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.