Sunday, December 24, 2006

Best Christmas gift ever!

Announcing the arrival!!
Joshua Robert Juarez
Born: December 21, 2006
Time: 12:12 PM
Weight: 7'4"
Length: 21"


May you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Love and hugs,

Tinker, Terri & Joshua Juarez



Monday, November 27, 2006

2007 Cannondale Slice 6-13 Ironman - FOR SALE!!

Hello Race Fans!

Anyone interested in purchasing a piece of history! I'm selling my "Tinker Signature" custom painted Six13 Slice that was a part of my bike quiver for the 2006 Race Across America. This is a one-of-a-kind bike that is like brand new condition. Log onto EBay to check it out.

Tinker

Edit Dec. 8, 2006:

The bike did not meet the reserve I need for it and the auction is now closed but it's still for sale. Let Woody know if you are interested in making an offer. Sory but can't upload a pic but will email you one if you want. See description below:

Description
Item number: 130052740888
Item Specifics - Road Bikes & Frames
Brand: Cannondale
Complete Bike/Frame: Complete Bike
Model: Ironman
Frame Material: Multi Material CARBON & ALUMINUM
Model Year: 2007
Condition: New
Frame Size: 54 cm

TINKER JAUREZ'S PERSONAL TEAM SLICE SIX13 SLICE TRI BIKE. CUSTOM PAINTED AND AUTOGRAPHED BY TINKER TO BUYER AFTER AUCTION CLOSE. INCLUDES A PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY, NEW IN PACKAGE. THIS BIKE IS STOCK GEOMETREY. Check out www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/CUSA/model-7RM1S.html and http://www.tinkerjuarez.com/ This is the top of the line carbon fiber and aluminum bike Cannondale makes, retail is over $5500, not including the jersey and other upgrades. Carbon bottle cage, $50, the Jersey, $79, Look carbon pedals, $220 and seat post upgrade. ZIPP 404 WHEELS (WHICH SELL FOR OVER $1500 ONLINE) FULL DURA-ACE DRIVE TRAIN WITH CANNONDALE SI CRANKSET. This bike wieghs just over 17 lbs fully equiped with pedals, aerobars (carbon profiles) and bottle cage. Profile airwing handlebars. This is considered one of the top Tri bikes in the world, you will not be disappointed, the pics do not do it justice. 2007 Model, ridden once for 20 miles. VERY FAIR RESERVE. FREE SHIPPING IN CONT. USA. WILL SHIP OUT OF COUNTRY WITH PREAPPROVAL ONLY. for out of country shipping rate, go to ups.com and get a quote for 70 pounds from Florida 32804. They charge for 70 lbs (oversize 2) for a bike box regarless of weight. CAN PICK UP IN ORLANDO FLORIDA IF DESIRED. FULLY INSURED. PROFESSIONALLY BOXED BY A TOP SHOP IN A CANNONDALE BOX. Fully tuned and ready to ride, or just save for the hard core collector. I will include a pic of Tinker with the bike also. any question, email. Good luck and God bless the USA.
On Dec-04-06 at 21:00:35 PST, seller added the following information:
tinker ask me to add these updates! Rear cog is 12-25, chain rings, 39/53.700c wheels, Possible trade for a motocross bike, the red tape can be easily peeled off. I will stop be the shop and take more pics and make some more updates. Great world class bike for the money!
Woody 407.222.6814

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

TINKER IS TOP AMERICAN AT ’06 LA RUTA DE LOS CONQUISTADORES


November 3-5, Costa Rica

First off, I gotta say there’s nothing easy about La Ruta. It’s three days of racing that starts on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica and ends at the Caribbean side. Everything about it is hard! The stages are long; the climbs are so steep that you end each day with a sore neck from looking up so much. It’s hot and humid; it usually rains sometime each day, so you’re dealing with mud and grit all up in your chain and drivetrain. You see lots of broken derailleurs and stuff out there. It’s a challenge just to keep your bike running well—you gotta carry chain lube with you and check over the bike every chance you get. And even though so much of it is fireroad, it’s all technical stuff where you’re skating around everywhere. They have these long steep hills full of boulders and rocks and ruts, just nasty. And you never know what’s around the next corner, how far it is to the top of the hill or even how far it is to the finish. Spectators will tell you “ten more kilometers” then ten kilometers later they’re still saying “ten more kilometers.” It’s hard, it’s torture, it’s three days of suffering, and I love it!

