Sunday, December 30, 2007

2008 Cycling Resolutions

-Compete more. Maybe Lake to Lake, Iceman, OMBC, "C" Cross winner, try RR.

-Use a larger gear.

-Listen to my coach. Sean Gilbert.

-Learn how to fix these bikes.

-Blog better.

As you can tell, I simply stole my mom's list and wrote my name on it. Ahh...she'll never know. (another evil laugh)

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Florida's winter : different than ours

Just barely though. It was consistently 85 degrees each day. It made me wonder when I was riding today in the 34 degree with 20 mph why don't we all live their. Pictures up soon. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

2007 : It's a wrap + Christmas list (more wrapping)

New Cross/Road bike has Sram Rival Components now. Happy Holidays to all as 2007 comes to a close. I've had some great memories this year and met some great people. As for racing goes, I had my ups and downs completing my first full CX season. Thanks to all who made it happen including : Julie and Dad and all Lake Effect Teammates, bloggers, and photographers. Now I will recap my cross season the best I can.

-Kirtland Park- A great day for racing, mid-temps, and sunny. This 2 week span is when I had poison ivy. I think I recieved it at the Reagan TT in Medina but that's a different story. So, I started great was going along good on the 2nd or 3rd lap when the bandages from my ivy got tangled up in the chain. DOH! I still finished place-wise right behind Erick.

-Lakefront Park- Another Team CX, I again started off well and made it up the beginning steep hill. One and a half laps completed when everything gets clogged when I ride through the sand. Can't change gears, so I take out Nick Marut's Trek Mt 220 for the rest of lap 3. I get lapped right at the end by the winner. Sad day.

-Wayne College- 7th overall C and a great start. Won Junior and got a medal, best CX ride of season. Check out Bob Grimm's video as I stick with the leaders.

-Wayne College #2- Feel great and pull out some fast laps, win juniors.

-Spin Cyclocross- Completed three laps as only junior. Stayed with C's for a while and had fun as Dad and Julie won at Iceman. Great practice for Broadview.

-Broadview Heights- 18th overall out of 27. Erick finished 17th. Feel good. 2nd junior.

-Broadview Heights #2- Sick. 4+ minutes behind Erick. Worst race of the year probably. 2nd junior.

-Boughton Farm- Great day. 11th of 21. 45 seconds behind Erick and caught him on last lap. 2nd junior. Mudd. Fun.

-Boughton Farm #2- Fantastic. Had to do only one lap. 15:15. Beat almost all C's on first lap (they did two) Erick has mechanical and runs 2+ miles. Win Juniors. 2nd in series. More mudd.

The season is over and I've been getting in more miles than during the season.That's sad. The Trainer and I are best friends now. Ray's is open 'til April. Really doing well on CC loop their. .5 miles on King James bike. Me and dad went Friday night, trying to get video of it here. I managed to play it on the TV this morning. Hope to see everyone soon and Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Have you ever had your mom on the podium at Nationals?

I think Not. Go Julie on a third place finish at the toughest race in the USA this season. 3 1441 LEWIS SROKA Julie N. Royalton OH Lake Effect Cycling Team 00:44:14.00

Monday, December 17, 2007

A Few Road Races for '08 and Ray's

Zoar Road Race
Early August, 2008
Zoar, OH

Frostie Toes Road Race
February 16, 2008
Hartford, OH

The Milk Race
Mid - August, 2008
Orville, OH

Glen Hill Tour Road Race
March 08, 2008
Mount Vernon, OH

Mid-Ohio Tour Road Race
March 01, 2008
Lexington, OH

Last Monday night was the Bike Authority + Team Lake Effect party at Rays. We had a great time. The Speciaks showed us all how to do the XC loop while me and Tony ripped it up with the singlespeeds. Nick Marut broke his derailleur on his new Chase, tho. DOOOOOOHHHH!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The avg. life of TJ

14:14 EST
Jonathan Page takes the lead early in the lap, he's followed by Trebon and Wells. Jeremy Powers is also up there

14:19 EST
Page, Wells and Powers are still in the lead. Page comes off of the stairs with a few bike lengths ahead of Powers. Wells comes through in third.

