Monday, August 24, 2009

Yeah, yeah

It's been awhile, I know. But as the season gets longer and longer - I find less and less energy to post blog updates. Too busy? No. Laziness? Absolutely. There's been quite a bit of racing since Cascade where we got a couple of stage wins and a day in the leader's jersey. We had the big money stage race in Elk Grove, IL where I was able to score a couple of big novelty checks by winning the TT and finishing on the podium. Another highlight of that race was getting kisses on the podium from the Elk Grove mayor's daughter and her friend again this year. They are 19 now and growing up so fast! I remember just last year when they were only 18 and still in high school? Yeah, I just think it's funny that the mayor has his daughter up there kissing dodgy bike racers. Anyway, though not my cup-o-java, they treat us well at Elk Grove and I hope it continues to grow.
Then it was on to the Meijer Grand Cycling Classic in Grand Rapids, MI. Our main man and sponsor Bob Hughes makes this race happen so it's important for us to perform well there (ie. WIN!!). And I don't know if you'd heard the news, but I'm a crit specialist now cuz I was able to pull off the victory ahead of a strong and savvy Jake Rytlewski in our 2 man escape. Jake the Snake is my former teammate and he is very good all-arounder. He can climb, corner, and sprint all very well so I had my work cut out for me. Because we HAD to win our home race, I was a jerk to him and made him take 2 pulls to my 1. He is going very good right now and has since placed top 5 at Downer's and Marion. Impressive for a 'little climber', huh? Oh, did I mention he is tiny on the bike and tends to kiss his stem while he rides? I was very annoyed and angry at the world for being in a break with him of all people. I pirated this photo of his site: in order to show you why I was so miserable on his wheel.

Up next was the Tour of Utah this past week where we had a stage win and another podium finish on the hardest day. More importantly we animated the race that final mountain day and really put the pressure on Rock, BMC, and Type 1. Great racing Vennell, BJM, and T-Bird! That's what it's all about. Me on the other hand, was going up that final Snowbird climb on Sat. at roughly 10kph, going as hard as I could muster, cursing Burke and his "hometown race" all the way up. Thanks to all the fans along the climb who took pity on me by dumping cold water on me and giving me the occasional push. I was also helped (emotionally) by having family at the race. I got to see an aunt, uncle and cousins whom I hadn't seen in years for the TT, and a different aunt, uncle, and cousin who live SLC for the weekend races. Incredible. For those of you keeping track - I have had friends and family come to watch me/Bissell at every race this year except the Argentina race and the Tour of the Gila. Can you believe that??? How's that for a support system?!? Yep, I'm a lucky dude. I don't deny it.
Next up is the TT/RR in Greenville and a week later is the Tour of Missouri. It'll be interesting to see how well different people have managed the long season coming into these big, big races at the end of the year. I feel confident, so hopefully I've done something right. ;-)
Thanks for reading.


North Iowa SPIN said...

We'll all be cheering you on for the TT National Championships this weekend and hope you have a ride of your life!

Fast smooth corners!


Ian Stanford said...

You should get one of those Partridge Family buses to drag the clan along with you. Thanks for the comment.
Well, you are everyone's pick for the US Pro TT Nats. You know you have got it in you and you want it so go get it. Think fast!
I will be in touch afterwards....and don't get champagne in your eyes....

Anonymous said...

If you di't get my e-mail I want you to know we really looked at being in Greenville to cheer you on but I guess I don't make enough to be able to go but I will be cheering you on and I will be at the TOM to see you. Awesome to see your name on top of the NRC. If we're lucky maybe we can buy you diner after the last race?

Don H.

Anonymous said...

Tom, best of luck at the TT nat'l champs. I hope to get down to Missouri for a stage or two. Keep riding hard, and best of luck!!


Anonymous said...

That picture is ridiculous - I think only your right shin is getting a draft.
Glad to see you are adopting the euro way of quoting distance and speed in KMs. You just like thinking you are going further and faster right? :)
Can't wait to see you lay it down on the weekend and kick so much ass that no amount of DZ Nuts will help soothe their pain.


Anonymous said...

Best of luck at NATS Z-Man!
Ride hard, ride fast, the rest will take care of itself. Everyone in C.L. will be cheering you on.

- Miller

Anonymous said...

Good work beating the Luther kid to a European team! Can you and Zabriskie work together at the TT next year?