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By July 20, 2008March 22nd, 20177 Comments


Update coming later tonight. Must get food. Must!


  • matt says:

    Congratulations, excellent podium wear too (although you and 3rd place have the same footwear so I’m deducting points for that 🙂 )

  • Don says:

    Congrats!! I bet it’s awesome to have your hard work pay off in a top spot on the podium!

    Been following you and Mr. Kerkove as a of late…am a casual rider (in the sense that I don’t ride as often as you guys, I don’t really wear khaki’s and a polo while riding) looking for motivation to turn it up a notch and do some racing. You have helped to provide that motivation…thanks…you guys rock!!

  • Sonya says:

    Hey Don!!!

    That is great to hear. 🙂 Nothing wrong with wearing work clothes while riding…I’m an urban commuter for work and don’t always have spandex on!

    Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you turn it up a notch!!! I was new to racing once too.

  • Don says:

    “Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you turn it up a notch!!!”

    Have you figured out how to insert a third lung into the human body? That would certainly help me out. 🙂

    On a serious note, any suggestions on the distance for a first time race? I live in Pa., and tend to ride technical terrain that requires a lot of energy. Been supplementing with some road riding…starting to feel stronger…but am new enough that I don’t know my limits…or a good mileage range to start off with.

  • sonya says:

    Well, I did study biomedical engineering for my master’s degree so I can start working on that for you. 🙂 I just need a lot of coffee to fuel the insanity!!

    For a first race, I would suggest just entering the beginner category. Each category is a different distance, getting longer as you get higher up. If you want to get into endurance racing, you can start with an endurance race and maybe do the least mileage (like the 32 at the breck 100 for an example. If you want to get into XC, race beginner(which I think is usually 10 miles) and then when you blow every one away, you can upgrade to sport, etc. I think you may even have to start there and move your way up.

    You’ll learn your limits with more experience. Heck, I am still learning mine!! 🙂

  • Franc says:

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Deinem Sieg!

    Übrigens, Dein Blog ist echt super. Jeff und Du bist ein echt gutes Team.

    Freue mich schon Dich zu sehen bei der Interbike.

    Viele Grüße


  • Don says:

    So for the price of some coffee I can have someone figuring out how to get me a third working lung…umm…can you say DONE DEAL!! 😉 Speaking of insanity, you should have gone to school to be a psychologist, how cool would it be to hear people say…”I’m here to see Dr. LOONEY for my mental condition.” Now that’s funny right thar…I don’t care who you are. 🙂

    Thanks for the advice…I was leaning toward a standard beginner race just to check things out. I prefer more endurance type rides, only because I think I’m stronger the longer I ride, but in a race situation, for the first time, I should probably try to remain realistic and not get in over my head. Those punks don’t know what they are in for (insert cool Italian voice here) when the crankset starts a spinning!

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