14:20 EST
Ryan Trebon is chasing the leading trio at the end of the first lap - he's closely followed by Tim Johnson, but the pace is extremely aggressive on this first lap. The crowds have been worked up into a frenzy and the cowbells are deafening!

14:23 EST
Page is solo off the front, and it looks like Powers has had a mechanical. Wells is chasing in second ahead of Trebon and Johnson and Wicks. Powers comes out of the pits behind Wicks.

14:27 EST
Page has opened up a ten second lead on Todd Wells, but Johnson is now closing fast on Wells. They're both starting to close in on Page, and Trebon is not on a good day. He's faded into fifth place behind his team-mate Wicks.

14:28 EST
The course is getting quite muddy right now, and the riders are becoming somewhat indistinguishable! Wicks and Trebon are particularly hard to tell apart from each other.

Jeremy Powers is trying to come back from that mechanical, but it happened at just the wrong time, and he's suffering back in sixth.

14:29 EST
With five laps to go, Page is not looking back - he's looking strong but only five seconds to Wells. Behind him, the chasers Wells and Johnson, who are bumping along the ruts.

14:32 EST
Wells is starting to close in on Page, while Johnson is still trucking along in third. Behind them, the drama has begun to unfold as Trebon has vanished from the top ten, perhaps with a mechanical or crash.

14:33 EST
Jeremy Powers has made a splendid recovery to take over fourth place ahead of Wicks, the pair are pretty much together. And now Wells makes a big surge and passes Page! Todd Wells takes over the lead!

14:36 EST
Page and Wells are neck and neck - Page tries to re-pass, but then Wells attacks after the finish line heading out for the fourth lap.

14:38 EST
And Wells has a little bobble, and Page takes the lead over, and puts the hammer down! Johnson passes Wells, too, and now Wells is having to struggle to get on Johnson's wheel.

Johnson is keeping Page at about five seconds, and now Wells is struggling.

14:40 EST
It's now a battle between Page and Johnson - two of the best 'mudders' in the USA. Wells, who was looking quite good, has faded into third followed by Wicks about ten seconds back.

14:42 EST
Page is holding his lead alone now, five or six seconds ahead of Johnson. Wells is another eight seconds or so behind - that bobble cost him time and some confidence, it seems.

14:44 EST
We've reached the halfway point of this race, and it looks like the beating that Page has taken in the European 'cross scene this year has made him stronger than the others.

It looks like Trebon is out of the race - he hasn't come through at all, and now with three to go for Page.

14:50 EST
While Powers faulters and fades to 8th, Johnson catches up to Page on the stairs section. When the leaders got to the top of the second set of stairs, the pair were side by side, and Johnson battling for the lead.

14:51 EST
Johnson attacks! Coming into two to go, Johnson takes over the lead and now Page is on the defensive. Page is keeping him in sight... is this too early for Johnson to go?

14:51 EST
Page catches Johnson and tries to pass, but he can't get by - there is only one fast line.

14:52 EST
Wells is now 25 seconds in third, so this will be a two man battle for the win. The pair up front come nearly to a stop in each turn - picking through the mucky course to avoid any crashes.

14:53 EST
Page seems to be waiting to make his move - this is turning into a tactical affair...

14:54 EST
Page is keeping Johnson in front - biding his time, perhaps hoping Johnson will tire himself out... meanwhile, Johnson attacks!

Johnson opens up a small gap.

14:52 EST
Wells is now 25 seconds in third, so this will be a two man battle for the win. The pair up front come nearly to a stop in each turn - picking through the mucky course to avoid any crashes.

14:53 EST
Page seems to be waiting to make his move - this is turning into a tactical affair...

14:54 EST
Page is keeping Johnson in front - biding his time, perhaps hoping Johnson will tire himself out... meanwhile, Johnson attacks!