I was honored to be invited this year. I skipped it last year and was anxious to go again. Before the race some of the mountain bike websites made a big deal about Jerimiah Bishop and Adam Craig going—which was great to hear! They’re the current young, fast guys, and it was good that the level of competition was outstanding. It did kind of bother me that they barely mentioned me going. I’ve been in the top ten three times and finished second my first year there. So in the end I was proud to finish 6th overall as top American. I am sorry that Bishop crashed out on the second day—and I wish him well—he crashed so bad! He’s just a guy that goes for it. Even though he paid a big price for what could have been a stage win that day, it's great to see a fellow American stepping it up and riding well to take the lead.

Things went pretty well for me. On the first day I knew I was going to have a good race. I felt good - and the tired, worn-out feeling that had haunted me since the Race Across America was finally gone. I rode my new 6-13 Scalpel, a beautiful bike. I used my new Kenda Dred Tread tires. I’m so happy with them. I used the 1.8, front and rear. I rode this same bike at La Chupacabra in Mexico and wasn’t real happy with it there, but in-between I experimented with different stems and seat adjustments and now I got it all dialed in. I couldn’t be happier with it now! It rode fantastic! If my bike and my riding was as in sync in Mexico as it was in Costa Rica I probably would’ve won the Chupacabra. That first day I had good legs and felt like I was climbing really well. But I kick myself for not bringing a bike set-up with triple chainrings. Most of the mountain bike events I’ve done this year just two rings was plenty, but LaRuta has so many long steep climbs that everyone, and I mean everyone would want a granny gear. My muscles were ready to bust out of my legs! I ended up walking up a lot hills where I could have stayed in the saddle and just spun my way up like Bishop was doing with his triple. No way I could power the pedals up those hills to keep up with him. Not when there were hours still to go. But I was feeling good physically and was making good time walking up and jogging up the really steep hills. Even the good days can have their bad moments. I had one hard fall. Thankfully the ground was soft. My front wheel kind of caught a rut—going through these puddles you don’t see the ruts under the water. I got a big bruise under my ribs on my stomach. While I was falling I turned my head so my helmet would take the impact. It still rung my bell for a moment. I finished 6th that first day.

Day two was good. It was nearly a 4-hour day with a climb up to the top of the Turrialba volcano. The one thing I can say about that day is that they need more feed zones out there. It was tough enough for us professionals near the front, going miles and miles just hoping that there was water or food soon, but think about the poor amateurs, out there doing something tougher than they’ll ever do again, and how much are they suffering. There were times when I was about ready to ride into somebody’s yard and fill my HydraPak from their water-hose! That day I stayed upright the whole time, didn’t make any mistakes, rode with my head and didn’t get any flats on the descent like a lot of riders, and finished out the day in 7th, 21 minutes behind the leaders.

Day three was a different story. Real sketchy. Plus partway through the day I saw that part of my rear derailleur had broken. The back of the lower cage where the jockey wheel connects was cracked and part of it was gone. It was still shifting alright but I knew I had to be careful with it and be real gentle with my shifting. One forced shift and I’d be walking! Plus I was feeling the miles of the first two days and didn’t sleep well the night before; I was sore and the bruises from the first day were letting me know that they were there. But I was still able to dig deep, keep my mind focused “I gotta keep going, gotta keep going,” even though I was suffering, and still got a decent finish to stay ahead of Adam Craig for the overall.

After the last day’s stage it was nice to hang out with Thomas Frischknecht and Andreas Hestler. Andreas had been a team-mate before and I always enjoyed his company. But after all these years of racing against each other at World Cups, NORBAs, World Championships, on and on, this was the first time that I’ve ever just hung out with Frischy. We hung out by the beach and had some beers and talked. We tried to get Tom Ritchey to come over and hang too, but he was pretty trashed and just wanted to get to his hotel. While we were there visiting, Thomas invited me to go to Switzerland to be in a charity race that he’s put on for years. I’m sorry that it doesn’t fit my race schedule, but it was nice that he asked and I really appreciated it when he said that I’ve always been one of his heroes. Me? What a compliment! Friscy won LaRuta last year, but things didn’t go as well for him this time. He got 10th, something like 40 minutes back. Which show that this really was the hardest competition La Ruta has ever had.

Some of the racers told me “You’ve had a lot to do with helping this race grow to this point,” that was pretty cool! Back when I got second in 2001 it was a real hard race, but the field was mostly Costa Ricans. Now you have everybody from everywhere; some top Americans, Mexicans, South Americans, South Africans, top World Cup guys like Frischy and the guys who were there from Italy, Spain and France. It’s such a big deal now compared to the early days. A real tough, real fast international field. It was good to see that.

