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Aug 20 / Jon Bruno

I Dream in Bike Racing

Today I daydreamed about bike racing.  I haven’t done that in nearly two years.  The past two years have been constant struggle mixed with many blessings and insights for me personally, and our team.  Many people on the team have moved on to bigger budget teams in their continued search for bike racing success.  Others have literally moved, out west.  Some have moved on to “real” jobs and seeking other successes in life.  Yet, some “older” friends and highly experienced bike racers have joined us, or rejoined us.   Many from the original team I rode on in Boston almost 20 years ago.  Full circle?  Lets hope these circles keep expanding and we continue with our mission of increasing ridership and fun on bikes.

Personally, I have been out of commission in multiple ways.  A ruptured disc get me off the bike for the past two years.  Two kids, the newest edition just 4 months ago, have kept us more than busy.   Work, when I have been physically able to do it, has been a grind as our school goes through massive changes.  Not being able to ride, my therapy for so many things, has been the worst.  I sought out other ways to attempt to keep fit, walking, running, swimming, resistance training, but nothing compares to cycling.  Being out on the open road and a bunch of other cliches. Cliches exist because so many people have the same experiences, way of describing the indescribable, that the nomenclature is changed.  Bike racing is our nomenclature of choice, and is pervasive in all languages.  It is part of our reality and our dreams.

PLUG: This mornings daydream was brought to you by the Tour of Connecticut and Mavic neutral support

While in the shower after shedding 2 lbs of summer do, as in hair, I dreamt of bike racing for the first time in over 2 years.  It was a memory dream from the infamous Tour of Connecticut (2006 or something). I was feeling great, the designated team leader, and I was in the selection after some brutal hills and high pace.  Then…psssssssss.  A flat.  I didn’t have teammates around me, but I didn’t panic.  I knew Mavic Neutral Support  was there and everything would be ok.  I guess the road surface had taken a few other victims, as they were a little slow to arrive, but still no panic.  The moto rolled up, and proceeded to change my wheel, but it took and inordinate amount.  Fingers fumbled, skewers spun, then finally, I was off.  By now the main group was 1k or so up the road.  Two teammates arrived and we worked hard to reach the group, but they continued the blistering pace and we not to be caught today.  Race over, time to ride.

Many bike racers would be livid at this point and place blame upon someone else.  The most likely candidate would be the Mavic Neutral Support.  However, it was not there fault I got a flat and if they weren’t there at all I wouldn’t have enjoyed a great ride with some friends.  One of the best and most fun rides of the year in fact.  Later I sent Mavic an email thanking them for allowing me to enjoy the ride.

The point is…ride your bike, have fun, and keep dreaming.  If you aren’t having fun, then stop.  I’m off to read books with my 3 year old now.  Maybe we’ll go for a ride after.  He tears it up on his balance bike.

-Bruno

 

 

 

Mar 27 / Jon Bruno

Spring has sprung, so get on that Bike!

We thought it would never stop snowing here in New England.  And even though we may see a few flakes tonight, we are getting ready to get back on the road.  Some of us have been building bikes at afterschool and preparing for the season, but we have a lot more work to do.  We have also been delayed in starting at Urban AdvenTours due to some unexpected basement issues they have encountered.  But we are getting ready to roll and have some great things planned for 2013:

In the after school programs we will

  • Have kids working on mechanics and building bikes until after April break.  Then we hit the roads and explore our great city.  (see updated flyer, here After School Flyer
  • Kids will build their own bikes from donated equipment
  • We will introduce the kids to some collegiate racing this spring
  • We are planning a summer camp in Vermont
  • Start a more regular mountain biking group this fall.

