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Old August 1st 03, 01:20 AM
Jeff Potter
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Default Team OYB: many days on the road...but big fun!

Well, we're finally in San Fran. Whew.

Cute to see the flamers for my previous trip report. True colors, eh
kids?

So here's the latest trip report!

We camped our way across the West. Great sage smells out there. The
wife and I would trade bike rides for an hour each day. The kids have
been great. The biking has really let us get a feel for where we've
been rolling.

It was kind of intimidating rolling into the Denver/Boulder area,
though. I've never seen so much pavement and traffic...as well as so
many outdoor rec amenities. It was like cars, freeways, bikepaths,
roadbikes and biker people everywhere. Made my head spin. I could
still sense the old towns buried under the recent decades, though.
Boulder's new public library is really something. Possibly over the
top. Well, totally over it but why not. I checked out Peter's classic
"Vecchiolo" (sp?) roadbike shop in Boulder---too bad he didn't have
vintage road bike parts for sale, though. I needed a bigger rear cog!
I thought I had my mt gears on the bike when we left town but I only
had a 24. I got the word about the final TDF TT in his shop, which was
nice. Then I went and rode up Flagstaff for my daily ride. Man, that
was hard in the 24. I recall I used to do that ride in about 24
min's...this time 1 hr. Ugh! What a difference the right gear makes!
I'd thought I had the 28 on. (I'll try to get a bigger gear in the Bay
Area.) Then we hung out along the Creek for a few hours before driving
into the mts and camping in the boonies. Visited relatives in
Craig...nice cowtown. Steamboat also seemed pretty neat. I'm just
impressed overall with the amount of bikers I've been seeing. Saw a
low recumbent tadpole trike on tour. Not many other tourists, though.

Visited a great old family candy factory in Provo, UT: Startup's.
Independent, owner-operated multigeneration biz is where it's at, man.

Then for our purposes we had our best time so far. I was going to meet
Pete Vordenberg finally for breakfast as we rolled thru the Park City
area. But he said why not join the gang for a workout at Soldier
Hollow. So our van rolled into the venue just ahead of theirs the next
morning. What fun! I got to train with the US Team! And get yelled at
by the bosses! It was great meeting Pete for the first time. He said
we could chill and watch or I could jump in. I didn't have my classic
poles strapped to the roofrack for nuthin! Serendipity waits for no
man. So I hopped in with the kids. They looked like kids anyway. A
bunch of buff guys and gals. Still they seemed mortal until we started
the hillbounding. Oh, it was a Level 4 Day no less. Ha ha. Joke's on
me, eh? So we started with 4 hill-attacks at 110% Torin Koos showed us
how it was done to kick things off. He looks like a freshfaced kid
just standing around. But when he set off into that hill he turned
into a Michael Jordan of XC ski training! Tron had said that everyone
should go for big air up the hill, so Torin filled the bill. I'd never
seen anyone look really cool doing hillbounds. But man he just floated
and flew up that hill like he was on springs. His hips would come
about 5 feet off the ground. What fun! After we did that 4 times we
ran the Olympic 10k loop with bounding on every uphill. Yow! OK, I
only did about half the course. And didn't bound all the hills. I was
wasted and pasted. Still, what great fun.

It's two days later and I still can't hardly walk. Altho my knee
swelling went away the next day. Tron said I could come get killed
with them any time. Thanks, man! : )

Pete said maybe I hurt my backyard cred with that bout of highend
exposure. I told him that cheating is allowed in the Backyard
Olympics. Look out, Mike! I got the edge, now!

Pete and I are scheming up some cool new plans that I'll clue you in
on shortly. OK, I'll tell you now: we're going to make an audio
version of his book, with "more tales" included. Free bonus tracks. He
has a cool western twang voice. Skiers drive a lot. His stories are a
fun listen so we'll be offering a CD of them shortly. We actually
discussed these plans after all that bounding while out jogging on the
Soldier Hollow trails! I was very happy to be there. Dang, why didn't
I attend the dang Olympics? What was I thinking? We all need to go to
Olympics when they're in our country, man! It was a nice place. Our
boy Henry really wants to find a rattlesnake but I didn't notice one
while poling along out there. The gang was nice to the family. Martha
set up the camp stove for coffee and breakfast in the stadium parking
lot and she and the kids sat in the shade of the van for awhile
watching us do kooky things until they went on a walk on the trails.
Quite a few other regular folks were out there, too, pulling kids in
trailers and such.

