"Up Since 430 A.M. With Stage 3 Clothing Anxiety" - A GMSR 2017 Story

The Green Mountain Stage Race (GMSR), traditionally held on Labor Day Weekend, is always a bittersweet time of the year. On the one hand, GMSR is one of the very best events in the region country, on the other hand, it signals the end of yet another road season. For some people, that means brushing off the knobby tires and diving head first into cyclocross season, while for others it means taking some time to rest before ramping up training in preparation for next season. Regardless, GMSR never fails to be a fun and challenging capstone to the road season.

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Lil' Mikey Takes On the Midwest

Last year, at the encouragement of teammates Lydia Hausle and Preston Buehrer I made the trek out to Chicago for the 10-day, eight race Intelligentsia Cup series. Despite the fact that I spent most the week getting beat up in the category 2/3 fields, I had a blast shredding the technical and challenging courses and spending 10 days focused on nothing but bike racing. When I found out that the series was adding two additional days of racing, making it a block of 10 straight race days, and introducing stand alone category 3 fields, I knew I wanted to return. I “stretched” the “budget,” hitched a ride in Kenny McNeil’s “mobile command center” and once again found myself overly caffeinated on the starting line of the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic on a steamy Friday afternoon. What followed was more than a week of getting “pitted” on the bike and hanging out with people who have become some of my closest friends over the past few years. Below is a selection of highlights from the week.

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KSR 2016 - Jersey Hunting

While some of our riders spent the Memorial Day weekend prepping for and driving down to the #B2C2TSE, another group make the annual trek up to Vermont for the always-awesome Killington Stage Race.  While there was distinctly less "brap" and "gnar" and "schralping," there was plenty of "OMG we're going 50mph" and "wut? you want me to go up that?!?! There was also a modest amount of "success" in the results department. Details on all that below:

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(USAC) Weekend Recap: April 16-17, 2016

We hope you enjoyed yesterday's coverage of the Rasputitsa gravel-grinding adventures. But don't think we've all jumped ship and bought 700c x 40, hydro-disc, 1x11s, thru-axel, gravel-grinding machines! Sure, some of us have. But we also still like to race those other, maybe more familiar types of bikes: road and mountain. Here's a short recap of the weekends exploits: 

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Rasputitsa: a 'road race' unlike the majority of road races we will encounter in a season. 45 miles, unsanctioned, Vermont. Anything unsanctioned in Vermont is bound to be the Jungle. We had four B2C2ers crazy enough to make the trip up to the Jungle for the ride. These are their stories.

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2016 Bike Swap!

Hey folks! It's winter again, which means a couple things:

  • It's snowing. And cold. Maybe (hopefully) not like last year, but the clouds are indeed falling from the skies again.
  •  Weekends are a thing! You haven't raced your bike in a while (fat bikes and indoor trainers don't count) and having 2 free days every weekend is simply amazing.
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