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Upstate Winter Bicycle League won’t miss a beat

Even the local cycling scene has it’s silly season.  It is that time when team realign and riders will move from one to another. This go around we have a major change in one of the larger teams in our peloton. However, the silliness is settling down and things are looking good.

No need to go into all the details, but the GlobalBike team here in the Upstate has changed it’s focus away from the Master’s level and is trying to move into a higher level race team.  That meant that a number of the better known riders on the team were looking for new rides.  Some other riders who were going to move to the master’s team were scrambling to get back with their previous team or a new one.

None of this affected me directly, except I did know that Steve Sperry was one of those guys who raced with the masters riders.  He and his teammates headed up the Upstate Winter Bicycle League. While I wasn’t too concerned that the ride would disappear, I was wondering if it might be a little less organized if things moved to a new team or Steve wasn’t involved.

I met up with him at the Hincapie Sports Warehouse Sale and asked him about it.  He assured me that UWBL was on and would be as good as ever.  He himself was staying on with GlobalBike to help with the realignment and he would be organizing the winter rides once again.  The difference will probably be that the ride leading duties will be spread around among riders on various teams.

My own team – POA Cycling Team – has managed to come through all of this with only one loss.  We had a scare there for a bit as we thought we would lose a mate to GlobalBike and some other prospects to that team as well.  However, with the realignment we with that organization we have been able to hang onto him and pick up some other incredible riders.  Our masters team is going to be smokin!

We were sad to lose Sam Smith, but she is moving to a new team that is forming that will have more ladies on it.  I wish her well and hope she will still consider letting me ride with her crew during next year’s 12 Hours of Tsali.  Hope I don’t regret saying that!

The new team appears to be a creation that will include a number of riders from the Hincapie Development Team.  I have not received an official announcement, but I believe that team will not be fielding riders next season.  Don’t worry though, we’ll still have to deal with the same riders!

Right now, I’m ready to put some of this silliness behind me and focus on my Ride For Mike.  Right now I am at $1815 raised toward my $5000 goal.  I’m thankful to those who have continued to give.  My drop dead date for having donations in is October 17 at 2:30.  That goal isn’t silliness!

Cyclists’ Battle of Waterloo

Tomorrow is the ride affectionately known as “The Battle of Waterloo” by participants in the Upstate Winter Bicycle League. It is a 106 mile out and back starting in Greenville turning around in Waterloo, SC. Riders are told to expect about five and a half hours on the bike.

Hope I am ready for it. It really hasn’t been that bad of a week for my legs. I just haven’t had any long periods on the bike. Sunday I ended up doing some spinning in the evening. Monday the same. Tuesday was a fun and intense hour long ride in Cleveland Park. Wednesday was a pretty good work out session on the trainer. Thursday was an over and back of Paris Mountain.

My ride over the mountain was encouraging and discouraging at the same time. I left my house near Bob Jones University and made it over the mountain to Old Buncombe in about 40 minutes. The climb up to the KOM was 13 minutes. That means I’m about a minute off of my personal best from last season.

I think that is a good thing considering I’m still in the “off season.” I averaged 10.13 mph up the 2.2 mile climb. My average watts was 288. At 168 pounds, I’d love to know what wattage I would have to average to make the climb in under 12 minutes. I really hope my training this year will finally allow me to go sub-twelve minutes.

I’ll need all the wattage I can get tomorrow! I know the Hincapie Development Team will be there. The GlobalBike (old Carolina Triathlon Metro) guys will also include the ride in their weekend camp. Some of those fellows are pretty excited about their camp and might be feeling froggy!

My plan is to give it a go on the Todd Quarters road sprint. My hope is to get all the sprints in the league on video. The only two I don’t have are that one and the Dunklin Bridge sprint. I figure I can get the later one next week. So, after the first sprint I’ll sit up and take it easy. I will definitely NOT be joining a breakaway early in the Golf Course sprint!

Hope to see you there! Look for a ride report and video here at LowCadence.com.