Thursday, November 25, 2010

Reports from the Road

So, Back of the Pack Racing is trying to evolve into a real racing team. Ok, no we aren't. Well, maybe. Our real goal is to spread the word, promote the Back of the Pack lifestyle AND secure the elusive beer sponsorship. (We don't want free bikes. We don't want free components. We don't want free 'kits'. We really just want cool beer patches for our team race shirts.)

So, we have met some cool dudes in the last year and we are making progress - growing the ranks. And we need to grow the ranks. We're having problems with Prob-eee, so we may demote Prob-eee. This means we need to backfill the void. It's not much of a void. But we don't like voids, even small voids.

Oh, why would we demote Prob-eee? Simple. He's more interested in the hippie lifestyle. And his long term goal is to live in a nudist colony, or a commune, and be the head farmer of the clan. We, The Back of the Pack Founding Fathers, can't support such a lifestyle. It's cool if you want to be a hippie, but you simply can't walk away from the email and the technology that runs Back of the Pack Racing. Said another way.... If The Judd emails you, you better email back. You can't say "Oh you sent an email last week? I haven't turned on my computer in 14 days. I just wanna say out of touch. I want to be one with nature. I want to sit in my garden and watch the tomatoes grow." Ok, Prob-eee, you can step back to the level of Groupie. We need hardcore dudes to build a critical mass. Leaf eating hippies don't add much to the critical mass. Just Joking! Maybe.

Anyway, Back of the Pack Racing has a number of recruits.Two of the killer dudes who have taken the initial steps to join Back of the Pack Racing participated in some wicked races last week. (Is that a run on sentence. Doesn't sound correct, it bothers me.)

Below is my summary of their summaries. I need to generate a waiver before I use their words against them. Plus, I'm well known for creating history - history that can be debated. So I need to think about how to warp the individual reality that Jasper and Rhino live in. And they need to sign the waiver that will forever allow me to twist the truth into something that fits the Back of the Pack agenda.

Jasper & the Le Petit Brevet:

Jasper raced in the 300 km Le Petit Brevet on Nov 20th, somewhere in New Zealand.

Don't ask me what Le Petit Brevet stands for. It sounds French. Doesn't it? Well, maybe I'll make the race next year. I really don't need a reason to visit New Zealand, again. I'll just pack up and go, just because. But it doesn't hurt if a race is the motivator. So, maybe I'll head to New Zealand next November and race in the Le Petit Brevet.

Anyway, Jasper pulled out of the race after 11 hours, 100km and 3600m of climbing. (That would be 62 miles and 11,800 feet of climbing. Ouch!) Seems that the weather turned nasty around sunset. And guess what... Jasper and some dudes headed to a nearby pub for some beer. Yep, sometimes you do what you got to do.

Below is the link to the race blog. Check out the cool pics. Jasper's favorite is the 2 racers huddled together with an emergency blanket in a public crapper. Uh, that's pushing it. One dude with an emergency blanket in the crapper is Ok. 2? I'll need to think about that one.

Rhino & The Kentucky Camp, Arizona Endurance Series:

It sounds like Rhino was a bit wiped out prior to the race. His race review is a bit humorous. (Should I say that? Of course I should). Rhino was coughing up a lung and decided to make the 46 mile race into a personal 29 mile journey. The official race terminology is a '29 mile lollipop'. Lollipop? Interesting. Anyway, 29 miles is a decent ride when wiped out, so it was probably a wise decision to turn back. No need to take the dirt nap while sick. It makes for a better story if you take the dirt nap while 100% healthy and while pulling off some outrageous stunt.

So, below is the info: Sounds like an awesome race.

A great posting from Scott Morris, the dude of TopoFusion:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2011 Race Schedule: Back of the Pack Style

2011 is not yet here, but we punks like to roll with the motto "Be Prepared". So the 2011 race schedule is below. You, the Back of the Pack fan, may not care. That's OK. This posting is primarily for The Lt Col. I, The Judd, must spell things out very clearly for The Lt Col. Otherwise he gets confused. And as we all know, a confused pilot is a bad thing for us all.

So, the races are below. There are races for 'racing', races for 'the adventure', races for 'let's just get the hell out of town', and races for the 2011 Back of the Pack Championship. I am forced to define these race categories, otherwise The Lt Col dreams up situations and conditions that allow him to 'walk away' with the 2011 Back of the Pack Championship. And we all know that The Judd is already the 2011 Back of the Pack Champion, by definition.

The B.P.R. Founding Fathers may look like a Team. But we are all out for BLOOD!

If you want to race with us at the Back of the Pack - solo of course - review the B.P.R. Operating Instructions. A simple commitment to a) the team, b) the rules of engagement and c) the lifestyle is all that is required. The B.P.R. Operating Instructions clearly spell it all out.

