Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bikes, Beers, Bonelli, Grasshoppers and NON DOT.

Vegas Bob on course during the Grasshopper Adventure Series in Nor Cal.

It has been a busy past few days in Backboneland.

Vegas Bob has been eating lots of 5 Guys burgersnacks, and has also been throwing back some Brewyard Beer Co pints! Bob (pictured above) has also been involved in a stellar series of rides in Nor Cal called the Grasshopper Adventure Series. The website can be found at http://grasshopperadventureseries.com/  if you'd like to join VB on a stellar set of rides in amazing parts of CA.

Brewyard Beer Co has new beers! Go get some!

Fuzz on the box at Bonelli.

Fuzzbucket has been trying to find a balance between being fast, and being stupid-fast. He fought a hard fight last weekend in Bonelli for the Kenda Kup/Golden State Series race #2. Fuzz would land squarely in Silver for the day, following up on a great win at the NON DOT race at Ron Caspers Wilderness Park. Vegas Bob came out to help support the racers that day, because he is awesome.
Brewayrd beers were flowing, because...well....it is freaking amazing.
Ara ascends at the NON DOT race.


Bob and Fuzz hanging out over Brewyard beers post-race.

Cold and bright day for some road miles in Ohio.

I ended up using my BKOOL SMART PRO2 trainer for most of last month, since the weather was deplorable here in Ohio. It was a great to get out on some actual roads in sunlight yesterday with Jon Hanshaw (The Angry Cyclist) and Eric Grether. 28 degrees, but sunny and spectacular.
Hope everyone is enjoying the outdoors, bikes and brews!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

VB Does Palm Canyon Epic

Epic first ever ride in Palm Canyon. Avoiding the OC rain haha. Warmer than expected, perfectly sunny, a cool breeze, and some tasty trails. Rad jamming some sickly fast swoopy rocky singletrack, dipping and diving around cactus. Thanks to BC and David for charging hard, CC and Fossil too.
#palmcanyonepic #sand #rocks #cactus #crystalblueskies #fast #flow #kendatires #royalracing #ryderseyewear @ Salsas Restaurant

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Randy's Fonucky Race Season Recap!


Well, being as we are three races into the winter series, I figured it was time to send a race report a three for one deal!
So, round one I knew it was going to hurt bad (and it did) but I just wanted to be at the races and ride the whole series again. We had 16 guys in our class and the weather was perfect. 

Donnie shortened the course for the beginner and sport class. I guess there has been some complaining about climbing and descending the elevator shaft which for the sport guys I don’t understand, but it’s probably good for me cause I’m not in great shape so I won’t miss the extra climbing.

I wasn’t out to kill it on the start as I would be dying on the road climb anyway, so I just started about mid pack and rode my pace, and sure enough the pavement killed me! I was hurting on lap one and had two more to go (GEEEZZZZZ). I had a few small mishaps on lap one fell once and messed up on one climb and had to walk it but was still having fun.

Headed out for my last two laps and was hurting on lap two, but felt much better on lap three. Although I finished fourteenth out of sixteen I had a great time and enjoyed Bullshitting with Roger from Kenda and the famous Fuzzy. We had some goooooood beer after from the great Brewyard Beer Co.

On to race number two. We had seventeen guys this week and a mean Santa Ana blowing. Took off at my own pace again and got to the paved climb, and the wind was howling. I think I did like 4.5 to 5 mph up the road! Just ridiculous, but got to the single track and enjoyed the ride.. oh... up until I was gassed and made a stupid mistake on a G-out with my right foot down (dumbass). I hit a rock and broke one side of my pedal (not a pedal failure Ken) so I couldn’t clip in on one side. It was a little difficult and was going to DNF after lap one, but again couldn’t do that so I figured out how to run it on one side and continued on.

Felt a lot better this week and knocked a minute and a half off my previous weeks' time. Still didn’t finish too well with a fifteenth out of seventeen but another fun day at the races. 

Race number three and a cooler but non windy day. Sixteen this week and no wind was welcome. This week pushed a little harder off the start and was mid pack or better until the pavement. I need hill repeats in a bad way! I’m getting killed on the climbs but oh well. For having very little rain this year the course is in very good shape and with a few changes to my suspension, I could get after it on the down hills.

It was a good day (not so much finishing wise). I knocked four minutes off my time so I was very happy with that. I finished fourteenth this week and had a blast.

A whole lotta love for everyone who helps this team out: Ryder’s eye wear, Kenda tires, Brewyard brewing, Xpedo pedals, Sigma sport, Hydrapak, and of course you the one and only Christer Phizzle.

Will be back for round four this weekend.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hint O' Spring

The incessant march of the Grey Death has been lightening up a bit here in the Mid-West, with temps jumping from below freezing, to above 70 degrees within about 36 hours. Trails here are muddy and slick, and its been raining almost every day for weeks now. My BKOLL SMARTPRO2 trainer has been an amazing help, and the 3D, avatar-filled universe is more competitive than most club rides. With nay luck, I'll at least be able to cover 25 miles and not black-out when Spring final springs.

Back in California, Fuzzy has been racing his collective arse off, taking home a sick podium spot with his teammate-for-the-day Timari Pruis of Pivot Cycles. The pair won a hard-fought, race to the finish line victory out at the 12 Hours Of Temecula. Ara also has been prepping for the SoCal test of ultimate leg-death, The Vision Quest. He also has been slaying the NON-DOT races in Vail Lake.
Fueled by BREWYARD BREWING CO beers, his carb-loading regimen is on-point.

Vegas Bob has been up in NorCal, using the lens technology of his Ryders Eyewear to manage the varying light conditions of the fog-laden coast. Bob has been riding the Grasshopper Gravel Enduro Series for a change of pace from the hot and dusty O.C. mountains. He has been climbing like a goat this year, and will probably take Contador out at some point in the near future.

Randy Rush managed to get back out to Fontana for some Southridge racing, and his XC bike has been able to keep up with his calves...and his beer guzzling! Randy also showed up for some Cyclocross racing with Fuzz,  is hoping to be back in force for 2018 as well.

Jeff Williams has been working with his employer, and a hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, on a program to get at-risk teens involved in mountain biking. Jeff is a teacher in Portsmouth, but gas to cross the suspension bridge back to KY for the drive home every day.

Josh Qualls has also been on his BKOOL SMARTPRO2 trainer, and has had some great success in the Winter Cup Series on their website. Josh should be getting back on the podium for 2018, after some life-events required him to take a race-break last year.

Mark Thome has been back and forth between Huntington Beach and Montana, riding out of HB Velo Cyclery. His fat bike is getting lots of use on Bozeman, and his road bike is being decimated via the HB Velo Sunday group rides.

Hope you all are enjoying the week, and I hope to hear from everyone soon!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Team Update

Last weekend, the Fuzziest was out at Southridge with Randy Rush. The dudes were set to race the XC event for the weekend, and Fuzzy decided to have a pre-ride-wreck! No stitches, but I hear Randy licked it, so the bacteria probably helped close it up. Rocky, hot and dusty, Southridge is always challenging. Steep ascents and pinned and technical sections keep even the best racers on their game.

Ara ended up in a solid podium spot, 3rd place! The wreck and related bleeding clearly had it's benefits. Who needs leeches?

Randy finished his daily race route in 14th position, and was thirsty enough to drink all of the Brewyard Beer Company offerings...before the race started.

Josh Qualls went out for a ride at Barboursville Park with Julie Ditty...right before the snowpocolypse landed in this part of the country.

Vegas Bob was out trying to get all of the elevation on his Giant Reign. Amassing 3,126' feet of climbing in a single morning of work (about 20 miles), his Sigma Sport ROX 10.0 was very busy gathering all the ride deets.

Mark has been in SoCal riding with HB Velo Cycling crew, hitting all the Fullerton Death Loops he can get his hands on.

With a newly replaced helmet thanks to Wingspan Cyclery in Moorpark, CA..and with a favorable weather report that may melt most of 7" of snow we have...I am hoping to get back out on the bike this weekend and thrash the hell out of some really, really flat roads.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

White Christmas In Columbus

The white-death is upon us. Christmas Eve saw a plethora of the white stuff fall here in Columbus. The only nice thing about that is, I was off the next day, and have a sick hardtail with 2.35 Kenda Nevegals on it for snow-play. Packing way too much man in to a spandex shell, I hopped on the Titus and hit the neighborhood bike trails and wooded areas, making tracks through un-trodden powder. At 17 degrees, it was much less powder, much more ice.

The Nevegals are great in this weather. Low pressure (20 psi) set up tubeless on those things is like having a fat bike, only with just a fat rider. Cruising through the snow, I rolled out through the woods behind Camp H to Everal Barn. The sky was the kind of winter blue we rarely see here, since it is typically grey for 9 months out of the year. Once home, I was able to enjoy some freshly-baked "pan de jamon," who's fabrication was overseen by Jenn.

It was great to hear from everyone across the country via text yesterday! I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed the day. Santa brought me tools and a wheel truing stand, which of course is radness.

Merry Christmas, everyone, and have a great 2018 (with new team shirts!)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Fuzzy Takes Bronze For The Season

Ara fought back repeatedly in the Killer-B category this year, as did the rest of the class, and eventually would have a great season finale race that landed him in 3rd overall. That is an amazing result after a long season of racing! Brewyard Beer Co  brew was flowing at the awards ceremony,
and Fuzzy even celebrated his birthday at Brewyard with Bob and Joy Chow (among others). Randy Rush also came out to race this season!