Johnson opens up a small gap.

14:54 EST
Johnson opened up a bit of a gap with that attack - it's about five seconds to Page at the moment. Johnson is just hammering! He's cracked Page with this one.

14:56 EST
Johnson is just pounding on the pedals, floating across the rutted ground while Page tries to get out of the saddle to accelerate, but it doesn't work - he's forced to sit back down to maintain traction.

Page starts to make up ground when they hit the stairs - his run is a tad stronger than Johnson's.

14:57 EST
Out of the stairs, Johnson has about eight seconds, and they're coming into one to go! The bell rings, the crowd goes insane! Johnson is absolutely flying across the asphault with Page screaming up behind him.

Current Situation
Tim Johnson (Cannondale)
Jonathan Page (Sunweb ProJob) at 0.08
Todd Wells (GT) at 0.25
Barry Wicks (Kona) at ?
Andy Jacques-Maynes (California Giant Berry Farms), Troy Wells (Team Clif Bar), Jeremy Powers (, Jesse Anthony (Kodak Gallery P/B Sierra Nevad)
Bart Gillespie (Mona Vie/Cannondale), Tristan Schouten (Trek/Vw), Christopher Jones (Nerac Pro Cycling), Ali Goulet (Ridley Factory Team/Fishers Cy), Adam Myerson (Nerac Pro Cycling), Taylor Carrington (Turin Bicycles - Powerbar)

14:58 EST
Johnson is on fire going into the last lap. He pushes his gap up to nine, ten seconds and is just pushing himself to the limit to get that stars and stripes jersey.

15:00 EST
It's all going to come down to luck now - can Johnson hold this nine second gap? Can he stay upright? They're both very focused, careful to keep their tires underneath them. Johnson has his head down - eyes ahead - mud is flying everywhere.

Page is fighting with his bike to get it to let him accelerate, but with each time he tries to get out of the saddle, the rear wheel slides across the greasy mud.

15:01 EST
Page is hammering up the hill - trying to come to terms. Wells isn't threatening his place, he's still 25 seconds behind.

15:03 EST
Page is pulling back the gap a tiny bit - it's down to seven seconds and Page is pushing as hard as the course will let him... as Johnson hits the first stairs, he dismounts and begins his run. Page will make up a few seconds here, but will it be enough? Six seconds after the first stairs...

15:03 EST
And they're rocketing into the second set, and it's five seconds at the top of the last steps - can he make it back?

Johnson is on the pavement and he's all alone!

15:04 EST
Johnson is going to do this - he's sealed the deal and has plenty of real estate to put his arms up in a victory salute.

15:05 EST
Page comes through a little bit defeated, while Wells has some trouble on the last little hill and has to run a bit before getting back on his bike on the pavement. But third place is secure for Wells.

Well, another day in the books for Tim Johnson.
Note: I did this post live from the results on

Friday, December 14, 2007

Cross Natz! Updated!

A few moments ago I got a call from dad with some GREAT and disappointing news at KC. Some great news include: Julie podiumed at #3 in the country, Erick Madis got 9th overall in the 10-12 cat., Drew finished, and their expecting 6 inches of snow by tomorrow! Also, dad and Brent Evans did great in the Men's B 40+ (dad-8th,Brent- 4th.)In the disappointing category include: Drew broke his chain and rolled a tire, Ernie isn't going, and they're expecting 6 inches of snow tomorrow! Looks like more of the 2005 National champs. For more info go to

On Saturday, Jeff, Brent,and dad raced. Brent got 26th in the 40-44 men while dad and Jeff raced in the 50-54. Jeff and dad started on the 4th row. Dad crashed right at the start. Someone rolled over his rear derailleur and broke it. He had to run to the pits. He came back strong and finished 18th, 9:56 seconds behind Ned Overand. Jeff got 11th and was 6:35 behind the man in red.
Congrats to all who survived this interesting one and good luck to Jeff in the SS race today at 8 o'clock. So who will win the Men's + women's elite race?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Another Wintry Mix

