Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Considering Cross Training in the Off Season?

Then you must check out our own VP...Joel Jones! He means business while racing "Santa Runs Tacoma" last Saturday. Joel doesn't mess around pushing 2 kids at once. Great job Joel!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Holidays from Narrows Velo!

Thought you might all enjoy this excerpt from RoadBikeRider.com:

Made your New Year's resolutions yet? Didn't think so.

I resolve . . . .

---not to begrudge riders who have gotten faster than me. I will smile and say "Great job!" as they drop me on hills. I will not spread rumors about going to a party at their home and seeing used syringes and testosterone patches in the trash.

---not to spend so much money on bike parts. I will not tell my partner that by buying cycling equipment I am helping end worldwide recession. On family shopping trips, I will not point out that our kids already have shoes that more or less fit whereas I do not have ceramic-bearing derailleur pulleys.

---not to get upset when the numbers from my power meter/heart monitor/cyclecomputer/feeble brain are not what I think they should be. I will not make up excuses, like, "If it wasn't so cold, my output would've been 10 watts higher." Or, "I coulda gone 30 seconds faster if I had some ceramic-bearing derailleur pulleys, which cost less than a pair of kids' sneakers."

---not to talk incessantly about cycling with non-cyclists. When Great Aunt Hortense says this year's holiday turkey was even moister than last year's, I will not reply, "Speaking of this year, can you believe Lance finished third in the Tour?"

---not to get stressed when I miss a ride. I will not pout. I will rejoice in the opportunity to complete home-improvement projects, attend ballet performances and/or Monster Truck rallies, and drive children to their sporting events or music classes in far-off locales.

---not to be so rigid about things. Like New Year's resolutions.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Weekend Rides December 5th & 6th

Weekend Rides are on! Details to be posted soon. Same meeting places and times. Don't pass up this nice, crisp, sunny weather!

Here is the Saturday route:


Your ride leader for Saturday is Tom Hackleman. Ride Safe & Watch out for silent Rotweilers!

Sunday route: Leaving Susannes in GH @ 9AM, then heading to UP and then off to Dupont and back to GH.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday 11.22.09 Ride

We will be meeting at Cutters on 6th & Orchard at 9:00 and rolling at 9:10. Those that want a cup of jo feel free to arrive earlier.

The route will be out to DuPont and back at an easy pace. For those that want to work on their TT skills we will have a TT on the flats towards DuPont.

See you Saturday

"Let's Ride"

Friday, November 6, 2009

Satuday Ride 11.7.09

Cutters Point 9:00 AM. Proposed route is Lake Tapps Loop via Levee


If nasty out we will improvise a plan B to include a shorter closer to
home route (Point/Steilacoom)


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sunday November 7th Ride...8AM Start Time! Ye Old Cemetery Ride...

Team and/or guests,

I have a proposed route for Sunday as follows:
Cemetery Route<http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/wa/gig-harbor/71612571368...>
By the numbers: 8am start from Suzannes, 54.5 miles, and 1926' of elevation
gain (dead flat by Gig Harbor Standards), Zone 2, no drop policy.  There are
plenty of options for shortening the loop if persons are interested.
I believe Gary has a proposed "alternate ending" that we may investigate
after we hit Manchester.
Please note the start time is 8am.
~Matt Smith

Really it's OK. Halloween is over!!!

Bring your fenders!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Saturday 10/31/09 Ride

We will be riding from Cutters Point on Saturday morning at 9:00. Route TBD. Hope to see you there and bring fendors if wet!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekend Rides October 24th & 25th

Saturday 10/24:

Meeting early (8:15) at Susannes Deli in GH to meet the rest of the crew in Tacoma by 9:00, ride to be determined from there.
Range: 30-60 miles (2-4 hrs). Target 16-17 mph avg. (fall start pace). Weather: Mostly clear/cloudy.

Sunday 10/25:

Meet @ Susannes @ 9AM. Head to Southworth Ferry Terminal (possible loop or out and back).
Range: 30-50 miles (2-3 hrs).  Target 16-17 mph avg. (fall start pace). Weather: Rain Likely-fenders a must.

