Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Yesterday the kids were entered in the first Over the Hump mountain bike race of the season. This is a local race series Held at Irvine Lake in the summer. There were more than 500 racers there from kids to experts/pros. Jacob, my son rode in the kids 9-11 division and ended up taking 10th out of 28. This was his second race ever and he did really well. Ryan, my daughter, rode in the 6-8 class and it was her first race ever. She came in 11th out of 22, but she had a small crash. Unfortunately, in the chaos of getting two kids ready to leave with all of their I forgot to bring my camera so I have no pictures of the race. Jake was not to upset with his finish, but he would like to do better. Ryan was not as happy about her 11th and was ready to do a training ride this afternoon. Ryan and I hit Aliso after she got off school and I got off work. We started at Canyon Vistas and road the fire road down to Coyote Run with Ryan pushing hard the whole time. This was her second time on Coyote Run and everything she was scared of or had a problem with the first time she was able to clean this time. From there we went over to Dripping Caves. Here is a picture on the way up.
Posted by longboarderj at 8:23 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2012
5 oaks ride....crash report! I met Dan Burdett at Canyon Vistas today at 6:00pm. As I was leaving work a guy came in and wanted his brakes bleed so I got stuck there and was running late. I pulled up and he was there with ready to go. I grabbed my lid and Camelbak, pulled the bike out and jumped on. We rode to the top of 5 Oaks stopped and checked out Dan Burdett's new SC Butcher (sweet ride) and then started down. On the way up I realized I had forgot my gloves in the truck, I could have gone back and should have but much like Ricky Bobby I wanted to go fast. I have been riding 5 Oaks a lot lately and felt I had it pretty wired, but apparently I was wrong! I made it about half way down and came into a sharp right hand turn that is smooth and easy on the outside, but steep and rocky on the inside. I decided that I would take the inside, and I took it right into the ground. I don't know how I crashed all I know is that my back wheel ended up on the down hill side and I was laying on my right side looking up the trail. I got up started to dust myself off and noticed a dime sized hole in my hand that was pouring blood. I pulled my Camel Bak off and started trying to dig through it one handed to stop the bleeding.... I found nothing(time to invest in some first aid supplies). Off came the jersey and it got pressed up against the hole, after about three minute I was able to slow the bleeding, not stop it but slow it. I wrapped the jersey tight put my lid and Camel Bak on and rode the rest of the way down. From here Mr. Burdett rode with me out to my truck to make sure I was alright. I held it together pretty well until after he took off to get another run in. As I got in my truck I got dizzy, nauseated, and felt like I might pass out. I got out of the truck and sat on the curb for about ten minutes until the dizziness went away. I debated going to the hospital all the way home, but decided that the actual cut was not that bad and that it was just the reaction when I got in the truck that freaked me out, that and the amount of blood I saw leave my hand up on the hill. This is the front side of my jersey, all of the dark spots are blood.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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Friday, May 11, 2012
This has started out to be a good month. I can say this for two reasons. Number one I won a drawing on the website www.thedirtywheel.com. The second reason is that Jake got hooked up with some parts for his bike. The third reason is that I picked up a second job at Two Wheels One Planet bike shop here in Costa Mesa. Reason Number One
Posted by longboarderj at 7:55 PM
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Sunday night we were at our local bike shop for a bike maintenance clinic and Jake was talking to the shops manager about some of the parts that are getting worn on his ride. The manager went in the back and brought out a Sram X-7 rear derailleur that had been used once, I was getting ready to say "Thanks, but we can't afford it right now." when he gave it to him then told Jake, " Come back Wednesday after school and I will have the rest for you." So today we rode down there and the local shops manager came out with a Sram GXP crankset with bottom bracket, Sram X-7 shifters, and a Sram X-7 front derailleur. All we need is to get a 10 speed cassette and chain, like I said Jake got hooked up and plans to put those ten gears to use this summer at the Over The Hump races and just ripping on our local trails!
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