For Sale: Wired PowerTap SL and Salsa TT Frame/Bike
I've got a couple items for sale: my wired PowerTap SL, and the Salsa TT bike/frame, read on, and and post below if you have any questions!
Wired PowerTap SL built to a Mavic OpenPro - $600
This is a well-used wired PowerTap SL hub (purchased in 2008 i believe), but has held up well! Was sent to Orange for servicing in February when i was finished using it. It's been used as my winter training wheel for the last few years.
This is a wired PowerTap, so unfortunately it isn't compatible with Garmin units (it won't pick up the power data). It's built up to a relatively Mavic OpenPro rim, which has had one winter of riding in it. No major wear, lots of life left in it.
It currently has a Campy freehub (cassette/sprockets not included), but if using Shimano/SRAM, will swap over to the appropriate freehub for the cost of the part.
In addition to the 'Little Yellow Computer' and wiring harness (with cadence sensor) is a second, brand new wiring set, also with cadence, so PowerTap can be used on two bikes without the hassle of swapping the cables. Only thing missing is the heart rate strap (needs an ANT+ version.)
Asking $600, OBO! My suggestion is that this is perfect for a winter bike, to track your winter training.
This is a pretty unique frame! Salsa El Go Go full scandium 54cm frame with carbon fork in green,
i'm basically giving away the frame, which has been well-used although
in good condition with minimal markings and scuffs. Just looking for $$
for the very lightly used parts (most just a few rides, except the brakes), which include:
Asking $400 for the full package. If interested in MOST of the parts,
can sell off independently. Can also offer a deal if you get cranks i have (Campy Chorus, compact, 170mm) and/or seatpost (Thompson) as
well for more of a complete package.
Can't believe another year has gone by. 2012 was a pretty good year on the bike, will try and post some sort of highlights update some time. Looks like i didn't update anything since March...eep!
This year focus will return to the track...training will be split between tt/ftp and sprinting. That ought to be fun! Who wants to join me afternoons on the track for 20min threshold sessions? ;)
Here are a few items for your pleasure:
How do you keep track of your training or what's coming up? For a few years now i've been going to the CalendarLabs website and printing up items from their site:
I print out the Monthly calendars, which leaves a good amount of space each day, and use a clip to hold 'em all together.
As events come up for the year, they're quick and easy to add in (i'm going to try using some highlighters this year to add some color and distinction. ;) And since they're all there, it's really easy to figure out your build-up for various events, week-by-week. I'll keep track of all these, which are handy to review:
Also, since it's just a clip holding it all together, it's easy to add other sheets (there are a few local series, with a bunch of dates through the year, keep it all handy). And whatever training sheets you might have.
Pretty neat stuff! I'm pretty sure i logged all my rides (except commuting), so this is pretty complete. Don't have this for 2011 (this would be a nice feature in the upcoming version of WKO+ - i have so much data in there, but so much of it is 'lost'.)
One thing this highlights is in these parts the need of a decent winter bike. I knew i logged a fair amount of mileage on my Orion, but i would never have guessed THAT much! Also surprised by the distance i rode in CX too, would have been a fair bit more had i not had a terrible crash (low point of the year! Luckily nothing broken, but out of action for about a month.)
I just tweeted this, so might as well share here - it was pretty tasty!
'Hill' is an understatement, with massive amounts of climbing (i climbed 766m in 20km that day!), but even tho i'm far from being a climber, the course was really fun, with amazing sections of singletrack that wound their way back down. Finished 11th in Intermediate Men, happy with that. I stopped to help out Roland tho, he was having some troubles with his new bike (a 29er!) and i knew i was far from contention for the podium, so thought i'd give him a hand (his chain got behind his cassette.)
Here's my Strava data:
OA Victoria Club Accomplishments
Updated our chart of our Chapter race results, check it out! This year the OrganicAthlete Victoria cycling team will mainly consist of Jennie, Marty and myself, look out for us on the roads and trails!
Peter (@ReadyForPlanB on Twitter) has a cool 'Vegan Testimonials' project with over 50 stories of why people went vegan, and here's mine! For those who've ever wondered why i went vegan. =)
Video: Home Powered By Cyclists
This is is a amazing video (i share videos pretty rarely), but this is of a 'normal family' who's home is powered by 80 cyclists for a day, it provides an amazing visualization of how much energy appliances use: http://youtu.be/uVK6w1Fldxw
I'm not sold on the 'superfood' idea, i think it's just food - but this is still a neat chart with a breakdown of nutrients in a number of particularly nutritious foods.
A Big Ride
I've been enjoying the longer rides, so this weekend was a pretty solid go - on Friday i went for an MTB ride, Saturday was the OBB ride (got 4th in the sprint) and added a bit more for 117km, and then Sunday i went all out, logging over 5hrs and 150km, and just a little elevation:
Victoria Vegan Festival!
Will wrap this up with a blog posting with an exciting event coming up, the 1st ever Victoria Vegan Festival, from Friends of Animals and Sarah's Place, to be on Canada Day, July 1st in Market Square - it's gonna be an amazing celebration of veganism in the city! Check out our side for more: http://VictoriaVeganFest.com
Last week i went to the track to do my 2x20m session, and i thought i'd try a few different positions while i was out there, and see if there was much of a difference (i think this is a variation of the Chung Test!)
Since it was 2x20min, i figured i'd try different hand positions for 10min periods. The weather was pretty good, but cool. Very little breeze. The only significant change was that the sun was setting so the first 20min i was in the sun and the area was a bit warmer. It felt cooler the second effort...in theory that ought to mean a slightly slower time, but it's probably not a significant issue in this case.
