Me against Him

Me against Him
Racing a BMW

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Crazy good weather and a cool road

      So the past few days in Brevard have been AMAZING. I'm not talking about just sorta good days, when I say amazing I mean it. Its been blue skies and 75 to 80 every day. This makes me very happy. Its been hard to adjust to the weather here but to see the sun again is very very nice. 

     The other day I went out for about two hours to enjoy the sunshine and I found a really awesome road. There is a gravel road that runs from the outskirst of Duopont State forest all the way over to Pisgah Forest. The road is really pretty, its got some really cool views of a creek running along side of it. Plus its really fun because its gravel and its a rolling road - which provides a tough ride. 

    So yeah the weather is good the training is good which means the tan is also good. Plus summer is almosst here. School gets out in a week and a half and I get to start my job with Sunshine Cycles which I'm super stoked about.  
    Everybody get outside and enjoy what ever it is you enjoy.  

         Have fun, 
            T Crotts

Friday, April 24, 2009

Things that make you faster

Ten things to make you faster.  

1. Shaved legs
2. New bike (white or blue are the fastest)
3. "Race" wheels
4. Super rad shades (with blue lenses and white frames)
5. giro ionos, specialized s works decibal, or bell sweep r  
6. Carbon souled shoes (prefferably specialized)
7. Stuff that is white
8.Carbon bottle cages
9. Powertap
10. doin work! 
       just to take it to 11. SRAM components 

I guess all of that isn't in the correct order. But any of those things will make you faster I guaruntee it. Plus you'll look really good doin it. 

        Have fun, 

       T Crotts

Sunday, April 19, 2009


   Race weekend! Great job this weekend to Coach Squirrel.  He held a fantastic Confrence race.  This is Caroline by the way, Tyler said I could write this post.  He will probably change all of it, but he did a great job this weekend.  Yesterday, the team amoung many others raced up Walnut Hallow which is a pretty crazy climb especially at race pace.  Tyler pulled off a 7th place and I am very proud of him.  He looked like he was in pain, but he said he was only in pain for the hill, the course was 31 miles and he said he was having a great time.  He told a story last night about how he had a new look on racing and riding because of something he read on his team mate, Dan Ennis', blog.  Dan mentioned how nobody rides for fun anymore. 

Good job Caroline. CLAP CLAP. 

 Anywho. Yeah this weekend was great. The road race was a tough course, but it was a great day for it and we all had a good time in the sunshine. And, yeah, I was 7th at the road race. There was an attack on Walnut Hollow that blew up the field and Park went with it so I just sat back and let him do his thing. I sorta chased but not really. Me and some UAH guy gave it a solid chase but to no avail. On the way into Rosman we sat up and let some Clemson guys jump on, Ryan Newman aka Nascar made a solid addition to our chase and helped a lot. We stayed together until the end of middle fork rd. on the last lap of the race, then he dropped his chain and we didn't wait up. On 178 I attacked the UAH guy and rode it in solo for a 7th place finish. Good day lots of fun. 

 Sunday - CRIT RACIN!!!!

  Today was an awesome day full of Crit racing. Some fun stuff! 

The C race got blown up by the same dude who won the road race, It was a really good tactical move and they ended up winning. Good job guys. I almost threw up the Braken Mountian Bakery pastry I had on my warm up lap, but that would have been a terrible waste of art so I held it down. I ended up the day 9th in the crit, it was fun for a first crit.  

Man that B crit was fun to watch, but the mens A was probably the coolest. I stood on the inside corner of the hardest turn, turn three. Cool view. The womens B race was dominated by some BC women. Good job Joh and Jami.  Julia put in a solid race finishing 3rd in her crit. Good jo guys. 

  Back to the story Caroline was telling.  

    Dan the man told a story about how to ride for fun and I liked the idea. Its nice to do that. Fun riding is a lot cooler than bein pinned and training all the time. I'm not saying I don't train I just have fun while I'm doing it. I look around and appreciate this beautiful place I live.

   Have fun, 

     T. Crotts

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Race Course ride

   Yesterday I hit the road with Batman for a one hour ride to Walnut Hollow and around that neck of the woods. After that I rode with the Manimal, T cowie, wells, Jamie Perry, Kale ( dudes got a cool bike). We rode the Brevard race course, the race is this weekend. 

   So that put me at like 3 hours for yesterday, not too much riding - maybe just a little too hard. 

   Long story short is today i feel like crap. I woke up and went to my math class, then went to the nurse, got a bite to eat, came back to the room went to sleep and i just woke up at 1:00pm.  I hate getting sick but especially right before a big race. Hopefully its not too serious and I'll be feeling better. I certainly rested enough. 

  So everybody needs to come out for the race this weekend, its gonna be sick. 

        Later: T crotts 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Top Ten Best Bikes for 09

  I'm obsessesed with bikes. I love everything about them. I go into a bike shop and its like going into an art museum mixed with a candy store. I've decided to make a list of my top ten favorite bikes for 2009. 

    Specialized Tarmac Pro SL
    Specialized S-works Tricross
    Specialized S-works Transition 
    Giant TCR SL
    Cervelo S3
    Specialized S-works Epic
    Specialized S-works Stumpjumper (hardtail) 
    Cervelo P3
    Wilier Cento Crono 
    Jeremy Power's Cannondale Cyclocross bike

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

These people and their blogs

     So lately I've been a frequent reader of the blogs round these parts. 
Every body and their sister, especially T Cowie, has a blog. So I figured, "hey i've got thoughts" and "hey i've got a computer" and "hey it'll be fun to not update this thing all the time".  So thats what i'm gonna do. I'm going to tell anybody who cares to read that I have a blog and let them read it. 
I'm gonna use this to talk some smack if it ever comes to that. I'm going to use it to journal. I'm gonna use it to just plain ramble incoherntly half the time. Plus it will relieve lots of bordom, which is always a plus. 
 So first blog: 
      Technically it started before this but who cares. Today is the first day of the rest of my life, ha not really. Any who I rode a lot this weekend and it felt good. I got a tall boy tan line and that definitely means I did some work, or either it was really sunny and thats what happens after 5 hours.  So I've got this job at a little known restaurant called Zaxby's. It's pretty chill usually but it sucked tonight, I'm just glad I don't have to go tomorrow. This is that part where people are going to start scrolling. Back to important stuff. 
Man i'm long winded, thats what she said. Anyway yeah i'm gonna do this whole blog thing cause thats what people in this rainy beautiful place do - other than ride bikes and hang out at bike shops. 

     Even MANIMAL has a blog! 

    And thus the talk begins.  Marshal your blog picture is really goofy. HA! and i can sprint faster than you.