work is on National Trails Day, this Saturday June 10th. If we all join together on these big trail building days it show the Forest Service that mountain bikers are truly serious about their natural resources. It also shows them how big of a user group we are and how important it is to keep giving us new trails to ride! So check out the buliten below, fill up your hydration pack, pack some food, and leave the bike at home this Saturday.

National Trails Day on June 10th
~ Corral Creek Trail ~
Come and join the members of TVTAP for a Kickn’ day of making great trails for our valley. Afterward, we will be having a volunteer party sponsored by Habitat with food and Grand Teton Brewed Beer. Also all volunteers will receive a sweet coupon from Victor Valley Café.

Meet @ the Forest Service office in Driggs at 9 AM.

Bring lunch, water, and (hopefully!) sunscreen

We will see you there!!!

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