I was on my winter bike (fenders) and my hand positions were:
#1 - middle of the bar tops
#2 - hoods, arms flatish, bent over a bit more
#3 - middle of the tops, same as #1, maybe a bit lower
#4 - drops
Here's the wattage (AP) and speed for each 10min segment:
#1 and #3 are fairly close, as expected. #2 and #4 are more interesting. It's a bit more speed in the first, and #4 is really significant as the watts were a fair bit lower (getting tired), but the speed was about the same as riding 10w harder - so in theory at ~35kph riding in the drops saves me over 10w.
I'll try to mirror this in my next few efforts, see what results!
Also, the first Island Cup MTB race was last Sunday here at Hartland (The Dump!), and i had a pretty good event. There were some good duels with other riders, and my main focus was maintaining a certain pacing strategy - ensuring i ease off on the gas before particular technical sections (like the technical bits going up Crazy Horse, Rollie Ridge and that nasty grade at the end of Crossover) and i managed to get PBs in my lap times (30min, 32mins), and much better than i was expecting (32-35min). Last year i was so gassed that i'd hit a few of these sections and have to get off the bike to get over the technical bits. This year i planned to get off and use my CX skills in a few spots (that nasty bit on the climb on Crazy Horse, and the big, wide rocky corner on Skull Trail, which i normally ride, but knew it'd be faster just to run), and then ensure i have gas in the tank for the others (which i did!) So, well planned.
Admittedly i eased off on the first half of Shock Treatment as it was really muddy and got some in my eye the first lap...so could have snipped a little more time if i wasn't slowing down for puddles...i'm such a fair-weather weeny. ;)
I rolled into the finish, and goofed around before the line, delaying 10-15seconds, and then there was a riding coming up behind so i weaved over across the line, but they scored him in front of me - boo! So 11th in Intermediate (B) Men. Whatev's, i know i beat that guy. =P
Planning to head up to Cobble Hill next week for #2 in the series, and avoid the second VCL (local road race series) on a hilly course.
PS - here's the poll from my last entry, if you haven't voted already, when do you find you perform best?
Happy Spring everyone! How do we know it's spring? Why, i shaved my beard, so it must be spring. =)
Bye-bye Beardy! Not how i look now!
Training has been great, logging solid miles and watts, if you're not on Strava, you should be! Very fun program, works if you've got a GPS unit (including apps for Android and iPhones!) It's free, and tracks your ride (and runs any other activities) and keeps track of 'segments', which are sections of road people have programmed in, such as hills and regular ride routes. It's fun to see if you were moving particularly fast in a part of the ride, here's a short spin from Thursday as an example:
You can see there that i moved pretty fast up King George Terrace this day (chasing Clay).
Another cool feature of the site is that it's also social, so you 'follow' other riders (near-by friends, friends in other cities, and even a number of pros like Clara Hughes and Simon Whitfield!) Every day you get an email listing all the rides from the last day, and you can log into the site and there's a timeline of those rides as well, where you can comment, heckle or complement others in your cycling community.
My profile is here (follow me!) and check out my "Following" page to find a bunch of other cool peeps, local and abroad. It all makes a bit more sense when you start following a few peeps, and log into the 'Dashboard' page. =)
So, what's in store for this year.. I think i'll go back to focusing on the track. Despite my strong disagreement with the behaviour of the GVVA board, track is still my 'strength', and it would be silly to give it up. Will focus on bunch races, Keirins and Madisons.
On the road, will continue to give'er. The new VCL schedule is out, and amazingly a lot more flat races, with several Western Speedway and Windsor Park (on several Sunday mornings!!) crits - that's more my style!
Oddly, been enjoying the longer rides too, was out for nearly 5hrs a couple weekends ago with Sarah Stewart, and actually *enjoyed* it - insane! Check it:
A Year Later, Road Tubeless
I've been riding road tubeless tires for well over a year now (Oct 2010?), and there are some good points and bad points. (Road tubeless tires are like MTB tubeless tires - there's no tube, just a strong seal between the tire and the rim, and usually goo that seals punctures.)
The best is that i've had 2 flats in that time - the first all i had to do was stop and put some more air in the tire as it resealed. The second was 'catastrophic' and (heaven forbid) had to put in a tube (had nearly forgotten how that works!)
For a winter riding set-up, it's amazing. The typically wider rims make for a solid contact patch, and can run lower pressure if so desired (i'm typically 90-100psi, ~160lbs). The rolling resistance is pretty good as well.
There are some downsides, there is a very limited selection of tires (really, two from Hutchinson, and one from Maxxis. Overall i like the Maxxis better. There is one from Specialized as well, but it's really just a re-labeled Hutch.) Due to the low development, weight is still very high. The listed weights are very conservative, and i'm finding they're typically 20g heavier (ie, 290-310g.) Sure, we're not using tubes, but there's still goop in there, so overall weight is a fair bit higher on a race set-up.
The other real bummer is a near complete lack of non-OEM compatible rims. About the only option is from Stan's, and i've had a terrible experience with the Alpha340's. First failure was a 24h laced to my PowerTap - after ~3 months of road use i found 3 nipples pulling out of the rim. They said 'use the 32h' (that helps with my 24h PowerTap hub..) But ironically, a couple weeks later, my 32h PowerTap from my winter bike ALSO had the exact same problem. (Although i had ridden it a fair bit longer.)
I replaced the 24h with another Stan's rim, and it's blowing up now as well (it lasted 2mos of CX racing.) The 32h was replaced with an OpenPro, which i managed to convert to tubeless, but is barely worth the effort - 7 layers of their tape and about 30minutes of fuckery with the air compressor i managed to get a tire to inflate. I do NOT recommend converting OpenPro rims to tubeless and am on the lookout for a 32h replacement rim.
This summer i'll not be racing tubeless (although did last year). Hoping to build up my 24h PowerTap to a Zipp 303 or 404 Firecrest (and get a matching front wheel.) Gonna try out latex tubes and go back to my trusty Conti GP 4000S tires (which i've had good puncture resistance with, just don't let anything touch the sidewall!!) I'm taking suggestions for other clincher deeper rims that my shop can build...
