May 29, 2009

Seriously…Too Legit To Quit


Ok, any thoughts I might have had about slipping quietly into the spectator arena for the cross season, were dashed today when these babies showed up. I told my wife they missed it by one year….since I was born in 1969, but she said ‘nope, it’s my year!’

So if you roll up behind ol’ number 1970, take a good look, because once you go past me, you may not see that number again! Seriously, got a tear in the eye…gotta go put these babies with my gear.

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April 30, 2009

Pat’s Race Report from Bear Springs Trap

Ellen Miller going fast on the short track event at Bear Springs.

Ellen Miller going fast on the short track event at Bear Springs.

Blog Note: Today’s race report from the Bear Springs Trap Cross Country and Short Track is brought to you by fellow PacificPedaling team member, and wise philosopher, Pat Kudszus. This is a long report he sent in via email…click the more link for the whole article.

We tried getting out of town by 9am. As you know Ellen and I are ALWAYS late except for Bike races. The last stop before I-5 was KING Donuts on State St. Hmmm. I love Donuts.

The Roads were good to us and the Ghetto Music hook-up also worked flawlessly. What I mean by that is running one of those goofy cassette tape things with an ipod but you also need to keep the thing charging while your driving so that’s the extra ghetto part. I know, Shoulda took pics of the wires all over the car but both, Yes, Both camera batteries were dead.

So, we roll Thru Government Camp on our way to the venue and SkiBowl is Covered in Snow. Not really what you want to see when your still heading up the mountain and you’ve got another 30 min. to go…..

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April 7, 2009 Team at Hornings Hustle and another “W!”


I wasn’t sure the weekend could get much better after a fantastic ride on Saturday, and then a monster tapas bash at Casa De Pez that night, but turns out it DID get better. I had hoped a day of decent miles and a night of birthday partying wouldn’t slow down team members that were hitting the Horning’s Hustle, and thankfully, it didn’t…in fact, tapas may be a secret weapon!

Pat wrapped up a #4 finish in Cat 1 Mens…even though I heard a rumor he wasn’t going to race. I’m slowly finding out with Pat that he can’t say no when it comes time to toe the line! In Women’s Cat 2, Ellen brought home ANOTHER 1st place spot! That’s two for two! What a great start to the season!

I’m so proud of our racers….great job guys!

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February 2, 2009

UCI CycloCross World Championships Online

Racers line up at the World Championships.

Racers line up at the World Championships.

By the time you read this, the UCI CycloCross World Championships will have come and gone. I won’t ruin it for you with spoiler information in case you’re still somehow holding out, and living in a dark cave. Obviously, coverage is sparse on TV, and on a day when most people are dialing in the Super Bowl, you likely wouldn’t be able to find it anywhere.

For those that don’t know, you can watch the Men’s and Women’s Elite races online at Universal Sports. Also, here is the Cycling page with schedules of other events being brodcast.

By the way, I typically fancy myself up-to-date with all the current browsers and plugins, but I had to do some updating to get the video to display properly on my Powerbook. Both the Flip4Mac and Quicktime plugins needed to be updated on my computer. Let me save you the trouble of getting yours to play, and give you link to the Video Support Page. Have fun!

PS – Thanks to Pat Kudszus for passing along the link to me!

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January 26, 2009


tinab_authorpic1Editor’s Note: Veteran racer Tina Brubaker contributes a great post on the recent Veloforma Team Ride. Tina’s popular posts include the previous Psycho Cross race report, and her video spot highlighting her stint delivering for UPS on a bike. For additional fun, be sure to catch the links at the end of the post for another report on the Veloforma ride from teammate Heidi Swift.

Today I am inspired by a tiny drop of sweat and I know it is going to be a good year.

We all find inspiration in some form or another with each passing season. Sometimes it’s found in sunset or a song, a new job or a new bike, or by special people who come in and out of our lives, but always we are inspired. Each year with racing, there are new faces, new teams, fancy new kits and sometimes even a new helmet, but always there are bikes. And year after year, I am given just the right amount of inspiration, at just the right time, to lure me into another season.

Tina, Heidi, and the rest of the Veloforma crew on a team ride.

Tina, Heidi, and the rest of the Veloforma crew on a team ride.

This year I am privileged to be a part of an amazing group of girls, and when I show up this morning to our team ride, I immediately smile. It is a smile that comes from somewhere deep inside and I realize I am genuinely happy to be here. I’ve always loved my bike, and year after year I seem to enjoy racing and riding more and more. Road, mountain bikes, cross, whatever, my bikes makes me smile…and today, this morning, these girls on their bikes are what make me smile. As we head out, I quickly assess how my legs are feeling and it’s not good…. More on Inspiration

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December 17, 2008

Winter Day Dreamin’ For 2009

The kids backyard winter wonderland for another day.

The kids backyard winter wonderland for another day.

