Week 1 of Bamacross is finally here!
Sunday begins the best part of the year. BAMACROSS! We have a lot going on this year to get ready. Among getting gear all dialed in, heckles rehearsed, and our beards grown out, we have picked up a new RADICAL sponsor in Birmingham Physical Therapy. Ellen and her staff are really excited to help the team and the series out with some PT help and some cool events this fall. Be sure to come say hi to...
Shop Closed July 5
bicicoop: The shop will be closed this Thursday, July 5! While we are fully aware that July 4th is the holiday of choice, on the 5th a certain special someone will be celebrating his birthday by buying a house, and we’ll all be there to celebrate with him. Happy birthday Ross!
John and Lee are Crazy: Dirty Kanza 2012
Dirty Kanza 200 Gravel Road Race (full report) After last year’s mud caked disappointment at the Dirty Kanza 200 there was no doubt in my mind I would be back to try again in 2012. That was decided before we even began the drive back to Alabama last year. I had to go back. I had marked the race on my calendar and was patiently awaiting registration to open when I got an email from my boy...
Trans Iowa part III
Part 3: It’s 3 AM and I am riding my bike. It was 8:45 PM when we left Checkpoint Bravo at 170 miles into Trans Iowa. Clouds overhead obscured whatever helpful moonlight and stars would have otherwise been out to illuminate the night. On went the lights. I usually run a super bright Ayup headlamp and no bar light. For some reason I am still unsure of I deviated and put the Ayups on the bar...
John and Lee's Epic in Iowa continues...
Part 2: Dude, Where’s My Monstercross? Within a minute of my 2:30 A.M. alarm going off Saturday morning I was staring at the weather report. Still cold. Still windy. Still suck. Lots of suck. This is what I had planned for and it looked like we were gonna get it. I wolfed down some food and went down to load the bikes up in Lee’s truck. It looked scary outside. Iowa sky right...
John and Lee are the real deal: Trans Iowa part I
From John’s blog: Part 1: The West Wasn’t Won on Salads Last week at the Sunny King Crit Kyle Campbell posed a question to me that made me pause. “…so what made you want to do Trans Iowa?” he asked. This made me think hard and I quickly scurried away to the free beer tent with Tyree to ponder my friend’s question. I should interject here for those wondering...
Meanwhile in Tuscaloosa...
Boris Simmonds has been training a lot over the winter for road season, he took it to the Tour of Tuscaloosa this past weekend. Here’s his write up. Enter Road Racing - Tour de Tuscaloosa 2012 Disclaimer: I have not “blogged” in a while, so this is a bit of a novel! This weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to compete in my first “real” road race, the 6th Annual Tour...
Southern Cross 2012 report wrap up!
We had a great time this year at Southern Cross. Sam was our best placed rider at 4th place Single speed (26th Overall) followed by Boris, John, Alan, Lee, Zach, Daniel, and Ross. There is some great coverage over on Cylcingdirt as well as reports from Alan, John and Sam. Y’all be good; MTB season starts next week.
That's a wrap for Bamacross for now.
What a fantastic season. We had a truly fantastic group of people ride with us this year and can’t wait to see the bigger and better things we can do for next year. With 31 podium appearances, 3rd place overall in the team competition and 4 podium positions for individuals in the series Bici brought it this season. None of this would have been possible without our family of riders, friends...
Southern Cross Training by Sam
Today I decided to go out to Oak Mountain State Park to figure out a good course to train for the Southern CX Race. After looking at Alan Barton’s Strava from last years race I knew this race was more about elevation gain than distance. I also have to give Lee Neal, George Mattison and others a shout out because they used a variation of this to train the last few years. Oak Mountain has...
John K rode the Skyway today and had this to...
For those of you not in the know, the Skyway Epic is a section of trail/ forest road in the Talladega National Forest that goes from Sylacauga to Adam’s Gap near Mount Cheaha in Anniston. This will be featured in the Skyway Epic race on May 20. Brent is still figuring out logistics but one can assume if it comes from Brent’s mind it will be wonderful, hard, and feel like getting kicked...
Just when you thought we were done, Bamacross...
Due to a scheduling mix up Bamacross 9 saw us back in Brookside for the 5th time this season. No worries, with Brent at the helm there was no problem completely flipping the course upside down and all around. The course had features that we had seen before but throw in a lot more turns and a ton of mud you’ve got yourself a completely new course. The turnout was pretty low with road/mtn/lame...
Goodbye Brookside. Bamacross 8.
So sorry I missed last week’s update from Gadsden. It was a great race and Bici repped hard. Some highlights are Kate’s battle for 3rd place in the women’s race, Thomas’s win in the Men’s 4 in a straight up sprint, and our Junior racer William Hereford nabbing a third place in his race. It was rad. Moving on to this week’s shenanigans, the fourth and final...
Sloss Cross! Bamacross #6
By far one of the team’s favorite venues. Not just because it is only 2 miles from the shop but also because our fair city is the backdrop. How rad is that? The first race saw Anna and Kate in the Women’s Elite race and John, Zach, and Lee in the single speed race. Despite losing her chain Kate was able to get her best result yet with second place coming in behind Maike from BBC...
Under the Lights Bamacross 5.