It was good for me to finish off the season like that. To be able to finish as top American, to be able to have had a better race than Frischy, that’s great! It’s been years since I competed against him, even more years since I beat him--that would have to go back to a World Cup or something in the 90’s. It’s so cool that we’re both still out there doing what we love to do. La Ruta is a great race. They’re going to add a fourth stage in ’07, so I’m looking forward to racing it again next year. This year some people wanted me to race the Masters class, but I raced in the open/pro category. Looking at the results I see that I would have smoked the Masters class, like well over an hour ahead of second. But a 6th place in the open/pro means more than a win in the Masters, I think. I look at it this way, the results say that I beat Adam Craig by over twenty minutes, but I say that I beat him by twenty years! It’s good to know that at 45 years old I still have the strength not only to compete against the current 25 year old stars, but to also show them that the old guys still have it.

That’s it for now. It’s time for some R&R, to enjoy the holidays and for me and Terri to get ready for the arrival of our son, sometime around Christmas.

Peace and out,
Tink

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Baby Joshua Update - He'll be here soon!

Hi! We had our last appointment with the perinatologist Wednesday morning and they told us we don't have to go back unless we want another look. Baby Joshua has progressed normally and is a healthy little boy that already weighs 5 lbs 9 oz - average for 35 weeks. By next week, we'll have crossed the danger zone line and he could start to come at any time and they won't stop the delivery.

Here are the latest photos of Joshua! This is a view of his nose, eys and mouth. He's too big now to get the whole body in. Also, we asked her to check and make sure it's really a boy....THERE IS NO DOUBT!

We're both so excited about becoming parents and are as ready as we can be. He's due around Dec. 22 so we'll keep you posted...

Cheers, love, and hugs,

Tinker, Terri, and Josh

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

La Ruta de los Conquistadores Race Coverage


Hola! I just got back from Costa Rica late last night and will be working on my story to post here shortly. Here are a couple of links to race reports. It was an awesome race and I'm really pleased with my 6th place overall finish. The competition was tough and so was the course....more about that later....

Pedal Cycling Magazine
Pedal Stage 1 Report and Andreas Hestler's Day 1 Adventure
Pedal Stage 2 Report
Pedal Stage 3 Report and final results
Jeremiah Bishop Update Report



Ride on

Tinker

Monday, October 30, 2006

Gone Riding FL State Championship Races 4# and #5

2006 Florida State Championship Series Race # 4:

Gone Riding really got me pumped up. This is the time to really get the new bike tested and make sure it is ready for La Ruta. You think by now I should have this stuff down to a science! Racing XC and riding the new carbon bikes is one of the best parts about being a Pro! The truth of the matter is the last time I raced at a XC race is longer than I could remember. I mean a Norba National is what I'm talking about... let just say is been since before 2000. Guess I forgot what they were like and what I needed to do to make sure I was prepared.

I tried to take a local race like a big National, but now that I'm 45 yrs old, it's like every race means a lot... and it's different then it used to be. It's still fun, but everyone watches every move and they are all out there gunning for me! Now I gotta work hard all year around, like Rodney Dangerfield say's "I get no respect!" Racing bikes is just hard work and don't let people tell you different. I love my job and I wouldn't give it up for anything. But I don't like to have bad races and I have high expectations for myself and no matter what age I am, I want to do my best.

Riding my Scalpel brings back the good feelings, especially now since it's a carbon frame. (Doesn't it seem like every bike is carbon these days??) I love my Six 13 Scalpel so much but I forgot how to set it up for XC. Also, when you race guys here in FL you'll remember "fast" and boy getting my ass kicked really woke me up and I finished 4 place at race #4. This is why I love racing bikes - fast racers who keep me coming back for more!

2006 Florida State Championship Series Race # 5:

I love Gone Riding races and now I'm hooked to do the last couple of races in the series. Dave Berger, the race promoter, does racing like a Pro. I mean great track, great people, great prizes, and good fair entry free. Even the Sr. expert/pro class got medals.

Race 5# I came ready and relaxed. I spent more time dialing my bike like I did when I raced XC full time. This was my forth time racing my new Scalpel and the tweeking made a big difference now. I love this bike and even though it's a standard medium size bike that anyone could buy it took 4 races to get it feeling like I knew it should.

I got second place and felt awesome like I knew I should..I worked hard to nail it down, but since I don't ride my Mt bike during the week, I put my bike on the stand each day after my ride and spent a little time looking for the position I remembered I loved in the past..Racing these guys in Florida makes it all worth while. Fast racers pump me up and make XC fun again - not saying it wasn't fun before - but now that I lived in Orlando Fl for over year now, the Fall racing season starts in September and ends in December. Crazy as that sounds, the summer here is tougher than a desert but with humidity like a relentless sauna. It's not normal to drink as much water as I've been drinking! I would not be a happy camper if I had to race in summer in Florida but the winter blues aren't so blue now that I could race "off season". Who need cyclo cross when you could races XC all year, YA MAN!