As the kids enjoy their third snow day from school this week, and Christmas music plays in the background, my thoughts start turning towards the end of this year, and some hopes and dreams for 2009. I typically try not to get caught up in making resolutions at the start of the year, but I do like to think about things I’d love to see happen in the new year around this time each year. Some of these things are fairly personal, while some reach out a little more beyond myself. Since I’m still in brainstorming mode, these thoughts and goals are fairly random still. In no particular order…

1. Personal mileage – this year I wanted to ride 2000 miles, and fell short. I know I got over 1000 miles, but between the businesses, kids schedules, and just every day life and responsibilities, I wasn’t able to make the time to do it like I’d hoped. For 2009 I would somehow love to easily reach this goal, and perhaps fly by 3000 as well. Not quite sure how I’m going to go about it yet, but that’s what I’m hoping.

2. Drop 30 – In 2007, I reached my goal of losing 50 lbs. Through 2008 I managed to keep 40 of it off, but I have to own up to the fact that I’ve put 10 back up. I didn’t keep as much to my daily drill of watching what I eat, drinking plenty of water, and not eating in the evenings. I just got a little lazy with it all, while generally doing ‘pretty good.’ I’m back on the wagon now though, and working hard to get those 10 back, plus another 20. As much as my wife giggled when I mentioned that I’d be a ‘Clydesdale’ if I raced cross today, I’m still gunning to NOT be in that category this fall. Which leads to the next goal…

3. Train for and race cross – I know I won’t every *really* be ready for the cross season, and chances are I’m still going to be on the verge of puking the first time out, but I’m really looking forward to giving it a go this year. 2009, I’ll be mixing it up in the mud and the muck. So if you see me out and about, hopping off my bike, carrying it on my shoulders and generally looking like I have no clue what I’m doing, just keep in mind, I’m training.

4. Do something potentially big and cool in Salem – I’ve been spending some time talking to local riders/racers/bikefolk, and this one is already beginning to take some shape. I won’t get into too much detail here, as I prefer to make a special announcement post all it’s own when we’re ready to make it official. Suffice to say that I hope is able to do something special, unique, inspiring, and ‘sorta-epic’ (at least as epic as we can be) right here in the hometown, for those involved. Keep checking in, we should have news before too long. I’m very excited!

Those are some of the thoughts crossing my mind these days. I will report back on all of them throughout the next year here on the pages of this blog. For now, I need to repair a flat from a hardcore roller incident, and get some cardio in. Could be more rain and ice tonight! Ride safe!

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December 15, 2008

Psycho Cross and Winning Smiles

Editor’s Note: Tina Brubaker is an extremely talented racer from Salem, Oregon. I asked Tina if she would consider contributing to and I’m pleased to introduce her first race report in today’s blog posting. Thanks Tina! (update: photos added to article, thanks to Chris for providing them.)

When I woke up this morning, looked out the window and saw SNOW, I immediately knew all my friends were going to bail on the Psycho Cross race in Eugene but, darn it, NOT me. I just can’t get enough! It’s cross season and if someone builds it, I will come…or go…or whatever…I’ll be there. I had already gotten Lana’s signature “BAH..tired..cold” text indicating her enthusiasm factor was not high and that she would probably NOT race today. As luck would have it (for her, not me) my front tubular was flat, so I had to stop by her house to borrow a wheel. She was snuggled cozily on the couch in a blanket when I stormed in, fired up and ready to race. The sun had just come out and most of the white stuff had melted off … I just looked at her and said “you aren’t gonna go ride in this – you may as well come race with me.” Needless to say, she was an easy sell and soon enough we were both on our way to Eugene. Read on…..
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November 20, 2008

Dirty Pictures @ PDXCross has done a great job of capturing the some of the best shots of the season on their site — go take a look. My favorite series so far has been the latest Hillsboro series, one of the muddiest yet. From the site about this series of photos:

“This must be what the bull feels like during the bull riding event in a rodeo: slipping and sliding through deep mud with an unwelcome weight clinging to your back. But this was just another day, the final day, of the Cross Crusade series, and we were all there voluntarily, humping our way through the animal-waste-tainted mud without prodding or coersion. We were, we told ourselves over and over, having a good time. In fact, we paid money to do it. We do love this weird sport and the lovely people who do it…even when they are covered in poo.”

Now PDXCross is releasing a book from the 2008 season appropriately named, “Dirty Pictures.” The book will highlight not only photos from the races but commentary, thoughts, and quips from riders and fans who were willing to contribute their two cents.

Hop over to PDXCross and check out their photos from the season.

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November 19, 2008

Battlecreek Cross Video

Battlecreek Cross from nwduffer on Vimeo

I need to play with some export settings yet, as I either stretched my video or got this letterbox effect on it. It also doesn’t seem quite as smooth as it should, but I’ll upload a different version when I get it all dialed in. Also, go to Battlecreek Cross to see the slightly larger version. Thanks for watching!

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November 11, 2008

Battlecreek Cross As A Spectator

Note: I’ll have the video I shot with my HV30, Letus 35mini, and Nikkor lens posted in the next couple days, please check back!

As noted in my previous post, Saturday was the Battlecreek Cross race, held on my old golf stomping grounds, at the old Battlecreek Golf Course. Above is a shot of racers coming through one of the former sandtraps on this golf course turned cross course for the rainy race. I had two goals for Saturday: 1) check out an actual cross race up close, and 2) get some decent footage with my new video set up. Read on to get the post-race wrap up.

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