Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dawn til Dusk, 2010: Course Inspection

Well, I like messing around with video. Why? Because I have this dream of integrating GPS data, video, and Google Earth maps. Once I do this I intend to create a wicked website of all the data / video products of races & rides in the GREAT SOUTHWEST. (Who isn't interested in the course profile, course 'feel', etc.) Doesn't sound hard, does it? Lucky for me I know some brilliant software people. So maybe I can farm out the task. Not that I couldn't do it, but I have Back of the Pack business to attend to. I need to find some sponsors and I need to write / record / produce the Back of the Pack theme song.

Anyway, here is the video. Actually it is a subset of the video. (We don't have all day. Do we?)

There are a few major points to remember:

1) I ride a rigid single speed. So the video isn't exactly smooth. If you have a problem with it, close your eyes and enjoy the Static-X.

2) I am not a movie producer. I am just a dude having fun. Back of the Pack Racing does not have a continuing education program, yet. Therefore my skills are limited and my skills will not improve at an exponential rate.

3) If you are interested in my services, I can be bought. How about.... $2000 / hr. Just drop me an email.

Here is the video. Below is the GPS data and the Google Earth map. Data is king, dude.

Dawn Til Dusk - Course Inspection from Judd Rohwer on Vimeo.
Just a ride on a Friday

The Data - For 1 Loop

The Track

And for all you B.P.R. fans out there concerned about my appearance, well no need to worry. The quest for The Johnny beard is no more. Superstition rules my life. I did great at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo with just the chops. I didn't do so well at Dawn til Dusk with the chops and 'that crap on the chin'. So, its gone. As I said, the quest for The Johnny is no more. (Get it old skool cartoon fans? Johnny Quest, the Quest for he Johnny. Funny stuff.)

But, if my performance at 12 Hours of Mesa Verde is also substandard, then I will commit to The Johnny. Yes, a one year commitment if I fold at the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde.

The Johnny

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dawn Til Dusk, 2010: Back of the Pack Race Review

Awesome, awesome race. The Dawn Til Dusk crew pulled through and put on an amazing event. I don't care what anybody east of the Mississippi says. Gallup is a bitchin' place. The trails in Gallup are bitchin'. The mountain bike crowd in Gallup is one of a kind. The mountain bike experience in the Land of Enchantment is truly enchanting. If you don't believe me - sign up for the next race outside of Gallup, 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest. Back of the Pack will be there in full force: the 3 founding members, some probationary members, some support crew and a very large subset of the B.P.R Fan Club.

Anyway, if you want to go straight to the data and pics, follow this link:

If you need to see the official results, follow this link. Just remember. We are all winners. There are no losers, unless there are no DNFs, then someone will be the loser. Ok, I'm joking. Go easy on me.

Below are some team awards, some comments, some data, some pics. I'll have a video up of the pre-ride in a few days, maybe. I'm a bit busy right now. Busy? Yep, I do have a job, at times. 

Back of the Pack Awards:

B.P.R. Day of Glory: Tim (7 laps ~ 91 miles)
B.P.R. Meritorious Achievement: Tedd (6 laps ~ 78 miles)
B.P.R. Go Home and Work on the Team Theme Song: Judd (6 laps ~ 78 miles)

Award Selection Rational:

Tim: What can I say? It's been a long time since Tim smoked me. (Actually this might be the 1st time in history that Tim led the Back of the Pack.) Tim just kept the cranks turning. What's next for Tim? Probably more snowboarding, probably more pizza, definitely more burritos. Tim's psycho. Enough said. OH, Tim had one major revelation during the race. Tim ditched his totally lame 'fanny pack' that was hanging from his seat. I am so happy that his Black Sheep Stellar has been freed from the humiliation of 'fanny pack-itis'.

Tedd: Freak Job is the only work to describe Tedd. Incomprehensible is the only word to describe Tedd's performance. Tedd has only been on his Black Sheep Stellar one time, yes one time, since the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo - February 13th. So what does Tedd do? Tedd logged a cool and easy 6 laps / 78 miles (or 74, but who's counting.) So it's now obvious that Tedd got the Rohwer toughness from Padre and I got the good looks from Madre. Oh, we already knew that.