It is real nice to win but it's also nice to feel like you did your best for that day! I'm off to Costa Rica and feeling much better now that I got my act down.

Ride with your eye in front of you!

Safe Ride,

Tinker

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

JUAREZ BEATS JUAREZ

10th Annual LaCupacabra 100K, Juarez , Mexico
October 7, 2006

That headline could be taken two ways, but it turned out the wrong way for me. The course beat me back to tenth place. Tenth is hardly ever anything to get excited about. But I still had fun and look forward to going back in ’07 for a better result.

I had heard about this race for a few years. So last year when they invited me I was excited, but unfortunately it didn’t fit my schedule. But Carlos the promoter was smart enough to ask “What about next year?” He really wanted to have “Juarez in Juarez ” as he said. So…

I got so much respect at this race. Carlos picked me up at the El Paso , Texas airport himself. We crossed the border into Mexico quickly, thanks to his “VIP” connections and he put me up in the nicest room in the best hotel in Juarez . Nice! Carlos had arranged a big press conference for that evening where I met reporters from local newspapers, TV—it was a really big deal.

On race day I saw what a big production the Chupacabra 100K really is. So many riders, something like 2000 all total with the amateurs and age groups. They had the mayor there and everyone you could think of in town was involved in the event. There were course marshals and aid stations all along all 60-something miles of the course!

I was nervous on the starting line. I knew that my fitness was off a bit. My last race was the Subaru 24 Hour at 7-Springs, Pennsylvania . I won there, but in the month since then I’d been constantly traveling. I’d driven to Utah for the launching of the new Carbon Rush for Cannondale, had gone to ‘Vegas for Interbike, and just a day after getting home from that, I flew to France for the European launch of the new Carbon Rush, then flew back just in time to make it to Juarez, Mexico. All that traveling just gets to you.

Plus I was going to be racing my new ’07 Scalpel, which I’d ridden just two times before the race. This new one measures out a little differently than the Scalpels I’ve ridden all along. I’d changed out the stem and had moved my seat back on the rails a bit, but I still wasn’t feeling like I quite had the position where I wanted it. “Don’t worry about it,” I kept telling myself.

The race started out on some fast fast dirt roads. That part of the course was kind of funny. You’re right next to the border, looking over to see the US Border Patrol guys, doing their thing and watching the race go by. I started out with the front group and it was just attack after attack. I felt alright, like maybe I’d been worried about nothing. The pace was hard, but not impossible. Then at about five miles into it the pace picked up “BANG” like it was like a criterium or something! Oh man I hammered the best I could, but those guys were motoring, and of course, most of ‘em had either done this race before or were locals racing in their own back yard, so they knew all the trails. The front guys were all of Mexico ’s best racers. Some of them I recognized from when I was still doing the World Cup cross-country series a few years back. That was the first time that I’ve had my butt kicked that hard in a long time.

The front group pulled away while I kept the best pace I could. But I just wasn’t comfortable on the bike and realized that I was concentrating more on how I felt on my bike than on the race. I felt flat from jet lag. Just nothing in my legs. When you’re having a bad race, it’s hard to get motivated out of that feeling. Then on top of that they had two big long hike-a-bike sections and one of them I stepped into a big hole and twisted my ankle. It didn’t hurt that bad when it happened. I hopped up and down for a second and said a bad word or two, shook it off and kept going.

I was struggling the last twenty miles, but the people on course kept calling my name and cheering me on. So that helped carry me in to the finish. That was about as hard as I’ve ever raced for a tenth place! I was disappointed that I didn’t do better. But I’m just human. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in thirty plus years of racing is that you’ve got to take the good with the bad. I’ve had some good successful races this season, so one not so successful race isn’t such a bad average.

Later that night my ankle started bugging me a bit and it got kind of stiff and swollen. Walking through the airport the next day carrying my bike bag and luggage it felt even worse. After sitting on airplanes for most of the day it was real stiff by the time I got home. So knowing that the 24 Hour race at Moab the following week has some pretty treacherous rocky sections I had to make the decision to cancel out. It was hard, but probably the smartest thing to do. I’ll be going to Costa Rica for La Ruta next month. Thomas Frishknect won last year, and he’s not going to be easy to beat. We’ve had some good races, he and I over the last 18 years or so. So I’m looking forward to it. This break will give me enough time to get rested, get my ankle healed, get my new bikes dialed in and be there ready to improve on my personal best of second place at La Ruta.

See, that’s how you deal with a bad race. Put it behind you and focus on the next one. Next stop, Costa Rica !