So. Here it is. If you, the Back of the Pack Fan, would like to join the crew and run the Back of the Pack pit at any race.... let me know. My email can be found somewhere on this blog. (BTW, I you're a dude bring your on F'n beer and your own F'n food. If you're a dudette, we got you covered!)
  •  24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Feb 19 / 20
    • 1st race in the 2011 B.P.R. Championship Series
    • Domination by The Judd is guaranteed. Lt Col will log 167 miles, The BPR Morale Chairman will suffer through 130 miles. Prob-eee may just sleep all weekend.
    • Will Rhino survive the tomfoolery that travels with the Back of the Pack?
    • 2009 24HOP Race Review: The Link
  • San Ysidro Dirty Century, SYDC. March 26th
    • The Judd will finish. The BPR Morale Chairman will ride the 'inner 50', The Lt Col will cry about the wind and stay home because he needs to iron his flight suits. Prob-eee will say "What? There was a race? Where was the race? Why didn't you tell me?"
    • 2010 SYDC Race Review: The Link
  • Dawn Til Dusk. April 9th
    • A race 'to get the hell out of town'
    • The Judd will cruise for 12 hours and The Lt Col will talk about 'his domination' for the next 9 months. The Morale Chairman will just turn the cranks and dream of the next beer. Prob-eee? He's still pissed that we didn't tell him about the SYDC. So he's at home and won't talk to any of the Founding Fathers.
    • 2010 Dawn til Dusk Race Review: The Link
  • Arizona 300. April 15 / 16 / 17 and maybe the 18
    • A race for 'The Adventure'
    • This may be The Judd's 1st attempt at a self supported cross country race. I like to call it the 'across the damn state' race.
    • It will happen if a) I get the gear, b) I conquer my fear of the dark
    • Hopefully Rhino will show me the way through the dangerous desert of southern Arizona.
  • 18 Hours of Fruita. May 6 / 7
    • 2nd race in the 2011 B.P.R. Championship Series
    • This is the 1st year that B.P.R. will make the trip
    • Ok. The Judd and The Morale Chairman will make the trip. The others? They won't get a kitchen pass - if that's the 2011 term for 'the Foxy Mama says I'm not going, I guess I'm forced to stay home and be responsible every now and then.'
  • Cochiti 100. May 21
  • Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. May 28th
    • A race 'to get the hell out of town'
    • I grew up in Durango. I want to move back to Durango. But I can't, so I'll go race the race.
    • Two options. Fixed Gear, 44 x 18. Or modified Black Sheep, 32 x 13. Who Knows!
  • Gunnison Growler. May 29th
    • Another race because I 'got the hell out of town'
    • This race is usually the day after the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Two killer races back-to-back may be good training for the Colorado Trail Race.
    • 2010 Gunnison Growler Race Review: The Link
  • 24 Hours of the Enchanted Forest. June18 / 19
    • 3rd race in the 2011 B.P.R. Championship Series
    • The Judd will dominate the B.P.R. standings. The Lt Col will eat 3 pizzas. The Tedd will scowl and scare all the tourists. Prob-eee will cry about some sort of food poisoning. 
    • 2010 24HITEF Race Review: The Link
  • Firecracker 50. July 4th
  • Leadville Silver Rush 50. July 16th
  • Back of the Pack High Altitude Championships. TBD, most likely July.
    • There is The B.P.R. Championship Series and then there is The B.P.R. High Altitude Championships
      • A man is not a man until he wins the B.P.R. High Altitude Championships. The Judd has won this race two years in a row, 2009 and 2010.
    • In 2011 the B.P.R. High Altitude Championships will be a stage race in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.
      • Day 1: Durango to Ouray. On the pavement, singlespeed or fixed gear.
      • Day 2: Ouray to Ouray. Red Mountain Pass, Black Bear Pass, Telluride, Imogene Pass.
      • Day 3: TBD. Either Ouray to Ouray or Ouray to Purgatory. Red Mountain Pass, Black Bear Pass Ophir Pass, then TBD.
    • Scheduling of this race may interfere with the Firecracker 50 and the Leadville Silver Rush 50. That's just the way it is. 
      • Do you want to be a B.P.R. Champion or do you just want to cruise with the crowds?
      • The Lt Col wants to be a B.P.R. Champion but he is scared of pavement, high altitude mountains and any / all races that don't have a pit stop between 12 and 16 miles.
    • 2010 B.P.R. High Altitude Championships Race Review: The Link
    • Colorado Trail Race. August 1st ? 10 Days for The Judd?
      • This is the goal of 2011. We will see. The only thing stopping me is my fear of the dark, my fear of all the monsters that lurk up at 12,000 feet.
    • Dusk til' Dawn. August 15th?
      • This one could be interesting, if it happens.
    • Singlespeed World Championships, Ireland. August 27th
      • Enough said, but attendance is not guaranteed. It depends on The Judd's maturity level at the time of required commitment. (What the hell does that mean?)
    • 24 Hours of Colorado Springs. Sept 17 / 18
      • A race 'to get the hell out of town'
      • But... The Lt Col will demand that this race, a race at his alma mater, be placed in the 2011 B.P.R Championship Series. Ok, so this will be a game time decision based on The Judd's mood.
      • 2010 24 Hours of COS Race Review: The Link
    • 24 Hours of Moab. Oct 8 / 9 
    • Zuni 100. Oct 15th
    • 25 Hours of Frog Hollow. Nov 5 / 6
    And the grand daddy of them all
    • Singlespeed World Championships 2011, Ireland!
      • Date? TBD
      • The above schedule will be modified once the date is published.
    • It's all about the mountains, the monsters, the dirt and the sheep.
    • It's all about the Back of the Pack lifestyle.
    • It's all about making dudes and dudettes laugh.
    • It's all about facing fear head on and figuring out how to hide the tears. Because a Back of the Pack racer CANNOT cry in public!
    High Altitude Thunderstorms are....SCARY

