Tuesday, June 30, 2009

FASTen your toe straps !

We're going to start a little tradition : the second to last friday of every month we're holding sprint races. This is to complement the sprint races held in Indy the last friday of every month. In following their lead, we will have a cash prize for the first place winner. Entry will be 2 dollars and we will meet at 505 South Maple. A group ride will take us to where the sprints will be held. We'll probably get things rolling (pun totally intended) at eleven. So, come out and show off your skills !

Monday, June 29, 2009

Since We Didn't Race Both Routes ...

We're going to hold a non-sponsored race of the "easy" route ! Friday, July 10th.
Meet at Sam and Thomas' house ( 505 South Maple ) at three o' clock. It will be a cash prize race and will cost 5$ to enter. The race won't get underway right at three to give any out-of-towners heading our way a chance to relax after the car ride to BRA-town. We'll even bring some extra patches from Hell of the Midwest to sweeten the deal.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

What a swell time ...

The air was hot, the sun was intense, and sweat poured out by the bucket-full. Nonetheless, it was a fun race. The results are as follows : I came in first place, Sean Wolf came in second, Thomas Fisher came in third ( after almost dying around the final switchback on the Lake Griffy hill ), Sam Jackson was the fourth place finisher, Jason Smith came in fifth place ( whilst hauling a messenger bag filled with water, tubes, tools, and -- of course -- the kitchen sink ), Dylan Morse came in sixth place, and Ben Morrow rounded it out with lucky number seventh place (missing one of the turn-offs.
Many thanks to everyone who helped and to our sponsors ! Everything came together perfectly and I don't think we could have imagined a better first race for the BRA.
Early this week we will post some photos ( we took over 1000, so it may take a while to pick through them all ) so check back in soon !

thanks again everyone and we look forward to seeing your sweaty faces for our next race -- which will be from the circle in indy to the downtown square of bloomington on Saturday, August 22nd !! Big prizes expected ... hopefully no near-death experiences this time though.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WHOA !!!!!!

Saw this over on Prolly's page. . . which solidified my already intense desire to go to NACCC's this year in Boston ! Hope to see you there !

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

second part ...

Here is the second route of the race. It's almost even difficulty wise as the first route, but slightly shorter. So, there ya have it ! Study them routes and we'll see you Saturday !

Monday, June 22, 2009


Sam just sent me a copy of the first route -- let me tell you, it will be difficult. Bring your water, your helmet, and an extra set of lungs !
The second route will be available tomorrow night or wednesday, so check back in soon.
Hope you all are as excited as we are !

Monday, June 15, 2009


there haven't been many posts lately. I've been riding a lot, so haven't had a lot of time in front of the computer. Thursday is another race day at Major Taylor -- I've made some adjustments to my bike as well as my training schedule, so we'll see what happens. In other news: Indy Cog and Bikesmiths have both graciously sent some gifts and promotional coverage our way. THANK YOU !!! We're getting pretty excited about the race! Hope you are too!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

what the ?!?!

The race will be two person teams drawn at random from your entry number ( helping eliminate a ringer team ). Meet at 505 South Maple at 11 AM for registration. Registration is 5$. The race won't get underway until mid-afternoon, but get there early to get your stuff and we can take a laid back cruise around town or get some lunch. It's going to be a long race, so you're gonna need all the fuel you can get ! Once everyone has registered we will ride to the starting point as a group. After the race has ended the awards will be given out back at 505 South Maple ...probably followed by a group nap ! Sam is organizing the route so I will still be able to race, but feel free to ask us if you have any questions. A couple days before the race Sam will post the route so you can get an idea of the length and get familiar with the roads ( bloomington dwellers ). See you on race day !

Monday, June 8, 2009

sit tight !

The finishing touches are being made to the flier. So, very soon all the race info and such will be available. Thanks for your patience !

Friday, June 5, 2009


Velodrome race went pretty well. Mostly, I consider it a learning experience for the first few races. It's a lot of strategy and position on the track, which I think I started to get the feel for toward the end...but of course by then i was pretty darn tired ! It's not easy ! Some mechanical adjustments will definitely be made before the next race, and of course i'll also have my USAC license...whoops!
Masi Mark killed it -- of course -- allthough he did clip out ....TWICE!!! It was pretty scary, but he's a machine so i doubt it would have even phased him.
Can't wait to get up to indy again! See you at the track !

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

more reasons to race !

COG Magazine and Octopus Caps have joined in on the fun !
we still expect more to follow, so make sure you come out for race day !

coming up ...

The B.R.A. is putting together a race ! It will be Saturday, June 27th. Details will follow soon. As of now, Sam is working with Jay on the details of the route while I am getting together some sponsors. So far Chrome and Bootleg Sessions have been kind enough to send some goodies our way. We expect more sponsors and will be putting up fliers and more info in the next few days. Stay tuned !

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What a weekend !

I made my way up to Indianapolis Friday afternoon with the goal of attending the track clinic at the Major Taylor velodrome and wound up spending the whole weekend pedaling.
I met up with some friends at Joe's Cycle's to find that they were heading off to ride in critical mass... so, off we went. Cut to an hour later and i find my stomach's grumblings overriding my need to ride around the city. We head to Yats and i fill the void in my belly and am ready to resume riding.
As it happened, this Friday was the night for sprint races. It cost one dollar to enter, and the fastest rider takes the wad of dollars as a snazzy prize ... who could pass that up ! After two rounds of head to head racing, I found myself next to Masi Mark and Mike Mayer -- two swift fellows. After a few short moments the race was over and Masi Mark was the victor with Mike and myself nipping at his heels ( what can i say, the guy is fast ! ) After all the riding, I was ready for some sleep. Sean Wolf was nice enough to let me sleep on his couch and provided several red bull dranky dranks throughout the weekend to keep me from falling over from exhaustion.
Saturday morning came quickly and i was off to the velodrome. The eight hour day consisted of pace line practice, exchanges, double exchanges, triple exchanges, squaring the track, and lots and lots of left hand turns. All in all, it was pretty much the most awesome thing ever. Ken Nowakowski led the training session and was a pretty swell fellow. Be warned: if you wear slip on shoes with your platforms and cages, he will rib you about it ( just ask mike pike ). But then he ribs on everything, so no biggie. If you went to NAHBS, you may have seen his bike fit booth.
Anyhow, after dinner we walk outside and the sky is black and green. It seems the weather decided to go nuts and attempt to form a tornado in downtown Indy. Allthough that never happened, it did provide us with some interesting sounds and sights for the ride back to Fountain Square and the safety of Sean's apartment.
The evening wrapped with a viewing of Quicksilver and then it was off to bed ( couch ) once again. Sunday brought the end of my stay in the N.A.P. city and my 55 mile ride home to Bloomington ... (49x15) BOOSH !!!