The first post of the season, I feel so honored.
Heading to Philadelphia this weekend with Karl, Andrew, and Jaime, where it’s always sunny. Compared to the weekends before this is a lighter trip; we’d averaged about 12 people the past two weekends. For all those not getting Karl’s emails, here’s a quick recap of Rutgers. Columbia’s recap is yet to come.
We headed out for the first trip the Friday of Spring break down to the Dirty Jerz. After a few well-timed bathroom breaks, we got there around 7 and quickly scouted a place to eat. We found a place called Espo’s and tried to make a reservation, but the manager laughed us off for some reason. When we got there it quickly became apparent why he had done so. Espo’s, as it turns out, was a building the size of a dorm in Walsh, and in it were strategically placed tables and ill-proportioned waiters. While we were waiting for the various pastas we had ordered to arrive, we gathered in the scene before us: twenty or so drunken bar misfits, a blonde with the largest tramp stamp known to man, and several lonely looking 70-year old men who, presumably, had not left the shanty in weeks. Once we had finished eating, we returned to the hotel where Karl shaved his legs.
After waking up the morning of the first race, we headed down to a meager Super 8 breakfast of english muffins and coffee, packed the bikes, and headed to the park for the ITT. We turned in some decent results for the time trial, with some getting their first taste of a collegiate race. Then we headed to Busch campus for the crit; by that time the sun was poking through the clouds and making for a very nice day of cycling weather. The first few races went without a hitch until it came time for Men’s C’s, where two guys decided to tag team Andrew Mina and put him to the pavement. Alas, we hope the first race was not your last. In their first race in B’s, Karl and Andrew turned in outstanding results; Andrew dusted most of the competition and got a nice 5th place finish, and Karl came across the finish line not far after. We returned to the hotel where we found a modest establishment to eat: Muscle Maker Grill. They actually had shelves of protein powder in the restaurant and each of us came away with a profound appreciation of Super Sandwiches and Power Pastas.
We prepared ourselves for the circuit race the next morning and took off towards another part of the Rutgers campus. Once again the sun was out, making for some very red faces and necks at the end of the day. BC Cycling turned in some more solid results, and no one crashed during the day. Once Rebecca was finished in Women’s B’s, we packed up the trusty KarlKar and headed back to school. After a slight detour to Starbucks/Target, we arrived back at around 6, just enough time to mentally prepare ourselves for returning to classes the next day.
That’s it for now, it’s time to head to Philly. We’ll be bringing back cheesesteaks and Tastykakes for anyone who requests them (may the cycling gods not become enraged and let them have mercy on your poor souls). Until then, Peace, Slainte, and stay classy.
We’ve updated our look for the 2009-2010 season:
This change looks to improve upon kit wear in inclement weather. We will always look back on White Lightning fondly, though.
Filed under: road racing | Tags: Amanda, Chelsea, Chris, collegiate cycling, Dana, ECCC, Jaime, Penn State
So the grand finale took place at State College, PA for the ECCC Championships. In our most lopsided showing yet, four ladies (Amanda, Chelsea, Dana & Jaime) and Chris made the long haul to Penn State. Big Pimpin, indeed. Goal for the weekend: don’t draft off Delaware.
Saturday can generally be considered a bust. We should’ve taken a hint when Google Maps and Garmin had no idea that I-99 was a completely new highway with no exits. Chris’ bad luck continued when another rider took out him and a handful of other D riders, and to top things off, the carbon broke. RIP, Barbara Anne.
The women’s road race had less carnage but a showing of EPIC stupidity. A truck decided to park itself in front of the finish line while racers were sprinting in. When you’re flying in at 25+ and trying to beat others to the line, the last thing you want to see is a PARKED TRUCK in the middle of the road (and a yellow line rule forcefully in effect). I had to hit the brakes and lost out on what would have been an awesome sprint showdown.
It’d be one thing if I was the 50th person coming in, by myself, and traffic was back on the roads. This was the TOP TEN. In the championship race. Absolutely unacceptable. Why no officials or anyone in the area made it get out of the way is beyond me. To top things off, when the truck finally moved, they gave me the finger as they went by. You know, cause I haven’t been busting my butt for the last hour and you didn’t just ruin my sprint finish, ability to place higher and last cycling race ever, I was clearly in the wrong. You stay classy, Penn State. Epic. Fail. [/rant]
With BA out of commission, Chris took up the role as team photographer and man-servant for the Women’s B’s in Sunday’s crit. With crappy staging, the race was almost over before it started. A bunch of us got stuck behind people who haven’t figured out how to clip in yet, and in typical Women’s B fashion, the front part took off from the start.
