Weekend Roll: A Real Ride
F-U-N. As we get into the schedule of racing, and the rhythm of training begins to come more naturally, it is important to keep some long, fun rides with your buds in the mix, critical even. So when the race squad decided to cancel Saturday's scheduled post-CRCA race century ride, I was adamant that Sunday be a long rip with the boys. It was a great idea. The problem is winter indoor training doesn't really train you for near century distances of chasing Tom Hendry's wheel at tempo for 4 hours. If you don't totally understand that sentence, in short: today was hard; hard when it wasn't supposed to be.
It is a sobering thought as the NYS RR Championships at Bear Mountain looms just over a month away on the calendar (check out our race report from last year's edition). For a good chunk of the squad the 2018 Cat 3 race will feature a 5th, one more than traditional, 14.7 mile loop of the course, bringing the total race distance to just under 75 miles. Today's F U N ride up some hills to a New York apple orchard made most of us aware of where our fitness lies when it comes to longer efforts and longer hours in the saddle. It needs work.
But on the bright side, the Orchards were open, which wasn't a sure bet given last week's snow and the fact that none of us cared enough to check beforehand.
It also turned out to be Colin Keaveney's birthday! A fact he neglected to all of us on the ride until after we split up to eat our mexican food of choice at our respective apartments - a birthday ride is a special thing, and we were all glad to partake.
One of those New York City days on the bike where it turned out to be a good thing that the weather forecast was completely wrong
Making the most of one of the last weekends to feature fall foliage before winter settles onto NYC
This weekend, a band of TBDers ventured north to seek those open pastures of congestion-free roads and a sizable dose of Autumn color. With a mix of gear, from slick-tired ‘cross bikes to aero road bikes with rim brakes, we came to party.
It’s officially that time of year: when we chase fall colors as they make their way down the Hudson Valley
With a small crew racing Charm City CX it was one of those big team ride weekends for the rest of the squad
While riding the dirt roads from reservoir to reservoir in Westchester County we may have missed out on our dam goal but we had a damn fine day on the bike.
The first double header weekend of cyclocross is in the books at Nittany Cyclocross. Part I of the TBD recap covers images from two fast and hot days of racing.
When you're not quite ready for cyclocross season to start heading to the trails seems like a perfect alternative. Then people start falling off bridges into the mud below....
While some of the squad was in action at races in Delaware and Vermont, To Be Determined's Matthew Vandivort headed to the woods for a mental reset before cyclocross season gets underway.
With cyclocross season getting underway in the coming days the squad brings back an old tradition: easy morning loops as the sun rises over NYC followed by an extended coffee break.