TSE – Gotta Step in on Epic Team!

  So Dave was having just way too much fun tonight at the wheelie/bunny hop/bike polo/night frisbee gig at the Red Bull tent to bother with something as silly as a race report. By having too much fun of course I mean that he’d taken way too much advantage of the beverages provided by Bishop and his bosses at Cannondale! So, real quick like. Team CF is still 20 minutes or so in front.  Between Meeks and Kelly they’re posting some pretty respectable times and the team is certainly not going to go quietly into the night even if it is Tim Freakin’ Johnson chasing them. Johnson though is all after it as well. We staggered the starts today since it is super tight twisty and fun at Raystown but ain’t no room for passing.  Johnson started in wave 4 – 8 minutes behind the leaders.  He finished in virtual 5th place on the stage and in an actual 7th.  That’s pretty good by itself. Then figure that he had to pass, oh, 60-70 racers to get there…. Three stages left for Team CF to hang on to this thing.  Can they do it?  It is going to be close. …

TSE – Wednesday Night Wheelie Competition

More World Cup Racing in Europe

Mike and I have figured out that the best way for us to get fast is to race consistently against high level competitors.   Central Europe has no shortages of such races on any given weekend as the proximity of countries backed by nationalistic cyc…

So Long Rob, Here Comes Some Hot Dog Rolling – The Epic Team Update

So Long Rob, Here Comes Some Hot Dog Rolling – The Epic Team Update Dave Pryor takes over from Rob Lichtenwalner who had to return to the real world in today’s Epic Team Update. We’re halfway through the TSEpic (Saturday’s a parade day, don’t kid yourselves), and “Team Dogfish Head Brewery powered by Captain Lawrence Brewery” is still together, and still on point for our goal (not last place).   As with any great team, we spend a lot of our down time focusing on strategy. Important questions such as “Who’s going to actually try today?” Or “What temperature should we set the a/c in the RV to?” And most importantly “Who needs a beer?” But what we’ve learned quickly in this big event is how important it is to adjust when all that stratergy gets thrown out the window. Take today for example. Our plan was to stick together with the rest of the teams, and then I’d lead us through the first techno singletrack section, launching Darrin & Jamie to crush the big road sections. But they launched themselves from the gun, leaving me to sit up and suffer through the rest of the day. Part 2 of …

The Epic Team Race Loses Leader; Johnson Starts Tomorrow

Report by Rob Lichtenwalner, NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Team Stage 2  Rothrock Cooper’s Gap w/extra credit Lets start by saying when mike and ray asked me to be on the transylvania epic race team it wasnt because of my intelligence. The second stage is sometimes called the toughest since it has 5300′ feet of climbing and is 38 miles ( or in my case 50.5).  This was the stage where i was supposed to help our 5 person team ( the misfits ) get in the lead and give them some breathing room. The weather was hot, hot , hot.  And muggy as a sauna.  The start was relatively calm with with no big attacks as i stayed safely behind the leaders.  Somewhere along the way the pack split a bit, ended up alone,  and I came up to a wrong way sign – a giant W.  Instead of looking back to see the bright yellow arrows going the correct direction , I saw another option with tracks and took it.  I figured if there were track on it, it must be correct.  Bad idea. Turned out to be an epic mistake for our epic team. After an extra loop and plenty of A.D.D. moments of looking at birds i ran into some …

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