|Make a Smilebox greeting|
Thursday, December 18, 2008
If you have not already picked out that perfect present for someone special or even if you are shopping for yourself, here are a few ideas. These are my favorite things that I use daily:
Without a doubt the best mountain bike on the planet is the Cannondale Scalpel. This is the ultimate gift for that someone special. But seriously honestly, any Cannondale bike you pick will be an excellent choice. Cannondale makes a bike for every enthusiast, not just for professional racing. Check out the website for all the choices: Cannondale.com
If you want something really special for your cross training with the kids and better half, I highly recommend the Chariot child carrier. Here are a few photos of Joshua and I with the new Chariot Cross Country model CX2. This buggy is the ultimate in luxury and toughness. Kind of like Angelina Jolie. Take one of these home to honey and she will be endlessly grateful!!! (Big time brownie points on this one!!!)
Well, that is all for tonight, I have more on my list of gift ideas and will post photos and links later this week. Here is a preview:
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Working up to today has been tough. I woke up and felt so bad. Couldn't stop coughing for over an hour. So I took a nap and rested a while until I got a second wind. It was so beautiful today I had to go out and I'm so happy I did. It looks good for the trip and I'm really excited about that and to talk with my sponsors tomorrow. And also to return some calls. This is a tough job to live up to and you've just got to deal with it and what comes with it. It is not easy being on top of your game all the time. I am just so happy I feel this good because I wanted it to be great not just for my race but for the family since we are all going. It will be so fun and I was hoping it would go well.
Now just preparing for that 25 hour trip with a 2 year old..... Those are the REAL challenges in life!! Ha!
I did everything I could to try and get well and recover. One thing, though, that stood out and what I think helped the most was the Mona Vie. Seriously, it really helped me feel better and heal my injury. I've had a ton of crashes and injuries but the difference in the healing from all of them and this one was the Mona Vie. It was a miracle! Here is a photo from a few seconds ago. You can see the scar and remnants of the bruising - which pretty much covered my whole chest area. Well, it's bad and I was a complete grump in the last two weeks but my wife hasn't left me yet and she is still smiling. Maybe the Mona Vie helped out with that too? Well at least I like scars better than tatoos....I'll take a scar over the ink any day.
Here is my Toyota door scar.
Here is a really cool press release about the Sabie Experience: Sabie Experience Press Release
They said I am 'enigmatic'. I have to go look that one up...
en⋅ig⋅mat⋅ic [en-ig-mat-ik, ee-nig-] –adjective - resembling an enigma; perplexing; mysterious.
Ok so that means I am perplexing? I am perplexed. How could I be perplexing?? Or maybe I am mysterious.... I like mysterious better.
Oh -OK-back to the story.....
I will be racing as part of a duo team in a 4-day stage race and will post the race stories on the blog. The team name is: Honeystinger/DCM Chrome and my 21-year old partner is Janse van Rensburg, the current South African under 23-road champion. Read more details in the Cycling news article: Sabie Experience Press Release
So tonight we prepared for the trip and decorated the Christmas tree so when we get back it will be all ready for Chistmas. Here is Joshua decorating his version of a tree! That's my boy.
One last thing: Thank you everyone for all your messages and prayers! Every single word helped me build up the confidence and healing. I can't say thank you enough!
Peace and God Bless,
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I met Roerto Nogveira when I arrived to his property at the Bike Park Sao Silvano which is about 50 miles from Sao Paulo in a town called Morungaba. Driving up the farm driveway was not your ordinary driveway. Much more like a resort. It took about 9 miles off the main road to get to the house and my driver Fabio, the editor of Bike Action Magazine asked me what did I think of the place. I was sort of in awe. It was beautiful.
There were big birdcages with macaws and the offspring macaws flew freely; a parking garage with a collection of 30 classic cars neatly covered up - a legacy from a former car racing era; a Lodge; a lake; a mountain bike park; and horse stables and trails. All this in the middle of the property of LRC MADEIRAS - a green friendly lumber company that has been in the business for over 35 years. They are passionate environmentally friendly people that grow their own food and use and recycle every bit what they can. It was an awesome sight and very impressive.
These guys are loud in the morning. There were about 10 on the property.
Roberto raced this one recently
Here I am in my Crocs pointing to a car the same age as me!
