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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Not from Tennessee

Another Redlands Bicycle Classic is in the books. I continue to get a little more involved in the Classic part of the weekend. I still have 500 hours of community service to complete so why not help out at the classsic. Working the social media stuff and trying to report what is going on is a fun challenge.

The one thing about this weekend that continues to impress me is this volunteer stuff. The whole weekend is nothing but a volunteer stew. from the race director to the old lady that sits on Olive and Cajon in the rain. The guy who picks the course and the guy who picks up the crap on the course. Everyone is a volunteer.

The peolpe who work the classic spend a lot of thier own time to put on a good show every year. Lyndsay Lohan and myself are the only ones required to volunteer so to everyone else good job on putting on a good show.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Fargo 500 ?

Wow I guess I do have time to make another post. The reason spite. I always have time when spite is involved.

The local Fish Wrap posted an article today regarding the Redlands Bicycle Classic. its negative effects upon local business, road closures and the hassle the citizens are put through because of this traditional event.

So the basic question is this. Does a city benefit from a special event or do the hassles outweigh any benefit economically. Well, I guess that's why cities line up and bid for the Olympics to be held in their town.

Why have events like the Indianapolis 500, Kentucky derby, Superbowl in your town?. Why do all major cities shut down entirely to run a Marathon. What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say Boston. The Boston Marathon right. The Master's is played every year in Augusta. What is the point of this exercise. These events bring people to your town, these events brand your city and associate positive events with them.

If the city of Indianapolis didn't have the Indy 500 what would you know Indiana for? Exactly.

So yes, I agree lets shut down the Redlands Bowl, get rid of Market night, cancel the Run through Redlands and the Redlands Christmas parade. I want our town to be associated with ample parking and strip malls and the town folk are never bothered by traffic trying to get to either.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bike Classic week is here !!!

This week begins the Redlands Bike Classic here in town. To my blog that can only mean one thing. not much activity, that is unless I can get an exclusive behind the scenes look into the Bmc and Joy back story.

Last year I got duped into helping out with the Social Media stuff for the Classic. I told them I would help out under a few rules. The main one being I thrive under a lack of supervision or accountability. Oh and the biggest rule was that I would not wear a blousy classic volunteer button up red shirt that makes even a Kenyan marathoner look over weight.

Again to keep up to date of a watered down version for the masses Chopper go to @redlandsclassic on twitter or Redlands Classic on Facebook. Good luck to all the racers and enjoy the weather. That last statement was an example of PC Chopper.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday nights just got fun again !

That's right change your clocks and change your shorts. Because it's here again a looser leave town winner take all Daylight savings Tuesday night world championship Smack down.

See The flying Lanza brothers attempt to control the front, JT Superfly Snooka take on the field. Captain Lou Miller. Craig the Body Turner. The bushwhacker's. Abel the Snake Rendon, Scott the Giant, Matt the undertaker, Zack attack, Rowdy Roddy Lohman and new guy Chris Crash Cross say jump!

The Lady's card will feature such Riders as Joy Dirka Dirka Duerksen, Trish the Dish, Little Fuji, Hilly Hillary and the battling red heads.

Note the event coordinator is free to substitute other riders , so bring a coke can bring a seven up can. we will sell you the whole seat but remember you will only use the front half for this Tuesday night smack down.

If you are unable to attend this event just remember this bloody thing happens every Tuesday night for the next 7 months.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Weekends Tilt

It's bike racing season here in So Cal and for me that can only mean one thing race my bike ?

I used to coach runners back in the day. I often found myself on Monday morning reviewing the weekend results. Yesterday was the final day of the Tour De Murrieta. Time to reflect on the weekend of bike racing here in So Cal and some timely observations about racing.

The 45+ masters in So Cal is now fast and scary. The level of competition , fitness and 100 people trying to all ride in the top 25 can make you age real fast.

People don't have a clue how to warm up for a race. Don't have a clue.

Race fitness is not the same as Cycling fitness.

Taking nutrition during a road race is essential. Finding a moment to eat a Gel during a road race is tricky.

Being nice at a race is taken as a sign of weakness.

There are teams at bike races. There are people who ride for a team.

I wonder if Thurlow Rogers ever gets bored of beating everyone.

I don't know why I race my bike. I have started this season just where I left of last year. I find myself fit enough to stay in but not aggressive enough to warrant racing. I am crit filler at best and if that's the case then maybe I should go golfing instead.

The Tilted kilt can make you forget about all of the above the second you walk in the door.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chopper and Abel

Its March here in Redlands and that can only mean one thing. College Basketball. Nope that's not right. Oh, yes its time for the Redlands bike Classic.

The Classic started back in 1985 and has been a staple on the bike racing scene ever since then. For me its the reason I moved my family here years ago. Nope, that was becuase my father got transferred to Norton Air Force Base.

As some of you may know the classic has fallen on tough times in the volunteer category so they asked me to help out with the social marketing. Apparently they have read my blog and felt the classic could use a more edgy approach. So if you want to stay abreast of all things related to the classic I encourage all of you to follow us/me @redlandsclassic on twitter.