Friday, August 27, 2010

Between Tape


It's been awhile as usual, pretty much slammed since school started. Classes are good, but it's hard to concentrate with only a year left. But I know you never post up before the finish so I should be good for a little bit longer.

Racing is going good, the team is getting along pretty well. We have about 50/50 new and old members and out of the new guys it's almost 50/50 transfer and freshmen. A interesting combo. Seems like everything is going good. The first race at ETSU was obviously the first big test for the gang. Everything went well, everybody got some good solid results, just what we want from the first race. I managed to pull off the "W" in the cross country and a fourth in the short track. Don't know how but I'll take it.

The collegiate season is pretty short this year, with just four local races and nationals. So we had a off weekend after ETSU. I squeezed in some hangout time with several different people and it turned out to be a good weekend. Not much ridding but at least I still have some teeth, right KB?

This past weekend was the Lee's McRae race. Probably my all time fav track. If I was to build a T Cowie signature course, LMC would be it. Leading up to the race was pretty busy and stressful but I just have fun on my bike so I was grinning from ear to ear on that descent. Pulled off a second in the XC and a second in the short track. But our two relativity new riders Morgan and Nate Dog posted up in both events. Puts me to shame haha. Big props to them.

Plans for the up coming weeks? Right now, it's the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race in Brevard. The collegiate team is busy marking the course and working rest stops the whole week, it's hard work and it's cool to see the other side of racing. The Sycamore Cycles boys are holding it down in first overall with three days to go. Pretty sweet to pull it off in your hometown.

Anyways, I'll be glad when this week is over. Next weekend is the Clemson collegiate race, not my favorite race but it's close and they have a pretty sick short track course. Then it's straight to Conyers for the conference championships. A weekend to chillax and it's off to the West Coast again.

Pretty soon it will be all over and I can just hang the bike up for a long time.

It's been a long day already and a long week for me so I'm needing a laugh and I'm assuming you do to. Enjoy.

Jump for show, corner for dough.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Movie Medley

So yeah, this one is a pretty short since I'm off to old college life again. This will be the last time I'm off, pretty weird, it really goes by too fast. Pretty soon I'll have to break down and find a real job, bummer.

Anyway, here's a link for my facebook album of the rest of the pictures of the vacation. Also, some footage of number 7 rearranging some berms, even more clips of my all time favorite race the Air Downhill, and a "sic" rider giving some lessons in scrubs.

All I can say is I'm ready to do some homework.

GT Webisode #1: Crankworx with Mick and Kevin - More Mountain Bike Videos

Well, I was poking around looking for more blog material the other day and I stumbled across this picture. He looks SO upset I just had to include it. Must have been those big shoes......

Let me hear the ping....

Monday, August 16, 2010

Vacation Time

Well, I'm back. I had fun. Errrr...what else?

Hahaha, nah it was good times. It all started with a small hiccup at the airport where I missed my flight. Not my fault mind you, my ticket was printed wrong and it took too long to sort it out. The next flight was booked so after hanging out at the ATL airport for the better part of my Saturday I drove home, slept for a few hours, drove back and hopped on a plane.

Got into Seattle around lunch and the sis and dad and I drove up to some gnarly pass where the water went in between some rocks. Pretty cool, hadn't unpacked my camera so no pics. Got into B-ham that night and ate at a really good Mexican restaurant. They had some amazing salsa. Tuesday we hit some Galbraith, it was some pretty sick ridding. A ton of drop offs and jumps everywhere. I finally found a pretty long downhill run following a ridge line which was pretty rad. It was so good to just get out and hold it wide open for a while.

After we got back and got changed up, Tash and I went shopping and I picked up some fresh Nikes. You'll just have to see them, hahaha. For b-fast we picked up a bacon doughnut. It was amazing needless to say.

Now for the bummer, in the interest of time and the fact that we could only watch the kids meal instead of the Big Macs we decided to skip Whistler and Crankworks. Just eh...FYI, it takes a long time to drive across the country and didn't want to be pressed for time. Instead we drove up to check out Mount Baker. Pretty freaking sick dude. Definitely impressed.

The trail leading to the top. Those of you who know how much I like walking can understand why we didn't take it.

Here is a picture of the mountain but it was acting a little shy and never came out from the cloud cover.

Coming off the mountain we swung off the road to check out some massive trees and a waterfall. Once again I was pretty impressed, you know how the saying ya go.

The time in Bellingham was too short but me and the old man had crafted a route back that would hit some of the primer riding spots in the country. First stop was Deer Valley in Park City. Been a few years (four) since I was there last and it didn't work out so well for me. Broke my chain twice, crashed and DNF'd and picked up my first set of stitches. The trails were still pretty good and I think I found the place where I ate it, rode it this time. Dad was having a blast but we had to pack it up after a lap and roll on. Here's a picture from the highest point on the XC course.

Then it was like a ton of hours of driving. Dunno, just sat down the entire day. Finally made it to Moab, Utah. Once again, not my favorite riding place, but I couldn't get rid of the smile on my face. Tons of fun and focusing.

Making sure to stay hydrated during these long road rides was super important, luckily I had some Dr. P.

The super interesting scenery on the way to Moab, don't fall asleep.

After a easy two hours of play time we hit the road again, well not literally but you know...Couple few hours later we found ourselves in Vail, Colorado. Quick side note, the base (like where the cars are parked) is at 8,500 feet. I think the highest we climbed was around 9,000 or 9,500. Ouch. The trails were pretty fun and more technical than I thought they were going to be. The maps weren't the best and we were getting hungry so we pinned it down the mountain.

Everything else was pretty boring from Denver on so no more pics. And mom broke my car so we had to cut off riding at Bump and Anniston, and some stuff in Arkansas. Oh well, still a pretty swell trip. I had to get a picture with Colorado in it to prove that I was there so here it is.

So that's it. I'm working on uploading the rest of the pictures to the book and adding a link. But in the meantime take a look at some of the stuff we missed. And it looks like we missed a lot. And I even added a theme song too.

So that's it folks, I'll add some more soon.

Keep that throttle TAC'd out.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

So Long

Well I wasn't going to write another before I left but I needed something to do so I added some more. The last week of camp is over and I'm pretty happy about it, it's a bummer because it was a good time in between all the bad times and crazy kids

I've still got a few more hours before I leave for the ATL and the plane that is waiting there. I still haven't finished packing yet. Probably should get on that.

I'm fumbling with stuff to write about, but I'll have something soon. There's a double meaning to that one, but you won't be able to figure it out.

Anyways, before I start making more of a fool than I already am I'm signing off. But I'm leaving you with some amazing movies. The first one is the definition of super pumped. The second is so incredibly exciting I just had to go out and buy a leaf blower. Thank you buddy, it was all you.

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