Archive for November, 2011

New Bike Decision

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2011 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

So I’ve been thinking about what my next bike purchase might be when I eventually decide to retire my Stumpjumper (aka the Stumptress), though with the current economy that might not happen for a while.  I’ve narrowed it down to the rigid singlespeeds shown below.  Perhaps it’s just because I had dinner at Pablo’s tonight, but I think my next ride might be somewhere below.






Big Frog 65

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2011 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

Just signed up to do this race for the second year….looking forward to another fun weekend up in the mountains in late April.

Fellow 41 Flyers racers: make sure to sign up soon as this event is likely to sell out again.

I’m digging the new logos for both Big Frog 65 and Cohutta 100.

Trail Report – Jekyll and Hyde at Oak Mtn State Park

Posted in ride reports with tags , on November 11, 2011 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

I finally got a chance to get back out to Oak Mtn State Park last Sunday afternoon for a brief ride.  I didn’t have  much time, but knew that I definitely wanted to try the new trail, aptly called Jekyll and Hyde.  After warming up on Mr. Toad’s and Johnson’s Mountain, I headed uphill on the BUMP Trail (Quarry Road) for the long-ish climb over eroded trail and rock.  After hiking up Blood Rock, I was able to pick up the new trail to head back down.

I’ve got to admit, I’m not a big fan of the upper part of this trail.  It’s not that it is not well-built, because it really is, it’s just that I prefer trails with more speed and flow than those that are technical and rocky.  I managed to ride through every rocky obstacle, though I also managed to crash a couple of times when I misjudged steering or came off a drop at a bad angle.  I know that once I ride it a few more times it will probably be second nature, but I will likely never be very fast through this section.  One drawback on Sunday though was that my headset became loose at the start of my ride, and a spoke came out of my rear wheel….both of those mishaps probably caused me to ride a little more cautious than usual.

For all of the hardtail jarring that this put me through, I was quickly rewarded with what can only be described as a dirt roller coaster to the bottom of the mountain.  After taking a hard right turn around a large boulder, the technical upper section of Jekyll and Hyde turns into the buttery smooth hilly lower section.  While this part of the trail does have a few small uphill sections, you quickly forget it due to the long stretches of fast and flowing downhills.  This part of the trail just absolutely screams and is a heckuva lot of fun.  And it is way longer than I would have guessed.

I’m looking forward to testing out this trail many more times in the future.  Many kudos to BUMP for the amazing work that they orchestrated in getting this trail built.  And to the Shelby County inmates who were able to get out of their jail cells for some work release duty.

Xterra World Championships Final

Posted in ride reports with tags on November 2, 2011 by tbird7

Nice not having to set an alarm for Xterra races as they begin at 9 am. After having an egg sandwich and coffee with Eddie at the local store I decided to take my bike to transition a little earlier than usual. To my surprise, Lance Armstrong was setting up his stuff as well. I took a look at him and noticed he wasn’t much bigger than me and that there was NO way I was going to let him out split me on the run.
After an easy two mile warm up I headed to the beach for the start. I was right up front when the cannon sounded and I stayed on Eddies feet for about 1 minute before the massive chaos of 700 people made me lose my concentration. Everyone went to far left of the first buoy and had to almost swim backwards and right so as not to cut the course. There were some people who did, but had they turned around they would have lost minutes. Oh well, they will have to live with not racing clean. I had a hard time but did doggie paddle my ass off to get around. The second loop begins after a brief 150 yard or so run on the beach. I felt great and it was hilarious to look down almost 20 feet and see a photographer in his scuba gear just looking up at all of us. Crazy.
I came out of the water in 28 minutes yet I think the timing mat was at T1. I jumped on my rented Orbea 29er hard tail and started off on my 30k ride. I knew it wasn’t ny day immediately as I was getting passed left and right. Just look at all my races this year and my bike legs are far mire superior than the other two. So as you can imagine my mind was playing tricks on me. As I crested the top of a climb at mt 6, I saw Eddie in front of me and his response to another athlete when he said “on your left” was ” Like it f$&@;/g matters!!!” I was laughing as much as I could while simply trying to get up the hill. Eddie tells me he hasnt passed anyone yet on the bike and I replied “me either until YOU” we both chuckled and just tried to enjoy the moment of racing in Hawaii.
After coming in off the bike, I knew I had no shot of an age group podium but still wanted to run down some people. After a half mile, I got the killer instinct I wad missing all day and really began racing. It felt good to pass all the guys and gals who beat me on the bike. I ran strong all the way to the finish and only walked up two hills that were almost impossible to run. I quarter mile on the beach nearing the finish was very tough and I just kept waiting for a calf explosion.
I finished 27th in my AG, Eddie was 36th, Casey was 2nd, and Lori was 2nd. Overall a great showing from the Bham clan. I am hooked and am planning 2012 as we speak. Ironman will have to wait a bit longer. Oh, and I did beat LA by a few minutes on the run 😉