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Philly Phlyer Race Report


This past weekend was the Philly Phlyer. Only five of us attended. I guess not many people want to go to Philly on the second weekend of spring break to race bikes. We departed from UMass at 210 minutes past noon on the 77th day of the year 2011. The traffic was terrible. It took about 6 1/2 hours to get to Horsham PA. Were stayed in a Day’s Inn in Horsham, about a 30 minute drive from the races (supposedly). I was very disappointed that the hotel didn’t have a pool. I had the forethought to bring my thong bottom, and the hotel didn’t even have a pool (jk about the thong bottom, but I really did have a bathing suit). The continental breakfast at the hotel left something to be desired. The orange juice was mostly water, but the price was right. I was impressed that they had yogurt. The hotel from the weekend before had a waffle maker. RIT and MIT were both staying at the Days Inn.

We left the hotel very early Saturday morning to get to the races. We got lost. We drove through the Park in which the race was taking place, then proceeded to enter the highway, and I made some questionable highway maneuvers. We made it to the race a bit late. It was pretty cold and warm-up was limited. In the Men’s C road race, Alex Carmona and Keith Toombs placed very well, both in the top 25. In the Men’s Intro road race Jim Roy finished strong in 9th place, he will be upgrading for the next race. And Jacqui finished 13th in her first race ever.

We headed back to the hotel and hung out for a while. We got our “Catch Me If You Can” on. Nothing like a little Leo in the afternoon. We were lucky that there was a very good pizza place right across the street from our hotel. After successfully running across 6 lanes of traffic, we arrived at the restaurant. I didn’t know they made pizza in Philly, it was delicious We made it back across the highway to our hotel, it was like real life Frogger.

The next morning we woke up before the rooster crowed. At Days Inns they use a rooster for wake up calls. We got to the race an hour before anybody had to race. It was first time we had ever successfully done so. Warm-up was sparse due to near freezing temps. One upside to the race was the indoor bathrooms. Nothing like a porta-potty at 7:00am in 33 degree weather. Sunday’s race was a crit. Alex Carmona finished 14th in his first weekend racing C’s. And Jacqui finished 9th, and scored a few points.

The ride back to UMass was much easier than the ride there. We made it back in just under 5 hours. There were a few questionable maneuvers made by Joe on the road. I like to call it aggressive driving, some disagree, I’m sorry I don’t drive like a toddler!

Joe Dubs


Grant’s Tomb Criterium

This race was first organized by General Grant back in 1865. The race celebrated the end of the civil war and progress toward equality. Just kidding.

The UMass bike racing club traveled to New York City on the weekend of March 12-13 to ride around Grant’s Tomb in manhattan. The crit was very fast. It featured one tight corner, and one long wide turn. Marc MacLeod finished 13th in the men’s B category and James Petersen also finished in the pack coming in 22nd. The men’s C race was a bit more eventful. It started out like any other crit. Everyone sprinted out of the start and jockeyed for position. After about 5 laps everybody settled in. Joe Weiss and Zac Del Nero had very good position in the top ten places. BUT, with four laps to go, CRASH! Joe Weiss was sitting in the third row to the front of the race, and he felt a nudge from his left. Joe told the rider next to him to cut it out, ever so politely. The kid proceeded to elbow Joe, and finally shoved him into the rider to his right. 19 people went down in the crash. That was the end of the Men’s C race for UMass.

Men’s D went routinely, a few new racers came with us. We are a team of the future.

Sorry for the late, short and boring post. Still pictures to come.


Rutgers Race Report

It finally happened! The collegiate road season opener at Rutgers University took place this past weekend (3/5-6/11). The weekend started off a little shaky. We were supposed to leave the visitor parking lot at 4:30pm to depart. Some of us made it there by 4:30pm. Joe Weiss, who was driving, was heading down to the parking lot when he realized he’d forgotten to hand in some homework and had to dash to the professor’s office to hand it in. Okay, all homework handed in, we departed UMass at 5:30pm, not too bad. It was about a four and one-half hour drive down to Rutgers. We got to our host house (Thank you to Charlie, George and everyone else from Rutgers who let us sleep in their den, living room, and kitchen) at around 10:00pm. We set up our sleeping stuff, for two of us this included blowing up twin air mattresses by mouth (batteries can go to hell, UMBRC has lungs!), and we switched into sleep mode.
Wake up time: 5:00am.

Joe Weiss’s theory of proportionality: The earlier UMBRC wakes up, the longer it takes us to get ready.

