Friday, October 31, 2014

Victor Spooky Cross 2014

Thanks to Dave B and all the guys in Victor for putting on another great series. I think there was a fairly general consensus that last night’s Spooky Cross was a lot of fun, but hard with a course that was generally more compact and difficult than Moose Cross.   Hopefully we will be able to link to some of Heather’s photos. I feel like we are living in a golden age of cyclocross in Southeastern Idaho with the Victor Series and well organized races in Rexburg, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello. I am confident that all of these events and the cross scene can continue to grow in the coming years.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blue Goose One Week from Saturday

Coming Together to ‘Connect our Community’
November 8, 2014
 Cyclocross is a fun twist on an old fashioned bike race.  Climb over obstacles and try your biking skills on sand, grass, dirt, and pavement to see if you have what it takes to finish the 2nd Annual Idaho Falls Blue Goose Cyclocross.  We will have races for 9 to 13 year olds, 14 to 18 year olds, beginners, experienced, and masters riders.  The youngest class will compete for the best time on our 1.6 mile course while the older kids and adults will complete as many laps as possible in a set amount of time. 
Who:                         Adult of all abilities and kids ages 9 and up
Start Times:              Kids (13 & under): 12:00pm, Beginners: 12:45pm,
                                 Experienced: 1:45pm, Masters: 3:15pm
Why:                         Fundraiser for ‘Connecting our Community’ 
Cost:                        $20.00 / Rider
Contact:                   Tyson 522-3341 or Gray (801) 574-5916
Additional Info:         Register at the City of Idaho Falls Rec Center, or online HERE

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don't Forget Victor Spooky Cross


Kids and costume race 6pm.  You don't need lights on your bike, but you're welcome to use some if you'd like.  We'll have the park lit up.  Fun!
If you are interesting in a ride or carpooling, please contact me or Kellen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Last Waltz

I am always a little sad when we have to call it a year for the TNR. In recent years, we have stretched the season longer than ever before due largely to the expansion of daylight savings time. The 2014 TNR ran from March 11 to October 28th for a total of about 31 rides. I choose the word “about” since some of us spent a night trail building plus we had to abandon early a time or two for bad weather. The only night we cancelled completely was July 15th, the night of the Great Rexburg Flood, and a few people even went out later that night.
On behalf of all the participants of the TNR, I would like to thank everyone who came out this year and supported the ride. I feel pretty good about the level of participation and cooperation this year and I look forward to getting the TNR rolling again in about four and a half months.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rusch to Glory a Brief Review

I am kind of a sucker for inspirational athlete biographies and I really regret not picking up a signed copy of Rusch To Glory at Rebecca’s Private Idaho. Recently, I purchased and read the Kindle copy. Here are the things that make this bio better than most. As the author herself says, it is full of great stories. Rebecca Rusch has been around for a long time and has done everything. Seriously everything. From the Leadvilles and Dirty Kanzas to the Kokopelli Trail Record, 24 Hour MTB world championships, adventure racing world championships, cyclocross, Nordic skiing, whitewater, orienteering, big wall climbing, firefighting, car restoration, event organizing and advocacy, and a few others that I am probably forgetting. She is candid in sharing her doubts, fears, and insecurities as well as her triumphs.

Cube Results, Letter from Tom

Congratulations to all Cube racers. The results are now up on our website located at the following link . Pictures will be posted shortly, so keep checking the site. 
     I did want to let you know we have a few lost and found items. The first is a Vincero Design water bottle, complete with 4 oz. left of pink energy drink. Also, we found one Free Massage coupon for Rexburg College Massage Therapy on the grass. There were only two of these given away at the raffle so it's got to be one of two racers.
     Thanks for making this weekend such a great success.

