2013 Tour de Brew

Photos from this year’s ride.  I’d made a little rain-coat for my camera out of a plastic bag and packing tape in preparation for what most predictors said would be a morning-long monsoon – but didn’t need it after all.  Turned out to be not so bad as forecasted.  The 60 milers got a good soaking, but by 9 o’clock when the 30 milers rolled out the rain had mostly passed.  The day ended up sunny and gorgeous.

Try to be kind when you’re looking through these and see shaky or out of focus shots – I’m primarily a photographer of architecture; not used to subjects that move around like bikers do.

2013 Tour de Brew
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This Photo Leaves a lot Unanswered

First of all, who are these guys?  Why are they eating bomb-pops in a cornfield? wearing lycra?  If they’re bikers, where are their bikes?  Even if there is some plausible explanation for how they came across two bomb-pops in a cornfield, how is it possible they weren’t already melted?

All I know is, the good looking guy is Matt “the rocket” Mellor; the photo and bomb-pops were courtesy of “Racin'” Mason Hanson.

2012 Tour de Brew

These are only about a quarter of the hundreds of photos I took at the second annual Tour de Brew in Kansas City.  Laurie Chipman will soon have them all in hand and might be persuaded to post every one someplace they can be seen.  And  please, as you’re squinting at some blurry image you suspect is probably you, go easy on your pinhead photographer – he normally does architecture which doesn’t move around nearly so much as a thousand bikers do.

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Pop Quiz!

Hey kids!  Take a look at the photo below and tell me: How many more miles of cycling enjoyment are left in this tire?  Is it, a) Lots and lots!  Or b) Not so many. (hint: it’s a little out of focus, but those white patches are the fabric casing showing through holes in the rubber)

If you answered “b”, you are correct!

2012 Tour de Brew

Laurie Chipman is licking stamps (figuratively speaking, of course – she knows perfectly well they’re peel-and-stick) and mailing out announcements for the coolest ride in the city.  Mark your calendars and begin visualizing nicer weather!

I’ve been invited back to take photos again this year, though I’m really torn – wanting to ride..  Maybe I can find a good, corrosive-sweat-resistant underwater camera case…

This Year’s MS Ride

This year’s ride was a hoot.  We rode 109 miles in the cold – thirty of it in a torrential rain, which isn’t nearly as fun as you might think.  I got hit in the eye early on with a golf-ball sized rain drop and couldn’t see much – never mind the water-blasted glasses.  But because of the rain and having to dial back the effort level to avoid hydroplaning all the way to the medical tent, I think my legs had time to re-group – I ended up with more energy at the end than I knew what to do with!

The photo is of teammate and bad-ass biking friend of mine Brad Albers posing with a frighteningly life-like wax mannequin of myself in Lawrence, after the ride – day one.  Day two was cancelled!   So I beat myself with a stick to make up for the loss…

Thank you again to all the wonderful friends who graciously donated to this year’s ride!  I very much appreciate all your generosity – and your patient acceptance of my biking problem.

2011 MS Ride

It’s that time of year again!
The MS ride is coming up in September and I need to beg for donations so they’ll let me ride.  And again I want say THANK YOU to all the big-hearted friends and family who have supported me in the past!  This is a great event and raises lots of money for a very good cause, which makes it easier for me to stomach the dreadful task of approaching everyone I know for money in a nasty economy.  If you can help and would like to, please don’t feel obliged to be outrageously heroic – any small amount is helpful, and if I could convince lots of people to donate $5 it would be a wonderful thing!
MS Society has made it frightening easy to donate – you can go to my page directly by clicking HERE.
Thanks in advance!
ps – That ‘s me in last year’s Tour de France, but I did so poorly they didn’t invite me back.  Didn’t even get the free t-shirt.

2011 Tour de Brew

The first ever Tour de Brew in Kansas City was an absolute blast!  I wish I’d been riding it instead of dragging a camera around…  These are a few of the almost 300 photos I took, and I hope to figure out how to post the whole lot of them to Flicker – so check there in a while if you’re not exhausted with these.

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