Sub 5 Hour Centurypalooza

25 05 2014

Looking tired but satisfied.

Alchemist Sub-5 Train

 

Here’s why I love our Team.  Guys like Mike W. getting an impromptu train of riders together to throw down a sub-5 hour Century.  Using Strava to map a 100 mile course through the northern territories of Boulder (and obeying all traffic laws as Team members are expected to do),  the Alchemist train cranked out the sub-5 Century with 20 minutes to spare.  http://www.strava.com/activities/145093205

Strong work, fellas.

Mike’s account:

“A few years ago, I tried to get a group of friends together to ride a local charity road century.  No interest.  I asked again about 2 weeks before the event, again with no luck.  Finally, I sent the invite out a third time, and asked if anyone else thought it might be fun to try and finish in less than 5 hours. Suddenly, the compete lack of interest grew into a force 10-strong looking to work as a team to complete the challenge.
We stayed together (mostly—this was a 2500+ person ride, after all), and all managed to complete the task with an average speed of 20mph.  We had a great time and agreed that it was really fun, not only to work together to fight the wind, but also to care where the rest of the crew was.
The glow of the experience wore off quickly when I saw my GPS data afterwards and realized that, while we rode for 4:50-something, when you factored in the time we spent filling bottles and going to the bathroom, it was an additional 20+ minutes.  Challenge met?  I think NOT!
Fast forward to an early endurance ride with longtime Alchemist hard man, Ken Kreidl.  As we chatted over the long day, I shared the story above.  By the end of that ride, we were committed to an Alchemist team effort to accomplish the goal — this time focusing on elapsed time INCLUDING stops.
Today was the day.  Here are a few pics of the post-ride celebratory beer:
(make sure you include the one with Gene, I don’t think he accomplished the sub 5 goal, but he rode hard and was quick to crack a joke when it was sorely needed!)
Sure, it wasn’t all grins and giggles.  A few of us battled early season fitness (or lack thereof). We even lost 2 to flat tires.  Since many of us ride more MTB miles than pavement these days, we struggled a bit with some basic road strategies around how to share working and drafting.  We figured it out eventually, but by mile 85 or so, all bets were off.  One dedicated Alchemist MTB’er, Rob Sharp (who dislikes skinny tires so much he sold his road bike), pulled us pretty much the whole way home.  Thankfully, his dad loaned him a bike (and even joined us for part of the ride). Rob had little trouble awakening his skinny tire skills.
All in all, this was a great day on a bike.  Like the 18/24hr MTB races, there’s something really fun about working together as a team.  Charlie Cooper (works with Jenn Dice @ People for Bikes) kept saying how cool it was to ride hard just for fun, with a collective goal, not for an event placing or race win.  Tim Preston (head bean counter at Excel Sports and age 67!) rides a ton. While he’s a man of few words, he said multiple times how thrilled he was to be invited, and how cool he thought this was.  Mike Swanson is a cool guy, super chill, super strong.  Glad to have gotten to know him better.  Ariel would have been a valuable asset, but he was victim #1 of the flat tire-riddled first lap.  Ken and Rob, meh.  I ride with those dorks all the time.  I’m a huge fan and will ride with them whenever/wherever.”
Good stuff, Mike.  I’m hoping to be able to join one of these adventures before the summer is over.




Sean B. on TV, Marital Bliss at the Firebird, and Flag in a Pink cast

18 05 2014

Sean B. is not only a Team Alchemist rider and ER doc, but he is a TV star.  Check it:

John B. and Michele B. went over to Eagle County to race Mike Mac’s Firebird (for which Alchemist did the T-shirts). What normally would have been a fun, flowy track was turned into a fun, bumpy track by cows that were allowed to graze after the recent snow storm. But no worries, Marital Bliss pulled off another podium finish. Michele finished 2nd in the women’s open SS, and John finished 8th in the amatuer open.

Michele on the Podium

Michele on the Podium

 

Got the pink cast off on Friday.   Went up Flag to the amphitheater on Wednesday.  Today, went to the top with Lindsey, Ariel, Russ, and Jerry.  Lindsey wouldn’t let me stand on the pedals, so I just crept up in granny.   But it still felt good.

