18 Hours of Fruita, Sub 5 Century Record

12 05 2015

Huge effort at the 18 Hours of Fruita from the Alchemist contingent.  Drew, Toni, Laurie, and Tyler were down there putting the hurt on the competition.  Deb was racing with RMR and Jon P was there to help support.  Reading Drew’s race report makes me nostalgic of our 24 Hour Nationals efforts in the Springs a few years ago.  That kind of effort is lonely, and hurts so bad.  But in the waning hours, Drew and I rode the last two laps together, and it was the only two laps that I enjoyed.  If it wasn’t for his company, I wouldn’t have knocked out those last two and snuck onto the podium.  Wish I could have been there with you this time, Drew.

Looks like the 2nd annual Sub 5 Century was a huge success.  20 riders to start!  Great job everyone.  Thanks to Mike W for organizing.

Fruita

Drew, Toni, Tyler, and Laurie went down to Fruita for 18 hours of pain. Huge effort from all. Toni (3rd), Laurie (Second), Drew (Second). Tyler, need your race report. Congrats on the Podiums!

Drew 18 hours of fruita podium

18 Hours of Fruita – round & round & round we go ……. Two years ago after winning the overall event I told Jeff I was not going to ever race the 18 Hours of Fruita again. It’s a great race, fun course that is all single track and a perfect venue for camping. Why not go back? Hmmmm. Now I remember – because it is very hard & hurts a lot. Well memories & pain fade as I age and we headed back this year. The 7 mile course is fun to ride. It is pretty much all single track which sounds great until you put 200 people on it trying to race. Oh – did I mention that it is dark. The race starts at midnight which is awesome and challenging. Single track probably makes for better riding than it does racing. Laps 1 & 2 are absolute chaos but things settle down then & people are really nice about passing. Being solo riders we end up riding pretty slow & have a lot of experience at getting passed. Alchemists Laurie Stanton, Toni Geer & myself all raced the solo event this year. Laurie put in some great laps to place 2nd overall with 14 laps and 102 miles. Toni was just behind here in 3rd. I rolled in 2nd overall with 25 laps, 182 miles, 10k vertical and one lap down on the winner. Laurie rode a steady pace for 12 hours knocking out lap after lap. She needed a break at noon & took a quick nap. Revitalized, she put in a couple more laps. Toni took a different, planned strategy. She rode two quick laps at night & went to bed. At 6 AM she got back on the bike & rode 10 hours. I started with even paced laps not ever digging too deep. I worked on riding smoothly and working the turns to maintain speed. I never sat down in our feed zone & tried to keep stops for feed & maintaining my bike to 3 minutes. We were riding solo/solo – meaning we did all our own feed & bike work. I was pretty cooked by 24 laps & Jon Pulley came on by to coax me along on my final lap – a life saver. After 25 laps I knew every turn, stick, rock, rabbit & dust particle out there. OK – I’m not going back solo again. This is a great race for teams. Lets get a few more Alchemist teams out there. I’ll provide support. Drew

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Toni on the Podium. Laurie, where were you? Need to show up to collect your hardwear next time.

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Gearing up for the Hundo!

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20 guys deep in the paceline

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Working together for the Sub 5

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From Mike W: There were some fast dudes out there. We started with 20, 15 finished. We were over 15 mins faster [than last year]! For the most part, the random mix of people worked pretty well. There was a bit of surging and occasionally some splitting of the group. For the most part it came back together with a little neutralization. All in all, a great way to spend a Sunday morning!

 





Europe in Style

3 05 2015

Mike S.  went to Europe with Laura last spring.   They were sporting the alchemist colors, and showing those Euros Whassup!  Looks like a fantastic adventure.  Thanks for sharing the photos, Mike!
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World War one memorial in Belgium

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On top of the Muur

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standing outside the chapel on top of the Muur

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We met Roger De Vlaeminck (Mr. Paris-Roubaix). He is friends with the owner of a small bike shop near Gent (PDG bikes) and was just randomly hanging out there when we went in to pick up the Bike that Laura had rented. Roger still holds the record for the most Paris-Roubaix wins at 4. He also won other monuments like Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Milan San Remo and the Tour of Flanders. It was pretty awesome to see such a famous Belgian hanging out in the small bike shop (I guess it would be like seeing Lance Armstrong at your local bike shop). For anyone thinking about going to Belgium, PDG bikes was a great place to rent. The owner, Peter, only charged us 30 Euros for renting the bike from Friday to Sunday, and it was a brand new bike.

