Wednesday, April 4, 2012



Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Inside Line Equipment kits, handmade by Bobby Endo in Los Angeles.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

So its been a while....

So its been a while since a meaningful post, but I have had a lot going on...
I started a company called Inside Line Equipment and have put a lot of time into designing, sewing, and marketing bags.  They are "cyclist inspired" but have a lot of great features that are essential for an everyday bag.  Thick padding on the back and shoulder straps, easily accessible pockets, and all waterproof.

But don't worry, I will be racing next season!  I have 29 out of 30 points required for a cat 1 upgrade, so I hope to be starting out the 2011 season as a 1.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lap 1

Broken front derailleur--

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dropped chain

Watching Andys chain come off in the midst of an attack was frustrating for all Schleck fans, but being a mechanic, it sits a little different.  Nobody wants to be responsible for an athletes misfortune!  Especially one wearing the yellow jersey.

But race mechanics work under extreme pressure of time and the need for extreme precision.  This attention to detail definitely carries over to their hairstyle and everyone knows that the best way to work on bikes is while kneeling on the ground like a dirty BMX'er--

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Le Tour

The tour is in full swing, and is as exciting as ever!
If you dont have cable like me, you can catch the highlights on


Monday, July 5, 2010

U23 National Championships

The U23 riders form Clif Bar (Blake, Joe, and I) had a nice beating by the Trek and Garmin development teams in the U23 Road Race.  The circuit is rolling with some tough little climbs, and the teams set a steady fast pace to keep the early breaks in check.  High altitude and dry dessert heat kept us uncomfortable. 

I attacked midway through the race to form a break of 3 with a strong Bissell.  We were taking even pulls, but we never got much of a gap and got reeled in 10 miles later...

After that, I realized that I had decent legs, and tried to conserve, but also not get gapped off as riders were getting popped on every rise.  8 bottles of water, and 6 shot blocks later, I was still hanging on.  On the last lap Joe was still with me but not feeling well.  Going over the last climb with 5km to the finish there was Ben King off the front and then a Garmin and another dangling just off  the main field of about 30.  I had legs to move to the front, but then got stuffed to the back after a flurry of attacks.

It ended in a lame bunch sprint of twig-ish climbers--pretty entertaining--I ended up 24th

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

7 seconds

After a troubling ride at Mt Hamilton, where I went over the top with the leaders, then proceeded to ride directly off the road on the decent, and lost contact, I got a shot at Mt Hood.

After a wet start in Portland, where we had a Prologue TT and a hilly crit, the racing really got underway on stage 3 around Mt Adams in Washington.  The course was absolutely beautiful, but I was unable to take my eyes off the riders in front of me as we were pretty much single-file for the entire race with the United Healthcare team setting tempo for the 100miles.  I was feeling good, and even made it too the front on one of the technical snow covered descents.  Unfortunately, I got caught out towards the finish, when the race leader Morgan Schmidt flatted and the field sat up to let him rejoin.  When he made it back to the front, there was a HUGE surge, and the road at that point was little more than a dirt path and a steady 6% grade that caused major splits. I got stuffed into the second group, while a few cat 2's made it into the lead and got over a minute on us.  I finished 5th on the stage.

The following stage was the 18.5 mi TT along the Columbia River.  With a headwind and 2 moderate sized climbs, it was a very difficult stage.  After a demoralizing start where I was passed by both my 30sec and 60sec men after only 5 miles, I settled in and managed to turn a decent time.  I moved into 2nd place on the cat 2 GC.

With the Queen stage of 10,000 feet of climbing, and 92 miles, I knew anything could happen...but I didn't expect to be the "virtual leader" on the road.  The leader got a puncture on the first major climb and was unable to make it back into the speeding peloton. UHC was setting tempo and other teams were attacking all day, but a breakaway never escaped which kept the pace brutally fast the entire race(Avg 25m/hr!!!).  With 20km to go, I knew that I had to hold the wheel of the guy behind me on GC (13sec. back) and I could win the race.....but, by then I was pretty trashed...when you are riding single file for hours, it is hard to eat anything.
With 5km to go all I could do was stare at the hub of the 3rd place guy and follow its every move.  He(and his teammates) threw in some pretty hard digs, but I kept contact...until about 1km to go where I was completely spent, and I let the smallest gap open, but he saw, and attacked yet again-like a shark tasting blood.

I let him go, I had nothing.  A deep breath refueled my brain, and then I realized what slipped through my fingers, but there was no fixing it--he was gone.  Scott Grey ended up with a 20 second gap which gave him a 7 second lead on GC.  And after a wet, and essentially neutralized crit the following day, It was final--2nd place.  A bittersweet ending to my favorite Oregon Race.

My fitness is coming along nicely in preparation for the U23 Nationals Road Race in 2 weeks.  I am hoping for a little better conditions, as last year, it was over 100 degrees as we raced in the middle of the day.  Warm Bay Area weather will at least get my body acclimated to riding in the heat, but nothing like that dry desert air.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

1000% Focus

Tomorrow will be my third time racing up Mt Hamilton, the tallest peak in the Bay Area.  I have never done particularly well at this race, but tomorrow I am going to change that.  A rare, cat 2 only field was created this year and gives us a great shot at some upgrade points.  Im planning on taking advantage of that and being the one to break up the race.