In the racing programs we will:

  • Launch our masters team which plans dominate
  • Continue our development squad aimed at graduating more riders to the pros
  • Say fond farewells to some long time teammates as they pursue their non cycling careers
  • Say hello and welcome back to some old friends that have been away
  • Continue to have fun and learn along the way

 

Oct 9 / Freddy

2012 Krempels King of the Road Challenge

Krempels King of the Road Challenge

Trauma, tumor, or stroke:  words for brain injury that don’t mean much until you, or someone you know has had one.  In that case, you’ll be glad for the Krempels Center.  My dad had a major stroke in 2003, and the Krempels Center has been there for him, providing “new life after brain injury”.  Their innovative programs pick up where traditional rehabilitation plans leave off, and with their link to the University of New Hampshire Occupational Therapy department, it is the place that brain injury survivors and their families in the tri-state area turn to for support.

I can’t begin to tell you how much the Krempels Center has done for my father and my family.  While he pays to attend, many brain injury survivors cannot afford to, having been deprived of the ability to work.  My professional cyclist brother, Ted King, and I have family-friendly bicycle ride, the Krempels King of the Road Challenge which serves as a fundraiser for the Krempels Center.  We have scenic routes for cyclists of all abilities, even those that don’t consider themselves cyclists.  Grab your bike and join us for this family-friendly event on October 20, 2012, and the party afterward.

If you can’t make it, a donation to my page goes directly to the Krempels Center, helping to ensure that these invaluable programs can continue.

For more information on the event, and to sign up, visit http://kingchallenge.org/

To make a tax-deductible donation to support the Krempels Center please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/robbieking/2012-krempels-king-of-the-road-challenge

Sep 2 / Jon Bruno

Green Mountain Stage Race and beyond!

Check out the results of the Cat 2 race.

Johhny gets 3rd on the queen stage and we have 3 BBS riders in the top 21 going into the crit

http://velocityresults.com/results/410/gmsr-general-classification

Jun 26 / Jon Bruno

Winning ways continue

Boston Bicycle School continues its campaign to dominate the Northeast.

After knocking on the door a few times this spring, Harrison Harb took his first win of the season at the White Mountain Cycling Classic.

Harrison and Eric Tremble got into the break with 50k to go in the hilly road race.  Harrison jumping away with one rider in tow and then dropped him in the last few k’s to take the win.  He was also aided by teammates Matt (pictured below) and Josh, keeping things under control the whole race. 

Who will win next on the team?

Robbie is racing Exeter tonight.

We would also like to honor and remember the innovator of the White Mountain Cycling Classic and former president and board member of New England Disabled Sports, Dr. Robert Harney. Dr. Harney recently passed after a courageous battle with cancer and Boston Bicycle School would like to thank him for all of his hard work an dedication over his lifetime to disabled sports in New England. Check out this article on Boston.com to read more about Dr. Harney and the many ways he contributed to the sports community in Boston and beyond.

Jun 22 / Jon Bruno

Sunapee

          So, Sunapee was back this year – and being a month later than normal we were completely snow free…in fact we had some down right gorgeous weather.  The field filled up quick with 100 riders and BBS had 6 riders toe the start line – Harrison, Erik, Chris, Matt, Josh, and myself.  The race was going to be 3 laps of the course for 68 miles.  Not so bad, but with a 1:00 start times and temps getting just over 80 it could prove to be too hot for some.
          The previous weekend in NY at the Whiteface road race with temperatures in the high 70’s I’d felt myself overheating on the final climb.  So, on Tuesday of this past week (high 70’s and really humid) I did the unthinkable – I set up my indoor trainer in the wooden barn behind my house and pedaled hard for 90 minutes.  Soaked and saturated in sweet – I was committed to training my body to withstand the heat.  In my mind I was thinking this is definitely an example of taking a little bit of Graham Obree crazy and running with it.
          I did a great rhythm climbing workout with Buckley on Wednesday and I was feeling pretty pumped and ready to win Sunapee…and then Friday evening came around.  I got a call from my friend Keith that he and Dan Vaillancourt were going to be in town.  It was Andy Guptil’s bachelor party and Jamie Driscoll was also going to be on hand.  I couldn’t say no, and before I knew it I’d downed 5 tall pints of strong dark beers.  I headed home and prayed to god I didn’t feel as bad in the morning as I thought I might.  The morning came, and I felt worse than I thought I could.
          Damn that delicious unfiltered beer and its ability to completely destroy me.  Once at home, and once at a Bruggers Bagels on the way to Burlington, my stomach opened up and I had to visit the porcelain goddess.
          With that behind me I stopped by the shop and completely spit polished my bike.  If I was going to be feeling rough around the edges, then my bike needed to be running perfect.  And it did.  I still can’t get over how much the TCR Advanced and the Easton wheels makes me feel like a bike racer again.  Love it.

