Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Written by Get A Grip Cycles
By: Adam Kaplan
Wow. What a perfect day to ride mountain bikes. The rain the night before made the trails nice and tacky, and reduced the dust a lot. It was sunny and low 80 deg. temps with a light breeze.
Geoff Scott and I drove out to Palos with my wife and two daughters. The family made for great cheerleaders for the both of us. There were plenty of booths to check out and vendors for smoothies and hot dogs that made for a good lunch.
Registering was painless and Geoff and I got our numbers very quickly. No numbers for the jersey, as they used a RFID chip on the bike number plate for timing. Nice.
Geoff and Kristy raced the Sport class and did 2 laps. Kristy had a real look of determination on her face as I cheered her on in the first lap. Geoff just grinned and said “This is fun!” as he passed by. All the races started with a mild uphill and a lap around the grassy field, but that didn’t really help spread out the field. Geoff said he had to hike a bike around downed riders a few times before things opened up. He did his two laps and finished in the top third overall. He mentioned feeling like a real mountain biker now that he was becoming more confident holding his line and flowing through the technical spots. Great job Geoff!
I raced the Cat. 2 Comp class that raced 3 laps. I lined up right in the middle of the pack of 109 riders. After the Elite men and women went, we all started together. It was a bit of a struggle to find my own pace with so many other racers around and found I had to go slower than I wanted to in some sections due to simple congestion. After the first long lap, things opened up a bit and I found a good rhythm. Coming into the second lap, my oldest daughter gave me a bottle hand up that I promptly dropped, but Geoff was there to the rescue and got me the needed bottle on my next pass. The girls were a great cheering section!
At this point, I was trading off places with guys who were weaker on the single track, and stronger on the fire roads. I could tell these guys had some legs from road racing.
Second lap of the race, I found myself going faster through the single track and picking up quite a few places. It was important to ride strong on the multi-track in order to keep your place. As I came by a second time, Geoff tricked me into thinking I had yet another lap to go and this coming lap wasn’t the final one! I was getting fatigued and fell for it. I saw Kelly as I was fueling up on a gel and was encouraged by her cheering. I did let a few riders get past me as I tried to conserve a bit of energy for my “last” lap. As I got the line I started to go towards the lap route and Geoff yelled “you’re done!” and I toddled over the finish dazed and confused.
I finished 23rd out of 109 overall, and 13th out of 55 for my 30-39 age group. No mechanicals and great trail riding and conditions. Loved it!
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Written by Get A Grip Cycles
By: Adam KaplanI chose this race to be my first in over 10 years. It took place in the Kettle Moraine area of Southeast WI and promised to be a fun course. I was convinced to enter the Cat. 2 Comp category against my better judgment by Sean Bjork, a XXX racer and friend of the shop. Geoff Scott, a →
Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 12:44 am | Written by Adam Kaplan
Whether or not you plan on participating in the crazy sport of cyclocross, a cross bike is something that every cyclist can enjoy and get plenty of use from. Cross bikes are fast on the road and open up more possibilities for routes, conditions, and terrain that can be ridden.
The regular road ride can be spiced up with a quick →
Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Written by Get A Grip Cycles
The fourth-annual Get A Grip Cycles & Revolution Spin Chili Cook-Off is coming up Oct. 26th and the race is on to defeat Kevin Costello's (owner, Get A Grip Cycles) "Texas Showdown Chili," which is, admittedly, ridiculously good.
We've all got our work cut out for us. You, too, if you'd like to come by and/or enter your super-secret-special batch of chili, →
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 5:54 am | Written by Get A Grip Cycles
We often encounter knee tracking issues that stem from the
placement of the cleat on the shoe and the overall width of the pedals on the bike.
When the knee tends to flair away from the top tube over the top of the pedal stroke, one culprit could be stance width. In order to keep that knee over the foot, stance →
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 8:48 am | Written by Get A Grip Cycles
Get a Grip Cycles is the first shop in the Midwest to receive the latest aero bikes from Cervelo and Scott. We live for these moments.
Introducing: The 2012 Cervelo S5
Cervelo is introducing the S5 for 2012. Cervelo created the aero road bike segment with the Soloist and S2 models, leading to the design of the Tour De France-winning S3. Where other →
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 8:49 am | Written by Get A Grip Cycles
One day, Brent Peebles decided to go from working "billions" of hours for IBM to working and living for...himself and his family. This is a story of the proverbial escape from corporate America.
Though still a burgeoning cyclist, he's like an Energizer bunny with his heart and mind in the game--just the kind of client we here at Get A Grip →
Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Written by Get A Grip Cycles
Guess it's no surprise we love to see bicycles go out the door but it's more than that. It's seeing the RIGHT bike go out the door with the RIGHT cyclist.
And hopefully that's how John Montgomery's recent Get A Grip Cycles experience panned out; Montgomery picked up a Scott CR1, a bike that walks the line between performance and comfort →
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Written by Get A Grip Cycles
If you've got skin in the serious, multi-front effort to make Chicago a true cycling community with a lifestyle we all love, not a "green city" unprepared to back up the talk...
THIS IS YOUR MOMENT.
This Friday, June 3, the folks behind the Chicago Velo Campus are hosting an extremely crucial fundraiser at the Adler Planetarium that we all need →
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 9:43 am | Written by Adam Kaplan
While riding into work the other day, a thought struck me. I am riding a bike that I designed the geometry, picked the color, and every single component. It literally feels like an extension of my body. Does that give it something that goes beyond a mere object?
I have a stock mountain bike that I have been riding for 10 →