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At the start of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders).

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Typical country scenery at the Ronde.

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At the Paris-Roubaix just before entering the Touree d Arenberg (aka forest of arenberg). This was our first sector of cobbles of the day and it was also the roughest. We would not be smiling for long.

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A sector of cobbles about half way through the ride. There were quite a few people riding mountain bikes (they were smart).

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Laura finishing the last five-star sector of cobbles, the Carrefour de l’Arbre. This is often times where the pro race is decided because it is 15 km from Roubaix.

 

 





12 hours in the Wild West, Whiskey 50 Podium, Alchemist through the Years

29 04 2015

Racing season is now full on.  The first RME race, Ridgeline Rampage, is in the books, and our Team had a strong showing.  Full report with pics from Mike W to come in the next post.  18 hours of Fruita and the 2nd Annual Sub-5 hour Century coming this weekend too.   And HOT PINK Compression socks?  Stay tuned.

Racing/Riding news:

Kathleen looking fresh at the 12 hours in the Wild West.  She and her partner came in 4th place, narrowly missing the podium if not for a late crash.  Great job out there Kathleen!

Kathleen looking fresh at the 12 hours in the Wild West. She and her partner came in 4th place, narrowly missing the podium if not for a late crash. Great job out there Kathleen!

Michele "Off the Couch" B. racing her way to the podium at the Whiskey 50.  ON A SINGLESPEED!  Brings a tear to my eye.  John B. has battled back from injuries to knock out a top Ten in this early season race.  Way to go, Bliss's!

Michele “Off the Couch” B. racing her way to the podium at the Whiskey 50. ON A SINGLESPEED! Brings a tear to my eye. John B. has battled back from injuries to knock out a top Ten in this early season race. Way to go, Bliss’s!

Max (Original black and white  Team Kit) and Luke (Pais-Mo Kit) showing off their sweet digs with the Elder Kreidl (Ken in High-Vis Carbon) in Moab.  Fast family!

Max (Original black and white Team Kit) and Luke (Pais-Mo Kit) showing off their sweet digs with the Elder Kreidl (Ken in High-Vis Carbon) in Moab. Fast family!

If you haven't already been by Cycleworx, you should check them out.  Amazing Service and they carry top-shelf brands, as evidenced in this photo.

If you haven’t already been by Cycleworx, you should check them out. Amazing Service and they carry top-shelf brands, as evidenced in this photo.

 





Spring is here (at least until it snows again)

14 03 2015

Long time since the last post.  Much has happened.  In February, Mike W. hosted Team night at his super nice new office.   Huge turnout from the Alchemist faithful, and a great night overall.   Folks saw the 2015 Epic Pro Team Kit and ate eggrolls and dumplings for Chinese New Year.  Big thanks to Mike W., Ken, and of course, Rich S., who showed up with two cases of craft beer.  Bam!

Compatible with last year's Blackboxx kit, but done in the new revamped Epic Pro line with a splash of pink.

Compatible with last year’s Blackboxx kit, but done in the new revamped Epic Pro line with a splash of pink.  Swiss Eschler Cold Black Fabric you say? It’s hot!

Also, more big news.  Alchemist and Cycleworx are partnering up for world domination.  The fellas have been throwing around the idea of a shop sponsor for a while now.  We finally decided to take the step forward, and the Cycleworx guys are the best in the business.  We are super excited to be partnering with them!

Quick funny from Paul, who reminded me that we haven’t had a new T-shirt design in a while.

The only thing wrong with this shirt is that I didn't think of it.

The only thing wrong with this shirt is that I didn’t think of it.

Lastly,  Drew went out and did the most spectacularly nerdy and awesome thing you can do on a bike.  Check it.

Happy Pi day!  46.8 Miles. 1800 ft climbing.  3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196442881097566593344612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024914127372458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789259036001133053054882046652138414695194151160943305727036575959195309218611738193261179310511854807446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217986094370277053921717629317675238467481846766940513200056812714526356082778577134275778960917363717872146844090122495343014654958537105079227968925892354201995611212902196086403441815981362977477130996051870721134999999837297804995105973173281609631859502445945534690830264252230825334468503526193118817101000313783875288658753320838142061717766914730359825349 of badass geekiness.  Drew, you are my hero!

