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.