On a bright note, the 2Bliss/2BR Captain CX tires from Specialized were freaking BRILLIANT. I struggled with the non-tubeless version (mega-burping), and was so happy to get these. In testing, i got down to 20psi with no burping (although it was really waaay too squishy to ride in anything but thick sand or mud in a straight line.) Most of my racing was in the 28-35psi range (i suspect this translates to a lower pressure w/tubes). I will be getting a non-PowerTap tubeless wheelset for CX this fall. (I've found training/racing with power for CX is nearly pointless...i'm really better off guessing my efforts in relation to TSS, etc..)
Doesn't look like much...is that a potato in my spokes? heh - fell off the counter and stuck there.
Here's a shot of my 'cockpit' on the winter bike (Ridley Orion). Got the PowerTap since it's an older wired model, the Garmin Edge 500 (best cycling computer!!!) and of course a little bell, totally Pro. ;)
The Serfas True250 light has been fantastic for road riding as well. 250 Lumens is plenty, can get 2x 2.5hr rides on one charge, and really convenient/fast quick-release mount. Easy to stash in the pocket too if heading out when light and not sure if you'll need it.
Came across this bullet-bike on a night ride along Dallas, apparently the guy bought it 'for fun'! Really got it moving too!
This shot's from riding back along Lagood Rd from the Boxing Day TT (which i won!!!) That's Megarath and Alex Hui up ahead.
Let's Wrap This Up
So race season really begins next week, there's the VCL at Caleb on Sunday (Mar 11), but i'll be going to the Dump for the Island Cup MTB race. From there will be a few more road and MTB races, and hopefully the track opens in April.
On the Strava site (if you're not on there and have a Garmin unit or GPS smartphone, get on it, and if you follow me, i'll follow you back!) i noticed the 'Rapha Festive 500' contest, where you log 500km from Dec 23rd to 31st, and then maybe get to win stuff! Hurrah - seemed like a fun challenge!
I was especially inspired after a week of dry riding, and logging some good hours throughout December, and i've been really enjoying my time on the bike (much more so - often as my ride ends, i'm happy to be home and get off the bike, but lately i actually want to keep on going! Kind of unusual for me, as a trackie where the moto is 'the shorter the better'!)
So i jumped into the contest, and here it is:
RIDE #1 - Friday, Commute (12.4km, only 487.6km to go!)
heh - it's a contest right? Every km counts! I knew i was going to log a few km commuting going to the climbing gym and riding around doing some chores, so here it is. =)
In other news, i had checked the results, and by this point some people from Australia had already logged over 400km in 2 days - yikes!! I have 12.4km!
RIDE #2 - Saturday, Oak Bay Bikes Group Ride (98.6km, 111km Total)
No better way to get things started than my weekly group ride from the Oak Bay Bikes shop. As mentioned, we've had a spell of fantastic weather, so the light rain wasn't a chore. Given it was Xmas Eve, we kept the pace really civil, and only five of us rode the full route.
Doug, Dan and company, nearly back in town.
RIDE #3 - Sunday, Xmas Day Torrential Downpour
(29.2km, 140.2km so far)
The day was promising to be a crap one, but i managed to pick the single worst hour to be out...it just poured while i was out..very demoralizing. Entire ride consisted of heading out to the Switch Bridge, a common meeting spot where some others were possibly into an Xmas Day ride, and ran into Dan Leonard, who was logging a ton of km that week, and so encouraged him to join up to the Rapha500, and he quickly got the job done, the first in Victoria, and all of Canada i believe!
The wind was so strong that on the final stretch of my ride, despite just cruising along, i got a PR for a 4km section...
Just a bit of wind and rain this day.. Pictured is my trusty Ridley Orion winter bike, note the proper 'Wet Coast' fender & extender. ;)
Happy to be heading home and drying off..
RIDE #4 - Monday, Victoria Wheeler's Annual Boxing Day Time Trial (85.9km, 226.1 - almost 1/2 way!)
Always a fun test in the middle of our winter, the TT itself is just under 14km, on a pretty flat route. In the past i usually podium or am close to the top, usually not too many 'big hitters' out, and in part to lax participation from clubs, i managed to pull off one final win for the season! (Results)
Was expecting rain, but it held off, and enjoyed the ride back into town with Alex and Megan.
I nearly cracked this day and gave in.. It had been pouring rain for about 48hrs (didn`t bother going out Tuesday), and no sign of it abating. The only redeeming value was that it was a balmy 12C outside thanks to the wind from the south. But that still meant wind.
Many awful experiences to share from this, but perhaps the worst was any descent, with the rain smashing into my face and no optics due to the rain...after the big descent on East Saanich Rd, i opted to ride as few hills as i could... Misery was compounded with headphone issues, so even music was a frustration.. As i was on my way back into town, things started to come together, and i nearly enjoyed the last hour, despite the persistent weather conditions.
One of my few comforts..my home-made cocoa-orange chocolate chip energy cookie-bars - vegan of course!
I'm sure people are jealous they missed out riding in THAT for nearly 3hrs!
Food done...back to the rain..
RIDE #6 - Thursday, Lucky Timing (66.7km, 372km total - two days left!)
It's been dry in the mornings the last few days, but still calling for rain in the afternoons and evening. By the time i wrapped up work, it hadn't started raining, so i opted to get out, and managed to keep dry!
I felt like i was gambling with this route - i kept taking small sections that wove me away from town, but not too far in case the rain started...
On my final stretch along the Dallas Rd. waterfront as the evening was settling in, i saw Sylvan up ahead and chased him down to chat for a bit, and see how his riding was going.. After turning around for the final stretch back along the water for home, it started to sprinkle, and the wind was picking up. Turned out that evening was one of the worst nights for rides, and Sylvan was just getting his Rapha500 started...!
