did I mention... I am not a fan of Trump and a little less than psyched about the presidential candidates on my side of the ballot box

vote anything but Trump

Chip doing the Bicycle Messenger thing...

Chip on the Gwadzilla Page

went to high school with Chip
he was quite a talented soccer player in his day

Justin giving the Gwadzilla Number One Wave!

Justin aka the Unabiker

good stuff

Jay Moglia... long time DC Messenger... top level racer... coach (and of course writer and musician)

Chase these links

link for Jay and link Moglia on the Gwadzilla Page

Jay has his training facility
Raw Talent Ranch

Racer and Writer

random photos finally pulled off my CF Card... the photo routine is not currently part of my life routine

the bag in the hand... not normally a good idea

this plain clothes commuter is always passing me in my full kit
he was a volunteer at the Smithsonian a few seasons back

just a shot of a commuter in the door zone... I mean Bike Lane


Bryce... one gear no brakes... lots of spinning and not much sitting... Messengers and their bikes...


Bryce on the Gwadzilla Page

this speaks to me...


RACE REPORT: Stokesville 60\40 (information is old... just got some photos off the camera)

it has been a long time since I raced
it has been a long time since I wrote a "Race Report"

there was a time when I raced freqeuently
usually writing up a report that took me longer than the race
but those times have long since passed

the blog is blah
Twitter only allows so many characters
Tweeting is for the birds

I will start slapping the keys on the keyboard and see if anything spits out

this event was weeks and weeks ago...

everything is a faded memory
no details 
no catch phrases

but... I finally got the photos off my CF Card
so I will put those on the page along with some words

Stokesville 60\40 on Facebook

RACE REPORT: The 2016 Stokesville 60-40
it was the Friday night before the event
there had not been any mention of this approaching event
I had never heard of this event
so there was no consideration to attend this event

but I had DCMTB team mate and friend, Kent Baake, at my place for beers when the topic of this race came up
Kent being all mellow and positive presented this leg breaker of a day to me with the simple, "whatcha doing Sunday? Wanna do the Stokesville 60-40 with me, Jonathan, and MikeK?"
without much thought or consideration I gave MikeK a call to see if there was room in the car pool
when talking with Kent and then MikeK I thought this was going to be a mellow paced fun ride
then when I went to BikeReg to resister I realized that this was a race 

60K? 40K?
if a 10K is 6.2 miles I can easy estimate how many miles it would be to race the 60K versus the 40K
while logic and reason would have me racing the 40K
peer pressure and ego had me sign up for the 60K

so there it was... as easy as that

what are these images?
the images below are from the Crystal City Spins
the 2015 Crystal City Spins
Photos from the 2016 Crystal City Spins?
I think not... I have not and will not be able to attend any of these parking garage races

the responsibilities of adult life will not allow

good times for sure

saw all sorts of photos from this year
I missed out
I know it kicked ass

trying to take advantage of the warm weather and get some riding in
then of course
handling parental responsibilities


and of course

here are some images and some thoughts from the Stokesville 60\40...

Temp Results from the Stokesville 60\40

Mike K, Jonathan Seibold, myself, and Kent Baake
from the looks of the red cup... this shot was after the event
Mike and Jonathan Crushed it!
Kent and I Cruised it!

Kent Baake was my life coach heading into this event
I always enjoy Kents positive spirit
he always has a positive spin on things
had fun racing a good bit of the day with Kent by my side

Trailwerks Cyclery talking shop with The Family Bike Shop

Jonathan reflecting on the miles past

the Merriam\Sheldon Connection
I basically rode with a variety of Merriams and Sheldons on this day
good day hanging with the Merriam\Sheldons

great times down in Stokesville
the day was an adventure
great weather for an early season endurance race
more miles than I would have thought I was capable this early in the year
managed to finish first in the Clydesdales for the 60K

Stokesville Lodge

Chris hanging with the Stans No Tubes Crew

at a glance
it appears that I was the First Place Clydesdale Finisher
FINAL RESULTS for the 2016 Stokesville 60-40
it looks like I did finish first in the Clydesdales for the 60K!

Shenandoah Mountain 100

Tour de Fat official Press Release for the 2016 Tour! (please Share!)

Here is the press release!

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Releases 2016 Schedule,
Along with Ten Reasons Why This Anniversary Year Can’t be Missed!