Sunday was the last and most interesting CX race of the Bike Authority series. The first instant we got there I saw a whole lot 'o' ice. Figuring I'm a MTBer and have a MTB with drop-down handlebars, ice would be easier to ride. Boy was I wrong. The first attempt at a warmup lap I fell 4 times in the first 100 yards! (My knee was bleeding lightly for a while.) I made it to the only set of doubles before I noticed my computer was gone! So I cut through and head out on a new journey. I retraced my pedalstrokes(more like falls) and I actually found it! Hidden underneath snow and some soupy stuff was my comp. in full tack. I finished that lap and went around on the road a little more when dad came up to Erick and I. Dad proposed (haha)to let the C juniors do one lap? Me and Erick were excited to do only one. (That would help both of us in the end.) When we got to the start dad asked, "C racers, would you like to do one lap?" All replied with at least two. As Bart Simpson would say Haha suckers. I quickly pulled some air out of my front tire. The B's went off fast. I started on an inside route full of complete Ice. As Homer Simpson would say DOOOOOOHHH. I managed to start finally with my left leg pushing everything else. I caught back to Erick and dropped him and I think 4th place like butter. The secret for me to ride the soup was pedal hard and stay very lite (lite butter is margerine, right?) on the handlebars. I caught back up to 3rd place and stayed with him on the barricades. I turn my head right before the first barricade and Erick's running and 2switchbacks behind. WOOOOHH! Talk about motivation. I rode the snow and singletrack with power and confidence sunday. surprised. I didn't see Erick the rest of the lap and finished strong. I looked back and no Erick. I rolled over to my moms car and here come some poor kid running down the road. Ugh. It was Erick. He dropped his chain at the start and couldn't get it out from between the frame and his little ring. I won my first race of the year. Nate got 8th in C's. Nice Ride!
In the B race, Drew won Cyclocross Mag. prime and got 4th. He also got a flat, dropped his chain, and got his car stuck. Tony won by :36 seconds over Cameron. Tony actually Avg.'d faster laps than those A fellows. He says it's the mud differencial I say he owns.Tony won the series, the FSA wheels, and the race while Cameron got 2nd. Julie got 9th and won by 2:40. She owned the women's series and got 9th overall in the series. Go B's!
A's: Steve Twining won race + got 3rd in the series. Shawn got 2nd in race + won series. Weeks got 6th + 2nd in series. Ernie Got Eighth. Ray finished strong, smiling! A Masters: Bill won by 1:17 over Brent. Brent got 2nd after a little sheningan on the last lap. Dad won the series and got third.

Monday, December 3, 2007

This is my Christmas present from the Bike Authority or Rudy's Workshop. As you can see I'm getting a new 52CM Cannondale Optimo Blue 2007. A little large now, but I want to grow into it. The new C'dale has a nice and light fork (Slice Ultra XR Carbon) with nice wheels (Shimano WH-R500A) and Shimano componets. Maxxis Larsen MiMo foldable, 700 x 35c are the tires. I might pull out the dough though for a pair of 8 blocks since I fit everyone else's wheel now! I'm so happy. I don't plan to use until Christmas break in Florida. If you haven't heard, Julie, Dad, and I are going to Fort Myers for Christmas week. A nice ride in Florida uh huh...
Other Notable components/parts: Crank TruVatiV Elita 2.1 Compact, 36/50, Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 12-26, Shifters Shimano Tiagra, Brakelevers Shimano Tiagra w/Cannondale C2 B-levers ( I'm sticking with C2 B-levers because of these little hands) Now if I get a flat next year, I'll just have to use Julie's or Dad's replacement pairs (Easton Circuits with 8 blocks or Maxis lotus' tires)
Thanks SOOOO much!!
PS Check out Ray's blog for my sweet photo (see sidebar for link)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Muddy Boughton

