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It Was A Day For The Races In Sequim March 11, 2018

Filed under: Bicycling,Tour de Dung — Janet @ 6:09 pm

IMG_5377  Tour de Dung riders assembled for their 1:15 start – son James’ group of 50+ riders was just behind them, assembling for their 1:20 start

IMG_5390  James’ group of riders flying past on Lap 4  – son James is the lone rider wearing the blue Apex jersey and a blue helmet  – yes I did actually get a picture of him in action

 

 

A Day At The Races March 4, 2018

Filed under: Apex Team,Bicycling,Cycling,Family,Family Photos — Janet @ 5:25 pm

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Yesterday marked the start of the cycling season – racing that is.  It was a chilly and foggy morning in the valley near Auburn south of Seattle.  Here is son James about to be launched – family members are gathered round.  It was a time trial wth cyclists starting every 30 seconds.  5 miles out, 5 miles return, taking approximately 28 minutes.  Various teams were represented.  James is with the Apex Team – they were well represented in the various categories.

James start time was about 9:20 and the fog had considerably dispersed by then.  That’s me to the left trying to get him at the start.   Grandson Sean is the supporter just to the right and James’ wife Susan is there in green.

 

A Day At The Races March 19, 2017

Filed under: Bicycling,Bike Racing,Sequim Washington,Weather — Janet @ 7:45 pm

It was extremely windy and cold at the Bike Races yesterday in Sequim Washington.  I was a spectator and was able to enjoy the day regardless of the weather.  I could retreat to the shelter of our car to watch the drama – or knit or read.  I was watching for son James in his bright blue helmet and Team Apex outfit.  Quite easy to spot as most of the other cyclists dropped out after 2 or 3 laps as the weather was so awful.

James’s starting group, Cat(egory) 3 was quite large.

IMG_2648  Warming up for the race at the Apex tent

IMG_2668    Off they go – Cat 3 group at 9:45.

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IMG_2670  As they disappear in the distance

My instructions were to expect to see James in about half an hour.  He estimated a time of 2 1/2 hours to cycle the 60 miles.  1/2 an hour for each of 5 laps.   I had a wave from James after lap 1 or was it 2.

 

3 hours later here was James

IMG_2682  James in the lead (well of 2 riders – I didn’t know how many riders had rounded this corner already or which group they were in – Cat 3, 4, or 5.   It was confusing to watch and learn anything.  There were 3 groups of riders- Cat 3 started at 9:45, Cat 4 at 9:50, and Cat 5 at 9:55.  Cat 3 riders were supposed to do 5 laps round the 12 mile course.  Cat 4 4 laps, and Cat 5 3 laps  They was a fair degree of overtaking and mixing of the competitors out on the course.  And many dropped out.

A good day racewise despite the weather. Cold and very windy but at  least it didn’t rain n the rain shadow of Sequim’s location.  Several tents were blown down that added to the drama.       IMG_2677             IMG_2675

 

Bicycling and Friendship March 8, 2017

Filed under: Ageing,Bicycling,Friendship,History of Cycling,Old Age — Janet @ 4:50 pm

Woman Cyclist  Don’t you love this image?  I found it on a friend’s Facebook page.  I consider her a good friend even though we have yet to meet in person.  We’ve known each other for years.  We first met when I was living in Ireland.  Now we live much closer but still haven’t managed to get together – only a few miles separate us.  Maybe I should pump up the tires on my bicycle and suggest we meet at a halfway point.

 

Retro Cycling Italian Style March 6, 2017

Filed under: Bicycling,Cycling,Giro,History of Cycling,Italy — Janet @ 8:01 pm

IMG_2573  Here is a picture of a book I just finished – Geronimo!  Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy by Tim Moore.  Well it’s meant to be humorous but the author’s choice of language was a bit off putting. Nevertheless, he was quite inventive in finding ways to write about very similar experiences in his cycling adventure.  I might have enjoyed the book more if I knew more about the geography of Italy.

 

A Fun Day At The Races March 5, 2017

Filed under: Bicycling — Janet @ 5:11 pm

james-on-the-bike Cycle race near Auburn Washington.  This is my son James in full racing gear (pun not intended)

We had a break in the pattern of cold and rainy days – and about 150 cyclists turned out for a morning of time trials in the Green River Valley.  Individual cyclists were started at 30 second intervals to cycle as hard as they could for 5 miles along the winding level road, round the traffic cone, then 5 miles back the same way.  Times varied between 22 and 27 minutes.  James was hoping for a time about 25 minutes – and he succeeded, with a sprint finish.

The cyclists were from 4 or 5 different teams and categories.  About 20 of the cyclists were from the Apex Team, the team James belongs to.   James is a Cat(egory) 3 racer and there were 9 racers in his group.  He finished 7th in his group.  There were about 150 racers in total

 

Spoiled For Choice July 4, 2016

Filed under: Bicycling,Tennis,Tour de France,Wimbledon — Janet @ 4:16 pm

Do I watch Wimbledon or the Tour de France?  Exciting days on the Tour and now at Wimbledon Andy Murray is about to play Nick Kyrios from Australia.  Mark Cavendish’s winning sprint finish today was fantastic.  It doesn’t get any closer than that.  I find that Serena had a convincing win in her match.  Now let’s root for Andy Murray.