Pink Cast on Flag

Pink Cast on Flag





18 Hours of Fruita

9 05 2014

Mike dusty and tired after 18 hours of Fruita

Mike W. dusty and tired after 18 hours of Fruita

Mike W., Rich, Rick, Greg and Laurie were in Fruita last weekend choking down dust and tearing up the 18 Hours of Fruita course.  Here’s Mike’s account:

“Well, at least we had a ton of fun!  The race was a comedy of errors — viruses that led to barfing, bike lights that failed, double flatting, you name it — it all happened.  We ended up 16th but if those fails hadn’t piled on, we would have been in range of the top 5 again.

Jeff, I never managed to get the crew together for a team photo in the kits, my apologies.  The combination of heat & dust meant that the minute folks finished their efforts, they were off to wash up.  The shot I missed and would have loved to have was the one where just as Rich was leaving for his 8a-ish lap he asked me to grab him a burrito that he could eat once he got back.  Apparently he was thinking about that burrito the whole time he was out — as soon as he got back, he inhaled the thing in like 3 bites.  While still wearing his dusty riding gloves, glasses, helmet, and riding shoes.  He slipped on that lap and was completely covered in dust from head to toe.

Here’s what he looked like a moment or two later:

Rich after a hot lap, burrito, and a breath of air.

Rich after a hot lap, burrito, and a breath of air.





Laurie did her best but spent too much time stopping to let any/ everyone pass.  We got to hang out with her a bit, but she was bound & determined to stay self reliant despite my many offers to help…  Here she is at the finish:

Laurie after completing 18 Hours of Fruita

Laurie after completing 18 Hours of Fruita. Solo. This was on the heals of a 200k and 400k in Cali.  She’s a bit nuts





I am simultaneously in awe of Drew’s incredible result from last year (he managed an additional lap solo vs our team total) and searching for reasons how that could have happened?  Sure they added some length to the course & not just additional trail, but twisty/ turny sandy slow sections to boot.  I’ve already emailed Drew my additional respects and tried to avoid the long list of excuses.”

Here are a few more shots:

Rick after a long night of barfing.  But hey, sun's out, guns out!

Rick after a long night of barfing. But hey, sun’s out, guns out!

Dirty, dirty.

Dirty, dirty.





The Evolution of Activewear ends with Alchemist

1 05 2014

Go get your culture on and ride up the Hill to the Boulder History Museum, where the 2013 Camo Team Kit is on exhibit with the likes of the Sochi Olympic snowboard suit! The “Evolution of Activewear” exhibit starts with plaid Woolrich hiking apparel from the mid-1800’s and traces the activewear textile industry to the most recent developments in Lycra (yeah, recycled Blackboxx!) and chamois technology (yeah, EIT!). The plaid snowboard suit courtesy of bronze medalist Boulderite Alex Diebold is pretty cool to see, too. The History Museum is super kiddo friendly, with an exploration room full of crafting materials. It’s definitely worth the trip!

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Sochi Team Snowboard Jacket and Pants

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The kid loved it.

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SO evolved!





Alchemist Featured at the Boulder History Museum!

1 05 2014

Alchemist Featured at the Boulder History Museum!

The 2013 Alchemist kit, not so camouflaged in the Boulder History Museum’s latest exhibit, “The Evolution of Activewear.”





Blissful Whiskey 50 and Fruita Trail Video

1 05 2014

Cold, rain, mud, flat tires, and muddy snot couldn't stop the Bliss train from delivering.  Here is John getting a hand up from one of the intrepid volunteers.

Cold, rain, mud, flat tires, and muddy snot couldn’t stop the Bliss train from delivering. Here is John getting a bacon hand-up from one of the intrepid volunteers.  Photo “borrowed” from Mountain Flyer Magazine.

