Thursday, December 18, 2008

Audio CX Nationals 2008

Mom did great and got the silver medal in her group. I think she'll get the gold next year.
Oh, and my results: Masters 40-44, 3rd; Elite, 26th.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Congrats to Troy Krause and Tom Price

2nd and 3rd in the 40+ 'B' men!

Congrats also to Brian Jensen on his 'B' men win.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ready for action

Ready for action
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Clean. New housing. Tuned shifting. Thank you Nate and Monkey Wrench Cycles.

A need for combat

<<< the mostly reverend said...

your 9th grader is a wrestler? good for you and him!! i wrestled in junior high and high school, and coached the year that i taught school.
other than cycling, it is the most demanding, unappreciated sport a kid can do. long hours of training--year-round--of hard, thankless work. sacrifice, sweat, and all that.

Yep, Erik wrestled for a season when he was 7, then developed a condescending attitude towards organized athletics across the board till he went to high school, where on the invitation of a boy who was told to find all the big kids, asked Erik to go out for football.

"I think I'll just do it," he said.

Erik said he did it because of the cognitive conflict it gave his academically oriented friends who generally considered jocks as both jerks and dumb. He also thought it might be a way to get that extra muscle he needed to wrench the alpha spot from his big bro.

He didn't get to play all season but for a couple of minutes, but practice and lift he did, day after day. Then, at the close of the season and having a lot of respect for his freshman football coach, who is also the head wrestling coach, Erik signed up to wrestle and may have found a certain calling.

Of course, Big Bro takes the credit. Without all those years of abuse, how would Lil Bro have become mean and tough?

In a week and a half, one of the varsity boys will drop out of Erik's weight class, and Erik will step onto the varsity mat. Despite knowing he'll likely be seeing a lot of the gym lights, he says it's the only way to get better, b/c he'll go to triple the meets and face opponents who'll push him to his limit.

Of course, I'm thrilled, but Erik's always had a warrior spirit and a high pain tolerance, so it's a good fit. Nonetheless, developing the willingness and ability to step into the pain and deliver is something I want for all three of my boys and only they can give it to themselves.

Oh, and football and a few weeks of wrestling did indeed put an end to the regular clashes of titans around the house. Two days before Erik's 15th birthday last month, Big Bro admitted he was outmatched and conceded; however, there was an arm wrestling contest after dinner Monday, and Big Bro won the left handed challenge.

"It's not over yet!" he exclaimed, immediately pulling his phone and tapping away.

"oooo, gotta tell the the girlfriend, huh?" Erik teased.


Such is the life among boys.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

In pursuit of "Stars'n'Bars"

With Nationals just days hours away, I've been experiencing butterflies in the tummy and other indicators of anticipation. I'll be racing for my age group win on Friday at 1pm, as will my mom, and then aiming for a top 20 finish on Sunday with the elites at 12:30. If it crosses your mind, send out some good vibes around those times. :)

If you want to be among the first to know how things go, subscribe to the twitter feed:
I'll be posting updates from Natz with my trusty samsung.

Some good reads:
USGP Women's Finale
CX Magazine's breakdown of the national's course

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Lux vs Irving

Lux vs Irving
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
First period and Kyle put 5 on the board.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

My top nemeses....

According to, my top foes are Mark, Josh and Jason. Hmmmmm.

Go ahead, I dare you. Look yourself up on this site. Yesterday I came across it for the first time. Haven't spent many minutes there yet, but going to poke around some more this weekend.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Google Forms + Mobile Web = Happy Nerd

I like spreadsheets, but oftentimes the data I want to track is awkwardly removed from where I want to review it. Take tracking your gas mileage. You have to write it down, do the calculations, then  if you want to see what it was over a month, etc. You can see how it gets to be a pain.  No more and it won't cost you a dime.

Create a Google form and then use your mobile web-enabled phone to enter data wherever you're at. Because Google let's you decide which columns to make public, there's no risk of showing what you may want to keep secret.  Behind the scenes you can have your spreadsheet constantly calculating and you can see your analysis when you choose with no big labor investment.

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are right under your nose.


Katie Compton's Koksijde World Cup Race Report and Photo Gallery : Cyclocross Magazine - CX News, Races, Photos, Videos

<<<<<<<<<< Hanka attacked the sand, led out of the last corner, and took a glance back. “When she looked forward, Katie attacked and easily won the sprint,” Mark recalls. >>>>>>

It's a short article and nice to read about an american taking the top spot in CX. Read it....

