Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Women's 3/4

Women's 3/4
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Good sized womens 3/4 field. Superweek is great for getting much needed experience.

4.50 per person!?

4.50 per person!?
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Ok, we'll make one donation for parking, but not two. Hide the skinny guy in the back.

A break

A break
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Marc initiated the break that stuck.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Got a little press... Omaha World Herald

There were some important points left out the article published today:

The author didn't talk about the sponsorships, which are critical to my success. Without the annual training plans and disc wheel provided by Rightway Training, the Specialized Transition time trial bicycle from Joyride Bicycles, and a supportive family to cover the home base while I travel, there'd be no national jersey mismatching the pink Mercy kit. (Gotta love cycling fashion)

Thank you all so much for your support and attention. I'm off to Wisconsin tonight for eight races at Superweek. You can view results on the website. I'll try and do you proud. Have a great week. Looks like the weather will be spectacular, so you best not be inside on the computer.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Omaha Cycling Weekend & Joyride Bicycles Women's Night

Fantastic photo taken by John Peterson

A huge thank you to everyone who turned out for the Omaha Cycling Weekend, especially the women. It was great to see some new faces and some old friends. The highlights for me included a solid time trial effort and being able to help my teammate, Jennifer Herrell-Rhoades, get second in both the criterium and the road race. I'm feeling good and looking forward to Superweek. Nothing like a solid training plan to hit form on schedule.

In other news, Joyride Bicycles, my sponsoring shop, is letting me host a women's night at the shop this Thursday, 7/16, from 6-9pm. We'll have basic bike maintenance and tire change demonstrations and opportunities to practice, along with presentations from area women on nutrition and how a training plan can make the critical difference in reaching your goals or not. Additionally, there will be food and drink along with store wide sales -- complete bikes 10% off, everything else, including special order items, has been reduced 20%.

Even if you just have a few minutes, stop by and say hi.

Download the flyer:

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Echelon Basics - You race? Do fast group rides?

"This is where most amateur racers make big mistakes. They struggle in the gutter for far too long, searching for a non-existent draft on the very edge of the road. Eventually someone in that line loses contact with the wheel ahead of him and a gap quickly forms. But because everyone’s been fighting through the wind, no one in that long line is fresh enough to cover the gap or mount an effective chase, so the gap grows very rapidly."

Monday, July 06, 2009

What a week....Masters Nationals & Tour of Lawrence

Masters Nationals was a success. Mom got 3rd in her TT and I won mine. Was second in the crit by the width of a tire. Went directly to the inaugural Tour of

Lawrence and raced with a small group of 8, but the 8 were strong riders, so felt good about Sunday's win. Was less thrilled about finishing first loser in Saturday's crit, but hey, that's racing. If you swing the line wide and open the inside, some speedy smarty is likely to take it and beat you to the line on a downhill finish. That's just the way it is.

The women of Mercy finally got their new kits. They're pretty darn cool and looked awesome on Jen who sprinted to a win in Friday night's street sprints. Here's a pic of Sunday's hill climb taken by Craig Sparks.