Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Randy Hits Southridge!

Well after one hell of a week dealing with waterline breaks in the slab of our house I headed out Friday night to hit round #3 of the Fontucky winter series. Got there a lot later than expected but no biggie, got set up and tried to hydrate (Coors) for the race on Saturday. I talked with the Fuzz the week before and he was headed out to get a little training in for the US cup and drop off some WAY COOL stuff from SIGMA SPORT and Amino Vital!
Saturday morning was a little hectic with Registration and stuff very good turnouts for all three disciplines. Fuzz rolled in we shot the shit and it was time to get the kit on and get warmed up. We had 16 guys on the start for my class and quite a few from week one, we ended up merging with the group in front of us so I was now at the back for the start which is cool for me because its better to pass than to be passed I always say.
So off the start I just got into a pace that I could handle and passed a few guys before the paved road climb, turned off to the single track climb (techy) and was cruising along and a guys falls in a rocky steep climb section and off to walk I go! so I get passed by three guys I passed earlier and get back going pass a couple back and some more climbing.
Me and one guy that I battled with at round one (he beat me) were going at it again, and threw out lap #1 we passed each other five time with him getting the edge again. Lap two im thinking I have to be close to him at the last fire road climb and I can beat him. Lap two I have a few misques and had to walk a couple technical sections and now I cant see him but just tell myself you can catch him. get to the last climb and he's half way up so I go as hard as I can and twenty yards from the top I get him and he says "shit you again" bomb the downhill to the drainage road and pushing as hard as I can and I hear someone on my tail and I'm like NO ******* WAY is he catching me! but lucky for me it was a pro guy so I stuck on his wheel as long as I could and beat the guy by 15 seconds or so.
Very fun weekend felt better than round one but the result isn't were I want it to be. I ended up 12th out 16 this week only one better than last week but had a lot of fun and stayed on two wheels this round.
Thanks again to all of our team sponsors! Amino Vital, Kenda Tires, Sigma Sport, Hydrapak, KMC chain, Novatec wheels,. they make it possible for me to go racing.
Round 4 coming next week till then I'll talk at ya later Captn.
P.s. sorry its a week late just been super busy.

Ara Completes Century Ride #2 Of His "6 Centuries For 60 Years" Challenge!

Completed our 2nd century out of 6 today in and around Palm Springs for 
Mr. Osgood's 60th Bday. Felt good throughout the ride thanks to Amino
Vital Endurance Lemon and Pro recovery. The sun was blazing out there
so my Ryder Sunglasses protected from harmful UV rays. Kenda Kriterium
Endurance tires worked great again even after 2000 miles on the rear
tire. No flats yet (knock on wood) because them tires got Iron Cloak
foo! We knocked out the century in less than 6 1/2 hours and even did
extra 9 miles after the ride. Sigma Rox 10.0 mapped out the whole ride
and my new RC Move kept my heart rate in check. Those two combined make
a great training tool. Xpedo Thrust 8 SL road clips got me out of a bad
jam when a very inconsiderate rider cut us off and was able to unclip
just in time to put a foot down.

Great day to be out there in the desert. Even President Obama was out
in Palm Springs! These are great training rides and looking forward to
the next one which is Solvang Century on March 14. But before that,
mountain bike racing!

Until next time,