A few weeks ago I landed at Logan International airport in Boston, MA. Following the flight was a forty-five minute drive north on the 93 to Manchester, NH. It had been about two and a half years since the last time I returned home to see my family. While my main intentions were to spend the majority of my stay hanging out with my family, there would be down time while everyone was at work during the week so I brought a bike along. Still recovering from knee surgery I knew my rides would be short and getting my bike through airports would be difficult, but the time spent with on my bike would be worth it.

I knew my cycling experience in NH this time around would be more of a “trip down memory lane”, rather than part of a training regiment or a exploration ride. Leaving my parent’s house I retraced the route that lead me to the neighborhoods where all of my childhood friends used to live. As I rode down road I pictured myself at thirteen riding a department store mountain bike that was way to big for me and how I used to pedal as fast as I could at night. That road in the night used to to scare the shit out of me. It was definitely one of those road where murders would throw dead off to the side.


I figured i’d pass by some Manchester favorites and see if the area had changed. My first stop was Goldenrod’s Ice Cream. It was packed with families celebrating Labor Day the best way they knew how; by gorging themselves with fried food, extra large sodas, and of course ice cream. As I waited in line I got stares from the hungry patrons. I am pretty sure it’s not very often they see a heavily tattooed Chinese man dressed in tight spandex.


I then decided to ride around Lake Massabesic. Granite staters were out fishing and sailing their boats. The roads that marked the perimeter were narrow with lack of shoulders and motorcyclist whizzing by with no helmets at 50mph.  In between the groups of motorbikes were silent and the trees kept the roads cool. I wish the leaves had starting changing at that point as it would have added to the scenery.   IMG_1577

Looking at the signing and architecture made me feel like I was in the late 70′s early 80′s.


Part of me wanting to ride through this section of Manchester was I wanted to ride down Lake Shore Drive. This rode was a humungous part of my teenage high school years. I’d always cut study and cruise down the road to smoke pot and listen to music. About half way down I stopped at a house to stick my cap over the sprinkler to cool off. The owner of the house came out and said he thought I was his son. His son lived up north and would ride his bike down to visit. We chatted for a bit for I clipped back in. I was surprised by his hospitality.

IMG_1579The following day I rode out to new england velodrome/londonderry raceway & cycling park. The velodrome resembles more of a rc car track than something a track bike would ride on, but something is better than nothing. Cyclist from out of state and surrounding areas drive into town to make left turns here. If you look closely you can see a two pack of cyclocross practice barriers. velo

Now for those of you reading this please don’t think that NH doesn’t offer any amazing road riding because it definitely does. The white mountains provide a gorgeous back drop for a day of riding and there are gems scattered all through out the state and New England. All in all I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t get yelled at to “get the fuck off the road” or anything and I probably saw about four other road cyclists out too. My next visit home I will hopefully be in good health and head up north. Who knows – maybe next time i’ll try to take on Mt. Washington’s 11% average grade.

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Early season cyclocross races consists of 2 things:

#1. Extreme heat. Can racing in this weather even able to be considered cyclocross?

#2. Dust/Dirt everywhere. I didn’t even race and I had dirt in my ears and up my nose.

Kudos to those cyclists that have been waiting all year and approached this weekend with the eagerness of a student on the last day of school waiting for the clock  to read 2:33 pm. Your self inflected suffering was admired behind the course tape .

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After owning a number of production steel bikes I knew I loved the way steel rode and felt, but nothing fit me just right. So I decided to pull the trigger and get a custom steel bike made. I first became aware of Elephant Bikes (Glen Copus/Spokane, Wa) from J.T. Fountain and Neon Jet. Glen has a long history with bikes, from racing BMX as a child to eventually building for Serotta and Bontrager.

I wanted a “Endurance” type road bike that incorporated classic aesthetics, painted classic black. The tubing is full Columbus life. Since my shoulder surgery I have had to sit more upright so I asked for a extended head tube. Some extras I added were a chain catcher and rear fender mounts. It’s set up with a Sram Rival group sans brake calipers, which are Dura Ace 7800. I topped it off with what I felt were quality components all around.