Tom Anderson
Events/Program Coordinator
City of Rexburg

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Best Cube Ever

Congratulations to Kris Walker and Dave Bergart on winning the A Race today as well as a big thanks to participants, organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators. This was the day that all of our stars lined up. The success of the race today was a result of work and cooperation between the local cycling community, the city of Rexburg, local businesses, friends, fans, and family members. Perfect fall weather did not hurt.
We are already looking forward to 2015 and hope to slot into about the same date. There are a few things we can probably do better. Some portions of the singletrack need structural work. I may be shopping for some upgraded cowbells. I am posting a few images that Sam took with his phone. In the coming days we will plan to post or link to additional images from the two photography professionals Heather and Brandon who were shooting today as well.
As I said at the start, we are grateful to everyone who participated today and welcome your feedback and suggestions. 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Support Keeps Pouring in for the Cube

Scott Hurst just dropped off a dozen Camelbak Podium Big Chill Bottles from the BYU-I Outdoor Resource Center. This is the Rolex of water bottles. Not everyone who does the Cube will get one of these, but twelve lucky people will. I am excited for the race and also for the raffle.
I just got a message from Tom Anderson. Preregistration numbers are running pretty hot.

Victor Spooky Cross!


Spooky Cross

Come out to the Victor Cross Coarse Thursday October 30th to test ride your Halloween Costume! Kids races and fun costume race at 6 pm. All categories race at 6:30 pm through the haunted course. 
Visit Athelete360 to preregister or register the day of. 
Copyright © 2014 Victor Velo, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cube Preview

Tony, Chris, Stephanie, and I met with Tom Anderson today to finalize plans for the Cube. Tonight about nine of us went over to ride through the course a couple of times after the TNR. The level of interest in the Cube this year has been unprecedented and preregistration is well ahead of previous years. I am not promising a million people, but I think we are on track for a very good turnout. However, I know from working on the Cube in previous years that a local event lives or dies based on positive word of mouth so I am asking for your help to get the message out.
The Cube received a much needed infusion of cash from Dr.Jeff Hancock and his partners at Teton Cancer Institute.  Among other things we have used the money to upgrade the course marking with new step-in plastic poles and purchase some souvenir prices (engraved cowbells) for the top three male and female finishers in both the A race and the B race. In addition, we have received very generous support from Kelson, Sticks and Stones, Bill’s Bike Shop, Dave’s Bike Shop, Chris Huskinson’s Flying H Corporation, Taylor Chevrolet, Rexburg Massage Therapy, Great Harvest, Paul Mitchell, Hemming Village, and others. You can count on a great raffle which will include new crop potatoes.
The shirt is totally killer, indigo blue in color. We have a few left, but they are going fast. I have received quite a few inquiries about the kid’s race. We have asked Scott Adamson to take primary responsibility for the organization of the kids’ race. Depending on the number and ages of the kids who show up, we will probably separate them into about three groups with age appropriate courses. Kids’ registration is only $10.
The transition from the single track to the pavement was getting pretty eroded with lots of exposed roots.  Tom Anderson and the guys from the city brought in some dirt and the transition is now silky smooth. Our goal with the Cube is to put on an event with a decent level of competition but at the same time to provide something fun and memorable to participants of all abilities. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cube Preview Tomorrow Night

With the Cube only a few days away, tomorrow afternoon will be our final prerace meeting with the city officials. I will plan to send a short message out tomorrow night with some last minute information. Here is the plan for the Tuesday ride tomorrow:  If you are interested in taking a look at the Cube course, bring your cross bike.  Steve Wasden has agreed to be responsible for the route of tomorrow night’s road ride.  The cross guys will start with Steve’s group and split off early to preview the Cube when a good opportunity presents itself.

As you know if you have been keeping track, we only have two TNR’s remaining for 2014 due to the end of daylight savings time the first Sunday of November. In spite of cooler temperatures and dwindling daylight, support for the TNR has remained strong throughout the month of October.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

From Weston: Moose Cross Cat 4 + Bonus Video

Not sure if you know Chris Haskell or not, he lives is Boise and rides a CLX (CycleLogix) bike like I do for road. He is a professor at Boise State and knows Lana as well. He makes videos of all his races and just posted a video of the mens cat 4 race that everyone should check out.

Chris does a great job with his videos. He had a goPro mounted on his helmet, chest, handle bars, and seatpost.There is footage of Jeff's rebar encounter, and I think I saw you in there a couple times, Nate Starnes, and a few others. I recommend subscribing to his YouTube channel also. All his videos are fun to watch and it's nice to see commentary from a guy who's a weekend warrior like the rest of us. 
Here's another race of Chris's from 2013 featuring yours truly. This is the 'Biggest Show in Idaho' circuit race where I met Chris and we became friends.