Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Pretty Good Weekend – Sunset Friday Ride – A Visit From Breakstone


This week I went a little multi-media crazy in order to accumulate some cool things for the blog.  But as I make this post, I think its going to be well worth it.  I have a lot to share. 

On Friday, Sam, Audrey, and I, went out for some climbing of Supplee and Stein pre-Friday ride.  I got some pretty good photos, and also a video of Audrey coming up Supplee right at the top.  Audrey is a really good climber, and she doesn’t give herself enough credit.  The last few weeks she has come out with us before Friday ride and has put in a good 35 miles each Friday when you total the climbing ride and Friday ride combined.  I have really high hopes for Audrey, and I think she will do great in Women’s C if she gives racing a try in the spring.  She has a lot of guts to come out with Sam and I.

Audrey on Supplee

Then it was on to Friday ride, where we re-grouped at 3:30 at the dhlc.  Wengert tallied his 1000 mile as a Bucknell cyclist, and the team rode home amidst an awesome sunset.  It was another heavily attended Friday ride this week—has been the norm all year.  Here are some nice photos and a video of Sam giving you all some advice.  If ya want to be really pro, be like Hambone and empty your water bottles before every sprint.  In other news, senior new member sensation Abbott Cowen is really tearing it up on his TT bike.  In one of the most bizarre moments in Bucknell Cycling history, a cow actually jumped out over a fence during friday ride and almost ran right into Abbott and Eric.  So yeah, it was a good ride.  Hope to see Abbott at some races come spring!

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Saturday brought the arrival of our good friend Alex Breakstone.  Alex is a Bucknell cycling recruit from New Jersey who came to visit the team this weekend.  From riding, to socializing, talking about Bucknell, and having a good time on Saturday afternoon and evening, we certainly had a lot of fun with Alex this weekend.  He currently rides for Colavita Racing back home.  We wish him the best wherever he chooses to attend school, but of course, we really really hope that somehow he ends up here in Lewisburg with all of us next season!  Sam, Eric, Harry, Alex, and I went out for a nice ride on Saturday morning and below are the pictures.  Its safe to say that the ride I constructed accomplished its goal…in tiring Alex out.  I was glad to be able to give him one heck of a first ride for him to kick off his 2013 season.  I think he just got back on the bike this week.  The best moment came at the end of the ride when Sam informed Alex of the mailbox sprint coming into campus near the golf course.  Alex attacked really hard, but instead of turning left down the hill, kept going straight and gave us all a good laugh.  Of course, all of this would not have been possible without the help of Bill Conley, the VP of Enrollment here at Bucknell, who offered to meet with Alex when I proposed the idea to him a few months ago.  Thanks again Bill!

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Another sunset picture from Marquette Mountain on Friday.


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