The guys at Intense Bike Shop in Juarez, Mexico were great - THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP GUYS!!

Peace and out,
Tink

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

2007 Cannondale Carbon Rush: Great articles!

I'm at Interbike this week but here are a couple of great articles about Cannondale's 2007 Carbon Rush 2007 Cannondale Carbon Rush & This Just In. I couldn't have done a blog about it any better.



Big Sky Brewery launched the Rush All Mountain Ale at the camp too! There will be more about this later....



Thought I'd share two of my favorite things!

Peace,

Tinker



Edited 10/1/06

Couple of more articles: Velonews & Cannondale.

When I was trying to find some pics from Interbike this morning, I found this great write-up by "dawgcatching" about a bunch of bikes including the carbon Rush on forums.mtbr.com. He rode with us on the 2nd day at the Dirt Demo and put together a list of bikes he tested and reviewed each one. He's got a Turner, so this excerpt from his review is a comparison to the Turner. If I could write this well, I'd do the same kind of review, but it's just not possible! Thanks dawgcatching!!!

"Cannondale Rush Carbon Team Replica: the new 110mm travel bike from Cannondale, featuring a Lefty SL 110mm fork, 110mm of rear travel, light yet beefy carbon frame, and just about every high-zoot component you can spec on a mountain bike. Retail almost $7000, weight under 24lbs. I rode this bike on the "ride with Tinker" loop in the morning. It was a pretty technical ride: about 30 riders started, only 8 finished. A 1.5 hour loop around the volcano, with techy as well as fast climbing, descending, sidehills, lots of rocks (a couple of spots that Tinker didn't even clear).

Wow, this was an interesting bike, to say the least. Super light for one thing, but the weight (or lack of it) wasn't really noticeable. The handling was what blew me away. I really loved it. It felt like ot only had about 4 inches of travel, but was able to be ridden more aggressively than the specs would indicate. Balance was spot-on: this bike simply didn't want to wander. It really was as point and shoot as can be, and lateral deflection really didn't enter into the picture. The rear swingarm was very stiff as well. The Lefty was very stiff laterally and probably the best fork I tested. It just sucked up everything, with nary a hint of brake dive. Also, balance was really perfect for my weight. Even with 4.3 inches of travel, I seemed to always be in balance, floating over the terrain instead of fighting it. I dropped down some fairly aggressive stuff and didn't feel "on edge" as I did on the 5.5. Not to far forward, not too far back, but just right. Sure, I would feel more comfortable on an RFX in that situation, but the Rush was more than workable. Climbing was impressive-the bike hooked up, with no front-end wander, and I could clean anything. Given the tires were the marginal Crossmark's, this is even more impressive. The suspension was fully active, and quite plush, with a linear-feeling stroke. I even loved the saddle (a Fizik Gobi). I would change out the short XC bars for something more trail-oriented, and get a 160mm rear rotor (it came spec'd with a 140) but besides that, this bike really rocked. It seemed like everyone agreed that this was a superb bike. Worth $7000? That is your call, but it is a great race and trail ride. The handling was perfect for an all-day, short-travel bike, and I would highly recommend it."

Friday, September 22, 2006

Life is like wine. It gets better by age!

I've been here in Downey for about 2 weeks now training hard and doing some super fun mountain rides. I missed the mountains a lot. But being back in Downey is different then before for number one reason. My wife is still in Florida and we'll be having our first baby together soon. It's not the same being here now knowing she's there. I love this women so much and it feels like I got a chance to live longer now that I'm married. And that's a good thing because Joshua will need his dad and Mom for a long time!

The good side is my training has been very good. I've been here with my wonderful Mom and hitting the sack around 9 PM. YES SLEEPING by 9 PM. That's the price of getting older, you sleep more but ride the same. It makes a big difference when you get older. But I'm ok with that since I'll just dream about her and will be back home in Florida soon.

Life is like wine. It gets better by age! I love being a mountain biker. Since I started racing bikes at age 13, I've lived the best life. A cyclist that could wake and ride my bike, and get paid for doing it. Wow, thank you Cannondale for being with me on this journey to Paradise.

I'm leaving to Las Vegas for the launch of the carbon RUSH in a few hours. This should be a blast! We're riding the new carbon Cannondale Rush bikes 45 miles the first day then they'll have a campside dinner for us and then we'll get up on Sunday and ride back. After the Rush kick off camp, I'm going to Interbike. I'll let you know how the landing feels.

God Bless to all you happy bikers,

Tinker

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Subaru 24 Hour Champion Challenge

I'm back in Downey now and just got a chance to update the blog. It will continue to be a busy month for me but I'll try and get something posted again next week. For now, I owe a story about the Subaru 24 Hour Champion Challenge on Labor Day weekend.