Today was a muddy one. With a course about 2.4 miles long, about 2.399 was muddy. No wait, I take that back - the barricades were soaked too. I had a good warm up - mostly because I'd decided eat. The start was very interesting. Vaughn Wallace, I believe, started out soooo fast but I controlled myself and stayed in second position throughout the 1st turn, then I rolled through the first section following Erik. Erik got away after about another 2-3 minutes. He was a couple turns ahead after the first lap, and I heard the bell, and I went. I caught Erik about half way through the 2nd lap and passed him! After a couple minutes of my lead Erik took over. I chased and chased but just couldn't stay with him. I ended up about 20 seconds behind him, my best ever (next closest was about 1min 30sec at states)! While that was going on, Julie was completely dominate in the women's. She got 10th overall by about an inch - on the bad side. She got out sprinted by a boy! Gary Burkholder. Tony started with a group of 5 but had a few mishaps. He finished strong though in fifth place to continue his lead in the B's. CONGRATS TO DREW BERCAW ON YET ANOTHER GREAT RACE. HE BROKE AWAY WITH ANOTHER FELLOW AND ENDED UP WINNING THE B RACE. Zach, Autumn, and Luke Johnson all competed in the juniors while Zach finished two laps.

In the A race, it was simple as this - mud. If you could ride it you were in great shape. Shawn and Steve broke away early while Shawn won it on the last lap. Brent, Jeff, and dad were battling for the masters race and 3rd,4th,5th in the A race. Brent did most of the pulling and eventually ended up getting first. Dad got second and the State Champ was third. Bill Marut did consistently well but flatted on the 2nd to last lap. He finished strong on Tony's clean bike. Matt Weeks and Ray Huang were close for a while but Matt broke away and also beat Dave Steiner. Ray finished good but got passed on the last corner before the barricades. Ugh!
Thanks to all the Johnson's for setting up a great course. Another good turnout around 70!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Boughton Farm: Preview

The farm is where I did my first cyclocross race ever! To think-that was 12+ months ago. Some notable changes from then to now: it won't be 60 degrees or dry. Weather's definition is the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc. In fact, it might be 20 and snowing or 40 and sunny. To determine tomorrow's weather is comparable to winning the tour de France - by that I mean completely unlikely. Over the past year I've done over 15+ more races, 1 more at the farm, 2 more done by the Johnson's and I think 7-8 more crosses. It will all come together in my basement this winter. On the trainer and on the blogger, I go to finish off another year strong.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tym Tyler + States ?

On Sunday morning, we took a ride down to Granville, Ohio for the state championships. It was my first Tym Tyler race and maybe my last! We got there about one and half hours early for my 1:00 race. After a little shenenagan in the sign-ups (It was an arguement over weather the fee was 25 or 35 dollars, I heard some swears I've never heard before) it was time to warm-up. I only did one lap because it took 45 minutes to sign up. HAHAHA. It did end up being 25 dollars. I road a little more on the road and the start was here. There was I believe 9 Juniors. 1 in the 10-12(Erik). 4 in the 13-15 (me and some kids from the south). And I think the rest were in Tony's division, or 16-18. It started fast but I went slow. I got slowly faster then finished super strong right behind Tony. after he lapped me. I got third but beat a 15 year old with a C'Dale Optimo. Erik didnt get lapped so he did 5 laps, I did 4. We were closer though. Tony won.

Results: Jeff Craft won. Dad = 2nd. Derek = top 10. Bill = 4th. Matt = 8th.
Shawn = 5th. Julie = a soo close 2nd (cheaters helped winner). A good experience.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Broadview Heights #2