Make sure to click on a picture to launch the view. Hanka Kupfernagel has this posh mobile home and a crowd watches her warm up. Katie is all alone under her tent. Katie kicks ass.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tolerance for Courageous Sucking

Yeah, it's about photography, but is applicable to anything at which you'd like to improve, so don your lycra and "Cleft Unto the Suck."

And, even if a given shot is shit — and, most certainly, the vast majority of all my photos are varying degrees of shit — you still learn from the bad ones and no damage is done. Truth is, at the level I’m playing, there’s no real cost associated with failure. Unless, you count the damage of working with unrealistic expectations or the paralyzing joylessness of the conventional wisdom that only some are “Blessed with Creativity…” [insert Tinkerbell glissando]

So, maybe, that’s what really grabbed me last night, when — depending on your perception of how this stuff works — I either started to lose The Fear, or I became one of those horrible little people who doesn’t realize how stupid they look fiddling with a camera.


Same idea from Ira Glass:

Monday, December 01, 2008

Jingle CX recap

Well, I didn't get what I was after this weekend. I wanted the top of that podium, but you can't make mistakes and get that in the field that showed up this weekend. My best chance was Saturday, but I didn't ensure I was in the gear I wanted off the top of Mt. Krumpit when I arrived at the bottom. I thought I was, but when I mounted at the top and tried to pedal off, I was at a dead standstill and shifting under load doesn't work. The front end of that race disappeared and I spent the rest of the race trying to recover ground. A later mistake in the sand resulted in Kristin Wentworth's taking the 4th spot. Try as I might, she was not to be reeled in and I had to fight to secure 5th.

Credit: Dennis Grelk - See his other pix

Sunday, conditions were so slick with mud and I honestly didn't know how I'd do. Tilford gave me a couple tips without which I surely would have placed lower. However, I have to admit, despite knowing what I needed to do to get down the slimy Krumpit slope, it was only on my third approach to the lip that I finally had the courage to go on down and execute the plan . If you watch the video below, you'll see why Amanda won it. She just zipped down. I was careful, but stayed up. Josie won the race for 2nd with her no mistake final lap. I messed up a remount and the trip through the swamp ditch, giving her a gap I was unable to close. She might have still beat me, but I might have given her a better run for her money.

Who knows what would have happened, but I wasn't disappointed with 3rd in the least. Amanda and last year's 30-35 national champ, Josie, are good riders and most definitely earned their spots. I rode well and have a new sense of confidence in the mud.

Here in Nebraska, we don't get much practice in that type of stuff. It's usually dry and hard. Over the last couple of months, I spent a goodly amount of time riding rollers and doing intervals in the loose gravel along the sides of the roads. Both these activities helped me learn to pedal more smoothly and keep a light touch on the front end, which paid off big time this weekend.

I'd like to give a huge thanks to Marc . The periodization plan he put together is working wonderfully and I felt great both Saturday and Sunday. With 3 teens at home, a full time job and all the other stuff I do, there's no way I could ride at this level without a careful plan to help me make the most of the time I have. I don't know what nationals will bring weatherwise, but I think Jingle CX 2008 has me set for nationals. I'm feeling good and think I'm ready.

Additionally, without his help before, during and after the race, Sunday would certainly been an exercise in misery. In fact, I think my friend and next year's teamie, Jennifer, summed the conditions up after her race and before mine... Wet and covered in mud, she said any humor whatsoever, "Have fun. I am done with this s**t."

Other highlights included watching Keith Walberg's movie, "Zero Traction," where Catherine Walberg does the best job describing what being an athlete is all about. I can't recall her exact words, but in short, those times where you really fight for your win or your spot, despite the conditions and in the face of physical or circumstantial shortcomings, are the best, especially when you emerge victorious. That's why we're compelled to go to the line.

Marc and I also got to visit with Kathleen and John, a couple I've admired since I first met them, but with whom I never got much chance to chat. Why the admiration? Well, she's beautiful. He's handsome and they just seem to have so much fun together that it's infectious. Getting to be around people like is one of the reasons I dig this sport. I also have to laugh at (with? maybe someday) the young boy who tossed his specialized down and declared he needed some tires with some traction before his race. Someday that kid's going to be a champ. You can just see it. I wonder how he did in the kids race? I was busy screwing up courage for Mt. Krumpit when they went.