RIDE #7 - Friday, More Commuter Miles (16.8km, 388.8km - one day after this, looks good!)
Okay, it's a bit cheap, but i wanted a rest day and needed to do some chores, so logged my 'recovery' miles as i went to my bike shop Oak Bay Bikes, visited my buddy Emile, did some shopping, and then went downtown later to my club OrganicAthlete Victoria's primary sponsor Green Cuisine vegan restaurant for dinner with a friend (and a shameless opportunity to plug some awesome sponsors. ;)
RIDE #8 - Saturday, The Final Stretch, Another OBB Ride (123km... ??? total??)
Eeep! It's looking good! The loop is ~100km, so i figured adding on about 30min will get me safely over 110km, which was the goal for the day.
Thankfully, while cold, it was dry! Cruised over to the shop, and there was a good turn-out, and we headed out. Two flats in the first 30mins delayed things, but no issues the rest of the way to Sidney.
There, met up with Peter and Sylvan, who were also finishing off their Festive500 duties - Peter had about 170km left to go, and Sylvan needed around 200km to ride. That meant they'd both been out for the earlier Tripleshot 80km ride - yow!
Sylvan, Peter and myself - the Rapha Three! What on earth is Peter doing with just knee warmers? It was below freezing when he started!
Usually from there the group splits into a more 'peppy' group, and followed by a more 'steady' group. The three of us started to roll out with the peppy group, but as it was only about 5 people, we opted out, as it would mean a lot more work (at the front in the wind)...!
So we hung back and headed out with a much bigger group than usual.
The Oak Bay Bikes group!
On the road on Land's End
With the riders off the front, it meant that none of us could win the ride sprint, which bummed me a bit, but i figured i wouldn't have a lot of gas in the tank anyway.
Things got busted up on the Panorama Hill (posted my second fastest time) thanks in great part to Rhonda, and we split the group in two - Peter and Sylvan were in the front with me, so all good.
The pace was pretty steady back into town. Just past Brentwood (i think) the lead group met back up with us, so the sprint was fair game again!
The Sprint Report, brought to you by Dave`s Vegan Cookies:
Geoff took off pretty early, just before the hill by the Observatory (later he told me he just wanted to go harder and get more of a workout) - no one really chased, but the pace was still fairly high. The 15-or-so of us kept it together down the other side and around onto Interurban. We could see Geoff dangling ahead, and Peter started to tow the group at a faster pace... He pulled off, i then chased for a bit, then fell back to sit in. Wasn`t sure if i was going to sprint or not..still had over an hour of riding to go!
Got shuffled around in the group a bit, and Adam De Vos blasted away as the pace eased a bit... He caught Geoff fairly quick, by Camosun. I contemplated bridging up, but we still had about 1k to go to the sprint, and there was a very strong headwind.
Peter got back on the front and picked up the pace again, and the gap really began to shrink. There were a few more people up front, pulling and pulling off...over the final crest i was 3rd wheel behind Guy and Trevor, and Guy was putting in an effort. I felt solid, and was in a great position, so decided i would sprint!
We were just about to hit the final 'double' - two little risers with the sprint line 50m beyond the crest, and Guy pulled off. Trevor usually puts in a good effort, and so i was hoping to soak his draft for another 20m or so to get me up the hill a bit more, but he stuck to Guy's wheel and didn't pick up, so it was go time!
I jam the pedals seated for a few strokes as we speed up the hill, then i'm out of the saddle hammering for all i'm worth! We fly past Geoff, who's clearly died, and 20m before the line i grin over at a flat-lined Adam as i'm leading the charge for the line!
I haven't looked back, so no idea who's coming up - but i press on knowing there's someone to my left... 5m and i can tell it's Tom Skinner. Uh oh! 4m...3m...the gear is feeling big...2m..1m...he's right there - i throw the bike, and it looks like my wheel hits the line first!!! I raise my arm, but so does Tom!!
It was really close, and it's New Year's Eve, so we agree on a tie for the final win sprint of the OBB ride for 2011.
At that point, Peter has logged all the kilos needed for his Festive 500 - another reason to cheer! We continue rolling into town, i also take the final King of the Overpass at the Switch Bridge. ;)
The group is really shrinking, and on Harbour Rd Peter and Sylvan turn off for a coffee shop stop. Geoff, Adam and myself carry on for the final stretch along the water, and afterwards continue on for a little while longer, just to ensure that i get the distance i needed - plus the sun was out, and i was feeling great, despite having logged 512km in such a short time (much more than i'm accustomed to!)
Big ups to Strava and Rapha Clothing for putting on the Festive 500, it was a ton of fun (despite the crap weather here!) Good motivation to get out and ride, and inspiring to see how others are doing (the current leader logged over 1,400km..wow!)
And mad props for the other four Victoria, BC riders who completed this - Dan (who may lead the country with 551km!), Peter, Sylvan (did i mention he rode about 460km in the final two days) and Jamie Cameron, who is in California for the holidays, and finished the Hincapie Grand Fondo today. Also congrats to Andrew Pickell from the mainland (Vancouver), who for all i know is the only other Canuck to complete the contest, and is new to the cycle-racing world!
I have chosen to make this a public topic, rather than quit silently. The issues facing the GVVA Board are chronic, and desperately need outside influence. I'm regretful to have to even do this, but matters have not been dealt with internally.
To the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association and Members (who deserve full
disclosure, and i believe these issues need public attention):
To the Board,
I here-by resign my position.
Your incompetence as a Board is only rivaled by your lack of
I want nothing more to do with you. You leave me feeling ill and have
completely ruined my summer cycling experience, and my time with this
organization (since 2004, a Board member since 2005). You have taken advantage
of my goodwill and willingness to contribute for the final time.
