Monday, December 04, 2017

BKOOL TRAINING WITH JOSH QUALLS.


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!



https://www.facebook.com/fuzz.movsess/videos/839464809549008/



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

November Nonsense.





Wow, is it REALLY November already?


   It is my favorite time to ride, here in the central part of the country. It is cooler, and the mosquitos are fewer and farther between. The roads are all but empty, with few cyclists left to brave such elements.
I am one of those few. having saved half of my vacation days to supplement weekends, I am ready to get riding.






   Josh Qualls has partnered up with Brian Orloff (formerly of SIGMA SPORT USA) to R&D and help promote the amazing new BKOOL indoor trainer products. Visit http://www.bkool.com/en-US for the product line. Josh will be competing tonight in their online race, complete with prizes. Mr. Qualls has had to take some time off this year, but Jeff Williams has been plying him with tasty trails and cold brews to get him back on track.






   Bob, Randy and Ara have been up to, well, everything really. Travel has taken up lots of their time, with cyclocross, Fontana XC, and various road trips to places like Mammoth for extraordinary rides and races. Cyrille Hanson will be joining this season on the race course, and with any luck, that will mean Bob will make it to events ON TIME! *kidding.






   With temps dropping in Montana, Mark and Matt Thome have been busy riding, hiking, racing cyclocross and raising Mini-Thome. Mark stopped by CBUS for a few days to hang out during the motorcycle show, and it was great to see him.


   Cheers to everyone, and the final draft for team shirts should be done by Friday. Thanks to everyone for all the pics, updates, and fun!



Monday, October 23, 2017

Crooss Racin Randy!





Captn,

I know it's been two weeks but better late then never I guess .Met up with the Fuzz and Roger from Kenda at the first round of cross at Irvine lake to do so suffering and boy did I. Didn't remember which class I rode last year (to many beers I guess) so I signed up for open C which meant there were all ages in the beginner class. We had an 11 o'clock start so I threw on some new Kenda tires and hydrated with some #Aminovital. The course was way more technical and longer then the first one I did but was very fun. It was 95 degrees there and although I like the heat it was brutal.

Off the start I was in the first half of the group (32 riders) but blew up half way threw the first lap more climbing and 3 sand pits. I settled into a pace I was comfortable with and enjoyed the ride. There was a lot of dirt on this course not much grass and my Kenda tire's hooked up great on the off camber turns and the fast downhill sections couldn't have had a better combo.

Half way three lap 3 I was dying and thinking God I hope this is the last lap but na we had to do a fourth but hey im on my bike and at the race's so all is good NOT I was done. finished up  in 17 place and was very happy with that. thought I was much further back so all was good.

Thanks' to Fuzz and Roger and for the encouragement and to Phillip Beckman for the outstanding pic's.

A big thanks to all our sponsors. #Kendatires #Aminovital #Ryderseyewear #Xpedopedals #Hydrapak #Sigmasport #Royalracing and thanks to #thecyclrybikeshop and #thebikeworks.

I'm going to as many of these as I can. They hurt but Dorothy Wong does a great job and they are fun as heck.

Talk to ya soon Captn,

Randy

Randy's Race Report From The Cal State Series





Captn.

Well I thought the next Cross race was next weekend and was planning on going but after looking at the schedule realized it was this weekend and a 4 hour drive so I said no to that and new that the second race of SRC's fall series was at Fontucky so I decided to go do some XC racing instead. 

Rolled into Fontcky Saturday morning looking foreword to it as I love this course. Signed up got my bike ready to roll had some Amino Vital and hung out with Roger for a few. Headed to the for the start and not a huge turnout bu it was good.

Took off the start and stayed near the back cause I didn't want to blow up on the first lap like the last race. Felt pretty good threw the first lap pacing myself and went out for #2. Had a little battle with one guy who was stronger on the climbs but I could get after him on the descents except he was locking up the rear wheel down the whole downhill's and it was pissing me off cause I couldn't get by going downhill it was all one lined. Headed out for my final lap feeling alright and passed a couple people  and just rode my pace. im just trying to ride/race myself into some kind of shape. Finished up not nearly as spent as the first round and finished up 4th and on the podium again.

Thank you to #kendatires #RogerHernandez #sigmasport #xpedopedals #aminovital #hydrapak #ryderseyewear #thebikeworks and #thecyclrybikeshop.

Talk soon,

Randy

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Randy's Fontucky Breakdown



Chris-to-fer,
 
So SRC has a new series going on the fall series. I haven't raced there in a long time but I know the course so I decided to go. Well..............I had a good time but I freakin died! I guess some sport riders and beginner riders complained about the big climb I think it was called the elevator at the start and I was like WHAT? but Donnie took it out for the beginners and sports and I was bummed. (that was before the race started). We lined up and I saw a lot of friends I haven't seen in a while which was really cool.
 
