Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Same sentiment, different words.

As a 'sponsored rider' for Soulcraft cycles, some of my duties include making an occasional appearance here on the web log, while others involve feeding the boss his daily potassium;

Photo by Mitzi Inglis

-as well as convincing him he should do something even though his better judgement tells him he probably should not. This past Saturday we went down that very road as we engaged in the Bike Monkey Magazine Save-Annadel-State-Park-Race while simultaneously celebrating the first ever Wizard Staffs Around The World Celebration.

Racing your bike, or even cautiously riding it over the rock strewn trails of this expansive Northern California park is a tricky thing on a good day, let alone one where your secondary goal is to drink as much beer as you can.

It certainly is not something we would encourage an amateur to attempt. With this task before us we set out and gently peeled the skin from our day's grape, knocking back can after can and mile after mile;

Finally just before crossing the line we pulled over to wait for our teammate Big Steve P, and to finish our stash;

Though we might not have achieved victory in the traditional sense, we achieved it in every other, and that is just fine by us.

The Mattson 2: Man From Anamnesis from michael evans on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Framebuilder's Garage Sale

Come on down/up/into Petaluma this Sunday for killer deals on the piles and piles of cool bike parts that we local builders have been hording for years. There will be beer and food as well as a lot of guys with beards.

Friday, June 10, 2011

This year I again raced the Dirty Kanza 200 in the Flint Hills surrounding Emporia Kansas. I have not done a full race write up yet but I did create a race video diary, which I feel is more telling of this years battle. 290 racers started and only 68 finished I ended up 22nd and bested my last years time. A great day and a hard fought battle...

Race diary from the 2011 Dirty Kanza 200:

My video was also featured on the Dirty Kanza website which can be found at: WWW.DIRTYKANZA200.COM

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Take Care of Your UPS Driver

It's easy to get mad when something you're waiting on doesn't show up on time, but easier to take it for granted when things are showing up on time. Take a minute and do something nice for these folks. Chances are your driver has been on your route for years and will be there for a lot more.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

time to get dirty

dirty kanza 200 coming up this weekend. done every running of the event except one. did the first one tho. i remember watching my previous all time longest ride mileage go passing by on my cyclocomputer. i did the first running on my first soulcraft, a flat bar SS 29er disk brake bike, pictured here. i am prepping it tonight for this years event. pic is from last years gravel worlds.