Today was the 2nd Broadview in two weeks. We basically ran the course backwards with a variation of avoiding the "up part" of the big hill. Yesterday it was snowy. Today it was muddy. I picked up Bill's Lemond after the race- HEAVY! I had a good warm-up including the whole course into 3 splits. First was the woods and some straight away. Clif Bloks. Dirt path and around baseball field and down big hill. Clif Bloks. Lastly, large soccer field, straight aways. Clif bloks + banana. A few more times to the bathroom and I was ready! I'm ready, I'm ready! I went to the start line feeling as good as Spongebob on the way to work. I started fantastic too! 2nd into the woods, and feeling like going, like fast! 3rd place overall across the bridge and then it all went downhill. No wait, we just did the only downhill. Now up-hill. The first lap was probably the fastest as a slopped through the mud. More slopping. More slopping. And slipping was included. The second lap, Erik was still in sight but slowly fading away into the wind. Wind, that affected me a lot too. I finished the second lap decent and figured I was done, ONE MORE! Ugh. As I continued my slop on the 3rd lap, the leaders of the B race went by. Tony got a flat after dominating- Ugh. Third lap went decent. Slow. I decided to run the big soccer field and stayed with a couple of B's. More enjoyment. Mud, slop, scurry, finish. I'm glad I got the baboon off my back for doing a seriously muddy cross. I felt pretty good and better than last week as I finally feel accustomed to the cold.

I still don't know who won the B's but good racing especially to: Drew Bercaw, Luke and Kyle Spisak, Julie, Cameron, and Tony(our current points leader.) The A race had another awesome turnout of awesome competitors. Here's how it went down. Paul broke away early and eventually won. Shawn stayed near Gerry Phlug and beat him on the last corner. 4-7 I'm not positive yet but I think Steve Twining got 4th. Dad got 8th. Quinlin-9th. Zak-10th. Matt Weeks-11th. And I think Ray got 12th. Nice job guys on a season low 5 laps. I got a good video on the camera of the start. Terrific turnout for the day before states. I think we had around 70! Speaking states, they're already here and it's looking like some good racing. There are 38 pre-registers for Granville.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Broadview Heights: Course Preview

Broadview Heights received 2-3 inches of snow on Thursday night, consistently throughout the course. The course is quite similar in some sections and quite different in others. I'll give you give you some hints. We might possibly go an opposite direction. We still go through the muddy, sloppy woods, but have a different entrance. We only go down a big hill. We cross a bridge. We go through white snow. We go over logs. We don't have barricades. We have some fun before states. Hopefully the turnout will be just as good as last week. Come out and get your final tune-up before states.
This is a picture of dad and Zak battling at last years snowy Broadview.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Bike Authority Cyclocross: Broadview Heights

A clear morning, a sunny day, and a great course. After adding a few more yards here and there, it was time to warm-up. Lately, I've only had time to do 1 lap for warm-up, but today I had enough time to do one complete lap and practice a couple other tricky sections such as: the first log in the woods, the big hill uphill, the big hill downhill, and the corner after that downhill. I decided I should run the log, run the up hill, and take it easy on the downhill and corner. I had a game plan of being safe and finishing my first race at BH. I also have been under the weather for about 5 days and wanted to get points to stay near Erick Madis.

After warm-ups, I talked to Erick for a while as we headed down to the start. I asked whether he was running the hill or not. We both agreed we'd run it at the start. I got to the hill first in the C race but got passed immediately on the uphill. Wow, those are some fast C's on the hills! I slowly fell back and was caught by Erick right before the downhill. He was insight for the rest of the lap, but eventually dropped me. Ugh... I felt so terrible the first 1 and 1/2 laps but slowly got faster and faster. I finally had momentum and was so far behind, I tried everything! mistakenly. I raced through the woods at a great clip, then.. I got a little over confident a took an inside route and BOOM! Smack on a couple of roots. Ouch. I walked my bike through the rest of woods as the leaders of the B's lapped me. Go Tony. I finally finished that lap and had some fun on the last lap.

The big hill was slick, steep, and filled with fans. I decided I'd try to ride it. I kept good momentum throughout the mud and then took it wayyyy right. Dry, less steep, motivational, and I made it. It took more energy and more time but it was totally worth it. At the top I had to pull my foot out though so I wouldn't hit the stakes. Thanks for all those who were cheering me on because I couldn't have even finished without it. I got second junior and now sit 6 points behind Erick. Nice job Erick. Zak J., myself, Julie, and Tony all raced in the B and C race. Julie finished first women, Ms. Consistent. Tony got 2ND in the B's and Zak finished 3rd in the juniors, I think. Nice job all.