The course itself was fun and fast but difficult to bridge a significant setback from the start. There was even some pacelining in Women’s B!? One thing we still haven’t figured out yet, is when you are switching off on pulls, if you jump back in the middle rather than go to the back of the group, the people in the back aren’t ever going to make it to the front to pull. People are more than happy to pull, but you gotta let them get up there to do it.
My chase group finally got in sight of the front group of 5 with two laps to go, but it was still too far to bridge, so we had our own sprint finish (sans truck) and I got 7th. Which, for the record, means that I’ve finished this season with no crashes (albeit two close calls) or broken bones. VICTORY!
Back to reality: finals, projects, pending unemployment..
Also: this is unrelated.. but after perusing the final standings of the ECCC, I’m confused how a girl from Kutztown scores points in Women’s A in Columbia Crit (10th) then won the Philly RR in Women’s B a couple weeks later? How did she get to downgrade after scoring points in A’s? Or more importantly, why the sandbagging?
Not sure when or where the end of season gathering is but I vote Thursday. At somewhere that isn’t my apartment.
Filed under: road racing | Tags: Andrew, bacon, BC, Boston, BU, Chris, Dana, ECCC, Harvard, Johnny Appleseed, Karl, MIT, Penn State, Pitt, The Office, Wachusetts
This past weekend we had our quasi local race, the Beanpot X-Pot 3-D, hosted by our neighbors across the river, MIT. In case you were ever wondering where Westminster, MA is (we weren’t), it’s about an hour away from the Bean. An area known for Johnny Appleseed, Crackers and BACON ST!
There was some amazing weather (80+ both days) that resulted in a rash of farmers tans and/or sunburns.The road race took us up by the Wachusetts mountain ski area (x4) and yikes that was pretty brutal. Oh, and just to echo Joe Kopena’s post on taking hands off handlebars, there’s really no need for anyone to ride half the road race with their hands off the bars. Good for you, you can ride with no hands. But do your yoga stretches some other time and away from a whole group of riders in the middle of a race.
Sunday’s crit had fewer ski mountains but sketchy turns aplenty (just ask our Rubber Side Down-elect Chris about that). In the Women’s B crit, someone decided it would be great to crash out on the first lap. Fortunately, I was able to come to a screeching halt before running over the downed rider and Sweet Baby Rids and I escaped for the most part unscathed. Very messily I got my chain back on (white kits are not great in times like these) and headed to the pit to get my free lap. As 3 other B riders and I waited to get put back in, a very astute bystander observed that the 4 free lappers represented all the Boston schools. Yup, Harvard, MIT, BU and BC in attendance — which must go down in ECCC history. Our legacy went was immortalized on said person’s camera, if only I knew who that was.
It was a great weekend for pointage for the White Lightning from Chestnut Hill:
Andrew – 3rd in Men’s C crit (13 points), 1 prime point
Karl – 13th in Men’s C crit, 8th in road race (5 points)
Dana – 2nd in Women’s B crit (35 points), 2 prime points, 7th in road race (21 points)
Next weekend we’re taking the epic 7.5 hour road trip to State College, PA for the grand finale (now we’ll know how Pitt feels every weekend). According to Google Maps, we’re headed right through Scranton. I hope we can stop to take a tour of Dunder Mifflin.
Filed under: road racing | Tags: Arjun, Dana, General, Hoots, Joe Kopena, Karl, L'Eford Du Nord, Otter, People's Champ
So this race report is incredibly late but I just got my computer back, it died and took all my files and what not with it last week. This was very unfortunate because I loved the Lux et Velocitas and really wanted to write a rave review but I guess that won’t happen. So half the Cycleagles got an earlyish start on friday, we had a near peacup experience before finally arriving in White River Junction. Once there we decided that our bike riding skills would probably best translate into frisbee, so instead of pre-riding the course to now what we were up against we threw the disc around. Here we learned that the guys can only look athletic when no one is watching, J-pod has some sick skills and Hoots should stick to serving hot wings. Eventually with the girls calling on their cheerleader background started doing some crazy gymnastic things which made The Critter try to mimic them and fail horrible and almost injury himself and those around him. This lead us to call it quits. After some food at Molly’s we headed back to the ol’ motel to meet up with the rest of the team and slept.
