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

 

 





Stone Temple 8 and Veloswap

20 10 2014

Max Starting the Juniors Race

Max Starting the Juniors Race

My first race of the year.  And last.  Stone Temple 8 is the last hurrah for the mtb season, and I joined up with Johnny P, and Steve P., for the Alchemist Tres Leches.  Stuart filled in for an ill Teo Mateo, and he and Ken joined forces for the Alchemist 10-4 Fat Little Buddy duo.  Mike K. and Darin were riding a duo team as well.  Drew rode solo.  Max rode the Juniors race with the High Schoolers.

Stone Temple 8 is nestled in the IMBA-built trails of Curt Gowdy State in Wyoming.  Rich and Todd, who coach the Laramie and Cheyenne High School teams respectively, put on the race as a farewell to summer and a quaint fundraiser for their High School teams.  The trails of Curt Gowdy are purpose built for mountain biking, and there is a healthy mix of buff, flowy trail and technical, rocky singletrack.  For an 8 hour race, it demanded every ounce of concentration the entire time, or you might find yourself going ass over applebucket, as Stuart found out, twice.

Max started us off with a 3rd place finish in the juniors race, beating high school juniors and seniors.  On the podium, they kept asking how old he was.

“Twelve”

“What?”

“Twelve”

“Twelve?”

“Twelve”

“Where are you from?”

“Boulder”

“Ah, no wonder”

Yes, the wunderkind from Boulder just beat all you teenagers.  I was just glad Max was racing the juniors race, and not ours, or it would have been me he was shaming.

Steve and Stuart went out for our Teams first, being the only ones willing to run the 50 yards of the LeMans start.  Drew had no choice but to run his one-man show.  Last year, the weather was cold and windy. But this year, race day was perfect for riding.  The course is a lot like Buffalo Creek, with swoopy , kitty-litter strewn dirt.  But there was a good bit more technical rock features than Buff Creek.  One particular drop off would send you ass-over-applebucket if you didn’t give it your full attention.

Steve rode his fat bike and crushed the course, logging the best lap time on the team. Drew rode an unbelievable 5 laps of that challenging course.  Steve and Johnny P gave us a little cushion over Stuart and Ken with some really stellar riding.  I went out for the 6th and final lap with a couple of minutes on 10-4 Fat Little buddy, but Ken hunted me down and left me for dead.  We ended up 1.5 minutes behind after all that racing. our teams finished 1-2 on the podium.  Drew finished 3rd in the open solo.  Max finished 3rd for the juniors race.

Great day for all. It was nice to be back on the trail racing again.

Steven on his 29er Fat Bike.

Steven on his 29er Fat Bike. Smiling after a smoking hot first lap.

Stuart coming in from his first lap

Stuart hustling in from his first lap

Max carving the swoopy singletrack

Max carving the swoopy singletrack

Here is Max in 4th place.  He got passed shortly after this pic, but then climbed back onto the podium for the final lap.

Here is Max in 4th place.  the guy behind him is twice his size, literally. He got passed shortly after this pic, but then climbed back onto the podium for the final lap.  

Drew in pit row after lap one.  The rest of us took off our shoes and rested  after each lap.  Drew, kept chugging away, lap after lap.  Huge effort to make it on the podium with some really strong riders in the field.

Drew in pit row after lap one. The rest of us took off our shoes and rested after each lap. Drew, kept chugging away, lap after lap. Huge effort to make it on the podium with some really strong riders in the field.

 

And Veloswap:

Big thanks to Mike S, Grant and Steve P. for helping out at the Alchemist Veloswap Booth on Saturday.  Another successful Veloswap in the books thanks to those guys.

Stay tuned for a couple of Alchemist Team events:  Skills Clinic with Ryan Kohler, Team Ride down in Golden, End-of-year Team night at Mike W’s new office.








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