Tour of Utah Standings Widget Added

Over on the right side of the blog, under the categories section, you should be able to see a Tour of Utah Standings widget will show you at a glance who the leaders are in each of the categories. Images were provided by Blackbottoms Cyclewear. Coding provided by yours...

Official Tour of Utah Leaders Jerseys by Blackbottoms Cyclewear

2008 Tour of Utah Jerseys The five stage Tour of Utah starts tomorrow with seventeen professional teams battling it out over five days. Encompassing more than 330 miles and containing more than 30,000 feet of climbing, the Tour of Utah is poised to beat even the strongest riders into submission. For those that are able to conquer the grueling climbs, the blistering sprints, and the individual time trial, they’ll be able to show it off with some great looking jerseys. You can get the same jerseys worn by the leaders. Blackbottoms Cyclewear has the official Tour of Utah leaders jerseys available on their website. All five are made from 100% microfiber polyester for superb moisture control properties. Here are the jerseys available: Yellow – Commemorative 2008 Jersey and overall leaders jersey Green – Sprinters Jersey Red – Best Utah Rider Polka Dot – King of the Mountains Blue – Best Young Rider Images of the jerseys graciously provided by Blackbottoms...

Rock Racing Meetup on 16-Aug

If you’re going to be at the Tour of Utah this week you’re not going to want to miss this opportunity. Rock Racing will be at Contender Bicycles in Salt Lake City on Saturday, 16-August. Tyler Hamilton and Fast Freddie will be there signing autographs. Thanks to Cycling Fan for making this info...

The Tour of Utah

The Tour of Utah (ToU) is set for August 13th-17th. Positioned along the Rocky Mountain’s Wasatch Front mountain range, the ToU is a 5-day, 5-stage, 336 mile road race that includes 30,000 feet of climbing. All racing takes place within a 100-mile radius that encompasses Salt Lake City, Nephi, and Ogden, Utah. Teams The teams participating in the 2008 ToU is impressive. They are: American R.A.D.D. Bissell Pro Cycling Team BMC Racing Team Bobs-Bicycles.com California Giant Team The Fan Sports Network Team Garmin-Chipotle Hagens Berman Cycling Team Health Net Pro Cycling Jittery Joe’s Pro Cycling Team Ride Clean Rock Racing Team Rubicon Symmetrics Pro Cycling Team Successful Living Pro Cycling Team Team Type 1 Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team Utah All Stars Stages Stage 1 starts and ends in Nelphi City Park and contains 4,851 feet of climbing over 101.8 miles. Stage 2 starts at Ogden Pioneer Stadium and ends in Salt Lake City. It’s 85 miles in length with 10,585 feet of climbing. Stage 3 is the Toyota Downtown Criterium in Pioneer Park. It will consist of 60 minutes plus 3 laps of riding over a flat course. Stage 4 is set to be the crux of the race with 14,778 feet of climbing over 98 miles. It starts at The Lodge at Park city and finishes at Snowbird Ski Resort. Stage 5 is a 7.5 mile individual time trial at Miller Motor Sport Park. Overall it looks to be a very, very tough race and looks like it may live up to its billing as “America’s toughest stage race.” Notable Riders With this many teams riding there are...

A Tale of Two Bicycle Shops – Bought new tires today

Well, if you read Ride 24, you know that I’m way, way overdue for some new tires. My old tires have been on my bike 15 years and seen who knows how many miles. I by no means road all those years but I did ride some. I think dry rot was the biggest factor in their deterioration. Regardless, I had to have a new set. Friday I had called around looking for a new set and getting some prices for comparison. I had been to a shop ‘A’ earlier in the week and they had some Bontrager Selects for $18 per tire. I called shop ‘B’ and they had the Bontrager Select K for $19. The difference between the Select and Select K is that the Select K has a kevlar belt to help with flat protection. While my gut told me to go to shop ‘A’ (because I liked that shop better, the people were nicer, and the prices good) I decided to go to shop ‘B’ to get the Ks. I was willing to pay the extra $1 for the kevlar belt. I show up at shop ‘B’ and tell the guy at the counter I need a pair of Bontrager Select Ks in 700×23. The guy leaves and comes back a couple minutes later. He asks me again what I need. I tell him and he proceeds to look at me like I’ve got two heads. I tell him again. He leaves, can’t find’em and gets another employee to help. I walk over and they’re looking at tubular tires that are folded up on a...

Ride 24: A half-mile of bliss

Trying to get back into my normal routine, my alarm went off promptly at 5:00 AM. I had prepared everything the night before so it was easy getting ready. I was excited to head out and ride again. I opened the garage door and stepped out. Man it was humid. It’s supposed to be 96F today so I’m not surprised. I close the garage door, turn on the front and rear lights, clip in and set out on my first ride in a month and the first since my crash. I get out of my neighborhood and out onto the main road. There’s very little traffic. I pulled into the turn lane to make a right turn and then, “BAM! WWWWWWSSSSSSHHHHHH!” Not a simple “WWSSHH.” This was a catastrophic “BAM!” and I was flat. I was barely a half-mile from home so I just turned around and walked back. I didn’t even think about trying to fix it. Upon returning home I did a quick inspection and found a large (about half the size of my little finger fingernail) hole a few inches from the stem. How did that happen? I had just replaced the tube a couple of days ago so I could have pinched the tube between the tire and rim but I had inspected it after replacing it so I don’t feel that’s it. I did a quick inspection of the tire and couldn’t find anything obvious so I don’t know. I know my tires need replacement so that could be it. This evening I’ll perform a better inspection and see if I can find a...