I am extremely pleased with the way the bike came out. I can’t wait to log in some serious miles on her once I fully recover from knee surgery!

Thanks Glen!

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A few shots from the Portland Design Works Omnium at the Alpenrose VelodromeIMG_6636 1 copy IMG_6642 copy IMG_6643 copy

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Part of the MLS all Star weekend, Volkswagen brought fast cycling excitement for spectators to enjoy right in downtown Portland’s Park blocks with the Stumptown Crtierium. A big addition to the race was a open women’s category. The criterium sat in the shadow of the infamous, now defunct “Twilight Criterium” which did not include a women’s field. This USAC sanctioned race included a large payout (12 deep in the men’s cat) which attracted near by pros in both men’s and women’s fields. Two hundred dollar preems in the men’s 1/2/3 brought speeds of up to 43 mph.

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Daniel Lurvey recently headed back to good ol’ Canada for school. Before he left we rushed to shoot his new Cielo Sportif Racer. With our schedules conflicting we had one chance to meet, and it happen to be one of the worst times of days to shoot photos. You can’t win ‘em all, but i’m still excited we got a chance to meet up. Best of luck Lurvey!

Follow Lurvey and his adventures here.

Also: Don’t hate on his seat angle. He likes it there.


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I had the pleasure of being one of the ninjas for PDW’s promo video for their new mini pump and c02 inflator.

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Unable to sleep the night before night from knee pain, I managed to get to the Rapha Portland office and snap some wobbly portraits of a few of the ladies participating in the Women’s 100 prior to their roll-out. Abby Watson was a little uncertain on what the attendance would be like this year, but judging by the sea of cyclists I saw behind her as they hit the first intersection – I could tell it was going to be a good day for them.

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Here are some photos from the spring Kruger’s Kermesse. I didn’t get to color correcting, so I apologize.  Better late than never!IMG_6148 IMG_6151 IMG_6153 IMG_6155 IMG_6130 IMG_6110 IMG_6101 IMG_6093 IMG_6081 IMG_6066 IMG_6056 IMG_6046 IMG_6041 IMG_6038 IMG_6035 IMG_6023 IMG_6004 IMG_5993 IMG_5972 IMG_5969


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The Mudfoot players are alway coming correct in the LA area cycling community:dirthundo1_poster2


Via a light that never goes out:

Traveling a familiar route up Hwy 39 a left a turn finds a closed trail scarred by the 2009 Station Fire. 25 miles of dirt to Red Box, a climb up towards Mt. Wilson, and rocky descent down Mt. Lowe finds you dirty, tired, and stoked.

Three-person team format. Email name of riders, team name, and city to:



Bring food, tubes, tools, and at least 2 water bottles. Minimal support.


Three person team?

-Yes, cause riding with friends is fun, and safe.

Minimal support?

-You are responsible for yourself and your teammates. Bring at least 2 tubes, food (lots of it), and 2 bottles of water. There is a 35-mile stretch with no water, most the elevation gain will happen there. Some trail magic might come your way but don’t count on it. Bailout points are non-existent for most of the ride.

Cyclocross bike?

-Yes, don’t be ‘that guy’. This ride has been done on a road bike with 700×23 tires. Was it fun? Of course. Was it as much fun as a CX bike not spinning out and ripping on the downhill sections? Probably not.

No but really teams, food/water, CX bikes?

-Yes, the route is closed to vehicular traffic and gets confusing, the buddy system is important. The route is exposed to sunlight at all times, water and food is important and there are no places to refuel. The climbing is sustained and very loose and rocky in some sections. CX gearing will come in handy as will the traction that the tires provide. Climbing will be less painful, descending will be more fun, and the likelihood of getting a flat will be significantly less. This is not an easy ride. The dirt will beat down your body in ways that a road century doesn’t.

See you out there.

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