Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nepali Tea Traders Sponsorship



Big News! NEPALI TEA TRADERS will announce today that they will be sponsoring me as a rider. One of the founding partners, a cyclist, saw that I lost my job and was down on my luck, so they wanted to support me. You should all check them out at http://www.nepaliteatraders.com ! And if you order anything, you should put the code "Ernest" in the discount code box and they will help me out.  

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ride with Jeremy Powers and friends.


Earlier this fall, My friend Nick Baker, Cosmo Catalano, and I headed up to Northamption MA to do some great cyclocross riding and training with Jeremy Powers.  We had such a great time. Jeremy showed me how to do some off camber turns that were tricking me up for a while now and did a lap of a course that he trains.  Weather was great, and we had tons of fun.. Im very lucky to have had this opportunity..

Friday, August 3, 2012

Adding Strava To my Blog.

Since people have been asking me. I figured it was time I posted my Strava data on my blog.  Strava has a cool app now that you can add a widget that update to your Blog page.. Check it out.. Oh yeah As of March 2012 I have gone a Distance of 1,317.5 miles or 2,120.3 km!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SpandexZen

Seth Haskell - Cat 4 racer, racing cross in one of the Verge Series races back in December 2011 




My good friend Seth Haskell has his own twist on the "spandex / lycra theory"  Seth races for Team "KIT".


SpandexZen


I change to my kit and helmet as a monk would as he prepares for his meditation with robe and mala beads. I strip away all the masks i wear throughout the day, removing those pieces that are not part of what radiates as truth to my being, and cover myself in function rather than fashion.  I look in the mirror, a reflection of truth stares back at me, my opportunities clearly defined, to be imminently addressed. I ride to better myself, not only physically, but spiritually.
I am one with myself in a pace line, interwoven and connected to all those around me,  suffering along behind those who know how to suffer on levels beyond my current comprehension, those who i would consider mini Buddhas of the Dharma of cycling. This is my Sangha..my spiritual community.
At once I find myself present only in the moment, as I struggle to overcome the burning in my legs, to control my breath, and to face the a simple fear of failure. Can I do this? Can I push harder? Why do I do this. What is it for? There is no answer that comes to mind, no explanation of why, but as I reach the front of the pack for my turn, my pull, the world narrows, and it all makes sense. Nothing needs an explanation for the next 60 seconds. I am on front, and I find the perfect Zen moment.
I pull left and sit up, and watch the next in line strive for their moment.
I do this repeatedly until my body refuses to respond, a mini battle between my will and physical self, until the inevitable sets in. I watch as the group rides way, continuing their quest. I will never let my own pride or disappointment stand in he way of continuing on my own quest. I will return again, but for now, my Zen moment has passed, and I am set to return to the world, and I am better equiped to deal with the daily rigors of life.
Its more than a ride. It always has been, it always will be.
-Seth Haskell


Monday, January 16, 2012

The Bitter Cold Showdown Relay Cyclocross race AND my first cross race!

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog so I figured my first cross race would be a great opportunity to start posting again!
 
It all started with a goal of wanting to ride in a cyclocross race before 2012. Well, with the setback of a heart problem in August, the chances of me racing in 2011 were slim. I started talking to a few racers about options, and Andy Huff and I came up with an idea of a relay-style cyclocross race.

There would be mixed teams of novices/newbies and current racers racing on a fairly quick cross course. Riders would carry a baton, do a lap and pass it on to the next rider. Teams would complete as many laps as possible within 45 minutes. The top three teams would move on to the final round, during which they would have to ride two laps each and the team who completed all their laps in the shortest amount of time would be the winner.
 
I was expecting maybe 10 to 15 riders... 
The turnout was amazing! We had 40 riders show up 8 teams of 5, and the race was great! People loved the idea, and we converted some new folks into cross. A really cool thing about this race was that newbies and beginners could try their hand at cyclocross with real cross racers and race as a team. Before, if anyone wanted to try a cross race they had to either jump in the 4s and worry about killing them selves or jump into a costume race, which I found out by talking to many new people who wanted to try cross were turned off by the costume race idea and thus racing cross in general.
 
We wanted to make sure that this race would be tough enough for hard-core cross racers, but easy enough for new people. Everyone had to wear a cycling kit i.e. Jersey and lyca/spandex bibs/shorts/tights or a skinsuit, and no costumes allowed. Everybody came together to make the race a tremendous success! Racers got to train and introduce new people without sending them to the hospital after.. And new people got to race, and learn from real cross racers, race on a real course, and feel like cross racers. Top that off the racers could try their had at a new style of cross, that turned out to be quite challenging for even the most seasoned racer.
 
Best of all… I was one of the new riders! That’s right… I finally raced in my first cyclocross race, and it was great!

Below are some photos & videos of the race.. Enjoy..

Video

Thanks Nikolai Kaizer Gilroy for the video and Racing!
Photos

 Thanks Tiffany Remy and REMY Photographic for the excellent photos...


Here are more photos that Tiffany Remy, Thomas Flanagan and Myself took of the race.... Btw thanks Thomas for taking pics with my camera..


































Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ride to Walden Pond July 23, 2011

Hi All,

Sorry for such long delay in updating my blog.  So far this spring and summer I have been riding on average between 3 to 5 days a week.  Average ride is between 10 and 20 miles, depending on time.  Right now im well below 391lbs (the last time I was checked in March 2011) and feeling great.. Here are some photos from the Ride to Walden Pond.