Tour of the Dragons Pro/1/2 GPS file

So earlier today, I asked the Internet if anyone had a GPS file for this weekend’s road race so I could load it into my Garmin and know how many miles I had until the next climb.

As usual, Alex Cox came to rescue, with a .gpx file he made at some point.  I converted it to a .crs .tcx file at, and now it’s on my Garmin.


Tour of the Dragons P/1/2 Road Race (GPX)
Tour of the Dragons P/1/2 Road Race (TCX)

Jerks Don’t Pre-reg

QUICK POINT: Register for the UNH 1/2/3 crit, so they have it.  Currently only 26 people pre-registered.

As a dude who has worked on bike races in the past, I know how absurdly annoying it is when people don’t pre-register.  You spend your nights awake, staring at the BikeReg confirmed riders screen, hoping the numbers creep up so you don’t lose money on your event.

I’ve been hammering away at this point on the Twitter, but I thought I’d hammer away on it some more, because I feel like it.  And I have an Internet Weblog, which I honestly forgot about, as I have trained myself to only think in 140 character quips.

Anyway, I find that it is generally foolish to not pre-register for a bike race.  If you actually do not know what your plans for that day might be (if, for example, you are closing on a house on Friday, moving in, but there is a race on Saturday) sure, don’t pre-reg.

From a purely personal view, filling out paper work at the venue is annoying.  I’d much rather have an Internet Robot do my bidding for me from the comfort of my cube/couch/toilet (YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT.  MULTITASKING).  It’s one less thing to have to worry about.

There have been times when I’ve pre-registered for a race, but the day of the weather was terrible (see: Ice World).  After learning to hate Ice World, I’ve made peace with just not going.  I do not want to waste a day driving to be miserable, and I’m sure that the cycling club appreciates my “donation” of $30.  Yes, I am lucky enough to be able to write off $30 maybe twice a year when I bail on a race because of shit weather (or a sudden change of plans), but this is my Internet Website, and this is where I put things that I think.

I think a lot of people believe it is “cool” to not pre-reg, so you can “surprise” everyone by showing up.  Um…not really a thing.  People know where you live, and people know that you race.  So, if there’s a race 90 minutes from where I live, I’m very likely going to show up.  If it’s five hours, I probably won’t.  There isn’t much of an element of surprise there – other races can PROBABLY predict where you are going to be.

It is truly a jerk thing to not pre-reg, because it puts races in danger of being cancelled, and it makes promoters lives difficult.  And if you’re a fancypants person who “doesn’t pre-reg” and you show up and expect to just get added to the race due to the fanciness of your pants, you are a jerk.

Let’s not be jerks, everyone.

These are some thoughts I have.

Bicycle Riding Adventure Recap – 17 March 2012

Went to do Wells Ave with the rest of the MetLife – NorEast Team. Wells Ave was cancelled, so we rounded up other disappointed people and we did two laps(ish) of “Tuesday Night Worlds”.

Observations of riding in Boston suburbs vs. New Hampshire:

  • Family in a car drove by us, kids in back rolled the window down and yelled “THE ROAD IS FOR CARS”. Good luck raising your asshole kids, parents!
  • Rode by some little kids in a yard, playing, who waved at us and we waved back. At the same moment, a dude in a Highlander drove past us in the other direction, sunroof open, middle finger displayed for us (and the little kids.

Drivers are way nicer in New Hampshire. Boston can keep the nightlife, things to do and total asshole drivers. I like open, friendly roads and having nothing to do!

Commute Communique – March 8 2012

My commute was interesting for the first time in a whole. Thus, a commute communique.

  • I got yelled at three times – once by Dylan, once by Collin Huston, and once by a (potentially) angry stranger. Dylan and Collin were pleasant.
  • I rode home in shorts and a short sleeve jersey. Yes!
  • I rode 112 miles today.
  • Bikes continue to be the raddest machines ever.


I’m all up in the front page of the Charles Coaching site.

This is interesting because:
1. My legs look awesome.
2. This was taken at the Portsmouth Crit when I was in a break with Aidan.  A few laps later, I SMOKED HIM for a $100 prime.  It was great.
3. Aidan looks sad because he doesn’t have an amazing beard, like I do.

Thanks to Hunter for FEEDING MY EGO.