Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Mecca of Titanium

Well, Tedd survived the 3 month wait. The Rohwer brothers hauled ass up to Fort Collins and picked up the two new Black Sheep single speeds. Tedd is now drooling over his Stellar. Judd is kickin' back with another Highlight.

The precious, precious cargo.

Judd's new Black Sheep Highlight

Front on, in the snow

New friends are always welcome at my house.

A view of the integrated Mountain Mustache bar / stem. Coolness Redefined.

Tedd's Black Sheep Stellar - in the woods, in the snow.

Another view of Tedd's TONAR Stellar

The HACS. No EBB, no sliding dropouts. Wicked!

Now, the only problem....Snow!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The OFFICIAL B.P.R. Routes in the ABQ Foothills: Now Available

Back of the Pack routes are skillfully combined to form Back of the Pack rides. Experts, like Judd, can usually piece together the correct combination of routes to hit the ride total within 100ths of a mile. Traverse to the right hand side of this B.P.R. blog and check out the links to the data sets and tracks.

A classic example of superior planning is the Jan 9th 2010 B.P.R. training ride.  A 50 mile ride was scheduled. Judd rolled up to the team vehicle at 50.05 miles. That would be a 0.1% error after 6 1/2 hours on the titanium single speed. A 0.1% error is marginal for the fashion industry that pays Judd's bills, but 0.1% error is damn good for single speed mountain biking. Another example is the 45 mi B.P.R training ride on Jan 16. Judd rolled up  to the team vehicle at 45.09 miles. That is a 0.2% error. Almost unacceptable. To appreciate this skill, you must understand that The Judd only sets the mileage requirement for the ride. All routes are selected on the fly. There is no spreadsheet engineering when it comes to B.P.R. rides, all routes are selected realtime due to natural forces... like the desire to dodge rabid dogs and pissed off poodle walkers.

A couple of classic rides are documented in the files that you can access on the right. Brian's Trip is a classic. Why? Because Brian was there. Tim's Bored is a classic 30 mile ride. Why? Because Tim was bored. Tedd's 3PUAH is a classic ride. (3PUAH = 3 Paths up a Hill.) Why? Because it is about a 15 mile ride and Tedd is still convinced it is a 6.5 mile ride. I'll document the classic 50 mile rides later. I'm tired and I'm not even close to starting the chores that my mother assigned me, via email, tonight. (I put the 'via email' disclaimer in just so the B.P.R fan club knows that I do not live with my mother. But The Madre did assign me chores, via email.)

Below is a Google Earth graphic of the Single Speed Stress Test route. (SS Stress Test.) Rumor has it that there is a cactus on the route that is very fond of Tim. No one knows where this cactus is. Why? Tim has a bad memory, especially when 1500 cactus needles are occupying his attention.

The 3PUAH ride can start right at the Indian School lot. Or you can hit it from anywhere, no problem. The only problem is dodging the dogs that attack on the South Route. Yep, I was attached by a dog on Jan 9th. The owner had the look of "It's my dog's God-given right to attack you". Well, I'll be prepared next time. Many dogs have lunged at me. But only one dog has finished the attack with a solid chomp. Paybacks are bitch, dog.

Tedd's Lessons Learned from a recent late night 3PUAH ride are below:

1) Too graphic for this site. Only a retired rugby player would understand.

2) 3 PUAH is somehow connected to the Bermuda triangle - there is no comprehensible way that any 3 PUAH sequence is only 6.5 miles.  External influences are involved, likely extraterrestrial.  Mr. Data/Abduction (that would be me, Judd) should review the data to check for missing time/miles.

3) If your stead is equipped with a rear brake/drag training aid set it to the completely disengaged setting (if available).

4) Accelerating down a 45% grade is not a good time to recall that 80% of your braking power comes from the front brake (if your front brake is in the shop)

5) If you're used to staring down at rear tires while chasing Back of the Pack team members who are trying to changing the team name, try to look ahead when riding alone, especially on 3 PUAH.

6) Groups of individual in oversized sweat shirts, baggy jeans with a belt 4 sizes too big, flat billed baseball caps, a pit bull, permagrin, and coughing likely aren't out for exercise and sharing the enjoyment of the outdoors.  Give them a little extra room and avoid too much eye contact. (additional info - try not to park next to lowered Cadillacs)

7) The wash as a precursor flat out sucks

8)  If your resting heart rate before starting to pedal is over 100 you're in for a long ride.

For fun let's end this posting with a great Social Distortion song. 
Why would I do that? Because I was wrong, so they say. 
(But I'm never wrong when it comes to Ones and Zeros - so I say.)

From Backup to 3rd String

The Niner One 9 has served Back of the Pack Racing for many many hard earned miles. The Niner served Judd well as a backup bike and reluctantly served Tedd as a primary bike. The Niner will be promoted to Back of the Pack Emeritus at the end of this week. At that time the Back of the Pack armada will grow to 4 Black Sheep single speeds. It may be a sad time for the Niner and his buddies, but moth balls are not all the bad - unless your a moth.

The farewell tour - above the Duke City

A short break before more miles.

Judd taking a moment to reflect on all that was and all that will be.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Year in Review - 2009

As the great American, General Anthony Clement McAuliffe said during the Battle of the Bulge:


2009 was NUTS!

For me, it was the year of Back of the Pack Racing. Prior to 2009 a group of us were just an unorganized group of dreamers. Now we have structure. Structured dreaming is awesome.

