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Pineview Park 6/28

First Intermediate Win!!!!

Monday I decided to go to the track, even though I was alone, my sweetie was away for the evening...  She was dissappointed to miss my first inter win, but that is just the way things go some times...

Again no cruisers, other than me showed up, but I did get an intermediate class, Terry, Jill and myself. At Mark's request, things got interesting for the second round, I took over the microphone to give Mr. Post, (track operator) a break.  So a couple moto's before I was up, we had to stop the races and switch announcers so I could get up to the gate.  As I rushed up there and just as I was getting one foot clipped in, and just about to get set up, the 'cadence' started. Thus I was not quite ready when the gate dropped, Thanks Bill! =;^).  Terry saw me struggling to get clipped in and we both rolled out of the gate, what a consumate competitor he is, so we raced from the bottom of the starting hill.  I kinda wish he would of gone ahead so I could have tried to chase him down but it was all good.  Terry hasn't been out riding much so I was able to stay ahead of him for round 2, and go into the main with 2 points.  Terry had 4 points so all I had to do in the feature is stay close to Terry, and I did, I stayed right in front of him all the way to the finish, to log my first intermediate win!!!

Thanks to FELT bicycles, BELL helmets, ODI grips, Bombshell BMX parts, Revolution Cycle and Ski, and Donahue H-D.

 
Pineview Race for Life

Pineview Park BMX race for Life

Benefiting Lymphoma and Lukemia society...

Made it out to Pineview today, was a little tight getting there in time.   Since I play on the worship team at 'the Waters church' worship team...  check out the website www.thewaterschurch.net we have lots of cool God things happening there!  Like moving into our own facility this fall...  good stuff...  Anyway back on topic here...

Since the kids are gone to Missouri visiting their 'papa' and 'nana' I haven't been getting to the track as much =:^(  but was able to get over there on Monday, where I proceeded to get my butt kicked by a group of kids half my age or less...  and NO cruisers showed up...  but sunday the 27th!  We had actually a cruiser class that was much closer to my age, I think it was all 30-40's so that was good, I didn't transfer in the first moto of cruiser, nor did I in the 27+ intermediate, we had 5 in that class and 4 in the cruiser class.  In the second moto however, I was able to do well enough in cruiser that I trasferred, and even though I wasn't doing well in class I did manage to transfer out of the second moto as well on my class bike... 

Feature time!  Even though it was plenty warm today I felt pretty good, could have probably eaten a little more for fuel but didn't feel like i was out of gas completely...  First up was cruiser, and since their was four in the class to begin with I was locked in for 3rd...  however I was extremely hopeful to give one of the guys a run for second... until... I botched the start...  managed to keep them close but couldn't catch them...  the starts are SOOOOO important, giving up 2 bike lengths at the very start is extremely hard to overcome.  Anyway I ended up third, which is ok cause it was a double points weekend, So as I read the points table, 60 points for 3rd place in cruiser plus 4 in the class equals 64 points, double that for 128. I think I might just have a grip on the points thing finally!  Next up is the class bike, I know most older guys like the cruiser class but I enjoy riding my class bike more, it's quicker, and handles a little better.  Now we had 5 start the races but lost one to a crash in the first moto, so all i had to do was ride out the second moto to transfer.  Now it is go time, I have one other guy closer to my age and a couple others that are younger.  I was very happy to get a good start, and managed to stay with the leader for the whole race, did a kind of a hi-lo move in the first 2 berms and cleared the second place rider, and hounded the eventual winner all the way to the line, getting myself a second place finish!  I am very happy with that, especially since I beat someone half my age!!!  So second place intermediate gets me 40 points, plus 5 riders is 45 and X2 for double points net's me 90 points!  pretty happy with that! 

And of course I could not have done it without all my great sponsors!!!!

FELT BICYCLES,  BELL HELMETS,  ODI GRIPS,   BOMBSHELL BMX PARTS,
REVOLUTION CYCLE AND SKI,   DONAHUE HARLEY-DAVIDSON (baxter and st. cloud)

 
Pineview 6/3& 6/7

So I learned a valuable lesson on Thursday evening, riding 8 miles on my road bike to the gym, doing an hour of weight training, then riding home, on the same day as a race in the evening is NOT a good idea...  WHEW, was I spent!  One of the few times I was happy there wasn't enough bikes for the Cruiser class, I was spent enough that I didn't even qualify for the main!!!  bad deal...

So Monday, I did not go to the gym, but I can certainly tell that i have not been riding much lately, again we did not have enough for the cruiser class, However I did manage to get a 2nd place on my class bike... having a good time and hopefully will be more prepared for the state qualifiers in Mankato and Faribault this weekend!

Thanks to my sponsors, FELT bicycles, BELL helmets, ODI grips, Donahue H-D, Bombshell parts, Revolution Cycle and ski...

 
PINEVIEW BMX 5-23-10
Finally had a weekend where I didn't have something conflicting with BMX.  Saturday the 22nd I was at the track and helped the Pineview staff do a community Ed intro to BMX class, we had 20 kids there!  it was cool, we played some fun games, and had a great time.  The kids finally did get to ride the track, after the rain stopped the breeze the track dried quickly. Which was great that way the kids had a chance to get out there, and we saw a bunch of them show up on sunday for the races!

Sunday, I arrived late, but did manage to get a few gates in and see the track...  It was HOT, 80's and HUMID...  I ran 2 total points races, one on my class bike and the other on my Cruiser...  LOVE the new BOMBSHELL forks!  and the new FELT white frames are RAD!  I was pretty happy with my finishes for not having been on the track for a couple months...  was able to keep up with some guys that are a bit younger than me, and was happy to pull to 2nd place finishes!  Definitely will enjoy a little less humidity, and a little cooler, but it was a great training day...  the new track configuration is really nice and a big chunk longer...  they should be gluing the track soon which will make it smoother and faster yet!   

Thanks to BELL for protecting my knoggin, ODI grips for keeping me in touch with my bike, FELT for the awsomely light, RAD, and best frames on the planet, Revolution Cycle and Ski the best darn bicycle shop EVER!  and AVENT/Bombshell, for the team sponsorship of Team Revolution Cycle and Ski! 

Also need thank Donahue Harley-Davidson, Delano Sports Center, St. Cloud Chiropractic...

and the 2 most important thanks...

My wonderful wife, and the Good Lord! 

 
REDLINE CUP QUALIFIER
March 7th Jim and I headed back to Rehbeins BMX arena for their Redline Cup Qualifing races.  This would be my first race as an Intermediate too! 

Jim and I arrived early and met up with fellow Revolution Cycle and Ski rider Mason W.  there was a quite smaller crowd on sunday, but the competiton was fierce.  the Redline Cup is a series that is broken down into regions, and the format is total points but in a slightly different fashion, they take your best finish from the qualifiers, then race the friday and saturday Redline Cup races at the Grands, and with your qualifier, your main results from Friday and main results from Saturday create the total points... so all those that want to do well at the Redline Cup want to get a win for a qualifier, to optimize chances to do well at the finals!  Anyway I digress...

Jim had a 'regular' total points race, I had to transfer on my Cruiser and had total points on my class bike...

I really need to post these things sooner so I don't forget all the details... 

anyway Jim and I both had really good races, with some heavy competition, we both managed to bring home 2nd place finishes.  so 3 dueces for us...

Thanks to Revolution Cycle and Ski, Felt Bicycles, Avent/Bombshell, BELL helmets, ODI grips... And Donahue Harley-Davidson!

 
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