I was thinking about all of the race and ride plans I've been wanting to execute for a while now, but I've been having trouble setting dates because I never know what the weekend will bring. Will I be doing family stuff, want to go camping, want to go mtbing, etc.
Well tonight a kindly letter from a blog reader has me inspired, and in order to make sure that I follow through with the majority of these plans I'm going to put them out there and give you a heads up.
Here is the agenda for the Spring and early Summer:
4 track bike only alleycat races
Kind of bringing back the Spring Classics but limiting it to fixed gears only (brakes are a-ok). I was inspired by all the dudes still into track bikes that I encountered out in Los Angeles, and I've been bumming for a while about how most of the heavy dudes in the alleycats are now running gears. There was a time when that was considered a total puss move and was grounds for ridicule.
The issue arises when one person does it. I don't know about you, but I hate feeling like someone has an "unfair" (read mechanical) advantage over me. I race hard, and like to win and don't like being at a disadvantage straight out of the gate.
If we're all riding fixed, it's as level a playing ground as you can get.
I'd also like each race to be in a different style:
Race 1: known course mass start drag
I'm thinking Portland to Lake, Lake to River Road, River Road to Franklin, To University, end at Grumpy's DT
Race 2: Crit
I'm planning on dropping match sprints from this year's All-City Championship as no has been able to offer a serious threat to Trevor, pretty much ever. Dude kills you and that makes the sprints anti-climactic. The Red Hook Crit hype has made me want to bring this idea home to MPLS and I need to do a run before the ACC's to work out the kinks
Race 3: Trad Alleycat
Race 4: Time Trial
(anybody remember the Spring Classic TT course? holler at me)
4 Bandit Cross Races
We already had the one at Hidden Beach, all we need to do now is the dog park, Hobo, and Low-Road-Sibley to complete the spring editions.
Thinking about doing some on weekdays, to avoid the pitfalls of taking up a valuable weekend day. Any opinions on this? Would you be stoked for week day Bandit?
Regular Weeknight rides:
I'll be posting up some recurring rides, likely it'll be called something along the lines of Tuesday Night Bustle or some clever shit. Again, this is a harkening to want to bring back a little track bike steez. Ever since the demise of Tricks and Drinks I haven't had a regular week night event to force my tired ass out of the house and onto the bike during the week. Fastish ride around town with a finish at a bar.
I also want to do at least one planned weeknight ride of Low Road to Sibley while blasting black metal in the forest.
Stay Tuned for Fruition.
I plan on posting a lot of the race stuff on the Bike Jerks Facebook page so fan that thing if you want stay up to date via the facebook