I'd also like to give a HUGE thank you to Jay Thomas and the Trek Stores of Omaha, Kansas City and Saint Louis. Without tyour support, I wouldn't have been on the cx courses this fall at all. The bikes are working well and I'm aiming to do your investment justice in a couple of weeks.

To everyone who hollared and urged me to let off the brakes -- THANK YOU. Your encouragement made riding in that cold and getting down that slope so much easier. The specators make this sport rock.

Have a great week!

Women ride down Mt. Krumpit - Jingle CX 2008

Here's video footage that gives a better idea of how big and steep Mt. Krumpit is. I was wondering who was riding it and who was sliding it. Amanda just zipped down like it was nothing. She certainly deserved her win yesterday.

If you know who took this footage, let me know, I'd like to give credit. 

Watch the video

Here's a still of what Mt. Krumpit looked like on Saturday when we ran up it.
Jingle Cross Rock 2008 077b

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
3rd today. Very happy with my mud ride.


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Crowd continues to grow


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Single speeders. Sheesh.


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Some makeit look easy


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Spectators are starting to swarm for the carnage


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Today's descent is a messy slick doozy

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

United States - Department of The Treasury - Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

Find out who's getting how much. Are any of your financial institutions on the list?

Transactions REPORT

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sisters of Mercy

As a few of you know, I've joined the Sisters of Mercy for the '09 road season and I think we're going to have a blast, though I'm going to have to get some new lipstick to go with the pink kit.

Imagine 200+ women starting in your CX race

Portland.... where CX rules. Read the write-up.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mental training

Must be the day... During my workout this morning, I almost quit three times, but kept telling myself not to practice quitting. Don't need to get better at that. Yes, there's plenty of perfectly good excuses, but pushing just a little harder will be what I'll need to hold a wheel. Just focus on completing the interval. Don't think about the others, just this one. Do it right.

Before the final interval, I decided I wouldn't worry so much about my legs, I would simply focus on making them turn, one crank at a time, and the reward would be having made myself do it. It was so worth it. In a couple of weeks, I might very well hit that point where 2nd - 10th looks a lot better than imposing more pain on my engine. When it comes, I'll be ready. I'll think about this morning. I'll focus on what I really want and push through.

As I cruised my news, I found my thoughts affirmed by none other than Levi Leipheimer. Give it a read, it's worth your time.

Survey says....

Ok, all you Lincolnites. If you haven't taken the trail survey, please do it now. The more participatory we are, the better.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Long have I sought this answer

A Better Way to wrap headphones w/ Music from brian on Vimeo.

Thanks, bluno, for the link.

Don't miss Lincoln's state CX championships

Lincoln CX Weekend presented by Highgear Bicycle Store of Omaha & Monkey Wrench Cycles. Don't miss it. I've heard the course will be expanded north to improve the climbing opportunities. Oh joy. I can barely contain my enthusiasm.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cowboy Cup 2008

Check out the pix.

  1. Kevin Murray
  2. Craig Schmidt
  3. Janna Vavra
  4. Nichole Woody
  5. Nancy Brown
  1. Nate Woodman
  2. Jesse Peterson
  3. Paul Webb
  4. Marc Walter
  5. Sydney Brown
  6. Kevin Limpach
  7. John Vondraceck
  8. Matt Gersib
  9. Randy Crist
  10. Dennis Grelk
  11. Dave Randelman
  12. Paul Eichler
  13. Brandon Harpster
  14. John Dean
  15. Wanda Simchuk (DNS) (hope you can make it next time. 'Twas a lot of fun.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Farm CX Pictures and Results

See the pix.
Joy Division
1. Craig Schmidt
2. Kevin Murray
3. Janna Vavra
4. Fr. Tucker
5. Kim Carveth
6. Nancy Brown
7. Scott

Glory Racers
1. Jesse Petersen
2. Nate Woodman
3. Sydney Brown
4. Marc Walter
5. John Vondracek
6. Dennis Grelk
7. John Dean

Friday, November 14, 2008

Looks like the top 4 Glory racers are taking home some moola

If you're curious, I've added some fields to the RSVP'd list that show how much Glory Race payouts will be if everyone who signed up, shows up. Looking pretty good. Of course, there are some who haven't RSVP'd and that's OK, we'll add it to the pots on race day.

