Monday, December 10, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
- 20 Inch (51cm) aluminum frame
- Front fork Roc Shock
- Recently Overhauled
- New rear cassette
- New chain
- New rear wheel
- Blackburn rear carrier
- Rear fender
Priced to sell - $350
Offered by Dr. Madosky, send Jeff Kloha an e-mail (contact in link at right) and I'll forward it to him.
Monday, October 22, 2007
They also have three regularly-scheduled rides each week, low traffic/high hills:
"Our first group ride will start Monday morning October 1st at 9:30am. This is a 34mile co-ed group ride with some good hills and all are invited to join. The club is also continuing with the Wednesday morning Womens rides at 9am and joining the store ride every Saturday morning at 7:30am with a two route option for advanced and intermediate cyclist."
I hit the Saturday ride most weeks, if you're interested. They have a ton of bike, running, and tri gear at their huge store, worth dropping in to see.
21 riders participated, and apart from some torn skin and bibs, some lost lunch, and Mark's three flats we had a safe ride. The first group finished with a 20.2 mph ave, the pair of women had a strong ride, and everyone that wanted to finish, did (even if it took a while!).
Many thanks to Ghisallo Sports (link at right) for the Sports Beans and awesome door prizes. Also thanks to Vicki, Martha, and Elva at Holy Cross for the perfect pancakes and sausage.
Here are the awards:
Best Friend of the Seminary: John J (second in a row, Matt was right there, too)
First Finisher-Female: Loreen M and Susan K
First Finisher-Male: Russ T
Best New Rider: Peter W
Rob Donaldson Memorial Flat Tire Award: Eric E
Sportsman Award: Leigh G (Mark G deserves part of it, too)
I'll let everyone add comments on the ride, what happened, how much pain you felt, how many miles you did the day after. Marc E did a cyclocross race the next day and won! Anyone else? Post pics, or send them via e-mail and I'll post them up. Anyone have pics/results of the beard contest?
Send me an e-mail if you have any suggestions for next year. We'll keep the group rides going through the winter, stay posted. Tour de Sem is May 3, mark your calendars now.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
1. Take I-64/40 East toward downtown
2. Exit at
3. Approx. 2.5 miles south is Concordia Publishing House
4. Turn right at stop light,
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
This is the third running of the Concordia Century. It started after the success of the first “Tour de Sem” in May of 2005, when Dr. Arand complained that he couldn't finish the ride because it was too early in the season to do a century. So we set up a Fall ride, and he still hasn't ridden it.
Because it is flat, it is easy to set up, and it's good for you. And the pancakes and sausage in the huge frypan on the bonfire afterward are awesome. And the students that finish first get better calls. (guaranteed).
When does it start?
We will roll at 8:00 am on Oct. 20, rain or shine (cross your fingers). Arrive a bit early for some instructions and an opening.
Where does it start?
At Luther Statue on the east end of Concordia's campus, at the base of the tower, up the hill from Kaldi, etc.
What should I wear?
That's up to you. It will probably be chilly to start, so arm and leg warmers are a good idea because you can roll them off when it warms up. Friday night's low is predicted to be 50, the high Sat of 75.
What is the route?
The route is already posted on this blog. After winding our way downtown we head north on the Riverfront Trail, across the Chain of Rocks bridge and then the canal bridge, back on some lightly traveled roads/shoulders to the Lewis and Clark visitor's center, then it is paved trails all the way to the Grafton visitor's center. We turn around and head south from the arch past Soulard and Budweiser to historic Holy Cross Lutheran Church for pancakes and sausage.
What support will there be on the ride?
Ghisallo Sports in Chesterfield is providing a van for support. It will be stationed at the Chain of Rocks bridge until everyone passes, then in the casino parking lot in Alton until everyone passes back south, then the Chain of Rocks bridge again and then the end of the Riverfront Trail, 3miles from the finish, just in case. It can carry up to five bikes if you need to cash it in. It will have a tool kit (you'll have to wrench yourself, though), spare tubes & tires, extra gels, and water. You will want to carry two spare tubes on this ride, Almost every time out there I get a flat for some reason, and one year someone got four flats on this ride. There are also many water and public restroom stops on this route.
What should I bring to eat & drink?
A lot. One bottle of sports drink per hour and one bottle of water at least every couple hours, plus gels, beans, blocks, peanut butter & honey, bananas, whatever works for you. Eat as much as you can without puking. I used to say “eat as much as you can,” but some guys went over the line the year that we got a bunch of stuff from the Bread Company. It wasn't pretty.
What pace will the ride go?
That is up to you. I know that one group is shooting for 5 hours, a group of women are planning to stick together, and other groups will form up naturally. The best plan is to ride as comfortably as possible for the first half–don't push yourself to stay with a faster group at the beginning, or you'll trash yourself and get a ride home (and a call to North Dakota). There will be probably five or six clumps of riders, just find someone to ride with and get to know someone new. We want to be done at Holy Cross by 4:30, with the post-ride awards at 3:30-3:45, earlier if possible.
How many people are riding?
Probably 20-25. We'll see who shows up.
What about my bike?
Check to be sure that the shifting is working right, the chain is lubed, the brakes actually stop the bike, the tires are pumped up, and there are no slits, cuts, or pieces of glass stuck in your tires. If you don't know how to do all that, the friendly folks at Touring Cyclist can help you out, or our ride sponsor, Ghisallo Sports in Chesterfield.