Buckley rolling in after a hard days work

          I picked up Buckley and we made it down to Sunapee without anything else coming back up out of my stomach.  A Dunkin’ Sausage/Egg/&Cheese and some coffee helped calm things down a bit.  We rolled into the Sunapee parking lot and like clock work parked right by Harrison and Chris.  This team has an uncanny ability to park closely together in parking lots completely unplanned.
          Everybody kitted up, pinned on, shat out, filled up, topped off, clifbar-ed, pumped up, high fived, and rolled over to the start line.  My only real words of a plan were to ride more towards the front of the race early than we had been.  It was a warm day, and the fields motivation would be high, so I was kind of tasting a bunch finish – but I’d gotten that feeling at Sterling and a big group had rolled away.  We cruised through the first lap and everybody was keeping themselves towards the front.  We did have one casualty the first lap, as milk once again got the better of Josh – which was a bummer because he was riding quite nicely and I could see physically he is starting to come onto some form.  He said he thought it might have been some milk in a bagel he had that AM.
          Lap 2 saw Mr. Buckley roll some aggression on down the road and get himself into a 2 man break.  He and his break mate Wayne, softened up the pace when they heard there was a 3 man group coming across.  What eventually came across was a much larger group of maybe 12-13 guys including our own Mr. Levinsohn, but also several fast finishers that Matt was not so happy to see.  Once we realized the situation on the road, Harrison and I each made an effort or two to go across to the move.  The whole race was just moving to fast at that point though, and we decided the smart thing to do was going to was save ourselves a bit and send up BBS bad-man C. Raymond to keep the field moving along so that the break didn’t get too far out of sight.
          The field had the break back in sight going up the wide climb half way through the last lap and by the top of the climb the field had accelerated up to the break.  Gruppo compacto with about 20km to go.  Everybody on the team made eye contact and we just sort of knew without saying it would be down to us to make an awesome sprint at the end.  Two of the super-juniors from KMS and Hottubes made a move to go away with about 13km to go and put a bit of a gap on the field.  I kept an eye on it and requested Matt Buckley to make sure it didn’t go out too much.  The field cruised over the last section of big rolling climbs and headed down towards the Lake with about 8km to go.
          Although I knew I wasn’t at 100%, I was confident in my sprint since I wasn’t cramping or feeling uncomfortable and I’d done well with the Sunapee sprint before.  Buckley peeled off the front with about 5km to go, pretty well spent from a day of break riding followed by field pulling.  As he did so, Erik and I pulled right in behind Chris and Harrison – so it was 1,2,3,4 BBS on the front of the field – dragging back the 2 super-juniors and taking control of the field.
          Chris made a really fast and super controlled effort at the front to pull back the 2 escapees and he stayed calm when Bobby Bailey made an attack to bridge up to them just before they got pulled back.
          Erik took over at the front with about 3k to go and kept the speed such that I didn’t hear anybody behind me moving around for position at all.  It was single file – Russian bread line style.  We took that momentum right down 1,2,3 through the rotary and into the climb before the sprint.
          Harrison then took over on the steeps, once Erik started to poop out (and go the wrong way as the road split (so Williams, am I right Vinnie or am I right?)).  Harrison charged into the climb and was able to drop me right of into Frank McCormack’s wheel as we rolled up the climb.  UVM and CF rider Taylor Reis made an acceleration on the climb and then started to ride away.  It was a ways out and I felt I had enough pop to let him get a bit of a gap before I opened up the sprint.
          The key to the Sunapee sprint is to jump 100% with everything you have the moment you see the finish line.  At least that’s what had always worked for me before.  It looks like a great distance to the line, but I think its a bit of a visual deception and its not actually that far.  It lets you catch people off guard and get a gap.  I looked up from the mesmerizing view that is Frank McCormack’s turning over a huge gear to realize that Taylor had a big gap and that the finish line was suddenly in sight.  Like a startled race horse I jammed my gears down the cogset and hit the boosters.  I took a quick look under the elbow just before I came by Taylor with 100m to go and realized somebody was fighting to get on my wheel.  With 50 meters to go Dylan McNic came by me and I couldn’t quite fight back.  I was bummed to not win, bemused to have been able to bounce back after the night before, and completely satisfied with how smooth, together, and purposefully the team road.
          Al Donahue came over and chit-chatted with us after the race for a few minutes and stated how impressed he was with the way we ride.  That we ride not just as a group of riders but as a proper team.  Al knows a thing or two, so this made me really happy.
          We all basked in the beautiful day, passed around prize money (Erik has his Killington mullah on hand too for Chris, Josh, and Matt), handed off some more equipment, agreed to get together again real soon to do some more bike driving, and departed.  Oh, also, there is generally some good buzz and excitement about the long awaited 2012 US debut of Johnny Herrick.
          Coming up there are some great races on the calendar to continue our success and enough variety in the races where everybody should be racing with an eye to win at some point.  It is very important that you speak up if you’re feeling like you want it to be your day.  I will put down everything I’ve got to make sure it happens for each and every one of you when you’re ready.
1 beer good – 5 beer bad.
Sunapeed,
Jake
Jun 5 / Jon Bruno