We took of and I was running top 8 or so and was like alright I can do this right up until we got to the paved road climb! then I said FUCK 2 miles into a 15 mile race and I was gassed already with a heart rate of 190 already. So I dropped back like a rock in water and just tried to survive as this course has a lot of climbing. Made it threw the first lap and headed out for #2. Going up the paved road on lap 2 when it was 95 degree's was not fun at all BUT luckley I had my Amino Vital to keep me hydrated. I was telling myself no way I can do another lap and was prepairing myself to quit on lap #2 trying to convince myself it was the right thing to do.
 
Towards the end of lap #2 I was still talking to myself about quitting but as I rounded the last left hander before the finish I said I have never quit a race in my life and I"m not starting now so off I went for #3. The 3rd lap was actually my best lap feeling wise. I started to get into a grove and was feeling ok. So I finished not even worring about how I did.
 
Afterword I was hanging out with a few guy's when they were doing awards and heard my name and was like WTF? so I ended up 5th and on the podium which was a total surprise. I had a great time being back at the race's and hanging out with good people.
 
This weekend is cross at Irvive lake and will be there Saturday for that. looking forword to suffering some more.
 
Thanks to all our great sponcors........#aminovital #expedopedals #kendatires #sigmasport #hydrapak #ryderseyewear.
 
Talk to ya next week,
 
Randy

Thursday, September 14, 2017

BACKBONE ADVENTURE CYCLING WELCOMES BREWYARD BEER COMPANY IN GLENDALE!

BEER!
WELCOME TO BREWYARD BEER COMPANY!

About the Brewery

Welcome to Brewyard – a craft brewery in a tucked-away converted warehouse with one simple mission: Redefine and rediscover a style of beer that was invented in California during the 1800s for Californians – The “Common” style Lager.  They are beautiful hybrids that offer strong flavor like an ale but still retain a lighter crisper finish of a lager.  Originally this type of Lager had one champion, the California Common.  During our home brewing days we experimented with lager yeast and fermentation techniques to create a large variety of these “Commons”.   We expanded this category of lagers to encompass over a dozen flavors from Hoppy, Roasty, Smoky, Malty, Coffee-y, Honey sweet and Pale. We like to call them Ale’d Lagers for short.
The outer fringes of craft beer can be strong and often intimidating at times. We want to expose people that are traditionally lighter Pale Ale/Lager drinkers to the possibilities of what beer can be and set them off on their craft beer journey. We will also be here waiting when you are finished destroying your pallet on those triple IPAs and barrel aged double imperial coffee sour stouts.
Being lovers of all craft beer we also like to dabble in Belgian Ales, Barrel aging and various other styles of beer that tickle our fancy at any given time.
When you visit us, it is our hope that you feel like a part of the family! Sit and shoot the shit-ake-mushrooms with your friends at our long tables, play a board game with people you meet in the tap room and order from visiting food trucks or some delivery from one of the amazing local restaurants.
The open layout of the brewery & taproom was designed intentionally so you can see and follow the brewing process all the way from the milling of the grain down to the kegging out of the fermentation tanks full of Brewyard beer. If you catch us brewing or working the taproom, don’t be bashful. If you ask, we’ll probably give you an energetic impromptu tour of the brewery.
We are happy to be here, working hard to make world class beer and to hang out with you all. As long as our doors are open, you are welcome! You can check out our hours here: Visit our Taproom


Backbone Fuzz has been working with this amazing purveyor of delicious beer for some time, and they have decided to be a title sponsor this year for the thirsty Backbone Adventure Cycling crew.
After races, be sure to find Ara, Bob, Mark, Randy and the guys for an update of the beer they will have on hand, and look for messages and special updates for BREWYARD on the team Facebook page! Stop by, and tell them that Ara and the Backbone Adventure Cycling peeps sent you in.
PROST!





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ARA WINS NON DOT



Cannot give enough praise for the crew at Non-Dot Adventures for putting on such a well run race series this year in the OC area. From the family friendly environment, vendor area, enthusiastic volunteers, and such fun challenging courses.


Irvine Regional Park was the venue for the 4th and final round of the series. Mix of singletrack switch back climbs with descents down Chutes. The crowd at the top of the last descent was electric! Catered BBQ for all participants and frie...nds! How awesome is that?!
 
Brewyard Beer Company LLC fueled me up the night before at their brewery with an awesome 90's cover band Pulp 90's. Tough waking up but coffee from Regent Coffee - Specialty Coffee got me going. New Kenda Tires USA prototype tire on the front gripped great with no give. Also light and fast rolling, looking forward to riding the final product soon. Xpedo CXR pedals worked great keeping the confidence up on a few nice rollers and jumps on the way down Chutes. Had to keep my heart rate at check especially on the steep singletrack climbs, SIGMA SPORT USA Rox 10.0 was beeping in a frenzy telling me to breath and relax. Norco Bicycles Revolver FS again made the two laps bearable because of the efficiency and comfort. The Sun started to poke through during the 2nd lap, Ryders Eyewear got me covered with Photochromatic lenses.


