Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Did I mention we won today to?!!!! Congrats to our boy Sutton. Good on ya mate!
4 more days of racing left this season,
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
L'Avenir was tough. 9 days in northern France racing against the best u23 riders in the world is not exactly easy but team USA got along just fine. We ended the race with Tejay taking a big 2nd over all, a 2nd in the tt, 2nd on the 3rd stage, and a 3rd on the final stage. Not too bad. Only issue with doing that well is how close we were to winning something big. So close. Tejay lost the damn race by one second! So close. For me personally it was a good experience. Made the break on a couple of days, did plenty of work to make sure captain Tejay and Pete were where they needed to be and managed to have a good time doing it. Looking forward to trying to get some legit results for myself there next year.
After L'Avenir team USA made a quick trip to Belgium to drop off/pick up some stuff, did a sweet, "beer ride" and quickly made our way down to Lucca, Italy for a little R & R before heading to Switzerland for Worlds. Before moving on to Worlds I just want to say that if you ever get the chance to visit Lucca, take it. The area is an endless maze of bike path sized roads winding through, around, and over every little hill and mountain in the area. Damn good riding. Great place to be after suffering in northern France eating crappy over cooked pasta for breakfast and dinner for nine days.
Worlds. Nice hotel, fun atmosphere, beautiful area, crazy course, less than stellar result. What can I say? I had a blast but I am definitely less than satisfied with our team's performance in the U23 race. Broken spokes, and a few flats offer a couple of excuses. But for those of us that didn't have any bad luck I can't really offer up any reasons for the less than stellar performance other than the fact that it has been a long season. I'm cooked.
I may be cooked but it ain't over yet. I have one week at home then it's off to the Suntour in Australia on the 6th. Race is from the 11th to the 17th. Should be a tough one. Cool part is, is that I will be racing with the ProTour boys. No shame in getting bottles for Mr. "4th place at the Tour De France" Wiggens.
Pretending to rest,
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Philly- DAMN! Good legs all day. Came into the finish ready to dump 5 buckets worth of sprint and ended up dropping anchor when a few guys stacked it in front of me. boo to crashes at the front.
Beauce- WHERE IS THE FLOW???? Had really good legs all of Beauce, but just could never find the flow. Hit 5 moves, 6th one goes... Spend all day killing it trying to get something going, nothing goes... So frustrating. Oh well, it was a good learning experience.
And the fluff- Since Beauce I have just been laying low soaking up all the supreme radness of Boulder, Colorado. Summer has been good to me. Been training hard (had THE BIGGEST day on a bike ever last week) but not too hard. Mentally fresh and physically fit. That's the way to be. Made a trip to Dead Dog. Raced my little booty off and got in some fun high altitude camping. I have decided that pasta is only worth eating when cooked over an open flame and mixed w/ beans and tuna. Doesn't hurt when a cute girl cooks it either...
The Future?- "Training Camp: Goin' Colombo '09" officially kicks off this evening with the "Aero Dinner." We are going to slam it in prep for the second half of the season. Motor pace the valleys and race the climbs; that's how we are going to get our babies off Top Ramen. After camp it's Cascade, Nationals, Utah, and hopefully Missoura.
Hopefully update sooner rather than later,
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Training for Philly/Beauce right meow. So ready to get back on the road and in the races!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Mustache Growing Contest!
Grow your 'stache! Impress your friends! Alienate loved ones!Any rider, staff, or sponsor welcome to comptete in the First Annual F-H-G Mustache Competition. There will be only two categories - Men and Women. The competition will end on June 14, 2009 and correspond with the final stage of the 2009 Tour de Beauce. If unavailable to attend the final judging ceremonies in Quebec please send detailed photos and Mustache CV via email todaimowrench@******.com. Daimeon Shanks (beloved inventor of the exclamation point and mechanic for Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin) will be judging the competiton. Although Daimeon will be recusing himself for the competition, he will be growing a 'sympathy' mustache.Mustaches will be judged on a variety of categories including (but not limited to):
Winner will receive an All-Expenses-Paid trip to their local barber for a mustache shave!*Please forward this email to any appropriate colleagues or interested parties (my email address book is NOT complete!).
The Commitee for the First Annual FELT-HOLOWESKO-PARTNERS Mustache Growing Contestc/o Daimeon Shanks
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Dang, it has been a while since I have updated this thing eh? Sorry about that. I guess I just kind of forgot I even had a blog. Thanks for the reminder ma. Ok since it has been so long I will revert to bullets to save us all precious time and to save me the effort of organizing things in to paragraphs.
- Sea Otter- That race is a zoo! So many people out there. Great trip all around. Road tippin' out there with Daimo and the BB guns was heaps of fun, crashing at Holloway's was easy on the body and mind (thanks again to the Holloways for putting me up!), and the races were just the right kind of hard. Highlight of the racing was spending over 1/3 of the race off the front solo. Didn't win but it was still rad.
- Dana Point- Amazing part of Cali. Got the full Dana Point tour from Steve Blick. Muchos Gracias senior. Big thanks to Coryn Rivera for letting me and Holloway crash there for a couple of nights! The race was... well... a crit. I survived just fine and bridged up to the late race break away. We got got. FYI if I bridge up to a break it will get caught. Happened at Sea Otter and Dana and it will happen again I am sure.