"Thank you Day 2 :
Sharing a nice cold Brewyard Beer Company LLC after turning ourselves inside-out on the course then cheering/heckling the other categories was the highlight of each weekend! Some drank to forget the pain while others in celebration of pain... CHEERS to all that raised a cup (or growler) this season!
Thank you Kirk Nishikawa, Big Mike, Sherwin, and Dre at the brewery for supporting us this season."

Congrats to all who raced the So Cal Cross season! Cheers!

Monday, December 04, 2017


I'll admit, the thought of being on a bike trainer made me cringe at times! I sold my old cheap bike trainer and purchased set of rollers; they were great because it kept my attention but I was basically just spinning my legs, there wasn't resistance. With my work schedule and having custody of my son, sometimes it's hard to squeeze in a ride during the week so the rollers, although fun, I did feel like I was gaining progress during training.

Brian from BKOOL and I talked for a couple of days; he asked if I was interested in becoming an ambassador for the BKOOL company. After looking into their products/reviews, I was happy to accept the ambassadorship! A few days later I received the new BKOOL Smart Pro 2 trainer. The design is simple and very simple to set up! The BKOOL simulator program was also very simple to set up. Download, make a username and password, input my information (height/weight etc), pair my devices (trainer, cadence and heart rate monitor) and I'm ready to ride.

I was more interested in their BKOOL simulator; I needed something to keep my attention while being on the trainer during winter training. With over 500,000 routes you can ride literally anywhere in the world. One day I was riding at Central Park in New York City, another day riding Giro d'Italia, riding a velodrome and riding Alpe D'huez. There's so many options!

The simulator has real time weather, so if it's rain/snowing in real time where I'm riding, it will do so on the simulator! I'm very impressed with how accurate climbing a 5% + grade on the trainer mimics riding on the road. 

Yesterday I started their Winter Cup series, Stage 1 was an Individual Time Trial (ITT) in Jerusalem. I'm currently ranked 2nd in the USA. The Winter Cup series runs from December to April, riding in a different country on each stage. 

Oh! I cannot forget that even my son can ride his 16" bike on the BKOOL trainer! He wanted to get in a ride before I did, I figured it was worth a shot to mount his bike! Behold, it worked! He did a lap on a velodrome and had a grin from ear to ear that he was doing something I enjoy to do! 

Thank you Brian and BKOOL for this opportunity! I see a lot of suffering this winter!
**See the BKOOL AMERICA link in the "sponsors" column.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fuzz and Bob Grab Podiums In So Cal Cross.

World Famous Vegas Bob and Backbone Fuzz spent the weekend racing cyclocross, just up the road from Fuzzy's crib in Glendale. Fuzz rode his bike TO the race, of course. After a Saturday of leg death, Bob landed inside the top 10 (8th). He would return Sunday to race again, and feeling saucy, pounded his way to a silver medal finish. GO BOB! It HAD to be the sideburns.

Fuzz had tons of family and friends out on his home turf, and they landed post-race at our amazing team sponsor, BREWYARD BEER COMPANY for post-race shenanigans. Ara also would have a stellar weekend, landing in third place Sunday.

Brewyard Beer Company was on flizeek, pouring some tasty brews (like their "Black Sunrise" ) and offering up Takuma's Burgers Food Truck vittles.

Great job, gents!

ALSO, team shirts should be shipping next week!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017


The icy death approacheth here in Ohio.

Wow! November has fallen upon us, and is almost over already.
I am sitting at my desk, eating lunch, and it is "Spirit Day." They created it so people can wear their BUCKEYE football shirts, but I think my priorities are awe bit different.

Spirit day at work.

With November coming to a close, the riding here will come down to frozen farm roads and icy single track. Back out west, Ara, Randy and Bob are closing down the cyclocross season and the Fontana Winter XC racing season. Bob has also signed up for a few unbelievable Epic races/rides, and I can't wait to see the pics form them.
Vegas Bob bringing the pain at So Cal Cross!
Randy Rush is back, and having some fun in Fontucky racing XC.

Beer from Brewyard Brewing Company in Glendale lubricates this team.

Fuzzy sharing the Brewyard love!

Podiums in the Killer B's are not easy.

Josh and Jeff are still out rolling through Greenbo State Park in Kentucky, dragging several of the Ashland Cycling Enthusiast members with them.

Josh, Josh and Tookie are enjoying the fall colors in Greenbo, KY.

Mark and Matt Thome have been riding, and racing cross in Montana as well, which has been fun to see. The mountains there look like a playground for a mountain bike.
Mark Thome's fat bike is ready for the Montana winter.

Phil at PB Creative has been taking some unreal photos of the gang this year. Ara has been staying on the podium in the enormous "Killer B" category for cross. Josh Qualls received his sweet new BKOOL indoor trainer, and will be smashing people on the web-based races via BKOOL. Those trainers are amazing!

Josh Qualls is getting training on with his new BKOOL trainer.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and have a Brewyard beer!