The good news is that I feel like I'm finally recovered from RAAM. It took almost 2 months and it was wierd riding and feeling like I had no power and lost all my ability. I was also riding in Florida, and with the heat and humidity, was hard enough, but for a few weeks now, I've gotten my legs back and feel good and strong again. That's a good thing since I needed all I had to win the Subaru race.

Tropical Storm Ernesto followed us from Florida up to Pennsylvania and turned a perfectly beautiful 24 hour race course into a slimy wet chopped up moss soup. It was also in the low 50's and windy which made the race condititions the worst I've seen in I can't remember how long. The fog settled in and held tight all night which made riding conditions a white out. The best Niterider lights couldn't even cut through it. I worried the whole night that I might end up in the lake! Every pedal stroke was effort in all that mud and to climb the hills you had to go slow and not spin out.

The whole race a local guy named Mike Schultz chased me down. He and a couple other solos were riding strong and we pushed it along the whole 24 hours.

I crashed a few times and can't remember which one got me good, but I still have a painful lump on my chest bone. It hurt to cough and twist so I'm sure it was a good one, but it's getting better now.

We were all cold, wet, and having fun riding in the mud. Only thing bad I can say is after you eat so much mud, it's hard to get the good food in! But mom and Terri were there to make sure I ate and drank enough. Even the Cytomax was hard to get down.

I don't know if I could have finished that race without two bikes and excellent mechanical support. Cannondale mechanic Chris Moor and Bryan Caporuscio from Spokes N Skis in Altoona PA were there washing and lubing my bikes between laps. I used the Rush and my new carbon 6-13. I was so happy with both bikes even in all that mud.

While the conditions were not the best, the race was a blast! The promoters did a great job and had a nice venue for us. I'll for sure go back next year.

I'm having trouble posting pics today but will try and add them later.

Just wanted to thank Chris, Brian, Mom, Terri, the race promoters, and all the racers up there. It was a great race!

Peace and out,

Tinker

Friday, September 08, 2006

7Springs Subaru Champion - Ernest - mud - race -CHALLENGE!

I've been traveling and haven't had a chance to post the race story yet but I'll work on it this weekend and try to get it up by Sunday. One thing is for sure and that is I won't be able to make the Mohican event. I crashed and need to recover before another 24....more about that later....

JB was out on the course taking pics of the whole event. All his pics are posted on his photo page.

Here are a few pics of the race and my crew.



Before the race began















The last climb at 10:00AM on 12th lap - now we could see how bad the fog was












Chris Moore (C'dale) and Brian Caporuscio (Spokes N Skis) - MANY THANKS to you for all your support. I could not have finished this race without you!











Terri, me, and great Aunt Pauline - we had the best lasagna dinner ever!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Cannondale Carbon Rush

It was a sweet ride on Sunday! Here is a pic of the bike moments before the maiden voyage. It came with the Day-fading-to-night custom paint that Cannondale designed for my endurance racing. This bike was plush! It was worth the wait!

The killer watchdog in the front is Bobo, our dog. She came out to supervise.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Carbon Rush is in!

Yahoo!! Cannondale shipped the new Carbon Rush earlier than expected and the guys down at Orange Cycle Orlando assembled it and have it ready for me!! I'll get a chance to ride it this weekend so I'll probably take it out and get a good long mtb ride. Perfect for getting ready for the 2006 Subaru 24 Hour Champion Challenge at Seven Springs, PA.

These are the rest of the races I have for the year:

Sept. 2-3 2006 Subaru 24-Hour Champion Challenge
Sept. 16-17 Mohican 12/24 hours in Loudenville, OH
Sept. 22 - 29 Cannondale Camp & Interbike
Oct. 7-8 Chupacabras 100K in Juarez, Mexico
Oct. 14-15 Moab 24 Hour
Nov. 3-5 La Ruta de los Conquistadores, Costa Rica

Peace




Cool pic by JB!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Waiting on the Rush


I like cool new toys.
I get motivated to have cool looking stuff.
I think it makes me faster.

September 22 is almost too far away and I'll be counting the minutes until I get on a plane to take me to my new bike.

I'm waiting on the new all carbon Cannondale Rush.

My first Rush was the all aluminum Rush and I'm still racing it but the Carbon Rush is going to be the dream machine of all Rushes. I'm secretly hoping we can work it out that this will be one of the signature Tinker bikes.

I've always felt that a mtb with a carbon frame could be a faster and lighter race bike. It's so nice to see that we finally got there. I've spent a lot of hours and miles on the 6-13 on the road. This might be the first full carbon Cannondale mountain bike for me. I never used the Raven since I used the Scalpel (which I still love to ride). The rear of the Scapel is carbon and so is the fork, but this full carbon.....ohhh yeah....!!