We made oatmeal in the rice cooker, and headed off to the race.
Saturday’s race was the Individual Time Trial and the Criterium. Not too much happened for UMass at the ITT, we got there with not much time to spare, and many of us road the TT while still in sleep mode.
The Crit was a familiar course, with the familiar sharp turn into the finish of the lap. James Petersen and Marc MacLeod were racing in the B category for the first time. They were pretty nervous at the beginning of the race, neither thought they would finish really well. But, James and Marc finished the Crit in 14th and 15th place out of 48 starters, respectively. Keith Toombs finished 24th in the Crit and Joe Weiss misunderstood one of the rules. In the D race, Case Muir finished 18th. Our other high finisher in the Crit was Alex Carmona, in his first race ever, he was racing Intro and he finished 4th.
Sunday’s race was the Points Race. It rained for most of the races. It was a strange course for a points race because the beginning of every lap was a small climb, and the fields were quickly split up. Again! James Petersen finished well in the Men’s B points race. James finished 8th and Marc finished 12th. Joe Weiss finished in the middle of the C race at 21st, and Alex Carmona moved up to D’s and finished 3rd.
Then we went home.

Joe Weiss

P.S. Pictures to come as soon as I buy new batteries for my camera.

Hey Erbody

Thank you so much to everybody who got their dues in at the meeting. We’re trying to get everything done in advance this year because in past seasons we did stuff last minute, and people went crazy. Like people died, almost. Also, thank you to all the people who decided what races they are going to attend. Now we can start filling out the travel forms and making van rentals and housing choices way in advance.

Good things!

Joe Weiss


There will not be a snow bike race tonight because there is no possible way to pound down the snow. It is too high, and it is like a rock.

MAXIMUM IMPORTANCE: Dues must be paid tomorrow (2/10/11) if you wish to race at Rutgers (3/5-6/11). It would be greatly appreciated if everyone who considers themselve’s part of the bike club to pay dues tomorrow.

MORE IMPORTANT: Look at your schedules and decide which races you want to go to. Allison has created an Excel Spreadsheet with every race weekend and every race, all you need to do is decide which races you will race at. This will all be done tomorrow night (2/10/11).

SUPER IMPORTANT: Please buy your USACycling collegiate license this week. Here is a link to the page where you can Register with USACycling (registering does not mean you have a license) Now, once you have registered, you must buy a license. Go to your “My USA Cycling” and right below where it says “Account Information”, there is a button that says “Purchase/Renew License” (click it). Then find the collegiate box and buy your license. You must have a collegiate license in order to do any collegiate racing. We must have your license number by next week in order for you to race at Rutgers. We have to submit all of your license numbers!

Joe Weiss

Angel Ride

I’m throwin’ this out there take it or leave it.  I’d like to get some team members in the Angel Ride this year.  We’d have to raise money for each member to donate to the fund.  The money goes to Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.  It’s a great cause and some great riding.  We’ll talk more about it at Thursday’s meeting.


Joe W

Bike Coop Snow Race

Hey UMBRC blog faithfuls,

On Wednesday February 9th at 8:30pm the Bike Coop will be holding a bike race in the snow.  Bikes in the snow!  The course will be located outside the student union on the green (now white) next to the campus pond.  Bring your bikes, probably with knobby tyres, and test your luck and skill in the depths of the snow.

The Joe Scale of Fun: 100 times more fun than pinning the tail on a donkey.

Joe W

This Morning’s session/Tonight’s Meeting

Yeah, I know it’ early, but a lot of people made it out to spinning this morning.  We started at about 7:00am.  I think about 10 people showed, which is not too bad.  We switched it up from Tuesday.  On Tuesday we did interval training.  We split the workout into different lengths of intervals and intensity.  Today, we tried to simulate a hill climb.  I know in many spin classes they try to do this, and they fail miserably.  I’ve seen in so many spin classes people simulating hill climbs, and they are barely pedaling (10 rpm).  We tried to simulate Shutesbury as best we could.  We did a pretty good job.  We tried to keep our cadence in the 70 range for the entire simulated climb.  We then sped “back to campus” and cooled down and stretched for a few minutes.  The Rec Center spin person came in and told us we needed to finish.  ignored her pretty much.  Overall, we had a great time, and we are getting to know each other.

Remember, tonight we have a meeting at 7:00pm at the Campus Center in room 101.  that is located in the basement.  Please come dues because it is very important that you pay them in order to receive club privileges.

See Yall There, and bring us yo money!

Joe W

First day of Spinning

Today, was the first day of spinning for the semester.  Sorry, I forgot to get pictures.  Only about 6 of us were there.  That is a few less than responded.  Tomorrow morning spinning will begin at or sometime soon after 6:45am.  Feel free to not get there that early.  We are supposed to be done by 10 of 8:00am tomorrow because there is another class in there.  So come join us tomorrow, be late, just come and be known to us.  By the way, tomorrow and Thursday are free spinning, but next week you must have payed dues at this thursday’s meeting.  And I will try and get some pictures.

Joe W


Meeting tonight Campus Center room 905-909 at 7:00pm.  Lots of people, lots of fun.  Clothing orders and introduction to the club and such.  be there, or else I will come and find you.  Dues are due.

Cancellara is coming, jk

Joe W