Friday, October 12, 2007

It's hard out there for a derailleur

It must be because we get to ride in pristine redwood forests every single day, but we sure seem to get through a lot of derailleurs and hangers on our rides. Nicole holds the world record breaking at least 4 in the last year complete with hard to find Ellsworth hangers too. I broke an XTR rear derailleur that was less than a week old, what's worse was that we weren't even supposed to be there, we were lost and it was all my fault too. Don't be fooled that we're just a bunch of dorks who don't know what the limit screws are for, these were all legit sticks in spokes or hitting obstacles on the side of the trail. But the worst was yesterday, Erin came out for her very first ride with us and only the second ride on her new Blur and right near the end (whether she liked it or not it was going to be the end) of the ride, her jacket fell out of her pack and got caught up in her wheel and totally borked up her new derailleur. But as usual it's all fixed and ready to go and we'll keep on riding.

Remember: You read it here first, we totaly scooped Velo News on this one :)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Whiskeytown 9-5

Several VeloNerds and associates went to the Whiskeytown 8 hr race this weekend and it was a HUGE success, so awesome.


DJ: 8 laps (2nd place!)
Me: 7 laps (4th place)
Nicole: 6 laps
Ben: 6 laps (riding with Nicole)
Sophie: 5 laps
Geo: 5 laps (3rd in clydesdale)

2 of Nicole's laps didn't get counted since she didn't go through the transition so Sophie got 1st and Nicole 2nd

the course was awesome (9.5miles approx), kinda like riding at Boggs, a great mix of single track, technical and climbing and some fire roads. The overall feeling of the race was just like racing should be, very friendly and supportive really cool. Must do again. Also heard of a 8 hrs of Boggs that's in March.