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George Berger Cyclocross

Race Report : NCCX #14 Greensboro

George Berger, the first member of the new em:pwr cycling team,  started riding BMX as a kid in Houston, graduated to local crits and road races, then moved into mountain bikes and triathlons before finally ending up as someone who loves ‘cross more than anything else. The problem, he says, was that each major cycling ‘era’ for him was in different decades. He says that if he’d have stuck with cycling throughout his…

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George Berger at Southern Cross

Race Report : Southern Cross 2011

George Berger, the first member of the new em:pwr cycling team.  He’s on his way to be a good cyclist…well, a good shortish, stoutish, strongish mid-40′s Flemish ‘cross racer.  George resides in Davidson, NC with wife and daughter. Southern Cross 2011, at Dahlonega Georgia’s Montaluce Winery; the first race of the American Ultra CX Championship Series I’ve never raced an endurance cyclocross event before; and, frankly, even though I’…

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Cyclocross Training

The First Cyclocross Practice of the Season

…ure. Last night was the first cyclocross “practice” of the season. It really is a reason for friend, George Berger, and I to get out to Fisher Farms with barriers and ride around in circles. Another one of our friends, Mark, showed up to crush us. Eye Opening Fitness It is always easier to feel fast when you ride alone, and then you ride with folks that have been consistently riding…that’s when you realize you are slow as…

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NC Cyclocross

DFL #2 for the 2011 Cycling Season

The second race of my 2011 season was the NCCX #12 at the Wilkesboro Speedway right here in North Carolina.  This race could be one of the coolest venue’s I’ve been to.  Most of the course was found within the infield of the speedway and the rest was right out the back gate in a grassy field. The Word of the Race : Mud In North Carolina our weather is fairly mild and easy going, a few years ago in January I was racing cyclocross in s…

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Essentials For the Cyclist on Your Holiday List

We can almost count the time to Christmas in hours and unfortunately I missed Hanukkah for all my Jewish friends and followers.  I’ve been asked by many what to get their cycling loved ones or friends for those last minute gifts or stocking stuffers. Top Last Minute Gift Ideas Gift Cards – that’s an easy one.  If you aren’t local to your cycling loved one buy one from REI or Competitive Cyclist.  Also, many shops sell gift card…

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Race Morning: SpartanCross

Headed down to Spartanburg, SC for a training race this morning. Many thoughts running in my head, and yet nothing substantial to type out here. Unprepared, rain, mud, coffee, prep, switched my brakes, hope I don’t endo. Meeting new teammates and bonding with my brother like, George. Here’s to the 2nd race of my season, more unprepared than the first!…

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Lizard Skins DPS Bar Tape Review

Review: Lizard Skins DSP 2.5 Bar Tape

Lizard Skins DSP Handlebar Tape Review Details from Lizard Skins: 2.5 mm thick for that extra bit of comfort. At 82” of lengththere is ample length for any bar & 50 grams per set MSRP: $38 Initial Thoughts When I first saw the Lizard Skins handlebar tape popping up in the local bike shops I was intrigued. Anytime a company comes out with a product that is twice the price of their competitors they are either idiots or they have some amazing t…

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2011 Burn 24 Hour Challenge

Looking Back at my First Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race

Several months ago I had a plan going into the 2011 season. It included a duo race at the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek, a solo at the 6 Hour Grind on the Greenway, a ton of riding and then my first solo at Burn 24 Hour.    As any good plan there was a few snags within this.  My geared race bike, the Airborne Goblin, showed up a few weeks late which kept me on my fully rigid single speed for the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek, and kept me from racing the…

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Arleigh Jenkins 2012 Burn 24

2012 Burn 24 Hour Race Recap

The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself. -Alexander Paterson Every race you do, you must take away something from it. Learn, develop and strive to be that much better the next time. Often the fight you are picking is with yourself. To be a better rider, a better person. Pre-Ride Last Friday I went up and setup our camp with the help of pit boss, Kimberlee. She graciously d…

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