View registrants for Joy and Glory along with current Glory payout.

Haven't signed up? Do it now.

Pic from Trek catalog

Well, how about that... a blurry pic in the catalog. Thanks, oldman, for the heads up. Julie and I did this portion of the shoot, but she's a lot taller than me and beautifully blond, so maybe you picked the correct leg.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rockin' good workout this morning

A couple of weeks ago, I was concerned I might be losing fitness and whatnot, but zee coach said, "trust me, you'll be fine."

Sure enough, the numbers are spot on and then some. I'm starting to feel that upswing and I'm getting excited for Jingle Cross, the first of exactly two "A" races.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Weird. Make people suffer and they like you.

My Tuesday and Thursday classes are overflowing these days, so starting next week, there will be sessions on Monday and Wednesday from 5:45 to 6:30, though I'd like to propose 5:15 to 6:45.

If you're a woman and you want to be ready for those group rides come April '09, then this class is for you. Also, if you don't have a HRM, get a polar strap from Sheels. Feel free to bring your stationary trainer and clean road or cx bike, but come early so you can get set up. The building opens at 5:15 am.  

Contact Five Willows at (402) 488-4747 to get a punch card or join the club. It's a nice set-up; you'd like it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

For Pat

camera phone + photoshop = dangerous combo. You could be next.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Cheeky squirrel

Cheeky squirrel
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Well, here's the jackolantern destroyer. He's about a foot away from me and completely disregards my taps on the glass. I think he needs a name if he's going to make himself so at home.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Don't be a wuss

OK, I think I'm coming out of denial and am beginning to accept the change of season. As I opened the car door this morning, I thought, "Don't be a wuss. You have a beautiful commuter and it's not that bad out."

Every year, I find myself resisting the chill and the change, then settling in and viola, it's spring. Here it goes again. I had a nice ride in. Hope you did too. And if you didn't ride your bike, get out your hat and gloves, and just do it.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Trek CEO, John Burke to present in Omaha

Activate Omaha and WELCOM, in partnership with Midwest Cycling, are sponsoring a lunch on November 11 from 11:30am – 1:00pm at UNO’s W.H. Thompson Alumni Center (6705 Dodge Street). The general public is invited to attend, and is asked to please RSVP to or (402) 934‐5923.

John Burke, Trek CEO to present in Omaha
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport cycling omaha

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The fall sequence at Mad CX Madison, WI

Remember me telling you about this fall and how many of you sent me links to the initial pic.... Jamie Young, of jamie young photography, has graciously shared the entire sequence with me and now you too can vicariously relive the event without the impact. The pic missing is me grabbing my bike as it started sliding down the incline.


Sunday, November 02, 2008

Boss CX at Tiffany Springs - My legs are toast

Helmet cam lap courtesy of Gary Calton.

Saturday's Boss Cross was on the Tiffany Springs nationals course. This picture doesn't do it justice, but in short, the course is built on the side of a south-facing hill. It's not very technical, though that would change if it weren't dry. Covered in ice, mud or a mix, I think there would be potential for lots of time spent on the ground.

The course will be quite spectator friendly. From the starting area, you can pretty much see the entire race, which is cool. Also, having it on the south side of the hill might help reduce winds from the north.

Anyway, we had a decent showing in the women's 1/2/3. I got a great start and never lost the lead. My Trek riding cx teamie, Catherine Walberg, was second and Jennifer Rhodes followed in third, with Michelle Jensen rounding out the payouts at 4th.

After an hour's rest, I lined up with 39 others for the 45 minute Men's 3/4 race. I took the start easy, not wanting to blow my legs up, and tried to just hit a smooth, maintainable pace. Over the course of the event, the steady effort brought me up to a 10th place finish.

Overall, I'd say my power is improving and I expect to peak as planned for Jingle Cross and Nationals.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Annual pumpkin carving

Annual pumpkin carving
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Left to right: mine, nick's and erik's. Kyle didn't want to do it this year.