We got to wake up late due to being weak sauce again this weekend not having a TTTeam. While at breakfast we met up with an ultimate frisbee team and the Critter and I, confident from our warm up yesterday challenged them to a match. I guess they were scared of our shaved legs and boyish charm because the match never happened or maybe it was because we never truly verbalized the challenge. Our first race off was Men’s D with Otterand The General. The race was strung out from the beginning, which made a bad staging position difficult to make up. Otter and The General worked hard to do so for most of the race. The General caught on to the pack and worked hard to get to 7th wheel and thought he was in good position but so crazyness happened in the death turn and unfortunately an Army rider found himself on the ground and then found himself run over by The General. I would like to take this time to apologize both to the rider whom I fell on top of and the people around who may have heard some inappropriate language out of me. Unfortunately I could not finish the race after the crash and even worse Otter stopped his race to help me out, thats what I call a teammate.
Next up our Men’s C field hit the road, The Critter and Andrew looked good the first few laps until Andrew came barrelleling down the finish straight pointing towards his crotch. His seat had come loose and made it impossible to continue to ride luckily he got it fixed and got back in the race. The Critter continued to look strong through out the race even picking up a prime point. In the end Karl ended with and 11th place finish and Andrew finished 54th but had picked up a few prime points earlier in the race. The Critter after the race said “Back to racing, finally back”, showing his enthusiasm to be back to his competitive ways in C’s after a few lackluster weekends.
Our final race of the day also proved to be our most exciting. Our large Women’s B field were raring to go and right form the start showed that they came to race. 2 laps in Dana made an attempt of an early break away and The People’s Champ followed her wheel and the pair lead the field for a couple of laps. The last of those laps was a prime lap where Dana pulled out a second and The Champ swept up the final prime point. After this lap Hoots began to battle back to the pack which she lost during the crazy attacks. Unfortunately as Hoots made her way back to the pack the Champ faded and was eventually swept up by a trail group. The race pressed on and Hoots again was spit out the back and worked the rest of the race with Delaware in the first chase group. Dana unfortunately was unable to sprint due to the monster effort put on through out the race and finished 10th.
For dinner we went to one of the teams favorite restaurant of the season Louie Louie. The Critter showed us how he charmed his girlfriend with his awkward conversations with the waitress, including: Waitress “Have you been here before?” Critter “We came here last year too”. One of the reasons we love this eatery is because you can draw on the table which quickly escalated into a hangman contest. The good side of the table had the best word ever. The category was Well known personality/Awesome/Family friend , I think you all know who we were thinking about. After dinner we thought it wound be a good idea to watch Mr. Brooks, which if you havent seen I will just let you know that Andrew peed his pants while watching the movie and was not able to sleep until last night.
We got an early start in the morning with the rest of the ECCC and saw Mr. Kopena’s car wrapped, to which the person at the front desk said “I am the worst Night Watch person ever, I really should have seen them doing that”. We then followed the crazy train through VT and NH and almost were killed by a crazy person in a truck. I personally think that Joe knew exactly what he was doing but wanted to get the hoodlums who wrapped his car back, and his vengeance was sweet. The road race course was nothing less than amazing. The climbs proved a little much for most of the team except for Hoots who came in 10th. I would add more recap of the race but my non-cycling friends, have been complaining about my cycling tweets. So I will go defend my and all other cycling tweeters honor so see you all this weekend in Boston, o wait I mean Westminster, but we will get to that anger next week.
Filed under: road racing | Tags: Bon Jovi, Chelsea, Dana, Dartmouth, ECCC, Harvard, Hooters, Oakley, Super 8, Yale
Coming at ya, your always punctual and better spelling blogging cyclist, Le Prep. This weekend was Yale’s Lux et Velocitas. Our now regular home away from home one-upped its previous visits, not only with its proximity to wings, but also the fact that the girls room inexplicably had free porn the whole weekend. Now maybe our reaction was a bit overboard (shrieking and fleeing from the room in horror), but what can I say, we are classy broads who prefer pillow fights and giggling over gossip in hotels instead.
Saturday’s races were more like a triathlon with the swimming and cycling disciplines combined. Does Oakley sell sunglasses with wipers? Target Market: cyclists riding during the month of April in the northeast. Trust me, I’m an MBA.
After pizza and a cannoli (we tried to go to Pepe’s but were denied in our quest to feed 9 people at once), we came upon the greatest license plate ever. (Although, this one is pretty good too, but we didn’t see it in person.)