Ft. Collins, Colo., March 29, 2016 – This year, New Belgium Brewing celebrates 25 years of brewing up fun, a silver anniversary that means new tricks, musical supersizing, and doubling down on wackiness for the brewery’s annual Tour de Fat. The traveling celebration creates a spectacular sensory experience complete with great beer, bikes, music, comedy, sustainability, and philanthropy. In honor of this monumental year for the brewery, New Belgium has crafted a list of 10 reasons 2016 is a year you and all your friends must attend Tour de Fat:

1. Chances are good it’s coming to a city near you! This year Tour de Fat is traveling to nine locations:
  • May 21 – Washington, DC
  • June 25 – Durham, NC
  • July 9 – Chicago, IL
  • August 13 – Boise, ID
  • September 3 – Ft. Collins, Colo.
  • September 10 – Denver, Colo.
  • September 17 – San Francisco, CA
  • September 24 – San Diego, CA
  • October 1 – Tempe, AZ.
To keep up on the latest info for each city, check out NewBelgium.com/TourdeFat.

2. Tour de Fat 2016 Presents Dr. Dog! This Philly-based Neo-Americana Psych Rock outfit draws inspiration from the Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground and soul music and will headline the Tour de Fat stage in Tempe and San Francisco. Their new concept album has been garnering rave reviews and earning them sold-out shows. To that end: Tempe and San Francisco will require a $10 ticket this year, well worth the all-day entertainment and shenanigans!

3. Turning a quarter-of-a-century super charges the creative juices. This year marks the 25th anniversary for New Belgium Brewing, which means more variety, local/regional acts and double the zany antics you come to expect at Tour de Fat.

4. Help push Tour de Fat past the $5 million mark! It could happen this year and we need everyone’s support! Although it’s a day of revelry, bike love, and fun times, the main mission of Tour de Fat is to give back to our non-profit friends, who spread bike love year round.

5. Become a trader! Nine people will trade will their car for a bike through an amazingly transformative experience celebrated through the Tour de Fat car-for-bike ceremony. Want to apply to trade your vehicle for the gift of two wheels? Click here to apply.

6. Did someone say great beer? Tour de Fat offers an opportunity to enjoy New Belgium classics, such as Fat Tire and Citradelic Tangerine IPA, along with more esoteric beers from its Lips of Faith series. It’s also the only place to enjoy Carnie Blood, a beer made in honor of the Tour de Fat Carnies that make this all possible every year! Carnie Blood Vol. 3 is an Imperial Stout brewed with two single-origin cocoas and chicory. Yum!

7. One word – costumes! Tour de Fat is the place to bring out the Halloween costume again, dress as your alter-ego and let your freak flag fly. We like to say if everyone is weird, no one is weird. So start thinking about it now!

8. Always wanted to be in a parade? Now you can! Tour de Fat offers costumed bike parades in each city, with rolling closures of city streets. It’s a magical feeling to legally own the road on your bike!

9. The entertainment keeps going and going and going. Once it starts it lasts for about five hours with several venues going at once, filled with variety acts that’ll make you scratch your head, tap your foot and laugh out loud.

10. Do you like to win? We have contests! From a Slow-Ride, to a Fashion Show and even The Bike is Right! Gameshow - Tour de Fat is looking for ways to put you in the show and give away New Belgium cruiser bikes. So start shining up your dance shoes and practice your slow-mo bike riding skills.

“During this off-season we’ve been working on how to make this year stand above the rest. We’ve curated incredible acts for our Sputnik mobile stage, Le Tigre Grande and Grotto stages and then of course our main stage presenting Dr. Dog at some stops makes it an epic year,” said Matt Kowal, Tour de Fat’s Impresario. “The performances are going to be dynamic and super creative, making it the best costumed, free-flowing, bike and beer festival you could attend. We’re stoked to hit the road and see the magic happen.”

This year marks the 17th season for Tour de Fat, which has raised more than $4 million for local non-profits since it all began and close to $650,000 last year alone. The daylong festivities are free in all cities except for Tempe and San Francisco, but all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales, along with parade donations, go to local non-profits.

During each tour stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental imprint as possible. The tour hosts green vendors, has compost and recycle stations and festival trucks that operate on biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils.

For the Tour de Fat credo, schedule, videos and to submit an entry to swap your car for a bike, check outNewBelgium.com/TourdeFat. To learn more about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company 

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more atwww.newbelgium.com.

John Yeast

Nonprofit Liaison - Tour de Fat
New Belgium Brewing Company


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Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
                                                                                -Will Rogers