MU Cycling Club

Another clothing order?

April 12, 2012 in uncategorized by Michele Bote

Hey everyone! We have had a wonderful season which is quickly wrapping up within the next few weeks. I just wanted to see if there was any interest in putting in another order for cycling team clothing. Right now I have about a total of about 4 jerseys and I need a total of 10 articles of clothing ( bibs, shorts, jerseys, vest…and so on) to put the order in. So please contact me ASAP if you have any interest. My email address is gweso032@gmail.com.

-Greg

First Meeting of the year!

September 9, 2011 in uncategorized by Michele Bote

Hello Everybody, Our first meeting will be September 13, 2011 In the SMC Meeting room 203 at 9:15pm. We hope to see all of you there!

Collegiate Nats Race Reports

May 9, 2011 in uncategorized by Michele Bote

Another post by Rachel:  The road race on Friday was really difficult!   Rodney said, “There were a lot of strong people, it was literally the longest ride I ever went on in my life.”  To sum it up, as he so eloquently said, “ There were a LOT of hills!” He had a great finish though and ended up 52nd in the Mens DII field.  My race was next and I felt awful for the first two laps – I was waaaay in the back.  Somehow though, I got a second wind about 30 miles in and was able to make up a lot of space! I finished in 12th overall. 

Friday night we were joined by our very dear friend, Andrew Haggerty at the airport in Madison.  We spent Friday night and Saturday relaxing, sleeping, eating, and meeting some other cyclists. We toured the Capital Brewery which wasn’t anything amazing, except that we had endless free samples!  The awards banquet was next.  There I learned that all cyclists are quirky cyclists and that working for trek is apparently the best decision I could ever make for my future.  The entertainment Trek provided for the evening consisted of a trivia that made me feel stupid for not knowing anything about bikes, and a blind folded relay that reminded me of 4th grade field day.  It was still a lot of fun and the food was delicious.   

This morning we went an industrial park about ten minutes from our hotel for the crit.  My crit was first, but with just a lap to go, the girl right in front of me crashed after her tire got stuck in a groove in the road! I fell right behind her, and actually landed right on top of her!!  It stunk for her and she was screaming like she was in a lot of pain.  It made me feel really guilty about my comfortable, scrape-free landing.   Regardless, I didn’t know that you’re supposed to go through the finish line, no matter what so I DNF’d my last race of the collegiate season. Woops.

Fortunately, Rodney ended on a little better note! He got in the top 30 of his race!  He said it was a lot of fun and not as difficult as he had expected.

On the road Sunday night driving through the boring Mid-West; Andy is cuddled up in the back seat like a little kid, and I’m changing CD’s and trying to read.  We are not thrilled at the prospect of driving until 5am but need to get little Andy back to get his wisdom teeth yanked out.  Hopefully he won’t be in too much pain for long so he can fix my wheels later this week!

Pictures from Iowa – or should it be Wisconsin?!

May 7, 2011 in uncategorized by Michele Bote

Here are some pictures from the adventures of Rodney and Rachel…
Rodney and the Brita that made our 13 hour car ride bearable!

Welcome to Iowa – Fields of Opportunities! Despite their very clever slogan,  we should NOT have seen this sign or driven 3 hours off course into this state! At least our diversion allowed us to see the Mississippi… twice.

Rodney, at the starting line of his race. He said he felt a little out of place but 52nd in that field of guys is not bad!

After the race we took some time to climb a lookout tower in the Blue Mound State Park that hosted the road race.

Road Trip – Collegiate Nationals

May 6, 2011 in uncategorized by Michele Bote

Here is a post from Rachel:

Rodney and I left Millersville around 5:30 pm on Wednesday, and drove to the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania , where we stopped at the luxurious Comfort Inn around 10:30 Wednesday night.  We didn’t make it quite as far as we had hoped, so we got an early start today, leaving around 7:30 to quickly cross the border of our beloved state into crappy Ohio.

Right now, me and Rodney are driving through another very very flat, boring state, Illinois.  We have wondered on more than one occasion what sort of hobbies we would have if we had grown up around here.  I would undoubtedly have lowered my expectations for life and contented myself to garden, cook, and run.  Rodney would build a model plane, fly it around, and be a country singer.  I have heard his beautiful, tone-def voice this entire car ride, so I cannot disagree. 

In other news, we have completely exhausted the few CD’s in our possession and have resorted to corny country-ballad radio and weird classic rock mixes for unknown target audiences.  We’ve also gone through a lot of toilet paper and Emergen-C because Rodney is trying to get over a cold before tomorrow’s big race.  The biggest life saver on this trip so far has been Michele’s Brita filter.  Every dirty gas station bathroom has miraculously been a source of clean, drinkable water, thanks to this thing.  Although we haven’t been snacking too healthily, we have been staying well hydrated! (Thank you, Michele!)  If all goes well, we’ll continue to follow Rodney’s very thorough chicken-scratch directions, to arrive at the Residence Inn in Madison by six pm.  That will be just in time to register, sit through a meeting, go for a spin, and grab dinner on the town! 

After missing an exit and taking a 2 hour detour, we finally arrived in Madison! We went for a spin, not feeling particularly wonderful, but chalking it up to a loooong car ride.  The name of the mountain we are repeatedly climbing tomorrow is called Mount Horeb. I think it sounds as daunting as it looks on course maps! Oh, then we practiced getting water bottles from each other.  It was a good day. Minus the fact that Rodney’s sense of direction is as good as my ability to grab a water bottle in a feed zone. (Not very.)