Sunday’s crit actually saw the sun and some tornado-like windgusts (Northeastern’s tent took off like a kite), but it was a massive improvement given the appearance of the sun, so we’ll take it. Which brings us to our next topic:
Attn: Women’s B:
1) What the heck happened on turn 5? My favorite person to draft off of (if she’s showered) suffered some massive carnage and doesn’t remember a thing. Anyone see what happened? (My buddy has percocet right now, so she won’t be mad.. she’s just curious. I know, just what we need.. another Ivy Leaguer on prescription painkillers..). In the meantime, I guess I’ll have to make those first-lap breaks solo. Anyone with details can hit me up on Facebook or if you’re the paranoid type, leave an anonymous comment below.
2) An addendum to the previous PSA post: If you have spent the last two weekends getting yelled at by numerous other B riders about your inability to corner in a crit, maybe you should take note take a freakin hint. I’m sure some Columbia riders would be happy to name a name, but hopefully this passive aggressive request will be heeded. Until then, know that those angry glares really are being directed towards you.
There should be pics from Sunday making their way to the interwebs soon, but in the meantime you can occupy yourself by checking out the Washington Post’s 3rd annual Peeps contest. Note that #29 uses bicycle parts.
Next week we head to Dartmouth’s L’Enfer du Nord (not to be confused with the real L’Enfer du Nord). But hey, we’re totally cool with a road race sans cobblestones. Happy to leave that one to the pros.
Filed under: road racing | Tags: Amanda, Amanda Feirstein, American Flyers, Arjun Sudhir, Army, Chelsea, Critter, Dana, Karl, People's Champ, Scissors
The Army Cycling Classic is by far one of the most anticipated races all season for your Cycling Eagles. This is just as much because the brutality of the races as because the fact that we normally have some epic crashes at West Point, including The Prep’s broken wing and Capt. Crash shredding his kits and giving the ECCC a little more to see than most people would have liked, not to mention the shame of all shames from two years ago that will not be mentioned in this public arena. The Critter and I drove down separately and in silence so nothing will be said about the insanity that must have been the van ride down. At dinner we learned that Amanda “The People’s Champ” Feirstein looks at the brighter side of everything, and I mean everything. Firefly was in rare form all weekend, one fun fact that we learned about her was her favorite office supply.
Saturday morning we woke up late for cyclist times because as a team we are weak sauce and do not have any TTT teams. On the way to the race we saw one of the most bad ass street signs I have ever seen, mostly because it said Cyclist on the road. Our first race to roll out was the Men’s D, the race went pretty well for BC and Chris “Diesel” Rakovic ended up in 11th. Next up was the debut race of Ryan “Phelps” Distefano in his intro category race, in which he finished 7th. After his race he said in complete exhaustion and I quote and by quote I mean make up because he is most likely a mute at least we have yet to hear him say a word “That was most definitely the most intense and difficult athletic competition I have ever been in, I don’t care if I am a varsity ACC athlete. Bicycle racing is the sport of god’s and I am glad to finally have manned up and participated in something worth while for once” Now he probably didn’t think this but he should have. Next up Karl “Critter” Hornerlaw rolled out with the C field, he road very well on a slow leak but in the last lap with pretty good position going into the climb his legs could no longer pump enough to drag that mostly deflated tire to the top of the climb in the front of the pack. The Women’s B field was our largest field per usual this season, which I totally do not get but I guess that’s not a bad thing? The General and Arjun went to the hill to cheer on the ladies. I am pretty sure that most if not all of the Women’s B field no hates or abhors us. The girls all raced well with Dana in the front pack and Chelsea “Hoots” finishing in the second chase group.
We went back to the Amazing 8, yep it was better that super, and watched what we shall call my all time favorite cycling movie. Then off to dinner which was not mexican which we all wanted, but instead we went to a quaint little Italian place with a fancy window which we were able to watch a nice little show.
The Hill Climb began with BC and the Critter hitting the road hard. Next the General hit the road and during the climb some how pulled off bending his rear derailleur hanger. The ladies attacked the road next, with Hoots eating the road for breakfast and coming home with 11th. The crit was up next, our Men’s D just couldn’t position themselves correctly and finished worse than they had hoped. Karl “The Critter” Hornerlaw had a pretty good race, and even got himself a prime point. The Ladies were up next and let me get out of the way Dana (8) and Chelsea (15) did great in the race. Now we can talk about all anyone really cares about the success of “The People Champ” Amanda “Don’t Call me Frankenstein” Feirstein. Amanda tore through that crit like Sherman to Atlanta to steal a phrase from an old high school football coach. Firestone after the race said that if it were not for all the training.
Alright so this blog is really late, and pretty sub-par, but KELLY RIPPA.