In 2009 B.P.R. was represented at many races across the county. Too many states and too many miles to accurately document. (Actually 2 of the B.P.R. athletes have memory issues and problems with numbers. That's the story.) At the personal level I logged 2981.47 miles and 375.56 hours on the bike. 14 races in 5 states - the 4 corner states & Wyoming. Not bad. But not great.

2010 will be a big year - in terms of miles and in terms of the EVOLUTION of Back of the Pack Racing.

2008 ended with a ski trip (telemark skiing that is) to my hometown of Durango & my favorite little big ski resort - Purgatory.

Weird thing happened. Levitating Beer at Purgatory. Weird.

1st big race of the year. Dawn Til Dusk in Gallup was... snowed out.

The Lt Col was stuck. Big Time. I just noticed, don't tell me one of the greatest leaders I've ever known is actually wearing Crocs in this major mud fest. Nice! Yeah, and check out the cowboy digging out the tires why The Lt Col looks on and directs the activity.

For all our east coast fans.  When man and machine are stuck - call in the cavalry. A few good cowboys save the day.

Spring / Summer 2009 brought us some monstrous man killing beasts, commonly known as rattlesnakes.

2009 was the year of many, many endurance races. I (Judd) completed my first 100+ mile race outside of Flagstaff Az. The Barn Burner was an awesome experience.

Like I said - many, many endurance races. The Firecracker 50 on the 4th of July.

The Leadville Silver Rush 50 on July 25th.

All these long trips, driving solo, helped me perfect the self portrait.
Top of Loveland Pass, Continental Divide - 11,990 ft MSL.

Since I spend so much time racing in Colorado, I figured high altitude training was required.
This photo was above Breckenridge Ski Area - 12,460 ft MSL.

There was one bad accident in 2009. Oh well. Accidents happen. I survived.

Wicked. The Levitating Beer appeared again in Summit County.

Terrible Tedd was victim to the Single Speed Addiction. This was at the top of Boreas Pass - 11,481 ft MSL.
Boreas Pass is between Breckenridge Co and Como Co.

I spent some time in southern NM chasing aliens at night. I found some serious mud near Cloudcroft NM.

A Rohwer finally made it over Black Bear Pass. As the sign says, 12,840 ft MSL. Next year - Ouray, Black Bear Pass, Telluride, Imogene Pass. All on the single speed and all in one day. Lets call it the B.P.R. Tour of High Altitude Endurance.

Check out that view into Telluride Colorado. Some tourists went off the 'road' here a few years ago.
Didn't survive the 1000+ ft drop. Obviously.

The 2009 Single Speed World Championships were held in Durango. I had a great time hanging out in my hometown, had great company & had a great experience. But the race was a freak show. That is cool. But a boat load of cash for 20 miles really isn't my thing.

AT LEAST they were handing out Oskar Blues brew at the midway point. See the Dale's in my hand?

The 1st 24 hour race for Back of the Pack Racing. Tedd decided to make this his 1st race EVER.
So he logged a cool 105 miles. (PSYCHO!)

Judd ripping it up at Moab.
Tedd ripping it up at Moab. (Tedd was a few minutes behind, of course. Rookies aren't allowed to lead The Judd.)

I finally found my new dew on the way back from Moab. Just required 5 days without a shower and 120+ miles on the bike. I'm starting to investigate the 'right' look for The Judd.

Check out this video from the Lemans start at Moab. Yes, that is Judd (left) & Tedd (right) in full view starting at 0:16 in the video. NO, the video in not in slow motion. That is what two 210+ pounders look like while 'jogging' for 1/4 mile prior to 24 hours on the bike. FUNNY, I think.

The Zuni 100 (well, 44.78 mi for 1 lap) was the 1st race where the Back of the Pack trio was racing together. (The Lt Col was on the east coast all summer. Doing something special - can't remember what.)

The trio is (L to R) - 'Bloated' Judd, 'Pissed Off' Tedd and... 'I Can't Wait for the Disco so I'm Taking Off My Race Shirt' Tim.

One Back of the Pack Family.

A Back of the Pack chill out session at the Zuni 100 (44.78).

B.P.R. night riding has become a priority, now that The Lt Col is back in town.
This was a Full Moon (Hunter's Moon) ride out at White Mesa.

Wicked. 3rd Levitating beer in 2009. This one was in Phoenix Az. (Someone should be able to get a boat load of Federal Funding to investigate this.)

Tedd and Judd competed in the 24 Hours of Fury - Phoenix AZ. Judd made the Podium, 3rd. Tedd broke ranks and finished in the Middle of the Pack. Oh yeah, this was Tedd's 2nd race of all time. PSYCHO! (Damn, I already said that.)

Winter Riding? Never thought I would become a winter rider. But if B.P.R. racers sit back and relax, we will be forced to change the team name to...Way Behind the Pack Racing - W.B.P.R.

2009 was the year of Back of the Pack Racing. 2009 was also the year of the patch. For all you hotties out there, you can contact me via the provided email. (Don't know who you'll contact via the digits. Sorry. I can't do everything - all the time.)

Judd started off the new year & new decade doing what he does best - driving solo back from Colorado. B.P.R. held it's annual winter convention up in Colorado, near Wolf Creek Ski Area. We were so busy discussing team issues that we forgot to take the team photos.

2010 may bring big changes, like The Chops on The Judd. B.P.R. needs a representative that can infiltrate the biking world and round up some sponsors. B.P.R.  needs sponsors, bad. We have serious addictions, like work shirts with patches and Black Sheep single speed bikes - titanium, of course.

1st ride of 2010 was on January 3rd. 25.27 miles & 3667 vertical feet. Not bad, not great.

2010 will be a big year for B.P.R., like I said.

So, Happy New Year and....don't let your meat loaf.