In recent years, Professionals such as Ben Jacques-Maynes, Paul Mach,  and Jackson Stewart show up and destroy the field right from the first pitch, so it will be nice to have a shot at the win this year...

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Giro de Italia: Plan de Coronas TT

2 years ago- I was there!  It was an awesome experience.  We took a gondola to the top of a ski resort, and watched the riders come through, each with their own position on the bike and grimace of pain on their faces.

Yesterday was the same stage in the Giro, and it makes me want to go back to IT.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Scotts Valley Grand Prix

...attack from the gun!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Race rigs at Gila

Lance's RV
Team United Health Care/Maxxis has a sweet setup
The Sprinter Van seems to be the most versatile race vehicle--this one had a cool bike rack inside to hold a dozen bikes with plenty of room for gear and passengers...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tour of the Gila

You know those movies that start off at the end, and then flash back to the beginning of the story?  And somehow you always are still surprised with the conclusion.....
4 bikes/1 Xterra
I headed out to Gila with my friend Paul from Berkeley.  A 16hr drive, through the desert, in a car with a broken gas gauge. 
We got to Silver City New Mexico on Monday night, and were able to check out the courses a little and settle in before a Wednesday morning start.  At 7000' even just brushing your teeth gets you out of breath.

The first stage was mostly flat for 90 miles, then a tough 4mile climb to the finish...I was happy to let a break go, as it was a bit windy and exposed, so they should be pretty cooked by the time we hit the climb, right?...WRONG!
It was pretty chaotic, with a couple near crashes and a handful of punctures early on, plus a bunch of attacks and surges.  Finally a group of 4 or 5 rolled of, and the field mellowed out....Fast forward to 80 miles, we hear they have a gap of over 5 minutes, and there are actually 13 riders up(never saw that move?!?!)

I wasnt sure how I would react to the altitude on an all out effort up the finishing "Mogollon" climb, but I was happy to be mostly out of the wind the entire day...Ended up 25, and one of the top racers from sea level(the climb tops out at 6700')
A confusing/frustrating start to the race, but at least the nerves of the first day were over.
The second day started with a lung searing climb up to the Continental Divide at 7000' and I made the front selection of 12 or so, but then it mostly came back together on the decent.  We kept tempo for another 45min, and dropped a few, and then a few more on the very technical(SUPER FUN) decent.  As soon as we hit flat ground, attacks started to fly again, but I was unable to choose the right move, and was caught out again(along with the GC leader!)  We worked to bring back the break, and it even got within bridging distance, but 40mile/hr winds kept me tucked into the field.  Ended up 15, 10th out of the field.

The time trial became a lot less important with the time gaps so large because of the breaks, so I decided to not go full throttle, just try to conserve for sunday, because I KNEW a break would win the race, stage and overall.

Even still, the lack of oxygen hurt like hell.
The crit was 4 corners with a slight rise and a "roller coaster" on the back.  It ended up being pretty mellow, so I decided to take a flier in search of primes....Dave Towle hooked me up, and gave Clif Bar a huge shout out!

Getting ready for the big stage, Paul and I cooked dinner at our host house(thank you Steve & Denise!)cleaned and lubed our bikes, and got bottles and musette bags ready for a friend to feed us(thanks Brian) and studied the course profile religiously.  I have never been so excited to crush a bike race.

Ten miles into the race, the field is strung out with a wicked pace being set by the GC riders.  I kept good position, knowing that I had to be in the that first break....then all of a sudden, I notice my front tire is flat, I stick a hand up, to indicate, and drift to the side, looking for the wheel car.  It took way to long to change the wheel, as the neutral wheel had no skewer, I had to switch it off of mine, then remount, and help from the wheel car...

At that point I was 2 minutes down, chasing as hard as possible, head down, feeling strong, but not able to reconnect, I was passing dropped riders, and could not see the field, but then the road tilted downwards and I knew I had no chance....Game Over.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gila Pain

Top 20 on GC with a Crit and a 104mi Road Race to go.
Going full gas on Sunday for the Gila Monster, 9000' of climbing, and 104miles...

Stage 1--25th
Stage 2--15th
Stage 3--32nd

Monday, April 19, 2010

Preparing for Gila

With Tour of Gila less than a week away, I am dialing my training back to taper for Gila.  So this past week was my last high intensity training.  I had a couple long endurance rides through the week, and I hammered through the rain doing intervals in NYC Central Park on Friday, followed by a circuit race the next day. I rode out to the race over the Brooklyn Bridge out to an abandoned airfield in Queens New York.
It was a flat, wide open course, but enough wind that a break was sure to go.  There were a few moves in the first couple laps, but then the field split, and I was in a chase group of 6 with 4 up the road.  I launched a couple attacks trying to weed out the guys who were not pulling through, and make it up to the break, but that didn't work. Long story short, our group got caught with 15 mi to go, and we had a dozen riders fighting for 5th place.  I countered one move with 2km to go and went solo to the line.

It ended up being a 90mi day and got in some good practice riding in the wind efficiently in a pace line.

Tomorrow I am headed back to California with 6 points and a ton of motivation for Gila.  New Mexico here we come!