Happy Pi day! 46.8 Miles. 1800 ft climbing. 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196442881097566593344612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024914127372458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789259036001133053054882046652138414695194151160943305727036575959195309218611738193261179310511854807446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217986094370277053921717629317675238467481846766940513200056812714526356082778577134275778960917363717872146844090122495343014654958537105079227968925892354201995611212902196086403441815981362977477130996051870721134999999837297804995105973173281609631859502445945534690830264252230825334468503526193118817101000313783875288658753320838142061717766914730359825349 of badass geekiness. Drew, you are my hero!

Strava link here: https://www.strava.com/activities/268126959





AFV WINNING Video Starring Friend of Alchemist, Cooper!

3 01 2015

Hope everyone enjoyed the season of receiving.  And winning.  Yes, the ER won the food drive, again.  Thanks to all who contributed food and coin to make it happen.  We’re number 1!

As a New Year’s treat, here’s a video of Cooper, who is the son of Anna and Andy.  He rides for Boulder Junior Cycling and is a champ in the making.   Here he is in his early days.  I guess you could call this carbo loading.  This video WON America’s Funniest Home Videos.  They didn’t just win the episode, they won the whole season!  Enjoy.

Here’s to a prosperous 2015!





Someone Always Dies on X-Mas . . . 2015 Steak Bolus Miracle!

26 12 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Just finished up with another Flu patient last night when the nurse rushed in.

“Louisville Fire is coming emergent with an airway obstruction!”

It has been a Christmas tradition in years past.  I usually work Christmas Day.  And someone always dies on Christmas.   I don’t know why.  Maybe too much ham.  But that’s how it goes.

I prepared the room for the ambulance arrival, and barely had time to grab a pair of ring forceps when they pulled in.  When they wheeled into the ER, the lady was gray, weakly gasping for air, and heading for the barn.

Apparently, she was eating her Christmas dinner when she started choking.  They performed the Heimlich right away, but only got some mashed potatoes out.   The medics had her sitting upright, so I left her that way and wedged a laryngoscope between her teeth.  I was able to pry her mouth open enough to see some green beans, which I fished out with the ring forceps.  I kept working my way down, and vaguely saw a chunk of something sitting way down on her epiglottis.  I was just able to clamp an edge and pulled.  And pulled.  And pulled.  Aaaah.  Jackpot.  Well, the grim reaper will have to wait for next year.  Merry Christmas Alchemistas.  We’ll see you in 2015!

A square meal.

A square meal.





Alchemist Golden Boys

17 11 2014

Team Alchemist Riders and Friends

Team Alchemist Riders and Friends near the top of Chimney Gulch. From left: Don, Blake, Ken, Hunter, Mirek, Jeff, David B., Mike S., Steve.  Not pictured: Darin, who kindly snapped this photo.

Steve and Blake led the latest Team ride down in Golden.  Since we nearly always do our Team rides in Boulder, I thought it would be cool to see what those fellas in Golden ride.  I asked Steve to put together an Epic Ride, and as his style, he did not disappoint.  Here is his description of the ride:

“We went up Chimney Gulch, crossed to Apex, down Apex,  Then over to what I like to call “North Dakota” since it’s North of Dakota Ridge (Jeffco Open space, but not an official trail).

Then up Dakota Ridge at Matthew Winters and down Zorro to Green mountain.  We then just went up Rooney Valley and down “North Access trail” that and came out on 6th and Indiana where we rode to South Table at NREL and skirted around South Table (instead of going up and around and down).  Then we hopped the road at Rolling Hills Country club, went near the Golden Bike park and skipped North Table and took Clear Creek bike path into Golden.  Here is the map:  http://www.strava.com/activities/217527070

Steve and David and a Bull Elk

Steve and David and a Bull Elk

Apparently, we cut the ride shorter than planned due to time, though I was on fumes at that point, and I think we were all out of water anyway.   We all hit Cannonball Creek Brewery afterward for craft beer and wood-fired Pizza.  No better way to end a big ride.  Thanks for the great ride, Gents!

Golden Ride

Golden Ride

 

 








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