UPDATE: Route Posted Here: http://www.mapmyride.com/view_route?r=181125635603032490

Friday, October 16, 2009

Saturday 17th Ride

Looking forward to a ride Saturday and lets hope for dry weather!

The ride:
Meet at Cutters 9:00 roll at 9:10. Over the bridge to the trail. Around the Harbor and out Cresent Valley to the Ollala Bridge. We can then decide to head back on Peacock or add some miles by traveling north. If we head back the ride will be +/- 40 miles.

It is likely to be wet on Saturday, please be sure to put on your fenders w/buddy flaps!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sunday Longbranch RR course

It looks like I have this Sunday off. I would like to meet anyone who would like to preview the possiable course choices. I would like to meet at the Purdy park&ride at 9:00 am. We could then carpool to the longbranch community center. I want to ride the course both directions. The weather sunday looks OK. Please sound off if you are interested.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Saturday October 3rd ride:
How does this sound to everyone?: We'll leave Cutter's Point Coffee Shop at 6th & Orchard at 9:00. Go down N 30th to Schuster Pkwy, Pacific Av. to 509 (short freeway ride), across tideflats to Marine View Dr., to Browns Pt., to Dash Pt. to 1st Av. (we're in Fed Way now), down to Redondo and back up to 272nd, under I-5, 272nd becomes 277th which drops down to West Valley Hwy. From there we could head back to town (should be about 50-55 miles) through Sumner or go further to Victor Falls or Orting or both (more like 70-80 miles. Hey, Rich, what does Map My Ride say about this course?) The biggest problem I see with this route is that, while doable, its not a great out-and-back course for the 'cross guys who want to go a little easier or those who need to get back earlier. Let's hear from you guys. But it is an awesome ride that we haven't done in quite some time. See y'all there.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

It's Cyclocross Season! Recap of Starcrossed @ Marymoor...

All I can say is "What a Night!". It all started during the afternoon watching Alex Walker kick it off to a great start in the Men's 4 division. He was looking so strong and inching towards the front 5 every lap. As it neared the end Alex put on his "race face". Notice the determination in this picture:

Job Walker! He placed 9th overall out of a boat load of crazies, not to mention he was in a fixed gear!!! Good God man!

Next up was Ross Gilbert in the men's 1/2 division. What a major accomplishment to even race in this category. Ross was looking confident when he opted for a sip of my Deschutes IPA. I could see a twinge of nervousness, but still confident. He was gliding like a gazelle through the barricade jumps and really pouring on the heat during the straightaway sprint area. Great job Ross to finish around the 30th place out of 100 guys! (remember 1/2's!!!).

Also did
n't want to leave out Kyle who raced in the Elite Mens class. Way to go Kyle (sorry I didn't get any pics of you). Kyle looked like he had a jet pack attached to him the whole race and he really gave it an amazing effort.

Then of course you always have the true mad men. I managed to get a picture of the big hair fat guy:
And Robot Man:

And The Bunny Hopping Bandit (Alias Mr. Grey Shorts):

Great Job, Good Times.

Until next year...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Meet the Team Ride Sept. 12th

NOTE: Please bring ID to this ride (Driver's License). We may ride in Fort Lewis and ID will be required to get in.

Old Town Bicycle Race team is a well known south sound road racing team. While historically centered on Masters races, in recent years there has been a shift to include all categories of racing. We train hard, race hard, and have fun while doing it all. So, if you live in the South Sound area and are looking to join a team that you don't have to drive to Seattle to train, come and check us out.

Saturday the 12th is the annual meet the team ride. We will be meeting at Cutter's Point coffee @ 9am for a friendly ~2 hour ride.

Map to Cutter's Point:

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This is will be an easy no-drop ride, perfect for those starting the fall/winter training season. The route will be determine on Saturday.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Welcome to The Racer's Blog

Hi Everyone,

We want to welcome you to the Old Town Bicycle Road Racing Team in association with Narrows Velo official Blog site. We will be using this blog site for additional interactivity beyond what the Google Groups site can do. Also, anyone can check out the blog, it is open to everybody. We will be posting training ride information on this site and also other mentionables.

Thanks for stopping by.

-Matt Molzan and Matt Stevens