Thursday, October 29, 2009

Canton 2006 or 5... not sure

here's a video I found in my old desktop,
you'll see a very young Manny Goguen leading the cat 4 race at canton.

this is footage from the beginner race, men, women

I think it was on halloween that year too, it should explain the chosen audio

Sunday, October 25, 2009

More Bacon’s Wicked Ride of the East Ride Report

While sipping the last of my Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Tawny Porto at 1:30 am last night and listening to the rain slap the side of my building silly, I had every intention of emailing Flying Donut to let him know that my bike is still suffering mechanical issues and I won’t be able to attend the ride in the wet morning.

However, I was internally conflicted.  The guru at Big Bikes highly recommended the Wicked Ride of the East, and I was interested in discovering new terrain, especially when it’s only 35 minutes from my front door.

When I awoke Sunday morning to the glorious sunshine, perfect Norman Rockwellian New England fall day, I figured “hell, I can just walk around the mud puddles and still enjoy the ride, keeping my bike safe as I’m not racing anyone….”  This is the kind of self-talk that gets me out of bed in the mornings.

I’ve been starting to burn out a bit on the bike racing (I’m still writing my race report for the 2009 Battenkill from last April), and haven’t been on my cushy mountain bike since the Vermont 50 as some of you might have read about here.  Last night, I took my beautiful BMC (read my VT 50 report on all the abuse it too) over to El Presidente’s house for a little lesson in proper bike care.  We replaced the derailleur cables, brake cables, lubed it, replaced four brake pads, but left the derailleur in a state of not spinning well, and called it a night.  I was at least rolling.

We were limited on the camera we brought today, as we were more interested in riding.  However, we tried catching a couple shots of the great terrain.

Here’s some kick-ass photographic timing and sharp focus.  I understand the photographer had difficulty because I was going so damn fast:20091025-IMG_6227

Here’s Flying Donut on one of the many built-up bridges.  Lost of fun and great trails:20091025-IMG_6223

Another of me on the same fun bridge – yes, we rode this backwards because the sun was in our faces – in case you’re keeping track:20091025-IMG_6224

Finally, one last one of Flying Donut:20091025-IMG_6226

Actually, all the photos just semi-suck because we’re not used to using point-and-shoot technology that can be stuffed in a Camel Back.

The Pros about riding at Harold Parker:

  1. No hills, just pimply undulations.  Perfect single speeding spot for mortals.
  2. Good mix of flowy dirt and technical rocks and roots
  3. Minimal time spent on pavement
  4. Beautiful scenery, especially enhanced by fall colors, sunshine, and lots of pond overlooks.
  5. Location, location, location…close to town.

Flying Donut and myself joined NEMBA, so you might see us around more at some of these organized fun rides.

And to further boot, Fling Donut got a sweet new single speed Spot Longboard with a belt drive.

We learned a lesson riding this new terrain (for us): we need to venture out from the same two or three trails we ride for training rides.  There’s so much great riding within an hour of Boston and Harold Parker didn’t disappoint.  Great event put on my Nemba, and I’m definitely going to try and do some more of their organized rides next year.

I’m sad the days left on the mountain bike are so few this year.  Better get the backcountry ski gear warmed up.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Afternoon at the Jumps

1/2 day od school today, headed over to the jumps
it was great to see a bunch of 10 year olds working on the jumps

click here for a slide show of images

here's my boy, clearing his first gap, and doing his now trade mark KICK!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wrentham MRC cross race

it was a great day for a bike race, horrible day to take pictures.
my trigger finger was frozen, camera equipment was getting all wet.
after a taken a handfull of images from junior/55+ race, I punted on taken pictures
and enjoyed the race!

thankfully, the weather didn't stop FlyingDonut from taken some great shots.

Click here for my pics

I leave you with an image of a biking Ninja!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Minuteman Cyclocross

Pics from the MRC cross race today. Wet, muddy and cold. Watch out for the crazy dog lady!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Providence Cyclocross Festival 2009, Day 2

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I posted the photos from the Elite race earlier in the week.  Here’s the rest that I’ve culled from the Master Elite’s, 45+, Juniors, and Cat 3s.

Enjoy all 32 photos here

Monday, October 12, 2009

The 2009 Providence Cyclocross Men’s Elite Race

I took photos of many of the other races during the day, but I’m posting up only the Men’s elite race first.  The other races, I’ll post as I cull them during the remainder of the week.  It was a picture perfect afternoon for drinking UFO Hefeweissen, taking photos, and recovering from my morning race.

Enjoy all 25 photos here.

Adam Myerson:

Manny Goguen:

On the Hunt Team’sGarage-Independent Fabrication:

Tim Johnson, while he still had people on his wheel (or maybe lapping someone):

Providence Cylcocross Festival - Day 2

click here for slide show
beautiful day + Great Racing + hanging at beer tent = awesome day

but it also means, not so great images...

so I got mostly blurs...
fun shots, but horrible execution.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Providence Cylcocross Festival - Day 1

Click here for images from the Cat 3/Juniors race  Grab a coffee, there is a lot of images

Click here for images from the Elite Women's race 100 more here

and here for the Men's Elite  - a couple of hundred more

if you don't have the time, enjoy this quick slideshow!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

2009 Grand Prix of Gloucester Recap and More Bacon’s Day 2 Coverage

Here at Douple Hop, we had three guys armed with cameras and bikes this past weekend.  Hopefully, you’ve seen Bad Brad's Selected photo set; Pain Face’s Day 1 coverage, including awesome shots of the Pro race; and his Day 2 set.

Now, here, I present your with More Bacon’s photos.  First, if you wanna see about 100 images, check out this album, there’s a mix of some Cat 4, Master’s As, Cat 3, Juniors, and elite Women and Men.

Here’s the trimmed down version of my better 20ish shots, if you’ve only got a minute

Monday, October 5, 2009

Gloucester 2009 | Day 2 | Select

After going through all of the images over and over again, I selected a few to highlight. These are my favorites of the day.

Sunday, October 4, 2009