The A race was as filled with greats such as: Brent Evans, Shawn Adams, Ernie, PM, dad, Ray Huang, Zak Deringer, Steve Twining,and many, many more. I'll save these results until final though. Congrats Shawn on winning a fulfilled A race. I took some photos of the A's and masters. I'll try to get those up here soon.

Record Turnout: 96 people!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Broadveiw Heights Saturday

On Saturday, julie, mike j., zak j., dad, brian, derek, and bill all showed up and helped clean up the BH course for Sunday. It's looking like it is going to be as I described before. It will still include taking a downhill on the road, making a cannondale C on the big hill, and include a good portion in the woods. It will start on a grass box about 20ft. X 20ft., then drop off the box. Post-box we will go directly into the woods. It was slick today but courtesy of the crew, the leaves are gone and there aren't so many large roots. There are still some good roots and 2 large logs. The logs are probably both dismounts on Cyclocross bikes. Caution: slick roots are easy to fall on. After the woods, we go around 2 soccer fields and do a 180 into another soccer field. This time around the whole field. Then, we go down the steet, over a curb and on "the hill." The hill isn't quite as big as Willoughby, but still a run-up if rain continues. Go around 2 baseball fields on walk-way and go down big hill in Cannondale "c" formation. After the C, we finish up the lap around a muddy soccer field and a steep up. The steep up was a run-up for myself, but dad did it on his MTB. Currently, no barricades are needed and/or wanted.

For more directions and info, head to team lake effect raing. See my sidebar for the link.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Broadview Heights

Dad and I went up to BH Thursday and made a practical course. The course included some switchbacks in the woods and a Cannondale C on the big hill. This possible course was 1.63 miles with possible add ins up to 2 miles. We ran it up the big hill and rapped it around a baseball field. The woods includes 3-4 logs, and probably only on dismount in the woods. We might have Jeff Craft ad one of his all infamous maizes as seen at Fairport Harbor. There was quite a bit of road so we might have some drastic changes. Get ready for a super weekend at Broadview!

"Niceman Cometh"

Julie and Dad finished 1st in their catergories at the Iceman Cometh on sunday. Congrats! I knew this has been a goal for them for a while a now and it finally came true. Dad finished 4:30 minutes in front of 2nd place and passed 599 participants. Julie won by 2:00 and passed 368 people in a 27 mile race. Next year iceman may be moved later in the winter and is a lottery to get in. I hope they have a family pack because I want the Sroka's to go 3 for 3 next year! To find out some results head to

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Spin Cyclocross

On Saturday, my mom, Gary, and I went down to Willoughby to the Cross my heart and hope to die Challenge presented by Spin bike shop. We got there around 9:30 when the race was at 10:33. I expected a lot of young competitors because of the big prize list for the dad's and mom's in the A race. + there wasn't too many other big races nearby. So, I warmed up and went back to registration to see how many C juniors there were and there were NONE! I couldn't believe it, so I warmed up a little more and went to the start line and no juniors. O well, I guess that's how racing goes. There was probably around 3 women, 20 B's, 6 masters, and about 12 "C's". A good turn out and it started fast for each race. I think because of the prime prize, a $10 gift certificate to the brewery up the road. Willoughby Brewery was where the award ceremonies were, but we didn't stay.

