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All of the members of the GreenArmBandits cycling team came together for our pre-season planning meeting this past Saturday. Nice to see the guys in street clothes. We have been together frequently during the off-season during training rides, but have had little time to discuss upcoming season plans. This was a wonderful opportunity to do so, while also catching up on family and personal happenings.
On a special occasion the Green Arm Bandits and a few friends went out for a ride with George Hincapie.
Have you every awakened from a dream and wished the events were reality? Well... recently one of my dreams came true.
My wife, Kristin, and I had been planning my 40th birthday for a while. She advised me that we would be having an open house at our home the night before the celebration as a low key way to kick off the weekend. When my GAB mates started to file in, along with a few other cycling friends, I was looking forward to a nice evening. Then, my best friend Sonny and a ring at the door. In stepped a tall dark featured slim fellow in European dress with a smirk on his face.
Percy went to the 7th 2011 Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnée, his 6th time finishing this 180 km epic ride with 4000 m or 12'000 ft elevation gain on dirt.
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Kris, Chris and I showed up for the second to last Friday night race of the year. A good group turned out with lots of fast guys to keep everyone honest.
Percy participated into the Tour of the Catskills 3 day stage race.
I took a good number of photos after my race was done each day, click the thumbs on left for more. Enjoy those -- let me know if you like to get full access to original images -- find/contact me via FB to get your access, seams about everyone is there!
Friday afternoon the prologue in form of a individual time trial started the race stage one. I felt in good and strong condition, even not having done much TTing at all this season. Put a little extra thoughts into optimizing the bike setup and taking full advantage of my latest toy, a power tap....[click read more]
I've been looking forward to Track States all year. Last year I was left with a bad taste in my mouth after posting a mediocre flying 200m time and not even being able to help my teammate Mark in the omnium. This year I was in much better shape as well as having all the events on one day instead of two.
3 team members Chris Schwenker, Karl Nelson and Mike Innusa competed in the Kreb Friday Night TTT 7/22...outside temp high 90's with road temp >100F. Most of the local competition was there with some heavy guns participating. The team started strongly trading fast pulls and rotating smoothly. Chris kept Karl and Mike fresh for 4 laps giving it hell, then dropped off a bit...but it was enough to launch us for the win!
Stage 1: TT
The first stage was a rolling 4.6 single lane road with a sharp, 1k little ring climb to the finish. I knew from last year the top times would be under 15 minutes and 15:30 should be good for top 10. I rolled out and tried to pace myself well over the rollers before giving it my all on the final climb. A time of 15:39, good for 16th place, one place out of GC points. Carol Lynn finished fouth in the cat 4 women and Tori got 12th.
Stage 2: Crit (Circuit Race)
I was in Colorado this year for the race, but fellow GAB Karl Nelson participated in my absence. The three stage race consists of an uphill TT and Crit/Circuit race Saturday, followed Sunday by a road race.
Karl finished 17th in the TT, just outside the points. He did manage to beat my time from last year by about a minute. Great job! Later that afternoon he showed off his sprinting prowess by winning the Criterium. He was neatly placed near the top of the GC standings at the end of the day.