One of the good things about Cannondale is that they are always innovative and I look forward to somethig new every year.

The intro of the Carbon Rush is going to be at a special camping trip right before interbike in Brianhead, UT. I can't wait!

I'm really excited about the new Carbon Rush and looking foward to racing it. I think it's one of the best new things Cannondale is coming out with this year.

By riding the 6-13 on the road, I know how nice it rides and how fast it goes. I can imagine how nice the carbon will feel on the dirt. I bet it will be really smooth...kind of like being on a velvet carpet ride!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Jay Would Have Been Fun!

Well - let's see where to start...

The trip started with the traveling from Orlando to Burlington VT. When I arrived on Saturday, I waited for my bike and luggage nothing came out. I knew something must have been up since when I sat on that full to capacity cramped small plane, I wondered "how are they going to fit by big bike bag and all the luggage on here??" Guess my instincts were right...once again...

So I went to Jay's Peak Lodge were I was staying and on the way there I had great company from a local man that lived next to the ski resort all his life who give me the history of all the town. We drove up the mountain and it took 1 hr 30 min drive from the airport...I started to worry when I didn't get my bike & bags, but there was still two US Airways flights arriving after mine so I waited in my room relaxing but worrying. I called after the first flight arrived but still no bike & bag. The next flight was 9:15, meaning, I still had to wait and call when the plane was empty so I call around 10 PM.

"NO BIKE." Argh....

So the Race Director Dan Des Rosiers tried very hard earlier Sat afternoon looking for a Cannondale for me to race the next morning. He not only looked for a C'dale to race, but also helmet, shoes, jersey, shorts, gloves, etc. He did fantastic work and got all my gear from Firsttrax bike shop who was one of many sponsor of Jay's Challenge.

I really lost my wind once I didn't received my bike and no clothing, and, well, it was just hard to leave the room. But the Mt looked great and mountain air was fresh as roses, but not having my bike was a real bummer! See, I was ready. This was my first race since RAAM. I pick this race because I love climbing and in 70 miles there was over 10,000+ ft of climbing, and the weather was perfect for racing.

...The story gets weird now, the Race Director Dan Des Rosiers got a RUSH like new from a local rider who's wife had it and said she was riding for fun and was not going to race but support her man, the guy who's name I won't mention. Great! Dan set me up with all the rest of the gear and I went back to my room with everything intending to dial it in to get ready for the morning. By then it was after 10:00 PM.

So after about 20 minutes the no name guy came by my room Sat night and said his wife was having a hard time letting me use her RUSH. First, I say I'll replace whatever I break, and he asked me since I ride for Cannondale, can't I just give her a new bike? I was ready just to kick him out of my room with the bike too... I was tired and it was a long day and the race start time was 7:00 AM... And to think I was just getting ready to change the tires and put on my favorite Kendas that I got from Firsttrax. I still hear him saying "...my wife changed her mind..." I thought he was kidding but it was no joke.

The next day, the Race Director had a good laugh about it and so did I. I said I'd repair or replace anything I break, but no deal. See... I ride like a flying carpet so I wasn't worried since the RUSH that I've raced since early last year is like new...

It was unbelievable - the chance of this happening?? Well it did. And I thought I had seen everything. My sponsor wouldn't have been happy to see me on any other bike except Cannondale so I helped Dan out and enjoyed the day.

Wierd stuff happens sometimes, so just know when traveling, try to fly on a better airline, don't arrive the day before a race, and just know that there is a chance that you might not get to race.

I will be back next year, though I'll make sure to fly a day early so nothing like this will happen again!

Thank you so very much Dan Des Rosiers Race Director - you put on an awesome race! Also, Thank you Firsttrax who set me up with awesome bike wear!

Top 5 finishers:
1 Brooke Scatchard 7:39:57.00
2 Brian Lyster 7:46:53.00
3 Jeffrey Whittingham 8:05:05.00
3 Andy Sanidas 8:05:05.00
5 Alec H. Petro 8:06:49.00

Congrats everyone!


Peace,
Tinker


Here is a photo from the 4th place finisher web blog
andysanidas.blogspot.com

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

It's a Boy!

This blog was created to share the latest news and updates about me and this is something so many of you have congratulated us on so we wanted to let you know what's going on with the pregnancy. Below are a couple of photos and an abbreviated version of Terri's email to our family and close friends to tell them about the doctor's visit.