Marital Bliss went down to the Whiskey 50 in AZ last weekend.  It was not typical Arizona weather.   John B.’s narrative:

“In one sentence, it was a 50 mile cyclocross race — rain, sleet, hail and snow for all but 4 miles of the 50 mile race — oh, and 40 mph gusts on the one sunny climb section. Racers were abandoning everywhere; at each aid station there were people shivering uncontrollably and wrapped in blankets. 100’s DNF’d. But Team Bliss, nothing if not stubborn, persevered and finished. 

Michele B. rocking the SS podium.  Her time would have won the open masters division.  Boom!

Michele B. rocking the SS podium. Her time would have won the open masters division. Boom!

Michele took 3rd in the Womens SS with a 5:46 and would have won Womens Masters with her time as well. She also put the hurt on quite a number of male single speeders. I raced in the 45+ and finished 22nd out of 86 with a 5:01, one flat (that I almost cried trying to fix) and fingers that as I write this are still numb.

Here are a few pics, videos and stories of the most epic day they have ever witnessed at the Whiskey 50…

Holding hardware and the incomparable, Larry Grossman, in her arms

Holding hardware and the incomparable, Larry Grossman, in her arms

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Chris Castillian wore a Go Pro so I could get a little taste of the Fruita trails this past weekend. Check it.
Disco Stu and the Bachelor Posse.

Disco Stu and the Bachelor Posse.

 

Disco Stu and the Bachelor Boys in Fruita from jeff wu on Vimeo.





Ridgeline Rampage and Fruita Bachelor Party

27 04 2014

Michele rode her SS to v-i-c-t-o-r-y in the first RME race of the season.

Michele rode her SS to v-i-c-t-o-r-y in the first RME race of the season.  Way to go, M!

The first RME race of the season is in the books.  Had a good Alchemist turnout.  Racers included:

Michele Bliss (won SS class), John Bliss, John Harness (Third SS XC course), Noel Culberson, Russ Overy, Joseph McNearney, Ariel Solomon, John Lien,  and Kathleen Scholes (rides for Dirt Divas, but friend of Alchemist. It was her first mtb race ever.)

Congrats to all the Alchemist racers.  Great riding!

This weekend is Disco Stu’s bachelor weekend.  Vegas?  No.  Fruita?  Yes!  Ken and Steve M. heard the strippers in F-town are the bomb.  But as it turns out, the only thing in Fruita to ogle are the miles and miles of super hot single track.   They are, to say the least,  fun and curvy.  Well, that’s what I hear.

My view of the trails in Fruita.  Ah, the humanity.

My view of the trails in Fruita. Ah, the humanity.

And lastly, a free pair of Alchemist wool Team socks for the first person to identify what is in the picture below.

Ouch

Ouch

 





Spring is here!

19 04 2014

Ah, Alchemist blog followers.  All two of you.  It’s been too long.  Spring is here, and it’s time to rejuvenate the blog.  On a night shift now, so excuse the elementary prose.

So much has happened since the fall: New Alchemist Team member Beckett Saotian Wu rocked the Boulder scene on February 12.  The kid has sprinter thighs.  For real.

Straight outta Boulder and his momma's womb.  Holla!

Straight outta Boulder and his momma’s womb. Holla!

Alchemist Team night at Mike W’s swank office, new Team Kit for 2014 with high vis printing, photos to share, races to report.  And one busted Achilles to commiserate.  Gawd, I looooove basketball.  But she is a cruel mistress.  Surgery on the Achilles last week.  In a cast now.  I’ll be sitting this season out.

That big hunk in the pick-ups that looks like bone.  That's my scarred/calcified tendon.  It wasn't a matter of "if", it was a matter of "when".

That big hunk in the pick-ups that looks like bone. That’s my scarred/calcified/destroyed tendon. It wasn’t a matter of “if”, it was a matter of “when”.

So much to report, but too little time to get it all out there.  Here’s some highlights from around the Team:

Drew, Jon, Toni, and Deb did White Rim last week.  Look for Jon’s write up coming soon.

fat bike. skinny set up.  Check out the 2014 Team kit. Highlighter green and carbon watermark print.  Sexy.

fat bike. skinny set up. Check out the 2014 Team kit. Highlighter green and carbon watermark print. Sexy.

Alchemist Junior Team rocked Moab this past weekend as well.  They make the kit look so cool.