The race: Gun started the race at midnight Saturday night. This is the only place I have ever been where they start the race at midnight. It's not easy getting your brain adjusted to race when it thinks you should be sleeping!! Brazillians like the late night routine...and even though this is the fourth time I've done the race, it is not something I can get used to. Early to bed and early to rise for me.
I felt good and took the lead within the first 15 minutes of the race. I stayed in the lead for a long time. Maybe 5 hours. It was a hard fast pace but I had good rest at the lodge for the few days prior, and that always helps me a lot. The track was perfect - just like I like it - about 800 feet of climbing per lap and a good fun course.
At the end, I completed 20 laps of the 6.5 mile course. I held my lead in solo through the whole race and I think this was one of the best races I've ever done in Brazil. I won by 2 laps. They said I have the course record for a solo rider for this race. This was by far the best performance I ever had there and I finished fifth overall for all the classes. Yep - it sure does feel good to do so well!
The biggest thanks go to Roberto for getting me there, taking such good care of me, and for all the awesome hospitality. And also to Fabio for being a big part of getting me there and everywhere when I was there. Roberto put together a good crew for supporting me during the race and these guys did such a great job. They saved me from a broken chain in the morning towards the end of the race and saved the day.
Next year I am planning to return to the Bike Park and hopefully will be there with the MonaVie-Cannondale.com team.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
That is what Joshua said when he saw the cuts and bruises on my chest, shoulder, legs, and fingers. I was more vocal than that.
Yesterday after a great training ride in the mountains and about 3 hours and 15 minutes into it, I was well on my way home heading down Puente Blvd. A semi-busy 4 lane road with traffic lights, turning lanes, and parking along the side. Typical road in LA area but that is what we have here and I’ve been training on these roads for my whole life. Cranking along around 22mph.
I always watch for doors and people opening them.
But it completely caught me off guard.
Suddenly, WHAM, I was on the ground and the guy getting out of the car was pulling me out of the road. I was in a fetal position and had no idea what just happened. The only thought was what the hell is this guy doing picking me up when I might be broken? He didn’t want me to get run over by traffic.
The guy was nice and completely freaked out. He said he thought a motorcycle hit the door and that the door was bent.
I took the full force of the edge of the door across my chest and shoulder. I landed in a heap and didn’t even skid. Just dropped suddenly on my head. Wife says that landing on my hard head was probably a good thing….what does she mean by that??
So the guy dropped me off where Terri works and she immediately piled me and my broken bike into the truck and we headed to the emergency room. It’s been a long time since I was in one of them and was not too happy about it. I just wanted to go home and feel sorry for myself. I figured I was out and off the bike for the next 8 weeks and probably not going to be able to race at the Sabie Experience in a few weeks. Argh!!!
But the cat scan, blood tests, and xrays were all fine. I was a little dehydrated and scraped up and bruised but the Doc said I should be OK after a couple of weeks of rest and recovery.
But the bike won’t be so OK. There is a 4 inch crack in the top tube of the carbon frame. I’m not sure what else broke but the Reynolds wheels managed to hold up just fine.
Dangnabbit….I just finished putting the bike together. It was a brand new frame.
The photo doesn't do it justice since there isn’t much blood, but I’m in a lot of pain all in the inside.