Tinker

Ultrasound photo of baby Joshua at 18 weeks gestation












4-D sonogram of baby Joshua at 18 weeks gestation












Abbreviated version of Terri's email to family and close friends

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Greetings!

Well, here is the long awaited email about what we found out today at the perinatologist's office. It's a lot of information, but just to tell you up-front, both Tinker and I are more relieved than disappointed about it.

For now, we know that we're having a baby, but there is only one.
We also could CLEARLY see that it will be a boy! He is about 8 oz and 18 weeks old now. His new due date is December 19th!

The technologist that performed the ultrasound was told there were twins but within one minute (which seemed like a decade), she concluded that she could only see one baby. The doctor later came in and found remnants of the other baby's embryonic sac and he told us that the baby was reabsorbed and it probably happened a few weeks ago.

So, the term for this phenomenon is "Vanishing Twin Syndrome" (VTS), and it apparently is common. Through the advent and increased use of ultrasound technology, and since we had really early sonongrams (one at 5 weeks and again at 6 weeks), we were able to detect the twins early on.

Occurrence: VTS occurs more frequently in women over age 30. Prevalence: The loss of a member of a twin pair occurs with a frequency of 53 to 71% in twins diagnosed prior to ten weeks gestation.

The bottom line is that we are thankful that the little guy looks like he's doing very well and appears to be healthy. What we're ready for now is to pick names and fix up the nursery!!!

Enjoy the sonograms!! The 4-D photos are amazing!!!

Love and hugs,

Terri, Tinker, and Joshua (we like this name so we might stick with it!)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Getting ready for Jay's Challenge

It's hot here. Real hot. And rainy. It rains every day around 3:00PM, which effectively cools the day but sometimes it just seems like a sauna. I'm getting used to it now, but last few weeks during the TDF, I was glued to the TV every morning so I didn't get out until after 11:00.

After a few days of running out of water, I decided I should take two bottles with me.

But since we got back from St. Lucia, I'm feeling better every day. I'm not sure if I'm recovered from RAAM yet. I'll find out this weekend...

See you in Vermont.

Tinker

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Race Across America 2006 Photos

Here are a few pics from the RAAM.
Photo credits: Vic Armijo

If you're wondering what is on my hand, see Vic's story on my website and my response to a comment. Also see: www.avacore.com




Wedding Bells Were Ringing!

Here is a copy of the recent press release about our wedding last week

Wedding Bells Ring for Tinker Juarez and New Bride

Just two weeks after finishing and placing third in the Enduro Division of the Race Across America, Mountain biking icon Tinker Juarez married microbiologist Terri Slifko on July 6 at ANSE CHASTANET RESORT in St. Lucia.

The ceremony was attended by close family and friends and took place in the Resort's Treehouse Restaurant overlooking the ANSE CHASTANET beach and the Caribbean Sea. The wedding cake sported 2 miniature bikes.

After the ceremony, the couple went to Anse Mamin where the sugar mill ruins and bicycle facility are located just to get photos at the head of Tinker’s Trail. Then, the wedding party met them on the resort yacht Serenity and sailed into the sunset.


The couple will continue their honeymoon at ANSE CHASTANET before returning to their Winter Garden, Florida home where they will be busy making preparations for the birth of their baby boy!

Some photos will be posted soon on Tinker's website at http://www.tinkerjuarez.com/.

Follow this link for photos by Chris Huxley:

(Click here for details)Tinker Juarez and Terri on wedding day at Anse Chastanet. Photos by Chris Huxley

ANSE CHASTANET RESORT which has been voted to be "One of the World's Top Ten Most Romantic Resorts" by A&E television is set amidst a 600 acre lush tropical estate with 2 soft sand beaches, 8000 feet of Caribbean coastline and breathtaking views of St. Lucia's twin Piton mountains rising out of the calm Caribbean Sea. Aside from catering to escapists and honeymooners like Tinker, ANSE CHASTANET has developed a very successful soft adventure program, including a professional scuba centre, miles of biking and hiking trails, a mountain bike facility with 50 Cannondale bikes, as well as a specialty kayak division for coastal kayaking.
For more information call 800-223-1108 or contact ANSE CHASTANET RESORT at Tel 758-459-7000, Fax 758-459-7700, e-mail ansechastanet@candw.lc, website http://www.ansechastanet.com/, http://www.bikestlucia.com/, http://www.scubastlucia.com/

Welcome to my new blog

Welcome to my new blog. I've created this for my family, friends, and fans so you can see the most updated info about what's up with me. In the next few weeks, we'll be working on the blog to get it looking good with some posts and pictures. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading about my training, racing, cycling industry updates, information about my sponsors, and news. I'll also post some random nonsense stuff just for fun!

Peace,

Tinker