Max, Luke, and Ruthie stylin  the Team kit and rocking Moab.

Max, Luke, and Ruthie stylin the Team kit in Moab.  If you think they look amazing, you should see them ride.  These kids are already lapping us. 

Tim, South Korea’s cycling ambassador  and friend of Alchemist, sent this pic.  His HRR teammate went down to Cape Argas in South Africa to collect some hardware.

HRR beating up on the competition at Cape Argas

HRR beating up on the competition at Cape Argas

Better see some patients now.

 

 





Velonews Gallery of the Breck Epic (Check out pic #13 and #26)

14 09 2013

What can I say? Photographers just love this kit.  Or maybe it was the background that caught his eye .  .  .

What can I say? Photographers just love this kit. Or maybe it was the background that caught his eye . . .

Perusing the Breck Epic Facebook page, I found this photo tribute to the Epic by Daniel Dunn featured on Velonews: http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/09/mtb/gallery-breck-epic-2_302526.

A couple of nice Alchemist shots on 13 and 26.





Leadville Trail 100 Video featuring Team ALCHEMIST!

11 09 2013

Lucy Stylianou came all the way from England to shoot this awesome video of the Leadville trail 100 mtb race.  The video was sponsored by Saint-Gobain/Norglide Bearings, and featured cycling legends like Rebecca Rush and our very own,  Jenn Dice (#22 on the Outside Magazine Power List).  Team Alchemist Racers, Jenn D., Dan R., Disco Stu, Drew, and myself were asked to be interviewed and filmed for the video.  My interview was in the middle of a brewing storm, so the audio was unfortunately too crappy to use.  Had my Waltworks there to show off too.  Sorry Walt.

Tweet it, Facebook it, Share it with friends/family `cus we are famous! (in our own tiny little minds).





Alchemist Updates and Photos

29 08 2013

Some Team happenings going on.  Here’s the skinny:

Paul wins Pikes Peak Marathon

Paul defended his Pikes Peak Marathon crown. Winning the 50+ cat. Coming from third place to crush the competition on the descent. Those aging knees just couldn’t take it. Awesome, Paul!

Laurie on Glen Haven Gallivant 200k

Laurie on Glen Haven Gallivant 200k. This was a short one for her, having done 400 and 600k this summer. What!?!?  What’s the female word for animal? . . . . Animal?
Photo from http://coloradobrevets.blogspot.com/

John W. in Wyoming

John W. rode 3800 miles across 23 states. Here he is in Wyoming. Being hunted by jackals.

Is that the Grand Canyon?  John crossed it on a tightrope on live TV.  I think I got that right.

Is that the Grand Canyon? John crossed it on a tightrope on live TV. I think I got that right.

Coast to Coast, Baby!

Coast to Coast, Baby!  John W., du bist ein fickende superfreak! Strong work.

Austin contigent, Tommy F. and the fam relaxing in Philly after racing a Vermont Stage Race.  Tommy, I think that's the Delaware. But if it's the Schuylkill, do NOT fall in.  I used to row in that muck, and headless dogs were commonplace floatsam.

Austin Team contigent, Tommy F. and the fam relaxing in Philly after racing a Vermont Stage Race. Tommy, I think that’s the Delaware, but if it’s the Schuylkill, do NOT fall in. I used to row in that muck, and headless dogs were commonplace floatsam.

Luke won the Boulder Short Track Series for 10 and under. He’s only 9.  Booyah!

Sean B. took second at the Vail Amateur Time Trial, which is a part of the US Pro Challenge, of which Sean is the lead Doctor.  Saving lives AND Podiums.  Need a pic Sean.

Drew went out and rode 24 Hours of Poorman’s/Chapman.  Over 200 miles. 25,000ft of vert.  Self supported.  Why, you ask?  Because he can.

What’s new in Alchemist apparel ?  Baggies and compression socks.  Yeah, you heard it right.  We like it loose, but we also keep it tight around here.  More on that to come.





Cycling News makin John A famous!

18 08 2013

Check it.  Way to go Johnny!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/breck-epic-2013/stage-6/photos/276690








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