Sunday, May 17, 2015


Roslyn served up it's normal brutal one mile climb with little time for recovery again this year!  Recent rain made the dirt perfect as well as good race time temps.  Other than the wind it was a perfect venue.  The single track was great with a great little down hill section full of fun switch backs, the back side had a few punchy steep uphills just to keep you honest and breathing hard!  We had a good turn out with nine of us showing up and racing hard in Cat 2, we were able to take the lead in the series for Cat 2 points as well! Four podiums in all!  Warren 3rd in 55+, Jerry 3rd in 19-34 and myself 2nd with Andy 3rd in Clydesdale class!  All in all it was a great weekend!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Chelan Butte

I recently had to check out the Chelan Butte ride.  This is truly the tale of two parts!  The main climb is four and a half miles averaging 11%!  That is not favorable for a clydesdale but I assumed there would at least be a good view at the top.  This is one of the top hangliding destinations in the US so I was excited to see the top.  The climb really never lets up but if you just keep grinding the views are amazing up on top.  The single track is fast and steep at the top and runs down the spine of the mountain for a while.  The whole ride is about 10 miles depending on where you start and will take you two hours or less depending on how well you go uphill!!!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

2015 Beacon and Legs

 Beacon and Legs was a hoot. What a nice, smooth, single track x-c course. Challenging climbing, nice rollers, and swoopy descents. Some rain and even a little bit of hail, but all in all weather conditions were great. A number of Hilti riders crossed the finish line. Of particular note: Eric and Andy both made the podium in the Cat 2 Clydesdale classification. Kevin made the podium in the 19-34 classification, and Jeremiah narrowly missed it finishing 4th. Give a shout out to Jennifer for finishing 5th in the 19+ Cat 3 ladies. Alas, my podium aspirations were dashed when I hit the deck and flatted (or was it the other way around?).


Monday, April 27, 2015

Not Too Busy to Say Thanks

Busy should be defined by consumption of all but fire. I certainly fit that description this week.

Instead of talking about how busy I am, I wanted to give a brief public thanks to Cyclocross Magazine and the folks over there who have helped me with some major editing in Derbin! Races His Bike. Andrew, and others, really put my book through the paces and it is by far a better product now. Not that it was bad before, just not perfect. I want perfect if I can get it. Anyway, if you like to read magazines, then I would suggest getting a subscription. It is a high quality magazine with a lot of great information on cyclocross and CX culture. Follow the link and see why.

Thanks to Cyclocross Magazine! I owe you one.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Beezley Burn 2015

Well, the 'burn' was another sweet race and the 10th anniversary edition was more popular than ever.  We had a handful of racers show for good results and fun times.

Since I was literally moving 37 years of crap, I didn't go. But I really wanted to go!  Trust me, every ounce of my being wanted to drop the seven thousand boxes, freezers, wood, windows and everything else I collect and grab my Santa Cruz and race.

The FTR series has shrank significantly in size the last year.  From experience, this is pretty normal as mountain bike races are not very profitable and every series has an end.  Some might remember WIM or the Indie Series and if you do then you get my point.

Enjoy this cool video of the course.