Intervention Follow-Up

Stolen from cyclingnews:

Amore e Vita goes American

Although still based in Tuscany, Italy, the Amore e Vita-McDonald’s team will be registered as a continental team from the US in 2009 and no longer in Poland. Team manager Cristian Fanini has finalized a multi-national 18-man roster including Ukrainian sprint ace Yuriy Metlushenko and former CSC rider and Tour de l’Avenir time trial winner Christian Müller from Germany.

The team will also include American Chad Gerlach, who will make a return to the sport after having declined into drug addiction and homelessness. His story was the subject of a US television programme called “Intervention.” Following the show, where troubled people are helped into a recovery regime, Gerlach began training again. The 35-year-old was previously off the bike for six years.

Also joining the team, according to La Nazione, is Roberto Gaggioli as a third directeur sportif.

2009 Amore & Vita roster: Alexey Bauer (Rus), Vladislav Borisov (Rus), Matt Brandt (USA), Phil Cortes (Can), Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol), Richard England (Aus), Peter Femal (USA), Graziano Gasparre (Ita), Chad Gerlach (USA), Fabio Gilioli (Ita), Sergey Grechyn (Ukr), Philip Mamos (Ger), Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr), Nathan Miller (USA), Christian Müller (Ger), Soren Nissen (Den), Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr), Andrew Talanski (USA).

That is sweet.  And adds further evidence to my hypothesis that no one ever really quits bike racing.


Full House






No, not that kind.  On Monday, my sister and her family arrived.  We are rocking with six adults and four kids in grandma/grandpa’s three bedroom.  Tonight, my brother and his wife and three kids are arriving!  Luckily, they are not staying in the house, but have some sort of time share near by.  Don’t take that the wrong way as I am pumped to see everyone, but I can’t imagine everyone staying here.

Anyway, as predicted the weather took a left.  It is raining today, but I have had some pretty good (if short) rides thus far.  Yesterday, my sister and her husband rented mountain bikes and rode with us.  It was pretty sweet.  Hopefully, the rain soaks up some of the sand and the sun makes it’s glorious return sooner rather than later.

Otherwise, it’s just been good times with the family. 

I think Kelly and I are going to the  outdoor mall that is nearby today.  Umm, yeah, shopping.  Not my favorite activity.  I do need some new kicks though, so we’ll see.

In Brief

Straight chillin’ in the hot AZ.  Sedona style.  The weather is supposed to take a left by the end of the week, but yesterday and today are (and were)- 70’s, no wind, and sunny.  Chillin’ with the fam-bam, lots of time in the park, and a wee bit of red dirt.  They haven’t gotten a drop of rain in six weeks, so it’s pretty dusty.  Kelly rode over a beaver tail and double flatted yesterday and had to jog it out.  I blame the vortex.  

On that note, I think the cross racing is helping her skillz.  Sections she walked last year, she is riding, no sweat.  Or maybe just a little sweat.  Whatever, she is getting it done.

My sweet double tire technique is still holding up.   Fingers crossed.


I gotta go practice my counting… known in some circles as inventory.   Once I have that done, I will get home and get ready to hit the road for Mom’s/Grandma’s in Sedona.  My car is running like crap and I should really get it to a shop before I leave, but I am guessing they’ll all be closed by the time I get out of here.  Anyway, it’s not the car I’m driving for the trip, so… red dirt- here I come!

Thanks JE!,5143,705264291,00.html?pg=1

Racer gets the cover shot.  In the hard copy, the second photo is also used, which happens to be the same shot I put on the blog the other day.  I am sure some die hard crossers will be hating that a chump like me is featured in the article!  I guess it pays to let the paperboy borrow your bike.  Everyone should be in agreement that an article on cross in the paper is pretty much the sweetest of sweet beans though.

Check out Kelly’s New Team


    Utah Cyclocross Series #8, Women C
Place Bib Last First Team
1 807 RUSSELL Nancy  
2 814 GLENN Trish Contender
3 820 BARRETT Kelly Turbo Cycling
5 821 HAYDEN Candace  
6 800 GLADDING Melanie  
7 804 HUNTINGTON Bethany Timpanogos
8 801 CONLELIN Tim  

This is what happens when you let me register you.  If only I’d known it would actually have ended up on the world wide interwebs I would’ve used or somesuch.  Maybe next time.


Left my shoes at home.  How many more sunny and warm days am I going to get?  The lunch ride may be only 45 minutes, but I NEED it.

Anyway, thanks to JE, here’s a picture of me kicking Art’s at the mountain bike race.  It is totally not that he started in the master’s field behind mine and is just waiting for an opportunity to get around the road block ahead of him.  For serious.


I think I’ve Created a Monster…

Kelly ripped the cross race again.  I gotta say this is a lot more fun than when we both raced back in the day as neither of us take it too seriously.  Not sure how it would work out if she wanted to race on the road as well, but for cross the schedule is perfect for us in terms of taking turns with the girls.  I could see it working at crits too, but that would be hard on me as I am pretty uptight about “saving my legs” and all that crap.  Man, I am selfish. 

Anyway, she looked good out there.  She seemed to be smiling the whole time so I asked if she was going her hardest and she said that her lungs hurt when she went too hard.  I know she’s been out of the game for awhile, but umm yeah, my lungs hurt too, along with my legs, ocassionally my back, arms, neck and pretty much all my other parts.

I managed to turf it in the warm-up. 

I would definitely describe it as a mountain bike course.  Lots of singletrack.  Lots of fun though.  I got a bad start and then got bucked off my bike (someone hit me from behind, not operator error for once) pretty quick and passed by almost everyone.  I eventually found some flow on the singletrack, but it took me pretty much half the race.  Please, please, please stop telling me that singletrack is just like moving up in a crit, or otherwise relating cross racing to crit racing.  I just don’t see it.  Or feel it.

Anyway, I only got lapped by Bart (a little win for me right there) and as he caught me only a 100 meters or so from the line, he let me repass him so I could do my last lap.  I was actually okay with that since no one else would be on the course behind me I could have fun on the last lap and try some different lines and what-not.  Overall, despite a more challenging technical course, I felt a lot stronger when I could open the throttle than the previous weeks.  I’ll take this as a good sign of getting fit for the group rides over Christmas/New Year’s.  Gotta be on for Como Street!!  Hahahaha.

Of course, that is assuming CA has not burned down.  Seriously, I hope all my friends out there are okay.   While I am sending well-wishes, I heard the Hardwood went down hard yesterday and most likely broke his c-bone.  So heal up in a hurry wishes to one of my favorite competitors.

Did a solid ride on Friday as well- the Sleevie, my new friend and neighbor Matt, and I hit up Squaw Peak in the evening.  Doing a real ride during the week is something I could get used to.  The gate is closed for the winter, so there are no cars up there.  Get it while the gettin’s good.

Today Haley is participating in the Primary program at church, so that should be exciting!  Wish us luck!