Your method of 'resolving' conflict is shameful, and had you any decency or
empathy you'd perhaps begin to feel embarrassed and regretful with how you've
handled -- better said: neglected -- the issues i've had to face, over and over
and over and over dealing with 'President' Chris Anstey, who has done so much to
undermine the efforts of myself and others. Your inaction has only empowered
Chris, and crippled those trying to work for the Club.
To be perfectly clear on the matter: Chris Anstey deserves 80% of the
credit for my resignation, and the Board the other 20% for their negligence and
irresponsible behavior in dealing with matters. (Chris likely believes he has
been acting appropriately because rarely do Board members besides myself attempt
to communicate concern. My own voice is lost on him.) I am embarrassed for, and
regret having encouraged my friends Emile and Ailsa into this trainwreck (who
stepped in as a Director and Treasurer this summer). They, and Brian, are Board
members exempt from my concerns; they barely had a chance to get involved.
To the Members: you should be alerted to the fact
that i am the second GVVA Director to quit in protest this week.
Glenn Barr, who brought a vast amount of experience and knowledge and
progressive thinking from the Burnaby Velodrome, also quit in protest this
week due to the behavior of the other Board members, and Glenn specifically
highlighted issues in dealing with Chris. (This is not new, as we also have had
to deal with and respond to numerous complaints of inappropriate and
unacceptable behavior by Chris from members, coaches, and others.) Little of
this has prompted any action from the rest of the Board, whom he also shared
After Glenn quit, i called on the rest of the Board to ask Chris to step
down, immediately. I was promptly ignored, there was no discussion on the
matter as is the 'standard practice' when there is a conflict in this group.
(Glenn quit, and there was hardly anything said!!) I 'boycotted' the Provincial
Track Championships in protest to Chris' continued involvement. I felt that was
the only way i could 'voice' myself. That seems to have had little effect or
meaning with the Board, so now i have only one option left: to quit.
The 'final straw' was seeing Chris give out the Junior 'Record Breakers'
awards. It's an idea i conceived as part of a possible alternative event to the
Provincial Championships, which were at risk of being canceled because i had to
quit *attempting* to organize due to Chris' efforts to undermine me - Emile and
Gillian took over. The 'Record Breakers' concept was weakly injected into the
Provincial Championships instead.
The goal of the 'Record Breakers' is to encourage more youth involvement
(highlighting their times in our 'Record Books', and encouraging them to come
back break their records a few times each year.) This was one final slap in the
face for me: witnessing the epitome of my summer's grief giving out (and doing
so poorly, unable to even pronounce names of kids who've been coming out for
weeks) awards to 'the future of the track' as though all were fine and he was
worthy of this role, and the unthinking Board members clearly oblivious to
significance of this event, with no consideration given to how this might
feel to me.
Members: All is not lost. If you care, please step up at the AGM this Fall,
and volunteer yourselves to give this facility a positive, progressive and
potent Board of Directors. Please change things so that no single person can
ruin this experience for another, and ensure the Board values harmony and
open communication, not silence and disgraceful tolerance of undermining
behavior and 'executive decisions'. Concerns should be taken seriously, and
resolved immediately. If the current (shrinking) Board remains, there is no
chance for change, and more will quit in frustration. The GVVA Members deserve
Members: please call on the Board for these changes, and demand the Chris
Anstey be removed as President immediately. He is a disgrace, and should be
tolerated no longer.
I am feeling very hurt and disappointed. This organization has left me with
so much regret.
Dave Shishkoff (former Director of Racing of the GVVA)
PS - if you would like to discuss this further, or share your thoughts, i
am copying this to my personal blog and you're welcome to comment there: http://cycling.davenoisy.com
Background: A Shortlist of Recent Significant
Issues Involving 'President' Chris Anstey
* Frequent Complaints from Members -
members of the GVVA Board have found themselves frequently apologizing for the
behavior and actions of Chris Anstey, who is unclear and obtuse, and often
supplying incorrect answers.
* Website-gate - in late May i
discovered our website had been 'taken over' by another member. I had no idea
how this came about, and alerted the Board, and was preparing to contact the
police and internet registry organizations as the member refused to comply with
my requests to return the website. Two days into the matter, despite being aware
of the concern, Chris Anstey finally 'revealed' that he had made an 'executive
decision' a few weeks earlier, to have this person run the website - a duty i
had fulfilled since 2005, without alerting or informing anyone on the Board,
including me. All were mystified.
* Last Term as President - in a
meeting to resolve 'website-gate', Chris Anstey revealed this was his last term
as President. Since he was 'leaving', there was seemingly little reason to
chastise him over this incident, which probably lead to the rest of the issues,
presuming he would behave otherwise. _Let this be a lesson to all_.
* Under The Lights - this race
series, run by Chris Anstey, cost the club (ie, your money) an estimated $700.
It was poorly considered and executed, and had virtually no preparation or
promotion from Chris Anstey. He did not ask for any assistance (promotion,
volunteers, sponsors, officials, etc). He did not re-evaluate the situation, and
felt entitled to charge members $25 for a poorly-organized event, which gauged
our bank account - a loss on all accounts. The most troubling aspect is that
even after record memberships (our primary income), our bank account was around
$800 before the Provincial Championships. There is no excuse that this type
of event should have cost us a single cent, let alone $700. I expressed
significant concern over our financial situation to the Board. There has been
little discussion. Provincials could very well push the GVVA further into the
red (and yes, i begged for a budget for this as well).