Ladies and kids,

All the races have experienced a larger turnout this year... This is good, right? More racers equals more competition... If you're me, then it means more people kicking your ass, but if you race in the Women's categories, or as a junior, this also means that you are racing earlier. You now race at 10:15. Sorry to make you wake up earlier, but I need my beauty rest (and so do those hideous 3/4 dudes)... I know that the master's have been up since 4:00 am, but, that's the way it goes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Now this would be cool

Software unlock for iPhone 3G coming soon? Apple - CNET News: "Gizmodo picked up on a video produced by the iPhone Dev Team demonstrating that it has gained access to the baseband processor used by Apple in the iPhone 3G. The baseband chip is what controls the connection between the phone and the mobile phone network, meaning that a software download that could let you use your iPhone 3G on a carrier network other than the ones officially designated by Apple could be released soon." -- legally.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Spooky Cross Iowa 2008

This is Spooky Cross's 2nd year and instead of rain and mud, Iowa served up wind and mud. Nonetheless, it was well worth attending and you should put it on your calendar for next year. I only went Sunday, but did the Men's 3/4 and Women's open back to back.

Had two great starts and was sitting in the front 7 of the men's field for the first half, but biffing the topmost board up the 2nd steep climb allowed a gap to open and I wasn't able to close it down once we turned into the wind. Then... and this had to be hilarious if you were watching... I had regained some ground by the latter laps and was gaining on some dude's wheel when saggy shorts spelled the end to my bid. I was heading into the barrier run as fast as the wind would allow, which wasn't all that fast, but nonetheless, as I went to dismount, my shorts caught on my seat. Oh! oh! no!  There's nothing like being caught between your bike and  ground when your headed for a solid plank. Brake. Biff. Bury, roll, pick up the pieces, pout, remount, resume pedaling.   Ended up 9th. Sigh.

Fifteen minutes or so later, 9 of us women headed out for another 45 minutes. This time, I was slowing and dismounting well before the barriers. Both to protect my knee from impact and my pride from another shorts induced wound. Had another great start and secured a solid lead halfway into the first lap.

The best news of the weekend is that a millimeter adjustment in seat height seems to have improved the situation for my left knee.  Now, if this latest run of antibiotics can clear the ongoing sinus infection I'd be completely amp'd. Fryguy has some pix from the day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Holy moly

Holy moly
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
U probably can't read this but it says, ';Your insurance saved you $461.29.'; yowza. What about folks who don't have insurance? I'll b thinking about that on the way to the polls.

Monday, October 20, 2008

CX Weekend Wrap-Up

The Capital and Boulevard Cups weekend was a good time as usual, with the latter's bonus spread of fantastic food and free beer a special treat. I was happy with my bikes and performances for the most part. Out of the 4 starts, 3 were excellent.

Fresh legs and improved handling led to a win and 6th place finishes in back-to-back races. I did the women 1/2/3s followed by the men's 3/4. In the former, we started 30 seconds back from the men cat 4s, and I managed to close that gap and come in first over all. I missed my pedal at the start of the second race and immediate lost touch with the front end of the men's 3/4s. Even though I was able to eventually get into the top ten and finish 6th, there was a big gap between me and the first five. November 1, I'll give it another go.

Sunday's races were a little more variable. Saturday's efforts yielded some left leg stresses and I needed to take that into account. Although I had two great starts, I had shifting problems in the first race which led to a twice dropped chain. The first time, I was able to get it back on with some careful pedaling, but the second required a full stop, dismount and some fiddling. Consequently, I had to chase back up to the first two women, Michelle Jensen and Jennifer Rhodes, and completely lost the front end of the cat 4 men. In the subsequent 3/4 race, we had over 40 starters and in 3 laps I made it up into the top 10, but decided to pull out after a barrier run triggered some sharp pain in my left knee. Although I would have liked to have seen if I could have held on to my position, I didn't want to compromise this week's training efforts.

All in all, it was a great time and wonderful to see so many cat 4 women out on the course. A special kudos to my mom, who raced on Sunday. It's so exciting to see how much faster and stronger she's become in a year of consistent training and riding. I should have taken some pix, but I totally forgot. Sigh.