Bell Easton Giro keeps us rolling, safe, and prepared

We are extemely lucky to be sponsored by Bell/Easton/Giro this year.  Their equipment is top of the line and it is no wonder that the reigning Tour de France champion, Cadel Evans, rides their stuff.

Here are a few spy shots.  More to come

Jun 3 / Jon Bruno

Killington Stage Race Success

We had two teams racing at Killington; one in the Cat 1 and another in the Cat 2.  The team took third overall and second in the final stage with Erik Levinsohn.  The 2 team st him up perfectly and he was only 5 seconds off winning the whole thing.

Much fun was had by all.  Vinnie took home the lantern rouge.

Jun 3 / Jon Bruno

We might be Giants

We are, thanks to the gracious support of Giant Bicycles.

Apr 3 / Jon Bruno

Club / Team Meet @ Urban Adventours this Saturday April, 7 5pm-7pm

Club/Team Launch @ Urban Adventours!

We’re excited to unveil Boston Bicycle School @ Urban Adventours for 2012.    We will be having a small get together, open to the public, at Urban Adventours Satruday, April 7 from 5-7.  There will be free food, snacks, and schwag.   Ride your bike there and join us in the fun!

Urban AdvenTours is located at 109 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02110

AFTER SCHOOL
AT URBAN ADVENTOURS

We are excited to be using the facilties at Urban Adventours to improve our programs.  We will be using UA’s equipment and space to provide our special after school programs which will include riding, mechanics, nutrition and training advice, and historical tours of Boston.  There will be many events and suprises as the year progresses, including celeberaty appearaces and a fundraising ride through Boston.  Additionally, we are looking for volunteers for our after school program starting in mid-April and continuing into the summer and fall.  There will be funds available for these positions.  Please contact us if interested

Be part of our Club and Teams

We are an all inclusive Boston based USAC Club, open to anyone, anywhere that wishes to ride and/or race.  We have an exciting and expanding schedule that includes New England, NCC, and NRC races.  We are also expanding the Junior, Masters, and club teams in 2012 and plan to remain New England’s best and most fun team.  We will be holding weekly rides out of Urban Adventours and linking up with many of Boston’s great group rides throughout the week. Join us and receive many discounts and benefits from BBS, UA, and our awesome sponsors.