* Disorganizing Provincial
Championships - for some inexplicable reason, the person Chris
Anstey tasked with organizing Provincials wasn't going to even be here for the
event, nor the week(s) leading up to it. I was 'second' in charge. I kept trying
to get information from this person, including a schedule, which was produced
weeks after a date we had agreed on. Further details were also delayed or
withheld, making the job of ensuring a successful Provincial Championships a
nightmare, and a personal embarrassment as i couldn't answer any questions. Over
a month ago i sent a worried email to the Directors list, asking someone PRESENT
be assigned Head Organizer. I believe at this time Emile suggested me. Silence
ensued. I continued to work with what i could. Two weeks later (three weeks
ago), i sent ANOTHER worried email, highlighting the same issues, and that we
were getting down to the wire. A small amount of discussion, but nothing
resolved. A few days later, i quit my role in Provincials (and nearly quit the
* Board Member Quits - as mentioned
above, Glenn Barr, involved with the GVVA since 2008 and joining the Board this
year, quit in protest this week. Not the first time i've witnessed this in the
organization; another former Board member remains silent, but also quit in
protest of Chris.
* Jersey Shorn - Glenn had took
on the new GVVA club jerseys, organizing their design, production and a
SIGNIFICANT discount for us. He proposed prices for them, and they were approved
by the Board, with a small profit, but still very affordable for members. Chris
Anstey made an 'executive decision' without even informing the rest of the Board
to charge more, and did so to Members. (Unsure if they've been reimbursed. Or
maybe we're charging the new price. Who knows.)
* Provincials Race Director - days
before Provincials, Chris Anstey 'announced' that he would take on the role of
'Race Director', and that it was 'always the plan' - which was news to all,
and in reality the role originally assigned to me. This was a deliberate lie to
the Board. This was allowed to pass unchallenged, demeaning me
* What's your value? Chris
Anstey recently sent an email to the Directors describing his value as $75/hr
(claiming what he made in his previous employment) implying that only certain
tasks were worth his value, undermining and devaluing the contributions of
*everyone* in the organization with this claim - which would be laughable were
it not so insulting.
* Unaccountable - Chris Anstey
refuses to answer important and relevant questions or be accountable for his
actions. I asked for his budget for the Under The Lights program. He refused to
provide any information - i had to make the calculations myself, the only reason
it was revealed the Club had taken such a hit losing $700. I also asked to
account for his activity organizing the Under The Lights series. No response.
Chris Anstey acts with impunity, an attitude tolerated and unchallenged by the
rest of the GVVA Board.
* Second Board Member Quits a Few Days
Later - 'nuff said.
These are great for cyclocross or commuter bikes. All come with necessary hardware (ie, hanger for the Paul's), tho the Neo-Retro's don't have brake pads, but will dig something up if desperate. Note: will sell Paul's set for $100 - light and strong brakes.
Two sets of cranks, note the 105's are 165mm length - give it a try, your spin will improve!
- Campy Chorus Ultratorque Compact (50/34), 170mm, w/BB Cups (not shown). Rings are relatively fresh, used a different set for cyclocross. Have extra chainring bolts (like $40 value). Bearings are looking pretty worn, re-greased but may need replacing. Very light crank, only selling because i prefer the 165mm length. $400
- Shimano 105 Compact (50/34), 165mm, well-used BB cups if wanted. Hardly used, maybe 5-6 rides total. A bit scuffed tho. $100
Thomson Masterpiece, 27.2, short 240 length. Freaking light. $80
Salsa El Go Go full scandium 54cm frame with carbon fork in green (unique!!), i'm basically giving away the frame, which has been well-used although in good condition with minimal markings and scuffs. Just looking for $$ for the parts, which include:
Asking $450 for the full package. If interested in MOST of the parts, can sell off independently. A deal if you get cranks and/or seatpost as well for more of a complete package.
Salsa ChiliConCrosso, 54cm, scandium w/orange Salsa carbon fork w/alloy steerer. Some of the nicest decals i've ever seen on a bike, total eye candy especially with the fork. Well-ridden (3 seasons), still in good condition, should be good for a few more seasons! Comfy ride, will miss it, upgraded to the Ridley X-Night. $SOLD!
Argon18 Radon, 54cm, alloy front triangle, carbon stays and fork, reasonably lightweight! Very well used, warning - was crashed. It was checked it out, only issue is a small dent in the top tube (barely noticed!) I would be still riding (happily!) but got a replacement. Still really like this frame, and funnily enough one of Victoria's fastest TT riders has this as his TT frame as well (Emile!) $150
2010 Niner RIP9, Medium, Orange, 4.5" front & back. ~29lbs. Breaks my heart to sell this, but i'm not riding offroad nearly as much. Will be replacing with a hardtail. Note the frame is practically new, replaced in Feb 2010, will carry 5yr warranty at OBB, and not ridden a ton since replaced.
As far as the bike goes, it's the best riding bike out there, period. If you want to hit the trails and simply have fun, this is it. It's not terribly fast uphill, but climbs really well, really nice handling and characteristics. Downhill is another story, and this things likes to go fast, and will add confidence, as well as pure pleasure. $3000
- Manitou Minute29 fork, 20mm bolt-on axel
- SRAM X9 shifters
- Avid Juicy 7 brakes, 160mm rotors, new pads
- Easton EA70 bar and new Pro grips
- Specialized side-entry bottle cage (allows for big bottles!)
- XT 170mm triple cranks, all rings recently replaced
- XT pedals
- newish XT Chain & SRAM cassette, 11-34
- Fr Der is XT, Rear Der is X0
- Raceface Evolve seatpost (no saddle, tho check out above, might toss in if offer good)
- wheels are Stan's ZTR Flow 29er rims with WTB Laser hubs, quite light
- WTB Prowler 2.1 front tire, Specialized FastTrak rear, tubeless ready. (Pictured is a different tire in the front, sorry, keeping the Weirwolf!)