Friday, October 17, 2008

My weekend awaits

Off to Kansas for the first time this cross season.
Looking forward to seeing everyone and getting in some good efforts.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Get your CX on Weds Nite - CANCELLED

(Yeah, I know, we should jump at the opportunity to ride in the mud, but some of it is really really muddy. Trust me on this. A short window of daylight is no time to be stuck cleaning up a bike)
Because of the Market-to-Market relay, many of you were unable to come preview the CX course. This Wednesday, 10/15, the course will be open from 5-7pm. Address is on the flyer.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

John Peterson's pix

Check these pix out. John got some really good shots. I never cease to be amazed how a good photographer can make you look better than you thought you were that day. And, I didn't realize Jesse had managed to cut Mark's lead down so much. Dang.

I didn't write it up, but the Omaha races were all about creating muscle memory with regards to my switched brakes. When the XO2s were built up I decided to move the rear lever to the left to facilitate dismounts into barriers.

At that Wisconsin race, I'd only had the cross bike for about 3 days and I'd forgotten I'd asked for the switch and didn't encounter anything odd while riding. As it turned out, I rode those first two races on a front brake alone, for when I focused my attention on the rear, I realized I'd loosened it too much. It's amazing I didn't crash more than twice. 

Perhaps you think it ridiculous that someone could forget something like that, but really, sometimes when you're so tightly stretched for time, and nothing seems awry on the surface, you forget to do a point by point check. I won't again though, and after riding nothing but the cross bikes since, I've got the habit changed.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Live cyclocross - Superprestige Series

Superprestige Cyclocross Series to be Broadcast Live on Internet

"Great! What time?" Well, only local (Belgium) times were given, so it was off to a time zone converter.

Sunday morning, 9:30 it's coffee and cyclocross. Talk about pre-ride inspiration.

Friday, October 03, 2008


November 15 & 16 

11950 S 148th ST, Bennet, NE 68317

Join the Brown's at the Red Roof Farm for some high intensity PCL cross action on our newly created 1 mile course. Guaranteed to get you ready for Lincoln's No Fear SOBE weekend on 11/22-23 and Iowa's Jingle Cross 11/28-29.  PREVIEW THE COURSE October 11 from 10 am till Noon and let us know what you think. Even if you don't wanna race, come watch and bring some cash to enter the calcutta. That's right. Buy a racer. Have them burn out their lungs while you sip a beverage and win some $$$.


9:00 AM Registration closed for both Joy and Glory segments. 

9:30 AM Calcutta* closed.

9:30 AM Onsite parking closes. Arrive after 10:30 and you'll need to park in the pasture.

10:00 AM JOY (First-timers, Kids, Women, Men)

This 35 minute ride-as-long-as-you-can-stand-it race leads to some interesting prizes. Entry fee: $2 + one oddball item to add to the PCL schwag repository. Don't have some oddball item? 

11:00 PM GLORY 

$22 puts you in the 60 minute race for glory and cash. Your first $2 keeps Farmer Brown's mower running and $20 goes into the jackpot to be paid back to the top 4 finishers: 40%, 30%, 20%, 10%.  So, if 10 folks race for the moola, the payout will be $80, $60, $40 and $20.



============= Q & A  =============

What's this calcutta thing?

There will be a silent auction whereby ANYONE NOT RACING FOR GLORY, may purchase a Glory Racer. The purchase money is put into a pool and paid back in the same percentages as the Glory Race. So, if the racer you bought gets second place, you'll get 30% of the calcutta pot. 

Will there be beverages?

This is a BYOB event on private property. We'll provide the bonfire. 

Can I get USA CYCLING upgrade points with this thing?

Hell no. This race is all PCL. You ride at your own peril, subject to all the consequences of your own incompetence, lack of foresight and general stupidity.

How do I register or ask more questions?

Contact Sydney ( or 402 417 5600) and arrange to pay your fee. You'll be put on a list of registered riders.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

flat = DFL

couldn't get further from the pits and flatted. turned into a long
hike for 18th place. i was so disappointed, but that's bike racin.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Planet Bike Cross Day 1 - Syd's season opener

Well, in short, there's plenty of horsepower, the bike's great and if the rider gets a better throttle on her aggression, it's gonna be a good season.

The race started on a dirt track. My start wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what I wanted and I had to really drop the hammer to move up to the front 5. Last year at Jingle Cross I got schooled with regards to letting anyone get a gap from the gun and I wasn't about to let it happen again.