Those US Team dudes are fast! They finished their 10k not long after I
blew up for about 4k. They looked just like they were in a ski race!
It was cool seeing them blast around that famous curve where Thomas
put away the Italian. They worked really hard on technique so it
really did look just like classic skiing. The coaches and other
short-coursers rooted on the dudes as they blasted the last hills.
Level 4, right... Level race is what it was!

Podium here they come!

I was most appreciative to be there.

Next rides: Marin!

--Jeff Potter

PS: I hate giving up on RBR and casual civility but what the hey who
needs the grief. Nowhere's perfect of course but I guess they can read
about my visit to Boulder here at RSN instead.
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Old August 1st 03, 04:09 AM
Nathan Schultz
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Default Team OYB: many days on the road...but big fun!

Bummer to have missed your Boulder tour, Jeff.

If you do that CD, I have some good yarns to spin and would love to
contribute. And I wouldn't mind clarifying and expounding a bit on the
abuse of donuts story that appears in Pete's book (just to set the record
straight).

-Nathan
http://nsavage.com

"Jeff Potter" wrote in message
m...
Well, we're finally in San Fran. Whew.

Cute to see the flamers for my previous trip report. True colors, eh
kids?

So here's the latest trip report!

We camped our way across the West. Great sage smells out there. The
wife and I would trade bike rides for an hour each day. The kids have
been great. The biking has really let us get a feel for where we've
been rolling.

It was kind of intimidating rolling into the Denver/Boulder area,
though. I've never seen so much pavement and traffic...as well as so
many outdoor rec amenities. It was like cars, freeways, bikepaths,
roadbikes and biker people everywhere. Made my head spin. I could
still sense the old towns buried under the recent decades, though.
Boulder's new public library is really something. Possibly over the
top. Well, totally over it but why not. I checked out Peter's classic
"Vecchiolo" (sp?) roadbike shop in Boulder---too bad he didn't have
vintage road bike parts for sale, though. I needed a bigger rear cog!
I thought I had my mt gears on the bike when we left town but I only
had a 24. I got the word about the final TDF TT in his shop, which was
nice. Then I went and rode up Flagstaff for my daily ride. Man, that
was hard in the 24. I recall I used to do that ride in about 24
min's...this time 1 hr. Ugh! What a difference the right gear makes!
I'd thought I had the 28 on. (I'll try to get a bigger gear in the Bay
Area.) Then we hung out along the Creek for a few hours before driving
into the mts and camping in the boonies. Visited relatives in
Craig...nice cowtown. Steamboat also seemed pretty neat. I'm just
impressed overall with the amount of bikers I've been seeing. Saw a
low recumbent tadpole trike on tour. Not many other tourists, though.

Visited a great old family candy factory in Provo, UT: Startup's.
Independent, owner-operated multigeneration biz is where it's at, man.

Then for our purposes we had our best time so far. I was going to meet
Pete Vordenberg finally for breakfast as we rolled thru the Park City
area. But he said why not join the gang for a workout at Soldier
Hollow. So our van rolled into the venue just ahead of theirs the next
morning. What fun! I got to train with the US Team! And get yelled at
by the bosses! It was great meeting Pete for the first time. He said
we could chill and watch or I could jump in. I didn't have my classic
poles strapped to the roofrack for nuthin! Serendipity waits for no
man. So I hopped in with the kids. They looked like kids anyway. A
bunch of buff guys and gals. Still they seemed mortal until we started
the hillbounding. Oh, it was a Level 4 Day no less. Ha ha. Joke's on
me, eh? So we started with 4 hill-attacks at 110% Torin Koos showed us
how it was done to kick things off. He looks like a freshfaced kid
just standing around. But when he set off into that hill he turned
into a Michael Jordan of XC ski training! Tron had said that everyone
should go for big air up the hill, so Torin filled the bill. I'd never
seen anyone look really cool doing hillbounds. But man he just floated
and flew up that hill like he was on springs. His hips would come
about 5 feet off the ground. What fun! After we did that 4 times we
ran the Olympic 10k loop with bounding on every uphill. Yow! OK, I
only did about half the course. And didn't bound all the hills. I was
wasted and pasted. Still, what great fun.

It's two days later and I still can't hardly walk. Altho my knee
swelling went away the next day. Tron said I could come get killed
with them any time. Thanks, man! : )

Pete said maybe I hurt my backyard cred with that bout of highend
exposure. I told him that cheating is allowed in the Backyard
Olympics. Look out, Mike! I got the edge, now!