Sad to part with this bike, but c'est la vie..i'm pretty spoiled with my other bikes! Organic stickers are optional. ;)
Extra - PowerTap SL MTB Disc
Another part i don't really want to part with, but i'm open to offers. PowerTap Wireless SL+ built up to a ZTR 355 29er, surprisingly light! Newish XT cassette. Includes the mounting harness and LYC (Little Yellow Computer) and Maxxis CrossMark, tubeless. $1500
Riding with a power meter can help put things in perspective.
So does riding Newton Heights! (One of the local weekly road race courses. Short, hilly course.)
There's really no hiding, and where the number of laps = Z, it's Z x [big anaerobic efforts].
I rode a few laps with the pack tonight, and then off the back, to get some baseline numbers.
A typical lap with the pack sees about 1min of climbing, and my wattage (at ~165lbs, plus a slightly heavier winter bike with fenders) was ~500w for that kind of effort.
It looks a bit like this: 650w for the first 22 seconds to get to the top of the steep bit, and then ~440w for the other 28 second. (There's about 10 seconds of easier climbing [like 300-400w] that you roll into at speed at the start.)
As the watts go down, so does the time to complete the climb..350w takes more like 1:30 to do. About 26 seconds still above 500w on the steep bit, and the other minute closer to 280w.
Watts will vary for weight, but that's a good baseline.
Watt It Means (har har)
Completing this course in the upper levels of the A pack requires being able to hold 500w efforts for 1min 15 times.
In universal terms that's about 6.9w/kg for 1min efforts.
Oh Yes - Recovery
Oh, and recovery. Typical lap times are just over 2mins, so you have 1min to recover...half is a coast down the hill, unlikely to see much race action there, but on the other side there could be attacks leading to the hill, so even if you can sustain the above, you *still* need to have something in the tank to respond to other efforts. Or if someone goes even harder up the hill. Etc. Etc.
What This Means If You're The Shish
Stay the frell* home!!!
My peak 1min power is 540w. As in: i ride as hard as i can for 1min, and it's gonna be around 540w. And then i puke a few times, and get towed home with my ass in a sling. (Okay, slight exaggeration, but definitely need significant recovery after that type of effort.)
I just don't have the engine to compete with my peers at this event, straight-up, and there's nothing i can do about it (ie, hide in the draft). I can manage the slower 1:30 pace, but that's pretty much red line, and not a lot of fun, as i'm getting caught every 4 laps or so, and too fatigued to stand any chance of sitting back in...
It's an exercise in futility, if VCL points are the goal, and more than 10 riders complete the race. ;)
* bonus points to anyone who actually knows the reference
Today a good riding friend, Gillian Carleton, was smucked by a car (sounds like a similar situation to me a couple months ago, but apparently at a higher speed) and she'll need a few weeks to recover. This is really sad and frustrating news as she was really picking up speed, and had her sights set on storming a few big events (and she would have dominated!!) as well as organizing the OBB women's team; hopefully this doesn't hold her back, and i hope to see her back on her feet pronto.
That's how much racing there is for me...i've started, and will be going until the end of November - woo woo!
There will be naseousness, fatigue, mood swings, body image issues, elevated and depleted hormone levels...all as my body feeds a hungry set of quintuplets to maturity.
Who am i kidding, muscles never mature. I'd rather be pregnant!! =P
Anyway, back into the swing of things... First up, should mention i was smucked by a car a month ago. Well, technically i smucked a car. I was riding home on the Goose, and a car failed to stop at the stop sign, and i didn't have time to react other than run into the rear end of the Subaru. The driver was mortified, and apologized thoroughly, although admitted she didn't even see the stop sign, and was only looking for pedestrians at the painted cross-walk. She's new to town, and didn't expect faster moving cyclists on the trail, and only looked for walkers at the edge of the road. Not an excuse, but an explanation. And perhaps the City of Victoria could look into the matter, and present clear postings on this section of the Goose that it's also (primarily?) a bike trail, and to expect faster-moving traffic...
I mainly landed on my upper butt and back of my head...i was able to ride home (uncomfortably), but i discovered that that part of my butt is essential for sprinting and power efforts...took me three weeks to be able to hit over 1000 watts.... I think i'm mostly recovered now, hopefully nothing long-lasting.
Gear was damaged, and is being replaced, including my trusty old Argon18 Krypton (alloy front, carbon rear) winter bike frame...it lasted nearly 5 years i think....or was it 7?? In its place will be a full carbon Ridley Orion - yip! It should be ready tomorrow (thanks Oak Bay Bikes!) A few other odds'n'ends were replaced, like my helmet.
So, now up to two Ridley's (with my Noah of course), and will be three come the fall, when i upgrade my Salsa and switch over (most likely) to a X-Knight. Yum.
Lots going on, but haven't been out to some...missed the Blubber Burn due to feeling crappy, and similar issue with the Island Cup MTB race at the Dump (was kept up most of the night by people upstairs...ugh..)
So, first race was the VCL Caleb Pike. Ate just before the start, and my stomach crapped out when the intensity picked up...so it was a 1x100min interval for me...haha.. Kept ahead of the B's for an hour, so that was something.
Next race was the Dallas Rd Monster Drag, super-fun event and format. Let's just say 4th was actually 1st. ;)
Was really impressed with the fixie riders, many made it up the Uplands hill with the front, and stuck in for a while.
That was last Saturday, and Sunday was the return of the Latoria course to the VCL, still has a hill in it, but quite a few less meters of elevation.
Been burning the candle at both ends the last couple weeks, so didn't have a lot of kick, and again got dropped fairly early on. TT'd the rest of the event, and the B's didn't even catch me....how odd! Solid watts tho, despite fatigue.
Speaking of which, TSS for the last two weeks was about 805 and 840, and 700 is a pretty hard week for me, so it's safe to say i'm working it..hoping to get above 850 this week, but have a sinus issue that's putting me out, so might not quite achieve that, only did 1hr on Tuesday instead of the planned 5x5mins session.