Can I change my clothes after the ride?
Please! You can toss a duffle into the support vehicle, but this will be coming back in pretty late. I will be dropping things off at Holy Cross on Friday. If you bring a bag by to my house by Friday morning I'll drop it off so it is there for you whenever you finish.
How do I get back to campus after the ride?
We'll have enough vans/bike racks to get everyone back to campus.
Are there trophies?
Sort of. Prizes will be awarded for First Male Finisher, First Female Finisher (get ready to sprint at the end!), Best New Rider, Best Friend of the Seminary, Sportsman Award, and the Rob Donaldson Flat Tire Award. There will also be drawings for a bunch of door prizes from Ghisallo Sports. There's also some kind of facial hair contest going on, if that's your fancy. And if anyone beats Kloha, he'll keep his legs hairy (extra incentive for my wife).
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Kloha, if you could give me a turn by turn, I can try to add it to the map. Otherwise, we use what we have.
I will figure out a way to print these out so they are most useful for riders.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Click here to download the registration form. Please turn in your forms and money to Russ Troester (Campus Mail - Box 397 - Checks made payable to Concordia Seminary) no later than Wednesday, October 10 (if you want a T-Shirt). Late registration deadline is Monday, October 15. Post a comment here if you have any questions.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
For all who can grow a beard, October will be official beard and 'stash month. All who are participating are to start with a clean pallet by Oct. 1st. Awards for best beard or 'stash will be handed out at the Post Century Feed and Fellowship. Participants reply to this post if you are "in".
Rogaine, Propecia and other such hair tonics are illegal. Use of such topical hair growth formulas is akin to doping and will result in immediate disqualification.
BTW, Kloha can grow a mean 'stash
After the Sunday ride we'll meet up for a barbecue at the Kloha's. Have your families meet us there between 5:45-6:00, bring along meat for yourself and a dish to pass. Before the ride you can drop clean clothes off to change into later at the Kloha's.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Here is a map of one of the more popular routes from campus. It's chock full of hills.
Just a reminder: There are a few of us who ride at 6:00, M-F. We try to go a little faster due to time constraints, but we don't go Kloha speed. Feel free to join us at the bronze Marty.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
I went down yesterday, about 100 yards from the finish at Washington Ave. The guy in front of me went down hard, directly in front of me, I smashed head-on into his back as he fell and went flying over the the handlebars, him, and probably ten feet of pavement. Checked my bike computer, said I was going 32.4 mph at the time. My right shoulder took the brunt of it, then the helmet, and somehow my left ribs. Fortunately, the x-rays didn't find any breaks. Hopefully they're just really bad bruises. The bike wasn't so lucky, I've never seen a fork break the way this one did, and the front wheel is destroyed. Thanks to Marc (who was there watching) and Lauren for getting me and my family home.
All in all, it could have been worse for both of us. The frustrating thing is that you can't really control stuff like this. Someone makes a mistake front of you or next to you, and you're down. Hopefully it won't be too long before we're back out on group rides. BTW, this is why we ALWAYS wear helmets, racing or non-racing.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
We ride on roads. This is not always fun in this part of town. Some good tips are available on the Bicycle Safe site.
Make sure your bike is in decent shape, tires in good condition, shifters and esp. brakes working properly. Don't mess with this on your own, take it over the The Touring Cyclist across Clayton Road in the Schnuck's plaza. Two sem students are employees, and they really look out for sem students. Ask for Marc or Eric, or Chris, the manager.
If you plan to ride more than 10 miles, get cycling clothes. Yes, its spandex. Yes, your wife and friends will make fun of you. But your sit place will thank you. The stuff is not cheap, you're looking at a minimum of probably $40 each for shorts and a jersey. We will get together an order for official "Concordia Seminary Cycling" gear in the next week or two, this is decent quality stuff and runs about $55-60 each.
Always carry two water bottles and, if you're out for more than an hour and a half, some energy drink or food. Again, ask others on the rides what they use and try a few things out before attempting a ride several hours in length.
The key thing is: Ride. Often, long, and fast.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
"On Saturday September 1st I will be riding an 80 mile course from here (Richmond Hts) through Illinois via the Chain of Rocks bridge. It is a relatively flat course and I would like to average 16-18 mph (depending upon the wind). I anticipate leaving no later than 6:30 am and would enjoy the company of any other Concordia riders. This is an MS 150 training ride for me."
Post here if interested and I can forward you his e-mail.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Sunday, Aug 26. Meet at 1:00. Plan on 1.5 - 2 hours. Bring lots of water. We may split into groups so everyone feels comfortable.
Tuesday, Aug 28. I've got faculty meetings, so I'll head out at about 6:00 am for about an hour and a half. Others might want to hold off until 7:00. Post your preferences below.
Thursday, Aug 30. 7:00 am. A one hour no-drop ride, then another hour or so at a faster pace.
Next weekend (Aug 31-Sep 3) are the Gateway Cup races (follow the STL Biking link at right for info), so I won't be in on the group rides. Post below if you want to connect up with others.
Let's see if this works . . .
In between these "major events," students and faculty meet up for group rides. These get bigger as we gear up for the big events, but you can find people going out pretty much all the time. Most people ride for fitness, to get or stay in shape, and for the fellowship. A few students and faculty also race in the local circuit.
This blog will hopefully be a way to get information out quickly and painlessly (for me, that is), and to help coordinate group rides.