Pete and I are scheming up some cool new plans that I'll clue you in
on shortly. OK, I'll tell you now: we're going to make an audio
version of his book, with "more tales" included. Free bonus tracks. He
has a cool western twang voice. Skiers drive a lot. His stories are a
fun listen so we'll be offering a CD of them shortly. We actually
discussed these plans after all that bounding while out jogging on the
Soldier Hollow trails! I was very happy to be there. Dang, why didn't
I attend the dang Olympics? What was I thinking? We all need to go to
Olympics when they're in our country, man! It was a nice place. Our
boy Henry really wants to find a rattlesnake but I didn't notice one
while poling along out there. The gang was nice to the family. Martha
set up the camp stove for coffee and breakfast in the stadium parking
lot and she and the kids sat in the shade of the van for awhile
watching us do kooky things until they went on a walk on the trails.
Quite a few other regular folks were out there, too, pulling kids in
trailers and such.

Those US Team dudes are fast! They finished their 10k not long after I
blew up for about 4k. They looked just like they were in a ski race!
It was cool seeing them blast around that famous curve where Thomas
put away the Italian. They worked really hard on technique so it
really did look just like classic skiing. The coaches and other
short-coursers rooted on the dudes as they blasted the last hills.
Level 4, right... Level race is what it was!

Podium here they come!

I was most appreciative to be there.

Next rides: Marin!

--Jeff Potter

PS: I hate giving up on RBR and casual civility but what the hey who
needs the grief. Nowhere's perfect of course but I guess they can read
about my visit to Boulder here at RSN instead.



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Old August 1st 03, 02:16 PM
Dell Todd
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Default Team OYB: many days on the road...but big fun!

Great writeup JP ! Training with the USST @ SOHO ? Unbelievable.
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Old August 2nd 03, 04:23 PM
Jeff Potter
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Default Team OYB: many days on the road...but big fun!

Thanks, guys.

I was sorry to miss Nathan in Boulder. Things were rolling just a
little too fast and hectic at that point. We did have a great
breakfast at Chatauqua park there, tho. Did I already report that?
Best breakfast spot on earth, really. I hope the Mimosas didn't hurt
my ride up Flagstaff too bad.

Well, now we're in the Bay Area, staying with friends. What great
houses around here! I don't mean the big ones by any means. They're
fine. Basically all of them are nice. Wellpreserved arts'n'crafts
bungalows galore. I like that house design. Lots of nice porches,
fieldstone. Good culture. Far better preserved than in Michigan. Great
old cars, motorcycles and houses alike. Lots of bike commuters.
Flowers. Cool marina vibes everywhere.


I got a new big mt cog for my bike yesterday at Rivendell Bike Works,
where I finally got to meet Grant and Friends. What a great bunch.
What fine bikes! I told them how I needed a big new rear cog for my
old bike and they busted apart a not-as-old cogset and filed the big
cog to fit my freehub and presto I now have a better gear for the
hills. I even got to meet Pineapple Bob. Just a very nice scene there
in the machine shops district. They had their bikes set up to ride for
an overnight campout after work. The bikepacks and luggage that Grant
designed and sells is just amazing. Baggins Bags. Very nice stuff. The
Hobo bag for the bars has two pockets that face you when you ride.
Very right. Grant set me up in his new/old position and had me test
ride a few bikes around the block. There are some steep ups near the
shop and the highbars were fine for them. Definitely a comfy position.
No toeclips. Great allround bikes for sure. I'm not convinced I'm
ready for the bars-higher-than-seat setup yet---got too much racer in
me still but it does make sense and makes you smile to ride that way.
What's also really cool is his new handlebars. How many custom bike
makers design their own bars? Uh, none that I know of. Grant does
production bikes but makes them special in every way. Great paint,
too. World's best, really, it seems. Funny thing was I'd never seen
one of his bikes before. We were having dinner one night at the Ocean
Beach restaurant, up high, in the dark and a bike pulled into the lot
with new LED lights. I watched it roll in then said to my dinner
companions that I bet I knew what kind of bike that was, a Riv. They
laughed. I had to see if I was right and went down to the parking lot.
Sure enough. Nice guy riding it, too. Good world, that Riv world.

Our friends have a BMW M3 convertible. We got to drive SF the Nash
Bridges way. Hoo-ee! What a backseat ride that was. Great car. I think
my pal has properly rationalized that particular midlife purchase just
fine. --It actually is a comfy 4person ride. And the weather out here
keeps a car going for 50 years if you want it too. Seems like a
lifelong car to me.

Next stop: bringing the kids to the Tenderloin for a couple days. Then
NoCal uncle. Then LA uncle. But darn I am very bumming that I missed
visiting and riding with VVA. He had a sudden emergency pop up. We
came very close. Darn, riding with such a hero woulda been great. But
I woulda had to do a quick 5-6 hours driving to do it. Oh well. Next
time.

Over'n'out!

--JP
 




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