Went to the local bike shop(s) today

Well, I had to go by the bike shop today to pick up the last item I needed to replenish my seat bag – CO2 cartridges. As it turns out, my wife went with me. We went by a shop that we were closest to at the time (one I’d been in before) and looked around. I found the CO2 and they wanted $5 for one threadless cannister. That seemed a little high to me. I also checked on some tire prices (since mine are in need of serious replacement) and also thought they were high. The lowest priced tire they had (700×23) was $35. I was like no way. My wife convinced me to go to another shop that she was in a few days ago and bought me some new tubes at. How can I turn down my wife wanting to go to another bike shop? So, off we go. We show up and I find the CO2 right away. They are, get this, half the price at $2.50. Amazing. I ask about tires and he brings me two kinds. One recreational and one a little more bomb-proof. The recreational (a Bontager) was $18 and the other was, I think, $25. What a difference! I liked the shop much better too. The people are both shops were very nice but I just liked the second one better. It may be that I’m tight with my money but I just felt more comfortable. It was nice having my wife drag me around the shop showing me what I needed too. Then she started asking questions about the differences...

Return to the saddle is imminent

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted and that’s just shear laziness. I’ve had lots of things going on but for me to just not post has been shameful. I’ve had a good excuse for not riding but not for posting. Where have I been? Mainly recuperating. For those that missed it, I suffered a serious crash back on Ride 23 that left me hurting for a while. I was very lucky to not break my collar bone which would have kept me out longer. As it turns out, my knee is what has caused me the most problems. I must have hit it much, much harder than I remembered and it’s taken a full month for the soreness to go away. The scrapes on my knee and shin are still healing, and a little sore, but not preventing me from riding. I replaced both tubes yesterday (one needed it because of the patch I put on it back on Ride 21 and 1/3) and gave the bike a good look over in preps for rides this week. With that, I’m all out of excuses to get back in the saddle. So, what’s gone on in the month I’ve been away? Carlos Sastre wins the Tour De France. I watched most of the stages, as I always do, and found myself really cheering for the American teams Garmin-Chipotle and Columbia. While most of the riders on those two teams aren’t American, I’m glad to see American teams doing well. We did have American riders like George Hincappie, Christian Vandevelde, and Danny Pate ride well but the teams as...

I’m still around but healing

I tell you, the crash in Ride 23 has just ruined my ability to exercise. My shoulder is fine now. It was sore for a few days but is 100% good to go now. My knee is whats causing all my problems. I believe when I hit the sidewalk I bruised my knee pretty bad. It’s till tender around the edges and one of the scarpes I have is just below the knee cap. It hurts everytime I bend or move it. I’ve started icing the whole area twice a day and that seems to be doing some good. I do believe it’s getting better each day but it’s taking longer than I expected. It’s killing me to not be able to ride. This just sucks. In the meantime, I’ve been making a huge push with my mortgage acceleration business. I sent out a bunch of marketing packages earlier this week to local realtors and will follow up today with phone calls. If you haven’t heard of this program, I invite you to check it out. I can show you how to own your home free and clear in one-half to one-third the time and potentially save tens of thousands in interest. All this without refinancing, without changing your monthly mortgage payment, and without adjusting your current living lifestyle. To find out if this program is right for you, and to see if you qualify, is free. Contact me if you want to know...

Ride 23 – Crash and Burn

Well, it’s been about a week since I rode last. Not all my fault but some of it was. A business trip out of town and rain wasn’t my fault but laziness was. Because of that, I was planning on calling this post “No More Excuses.” You see, as I’m riding I’m concentrating on riding good but also letting my mind wander to different things. One of the things I think about is what to title the post for that day’s ride. Because it had been a week since I’d ridden, and because I felt bad about it, I was set to title this post No More Excuses. Before the end of the ride, though, events would cause me to change it. My alarm went off at 5:00 AM as always for a weekday ride. I’d gotten a decent amount of sleep last night and felt ok. Maybe too much because I felt like I was in a fog for the first few minutes of the ride. After that, though, I began to come back to reality. The weather was good and there was actually a little chill in the air. That was nice considering the 90F days we’ve been having recently. It was chilly enough that I rode with my jersey zipped up. No moon in the sky so it was dark. Starting off my legs felt….weird. They didn’t feel bad and didn’t feel great. They just kind of felt there. It was a weird feeling. They began to warm up and for the first time in a long time, I started to feel it in my quads...
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