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





Breck Epic Stage 6, Gold Dust

18 08 2013

Final stage of the Epic.  We were 7 minutes out of third in the overall standings.

As Mike Mac puts it, today is the reward for the hell he put us through yesterday, and every day before that.  Gold Dust is a loamy, curvy water channel on the other side of Boreas Pass.  The turns are banked, and the trail is great fun.  But to get there, we have to climb over Boreas.  We started at the Ice Rink today.  We had every intention to start at the front. But as per our usual M.O., we showed up a minute before the start.  Stuart and I lined up with the overall 3rd place team at the back of the pack.  But we needed to make up 7 minutes, so it wasn’t a neutral race.  My legs felt more like their old self, so we hammered it right away, passing most of the field, and working our way up to the top quarter of the field.  Today, we raced.

Coming back from The Gold Dust is a long, railroad-grade dirt road that climbs for 45 minutes.  At the top is Aid 2, and then it’s downhill almost all the way home. We slowed down to share a PBR hand-up before heading home.  On the way home, there is one section of trail in which the river essentially runs along it, down the middle.  A couple years ago, I remember eating sh*t right into the river.  So naturally, as we approached it, I thought, “Do NOT take a bath here again.”.  But which line was the good one?  Right or left?  I chose right.  Or wrong.  I planted my front wheel into a large river rock and took another bath.   Stuart had a good chuckle as he pulled up to find me sputtering Giardia-flavored mountain water.

The rest of the ride home was uneventful, but hectic, as we weren’t sure how much time we had on the third place.  We finished 2nd on the day, just ahead of Dean (on a singelspeed) and Kyle.

Another Breck Epic in the books.  The most Epic of weeks, ever.  Leadville on Saturday.  Breck Epic on Sunday-Friday.   We started the week off in DFL, but got stronger and faster.  The 7 minutes we needed to make up on Stage 6 was won and then some, as we ended up taking almost 30 minutes, and clawed our way back out of a huge hole for third in the overall.   Riding with Stuart was awesome.  We made a great team.  Not the least of which because he didn’t ever complain about how much he had to wait for me the whole week.  Stuart has taken it to another level this year.  I’m pretty sure he’s doping.

It will be nice to not have to sit on a saddle for a good while.  My ass needs a break.

Stage 6. 2nd for the stage

Stage 6. 2nd for the stage

Breck Epic 2013. Walsworth and Wu, 3rd overall.

Breck Epic 2013. Walsworth and Wu, 3rd overall.

Stage 7. Chris C made this ridiculous meal for Stu and me after the final stage. 1/2 pound of herb rubbed beef, bacon, blue cheese, arugula. Yeehaw!!

Stage 7. Chris C made this ridiculous meal for Stu and me after the final stage. 1/2 pound of herb rubbed beef, bacon, blue cheese, arugula. Yeehaw!!

Castillian sandwich.  As Chris puts it, he's the meat of the Team.

Castillian sandwich. As Chris puts it, he’s the meat of the Team.





Breck Epic Stage 5, Wheeler

18 08 2013

” . . . if you’re reading this, you faced the rabid Aqueduct stage down, met its stare and made it look away.  You stood your ground. Well this old bitch has one more card up her sleeve, one more knife in her boot and one more cruel sucker punch to throw before she’ll kneel before you.  And its name is Wheeler.”

-Mike Mac, Breck Epic 2011

Breck Epic Stage 5, Wheeler

Breck Epic Stage 5, Wheeler

David B focused on the Wheeler start

David B focused on the Wheeler start

Ah, yes. Wheeler.  Wheeler.  Wheeler is a special stage.  We start from the Peak Nine parking lot on the west side of town.  From the the gun, it starts climbing, and climbing, and climbing.  Eventually, we turn onto a narrow goat path, and the view to the top of the pass is unobstructed.  You can see a line of ants marching in front and behind you for miles.  The trail is too steep and narrow to ride, and almost too narrow to walk with your bike.  But walking is the name of the game here.  Miles of it.  The view at the top is as breathtaking as the hike up.  Last year, we had fresh cooked bacon waiting for us at the top.  The baconators were there again.  As we rolled over the top, hot, greasy bacon was inserted directly into our gaping mouths, and it was spectacular.

The descent off Wheeler is rutted, rocky, narrow, windy, disorienting, and dangerous.   It took out the overall Singlespeed leader, Dax Massey, with 2 broken ribs and a punctured lung.  Fortunately, we survived.  Rolling into Copper, we turned on the afterburners and pace-lined it all the way back to Frisco.

Mike added a new piece of “trail” called Miner’s Creek Gulch, which was supposed to bypass the busier sections of the Peak’s trail.  This road was steep and full of babyheads, adding to the hike-a-bike for the day.   Between the hike up Wheeler, the descent down Wheeler, and the hike up Miner’s Gulch, there were plenty of choice words for Mike Mac on the stage.

But the legs felt better today.  We took second for the stage, and almost 30 minutes on the 3rd place overall podium.  Just 7 minutes out.

Chris C and his Bday cake. Chris celebrates his birthday each year by pounding the crap out of his body at the Breck Epic

Chris C and his Bday cake. Chris celebrates his birthday each year by pounding the crap out of his body at the Breck Epic








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