Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tomorrow Team Unicorn heads over to Wausaw, WI for the 24 Hour National Championships. Team Unicorn (named after O'gara) is Bill Fanter, Jeff O'Gara, Ben Shockey and myself. Ben originally planned to ride the whole thing himself, but I bought him a beer and asked him to ride with us and he changed his mind. He is replacing Traitor Brian Fuhrmann of Waukoon, IA. He rode with us last year along with Trevor Rockwell who has since moved to Iowa Falls or something like that to be a teacher. Fuhrmann has recruited 3 Out of Staters to join him in sharing the agony of defeat after suffering a loss to his local Bike Buds.
These Pictures are from last years race. We don't actually compete in the Championships... yet. This year we are in a 4 man open. We'll take turns doing 1 hour + laps starting at 10 AM Saturday and Finishing at 10 AM Sunday.
Correction: 4-Man SPORT Class. Now stop with the chastising. ;-)
Left: 9 Mile Transition Area - Right: Wild Bill Taking Off
Left: The Unicorn Himself - Right: Me and yes, I do race in a wife beater.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For those who don't know, there is a small Unicorn around these parts. He rides a Black Sheep, drinks Miller High Life, and has been impossible to catch on a bike. He's been spotted on the trails, and is rumored to ride Little Big Horn at least twice a day. He does however have a large cave in the middle of Decorah where he keeps his Black Sheep and his Miller High Life. Once in a great while, after an evening ride and post ride beers and cover of nightfall, a brave few dare to seek out this Unicorn's cave. Very very quietly, we sneak in, crack open a few Campaign of Beers, and discuss politics in the deafening suspense that he might actually wake up and kill us all. What a disappointment when all that was in the Fridge was bud light. Hence: an empty Bud Light can in a second story window of a one story cave.
It is funny what one might encounter during a late evening in the town of Decorah. Some may see a coon or two, possibly a wayward doe with fawns in tow, or even an occasional fox. However my house seems to be a regular attractant for the ever elusive rafter scaling Jackass. If you happen to run across one, your best bet is to walk the other way and ignore. I on the other hand, will be taking a new approach of dealing with these nightly visitors, a tool very useful in the eradication of vermin.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
When I first heard Budweiser was brewing a competitor to Leinekuegel's HoneyWeiss, I thought that was a good idea. When I heard the name of the new Beer, I thought their Marketing Department must have died in a plane crash. Their new craft beer is called "Shock Top". Now I get it.
(Photo: Shock Top Tapper Head and Shockstar Head)
We actually had a pretty good ride tonight, training for the 24 hours of 9 mile in Wausaw this weekend. The HuckleBucks or Unicorns, I'm not sure what we're called is made up of Bill Fanter, Shockstar, O'Gara and myself. Were taking on the world with Single Speeds. Deke is in charge of food and drink, and I hope he brings a lot because I'll have a very difficult time racing 5 or 6 laps in a 24 hour period while sober.