First, the helmet cam footage:
Philly Phlyer 2011 Men C2 from Joseph Near on Vimeo.
Here’s what ECCC director Joe Kopena had to say about it:
If you dared think Men’s C races were not infused with tactics, strategy, teamwork, and drama, you would be wrong, my friends, as the video clearly documents! More seriously, Joe has tagged the whole video with running commentary of what’s going on as he makes his way to a 2nd place finish (and edited the race down to a watchable 12 minutes). I think it’s a great video to pass on to newer riders as he makes a lot of good observations and really covers what he’s thinking about throughout the race. Great stuff.
Now, on to the race report! Continue reading
Worth reading! Joe is one of MIT’s new road racers who’s going to take the ECCC by storm. (You can see his photos on his Flickr page.) From an unpromising start to the day, Joe goes on to annihilate the D field:
Having done cyclocross but never having raced on the road, I went into the weekend feeling super strong but nervous. I have been obsessed with tactics during the past few months, but worried about the fact that I haven’t had much chance to practice them. I felt strong enough to race in the Cs, but Spencer asked for volunteers to do the D races, giving me a good excuse to give in to my doubts.
The ITT on Saturday was a blur. I arrived before any of the other MIT cars, it was still dark, and I had no clue where registration was. Continue reading
Last Saturday, five MIT cyclists (well, four cyclists + one alumna) headed to South Boston to volunteer at a kid’s bike rodeo. The event was designed to teach kids and parents about bike safety, handling, mechanical tips, proper helmet-wearing, and how to steal the wheel of a good lead-out train (joke).
It was organized by our fearless and incredibly hard-working coach, Nicole Freedman, who happens also to be the City of Boston’s bike tsarina. Everybody had a good time, and I am pretty sure I met one 5-year-old named Benjamin who will win the national cyclocross championship in…2022. Stay tuned, I suppose.
Anyway, pictures of the event are up on our Flickr page (which you can also preview to your right).
Check out this picture of MIT alum Ariel Herrmann putting the hurt on Floyd Landis.
Witness the fitness—literally and figuratively: the MIT cycling team now has its own Flickr photostream. In terms of social-media-hipness, we are still sucking the wheel of the White House.
Already it has photos by Kenny Cheung, Nader Shaar, Nick Loomis, and Matt Blackburn.
UPDATED 5/5: As you can (hopefully) see, thanks to the FlickrRSS plugin, the latest six photos from the team’s photostream now appear at the top right of the blog.
In this shot, you can clearly see an unstoppable locomotive coming straight at the camera.
There’s also a CSX freight train.
Thanks to David Quinn for pointing this photo out.
Courtesy of the Delaware team.
Highlights: an annoyed-looking José in the road race and Martha not pulling somebody in the crit.
(Warning: there are some painful photos of the pace moto’s unpleasant-looking crash on the off-camber turn in the criterium.)
Thanks to Michael Hamilton for these. (He’s the one on the right in the photo below.)