The Anniston night race is probably my favorite bike race. Not just cross but all of it. The best atmosphere, the biggest crowds, and the fastest fields. Maybe not the best music but that’s all subjective. (Bob Seger- Night Moves for real?) The course was really fast. There was a lot of pack style racing because of all of the wind out there in the flats. A couple of steep climbs and the...
It Ain't Cool, It's Cold... Ice Cold!: NorCal CX... →
Bamacrossers Take Note! its-cold: 1. No touching riders actively racing 2. No throwing, spitting, or discharging objects from a device at riders. Even if you know them. 3. Heckling insults should reply on wit rather than obscenity 4. Foul language is permitted as long as there are no children within an acceptable distance….
Sam's USGP Louisville Report.
After hearing talk of the USGP in Louisville from fellow Bamacrossers I made the decision to sign up and give it a go. I had to decide on either Cat 3 or single speed and I saw that the single speed field was very small on average compared to cat 3. So single speed it was and I was to be riding in class, Zach Davis let me borrow his demo bike from the shop, a 14 pound Trek Cronus CX Pro set up...
anothershittybikeblog: ”in soviet russia, the barriers dismount YOU” - Ian NCCX#5 (via: Billy)
Bamacross #4: A banner day for Bici Coop Racing.
Yesterday was the 4th race of the Bamacross season and the third time we raced in Brookside. Brent did a great job setting up the course so that it was almost a completely different course than previous editions. TONS of running, a lot of twists and turns and a little more running. The way the course was laid out if one you tried to recover you were going to get gapped. If it was a flat or fast...
The much anticipated: Lee Neal at 24 hours of...
The Dirty Kanza mud fest and my failed attempt at an attempt to complete the TNGA route back in September left me feeling a little bummed. I needed to do a hard race of some sort to help me bounce back so I made a last minute decision to register for 24 Hours of Georgia solo. I drove over Friday afternoon through some sweet Atlanta rush hour traffic and arrived at Conyers Olympic Parkway to...
Bamacross #2. Return of Summercross.
It was another great day of racing out in Brookside for the Bici Coop crew. Sam grabbed first in the Singlespeed Category ahead of Riley from CCR. A little redemption from Dead Dog last week, perhaps? Brooke was able to maintain her 2nd place in the Women’s 4 race as well. There must have been an off week in TN because there were some out of town talent in all of the fields. Despite that...
Well that was fun.
Bamacross #1 of the 2011-12 season is in the books. Well, kind of. We’ll see where the final results end up after all of the protests are all sorted out. Anyway, this was our sponsored race this season in the Bamacross series and it went off amazingly. We had a strong crew come out Saturday to lay out an amazing course. Fast sections, slow sections, technical, and smooth sections all in one...
You gotta keep the devil down in the hole. cxhairs: Charm City Cross. Day 1 Men’s UCI race from Baltimore. With @FieldyCX @c3cx.
Here we go....
This is who we are. Get used to it. bicicrossteam: Welcome. This is your chance to get to know us before the season starts Oct. 2nd. After then you’ll only be seeing our rear wheels. I kid, but for real…. Long live BAMACROSS and long live BICI!
John K's Hard Nox 50 report.
Hard Nox 50 Race Report The weather for the 2012 edition of the Skool of Hard Nox 50 miler looked pretty grim on Thursday…and equally grim each of the forty times I checked over the next 3 days leading up to the race. Tropical Storm Lee was meandering up from the gulf towards Mississippi with 8 inches or so of rain predicted over the weekend. This really threw a kink into the cost benefit...
A Fanny-Pack of Fortitude.: River Gorge Omnium... →
alabamacx: This race is awesome. A time trial, (we both skipped it) a downtown twilight criterium, and a legit mountain-top finish road race. I don’t know if there are few prospects more daunting than lining up for a Cat. 4 crit. How about a Cat. 4 crit with 80 Cat.4’s all greased up and ready for Cat.4…
I said faster Brent not fatter.
A Fanny-Pack of Fortitude.: Killing Me Softly... →
alabamacx: There is a group of bike riders who get sent around the country to ride epic rides and grimace and speak philosophically about such rides and wear tasteful understated cycling garb that is for sale and ride black bikes and write about the rides without using run-on sentences. They are called the…
Dirty Kanza 2011: John Karrasch's recap.
First things first. I DNFd this one…and I’m still going to write about it. Pics at the bottom if reading is too hard. Why do a write up on a race I didn’t finish? Finishing is the ultimate goal after all. In a nutshell, this race blew my mind and my body in more ways than I ever imagined so I might as well share the adventure. I came into it assuming it would be the hardest race...
Alan B's recap from the Rocket City Circuit
Yesterday a large contingent of the Bici team rode up to Huntsville for the road race portion of the Rocket City Criterium Weekend. It was pretty simple, 6 laps around a 3 mile circuit of an almost flat course around the Research Park. All of the Bici guys, Sam, Ross, Zach and I were in the Cat 5 race and being a Cat 4/5 combined field meant we weren’t actually racing most of the guys. With that...
John K's recap from PMBAR 2011
*First things first, Happy Mother’s Day Mom. Love you lots, will buy you a propane tank and cook for you next weekend. It was around 7 o clock the evening before PMBAR when it dawned on me that it would be dark soon and I should probably take a look at the map of Pisgah National Forest. I attempted to piece together potential routes from scribbled lists of checkpoints of previous...