Nonetheless, the leader created a gap and the women in front of me weren't shutting it down. Concerned, I jumped and went from 5th to 3rd, then moved to 2nd, where if I'd been thinking instead of just letting cross madness consume me, I would have settled for a bit, rested and just rode. But no, all revv'd up, I launched an attack and biffed it on an off-camber turn on the top of a steep incline. I hit the dirt, the bike rapidly sliding away, but I manage to give an extra long reach and snatch the rear wheel. Pulling it back to me, I mounted and began powering again to regain position.

Lots of energy expended but I'm just about back to where I want to be and go into a corner way too hot. Down again. This time, I'm mad and sulk for just a bit before remounting and getting back to business. This puts me way back and I have to remind myself someone with a solid character would make her best effort to finish the race. I also recall Catherine's saying something along the lines of if the race goes awry, use it to practice form. So I settled in, adjusted my attitude and began to recover ground and rode my way back to 7th by the conclusion.

Slow down and be fast. Don't know why I have to learn that the hard way at least once a year. I just get all aggressive and it interferes with my thinking. That being said, it is my first race of the season and maybe this is what it takes to bring it all back, because I'm sure amp'd up now. Game on for tomorrow, girls.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

America - We deserve it dividend

Here is your answer to the AIG crisis. Sounds good to me.
A friend of mine sent me this email and I don't know how you feel about the bailout plans, but I'm kinda down on it. I know lots of people stand to lose and all that, but they're just going to do it again, so why don't we bail us out? Laugh or cry.

================================='s Jack's plan:.

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S.
Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.. So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.

So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.

That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife team has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.

Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads

Put away money for college - it'll be there

Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

Buy a new car - create jobs

Invest in the market - capital drives growth

Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And, of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ("vote buy") economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work." But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than do the geniuses at AIG or in WashingtonDC.

And remember, my plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!

Team Revolution interview

After the last race at Gateway Cup, Carrie and some of the crew got to give a short interview.

Made me laugh

Made me laugh
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Stopped at the grocery this morning and saw this. Laughed aloud.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

42 Minutes

Remember The Hitchhiker's Guide? Check this....

This, that and the other

Very cool.... Amber Neben wins TT Worlds (If you don't recall, Neben is a University of Nebraska Alumnus. She ran cross-country until a stress fracture put her into a coaching position. Read Neben's Wikipedia entry.)

Exciting for me.... I'll be riding for Midwest Trek/SRAM this cyclocross season and my bikes arrived yesterday. Have one put together and the other will be ready next week. They're Trek XO2s equipped with SRAM Force. On last nights little test ride, I was pretty happy with the feel and look forward to opening the season in Wisconsin this weekend at Jonathon Page's Planet Bike Cross Cup where the competition is looking to be right fierce. I better get out and work on those dismounts and barriers a bit more.

A different set of two wheels.... I did venture onto another set of two wheels during a Rider's Edge course offered through the local Harley-Davidson dealership. Now, I just need to make time to jet down to the DMV and get the endorsement stamp on my license.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Just in case you forgot Cyclocross Nationals 2007

Thanks to Zeke's blog, I've got this gem to share. If you don't recall last year, you should check this out. Psycho'Crossers are bad ass.

Ready for take two????

Trek's Project One

It's about time a bicycle company put together a 'build your bike' online system similar to those of auto manufactures.

On the 16th, Trek launched its "Project One" consumer site where those desirous of a personalized Madone can build their bike online, then order it through a local retailer. I say "personalized" instead of "custom" because in my mind, a custom bike, is one built for your measurements. From what I understand of Project One, you can choose your color and build options, but the frame size is set and your local dealer will help you choose the correct size.

I played with the tool, just to see how ugly of a design I could create. Why? Well, honestly, there's some hideous looking quality bikes out there and I wonder if they help or hinder frame sales.

Do you buy a Vanilla because you can't get that quality of frame elsewhere, or do you get one because they're simply gorgeous. Would Sacha White build you a bike and then let you paint it with an american flag fading to purple flames with lime green stripes on the seat tube? Maybe, just because he could make that look good, but call me a skeptic.

Pez got the first bike. Check out its review.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Favorite nutrition tracker goes mobile is my favorite nutrition tracker. It's a pay-for, but the ad-free easy entry more than makes up for the cost. They've also come out with a great mobile version usable on any phone with a web browser, yes, even the little openwave one.