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    25 Hours of Frog Hollow: Race Review

    25 Hours of Frog Hollow was a great race and a great time for the Back of the Pack crew. The course was awesome, the event was well organized, the dudes & dudettes were all cool. Back of the Pack Racing will definitely return in 2011. 

    So, that's that. 

    The Official Race Review:
    Check out the Mountain Flyer article - written by our friend Brian Leddy
    The Link, Dude!

    Check out Brian's photos, buy a few and send me a couple for my Christmas present.
    The Link to My Christmas Present, my present from you!

    I'm sure you will find us Back of the Pack racers. Moral Chairman: #158, The Judd: #159, The Lt Col: #160

    All That Matters:
    The Lt Col is triumphant, triumphant in his own personal world series. The Lt Col believes that his head-to-head victory over The Judd places him at the front of the Back of the Pack 2010 standings. Ok. We'll roll with that. Out of 7 head-to-head races the Lt Col has 4 victories & The Judd has 3 victories. We can't argue that. We won't argue that. So we will move on & we won't talk about the 20 other races that The Judd competed in... the races that were too tough for The Lt Col.

    And remember. The Judd defines the history. The Judd writes the history. So something positive will come out of this. It just depends on how I spin it, how I manipulate it. Maybe I'll just forget about it and move on to the 2011 season. 

    The Ultimate Excuse, Just for Historical Purposes:
    Ok, don't pay attention to what I said above. I'm not going to let this issue die. So, let's not forget about this. 

    The Judd finally went to the Dr 4 days after he (I) returned from the 25 Hours of Frog Hollow. Normal men don't go to the doctor, at least normal men that live in the Wild Wild West. But enough is enough. So here is a summary of the conversation.
    • The Judd: "Dr. I feel like crap. I've been coughing for 3 weeks. I hurt all over. But that's not the primary problem. I'm really depressed, The Lt Col smoked me at the 25 Hours of Frog Hollow.
    • Dr: "Oh man, let's take a look."
    • The Judd: "Ok, but this better not take too long. I'm busy. I've got places to go and people to see."
    • Dr: "Dude! I mean, The Judd, you've got Bronchitis and an uncontrollable set of Bronco Spasms. Mere Mortals would be in intensive care right now."
    • The Judd: "That doesn't do me any good. I can deal with the cough & the sinus infection but I can't deal with The Lt Col."
    • Dr: "Well, I've heard of The Lt Col, but I don't know The Lt Col. Either way, his 'victory' over you requires and asterisk. You're lucky to be alive and The Lt Col is lucky that you are sick. Sick like a dog. If you were 1/2 way healthy, The Lt Col would have no chance!" 
    • The Judd: "Yeah, we all know that. Well, we all know that but The Lt Col won't admit it."
    • Dr: "Yeah, The Lt Col's a freak. Anyway, I should admit you to the local ICU but since you are The Judd I'll give you these 6 pills. Take the pills with your favorite case of beer and you should be good to go in a day or two."
    The 200 Mile Barrier:
    Anyway, once again the Lt Col didn't smash through the 200 mile barrier. The 200 mile barrier is always a lofty goal, a goal that can only be 'realistic' after a long calorie filled night around the campfire. So, it's safe to say that The Lt Col will never break through the 200 mile barrier. It's also a safe bet that The Judd will bust through the 200 mile barrier at 24 Hrs of Old Pueblo. Wanna put some money on it?

    The Rest of the Details:
    The Judd's fear of the Lt Col's relentless verbal onslaught pushed him to the limit, but the limit was 9 hrs, not 25 hours. An uncontrollable cough and wicked chest / lung trauma ended the race for B.P.R's founder, B.P.R.'s leader, B.P.R.'s philosophizer. Oh well. Life goes on. There is always the next race.