Smiles all around and a few jokes along the way. Thank you to Roger Hernandez from Kenda Tires, Rod Christiansen for the bottle feed, Mike Sagun of Brewyard, Dan Blurton sweeping and heckling (sandbagger), Mike Franze for having his own monetary currency, Ken Yamakoshi of Xpedo, Ben Essman from Norco bikes, Michael Nasco of Red Monkey, Rob Stotts of H&S Bicycles for an emergency chain change after work, Ricardo Peña with a high five of pain, and of course Baby Jesus.
Special Shout out to Scott McClain for taking pics and helping a down rider...
Backbone Adventure Cycling - Christer Phizzle

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bob and Fuzzy At The Races.



Back in the country🇺🇸and back in the races 🏁! Over 20 years ago Greenhorn Bob learned to mountain bike here. Mathis quickly reveals what kind of rider you are, ...and what kind of rider you want to be. I like to climb. A ridiculously muggy morning made Cholla and Mathis a bit rough, though! But descending Rockit twice was a blast. Great to be out on home turf with @backbonefuzz !

#backboneracing
#sigmasportusa #ryderseyewear #xpedopedal

Thanks to @calledtocreation for the amazing pics and @nondotadventures for a great race! @ Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Randy Rush And The Mammoth Vacation.

Randy, showing you the proper use of a mountain bike frame dropout.



Captn,

Long time no talk, especially about racing. Well I'm im up in Mammouth hanging out with my brother and sister-in-law celebrating both of their retirements. I was on FB on Wednesday and ran across a Mammouth page that said there was a race on Thursday night, so I went up to the lodge to check it out in the morning.
Free Thursday night XC races, with FREE post-race kegger!
So, they have a race every other Thursday night and there is no cost to race. I said "What the heck? I'll give it a go!" I brought my TCR and my Trance, so I could do some riding. The thought of going to do a fun race with no cost was a no-brainer. I went out and did 25 miles on the TCR in the morning and drank water (yuck) all day, then got my Trance ready and headed up. 
I got there and met the guy who was marking the course, and we just hung out and bullshited because the mountain doesn't close till 5. He cant get out to mark the course before then. All we had to do was sign a waiver, get a number plate and good to go. Races are supposed to start at 5:30, but were delayed till 5:45. No biggie.
The course was 2.2 miles with pro's and experts doing 5 laps and Sports doing 2, which was good for me because its starts at 8600' feet and goes up from there (FUCK).

Randy, posing in front of a brass sculpture of me at the beach.
We start the race 1 minute behind the experts and I have a good start (top 5). We start climbing and climbing and climbing and I'm thinking "o.k., my heart's going to explode but hey I'm doing what I like!" We turn right and there's a wall to climb (SHIT) but I make it up and get into some fun single track and downhill with like 4 tabletops which was fun as hell.
Randy, catching a fish larger than his....nevermind.
The other side of the course was a bunch of short, steep climbs and some really fun single track. I never did get my heart rate down but it was all good. 3/4 of the way in on the first lap,  I felt my front tire was very low going through the banked paver turns, but said "what the heck I'm going to finish like this!" I did my second lap which was a little sketchy but well worth it.
So I finished up and I'm thinking in the top eight in the sport class (they really don't score) and had a blast. They are having another one next week so I will be back for that. The second best thing is after I went up to have a beer and the beer was FREE also DAMN I love this place.
The Win's Wheels kit looks rad. You should buy one.
Anyway I want to thank you and all of our sponsors for everything its much appreciated.
#backboneracing #Ryderseyewear #kendatires #aminovital #xpedopedals #hydrapak #sigmasport #thebikeworks #thecyclerybikeshop #royalracing #kmcchain #xpedoedal

Till next time!

Randy "Rushman" Rush

Saturday, June 24, 2017

JOSH EXPLORES BY KAYAK IN KY.


Nothing like breaking up the week and exploring the local @kystateparks.

NON-DOT ADVENTURES MTB RACE REPORT






Round of applause for Non Dot Adventures for putting on a fun race out at Casper's Wilderness Park today! Well organized, cheery staff, and family feel atmosphere. Check them out at nondotadventures.com for more races to come. Big Thank You to Roger Hernandez of Kenda Tires for letting us know about this gem of a race series in the OC. Bob Snyder,Ben Goyette, Kimmi Runner, and a bunch of others from Troupe racing, The Path Bike Shop, Cycleogical and Red Monkey to name a few threw down some fast laps.
Pictures courtesy of Scott McClain of calledtocreation.com