Training has been great otherwise tho, lots of quality time the last couple weeks, couldn't do anything sprinty, so more like 2x20min efforts. But will be dropping down to 5mins efforts and shorter in the upcoming weeks. Not next week tho, rest week!
Is it just me, or is it harder to train when it's colder out...say below 5C?
Went out for my aforementioned intervals on Tuesday (with anti-blogger Gillian), and it was okay when i left my home... Met Gillian downtown, and as we left it started snowing. As we were cruising along the Goose out to Metchosin, it went from snow to sleet to rain..then stopped and cleared up as we turned onto Metchosin.
Got to the bottom of the quarry hill, and we went off to do our workouts, and as we started, it started hailing (or snowing like gangbusters). Ouch. Only lasted a minute or so, then cleared up again, pretty much for the rest of the day...
Still, was a bit chilled to start (was *slightly* under-dressed.) The first 20min FTP effort felt okay, looked like i was staying in the 265-275w range.. Rested a few mins, and went for the second effort. Felt sluggish, but pushed through, wasn't so fun closer to the end... I think the cold just saps it from the muscles.
Ride home was okay, but felt like work as well..felt beat when i got home.
Workout wasn't really all that great tho, by the numbers.. 257w for #1 (both NP and AP), and the AP for #2 was 260w. Oddly, it was 259w NP. How does that happen...?
Anyway, that's a bit short of the 270w i was aiming for...and it sure felt like i'd done it. HR was about right as well...and RPE.. I'm guessing it was just the cold.
Okay, so i think we all agree it sucks riding in the cold. What's worse, we now have a ton of snow in Victoria. Happy Birthday to me...hahah.. My 35th birthday will always be remembered as the one with all the snow.
Don't know if i'll make it out on the bike tomorrow due to this...maybe a trainer ride..? Maybe head over to OBB and build up my TT bike if my levers arrive...!
Well that's about it. I think i'll conclude with the honey badger video. What a badass he is! He doesn't give a shit about anything, that honey badger.
Winter's passing along nicely in the Garden City, we've had great weather overall. Got a bit of a sunny spell, which is fab. Sadly, i'm not riding my Ridley Noah because my PowerTap (wireless SL+) has been sent away to have the bearings replaced...which is surprising given that i've had it like 4 months and it's barely been ridden. Saris insists that the bearings be replaced by their tech support..ridiculous. My wheel has to be sent away to Vancouver for nearly a week to have a 10min job done to it. Gah.
I just pulled all the wired PT cables off the Noah as well, otherwise i'd run the other (wired PT) wheel...so i'm stuck on the winter bike, which is fine...but it'd be nice to ride my summer bike when it's nice out!
On top of that, my MTB PowerTap is also away, somehow i dislodged the race on the drive side (that the freehub sits in), so it's being replaced i think. It's been away over a month tho. So two out of my three PowerTaps are being serviced. WTF? Not so sure i can recommend these things at the moment..the older Wired models are pretty bullet-proof tho.
I've begun doing intervals as well, in Jan i went out to the Observatory a number of times to practice climbing out of the saddle. I'm planning to do a bit more road racing this year, and climbing is a weak spot, so working on my core and form climbing out of the saddle a bunch more, hopefully that helps a bit and keeps me in the pack.
This week i'm doing longer threshold work, 2x20mins at threshold (270 watts) tomorrow, and likely Thu as well. Next week back to more hills, likely Neild Rd. Ouch. It really kicks you in the pants at the top as it just gets steeper and steeper. After that tho, most other hills will feel 'easy'.
How do you keep track of what events you're doing, and the training leading up to them? I don't really like using an electronic calendar (ie, Google Calendar), i find it a bit clunky, slow to update, and you can't really transport it (say, to meetings, etc.) So i did a search for PDF calendars, and i found this useful website: http://www.calendarlabs.com/pdf-calendar.php
It's pretty basic, but it let's you create a calendar (with lots of space to write in) and publishes a PDF that's easy to print. Here's what i've come up with:
This is perfect for what i'm doing, and i can mark out and map 4 week training blocks, leading up to "A" events, etc.. Also, easy to write in various events like VCL races, etc.. Me likey! Also, i can take a quick pic, and share what i'm doing for the month! Check back in a week for March's excitement! hahaha..
New Toy - TT Bike
I mentioned in my last entry that i got a TT frame (Salsa!!) and most of the parts i've ordered for it have come in..it's going to be a total Frankenstein of a bike. So i've got Shimano 105 165mm compact cranks, SRAM shifters, and hopefully some Vision brake levers. I'll be using some old parts (like my Veloce brakes), some stuff off my Salsa CX bike (Chorus derailleurs, Thompson seatpost), and the pursuit bars from my track bike (Specialized stem, Profile T2+ bars and basebar). Will get a Tritip seat, and for wheels i'll use my HED3 up front, and wireless PT wheel on the rear (maybe get a disc cover if i feel really bold..) This might get built up this week...weeee!
To conclude, a recipe! Inspired from the Rice Crispy Squares from Sarah Kramer's How It All Vegan, i've made some adaptations - served these up at a UVic Friends of Animals potluck last week, they were a big hit:
Dave's Crispy Rice Polygons
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1/2 c golden syrup
1c fair trade cane sugar
1c cashew butter
6c organic rice crispies
In a saucepan, warm up the syrups and sugar together until a bit bubbly. Add in cashew butter, vanilla and salt, mix well.
In a bowl, pour in the crispies. Pour the saucepan contents on top. Mix well.
Pour those into some bakeware (or rubbermaid, or whatever). I suggest lubing it first, i like using coconut oil, so they don't stick and come out well. Pack it down fairly well, so the squares come out firm.
Refrigerate for 40mins. Enjoy!
There you have it, a quick and easy delicious vegan treat! Next time i'm going to try 100% brown rice syrup, but didn't want to list that in case it came out funky. =)