So back to race, it started fast and I was in about 3rd until the M and twisty up and down section that I think everyone ran. It was nice and sloppy and I started to fall back. The back section of the course included a super high log and two barricades. I think there was 4 dismounts for me a lap counting the barricades as one. Then, it came time for the snow hill. It was enormous, steep, and rough. It went straight up then did a 180 degree turn followed by a screaming down hill. If you weren't careful you could have hit 30 MPH, and went straight into some stakes. After the hill I was all alone for the rest of the race and had some fun with it. It was a long, tough course that was about 1.8 mile loop. The "c" race did 3 laps and I finished in 38:17. Derek told me the "b" race did 8 laps. WOW! On the last lap, I flatted with about 100 yards to go but didn't notice and sprinted really well at the finish. I think I flatted going down the sled hill. must have hit a bump. I ended up winning the junior race and got $10 to the brewery. All i need. I think i got another prize too but my mom wanted to leave and go run so i missed the "a" race. I saw some local greats(and national) including Paul Martin, Matt Weeks, and Ray Huang. I think I saw Brent Evans too. I'm predicting a fantastic race.

Nice job Tony while having another dominating victory in the B race. Bill had a great race too, winning the masters. Derek did well too but got a little beat up courtesy of a tree. Today was great practice for next week's Broadview Hts-muddy, cold, and a giant steep hill.

Good luck Julie and dad in Iceman Cometh. I think 25 camba members are going too.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Orville Cross Results#4

I was 7th overall in the "c" race while winning the juniors. Nate Zabo had a strong finish on his slick ride, getting 3rd place. Julie won the women's race convincingly again and plans to peek for states and nationals. Go Julie! Tony Marut got second in the "B" race to a 25 year old who should be in A's. Nice job Tony. Bill Marut got 2nd in a masters just edging out Derek Wilford. Dad and Shawn got a close 2nd and 3rd by getting outsprinted by Brent"i hope u don't come and win"Evans. Paul Martin was leading by about 15 seconds but broke his chain. Nice job all. Is anyone going to Willoughby for the cross race? Dad and Julie are out of town for Iceman Cometh.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sunday Morning

It's sunday morning the day of The Next Orville cyclocross race and the day's takin forever since that time- change thing. Here's a picture of dad back in the day. He never looks nervous, just determined. How does he do it??

Ray's Opening Night

Julie, Dad, and Me all went up to Ray's last Night. Wow, awesome fun! X-C loop is fantastic, and it was packed. We arrived just after Gary Fischer left but we did get some dirt rag stuff. Great food was there along with some great riders. We saw constant 360's and some amazing stuff on those box jumps. Thanx so much Ray!!

Diggin Deep

Diggin Deep in cycling is usually referred to going all out for your best results. In this case, I'm talking about our new oil wells going up everywhere in Northeast Ohio including North Royalton and Broadview Heights. My father and I were building some sweet singletrack in my backyard and then 2 days later when I go out to ride our mini demo course, the whole trailhead is COMPLETELY GONE!! My mom later tells me some of school's property and some of our development's property was bought to dig for OIL! I now started a new trailhead of Reagan Park like singletrack(tight and twisty with trees doinking your handlebars.)

In the racers case, how will this affect you? The Big Hill at Broadview Heights is getting drilled for oil too! If your doing November 18 and 24 Bike Authoriy Cyclocross series at Broadview- you'll be ridin around an Oil Well!!! My Dad and I took a trip over to Home Depot and rescued some lumber from under our deck and are now building a bridge for the Cyclocross Race! Well, I hope it all turns out well.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Ray's Indoor MTB Park Grand Opening

Ray's is open again and has their official opening weekend the 3rd and 4th of November. Gary Ficsher, Gregg Watts, and some pros will be there. has all the info you need. ATTENTION X-C racers: Ray has built up the XC course so you can do a rythm in the sport and THEN FINISH THAT SAME XC loop LAP YOU JUST STARTED. Great job Ray!

I've road at Ray's twice and I bought a singulator and hope I can do a cc loop with out gears!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Orville Cross: Smuckers Race

Wow, on Sunday, I swear my mouth felt like it had Smucker's jelly stuck in the back of it. It's cross season at it's best, and with exciting racing in the C,B,and A races. Congrats to Tony for one of your best races of the year and dominating the B Race. Nice job Julie and Dad finishing strong in each of their races. And Way to go Shawn to get another 2nd place finish in the A race.