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.
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
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
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
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.
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.