Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm back from the Tour of Battenkill in upstate NY and it was actually a pretty cool trip. I was able to get on the podium on Saturday's race which wasn't really the plan - I was kinda supposed to save things for Sunday but sometimes things don't work out the way you plan them. I wrote about the race on the team site. Sunday went not so well for me cuz I flatted on the first lap and didn't get any neutral service - I think they were out of wheels from so many flats! However, the other 4 Bissell dudes showed some grit by finishing the 200k classic style race.
Every once in awhile people ask me what I do with all my free time on the road. Well, when I'm staying at a camp resort in a room by myself with no T.V., no computer, no cell phone reception and no crosswords handy....
I finish a 489 piece jigsaw puzzle over the weekend (11 pieces were missing - which btw makes things more difficult not less b/c you end up spending all sorts of time looking for pieces that aren't there).

Actually this was my roommate for the first day or so, but he was sick (too much coffee?) and I had to put him out of his misery when I saw him stumbling around on the floor the next day. :(

So, that area of New York is pretty cool. The race was in Cambridge/Greenwich area and is surrounded by hills and trees and rivers and all sort of pretty scenery. I was impressed. And all of the locals seemed to really get behind the race which always makes it more rewarding for us. I think the race will keep getting bigger and better as well.
As for Boulder, our weather has done a 360 and today was georgeous. I thoroughly enjoyed my recovery ride today.

This is a picture from the Stone Cup coffee shop in Lyons during my pit stop today. I really like Lyons and would think about living there if it wasn't so far from the airport. But I took the picture to poke fun at the coffee shop b/c they have an American flag w the peace sign in place of the stars and a flag of the earth. Can you be more Hippie than that??

Up next for me is the Tour of the Gila followed closely by Joe Martin Stage Race. I'm looking forward to both - should be some goooood racin!!!
Thanks for reading!


Anonymous said...

Keep on truckin' bud!


unravel said...

hey tom! this is nic (from that old crappy job we didn't want to keep). miss those colorado mountains, but have been enjoying the cascades and all the steep hills here in portland. hope you are well.

Anonymous said...

Great job on day one in New York. I'm enjoying the care package you sent me. I don't think I'll be challanging you on the road anytime soon but it feel great wering the "stuff"

Uncle Don

Robbie King said...

Nice race Saturday, and good catching up with you Sunday. My interview went better than my flat tire extravaganza over the weekend! I'm sure I'll see you later this season.

Huck said...

rip it up in the TT mate, I hope you go well!
Talk soon, Tommy

Anonymous said...

sandwiched between levi & lance in stage 3 had to of felt great. you make all of us runners turned cyclists very proud! good luck in tomorow's final stage...mark

Anonymous said...

congrats tom! you did great & you made another poor weather weekend in boulder tolerable...m.prinzel@yahoo.com

Scott said...

Just wanted to stop by and comment on a great finish in the TT. I can’t wait to see the podium photo. Also loved hearing about the non racing details like the jigsaw puzzle, glad to see you still finished even with all the setbacks. Ride hard!