I think I’ll go crawl up on the couch and feel sorry for my bike. I will be OK in a few days.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
De MediaBike ComunicaçãoPara Editoria de EsportesSão Paulo, 16 de novembro de 2008 TINKER JUAREZ É TRICAMPEÃO NO MTB 12 HORAS
O ciclista norte americano David Tinker Juarez consagra-se como o maior campeão solo da principal prova de endurance de mountain bike do país Em sua quarta participação no MTB 12 horas, o americano Tinker Juarez foi imbatível para conquistar o terceiro título na competição. Aos 47 anos, o atleta fez uma corrida perfeita: liderou de ponta a ponta para confirmar o favoritismo entre os 60 participantes da categoria solo.Tinker Juarez encabeçou a classificação geral nas primeiras seis horas da competição. "Pedimos para ele tirar o pé e administrar, pois naquele momento ele já obtinha uma grande vantagem sobre os adversários", conta o empresário Roberto Nogueira, responsável pela participação de Tinker Juarez no Brasil, a fim de promover o mais novo parque para a prática do mountain bike no Brasil, o Bike Park São Silvano, que ofereceu uma premiação de R$ 1000,00 para o campeão geral da categoria Solo.Com largada a meia noite no estilo "le mans", na Arena do Mountain Bike no Shopping Serrazul, em Itupeva (SP), Tinker Juarez saiu forte na corrida a pé e logo assumiu a terceira colocação geral, evitando tráfego pelo percurso, e assim, favorecendo seu desempenho ao longo da prova. Esta foi a quarta visita de Tinker Juarez no Brasil, onde já obteve duas vitórias no MTB 12 Horas (2003 e 2005), já sua participação em 2006, ele abandonou a prova com pouco mais de 8 horas de prova após problemas em sua bicicleta, devido a forte chuva que aconteceu naquele ano. Tinker Juarez é uma das figuras mais populares no mundo da bike, uma lenda que se especializou em provas de longa duração e que em 2001 entrou para o Hall da fama do mountain bike. Tinker tem um currículo invejável, como: medalha de Ouro no Pan Americano de 1995, vice-campeão mundial em 1994, sete vezes campeão americano de mtb e 4 vezes campeão americano de 24 horas e um título mundial 24 horas. O MTB 12 horas contou com uma grande infra-estrutura, com arquibancada para 3 mil pessoas, palco, telão, banheiros, água e hidratação para os atletas durante as 12 horas de prova e serviço médico. E para não deixar o pessoal dormir, a partir das 2 horas da manhã acontece o tradicional concurso Garota 12 horas. O evento aconteceu neste fim de semana, dias 15 e 16 de novembro, na Arena do Mountain Bike no Shopping Serrazul, no KM 72 da Rodovia dos Bandeirantes, em Itupeva (SP). A competição foi mais uma promoção e organização do Sampa Bikers Club e patrocínio da Philips e Centauro. O co-patrocínio é do Shopping Serrazul e apoio de Água Crystal, Deuter, Solid Sports, Spec, Bell, Vzan, Gu, Madis, Headwear, Vipal , Bike Park São Silvano e UNIMED Campinas.Saiba mais:http://www.tinkerjuarez.comhttp://tinkerjuarez.blogspot.comhttp://www.mtb12horas.com.brFonte: MediaBikeFotos: Fabio Piva/ PPPress
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Here are a few photos. It was great!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I am here for the 12 Horas MTB race this weekend and they have an awesome new race course. More on that later too.
Sleep for now.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Check out the stories on VeloNews and Cycling News, then hop over to Cyclepix to check out some awesome race photos by Ron Richardson and purchase a few for posterity!
And the Oktoberfest Grand Champions are ....
First Place: Jafer Beizer (Kudzu.com U23 Team) rode to a strong finish in the 8 Hour Endurance Race, and had podium finishes in both Time Trials and the Beast.
Second Place: Michael Nixon (SoBe/Cannondale) decided on the spot on Thursday to compete in every event, had a podium finish in the Time Trials and finished first overall in the Beast.
Third Place: Chris Baker (Bicycle Sport/Shannon Ridge Winery) rode toe-to-toe with guys half his age and competed in every event with strong finishes.
Get the Official Results at Buttar.com! And check out the story on our NMBO website: NMBO 2008
They say a photo is worth 1000 words...and since it's been so crazy catching up since the NMBO race, I figured we might be able to get by with a photo journal for this one. So, while I was attempting to upload 25 or so photos I realized it was nuts!! I opened a Kodak Gallary account and posted all the photos on there. Here are some of the photos, in no particular order....
Find the rest of the photos that Terri had on her camera at this link: Click here
One thing for sure is I wanted to thank our generous sponsors and volunteers for making this event such a huge success. We've received tons of emails thanking us and telling us how well organized the event was and that is was above and beyond much of what they have attended. We could not have done this without our sponsors and volunteers!
(Click here for the NMBO Sponosrs links below - in no particular order)
Cool Breeze Cyclery
The Egg at Davidson
Organic Systems, Lcc
The Right Words
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
The Bicycle Sport
Some of the photos:
Pua - QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN
Nat Ross, Jeramiah Bishop, Harlan Price, and me - Nat won King of the Mountain
Paramedics on call - not much work for them to do this weekend.
Me getting a good luck smooch.
Bike Rumor interview with the pros
A fan with an old school shirt he wore just for the event