Judd: Pathetic, that is all I can say. I've trained hard and was ready to roll. But I guess it wasn't my day. Maybe I hadn't fully recovered from the SYDC, March 27th. My knee is still busted up. But that is no excuse. I should be able to win the battle. Mind over matter, right? Well, I guess the demons in my head found out about the wicked pain in my left knee. Once that happened the demons had control. I finally won the battle with the demons around 4:45 pm. I thought I would save the day and complete lap 7, nope. I had some issues with my chain during lap 6 and didn't make it back to the start / finish line in time to successfully complete #7. Oh well. There is always the next race. If I don't get my act together I should just sit in the camp, fire up Garage Band and work on the B.P.R. Theme Song. 

Lessons Learned:

1) Refueling time between laps must be reduced to <  2 min. This 20 to 30 minute trend is terrible! At least for me. I'm a part of the Back of the Pack, but I want to be at the back of the front of the pack, not the back of the back of the pack. I can do it. I just need to recruit a water bottle filler. Padre, you out there? Tim? I think he's happy with the 20 minute refueling time. He needs the precious minutes to eat pizza, burritos, drink coffee, duct tape his shoes, take off his long johns, put on his long johns, etc. Tedd? Tedd just does stuff. Who know what he does during the refueling time. Tedd is Tedd. Tedd is a freak job. Don't believe me. Check out the photo at the end of this posting. 

2) If you must eat pizza during the lap, make sure you have it all down the trap door prior to the biggest climb on the track. It's a bit hard to chew pizza and breath when your heart is racing 170+ bpm. (Actually, my record on the hard climb is 185 bpm. Tim, you taking notes? 180+ bpm happens when a Back of the Pack racer actually rides the hills. Then again, I don't try to ride hills, eat pizza and turn over a 32 x 18 setup. Tim, it's all you, that is why you get the B.P.R. Day of Glory Award.)

3) Review the lethality of Aleve and Advil. Is it OK to down 12 Advil in 8 hours? Well, I guess we will find out.

4) If you are going to hitch hike to the registration / pre race dinner and you happen to hitch a ride with two single speeders (husband / wife, boyfriend / girlfriend, who knows) DON'T make fun of the fact the the dude has front suspension and the babe is riding fully rigid. If you make a wise ass crack like Tim did, you may be walking the rest of the way.

No more lessons learned. Well, I should say there are no more lessons learned that should be / will be made public. Check out the info below, if you care. I really don't care what you do. Because I know the faithful B.P.R fans will review this data. I know the B.P.R fans will hit the street and help us find sponsors. (Just remember B.P.R. fans, all we care about is beer, burritos, and Black Sheep Bikes. So don't get crazy with the sponsorship ideas.)

The data. The data that depresses Judd.

The Track in Google Earth. The 1st lap includes a 5 mile 'warmup' on a dirt road. Get it? 'Warmup'

B.P.R. Bylaws state: No handoffs, no baton passes, no cheek slaps. B.P.R is short for 'On Your Own, Dude!'

Yeah, it's cold at the 7AM start. And hot by 8AM!

The Sunday AM 'Victory' celebration, B.P.R style.

The drive home. After 90 minutes Tedd broke the silence." Judd, you ready to drive? It's your turn." Judd's response, "Nope". Then silence continued for the duration of  the drive home.

What does a B.P.R weekend do to Tedd? Well, a picture's worth a one syllable word: NUTS!

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Signs Say It All

Do I need to add commentary? Don't think so...

-- Post From My iPhone at Dawn Til Dusk, 2010
Location:Dawn Til Dusk

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dawn Til Dusk: The B.P.R. Approach

Well, us Back of the Pack racers do everything a bit different from 'the crowd'.  I was planning on a nice 117 mile ride at Dawn Til Dusk. Wake up at 6am, get on the bike at 7am, ride til 7pm. How hard is that? Well, not hard enough.

The Lt Col decided to schedule a 'check ride' for Friday pm - late pm. (Don't ask, this is hardcore military stuff.) So, Dawn Til Dusk turned into Dusk Til Dusk. The B.P.R. fan may wonder: "Why does The Lt Col's behavior affect Judd or Tedd?" Well, us Back of the Pack racers stick together. It's a tough life living at the Back of the Pack. So, The Lt Col's pain is my pain. My pain is Tedd's pain, on and on and on.

What happens after a long race? Us Back of the Pack racers like to fall asleep in mid sentence. Proof = Pic = Fact. Are you observant? What is (was) The Lt Col drinking? Schlitz of course. See it in the cup holder? No spillage. The 'gourmet beer' is long gone prior to the start of the race. The B.P.R. bylaws define the pre-race hydration as "drink it all, because you may not survive to drink another day".

But, if a Back of the Pack racer survives, He (or she) will live to drink Schlitz another day - like Sunday, early Sunday.

And to honor the Beer Gods that bless Back of the Pack racers, we usually start a beer tree. (Ernesto and Cindy are missed, missed more than anyone can imagine. Well, our imaginations suck, sorry.) Anyway, all beer cans / bottles deserve a 'moment of honor' prior end of the cycle and the beginning of the 'recycle'

(BTW, has anyone asked Ernesto about "Porta-Nestor". That story should be on the Discovery Channel. Maybe it already is.)

Well, the Dusk Til Dusk Race Review is only 96 or 120 hours away, depends on the Schlitz effect.

Just an FYI.

You think I'm joking about the early Sunday AM Schlitz. Well, Stop Thinking!


Did I mention that Tedd will be pissed off, pissed off for the entire race!

2010 Team Gear: Preview

Well, it's time to start thinking about the 2010 BPR team gear. Why? The new gear entered service just a few months ago, right? Yes neophyte. But the new gear is now old gear and I get bored easily. I'm already working on a new bike design, so I should start working on new BPR gear. 

So, stickers to start with. A new 'small' logo passed the review board. Tim and Tedd may object - who is the review board, they may ask. Me, of course. I'm the review board because the B.P.R gravy train is fueled 

(BTW. The 'large' logo, biker behind a pack of mules, is set in stone, never to change, never, never, never, never, never, ever.) 

Anyway, time to move on past the "27". The "27" was so 2009. It's a new decade, right? Next? I may go for new hats, or patches, or water bottles, or team work shirts, or  something.  It all depends on my mood which is usually fueled by the oxygen deprivation that I am routinely subjected to. We will see. I'll sell the stickers for a cool $1000 each. Or make me an offer.

just a reminder...

The season of pain is here

And so we are all clear, the lyrics say it all - just remember...

SOS Texted from a cell phone.
Please tell me I'm not the only one
that thinks
we're taking ourselves too seriously.
Just a little too enamoured with inflated self purpose.
Talk is cheap. And it doesn't mean much.

Don't lose touch. Don't lose touch.

Constant entertainment for our restless minds.
Constant stimulation for epic appetites.
Is there something wrong with these songs?
Maybe there's something wrong with the audience.
Manipulation in rock music. Fucking Nausea.

I'm losing touch. I'm losing touch.
I'm losing touch. And it's obvious.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Finally...Some help from the B.P.R. Crew

Well, the Lt Col has finally delivered. I've been waiting for help with this blog. To date, only the Lt Col's sister, Cindy, has lent a helping hand. Well, the Lt Col is working the night shift. (Yeah right, working.) Ok, we all know what a special person the elder statesman is, so we will give him a little credit. We know what he does in the dead of night, but we aren't telling. If only he was as committed to B.P.R and bike racing as he is to his profession and snowboarding. But we take what we can get.

So, one night the Lt Col was up late, real late. I was heading to work when he sent me this link. Awesome stuff. These dudes remind me of....Back of the Pack Racing, of course. But for all you B.P.R fans that are easily offended (Mom, I'm talking to you), DON'T watch this video - you may be offended.

Sweet bikes and sweet tunes.