Oh well, it was worth it to criss cross over the Mississippi and mingle with the laid-back country folk.

Blog Activity

Another clothing order?

Hey everyone! We have had a wonderful season which is quickly wrapping up within the next few weeks. I just wanted to see if there was any interest in putting in another order for cycling team clothing. Right now I have about a total of about 4 jerseys and I need a total of 10 articles of clothing ( bibs, shorts, jerseys, vest…and so on) to put the order in. So please contact me ASAP if you have any interest. My email address is gweso032@gmail.com.

-Greg

First Meeting of the year!

Hello Everybody, Our first meeting will be September 13, 2011 In the SMC Meeting room 203 at 9:15pm. We hope to see all of you there!

Collegiate Nats Race Reports

Another post by Rachel:  The road race on Friday was really difficult!   Rodney said, “There were a lot of strong people, it was literally the longest ride I ever went on in my life.”  To sum it up, as he so eloquently said, “ There were a LOT of hills!” He had a great finish though and ended up 52nd in the Mens DII field.  My race was next and I felt awful for the first two laps – I was waaaay in the back.  Somehow though, I got a second wind about 30 miles in and was able to make up a lot of space! I finished in 12th overall. 

Friday night we were joined by our very dear friend, Andrew Haggerty at the airport in Madison.  We spent Friday night and Saturday relaxing, sleeping, eating, and meeting some other cyclists. We toured the Capital Brewery which wasn’t anything amazing, except that we had endless free samples!  The awards banquet was next.  There I learned that all cyclists are quirky cyclists and that working for trek is apparently the best decision I could ever make for my future.  The entertainment Trek provided for the evening consisted of a trivia that made me feel stupid for not knowing anything about bikes, and a blind folded relay that reminded me of 4th grade field day.  It was still a lot of fun and the food was delicious.   

This morning we went an industrial park about ten minutes from our hotel for the crit.  My crit was first, but with just a lap to go, the girl right in front of me crashed after her tire got stuck in a groove in the road! I fell right behind her, and actually landed right on top of her!!  It stunk for her and she was screaming like she was in a lot of pain.  It made me feel really guilty about my comfortable, scrape-free landing.   Regardless, I didn’t know that you’re supposed to go through the finish line, no matter what so I DNF’d my last race of the collegiate season. Woops.

Fortunately, Rodney ended on a little better note! He got in the top 30 of his race!  He said it was a lot of fun and not as difficult as he had expected.

On the road Sunday night driving through the boring Mid-West; Andy is cuddled up in the back seat like a little kid, and I’m changing CD’s and trying to read.  We are not thrilled at the prospect of driving until 5am but need to get little Andy back to get his wisdom teeth yanked out.  Hopefully he won’t be in too much pain for long so he can fix my wheels later this week!

Pictures from Iowa – or should it be Wisconsin?!

Here are some pictures from the adventures of Rodney and Rachel…
Rodney and the Brita that made our 13 hour car ride bearable!

Welcome to Iowa – Fields of Opportunities! Despite their very clever slogan,  we should NOT have seen this sign or driven 3 hours off course into this state! At least our diversion allowed us to see the Mississippi… twice.

Rodney, at the starting line of his race. He said he felt a little out of place but 52nd in that field of guys is not bad!

After the race we took some time to climb a lookout tower in the Blue Mound State Park that hosted the road race.

Road Trip – Collegiate Nationals

Here is a post from Rachel:

Rodney and I left Millersville around 5:30 pm on Wednesday, and drove to the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania , where we stopped at the luxurious Comfort Inn around 10:30 Wednesday night.  We didn’t make it quite as far as we had hoped, so we got an early start today, leaving around 7:30 to quickly cross the border of our beloved state into crappy Ohio.

Right now, me and Rodney are driving through another very very flat, boring state, Illinois.  We have wondered on more than one occasion what sort of hobbies we would have if we had grown up around here.  I would undoubtedly have lowered my expectations for life and contented myself to garden, cook, and run.  Rodney would build a model plane, fly it around, and be a country singer.  I have heard his beautiful, tone-def voice this entire car ride, so I cannot disagree. 

In other news, we have completely exhausted the few CD’s in our possession and have resorted to corny country-ballad radio and weird classic rock mixes for unknown target audiences.  We’ve also gone through a lot of toilet paper and Emergen-C because Rodney is trying to get over a cold before tomorrow’s big race.  The biggest life saver on this trip so far has been Michele’s Brita filter.  Every dirty gas station bathroom has miraculously been a source of clean, drinkable water, thanks to this thing.  Although we haven’t been snacking too healthily, we have been staying well hydrated! (Thank you, Michele!)  If all goes well, we’ll continue to follow Rodney’s very thorough chicken-scratch directions, to arrive at the Residence Inn in Madison by six pm.  That will be just in time to register, sit through a meeting, go for a spin, and grab dinner on the town! 

After missing an exit and taking a 2 hour detour, we finally arrived in Madison! We went for a spin, not feeling particularly wonderful, but chalking it up to a loooong car ride.  The name of the mountain we are repeatedly climbing tomorrow is called Mount Horeb. I think it sounds as daunting as it looks on course maps! Oh, then we practiced getting water bottles from each other.  It was a good day. Minus the fact that Rodney’s sense of direction is as good as my ability to grab a water bottle in a feed zone. (Not very.)

Oh well, it was worth it to criss cross over the Mississippi and mingle with the laid-back country folk.

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