Friday, November 28, 2008

Gobble Gobble-Eat a Bit of Snow

The Turkey Day ride was a blast-huge group of WGaS (not so huge) and Albertos (huge) riders. Eric, Craig, Steve and I joined Brendan and about 25 others for a nice Thanksgiving ride on the DPR Trail. Fast pace northto 120 which split the group (all WGaS studs with the front). At 120 the groups made a stop and some flipped and then about 12-15 contined north to Gurnee. The trail was agin treachorous with snow and ice causing a lot of moans and graons. But alas only one ride-to this writer's knowledge-bit the snow. Of course, his Steve's name shall not be revelaed to protect his privacy.

And there was a surprise appearance in the Daniel Wright Woods parking lot by Fred Wadman who was out for a solo road ride and Tucci who was solo on a road/trail solo sojourn.

All in all a nice morning with home made scones from Wendy after the ride with Clif Recovery hot chocolate to wash them down.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Well, Fronque and I joined in with the Alberto's Tuesday night DPR Trail ride yesterday. There was a nice group that left the Lake Forest train station including Brendan, Wendy, Berman, Stathy, Bill Moss, Brian Haas, Jay Keltner-Bill Hatch and Colavita Rich joined in on the trail. It was a nice well lit ride, but crap there are quite a few sections with frozen snow and ice and others with snow covering ice. All considered the conditions made for a somewhat harrowing rid at times. We went up to 120 pretty much together and then on the return the group split and Brendan, Wendy, Stathy, Bill Moss and another unknown rider were back until Fronque decided to fall back to join us for our companionship and conversation.

All in all a fun ride and I highly recommend it.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Sunday Chilly Sunday

Another beautiful sunny day to ride-----Although the temp was 29F @ 8am, it was up to a balmy 32F @ the designated 9am ride departure time----Greenie and I pulled road bikes (Fuji 10 spd & Bianchi Pista respectively) from the quivers for a trip up the Harms Woods Path North with a Lake Cook Road crossover to the Bunny Trail Path and on up to the trails end in Lake Forest----FYI: I used my "Bar Mitts" with mid weight Craft lobster mittens and my hands were toasty, I actually had to take them out quite a bit cause the were too warm----This week the temperatures look ominously frigid, but it's a day by day decision on rides anyway, so................................................


Friday, November 14, 2008

Bar Mitts

these cold weather hand protectors seem to be a perfect holiday gift for spouses/life partners/significant others/children/parents/grandparents/cousins/nieces/nephews/next door neighbors to get for their WGaS cyclist---
of course I bought my own at Albertos-

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Riders on the cutting edge

Some of the members of the WGaS 'ton are on the cutting edge of technology - they shall remain nameless - but of course everyone knows who they are!
BT - can we order these with flags?

Here is the link to a recent article in Velonews:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pablo Showing His Form

Found a photo of Paul. Click on the photo and page back and forth to see the series.

Found a Picture of Eric


Can't find one of Pablo. All those Colavita riders look the same to me.

Northbrook CX Results

Results are here:

I came in 42nd out of 54 in the 4a race and 27th out of 31 in the 40+
Northbrook Cyclocross

Pablo came in 25th in the 40+

Eric came in 24th out of 31 in the 30+
(see him in the the WGaS kit at 1:00 and 2:29):

Find more videos like this on veloist

Monday, November 10, 2008

Northbrook CX

Fun Day - tough course, good WGaS/Colavita/Alberto's turnout and great fan support. Thanks to all that came out in cold weather to cheer Frank, Eric and myself on.

Here is a link to a video on the veloist to give you some idea how hard the course was - and if you do not believe the video ask Frank!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Good Luck to all at "Save Ferris" Cross Race

Some of us will be racing tomorrow in Northbrook - Masters at 10:00 (Masters 50+ at 11:00) and 4a's at 2:00. To those racing - good luck! To all others, grab a cowbell and come over to Northbrook and cheer everyone on - Dress warm as they are talking possible snow showers - true cross weather!


BTW - I second BT's comments regarding this am - fun ride and good to see some different clubs/groups riding together! Fast Freddy was looking good on his cross bike too!

A Brisk Ride on the DPR

Nice mixto gruppetto this morning for the regular Saturday DPR ride-had riders from Albertos, WGaS, and Colavita. Although the morning looked to be offering ominous weather, it was absolutely splendid until the last 40 minutes on the return when freezing rain and small hail began to fly. Thanks to Bill Hatch-Colavita/WGaS rider-for repeatedly appearing out of the woods from Independence Grove to DWW Bigfoot style shooting photos.


Friday, November 7, 2008


Tomorrow, meet at 7:30 at Daniel Wright Woods with your cross or mountain bikes.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Google for the Wobbley Wocket

Bet you didn't know that Fast Freddie has his own Google Search page.
It's a brave new world?

Another sweeeeeeeet autumn WGaS ride----all riders kitted up in the bumblebee kits-


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What a splendid autumn morning for a ride-it was great to see so many WGaS riders all kitted up in the colors-I counted 14 in the 'ton-10 in WGaS kits
Nice pace pushed by Chippo and AC------

Hope to get a bigger gruppo tomorrow for another WGaS Indian Summer ride


Monday, November 3, 2008

50+ contingent - are you referring to us elderly members of the 'ton?

I will be attempting to get these old creaky bones lubed to ride in the am


Indian Summer Continues (or is it Global Warming?)

I know many of you guys had "rest days" today - but how many 50+ mornings are left in 2008? This week promises to be beautiful so get your butts out of beds and ride this week!

1-A12, Fast Freddy and I were out enjoying the warmth and something completely different ... light.

Hope to see the Southern contingent out tomorrow - I know it is Election day - but isn't everyone taking the day off anyway???


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Morning on the DPR

Great ride this morning on the DPR. It was a joint Colavita/WGaS ride and I got some pix:

The paceline:

Beautiful Day for a Ride

The plan:

Should we drop them now, or wait until we get further out?

The phone call:

Hello? Yeah. I'll come get you.

And Tucci looking fast: