Watching a race I should be in is probably top of my list of depressing activities. So this is me making the best of a disappointing situation. The guys really put on a hell of a show during the circuit race. I wish I could have been a part of it. 
Hopefully the final product of these photos is going to make it worth it though. 
Meta photo of me by Andy Bokanev who I was really pleased to meet. 

Watching a race I should be in is probably top of my list of depressing activities. So this is me making the best of a disappointing situation. The guys really put on a hell of a show during the circuit race. I wish I could have been a part of it. 

Hopefully the final product of these photos is going to make it worth it though. 

Meta photo of me by Andy Bokanev who I was really pleased to meet. 

We’re done. 

Last discount code for Rip Van Wafels is “timeforabreak” good for 10% off. 

Time to hit the dirt. 

Cascade Stage 3 - DNF 

Cycling is a sport of really low lows. This is probably the lowest I’ve been all year. After not being able to push the pedals in the TT at anywhere near a number that I felt comfortable telling people I started to suspect that there might actually be something wrong with me. Like physically. But it was still extremely disappointing to wake up the next day with the aches, the chills, and green shit coming out of my nose. 

Whatever. I started the stage. We started racing. I bunny hopped through a round about (life long goal accomplished). Then I was in a crash. Chased back on the bumper of the Jelly Belly car. All this happened in the first 5 miles of the race. Then we started racing up Mt Bachelor. Fourteen miles and twenty five hundred feet later I pulled over in the feed zone and quit. 

I’m really hating my body for not cooperating with me on this trip. Sure we went up that climb fast. But I was just nowhere near my best and that’s the frustrating thing. I could have been there. It was within my abilities.

So it goes.

Cascade Stage 2 - Time Trial day

We didn’t get time cut by Zirbel and got to hang out and eat lunch by the river. So a good day. 

Cascade Stage 1

So we climbed Mt Bachelor, twice. I’m cracked. I definitely gave up on the final climb today. That sucked. I think we pedaled uphill for at least twenty miles. 

So yeah 20% off Rip Van Waffels for the next 24 hours with the code “20milesofclimbing” 

Strava

Cascade - Prologue 

A lot of hurry up and wait bullshit today. The shorter a race is the longer it takes to prep for it. The whole field of 210 guys is with in one minute of each other. Tomorrow will be a major sorting out on Mt Bachelor though. 111 miles. 

But since today was only a five minute race the Rip Van Wafels discount code is “5minuterace” and is good for 5% off until my race report goes up for tomorrows stage. 

The Cascade Cycling Classic starts today. Six day’s of insane bike racing. Wooooo bike racing. 

I’m also going to be posting discount codes for Rip Van Wafels with my race reports. So if you want some cheap wafels. Check back here later tonight and find out how the prologue went. 

Question dump. Top to bottom.
I’ve never felt impaired by the rim but it’s definitely in my field of vision. 
I ride with one. I never look at it while I’m racing though. 
I don’t know. It’s your body shave your legs if you want to. Just make sure to keep your trap shut if she decides to stop shaving hers. 
Go check twitter. I hear it’s great for that. 

Question dump. Top to bottom.

I’ve never felt impaired by the rim but it’s definitely in my field of vision. 

I ride with one. I never look at it while I’m racing though. 

I don’t know. It’s your body shave your legs if you want to. Just make sure to keep your trap shut if she decides to stop shaving hers. 

Go check twitter. I hear it’s great for that. 

So the last three Lousy T-Shirts Christeen printed we wanted to try something different. The result was three shirts with a weird pastel fade. One of these is in SF with my buddy Mark Mariono. The other two I’m going to bring with me on my trip out west (both are smalls). So if you’re going to be in Boise Saturday for the crit or in Bend for Cascade, come find me! 

Question dump. Top to bottom.
Well, you’re making some interesting claims but then following up with saying that you don’t actually know anything. So… I think they key thing to understand is that “basic professionalism” should come with a professional wage. The less you pay your riders the less overbearing control you get to have over their lives. In many cases guys on D3 pro teams were riding for a few thousand bucks a year or nothing at all. So yeah when you get your monthly pay check for $250 dollars or whatever it’s not exactly going to inspire you to skip the post race hot tub or pass on having a beer with dinner. For the most part bike racing is too fucking hard and involves to many sacrifices for someone to then come along and yell at you for trying to also enjoy your time. If directors want to do that then they need to add a few zero’s to everyones paycheck first ATMO.
That’s a bit old school. I’ve heard of it. Going home when you’re feeling good makes sense if you’re tapering for an event. Pushing through may or may not makes sense depending on where you are in your training cycle and how much Chronic Training Load you have. 
Not weird. Keep on keeping on. 
Intervals are a training tool. Off season is for having a good time. Cut that shit out and have a good time. 

Question dump. Top to bottom.

Well, you’re making some interesting claims but then following up with saying that you don’t actually know anything. So… I think they key thing to understand is that “basic professionalism” should come with a professional wage. The less you pay your riders the less overbearing control you get to have over their lives. In many cases guys on D3 pro teams were riding for a few thousand bucks a year or nothing at all. So yeah when you get your monthly pay check for $250 dollars or whatever it’s not exactly going to inspire you to skip the post race hot tub or pass on having a beer with dinner. For the most part bike racing is too fucking hard and involves to many sacrifices for someone to then come along and yell at you for trying to also enjoy your time. If directors want to do that then they need to add a few zero’s to everyones paycheck first ATMO.

That’s a bit old school. I’ve heard of it. Going home when you’re feeling good makes sense if you’re tapering for an event. Pushing through may or may not makes sense depending on where you are in your training cycle and how much Chronic Training Load you have. 

Not weird. Keep on keeping on. 

Intervals are a training tool. Off season is for having a good time. Cut that shit out and have a good time.