Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Major Book Review

READ IT. This ranks as one of the most interesting books I've ever read about cycling. The author Todd Balf, not only tells the story of Major Taylor, he lays out the history of the beginnings of bicycle racing. The story focuses on the rival between Major and Floyd "the Human Engine" McFarland. He gets us there by giving the background into Taylors family, Floyd's family, Taylor's mentor Birdie Munger and the explosion of the bicycle and racing into popular culture in the late 1800's early 1900's. What's interesting is that the quest for the title of "World's Fastest Human Being", was actually that. At the time the bicycle was faster than any other mode of transportation barring trains. Reading about the brutality of 6-days the speed record attempts and all of the tracks that existed in that era was very enlightening. If done correctly this could become a cinematic masterpiece. This book was just published in May of 2008 so it is brand new. I found it in the Roseville Library and was the first to check it out. I advise anyone who is interested in cycling to read this, you won't regret it.

Friday, June 20, 2008


thanks to s-one for the pic and big dave for putting up with me being the anchor in our madison team last night. After a spring and summer of sporadic training and lots of volunteerism, I'm in sad track racing shape. I've cut out most of the extra curricular activities and plan to race my way into shape. Despite the fact that I have no fitness, it was still fun racing at the track again! A beautiful night with beautiful people, it doesn't get any better than that.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Team Hwood


Skibby = Carny = Never Again

Thanks Death (aka Greg McRae)

Stillwater Crit Part 2

Hottest Official Around!
The moment of the day, Dan Schueller is about to finish the race and reach back and high five his son David Schueller who just won the Cat 2-3 race. Unfortunately, I'm too quick for the action, so you'll have to imagine what it would've looked like...
JT and Tiff with Sickboy getting ready to zoom by them... I'm not that good to actually plan this pic, it just happened...
quote Doober "this race would suck balls!"
Joe"Jellybean"Dubay, this kid LOVES Jellybeans...

Stillwater Crit Part 1

Fellow carny Randall, I'll miss working with him next year.
Is that Tom Boonen looking for some cocaine and 16 year olds?
That's not Tom, that's JJJ!
David Z, looking happy before the pain ride...
Why is this man smiling? I think he has a pet horny toad in that box?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

FGC - Day 2

"That's right, I partied on the wrong side of the track, and I still won the Omnium!"
"Ok, when you get back to Michigan, stop reading Skibby's Blog, that boy just aint right!"
"Hmmm, maybe I should sell my new bike to Skibby and go back to Sherpa school..."

Y'all come back now, hear!

FGC - Day 1

Kobe Bryant of Cycling? warming up...
Seconds before Chiappa unleashes a new Track Record in the 250, rumor is that Goldmember is now coming out of retirement...
Bob and Thor talking about the good old days in Belgium...
Omnium Winner and all-around cool guy Emile Abraham with some guy I see at every party on the wrong side of the track

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Track is Ready for the FGC...and Bob is Very Excite!

The Track is Looking Good

and so is Bob, as he surveys his domain his special purpose glows!!!

All we need now is riders

The infamous podium, shiny and ready...


Tuesday, June 3, 2008


People ask me, "why are you wearing a Flanders jersey?"
My response?
When I wear a Flanders jersey, people open the door for me.
People call me Sir.
People give me the right away.
Women blush and flutter their eyelashes.
Dogs run away and children ask for my autograph.