- The Gila- What a race. France Armstrong and crew decided to show up along with every Armstrong fan in NM. Pretty cool seeing one of my favorite races blow up into such a spectacle. Even cooler is showing up with the legs and head to pull off a couple of podiums. Stetina was riding real fast like and the whole team rose to the occasion. Aside from racing old man Stetina home, I would say the highlight of the trip has to be having out team running around Walker's beat up Subaru before the TT tying to get everything together with the Astana crew set up right next to us in a giant plush bus. Nothing like stealing raisin bran from the hotel so you can throw blows with Levi, Lance, and Horner. Oh, and a HUGE thank you to Dale Stetina and Steve Owens for all there help at the Gila. Those two did the work of 5 staff members and did it well.
- Between Gila and Europe- Thought it might be worth mentioning since there might be some questionable photos of me popping up on the internet, graduation season is awesome. Almost makes me want to go back to school. Almost.
- Olympias Tour- That race was nuts. Give a man an inch and he will take 10 miles. Going into this race I figured it was just another race. Turns out it was the Dutch world championships or something to that effect. Just thinking about taking a drink of water would put you in the cars and moving into the top ten required the fee of a first born child and a brain aneurysm. Regardless, the race was a relative success. We took 4th in the TTT, Raymond only finished outside of the top 10 once (that kid is a f**king rocket!), I won the most aggressive rider jersey on the 5th stage, and Caleb had an AMAZING day on the last day to pull of 2nd on the day and 6th overall.
So what is up next? Paris-Roubax! The team is wicked motivated and there are good legs all around. Aside from a couple of little head colds, we're all firing well. Tomorrow, we will be previewing the course with the national team and possibly with the Livestrong crew. After that it is off to Philly and Beauce. Really, Really motivated for both of those. If all goes as planned, I should be going mach 10.
Bueno. That is all I have for now. I will let y'all know how Roubaix goes down.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Chicks dig scars,
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is the only photo I've ever actually considered paying money for:
Redlands starts on Thursday,
Monday, March 9, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
This is what us real men eat after a hard days training...
Kidding of course. Or am I?
Sorry about the lack of posts but life hasn't exactly been all that exciting these days. Been riding myself into the ground trying to get ready for this season but that's just what I do. Nothin' special.
Went to the Garmin training camp in Silver city. That was cool. We road bikes, bitched about not eating gluten (yet failed to fully apriciate how spectacular every meal was thanks to Chris Grealish and his small army), got sun burns, and mailed a bunch of watered down piss to USADA (they have this new rule were the spicific gravity has to be w/ in a certain range & if it's not you have to hang out & keep trying until it's good. In the good ol' days after two shots you could go home. Thanks to the new rule USADA has 8 jars filled w/ pure rocky mountain H2O filtered through yours truly. I hope they apriciate the fact that I was up until 2am making that damn water for them).
Other than that here's all you need to know:
- Kirk is riding fast. There, I said it.
- Julian Kyer signed on w/ Trek Livestrong. Tumbs up hombre!
- My knee still sucks but I'm past the point of caring. I still ice & everything but it's going to have to REALLY hurt to make me give a sh*t.
- A strict diet of rice, beans, eggs, and ginger snaps WILL get you down to race weight.
- The Dodos make me feel good
- DZnuts really does protect your junk.
- Colby Pearce is going to coach me into the next superstar. Just wait, you'll see.
- Lesbians will not steal food if they have to cook it. Ginger snaps are pre cooked...
- Me, Julian, and TK switched Facebook passwords. First one to cave & ask for their password back has to put up a personal ad on Craigslist and go on a date. Only sexy movie stars search for love on Craigslist right?
Friday, January 9, 2009
For me January is the month were thing really start to get rolling. All the crap I've been putting off all off season goes from "eh, I'll do it in January" status to, "wholly sh*t! It's January!" For one reason or another this month always seems to sneak up on me. The start to this year has been even more hectic than years past (if you can believe that... last year I, along w/ damn near everything I owned, jumped the Atlantic, and the year before that I was busy as a box of bees trying to get my crap together to make my debut season as a professional). I'm going to blame the craziness on my 21st b-day and a 100% stupid cruzer bike knee injury.
I turned 21 on New Years day. New Year's eve was rad. Really rad. Like having your 21st b-day on one of the worlds biggest party nights, rad. That was over a week ago though, stop offering to buy me drinks. As much as I appreciate the gesture, I've got some work to do to get back to race weight.
As for the knee...
I wiped out on some ice while riding my cruzer bike to the store. I smacked my knee really hard. This was followed shortly by slipping in my kitchen and smacking it once again. 100% sober, I assure you. Lame, I know. I honestly had myself pegged for some sort of over use injury when I was doing 30hr weeks and lifting 3 days a week back in late November and December. But no, I f****ed up on the way to the store and I'm bad at putting oatmeal on the shelf. That's life I guess. No worries though. It's coming around nicely and right now I'm waiting until it's 100% before really getting back into it. Until then I'll just keep holding my breath while I ride and call that training.
Training camp starts the 23rd for me. I'm excited. Hopefully all joints are ready to go by then.
Happy new year,