    The B.P.R. Morale Chairman did what only the B.P.R. Morale Chairman knows what to do. Race, relax, race, relax, repeat. Only The Morale Chairman can let the legs freeze up and then jump on the bike and endure the 'warm-up' pain - time after time. Only The Morale Chairman can put the sheep in mothballs, chill out for a month, pull the bike out and log a cool 115 miles. Psychotic!

    The B.P.R. Team Awards:
    • The Lt Col: "My Phil Wood Bottom Bracket may be busted, but I'll still eat burritos and ride" award, 13 laps -> 166.6 miles
      • Alt award for the Lt Col: "I'll check the real-time standings then decide how many laps I'll ride" Award.
    • The Morale Chairman: "I too busy, I'm too important, I'm too cool to train... But I'll race" award, 9 laps -> 115.4 miles
    • The Judd: "Who's The Judd? That horizontal dude coughing up a lung and crying for his mommy" award, 7 very fast laps but only 90.3 miles. 
    Lessons Learned:
    1. Listen to your mother. Don't give into peer pressure, don't be bullied by the bullies. 
    2. Don't forget your water bottles at the pit. You'll either have to run on empty or circle back. Both options suck
    3. If your battery falls off in the middle of the night, it may be wise to turn around and pick it up. 
    4. If your seal on you bottom bracket breaks off - no big deal, just walk all the hills. 
    5. Don't show up to the race with dead batteries, The Judd's not always around to save the day - or night. 
    6. If they are throwing out goodies at the awards party, move to the front of the crowd. 
    7. Carl's Jr - if you are cooking meth in the 'toilet' then lock the door. Be smart about it, dude!
    The Absurd:
    It was late, it was dark. The B.P.R. Morale Chairman and The Lt Col were riding a 2AM lap together. (Alright, sometime around 2AM.) A Foxy Mama, we will call her Rider FM from now on, caught up with the dudes. The Morale Chairman was smart and let Rider FM go by.The Lt Col reached the mandatory dismount point right before Rider FM. (Ok, Ok. The Rider FM was just not Foxy, she was one fast woman racer. Awesome.) The Lt Col decided he would hop on the bike and ride the tricky switchbacks - right in front of Rider FM. (She was planning to walk / run the section.) The Lt Col was a bit rusty on this section, he hadn't actually rode down the section since around 2PM, which was 12+ hours earlier. So, he jumped on the bike and quickly realized he couldn't maneuver the bike and clip in at the same time. A disaster in the making as he rolled down the hill with 2 legs flailing in the darkness, feet off the petals. The Lt Col gained control and stopped the machine. SAFE! So, he regained his composure, mounted the titanium machine and headed down the slope. This time the shoes clipped in and he was good to go, good to go until he hit some bad ruts. Yep, The Lt Col ate S*^T and almost went off a cliff. He survived. BUT The Lt Col can't remember if the bodacious babe, I mean the very attractive Rider FM said 1) Oh man, are you ok! or 2) Oh man, you are such a F'n idiot! Either way, we are all happy that The Lt Col had a 'safe' crash in the middle of the night.

    Questions That Must Be Answered:
    1. If Prob-eee won't race... will he cook?
    2. If Prob-eee would rather hike then ride... will he hike in Utah and keep the fire going and burritos warm at night?
    A Thousand Thanks:
    1. The Madre for cooking up awesome gringo breakfast burritos - yes, green chili was included. 
    2. The Padre for huntin' down the easy up in the middle of the night prior to the departure. 
    Judd's Lap Times:
    The Course:
    Just a View, Dude!

    Just One Lap

    The Video:
    Here is the video, dudes and dudettes. The music is by the Black Owls, a bitchin' band based in Ohio. The lead singer / drummer is Dave, a dude that was part of the hooligans that I hung out with at the Copper Donkey in New Zealand. Dave is a killer dude; Black Owls is a killer band. Yeah, I like to name drop. I know a whole bunch of 'celebrities'. (But do the celebrities no me? Of course not.)

    Lap 1 of Many

    The Pics:
    For all the pics Dude, click this link!
    The Back of the Pack Pit

    The End for The Lt Col and The Morale Chairman

    The Lt Col's Hardware

    Hello! Hello! What? You tired Lt Col?

    Back in Albuquerque, 1AM. The Judd's at The Wheel... with a Camera

    In The End:
    If you're having fun: the impossible becomes possible, insane pain becomes manageable. 
    If you're not having fun: pack it in and save yourself for another day. 

    What's Next?
    Well, a few weeks of moderate riding, fun riding. Then hardcore training begins for the grand daddy of them all - 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, Feb 19/20.