Sunday, August 30, 2009

8 30 2009 Kissena States Sprints

So my main goal today and this year was to post a good flying 200 meter time, it turned out to be 12.57 seconds in a 108" gear (52x13). This is a full second faster than my best time from last year, and it is a relatively good time for Kissena Track. Even though I was consistently posting times below 13 seconds in training, I wanted to do it at an official Kissena event. The icing on the cake - I got the bronze medal for the Cat 4's in the Match Sprints. Alexander Barouh got the gold along with several other medals for various events and the overall ominium win, while Jody Pogue got the silver. Some standouts at this year states were Mike Wilzipeski (Master 50+) who won the Cat 4 Kilo event. Luca Zeray who won the Cat 4's scratch and keirin races, not bad for a 16 year old junior who has been racing for less than two years (coached by John Campo). Stephanie Torres another junior who got second in the women's Match Sprints (coached by her dad who was a former sprinter).

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Aero position for Kilo

I installed an adjustable stem to lower my aero bars even further. I felt I was sitting a bit too high with my old stem. Since I am fitter now than opening weekend, the core is stronger and the belly is not so much a problem, I can therefore lower the bars into a more aerodynamic position. Also this position allows me to slide forward on the seat into a more powerful position when I need to gain some extra leverage during the last lap of a Kilo.

I am aiming to beat my best time of 1:19.98, so any tweaks will help. The 1:19.98 was done at TTown in a 108" gear (52x13) which felt good but was difficult to get going from a standing start. I am therefore going to switch to using a 96" (50x14). I am still discovering new things about my abilities, learning new techniques and the feel of different gear ratios. The cumulative effort of training and experience will definitely lead to a better time. The learning curve is steep and just when you think you have every base covered something new comes along to make you rethink your plan.

Today is the day for the States Kilo but I decided not to go since it was raining as of 2pm in Queens, with a 100% chance of further precipitation for late afternoon. The temperature is hovering around 70F, not ideal conditions for track time trials.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Update on Gabe

Donna said:
Hello NYC bikers. I am Gabe's Mom, Donna. Thank you for all your creative help. Gabe is still heavily sedated but his brain swelling has gone down a lot. Follow his progress at . We love to tell him about your activities and relay messages. Keep the good energy flowing it has been the best medicine.

Shannon Schwien said:
Hi, my name is Shannon, and I'm one of Gabe's cousins from the midwest. I would just like to thank you for publishing this wonderful article, and for all the effort that is being made to help out our sweet Gabe and the rest of our family in SF. We are all so thankful that he has such an amazing support system in NYS and throughout the world!

8 22 2009 John Campo orienting West Point riders

8 22 2009 Army West Point cycling at Kissena

Friday, August 21, 2009

Website for Gabe

Inge Hoonte

Hi folks -- Gui and Justin pulled forces together and created a website where we can leave our well wishes for Gabe, Kierie and his family. I'm sure they'd love to hear from you! Updates on his progress are posted here, as well as a link to the donation page.

Taylor Farnsworth photography - T-Town

Taylor Farnsworth is a track cyclist and a photographer, she is currently not racing, but knows exactly where the good angles are to take pictures at T-Town. Check out her site and the Nittany Cup pics taken August 8, 2009

Icing on the Cup Cake - August 2009 Masters Nationals Colorado

Scott Woerner Photography

Christine D'Ercole - Gold
Next up were the women in the 35-39 age group. Christine D’Ercole (Brooklyn, NY/Affinity) beat out Shane Ellis (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Team Hammer Nutrition) in the final to slip into a Stars-and-Stripes jersey while Dena Eaton (La Jolla, Calif./Momentum) bested Ingrid Alongi (Boulder, Colo.) in the race for the bronze. Kara Vidaca rounded out the podium in fifth.......

Andrew LaCorte - Gold
In the men’s 35-39 sprint, Andrew LaCorte (Plainview, NY/Affinity Cycles) beat out Jason Garner (Glenview, Ill./Northbrook Bicycles) in the final to slip into the Stars-and-Stripes jersey. Ryan Crane (Houston, Texas/American Track Foundation) bested Wesley Pierce (Seattle, Wash./Wines of Washington) in the bronze medal round while Adam Smith won the race for the podium’s final step.......

Marius Farioletti - Silver
In the final sprint of the evening, Jonathan Fraley (Bayview, Wis./WDT/Allvoi) won gold in the men’s 30-34 group ahead of silver medalist Marius Farioletti (Brooklyn, NY/Affinity Cycles). Riding to the bronze was Randy McLain (Boulder, Colo./Hammer Racing Team). Martin Houston (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was fourth while Daniel Lim was fifth...... more