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Over the years, I have discovered a discrepancy in bicycle speeds. I’m not talking about gear ratios; I’m talking about the rate at which one is traveling. After years of countless observations I have constructed my own theory about this that states speed is relative to the rider, his or her abilities, the terrain, and the bike they are riding. I call it the Cycling Theory of Relativity.
In the same way that the laws of Newtonian physics break down at the quantum level or at very high velocities approaching the speed of light, I find that, under certain conditions, the speed at which you are traveling on a bike, the distance you have traveled, and the time it took you to get there start to break down and not really tell the whole story of what’s going on.
Kind of like Einstein’s theories of relativity, the cycling theory of relativity explains why one’s distance, rate, and time might be different depending on where you are in space. Where an outside observer might see a 2 hour mountain bike ride where you only cover 12 miles as slow, the rider may see it as a huge accomplishment. Oops, I’m getting ahead of myself…let’s lay the ground work for that first.
The standard formula for rate, time, and distance is:
d=rt or distance equals rate times time.
The problem with that is that it doesn’t take the variables of the cycling universe into account.
My first formula of cycling relativity* goes one further and states that:
r=2m. Where m=the miles ridden off road on a mountain bike and r=the miles ridden on the road on a road bike. What this really means is that 1 mile on a mountain bike equals 2 miles on a road bike.
That part is pretty simple but it’s not overly impressive so we should probably add some stuff to it to make it all cool and complex and make people’s brains hurt. Fortunately, cycling doesn’t usually make my head hurt (unless I crash on it, which has happened) but spicing things up a bit might be good. Einstein had a lot of stuff in his theories about how the faster you go, the slower time goes and to an outside observer distance decreases as you go faster while you also age more slowly than the outside observer, etc. That’s some crazy-funky jazz right there. Any mathematicians or physicists out there can feel free to help me out. Bonus points if you can use cool irrational numbers, exponents, and anything having to do with Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. If you manage to pull it off, I will mention you in my Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
The inaugural Four Seasons of Horsetooth Mountain Bike Challenge stage race has a very unique format. Each of the seasonal four stages can be completed anytime during their specified weekend. Timing is tracked and results are tabulated via Strava, Garmin Connect, etc... The first stage will be held on Sept 20th/21st.
Complete race information via The Hard Man of Cycling Blog: http://thehardmanofcycling.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-inaugural-four-seasons-of.html
The City of Fort Collins will be conducting bicyclist and pedestrian counts at 24 strategically chosen locations during three days in September and we need your help! This effort, part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, helps collect valuable information about pedestrian and bicycle demands and activities in the city. Gathering better data is vital to understanding cycling and walking needs in Fort Collins and necessary to build long-term support or improvements for those who walk or ride bikes in the community. For more information about the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, please visit bikepeddocumentation.org.
This year, we’ve added four new locations for on-street bicyclist counts. The additional sites are located near recent projects like buffered bike lanes, helping us track the projects’ impacts on riding over the next few years.
Come join the fun! Volunteers are needed to fill 126 two-hour shifts over the course of three days: September 9, 11 and 13. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for multiple timeslots. Please see the list below for dates, times and map of locations.
We’re asking all volunteers to join us Thursday, September 4, 6-7 p.m. for a brief REQUIRED training session in the Community Room at 215 N. Mason Street, Fort Collins. Pizza and drinks will be provided in appreciation of your efforts to support the Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counts. If you are unable to attend this training session, please contact Amy Lewin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-416-2040 to make other arrangements.
We are very lucky to have the Canadian Time Trial, Road Race and Criterium National Champion on tap for YGR Live tonight. Have a look at Leah Kirchmann's TT rig her and swing by the Rio's Agave room tonight (Friday August 15th) at 7pm to take part in the Q&A session. Leah Kirchmann and the entire 2014 Optum World Championship Team Time Trail team will be on hand to answer your questions.
Frameset: Diamond Back TT8
Head Set: FSA zero stack
Bars: Hed Corsair aero bars 42cm
Stem: Hed Grand Tour Oversize stem 80mm
Shifters: SRAM 900 aero shifter
Brakes: TRP TTV integrated to the fork
Derailleurs: SRAM Red
Cassette: SRAM PG1070 11-28 (training) SRAM PG1090 11-26
Chain: SRAM RC1091
Crank: Quarq SRAM Red 53-39 (54-42 race)
Crank Legnth: 170
Front Wheel: Hed Stinger 9FR
Rear Wheel: Hed Stinger Disc FR
Tires: Challenge Strada Special Edition 25mm width
By Gale Bernhardt
This year marked my 10th Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. My priority goals for the race were:
You might read the list and have questions. For example, people would hear goal number one and say, "Of course you'll finish!"
No. That's not a given. For this year, 2014, I had fitness equal to or slightly better than last year. My best time was last year at 10:01:19. Fitness on race morning, check.
On Thursday prior to the race, I'm aware of one racer that overcooked a corner coming down the Turquoise Lake descent, crashed and busted his arm. Race over.
I'm aware of a racer that overcooked the first right-hand corner at the race start – maybe one mile into the race. She crashed. I don't know if she went on to finish or not.
I'm aware of racers that have left in flight-for-life helicopters on the Sugarloaf descent. Others have broken femurs, arms, clavicles and other body parts. Still others are held in medical tents at the top of Columbine mine due to Acute Mountain Sickness.
Most crashes and injuries are self-induced. Others are not. I'm aware of racers that have been taken out by another racer who is careless and selfish, looking to squeeze into a non-existent spot on Saint Kevin's (yes, climbing) or on the Powerline descent. Karma will get those selfish folks.
Then, there could always be mechanical issues.
No, riding safe, staying upright and finishing is not given.
Because this was a special year, my 10th, I just wanted to finish under the 12 hour mark. In the best case, I was aiming to beat last year's time. Many things must go right in order for that to occur. So, now we get to the details of race day.